Notes on bands

I’m working on a very involved post that I hope to put up tomorrow or this weekend. It’s taking more time than I anticipated, and I don’t want to rush it, so I’m going to post something less complicated today.

As I’ve been researching this project, I’ve come across some bands that I was familiar with but never listened to, as well as bands that I’d never new existed. I just wanted to highlight a few of them today:

Pentagram – I just downloaded some remastered 70’s tracks from this band that apparently never made it on any albums of theirs. The collection is called “First Daze Here”. It’s in the Sabbath/Deep Purple realm, very heavy and surprisingly progressive in terms of a ‘metal sound’.

Rainbow – I love Dio, but I never got around to listening to any of his work with Rainbow. It’s less heavy than I anticipated, lots of slower ballad-like songs. Dio’s voice is outstanding, and the songs take advantage of his range.

Scorpions – Even cheesier in the 70s. And that’s not a good thing.

Budgie – I checked this out because I wanted to hear the original version of “Breadfan”, which is much better than the Metallica version. I got their first two albums. A little uneven, but overall I like it.

Cannibal Corpse – I never got into C.C. back in the day, but I heard some of their new album on satellite radio, and I picked it up. The whole thing is outstanding. Relentless death metal with lots of interesting changes throughout. I’m going to have to go back and see what I’ve been missing out on all these years.

Death – I stopped paying attention to metal when I was in college, because I got into NY hardcore and then electronic music. So I missed out on the amazing albums that Death put out after “Human”. Death is such an underrated band, and their final three albums in particular are incredible. Complex, intelligent, and fun as hell to listen to.

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~ by mikehill25 on April 5, 2007.

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