Friday, July 21, 2017

LP Review: "The Desert Winter" by Canyon of the Skull

The Desert Winter
Before we get started, it's necessary to immortalize my internal debate at present.

Perception, does not determine your reality. Perception only can determine your delusion. When presented with fact, one will either accept said facts, or scream fake news.

Acceptance or denial of facts will then determine if you're living in reality or delusion.

This philosophy has been debated for millennia and it's doubtful that we've settled it just now, but what if what you're perceiving is neither factual nor delusional?

What if it's something rarely seen? Perhaps you've noticed my reviews are now entitled with LP, EP, MLP, DLP, TLP, etc? The hope is that you'll understand what you're reading about in terms of length.

Well, this is not an EP and it's not a single, so it's definitely an LP.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Video: "Goodluck Sandy" by Märvel

It's been a few minutes since Märvel took hold of our world and exploited our need for masked superheroes by releasing all of their records over here in the USA via The Sign Records.

But they're not just about reliving the past, because this fall they've got a new album coming out. Until At The Sunshine Factory drops later on this year, check out their latest single and video below.

Don't forget to ask them who they really are on Facebook.

Five Minute Interview: Lor

Normally, this would be the spot were we talk about the artist a little bit, but as this is our first attempt at this, these will be short and sweet.

Lots of times you'll see the same questions, as we're getting to know some folks out there.

Glacially Musical: Thanks for taking a few minutes so our readers can get to know you a little bit. 

Tyler of Lor: Absolutely!

GM: What made you want to become a musician?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stream: "What's On Your Mind" by Swimming Tapes

It's interesting how the city of London in the United Kingdom has influenced so much of our music an pop culture here in these United States.

Yeah, I know, we're not that united right now, but whatevers. We'll fix it. So let's move on to how London is getting on with it now...

Presumed London socialites, Swimming Tapes, are on the cusp of releasing an EP called Soft Sea Blue on B3SCI Records in the USA and Hand In Hive Records over there in the European Union where they have those Euro dollars.

This track is soft, a bit melancholy, but hopeful. Ask them all your questions on Facebook.

LP Review: "Deceases" by Morbid Evils

Under extreme duress, the human mind can slow down time.

When that happens to me, it's like Phillip J Fry on 100 cups of coffee. It's frankly one of my most endearing and useful psychological abnormalities.

Overly stressful situations do not tax me like they do others.

In my mind, I question where this particular ability came from. Was it from years of disassociation, a defense mechanism?

However, the most plausible explanation would be the teachings of Surak and The Time of Awakening on the planet Vulcan, as told by Star Trek.

We all know that Vulcans are logical beings rather than emotional, but it's not that they have no emotions, but they are able to master them. In times of crisis, my emotions are buried deep down so we can live to dissect them....

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Video: "X" by Counterfeit Culture

Anytime you're thinking of Melodic Metal, it's only natural to think of the place that has inspired more touring musicians than any other locale in the entire world.

A state that has spawned countless acts to strike out on the road to make their fortune. This is somewhere that's created movie after movie that makes us all want to stay away from there.

Naturally, we're talking about New Jersey.

Kevin Smith, Bon Jovi, and Springsteen jokes aside, Counterfeit Culture is about to release their debut EP, Deathwish, on August 1st.  In the meantime, get a look at their single, X, and decide if they'll mean as much to you as the aforementioned Garden Staters.

Ask them about the Tri-Town Area on Facebook and preorder Death Wish.

Guest Post: Tour Playlist From Death of Kings

This is what Amos chose.
Hey, everybody! Amos here from Death of Kings, fresh off the road from a killer east coast run supporting our new album, KNEEL BEFORE NONE.

A proper soundtrack for tour is an absolute must, and we thought it might be interesting if we kept a log of all the albums we jammed while we cruised across the country, so here it is!

The band van is my daily vehicle, so with me being the most comfortable behind the wheel I wind up doing most of the driving, and often find myself controlling the tunes, as well.

Lots of old rock, punk and heavy metal stuff this time around, often being influenced by the places we were driving through - jamming King Diamond while we drove through Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Dio/Cro-Mags/Anthrax driving across NY and GWAR into Richmond.

We were also fortunate enough to have a working tape deck, so we dedicated an entire day to jamming all the cassettes we brought and picked up on the road.

There's plenty of curve-balls in there (though not as many as I would've liked!) as well as a ton of live albums... so enjoy the tunes - we definitely did!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stream: "Pink Clouds" by Dead Stars

Dead Stars have released the lead single from their upcoming record, Perfect Patterns, due on 9/21 via Bandcamp.  Preorder it HERE.

In case you didn't know, they're available to aggravate 24/7 on Facebook.

LP Review: "Drying the Eyes Of the Goddess Of Gloom Underneat the Stars And the Moon.." by Gloom Balloon

Drying the Eyes Of the Goddess Of Gloom Underneat the Stars And the Moon..
I'm just going to say it.

The entire title is underneath the cover art because it's funny.

In the past few weeks, sleep has been eluding me.

Part of it is my ignorance on how to reset the stupid automatic thermostat to stop kicking back up and down.

It's fine in the winter because it heats up quickly, and when the AC changes, my house heats up quickly. Because of that, my late night music spins no longer contain such things like Coffin Dust or Morbid Slaughter. When sleep is elusive, every single possible care must be taken to capture it. 

One of those things is mellower tunes whilst winding down.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Video: "The World Is Yours" by Arch Enemy

It's interesting how long Arch Enemy has been around. It's been a very long time since first seeing the We Will Rise video, on VH1 of all places.

Arch Enemy has been around the world, lost two vocalists, a guitarist, but gained a French Canadian, though all of this is old news.

Here's the latest single from their upcoming record, Will To Power.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Stream: "Sink (The Abyss of Dwelling)" by Atonement Theory

Atonement Theory is releasing an expanded digital version of Illumination on 7/28 via I Defy Records. Do you need a sample?

Check out a track below.

Ask them if they're capable of personal flotation on Facebook. You'll get a funny answer, promise.

Split LP Review: "Unto Heretic Flames" by AK-11 and Aasgard

Unto Heretic Flames
Remember all that beef stew I couldn't shut up about last year?

Crockpot Stew, when miso or gravy are added to the broth, is one of the best meals on the planet.

One of the things that makes it so great is that, unless you're eating out of a can or plastic container, beef stew can't just be had at will.

It has to be planned out. The hours upon hours of cooking it make it difficult, and slightly rare.

Music that takes time to gel is always interesting. Unto Heretic Flames was not something that could be listened to once and then be reviewed. This music required rumination.

Aside from the standard black metal things, what were they trying to say? What are they trying to accomplish here? Why did these two bands team up to release a split LP?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Interview: MaidaVale

For the last little while,we've been lucky enough to digest some new music from The Sign Records.

One of the latest and greatest bands these days is MaidaVale.

Hailing from Sweden, see below, they dazzled us with their debut record, Tales of the Wicked West. It's a psychedelic blues freakout from wayback that was just recorded.

Check it out if you haven't, and take some time to get to know them.

GM: Tell me about that capitalized V. What's its significance?

MV: The capitalized V is just because some other band had occupied the internet with "Maida Vale" when we started, and then we got used to it even though some of us are real perfectionists when it comes to spelling.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

LP Review: "Temple" by Olde

Over the Fourth of July holiday, my cousin and her family were in town from Chicago.

It's been almost two years since we've seen each other and just as long for the kids too. When we have time, our daughters have Facetime Tea Parties.

Yes, it's every so metal.

Keeping up with people is something I have never been good at to be perfectly honest about the situation, and that does include family.

Thankfully, she was willing to make the overture and a great time was had by all. There was an 11th Hour decision not to take our children to the park where we spent large portions of our youth...bleeding in the sand...because that place is dangerous.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Video: "Never Wanted" by Avelion

Check out the latest video from Avelion.

This single comes from their latest record, Illusion of Transparency on Revalve Records. Find more information HERE.

In the meantime, get a bowl of popcorn and see where they take you this time.