Monday, November 28, 2005

What's playing in my car

Music is a huge part of my life. And so, I will be reviewing a few of my favorite music albums, in no particular order, probably in two or three posts. So here goes the first installment.

Pantera : Far Beyond Driven

If you are, say, in the process of getting mugged, and your assailant finds a picture of your brand new car in your wallet, and just to spite you, decides to set it aflame using his cigarette lighter, this is the album you would want playing in the background as you, in a fit of demented rage, bash his brains out with his own shoes.

This is the angriest album ever, by the angriest band ever. Also, curiously, this is the first cassette I ever stole from a music store during my music store cassette stealing days.

Favorite song on the album : Becoming

Marilyn Manson : Antichrist Superstar

A staple and a must-have for God-hating infidels. In the words of the official reviewer, quite aptly put too, I might add, "Brooding rhythms collide with corrosive samples and buzzsaw guitar riffs, while vocalist Marilyn croons irresistible melodies in the voice of a vagrant regurgitating broken light-bulb shards".

Enough said.

Favorite song on the album : 3 of them. The Reflecting God, Beautiful people, Tourniquet.

Nine Inch Nails : Fragile

For those who are not aware, Nine Inch Nails is a band consisting of just one person, yes, one person, namely, the genius known as Trent Reznor. Trent Reznor is the only person in the world who has the power, if given a bunch of myriadly selected pieces of lawn furniture, to create beautiful music out of them. This is his best album to date. Industrial staccato rhythms, beautiful piano pieces, suicidal melancholic rhymes, this album has it all. But at it's very core, it remains what Reznor does best. Music born out of lawn furniture.

Favorite song on the album : The Wretched.

Type O Negative : October Rust

Imagine you are a male zombie, and why not, and that you are gazing adoringly into the cold lifeless eyes of a female zombie, who is your twin-undead-soul, if you will. At the exact moment the two of you cease your adoring gazes and begin to consummate your passion for each other by feeding on each other's brains, this is the album you would like to play in the background as the soundtrack of your love-making.

This album consists entirely of love songs. Beautiful, melodious, mellow, horrifying love songs. Peter Steele, the Frankensteinishly good-looking lead vocalist of this band, creates a melange of low-pitched doomsday vocals with breathtakingly passionate yelling, with an array of stringed instruments and church organs in the background to produce a dazzling collection of songs. Their best album to date.

Favorite Song on the album : Red Water (Christmas Mourning).

Guns n Roses : Use your Illusion I

Ah, good old time heavy stuff with the original bad boys of Rock n Roll. Most people say Appetite for Destruction is their best album ever. I disagree. In addition to being better produced, this album shows a greater diversity of songs and, fuck, Slash has just gone haywire with his riffs.

Favorite song on the album : Don't cry.

Chris Isaak : Forever Blue

There is only one correct way to listen to this album. At midnight, in the darkness, with scotch on the rocks. The proven medicine to heal a broken heart.

Favorite song on the album : Somebody's crying.

1 comment:

Pravin said...

Dude, that is the best description of Type O Negative I've ever seen. They are even more awesome live, except for the part where you're surrounded by fake vampires.