Album of the Day 2/18/12
New feature! The 1000 best albums of all time list countdown continues, a cross-blog collaboration with New York Music Daily’s older sister blog Lucid Culture. Saturday’s album is #456:
Mos Generator – The Late Great Planet Earth
The artsy metal trio’s 2005 quantum leap, ironically, remains their mellowest album, streaming at Bandcamp. Their earlier stuff is solid, but here they take their sound to the next level: this is a lush, atmospheric, genuinely haunting concept album about the apocalypse. The foreboding On the Eve kicks it off, followed by the epic dirge Crematorium; the rhythmically dizzying, manic depressive Six Billion People Dead; the aptly titled Opium Skies; The Myopic and its understated bitterness; the morbid Closed Casket; and the plaintive, Pink Floyd-ish Fall of Megiddo. Frontman/guitarist Tony Reed continued to assert himself as one of the underrated guitar heroes of the past couple of decades, while adding layer after layer of keyboards to the mix (which dominate as the album winds out, hypnotically). It winds up on a crushingly ironic, cynical note with the surprisingly funky title track and a mini-suite with a centerpiece titled Exit the Atomic Age.