Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stream: "Communion" by The Dig

Right now we are living in an age of unrest. It's unfortunate.

Floating House Recordings has recently released Philia Artists Rise Against Islamophobia via Bandcamp on both digital and vinyl formats.

All proceeds from this compilation record will go to Unity Productions Foundation, a non-profit that's committed to battling islamophobia.

Check out The Dig's single below and help out a great cause.

Video: "New Beginning" by Radio Moscow

Radio Moscow is about to drop their latest album, New Beginnings, on Century Media Records.

Check out the first single from that album, which isn't precisely the title track, but kind of is, but it's not, New Beginning.

If this is what the upcoming record has in store for us, it would be hard not to be over the moon with it. New Beginnings drops on September 29th.

Preorder it HERE on Mint Green Vinyl with a CD included.

Monday, August 21, 2017

LP Review: "The Room of Shadows" by Pagan Altar

The Room of Shadows
Everybody loves a story.

Longtime readers may recall my attempts to cast myself as a failed musician, but that's akin to Philip J. Fry being a college dropout....very little effort on my part.

Among the band, which played all originals, had very different ideas about how long it should take to write a song. Free Bird was often cited as the gold standard of how long it could take to make a song.

It took Lynyrd Skynyrd a period of years to finish that tune. So, when my complaining that we'd been working on a song for a couple weeks happened...Freebird would be bandied about.

What is the appropriate time to incubate a song? Or an entire album for that matter? Is it of any consequence to the music if the the entire world has changed in the interim?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Vinyl Review: "II" by Breag Naofa

We are in the summer of Breag Naofa even though we are in the first days of school.

It's still a sweatbox and people were asking me today, how was your summer? Long, busy, and it's time to wish for winter.

On a day when your friend and humble narrator was transported to the snowy land of Arendelle by Idina Menzell, a crushing black metal record landed upon his doorstep...along with another that we'll talk about soon enough.

Breag Naofa...they're slightly unusual and heavy boy. They're as heavy as Mitch Hedberg thought Monster Magnet was.

They can cleanse the palette in a way that gets all of the showtunes out of my head. Though Rent is a spectacular piece of art. Sorry...must think metal...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Video: "Shine A Light" by Shabazz Palaces

It's pretty normal for me to give you a bit of a write up on the music and video...but this time Shabazz Palaces gives us a dollop of surreality for our collective viewing and listening pleasure.

Just when I thought I'd unraveled the riddle, another pickle came out. It's a riddle wrapped inside of an enigma.

Tell me what you think this is all about in the comments.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Video: "Enemy" by Ivy Crown

It's been a couple months since we've heard from Ivy Crown, but they're back and getting weird with their the video for Enemy.

They're continuing to be bad ass this time crunching cars and then wearing ultra violet paint. It's refreshing to see, at least somewhat of, a concept video in 2017 instead of the ubiquitous lyric videos.

Ivy Crown's first two singles only make me wonder one thing...where in the world is the album?

Become their BFFs on Facebook.

EP Review: "Sign with Blood" by TERRA INCΩGNITA

Sign with Blood
There's nothing better in this world than that feeling of nostalgia.

Of course that's hyperbole, but as this is the internet, and ACTUALLY!!! is totally thing, just go with me and let's move on.

There's a belief that our personalities are cemented around the age of fourteen or fifteen, who knows if that's actually true, but when I was around that age, Iron Maiden was in free fall.

No Prayer For The Dying led into Fear of the Dark which led to Bruce Dickinson following Adrian Smith exiting the band.

The Mercyful Fate reunion came and went....(Let's face fact it degenerated into King's solo band minus Andy LaRoque plus Hank Shermann. My melodic metal heroes were all falling by the wayside. (Of course King Diamond was still going, but that era of his work...it's not looked back on fondly by me...)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Video: "Here We Go Again" by Six Feet Deeper

Let's introduce a group of Swedes from the town of Stockholm. I think we all know what happens in Stockholm.

After the first two minutes, this video's going to hold you captive, and before the fourth minute you're going to be empathetic to their plight.

All serious jokes aside, this band is from Sweden and they're not metal. Addendum, they do not appear to kill wolves.

Check out their single below and ask them about rail travel on Facebook.

Interview: Brandon Kellum of American Standards

American Standards
One of the kinds of music that leaves me wanting is Hardcore.

It's not something I blame on the bands, but squarely on myself.

When it comes to music that's off the beaten path, like Punk Rock and all of it's many offshoots, it requires a spirit guide to help you hear it and know what it is.

I've never had that spirit guide, so I use my time and my webspace to learn more about it from the practitioners themselves.

Brandon Kellum of American Standards stopped by the Glacially Musical Railway Loan Office, Platform 9-3/4's to answer non-standard questions...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Interview: Severin Allgood of Namazu

Here's our latest get to know you feature on Severin Allgood of Namazu.

Namazu's a new band made up of veteran fellows from the metal scene of Memphis, TN. It's not often that we get into music from Tennessee really.

What struck me about their press release is that they hate my banjo. If I owned a banjo and was totally metal, I think that might possibly cause me to write a dis track.

In the meantime, it's all good.

GM: What made you want to become a musician?

LP Review: "Excerpts From A Future Past" by Hällas

Excerpts From a Future Past
He many have been spoken of before on these very pages, but his name shall never be forgotten and his legacy will be forever affirmed.

There was once a man whose eyes we've never seen. A man who stood behind curtains on stage as to confuse the spotlight operator.

This giant, also placed his leather coat on the mic stand while stalking the areas of the stage no man of woman born should ever trod.

His name you ask?

He was Mitch Hedberg. Where is he now? He has gone to join his ancestors on the other side or the veil. He was thrown off of the horse. What did he do?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Video: "Echolocation" by Gone Is Gone

Let's get something quite crystal clear...as a music listener, neither Mastodon nor Queens Of The Stone Age do anything for me. However, similarly to Dinosaur Jr. doing nothing for me, both Lou Barlow and J Mascis have released spectacular solo records.

With that in mind, here's a video from Gone Is Gone, featuring members of both Mastodon and Queens of the Stone Age. The video is creepy which harkens back to a time of circus side shows.

Perhaps it's the current affairs news lens I'm seeing this in, but there seems to be a bit about exploitation and empathy here too...

If you dig this, pick up the record HERE and ask them all about the show on Facebook.

Concert Review: Marty Friedman At Fubar

Marty Friedman
As it so happens, this blogger, his friends, and his crew all tend to attend shows at Fubar on Locust St. in St. Louis on a pretty regular basis.

For the past nearly 4 years, Fubar has been some what of a second home to me and mine, though we are not recognized at the bar.

Precious, they should recognizes us's.

After all these shows, The Fubar has become rather comfortable. In fact, there are at least three more shows to attend this year....but that aside...

One thing that's rare at Fubar, is a line.

Upon depositing the Death Metal Prius at a meter, we walked towards the door...and there was something a bit different. There was this line...and it was drawn of people.

In fact, the last time I'd seen anything of this sort at this Midtown St. Louis Club was for MC Chris, and that wasn't even reviewed. This may sound like there's never any quality shows at this little venue, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Normally, it's disheartening to see how few St. Louisans can turn out for a great show.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Video: "Revontulet" by Noituma

Finnish Folk Metallers, Noituma, have released a lyric video for their latest single, Revntulet.

In what's one of the best jokes on Americans who do not listen to extreme metal, the lyrics are completely in Finnish. Even with the words on the screen, it's completely indecipherable.

That's of course ignoring one simple fact: Music is a universal language.

The strings, the drums, and the guitars tell the story as much as do the growled, Finnish lyrics.

Check out the tune below and ask them about Kaalikääryleet on Facebook. You could always go one better and get the album on Bandcamp (name your own price).

EP Review: "Cerebra" by Project Renegade

The world is very skewed again.

When this happens it's best to attempt to find something to distract oneself from the turmoil surrounding us.

There's a constant onslaught of absolute insanity happening in the United States.

It's important that we not bury our heads, but find time in order to stick our heads in the sand, at least for a short while.

As the charismatic, iconic, and beautiful man, Randal Graves put it, down time is very important to me.

Without that downtime, we know what Graves was going to do with the deep fryer. It's best that he and Dante Hickes re-opened the Quick Stop if you think about it.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Vinyl Review: "Errors" by Absolutely Not

After many more "you're going to remember where you were when this happened" moments in the past eight months that anyone has ever thought possible, the fact that there's still emotion in my soul is kind of a wonderful thing right now.

As this is being written, it's 1:08 PM CST in my sitting room in St. Louis, MO on August13th.

Yes, Charlottesville, VA happened over the past couple days and I'm raw. Music and politics will be and have been inextricably linked for the following and preceding millenniums.

As there was a KKK/Nazi Rally in the United States, that President Trump didn't disavow or denounce, it seems serendipitous that on my turntable is a raging, punk record by an LGTBQ group.

It's still infuriating that their not being straight white males is relevant in 2017, but here we are.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Video: "Demon" by M.A.G.S.

So, this email says something about a fuzzrock band from Buffalo, NY. In a previous life, I was an infrequent visitor to that delicious Rustbelt City. Seeing the broken down factories as we drove to the football stadium, well it hurt.

And let's not forget all the commercials on Buffalo Sabres games for the Buffalo Center for excessive sweating. Or the Stinger Pizza, which I've not been able to replicate in St. Louis.

Also, Fuzzrock too I guess....in the meantime check out this surrealistic video featuring a neanderthal skull made of cookie dough.

Also, ask them about that dough on Facebook.

Single Review: "He Tried To Kill Me With A Forklift" by Valence

He Tried To Kill Me With A Forklift
Normally we don't do reviews of singles at Glacially Musical, but frankly, the title interested me.

As someone who's logged about 200 hours driving a forklift, this caught my eye.

Thinking back to all of my forklift experiences, the races, the stacking of boxes on the docks at my part time job... All of those months on the forklift.

It was to earn money to get to Hong Kong. There was a man who caused great suffering in my family when he murdered my father. This sort of heinous act cannot stand.

Lan Di will feel the heat of my fists as I seek my revenge....

Wait...that wasn't my life, that was Shenmue.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Video: "Rat In My House" by The By Gods

You might remember my personal ranting and raving over the quality on which The By Gods seem to have the market cornered.

They have a new record coming out on October 20, Move On and like Palpatine with Anakin, I'll be watching for that with great interest.

The band will be doing a run of dates in the US and some spots in the UK. Keep an eye open for the dates soon!

In the meantime quiz the band about their unrivaled collection of fuzz pedals on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Video: "Solomon's Key" by Mausoleum Gate

There's apparently a revival happening in the realm of Finnish metal. Personally, I had no idea, Scandinavian metal, of all varieties, to me is alive and well.

Supposed revivalists, Mausoleum Gate, have dropped a lyric video to their latest single, Solomon's Key.

This track blends elements of power metal, doom metal, folk metal, and the good old B5 Hammond Organ in order to create a fun filled world of gloom.

Ask them how they keep their hair so pretty on Facebook and if this track moves you, preorder the whole enchilada from Cruz Del Sur.

LP Review: "Cosmic Reawakening" by Crafteon

Cosmic Reawakening
Speaking of the terrible tings....

This is something that's on my mind and it makes no sense as to why it is. The why is meaningless and the how is what's critical.

Ergo: You're going to hear about it right now for some damned reason.

It's time to let go of the idea that metal is dumb, as in ignorant. The term Heavy Metal was coined to denigrate musicians as dumb neanderthals. Heavy Metal god, Tony Iommi, hated the moniker at first.

On these very pages, death metal, progressive metal, extreme metal, black metal, etc are very much celebrated, but did you know that things like Dune, Dante's Inferno, and now (well wait again) the Ctulu Mythos will also be celebrated?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Video: "Dead Ringer" by The Whiskey Gentry

Perhaps you'll recall the country/folk/rock band, The Whiskey Gentry and their latest album.

Well, they've dropped the video from their title track (see below). This fun album is available on the all the best formats: vinyl, CD, and digital. Pick up your copy HERE.

They're also headed out on tour, check the dates below the vid.

September 22 40 WATT, ATHENS, GA

Monday, August 7, 2017

LP Review: "Earthquake" by Canker

There are a great many things that have left a mark on my very soul.

Many times it's something silly that really shouldn't be remembered, but cannot be forgotten.

Today's case in point is the movie Amadeus.

Frankly, it's unclear how much of that movie is remotely accurate and made up of so much spun yarn, but that's not the point.

Though it did get me through nearly a week of Music class in 8th Grade, i.e. the last time I saw this movie.

For some reason, the harpsichord features prominently in this particular film. That's not an instrument one hears very often. My introduction was in The Addams Family which gave it a particularly creepy vibe.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Video: "Medusa" by Atlases

New Pest Records signees, Atlases, have released their first single.

Atlases have risen from the ashes of Oceanwake. Their debut EP will be out later this autumn.

Check out their brand of atmospheric post metal below. Ask them about their collection of Scandinavian credit cards over there on Facebook.

LP Review: "Breaking News" by Grande Royale

Breaking News
It's my personal opinion that many people in this world hear music, especially popular rock music, with their eyes and not their ears.

Let's explore this concept a little bit.

There's a rock band on tour right now that made their name playing blues based arena rock with a side of hippy rock. The singer is a little left of center, but in the end, they were labeled heavy metal.

There's another band, who's famous for their outlandish stage get ups, make up designs, and pioneering the modern rock stage show.

This band though, sprouted out from a complete hippy rock band. Both of these bands wrote their first songs on acoustic guitars. The thing is, both of these bands are labeled heavy metal, but it's not like Ride The Lightning or Number of the Beast were written on Guild Acoustics....

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Video: "Pressure" by Quiet Hollers

There are just a few things in this world that will always make this blogger happy and one of them just happens to be Quiet Hollers. Their infectious music and humor never fails to put me in a good mood, or make me cry.

Like you know, whatever?

Also, professional wrestling is something that'll never fully leave my soul. So, in the meantime, watch Quiet Hollers get in the ring.

You can also ask them on Facebook where the vinyl is?

300 Seconds with Breag Naofa

In who's quickly going to become the most written about artist of 2017 on Glacially Musical, it's time to meet Seattle's Breag Noafa.

Starting off, there's an LP coming via Halo of Flies in mid August and then in September, there'll be another release, an EP released independently.

Preorder the LP HERE and the EP HERE.

Please be sure to check back on those reviews in the coming weeks.

We'll have them both and of course get with Breag Naofa so you can tell them you already knew the translation of their Gaelic name on Facebook.

In the meantime as we wait for their records to come out, we took some time to get to know the band and find what we could. Check it out below...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Video: "Sentence Day" by Obituary

Every so often, we must all as members of a tribe bow and light a stick of incense to those who came before us.

In 2017, it's easy to forget that death metal, though as ubiquitous as it is now, was once new.

In that spirit, check out the new video from Obituary, Sentence day and let your hair whip around. See if you can keep it from getting stuck in the tuning pegs.

LP Review: "Mountain Legacy" by Deadsmoke

Mountain Legacy
There is a certain kind of person in the world, which I'm not, that's slow to anger. As a people, we should be prizing and teaching this quality.

This guy, me, isn't. Emotions are worn on my sleeve. There are times when my nerves are raw and then my moods can change on a dime.

This isn't good.

Again, my personal training has restarted to return myself back to when holding it was within my powers.

 Those days though, there would come a time when taking it with a smile couldn't be done anymore and the explosion would start.  Think about that. Those were actually darker days, my friends. Here in the now, in the bright days, abilities have been lost.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Short Interview: Zackery of Toro

This year Toro released an EP, Departure, DIY, naturally.

Zackery Hembree took a few minutes of his time to visit the Studio Ghibli Wing of the Glacially Musical Headquarters. After we finished viewing Totoro, we were able to speak about Toro.

GM: What made you want to become a musician?

Zackery- Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.

Well, there is no singular way to answer this question. From early memory, I'd have to say my musical interest developed from around age 5. I come from a musical and artistic family and being born into that type of environment definitely cultivated my love for music.


Our favorite post punk bass guitar duo, NØMADS, is back with their monthly single, MEGALOPHØBIA, off of the upcoming album Phøbiac.

Be sure to get the latest music into your ears below and ask them about the lack of lead guitars on Facebook

It's also a good time to mention that their previous release, Free My Animal, is STILL available for $4 (SHIPPED) on clear red vinyl on Bandcamp.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Video: "Don't Be A Cyberbully" by MC Lars

Nerdcore Hip-Hop artist, MC Lars, is back with his latest album, the Jeff Sessions. It was released worldwide via Bandcamp last week.

MC Lars routinely writes songs about literature, nerd culture, and funny things like how not to write Slayer songs.

Don't say anything mean to him (or anyone else for that matter) on Facebook.

LP Review: "Mother Gray" by Eshtadur

Mother Gray
The thing that makes metal one of the greatest genres in the world is that it has the ability to anger the bourgeousie while simultaneously rivaling the musical ability of a symphony.

It could be said that metal has always been the music of the proletariat and that's part of why it angers the uppers so much, but that's always been the place of art in our world.

In the years since the debuts of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and many others, the complexity and melody has often times been left out of metal records.

Certainly there is a time and a place for extreme metal bordering on noise. There's a great many records that fit that precise description in my vinyl library, but the heavy metal arms race can get tiresome.

It's always interesting to hear extreme metal bands add something to the mix rather than the four standard ingredients.

Friday, July 28, 2017

LP Review: "Lucifer's Dream" by Mindkult

Lucifer's Dream
In my formative years, those outside of the metal circle would often times talk of how it was only screaming.

At the time, there was very little screaming in mainstream metal. Of course unbeknownst to the most of us, thrash, death, and other extreme forms of metal were congealing into scenes that would grow what they are today.

But that's not where this all started. Metal began, in earnest, with Black Sabbath, as we all know. There was no screaming involved.

There was a broken guitar, a treble booster (read: Overdrive) pedal, and an amplifier pushed to well past its limits. There was also of course, Geezer Butler.

In this mix, there wasn't a single scream. The guitars were tuned down on later albums to match the range of Ozzy Osbourne. Metal wasn't even angry at this point. It was scary, but not angry.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rock Out With Space Witch's Playlist

Space Witch is one of those bands that the only way to describe them...is to call them Dr. Who Metal.

Regardless of what I may or may not have said about Dr. Who at SoHa Bar &  Grill after a few IPAs on Saturday, that's not a bad thing at all!

Check out how they get down...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Video: "The Reverend" by Kabbalah

One of the best vintage rock bands to come out in awhile, Kabbalah, has released a video for The Reverend from their album Spectral Ascent.

You should check out that video below and preorder the record HERE.

Did you know that you can interact with bands on this thing called Facebox?

LP Review: "Roll For Initiative" by Highrider

Roll For Initiative
During my formative years, cartoons and professional wrestling really ate up large swaths of my free time.

When it wasn't time for homework, perhaps the USA Cartoon Cavalcade was on and on Mondays it light straight into The WWF's Monday Night Main Event featuring Bobby The Brain Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon.

There was a genre of cartoons where strangely clad or equipped characters solved crimes without really knowing what they were doing. There was the (culturally insensitively named) Hong Kong Phooey and the master of the genre....

Inspector Gadget.

The ill-fated Mathew Broderick movie aside, this man perfectly exemplified what we're talking about. He "solved" crime after crime and foiled plot after plot. Most of the time, if he did anything useful, it was on accident.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Video: "Roses'N'Gin" by The Fabulous Minx

Here's the latest video from Tulsa, Oklahoma's The Fabulous Minx. Their music harkens back to an earlier time when rock'n'rollers were common with their danceable music and their long hair.

Check out this jump, jivin' track, Roses'N'Gin and ask them to put you on their dance card on Facebook.

Album Review: "The Navarat" by Monobrow

Personally, I am not interested in mind altering drugs, but when I see an album cover with psychedelic mushrooms on it, it immediately goes into my 'to listen' pile.  I assume it will be full of down-tuned, riff orientated heaviness, which will create the sonic equivalent of a drug induced trip without any of the legal or health ramifications.  It is possible to love stoner metal without actually being a stoner.

The new release from Canadian stoner metal band Monobrow delivers exactly as the album art advertises.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Top Five: Tim Kenefic of Death on Fire

As a writer, it's always interesting to see how songs, albums, and careers are built. Seemingly, I lack whimsy because it's easy to get jaded.

Seeing how the sausage is made though, is extremely interesting.

In that vein, we have another top five playlist from Tim Kenefic of Death on Fire.  Perhaps you recall the track we streamed awhile back? If not, refresh yourself HERE.

LP Review: Self Titled by Hell

In these current days, my family is attempting to be healthier.

The wife is dragging me along into movement.

Ever since giving up hockey, the life led by me has been rather sedentary. Yes, clearly this is not an optimal lifestyle for one who's been living in an existential crisis since swearing off organized religion.

The climate inside my noggin has gotten even stranger than normal now.

Before, it was only the icy breath of Death that harangued my consciousness repeatedly. Death is no longer solitary in the this mess. The cheery, vice-like grip of life is now squeezing into the very small space that Death has chosen to un-occupy.

As time moves, they move. When one leaves a square inch available, the other moves into it. This is a difficult situation as the crushening is now coming from more than one place.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Video: "Nocturne": by Susprians

Here's the latest single from Suspirians's Ti Bon Ange. Like the rest of their record, it's colorful, vibrant, and a little bit crazy.

Check out the track and see if you can catch them on one of the following tour dates:

07/23 New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar
07/25 Nashville, TN @ Betty’s
07/27-29 Indian Meadow, WV @ Voice of the Valley Fest
07/31 Cincinnati, OH @ Rakes End
08/01 Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
08/02 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
08/03 Akron, OH @ Hive Mind
08/04 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
08/05 Kansas City, MO @ Blind Tiger

If you can't make any of the shows you can at least show them some love by ordering Ti Bon Ange or checking out their Facebook.

LP Review: "The Desert Winter" by Canyon of the Skull

The Desert Winter
Before we get started, it's necessary to immortalize my internal debate at present.

Perception, does not determine your reality. Perception only can determine your delusion. When presented with fact, one will either accept said facts, or scream fake news.

Acceptance or denial of facts will then determine if you're living in reality or delusion.

This philosophy has been debated for millennia and it's doubtful that we've settled it just now, but what if what you're perceiving is neither factual nor delusional?

What if it's something rarely seen? Perhaps you've noticed my reviews are now entitled with LP, EP, MLP, DLP, TLP, etc? The hope is that you'll understand what you're reading about in terms of length.

Well, this is not an EP and it's not a single, so it's definitely an LP.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Video: "Goodluck Sandy" by Märvel

It's been a few minutes since Märvel took hold of our world and exploited our need for masked superheroes by releasing all of their records over here in the USA via The Sign Records.

But they're not just about reliving the past, because this fall they've got a new album coming out. Until At The Sunshine Factory drops later on this year, check out their latest single and video below.

Don't forget to ask them who they really are on Facebook.

Five Minute Interview: Lor

Normally, this would be the spot were we talk about the artist a little bit, but as this is our first attempt at this, these will be short and sweet.

Lots of times you'll see the same questions, as we're getting to know some folks out there.

Glacially Musical: Thanks for taking a few minutes so our readers can get to know you a little bit. 

Tyler of Lor: Absolutely!

GM: What made you want to become a musician?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stream: "What's On Your Mind" by Swimming Tapes

It's interesting how the city of London in the United Kingdom has influenced so much of our music an pop culture here in these United States.

Yeah, I know, we're not that united right now, but whatevers. We'll fix it. So let's move on to how London is getting on with it now...

Presumed London socialites, Swimming Tapes, are on the cusp of releasing an EP called Soft Sea Blue on B3SCI Records in the USA and Hand In Hive Records over there in the European Union where they have those Euro dollars.

This track is soft, a bit melancholy, but hopeful. Ask them all your questions on Facebook.

LP Review: "Deceases" by Morbid Evils

Under extreme duress, the human mind can slow down time.

When that happens to me, it's like Phillip J Fry on 100 cups of coffee. It's frankly one of my most endearing and useful psychological abnormalities.

Overly stressful situations do not tax me like they do others.

In my mind, I question where this particular ability came from. Was it from years of disassociation, a defense mechanism?

However, the most plausible explanation would be the teachings of Surak and The Time of Awakening on the planet Vulcan, as told by Star Trek.

We all know that Vulcans are logical beings rather than emotional, but it's not that they have no emotions, but they are able to master them. In times of crisis, my emotions are buried deep down so we can live to dissect them....

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Video: "X" by Counterfeit Culture

Anytime you're thinking of Melodic Metal, it's only natural to think of the place that has inspired more touring musicians than any other locale in the entire world.

A state that has spawned countless acts to strike out on the road to make their fortune. This is somewhere that's created movie after movie that makes us all want to stay away from there.

Naturally, we're talking about New Jersey.

Kevin Smith, Bon Jovi, and Springsteen jokes aside, Counterfeit Culture is about to release their debut EP, Deathwish, on August 1st.  In the meantime, get a look at their single, X, and decide if they'll mean as much to you as the aforementioned Garden Staters.

Ask them about the Tri-Town Area on Facebook and preorder Death Wish.

Guest Post: Tour Playlist From Death of Kings

This is what Amos chose.
Hey, everybody! Amos here from Death of Kings, fresh off the road from a killer east coast run supporting our new album, KNEEL BEFORE NONE.

A proper soundtrack for tour is an absolute must, and we thought it might be interesting if we kept a log of all the albums we jammed while we cruised across the country, so here it is!

The band van is my daily vehicle, so with me being the most comfortable behind the wheel I wind up doing most of the driving, and often find myself controlling the tunes, as well.

Lots of old rock, punk and heavy metal stuff this time around, often being influenced by the places we were driving through - jamming King Diamond while we drove through Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Dio/Cro-Mags/Anthrax driving across NY and GWAR into Richmond.

We were also fortunate enough to have a working tape deck, so we dedicated an entire day to jamming all the cassettes we brought and picked up on the road.

There's plenty of curve-balls in there (though not as many as I would've liked!) as well as a ton of live albums... so enjoy the tunes - we definitely did!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stream: "Pink Clouds" by Dead Stars

Dead Stars have released the lead single from their upcoming record, Perfect Patterns, due on 9/21 via Bandcamp.  Preorder it HERE.

In case you didn't know, they're available to aggravate 24/7 on Facebook.

LP Review: "Drying the Eyes Of the Goddess Of Gloom Underneat the Stars And the Moon.." by Gloom Balloon

Drying the Eyes Of the Goddess Of Gloom Underneat the Stars And the Moon..
I'm just going to say it.

The entire title is underneath the cover art because it's funny.

In the past few weeks, sleep has been eluding me.

Part of it is my ignorance on how to reset the stupid automatic thermostat to stop kicking back up and down.

It's fine in the winter because it heats up quickly, and when the AC changes, my house heats up quickly. Because of that, my late night music spins no longer contain such things like Coffin Dust or Morbid Slaughter. When sleep is elusive, every single possible care must be taken to capture it. 

One of those things is mellower tunes whilst winding down.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Video: "The World Is Yours" by Arch Enemy

It's interesting how long Arch Enemy has been around. It's been a very long time since first seeing the We Will Rise video, on VH1 of all places.

Arch Enemy has been around the world, lost two vocalists, a guitarist, but gained a French Canadian, though all of this is old news.

Here's the latest single from their upcoming record, Will To Power.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Stream: "Sink (The Abyss of Dwelling)" by Atonement Theory

Atonement Theory is releasing an expanded digital version of Illumination on 7/28 via I Defy Records. Do you need a sample?

Check out a track below.

Ask them if they're capable of personal flotation on Facebook. You'll get a funny answer, promise.

Split LP Review: "Unto Heretic Flames" by AK-11 and Aasgard

Unto Heretic Flames
Remember all that beef stew I couldn't shut up about last year?

Crockpot Stew, when miso or gravy are added to the broth, is one of the best meals on the planet.

One of the things that makes it so great is that, unless you're eating out of a can or plastic container, beef stew can't just be had at will.

It has to be planned out. The hours upon hours of cooking it make it difficult, and slightly rare.

Music that takes time to gel is always interesting. Unto Heretic Flames was not something that could be listened to once and then be reviewed. This music required rumination.

Aside from the standard black metal things, what were they trying to say? What are they trying to accomplish here? Why did these two bands team up to release a split LP?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Interview: MaidaVale

For the last little while,we've been lucky enough to digest some new music from The Sign Records.

One of the latest and greatest bands these days is MaidaVale.

Hailing from Sweden, see below, they dazzled us with their debut record, Tales of the Wicked West. It's a psychedelic blues freakout from wayback that was just recorded.

Check it out if you haven't, and take some time to get to know them.

GM: Tell me about that capitalized V. What's its significance?

MV: The capitalized V is just because some other band had occupied the internet with "Maida Vale" when we started, and then we got used to it even though some of us are real perfectionists when it comes to spelling.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

LP Review: "Temple" by Olde

Over the Fourth of July holiday, my cousin and her family were in town from Chicago.

It's been almost two years since we've seen each other and just as long for the kids too. When we have time, our daughters have Facetime Tea Parties.

Yes, it's every so metal.

Keeping up with people is something I have never been good at to be perfectly honest about the situation, and that does include family.

Thankfully, she was willing to make the overture and a great time was had by all. There was an 11th Hour decision not to take our children to the park where we spent large portions of our youth...bleeding in the sand...because that place is dangerous.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Video: "Never Wanted" by Avelion

Check out the latest video from Avelion.

This single comes from their latest record, Illusion of Transparency on Revalve Records. Find more information HERE.

In the meantime, get a bowl of popcorn and see where they take you this time.

Video: "Depravity's Lock" by Soul Remnants

Soul Remnants has a new video off their up coming album, Ouroboros. It's a concept album about a dystopic future.

Ouroboros will be released digitally on July 21st. Preorder it HERE. Make sure you ask them questions Facebook.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stream: "Baptized In Vibe" by Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease

Let's pull a Joe Perry and let the music do the talking...right after I'm done flapping my yapper.

Almost there, but we're not. Seriously, if the title Baptized In Vibe doesn't have you clicking play play play on this one...there's probably nothing that will.

Tell Joey and the boys what you think on Facebook.

LP Review: "Herodias" by The Lunar Year

Thank you for reading this.

Over the years, my personal style for writing reviews has grown and changed. In the beginning, professional sounding reviews was the goal.

Later each review became an attempt to write to you how the music sounds, so that you'd be able to hear the music in your head.

It's important to have your own personal style and live the life you want to create for yourself. Mike D (and Willie Shakespeare) put it best, be true to yourself and you will never fall.

 So, hopefully you're coming to this little corner of the world wide webiverse using Hyperglobalcompumeganet to speed up your Captain Janeway experience knowing that what you'll see here, you won't see anywhere else. In our little bubble of positivity, we do it the way that makes the most sense to us.

Friday, July 7, 2017

LP Review: "Salt and Rot" by God Root

Salt and Rot
One of the best gifts that nature has ever bestowed upon humanity is friendship.

The ship of friends that takes us places. It's definitely a very special part of the human condition that Lt. Cmdr. Data is currently working on...wait...he was blown up.

Then there's the best friend. The person in your life that even if you haven't spoken in years, that you can sit down with and pick up where you left off.

Being lucky, my best friend returned to St. Louis, but we had that relationship for the eight years he was out of town.

It's hard to even conceive of life with out my friends, both real and internet...possibly imaginary. The love and comfort received has kept this little guy going all these years.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stream: "Thunder On The Fields" by Demon Head

Who's itching to hear some new music?

Check out down below for some thunder from Demon Head.

Fight with them about politics on Facebook and make sure you check out this new album.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stream: "Clean Evil" by Susprians

A couple weeks ago, we were surprised by a vinyl copy of Ti Bon Ange by Suspirians.

What else is there to say about that great record?

Well, cassette tape fans, you can also get in on the analog love fest. Pomogite Community has it for you.

LP Review: "Speak Volumes" by Old James

Speak Volumes
It's surprising, that being a big Star Trek: The Next Generation fan that I am, not many of their episodes have really stuck with me. The books have always been more interesting, as there's no terrible acting to screw it up.

(There's also not plasticware that's in my kitchen being used by Ferengi and Klingons to distract me....)

One of the memory stickers though, is A Matter of Time. This particular episode deals with time travel, but not in the typical way.

A man steals a time machine from a future time traveler and uses it to go forward in time to find out what would be especially valuable. In the end, Berlinghoff Rasmussen admits to being a poor inventory.

He then posits that having a time machine will making him a brilliant one who'll be able to make ten fortunes with the future artifacts he's pilfered from the Enterprise.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Concert Review: Tengger Cavalry and Felix Martin

Felix Martin (left) Scott Fermandez (right)
It was about 6:05pm and this blogger was eating Panda Express's orange chicken in a food court.

Inertia was setting in.

It was a family dinner. We were all going to some sort of show that night.

My wife and daughter were seeing Cars 3, and well, look up to see what this guy saw that night.

It was another concert where there would be no one by my side. There would be no friends to spend the evening with me.

In the end though, I was really questioning my choice to review this concert.

That's not really a strange thing. It happens to me all of the time, especially if there's no one meeting me there. So, there I sat at home, waiting to head down to Fubar on Locust while questioning myself about this.

LP Review: "There Is Nothing Left For Me Here" by Ether

There Is Nothing Left For Me Here
Since my earliest childhood days anime has been a large part of my life. From Voltron to Speed Racer as a very small child to Inuyasha, Rurouni Kenshin, Trigun, Happy Lesson, et al.

Let's just stop there because it would take a month of Sundays to tell you all about my favorite titles and pontificate about them.

(Yes, those are the more common ones, but there are some more obscure as well and I didn't just get them all off of Adult Swim or Toonami thank you very much. We can have a nerd fight if need be.)

Watching anime is hard because it's culturally Japanese. That certainly sounds like a ridiculous statement, but how many Americans know what it means to hear the cicadas in Ghost In The Shell during a scene that takes place in February?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Vinyl Review: Split LP by Cloud Rat and Disrotted

Split LP
Like many other times during the past five years and now 1,000+ articles we have posted on Glacially Musical, this is a split.

Splits are nothing new and have been around for decades Typically though these releases are EPs and not LPs.

You get one or two songs by each band, half a side, and that's it. Perhaps it's simply my personal ignorance, having had an absence from the underground metal scene, but split LPs still seem a little bit on the strange side to me.

It's funny to say that because there are now several of them in my vinyl library. (Note: I don't use the term collection, because it creates a different connotation from listening to and enjoying the music contained on the discs.)

Looking at the tracklisting after finding out this record was on its way, it's only two tracks. That made me think that we were doing another 7". My first dance with Cloud Rat featured a side of "short" tracks. You may recall the Cloud Rat/Moloch split I reviewed a couple months back.

Friday, June 30, 2017

LP Review: Self Titled by Hogan's Goat

Hogan's Goat
There's a Scottish folktale called Hogan's Goat.

Were you aware?

This was something that we didn't know about here. So basically, Hogan's Goat was this disgusting creature that was reported to smell just god awful.

Being compared to Hogan's Goat is actually a great insult, but here are with a band from Nashville (non-country) that's using this as their name.

They've even chosen to use a drawing of the goat as their album cover. This is where I think they've made a bit of a mistake. For black magic reasons, the goat has been used as a symbol in extreme metal for years upon years which have bled into decades.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stream: "Crown (Murder Edition)" by Hollow Leg

Hollow Leg's EP, Murder, is finally out on this side of the pond.

Get thee to Facebook and ask them about those creepy bugs, but in the mean time, you can settle for enjoying the whole thing right here...

Well right here...

Of course right below the right here and I do mean the preceding right here.

Oh just look down.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LP Review: "Hard Chargin'" by Dreadnaught

Hard Chargin'
One of the folks in my life is presently engaged in a battle of wills to the death.

It's easy to feel bad for them because they're in a brand new situation. One that many of us have been accustomed to for years, if not decades.

The thing about it is...it's easy to get discouraged. It's being made harder than it should be. Fighting back is the best way of going about it.

My suggestion is a series of passive aggressive shots over the course of months and years to send a tiny little message.

Never shy away from a challenge. Let's shout cliches from the rooftops! Defying convention is the mother of invention! (Wait...is a cliche?)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stream: "Unicorns on Sticks" by Neurococcyx

There are just times in this world when you need something totally crazy from France.

Well, avant-garde, French instrumentalists Neurococcyx has it for you.

Check it out here and ask them comment allez vous on Facebook.

Video: "Soul and Chemicals" by Siamese

Siamese has just released a video off of their latest album, Shameless. This is certainly a different sort of music that what's normally shared and reviewed here on Glacially Musical.

However, it's quite hard for me to walk way from hard rock with violins.

Shameless is out on Artery Recordings in the USA and Avalon Records in Japan.

Get the album here and thump them back on Facebook.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Stream: "Leaving Is Easy" by A Valley Son

Before we get to the single, let me just say.

This is the 1,000th post on Glacially Musical. We started this site in August of 2012 and here we are, 999 posts later: Interviews, Albums, Vinyl, Concerts, Streams, and Videos.

Thank you very much for your continued readership and please Like us on Facebook. It means the world to me that others are reading what we think about music.

Today we're streaming the lead single from A Valley Son's upcoming record, But The World Moves, due September 8th.

LP Review: Laser Flames On The Great Big News's Self Titled

Laser Flames On The Great Big News
One of the things a band can do in order to improve their durability is adding more than one vocalist.

Granted if you're Led Zeppelin, don't bother Robert Plant has that all sewn up. Other bands....like Kiss though.... their music isn't as intricate as that of say a Led Zeppelin or Metallica.

So, by starting off with three vocalists and then adding another, it kept their sound fresh and interesting.

Kiss stole borrowed that idea from The Beatles. At the time they started, it was a similar thing. The music wasn't much more than three chord rock.

In the end, there have been eight different people to sing on Kiss tunes. Only Mark St. John and Vinnie Vincent have not sung on a Kiss song. Crazy.

What if though, a band had two vocalists and didn't need them in order to freshen up each song?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Vinyl Review: "The Battery Line" by Quin Galavis

The Battery Line
Let's say a few  nice words about mile stones if you don't mind my going off on a small tangent before we get into the meat of this review.

It doesn't seem all that long ago when a band first had two album reviews here, but that was nearly five years ago.

Today, Quin Galavis becomes the first artist to get the vinyl treatment for a second time. (Confidentially, there's another one in the kitty though.)

Glacially Musical is rapidly closing in on our 1000th post. In fact, this is post number 997. In my life, there's been a lot of t hings I've done, but this one is certainly among the longest, most successful, and very satisfying. You may have noticed that for the past two weeks I was a bit off the grid, just because, a break from this behemoth was required. As a small site that we do on the side, it's hard to keep up all of the content.

Thank you for enjoying the ride with us.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stream: "My Name Is Murder" by Brendon Small

Like many of us in the metal community, Metalocalypse was a big deal to me. It took awhile before learning that there were actual musicians involved in the project. Seriously, how could anybody be able to write, voice, and music up that show?

Brendon Small, though he be barred from anything Dethklok, is still making music. His new project is called Brendon Small's Galaktikon.

Preorder it on Amazon on vinyl here or CD/Digital.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Stream: "Will O Wisp" by Nekrocraft

There are times when it takes more than a simple I-III-IV Chord Progression to get us through the day.

Nekrokraft is bringing some truly painful death metal spliced with a little bit of black metal. See if you can pull on the threads.

Hail them on Facebook.

LP Review: "Amen Breaks" by Quiet Hollers

Amen Breaks
As far as I'm concerned, my love the Quiet Hollers has never been remotely a secret.

Their eponymous album is still one of the biggest bright spots of 2015 and it's subsequent vinyl pressing (complete with black splatter on clear coloring) was also a bright spot of 2016.

Our friends from Kentucky stopped in at the Heavy Anchor in December of 2015, and we were able to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary while they played some amazing songs.

The only dark cloud was that their vinyl had been pushed back so I wasn't able to go home with it that evening. The full house they had though warmed the cockles of my heart. It's awesome to see a band succeeding in this day and age.

In this modern age, there are far too many instances of a band, though of quality, being chewed up and spat out because they weren't able to make a financial go of it.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stream: "Dementophøbia" by

Check out Dementophøbia from our good friends, NØMADS.

They're currently six months into a year long project where they'll be releasing a single each month. By the time it's released, hopefully on glorious vinyl but  not on red like Free My Animal, you'll have had all the tracks at your finger tips.

Every song of theirs will be available to go straight into your earholes and worm their way into your brains.

Oh yeah, say what's up on Facebook.

Before you click on this rocking new song, they're selling the vinyl edition of their debut record on the cheap.

Make sure you pick on up. They're limited to only 225. If you snooze, you lose, but I have my copy and I'll be rocking it for years.

Interview: Wo Fat

Wo Fat
At the Glacially Musical 70's Preservation Society Headquarters, Closet L-3, we conducted an interview with Wo Fat, a band who's unabashedly mired in the decade that gave us Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and Hooker'n'Heat.

They were quite willing to listen to my rambling questions.

If you've been waiting to hear what a band thinks of my sludge/vintage rock/metal thoughts, consider your wait to have ended.

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

Wo-Fat: Thank you for talking to us and for supporting the scene.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Video: "Singularity 45" by Shadowflag

Cheltenham, England's Shadowflag has just put out a new video.

Much like their poetic black metal's lyrics, this clip features all sorts of cheerful happenings that coincide with just how wonderful the world is chugging along right now.

Enjoy and Facebook stalk them a bit.