WSOU Picks of the Week: L.A. Guns, Ne Obliviscaris, Dawn of Disease
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:
L.A. Guns – “Speed” (Katie W.)
It has only taken 17 years, but Tracii and Phil have finally reentered the spotlight together. “Speed” returns us to the classic energetic and sleazy sound once popularized by the legends of the sunset strip in the ’80s. While Phil Lewis’ pipes have been a constant for [one version of] the group throughout the years, the complimentary riffs from both Tracii Guns and Michael Grant are a distinctive and suitable addition to the band’s new dynamic tone. With a lyrical salute to notorious rock gods Deep Purple, an aggressive chorus, and killer guitars, “Speed” will leave you wanting more.
Ne Obliviscaris – “Intra Venus” (Garren L.)
When I think of Australia, I think of the Great Barrier Reef and scary arachnids, not dark sounding progressive metal, yet Australia has given us Ne Obliviscaris. Recently they released a new song called “Intra Venus” off their upcoming album Urn; it starts off with a nice, soothing build that lasts for about forty seconds, after that the song descends into an intricate, but slightly heavier sound. One of the things I really enjoy about this song is the violin, which complements Xenoyr’s harsher vocals. While Tim Charles’ cleans also serve as a nice counterpart to the growls, I’m not always feeling Charles’ style of singing… but overall it’s solid and really adds to the tranquil, yet haunting nature of this track.
Dawn Of Disease – “Perimortal” (Dylan G.)
Dawn of Disease are at it again with some good old fashioned melodeath. “Perimortal” is off of their new album Ascension Gate, which sports not only epic tracks but some badass album art as well. If you’re a fan of Kataklysm or Evocation, these guys are right up your alley.