Cannibal Corpse: Red Before Black

This was a rare find because I bought this today from an Oxfam charity shop, to find not only that the album was only released at the beginning of November. Usually, charity shops sell music that is several years old. Incredible to find a recent CD and one that is less than a month old since release.

On to the music, it is crushingly heavy and fantastic.

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Thrash til Death compilation

I bought another thrash compilation, it was ordered at the same time as my last compilation, just took a little bit longer to arrive. I’m glad it did arrive though, it seems like an excellent compilation and I’ve only heard a couple of tracks so far. It contains a mixture of old classics and new songs from some of the great bands, although not Metallica, Slayer or Megadeth.

This Is Thrash compilation

I like bands such as the often quoted Big 4 of Thrash: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax – who emerged during the 80s. I was into my metal at this point and remember listening to Slayer and my dad just putting it down as rubbish at the time. I know from memories of Kerrang magazine at the time that there were lots of thrash bands around, it was a movement and not just a handful of a few bands. I recently searched the net to see whether anyone had published a top ten of thrash albums I could use to help build my collection of thrash albums. I came across this article in an issue of Metal Hammer. Here is their list:

  • Metallica – Kill ’em all (1983)
  • Anthrax – Spreading the disease (1985)
  • Exodus – Bonded by blood (1985)
  • Possessed – Seven churches (1985)
  • Slayer – Reign in blood (1986)
  • Megadeth – Peace sells…but who’s buying? (1986)
  • Dark Angel – Darkness descends (1986)
  • Destruction – Eternal devastation (1986)
  • Testament – The Legacy (1987)
  • Sepultura – Beneath the remains (1989)

I’ve recently ordered a couple of compilation albums that will fill in some of my gaps around the thrash bands and music of the golden age of thrash. The first of these is called This Is Thrash and it was released as a compilation in 2008. There are bands outside the top ten above here including Celtic Frost, Armored Saint, Rage, Kreator,  Sodom and Voivod plus many more.

Blues Pills – Live in Paris

I recently decided to take a chance on a band who I’d only heard single tracks from before and only a couple of those. I was in my local independent record shop and saw this live DVD/CD combination on the new rack. It’s quite a progressive shop and I’ve been surprised at the music on sale in such a small town as mine. Grateful that this sort of music was available outside of a big city, I decided to buy it – even it was a little more expensive than it might have been online.

The music comes mainly from their Lady in Gold album from 2016 and their live tour for that album, the DVD was recorded in Le Trianon in Paris on 30th October 2016. It is more blues-rock based than a lot of the music I mention on this blog but it’s a style I enjoy and they give it all such a fresh twist that it doesn’t ever feel stale. It manages to achieve an air of excitement and energy that many bands just don’t: seeing any concert footage from blues rock bands from the late 70s and 80s compared to this and it’s worlds apart, you have to go back to the early 70s to get anywhere close to the excitement, on stage at any rate.

Delain: Live at Paradiso

Last year I contributed to a Pledge Music campaign by the Dutch band Delain to help them release a 10th anniversary concert recording staged and filmed in December 2016. The gig happened and it was very exciting to get news snippets. This month I’m super-excited because the Blu-Ray/DVD package is finally being distributed. I haven’t yet received mine in the UK but I can see from the Pledge Music website that some lucky fans have started receiving their copies.

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Epica: The Solace System

I’ve blogged in the past about Epica and their latest album, The Holographic Principle. Well, there is more to tell because they didn’t release all of the songs recorded for the album and they didn’t want to issue a double album. So what we have here is a new 7 song EP. I have to tell you, it is amazing! Epica fans should not hesitate. The most surprising thing is the quality of the songs, I thought they kept the good songs for the album but here are some corkers.

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