Oranssi Pazuzu

Last night I was reviewing (for my 195 metal CDs project) a forthcoming EP from IDOLOS, an atmospheric black metal band who claim to come from the planet Venus (whose atmosphere, I learned today, is so hot it would cook a pizza in seven seconds).

After listening to their EP, which was an unlisted video, the YouTube algorithm served me up this glorious chunk of Finnish psychedelic black metal from Oranssi Pazuzu. It is wonderfully different.

The band takes its name from oranssi, which is the Finnish word for ‘orange’ and Pazuzu, a Babylonian wind demon. In the words of Barry Norman, and why not!

Anyway, that’s my listening sorted for this week: working my way through their back catalogue.

Led Zep-a-thon

My Led Zeppelin albums in MusicBee

I’ve always been more into albums than singles; I like to listen to complete collections of music than a more radio-like random playlist. And even better if I can listen to the whole body of an artist’s work, to hear how they have developed over the years.

This week, inspired by waking up to a Led Zeppelin song on the radio, I’ve had a Led Zep-a-thon.

Continue reading Led Zep-a-thon

My albums of 2019

All the albums I bought or acquired in 2019

My annual review of what I’ve most enjoyed listening to during the last 12 months, and my albums of the year. Finally published the wrong end of January, but better late than never.

  1. Krysthla—Worldwide Negative
  2. Opeth — In Cauda Venenum (Swedish and English versions)
  3. Slipknot — We Are Not Your Kind
  4. Latitudes — Part Island
  5. Tool — Fear Inoculum
  6. Damn Teeth — Real Men
  7. Megadeth — Warheads on Foreheads
  8. Flotsam and Jetsam — The End of Chaos
  9. Outright Resistance — Cargo Cult
  10. Cybernetic Witch Cult — Absurdum ad Nauseam
Continue reading My albums of 2019

Metallica: S&M2

Metallica play their S&M2 concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra this Friday and Sunday.

Then on Wednesday 9 October, the show will be shown at various cinemas across the world. I have a ticket to see the show in Dundee.

Continue reading Metallica: S&M2