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.

CD Review: "Potboiler" by Future Hate

Potboiler
Let's start at the beginning.

Do you know what I love about Punk Rock/Hardcore/etc and all that jazz?

Frankly, not a whole helluvalot. Punk and Country are kind of similar to me in that, whereas I used to dismiss it all out of hand, there are now exceptions.

Punk Rock to me all goes back to the first time I heard the Sex Pistols. At the time, my metal ONLY phase was going full strength and the idea that a band who didn't have significant prowess on the instruments...

Well that was simply verboten. Why in the world should we listen to this crap? To this day though, Nevermind the Bollocks is still unlistenable to me.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Concert Review: Metallica at Busch Stadium in St. Louis June 4, 2017 -Words and Photos by Danny Nichols

In August 1986, when I was nine years old,  my family took a summer trip to Fox Springs Resort in central Missouri.  While there I made friends with an older kid named Doug Shirley who had brought some cassettes with him which were considerably different than the Olivia Newton John and Barry Manilow my mother had subjected me too.   Principal among this stack was Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”.    Before the opening track "Battery" had finished a paradigm shift in my musical interest occurred which would severely impact the rest of my life. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

LP Review: "Through The Ages of Sleep" by Siberian

Through The Ages of Sleep
It's time to let you into my life once again. At the time of this writing, my Chinese food has tarried so.

This brings up two very serious questions as this post moves forward:

1) Will this post be finished before my lunch arrives?

2) Will my low blood sugar affect my ability to write this post?

As this blogger is a mild sufferer of hypoglycemia, there are times when my personal chemistry can be off and really mahoober up everything I'm doing.

UPDATE! My food has arrived. Even though I'm listening to this album for the third time, there really are only sporadic inferences and ideas running through my dome. Allow me to eat my lunch and get back to you afterwards.

Friday, June 16, 2017

LP Review: "Cremation Songs" by Tomten

Cremation Songs
As my life as a parent continues to move forward, there are more and more strange happenings.

My daughter loves the symphony. So, we attend the concerts they hold on Sunday afternoon for the kids. Many times the songs they play are familiar to me because of hearing them in old Loony Toons.

As she's also into Loony Toons, it's even more fun. The idea of what cartoons were like when I was a kid is so different than today.

My mind routinely brings up a particular episode featuring a family of owls. The father owl teaches classical music and he keeps a sign on his door stating "NO JASS." Naturally, the little owl loves jazz music. So there's the interplay between the father wanting his son to be respectable and the son wanting to be true to his heart.

This all plays out while the owling is on the radio alternately singing jazz and classical music.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Interview: Tid (Ex-Ghost and Current Magna Carta Cartel)

The Sign Records have been unleashing many new (to us) albums here across the Pond.

One of the more interesting bands out there is Tid. There are former members of Ghost in Tid. Then there's also another band that's connected, the Magna Carta Cartel.

Recently, we sat down to discuss Ghost, Tid, music, and listening to Swedish music in English at the Glacially Musical Fjord Discussion Room B and this is what we came away with.

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

Tid: Thank You for having us.

GM: Listening to Fix Ide, I can hear a lot of similarities with Ghost and a lot of differences. How would you describe each band's music?

Tid: Tid’s music is not bound to rules, classic songwriting or the search to create the feeling of nostalgia - quite the opposite.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LP Review: "Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void" by Seer

Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void
If you look up at the night sky, you'll be seeing a vast expanse that we can never understand.

The images we see in the stars is sometimes millions of years old because it simply takes that long for it to get here.

In a smaller comparison, think about countries like Japan and the United Kingdom. Those two nations have about 2/3's of the population of these United States, yet have land space around the size of California, if you combined them.

Now, look at the United States. It's the fourth largest nation in terms of land, but India, who's the size of Texas has four times our population.

They have no vast expanses like we do. What do these things do to us as people? It's impossible for humanity to grasp the expanses we see everyday. Seer...they're from a nation, Canada, that has even more expanse than the United States.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Video: "Agenda (I) Cryptograms (II) A Digital Self" by The Vicious Head Society

Let's talk about a new band, The Vicious Head Society. They're a symphonic progressive metal band all the way from Ireland.

They've just released the video for their latest single from Abject Tomorrow.

If you haven't liked them on Facebook...what are you even doing there?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Video: "Freak Flag" by Quiet Riot

There are certain bands that mark times in our lives. When I was a boy, we watched NBC's Friday Night Videos.

To this day, Quiet Riot still holds a place in my heart. With that said, check out their new track!

Let them know what you think on Facebook.

LP Review: "Tales of the Wicked West" by Maidavale

Tales of the Wicked West
There are times when our conversations yield some interesting omens.

Not two hours before this record began playing, my friend and I were knee deep in a conversation about rich rock stars and how as they age, the can become giant douches.

One in particular, whom I won't name, is very popular. He's been around for over 30 years in the sphere of popular, and mostly, quality music.

For the past 15 or so (HERE COMES LARGE SWATHS OF OPINION),  he's tried so desperately to be the second coming of Jimi Hendrix with his tales of love and such.

The problem is, as he grew up in an almost idyllic childhood in a virtual paradise, it's hard to see his claims as valid, unlike Jimi's as he grew up seeing the actual horror of life. It's kind of like the Spanish Inquisition, your confessions aren't genuine without torture.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Vinyl Review: "Ti Bon Ange" by Suspirians

Ti Bon Ange
What you may or may not know about me, dear readers, is that this guy right here is the biggest nerd you'll ever meet.

Sure, most days, pimping brutal death metal, drinking craft beers, shaving with a vintage safety razor, and having a beautiful family, and living in a beautiful home that needs work...

You might not ever guess that I'm reading a fantasy novel, a Red Dwarf novel, and thinking about the space time continuum.

The eddies of the time stream fascinate me to no end. Recently, I had a very long dream about such things. In the dream, my biggest childhood dream could have been realized should I have been willing to go back in time and make a singular different choice.

Now, we could speak about the Mirror of Erised here and discuss my life and the ramifications, but what struck me about that dream was my understanding of what would have happened should the deal have been accepted.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Video: "Faradic" by The Summoned

It's one of those days where we just need to be punched in the face by a pure wall of death metal.

Check out Faradic below and ask The Summoned what makes them human on Facebook.

EP Review: "The Hills Have Eyes" by Märvel

The Hills Have Eyes
Nobody, well besides myself, wants to be that guy.

That guy infests everything we do in society. It's a constant refrain when two or more humans are engaged in conversation about anything under the sun.

Well, I don't want to be that guy, but music sounds better on vinyl. I don't want to be that guy, but where is today's Led Zeppelin?

The list goes on and on. It's not just about music, or food, or beer, or child rearing..etc..etc...etc...

Seriously, we could probably spend the next thirty five to forty years discussing how awful that guy, and I are and can really be. Personally, I'm working on the "don't yuck on my yum" philosophy. If others like it, don't piss on it. OK?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Interview: Volker's Ulrich Wegrich and Jen Nyx

Volker
It's certainly been awhile, but you may recall when we reviewed Volker's debut EP.

They were definitely a cool and unique band and that EP just got me more and more excited to hear more of their music.

Their latest album, Dead Doll, was released on Overpowered Records on May 26th and is a real cracker.

Recently guitarist/composer Ulrich Wegrich and vocalist/lyricist Jen Nyx took some time to visit the Glacially Musical Secret Underground Headquarters of the Global Email Center of Greater Zimbabwe, just past the water cooler, in the room that isn't being spied upon by Moscow to answer a few of our questions.

Now you can get to know them.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Video: "St. Valentine's Boys" by Quiet Hollers

It was fully my intention to get this video out to you last week, but sickness sapped out all of my productivity.

Their new record is out on July 7th and the full review is coming later this month. Until then, check out their latest track!

Don't forget to check out their pix on Facebook.

LP Review: "Spectral Ascent" by Kabbalah

Spectral Ascent
Reading Jimmy Page's interviews over the years has been a darkly illuminating experience.

There was one particular discussion where he was talking about being in opium dens on the other side of the world with Robert Plant, on a songwriting expedition.

In my mind, there was a stunning picture of Page and Plant sitting on a stage, each wearing a fez, and smoking these large hookah pipes as they sang or at least tried to find the song.

We've all got at least one friend who'd read that little passage and think, "man, it would be awesome to hang out with them and smoke opium and hashish."

In some of the music they created, there's an element of this scene. Influences here and there could speak to this time, but Led Zeppelin never created this soundtrack. Page and Plant, touched on it a bit....

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Video: "I Can't Feel A Thing" by Holy Wars

Let's slow things down for a minute and watch something a bit different.

Holy Wars is a darkened pop band from the very metal city of Los Angeles.

Watch the video and say hi on Facebook.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Vinyl Review: "Locust Lunatic Asylum" by Sober Truth

There was an interview with Kim Thayil about 20 years ago when Soundgarden was riding the wave of their critically acclaimed albums in the late 90's.

He talked about how much he hated heavy metal because he thought it was silly. Those acts weren't writing songs about real life, but Dungeons & Dragons.

Well, no disrespect to the fine work of Gary Gygax, TSR, and Ronnie James Dio, that was such a ridiculous statement that had me screaming in my head about how wrong he was.

The stereotype that metal is dumb and, again no disrespect to Gygax and Co, cannot cope with the real world or see anything more than childish fantasies is something that has long since grated on most of us in the metal community.

LP Review: "Wicked Covenant" by Bury The Machines

Wicked Covenant
As a small boy, my mother would have me wash the dishes after dinner.

It was one of my first regularly occurring chores. Because she was a control freak, she would then go in an check everything that was in order to make sure it was done correctly.

She complained that it was harder for her to have me do it rather than doing it herself.

This concept never really made much sense in my preteen mind as she wasn't expending nearly the amount of energy as I was in order to get the kitchen sparkling clean.

Questionable parenting practices aside, she was right. The mental energy that it takes to get one's child to learn the proper cleaning practices is immense. Think about writing an album...even a short one....

Friday, June 2, 2017

LP Review: "Deny Everything" by Contra

Deny Everything
Over the past year or so, my daughter and I have become avid comic book readers.

It's pretty safe to say that we have pretty different tastes in what we read. She's strongly into the My Little Pony Universe.

Part of what got me going back into the world of comics are the superhero movies going back to Tobey Maguire's Spiderman.

Recently, all superhero books have been removed from my pull list because of whole universe idea and capitalization on the movies and tie ins to this and that.

It was overwhelming and I was reading Guardians of the Galaxy because I wanted to read that and not Fantastic Four. The reason for all this is because comic books are always in the Second Act. So they're continually starting over, re-inventing the stories, etc. It's kind of what George Lucas has been doing to Star Wars since home releases became a thing.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LP Review: "The Blinking Light/Peace On Earth" by Rudy Stone

The Blinking Light
I have a spectacular idea for an album, a concept album naturally.

Between jam sessions, which there's usually about 2-3 months between them, ideas come to me. What about a musical record that's based around the comings of the seasons?

Could you possibly imagine how big that would be?

Unfortunately, as I only "play" guitar, it would be really hard for me to get it down, as it seems to me that a project of this size needs a larger sound than the six strings on my Les Paul can give voice to.

So, this idea's been kicking around in my head for about four years now. You know what I found out like three months ago?

Some Italian gentleman named Antonio Vivaldi had already done it. It's truly a great thing I hadn't voiced this idea because there are people in my life that might have suggested I go through with it!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Stream: "Blur" by Alexa Dark

Rock singer and guitarist, Alexa Dark has released her new single as a way of saying hello!!

Her debut EP, Empty Drinks/Empty Hearts will be released late summer. In the mean time follow the breadcrumbs.

As with anybody who's anybody and folks like me who're nobody, catch up with Alexa Dark on Facebook.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

7" Vinyl /Review: "You Know I Loved It" by Nyiko

You Know I Loved It
There's a giant world of music out there and it's always fun to learn more about genres that aren't really well represented in my personal library.

Years ago, my cousins and I were sitting in their living room watching the Twisted Sister concert video on VHS and Dee Snider talked quite about where they were going to film this video, because there was quite a lot going on.

 It seemed to him that the right venue was staggeringly important. As a reviewer, I'd just think that getting a full and rowdy house was all that mattered, but hey, what do I know right?

Though the sisters are from New York, they couldn't do this concert in their hometown because New Wave had taken over New York City. Now, back then New Wave was an unknown unknown. I didn't know that it existed and that I didn't know what it was.

Concert Review: Vaudevileins

Picture this, it's Memorial Day Weekend and my family is out of town. My wife has taken our daughter to her twenty year college reunion on the East Coast. After that, they're headed to see another old friend from college.

My holiday weekend was going to consist of beers, records, and Lunar Silver Star Complete on the original Playstation. As of Saturday at about 7:00pm, this weekend had been a great success. I'd even completed the major task I was assigned: The DMV on her new car.

So, Saturday, I watched the mighty Arsenal win their record thirteenth FA Cup and had been having beers and records since then.

During a break in the action, I popped onto Facebook and came across the fact that Vaudevileins were playing at El Lenador on Cherokee.

Friday, May 26, 2017

LP Review: "Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes" by Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes

Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes
In most contemporary Christmas time movies, the nuclear family always has children scattered around these United States.

The parents tend to live in the Midwest or the South. Their children have all moved across the country to live their lives.

Those movies tend to have great introduction scenes, because these (now adult) children aren't arriving at the same time in Bloomington, IL.

Sometimes they even have to rent cars to get to the snow covered ranch houses they grew up inside of.

So, we always learn about these kids. The standard trope is seeing them in their suits telling their office friends about how they have to get back to Montana for Christmas because Mom might not be around much longer. This goes on until they're all in the house.

The last child though...this one doesn't always arrive alone. Sometimes they bring a new friend....

Video Premiere: "Defining Me" by Eyes Wide Open

Good morning. We're pleased to bring you the first single from And So It Begins by Eyes Wide Open.

The record won't drop until September, but in the meantime, get a good slice of it down here.

Let them know you're awake on Facebook.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Interview: Space Witch

As a young boy Dr. Who fascinated me, for a time anyway. Though, not a fan these days, the theme music has definitely left an indelible mark upon my psyche.

Perhaps it was the pinball game we played at The Silver Ballroom all those times?

Probably not.

Upon first, second, and third listens, Space Witch seems to be the band that should've been the soundtrack to that show. Not just because their music is reminiscent of Dr. Who's theme song, but because the music feels like Dr. Who and a hundred other Sci-Fi shows.

They took some time to answer my questions at the Glacially Musical Intercontinental Space Exploration Center of Greater Manila.

Check it out!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Video: "Since C.A.Y.A." by Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces have just released their latest single from their upcoming album,Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, on Subpop Records.

Preorder here and shout at them on Facebook.

LP Review: "Kneel Before None" by Death of Kings

Kneel Before None
We all come to music a little bit differently. Some of us are lucky enough to have parents that share music. In fact, that's the type of parent I'm trying to be.

Some of us have older siblings, or friends.

My journey largely started with my cousins. When we were at a very young age, music was a big part of our lives. So, when those formative years cross my mind, there are always stories from my youth with Jamie and Al.

There was a time before Thrash Metal was widely recognized as anything. (Naturally, it was a thing, as this was the mid to late Eighties.)

We were sitting on their front porch while I was visiting. Plenty of Marlboros lit and burning. There was talk of heading out to this place called Candyband. As this was utterly foreign to me, I asked, what do you do at Candyband?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stream: "Die-Sect" by Pyreship

It's been a long time since we discussed the amazing Pyreship record, but here's your chance to get a little bit more hyped up on it.

Tell them what you think on Facebook.

Concert Reveiw: Delain at Concord Hall in Chicago April 28, 2017 Photos and words by Danny Nichols


Delain is a Dutch Symphonic Metal in the style of Nightwish.  Even thought Delain had already become a force in Europe and garnered significant attention in the United States, I was unfamiliar with them a year ago, when my wife recommended I give them a listen.  Soon after their fifth album Moonbathers appeared in my inbox and they announced a North American tour with my favorite band HammerFall.   Clearly the universe was pointing me in the direction of Delain.  I wish the universe had not waited so long to introduce me to this amazing band.

Charlotte Wessels
I was surprised by the number and the dedication of the Delain fans.  This first thing I noticed as I approached the venue, after an epic battle with Chicago traffic, was the many Delain t-shirts donned by queuing metalheads.  A few brief conversations revealed many were not casual fans either, but enthusiastic and knowledgeable followers as excited to see their the Delain set as I was for HammerFall.  Their status as co-headliners was well deserved.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Video: "Seaquest" by Sleepy Sun

In advance of the upcoming LP release, Private Tales, Sleepy Sun have just released the video for Seaquest.

To the best of my knowledge it's not about any cartoons.

Check out the clip below and question them about things on Facebook.

LP Review: "The Liars Bend Low" by Pyreship

The Liars Bend Low
In November, a simple conclusion hit me, in the coming years music is going to be really great.

That's because pain breeds art.

Consider the Vietnam War Era. When we look back at those years some of the true titans of music were stalking the earth: The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and the list goes on and on.

Those days were a time of upheaval in the world. The people were at unrest.

We are not even halfway through 2017, and there have been several amazing albums. It appears the pain being caused around the world is most definitely creating amazing art.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Double Vinyl Review: "Construct" by Archivist

Construct
Would you mind if I took a moment to wax nostalgic just for a minute. It's unclear to me how many of my current readers have been with me since the beginning.

This blog started off as a testament to my commitment to new music. Once it was realized that there were ten new albums in my car from that year, it was a revelation.

When Glacially Musical started, it was ab out my personal journey into modern music. Like most people of a certain age, new music had lost its sheen. Like my generation, I had aged out of appreciating  new music, new bands.

These days, that very idea is repellent to me. Music is our life's blood. Art is the most wonderful thing we have. My courses in ancient literature taught me a great deal about music. Because about 60 years ago, Music took the place of literature in telling us about modern events.

Sorry, nostalgic mode is now off. Let's move forward and discuss the most excellent double LP from Archivist.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Stream: "CHRONOMETROPHØBIA" by NØMADS

Perhaps you've noticed that NØMADS have been releasing a bunch of singles and you've been able to hear them right here?

Well, if not, here's the latest single from Brooklyn's NØMADS. They're a bit left of center and make some great tunes.

Check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp. ($1 Vinyl!)


Video: "Abyss of the moonbow" by heaven in her arms

As always being an avid fan of Japan, this was something I couldn't pass up.

Be sure to check them out on Facebook and if you dig this track, pre-order it HERE, available in both CD and LP.

DLP Review: "Erosion" by Cydemind

Erosion
There are times when your buddy here feels like Abraham Simpson yelling at the world and demanding that the United States removes three states.

He also says he'll be dead in the cold, cold ground before he recognizes Missour-AH, but as we're in Missouri, it's probably something different right?

My personal windmill is the hyper factioning of all the metal sub-genres. Certainly there are different kinds of metal and a factioning isn't necessarily a bad thing.

It's the overuse of these ideas that gets on my nerves. In the now (seemingly) distant past, friends spoke of this new thing called Folk Metal. There was no way it would ever make it into my music library. My mind was closed at the time. What made that particular type of metal so interesting was the inclusion of new instruments into the fold.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Video: "Juice" by Andy Gabbard

Andy Gabbard of The Buffalo Killers has just released his video for Juice off of his upcoming solo record on Alive-Natural Sound.

Check it out!

Metallica Showed Me Subtext

There was a time in my life when it never really occurred that song was trying to tell me anything other than the single story.

Granted, I was much younger then than I am now. This was when I was very much into Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Led Zeppelin.

Naturally, those bands are a pretty big deal, but none of them really said anything that was outside of what they sang.

Years later, I would get into Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, and Metallica.

Even though subtext is still my personal Achilles Heel, I can tell you that Metallica's songs were about something bigger than just moving you for the moment.

In the Eighties, when they came up, that wasn't a really big deal. The Ronald Reagan Era, i.e. the plastic life of lies and treason, was in full swing when Master of Puppets came out and George H W Bush was still maintaining Reagan's policies in 1989 when ...And Justice For All was released.

While Metallica was singing about how men were wasted on the battlefield, Ozzy Osbourne was preparing to sing about transforming into a werewolf or getting high. Though, honorable mention goes to Killer of Giants.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Video: "Organic Nucleation" by Dark Matter Secret

Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to review this album, but let's make sure we all pass along the awesomeness of this single.

Use your words to say hi to them on Facebook or preorder the album here.

LP Review: "Plastic Surgery" by Heavy Traffic

Plastic Surgery
What an age to be alive?

Last night, I took in a show by the Leonas w/Morrigan at The Tick Tock Tavern. It was a pair of string bands that have nothing to do with this save giving us venue for a conversation.

My friend's wife asked me about plague metal...well that's not a thing yet, but it will soon be...because every kind of metal soon will be.

Music in the Twenty First Century is basically like fusion cooking. For the record, my newly minted Slow Cooked General Mi-Tso Chicken was spectacular.

Due to there only being so many chord progressions and scales, it's getting harder and harder for bands to keep things new and fresh. Some do and some don't, but those that can are able to raise their heads above the din and be heard.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stream: "Medicine" by Quiet Hollers

One of the best surprises of 2015 for me was The Quiet Hollers. Their brand of open ended pop coupled with modernized "down home" instruments was just one of my favorite albums of that year and yes, the vinyl sits proudly on my shelf.

This year, they're back with Amen Breaks releasing on July 7th. Check back for the full review down the road, but in the meantime, check out the first single Medicine.

Holler at them on Facebook!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stream: "All That Light" by Skye Steele

Check out the latest single from Skye Steele.

He's out on tour starting this week.


Upcoming Skye Steele Tour Dates:

5/17 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live (w/ The Minimalists)
5/18 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall (w/ The Minimalists)
5/19 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre (w/ The Minimalists)
5/21 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center (w/ The Minimalists)
5/27 - Brooklyn, NY - Come On Everybody
5/28 - Baltimore, MD - The Holy Underground
6/01 - Atlanta, GA - The Casa Nova


LP Review: "Beyond The Dark Border" by Horrid

Beyond The Dark Border
Many people have told me that I bear a resemblance to someone they know. In the past, my jobs were in the public, so meeting new and (not so) interesting people daily and hearing their (totally not) original stories was part of the job description.

Many people wanted to tell me that I look just like Mike Myers and has anyone ever told me this?

The standard response became, only every day since about 1992.

Now that my visage is older and Myers has aged differently than me, it doesn't happen as much as it used to, but there's still an effect there.

Here's the strong takeaway, if you see someone that you believe resembles a celebrity, don't tell them. The difference between the chances you're the first and nil are basically incalculable unless you're the entire geometry department at MIT.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

7" Vinyl Review: "2AM. Chinatown" by Julian Jasper

2AM. Chinatown
Let's get started with my beloved St. Louis Blues. At the time of this writing, we're getting the injury reports of what they were really dealing with during the playoffs.

As someone who wanted the Nashville series, it didn't disappoint in terms of games, but our boys didn't have the stamina this year. That or a threatening power play.

So, for this guy, I say go on you Predators and win your first cup.

That said, there's a lot more to life than sports. For instance, there's vinyl to listen, to review, and to love.

My little vinyl column here has ginned up to precisely what I wanted it to become. Bands, labels, and PR firms have taken to it and there's plenty still sitting on my shelf waiting for spins. Listening to music for the first time on the old school (or new school colored) vinyl is just really the best. As I typically only buy albums I've heard before on vinyl, I'm very thankful for the opportunity!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Video: "Timeout" by Ivy Crown

Newcomers, Ivy Crown, have released their first single. So see it, see below. This group is full of bad asses.

Their stories are as interesting as their music. Hopefully this is just a teaser for what they have in store.

Check them out on Facebook.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Video: "Desire" by Megafauna

Austin rockers, Megafauna are back and bigger than ever.

Check out below for their latest video, Desire. Hit them up on Facebook in order to find out what makes Austin weird.

You can pick up their latest album, Welcome Home, and previous records on Bandcamp on CD, LP, or Digital.

LP Review: "Claw Machine Wizard" by Left Lane Cruiser

Claw Machine Wizard
Years ago, I faced one of the most awkward tests of my young life.

After my relationship of twelve years came to an end it was hard. Naturally it was a difficult situation for me as it would be for anyone.

It got hard when it was time to head over to the family's house for the holidays.

For years and years, there was always a second person by my side. Someone who helped me get through these gatherings and keep me company. I was also kept safe because it always took an ungodly amount of booze to make it through these celebrations.

So, here I was feeling young, exposed, and like a failure at life. In the end, it was easier than I thought. There was no surprise as to why I arrived and left alone.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Video: "Midday Moonlight" by Blackbird Hill

Here's some heavy French blues from the gents in Blackbird Hill.

Pick up the record HERE and tell them comment allez vous on Facebook.

Interview: Terminal Nation Gets Me Up To Speed

One of the genres of metal out there that's a little hard for me is Grindcore. If I'm being honest, I just don't like the term core being added to the end of other metal genres. I'm kind of like Jeff Walker in 1991 like that.

But as someone with eyes wide open, it's nice to get to know the other kinds of music that I don't do a whole lot in my personal listening.

Stan from Terminal Nation was kind enough to take some time for us and talk about the genre, the scene, and life in general.

(Recently declassified from the Guantanamo Bay Glacially Musical Offices and Michael Flynn had nothing to do with this transmission.)

Glacially Musical: Thank you for taking some time for us. How are you guys doing today?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Video: "Vinden som piskar ditt ensamma lik" by Siniestro

It's time Sweden exports something else to the USA besides metal and hockey players.

But that day is not today. Check out the latest from Siniestro and ask them what the title means in English on Facebook.

LP Review: "Reapers" by Dreadlords

Reapers
It's been over ten years, but something kind of mystical happened to me.

Let's back up the truck a little bit with some explanation. I'm from St. Louis. It's the closest thing I have to a hometown. In truth, my life has been all over the STL Metro Area and even Rural Missouri.

My high school years were spent in Illinois and when they were done, my car was already packed and my life picked back up in St. Louis without as much as a goodbye.

That chapter was closed. There was essentially no contact after that. But ten years after the fact, my mind started buzzing about an old friend of mine. Now, remember, this was pre-social media. I began frantically trying to re-connect with her. Months passed, and out of nowhere, there she was at a Beer Festival I was at.

Strange how the flotsam and jetsam of our life works that way isn't it?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Stream: "Ataxophobia" by NØMADS

New York's strange punk duo, NØMADS continues their bass driven assault on the world the release of their next single, Ataxophobia.

Check it out by hitting play and check them out on Facebook to find out what all that bass to your inner soul.

Why HammerFall Is The Greatest Band In The World: Photos and review of their show at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, April 28, 2017 by Danny Nichols



On November 27, 2002, I had tickets to see Dio perform at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois.  The opening band was a leather clad power metal outfit from Sweden called HammerFall, which was heretofore unknown to me, or most of America at the time. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Video: "Condemned To Burn" by Science of Sleep

Science of Sleep has released their latest video Condemned To Burn on YouTube.

Be sure to check it out below. Ask them for a sleep study on Facebook and check out the full album on Bandcamp.

LP Review: "Morphine Moonshine" by Demonsmoke

Morphine Moonshine
Let's take the time to apologize for the lateness of this particular review. Demonsmoke originally contacted me a few months back about their track, Spewing Disgust, and it was streamed on Glacially Musical.

It was truly a great song in my eyes and it made me really anticipate my review of this album. Unfortunately for your friend and humble narrator, technical issues have really gotten in the way of writing up this particular album, and this review is being published after the record's release.

My PC was upgraded to a new computer with a sidecar hard drive in order to save space and be able to work faster. Well, after the screen on my old on was ruined by my cats last  year, it was only a matter of time for this upgrade to happen, but it's taken awhile to finally get off my bum and do it.

Supposedly, moving my iTunes library over to the external hard drive was supposed to only be a matter of clicks, but as it turns out, it's been much more of a pain in the butt than that. So, I'm late getting to things.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Vinyl Review: "Microwave Dreams" by John Wesley Coleman III

Microwave Dreams
Have you ever had a really bad day?

Today, well, frankly, it wasn't that bad, but it was a rough one. Aside from the birthday party, the battery on my hybrid hitting purple, and having to go get a new extension cord for my new electric lawnmower....

I'm beyond wiped.

The irony of my complaining about technology not suiting me while writing about being a Luddite, well, that's certainly not lost on me whatsoever.

I suppose, it's just that somethings we don't need to improve upon. Cars? Yeah, we need to improve upon that. I drive a hybrid for several reasons. Naturally, the fact that on a normal week my Prius gets better gas mileage than my Honda Civic did on it's best day is wonderful. Helping the planet is also a great thing.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Stream: "Carry Me Home" by Death On Fire

It's time for everybody's favorite thing in whole world....VIKING FUNERAL!

I mean, what else would Death On Fire be?

Either way, shoot some arrows at them via purchasing the single below.

EP Review: "Beneath" by Merchant

Beneath
Because they are on my brain, let's talk about the nachos that are presently cooking in my house. Well, slow cooking. The chicken won't be done for another five to six hours.

At the time of this writing, the Blues will be hosting the Nashville Predators for Game 1 of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs...and it's hard to keep focused on anything else.

Nachos though. That's what I'm making for dinner, but not just any nachos, slow cooked barbecue chicken nachos.

I'll give you the secret. Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and chicken breasts. Cook them in your crock pot for about 8 to 9 hours, add some extra time if they're frozen.

I add garlic powder and cracked pepper to the sauce before it starts going.

When plating, microwave the tortilla chips, sprinkle liberally with shredded cheese. Then add your meat and again add shredded cheese. Then comes the nacho cheese. My personal favorite is La Preferida in the can. Add jalapenos, sour cream, and anything else you'd like.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Video: "Cutter" by R Ring

R Ring is the new project from Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Mike Alpine).

Below is the first single off of their record, Ignite The Rest.

Find out more and maybe order this record HERE.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Stream: "You Drink Lacroix" by Bad Mechanics

Let's just take a moment to drink in the absurd. How many times have you tasted a beverage and then demanded everyone in your circle drink it only to watch them all drink it and spit it out.

Well...that's how the Bad Mechanics (or maybe just me) feel about LaCroix mineral water.

Tell them they're wrong on Facebook.

LP Review: "Beyond The Thresholds" by Marthyrium

Beyond The Thresholds
There are few things in this world greater than a milkshake.

The trifle is up there. If you've never had that cake, be sure to get your hands on one. They are so packed together and full of all sorts of flavors. Why, it would be impossible to try one and not be hooked.

But what might be a bit more relevant to us today would be the (not so) humble concrete. These are available at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, at either location on Route 66 or South Grand in St. Louis, MO.

If you've been through St. Louis and didn't get one, you missed out. What these things are is essentially ice cream, but custard instead of proper ice cream. They are the thickest thing you've ever experienced in terms of desserts. Sometimes they'll turn them upside down before handing them to you and they don't move, hence the name concrete.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Video: "What Remains" by Cydemind

From the northern Canadas comes a band that fuses classical and metal together in away that's never really been done before.

Check out Cydemind's latest single below. Make sure you ask them about snow on Facebook or send them some pennies on Bandcamp.



Monday, May 1, 2017

Stream: "Strawberry Milk" by Mantra Love

If you've been looking for some psychedelic rock from Texas, Matra Love might just be the band for you! This single is a bit different featuring space rock textures, Lou Reed-esque vocals, and crunchy guitars.

Just check it....and luck for you....

Stream their latest single, Strawberry Milk, below. Don't forget to order that milkshake from them on Facebook.

LP Review: "Devolution : Decay" by Winter Deluge

Devolution : Decay
Last night I was discussing myself and why I feel like I'm pretty easy to get along with. My wife disagreed with large swaths of what my statements depicted.

That's life though isn't it?

It's so very hard to see ourselves for how we truly are. On the Anna Faris Podcast, Sharon Stone was talking about why it's so awful to admit that we're attractive.

Perhaps it's the American culture, but we are conditioned to either see ourselves in an idealized or demonized manner.

If it's so hard to understand precisely what the person we know the best is, how can we really look into anything else to see what they are. Communication is so encumbered, so hard. What if someone you're talking to isn't just an open book?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

7" Vinyl Review: "Hell Comes To Life" by Death of Kings

Hell Comes To Life
Today we're talking about 7" vinyl.

In all of our vinyl reviews this is the first, but it won't be the last as we have a small pile of 7" records to review.

Last week our vinyl review was that of a record without the sleeve, so there wasn't an unboxing video. In this case, and with future 7" Records, there still won't be any unboxing videos. It seems, just kind of wrong to do so, but the same sort of packaging discussion will be all over the review itself.

In the past, we have done reviews on digital 7" releases, but this will be our first go with the real McCoy as it were.

You may recall our friends, Death of Kings, from an earlier interview. They gave some great information about who they are and what they do. You may wish to refresh yourself here. They have had a few 7" releases in the past and this one is on Boris Records.

Their full length debut will also be out later this year on Boris Records. You should make sure you check back by for the review.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stream: "Misery Porn" by Pool Art

Let's check out a new track from Pool Art. They're an indie duo based out of Manchester, England.

We're going to presume they're fans of City and not United, because I hate United more than City.

They've reached deep into the darkness of the human psyche to bring you this song about humanity's love of schadenfreude.

Tell them you love watching people fail on Facebook. They're new EP drops soon.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Video: "Iron Coffin" by Dante's Theory

Remember when Informer got a video with the lyrics at the bottom? No? Well I'm old and I do recall it.

Death Metal...all the videos should be like that. Let's check some death metal from Singapore, Dante's Theory.

Punch them on Facebook and support their music on Bandcamp.

LP Review: "Musa" by Alchimia

Musa
There's a taco truck here in St. Louis that's been around since the advent of St. Louis Food Trucks.

I have seen no less than 365,577 social media posts about how great this particular truck is and that we all need to eat their tacos.

Their food was so great they had to start a brick and mortar location in order to serve all the tacos. According to the monolithic hive mind of the internet, Jake the Taco Delivering Mailman's tacos had nothing on this particular taco truck.

Well, I'm not the kind of person to go stalking a food truck and my offices have been out of the way so they won't make good money here.

Years after their inception. At an event I was attending at The Water Tower Park on Compton Hill, this vaunted Taco Truck was there too. I purchased a chicken taco and a steak taco. I hated these tacos more than I could imagine. Immediately, they were unfollowed on social media by me.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Video: "Slayed Pretender" by Four Star Riot

Let's again revisit Four Star Riot. They just dropped another video from their latest record which will be released later on this year.

Make sure you high five them on Facebook!

Tape Review: "To the Conrete Drifts" by Fell Ruin

There was just no way this album could go wrong for me. First, the labels releasing it (I, Voidhanger and Graven Earth Records) are putting some of the best extreme music on cd and cassette and their taste tends to match my own.

Second, I’m a sucker for killer cover art and Brian Sheehan (@legerdemain_art) kills it with the crystal/mask/spine photo collage here.

A great piece written on how he does his work HERE from Cvlt Nation.


What I didn’t remember is that Brian is also the vocalist/lyricist for Fell Ruin. Like I said, this album couldn’t go wrong for me - and it didn’t for one moment. I’ve been talking lately about how I listen to music in full albums, not in tracks. For example, I can name my favorite albums by artists but not know the track listing.