Friday, April 20, 2018

LP Review: "Darkness..." by Mordor

Darknes...
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. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Video: "Shit Kicker" by Hogan's Goat

Let's change the pace. Let's change it so hard from heavy metal that people wont' even believe this is the same website that was never really a heavy metal site but switched to a heavy metal site, kind of!

To show you how hard we're changing that pace, check out the latest video from Hogan's Goat.

Make sure you check them out on Facebook, but only if you're into some cool grooves that shake.

LP Review: "Solitude" by TOTALSELFHATRED

Solitude
Life is a series of contradictions that one must traverse in order to arrive.

Musically, my library is full of a vast array of opposites, but that's what keeps it interesting.

When not listening to records or the rare CD in the car, the dreaded iTunes shuffle is my method.

Because my playlists are simply the albums in my digital library all jumbled together, there are several amazing juxtapositions of music that pop through.

Sometimes the most brootal metal will be followed by Simon and Garfunkel. Bon Jovi serves the dessert to The Coup. When it comes to music, it's hard not to always head back to something Eddie Van Halen said...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Foods We Love with Old Man Wizard

Old Man Wizard
Old Man Wizard is a southern California Rock Band. San Diego if you're into brevity.

They've been out there for years, pressing vinyl, doing shows, and slogging it out all for the people of these United States.

They're the kind of band you need to check out if you're into things like Ghost, Opeth, and/or Jethro Tull.

Their new album drops next month on May 11th. You can preorder that on BANDCAMP.

So check out below to find out more about how 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?


Francis: Dinner. Usually a burrito.

Andre: Why do you hate France? 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Video: "Tabula Rasa" by Æpoch

It's been far too long since we've discussed any seriously Canadian death metal right?

Ontario, especially Mani-Tario should be rife with extreme metal bands, but it appears not all that many of them arrive here in the States.

We should be importing them from Kitchener and Victoriaville like hockey sticks, but here we are. All Canada is willing to send us is their hockey players.

Check this out this one by Æpoch when you're ready to rock.

LP Review: "The Blinding Light of Faith" by De Profundis

The Blinding Light of Faith
Before we start, let me state there is a sticker on the back of my Prius that says "DEATH METAL."

In 2018, it's starting to feel like that Death Metal is waning in popularity.

Perhaps, this view of mine is based solely on my personal listening habits. It just doesn't feel like it once did.

The death metal crash of the mid-90's was one of the best things that could've happened to the genre, though Illud Divinum Insanus is quite possibly the worst thing to happen.

The strange part is that each of those two things did something to clear the throat of the collective consciousness.

The second wave, third wave, and now the seventeenth waves of black metal, doom metal, the third wave of Neo-Thrash, the New Wave of American Metal, and whichever other elder genres of metal that have spun right back around like a record, all pushed death metal back a little bit.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Video: "Shackled" by Bloodshot Dawn

One of the best feelings out there happens when you first get a hook caught into your skin. We're not talking about either of the fish hooks that pierced my ear and back respectively, but that of music.

Bloodshot Dawn is going to that hook in your arm the moment you hear the first riff on this track. We always preview these videos a little bit and it didn't take long to decide to tell you all about it.

Apart from the lethal riffing, there's some tasty solos, and a man whose head is going to explode if he doesn't scream all about it to you.

Don't be inhumane and make him explode. Listen.

LP Review: "Ruin" by Wilt

Ruin
It's been a couple of years, but this album by this Canadian black metal band crossed my desk. Their name was Wilt and they were about to release their full length-debut Moving Monoliths.

This album arrived to me late and there was no time to get it into my scheduled posting, so I did a favor and released my review of it on Thanksgiving Day, 2015.

Their album was one of the first black metal records that really caught me. It was a bit droning and long form. It clocked in around 40 minutes in length with only four songs.

The term atmospheric black metal was now in my head. it was something that stuck with me, but at the time, there wasn't a vinyl release. So, the promo was put into the digital library and I moved on.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Video: "Red Bible" by Avantist ft Adrián Terrazas-Gonzáles

What's the Monty Python line you remember?

And now for something completely different....

Well, that's our right now. You reading this and my writing this. These days, my love of all things post it notes has begun to merge with my love of music. So, let's consider some Post-Rock if we could.

If you get lost along along the way, write down the band's name on a post it note. It helps, it really helps.

It would be wrong to tell you too much about this song, band, or album, because the chase is betterthan the catch as our man, Lemmy once said.

If you dig this, before to find them on Facebook.

Fuzz Lord Undergoes Vinyloscopy

There are times in this life when you look at the mask of a professional wrestler and the whole path of your life is set before you.

The table laid out, the plan, the meal, whatever particular metaphor you prefer.

Fuzz Lord, that's these guys.

This trio based somewhere out of a city in Ohio that shares a name, well some of it, with that of a Hooten Hallers record plays doom, fuzz, and sleaze.

The crept out of their semi-secret lair out of the aforementioned, though unnamed city...ok, fine, it's Chiilicothe, OH, in order to check in on the vinyl score.

One would presume a retro metal band like them would face towards analog shores....

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Video: "Resurrectionist" by Infected Dead

One of my ever running diatribes with myself and sometimes those on twitter is about the genres of Technical Death Metal and Brutal Death Metal. Think, Cattle Decapitated and The Black Dahlia Murder, but I'm not sure which one of those is which.

I get confused.

Me, I'm not a fan of that kind of metal typically because it feels like the quality of the music is overshadowed by heavy for the sake of heavy. Think about it this way, a .22 caliber handgun isn't going to be as impressive as a .357 Magnum, but either one can get the job done.

To that end, offered for your consideration is the latest single from Infected Dead. What's totally cool about this SUPREMELY heavy track is that it isn't loud for the sake of loud and heavy for the sake of heavy.

It's heave and it's awesome. There's a song in there intertwined in the blast beats, breakdowns, and guitar solos.

Ask them about their inspiration on Facebook.

LP Review: "I Shall Forgive" by The Erkonauts

I Shall Forgive
It's hard to think of this, but it's true.

There was a time where Faith No More and Infectious Grooves did not exist.

When the only time you were hearing those funky ass bass lines was in...well funk and whatever the hell The Red Hot Chili Peppers are.

Then, this new thing surfaced. You could listen to heavy music with dat funky butt bass. Jason Newsted attempted to add this sort of thing to Metallica, who knows if it ever made it past the editing room.

Infectious Grooves and Faith No More were the beginnings of a new kind of metal. Then bands like White Zombie and Pantera took this idea and made it more mainstream by making it less crazy.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Vinyloscopy with Matt of Plastic

Plastic
Back again.

First off, that title feels a little bit misleading. See, this isn't an artist called Matt of Plastic.

Certainly there's a band by that name right? Well, a quick google search does not reveal an act by this name. So, this name is UP FOR GRABS!

What we are doing is talking with the drummer from the group Plastic. They recently released a new record on Sweet Low Records and you can check it out HERE.

1. Listening to Black Sabbath's eponymous debut the night I got it blew me away. What's the album that sounds the best on vinyl compared to digital sources? 

I think the best albums I've heard are the oldies, man.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Video: "We Will Walk Alone" by Wallachia

You know that feeling, the one of love at first sight? We all know that you do because it's been the topic of at least six thousand three hundred and eight TV shows and movies.

Wallachia...they had that effect on me. All of a sudden, I see this delicious woodcut in an email and think to myself, that's the kind of thing I could really get into.

Take a listen below and see if you love them too.

EP Review: "Innen Aussen" by Tarasque

Innen Aussen
The first bit of housekeeping that needs to be discussed is whether or not this is an LP or an EP. The disc clocks in around 27 minutes which puts it slightly under one Reign In Blood.

Slayer's masterpiece clocks in at just under 29 minutes. So, that's the minimum. These delineations are here for the readers! Some of us, like me, know what it's like to buy an EP when you were expecting an LP....

Second bit of housekeeping. Tarasque are listed under the post-metal heading. Does anyone out there refer to anything as Post-Anything?

They're also listed as sludge metal. Each time a post-metal record is reviewed here, we ask for help defining this term. As no one's stepped up, my personal definition of Post-Metal will be this now and forever: It's metal that doesn't simply tick the boxes off and adds in non-metal elements. 

So it is metal and it's not metal at the same time with a tendency for the avant garde.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Lyric Video: "Dawn of Creation" by Iron Fire

It's Friday. It's 2pm CST. Don't even try to tell me that w'ere not collectively thinking about the weekend and that first beer.

Sadly, we do not have the ability to alter time and speed up the harvest, but maybe there's a few minutes of peace and metal to be had to help you get there.

Iron Fire is getting ready to release Dawn of Creation: Twentieth Anniversary on Crime Records. This update will feature a second disc full of demos, cover songs, and live tracks.

You can preorder it HERE.

LP Review: "Wrath of the Wilds" by Wormlight

Wrath of the Wilds
When considering metal convention and cliche, is there any subgenre that's so indebted to these things than black metal?

Black Metal is full of interesting tropes that are brought out again and again by new and different acts trying to recapture the magic of what once was.

Even the facepaint is oft used. The same faces will appear in different bands. Honestly, I don't know if that's an homage or a heist.

Either way.

It's as if there's this straight and narrow path that delineates black metal from all other forms of music. Should it walk the edge and make a misstep that drops a single, fur covered boot into the snow....is it still black metal?

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Fast Formats With Oceans

Oceans
It's been a minute since we've heard one of the bands out there talk to us about how they listen to music and what their faves out there are.

Today we're hearing from a younger band out of the UK, Oceans. You can check them on Facebook.

After reading below, you'll see a bit of a generational drift between yours truly and some of the other bands out there.

Oceans are the first band to list digital download as their favorite (favourite?) format.

The first album I ever owned was….

actually Road To Revolution: Live In Milton Keynes, it was a live recording of Linkin Park and I lived around that area at the time. Now might be a fitting time to give that one a listen again.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Video: "Pay Us In Dimes" by Baby Bones

If you haven't heard, the debut record from Baby Bones, The Curst of the Crystal Teeth, is being released on April 14, 2018.

These guys are from Louisville, KY and have made a video, see below, that could have been featured in the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Upon watching and listening, the meaning is still very lost on me, but the song...

The song has this cool laid back groove when overlaid on this action movie, the juxtaposition becomes delightful. Check out the album and pick it up on BANDCAMP.

LP: "The Splendid Iniquity" by Angerot

The Splendid Iniquity
Before we get to anything else, let's discuss the name of this band...Angerot. Honestly, I don't know how to pronounce this. An-sher-Oh? Anger-rot?

I could see this being really cool either way, as long as an-sher-oh actually means something...

These guys need a pronunciation guide like they have for hockey players...because those dudes, like the metal militia, come from all over the world.

One of the best things about metal is its ability to soothe negative feelings. That's what I love the most about metal apart from the absolutely bitchin' guitar solos.

It's the mother's milk, the ambrosia, or the beef stew of the music world for me. Yesterday, I was home waiting for the roofers and blasting metal. Check out the Insta feed for that fun.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Video: "Edge of Tomorrow" by Eyes Wide Open

There's a new sheriff in town and his name is...hmm. Well, frankly, I have no idea where I'm going with that, so instead let's discuss that octopus plugging up a black hole.

Eyes Wide Open have just released a new single that an uptempo rocker that heads right on down to metal town.

If you dig this tune, be sure to check out their upcoming full length And So It Begins.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

LP Review: "Entropic Disillusion" by Shrine of the Serpent

Entropic Disillusion
In my younger years, the idea of making music with my high school best friend was something that was so unreal and so  mystical.

It was nearly impossible to endure those sessions of his trying to teach me songs on guitar and bass. Because he was my friend, I did it.

Years later, after I'd moved back to St. Louis and our friendship was fizzling out it finally happened. We hung out together and played music.

He was on his Stu Hamm signature bass and I on my Gremlin guitar through an amplifier that had two sounds: inaudible and broken down rusty chainsaw. There was no need for a distortion pedal in that setup. His father came downstairs and laughed at my tone...with good reason.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Video: "Repeat (feat. Will Ramos): by The Fallen Prodigy

There have been times when I've thought to myself, you know, fuck subtlety....actually that's large parts of my life.

That's kind of how The Fallen Prodigy has approached this particular track. Let's just bulldoze all this stuff to the ground. But before we do that, let's kick in as many different kinds of metal at the end.

Good on you, boys.Check their Facebook.

Norway's Ondt Blod: One Foot In The Black, The Other Is Missing

Ondt Blod
Every so often, there comes a band that's, frankly a bit off the beaten path. 

You know the mash up thing that's been hot with the kids recently? Since ya know, like 2003?

Well, Norway's Ondt Blod have an idea. They're kind of like Sweden's answer to Ghost? More like, oh, you're singing an Abba song?

Hold my beer.

Glacially Musical : Honestly, after spinning and spinning, it's been hard for me to get a handle on your music. Tell me what it is you do?

Ond Blod: We´ve got the attitude and sound of a punkrock band, the riffs of an your highschool ADD metal head, and huge poppy choruses.  The beautiful lovechild of the two extremes of Scandinavian music; hardcore and metal on one hand, and clever pop music on the other. 

Abbath and Refused meets Abba and Max Martin. Satanic verses, godlike choruses.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Video" Last Light before the Frozen Darkness" by Northwind Wolves

Just before we're all nice and warm, let's remember that there's the time when it all comes crashing down.

In the very near future, Northwind Wolves's debut album is being remastered and re-released on CD for the first time.

Check out below why this release on Black Lion Records should be getting you ready to go.


Monday, March 26, 2018

LP Review: "Pestilent Death" by Vomitor

Pestilent Death
The world is topsy turvy right now.

Think about yourself, the people you know, and your habits. Consider me, your friend and humble narrator. I'm equal parts a Luddite and Techie.

Right now, as I'm typing this review and listening to this album for the first time, I'm thinking...should I get this one vinyl?

How would this sound if I were listening to it on sound reproduction technology that's four generations old?

It's kind of nuts how King Ludd and Steve Jobs can live inside of me at the same time, relatively in peace.

However, there'll be no time when you'll see me as one of King Ludd's wives breaking framing machines. Thanks be to Stuff You Missed In History Class.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Video: "Night Owl" by Roaming Herds of Buffalo

Do you ever have one of those moments where you're like, wait a minute, that's not what it is?

That totally happened to me as I was getting ready to do this post. Like always, what I was about to say wasn't planned. It seemed to me that this band was called The Bugbears which is awesome.

Bugbears are a very underrated D&D monster. They're not even represented in the Capcom side scrolling video games.

Turns out though, the album is called Bugbears and the band is Roaming Herds of Buffalo. Well, honestly it's hard to know what to think anymore.

In the mean time, check them out below and sweep on over to that sweet, sweet bandcamp.

LP Review: "Devouring Mortality" by Skeletal Remains

Devouring Mortality
Congratulations, my new friend!

Or should we say good morning, Star Shine?

Right now, you as a human being are taking steps you never thought you could do. Right now, you're reading a website dedicated to new music.

The biggest hope is that reading this inspires you to purchase some new music. It's amazing how much great stuff there is in 2018.

This is what I'd say to every new reader of Glacially Musical. My hope of hopes is that here, you'll be directed to music that scratches that itch you didn't even know you had. Sometimes that idea is so easily explained and sometimes it's hard to really tell you why this album is more bad ass than Toshiro Mifune kicking Clint Eastwood in the junk.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Interview: David Majury of Slomatics

Slomatics
It would be easy to pontificate about Slomatics. In fact two of their last three releases have been reviewed upon these pages and the one that didn't, Live At Roadburn?

The vinyl release is currently sitting on my shelf and it's amazing.

GM: Right after I reviewed the split, Live At Roadburn came to my attention. There's nothing like a great live album, how would you rate that one?

SL: It would be a funny thing to rate our own albums really, but I would say that we think it’s a good representation of our live set. 


There’s no doubt the Roadburn guys did an amazing job with the sound and mix. In a way it felt like a relief as we thought the stage sound was great, but that doesn’t always translate out front, so it was good to hear it sounding as we remember it. 

For us the live recording should always be its own thing too, not just a perfect replication of the record, so we were happy that it sounded quite raw in comparison to our studio albums.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DLP Review: "(Untitled)" by Grave Upheaval

Indiscernible Title 
Back in my day, when I was a kid, we didn't have those fancy cellular phones with the Candy Crushers.

If you were lucky enough to have a video game system in your house, a single level of Pac-Man eating rectangular dots was enough to keep you entertained for hours on end.

If you didn't like one of the shows on the TV channel, you could always switch it to one of those other channels...we had a grand total of six if you include the three local channels as well as the three national channels.

Now, don't think that with our purchasing of records and the riding of the trains rather than flying on planes means that a long and flowing lamentation on what used to be is coming... because it's not. But in before we get to it all, let's talk about staring contests.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Video: "A Clearing" by CLAWING

Have you ever been  to Alabama? From time to time, I have to get down there in the real world. When my days are spent there, my legs are covered not with denim, but with slacks and my tattoos...well they're just plain covered.

Interestingly enough, there were houses that look just like the one below in North Birmingham. That's a rough area of town, but if you're ever in the area, make sure you get to World of Beer, just don't chug an Imperial IPA..I did that once and it took 3 hours to burp it out.

I'm sure ambient drone/noise metal band, CLAWING, have been to World of Beer. That's not really true, I just made that up.

Anyway, check out their track below and you can hit them up on Bandcamp.

Vinyloscopy with The Bad Larry's

The Bad Larry's are from a mystical, magical city called Philadelphia.

In the before time, a working class hero defeated his overlord and freed the whole world. Later on in life, that same working class hero began working with the son of the overlord.

It's a very, very strange situation and we're not going to dwell upon that, but let's not forget The Bad Larry's cannot escape the overthrowing of this dictator.

A statue celebrating the victorious and bloody coup stands on the steps of the museum where Rocky trained.

While they're not immersed in cheesy steaks, getting coffee at Wawa, or riding the trains, The Bad Larry's make music, and when they don't do that, they also LISTEN TO MUSIC ON VINYL.

1. Listening to Black Sabbath's eponymous debut the night I got it blew me away. What's the album that sounds the best on vinyl compared to digital sources?

Monday, March 19, 2018

LP Review: "Beyond The Reach of the Flame" by MICAWBER

Beyond The Reach of the Flame
When you're out there in the great wilderness of the stores, how do you decide what music to take a chance on?

Well, in the past, back when music was in stores, and not on Amazon.com, but the principle is really still the same.

For me, there are a few tells that make me want to listen to an album. When I check out a new record, it's typically a promo so I can bring all the best in new music to you.

So, I look at the promo photos, check the record label because most of them aren't sent from the labels directly, and look closely at their gear.

In this instance, you'll see that the band photo doesn't contain any guitars or amps, but it's a black and white noir photo in a desolate field. You could probably safely assume that their gear wasn't what caused me to bend my ear today....

Friday, March 16, 2018

Video: "Absence" by Carved

All the world is a stage and all men and women are merely players.

There is literally no reason for me to type out that quote from William Shakespeare other than it's what came to mind when it was time to start typing.

But, in the vein of men and women playing, here's the latest video from Carved. They're a little Ahab-y, but a bit angrier and a bit more intelligible when it comes to the cleaner parts.

Then there's also that overneath keyboard.

They've got a new record, Kyrie Eleison, out on Revalve Records. Check it out.

LP Review: "Scale and Probability" by Monsterworks

Scale and Probability
When you're a younger person, four and five band concerts are amazing, but not as amazing as the festival.

In my salad days, I must have seen about fifteen touring festivals in all, Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, all of them when they came through town.

Those shows give you some great value for your money, at least they did back when tickets were $30...and then there's all these different bands with different sounds and their own unique perspectives.

There are still all sorts of these touring festivals, radio station festivals and the like.

Right now, Slayer is doing their final victory lap with Testament, Lamb of God, Anthrax, and Napalm Death. Now how is that for a lineup with different views and the like?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Video: "Wait Up" by The By Gods

Sometimes negative energy and emotions can get the best of us. In those times, it's smart to stand back a little bit and relax.

In that vein, here's The By Gods's latest video, Wait Up.

Right now you can even catch them on the road if you're lucky!

3/22 Nashville, TN @ Radio Cafe
3/23 Bowling Green, KY @ Tidball's
3/25 St Louis, MO @ The Sinkhole
3/26 Chicago, IL @ Emporium
3/27 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
3/29 Columbus, OH @ Ruby Tuesday
3/31 Philadelphia, PA @ Creep Records
4/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
4/04 Asheville, NC @ Fleetwoods*
4/05 Atlanta, GA @ Starbar*
4/07 Nashville, TN @ The East Room*


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Concert Preview: The Eagles and JD Straight Shot

On Sunday March 18th, 2018 the legendary band, The Eagles will be descending upon the Scottrade Center in my lovely home of St. Louis, MO.

They're presently touring with Americana Act, JD Straight Shot, so make sure you arrive to the show early to catch this band.

Not only are they a fun band in their own right, but their peopled with  musicians who've been on the stage with legends like Roseanne Cash, BB King and Robert Plant.

JD Straight Shot takes a deep swig of Maker's Mark bourbon whiskey then chases it down with some Jameson.

They've recently released their acoustic record, Good Luck and Good Night. This is something you don't want to miss. The show starts at 7pm so make sure you show up in time to check out JD Straight Shot.

See below for an accurate representation as to why you should be there. You know as well as I do that your toe is tapping right now. You know how metal I am and I'm bobbing right along.

Be there with me!


Friday, March 9, 2018

DLP Review: "The Incubus of Karma" by Mournful Congregation

The Incubus of Karma
Over the past few months, there's been a serious pain in my neck and shoulder.

This makes driving painful, walking with my family painful and it's been generally a pain in my ass...er neck for far too long.

In an attempt to alleviate this pain but while still continuing to cower away from doctors and their pills, it was suggested to me that massage therapy might be just thing to do the trick.

Let's start off with saying, it was an extremely painful experience. My therapist has amazingly strong fingers that were able to probe into the most sensitive areas in the upper regions and she really hurt me.

Before my second appointment, an idea occurred, instead of the foresty sounds of nature and squirrels chirping....why didn't we use something that would actually relax me?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

LP Review: Charnel Ground's Self Titled Debut

Charnel Ground
And now for something completely different.

Here's the description of the band's name in the press release I got today...it's the listen to this band email, if you will....

"CHARNEL GROUND: an above-ground site for the putrefaction of bodies, generally human, where formerly living tissue is left to decompose uncovered."

Oh yeah... so far this reeks of putrefaction right?

I like where this is going. Right now, your friend and humble narrator is prepared to have his face melted clean off. This is going to be the kind of metal that'll blow your head clean off to the end of the auditorium.

It's going to be so blasphemous, you're going to have to ask for forgiveness  just because you now know the name of this filthy band from the Northeastern USA...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Video: "The Last Duel" by De La Muerte

Sometimes, but  not often, it's time to get involved with spaghetti westerns and ignore the fact that Kurosawa is the one that really made those stories and he's the awesome one.

It wasn't John Wayne but Toshiro Mifune. Also, it wasn't Clint Eastwood that was a badass, it was also Toshiro Mifune.

Toshiro would've beaten up both of them at the same time. Toshiro Mifune.

Oh, we've gone around the bend. Check out this new track from De La Muerte. Check out the rest of the album via Revalve Records.

Vinyloscopy with Into The Storm

Into The Storm
Into the Storm has put out some great music. For me, Where The Merfalo Roam is a modern sludge classic.

They were cool enough to put that disc on teh vinylz. The packaging was superb and even included a book about the goodness contained therein.

After Merfalo, they've not been resting on their laurels and there have been two splits with Twingiant and Smooth Sailing.

They're also vinyl guys, so let's get them in here and find out how they do.

Listening to Black Sabbath's eponymous debut the night I got it blew me away. What's the album that sounds the best on vinyl compared to digital sources?

Monday, March 5, 2018

Video: "Mañana" by Formosa

Some days you wake up after a bender of watching Canadian Football, playing the Atari Jaguar, and watching that weird Jagermeister commercial.

When that happens, this is pretty much what happens when you come to.

Check out what Formosa are up to now. Take a few minutes to watch it instead of arguing as to why the Turbo Grafx-16 is superior to the Sega Genesis...

Because we all know the Panasonic 3DO nailed it.

LP Review: "Cosmic Progression: An Agonizing Journey Through Oddities of Space" by Deconstructing Sequence

Cosmic Progression: An Agonizing Journey Through Oddities of Space
To be perfectly honest, this particular review was a little hard to get started.

Well, perhaps by now, you've picked on the style of my reviews?

An album transports me somewhere in my personal history, a Sam Beckett styled Quantum Leap, if you will.

Then nerdy references are made, and we move forward from there.

So, this album, takes me back to this article I read (seriously a legitimate article without pictures) about pornography. Now, we're assuming no one reading this has any experience, so there were two folks interviewed, neither of which were performers....

Friday, March 2, 2018

Video: "Void" by ZON

Normally, I'd be telling you a funny little story, cute anecdote, or what have you.

I just want to you check out this video by ZON.

Watch the video and go to their Bandcamp page.

LP Review: "Neon Crosses" by Leechfeast

Neon Crosses
To be quite frank about own personal history, it would be difficult be both honest and forthright about my personal television viewing habits should sitcoms and romcoms be avoided.

Perhaps it was the lonely life I led as a bullied nerd back in my younger days, or the Arnold Rimmer level of confidence I had with the opposite sex, or just the plain old life has gotta be better than this that led me to these fictional, idealized worlds.

The it's not you it's me line.

There've been no less than 872 romcom movies and 3,248 sitcom television episodes where this was the central tenet.

Now, in my more senior, though still younger days, heartbreak was no stranger to me and folks have left me, suave though I am not, now. Never once in any ending of a romantic coupling, friendship, band, or family separation was the line, it's not you, it's me been uttered.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Video: "Stay by Stab" by Ben Blutzukker

It's song of the day time, my friends.

Here we have a track that's off of the Ben Blutzukker EP, Riptide. The story behind this song was interesting enough for me to give this track a taste.

Apparently, somehow the German release of the Keanu Reaves/Gary Oldman vehicle Dracula and a short story called The Squaw has lead to this song.

The fact that this confused me was enough to make me want to hear the song and now that I've heard it, I feel like it needs to be brought to you by me for all of us.

Good crunchy guitars, growled vocals, and creepy pictures....it's fun.

You can get the whole EP on Bandcamp for a mere Five Euros.

Vinyloscopy with Tommy Stewart of Dyerwulf, Hallow's Eve, Etc

Tommy Stewart
Tommy Stewart has been around and paying metal on a professional level since 1985 when Hallow's Eve put out their debut record, Tales of Terror.

Even before that he was in other bands and in the recent years, he's started a couple of other projects, most notably the doom metal band Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf.

Check out what Stewart has going on these days over at Bandcamp.

Because I'm me and you're you, I'm going to point out that their current album is available on vinyl....

So, let's find out more about his listening habits and what he thinks about the great vinyl revolution and the revolutions of vinyl....

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Video: "The Chosen" by Black Royal

In case it's escaped your notice, this winter's time is nearly done. There is less than a single month from spring. In the not too distant future, we'll all be complaining that it's too damned hot and we miss the winter.

Keeping in mind, this blogger will be saying that in March.

During the time away from the snow, living vicariously through metal is paramount. So, check out this video set in a snowy tundra featuring leather, sheep, witches, blood, and wolves.

Ask Black Royal about the symbolism on Facebook and their debut album can be preordered on Bandcamp.

LP Review: "Troll" by Troll

Troll
It's easy to judge a book by its cover and look deeply into the dark pits of the soul and other hippy stuff right?

Well, consider if nothing else, just the word troll.

Yesterday my family took sick days and I worked from home in order to care for them.

During that time, my daughter subjected me to no less than two hours of Trolls cartoons.

The kiddo has also inherited a fandom of Harry Potter, but would she consider the troll in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to be the same thing as Branch or Poppy?

We haven't even gotten to the trolls in The Hobbit. So, really if you think about just those three parts of popular culture, the word troll evokes three very different connotations.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Video: "Devils Of Your Time" by Argus

Remember a time when bands like Iron Maiden and Dio were synonymous with heavy metal?

Before bands like Metallica, Carcass, etc all started their invasion of metal...it would seem that extreme metal might be an invasive species which started strangling out the melody.

(NOTE: Yes, I know melodic metal still exists.)

Well, if you're in Pittsburgh, PA and you need to hear that old timey metal. The kind of metal my kid's father grew up on, check out Argus.

Don't hesitate to get their feelings on invasive species on Facebook and order on Bandcamp via Cruz Del Sur Records.

Wrong Band Again Grethor Helps Out

Grethor
Life is crazy you know.

After speaking to the hackers, we were informed that this time would be accurate, but first I had to buy 2,000 twitter followers, a goofy and expensive hat, and we did that, but still here we are.

No closer to Iron Maiden. Grethor however did answer the call as best that they could.

Check it out below while I peruse the list of the 13 Russian Nationals indicted to see if my PR Contact is among them.....

Monday, February 26, 2018

LP Review: "Second Edition" by Gygax

Second Edition
It's been too long since some proper Dungeons & Dragons stuff has landed here.

In the interim, we have attempted to get even nerdier, even more old school, and even more into Dungeons & Dragons.

The Kiddo and I have watched the entire Dungeons and Dragons television series from the early 1980's.

Did you know it starred Willie Aames as Hank The Ranger?

It's also worth noting that this television show had pretty much nothing to do with the game at all. Even the character classes weren't real, besides Ranger and Thief, but Shelia never backstabbed anyone so it's kind of a ripoff.

So, yeah, it's been a little while since things have gotten any more D&D here.... Hell, it's been a minute since our D&D Loving friends Gygax have dropped an album.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Video: "Liquid Gold" by Mercure

There was this band, The Lumberjack Feedback.... You may have seen their review that I did or the vinyl copy of their latest album that I sometimes post the picture to.

Well, now there's an offshoot band. It's kind of like when Roger Waters does an album, it sounds like Pink Floyd, but a little bit different.

It won't take long to see what the difference here is, but the rock is still there.

Check it out below!

MLP Review: "Visitation" by HAR

Visitation
Why is it that the opposite of what we require can give us such fulfillment?

Beer, it's a depressant, but it can make us feel so happy. Like Carl said man, there's nothing like a depressant to chase the blues away.

This is so true when it comes to music.

When we're angry, giant bursts of anger, be it via video game violence, extreme metal, etc allow our anger to abate and bring us back to sensible modes.

When we're feeling sad, we listen to the Blues, but like the Jazzman said, the blues ain't about feeling better, it's about making other people feel bad. As with anyone who's alive and kicking, there are negative emotions circling inside of me.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Vinyloscopy with Acid of Honeymoon Disease

One of the cool things about doing the interviews for me is learning about the people behind the music that fills our lives.

It didn't take long for my contacts to extend outside of the borders of These United States. Europeans have been involved with American music ever since the English started playing their own version of the Blues.

But what about their friends to the North? Let's find out a bit more about Honeymoon Disease's Acid and how she takes in her music.

Take it all in.

1. The first album I ever owned was?

When I was young, about five years of age, my mom gave me weekly allowance equivalent 2 euro. 

We often passed by a local record store called "Musikörat" down town (Uppsala, Sweden). I managed to save up some money, I think it was 5 or 6 euros, because I really wanted to buy something from that very record shop. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Video: "Nowhere Near Live from Machine Shop Studios" by Vex

Let's get a Texas sized slab of death metal. It hasn't been all that long since I attended my first death metal concert, and it would be presumable that I'm not the lone ranger in that regard.

Seeing the musicians actually bringing death metal to life on stage was something really cool and to this day is still a bit scary, as it should be.

So check out Vex playing live in the studio. After this moves you, pick up the EP on Bandcamp for just a dollar.

LP Review: "Plagues and Ancient Rites" by Disembowel

Plagues and Ancient Rites
So, apparently there's something going on down in South America.

The Brazilian Metal Scene, well that is the stuff of legend. If you're just now hearing about Brazilian metal, I would wonder why you're reading this blog.

(Unless you're looking to learn and then it makes total sense and welcome!)

What I'm told is that the small and thin nation of Chile has this thing going on. There's been a little bit of action on here from that desert country.

So, there's an occult music scene down there. That makes me interested to see what I've been missing. This website is the result of my looking past Kiss, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to see what there was to see....

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vinyloscopy with Chris from Owl Maker

Owl Maker
You make recall the interviews we've seen sending around asking all sorts of rockers about how they listen to music....

Yes?

Well, it occurred to me that not enough of them are singing the praises of the vinyl.

Punches packed with Wax-ed....ok that rhyme was terrible.

Because of my personal love of the unsquared circle, we need to talk to some other folks out there about why they love these silly black (and many other colored) discs. Today we're hearing from Chris of Owl Maker. They are putting out their debut release, Paths of the Slain next month and they're doing it by their own damn selves.

Monday, February 19, 2018

LP Review: "The End of Mankind" by Adversor

The End of Mankind
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away...

Well it may not have been all that long ago, and the galaxy wasn't that far away either. In fact, it's probably appropriate to say that the galaxy was just a subdivision on the other end of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.

In the years when your friend here was discovering that Iron Maiden wasn't the heaviest band in the world, many days (and nights) were spent at my best friend's house in his basement.

We listened to Metallica. He tried to teach me how to play both the guitar and the bass and both in vain. We watched live concert videos.

It was an oasis in a chaotic time for me and even though we're no longer in contact, those times are still very special to me and have been coming up in ways lately, especially while listening to Garage Inc by Metallica that was recently acquired on vinyl....

Friday, February 16, 2018

Video: "Glossolalia: by Disaffected

Allow to me an American for a moment. The greatest thing in the world is a buffet.

If you didn't know, I'm not a foodie and even though I enjoy great food, sometimes it's just fun to be able to go, sit down, and eat a minimum of seven animals and roll yourself home.

And if you're feeling like, more responsible, man, you and your family can all go and eat like you were in 4 or 5 different restaurants. Where else besides a buffet can you get steak and sushi (that's worth eating) for like $25? (FULL DISCLOSURE: Casino Buffet)

DISAFFECTED reminds me a lot of those buffets....Their music is really varied and there've found a way to reference every single band they've ever heard in their lives without writing a 18 minute epic.

Check it out below.

LP Review: "Eight Coffin Nails" by Alghazanth

Eight Coffin Nails
It's time to get full on heavy metal hipster.

How's that you ask?

We're going to get down with several word long subgenres.

Everybody around here knows that this guy is a big fan of doom metal, stoner metal, pagan metal, ya know, all those different names for that would basically be Neo-Proto-Metal.

Or would it be Neo-First-Wave-of-British-Heavy-Metal?

I'm not certain that this particular wave has every been properly pigeonholed into an entirely pointless sub-sub-genre, but yeah, let's move forward.

Today's review features that Finland Band that everybody's been talking about, Alghazanth. They are a Finnish black metal band that's been circling the globe since 1995. Eight Coffin Nails is the first album since 2013's The Three Faced Pilgrim.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Straight Interview with Necrosexual

Necrosexual and Friends
Every so often there comes an artist that's so magnetic, so gradniose, and so damned yeah...that we need a second taste of from the Bonus Cup.

Necrosexual was the first person who answered our Iron Maiden review.

Because of that, it was high time we learned more about what makes this young(?) man tick.

What we found out may shock you. It may alarm you.

You may also need to change your sheets before you read this, because ask yourself, how long has it been since you changed the sheets? It occurs to me that my daughter needs new sheets on her bed, but she has to get the toys off of it first.

Where were we?

Ah yes, what's surely going to be the greatest moment in rock journalism history. This is going to make us the C. Thomas Howell of Rock Journalism...get your cuppa tea ready...because you're going to get to meet Necrosexual.....

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Video: "Rule The World" by Lechery

By the Power of Greyskull! Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

The force is the POWER of the Jedi.

This is one of those times when we just need to let our power flow through us before we all explode right? Lechery featuring Martin Bengsston (formerly the bassist of Arch Enemy) is about to drop a new disc full of that classic power and fury that captured folks like myself at a very young age.

All those harmony leads, all those anthemic vocals. It's time go. Get in the truck.

Check them out on Facebook.