Cave In, "Come Into Your Own"
I was a latecomer to Cave In, only really starting to listen to them around 2015 or so when I got a Hydra Head sampler with this EP among the stuff. And I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it sure wasn't this. This is pretty indie rock, and while I know it's not representative of all of their sound, it's still kind of jarring to listen to this and try and square it with the reputation of Cave In as a hardcore band.
When the guitars kick in, that's a fine moment in this song. You know, I hadn't really thought it before, but this is almost a kind of Dead Kennedys groove going here. Great tune!
Gas Huffer, "More of Everything"
Pleasant day so far today! It feels wrong to describe the garage rock of Gas Huffer as easy-going, but I think it fits. Or good-natured? They want to have a good time, and want you to have a good time. Sure, there's plenty of energy, but there's no real heat here. Anyway, always a delight.
Metallica, "Ride the Lightning"
Well, so much for easy-going. I kind of go back and forth between this record and Master of Puppets as the best Metallica record. This is the one where they took a leap in ambition and fulfilled it, but Master of Puppets is more refined and a better take on the same concept. Ultimately, I suppose I pick this one just because it was more of a game changer, but you can't really go wrong with either. Metallica still sounds like a million bucks today.
The Bar-Kays, "Montego Bay"
Folks, Five Songs!