Wednesday, January 04, 2017

End of an era

This urban fox is about to join her brethren out in the country.

After the best part of 35 years as a London resident (well, within the Zones!) Mr Fox and I are heading to start a new life in Sussex.

We have far too many boxes (seriously? how have we accumulated so much stuff in 4 and a half years!). We have no idea how we managed to move in together using just my little Clio.

Also we had a team of packers to pack the boxes so we have no idea where anything is so going to be interesting when we arrive at our new house!

Annoyingly we forgot to ask the packers to leave out the tea bags! Major rookie error!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Albums of the Year No.1: NOFX - First Ditch Effort

And finally we reach my number one album for 2016.

NOFX really should have been a band I loved in my youth along with Blink 182, Green Day, Reel Big Fish and Capdown but I didn't really know much about them until I started dating Andy who was a fan (although not as much as his mate Ryan).

After listening to Linoleum a dozen times as well as other tracks I was hooked. I feel embarrassed though that the first album of theirs I have bought is their 13th studio album!

At Download this year we were lucky enough to catch NOFX headlining the second stage with just a handful of others who were not watching Black Sabbath on the main stage. They are a fun band to watch live and the albums also capture that fun element.

So after a fairly depressing 2016 it is nice to have some fun and laughter. Enjoy!

You can listen to the full album on Spotify here.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Albums of the Year No.2: Thrice - To be Everywhere is to be Nowhere

I was gutted when Thrice when on hiatus in 2012 and honestly thought it might have been the last we would see of the band. But luckily 4 years later they are back and with an awesomely amazing album.

I went to see them at the Kentish Town forum in the summer - the same venue I had seen their farewell gig in 2012. It was possibly the hottest gig I have ever been too but I didn't really care. The new tracks stuck in my head straight away. The album feel much more classic Thrice from the Vheissu era.

I really struggled to decide if this would be no.1 or no.2 in my list. I love the album and it was just pipped to the post. There are a number of amazing tracks on this album and choosing just one to add to this post has been difficult. Possibly one of their best albums to date.

You can listen to the full album on Spotify here.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Albums of the Year No.3: The Algorithm - Brute Force

As previously mentioned, I love a dance/rock cross over. These guys I would even go so far to say that they are mathcore meets dance given the high complexity of the tracks.

I can't even remember now how I came across this amazing French project but watching live in 2013 at Download I was in awe. Just two guys - one on drums and the other with a guitar and laptop. The sound was immense.

When I am working I love a good instrumental album and this is definitely one to keep me motivated.

This album, the 3rd from the outfit, packs a similar punch to the previous ones. A highly enjoyable album.

You can listen to the full album on Spotify here.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Albums of the Year No. 4: Korn - The Serenity of Suffering

I loved 2013's The Paradigm Shift and have been looking forward to the new album for some time. Korn were a band that passed me by in their earlier years but one that I have really grown to love since The Path of Totality.

I love the new stuff. And to also have a track featuring Corey Taylor - what else could be better.

My top 4 albums this year have been hard to rank. They are all amazing albums and all could easily have been No. 1. I highly recommend giving this one a play!

You can listen to the full album on Spotify here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Albums of the Year No. 5: The Qemists - Warrior Sound

Now for something a little different. I came across Qemists at Download in 2015. I like a bit of Enter Shikari, Hacktivist, Prodigy and other dance/rock cross over bands so this was right up my street (Andy though was not quite as impressed).

I had forgotten all about them though until I heard Jungle from the new album. I downloaded the album and it certainly made tube journeys much more pleasant in the morning!

This is the third album from the Brighton based outfit and if you are keen on the bands listed above I recommend a listen.

You can listen to the full album on Spotify here.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Albums of the Year No. 6: Metallica - Hard Wired to Self Destruct

It's been 8 years since Metallica last released an album. Death Magnetic was a truly awesome album but then anything that followed St Anger really had to be.

When you have to wait a long time it is easy enough for an album to be over-hyped (Chinese Democracy anyone?) but this one does live up to the hype. My only criticism actually is that is it probably a bit too long. There are some cracking tracks on the album though, notably Moth into Flame and Atlas, Rise!

It may have taken a while but bravo boys! Looking forward to seeing it performed live soon!

You can listen to the full album on Spotify here.