Friday, February 15, 2019

LP Review: "Northernmost" by Cold Colours

Northernmost
In a case of art imitating life, I'd like to point your ears towards a doom and death metal band from Minnesota.

Minnesota, for our international readers, is nearly the northernmost state in the United States. Unless you include: Alaska, Maine, and other freak states that aren't Minnesota.

Moving on to the next bit, Cold Colours has taken to using the superfluous U that the Angols and Canucks tend to stick in places where it doesn't belong.

It makes it hard to type your name, fellas.

A quick scan of the album's titles will show that the title track(?) is a recurring theme and is spread out all over the record itself.

Like any Doom band worth mentioning, Cold Colours oozes emotional angst. On the flipside, it also gets a bit deathy here and there with some brutal vocals. The entire album is a bit like Northern Minnesota.

It hovers between being American and being Canadian, just like this band hovers between melodious and brutal. It's a beautiful piece of art that never hesitates to show the listener its ugly side.

RELEASE 2/22/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Beer Thirty with Lords of the Trident's Fang VonWraithenstein

Lords of the Trident
Have you ever seen any of those Robin Hood movies?

I mean, you have right? Hollywood has made at least 27 different Robin Hood movies over the past forever right?

Well, what did all of those Robin Hood flicks have in common besides the ultimate power of the hood?

Oh yeah, they drank, beer, wine, and beer. Mostly beer. Friar Tuck and Little John in those movies surely enjoyed himself some beer.

You know who else enjoys beer? Fang Von Wraithenstein of the mighty power metal band, Lords of the Trident.

If you're still on the fence, go get Shadows from the Past now. It can be had on DIGITAL or on god's own format...VINYL.

Anyhoo...let's get to the beer.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Video: "My Guide My Hunger" by Hell's Guardian

Riding high on the release of their latest effort, As Above, So Below, Hell's Guardian has released the video for their latest single, My Guide My Hunger.

The track features a couple notable guests.

Adrienne  Cowan of Seven Spiers and Marco Pastorino of Temperance both add their vocal talents to the mix to make this a big single.

Check it out below and plop your Euros down over at BANDCAMP if you dig the tune.

Hometown Tales with Wills Dissolve

Wills Dissolve
It's been a minute since we've check in with Houston's own, Wills Dissolve. Their progressive metal has hopefully captured your soul and flushed it down to the underworld by now right?

No?

Hmm. What if this band had a cast of characters that have lived all over the United States and beyond?

What if they're going to tell you about Vietcajun food? (Now that...that gets me curious and nearly willing to head to Houston.)

In the meantime, don't miss out on their brilliant release. You can get that on BANDCAMP. While you're grooving to that slap of tastiness, check out the boys themselves with a bit more detail.

1. St. Louis City is my hometown. I've lived here for most of my life in and around the city. Where are you from? 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

LP Review: "Animist" by Werian

Animist
Lately, it's been a lot of death and black metal. It's been far too long since we've made an acquaintance with a new doom metal band.

Well, Germany's Werian is definitely a doom metal band who's got hands I'd like to shake.

To get it all out of the way, Animist is an album based on one of the oldest religions in the world. It even pre-dates Christianity's roots, which are only about 4,000 years old anyway.

The record is comprised of three tracks. Three supersized tracks. Long form metal is the best kind of metal.

Over the course of forty four minutes, Werian weaves spells of doom and death with ambitiously progressive songs.

Arpeggios? Chunking chords? Whispered vocals? These things and more are all here. One of the things you won't find though, double bass blast beats.

Werian's latest opus isn't out to beat you over the head to prove to you how metal it is. They aren't screaming in the square, but they're waging a whisper campaign to convert you into Animism. It's so subtle, by the time you've been convinced, you'll think it was your idea all along.

RELEASE 2/22/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Bookin It With Ciarán Neely and Davey Whiteof Pterodactyl Problems

Pterodactlyl Problems
The Torontonian quartet, Pterodactyl Problems, who've been idle lo these past five years are back.

They're bigger than ever?

They're ready to crush all our faces off with their comeback LP, Esoteric Hobbies.

You're just going to have to look into that album HERE. This disc is interesting because it's a reunion/comeback/debut album.

In the meantime, let's talk about books! 

1. I try to read at least two books per month, and mostly fail, what's your goal and reality?

C: There's no real specific amount I'd like to read, and I think it'd be hard to make a goal on that since the amount of free time I have is so inconsistent. 

I think my goals are more about how much of that free time I spend on reading. Billions of dollars are spent nowadays, figuring out how to make your electronics all as stimulating as possible, and keep your focus glued to them. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Video: "Walking Divinity" by Equipoise

We're out and about today. Let's check out the latest lyric video by Technical Death Metal.. or was it Brutal Death Metal ban...Melodic?

Equipoise. There are seven people in this band. SEVEN!

Check out this slab of thunder and see what you think about preordering their new record, Demiurgis. It's out on March 8th via The Artisan Era.

Beer Thirty with Archangel A.D.

Archangel A.D.
Growing up, it was always time to bang my head. The only issue with that was when we thought that Quiet Riot was telling us to literally bang our heads on the walls....which we did...once.

Thinking about heavy, fast music, it's all about that thrash. Don't we all have a soft spot in our cold, black hearts for thrash metal? It was the first kind of metal to drop the heavy label. It was  years later when heavy came back to metal.

Then things were just brutal....but let's talk about a band from Southern Texas, Archangel A.D.

Last month they birthed their debut, Warband, in the world of the living by releasing it on CD. You should get over to BANDCAMP  and check that out.

Or, if you fear commitment, you can always put them in your friend zone on FACEBOOK.

In the mean time, we're talking to one of our new friends about beer. Our young man gives us beer tales below....

Monday, February 11, 2019

EP Review: "Upside of Sick" by Musket Hawk

Upside of Sick
A new album from Unholy Anarchy Records.

My whole life I've paid far too much attention to record labels probably, but it's paying off in this modern era because of the specialization of the modern music scene.

Here's another kind of music that honestly really doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you hear it.

Musket Hawk is a Sludge/Grindcore band.

The idea of two polar opposites existing in the same space is really cool right? Think of all the bands that have written songs with opposite titles.

Well, Upside of Sick is certainly a Black Diamond in the smooth rough.

The best thing that can be said about this album that it is precisely as advertised, if not all the time. There are times when it's straight grind and others when it's straight sludge, but when those two concepts start to get closer to the middle is when things really start to cook.

The grooves on this disc are only surpassed by the wholly unfettered slop thrash'n'death licks. Brutal and sloppy. Grooving and atonal. Musket Hawk is inescapable.

RELEASE 3/29/19 PREORDER FACEBOOK

Classic Spins with Zero Fire

Zero Fire
On March 22nd, Zero Fire is going to release their second EP via their BANDCAMP page. You'd do well to see what's going on there. 

For a paltry five dollars CANADIAN, so $3.75 USD, you can have six tracks of their well crafted, and slightly left of center metal rock.

Today's a good day to peep their stuff on FACEBOOK too.

In the meantime, let's find out what their favorite records are....

1. My favorite kind of album is the concept album. The Wall is my absolute favorite. Beyond the amazing songs, it has spectacular nostalgia for me. What's your favorite one and why?

Graham King (Clean Vocals and Guitar): I'm a big prog fan, so I've definitely listed to my fair share of concept records for sure. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Hometown Tales with Crucible of Hate

Crucible of Hate
This past September, Crucible of Hate released their latest disc, Dark Metamorphosis. You can get that on BANDCAMP.

They're an extreme metal band from Lancaster, Ohio. 

Let's find out more what life is like out there. In the meantime, you can always get at them on FACEBOOK

1. St. Louis City is my hometown. I've lived here for most of my life in and around the city. 

Where are you from?

Central Ohio. I was born in Lancaster, Ohio, grew up in a tiny little town which was not even big enough for a traffic light (Tarlton), and have lived in this area my entire life. 

2.We have three things that don't really exist anywhere else: the slinger, the gooey butter cake, and toasted ravioli. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

EP Review: "Fresh Grass" by Grass

Fresh Grass
The most important thing you can be is true to yourself.

That's why I love stoner metal. It's got this swing, this flex, and this swirl that few other things in this world have.

That's actually the only reason I love stoner metal, not because I'm a stoner.

Grass, well, they've got no qualms wearing their recreational activities on their sleeves. Hopefully, they'll only be touring where it's legal. (Just so you know guys, Missouri legalized medical marijuana...)

The tales of redneck cops waiting for bands crossing state lines are many. The bands tell them outside the clubs.

Fresh Grass had one of them digital only releases last year, but this year, the record emerges from the smoke and into the physical realm. Kind of like when Dungeon Master always shows up.

There's no question it's a shorty, but those minutes are packed with fuzz enhanced vitamins. Put this on, and the setting is right to check out of your head.

RELEASE 2/22/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Vinyl Review: "Code Word" by The Moles

Code Word
Famous face painter and noted lip syncer, Gene Simmons, has stated many times that rock is dead.

His partner, slightly less famous kabuki facer and even bigger lip syncer, Paul Stanley has said that ASCAP and the music industry should be taking care of the up and comers.

Much like Kiss's stance on lip syncing, their takes on what is happening in the world of new music is, shall we say, fractured?

Those faking old fogies aren't the only ones out there who're a bit concerned, confused, or outright wrong about the world of rock music though.

One just has to peruse Bandcamp, the blogosphere, or any social media outlet, they're going to find about 15,000,000 million new bands to check through. It's impossible to not find a single one to enjoy and fall in love with.  That's my current State of the Musical Union Speech.

Now, if you're an underground indie rock legend with a lot of friends and a record to make..... what could you do?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

LP Review: "Album IV: A Brave New World" by Ivan Tsanov

Album IV: A Brave New World
There's no other Bulgarian musicians that immediately spring to my mind.

Ivan Tsanov, for me, is now the face of all Bulgarian Music. There's no other way to think of that if you're a Bulgarian musician, is that this is horribly unfair.

This is probably like Steve Vai being the face of all American musicians. How many other people can live up to that?

Tsanov is a classically trained, instrumental guitarist, or he plays on one records anway.

This album here...it's a bit unique to my ears. The style isn't like Satch or Vai, but even though it's classically inspired, it doesn't strike me of Yngwie Malmsteen either.

There's probably a spot between two worlds where there's a bit of a collision between Malmsteen and Vai. If so, that's where Ivan Tsanov is plying his trade.

RELEASE 1/18/19 ORDER 

Interview: The Band That Powers Dane County...Lords of the Trident

My favorite Power Metal Band in the entirety of Dane County, Wisconsin The Lords of the Trident have once again...perhaps foolishly...accepted my invitation to discuss all the comings and goings of their existence.

If you haven't yet, get over to their website to purchase Shadows of the Past and you can thank me for that later.

This time I spoke with them about whatever came to mind really.

Make sure you've got enough arrows in your quiver and check it out below.

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

Lords of the Trident: Absolutely! Happy to be back!