A few lesser known albums that I have been spending quite a lot of time with:
- SLOUGH FEG, Ape Uprising - The comparisons to Maiden and other NWOBHM bands are fair, but this album sounds completely original to me. I have to think these guys have a good time making music. I've been urging Ovrcast to bring them down from San Fran for a show, and I can report that there is hope.
- BLACK HELL, How the Rest Was Won - Most of the bands that incorporate progessive elements into their sludge are emerging from the Southeast. Black Hell, out of Phoenix, is a bit closer to home. I need to know if these guys can pull this shit off live.
- CAVE, Psychic Summer - The Chicago psych scene is on, and Cave is one of its leaders. These guys (ex-Warhammer 48k) came through LA at the end of May when I was out of the country. It would have hurt more if this album had already been released.
- UNHOLY, New Life Behind Closed Eyes - This album comes in handy after I waste time observing our nation debate public policy. These guys release all the anger for me.