Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Playlist 2017 Week 5: Power Trip, Tyler Childers, BLS

The final installment of the Playlist is going to be a short one. It was a holiday week, and I didn't feel like logging in on those days. Plus, we're getting to the point of the program where we're just going to have a lot of repeat appearances from Alestorm, Hellbound Glory and a couple of others. So here are the final three to round out my 2017 playlist.

Power Trip, "Excutioner's Tax (Swing of the Axe)" from Nightmare Logic. One of the problems I've had with the new crop of thrash bands is that they often seem content to repeat what's come before instead of innovating the style. I already have all of the classic thrash albums, so I don't need a remake. Power Trip doesn't completely avoid that pitfall either, but there's some good stuff on this record. Some nice grooves and memorable melodies.

Tyler Childers, "White House Road" from OurVinyl Sessions EP. Tyler Childers has gotten a lot of well-deserved credit with the traditional country crowd this year, but I have mixed feelings on his studio album Purgatory. At times, it's a little too brash and over-the-top for me. I prefer the stripped down tunes on this three-song EP, and I find this version of "White House Road" far superior to the one on Purgatory.

Black Label Society, "Room of Nightmares" from Grimmest Hits. I'll close out the playlist with one more look forward, to a 2018 release from Zakk Wylde's BLS. I will fully admit that my inclusion of this song has more to do with the crazy, goofy video than the song itself, but it was too much fun not to include.


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