My Ears Need Something ElseYou may have noticed ratings creep on this site: Fewer 3's and 3.5's, more 4's and up. That's because I don't like to take the time on anything less, or anything that may be good but doesn't interest me. Here are a few of those. As always, the line under the title indicates how far I got into the album before turning it off.
DevilDriver: Winter Kills (2013)
4 out of 11 songs
I have a special relationship with the music of Dez Fafara. He is the artist I grew up with in a very real sense. I loved Coal Chamber as a teen, and DevilDriver became awesome and heavy at just the right time for me. The problem is, I'm still growing and evolving. DevilDriver ain't. "Winter Kills" is a slightly melancholic "Hold Back the Day" rewrite. There's nothing wrong with it, but I'm past that.
Tyranny Is Tyranny: Tyranny Is Tyranny (2013)
listened to the whole thing
Tyranny Is Tyranny identifies as post-noise rock. I really have no idea what that means, but I hear some kind of punk rock with sludge ("Down the K-Hole") and ambient pieces. I'm kind of getting a "Godflesh minus the industrial" sense from some of this, but to be perfectly frank (and out myself) I've never really liked Godflesh all that much.
Deadlock: The Arsonist (2013)
6 out of 10 songs
Deadlock play some highly commercial metal with male/female vocals and djent-sounding guitars, but not the weird rhythms or techy-ness typical of djent. The male vocals are harsh and the female vocals are the soulless type you can hear from any number of metal bands who want you to say, "Look, we've got a chick in the band!" It's not terrible, honestly, but just a little too slick and polished for my taste.
Lantern: Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach (2013)
4 out of 8 songs
I'm afraid I just don't get this. It's some kind of upbeat, bouncy, jazzy rock. Not ska, but maybe a distant relative. I’m going to call it "not for me."
Nihilosaur: Death Is the Border That Evil Cannot Cross (2013)
listened to the whole thing twice
Well, the music of Nihilosaur makes about as much sense to me as their name (nothing lizard?). It's progressive, I suppose, but progressing toward what end? The sample about mid-life crises is a bit out of left-field too. I'm not prepared to say this has no merit, but after two passes I wasn't able to find it.