arctic monkeys - am

Arctic Monkeys: AM (2013)

What is AM, specifically in the context of the fifth Arctic Monkeys album?  Is it Ante Meridian?  Amplitude Modulation?  or is it, in the words of frequent collaborator Josh Homme simply sexy music for After Midnight?  It doesn’t matter; the Arctic Monkeys have crafted a dark velvety album of late night tunes that merge the murk of Humbug and the pop of Suck It And See into a far more cohesive and engaging listen. Continue reading “Arctic Monkeys: AM (2013)”

arctic monkeys - suck it and see

Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See (2011)

Moving away from the heavier doom of Humbug, 2011 finds the Arctic Monkeys embracing the lessons of simpler arrangements and more straightforward songwriting.  Pop-infused like opener “She’s Thunderstorms” and “Black Treacle” chart the course for the tongue-in-cheek Suck It And See.  It’s the first time the band sounds like something other than completely themselves, and despite the strong collection of songs here it’s this album where I start to fins myself wandering a bit in attention. Continue reading “Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See (2011)”

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Arctic Monkeys: Humbug (2009)

Humbug is a great example of how you can have all the same pieces, all the same musical components from your previous albums, but can create something completely different in the simple construction of said pieces.  It’s that the Arctic Monkeys significantly altered their sound, but by enlisting Josh Homme from QOTSA as a producer there’s a looser, bludgeoning vibe to the tracks, overall more claustrophobic and viscous.  It all leads to a deeper, darker record that gets better with every listen.  In other words, just another Arctic Monkeys record. Continue reading “Arctic Monkeys: Humbug (2009)”

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Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)

Laced with a more anxious vibe even as it broadens its musical palate, Favourite Worst Nightmare is an interesting follow-up to the smash debut from Arctic Monkeys.  While the music isn’t as readily accessible from a “single” format the band continues their sense  of adventure, getting seriously dense at times, although a few songs really open back up to the sense of fun from the debut. Continue reading “Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)”

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Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)

Within the first seconds of opener “The View From The Afternoon” I’m all in on Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, the frantic and impeccably slick debut from the Arctic Monkeys.  The indie bands that instantly wowed me as I was exploring other genres besides straight up rock and metal were few and far between, but the ridiculous level of musicianship coupled with effortless execution and a tongue firmly in cheek (when it wasn’t wagging) all combined to make this a favorite, something that gets better the more it’s played and the LOUDER it’s played. Continue reading “Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)”

arcanum - kampen

Arckanum: Kampen (1998)

This was another “mystery” selection from the Debemur Morti Productions sale.  Arckanum traffic pretty solidly in 90s second wave black metal, although one of the interesting things about third full length Kampen is are the clear nods to thrash and early heavy metal.  Sole member Shamaatae has a firm grasp of the music he wats to make and the message he wants to send, and despite the language barrier the song really come across as a great example of the genre in its early form. Continue reading “Arckanum: Kampen (1998)”

archgoat - heavenly vulva ep

Archgoat: Heavenly Vulva/Christ’s Last Rites EP (2011)

There’s some stuff to unpack here, so I’ll get the particulars out of the way first.  This was my first exposure to Archgoat, and it was somewhat accidental: Debemur Morti Productions was running an inventory sale where for something like $25 you would get five random CDs.  The Heavenly Vulva EP was one fo them, and I’ll admit that one look at the cover key me at arm’s length from wanting to check it out.  I maybe gave it one listen, didn’t have a real opinion on it one way or another so left it to sit on a shelf in my closet in a stack to gather dust. Continue reading “Archgoat: Heavenly Vulva/Christ’s Last Rites EP (2011)”