Monday, September 12, 2016

LP Review: "Paths" by Lord Almighty

It's been a bit, but upon hearing someone saying that new music was terrible...I knew that something had to be done.

So, a link was sent to a really great band that had released an album of stuff that was pretty reminiscent of the 70's.

This gentleman wasn't on the train because  he felt he'd heard all of that before. It should be mentioned that this was on a pretty big heritage band's discussion boards.

It was disappointing.

But here we are and there is new music on the horizon. Looking back at my formative years, all music was neatly cordoned off from the other types of music. Metal has gone a long way on this front....

It would have been inconceivable to think that music would have morphed into this multi-headed hydra which we have now.

Lord Almighty
In my halcyon days, we didn't have fancy Neo-Thrash or Punk Metal...we had thrash metal and we had punk.

Certainly, blackened death metal wasn't a thing.

Lord Almighty is a band that's looked at the world and painted what they've seen.

Lord Almighty and their hybrid brethren have shown us that no music is perfect.

Well, what are they doing?

Black'n'Roll is how they're described, but that's doing them a disservice. They play more of a black-thrash metal hybrid with some beautiful melodies.

The singing is normally full black metal howls, but with more emotion and less monotone (which is what turns me off of Black Metal proper). Even ugly vocals can be emotionally charged, never forget that.

The guitars, though lacking in the pyrotechnics which put metal on the map, are deftly angular and stiff. The razor sharp, palm muted riffs often give way to sloppy chords and jackhammer chuggers.

It feels that Lord Almighty really doesn't know precisely what they are doing besides making music.

And isn't that what it's all about?

Release: 11/1/16
Genre: Black (ish) Metal
Label: DIY

1 comment:

  1. I'd argue that many of the best albums of any genre were probably created when the artist didn't have a clear plan of what was to come. Good stuff, thanks!