For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

It’s been awhile, so let’s get into it, shall we?
GORGUTS are back at it with Colored Sands, and lemme tell ya, it’s REALLY good. All the elements are there: death metal, tech metal, and there are some downright pretty moments. I mean, one can’t really touch some of the older chapters of this legendary band, but this thing moves, it shifts. Not only does it not sound like a pale facsimile of themselves, but LeMay’s compositions really stand out. The performances on this are phenomenal, not that one wouldn’t expect that with Marston, Hufnagel and Longstreth holding it all down. This is spacious and dense at the same time, and the production is slick, but it really lends to the overall feel of this record. The riffs are light and proggy, but when they dig in, they really dig in. Fans of this band will be thrilled, and there will be a ton of new fans to follow suit. The one thing that really leaves me scratching my beak here is the lyrical theme, which is tight, but I’m not too sure what’s going on. I mean, I get that it’s a comment on Tibetan culture, but this birdbrain is not too sure what that means. Although, that’s not really their fault, is it? 8 Fucking Pecks.

MINISTRY From Beer to Eternity: I’m just going to review this one without even listening to it. Hey, remember The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste? Or The Land of Rape and Honey? Or even Twitch? Those were great records. Again, I haven’t heard this one, but it’s a disappointment. But hey, that’s cool: Jourgensen is doing his thing, and that’s pretty admirable. You know the deal: samples (yech), drum machine, buzzsaw guitars and processed vocals. It’s okay for a record I’ve never even heard. Horrible title, though. 5 Fucking Pecks.

I’d like to talk about the passing of a dear friend on August 23: Joey LaCaze, better known as the drummer for the legendary EyeHateGod. A lot of drummers can’t play in the pocket like Joey did, and he was a great guy to be around, always having a good time and trying to make you laugh. Our regards to the boys in EHG. RIP to an all-around great guy and amazing talent. (EyeHate)Godspeed, my man.

‘Til next time, Waldo out, squawk.