When I first used the brand-new Dutch iTunes Music Store I was doubtful whether I'd actually use it again. While the shopping experience was extremely smooth and caused no problems at all, seeing as I already had an Apple ID (because I buy direct from Apple to take advantage of the educational discount), the choice left a lot to be desired I thought. In a way I still feel this is the case, but it's not as bad as I thought.
Case in point: a while back I was visiting my old friend René, who I've known since we were in our late teens, and he told me he thought Pungent Stench
were still alive and kicking. I was doubtful about this as Martin Shirenc, the frontman, has recently been involved in side projects such as the incomparable Hollenthon
, and the music is on a completely different order.
It seems I was wrong and the old masters have released a new album called Ampeauty.
What's more the album is available from the iTMS
Pungent Stench - Ampeauty
As I was home sick this week this was a cool find so I bought it without having to go into the city, which would constitute a sort of violation of parole as you're supposed to be at home if you're off sick. At first listen Ampeauty is pretty cool, though not as outrageous as previous works like "Club Mondo Bizarro, Members Only" or as brutal as the ever epic "For God Your Soul, For Me Your Flesh". Still, I suppose it will grow on me, as all the previous albums have had to do.
Other finds include Bal-Sagoth's Atlantis Ascendant (which I already own and absolutely love) and Haydn's Stabat Mater (of which I own a crappy taped version but might replace now). I hope Apple continues to add more metal and creates a real category for that, instead of jumbling everything under Rock. It's slightly bizarre to put Pungent Stench into the same category as Rush, let alone Simon and Garfunkel.
Oh, and while you're at it Apple: how about Wagner's complete "Der Ring des Nibelungen" for about ten euro. That'd be nice...