20:52 - !J.O.O.E.! That was the one I was asked to review. Was good, but found the drums overbearing. That artwork is better than the original one they had, but looks kinda cack up close. Also one of the planets looks like a fleshlight, so...
20:49 - 3rdWorld Don't remember much how it sounded but I didn't enjoy it much I guess. Definitely prefer this to that, and this version of the cover art too. [link]
20:45 - !J.O.O.E.! Heh, I recognise the band now. A friend of the band who used to live here near me asked me to review them. They've improved a lot.
01. Psalm 666 (Intro) 02. Creed Of Abraham 03. Hollow Womb Of Suicide 04. Sword Of The East [Hawkwind cover] 05. Satanic Black Nubian Pharaohs 06. Wonderful World [Louis Armstrong cover] 07. The Gods Who Mock Us 08. Behold The Kindred Battle Carcasses Strewn Across The Bloodied Dunes Of Gilgamesh Mute In The Frenzied Clamour Of Deaths Rolling Tongue And Ravenous Bursting Steel 09. Beyond Death And Darkness
How many times have you listened to a band and been irritated at the fact that their music doesn't seem to properly reflect the themes set by their lyrics? It can happen a lot, and coming from both a writing and a musical background, I tend to have a pretty dismissive (that is, snobby) attitude towards bands that fail to maintain a strong unity between the two. Fortunately for The Meads Of Asphodel, this has never been a problem, and their bizarre blend of black metal has always seen its topics of Christian and Middle Eastern history augmented by a careful choice of instruments and compositional structure. Damascus Steel, the band's third album, sits at an interesting point in their discography, both continuing upon the path set by their previous material, while also exploring some more sophisticated, perhaps bolder territory.