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.
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!