The 2010 Arsies: January 15, 2010

January 15, 2010

Rounding out the second full week of tournament play, death metal veterans Obituary go up against relative newcomers, the upstartish sludge metal of Baroness. Obituary's "Darkest Day" is a solid album with infectiously nod-inspiring riffs, sounding at times like Coroner or Pestilence or other blasts from the past. This album is a bit of a grower, a good middle-of-the-road piece of work that delivers exactly what you'd expect it to deliver.
Which is what helps make Baroness' response so devastating. While initially hard to get a read on, "Blue Record" was an absolute grower. Catchy and energetic as hell, and sounding at times like the Jesus Lizard, Mastodon, and Fleet Foxes, this album sounds like a new kind of metal/rock/swamp sludge... and it works. Baroness wins, and moves on to the next round!
That's it for this week. The Arsies resume on Monday, with prog metal competing against a cartoon.

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