Friday, September 30, 2016

LP Review: "Secret Kids" by Virgin of the Birds

Secret Kids
Today, barbecue pits were discussed. It's almost as if we need to participate like the others have...and besides...steak.

This automatically brings up the idea of all of the BBQ joints all over St. Louis. Many folks love them because they love the food.

But for me, though Sugarfire was amazing the couple times I've been there, it's just not my bag. Because of what grilling is.

It's an activity, not a meal choice.

Think of it like fishing. It's not about the fish you catch but the time spent in the company of others.

There's little in this world more satisfying than watching the raging inferno of a charcoal fire morph into the slow burn of fiery embers. All at once, it's two things.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Album Review: "Remind" by Captain Crimson

Remind is the third offering from Swedish band Captain Crimson and their first on the Small Stones label. 

Set for release next week, there's nothing small about the sound you'll find here.  

Right out of the gate with "Ghost Town" you get pounding drums, guitar and vocals.

They're somewhat reminiscent of the Red Hot Chili Peppers melding into a heavier metal groove that provides the undertone of the entire collection. 

There's a lot of that funky sort of Texas blues in Captain Crimson's sound too, and it gives their tracks a boozy flow that keeps you wanting more.

Concert Review: Anthrax at the Pageant in St. Louis September 22, 2016 -photos and words by Danny Nichols

Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna of Anthrax
On a Thursday night in September St. Louis, Missouri witnessed two of the Big Four of thrash metal, Anthrax and Slayer, on a night which both celebrated the long tradition of the genre and showcased the newest material from these legendary bands.  

This was the fifth time I had seen Anthrax, and once again they delivered with authority.  Anthrax are touring in support of their new album and the set list reflected this, with four of the nines songs they played coming from "For All Kings".  

A fifth song came from the also recently released "Worship Music".  By the time they played the two covers they made famous, "Got the Time" and "Antisocial", this left only two songs left from which to represent their massive catalogue of influential and beloved music.   Yet in many ways this was exactly the point.  Anthrax is more than their epic backstory. They continue to be relevant,writing and performing songs as well as at any point in their history. 

Scott Ian

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CD Givaway and Iraconji Album Stream

It's contest time.

Here at Glacially Musical we are a musical site of the fans, for the fans, and by the fans.

There's a kick ass new band called Iraconji who's self released their new record, Global Genocide and it's awesome.

So, I'd like to give two readers a copy of this CD.

Simple rules.

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Check out the stream of the record below.

LP Review: "In The Beginning" by Spore Lord

In The Beginning
Lately life has been stifling.

Please allow me to lament a little bit about what's surrounding this humble music blog.

Aside from this, I'm a devoted husband, father, and a full time worker. This can make life a little bit daunting. My real job has gotten busier, which is great, and my life has gotten more and more squeezed.

Sometimes it's hard to find a record that deserves a review in min mind. That leads me to a scary conclusion.

I've been fearing burn out here. The best news is that we've got a couple more writers to help ease the pain I've been feeling. But when one is burning out, what's the best thing to do?

Spark up some psychedelic doom metal, am I right?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Concert Review and Photos: Death Angel at The Pageant in St. Louis September 22, 2016

Death Angel's Rob Cavestany

With the evening's lineup featuring three champions of thrash metal; Death Angel, Anthrax and Slayer, the Pageant was sold out. Befitting their place among the heavyweights of the genre, the venue was nearly at capacity in time for the first notes of the opening act.

Death Angel were treated like conquering heroes by an audience who does not get to hear this band nearly often enough. The set list was blistering, furious and intense, but tragically only six songs long.  

Death Angel took the stage with an abbreviated version of "The Ultra-Violence" from their debut album of the same name. This segued into a pummeling rendition of "Evil Priest", also off the first album.  
Vocalist Mark Osegueda

Monday, September 26, 2016

LP Review: "Reckless Son" by Matt Butler

Reckless Son
From now on, around this time of  year, your friend and humble narrator will be a bit melancholy. Not because of the loss of summer, because Winter is the best season, but because of another kind of loss.

So far, it's only been a year since we lost you.

It's probably true that we have all lost someone to substances. If not someone in our immediate family or friends, there's a very good chance that you've been touched by this kind of loss.

As I write this, it was recently the anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death. Many are still mourning the loss of Prince and countless others whom drugs and alcohol have claimed.

I'm no temperance movement advocate, but let's all try to remember when we're playing with fire. Even legal substances can be lethal. Perhaps even more so, because I can get a fifth of 190 proof liquor for a mere twenty dollars and not worry about being shot or mugged by the cashier at the local grocery store.

Friday, September 23, 2016

LP Review: "Into The Catacomb Abyss" by Unearthed Elf

Into The Catacomb Abyss
Think back to 1995ish.

In many ways the world was very different back then, but one thing was similar.

There were solo artists coming out of the woodwork then. Ozzy, Ace Frehley, Dave Grohl had just released a solo album under the moniker of Foo Fighters.

Now, solo acts are most definitely a thing. Some people, myself included, will tell you that Ace Frehley and Ozzy Osbourne have yet to improve upon the body of work they created in their original bands.

As a solo musician, Ozzy succeeds on every possible level. In my critical opinion, it's because he only plays his part and barely writes honestly. The musicians write and play. Ace Frehley, these days, likes to have his fingers all over the tracks.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Concert Review: September Mourning at Fubar in St. Louis September 14, 2016 -Photos and words by Danny Nichols

Rock music has a long and proud tradition of being a visual medium as much a sonic one.  The Alice Cooper Band became as notorious for the drama unfolding on stage as they were their songs.  KISS took over the world by taking this to the next level.  King Diamond, Slipknot, Gwar, WASP, and a billion other bands soon followed the blue print.  

A band can, and maybe should, look different than their audience, be surrounded in mystique and offer a show beyond just the notes they play.  Music is entertainment and any steps taken to enhance this entertainment are welcome.

At some point, most notably during the emergence of grunge in the early 90s, the idea gained currency if a band had any sort of costumes or a stage show, it was to be viewed as a gimmick intended to distract the audience from the band’s lack of quality.  To many, rock-n-roll was either music or theater, but could not be both.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Album Review: "You're Doin' Great! (For the Record)" by Bong Mountain

This debut from Bong Mountain, the 4-man band out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has the clean and polished sounds of a third of fourth offering.

Almost two years in the making, You're Doing Great! (For the Record) defies genre definition, gifting us with the sounds of rock, alt-pop, and punk, sometimes all in the same song.

Comprised of crisp guitar riffs, speedy drum beats, crunchy vocals and a fun bass line that guides you but never overpowers.

 Bong Mountain presents a the kind of sound you hope to find whether driving around town, skateboarding through the park, or fishing off the pier. It's imminently listenable, sometimes fist-pumping rock & roll, others smooth and soothing, in only the way sweet reverb can be after a long day.

LP Review: "Delirious Excursion" by Darkrypt

Delirious Excursion
Historically speaking, music has been traditionally segregated among races, nationalities, and creeds.

Frankly, this is not a concept that's easy to understand for this blogger.

Let's get in the Wayback Machine all the way to 1986 when the Beastie Boys were unleashing Licensed To Ill on Def Jam Records, owned by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons.

They had the first major hip-hop album to hit Number One on the Billboard Charts. The Beastie Boys of course, were a former punk band peopled with Jewish New Yorkers...some of whom then transitioned to Buddhism.

Like The Run DMC version of Walk This Way released just months previous, they added colors to the palette for that genre of music. Well, what about going back even further to the Yardbirds playing 12 bar blues...a band that gave birth to Cream and Led Zeppelin. Again...palettes were expanded.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Concert Review: Huntress at Fubar in St. Louis September 14, 2016 -photos and review by Danny Nichols

A lot has changed since I first heard “Eight of Swords” in early 2012 and instantly fell head over heels in love with the band Huntress.  Their debut album Spell Eater is a masterpiece of dark pagan metal, which is very reminiscent of classic Mercyful Fate.  

Jill Janus had somehow mastered the four octave vocal style of the previously believed inimitable King Diamond.  The riffs carry all the precision and power of thrash metal, with a clear black metal influence. The subject matter drew heavily from Janus’ deep connection with and knowledge of witchcraft. 

Subsequent albums Starbound Beast and Static have moved a little away from the Mercyful Fate sound, and closer to a darkened power metal.  Comparisons in their sound now could be drawn to bands like Hammerfall and Helloween, except still uniquely harkening back to classic first wave black metal and early thrash metal.  Lyrically, while still maintaining a foothold in the world of the occult, Huntress shifted focus first to a metaphorical fascination with celestial matters and then with an exploration of mental distress.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

EP Review: "Voces de la Tierra Dormida" by HEID

Voces de la Tierra Dormida
One thing that I don't really do is Folk Metal.

There have been a great many times that people have told me about this Finnish band or that Norwegian band and you're not metal if you can't get into folk metal.

Ok, that last bit may not be totally true.

For all of my consternation regarding checking boxes, it would seem that folk metal would be right up my alley, but hearing the other instruments tend to, well put me off.

Even black metal's keyboards tend to get me a bit edgy, but King Diamond using harpsichords...totally find.

This is a very strange way to be, but back to the point, Folk Metal has never really felt like metal to me, but some oddly updated folk music from back in the day...waaaay back in the day.

Friday, September 16, 2016

LP Review: "Vexamen" by Verberis

Heavy metal has long been considered darker than most other forms of music.

There's something about the pounding drums and the a-melodic singing that has raised the hackles of the outsiders. Those of us inside the circle can feel the power these things provide.

But what happens when the music grows darker and the lights grow dim?

On on and on this race has gone.

Once upon a time metal was melodic and progressive. Iron Maiden were the standard bearers for many years.

It's not uncommon for death metal bands to claim fandom of horror movies which helps to explain their music, but how many of their songs actually feel like a slasher flick?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Album Review: "Promised Land" by Smokey Fingers

Promised Land
The sounds of Southern Rock are historically heard from the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, and Molly Hatchet so it came as some surprise to hear a similar sound from a band out of Northern Italy. 

Five years after a successful debut, Smokey Fingers has refined their sound while still paying homage to those vintage greats and stands shoulder to shoulder with the newer alt-rockers of today with their latest offering, Promised Land.

Right from the start, with Black Madame's driving, twangy lead guitar and scratchy, straight-forward vocals and Rattlesnake Trail's pedal steel, Smokey Fingers gives the listener a home-style feeling of sipping a cold beer on the front porch with your boots up on the railing. Their sound is gravelly yet comfortable and makes you want to hit the highway and see the back roads and taverns of the land.