Friday, July 20, 2018

Video: "Morningstar" by Dark Archive

Dark Archive is releasing their newest single today on Inverse Records. You can order that HERE or anywhere else where you get your digital music.

The track itself is an expansive and orchestral black metal tune featuring Lucifer's Origin Story.

The band has a new album in the offing, but until we get the full release date, we'll all just have to content ourselves with this track/video.

Chat them up on FACEBOOK.

5 Minute Origin Story With Oldermost

Oldermost has just released their new record, How Could You Ever Be The Same? via AntiFragile Music.

Interestingly enough their label was started by Lou Reed's manager, Tom Sarig.

The band hails from the beautiful city of Philadelphia. I wonder, would it interest them to know my NFL allegiance is now fully formed. After two years of wandering in the NFL wilderness after the Rams re-re-relocated to Los Angeles that I've chosen the Philadelphia Eagles

Well, in the meantime, they're the first ones to get back to me on this new column...

Check it out and you can order their album HERE.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

LP Review: "Science Fiction" by Radiant Knife

Science Fiction
Will you just look at that beauty cover right there? Seriously, you can take a minute to enjoy that.

That is the absolutely the most perfect cover for a sludge/doom/stoner metal band. That's the illustration in my head for what this kind of music is.

It's long, slow but when it gets to the point, if it ever does, enlightenment is only a moment or two away...and by moment, we mean three more verses and two more choruses of doom metal away...

The music, like the picture, is a bit strange. The artwork and the musicwork come to loggerheads at times. If you're looking for long chords, long songs, and places to lose your identity but find your purpose, Radiant Knife has you.

If you're looking zero surprises and everything being the same, Radiant Knife might just disappoint you a little. It would appear that whatever we're looking for.... Radiant Knife has found it. Thankfully they've laid down the bread crumbs to lead us to it as well.

Seek Nirvana, listen to Science Fiction.


My Favorite Things with Lord

In about six weeks, Lord is going to be releasing their album, Desperation Finds Hunger In All Men.

These gents are a sludge metal band  hailing from the outskirts of Hell, also known as Virginia.

They were good enough to get with us on what they enjoy that's not precisely music...

You'll find out below.

1. Beer?

RIVERA (guitar):   While I don't drink as much as I used to these days, my go-to beer would still have to be Yuengling. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Video: "The Only Way" by Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker

There might be some questioning about what's been going on around here because there's been a few of non-metal postings all in a row... Don't hate me for the lack of metal vinyl, because I can only review what I receive.

Today is the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. It's amazing how much of the world this man changed. In that spirit, True Groove's Tomás Doncker has released a video for Mandela.

Check it out below.

Interview with Mike Nicolai

Mike Nicolai
Recently I reviewed Mike Nicolai's latest release, A Line Cook's Guide To Satanic Empires and it's a cracker of a record.

Definitely head over to Bandcamp to pick it up if you haven't already.

But for now, let's get to know the man himself a little bit. Nicolai was good enough to sit down with me and answer the ridiculous questions in my head.

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

Mike Nicolai: Of course. First I want to say thanks again to you for giving my record a spin and taking the time to review it.  

GM: Quite honestly, the title of your latest LP is what got me interested. Tell me how you chose the title "A Line Cook's Guide To New Satanic Empires" and what does it mean?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

LP Review: "Banker's Hill" by El Ten Eleven

Banker's Hill
In my quest to wrangle up all of the world's avant garde music, these travels have brought me to El Ten Eleven.

To begin with, I don't even understand the name of their band.

However, pressing on is needed. There was a time ten years ago when bass players were deemed a luxury rather than a necessity.

Most folks probably blame The Black Keys for that, but Local H, I'm looking at you.

El Ten Eleven is an instrumental prog rock post something or other duo, but they have neither a bass nor a guitar, but a multi-instrumentalist whose usage of looping pedals gives the sonic appearance of both bass and lead guitar playing simultaneously. This is a hard thing to wrap my head around honestly.

In the truest honesty, this record sounds to me like a post-synthwave album. It's got the water making the Grand Canyon kind of thing going on, but then hopeful melodies are played on top. Even though I've listened to this album straight through twice so far, it's hard to get a proper handle on it.

Like any great instrumental music, it takes time to get inside of what's going on. Is this an electronic record? Is this a happy record? Thankfully, I've loads of time to figure out the answer to all of these questions and probably many more.

Release: 8/10/18 Top Shelf Records ORDER FACEBOOK

Stream: "Addicted" by Quiet Hollers

It's time once again to to check in with that other city with Louis in their name. I'm not going to look down on them too much.

The post punk spicy psyche rock with folksy influences band of your dreams is back! It's Quiet Hollers!

It's been a little while and they've sent out a carrier pigeon featuring this song. You can stream it below and buy it HERE.

Monday, July 16, 2018

LP Review: "Death Is Peace" by Void Ritual

Death Is Peace
For I am the mayor of Albuquerque!

Void Ritual is a one man project out of that exact city in the American Southwest. Presumably though, Daniel Jackson isn't the mayor or even on the City Council, but I didn't ask his publicist to be sure.

What is sure is that Death Is Peace is a black metal record that kept me guessing all of the way through. It's probably sure that in the American Southwest most folks wouldn't vote for a Black Metal guy either....

Black Metal is kind of like punk rock and death metal in a manner of speaking, all of these genres of music use loads of dressing and tropes designed to ease you into the thundering thickness in the middle. Kind of like a giant submarine sandwich.

Void Ritual appears to have been window shopping, or window stealing, from a lot of different places. In the end though, no matter how beautiful the windows are on the outside, it's all about what we see when we are inside.

Death Is Peace is a giant record that's going to shake you to your soul. If there's anything else you're looking for when it comes to extreme metal, then I'm at a loss.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Foods We Love With Barren Heir

Recently, we talked to Coke Goat about what they eat and we're lucky to have Barren Heir, the other side of the split to do the same thing.

Barren Heir is also from the Windy City.

The split, Sunshing/Tracing The Light, with Coke Goat will be their first since 2016's Tired Turns, which is interestingly still available on cassette tape.

You can check all of that out on the Bandcamp page, where you can also pre-order the aforementioned split on glorious vinyl.

But in the meantime, let's get into the latest edition of Foods We Love. Barren Heir gave me not only the answers we seek, but a mystery to solve....

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?

Breakfast… at dinner time.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

LP Review: "Bourbon Times" by Building Chaos

Bourbon Times
It's been a long time, but there was once a time when I never missed an episode of VH1's Behind The Music, and all of those shows like it.

There was a segment where Bruce Dickinson discussed how he felt after hearing Iron Maiden for the first time... "I should be in that band he said."

Welp...that always seemed like a really arrogant thing to go on the record saying, but who's going to argue that Killers is in the same league as Number of the Beast.

It would seem that Building Chaos had a similar moment, but only after seeing a few things. Who remembers Pride & Glory? It would appear that Building Chaos does...and everybody knows Black Label Society.

But what if you could mind meld those two Zakk Wylde projects together and include the, TASTEFUL, guitar work from his days as Ozzy's guitarist?

That to me is precisely what Building Chaos is. They take all of the amazing aspects of Wylde as a player, remove the things I don't like, and then write and record some kick ass country/hip-hop/metal tracks.

For no reason, let's point out that this CD is being released by Shave My Ass Productions.


Film School with Isdal

From the far western shores of Washington...Seattle to be precise...comes a band deep diving into the metals.

It's Isdal.

This Friday they're unleashing their demo in the world. That would mean that they're trying to get going in this crazy mixed up world of ours.

It's time to let them all know. 

Instead of talking to them about their bludgeoning first release, we talked about movies.

Check it out!

1. What's the first movie you remember seeing as a child?

[Eric] Probably Nightmare on Elm Street. I used to watch it every morning before school with my sister back when I was in the first grade. Ohh weee, that sounds dark.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Vinyl Review: The Tomicks Self Titled

The Tomicks
Bless you all for sticking with me.

Today is the second vinyl review, in a row, that won't feature an unboxing video.

I'm still not sure when that'll return. The sitting room where I am now, is still a disaster.

Let's talk about the good changes between the last vinyl review and this one though...

Well, it's just the one thing really, my new old receiver.

A couple years ago, I was gifted a Sherwood S7100-A receiver, which back in the day was one of the top of the line combos. Well, it broke very shortly after it came into my possession and it's been fixed!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Foods We Love with Cokegoat

Up there in Northern Illinois, there's a suburb of Milwuakee that you might be a tad familiar with.

What's really strange about it is that it has pizza, hot dogs, and even breweries named after it. It's not like here in St. Louis that we talk about St. Charles pizza...
But we do talk about Norco Pie...go fig I guess.

So, up there in Chicago, there's this band called Cokegoat. At the end of the month, you can get their latest release, a split with Barren Heir.
Right now, preorder that stuff HERE.

While you're streaming that goodness, find out how they eat!

My Favorite Things with Coilguns

Let's head over the land of chocolate...Switzerland.

That's where Coilguns are from. Presently the band is riding high on their release of Millennials which you can over on CD, LP, or Digital HERE via Hummus Records.

Is anyone else chuckling at the idea of a label called Hummus Records releasing an album by a band called Coilguns or is it just me?

Well, my silliness aside, let's find out  not about their latest release, but more specifically what they're eating over in Switzerland.

Honestly, their answer shocked and terrified me!

Read on.

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?