Selected and Dissected: The albums you need to hear next week…reviewed

By on 5 September 2012

Whilst you may still be wrapping your fleshy hearing boxes around last week’s recommendations, here is what will be hitting the shelves next week, check them out. Again folks, there is no need to thank us.



‘For My Parents’


Possibly thinking they’ve milked the quiet-less quiet-kinda noisy-really noisy crescendo trajectory comprising just about every song they’ve ever written, Japan’s Mono break from convention from the off on album number six. Delving deeper into the use of rapid-fire and shimmering orchestral instrumentation, ‘Legend’ flip-flops the basic structural sequence, ending up sounding like the backing track to the most majestic nursery rhyme Dr. Seuss never wrote. The instrumental quartet keeps with their signature style and sound, but does include more percussion bombast and layers of distinct melodies and stringed counterpoint that shifts the dynamic of their compositions. ‘Nostalgia’ and ‘Dream Odyssey’ will still froth a hipster’s beard at thirty paces, but Mono has managed loud and dense with the addition of sensually baroque twists and turns. [4] KEVIN STEWART-PANKO





With a line-up that includes Travis Ryan from Cattle Decapitation, Danny Walker of Exhumed and Leon del Muerte from Exhumed/Impaled, it doesn’t take the wildest of guesses as to what MC sound like? This is deathly grind done just right, with the Carcass and Assück influences given a modern sheen, underpinned with some truly relentless drum-smithery. ‘Results’ hardly lets up for the whole of its 29-minute duration, save for a surprising finale featuring some delicate piano playing and even a sitar. Juddering along at more or less one pace, the album evades monotony thanks to some varied fret work, some songwriting nous and Ryan’s exhilarating bark. If you like the day jobs of members involved, you’re unlikely to leave disappointed.[4] ED CHAPMAN


‘This Time It’s Personal’


It’s fair to say that while they have delivered blackened thrash since 1999 or so, Norwegians Vesen have often been overshadowed by the more (in)famous antics of Aura Noir, and although it might be easy to draw comparisons, Vesen’s take on the genre is not something to be dismissed lightly, nor are they any of a lesser band than others of their ilk. There’s no mistaking the fact that thrash makes up the lion’s share of Vesen’s sound; there’s a heavy duty ‘Morbid Tales’ influence at work, from the structuring to the shredding, raw guitar tone while the blackened, harsh vocals, alongside the wonderfully powerful production work help propel the band away from the imitators and one-trick ponies. [3] GUY STRACHAN


Until next time folks, enjoy!



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