Looking to the left, you’ll be happy to note that your mom has been taken out of heavy rotation. Note to Alex: our mom was implicitly immune to the pun.
You’ll also note Hatebreed‘s latest. I have their prior two releases, “Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire” and “Perseverance”… and they both led me to once utter, “yeah, you’ve heard one Hatebreed song, and you’ve heard them all.” Not so with “The Rise of Brutality”, once you get past track one. It’s still the thundering chunk you’ve grown to expect, but without the lyricless chugga-chug repetition that’s unfortunately been their signature. The upshot is that it’s a step away from their “proven” formula, and a step in the right direction, as far as I’m concerned.
This post would be remiss without another mention of 36 Crazyfists’ upcoming “A Snow Capped Romance”. Download the song “The Heart And The Shape” rye heah</Cartman> It just gets better every time I listen to it.
Doug hinted that I should check out a bit of Damageplan, featuring two ex-Pantera members, without fully recommending it. I hit iTMS and listened to more than a few samples… but I’m just not feeling it.
Finally, I offer forth Swedish band Soilwork. I can’t remember if Doug mentioned them at some point, but Jack’s girlfriend’s friend’s boyfriend, Dan, recommended them recently. He described them as “highly technical”, which sounded boring and kinda’ hobbled their chances in my mind. I hit their site earlier tonight (RealPlayer req’d. for samples), and I will be buying “Figure Number Five”. That’s a whole lotta’ thrash.