AC/DC, Alcest, and Music That Hurts

It’s probably not a shocking revelation that as I’ve been doing this project I’ve also been buying music.  Since it’s still in its infancy, the chances of picking up an album that would have already been reviewed is small.  But it does and did happen, so I wanted to take the time to spend a few words on two recent purchases: Highway to Hell from AC/DC and the debut full-length from Alcest, Souvenirs d’un autre monde.  Over the short course of writing this, it turned into something else. Continue reading “AC/DC, Alcest, and Music That Hurts”

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Armageddon: Armageddon (1975)

One of the best things Decibel Magazine ever gave the world was Scott Seward’s Filthy 50: a collection/ranking of 50 of the best proto-metal/stoner rock albums.  I was only aware of a handful of the more popular bands (Cactus, Grand Funk Railroad) so to have my ears opened to the fuzz-blown wonders of bands like the Groundhogs, Dust, Toe Fat, and the great Armageddon was like a gift from the sticky bud gods of yesteryear.  We’ll definitely be checking a few of the bands from the list later in this journey, but for now let’s talk a bit about the band’s one and only album, 1975’s Armageddon. Continue reading “Armageddon: Armageddon (1975)”

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Aqua de Annique: Air (2007)

I first came to Anneke van Giersbergen via The Gathering, specifically the incredible Mandylion.  She’s one of those people whose voice is just so good as soon as you hear it in a song you know you’re going to be in good hands.  She’s often the best thing about a song, too: there’s a reason Devin Townsend keeps working with her, and her side projects with Danny Cavanagh of Anathema are equally fantastic in a totally different way.  But what about her solo work?  Well, let’s see with a (very) quick look at the oddly named Agua de Annique and Air. Continue reading “Aqua de Annique: Air (2007)”