Monday, December 10, 2018

7" Vinyl Review: "Pyramid of Skull EP" by Skeleton

Pyramid of Skulls
It's been a long time since the days of checking out the Seven Inches at the underground record store.

In fact, that's never really been a part of my life, but I am reading the Beastie Boys book...and they spend loads of time talking about that from way back when in their hometown of New York City.

Now, the death metal EPs....

Those I kind of remember, but that was right before CDs exploded and killed everything that was good an holy in the least in terms of physical music.

Today, we consider a 7" of interminable length. This thing, if you take it front to back, is about a solid five minutes of music.

Yes....five minutes.

Friday, December 7, 2018

LP Review: "The Veil of Darkness" by Gorgon

The Veil of Darkness
Recently, somewhere I saw a statement that the best thing about metal is always feeling like a newbie due to all the content out there.

When it comes to Black Metal, and definitely 2nd Wave, that describes me quite well.

Today I'm considering the upcoming release by Second Wave Black Metallers, Gorgon. They're wholly unfamiliar to me.

Even though I know better, the term Black Metal still conjures up images of Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth to me, even though that's a single subset.

To begin, The Veil of Darkness is an absolute achievement. It's a very mature version of nascent 2nd Wave Black Metal. The guitars, though lacking in dynamics, create several different moods.

There's a call and response feeling to the vocals featuring a single person. The drums bring the whole record into focus. Without a drumming playing sensitively to the rest, this whole disc would fall apart.  Amazingly enough, this whole album was done by one man.

This should definitely be on your preorder list for the New Year.


Beer Thirty with Fall's Jesse Santos

Do you like some melody with your metal?

Are there times when the wall of sound just begins to crush your ears and you can no longer differentiate the difference between Mayhem and Bathory?

That totally happens to me. That's why I listen to records the same way I drink my beer. If I have a giant overly hoppy IPA up for the drinking, it's the last one I drink.

(That is of course unless I've got some beers I don't love too much...then you drink the giant hops of the DIPA and your taste buds are burnt.)

Life is all about those tips and tricks. Corpus Cristi's Fall is band that you check out before you put on the black metal.

On December 21st, they'll be releasing their new record, The Dream of Tragedy. Do yourself a solid. Get over to BANDCAMP and sample the wares.

But, while you wait for your order to arrive, let's chew the hops.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Road Warriors with Striker

How many times are we going to hear from Edmonton's Striker?


Put on your spandex. Get out your wah wah pedal. Then do some shredding finger exercises.

Or just read along!

1. What's the right length for a tour?

I'm a fan of about 30 shows. Enough to get into it, not too many that you start to go crazy. Most of our tours are about 3 to 5 weeks.

2. I've heard some great stories about strange ways of eating on the road. What's your trick to keeping your belly full while out there?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

LP Review: "Moritat" by Der Rote Milan

Years ago, when I was new to Adult Swim, Sealab 2021 didn't work for me. That was until the gateway episode, and then it made total sense.

For years, Black Metal didn't hit for me. It always seemed, less sophisticated than Death Metal, and far less interesting than Thrash Metal.

Then the gateway album happened, which I don't recall what it was to be honest with you.

It's not Moritat, but Germany's Der Rote Milan has crafted a record that could be a great many people's port of entry into Black Metal.

To be crystal clear, no one here is saying that this blistering album of blackness is anything other than a truly heavy piece of music, because it's not. It is a Melodic Black Metal (which was a new one on me) album. So it contains enough melody to resemble what civilians would think of as real music.

But then there's those vocals...they are pure black, with tinges of death. Don't miss out.


Interview with Swilson

How many great things have come out of the state of New Jersey?

Naturally, there's Kevin Smith and Crew, but let's not forget that Scott Mosier came from Vancouver, BC Canada.

Well, according to Classic Rock Magazine's Ken McIntyre, Jersey City, NJ is home to the greatest band of the 22nd Century!

Glacially Musical is quite thrilled to be in the presence of such future historical figures. You might not know yet, as it's still only the 21st Century, but they've released Swilson on CD, LP, and Cassette. 

Find out all about that sweet ordering goodness on BANDCAMP. In case you're a friendly sort, get into a heated political debate with them on FACEBOOK.

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

Swilson: No problem! I’m into it. Thanks for wanting to talk.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Video: "To Live" by Second To Sun

Look at all of those guitar strings. How in the world someone can play a guitar with extra strings while my stubby fat fingers keep asking why not play a 3 string Cigar Box guitar???

Of course it's time to talk about Russia's Second To Sun. On November 26 they released their latest record, Walk. You should probably check out BANDCAMP for some more info.

In the meantime, watch this sweetness.

Bookin' It with Psychostick's Alex Dontre

The world's most insaney comedy metal band, Psychostick  has been releasing albums, their latest DO came out via their own damned selves this July.

They do it themselves because they exist on a level that your average A&R man cannot fathom. The band's pony tails are fake.

Just like theirs....

In the mean time, catch them on tour or stream their BANDCAMP.

But for now, let's find out about what they're reading over there in Chicagoland.

1. I try to read at least two books per month, and mostly fail, what's your goal and reality?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Concert Review: Cannibal Corpse At Delmar Hall 11/30/18

November, it's the time of the ancient ones in my opinion. The sun has gone into hiding. The cold is starting to cut to the bone.

It finally feels like when the temperature hits 35F that it's probably going to stay here for a long time.

At the end of November in St. Louis, MO, Cannibal Corpse brought their current tour to Delmar Hall on, you guessed it, Delmar Blvd.

7pm found this blogger in the car listening to Sepultura in order to get into the mood. Frankly, there something in the back of my brain gnawing at me. As I drove to Delmar Hall to see the most infamous, notorious, and plain famous death metal band on the planet, it was after the backside of my consciousness.

In less than 12 hours, my alarm would go off and it would be time to go make pancakes for the the little short girl who lives in my house. She had a hockey game early in the morning and needs her carbo load.

Vinyl Review: "Short of Popular" by Cherubs

Short of Popular
It's been a minute since we've heard from Austin, TX based label Soncic Surgery Records.

They sent some truly amazing music my way last year.

In the meantime, the label owner has purchased a bar/concert venue and has just been working working.

Well, last week, he sent me a message that was basically get ready, because you're going to get some new music from us.

From where I sit, that's a pretty awesome thing. Especially since this gorgeous record is currently spinning on my turntable right now. Truth in journalism, it's my backup turntable. There was a Thanksgiving Incident.

Now, before I get far enough along to lose the plot, let's turn back the clock and get a little bit of information about Cherubs. Their Wikipedia page shows one extended play, three studio albums and a compilation album released back in 1996.