Albums in the year 2009

Bit later than planned, isn’t it. The reason for that is I wanted to write a bit more than usual, and am doing. But it’s all taking rather longer than planned. Best laid plans and all that. But I’ll stop saying ‘plans’ and move on. I’m going to do what Cephalochromoscope have done (although IContinue reading “Albums in the year 2009”

Converge – Axe to Fall

Epitaph (2009) Massachusetts-based Converge offer a convincing case for best metal band of the decade. Consistently brutal, intense, intelligent and aesthetically astute, they effectively put a lid on the 90s noisecore subgenre with their epoch-defining Jane Doe, in 2001. Essentially a concept album about a relationship gone horribly wrong, it was followed up three yearsContinue reading “Converge – Axe to Fall”

The End of the Line

So I bought Metallica’s latest album, Death Magnetic, today. I wasn’t going to. Requested to write about it for FACT, I had been coincidentally passed a memory stick containing the album while at work yesterday. Sadly it was a bit-rate of 192kb/s and my headphones exposed the mp3 files for the sham the format is.Continue reading “The End of the Line”