Friday, May 26, 2017

LP Review: "Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes" by Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes

Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes
In most contemporary Christmas time movies, the nuclear family always has children scattered around these United States.

The parents tend to live in the Midwest or the South. Their children have all moved across the country to live their lives.

Those movies tend to have great introduction scenes, because these (now adult) children aren't arriving at the same time in Bloomington, IL.

Sometimes they even have to rent cars to get to the snow covered ranch houses they grew up inside of.

So, we always learn about these kids. The standard trope is seeing them in their suits telling their office friends about how they have to get back to Montana for Christmas because Mom might not be around much longer. This goes on until they're all in the house.

The last child though...this one doesn't always arrive alone. Sometimes they bring a new friend....

Video Premiere: "Defining Me" by Eyes Wide Open

Good morning. We're pleased to bring you the first single from And So It Begins by Eyes Wide Open.

The record won't drop until September, but in the meantime, get a good slice of it down here.

Let them know you're awake on Facebook.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Interview: Space Witch

As a young boy Dr. Who fascinated me, for a time anyway. Though, not a fan these days, the theme music has definitely left an indelible mark upon my psyche.

Perhaps it was the pinball game we played at The Silver Ballroom all those times?

Probably not.

Upon first, second, and third listens, Space Witch seems to be the band that should've been the soundtrack to that show. Not just because their music is reminiscent of Dr. Who's theme song, but because the music feels like Dr. Who and a hundred other Sci-Fi shows.

They took some time to answer my questions at the Glacially Musical Intercontinental Space Exploration Center of Greater Manila.

Check it out!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Video: "Since C.A.Y.A." by Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces have just released their latest single from their upcoming album,Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, on Subpop Records.

Preorder here and shout at them on Facebook.

LP Review: "Kneel Before None" by Death of Kings

Kneel Before None
We all come to music a little bit differently. Some of us are lucky enough to have parents that share music. In fact, that's the type of parent I'm trying to be.

Some of us have older siblings, or friends.

My journey largely started with my cousins. When we were at a very young age, music was a big part of our lives. So, when those formative years cross my mind, there are always stories from my youth with Jamie and Al.

There was a time before Thrash Metal was widely recognized as anything. (Naturally, it was a thing, as this was the mid to late Eighties.)

We were sitting on their front porch while I was visiting. Plenty of Marlboros lit and burning. There was talk of heading out to this place called Candyband. As this was utterly foreign to me, I asked, what do you do at Candyband?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stream: "Die-Sect" by Pyreship

It's been a long time since we discussed the amazing Pyreship record, but here's your chance to get a little bit more hyped up on it.

Tell them what you think on Facebook.

Concert Reveiw: Delain at Concord Hall in Chicago April 28, 2017 Photos and words by Danny Nichols


Delain is a Dutch Symphonic Metal in the style of Nightwish.  Even thought Delain had already become a force in Europe and garnered significant attention in the United States, I was unfamiliar with them a year ago, when my wife recommended I give them a listen.  Soon after their fifth album Moonbathers appeared in my inbox and they announced a North American tour with my favorite band HammerFall.   Clearly the universe was pointing me in the direction of Delain.  I wish the universe had not waited so long to introduce me to this amazing band.

Charlotte Wessels
I was surprised by the number and the dedication of the Delain fans.  This first thing I noticed as I approached the venue, after an epic battle with Chicago traffic, was the many Delain t-shirts donned by queuing metalheads.  A few brief conversations revealed many were not casual fans either, but enthusiastic and knowledgeable followers as excited to see their the Delain set as I was for HammerFall.  Their status as co-headliners was well deserved.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Video: "Seaquest" by Sleepy Sun

In advance of the upcoming LP release, Private Tales, Sleepy Sun have just released the video for Seaquest.

To the best of my knowledge it's not about any cartoons.

Check out the clip below and question them about things on Facebook.

LP Review: "The Liars Bend Low" by Pyreship

The Liars Bend Low
In November, a simple conclusion hit me, in the coming years music is going to be really great.

That's because pain breeds art.

Consider the Vietnam War Era. When we look back at those years some of the true titans of music were stalking the earth: The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and the list goes on and on.

Those days were a time of upheaval in the world. The people were at unrest.

We are not even halfway through 2017, and there have been several amazing albums. It appears the pain being caused around the world is most definitely creating amazing art.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Double Vinyl Review: "Construct" by Archivist

Construct
Would you mind if I took a moment to wax nostalgic just for a minute. It's unclear to me how many of my current readers have been with me since the beginning.

This blog started off as a testament to my commitment to new music. Once it was realized that there were ten new albums in my car from that year, it was a revelation.

When Glacially Musical started, it was ab out my personal journey into modern music. Like most people of a certain age, new music had lost its sheen. Like my generation, I had aged out of appreciating  new music, new bands.

These days, that very idea is repellent to me. Music is our life's blood. Art is the most wonderful thing we have. My courses in ancient literature taught me a great deal about music. Because about 60 years ago, Music took the place of literature in telling us about modern events.

Sorry, nostalgic mode is now off. Let's move forward and discuss the most excellent double LP from Archivist.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Stream: "CHRONOMETROPHØBIA" by NØMADS

Perhaps you've noticed that NØMADS have been releasing a bunch of singles and you've been able to hear them right here?

Well, if not, here's the latest single from Brooklyn's NØMADS. They're a bit left of center and make some great tunes.

Check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp. ($1 Vinyl!)


Video: "Abyss of the moonbow" by heaven in her arms

As always being an avid fan of Japan, this was something I couldn't pass up.

Be sure to check them out on Facebook and if you dig this track, pre-order it HERE, available in both CD and LP.

DLP Review: "Erosion" by Cydemind

Erosion
There are times when your buddy here feels like Abraham Simpson yelling at the world and demanding that the United States removes three states.

He also says he'll be dead in the cold, cold ground before he recognizes Missour-AH, but as we're in Missouri, it's probably something different right?

My personal windmill is the hyper factioning of all the metal sub-genres. Certainly there are different kinds of metal and a factioning isn't necessarily a bad thing.

It's the overuse of these ideas that gets on my nerves. In the now (seemingly) distant past, friends spoke of this new thing called Folk Metal. There was no way it would ever make it into my music library. My mind was closed at the time. What made that particular type of metal so interesting was the inclusion of new instruments into the fold.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Video: "Juice" by Andy Gabbard

Andy Gabbard of The Buffalo Killers has just released his video for Juice off of his upcoming solo record on Alive-Natural Sound.

Check it out!

Metallica Showed Me Subtext

There was a time in my life when it never really occurred that song was trying to tell me anything other than the single story.

Granted, I was much younger then than I am now. This was when I was very much into Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Led Zeppelin.

Naturally, those bands are a pretty big deal, but none of them really said anything that was outside of what they sang.

Years later, I would get into Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, and Metallica.

Even though subtext is still my personal Achilles Heel, I can tell you that Metallica's songs were about something bigger than just moving you for the moment.

In the Eighties, when they came up, that wasn't a really big deal. The Ronald Reagan Era, i.e. the plastic life of lies and treason, was in full swing when Master of Puppets came out and George H W Bush was still maintaining Reagan's policies in 1989 when ...And Justice For All was released.

While Metallica was singing about how men were wasted on the battlefield, Ozzy Osbourne was preparing to sing about transforming into a werewolf or getting high. Though, honorable mention goes to Killer of Giants.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Video: "Organic Nucleation" by Dark Matter Secret

Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to review this album, but let's make sure we all pass along the awesomeness of this single.

Use your words to say hi to them on Facebook or preorder the album here.

LP Review: "Plastic Surgery" by Heavy Traffic

Plastic Surgery
What an age to be alive?

Last night, I took in a show by the Leonas w/Morrigan at The Tick Tock Tavern. It was a pair of string bands that have nothing to do with this save giving us venue for a conversation.

My friend's wife asked me about plague metal...well that's not a thing yet, but it will soon be...because every kind of metal soon will be.

Music in the Twenty First Century is basically like fusion cooking. For the record, my newly minted Slow Cooked General Mi-Tso Chicken was spectacular.

Due to there only being so many chord progressions and scales, it's getting harder and harder for bands to keep things new and fresh. Some do and some don't, but those that can are able to raise their heads above the din and be heard.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stream: "Medicine" by Quiet Hollers

One of the best surprises of 2015 for me was The Quiet Hollers. Their brand of open ended pop coupled with modernized "down home" instruments was just one of my favorite albums of that year and yes, the vinyl sits proudly on my shelf.

This year, they're back with Amen Breaks releasing on July 7th. Check back for the full review down the road, but in the meantime, check out the first single Medicine.

Holler at them on Facebook!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stream: "All That Light" by Skye Steele

Check out the latest single from Skye Steele.

He's out on tour starting this week.


Upcoming Skye Steele Tour Dates:

5/17 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live (w/ The Minimalists)
5/18 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall (w/ The Minimalists)
5/19 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre (w/ The Minimalists)
5/21 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center (w/ The Minimalists)
5/27 - Brooklyn, NY - Come On Everybody
5/28 - Baltimore, MD - The Holy Underground
6/01 - Atlanta, GA - The Casa Nova


LP Review: "Beyond The Dark Border" by Horrid

Beyond The Dark Border
Many people have told me that I bear a resemblance to someone they know. In the past, my jobs were in the public, so meeting new and (not so) interesting people daily and hearing their (totally not) original stories was part of the job description.

Many people wanted to tell me that I look just like Mike Myers and has anyone ever told me this?

The standard response became, only every day since about 1992.

Now that my visage is older and Myers has aged differently than me, it doesn't happen as much as it used to, but there's still an effect there.

Here's the strong takeaway, if you see someone that you believe resembles a celebrity, don't tell them. The difference between the chances you're the first and nil are basically incalculable unless you're the entire geometry department at MIT.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

7" Vinyl Review: "2AM. Chinatown" by Julian Jasper

2AM. Chinatown
Let's get started with my beloved St. Louis Blues. At the time of this writing, we're getting the injury reports of what they were really dealing with during the playoffs.

As someone who wanted the Nashville series, it didn't disappoint in terms of games, but our boys didn't have the stamina this year. That or a threatening power play.

So, for this guy, I say go on you Predators and win your first cup.

That said, there's a lot more to life than sports. For instance, there's vinyl to listen, to review, and to love.

My little vinyl column here has ginned up to precisely what I wanted it to become. Bands, labels, and PR firms have taken to it and there's plenty still sitting on my shelf waiting for spins. Listening to music for the first time on the old school (or new school colored) vinyl is just really the best. As I typically only buy albums I've heard before on vinyl, I'm very thankful for the opportunity!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Video: "Timeout" by Ivy Crown

Newcomers, Ivy Crown, have released their first single. So see it, see below. This group is full of bad asses.

Their stories are as interesting as their music. Hopefully this is just a teaser for what they have in store.

Check them out on Facebook.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Video: "Desire" by Megafauna

Austin rockers, Megafauna are back and bigger than ever.

Check out below for their latest video, Desire. Hit them up on Facebook in order to find out what makes Austin weird.

You can pick up their latest album, Welcome Home, and previous records on Bandcamp on CD, LP, or Digital.

LP Review: "Claw Machine Wizard" by Left Lane Cruiser

Claw Machine Wizard
Years ago, I faced one of the most awkward tests of my young life.

After my relationship of twelve years came to an end it was hard. Naturally it was a difficult situation for me as it would be for anyone.

It got hard when it was time to head over to the family's house for the holidays.

For years and years, there was always a second person by my side. Someone who helped me get through these gatherings and keep me company. I was also kept safe because it always took an ungodly amount of booze to make it through these celebrations.

So, here I was feeling young, exposed, and like a failure at life. In the end, it was easier than I thought. There was no surprise as to why I arrived and left alone.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Video: "Midday Moonlight" by Blackbird Hill

Here's some heavy French blues from the gents in Blackbird Hill.

Pick up the record HERE and tell them comment allez vous on Facebook.

Interview: Terminal Nation Gets Me Up To Speed

One of the genres of metal out there that's a little hard for me is Grindcore. If I'm being honest, I just don't like the term core being added to the end of other metal genres. I'm kind of like Jeff Walker in 1991 like that.

But as someone with eyes wide open, it's nice to get to know the other kinds of music that I don't do a whole lot in my personal listening.

Stan from Terminal Nation was kind enough to take some time for us and talk about the genre, the scene, and life in general.

(Recently declassified from the Guantanamo Bay Glacially Musical Offices and Michael Flynn had nothing to do with this transmission.)

Glacially Musical: Thank you for taking some time for us. How are you guys doing today?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Video: "Vinden som piskar ditt ensamma lik" by Siniestro

It's time Sweden exports something else to the USA besides metal and hockey players.

But that day is not today. Check out the latest from Siniestro and ask them what the title means in English on Facebook.

LP Review: "Reapers" by Dreadlords

Reapers
It's been over ten years, but something kind of mystical happened to me.

Let's back up the truck a little bit with some explanation. I'm from St. Louis. It's the closest thing I have to a hometown. In truth, my life has been all over the STL Metro Area and even Rural Missouri.

My high school years were spent in Illinois and when they were done, my car was already packed and my life picked back up in St. Louis without as much as a goodbye.

That chapter was closed. There was essentially no contact after that. But ten years after the fact, my mind started buzzing about an old friend of mine. Now, remember, this was pre-social media. I began frantically trying to re-connect with her. Months passed, and out of nowhere, there she was at a Beer Festival I was at.

Strange how the flotsam and jetsam of our life works that way isn't it?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Stream: "Ataxophobia" by NØMADS

New York's strange punk duo, NØMADS continues their bass driven assault on the world the release of their next single, Ataxophobia.

Check it out by hitting play and check them out on Facebook to find out what all that bass to your inner soul.

Why HammerFall Is The Greatest Band In The World: Photos and review of their show at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, April 28, 2017 by Danny Nichols



On November 27, 2002, I had tickets to see Dio perform at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois.  The opening band was a leather clad power metal outfit from Sweden called HammerFall, which was heretofore unknown to me, or most of America at the time. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Video: "Condemned To Burn" by Science of Sleep

Science of Sleep has released their latest video Condemned To Burn on YouTube.

Be sure to check it out below. Ask them for a sleep study on Facebook and check out the full album on Bandcamp.

LP Review: "Morphine Moonshine" by Demonsmoke

Morphine Moonshine
Let's take the time to apologize for the lateness of this particular review. Demonsmoke originally contacted me a few months back about their track, Spewing Disgust, and it was streamed on Glacially Musical.

It was truly a great song in my eyes and it made me really anticipate my review of this album. Unfortunately for your friend and humble narrator, technical issues have really gotten in the way of writing up this particular album, and this review is being published after the record's release.

My PC was upgraded to a new computer with a sidecar hard drive in order to save space and be able to work faster. Well, after the screen on my old on was ruined by my cats last  year, it was only a matter of time for this upgrade to happen, but it's taken awhile to finally get off my bum and do it.

Supposedly, moving my iTunes library over to the external hard drive was supposed to only be a matter of clicks, but as it turns out, it's been much more of a pain in the butt than that. So, I'm late getting to things.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Vinyl Review: "Microwave Dreams" by John Wesley Coleman III

Microwave Dreams
Have you ever had a really bad day?

Today, well, frankly, it wasn't that bad, but it was a rough one. Aside from the birthday party, the battery on my hybrid hitting purple, and having to go get a new extension cord for my new electric lawnmower....

I'm beyond wiped.

The irony of my complaining about technology not suiting me while writing about being a Luddite, well, that's certainly not lost on me whatsoever.

I suppose, it's just that somethings we don't need to improve upon. Cars? Yeah, we need to improve upon that. I drive a hybrid for several reasons. Naturally, the fact that on a normal week my Prius gets better gas mileage than my Honda Civic did on it's best day is wonderful. Helping the planet is also a great thing.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Stream: "Carry Me Home" by Death On Fire

It's time for everybody's favorite thing in whole world....VIKING FUNERAL!

I mean, what else would Death On Fire be?

Either way, shoot some arrows at them via purchasing the single below.

EP Review: "Beneath" by Merchant

Beneath
Because they are on my brain, let's talk about the nachos that are presently cooking in my house. Well, slow cooking. The chicken won't be done for another five to six hours.

At the time of this writing, the Blues will be hosting the Nashville Predators for Game 1 of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs...and it's hard to keep focused on anything else.

Nachos though. That's what I'm making for dinner, but not just any nachos, slow cooked barbecue chicken nachos.

I'll give you the secret. Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and chicken breasts. Cook them in your crock pot for about 8 to 9 hours, add some extra time if they're frozen.

I add garlic powder and cracked pepper to the sauce before it starts going.

When plating, microwave the tortilla chips, sprinkle liberally with shredded cheese. Then add your meat and again add shredded cheese. Then comes the nacho cheese. My personal favorite is La Preferida in the can. Add jalapenos, sour cream, and anything else you'd like.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Video: "Cutter" by R Ring

R Ring is the new project from Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Mike Alpine).

Below is the first single off of their record, Ignite The Rest.

Find out more and maybe order this record HERE.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Stream: "You Drink Lacroix" by Bad Mechanics

Let's just take a moment to drink in the absurd. How many times have you tasted a beverage and then demanded everyone in your circle drink it only to watch them all drink it and spit it out.

Well...that's how the Bad Mechanics (or maybe just me) feel about LaCroix mineral water.

Tell them they're wrong on Facebook.

LP Review: "Beyond The Thresholds" by Marthyrium

Beyond The Thresholds
There are few things in this world greater than a milkshake.

The trifle is up there. If you've never had that cake, be sure to get your hands on one. They are so packed together and full of all sorts of flavors. Why, it would be impossible to try one and not be hooked.

But what might be a bit more relevant to us today would be the (not so) humble concrete. These are available at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, at either location on Route 66 or South Grand in St. Louis, MO.

If you've been through St. Louis and didn't get one, you missed out. What these things are is essentially ice cream, but custard instead of proper ice cream. They are the thickest thing you've ever experienced in terms of desserts. Sometimes they'll turn them upside down before handing them to you and they don't move, hence the name concrete.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Video: "What Remains" by Cydemind

From the northern Canadas comes a band that fuses classical and metal together in away that's never really been done before.

Check out Cydemind's latest single below. Make sure you ask them about snow on Facebook or send them some pennies on Bandcamp.



Monday, May 1, 2017

Stream: "Strawberry Milk" by Mantra Love

If you've been looking for some psychedelic rock from Texas, Matra Love might just be the band for you! This single is a bit different featuring space rock textures, Lou Reed-esque vocals, and crunchy guitars.

Just check it....and luck for you....

Stream their latest single, Strawberry Milk, below. Don't forget to order that milkshake from them on Facebook.

LP Review: "Devolution : Decay" by Winter Deluge

Devolution : Decay
Last night I was discussing myself and why I feel like I'm pretty easy to get along with. My wife disagreed with large swaths of what my statements depicted.

That's life though isn't it?

It's so very hard to see ourselves for how we truly are. On the Anna Faris Podcast, Sharon Stone was talking about why it's so awful to admit that we're attractive.

Perhaps it's the American culture, but we are conditioned to either see ourselves in an idealized or demonized manner.

If it's so hard to understand precisely what the person we know the best is, how can we really look into anything else to see what they are. Communication is so encumbered, so hard. What if someone you're talking to isn't just an open book?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

7" Vinyl Review: "Hell Comes To Life" by Death of Kings

Hell Comes To Life
Today we're talking about 7" vinyl.

In all of our vinyl reviews this is the first, but it won't be the last as we have a small pile of 7" records to review.

Last week our vinyl review was that of a record without the sleeve, so there wasn't an unboxing video. In this case, and with future 7" Records, there still won't be any unboxing videos. It seems, just kind of wrong to do so, but the same sort of packaging discussion will be all over the review itself.

In the past, we have done reviews on digital 7" releases, but this will be our first go with the real McCoy as it were.

You may recall our friends, Death of Kings, from an earlier interview. They gave some great information about who they are and what they do. You may wish to refresh yourself here. They have had a few 7" releases in the past and this one is on Boris Records.

Their full length debut will also be out later this year on Boris Records. You should make sure you check back by for the review.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stream: "Misery Porn" by Pool Art

Let's check out a new track from Pool Art. They're an indie duo based out of Manchester, England.

We're going to presume they're fans of City and not United, because I hate United more than City.

They've reached deep into the darkness of the human psyche to bring you this song about humanity's love of schadenfreude.

Tell them you love watching people fail on Facebook. They're new EP drops soon.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Video: "Iron Coffin" by Dante's Theory

Remember when Informer got a video with the lyrics at the bottom? No? Well I'm old and I do recall it.

Death Metal...all the videos should be like that. Let's check some death metal from Singapore, Dante's Theory.

Punch them on Facebook and support their music on Bandcamp.

LP Review: "Musa" by Alchimia

Musa
There's a taco truck here in St. Louis that's been around since the advent of St. Louis Food Trucks.

I have seen no less than 365,577 social media posts about how great this particular truck is and that we all need to eat their tacos.

Their food was so great they had to start a brick and mortar location in order to serve all the tacos. According to the monolithic hive mind of the internet, Jake the Taco Delivering Mailman's tacos had nothing on this particular taco truck.

Well, I'm not the kind of person to go stalking a food truck and my offices have been out of the way so they won't make good money here.

Years after their inception. At an event I was attending at The Water Tower Park on Compton Hill, this vaunted Taco Truck was there too. I purchased a chicken taco and a steak taco. I hated these tacos more than I could imagine. Immediately, they were unfollowed on social media by me.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Video: "Slayed Pretender" by Four Star Riot

Let's again revisit Four Star Riot. They just dropped another video from their latest record which will be released later on this year.

Make sure you high five them on Facebook!

Tape Review: "To the Conrete Drifts" by Fell Ruin

There was just no way this album could go wrong for me. First, the labels releasing it (I, Voidhanger and Graven Earth Records) are putting some of the best extreme music on cd and cassette and their taste tends to match my own.

Second, I’m a sucker for killer cover art and Brian Sheehan (@legerdemain_art) kills it with the crystal/mask/spine photo collage here.

A great piece written on how he does his work HERE from Cvlt Nation.


What I didn’t remember is that Brian is also the vocalist/lyricist for Fell Ruin. Like I said, this album couldn’t go wrong for me - and it didn’t for one moment. I’ve been talking lately about how I listen to music in full albums, not in tracks. For example, I can name my favorite albums by artists but not know the track listing.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Video: "Easter" by Theocracy

We might have already passed the day that this one here is named after, but check it out below.

Easter comes from their Ghost Ship album that was released back in October. If you dig this, make sure to hammer them on Facebook.

LP Review: "Seasons of Desolation" by Enisum

Seasons of Deslolation
One of the worst travesties committed by the purveyors of extreme metal is that many of them are not playing songs.

When the idea of heavy overpowers the idea of song structure, well then, Houston, we have a problem.

The Heavy Metal Arms Race, as I've described it in the past, is alive and well. The ideas that triggering MOAR BLAST BEETZ and DOWNTUNE TO DROPPED L and adding an effect to the vocals to bring it down three octaves some how helps the song is Sean Spicer Grade Bullionum.

Heavy Music is something that can be as beautiful as it is heavy. It's a common misconception that all metal is dark, ugly, and foreboding. Many times the kind of music, which I'm lampooning right now, seems to have been written by the detractors of heavy metal in order to prove that their points of view are correct.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Video: "Seraphic" by Ghost Bath

Let's just have some serious metal from Nuclear Blast Records. It's been a long time and they've been delivering the goods.

Check out the latest video, Seraphic, from Ghost Bath's latest album, Starmourner. Commisserate with Ghost Bath on Facebook or buy their album on Amazon.

Album Review: "Gotterdammerung" by VARG

Although I am grateful to the British Empire, Elvis Presley and Black Sabbath for ensuring the majority of heavy metal is performed in the one language I fully understand, I wouldn’t mind if more bands performed in their native tongue.  The rhythm, cadence and melody of the vocals has always been more important to me than their lyrical content.  This isn’t to say strong lyrics are not of great value, but if a German band can get the vibe right, I am happy to dust off the little German I did learn in school and let Google translator handle the rest.  Certainly, if a band is performing German Pagan Metal, it is reasonable to assume, expect, and hope for the lyrics to be in German.  In this matter Varg delivers.
Varg has quite a devoted following in their home country with their brutal assault of melodic death metal.   The label of death metal alone does no fully describe their sound, as there are several passages throughout the EP which delve fully into the black metal sound.  Their strong visual element is a perfect blend of the death and black metal aesthetics.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Video: "Detroit Blues" by Jarkka Rissanen & Sons of the Desert

Every so often I get to tell you about a musician who's toiled for decades in relative obscurity. Today we're talking about Jarkka Rissanen.

Rissanen has been playing slide guitar for over forty years in his native Finland. Their new record, Hybird Soul,  will be released on May 26th on Humu Records.

In the meantime, check out their first single Detroit Blues. After you do that, make sure not to say anything to them about IKEA on Facebook, because they're Finnish and not Swedish.

LP Review: "Holy Flute (Shakuhachi Unleashed Vol. I)" by Cornelius Boots

Holy Flute
In the not too distant past, my family and I were enjoying the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

While we were sitting in the mezzanine and watching these classically trained musicians playing along with guests and dealing with little skits to keep the children interested, it occurred to me how hard it really is to make music.

It's hard to be able to blow continuously in order to make a saxophone, bassoon, or clarinet continually making noise. Not that I ever put much into it, but it was rather hard for me to do that in the short time I was in band in Middle School.

Those who aren't fans of either can never understand how a metal fan, like myself, can find so much to love in Classical Music. Well, as it turns out, I'm not the anomaly. Cornelius Boots has had a 45 year career in music, playing jazz, hard rock, and classical.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Vinyl Review: "My Life of Steel and Concrete" by Quin Galavis

My Life of Steel and Concrete
It's kind of true confession time.

About five or so years ago I made a discovery. On my commute home, NPR's All Things Considered was discussing a documentary that was coming out about a man with OCD.

Up to that point, like many others, I made jokes about being OCD about this or that. It had never honestly occurred to me that I might have that particular mental illness.

As the gentleman talked about what his life was like and how he saw the world, I realized, that's kind of what I see.

The idea that it was abnormal to take someone not giving me a courtesy wave on the highway personally was so strange. That's how it always had been for me. Rudeness, inconsideration, etc they get me and as someone on the internet, I tend to get put off.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Video: "Get Loud" by Roadcase Royale

Let's take a moment and step outside of our normal comfort zones. This little space was created in order to further my personal journey into music and then it morphed into celebrating all things new.

Today, we're looking at a new group featuring Liv Warfield of Prince's New Power Generations and Nancy Wilson of Heart.

What do you think?


Stream: "Sister" by Stonefield

Here's a great chance to introduce you to some new music by a talented Aussie group, Stonefield.

Anyone looking for heroines in the world of rock music, look no farther. This doomy track will most likely get you ready to purchase their album on iTunes or if you're not ready for that kind of commitment, get their new 7" in your choice of trippy colors.

Don't forget to hail them on all Frequencies, Captain.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Concert Review: The Obsessed with Fatso Jetson, Karma To Burn, and Spacetrucker | Fubar 4/20/17

The Obsessed
Please find below, the retelling of a strange night where memories may not be what they seem.

Captain's Log: 94904.3

As my landing craft came to a halt, it was very clear that I was nowhere near my final destination. The coordinates listed in the on board computers had me on the outskirts of this particular meeting place.

It was best that we didn't raise any alarm as we walked down the street. Unlike most of my voyages, it appeared that we were walking through a culture that was 150 years behind that of our own.

Wearing dark colors, I blended in and found that they did expect me. My seeking of an audience was approved by the councilor's gatekeeper. The disguise worked perfectly. Mind tricks were unnecessary and thankful we were. As my ingress preceded the ceremonial dances, I requested a local beverage from the host.

EP Review: "Absolute Control" by Terminal Nation

Absolute Control
The first seriously extreme metal that came out of the gate was Grindcore.

To this day, that name makes absolutely no sense to me, but the idea was kind of the same as thrash metal. Take Punk Rock and then add metal to it.

Then you have this new thing.

With Grindcore though, instead of punk rock, it was the post-punk genre of music, hardcore that was the other ingredient. Still, getting from one place to the other, is still confusing to me.

Grind...I guess it's like going through a meat grinder? I'm not really sure and it would be nice to be educated without my having to actually research it. The biggest genre markers are short songs full of rage and fury.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Video: "The Games They Play" by Strangle Wire

Sometimes music from places one doesn't necessarily expect. Let's consider Northern Ireland's Strangle Wire. On 6/1/6/17, they'll be releasing their 7", Narcissism.

In the mean time, check out their video below. Buy them a Guinness on Facebook and buy yourself their single here.

Interview: Tomas Doncker, Former Producer/Guitarist with James Chance and the Contortions

Last week, the long awaited vinyl pressing of The Flesh Is Weak by James Chance and the Contortions was released. Now that was a record that we all loved here in the Glacially Musical Aldermanic Offices of Southwestern Fayette County, Kentucky.

Without even trying, I could be gushing about that record to you right now. It's a truly spectacular album for those who can reconcile jazz with punk rock. Interestingly enough, my dear wife is not one of them.

You however, you my intrepid reader who journeys with me through death metal to punk rock to well, wait till you see what I have coming up in the coming weeks.

You'll be the kind of person that needs to know about these new kinds of music that will have you toe tapping for years to come. Though, there's been some shuffling with the personnel. We were lucky enough to have Tomas Doncker, formerly the guitarist and producer for James Chance answer some of my (semi-ignorant) questions with class and professionalism.

Check it out.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Video: "Umbre in piatra apuse" by Argus Megere

There are few things that I love more than atmospheric black metal these days. Veterans of the genre, Argus Megere, have just released their latest effort, VEII, on Loud Rage Music.

Check out this epic track below. Hail them on Facebook.


LP Review: "Here's To Another" by The Birthday People

Here's To Another
There are times when I look in the mirror, see the grey hairs, the crow's feet, and my terrible beard.

Look, facial  hair...I can't grow it and this does drive me insane and thank you for bringing that up.

The thing about this is, when I was younger and life was slower, the idea of every reaching my forties was wholly unbelievable.

It was so far away that not only was it impossible to picture, it was impossible not having shuffled off this mortal coil by the time I'd aged to 41.

Yes.

I'm 41 years old and listen to way too much death metal for someone my age. More to the point though, life comes at you fast. It was only yesterday that my daughter was a baby, just last week that I had gotten married, and only last month that I'd moved into my first apartment on Chippewa.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Stream: "Gardner's Bell" by Overlake

On May 12th, the new album from Jersey City's own, Overlake, will be released on Bar/None Records.

Until then, stream the latest single below.

Remember, you can't love a band unless you like them on Facebook

Monday, April 17, 2017

Video: "Burst Inside" by Avelion

It's time to get trippy with some modern, progressive metal.

Avelion's released the second single off their latest album, Illusion of Transperancy. Enjoy Burst Inside!

Digital hugs via Facebook are the best, give them on won't you? Purchase the album on iTunes.

LP Review: "Dark Harvest" by Hammerdrone

Dark Harvest
How many Quentin Tarantino movies have you seen?

As a 41 year old adult, it's easy to say you that this man is a great director who's released some truly glorious films.

The Kill Bill flicks are probably my favorite. Yes, as they're the only ones in my personal home library, I would have to say that.

Thinking back to the middle 90's, I saw Resevoir Dogs with my best friend. Good lord, there was nothing about that movie that moved me in any single way.

Something that did stick with me though, the scene describing tipping. As a 19 year old who was barely making above minimum wage at only 15-20 hours per week and (stupidly) paying for Junior College out of pocket, any excuse to tip less was valid to me. For the record, I over tip today. When I get bad service, I still do 15% because these folks are paying their bills on those tips and 9 times out of 10, it's not your server's fault.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vinyl Review: "My Bones Hold A Stillness" by Vrtra

Like any lover of vinyl grooves, the packaging is part of the experience.

That's why when I do my vinyl reviews on these pages, an unboxing video is included. There are always things to find and enjoy in the vinyl, the sleeve, etc.

Even before my reawakening to wax, I purchased physical copies over 95% of the time. There's nothing like a box arriving, or holding a back from for favorite record store to get me excited about hearing some new music.

There's no romance in searching on iTunes and watching some files download to my phone or to my PC.

Over the past two years of assembling a library of records, it's become apparent to me that the vinyl hipsters were right. The analog grooves are a delicious meal that, when served correctly, never fails to satisfy.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Video: "The Wolves' Call" by Wind Rose

Mega Epic Super Folked Up Metal Tribunal Collective, Wind Rose, has released a lyric video for their first single, The Wolves' Call off of Stonehymn on Inner Wound Recordings.

This one falls somewhere between Sabaton and Amon Amarth if you can't picture it. If not, you can see it without picturing it below.

Send them the Sword of Gondor on Facebook. Their new record comes out on May 12th.

Concert Review: Gene Simmons at the Pageant in St. Louis April 8, 2017 -photos and words by Danny Nichols



Gene Simmons came to town for the systemic price gouging event known as Wizard World. Even though I had already had the privilege of interviewing Gene by telephone in February, I ponied up the exorbitant fee to briefly stand beside him in person and have him sign an album.  Here was the KISS demon, a man who exudes cool and dominates a room like no one I had ever observed.  A man who confidently walked into the football stadium where the convention was held, and asked the staff about its capacity, knowing he had filled venues of this size before, and could do so again with a few phone calls.  Still, as much as I enjoyed observing him in the element of celebrity and businessman, it paled in comparison to watching him in his true element of the stage.  The lower levels of the Pageant Theater were mostly filled for a much more fairly priced performance by his solo band.
When I had interviewed Gene in February about his upcoming solo tour I asked him about the set list.  He was tight lipped about the details at the time, but indicated it would feature several selections from the roots of rock-n-roll, such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Roy Head, and might not be as many KISS songs as the audience would think. A solo tour is a perfect opportunity for a rock innovator such as Simmons to pay homage to his influences.  It might also be true the audience, having seen many KISS shows, would enjoy seeing Simmons open a set with something other than “Deuce”.  This was fine by me, as I purchased a ticket fully expecting half the songs to be covers.  However, when Simmons and his band did indeed storm the stage with a thunderous rendition of “Deuce” I discovered it was exactly what I wanted to hear.  It did not let up from there, as the set was almost entirely glorious and mighty KISS songs.  The lone exception being when the band covered “Johnny Be Goode” in tribute to the recently deceased Chuck Berry. Simmons  attended Berry’s funeral the following day.



Friday, April 14, 2017

Video: "Awake Me" by Rosie Carney

Rosie Carney, an Irish singer/songwriter, has recently released an acoustic version of her track, Awake Me. In a true confessional fashion, Carney is telling tales of her eating disorder and depression.

Check out the video below.

Give Rosie a high five on Facebook.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Video: "Awakening" by Cry My Name

Sometimes you have go a little out of the zone and see what else there is in the world to see.

German Metalcore act, Cry My Name, are releasing their new album on 4/21 and you can check out their latest video below.

Get their latest updates on Facebook.

Interview: The Wizard of Pilgrim Knows How To Eat Sashimi

Pilgrim is headed out on a East Coast Tour with Heavy Temple. Any fans of Doom Metal will kick themselves repeatedly if they choose to pass this show up.

Sadly, they're only going to be within 500 miles of the Glacially Musical Global Domination Headquarters in St. Louis, MO.

The Wizard however was kind enough to teleport into the Northern Hemisphere regional offices of The Glacially Musical Vinyl Review Commission in Maniitsoq, Greenland to discuss their upcoming tour and apparently sushi.

Glacially Musical: Thank you for taking some time for us today.

Pilgrim: It's our pleasure.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stream: "Shadows of the Thief" by Ultrviolence

More Canadians are taking hold in these pages.

On May 12, The Post Punkers will be releasing their latest EP, Forty Knives. But you can check out the latest single now.

Get in touch with Ultrviolence on Facebook or preorder the EP here.

LP Review: "The Tides Will Prevail" by Kenoma

The Tides Will Previal
There have been a great many instrumental records reviewed on this particular website, because this guy right here is a fan of instrumental music.

Long have I wondered why it's loved by such a relatively small number of people in the world. There really seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

There have been many artists, like Jimi Hendrix himself, whose concerts were largely instrumental and other artists, like Ahab or Dakhma, whose albums are largely instrumental.

Why is it so hard to move forward from 89% instrumental, to wholly devoid of lyrics?

Though, I'm a fan, it's easy to see why some people don't enjoy the works of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, or even John 5. Even some instrumental musicians have told why they don't like those particular artists. It's a small club I suppose....or a small series of clubs?

Hard to say really.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Video:"Hero" by ERA 9

Check out a brand new video from Montreal, PQ's own ERA 9. Their new record, Gravity, will be released on May 5th.

Not to be tied down to a single genre, they had to create one all their own.

Say hi on Facebook!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Artist Playlist: Transona Five

Transona Five began playing together in 1994 and were most active in the late ‘90s through the early ‘00s.

We were incredibly lucky to be part of the somewhat underground music scene in Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth with bands like Comet, Mazinga Phaser, The Theater Fire, My Friend the Atom, Lift to Experience, Stumptone, Light Bright Highway, The Reds, Cave Dweller, Centromatic, The Baptist Generals, Go Metric USA, Gropius, and other Texans: American Analog Set, Windsor for the Derby, Sixteen Deluxe, Furry Things, You Will Know Us…, Schrasj, Black Lipstick and more.

But even before this we were listening to music that was inspiring us to pick up our own guitars. This is a brief sampling of some of that music.

Expanded Review: "Jupiter Rex" by Finn's Motel

Jupiter Rex
It was May or June in 1994. A major change had just happened again my life. For the third time, I had crossed the Mississippi River on a permanent basis, and thus far the last. Friends of mine had convinced me to attend the Frente! concert at Mississippi Nights.

105.7 The Point was handing out keychains and concert tickets to a free show the next week featuring The Zoo and an indie St. Louis band called The Finns. You have to remember, in 1994, I was more metal than metal.

I had at least 4 death metal records. So, modern rock, as it's known now, was antithetical to me as it wasn't the most extreme metal. So, just being there was risking excommunication from my brotherhood.

That night, I purchased my fourth (I think fourth) wholly independent album, JuCo by the Finns. One has to remember that in 1994, buying indie music wasn't as easy as it is now, or as normal. You almost had to be at a show or one of the few independent record stores.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vinyl Review: "Reproduction" by Knife In The Water

Reproduction
Today's the day. It's time for Knife In The Water.

Before we get to the music and the normal vinyl trappings, let's talk about this band. They're completely new to me, and what's there to expect rather than some very serious metal?

Let's talk context clues:

1) Knife? I mean hello! We all remember that Cannibal Corpse song don't we?

2) Knives are made of _____? METAL!

3) Aside from dropping your sweet camping knife off the fishing dock into the lake and scaring off the crappie you were trying to ensnare with your glittery jig, there's only one good reason for a knife to be in the water: an act of violence has been committed, nay ULTRA Violence has been committed with this particular stabbing instrument.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Video: "Shadow Man" by Gothic

Romanian metallers, Gothic, have released the first video from their upcoming record, Demons, and you can check it out below.

Say hello on Facebook or pre-order the record on Bandcamp.

LP Review: "Terra Inanis" by Somnium Nox

Terra Inanis
It seems to me that certain kinds of music, though they may be wholly unrelated have similar criticisms leveled against them by people who do not enjoy those types of music.

How many times have you heard....I just can't get into that music. If I don't know what they're saying, it's not enjoyable to me.

Now, that particular statement has been made to me about both Opera and Death Metal.

Yes, I just compared Opera and Death Metal. Come at me.

In the past, my friends have told me, after my telling them come to this show with me, that if there's no vocals, they're not interested. Wouldn't that critique be distilled to basically the same thing stated above? Because, if one cannot hear what the musician is saying, there's no interest.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stream: "Catharsis" by Ascentia

Here's a new track from Ascentia off of their new album, Pathways.

Check it out and download it at bandcamp.

Interview: Death of Kings "No filler"

Death of Kings
In the Glacially Musical Statistical Headquarters of Greater Metro Atlanta, located near the trash bin in the Avondale Marta Station, Westbound Side, Death of Kings was kind enough to speak to me.

Thankfully, we needed to crunch the numbers that day.

Death of Kings is a heavy thrash band from Atlanta, so the timing all worked out. Over the years, they've changed things up a bit.

They are on the cusp of releasing both their latest 7" EP and debut LP on Boris Records.

Check out what's going on in their world below.

Glacially Musical:  Thanks for taking some time for us today. Tell me a bit about how the band started.

Matt Matson- I had previously been in a hardcore punk/metal band called The Despised as well as a rock/punk band called Das Manics.