Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Bookin' It with Space Coke

Space Coke
Let's get back to getting energetic in the universe!

It seems only right that my first work back after being sick in bed is something on Space Coke.

They're a doom metal band who had the audacity to put a dead knight on the cover of their album. I mean, this is a band that doesn't have any problem being right on the nose..

Or going up it...am I right?

Well, their last record, L'appel Du Vide was a piece of absolute brilliance. You should get on that over at BANDCAMP.

But for now, it's all about books.

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

Monday, March 18, 2019

Classic Spins with Runescarred's Tim Driscoll

Runescarred
Not long ago there was a band called Dead Earth Politics.

Remember them? Well, they have gone up in flames, or is it down in flames? But rising from the ashes of that band is Runescarred.

So, all the progressive metal and politics you can handle is back in business. Right now, it's only logical that you're hoping you could be hearing some of their amazing tracks where the groove on the progressive tip.

Check out their BANDCAMP page to hear the two singles they've launched thus far. For now though, let's get in with Tim Driscoll's classic spins.

1. My favorite kind of album is the concept album. The Wall is my absolute favorite. Beyond the amazing songs, it has spectacular nostalgia for me. 

What's your favorite one and why?

Oh man! Being an unapologetic prog rock and metal geek, I have quite a few concept records that rank highly for me, although I would have to hand the championship belt to "Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes from a Memory" by Dream Theater. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Beer Thirty With Erik Leonhard of KOSM

KOSM
Again, because I'm cold it's time to check out another warmer weather band. 

So allow me to introduce you to Vancouver's own: KOSM.

Here's a band that loves HP Lovecraft. They just released a concept record based on Lovecraft's stories.

Personally, I haven't read any of the man's work, but his influence in pop culture and metal cannot be denied.

If you're into metal, beer, and Chutulu, READ ON! But, check out COSMONAUT while you're doing that.

1. My personal favorite beer style is the might Double India Pale Ale. The best DIPA in the world is STLIPA by Urban Chestnut. 

Tell me about your favorite style.

I like IPAs quite a bit. I think I lot of people dismiss them immediately because of the bitter taste, but there’s nothing quite as refreshing as an ice cold IPA on a hot day. 

Really though, my favourite style of beer is probably German Wheat Beer. I specify German mostly just because of their purity laws. 

I find that a lot of producers of wheat beer get really carried away with adding a ton of fruit flavours. There’s nothing really wrong with this, but in my opinion you can’t beat a plain wheat beer. 

My favourite is Franziskaner, which is tragically not available in B.C., Canada, where I live. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Bookin' It With The Mound Builders's Brian

The Mound Builders
After many splits and other releases, Lafayette, Indiana's The Mound Builders have released a full length, self-titled debut.

You can snatch that up on beautiful colored vinyl HERE. It's also available on CD and however these kids today are listening to music.

In the mean time, let's talk about books! Brian was even kind enough to give me a pre-interview answer which sums up this introduction nicely.

Brian here from The Mound Builders. Thanks for asking about our reading habits. Reading plays a pretty big part in what we do. We draw inspiration from ancient history, life in the midwest, and the mysteries of the cosmos. 

We all read quite a bit on these topics and it seeps into our lyrical and musical content.

Monday, March 11, 2019

EP Review: "You Will Know The Fear You Forced Upon Us" by Body Void

You Will Know The Fear You Forced Upon Us
So, yesterday I'm spinning I Live Inside A Burning House and really grooving to it.

As it turns out, Body Void is back and badder than ever!

Well, they're at least back anyway and their penchant for loaded titles has also returned in full force.

The funny thing is I didn't know they had a new album coming out when I spun Burning  House. So, let's call it kismet!

The band is calling this release an EP though it's nearly forty minutes in length. So, if you were hoping for some brevity from Body Void, you win...and lose.

It's two tracks. So, the release is shorter, but the songs are the same...about twenty minutes of sprawling, vibrating, swirling insanity. Their ability to balance on the precipice between songs and stream of consciousness is what makes these records so damned powerful.

They're avant garde something something metal. Body Void is by no means for the faint of heart or those desiring measurable vocal melodies. Amidst the swirls and screams, there is a band pushing towards the future.

The stomping is infectious.

RELEASE 3/15/19 PURCHASE

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Five Minute Origin Stories with Mezzoa's Nacho Maldonado

Mezzoa
In St. Louis, we are under siege, snow siege. 

Normally our average temperature in March is about 52 degrees F and that's not a weather that's conducive to snow, but this Sunday past, the high was NINE F and we got about 5" of snow which is still on the ground I might add.

Most folks know me as a cold weather kind of guy, but this year has just gotten my goat and it's time for the cold to go away.

When I'm worried about the cold, California over there with all their social programs and sunny weather just kind of pisses me off.

So, the smartest play is to look at a project called Mezzoa. Thankfully they're from....oh damn.

San Diego, Ca.Well it's only 63 degrees F there right now, but that's surely going to be able to create some great metal isn't it?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

LP Review: "Of Rot and Ruin" by Hath

Of Rot and Ruin
Today we've got one of those bands that's got the ability to do more than one thing.

There are millions of bands that are able to do one thing extremely well, and some bands (like Slayer) are able to carve out a very nice career for themselves doing it.

Then there are others (like Metallica) who are able to do more than just one style. This gives their career path a trajectory that simpler bands cannot match.

To be nice and clear, Hath, will never find themselves on the same stage as Metallica, much less on the same level, because, Black Metal, but what if a black metal (or blackened death metal if you want to be ever so specific) had a different attitude?

Hath services their songs instead of servicing their genre. Right now, minds are blowing. Hell, it kind of blew my mind a little bit.

How many metal bands service their songs first? Certainly, not nearly enough of them. It's far more common to check off boxes than it is to write amazing tracks. Hath's debut will be heavy enough for anyone and melodic enough for a few people who wouldn't have gotten in otherwise.

Don't miss it.

RELEASE 4/12/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Foods We Love with Mark Kitchens of Stone Machine Electric

Stone Machine Electric
What do you know about Texas? 

As someone who's never been there other than the airports, I can't tell you all that much really. There's a band from Texas, if you couldn't guess called Stone Machine Electric.

You should probably check out their latest album, a live record called Viviere over there on the BANDCAMP.

Then if you're feeling particularly gregarious, you may wish to invite them to a delightful tea at your place round about 4pm over on FACEBOOK.

In the mean time, whilst you're digging on those live grooves, let's find out about their food schedules and what they think of tea time in general.

Did you know that venerated British Institution could only exist in order to exploit the working class?

Read on about topics wholly unrelated.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Concert Review: September Mourning at Fubar in St. Louis February 28, 2019 - pictures and words by Danny Nichols

It is always exciting, and very rare, when a band decides to kick off their tour in St. Louis.  It is moreso, when the band is theatrical goth rockers September Mourning.  They were completely unknown to me, when I first saw them as the opening act for Huntress back in 2016.  Not only did I enjoy the theatrics and concept of this performance, but their music was powerful and anthemic.  I had to see them again.  

Video: "Glitch" by Absolutely Not

It's time to check out the latest video by Chicago's Absolutely Not.

This is the kind of video that encapsulates the fears of many Americans during our tumultuous times.

Get it on. I'll let the video speak for itself.

Monday, March 4, 2019

LP Review: "Necrogenesis" by Nordjevel

Necrogenesis
There are a great number of reasons to enjoy metal. When talking to someone that it's important not think of me as some deranged serial killer listening to Mayhem...

Perhaps, casually, it's well, metal has the best guitar players... (and it's true don't @ me. Or do. Whatever.)

The truest reasoning though, is that metal is the scariest of all music. It's the angriest of all music.

Horror and Anger really helped me navigate my teenage years. Even decades later, it's still important to maintain that.

The venerable Osmose Productions is about to release another gem of a black metal record, by Nordjevel.

This band features ex-Morbid Angel, Destructhor. That's the coolest and oddest ex-Morbid Angel member possible. Though, I wasn't a big fan of Ilud Divinum Insanus, Necrogenesis is precisely the kind of metal I want to hear.

It's a strange cross between Black Metal and Death Metal. It's the kind of music that someone should be playing during the good scenes in the old 80's blood and guts horror flicks.

That's why it's great.

RELEASE 3/29/19 ORDER FACEBOOK

Classic Spins with Deathkings

Deathkings
In 2011, the band now known as Deathkings came together. At that point, they were a nascent group of people who hadn't yet fully realized it.

In time, they came together even more, and then began to resemble Voltron, or maybe The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

Let's go with the latter rather than the former, because Voltron is from St. Louis, and Deathkings are from Los Angeles.

Unlike the Rangers and Haim Saban, Deathkings come from the grittiness of the streets of Los Angeles and their music reflects that.

Their last EP, Ex Nihilio, was released in December. Check it out on BANDCAMP and make friendly on FACEBOOK.

But for now, let's check the spins....

Friday, March 1, 2019

EP Review: "Cosmic Purge/Foie Gras" by Ancient Altar

Cosmic Purge/Foie Gras
When you think of doom metal, what kind of pictures pop into your mind?

Realistically, the name kind of seems like the bands should be singing about some post apocalyptic wasteland, like Mad Max.

But they don't.

When I hear the term doom metal, my mind's ear (TM) creates a slow, fuzzed out, arpeggio progression that lasts for about seventeen to nineteen minutes in length.

It's preferred that this arpeggio is a bit fuzzy and ringing. If you've got a vibrato pedal, all the better.

It's probably a good idea to tune down your guitar to C# or lower, maybe even to B and then you don't even need a bass player to get down to those low, low tones. Your vocals should have a glassy, church choir like quality to them. If you can get these things down, you might be able to start a doom metal band, but will you?

Could you possibly create an album cover like the one above that perfectly intersects with the music? Ancient Altar has created the most perfect replication of vintage mid modern doom metal.

On top of all of that...you can get this 2 song 12" EP (Hey, it's doom metal.) on glorious vinyl and if you're like me, you can feel the songs pushing the air through your giant speakers.

RELEASE 4/19/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Bookin' It with Dead Register's Avril

Avil Che

There's never enough Dead Register if you're asking me. Truth time. Their first record, Fiber, was on my must press this on vinyl list for years.

And look! They pressed it on vinyl and I bought it. It's been a happy memory ever since then. You can get that on BANDCAMP.

Avril is reading some books. Let's find out together!

1. I try to read at least two books per month.

What's your goal and your reality?
[In my crackly old lady voice]…back in the day… 

I’d being bouncing from two to three books at a time consistently. About two books per month average. Fast forward to now. I am now in the FAIL CLUB. 

My reality is one book a year, if I’m lucky. The majority of my reading these days are forums and manuals on why some app or piece of crap hardware isn’t working correctly. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Video: "Snake Man" by Heartsick

Look, let's be honest. Right now, it's February and half of the time I'm complaining that the weather is either too hot or too cold. So in other words, the world is full of confusion for me right now.

Perhaps I'm in on a weird track, but you can keep yourself sane by accepting that the world is going to burn after we fry like worms on the sidewalk.

In the meantime....check out Heartsick. They're a DIY metal band out of Michigan and you're going to be hard pressed to see a better video, even from the big boys, right about  now.

You can check out their new record at BANDCAMP. While you're there, think about making a long term commitment to friendship with them via the FACEBOOK.

Beer Thirty with Bill Miller from Age of Truth

Age of Truth
It's really starting to seem like my future move to Philadelphia is the right idea for me as a metalhead.

More and more...bands from the City of Brotherly Love are coming into the queue of my personal conciousness and they're really kicking a lot of ass.

We all know that I love St. Louis, but and I'm sorry Redbait and Torchlight Parade, our local metal scene kind of sucks.

Yet we have a strong metal show going community.

Like, Heavy Metal Kilt Guy, we all know him. I've seen that guy in at least 5 different clubs.

But back to Philly, the loving city where fans huck batteries at baseball players....let's talk about Age of Truth. Check out their latest record, Threshold on BANDCAMP.

Now, let's have a couple beers!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

LP Review: "Cease To Exist" by Noisem

Cease To Exist
A little over four years ago, your friend and humble narrator was sitting upon a stool in the famed Pop's Saloon in order to review Obituary and Carcass.

Another familiar name was on that bill as well, Exhumed, but some kids from Baltimore were opening the show.

Guess what!

It was Noisem. They were an entertaining lot, but the bands and I disagreed about the young gents from the East Coast.

Many glowing superlatives were sent their way throughout the rest of the evening.

Their next album though, I reviewed that and it was spectacular. Now, here we are again, and I'm telling you about how great Noisem continues to be. Cease To Exist is one of the absolute best grindcore albums I've ever heard, but it might be straight death metal.

Or is it thrash? And Noisem, that recurring homage to Seasons In The Abyss? That was truly a genius touch. But when you're in the mood for some metal that'll cut  through your femur, Noisem has you covered and by the looks of it, they'll have us covered for decades to come.

RELEASE 3/15/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Classic Spins with Negative Wall's Don Cole

Negative Wall
Black Doomba Records is about to release the latest by Tommy Stewart's Negative Wall. You should check that out over at BANDCAMP.

In the meantime, let's talk about records with Don Cole, Negative Wall's six string slinger.

There's even a super sexy vinyl edition of this soon to be future classic doom metal.

1. My favorite kind of album is the concept album. The Wall is my absolute favorite. 

Beyond the amazing songs, it has spectacular nostalgia for me. What's your favorite one and why?

Concept albums are very cool. I've always liked 2112 by Rush, it has great songs, it was one of the albums I learned to play guitar with when I was 12 years old. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Video: "Swallow The Dust" by Spitfish

Let's talk about Gdansk, Poland. What do you know about this coastal city? I know that David Gilmour recorded a live album there. Though, could've been called Pink Floyd as there were two Floydians.

Naturally, we all know that Poland is pretty metal. So, let's talk for a bit about Gdansk's native sons, Spitfish.

They're a rock/metal hybrid thing that's almost doom metal. You can listen to them below or check out their album, Penny Dreadful, on SPOTIFY. Not surprisingly, you can also connect with them on FACEBOOK.

Bookin' It with Paul of Malphas

Malphas
If you didn't know, yes, it's true, I love Philadelphia. In fact today on the internets, we were comparing the Philly train map to the St. Louis train map.

To make a long story short, when discussing cities and their light rail systems, St. Louis's trains don't even come up.

Philly though, you get on that train all the over place and get Cheese Steaks. 

But today we're talking to Malphas. They're a band from that previously mentioned city. In fact, it's popping up a lot lately, but these guys? They recently released their awesome LP, The 39th Spirit on Via Nocturna.

You can shop that stuff HERE.

Monday, February 25, 2019

LP Review: "Wanderer" by Marsh Dweller

Wanderer
For posterity's sake, this album was released in October of last year via Eiwhaz Recordings.

This year, the venerable cassette label, Tridroid Records, is re-releasing it via that particular format.

For the purpose of clarity, this album is being reviewed via the digital files and not the cassette tape...as I don't really know if I have a deck.

Marsh Dweller is essentially the solo project of one, John Kerr. He plays all the instruments and sings all the vocals.

Unlike some other solo jaunts, he is playing the drums. His press photos show him at the kit. Nice touch.

Truth in advertising is all I'm really wanting in this world. In this case, Marsh Dweller have completely done that. Wanderer is the perfect title for this album. In the basest terms, it's a black metal record, but in a broader term, it's immense.

No stone is left unturned. Musically this is an an odyssey. There was a point when it got really mellow. It made me wonder my stream got messed up and turned into another band. (NOTE: It did not.)

Anyone looking for paint by numbers music should jog on, but those of us who feast on adventure will find this to be an all you can eat buffet.

RELEASE 3/1/19 BANDCAMP

Interview with Junkpile Jimmy

Junkpile Jimmy
It's time to return to Alberhill, California in order to speak intergalactic time criminal, Junkpile Jimmy once again.

You may not recall now, but this gentlemen sent me a copy of his insanely crazy record that's all kinds of insane. We're talking Rimmer on a date insane.

Something happened though, between the original transmission of this interview to my fingers receiving the answers.

Here's how you know it's a time warp...when I asked the last question, the St. Louis Blues were the worst hockey team in the NHL....and not a team (as of this writing) riding an ELEVEN GAME WINNING STREAK!

So, onto the insane death metal that's clearly nuts.

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

Junkpile Jimmy:
No prob, it's an honor!

GM: Let's start off easy and let's all be chill and peaceful. With that being said, what is wrong with you? It appears you're insane.

Friday, February 22, 2019

LP Review: "Carrier of Weight" by Eremit

Carrier of Weight
It's a rather common occurrence for me to get ready to lower the boom of doom metal.

Atmospheric doom sludge metal...There are probably several other adverbs that could be tacked onto their description.

Whatever they should be called, they are awesome. This album  has three tracks, two discs, and a Delores. (Just kidding about Delores.)

Track three clocks in at over 33 minutes in length.

Eremit has the ability to play a riff longer than than they should, to get it droning on, but somehow making it never lose its power. This makes the following riffs even more powerful.

This is the kind of record that's perfect for a midweek decompression. The vibrato laden fuzz tones will take you to altered states of consciousness and that will save you some money on beer....or whatever.

RELEASE 2/25/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Classic Spins with Basilysk

Basilysk
One of my favorite cities, and most likely my future home once everyone I know here in St. Louis has died, is Philadelphia, PA.

In the last few years, the City of Brotherly Love has been crushing out some amazing death metal. Seems about right doesn't it?

Philadelphia banging on about death metal? Yeah, that's prefect.

There's a new kid on the death metal block up there. If you've not heard of Basilysk, check out my REVIEW and based on that, but it at BANDCAMP.

1. My favorite kind of album is the concept album. The Wall is my absolute favorite. Beyond the amazing songs, it has spectacular nostalgia for me. What's your favorite one and why?

Basilysk is extremely stoked about our upcoming EmergencE album, because it is a twisted conceptual journey. It begins with the buzz of cicadas emerging to welcome the listener into the summer realm of our fiery metal symphonies. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Stream: "Amnesia/My Wall" by Grass

You know what gets me into trouble on the internet?

Things being a little bit too vague. It's important sometimes to just put your things out there in the way they are. There's naught wrong with being on the nose if you're trying to get people to join your cause.

The Comrades in Grass feel like brothers in arms to me because they named their band, their album, and did their artwork to be very clear about what's going on here.

They're going to pummel you with grooves thicker than the smoke that's coming out of the back of their Orange Amps.

Check it out below and get over to BANDCAMP.

Foods We Love with Huelga

Huelga
Who reading this doesn't love some progressive metal?

Heavy Metal has existed for going on five decades now and there's always been an element of complexity to the music. 

There's long been different levels of how progressive and how intricate songs needs to be. What would it be like if you couldn't articulate to the rest of the players how you wanted your song to go, but you could play drums?

That might be how Huelga became a one man prog metal band, but it probably isn't.

Anyway, my man likes to eat too...so let's get it on!

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? 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

LP Review: "wilt & blossom" by Cartographs

wilt & blossom
Looking back at musical genres and my attitudes over the years fills me with a bit of shame.

Nothing serious that'll cause me to shave my head and self flagellate with my own Levi's 501's...but enough to cause a reflective shaking of the head.

The Post term, often derided by me as Post Toasties metal was the supreme way to ensure your record to remain unspun here.

Post Metal? How could that even be? Metal still exists. Well, the answer to that question remains as elusive as the Leprechaun's Pot of Gold...

Cartographs is one of those bands, should you take my meaning. As more and more of these Post-Metal bands invades my headspace, the feeling of misery really takes an effect with me.

Stilted arpeggios and thundering vocals leave little to be desired. The record switches between flowing chords and slightly dissonant melodic passages. Regardless of the tactic they chose, the effect was always instantaneous and powerful.

RELEASE 3/1/19 FACEBOOK

Beer Thirty With Malacoda's Vlad Prokhorov

Are you familiar with the strange beings of Malacoda?

They're from a town in Ontario...Oaklville. Honestly, that superfluous L quite bothers me. There's no reason for that L to exist unless the city of Oaklville, ON was in some sort of feud with Oakville, Manitoba.

This scenario only works if Oaklville is in the part of Ontario that threatened secession in order to join Manitoba. It's the area of Canada I refer to as Manitario.

But I'm fairly certain no one else does.

In the mean time, get your horror rock on with them...but first let's have a beer.


1. My personal favorite beer style is the might Double India Pale Ale. The best DIPA in the world is STLIPA by Urban Chestnut. 

Tell me about your favorite style.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Video: "Glory In Gloom" by Junkpile Jimmy

Have you ever heard something so out of the blue, you just had to tell every single human being on the planet Xenon about it? Well, that's how Junkpile Jimmy struck me.

Unfortunately, my home planet doesn't have friendly affairs with the said planet of Xenon, though they love all sorts of music, they don't much cotton to outsiders. It's such a strange thing.

Anyway, the rest of the people of the galaxy will have the luxury of meeting and listnening to Junkpile Jimmy. Then they can decide for themselves.

But seriously, ORDER THE RECORD! 

Bookin' It with Grehhawk's Rev Taylor

Greyhawk
We are checking back in with Seattle, Washington's Greyhawk.

They're a power metal band like you read about.

If you didn't drink a beer with them last time, here's the perfect time to catch up on their latest record, Ride Out.

Now, open up a book and let's read on!
1. I try to read at least two books per month, and mostly fail, what's your goal and reality?
Lately my goal has just been to read at least a little bit every day. When free time arises, it's so easy to automatically reach for a device and receive flashy stimulation, but I find there's a sense of groundedness and relaxing that can only come from reading a physical book. 

So I've been trying to remind myself to reach for a book instead of my phone when I find myself with time on my hands. Results have been mixed. I have been reading more lately, but I've also been following a facebook page which only posts pictures of raccoons.

Monday, February 18, 2019

LP Review: "Triumphant Master of Fates" by Vimur

Triumphant Master of Fates
The Vimur River is the largest of the Elivagar Rivers that were formed at the beginning of the world.

At least, that's what Norse Mythology tells us.

One would assume that this band would be more than than just some standard black metal band right?

They'd be powerful and unrelenting. Their music would be able to stand up to not just the slings and arrows of the enemies of trve kvlt vlvck metal, but the stone of time as well.

Right?

That's actually a pretty good description of what Vimur has accomplished. Being an American Black Metal band featuring the traditions of Ancient Norsemen, they straddle two worlds and the songs reflect that.

Most of the time Triumphant Master of Fates features the slightly left of center American black metal, but sometimes moves into the more traditional fares of Scandinavian bands.

RELEASE 3/1/19 PREORDER FACEBOOK

Friday, February 15, 2019

LP Review: "Northernmost" by Cold Colours

Northernmost
In a case of art imitating life, I'd like to point your ears towards a doom and death metal band from Minnesota.

Minnesota, for our international readers, is nearly the northernmost state in the United States. Unless you include: Alaska, Maine, and other freak states that aren't Minnesota.

Moving on to the next bit, Cold Colours has taken to using the superfluous U that the Angols and Canucks tend to stick in places where it doesn't belong.

It makes it hard to type your name, fellas.

A quick scan of the album's titles will show that the title track(?) is a recurring theme and is spread out all over the record itself.

Like any Doom band worth mentioning, Cold Colours oozes emotional angst. On the flipside, it also gets a bit deathy here and there with some brutal vocals. The entire album is a bit like Northern Minnesota.

It hovers between being American and being Canadian, just like this band hovers between melodious and brutal. It's a beautiful piece of art that never hesitates to show the listener its ugly side.

RELEASE 2/22/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Beer Thirty with Lords of the Trident's Fang VonWraithenstein

Lords of the Trident
Have you ever seen any of those Robin Hood movies?

I mean, you have right? Hollywood has made at least 27 different Robin Hood movies over the past forever right?

Well, what did all of those Robin Hood flicks have in common besides the ultimate power of the hood?

Oh yeah, they drank, beer, wine, and beer. Mostly beer. Friar Tuck and Little John in those movies surely enjoyed himself some beer.

You know who else enjoys beer? Fang Von Wraithenstein of the mighty power metal band, Lords of the Trident.

If you're still on the fence, go get Shadows from the Past now. It can be had on DIGITAL or on god's own format...VINYL.

Anyhoo...let's get to the beer.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Video: "My Guide My Hunger" by Hell's Guardian

Riding high on the release of their latest effort, As Above, So Below, Hell's Guardian has released the video for their latest single, My Guide My Hunger.

The track features a couple notable guests.

Adrienne  Cowan of Seven Spiers and Marco Pastorino of Temperance both add their vocal talents to the mix to make this a big single.

Check it out below and plop your Euros down over at BANDCAMP if you dig the tune.

Hometown Tales with Wills Dissolve

Wills Dissolve
It's been a minute since we've check in with Houston's own, Wills Dissolve. Their progressive metal has hopefully captured your soul and flushed it down to the underworld by now right?

No?

Hmm. What if this band had a cast of characters that have lived all over the United States and beyond?

What if they're going to tell you about Vietcajun food? (Now that...that gets me curious and nearly willing to head to Houston.)

In the meantime, don't miss out on their brilliant release. You can get that on BANDCAMP. While you're grooving to that slap of tastiness, check out the boys themselves with a bit more detail.

1. St. Louis City is my hometown. I've lived here for most of my life in and around the city. Where are you from? 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

LP Review: "Animist" by Werian

Animist
Lately, it's been a lot of death and black metal. It's been far too long since we've made an acquaintance with a new doom metal band.

Well, Germany's Werian is definitely a doom metal band who's got hands I'd like to shake.

To get it all out of the way, Animist is an album based on one of the oldest religions in the world. It even pre-dates Christianity's roots, which are only about 4,000 years old anyway.

The record is comprised of three tracks. Three supersized tracks. Long form metal is the best kind of metal.

Over the course of forty four minutes, Werian weaves spells of doom and death with ambitiously progressive songs.

Arpeggios? Chunking chords? Whispered vocals? These things and more are all here. One of the things you won't find though, double bass blast beats.

Werian's latest opus isn't out to beat you over the head to prove to you how metal it is. They aren't screaming in the square, but they're waging a whisper campaign to convert you into Animism. It's so subtle, by the time you've been convinced, you'll think it was your idea all along.

RELEASE 2/22/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Bookin It With Ciarán Neely and Davey Whiteof Pterodactyl Problems

Pterodactlyl Problems
The Torontonian quartet, Pterodactyl Problems, who've been idle lo these past five years are back.

They're bigger than ever?

They're ready to crush all our faces off with their comeback LP, Esoteric Hobbies.

You're just going to have to look into that album HERE. This disc is interesting because it's a reunion/comeback/debut album.

In the meantime, let's talk about books! 

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

C: There's no real specific amount I'd like to read, and I think it'd be hard to make a goal on that since the amount of free time I have is so inconsistent. 

I think my goals are more about how much of that free time I spend on reading. Billions of dollars are spent nowadays, figuring out how to make your electronics all as stimulating as possible, and keep your focus glued to them. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Video: "Walking Divinity" by Equipoise

We're out and about today. Let's check out the latest lyric video by Technical Death Metal.. or was it Brutal Death Metal ban...Melodic?

Equipoise. There are seven people in this band. SEVEN!

Check out this slab of thunder and see what you think about preordering their new record, Demiurgis. It's out on March 8th via The Artisan Era.

Beer Thirty with Archangel A.D.

Archangel A.D.
Growing up, it was always time to bang my head. The only issue with that was when we thought that Quiet Riot was telling us to literally bang our heads on the walls....which we did...once.

Thinking about heavy, fast music, it's all about that thrash. Don't we all have a soft spot in our cold, black hearts for thrash metal? It was the first kind of metal to drop the heavy label. It was  years later when heavy came back to metal.

Then things were just brutal....but let's talk about a band from Southern Texas, Archangel A.D.

Last month they birthed their debut, Warband, in the world of the living by releasing it on CD. You should get over to BANDCAMP  and check that out.

Or, if you fear commitment, you can always put them in your friend zone on FACEBOOK.

In the mean time, we're talking to one of our new friends about beer. Our young man gives us beer tales below....

Monday, February 11, 2019

EP Review: "Upside of Sick" by Musket Hawk

Upside of Sick
A new album from Unholy Anarchy Records.

My whole life I've paid far too much attention to record labels probably, but it's paying off in this modern era because of the specialization of the modern music scene.

Here's another kind of music that honestly really doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you hear it.

Musket Hawk is a Sludge/Grindcore band.

The idea of two polar opposites existing in the same space is really cool right? Think of all the bands that have written songs with opposite titles.

Well, Upside of Sick is certainly a Black Diamond in the smooth rough.

The best thing that can be said about this album that it is precisely as advertised, if not all the time. There are times when it's straight grind and others when it's straight sludge, but when those two concepts start to get closer to the middle is when things really start to cook.

The grooves on this disc are only surpassed by the wholly unfettered slop thrash'n'death licks. Brutal and sloppy. Grooving and atonal. Musket Hawk is inescapable.

RELEASE 3/29/19 PREORDER FACEBOOK

Classic Spins with Zero Fire

Zero Fire
On March 22nd, Zero Fire is going to release their second EP via their BANDCAMP page. You'd do well to see what's going on there. 

For a paltry five dollars CANADIAN, so $3.75 USD, you can have six tracks of their well crafted, and slightly left of center metal rock.

Today's a good day to peep their stuff on FACEBOOK too.

In the meantime, let's find out what their favorite records are....

1. My favorite kind of album is the concept album. The Wall is my absolute favorite. Beyond the amazing songs, it has spectacular nostalgia for me. What's your favorite one and why?

Graham King (Clean Vocals and Guitar): I'm a big prog fan, so I've definitely listed to my fair share of concept records for sure. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Hometown Tales with Crucible of Hate

Crucible of Hate
This past September, Crucible of Hate released their latest disc, Dark Metamorphosis. You can get that on BANDCAMP.

They're an extreme metal band from Lancaster, Ohio. 

Let's find out more what life is like out there. In the meantime, you can always get at them on FACEBOOK

1. St. Louis City is my hometown. I've lived here for most of my life in and around the city. 

Where are you from?

Central Ohio. I was born in Lancaster, Ohio, grew up in a tiny little town which was not even big enough for a traffic light (Tarlton), and have lived in this area my entire life. 

2.We have three things that don't really exist anywhere else: the slinger, the gooey butter cake, and toasted ravioli. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

EP Review: "Fresh Grass" by Grass

Fresh Grass
The most important thing you can be is true to yourself.

That's why I love stoner metal. It's got this swing, this flex, and this swirl that few other things in this world have.

That's actually the only reason I love stoner metal, not because I'm a stoner.

Grass, well, they've got no qualms wearing their recreational activities on their sleeves. Hopefully, they'll only be touring where it's legal. (Just so you know guys, Missouri legalized medical marijuana...)

The tales of redneck cops waiting for bands crossing state lines are many. The bands tell them outside the clubs.

Fresh Grass had one of them digital only releases last year, but this year, the record emerges from the smoke and into the physical realm. Kind of like when Dungeon Master always shows up.

There's no question it's a shorty, but those minutes are packed with fuzz enhanced vitamins. Put this on, and the setting is right to check out of your head.

RELEASE 2/22/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Vinyl Review: "Code Word" by The Moles

Code Word
Famous face painter and noted lip syncer, Gene Simmons, has stated many times that rock is dead.

His partner, slightly less famous kabuki facer and even bigger lip syncer, Paul Stanley has said that ASCAP and the music industry should be taking care of the up and comers.

Much like Kiss's stance on lip syncing, their takes on what is happening in the world of new music is, shall we say, fractured?

Those faking old fogies aren't the only ones out there who're a bit concerned, confused, or outright wrong about the world of rock music though.

One just has to peruse Bandcamp, the blogosphere, or any social media outlet, they're going to find about 15,000,000 million new bands to check through. It's impossible to not find a single one to enjoy and fall in love with.  That's my current State of the Musical Union Speech.

Now, if you're an underground indie rock legend with a lot of friends and a record to make..... what could you do?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

LP Review: "Album IV: A Brave New World" by Ivan Tsanov

Album IV: A Brave New World
There's no other Bulgarian musicians that immediately spring to my mind.

Ivan Tsanov, for me, is now the face of all Bulgarian Music. There's no other way to think of that if you're a Bulgarian musician, is that this is horribly unfair.

This is probably like Steve Vai being the face of all American musicians. How many other people can live up to that?

Tsanov is a classically trained, instrumental guitarist, or he plays on one records anway.

This album here...it's a bit unique to my ears. The style isn't like Satch or Vai, but even though it's classically inspired, it doesn't strike me of Yngwie Malmsteen either.

There's probably a spot between two worlds where there's a bit of a collision between Malmsteen and Vai. If so, that's where Ivan Tsanov is plying his trade.

RELEASE 1/18/19 ORDER 

Interview: The Band That Powers Dane County...Lords of the Trident

My favorite Power Metal Band in the entirety of Dane County, Wisconsin The Lords of the Trident have once again...perhaps foolishly...accepted my invitation to discuss all the comings and goings of their existence.

If you haven't yet, get over to their website to purchase Shadows of the Past and you can thank me for that later.

This time I spoke with them about whatever came to mind really.

Make sure you've got enough arrows in your quiver and check it out below.

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

Lords of the Trident: Absolutely! Happy to be back!