Random Quick Picks

So, Ryan has got me to join him in a random rotation album shuffle — basically selecting twenty-five albums at random from our collections and listening to them from start to finish before moving on to the next one.  Once the twenty-five are finished, we repeat.  It’s a good way to bust out the stuff you don’t listen to as much or that you haven’t listened to at all.  I completed my first five albums the other day, so here are some shitty thoughts on them.

1975

Sabotage

Black Sabbath

1975

NEMS / Warner Bros. / Vertigo

Black Sabbath is one of my favorite bands.  From the Ozzy era, the first six albums are incredible, Sabotage being number six.  I do listen to this album somewhat regularly, but since it came up in the random shuffle, I gave it a good, solid listen.  For some reason I liked it more this time around than I remembered liking it.  Sabotage is an excellent mix of heavier Sabbath, such as “Symptom of The Universe” — which is a fantastic track — and some more experimental stuff.  The only song I wasn’t too crazy about is “Am I Going Insane.”  It feels a little too poppy for the rest of the album.  Otherwise this is a sexy slice of Sabbath.

Tweedles!

The Residents

2006

Mute U.S.

The Residents: the ever so elusive avant-garde group of eyeballs in tuxedos.  Tweedles! is quite the intense listening experience.  Hands down, this is easily one of the most unsettling albums I’ve heard.  This is the story of a sexual deviant told in the first person.  Creepy narration mixed with haunting synth-based music creates a unique atmosphere.  The Residents are not for everyone, but those willing to venture into the weird, seek this out.

Blue Öyster Cult - Mirrors 1979

Mirrors

Blue Öyster Cult

1979

Columbia

Blue Öyster Cult is a great band.  This was the first time I listened to Mirrors, and overall, it was pretty average.  Not bad at all, but not up to par with their other stuff.  It’s a solid rock album filled with pleasant melodies.  After listening to some of the better Blue Öyster Cult classics though, it does leave a little bit to be desired.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few awesome tracks, mainly the closer “Lonely Teardrops.”

Transylvania

Creature with the Atom Brain

2009

Munich Records / Jezus Factory Records

Every time any of us here at Stereo Control go out to the record shop, we always make sure to grab one or two things from the cheap used CD rack that we’ve never heard of.  This little treat is one of those that I picked up on one of our trips.  This was a nice blend of mellow, alternative rock and some fuzzy psychedelics.  The whole album has a very laid-back atmosphere, and it’s very easy to get lost in.  I plan on keeping my eye out for the band’s other two CDs as I was very impressed with this disc I had no prior knowledge of.

The Erosion of Sanity

Gorguts

1993

Roadrunner

The sophomore release by technical death metal giants Gorguts.  Those into face-blistering death metal need not look further.  While not as experimental as the follow-up, Obscura, this is still an impressive piece of heavy musicianship.  Intricate riffs in rapid succession locked-in tight with a constantly changing drum beat and grooving bass rhythm.  There really isn’t much more to say.  If you like your death metal played by people who have a well-above average grasp of their instrument, check this out.

So that’s fucking it for now.

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