Monday, February 20, 2017

Guest Post: How To Get Noticed by Curtis Dewar

What to include in your album submission

A common error that I see bands going the “do it yourself” promotion route is a failure to include any information whatsoever about them. 

No bio, no album credits, nothing. I’ve had some bands tell me that they want “the music to speak for itself” or to “maintain a mystique” but in reality this is just a cop out for being lazy and unprofessional.

While I can understand wanting the music to speak for itself, the thing is that at least a little bit of information needs to be sent along with the album itself. While you may not feel that you have the skills to write a fancy bio yourself, you can minimally include the following info:

Genre

This is important so that the publication in question knows if your music is even suitable for them. If a metal journalist takes the time to download your album and then finds out that you’ve sent them a rap album that journalist is going to be pissed off.

LP Review: "Dancing On Your Grave" by The Matinee

Dancing On Your Grave
This morning on the way into the office, The Nerdist Podcast was playing in my car. As is his wont, Chris Hardwick was talking to a musician and he was giving his thoughts on the psychology of Americans and why we love what songs we do.

One of Hardwick's common refrains is that we tie experiences to music.

So, let's go full disclosure on the sophomore release by British Columbia's, The Matinee.

This past weekend, your friend and humble narrator was finally able to ditch his conventional engined Honda Civic for a new (to him) Toyota Prius.

Yup. After years of wishing and months of research, I became a hybrid car owner and the feeling of smugness has only been wiped off by the loaner car that was handed to me while they fix up the Prius.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Vinyl Review: "Abominable" by Telekinetic Yeti

Abominable
About 18 months ago, a close friend of mine and I were on a jaunt to eat ramen burgers. This was after our recent vacation where I had the opportunity to get ramen in Japanese restaurants in Hawaii, my favorite part of the trip honestly.

Afterwards we were sitting in the bar having a beer or two. We were talking about all make an manner of things in our lives. Randomly I blurted out, I'm way into doom metal these days.

Now, my buddy is a huge fan of music, but he's hardly metal. We did spend a fun night at Iron Maiden a few years back, but that was an anomaly rather than a staple.

So, frankly, he just laughed at my expression of devotion for a certain sub-genre of metal and since then my love of the lighter side of metal, along with the more extreme side, has really grown.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Video: "Approaching Cauldron of Horror" by Invasion

From their latest album, Destroyer of Mankind, Indiana's Invasion have dropped their latest video, Cauldron of Horror.

The album can be purchased on HERE on CD. Hit the band up on Facebook and check out the video below!

LP Review: "Altars of Devotion" by Harvest Gulgaltha

Altars of Devotion
One of my many maladies is insomnia. It's nothing new and has been treating me to sleepless nights and drowsy days for the past 25 years or so.

Thankfully, my insomnia is mild and rarely are entire nights lost to me, but you know how if you need to wake up early in the morning, you just turn in earlier?

I can't do that.

So, when it's time to turn in, emptiness of mind is what I seek. When my eyes close, my brain starts to work. This way, that way, thinking about that person who unfriended me on Facebook or this or that.

Rarely is it anything important, but this is why I read for a minimum of sixty minutes each night before going to sleep. There's often a record playing in the background too. It gives my mind that relaxing moment it needs to shut off before sleep.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Video: "Beautiful Soul" by Four Star Riot

Florida rockers, Four Star Riot, have released another video off of their album, Waves released on Vital Records.

Check out the video below.



The performance shots were taken when Four Star Riot opened for The Smithereens at the Central Arts Performing Center in Largo, FL. Purchase it on Bandcamp and hit them up on Facebook.

Interview: Witchapter Settles It For Me.

The doom is strong with the world these days. That's something about the trends in music that are swirling around all the time.

At any given time, there are great movements that are taking place on several continents. These days we're seeing doom/stoner/whatever metal growing exponentially. Witchapter stopped by the tallest tower at the Glacially Musical World Domination Headquarters Annex in Northern Wales.

This is what we talked about....

Glacially Musical: Thank you for taking some time for me. I'd love to learn more about you guys.

Witchapter: The pleasure is ours.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LP Review: "Black Cat" by Zucchero

Black Cat
When this blog started, my daughter hadn't turned two yet. She did possess, even then, an artist's soul.

As she has grown up to the ripe old age of five, though she'll tell you nearly six, her artistry has grown by leaps and bounds.

She works in many different mediums. She paints. She colors with crayons, markers, and colored pencils when she's allowed.

During Thanksgiving Dinner this year, my talented daughter sang for us an original composition. Now, would she be able to sing it again? That's probably doubtful, but she did it once.

What her motivation is or how she does it is well beyond me. This girl can, if you'll forgive the colloquialism, paint a picture in any way she chooses. Expressing herself artistically is a big part of who she is.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Stream: "Stories We Tell" by Seven Hard Years/7HY

Seven Hard Years (or 7HY) is a new band comprised of members of Final Sign and Shy.  Check out their first single below and hit them up on Facebook.

Album Review: "Promised Land" by ValFreya

valfreya-promised-land-album-cover-2017Last week at Comic Headquarters the shopkeep and I engaged in a discussion to determine if there is anything more awesome than Vikings.  After carefully considering all available evidence it was determined there is nothing.

It was this mindset which led me to exhaust great amounts of vacation and resources last summer on a trip to Scandinavia, so I could traverse the same waters and stand upon the same ground as the legendary Norse warriors.  

While on a boat out to Birka Island, a former Viking stronghold which is now an archeological site, I spoke to a Swedish woman about the inherent awesomeness of their heritage.  She told me how many Swedes were mildly amused by the world's fascination with their ancestors, who according to her did not fly, weld magical hammers or summon lightning.  I have an entire room full of America's finest four color literature which proves her wrong, but her point was valid.


Monday, February 13, 2017

DLP Review: "Extinct" by Frowning

Extinct
When I was coming of age, Black Metal was a very different thing.

Why, back in those heady days, we didn't even have to add the qualifier Norwegian to the title. It was just assumed that all black metal was from the fjords.

Naturally, we're talking about the latter half of the 90's. Until that point, even listening to the extreme metal shows in my hometown both Monday Night Metal on KSHE 95 and The Mosh on WLCA, I never heard a single solitary scrap of Black Metal.

The latter of the two shows was pretty on point with extreme metal in those days, so I'm going to presume that no one else here really knew about it either. Please tell me in the comments how wrong I am should you so wish.

This isolationism created a monolithic block and the beginnings of check your box metal were growing there, as well as in Tampa, FL.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Vinyl Review: "Suna Kulto" by Dakhma

Suna Kulto
There was a time in my life when I thought that Black Metal was all the rage and in my head there was never too much of it.

Frankly, I was completely ignorant of what Black Metal was at that point. The keyboards, the monotone vocals, and the rest of the Black Metal Identifiers (read: check boxes) were very bland to me, at least to put it nicely.

Upon that realization, Black Metal bands began getting the cold shoulder (pun intended) from me. It wasn't until my listen to every album as long as it's received on time policy went into effect that Black Metal began showing up on these pages.

By opening up my mind to new possibilities, I was shown that Black Metal, like Death Metal, comes in many shapes and sizes. Bands like Morrow and The Lumberjack Feedback really opened my eyes to Atmospheric Black Metal. Speaking of Morrow, today's vinyl review is from the same label, Halo of Flies.

Friday, February 10, 2017

LP Review: Self-Titled by Heath Green and the Makeshifters

Heath Green and the Makeshifters
In 2017 is the art of making an album dead?

Many times it appears to me that there are major artists that simply do not care about making an album.

James Leg sees his records as sides of albums...so he makes two mini albums each time I suppose.

Far more often than should be allowed, listening to forty five minutes of music by a single artist instead of being a seven course meal, ends up being a trip to the buffet at the casino.

Don't get me wrong, the casino buffet in my hometown here...you can get sashimi and steak and all you can eat at that. So, I'm a big fan of buffets, but there's a difference between eating a meal of wholly disconnected courses and having a proper meal.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Video: "Prison Skin" by Persefone

In case you're looking for a sneak peak of some new progressive metal, Persefone has unleashed the first track on YouTube.

Catch them on Facebook or just simply check out the video below.

 

If you like what you hear, pre-order their new record on Bandcamp.

Interview: Stormie Wakefield of Season of Arrows

Stormie Wakefield second from left.
The music that's been catching my ears lately has been large swaths of doom metal.

We appear to be in the middle of a spectacular renaissance for the genre.

Black Sabbath surely started it, but the certainly did not perfect it.

Their debut album was an absolute masterpiece pressed onto translucent blue vinyl, which may have well been outshined by their follow up, Give It To The Mountain which is due out next month on Argonauta Records.

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

I also want to specifically thank you for being in metal.

 My daughter wants to be a rock star and she needs heroes she can look up to and she loves your music.