Monthly Archives: November 2009

Arcadia Son – INCREDIBLE EXPANDING MINDFUCK – 2001


This is one album I don’t really have too much to say about. It’s not bad. Just that it’s not too long, and as a result I don’t have too much to say. I immediately liked the album between this and the first one (An Escalator to Christmas, 1999). Of course, I also LOVED the first album reviewed HERE. It was ambient, but more skewed towards the rock side of things. That means slightly higher tempos, PROPER percussion and slightly lesser by way of electronic noise. This one by comparison goes completely the other way, revelling in spooky whale song soundscapes over melted basslines and jazz percussion. Paradoxically, there are quite a few more ‘acoustic’ sounds scattered throughout the album, particularly the flute, which add an oriental flavour to such tracks as Cicadian Haze.

I’d say that for an ambient album, its pretty daring in places. For instance, ‘Politician’ basically consists of sounds of an old gramophone and a woman err….practicing self sufficiency. Infact, sometimes it’s so daring, that I have to ask whether this really is ambient music. I mean, the rythms are consistent and all, there is a big electronica influence, but I don’t find this neither trippily ambient nor blend-into-the-background fare. In short, it doesn’t really float my boat.

That said, ‘The Shadow of  Twisted Hand Across my House’ is a fantastic track. The trumpet/sax solo at 3.10 is a flash of genius by Steven Wilson. You really don’t expect it. But it quickly reels you in. For god sakes, a Jazz solo in the middle of Ambient Electronica? Outrageous!! Yes, and brilliant. It sounds Xenochronic. For those who care, that means taking a musical part from one composition (say, the bassline from ‘Higher Ground’) and putting it in another (say, ‘Imagine’).

That’s about all I have to say. For those of you who are waiting for Porcupine Tree-esque, you won’t find that here. I mean, the tracks are heavily electronica based, but the personality is not nearly the same. The hooks are not there, just an ambient sort of consistency. I had massive expectations in the first place after hearing the first album, and sadly, this doesn’t quite sound right.

- El Bajista

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Blizzard of Ozz-OZZY OSBOURNE-1980


Ozzy...is not only Black Sabbath

The madmans solo debut. The Ozz coming into his own. The quintessential Ozzy aka Metal album.

As I have already stated in my Black Sabbath review, I am an Ozzy fan. I simply like his voice and personality and all that, its funny. I was reminded of him suddenly a few weeks ago when I was watching Monday Night RAW, where he was the guest host ( I am waiting for Rock to guest host RAW, man. Can’t wait) and he was quite good at it too. (Btw, if you did not watch, please check out the asshole Chris F Masters bouncing his boobies to the beats of Crazy Train. It was great!! The only time he has ever done anything entertaining. And he is sposed to be a sports entertainer)

Before this turns out to be review of Monday Night RAW, let me return to Ozzy and not soil this review of one of my favourite albums by being off topic. As I said, Ozzy has, according to me, a great voice, now after being bereft of the skills of Tony Iommi on the guitar, he needed a great guitarist. And look at his luck, who does he get? A guitarist who could put any other axeman on this earth to shame in his day (Yea, even all your John Petruccis, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai etc etc..)

Randy Rhoads. The man responsible for the resurrection of the Ozzman’s career. Without him there might never have been “The Osbournes”. More importantly, without him we might never have had the privilege to hear brilliant songs like “Crazy Train” or “Mr Crowley”.

Those two tracks form the core of this hellraiser of an album. Just look at Randy’s guitar tone. Raw, in your face, classic and at times, classical. Awesome. He perfectly complements Ozzy, as the Ozzman just blazes away on this album. Except for the last three songs, the whole album is a stone cold classic. Ozzy’s lyrics are always fun to hear, the nice thing being, Ozzy stopped writing too much of Satan and just wrote what he wanted to without trying to be “evil” and “dark”.

Of course, if you come to an Ozzy solo album for listening to some really heavy shit….well just do not come then. This brand of metal is not heavy at all, but just hooky 80’s pop metal sorta, made great because it has Ozzy singing and Randy classical soloing. Iommi made Ozzy great because his heavy vacuum cleaner of a guitar, which just droned along, while Randy’s guitar just flies away sort of and is very light. Easy to get into. Even non-metal heads will like this stuff immensely.

Not much else that I want to say. There was a whole case filed against Ozzy for abetment of suicide, when some asshole listened to Suicide Solution and then killed himself, but who cares. He got off. The court said that the song did not contain subliminal messages. The boys parents had argued that Ozzy was guilty of inciting their kid to suicide because Suicide Solution has Ozzy chanting “Do it , Do it”. In McCollum et al. v. CBS, Inc., et al the court upheld the right to free speech and the said that the First Amendment…………..

Yea, that is what happens when you become a law student. I am truly sorry.

The album is totally kick arse. Has the nice ballad  “Goodbye to Romance” and all which makes me feel senti at times. Check it out.

Baba T..not out of the habit of summarizing case laws.

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But he owes a lot to this guy for that..


THE Number of the Beast-IRON MAIDEN-1982


The high points of this genre, and Maiden, of course, is the melody plus the lead guitars, Now, when the rhythm gets faster and the bass can be heard clearly, the lead guitarists break out into the solo to give the songs their peak moment so to speak, and that is when the going gets really good. This sort of stuff, when done well can be really good and entertaining, the best example being “Hallowed Be Thy Name”. Of course, this can get very repetitive after a point of time, which is the reason that “The Number of the Beast” and “Powerslave” and the début is all that I listen to of Iron Maiden. As for getting their whole discography, I stopped after “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and picked up the latest two albums”Dance of Death” etc… and that is quite enough Maiden for me. My advice to you would be to pick up some compilation, or rather a live Maiden album, “Live After Death” would be good, and headbang for a good part of an hour. I assure you that is all the Maiden you need to get.

However, if you also want some individual albums, those of you who haven’t heard, all you newbies out there, to get into this brand of metal, get this album, cause it just might be the most consistently good NWOBHM album ever, “consistent” being the operative word here. It could have done with one more strong ballad, like on the opener, to make it more varied you know, but still it is ok.

Eddie lookin better than ever

Of course, this album saw the debut of Bruce Dickinson which meant that Iron Maiden started its epic and theatrical direction, Paul Di Anno was more suited to the punkish, sneery side. It also contains the best songs that Maiden ever did, i.e. it contains “Hallowed Be Thy Name”, which is one of the best metal songs, tight, well structured, excellent vocals, hits all the right spots, nice ominous intro, what else do you need. The live version is even better, but you also need the studio version. Another standout is the ballad “Children of the Damned”  which has a neat chorus and a great rhythm section. Memorable. “Run to the Hills” is another fast one, faster than the others, which just blasts along, and of course, you all can remember “Run to the Hiiiiiiiiiilllsss, Run for youuuur Lieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeffffffff..” going in your head after you hear it.

Basically there is not much more I can write about Iron Maiden. Very successful they were, and many other bands imitated them, but obviously the originals will always be better. This sounds right, mostly because it has Hallowed be Thy Name. My recommendation, get “Live After Death”, that is the best Maiden album ever…but still the other stuff is strong, so while you are about it, check this out too.

Wow, I cant even count the number of times I contradicted myself in the above review. Fuck it, just download both of the albums, the debut and this one, all good stuff, and then get the live album. And that is quite enough of Iron Maiden for some time. Quite some time. At least for me.

And that is the bottomline. Here.

-Baba T..trying to make up for his prolonged absence

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Iron Maiden-IRON MAIDEN-1980


I AM BACK! Again.

Eddie the Mascot!!

Just when you think that I am gone for good and that you might not have to read my shit again, I am back.

Other commitments had forced me out of the reviewing business, for more than a month as you can see, I last was here on the 19th of last month.Anyways I am back with a review I am doing more to get into the way of things than anything else. All of you have heard this band and this album, and it is not as if Iron Maidens music varied or progressed a lot with time. They started from Point A, and will end at, more or less at Point A. They were more punkish in the beginning, went on to including some keyboards and tried to be more theatrical and epic later on. Their live concerts are good stuff, and have to be since their music is meant for concerts and head banging, and it’s the stuff that people can take their kids along too, these guys don’t swear, and are friendly too, do not wear make up to make themselves look like ghosts, etc etc..

Iron Maiden? You all know Iron Maiden! From England, started playing fun melodic fast metal with twin guitar attack in 1980 invented by their predecessors Judas Priest, and are still doing roughly the same stuff, which more properly came to be known as NWOBHM, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, basically metal as described above, with a touch of punk, plus with a singer hitting all the very high notes, while dealing with all of the normal metal clichés in a fun sorta way. You know, death metal and doom metal are all “dark” and supposedly “dangerous”, and with growlers and grunters, the brand of metal which Iron Maiden popularized has “fairy” singers sort of, who go AAAAAAAAAAAA..the plus side..easy on the ears, minus side/plus side, you can understand what they are singing, which can be a drawback for some people who want serious lyrics, but a plus for people who get a laugh out of  lyrics like “6-6-6 the Number of the Beast, Hell and fire was spawned to be released” etc. Also the album covers of these NWOBHM bands are all very colourful and cartoonish. You can see the devil quite clearly, unlike on all these black metal bands whose album covers are all dark and bare.

However, their debut, on which they have Paul Di Anno as the vocalist, is almost my favourite Iron Maiden album, The Number of the Beast might up there too, but some songs on here are just tad more memorable. The signature Iron Maiden sound started from here and it always nice to look at the origin, especially if you have heard what is to come after. Also, I can never forget the title track, specially the intro, when the guitars just come in with that memorable tune, which just keeps ringing in my head. “Remember Tomorrow” exploits the soft-lound dynamic well, and is quite the killer track on here.

For the début, Iron Maiden displayed an impressive variety, they are very spunkish and tight, if you know what I mean, raw sounding, Anno is a good mean singer with the punk streak. Except for “Charlotte the harlot” everything is fine and well, on here, and if apart from “Live After Death” I had to strongly recommend an Iron Maiden album, it would be this one, and not The Number of the Beast”. Sometime ago, I would have named the afore named, but I realized suddenly that too many of my favourite tracks are to found on the début.

So get this one if by chance you missed out on it. It is good. Sounds Right.

-Baba T..back from the depths of hell..

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Random pic I found on google..early days....is Anno in there?


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