Oct 7, 2017

Marilyn Manson, La Fin Absolute Du Monde, and more

By Bob Suehs

 

Marilyn Manson

“Heaven Upside Down”

 This record was originally slated for release on February 14, 2017 but ended up being released on October 6, 2017.  The question most Manson fans will ask is, “Was this record worth the wait?”.  The Simple answer is yes and no.

 Tyler Bates controlled the musical direction for this record and  unlike the “Pale Emperor” this record is not as original and less flattering to Manson.  

 “Tattooed In Reverse” lacks what made Manson palatable; the song is boring and drab at best with lyrics that seem elementary at times.

 “We Know Where You F**king Live” was the first song Manson released from this record and this is without a doubt the best song on the record.  The chorus is a direct pull from the “Antichrist Superstar” era and the post chorus is reminiscent of “Angel With The Scabbed Wings”

 “Say 10” was the original working title for this record and the track by the same name features vocals which sound like Al Jourgenson from Ministry.  

 “Kill4Me” is the lead single off this record and what’s odd about this track is that it’s a pop song.  The song itself sounds like “R U Mine?” by Arctic Monkeys and this is the only radio friendly track off this record.

 “Saturnalia” sounds like a long lost Bauhaus song and this is the longest on the record clocking in at almost 8 minutes.

 “Jesus Crisis” sounds like old school Spooky Kids material and the song itself is dumbed down in comparison to “Pale Emperor” era material.

 “Threats of Romance” is reminiscent of “Killing Strangers” off “Pale Emperor” and this record clocks in at just over 40 minutes which is a plus because it gets in and gets out in a punk rock style which leaves the listeners wanting more.

 

 

La Fin Absolute Du Monde

“Killing The Host”

 Dark, Electronic, Goth, Metal, Rock, with moments of emotional breakdown - the latest release from this amazing Industrial act is without a doubt their greatest release to date!

 “Killing The Host” opens the record under a deep wave of depressing gloom and “Dismal Dawn Horrid Horizons” picks up the pace by adding more extremes to the mix.

 This 14 song record is an industrial opus to all things heavy and the energy that this record exudes is not just from aggression, but from creative artistry and talented song writing.

 

 

Jim Vegas

“Soul Shattered Sister

 Think a modern day Huey Lewis if you will, that’s how this record comes off at times and that’s a definite positive because the music is straight up classic rock with a modern sound.  The vocals are average which gives this record it’s overall tone and appeal.  Rock for the working man, music for the people, Jim Vegas is the everyman rocker.

 

Clockwork Revolution

“s/t”

 Featuring Patrick Johannson (WASP, Yngwie Malmsteen) on drums and Wade Black (Leatherwolf) on vocals, this powermetal group has a sound that’s pure metallic mayhem with moments of melody, groove, and the heavy moments are balanced out equally by moments of mellow breakdowns.

 Black’s voice can be a tad annoying in parts because he over sings but the music is spot on and crunchy.  Musically the band reminds me of Iron Maiden meets Queensryche with baritone-ish vocals.

 

Kinlin

“The Last Stand”

 Riff heavy, hard rock/metal with a groove, direction, and solid songwriting.  “Wake Up” has a Black Label Society vibe, “The Last Stand” has an Iron Maiden feel, “Forever and a Day” is a touching ballad, and “Unthinkable” is a fast paced metal epic!

 Kinlin is a kick ass metal band and this record is worth checking out if you like guitar solos because the lead breaks are rather impressive.

 

Groupoem

“Dirt Church”

 Indie based alt rock with hard rock edges.  Imagine if REM were a tad heavier and less political; that’s what Groupoem sounds like.

 The lo-fi element is what makes this record sound so unique because nothing is super polished, nothing is perfect, it’s all just rock n roll in it’s purest form.

 “Pearls” is the standout track on this record and “Skulls” reminds me of King Missile.