Mar 25, 2016

In the Spotlight: Artillery / Amon Amarth / Cobalt

The Good: Artillery - Penalty by Perception
I have never been the biggest follower of this band and any time I have spent listening to them in the past is because of their overall importance in the genre. Flirting with heavy metal, Penalty by Perception is really enjoyable because of it's energetic riffs and the power of the guitars / vocals. "Live by the Scythe", "Path of the Atheist" and "Mercy of Ignorance" are some of the best, while I don't think the mellow "When the Magic is Gone" was necessary... Anyhow, it's fun. [Listen]

The Bad: Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
Not one interesting song was written that day. Listening to this record feels like all the passion of Amon Amarth has been drained, bringing out an abject offering with a fancy cover as if it's targeted for 10 year old kids with a fixation for Hollywood made Northmen and not the real deal. Goofy compositions, even goofier lyrics... Regarding their more melodic era, how did it come from Twilight to this? At least the voice of Johan Hegg is still awesome. I had a dream that in a parallel universe, Hegg left the band to join and co-sing in Unleashed... Imagine that. Vivid. [Listen]

The Ugly: Cobalt - Slow Forever
I'm not so much into the band's previous albums, even though they are hailed as masterpieces all of them. Slow Forever is the comeback of the band after seven years of silence, the fans were crazy and when getting into it, it's a really interesting and addictive record. Stop what you're doing and listen to "Hunt the Bufallo", "King Rust" and "Elephant Graveyard". [Listen]

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