Thursday, 10 January 2008

Batman really has let himself go

I had some time off, so I decided to shop for some albums; I'm not exactly an advocate of Itunes, so I made a trip HMV instead. I'm overwealmed by the amount of decent albums they had in stock too, with bands like: Halford, Annihilator and Judas Priest I was surprised. Still, I stuck to a few all time favourates and thought I'd give a very informal review of these classics:

Yngwie Malmsteen - Fire & Ice: Poor Yngwie's first and last outing with Elektra records, due to the harsh timing of the Alternative rock take over. What really gets me upset is that over the course of a decade, this is probably some of his best work I've seen since 'Rising Force' and yet it still got overturned because it wasn't commercially viable. The production values are just top notch, and while I still favour Jeff Scott Soto's vintage vocals over Goran Edman- he still performs admirably.

Testament - Practice What You Preach: Talk about bad timing, Testament's best album spawns from the end of an era of Thrash takeover. One of their few albums that actually charted, perhaps a Testament to their underrated stature (Did u see wht I did thar?). 'Sins of Omission' holds up as a personal favourate, the first song Eric Peterson playing shines from Alex Skolnicks while adding adding Chuck Billy's vocals to the mix is a recipie for disastor.

Anthrax - Moshers... 1986-1991: To be honest, I regret buying this complilation album; I was torn between this and among the living. It had Madhouse and Indians, so I felt compelled to really give it a try. I suppose the repore of 'Mosher's was a tribute to Joey Belladonna's time in the band, which gave them such artistic integrity. Shame.

You see, this is why I'm not a journalist.