It's happened to all of us: We heard an album from a band we've never heard of, or just never checked out, and then their new album falls on your lap and you have that feeling that you've been missing out. That's happened to me quite a few times this year (often mentioned in my reviews, but not always).
So, limiting yourself to ONE such band that you found in 2020, post:
The band's name
(optional) link to a review here on The Metal Crypt
Link to the Metal-Archives page and/or something like Bandcamp where people can check them out
From the first time I heard their 2020 album Scriptures, I just couldn't stop listening to it. Killer old-school death metal that's heavy yet catchy. Then I realized that not only did we have several reviews of their past albums, but they also formed way back in 1989 when the genre was in its infancy.
Usually in a year I begin listening to long running bands more than I did this year. But this year the only long running band I jumped into was this band, Cloven Hoof.
I’m quite keen on checking out earlier releases at this point. I liked this release, although it didn’t end up on my year end list. Vocalist reminds me of M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) at times the way he strains his voice in his upper range, which rubbed me the wrong way when listening to this earlier in the year. But actually there is A LOT going on in this record, and much to be commended for. They really put out a daring effort on this one.
It's fucking great music, and I can't believe I've been missing out.
Is it strange my two favourite Tokyo Blade songs are both non-album tracks? "Attack Attack" is a killer song, but it's a b-side to Lightning Strikes, and "Breakout" smokes and is from the Madame Guillotine EP. I love the other stuff too, but those are my favourites.
I got the 2CD version of the debut with the bonus disc that has the Madame Guillotine EP, the Midnight Rendezvous EP and the Cave Sessions EP. Night of the Blade has bonus tracks too, including those Lightning Strikes b-sides. Speaking of Lightning Strikes, the opening riff is so similar to Strange Wings by Savatage, in notes and tone, the Olivas must have ripped it off.
I really like Vic Wright's powerful, kind of shrill vocals. With just a little bit of sleaze. It's just perfect. That runoff to the song Madame Guillotine when he sings "it's too late now... oooh oh oh", it's just brilliant.
Marsh is a more typical heavy rock singer, with character, but less technical ability.
It's just a great band, Tokyo Blade. I am glad I discovered them and now I have a lot more to look forward to.
Last Edit: Dec 31, 2020 20:40:22 GMT -5 by larmer28