Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman

What absolute legends Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman are. There is no songwriter in the world who could put together an epic that worms itself into your heart like “Bat Out of Hell”, and there is no singer in the world who could pull it off. Meat Loaf’s heldentenor (“heroic tenor”) vocals are so muchContinue reading “Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman”

The Pick of Destiny – Tenacious D

This is a weird album. It’s the soundtrack to a movie that I’ve only seen clips of. Just listen to the first song, “Kickapoo”, a theatrical overture featuring vocals from both Meat Loaf and Dio with Phrygian mode mixture and The Who-style riffing, and you’ll be hooked on this band. You’re going to have toContinue reading “The Pick of Destiny – Tenacious D”

The End is not the End – House of Heroes

I cannot praise this album enough, as it contains too much depth and joy to address fully here; just go listen to it. My personal favorite of the album is “Baby’s a Red”, their joyful, silly anthem about dating a communist under McCarthyism, with its bouncy shout-filled chorus and Beatles-esque solo, but you may wantContinue reading “The End is not the End – House of Heroes”

Appetite for Destruction – Guns N’ Roses

The members of Guns N’ Roses have an intuitive understanding of music that has never had an equal. Just listen to “Mr. Brownstone”- clearly, there’s some kind of tonality to the opening riff, but it’s not anything I recognize, or anything I can parse through. The swing rhythm of that song focuses hard on theContinue reading “Appetite for Destruction – Guns N’ Roses”

Weezer – Weezer

This is a really great album, and I personally have a strong relationship with this album that I don’t have with any other. It’s full of beautiful guitar work that fits so well with the tonality of Rivers Cuomo’s mellow vocals. Weezer likes to go off of pop harmonies with nice turns, for example, usingContinue reading “Weezer – Weezer”

Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!

You probably know this band from their transcendent jam “Thrash Unreal”, but when their singer Laura Jane Grace came out as trans in 2012, Against Me! accompanied it with the greatest traditional pop punk album of all time. This concept album hits hard with heavy distortion on bright, major-key guitars and even rougher textures onContinue reading “Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!”

Battle Cry – Jagged Row

When I first put together the beginning of “The Locrian Song”, I had the riff, and I said to myself, I should see how this sounds as part of a rock song. My first thought was to take a guitar pattern I thought of as endemic to rock and play it under the riff. InContinue reading “Battle Cry – Jagged Row”

Take This to Your Grave – Fall Out Boy

Take This to Your Grave! Yes, Stump has said on record that he wants it burned, but, if it were any other band, this album would be a well-remembered classic. Of course, it’s Fall Out Boy, so it often has to take a backseat to their other epic albums. Still, I absolutely love the insanityContinue reading “Take This to Your Grave – Fall Out Boy”

PAX AM Days EP – Fall Out Boy

This EP is only 13 minutes, so, thusly, I can declare the whole of it to be my favorite Fall Out Boy song. Seriously, all eight songs on this EP are relentless bops reminiscent of a long-past golden age in punk music. You can clearly tell that these songs (with an average length of aContinue reading “PAX AM Days EP – Fall Out Boy”

Post Mortem – Black Tide

This album is one of those albums where I can just gush and gush over so many of the songs. “Fight ‘Til The Bitter End” is chill and it’s metal and is uncompromising on both of those fronts; the chorus has such a wonderfully relaxing groove and I love it. “Ashes” is a brilliant useContinue reading “Post Mortem – Black Tide”