Friday, September 20, 2019

Classic Spins with Jacob from Majestic Downfall

Last year, Majestic Downfall put out their latest record, Waters of Fate.

You should probably check that stuff out at Bandcamp, and in the meantime, let's talk about some kick ass much that Jacob digs.

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?

Definitely, if I had to choose a favorite concept album it would be Quënsryche´s Operation: Mindcrime. 

Lyric-wise and musically it doesn´t get any better than that. They were at their top in those days and that can only be heard! 

2. My very first album was Live Evil by Black Sabbath. Since then I've had a strong affinity for the live record, even if they're a bit fake. KISS set the bar with Alive!. Surely, it was fake, but it's got the best concert feel of anyone.

Tell me about your favorite live record?

Review Round Up 9/20/19

Incident Report
Incident Report by  Stormland DIY 10/11/19

Based somewhere in the great prefecture..? No, province of British Columbia is a band that's peopled by a single human, Justin Pierrot. This just proves there are French people all over Canada.

Stormland has been busy doing what I've been pining for...extreme metal songs about nerdy things. Lately, he's been on about Gundam...A Lot.

What's important though is that when you write a song that's a "reference salad" (TM MC Lars) it has to be a good song that can be enjoyed without even getting those references.

Here we have a thunderous death metal EP about god only knows what sort of stuff that I've never watched...

Nice solos, good usage of arpeggios, and semi-intelligible vocals. Stormland is headed in the right direction.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tour Dates: Enforced Announces North American Tour

Following the WAR Records summer release of their debut LP, At The Walls, Virginia crossover quintet ENFORCED announces a run of Eastern North American fall tour dates with High Command.

At The Walls features a remixed and remastered version of ENFORCED's2017 demo and their "Retaliation" promo, and introduces two brand new songs. 

All tracks were recorded by Bob Quirk and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Candy), and the album's cover art was created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Psywarfare) who makes a guest appearance on the track "Skinned Alive."

Following their East Coast tour with Sacred Reich, Iron Reagan, and Leeway in May, ENFORCED has shared the stage with Accused AD, Red Death, Ekulu, and others on local one-off shows throughout the summer. 

Now, the band announces their next widespread live excursion in support of At The Walls, this time with Massachusetts-based High Command. 

Beginning October 18th in ENFORCED's hometown of Richmond, the At The Walls Of Desolation Tour 2019 will bulldoze northward through the Northeast US and into Canada before coming to a smoldering finale in High Command's hometown of Worcester on November 2nd.

At The Walls is out now through WAR Records on vinyl and digital formats through the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Vinyl Review: "Beauty School" by The Crack Pipes

Beauty School
In the gilded days of rock'n'roll, as Jim Morrison was declaring the art form dead, they released an album and a song of the same name.

The Soft Parade was a departure from previous Doors releases, even including some lead vocals from Robbie Krieger.

The change in direction could largely be attributed to Morrison's ever increasing drug habit, his lack of focus on the Doors, and the desire to put his degree to good use.

He was making movies... Movies that no one ever saw, but he made them.

The title track of this record is probably the Alpha and the Omega of prog rock. It features about 27 different genres of music in the course of about 8 minutes. It really is the standout track of the album, shockingly right? It's one of the few Morrison had anything to do with.

A casual listen and it might not be easily discernible that this epic poem was a singular band.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Monte Luna Announce Euro tour


Austin doom metal band MONTE LUNA  are pleased to announce that they will be embarking on a European tour next month.

The band commented "We are very excited to be heading over to Europe! We are thankful for such an amazing opportunity and we are currently planning a 2020 U.S. tour in support of Drowners' Wives as well. 

It is really a dream come true to do this, this is the reason we play music, to spread the love and to have the opportunity to show people who we are live. Our live experience is really our heart and soul, once you see that, we know you will want more. 

We will lay waste to Europe and have them looking forward to having us back. Our brothers Destroyer of Light and Duel paved the way for our Austin Community and we are proud to be joining the ranks. We are nothing with out the people that believe in us and for that we are thankful. 

We hope to meet plenty of new friends overseas and cant wait to meet our Argonauta Records family in person after all this time!!"

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

1Up with Marc of Cruickshank

For the first time, on record, Glacially Musical is speaking to someone even more northern than The Northwest Territory of Canada...

Iqaluit, Nunavut.

If you're unfamiliar with the city or the territory, check out the Wikipedia Article.

To me, in a city with only 15 thousand residents, it must be kismet to find like minded musicians.

But we didn't do this for a geography lesson...let's talk about video games, but if you don't mind...

Check them on the Bandcamp first.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Video: "Saviour" by Lindsay Schooldcraft

When Rocky sent me the demo of this song, before I had even started writing the lyrics and vocals, I just knew this was going to be “the song” used as the first single and music video. 

At the time I was dealing with the pressure of feeling like I had to save the lives of everyone around me and I lost a lot of my happiness and sanity in doing so. A lot of the lyrics where taken directly from what I actually said in text message conversations. 

Every time I sing this song it is such a powerful reminder that I can’t be everything to everyone and that other people need to choose to fix themselves and I can’t make that decision for them.”
Listen to the track here."

Friday, September 13, 2019

Review Round Up 9/13/19


Thrice As Strong by Ogre (Cruz Del Sur) 10/25/19

As the lard's honest truth, this album was picked because it has the word thrice in the title. So many people point out to me that no one else says thrice anymore.

Well, everybody else, Ogre does.

Thrice Is Strong could've been some super bland black metal, or techo-prog-death-melo-apple-core for all I knew, but they're a throwback metal band. Their sound falls somewhere between Black Sabbath and Manilla Road.

There's not a single new trail blazed on this record, but who cares? Getting Metal 1.2 in 2019 is pretty awesome.

Great production and engineering creates an instant classic.

Rating: A Preorder Facebook

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Video: "Trauma" by Tommy Concrete

A hardened stalwart of the UK's metal and punk scenes, Edinburgh multi-instrumentalist Tommy Concrete seeks to promote recovery and positive mental attitude through his latest EP, Trauma.  

Released in May 2019, the three-track offering explores mental health, addiction, and altered states through an unconventional blend of heavy subgenres akin to Devin Townsend and Killing Joke.  

Concrete, who has been a member of The Exploited, Man of the Hour, and many more, looks forward to following up Trauma with the full-length Unrelaxed 2 in early 2020.


Taco Tuesday with Lindsay Schoolcraft

Lindsay Schoolcraft
From Cradle of Filth into her own spotlight, Lindsay Schoolcraft is releasing her own solo album.

You can check out the first single over at her BANDCAMP page.

She's taken the unusual tact of not putting up a preorder for her solo record. As she put it, there are no record label execs that she's trying to impress with her presales.

So she didn't do it.

Not putting up pre-orders is totally metal. We'll go with that. Schoolcraft has been a member of the English black metal collective, the aforementioned Cradle of Filth since 2014. She's come a long way from her home in Ottawa, ON.

So, it only makes sense to get her taco takes.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Beam Me Up Scotty with Gramma Vedetta

Gramma VEdetta
By now, someone has to be asking a simple question about this, the most ridiculous column thusfar, on Glacially Musical.

What does metal have to do with Star Trek?

Well, deep down, or maybe on their sleeves, all metalheads are indeed nerds. You can't learn how to play sweep picked arpeggios is you're cool like Ace Frehley.

And you're not going to be sucked into the worlds Robert Plant, Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, and David Vincent sing about if you're not into fantasy. 

Metallica, Iron Maiden, Manilla Road, Led Zeppelin etc have all written songs about nerdy authors like Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, and J.R.R. Tolkien. 

No one, to my knowledge, has gotten into Trek, but I feel like more metallers out there are into it than say they are.

Now, Gramma Vedetta!

Go to their BANDCAMP.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Classic Spins with Dizzy Mystics

Dizzy Mystics
Every so often, the St. Louis Blues (CURRENT STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!) sometimes take on this hockey team from the middle of Canada.


Whenever I hear the name of that fair city, I'm reminded of the tunnels below the streets because the place is so damned cold.

Yet people still live there, but hey, St. Louis is so damned hot and we still live here right?

If you don't like my waxing poetic about their home, check out their latest album on BANDCAMP

While, we're on the topic though, let's get down with their 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?

Vinyl Review: "Paws of a Bear" by Sofia Talvik

Paws of a Bear
Presently, on twitter, I'm describing every single thing that I'm doing as totally metal.

Cases in point:

Burning yourself whilst cooking breakfast is totally metal.

Watching your daughter's hockey team play Sharks and Minnows is totally metal.

So, naturally, reviewing Swedish/Americana singer/songwriters is totally metal.

This is one of the things that still routinely confuses me about what I do and the vinyl column. Glacially Musical is 95% totally metal, or more, but for some reason, my vinyl submissions are not metal more often than not.

What's nice about that is my readers get to see a bigger peak inside what I enjoy and other musical items that might not flow down their streams.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Ape Shifter Announces Tour Dates

German-based progressive-stoner rock trio APE SHIFTER will debut on North American shores this fall, featuring the extraordinary lineup of APE SHIFTER leader/guitarist Jeff Aug, legendary bassist Stu Hamm and drummer Jeremy Colson.

Stu Hamm, whose resume includes performing with Joe SatrianiSteve Vai and Caifanes, says, "I have known Jeff and his music for years, and Jeremy and I are going to KICK THE SHIT out of this music on the APE SHIFTER tour!"

APE SHIFTER's second album, Ape Shifter II, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. Fusing a classic heavy rock sound that arcs in the stoner rock direction with technical musical prowess, APE SHIFTER is dissimilar from any other progressive instrumental band.

"It is instrumental music without sounding like nerd rock," says Jeremy Colson, who also currently drums for Steve Vai and has worked with Billy Idol and Marty Friedman"It is punk rock mentality with heavy grooves!!!"

1UP with John from Alluvion

Riding high on their latest album is the Psych-Noise-Post-Toasties-Metal band, Alluvion.

You should really check out their latest album on BANDCAMP.

Apparently, the secret is out.

(Dad jokes)

When you think about a band that has all of these vastly different elements, obviously, you ask them about video games.

Get our your NES Max and let's do this.

Glacially Musical: My first system was a pong clone, the yellow and black Odessey 300. What was your first Console?

John: My first experience with a console was my father’s old Atari 2600.  I was very young, but I have clear memories of playing games like Joust, Asteroids, Pitfall and Qbert for hours.  

This peaked my interest for video games.  Then for my fourth birthday, my parents got me the original NES Mario and Duck Hunt bundle and at the time I was obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so they got me the original TMNT game as well.  

From that day forward, I’ve been an avid gamer.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Video and Tour Dates: Secret Shame

It's time get a little bit dark and perhaps a bit melancholy. Sometimes that sort of feeling is better than the nonstop anger of all the metal.

Secret Shame has released a video for their track Calm.

See right here.

They're also hitting the road. Check them out if they hit your town.

Upcoming Secret Shame Tour Dates:

9/07 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
9/08 - Richmond, VA @ Hypercube
9/09 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
9/10 - Montclair, NJ @ The Meat Locker
9/11 - York, PA @ Skid Row Garage
9/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Broadway
9/14 - Fredericksburg, VA - Rec Center FXBG
9/15 - Greensboro, NC @ New York Pizza 
9/16 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

Review Round Up 09/06/19

Anorexia Obscura by Tenebrae In Perpetuum 8/30/19

Let's start off with something a bit off of the beaten path, but the first track wouldn't let you in on that little secret.

We have a black metal band from Italy, or as it's better known...the depths of Hell... right? So, Anorexia Obscura is their fourth album, but they've been silent for the past ten years. So, this duo has been on hiatus for the entirety of my personal black metal fandom.

Their first track really didn't do much for me and this record was quickly careening towards a negative review, which is a thing I do now.

But, I slowed my roll and let the band play on. Now, here's where it gets a little strange. I can't rightly give this album a score. It's anywhere between an A+ and a C- for me. It's definitely a grower and it's uncertain as to how tall this will go...

Rating: ? Order Facebook

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Are You Ready To Rock with Chron Goblin's Devin "Darty" Purdy

Chron Goblin
About 15 years ago now, my best friend and piled into my beat down AF Toyota Celica to go to Moline, IL from St. Louis, MO in order to see our favorite hockey team...the Missouri River Otters taking on their arch rivals...

The Quad City Mallards.

Well, in 2019, both of those teams are dead and buried so forget about them, but what happened on that particular trip is a big deal. I had this idea, let's listen to ONLY live records during the 11+ hours were going to be in the car.

Seriously, who doesn't friggin' love live albums so this was going to be the best god damned road trip we had ever taken..and we've gone on a fair few....right?


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Vinyl Review: Carmelo Torres Y Los Toscos Eponymous

Carmello Torres Y Los Toscos
If there's something you'd like me to listen to, the best way to  get it in my ear holes is to send it to me on vinyl.

So, today we are taking a break from underground metal, but still kind of heading south...

San Jacinto, Colombia or thereabouts anyway.

In the northern reaches of Colombia..a man created a legacy.

Obviously, that's James Rodriguez...

But being as this isn't a blog about the glorious game of soccer, we're talking about a musician who became a legendary in the Cumbia Music scene and that's Carmelo Torres.

This would be a great time to tell you what an expert I am in the field and how Cumbia music speaks to me ever so strongly, that I have a large collection of Cumbia records and tapes, but that would be a lie.

Apart from the Very Be Careful, there's no experience with Cumbia in my life.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Beam Me Up Scotty with Iron Kingdom

Iron Kingdom
Iron Kingdom?

Well, if that's not the name of a band that's scary, I don't know what is. Certainly, though, it makes me wonder, what's this band all about?

So let me give you the TL:DR version...

They're a Canadian traditional/power/throwback metal band that gives major props and praise to the original Defenders of the Faith and the Tailgunners that took up the leather clad guantlet.

They've got a new disc coming out in October which you can preorder HERE. In the meantime...

Let's to the Starship Enterprise.

1. Star Trek is the world's most perfect universe. In what show (era) would you be the happiest? Why's that?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Classic Spins with Tel

From Richmond, VA a self-proclaimed River City, comes a dreamy death metal band called Tel.

Check out their latest record, Lowlife on Bandcamp, but in the meantime, let's talk about some cool records.

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?

Dante: My favorite kind of album is any kind that takes you somewhere unusual, something that feels dreamlike and pulls you into the music for the entirety of the album. Katatonia‘s Brave Murder Day is, without a doubt, my favorite album for this very reason.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Tour Dates: Morbid Angel and Incantation

Legendary death metal titans MORBID ANGEL will blaze US stages this fall on a month-long headlining tour. The 2019 USA Sickness Tour begins November 21st in Houston, Texas and runs through December 21st in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

Support will be provided by Swedish black metal practitioners Watain and American death metal veterans Incantation. Ticket go on sale Thursday, August 29th.
Comments MORBID ANGEL's Steve Tucker of the band's latest trek, "We are really stoked to be doing this tour together with our brothers in Watain and Incantation! 

This is a relentless lineup of pure evil and uncompromised dark art! We look forward to melting the faces off of all of you seeking the comfort of the dark!"

MORBID ANGEL will be touring in support of their Kingdoms Disdained full-length released in 2017 via Silver Lining Music. The critically-adored record reunites founding guitarist Trey Azagthoth with bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker. 

Captured at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and produced by MORBID ANGEL with Erik Rutan, the record delivers eleven pieces of devastatingly dynamic death metal. Rolling Stone hailed a, "cyclone of blastbeat-driven fury punctuated with Azagthoth's signature heaving, lunging grooves and Eddie Van Halen-on-a-bad-trip solos," while Metal Injection crowned the record, "one of the band's most essential efforts," adding, "the record contains almost wall to wall instant classics, and is not only Steve Tucker's best album as MORBID ANGEL frontman, but by extension the group's most genre-defining effort since 1995's iconic Domination."
Orders for Kingdoms Disdained are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

Eastern Cuisine with Heart of Jordan

Heart of Jordan
Because there's nothing like getting to know new music, we're going to spend some time today with Heart of Jordan.

I should mention, that when I say we, I mean you and me....and today is when you're reading this.

Thank you for that.

Heart of Jordan is one of those extreme metal bands that conservatives tend to get up in arms about. It's been out for a little while, but check out their debut on BANDCAMP.

Now, let's talk Asian food!

1. We are all brought up eating Chinese Food. What's your go to order from the Chinese Takeout place?  

Friday, August 23, 2019

Review Round Up For 8/23/19

Hello and welcome to the new style. As always, Glacially Musical is an evolving thing that will continue to grow and change and contract over the years. If you didn't know, we are now on Year 7 of Glacially Musical.

So, standard reviews are now going to be posted roundup style like this. Hopefully, I'll be able to get to between 5 and 10 records per week. But we shall see when it's all said and done.....

Each album will get a paragraph or two, a grade, and links.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Stream: "Animal Kingdom" by Djunah

Glacially Musical is about 98% pure metal, but sometimes it's nice to head out into other genres of music, especially those with a certain kind of heavy to them.

Enter noise rock duo: Djunah.

I'm not certain what Chicago did to them, but there's some serious scarring here. Check out their new single below.

If you like what you hear... you know.... BANDCAMP

Vinyl Review: "The Difference Engine" by Graham Reynolds

The Difference Engine
During my younger days, Babbage's was the store to go and check out new video games. After all, it was the 90's and specialty shops were only starting to spring up here in Middle America.

Then you couple that with my disdain of corporate shopping being a few years out and it was pre-rise of video games as more than just nerd culture, and we didn't have any local shops that we could look into.

So Babbage's it was.

In later  years, I even spent time doing some seasonal work at Babbage's in South County Center in order to help make ends meet when I was still in retail...and that 25% discount off of video games sure as hell didn't hurt.

Back then I was crazy into games.

You know what no one ever asked me, nor did I ask either, was who in the hell was this Babbage character? I mean, the store was clearly named after him. They certainly didn't work for Nintendo or Sega...or Sony.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Video: "Spectral" by The Way of Purity

If you're looking to hear some new metal, The Way of Purity has a new video that they're just dying for you to hear.

If you're digging this track, make sure you watch THIS SPACE for preorder.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Concert Review: Master with Claustrofobia and Dusk 8/16/19

Paul Speckman of Master
It doesn't seem likely that my having a routine when it comes to concerts would make me unique. This one went as many of them do, especially when the intrepid Danny Nichols is in attendance. The big difference tonight was that I drove instead of him.

Danny, myself, and my daughter started our evening at Steve's Hot Dog's Tower Grove East. If you live in St. Louis and don't love this place, I'd ask you to kindly leave.

After dinner, it was time to drop off the kiddo and head down to Fubar. She's been to a few shows, but this didn't seem like the best idea for her first club show.

Upon arrival at Fubar, I did the first thing I needed to get done, I walked over and bought a Master T-shirt. Now, this would seem to be a breach of journalistic ethics, but I already like Master, so if they laid an egg, I'd say so and still proudly wear my new bad ass death metal t-shirt.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Tour Dates: Ghost:Hello Announce Tour


Stoner rock band Ghost:Hello are pleased to announce that they will embark on a short East US tour in September.

The band commented "We are super stoked to hit the road and to get to hang with everyone.  We’re looking forward to a tour full of the cheapest beers and amicable thumb wars!“

All dates will be in support of the band's upcoming album The Sound of Color In Space which will be released on September 20th.

Pre-order the album here:

Tour dates:

9/20 Album release & Tour Kick off party The Rialto Theatre - Akron, Ohio
9/21 Pauli’s Hotel - Albany, New York
9/22 The Flask - Portland, Maine
9/23 Midway Cafe -Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 
9/24 Dusk - Providence, Rhode Island
9/25 The Depot - Baltimore, Maryland 
9/26 The Empty Glass, Charleston, West Virginia
9/27 Tarot Tattoo StonerDoom Tattoo extravaganza Volume II - Richmond Indiana 

Classic Spins with Scott Carlson of Ancient Altar

Ancient Altar
Do you remember that album I reviewed called Cosmic Purge/Foie Gras?

Well, if you go to Bandcamp, you can get that stuff on vinyl now!

So, let's find out what they're listening to besides themselves.

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?

To be honest, one of my favorite concept albums is a recent one, and it’s an album by good friends of the band.  It’s The Filth Element by Trapped Within Burning Machinery.  

Friday, August 16, 2019

Beam Me Up Scotty with Chris West Currently of Lost Orb

Chris West
Check out this BANDCAMP link. Chris West has a new project. From the mind that brought you Crawling for Carrion and Trippy Wicked...just wait till you hear this one.

Chris West is one of those guys who's a modern day heavy metal renaissance man because he's always undergoing some sort of reawakening and reinvention.

Check out  his latest crazy idea at that link, but...

In the meantime, phasers set to stun.

1. Star Trek is the world's most perfect universe. In what show (era) would you be the happiest? 

Yes it is. It has to be TNG and mostly for the crew. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pizza Pie Do or Die with Blind Scryer

Blind Scryer
If you're ever in Kansas City and you wanna hear some good music...
Do you remember that particular bit of wit from the greatest movie about Heavy Metal of All Time?

Well, if you're in Louisville and not KC and you're looking for some stoner metal and not jazz, you might just wanna check out Blind Scryer.

They popped out an album this past March, check it on
BANDCAMP and in the mean time, let's talk pizza.
1. Pizza is the world's most perfect food. This is not up for debate. Please define pizza as based on your geographical location.
A lot of places in Louisville, new and old have/had a blend of styles going on. Generous dough base, large size (think New York style but not quite as large), red sauce, standard supreme toppings (but large pieces) piled high, covered in cheese.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tour Dates: TÝR: Folk Metal Collective To Kick Off North American Summer Tour With Demons & Wizards This Week

Faroe Islands-based folk metal collective TÝR will kick of their North American tour supporting power metal veterans Demons & Wizards this week. Set to commence on August 17th in Los Angeles California, the journey will wind its way through twelve cities and come to a close September 5th in New York City. 

Additional support will be provided by labelmates Lizzy Borden. See all confirmed dates below.
TÝR w/ Demons & Wizards, Lizzy Borden: 
8/17/2019 Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
8/20/2019 Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA
8/21/2019 The Commodore - Vancouver, BC
8/22/2019 Roseland - Portland, OR
8/24/2019 Summit Theater - Denver, CO
8/26/2019 Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX
8/28/2019 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
8/29/2019 Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
8/31/2019 Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
9/01/2019 Corona - Montreal, QC
9/04/2019 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
9/05/2019 Playstation Theater - New York, NY

Classic Spins with Autumn Doyle of Forever Autumn

Forever Autmn
It's been some time since we've checked in with acoustic doom metal act, Forever Autumn.

So, it's probably about that time again wouldn't you say?

Hit up the BANDCAMP to stream and buy the latest.

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? 

'The Wall' holds a special place for me too but my favourite concept album, and one that I return to agayne and agayne, is David Bowie's 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

News: Allegaeon Announces Apoptosis Tour Part II

ALLEGAEON will kick off their Apoptosis Tour Pt. II US headlining tour this fall. Set to run from October 15th through November 5th, the trek features support from Inferi and Paladin.
Comments the band, "We're very excited to announce the second leg of headlining shows in support of our new album, Apoptosis

This will be the first extensive tour we have done since release and we couldn't be happier to be joined by our friends in Inferi and Paladin for the ride. Check out the dates below - we hope to see you all very soon!" 
ALLEGAEON w/ Inferi, Paladin:
10/15/2019 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
10/17/2019 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
10/18/2019 Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
10/19/2019 The Pin! - Spokane, WA
10/21/2019 Metro Opera House - Oakland, CA
10/22/2019 Hi Hat - Los Angeles, CA
10/23/2019 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
10/25/2019 89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City, OK
10/26/2019 Satellite Bar - Houston, TX
10/28/2019 The Haven - Orlando, FL

Friday, August 9, 2019

Gramma Vedetta release video for "Hang Up My Boots"


UK rockers GRAMMA VEDETTA have just released a video for their new track "Hang Up My Boots". The video was recorded live in the studio.

The band commented "We’d released singles, a full EP, a lyric video, and some live shows filmed with mobile phones from friends, but never a close up of the band sweating in a room full of amps — plus we wanted to put out a song that we’ve been playing live for over a year.  We decided to catch two birds with a stone.  Here it is: “Hang Up My Boots,” a heavy rock song about an aged musician ranting about being old and surrounded by young musicians that are just instagram posers."

Watch the video here:

Check out the band's critically acclaimed EP Proof of Concept here:

Beam Me Up Scotty with Dropout Media's Matt Bacon

Matt Bacon
Beam me up, Scotty. This planet sucks!

My mother wore a shirt emblazoned with the bastardization of the classic Star Trek: The Original Series phrase: Scotty, beam us up.

This was my personal introduction into the world of tomorrow: Star Trek. 

A Wagon Train To The Stars created by Gene Roddenberry handed off to Piller and Berman, and I don't know who's running the joint now.

Simon Pegg is doing some writing though, but maybe he's just a clerk. To the best of my knowledge, this was the first time we ever thought of something as not just a universe, but a multiverse.

Even in The Original Series, they were headed into parallel universes. Now there's even two damned timelines and I can't keep up.

Now, we're going to talk to Metal's handsomest boy, Matt Bacon. He's so many things that it's really hard to figure out exactly what he is and what he does.

But he can help you. Be sure to check out his podcast, Dumb & Dumbest, but only if you're either in a band who's trying to make it, or if you like witty word play.

Now...set phasers to awesome.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

News: John 5 Announces Invasion Second Leg

JOHN 5 and the Creatures have announced the second leg of the Invasion Tour 2019. The tour will kick off on October 30 in Michigan and wrap up just before Thanksgiving.
Jared James Nichols, who supported JOHN 5 on the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year, has once again been tapped to open along with additional support from Reverend Jack.
"I'm excited to get back out on the road with The Creatures and play music from the new album," JOHN 5 says. "The response to the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year was amazing and I can't wait to hit even more cities. Jared James Nichols was phenomenal last time around and we are happy to have him join us again."
Released last week, JOHN 5's highly-anticipated Invasion album has received rave reviews all around. Fans were able to get a taste of the album throughout the first half of the year via a series of videos released each month. 

JOHN 5 kicked off the year with the debut video clip from Invasion, the campy animated "Zoinks!", followed by three equally eccentric videos for "Midnight Mass," "I Am John 5" and "Crank It - Living with Ghosts." 

Pizza Pie Do or Die with Christian Ayala of Avandra

Let's take Pizza Pie Do or Die into the Caribbian Sea.

Avandra is riding high on their latest record, Descender, which you can pick up via Blood Music on BANDCAMP.

In the mean time, let's find out what pizza is like in Puerto Rico.

1. Pizza is the world's most perfect food. This is not up for debate. 

Please define pizza as based on your geographical location.

Pizza in Puerto Rico is actually pretty damn good. 

Best pizza I have ever tried anywhere is from an Argentinean pizzeria in Isla Verse, an area in Puerto Rico, called Ferrari’s. 

And when I say “anywhere” I mean New York (was partly raised there) and Philly and so on. There are also restaurants, like Tony’s Pizza in a town called Arecibo, that does this great tasting corned beef pizza. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

LP Review: "The Call of the Void" by Anticosm

The Call of the Void
Certainly others aside from myself have come in contact with sub-sub-genre names like Death and Roll, Black Thrash, or what about...

Black Thrash'n'Roll.

My brain responds back..this isn't a thing. Not only does it lack existence, but these three ideas cannot possibly exist in the same space.

Well, New Jersey's Anticosm is tagged with this unwieldy label.

Going back,  yes, these three musical ideas are mutually exclusive.

Anticosm is sort of like the He-Man Villain, Man-E-Faces, except three isn't many, but just three.

The styles come in and go out. Not to say they're interchangeable, but it's not all three things at one time. It's going to be the mixing of styles that creates new music. That's what created the golden age of music.

Anticosm has simply done what bands like Led Zeppelin have done before them. Except they added in a bit of elevator music which is really kvlt right?

By being at expert level in their three main killing styles, they've enabled themselves to make blistering record that can be heavy without exhausting the listener.

Anyway, their new record is coming out soon. Don't pass.