WSOU Picks of the Week: Vintersorg, Septicflesh, Alice Cooper
Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and as been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:
Vintersorg – “Jökelväktaren” (Dylan G.)
As an American fan of A LOT of European metal bands, I sure wish I knew Swedish. Vintersorg are one of those extra-folky bands that could help expose the genre to a wider audience. With their melodic vocals and Sabaton-esque backing keyboards, “Jökelväktaren” is a track that could pull fans from outside of their niche, even if most of them can’t pronounce the song title.
Septicflesh – “Dante’s Inferno” (Garren L.)
Septicflesh have once again demonstrated why they are the masters of symphonic death metal. I might go as far as to make the audacious claim that their new track “Dante’s Inferno” has given Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy an extra layer of sinisterness. By mixing the brutality of death metal with the orchestral elements normally found as part of a film score, Septicflesh are able to portray the horrific, evil, and grotesque nature of what Dante described in his work.
Alice Cooper- “Paranoiac Personality” (Katie W.)
The master of shock rock slashes again. Alice Cooper’s new single, “Paranoiac Personality,” off of his soon to be released album, Paranormal, embodies nothing but the classic eerie and frightful Alice. Produced by Bob Ezrin, the song carries a deep and spooky bass line, but also embraces lighter and compelling guitar riffs as well as an upbeat chorus. The musical wizardry gives “Paranoiac Personality” the “it” factor. No one has ever done crazy like Alice does crazy. Fantastic, Mr. Cooper, as always.