Though Aggravator is ostensibly a thrash metal outfit, this new EP isn’t straight outta the '80s. True, the riffs on Unseen Repulsions evoke the phrasing and energy of the genre’s originators, particularly Slayer, but the vocals are more rooted in the hostility of death metal than the hoarse shouts of thrash's early years. Formed in 2008, Aggravator is a veteran act that's dropped high-energy releases and landed appearances at European festivals. This LP shows them for the polished riff slingers they are.
Though no friend to copy editors, MiLK & dEaD fLyS may endear itself to fans of adventurous electronic music on burnt brEath /ep. The project — “arranged, composed, edited, recorded & played” by Chase Bats — is something of a psychedelic nightmare. Echoey beats and the occasional echoey vocal mix with sinister electronic beeps and bloops to produce music that's part ambient, part goth rock, part slithering momentum and part, um, something else. It sells for $6.66 in case the above description doesn’t drive it home.
Johnny Love Inner Worlds
Once described as the "Mel Torme of the '80s” — now, there's an un-toppable accolade — Johnny Love dropped the accurately named single Inner Worlds earlier in May. It’s not apparent on this release where the Torme vibe comes in, though a dive through Love’s back releases fills in the blanks a bit. The first track, “Openings,” is aptly named. It's a mournful keyboard call that invites the listener to the main course: “Faerie Sage One.” That piece is also introspective, combining a soothing keyboard bed overlaid with sparingly used harmonics that simultaneously invoke faeries and spaceships — if the latter were traveling to inner rather than outer space. Love previously released a spare cover of King Crimson’s “Matte Kudasai,” so he ain’t messing around. Put some headphones on and, well, space out.
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