New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: March 18, 2014
Bl’ast – ‘The Expression of Power’ (Southern Lord)
Southern Lord Records
BL’AST! have always had an uncanny ability to take me back to my early youth, when nothing mattered but skateboarding around my neighborhood and listening to records in my room. The re-release of The Power of Expression, creatively renamed The Expression of Power, is a wonderful gift to anyone who has ever been a fan of this band or old hardcore in general. Anyone hearing BL’AST! for the first time with this release will be hooked. This is straight forward, to-the-gut hardcore that’s absolutely perfect in every way.
This album has both the original tracks as well as the alternate “Track Sessions” included on the release. Brad Boatwright at Audiosiege remastered all of the original material. The physical copy of this record will definitely be worth picking up, it’s a triple LP that includes a 28-page booklet featuring both liner notes and photos of BL’AST! So get in the time machine and depart back to simpler times.
D-A-D – ’30 Years of Hits’ (AFM)
Genre: Hard Rock
To commemorate a career that spans a remarkable thirty years, Denmark’s D-A-D unleash a best of collection spanning their complete catalog. 30 Years of Hits is two discs with thirty songs selected from the bands discography. They mix the dirty rock ‘n’ roll of Aerosmith with the pop sensibilities of Soul Asylum.
This is the perfect starting spot for someone to get acclimated to the band’s unique quirkiness that infiltrates their songwriting. The material is presented chronologically and one can hear the progression the band makes as the material becomes more sophisticated and mature. D-A-D have proven over time that they have a knack of writing straight simplistic catchy hard rock songs.
Dodsferd – ‘The Parasitic Survival Of The Human Race’ (Moribund)
Genre: Black Meta/ Crust
Greece’s Dodsferd have always been all over the black metal subgenre map with a myriad of releases over the last decade or so. Most of the time, they concentrate upon ice cold, razor thin black metal, but really hit their stride when founder Wrath reveals his punk roots.
The Parasitic Survival Of The Human Race harks back to 2007’s Cursing Your Will To Live, blasting forth with a mix of black metal, crust, and a touch of black n’ roll. The result is a rollicking album with a Misfits cover to cap it all off.