Monthly Archives: September 2019

Korn: The Nothing & Puddle Of Mudd: Welcome to Galvania

WHAT’S UP NATION!?

Well we got some new releases from a couple of bands that have been around for a long time. Korn’s The Nothing and Puddle of Mudd’s Welcome to Galvania. So lets go ahead and start with one of the 4 bands that got me started down my path of rock. KoRn.

Now this is KoRn’s first album since the royalty dispute of their former drummer and the death of the singer’s (Jonathan Davis) wife. So I (and I think a lot of others) knew that incident was gonna play a big part of this album and, it certainly did. The first track begins with BagPipes which not new to KoRn but it feels like it’s being played over a funeral procession. And has him asking Why Did You Leave Me. Which then goes into the song Cold. Which feels like Pure Paranoia and considering everything Jonathan has been through…I can’t blame him. Then we get the song “You’ll Never Find Me”. Which ends with Jonathan just screaming and cussing and I haven’t heard him act like that since “Daddy”. There’s even a line in this album where he says “God Is Making Fun of Him” but, does not feel cheesy in anyway. Cuz keep in mind it’s not these recent events he’s been through. A few years ago he almost died himself and his son was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.

Make no mistake about. This is a DARK ALBUM! This is not the kind of record that you put out there thinking fans will get a kick out of it. Sure, KoRn has always had dark subjects before but, this is the kind that can drag down with it. Or at the very least make you feel uncomfortable. It still has some amazing riffs, writing and performances. And you can certainly rock out to this. Plus it’s slightly on par with Serenity Of Suffering but, where that album was a 9. This is an 8.5 out of 10. A suitable successor from their previous album.

Puddle of Mudd: Welcome to Galvania

And now we have Welcome to Galvania from Puddle of Mudd. This is their first album in 13 years (eat that Tool lol). Plus their singer (Wes Scantlin) has now been sober for over a year now. So how did that translate to this new album? Well if you remember in my review of the first single “Uh-Oh”. I said the riffs feel pretty stock but, still had a great solo. And that can be said for the whole album. But that’s not my biggest problem with the album. For me it’s that Wes sounds like he’s singing through his nose a bit too much. The technique itself is fine to use. Just don’t over do it. And I don’t like the mixing. There were times I couldn’t understand what Wes was saying. Sometimes the guitars over powered the vocals. I would like to see this album redone and until it is. I give this a 5 out of 10. Now all of this being said. I still applaud Wes for staying sober and As long as he does. I will more than willing to give him my time.

Thats it for now Nation and until next time…STAY LOUD!!!

 

Lightning Round: Part 2

Greetings Nation,

As you all know some new music came out and I think it’s time for another Lightning Round. But let’s start by knocking a couple of singles out of the way first. Before we begin, a little adjustment in my rating system. When I look at singles, I will be using a 1 through 5 system. While full albums I will using 1 through 10. I don’t know why, it just feels right. So let us begin.

Puddle Of Mudd: Uh Oh

First up we have the Return of Puddle with their song Uh Oh. This is their first new song in ten years. Plus Wes Scantlin is now Sober. So how did it pan out?…..Meh. While the riff feels rather stock and, the chorus line is rather simple. It does get stuck in your head and the guitar solo is rather nice. A song like this would have worked better as a bluesy rock song. Seeing how it’s a song about how he keeps screwing up. And with that said I give this a 3 out of 5. And I would like congratulate Wes on his sobriety.

Lindemann: Mathematik

Next up we have Mathematik from Lindemann. This song finds Till going back to singing in German. Which I was bummed out about. The whole reason he sang in English in debut album is because he wanted to let everyone know what he was saying. As for everything else. The music has this dark hip hop/techno vibe. In fact it is more or less a hip hop song. It even features a guest rapper by the name of Haftbefehl. The song is about how we don’t really need mathematics anymore. We have machines that can do everything and no one uses Algebra.

A topic that makes me think of Alice Cooper’s Schools Out. Who Till is a big fan of. The only problem is, the lyrics don’t offer much variety. You’ll notice he keeps saying this word FICK. Which is German for F*** and he says it 72 times…Was that really necessary? He could talked more about why we don’t need to go with everything else that’s mentioned. Like Drugs, Street Math, and tossing a chair out a window. But instead all we get is this repetitive mess. This gets a 2 out of 5.

 

Slipknot: We Are Not Your Kind

Ok let’s get started with the albums shall we? First up we have SLIPKNOT with We Are Not Your Kind. This album has been getting rave reviews but, I was a bit skeptical. While I am a fan of Slipknot. I have yet to experience an album of theirs where I can listen to the whole thing. So after listening to this album I can honestly say…..Well i’ll be damned. This album is THAT GOOD. While they still bring the hard and heavy sound. It never gets too Brutal. It has some very nice melody driven moments. And the turn tables is making its presence heard. Heck Corey is even Metal Rapping in some of the choruses. And it sounds AWESOME. Yeah there’s a lack of guitar solos but that never bothered me. If a song doesn’t one. Then it doesn’t need one. Always do what’s best for the song and never what’s best for you. I don’t know more what else I can add to this review that no one else has said. It’s a Masterpiece. We Are Not Your Kind gets a PERFECT SCORE! 10 out of 10.

Sabaton: The Great War

Next we have Sabaton with The Great War. This was a band I had always heard of but, never really heard their music. It wasn’t until a friend of mine showed me their song Bismark that I knew I had to check out their up coming release. Music wise, it’s power metal but, it doesn’t make me think of bands like DragonForce, Iced Earth, or Manowar. They had this kinda unpolished sound to them and it wasn’t until I did some research that I found out why…These are all about Military History. In fact this entire album is about WWI. And they use that grit to their advantage. Their vocalist (to me) sounds like he’s singing with the force of an Army General. It’s a different kind of feel and style to power metal and if you get the History Edition. Each track begins with a small narration telling the story about the Great war and what the song is about. So for the sound and creativity. I give this an 8 out of 10. Looking forward to hearing the rest of their catalog.

Tool: Fear Inoculum

And lastly, after 13 years we have Tool with Fear Inoculum. A lot of people have already spoken about this album and have praised it. So what do I think?……It’s a Tool album….Yeah that’s basically all I have to say. It’s a Tool album. It’s not bad by any means but, it is the kind of album I was expecting from them. It’s definitely good but, it was not worth the 13 year wait and I thought it was to long. Maybe I need to listen to it some more or be in the right mood. But for right now it’s an 8 out of 10.

So until next time Nation. STAY LOUD!