Monday, April 23, 2018

Video: "LIVES" by Scars on Broadway Featuring Daron Malakian

If you go back about fifty years, the term heavy metal was used to insult musician as being stupid. It was music for dum dums.

Here we are now and more often than  not, the metallers are typically writing the smartest and often times most socially conscious music out there.

Enter, Scars on Broadway, the band fronted by System of a Down's guitarist, Daron Malakian. LIVES celebrates life in spite of tragedy.

This track is released 103 years after the Armenian genocide, and some of the proceeds from iTunes go to benefit The Areminia Fund.

“I want to help the innocent people currently caught in Azerbaijan’s ceasefire violations against the Republic of Artsakh and prevent another genocide against Armenians,” Malakian.

Friday, April 20, 2018

LP Review: "Darkness..." by Mordor

In the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair...

It's been almost fifty years since Robert Plant put that line on wax in the classic track, Ramble On.

In 1986, that was the first time I'd ever heard anyone say Mordor that I could recall. The Rings cartoon movie...never saw the whole thing and never got past Frodo talking about his missing finger

Yes years later, those Peter Jackson movies....they're on my shelf on blu-ray, but Randall Graves was right.

He was right.

Today's Mordor isn't a Led Zeppelin clone, nor do they seem to be writing songs about The Lord of the Rings. It's just that their name made me think of other things and past experiences that make me smile.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Video: "Warchief" by Graveshadow

If there's one thing this guy's a sucker for, it's a kick ass guitar riff.

The folks in Graveshadow certainly have those in spades. On top of that Graveshadow is a pretty sweet name for a metal band.

Let's also score one for diversity, both in music and gender. They're currently riding the wave on their latest album, Ambition's Price that was released last week.

Check it out the video below. Send them your messages on Facebook and pick up their album on Bandcamp.

Vinyloscopy with 20 Watt Tombstone

20 Watt Tombstone
Let's head up to Snowy Wisconsin. A close friend lives in Green Bay and the pictures they're sharing on Facebook of 30 to 40 inches of snow in April.

Well, it makes me look at the 30-40 degrees we were getting before the needle climbed up to over 50 and I must confess myself jealous of their delicious never ending winter.

Has anyone see Queen Jadis, The White Witch of Narnia riding around up there? 

On the plus side, 20 Watt Tombstone did get to enjoy our St. Louis weather when they were here last week for the War Goat Festival. 

Just before we go any farther, they've got a deluxe and expanded edition of Death Blues Vs The Dirty Spliff coming out on May 18th. Check that out if you haven't already. Be sure to keep your eyes on their Merch Store for that.

Though, I'm reasonably certain they could not bring anything back with them. This is of course is a rambling re-introduction to these gents. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Video: "Shit Kicker" by Hogan's Goat

Let's change the pace. Let's change it so hard from heavy metal that people wont' even believe this is the same website that was never really a heavy metal site but switched to a heavy metal site, kind of!

To show you how hard we're changing that pace, check out the latest video from Hogan's Goat.

Make sure you check them out on Facebook, but only if you're into some cool grooves that shake.

LP Review: "Solitude" by TOTALSELFHATRED

Life is a series of contradictions that one must traverse in order to arrive.

Musically, my library is full of a vast array of opposites, but that's what keeps it interesting.

When not listening to records or the rare CD in the car, the dreaded iTunes shuffle is my method.

Because my playlists are simply the albums in my digital library all jumbled together, there are several amazing juxtapositions of music that pop through.

Sometimes the most brootal metal will be followed by Simon and Garfunkel. Bon Jovi serves the dessert to The Coup. When it comes to music, it's hard not to always head back to something Eddie Van Halen said...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Foods We Love with Old Man Wizard

Old Man Wizard
Old Man Wizard is a southern California Rock Band. San Diego if you're into brevity.

They've been out there for years, pressing vinyl, doing shows, and slogging it out all for the people of these United States.

They're the kind of band you need to check out if you're into things like Ghost, Opeth, and/or Jethro Tull.

Their new album drops next month on May 11th. You can preorder that on BANDCAMP.

So check out below to find out more about how they eat.

1. For me, lunch is usually the meal where I don't have to deal with the Napoleon of Food. So it's my favorite meal. What's your best meal of the day?

Francis: Dinner. Usually a burrito.

Andre: Why do you hate France? 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Video: "Tabula Rasa" by Æpoch

It's been far too long since we've discussed any seriously Canadian death metal right?

Ontario, especially Mani-Tario should be rife with extreme metal bands, but it appears not all that many of them arrive here in the States.

We should be importing them from Kitchener and Victoriaville like hockey sticks, but here we are. All Canada is willing to send us is their hockey players.

Check this out this one by Æpoch when you're ready to rock.

LP Review: "The Blinding Light of Faith" by De Profundis

The Blinding Light of Faith
Before we start, let me state there is a sticker on the back of my Prius that says "DEATH METAL."

In 2018, it's starting to feel like that Death Metal is waning in popularity.

Perhaps, this view of mine is based solely on my personal listening habits. It just doesn't feel like it once did.

The death metal crash of the mid-90's was one of the best things that could've happened to the genre, though Illud Divinum Insanus is quite possibly the worst thing to happen.

The strange part is that each of those two things did something to clear the throat of the collective consciousness.

The second wave, third wave, and now the seventeenth waves of black metal, doom metal, the third wave of Neo-Thrash, the New Wave of American Metal, and whichever other elder genres of metal that have spun right back around like a record, all pushed death metal back a little bit.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Video: "Shackled" by Bloodshot Dawn

One of the best feelings out there happens when you first get a hook caught into your skin. We're not talking about either of the fish hooks that pierced my ear and back respectively, but that of music.

Bloodshot Dawn is going to that hook in your arm the moment you hear the first riff on this track. We always preview these videos a little bit and it didn't take long to decide to tell you all about it.

Apart from the lethal riffing, there's some tasty solos, and a man whose head is going to explode if he doesn't scream all about it to you.

Don't be inhumane and make him explode. Listen.

LP Review: "Ruin" by Wilt

It's been a couple of years, but this album by this Canadian black metal band crossed my desk. Their name was Wilt and they were about to release their full length-debut Moving Monoliths.

This album arrived to me late and there was no time to get it into my scheduled posting, so I did a favor and released my review of it on Thanksgiving Day, 2015.

Their album was one of the first black metal records that really caught me. It was a bit droning and long form. It clocked in around 40 minutes in length with only four songs.

The term atmospheric black metal was now in my head. it was something that stuck with me, but at the time, there wasn't a vinyl release. So, the promo was put into the digital library and I moved on.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Video: "Red Bible" by Avantist ft Adrián Terrazas-Gonzáles

What's the Monty Python line you remember?

And now for something completely different....

Well, that's our right now. You reading this and my writing this. These days, my love of all things post it notes has begun to merge with my love of music. So, let's consider some Post-Rock if we could.

If you get lost along along the way, write down the band's name on a post it note. It helps, it really helps.

It would be wrong to tell you too much about this song, band, or album, because the chase is betterthan the catch as our man, Lemmy once said.

If you dig this, before to find them on Facebook.

Fuzz Lord Undergoes Vinyloscopy

There are times in this life when you look at the mask of a professional wrestler and the whole path of your life is set before you.

The table laid out, the plan, the meal, whatever particular metaphor you prefer.

Fuzz Lord, that's these guys.

This trio based somewhere out of a city in Ohio that shares a name, well some of it, with that of a Hooten Hallers record plays doom, fuzz, and sleaze.

The crept out of their semi-secret lair out of the aforementioned, though unnamed city...ok, fine, it's Chiilicothe, OH, in order to check in on the vinyl score.

One would presume a retro metal band like them would face towards analog shores....

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Video: "Resurrectionist" by Infected Dead

One of my ever running diatribes with myself and sometimes those on twitter is about the genres of Technical Death Metal and Brutal Death Metal. Think, Cattle Decapitated and The Black Dahlia Murder, but I'm not sure which one of those is which.

I get confused.

Me, I'm not a fan of that kind of metal typically because it feels like the quality of the music is overshadowed by heavy for the sake of heavy. Think about it this way, a .22 caliber handgun isn't going to be as impressive as a .357 Magnum, but either one can get the job done.

To that end, offered for your consideration is the latest single from Infected Dead. What's totally cool about this SUPREMELY heavy track is that it isn't loud for the sake of loud and heavy for the sake of heavy.

It's heave and it's awesome. There's a song in there intertwined in the blast beats, breakdowns, and guitar solos.

Ask them about their inspiration on Facebook.

LP Review: "I Shall Forgive" by The Erkonauts

I Shall Forgive
It's hard to think of this, but it's true.

There was a time where Faith No More and Infectious Grooves did not exist.

When the only time you were hearing those funky ass bass lines was in...well funk and whatever the hell The Red Hot Chili Peppers are.

Then, this new thing surfaced. You could listen to heavy music with dat funky butt bass. Jason Newsted attempted to add this sort of thing to Metallica, who knows if it ever made it past the editing room.

Infectious Grooves and Faith No More were the beginnings of a new kind of metal. Then bands like White Zombie and Pantera took this idea and made it more mainstream by making it less crazy.