Album Of The Day (March 1st-5th)
Each week day (holidays excluded), I post an album to my Twitter feed. There is usually some sort of vague theme to the chosen titles, although not always. The only requirement for selections is that they have to be at least 10 years old.
This week, I was really in the mood for mid-aughts screamo and metalcore. The Hope Conspiracy album is one I have had for ages, and they are one of the many bands in my collection who I strongly associate with The PRP from the old days. That site was the source of so many band names I would then scour every p2p sharing site / app I had access to.
Poison The Well goes hand-in-hand with the first selection, while Glassjaw is a band I took a long, long time to appreciate. They were on the Roadrunner Records label — responsible for a significant part of my entire music collection at that point — but my palette had to develop quite a bit before things clicked for me. It took even longer to fully get my head around the mathcore assault of The Dillinger Escape Plan and, now that I get it, I lament never availing myself of the chance to see them live.
I don't know what the consensus opinion on Horse The Band is, but I loved their work — just a groovy as Hell amalgam of metalcore and the incredibly unique addition of SID chip tunes. Another band I regret not seeing live, the fury and stupid fun contained on records like The Mechanical Hand have not dulled with age either.
- The Hope Conspiracy, Cold Blue (2000)
- Poison The Well, Tear From The Red (2002)
- Glassjaw, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence (2000)
- The Dillinger Escape Plan, Irony Is A Dead Scene EP (2002)
- Horse The Band, The Mechanical Hand (2005)
Next week, we're looking at a very mellow selection of records to balance out the abrasive nature of this week's list.
Published: March 5th, 2021.