Part four of five...
Diagonal—The Second Mechanism (Metal Blade/Rise Above)
process of making Viljans Oga evidently took its toll on the band, which started shedding members as the album neared completion.
Janel & Anthony—Where Is Home? (Cuneiform)
here. I'm looking forward to hearing what they get up to next.
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell—Don't Hear It...Fear It! (Metal Blade/Rise Above)
one of these. Never mind the image, though—they deliver a well-worn musical style with power, grit, and not a little genius. Imagine Budgie stripped of the pastoral interludes and you've got the Shovell pretty much. Not that they don't have their eccentricities—there's that crazed-looking falcon (?) mascot of theirs and a bunch of songs that even at their most rockin' can still swing and turn down some interesting back alleys. "Devil's Island" and "Red Admiral Black Sunrise" are my kind of rock songs—speeding up, slowing down, getting loose, getting tight, and all built on a deep foundation of riff. And on "Scratchin' and Sniffin'" they've got the working stiff's anthem of the year. Put it on and I'll get the next round in.
Dysrhythmia—Test of Submission (Profound Lore)