The Scrounger's Report
Oct. 20, 2001
A thrashingly good Scrounger's Report
I received an order in the mail this week, plus I went out hunting
today, so I've got a few discs to talk about. :) Upside: I bought
gasoline for $1.05/gallon today, the lowest price I remember paying
in about 3 years; since our gas prices are 20-40 cents more expensive
than most other areas of the country, I'm guessing some parts have
dropped below a buck a gallon; makes CD hunting trips more feasible!
On to the CDs (most are metal; I'm going through a "heavy" phase :).
Nasty Nasty - Get Some!!! 1990. Kack Publishing.
Apparently a local sleaze glam band. Lead vocalist reminds me
of Tom Keifer (Cinderella). A cool indie find.
Burning Rain - S/T. 2000. Z Records.
Burning Rain - Pleasure to Burn. 2001. Z Records.
Doug's playing, as always, is awesome. Keith St. John is at
least mediocre, as opposed to incredibly annoying live.
When they do their more traditional AOR stuff (ballads, etc.)
this is pretty decent. When St. John starts wanting to be
Robert Plant I just want to remove the discs from the player.
Note to Keith: STOP IT!
Gardian - Voyager and Fusion (The Early Years). 2001. M8 Records.
As with many of the albums they've dug out from beneath rocks the
sound quality isn't the greatest at times, *BUT* if like me you're
a fan of "First Watch" Guardian as opposed to the Jamie Rowe stuff,
this will be a must-have.
Deliverance - Greetings of Death. 2001. M8 Records.
Haven't listened yet, but it's another M8 disc, so it might bite or
it might be stellar. It's a collection of early demos.
Loudness - Disillusion (Japanese Version). 1993. Denon (Japan).
It's not bad, but it's not quite as good as the stuff they put out
in their heyday. Good completist fodder though. Note to other
Loudness completists (or fans of any Japanese metal bands):
http://www.sentinelsteel.com has a very large inventory of
releases from Japanese bands. This one was a sealed copy with
OBI that cost me $16; quite reasonable as Japanese discs go.
Steel Prophet - Into the Void. 1997. Brainstorm Records.
Some numbnut is trying to sell a copy of this on Ebay for $50,
claiming it's impossible to find. I got this one new also from
Sentinel Steel for a whopping $14. Pretty good schtuff.
Artch - Another Return to Church Hill (2 CD). 2001 (1988).
Metal Blade Records (Germany).
Artch - For the Sake of Mankind (2 CD). 2001 (1990).
Metal Blade Records (Germany).
Man, I'd forgotten how good these 2 albums are. Also how much
a difference there is between the 2. "Another Return" is quite
solid, but "For the Sake of Mankind" is just leaps and bounds
above it; it's an absolute gem! Whomever did the remastering
did one hell of a job as well. The disc 2 of Another Return
won't play in my DVD player damnit, so I had to pop it in and
play it on my computer. It's cool as hell to see a full live
performance though; it holds up well over time.
Dark Sanctuary - De Lumiere et d'Obscurite. 2000. Wounded Love Records.
Son of a BITCH! So close and yet so far. Wonderful digipak
packaging, this thing just screams "gothic metal". Well... it's
half right. Gothic yes. Metal *bzzt*. Great orchestration with
ethereal female vocals. It. Just. Never. Kicks. In. Basically an
entire album of nothing but intros to gothic metal tunes. I found
listening to it incredibly annoying, since I kept expecting it to
bust into Tristania-like glory, but it never happened. Grr....
Pariah - The Kindred. 1988. Steamhammer (Germany).
Excellent old-school technical thrash (I'm picking up a bunch of
that stuff lately). "The Rope" especially kicks ass.
Bolt Thrower - Realm of Chaos. 1989. Earache Records.
I'm not sure *why* I like these guys, but I do. I don't think I
like this one quite as much as "For Victory", but it's not bad,
and since it's one I didn't own...
Hexenhaus - The Edge of Eternity. 1990. Metal Blade Records.
More thrash, this time from a Swedish band. Haven't listened
all the way through yet, but seems par for the course.
Stygian - Planetary Destruction. 1992. Leviathan Records.
What, more thrash? You betcha! I think this one is a fairly
Sacrifice - Forward to Termination. 1988. Restless/Metal Blade.
You guessed it. More thrash. I'll need to sit down and listen
to their later stuff to hear how it compares, but this one's
pretty darned solid.
That's all for now.