Friday, June 22, 2018

VRSA Streaming Superluminal

Have you ever been to Connecticut? If we're being honest with each other, I never have.

It's a state, that in my ignorant opinion, is like an afterthought. It's where New Yorkers go to not live in New York.

What kind of music scene would emerge from that sort of an environment? Apparently, bands like VRSA can come out of there. Listen to this track.

It's similar and distant. The cover of their upcoming album, Cvlt of Machina kind of tells the entire story of what you're going to hear.

It's easy to see what the picture is made out of...we all know what rubber and plastic tubes look like, but have you ever seen them this way?

They'll surprise you. Check it out below.

Our Favorite Things with Her Despair

Her Despair
Have you checked in lately?

You know the deal, fall in right?

Let's all check in together with England's Her Despair. They're a dark metal band from somewhere in England.

Normally, when we get to these favorites, one person in the band will tell the story, but here we have the favorite things from all five members of the band.

Just a reminder...

Beer/Spirit/Etc? Video Game? Ethnic Food? Music delivery device? Literature?

James (vocals)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

"Daño Colateral" by Centauro

Daño Colateral
Metal has always been a bit rundown in the vocals department. How many times have you heard people say that they can't understand the words?

Well, Centauro is fun for me because it's in Spanish.

Unlike most Americans, I speak Spanish alongside my English, though English is my mother tongue and Spanish is not.

But I can understand parts of it here and there. There's more to love about this record than simply the language though.

This is an indie thrash record. If you're looking for some Pantera/White Zombie inspired grooves, this isn't it.

Metallica style progressiveness, keep walking. But if you're looking for a record that's going to kick ass six ways till Sunday, these are the droids you're looking for.

That goes double if you like music that surprises you. Check it out.

6/30/18  |  Independent  | Facebook  |  Bandcamp

Our Favorite Things... Gramma Vedetta

Gramma Vedetta
Let's get to know someone again. It's important know that a band is more than just their bio.

To that end, here's Gramma Vedetta's Bio...

In late 2016, Dan (former Bones & Comfort), Marco and Val (former Black Juju Infection of Heaven) started having fun jamming together at Pirate Studios in South London. After a couple of rehearsals, they realized they were onto something good...
A frontman/guitarist with heavy rock-blues influences, a funk-rock bass player with a love for electronic music and a metal-head drummer with Stoner Rock influences make up the formula for Gramma Vedetta’s music.
You can jump, you can head-bang but overall you will get lost in space where a fuzzy guitar leaves the galaxy, pushed by roaring bass and rocksteady drums.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Goddess of Fate's Favorite Things

Goddess of Fate
What do you think of these favorites? To me, they're a cool insight into bands you might not know or want to know more about.

Today, we're talking to Goddess of Fate. They are the first band from Indonesia to be featured on Glacially Musical. 

They're a progressive death metal band from Yogyacarta, Indonesia if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

If you ask me, that's totally cool.

They just put out an LP, Spiral Orchard pt. 1. You can check that out HERE, but right now, let's get inside some noggins.

Foods We Love with Traced By Enemies

Traced By Enemies
Is there anything in this world about crossing the Rhine or is it just what Slayer said....deep in the Rhine?

That doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to me, but either way, let's head over to the Rhine River Valley...or not really anywhere near it with Traced By Enemies.

Well, recently these German fellows released a new EP, Where The Sun Turns Grey, and you can find out all about the rest of the things they do on Facebook.

Now, let's see what foods they eat!

1. For me, lunch is usually the meal where I don't have to deal with the Napoleon of Food. So it's my favorite meal. What's your best meal of the day?

- Well, I eat like the whole time. So every meal is my favorite meal.

2. What's your most important meal of the day?

- Every. Meal.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Video: "Paramnesia" by Lelahell

There are certain bands in this world that I want to see succeed, not just because I dig them, but because their story compels me.

One of those bands is Algeria's Lelahell. They've faced every kind of oppression you can think of, including a manager being murdered.

Their newest album, Alif, is out now and can be purchased HERE.

If you're still unsure, watch this video and get ready to click it.

Vinyloscopy with The Rare Occasions

The Rare Occasions have recently released their debut album, Into The Shallows. As a band they've been putting out music since 2013, but it took them a full five years to put out a full length record.

Let's not be too hard on them for taking this long to get that full length out because there's several other releases to choose from too.

They're a garage rock band that'll make you want to dance the night away.

They've even got a slight electronic tinge to them, but really we wanna know more about how they feel about records...check that out here....

Monday, June 18, 2018

Video: "The Age of Giant Monsters" by Stagnant Project

Sometimes I get to things too late. Being a guy who's attempting to be an equal partner in a household with a kid who plays hockey and that full time job thing, sometimes we're a bit late to the party.

This time, we're definitely late.

It's easy to feel like you've got a great handle on putting metal bands into a subgenre after you've made over 1300 posts...and most of them being about metal...but Stagnant Project has me a bit flummoxed like a lummox.

There's big riffin', a bit of crab dancin', keyboards, grindcoreish vocals, and some bitchin' leads.

But I'll let you find that giant monster. Anyway, you can find them on Facebook and if you dig this track, there's always the whole rest of the ALBUM too.

Moloch: Something New and Retro At The Same Time

Way over there on the side of the world, there's an artist by the name of Moloch.

He's from Opole, Poland.

Moloch is an electronic black metal band. His works are inspired from a variety of sources, but mostly from Science Fiction and Horror.

On April 30, Via Nocturna released his latest album, The Other Side.

There were many different things to ask and we did just that.

Check it out below.

Glacially Musical: Thank you for taking a little time for us today.
Moloch: The pleasure is all mine, thanks for having me.
GM: On my site, mostly what we covered is some sort of metal. It's not uncommon to blur the lines, but tell me what synthwave is.

Friday, June 15, 2018

"Graveyard of the Gulf" by Deadgaard and Orchid's Curse (SPLIT)

Graveyard of the Gulf
As someone who loves extreme metal and the Maritime Provinces of Canada, Graveyard of the Gulf was tailor made for me!

To put it simply, this split LP is a cracker from front to back. All the best things about death metal are all here.

You want blast beats? Guitar solos? Angry vocals?

How about a title named after a gulf in Canada that was the site of over THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SHIPWRECKS?

Well, Graveyard of the Gulf has all of that and more.

Deadgaard takes side one and once they were done with me, it was hard to think that Orchid's Curse was going to be able to keep this going.

This is a great split because the bands are similar enough to make it seem like you're listening to a single album and different enough that you'll notice. Dargaard is a bit more death metal and Orchid's Curse are a bit more grindcore.

But variety is what makes this world fun.


Vinyloscopy with Avantist

Awhile back, I shared with you the video fro Red Bible from Chicago's Avantist. If you didn't before, head over there and check out that video.

It's a bit on the strange side, so if you're reading this site, you'll probably love it.

The post-rock band is from a set of four brothers from the south side of Chicago. Their debut album was released by No Trend Records and they apparently weren't satisfied with just an LP this year, so they and Avantist have agreed to release an EP later this month as well.

No rest is the best kind right? I mean, if you just keep moving, you don't need to rest.

In the mean time, we checked in to see what they think of vinyl.

Check it out below!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Concert: Un At The Sinkhole 6/13/18

Un @ The Sinkhole 6/13/18
St. Louis is a hot place and on June 13, 2018, it was no exception.

Just walking outside is enough to make you sweat. On that day, Un makes their way here to play their first show at the Sinkhole.

Coincidentally, it's my first time going to The Sinkhole as well. The Sinkhole is a stone's throw away from the Mississippi River in St. Louis's Carondelet Neighborhood.

I drove down South Broadway past corner bar after corner bar, in other words, through South St. Louis, MO. When showtime hit, I'd already downed a pint a Busch Bavarian Lager and purchased a shirt from Un.

The air was also nice enough to stop hurting and give way to a nice midsummer's evening, in very late spring.

Featured Think Piece:Metallica and Star Wars

After having seen Solo: A Star Wars Story and Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in the preceding months and Metallica being strongly in the news again with their excellent album and touring, something strange occurred to me.

Star Wars is the Metallica of Science Fiction and Metallica is the Star Wars of metal. Bear with me now...

If you follow the careers of Metallica and Lucas Films, there's a very serious parallel in the arc.

Star Wars (Later Episode IV: A New Hope) is a lot like Kill 'Em All... There's a lot of growing up to do, but you see promise.

There's great youthful exuberance here. After this, you want to see more and pray neither is a one and one. They're not a perfect example of the franchises in their primes, but you see where it all came from.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Vinyl Review: "Sealed Shut" by Haunting

Sealed Shut
There is one thing metal does better than most other genres of music...

Metal respects its ancestors like no other.

On the same shelf, you can find brand new modern metal sitting right next to, shall we say, vintage styled metal.

So, let's think back to the early 90's when extreme metal was still crawling out of the crypt before bands like Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, and Morbid Angel broke out of Tampa Bay.

In those days, there were scores of bands who deserved more but didn't make it. They didn't make it because they never had the money to promote, to record, etc. So, what ended up happening were EPs, Maxi-Singles, and rehearsal tapes.

In 2018, there are still those kinds of bands, but it's different now. In 1992, a black and white album cover wasn't the stylistic choice it is now, but a necessity.

What we have here is an interesting juxtaposition of both being modern, but also being extinct. Haunting existed for only a brief time and the only music they ever put to tape is this EP, Sealed Shut.

Foods We Love With Begat The Nephilim "Viva la whiskey!"

Begat The Nephilim
If you wanna get into subgenres that you can't say fast, check out New Hampshire's Begat The Nephilim, the American Blackened Melodic Death Metal band!

What you need to know right now is that Unholy Anarchy Records is on the verge of releasing their album Begat The Nephilim I: The Surreptitious Prophecy/Mother of the Blasphemy on CD. 

You can order that HERE. Also, they're on Facebook HERE.

What you don't need to know, necessarily, but I'm going to tell you about is how they eat. So check that down below.

There might also be more information at the end...(teaser!)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"Phenomenal Problems" by El Ten Eleven

Remember the episode of The Simpsons when they struck oil? Otto's request for the school from their newfound wealth was double guitars. That's something that's totally stuck with me.

Now, here we have a double guitarist who actually utilizes both necks, but it's a bit more strange, because it's a bass guitar and a lead guitar on one body. Check out this insane song by El Ten Eleven.

Through the magic of looping, he even plays them both simultaneously.

If you're new to the boys like myself, they're a post-rock duo from San Diego and Burbank, CA. They're on the cusp of releasing their tenth album, Banker's Hill on August via Top Shelf Records.

Check this tune out and see about a preorder HERE. Also FACEBOOK them.

Interview: Backwoods Payback

Backwoods Payback
When picking bands to write about or to review, it's a lot like flipping through the records at your local record store...(You still do that don't you?)

I've talked about, in the past, how much available content there is and what it's like choosing what to talk about. Well, my current mindset unique, stand out, but do it for the right reasons.

Recently, I started receiving press mailings about Backwoods Payback. 

It would be near enough impossible to hear that name and it not make stop for a second. When they hit my inbox, my family and I were in Washington DC on vacation, but that email was read.

After checking out their upcoming release, Future Slum, it was clear that this is a band everybody needs to hear about.

For lack of a better way of putting it, they're a Stoner Rock band...but that doesn't really speak to the name or the cover of the album, so we talked to Mike Cummings to get the 411 on this trio.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Stream: "Spirit Song" by Brass Owl

If you're anything like's middle afternoon, ya know, popsicle time, and there's a hankering going on in the cockles of your heart. What I need right now is a band that sounds like Creamed Conformity...meaning somewhere between Cream and Corrision of Conformity.

Well, have we got a band for you! Ohio's own, Brass Owl, has been compared to both of those acts. Right now, here on this here internet, you can hear their latest track, Spirit Song which sounds a bit more like Ralph Macchio's character from Crossroads playing Cream tunes.

There's nothin' better than cuttin' heads. Don't forget to poke them on FACEBOOK. They're self-releasing their debut EP on June 22nd. They'll likely keep you appraised of how to get that there on Facebook.

Interview: Moira Smiley

Moira Smiley
Recently, we were lucky enough to check out the vinyl version of Unzip The Horizon by Moira Smiley. If you haven't seen it, go check out the review HERE.

She's an artist who's been around the block more than once.

Her latest release is a beautiful piece of art. We talk about the album, vinyl, and artistry in general...

GM: First of all, thank you for letting me review your album on vinyl. It's my preferred method and it really allows the music to come alive for me. Why did you choose to release it on vinyl?

MS: Thanks for reviewing! Your ‘unboxing’ video made me laugh and wonder aloud, but the review was really fun - thank you so much for taking the time to do that, Nik.

Truly appreciated.

Friday, June 8, 2018

"Chimera" by ISA

Music that's off the beaten path is something that really turns my crank. On a good day, that's something we've never heard before and on a bad day, it's just a mish mash of bones on top of dead squirrels.

So, there's a guy in New England that's put together a progressive psychedelic death metal album.


Gotta be honest, you really should be checking this record out. It's all of those things I just mentioned. In order to explain this monster to you, I'd have to be one of the musicians involved I think.

But, as I'm just a lowly blogger in a sea of screaming voices, it seems best to ask the man in charge about what in the world this thing is.

Foods We Love With Nomad

Well, in case you're not feeling hungry enough...
Let's check in with the good chaps from Nomad and see what they like to eat. In case you need an introduction..
They're a group of two bearded gentleman, one bald fellow, and a non-bearded lady .
Right now, their latest album Feral is out now.  You can get that here on digital, CD, or vinyl.
1. For me, lunch is usually the meal where I don't have to deal with the Napoleon of Food. 
So it's my favorite meal. What's your best meal of the day?
John Carberry (Bass): For me, lunch is usually the meal where I don't have to deal with the Napoleon of Food. So it's my favorite meal. Best meal of the day? Lunch, because it means break time at work.
Hayley McIntyre (drums): Lunch for sure, I love filling my fat face with as many pies as possible.
Drian Nash (vocals): I like not eating much during the day and then full on binging in the evening.
Lewis Atkinson (guitar) : All of them, because I'm greedy.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

"Continuum" by Sons of Alpha Centauri

It's been a little while, but Sons of Alpha Centauri have returned with their sophomore album, Continuum.

It's ambient, instrumental rock.

There are times when the record heads towards metal and others when it heads the other way towards chamber music.

This is an album that features a collection of songs and a collection of moods. What makes it a great album is that even though it lacks lyrics and vocals, there's no lacking of emotion.

Quality musicianship can convey the same amount of emotion as a vocalists talking about their feelings in a therapist's office.

Sons of Alpha Centauri (or SOAC) have that ability. Unlike some other instrumental bands out there, their songs run the gamut. The synthesizers and guitars work together, apart, and converse with beautiful melodies.

Out Now | Ambient | H42 Records | Facebook

Interview with Home Style Surgery

Home Style Surgery
Let's be nice and honest shall we? In the United States, we don't really think about Finland. Say what you want, but unless you're watching Olympic Hockey, you know what I'm saying is true...and Teemu Selanne isn't playing on that team, you probably don't watch it.

The first time I realized Finland was a thing was from the Monty Python song of the same name. It's nothing personal, but Sweden and Norway get all of the attention if we're being honest.

That's probably because Sweden has their death metal scene, and do we have to say anything about Norway's own scene? The one that sparked an international sensation? For clarity's sake, we'll say it: it's Bobbysocks!, naturally.

So, let's take a trip across the Atlantic Ocean, head a bit north, cross the fjords, and learn more about Finland's finest thrash metal band, Home Style Surgery. Jussi Keränen took some time with us and here's what we shook out of him....

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

"Maze of Madness" by Sinaya

Maze of Madness is one of those albums that doesn't stand on ceremony.

There's far too much of that in the world of metal already if you think about it.

The first track, Life Against Fate, is more than just an opening track. It's a manifesto, a warning, and a signpost.

It's a thick, thunderous, and progressive slab of death metal.

Formed in 2010, the wholly female death metal band is finally releasing their full length debut on August 10, 2018. When a band can come out of the gate this strongly, all we can do as listeners is just try to hold on tight.

It's rare to come across an extreme metal band that rocks this hard. Metallica didn't get this good until Master of Puppets and Slayer is still trying to get this good.

Sinaya's full length debut is one of the best albums of 2018.

Release 8/10/18 Genre Death Metal Label Brutal Records

Favorites with Eye of The Destroyer

Everybody out there on a record is more than just the sound you hear when the diamond rips the grooves. They're all real people, mostly, and it's time to learn more about them.

 As a nerd in the world, my list of favorite things is long and let's keep this a bit short.

Today we're hearing from Joe Randazza, Eye of the Destroyer's time keeper.

Eye of the Destroyer is a death metal outfit from the far away shores of New Jersey. The Garden State isn't as kind to them as they'd like, so they hit the road and have brought their brand of extreme metal all over the place.

Their latest EP, Violent By Design, drops on June 6th. Then they'll be taking out city by city, but until then, I'd like you to get to know them a little bit better.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Foods We Love With Snow Burial

Snow Burial
Snow Burial is a post-metal trio out of, what I assume to be the, South Side of Chicago, IL. They've got a split 7" coming out later this month with Aseethe.

You can order that HERE via Hand of Death Records on super sweet cassette.

They're a post metal lot hailing, from what I presume to be the South Side of Chicago. Right now, we're checking out their eating habits though...

1. For me, lunch is usually the meal where I don't have to deal with the Napoleon of Food. So it's my favorite meal. What's your best meal of the day?

Ben: My favorite daily meal is when I can have a quiet dinner with the wife after the two little ones are in bed.

2. What's your most important meal of the day?

Ben: The aforementioned dinner.

Al Ard's Selt Titled Debut

One of the things that will always turn this guy off is industrial, dubstep, etc.

But then there was this time when I decided to go ahead and listen to a black metal band that was both considered industrial and it has a little bit of that dubstep too.

Honestly, I'm not 100% sure what dubstep is, doesn't sound very metal.

What I got was this album that makes Mr. Bungle sound like your standard 4/4 time 12 Bar Blues Record.

To say it's avant garde would be understating it a bit, and just in case you weren't paying attention, they also toss in a little bit of that traditional black metal.

Al Ard is completely ready to throw you for a loop every single chance they get.

Monday, June 4, 2018

LP Review: "...And You Will Obey Me" by Down Among The Dead Men

...And You Will Obey Me
Here we have a meeting of the minds.

David Ingram (Echelon) has joined forces with Rogga Johansson (Paganizer) to create a new and different band....Down Among The Dead Men.

What they've created is a Grindcore and Death Metal hybrid.

...And You Will Obey Me has an interesting mix of Napalm Death's straight ahead blasting, but with Slayer''s articulation and musical dynamics.

This is, and work with me here, a progressive grindcore album. Why there are even a few guitar solos here and there. Because, comparatively, they're lacking all over this record, their effect is greater.

This isn't one of those albums by bands like The Black Dahlia Murder where you're pounded by unyielding heaviness, but a series of songs featuring both light and dark...and intelligible growls throughout.

Release 6/15/18 Genre Grindcore/Death Metal Label Transcending Obscurity Facebook

Friday, May 25, 2018

"Heirs of Sisyphus" by Gutter Instinct

Heirs of Sisyphus
You may recall Gutter Instinct's debut record, Age of Fanatics.

It's possible you've forgotten, because it has been a few years since we discussed that record.

To catch you back up to speed. They're a death metal band from the other side of the Atlantic where everything is pretty cold all of the time.

Gutter Instinct seems to be bolder and stronger than they were a few years back.

Their primal urge seems to countermand their gutter instinct as it were.

Many extreme bands, some of them on quite popular farewell tours at present, are comfortable making the same albums over and over. The Swedes from Helsingborg have chosen a different path and they've made a spectacular follow up album.

Now let's see what they've got to say about the matter shall we?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Vinyl Review: "Unzip The Horizon" by Moira Smiley

Unzip The Horizon
There was once a time in my life that I could only listen to the most extreme music.

Or at the very least that it would be wrong to listen to music that didn't have the right instruments in it.

Could you possibly picture someone like me listening to a banjo album?

Why the very idea!

(Don't worry Twilight Fauna, Sam Gleaves, Tall Tall Trees, and yes, Steve Martin, I'm leading up to something.)

Even more repellent would be listening to acoustic music that wasn't folk music and by folk music, naturally we mean songs like If I Had A Hammer and the what not.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Foods We Love With 20 Watt Tombstone

20 Watt Tombstone
Well, this has become a rather popular series hasn't it?

Apparently, there's one thing bands all have in common: They need to eat.

But, as for our friends from Wisconsin, 20 Watt Tombstone....I'd like to relate a small Wisconsin story that actually happened this weekend past.

If you're on my Instagram, you've already seen this, but I acquired some New Glarus Beer in a charity auction.

Look, I didn't say my Wisconsin story was cool now did I? Being as I've only been to the state on the Amtrak on the way to the Twin Cities and driving through it for the same purpose, my Wisconsin story pouch is kind of empty...

Anyway...let's see if they say anything about New Glarus Beer.

Monday, May 21, 2018

LP Review: "Bones In The Fire" by Thought Eater

Bones In The Fire
Do you ever have the problem of not knowing where to start?

It's kind of like that feeling I have now. In my early 40's, I'm trying to get more active.

After living the life I have, now it's about finding a way to improve the quality of my life without causing serious harm to my already harmed knees.

So, that's kind of where I'm at with my review of Thought Eater's full length debut. (They did a split with Iron Jawed Guru a couple of years go as well.)

Nothing of what I've said up there, to me, is a statement on Thought Eater's record, but it's harder to take my standard approach with this album than with others. Listening to Bones In The Fire is different than most other instrumental albums out there.

Friday, May 18, 2018

LP Review: "It's Hard To Have Hope" by Svalbard

It's Hard To Have Hope
It's becoming a mission of mine to get my daughter into eating Asian foods of some variety. I've gotten her to agree to try a Chinese Buffet.

It's not my personal favorite Asian food, but one of my all time great loves is Chinese food. Honestly, I'm not as well versed in the authentic fare as I should be, but the stuff they serve in restaurants here is a really wonderful thing.

To the best of my knowledge we don't have any Vietnamese, Thai, or Japanese buffets here in St. Louis. My daughter is horribly picky and eats with her eyes, so a buffet is necessary so she can try each thing.

Buffet restaurants are interesting things. Say what you want, but as a parent to a picky child eater and the husband to a very picky eater, they're kind of a godsend....

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

DLP Review: "Devoured" by Amarok

Last year I finally read Shogun by James Clavell.

Folks who are about my age may recall the mini-series TV event, but won't remember it terribly well without having revisited it.

It's hard to believe, as a card carrying otaku, that I hadn't read this novel or seen the mini-series, but here we are.

The novel is based around a Englishman who sailed from the Netherlands to South America and then on to, as they called them, The Japans.

It's hard to conceptualize their voyage in our highly connected age. These men climbed aboard sailing vessels armed only with incomplete maps and sextants. In those days, sea travel was perilous. Most of the men who set off on that voyage died.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Food Sessions with Body Void

Body Void
The fine people from Body Void are talking to us today in order to help us understand what they put in the empty spaces in their corporeal forms.

If you're unfamiliar with the Doom/Sludge fellows check this out:

Body Void originally formed in the spring of 2014 as Devoid with the aim to combine the most extreme elements of hardcore punk and doom metal, bridging furious crust salvos and the crushing stillness of drone doom. 

This is the kind of music that will get your blood pumping.

1. For me, lunch is usually the meal where I don't have to deal with the Napoleon of Food. So it's my favorite meal. What's your favorite meal of the day?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Video: "Skull Session" by SKINLESS

Finally, someone has taken aim at the smelly hippies in Southern California and Grateful Dead Fans. It's honestly been far too long.

But, I'm going to take offense at taking pot shots at Cats and Sushi. That's just beyond the pale, SKINLESS. Also, I'm going to point out that all of you in fact HAVE SKIN. How can you be anything but posers if you have skin?

Either way, keep rockin' in the free world.

Friday, May 11, 2018

LP Review: "Occulta religiO" by Abhor

Occulta religiO
It's amazing what a small piece of flair can for something otherwise mundane.

At Glacially Musical we abhor (get it) the mundane, save for those moments when milquetoast music just gets it done. That is a rare occurrence.

In any type of art, the out of place piece of the work can take many forms. Progressive rock and metal bands have been spending their whole lives mind melding flamenco and psychedelic guitars...with mixed results.

What about a black and white movie or photograph, but there's one small piece of color. One can't help but think back to the infamous red coat in Schindler's List. How much time is there in our lifetimes to unpack the seemingly out of place?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Video: "Eternal Clash" by Ancient Oak Consort

In times such as these, it's critical that we are able to turn off our negative feelings.

Were you aware that science has concluded that metalheads are the most rational, best smelling, and best handlers of their negative emotions? Well, it's true, because of science.

If you're thinking about how you don't like metal as much as others, but you'd certainly enjoy being one of the best smelling people on planet earth, here's a great way for you to improve your personal musk: Ancient Oak Consort.

This song is appropriately metal and exceedingly melodic. Also, for you Literature Majors, I'm going to give you a hint, the change from color to black and white footage, that means something.

In the meantime, PREORDER Hate War Love.

Vinyloscopy with Francis of Old Man Wizard

Old Man Wizard...what can I tell you that I didn't already tell you when they were telling us about the foods they love.

So, we'll let Francis do the talking. Here are some comments on the new record.

This album is the result of a years-long winding (and fairly bumpy) road. I started writing it before we released our first record (I think “Never Leave” actually almost made it onto Unfavorable), after which my old band, The Dread Crew of Oddwood, devoured a great deal of my creative attention and time for a few years (and I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have to Old Man Wizard). 
We actually almost recorded Blame It All On Sorcery at some point in 2014 or 2015, but Kris developed pretty bad tendonitis and we had to replace him on drums for a couple of shows. We all wanted him on the album so we decided to take a break until he was able to play again. I think that at the end of the day, all of those hurdles led to a more creative display of the songs, which have been on the back of my mind the whole time. I didn’t change any of them too much, but the time away from the band allowed me to really think about production choices and the presentation of the songs as a cohesive album. 
We went out on a limb with the whole Kickstarter thing, but enough people came through that we got the money to finish putting the album out on our own, and I can’t thank everyone enough for that. To the few of you who have been patiently waiting years for this, I apologize for the delay, and to everyone else, I really hope you love this thing as much as we do.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Video: "Shadows" by ZaRRaZa

Well, let's see about something new. How many things can you name that starts with a Z? Well, get ready to that to that very long list right in front of zucchini!


What is ZaRRaZa?

Formed in 2010, ZARRAZA is one of the hardest working metal bands in Central Asia.  They independently released two EPs (Bullets & Beliefs in 2012 and Cutting Meat, Fast & Loud in 2013 ) and have travelled across Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan to bring their virulent brand of death metal to hungry audiences.

If that's not enough for you, check out their video below.

Vinyl Review: "Sorry For Being Sexy" by Formosa

Sorry for being sexy
It's time to bring you into my process a little bit to help differentiate my regular reviews from the vinyl ones.

The vast majority of the albums I review are via digital promos, i.e. downloads, streams, whathaveyou and obviously, that's totally cool as you may have noticed how many have been posted over the nearly Six Years of Glacially Musical.

When the digital reviews are done, I'm sad to say, the records are typically streamed through my shitty desktop PC speakers.

As Glacially Musical isn't paying my bills, concessions have to be made and it's important to balance my life. This site is an avocation and a labor of love.

When we started the vinyl reviews back in 2016, it never occurred to me how different it might be listening to these bands' albums on my personal stereo system. If you've been reading the vinyl interviews, you know about my home setup.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Foods We Love with Witchkiss

There's a new kind band out there in the metal scene looking take a bite out of the ether. Witchkiss are smart with a sense of swagger.

From their bio....

From the antediluvian shores of the murky Hudson arises a new force in the world of metal. Articulate, elegant and ridiculously fucking heavy, Witchkiss are part of a growing movement coming out of upstate New York in the world of crushingly loud and punishing music. 

Built around raw emotion, sonic poetry and a sense of longing for a life lost, there is a haunting majesty to the work of Witchkiss. These Beacon, NY natives are fusing the sounds of bands like Subrosa, Yob and Isis to craft songs that contemplate the neverending cycle of life and death.

There's a lot to process here, but today we're going to talk about what they eat.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Video: "Ignus Fatuus" by Lelahell

There are few things cooler than a great juxtaposition. Like who doesn't love a good jumbo shrimp? To me that's both an oxymoron and a juxtaposition.

Deal with that.

One of my favorite juxtapositions is African Death Metal. There's naught wrong with any of those things, but it's different when we get extreme metal from that continent.

Lelahell's Redouane Aouameur is one of Algeria's death metal pioneers. It's been a few years since we've heard anything from them, but if Ignus Fatuus is any indication of what's to come, this may be Aouameur's best metal to date.

LP Review: "Blood Oracle" by Morgengrau

Blood Oracle
In four or five years, it will be interesting to look back on this time to see what the reviews were like.

Full disclosure, my cat died this past week.

This is the first thing I've written since then. Yes, she was just a cat, but she was my cat. My special cat.

So, there's a hole in my soul that's cat shaped right now.

The best thing right now to do with this information, naturally, is to think about brutal death metal and submerge myself into that realm of black death right?

Well, in true metal fashion, that's precisely what we are doing today. The great beyond and the grim reaper, they can go to hell, fuck right off, or use your particular favorite euphemism.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Video: "Mora" by Mascharat

There are times when you need to watch a lyric video for a song written in Italian and then see if your tenth grade Spanish classes will help you  understand the words.

Personally, I'm just grooving out to the classic black metal sounds of Mascharat, who interestingly enough is from Italy.

Their debut album came out last year and you can get it on the Bandcamp.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

LP Review: "Absence of Light" by Dying Awkward Angel

Absence of Light
As an American, I often think about what I can do to emulate what other nations have done.

That's the biggest part of our culture. Bringing traditions from our old countries. There's honestly not much in this world that's uniquely American.

Today after listening to Stuff You Missed In History Class, it occurred to me that it's time to learn how to cook some French food.

It is after all, delightful.

Being a native St. Louisan, Italian food is in my blood. My family doesn't go back to that delicious, boot shaped nation, but check out St. Louis's most famous neighborhood, The Hill, and you might find a couple of folks whose families do.

Monday, April 30, 2018

LP Review: "IV" by Grayceon

About a month ago, while my daughter was helping me prepare dinner, she said to me...

Daddy did you know that my favorite people in rock and metal are boys?

Now, as she's a 100% Daddy's Girl, it was clear what she was trying to do. She was saying, see Daddy, I love you so much that I love people who look like you too.

I did what any loving father should be do after he saw that his daughter didn't have heroes that look like her...

We spent the next 30 minutes going through my phone, youtube, and whatever busting out the best women in hard rock and heavy metal. As an American White Male, there are no shortage of heroes who look like me.

Friday, April 27, 2018

LP Review: "To The Great Monolith I" by Death. Void. Terror.

To The Great Monolith I
Years ago, in the before time, my crew would go play songs at a coffee house in Webster Groves, MO.

The name escapes me, but later it became Pony Espresso. Though, by and large, we were not coffee drinkers, there we were most Tuesday Nights.

We often played a "song" called The Clown Joke.

We played fast and loose with the word song. It was a fifteen to twenty minute avant garde tour de force telling of a really terrible joke.

Let's be quite clear, there was nothing written to this song excepting more or less, the punch line of the joke. There was never any telling how long it would go on or what we would play on our instruments.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Album Stream: "26" by Kzohh

This is something new for Glacially Musical. We are giving you an entire album stream.

The Ukranian Black Metal phenomenon, Kzohh, has dropped their latest album, 26, today. Let's be honest, no one knows how to pronounce the name of the band right? We'd have to ask:


In the meantime, you can click right below to get in on this new album. 26 features two tracks and about 38 minutes of off the beaten path black metal. Just be warned, if you like your black metal like you like your whole wheat milk toast...

You're probably not going to enjoy this, but for the rest of you, pick it up HERE.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Video: "The Summit" by Within The Giant's Reach

You may know that we are based out of St. Louis, MO. Not just the metro area, but St. Louis City proper. My delightful hometown is oft maligned by outlanders and locals alike.

So, when something cool comes out of my city, it's easy to want to support it. Here we've got a band that's half St. Louis and half San Antonio.

I don't know what do with that, but in the meantime, you can go see them at The Firebird on May 27th, check out this banger of track, and say hi on the Facebooks.

LP Review: "Voidwalker" by Jollymon

It's been discussed at length, but we're never too proud to breaking the same old ground....if enough time's passed.

It was around 2014 that stoner metal arrived into my personal sphere.

Now would be a pretty darned good time to begin judging the holy living hell out of me really. It seemed so new to me. What I didn't know, is that the genre was already decades old.

Yet, it had never hit me, because my mind was elsewhere and I was closed off to new music.

It's hard to fathom now that an entire new genre of music and it caught me completely unawares. It would appear as though I've done my best to catch up on the Stoner and Doom metal though. It's been around here a bit hasn't it?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Foods We Love with Andy Field of APF Records

We're talking to people all over the world about their foods. Today we get to hear from Andrew Field from APF Records based out of jolly old England.

This label features releases from Bong Cauldron and Desert Storm.

But right now, it's time to find out what sorts of foods he eats.

For my American readers who don't watch Monty Python, Red Dwarf, Benny Hill, or Black Books...

Crisps are potato chips. In England they call fries's confusing I know.

Anyway, make sure you check APF Records for some sweet metal.

For me, lunch is usually the meal where I don't have to deal with the Napoleon of Food. So it's my favorite meal. What's your best meal of the day? 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Video: "LIVES" by Scars on Broadway Featuring Daron Malakian

If you go back about fifty years, the term heavy metal was used to insult musician as being stupid. It was music for dum dums.

Here we are now and more often than  not, the metallers are typically writing the smartest and often times most socially conscious music out there.

Enter, Scars on Broadway, the band fronted by System of a Down's guitarist, Daron Malakian. LIVES celebrates life in spite of tragedy.

This track is released 103 years after the Armenian genocide, and some of the proceeds from iTunes go to benefit The Areminia Fund.

“I want to help the innocent people currently caught in Azerbaijan’s ceasefire violations against the Republic of Artsakh and prevent another genocide against Armenians,” Malakian.

Friday, April 20, 2018

LP Review: "Darkness..." by Mordor

In the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair...

It's been almost fifty years since Robert Plant put that line on wax in the classic track, Ramble On.

In 1986, that was the first time I'd ever heard anyone say Mordor that I could recall. The Rings cartoon movie...never saw the whole thing and never got past Frodo talking about his missing finger

Yes years later, those Peter Jackson movies....they're on my shelf on blu-ray, but Randall Graves was right.

He was right.

Today's Mordor isn't a Led Zeppelin clone, nor do they seem to be writing songs about The Lord of the Rings. It's just that their name made me think of other things and past experiences that make me smile.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Video: "Warchief" by Graveshadow

If there's one thing this guy's a sucker for, it's a kick ass guitar riff.

The folks in Graveshadow certainly have those in spades. On top of that Graveshadow is a pretty sweet name for a metal band.

Let's also score one for diversity, both in music and gender. They're currently riding the wave on their latest album, Ambition's Price that was released last week.

Check it out the video below. Send them your messages on Facebook and pick up their album on Bandcamp.

Vinyloscopy with 20 Watt Tombstone

20 Watt Tombstone
Let's head up to Snowy Wisconsin. A close friend lives in Green Bay and the pictures they're sharing on Facebook of 30 to 40 inches of snow in April.

Well, it makes me look at the 30-40 degrees we were getting before the needle climbed up to over 50 and I must confess myself jealous of their delicious never ending winter.

Has anyone see Queen Jadis, The White Witch of Narnia riding around up there? 

On the plus side, 20 Watt Tombstone did get to enjoy our St. Louis weather when they were here last week for the War Goat Festival. 

Just before we go any farther, they've got a deluxe and expanded edition of Death Blues Vs The Dirty Spliff coming out on May 18th. Check that out if you haven't already. Be sure to keep your eyes on their Merch Store for that.

Though, I'm reasonably certain they could not bring anything back with them. This is of course is a rambling re-introduction to these gents.