Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Interview: Ashen Horde Hates Cheese

Ashen Horde
Why not check back in with Ashen Horde?

Well, there's a very good reason to shun them. Trev hates cheese, In fact, he stated that it's a violent hatred for cheese.

How can the world continue if there are people out there who hate cheese?

I'm not even going to mention their latest record, Fallen Cathedrals, I will also not point out that they have a great deal going on right now for a dinged corner version of their debut record, Nine Plagues, that you can pick up on BANDCAMP.

Frankly I'm beside myself at this cheese focused blasphemy. I mean, I'm all for a good bit of blasphemy when it's all in good fun...like...Cathedrals falling down...and stuff.

But dude...cheese is the on wonderful thing in this world that brings together all of humanity. 

I don't want to live on this planet anymore...

But anyway....

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Eastern Cuisine with Klayton and Sam of Victus

Victus
In an effort to continue stumping bands whilst combining some of my favorite things, welcome to the latest column on Glacially Musical. 

The ineptly titled: Eastern Cuisine.

Asian foods have long been a staple in my life. Teriyaki chicken and miso soup is something I've been cooking at home for decades. Though I've yet to really nail it, I keep trying to cook fried rice as well, but I always seem to be missing something.

Japan's take on Curry, Golden Curry, has been something loved by my family, but for the most part, what makes Asian foods so spectacular, for me anyway, is that my ability to cook them is basically nil.

So in order to enjoy it, we're going to the restaurant.

English band Victus was the first to give their take on the giant family of foods on the other side of Hawaii and let's check it out bellow.

Don't forget to like the boys on FACEBOOK and don't dream of streamin' without heading over to BANDCAMP.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Video: "Strange Attractor" by Leeroy Stagger

Even now well into my personal middle age, the allure of Canada is so very strong that even seeing something called True North Records will catch my notice.

So here we are are and True North Records has put Leeroy Stagger into my vision. Today is a good of a day as any to take an odd left turn. Stagger's new song falls somewhere between The Black Keys Rubber Factory era and The Black Keys El Camino era.

But then there's all the French royals having some sort of strange party. Watch the video, the visuals will hold your interest while Stagger gets his hooks into you.

Strange Path is out this out just before the Autumnal Equinox on 9/1/3/19.

Classic Spins with Kris from Prison

Prison
Think about all the great music that's come out Seattle, WA. The Pacific Northwest has been a breeding ground for some truly revolutionary artists.

Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Mudhoney. 

There have been several artists that have ticked off my personal boxes lately as well. Un, Into The Storm, and Breag Naofa.

It's interesting not that how many acts  have made it out of the Sea-Tac Strip (if that's a thing) and into the wider United States, but how vastly different the scenes are up there.

It must have something to do with it raining all the time. I'm looking at you, The Crow.

Today we're getting to meet a new act from the Pee En Dubs: Prison.

You should be checking out their new EP, Annihilation. It's guaranteed to be nothing like you've ever heard before. It's got all the bravado of youth and the anger of those left behind.

For now though, let's talk about music.

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?

Friday, July 12, 2019

DLP Review: "Void Lustre" by Hope Drone

Void Lustre
One of those many philosophical questions that's routinely asked is which is more powerful the water or the stone?

Well Sludgelord Records and Hope Drone appear to be teaming up in order to do just that.

This record has basically two modes of transmission as it goes one:

1. Hopeless pain.

2. Biting instrumental.

In my life, there have been dark chapters that feel very much like the unhappy ending we are all dreading.

When Hope Drone is screaming, they're playing the soundtrack to those moments. The dismal, unyielding existential dread of my personal adolescence. The long instrumental passages...

That's the counterpoint to the pain. The feeling of relief after submerging your hand in cold water because you burned it on the stove whilst cooking.

The two faces of Hope Drone live up to their name. The melodic, atmospheric movements are beautiful. The savage vocal movements are painful.

RELEASE 8/30/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Vinyloscopy with Lasse of As I May

As I May
On July 26th, Finnish Metal band, As I May, will be releasing their sophomore record on Rockshots Records.

You can check out My Own Creations via the singles on YOUTUBE.

They're a band that walks the line between metal and metalcore while still holding a melodic edge.

Lasse, guitars and vocals, of As I May took some time to answer our vinyl column. He might just be the first Finn to get in on our Vinyloscopy.

Before we to the records, go like As I May on FACEBOOK.

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?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Video: "Mamawawa" by Jimbo

Let's talk about some friends from the Great White North. Let's be honest, there's absolutely no nation on this Earth that's better than Canada.

They gave us ice hockey, skunky lagers, and toques. What they didn't know is that we're Americans and when you lend us something, we take it re-purpose it, call it our own, and then pretend like you didn't have a damned thing to do with it.

Also, the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets...the team most pundits were picking for the Stanley Cup.

ST. LOUIS WON THE CUP!

While we're all still getting chills about the Stanley Cup here in The Lou, maybe you've heard Gloria one too many times because you're not in St. Louis.

Maybe you need some Proto-Post-Alterna-Grunge from Kingston, Ontario. If that's the case and you like your music a bit on the political side, Jimbo has a track you should hear.

Also, they've got a new EP coming out this month. Keep an eye on their BANDCAMP for the info.

Classic Spins with Lords of the Trident's Aki

Lords of The Trideny
It's time to check back in with Wisconsin's own LORDS OF THE TRIDENT!

It's been a minute since they've talked us. In the meantime, they've released a new video for their amazing track, Burn It Down With Fire.

You can and DAMNED WELL BETTER check it out on YouTube.

The song comes from their amazing record, Shadows From The Past. If this is your first day, check out my vinyl review HERE.

Now, The Lords have submitted a different member of their group to answer questions about great albums.

Let's get stuck in with Aki.

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?

Haha, this is actually kinda funny... I'm really not a huge fan of concept albums. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

DLP Review: "Our Riches" by Under A Full Moon

Our Riches
Do you ever go through a period where a certain kind of metal really catches you and without even realizing it...there are about 15 different Funeral Doom Metal records in the pile?

Certainly I'm not the only one right?

If you ask me, and you kind of did, we're presently talking about the most underrated subgenre in Heavy Metal.

Music falls into two major categories for me: background or foreground noise. Funeral Doom Metal is the only genre of music that allows you both options!

So there's that.

Today's subject, Under A Full Moon, is a side hustle from Evan of FVRLVRN and producer/soundsmith extraordinaire Gjøran. Both of them aren't precisely known for this kind of music. So, it's nice to see another side.

As for this record. This is the best band I've heard since UN fucked up my world. Our Riches is a bleak wasteland of morbid depravity. This record will crush your soul and possible suck out your will to live.

As it should.

Release 7/12/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK 

Pizza Pie Do Or Die with Joe Randazza of Eye of the Destroyer

Eye of the Destroyer
New Jersey thrashers, Eye of the Destroyer, have recently released their latest album, Baptized In Pain, and

I'm giving you the urging to go check that out.

It's about time that they unleash a full length into the world isn't it?

I could take this time to go on and on about their new record, why you should be listening to it, and what amazing chord progressions and riffs it has, but I'd rather tell you about pizza.

Because Pizza Pie Do or Die!

1. Pizza is the world's most perfect food. This is not up for debate. Please define pizza as based on your geographical location. 

 Geographically I'm from New Jersey. So I would describe my pizza as the fucking best pizza on the god damn planet.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Video: "Ride of Your Life" by Temptress

It's time to get as big as Texas. It's not too often that Glacially Musical sets its sights upon the Lone Star State, well, the part of it outside of Austin, anyway.

So today, we're showing you all the newest video from Dallas's Temptress. They're hard at work on their debut full length LP, so in the mean time, this will have to do you. Check them out on the FACEBOOK.

In the mean time, I'll leave you with Kelsey Wilson's own words:

“I’m excited, we all are, to be taking the reins on this new project. Our material and lyrics are going to show the true side our nature: intense, sexy, fun-loving rock n roll. We put a lot of meaning and integrity into this new album, which I believe will shine through once it’s all said and done.”  

Classic Spins with Vokonis

Vokonis
If you've ever thought to yourself, Pink Floyd was kind of awesome, but what if they started playing something a bit more on the sludge side?

You might be interested in meeting Vokonis. 

In a couple months, they'll be releasing their third album via Swedish label, The Sign Records.

In the meantime, let's find out what sorts of albums they like listening to.

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 important for me. I think it’s a way to get a deeper sense for the music overall. 


Monday, July 8, 2019

Vinyl Review: "Lebe Dich Leer" by Bethlehem

Lebe Dich Leer
It's a tired story, but a true one.

An anonymous twitter user once stated that the best thing about metal is that no matter how well versed you are, no matter how long you've been in the scene, and no matter how many albums, records, CDs, or tapes you have...

You'll always feel like a newbie.

Well, here stands before you today, someone feeling like an ignorant chud who just bought his first Metallica tape last week.

Me.

Why? Because in my lap has fallen the latest release from this legendary band, but they're a complete unknown to me.

Had I known they existed and that I didn't know about them and knew that I was wholly ignorant, that would've been something.

Alas, not the case.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

1 Up with Hosemen

Hosemen
If you're anything like me, right now your entire family is sitting in the sweet (not cheap) seats watching the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals, St. Louis's second best team. 

Yeah, I took the shot...do somethin' so called Best Fans In Baseball!


They're at the stadium, and I'm sitting at home listening to Iron god damned Maiden's Book of Souls live record...

And please don't tell my daughter...this is her favorite Iron Maiden album and she'd be straight pissed if she knew I was spinning it without her.

So, I'm doing my best to drink too much beer tonight for medical reasons and catch up on all these interviews I have to transcribe and publish. So many amazing bands have gotten back to me, and I'm still working on getting through.

Today, we're checking in with Stamford, CT's Hosemen. Am I alone in thinking that this is the Hoitiest of Toity cities?

Is it even a city? Anyway, Hosemen get on that stage and punish their guitars for you.

Find out why on BANDCAMP.

Now, let's talk video games, natch.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

LP Review: "The Den" by Freighter

The  Den
My good friends, I stand before you because we are faced with an evil that's been sneaking around the cities.

Downtown shopping areas all across this formerly great nation of ours have been affected and there's nary an Old Navy in sight due to this scourge.

Unfortunately, the drug using youth of the cities is spilling out into the suburbs. What used to be wonderful cornucopias of chain restaurants is now going to beholden to bebop hepcats.

How are we supposed to combat their attractive subversiveness?

Should these San Franciscans ooze west into Nevada, well, after they spend all their dollars at the those houses of ill repute, they'll continue their odyssey east.

Then after they've sinned profusely in Colorado and depleted the evergreens of their godliness, my friends, they'll be in Kansas. The strong and moral folks of Kansas will be of no match for this meth fueled take on The Dazzling Killmen.

Before you know it, they'll be in Missouri and then what will those Midwestern Meth dealers have to sell after their products have been stolen by Freighter.

Let's not even consider what needs to be done in order to save downstate Illinois from the coming of the locusts. Those poor bastards have already been destroyed because of their continual voting for Conservative Legislators who hate them.

Then they'll have to deal with this? Indiana, I weep for your future losses. Ohio... I will not even weep for you as you're already destroyed.

RELEASE 7/12/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Classic Spins with Mortanius

Mortanius
This column is fun because we get to hear all these elder metal guys talking about what great records Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and Iron Maiden put out.

Before get to hearing about Mortanius's favorite Pink Floyd records, let met tell you a little bit about our new friends.

Their latest album, Till Death Do Us Part, was released in March on Rockshots Records. You might wanna pick that up HERE it's four tracks of progressive thunder that could only have been birthed in the City of Brotherly Love, that's right, Philadelphia.

Guys, thanks for Gloria...truly.

Thanks!

So now, let's get it on with the gents. 

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?

Monday, July 1, 2019

Taco Grande with Ian Blurton

Ian Blurton
Some days I remember that this December, I'm going to be in Mexico for my tenth wedding anniversary. Hard to believe it's been that long for me.

But while you're thinking about wedded bliss and all those sorts of things, it's really best to start thinking about Veteran Canadian rockers, like Ian Blurton.

Here we have Ian Blurton talking to us about Mexican food. It's very, very strange how the world works out sometimes.

In the meantime, get in on his latest record, Signals Through The Flames, which you can get in CAD!

Seriously, get in on those CADs.

Vinyl Review: "Fallen Cathedrals" by Ashen Horde

Fallen Cathedrals
Well, let's start at the beginning.

In the windswept wastelands of Hollywood, California, exists a band so brutal, so avant garde, so nouveaux, that they have no idea what they are.

Their story began in December of 2016, or somewhere thereabouts when their debut album, Nine Plagues, was released.

Really, it probably started before that, but our friends here from the most brutal state dropped a double LP to start off their career.

Ashen Horde went straight Chicago on our collective asses.

Not only did they drop the a deuce to begin it, but it was a double VINYL LP.

So, good on you my boys.

Ashen Horde are one of those bands that's hard to pigeonhole into a heavy metal subgrenre due to just how out they are.

Friday, June 28, 2019

EP Review: "Dos" by Pinto Graham

Dos
Is there anything better than kicking back with a big spliff and spinning some stoner metal?

When you're a guy like me, you have to answer with a resounding....

Maybe?

So, maybe I'm not a stoner..actually I'm positively not a stoner, not there's anything wrong with it and I'm pleased to see a liberalization of our Marijuana Prohibition laws sweeping across the  nation.

But one of those things that stoners do ever so well is make art. At least 80% of my favorite artists have made some of their best work either about or under the influence of certain substances.

Great stoner/desert/psychedelic/whatever new tag is being used this weekend music has a swagger that's almost completely devoid in all other forms of music. It's like comparing Black Sabbath to Judas Priest...

Pinto Graham's Dos is a labyrinthine trip through a hallucination. No one really knows where that school bus is going or what these songs are about, but does that really matter?

What's most important about a song and the album is how it makes you feel. Dos gives me a feeling of abject freedom and strength. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but neither does my spaghetti and they'll both give you aid and comfort in these troubled times.

RELEASE 7/12/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Taco Grande with KOSM's Erik Leonhard

KOSM
If you turn your head slightly to the northwest, but look past the Pacific Northwest South and into the Pacific Northwest North, you'll see that beautiful city of Vancover, British Columbia.

And if you've ever been there, you'll know precisely why back in the day is 48 40 or fight.

But apart from being a target of American Imperialism in the 19th century, Vancouver is also home to KOSM.

This quintet has a brand new EP that's dropping today.

So of course we're going to talk about tacos.

But in the meantime, get with them on the WEB or FACEBOOK.

But in the meantime, TACOS.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Video: "Superposition" by Children of the State

In a day and time where we are wholly connected with the entire world at all times  based on the little rectangles we keep in our pockets, why is it that internationally flavored things strike me so?

Perhaps it's the devilishly clever usage of a rotary phone in a box, the fact that this video was recorded in Transylvania and the United Kingdom?

Maybe it's just because every so often we all need a nice dosage of beautiful music when so much ugly is happening right now.

Check out Children of the State on SPOTIFY.

Classic Spins with Blind Samson of Coffin Torture

Coffin Torture
It's time we check in with one of those most gruesome death metal bands in the world.

Let's look at the bands we have to pick from today, and South Carolina's (wait) Coffin Torture (HELL YES!) is ready to rock us to our bones with all of their death metal glory right?

Some metal fans don't realize just how brutal the Buckeye State of South Carolina is. 

The Capital of SC, Stockholm, has put out such amazing Tampa Bay Death Metal bands like Carcass, Manowar, and the heaviest and most brutal of them all....Metallica.

So, while your checking out the unholy blast beats of Coffin Torture, let's talk music.

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? 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

LP Review: "Failure To Thrive" by Cazador

Failure To Thrive
After forming in 2015, Bostonian Sludge Doom Gloom Metal trio, Cazador, have released a single, and EP, and now they're preparing their full length debut.

Even though it's been a big topic, the season is over now and we're moving on.

On their EP, they have a song called Seppuku.

That alone is enough to get me to check out your newest and every subsequent record. Especially if you end up with a track called Fallen Diamyo....

Their latest release, Failure To Thrive is one of those releases that makes the most sense in context.

Were it available as such, this would be a perfect record to buy on vinyl because it's best heard front to back. In a world where many bands don't make albums anymore, this is a nice change of pace.

But it's not as much of an album as it is one giant song. The cover captures its essence ever so well. Imagine being bent over on a park bench because you just can't fight the injustice in the world anymore.

Failure To Thrive would be your soundtrack.

It's gloomy, thick, and angry. Cazador's debut LP doesn't fit neatly into any metal subgenre...which is how those terms came to exist anyway. Turn it on and prepare to take a ride.

RELEASE 7/12/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Vinyloscopy with Chris McCrimmon of Widow's Peak

Widow's Peak
Let's get down with Widow's Peak. That name brings up two things in my diseased brain:

Totally Metal...and my mom.

My mother has a widow's peak. She's always had it and hates it. I'm totally jealous, because I have a receding hairline. One of us looks way more metal with our hair pulled back into a ponytail...or in my case a man bun like the Ginger Ale dude.

Anyway Widow's Peak is more of the former than the latter, or my mother hasn't been totally open with me.

My newest favorite Calgarians (who aren't Brian Sutter) are about to hit the road all the way across Canada. Though there's only ten provinces in their home and native land, they're going to pound the holy living hell out of all them with their death metal.

Alberta is getting 8 shows. EIGHT SHOWS in Alberta. Widow's Peak is doing this the old fashioned way. 

In the meantime, check out their debut EP, Graceless, which will only cost you $5 CAD ($3.75 USD) via Bandcamp.

The best shredder this side of Medicine Hat, Alberta, talked to us about some records. 

Check it.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Pizza Pie Do or Die with Huelga's Michael Fonseca

Huelga and Fonseca
So, the Devil went down to Texas right?

Oh wait, that was Georgia and it was country music written by someone who politicizes tragedy. But for all the heat we in the world of metal take, you don't hear songs about the Devil went up to Scandinavia do you?

Today once again, we hear from Texas based single manned, multi insturmentalist, Michael Fonseca. 

As near as I can tell, he plays all of the instruments in the Texas based instrumental, progressive metal band Huelga.

And I'm not sure if we're supposed to pronounce that H or not...so if anyone could help me here.  There's something deliciously pretentious about having a solo act, but then giving it a band name.

While we're on the topic, check out their latest album and buy it on BANDCAMP. You'll be glad you did.

So let's talk pizza.

Monday, June 24, 2019

LP Review: Self titled by Wizard Rifle

Wizard Rifle
In this great big world full of legitimate problems, the one about to be detailed might just not even actually be one.

How in the world am I supposed to refer to a self titled album in the title of a review of said eponymous album?

Nearly 7 years into Glacially Musical, and I don't have a real clue.

This is really a great metaphor for Wizard Rifle's record.

It clocks in at about forty four minutes. That's nearly the perfect length for an album, and from there it gets a little bit weird. Like, there are only five tracks that make up that time. That's an average of over 8 minutes per song.

Even Metallica didn't do that on ...And Justice For All.

The only thing I can be certain of is the fact that this is metal...probably. Being as the band is from the Pacific Northwest, it surprises me very little to hear a bit of a Nirvana/Foo Fighters kind of vibe. (NOTE: Way early Foo Fighters...like before it was a band.... Kinda like Weenie Beenie.)

Kurt Cobain once described Nirvana as sounded like Black Sabbath after an assault by the Bay City Rollers. Wizard Rifle might just be Nirvana after an assault by High On Fire.

RELEASE 8/30/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK


Classic Spins with Ashen Horde

Ashen Horde
Have you noticed the style lately?

I've been putting out loads of these Classic Spins columns.

These column interviews are one of my favorite things to do because it's something where, with my meager amount of spare time to tend to Glacially Musical, I can keep introducing you the reader to new bands and hopefully talk about something you enjoy personally.

Apparently one thing out there that every musician seems to enjoy is music. Really, I mean, who knew honestly?

I thought they were all just sellouts looking for a big payday, but it appears they all have a passion for the art form and have been listening to it for their whole lives.

So, because of that, I'm often times doubling up on Classic Spins even though my particular MO is to only publish one of each column per week...making them...you know..weekly columns.

So, if you're a band reading this and you're wondering where yours is, it's coming. You have my assurances, unless your answers were shorter than the questions...aka my biggest pet peeve.

Today we're hearing from Rockshots recording artists, Ashen Horde. The Californian duo has the countryside reeling from the release of their latest, Fallen Cathedrals.

In the meantime...let's get with the music

Friday, June 21, 2019

LP Review: "Tomb of Doom" by Tar Pit

Tomb of Doom
Some days are for trying out new things, and some days, it's good to have the same old comforts.

Take Tar Pit for example.

This band, formed in 2014, was basically inactive until 2017, now here in 2019 we have their thunder drum of a debut.

Tar Pit has named themselves and their album in such a way that it's essentially impossible for the listener to get it wrong.

They are a doom metal band that's so full of sludge, just listening to the opening track will make you cough like a two pack a day smoker.

But it takes more than just an on the nose title and band name to get me interested. Songs that clock in around ten minutes certainly catches my attention as well.

Tomb of Doom is a perfect example of Doom Metal out of the Pacific Northwest. It's equal parts soft and heavy. Light and dark. It's as melodic as it is crushing.

They've taken the ten minute doom song to a new level. The band self released the album digitally, but now you can get this 5 track masterpiece on vinyl or cassette.

Don't miss it.

RELEASE 6/28/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Taco Grande with Chaps of Hellnite

Hellnite
Mexican Thrashers Hellnite are getting ready to hit the road across Western Canada.

Look out Stampeders, here comes Hellnite.

Interestingly enough, Paolo took the band from Mexico City, Mexico and relocated them to Edmonton, AB.

That might be the strangest relocation story I've ever personally heard as a pretend journalist and as a fan. It's not uncommon to move your and somewhere more advantageous careerwise, but this one is a bit of a puzzler to me.

Especially considering the climate. Mexico City is a very clement place to live. It goes from 43 to 86. That's kind of like San Francisco.

But Edmonton is a hellish nightmare of a wintery deathland.

Anyway, check out these Mexican Ex-Pats as they crush across Canada. Pick up their latest album on AMAZON.

In the meantime, let's talk about Tacos.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Blood Cultures Manifesto

I don't normally like to do this, but I've been waiting for so long to publish a band's manifesto.

"THE BLOOD CULTURES MANIFESTO

Our hope is to create genuine, emotive art for individuals to connect with in a unique way. We choose to not publicly reveal any information about the project and ourselves in order to effectively carry out this mission: We believe that disclosing our personalities, politics, alignments, intentions, orientations, etc could detach the listener further from the personal connection that they have made with the music.

We must support and respect the unique truths and individual meanings that the listeners generate themselves from the tracks and the visuals. Art is not what the artist intends it to be, but rather what you make of it. If we are simply the vessels, who are we to take meaning away from something by imposing our own views, biasis, intentions, etc? 

We choose to be the blank canvas. We want our listeners to find their own significance in the pieces by looking inwardly and seeking the answers within themselves rather than from us: disclosing the context of the work could shatter the individual’s distinct value of the piece that they have created for themselves. There is only one true meaning, and it is that which the listener has concluded is their truth. 

Despite not sharing ourselves in the traditional and physical sense, we instead exclusively share our raw emotional selves by exposing our most personal thoughts, moments, and feelings in the music. Anonymity allows us the freedom to be candid and void of restraint, repercussions and fear. This music is the most personal thing I have ever done, so the relationship we have with our listeners through this channel is an extremely intimate one.

If you feel the music, you understand it, you understand us, and just like that, we are connected. Regardless of our potential differences, we are there together, in the same emotional landscape, through this music. And that is worth preserving. 

Though we're seen, we will never be seen: just like you
Though we’re heard, we will never be heard: just like you
Though we're known, we will never be known: just like you

Love,
Blood Cultures"

Check them out: FACEBOOK BANDCAMP SPOTIFY

Vinyloscopy With Pastrami of KOSM

KOSM
Once more into the breach we'll go with KOSM.

What more can I tell you that you don't already know?

Well, let's keep it simple.  Our friends are from Canadian Florida. That's right, pals, they're from the greatest city in the world to have not won a Stanley Cup in the NHL: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Now that YOUR St. Louis Blues have joined the club, we can poke fun...so LOOK OUT WINNIPEG!

Oh, I should've warned you in the first round, huh? It's uncertain if KOSM themselves are hockey fans and stereotyping is now appropriate at Glacially Musical, but Canadians LOVE hockey like Germans LOVE David Hasselhoff...so I'm going to assume.

Anyway, this hasn't been about KOSM really, but if you haven't yet, head over to their BANDCAMP page and check out their latest album, Cosmonaut. You can get that for $10 Canadian which is only $7.50 USD.

Now let's talk about records.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

LP Review: "Cyber Metal" by Skelator

Cyber Metal
Do not underestimate the power of cover art.

When we as a people all frequented record stores, cover art is what sold the music to us, at least in part.

It's the first chance to catch a listener's eye. Your cover should connect with your possible listener and give me a good idea of what you're all about.

Iron Maiden's entire career can be traced back to a zombie. Eddie was what caught people's eyes, bet it on stage or on the cover.

The cover of Skelator's latest record certainly ticked off a goodly number of boxes for me.

This album cover made me interested in hearing the rest of the album and that's a total win for this guy. Skelator is roots music. At least for me. These guys hearken back to a time when twin gun guitar solos and super high vocals were all over the place in metal.

They're progressive, melodic, and have a damned good imagination when it comes to crafting lyrics. I'm still not precisely sure what a Cyber Samurai is, but I kind of want to watch a TV show about it.

Galloping twin guns, a bassline that'll drive you through a wall, and vocals that'll make your ear drums bleed...all of these things come together to fill that hole in your heart that rests between Def Leppard, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden that you never knew you had.

RELEASE 6/21/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK

Pizza Pie Do or Die with Billy Myers III of Glorious Rebllion

Glorious Rebellion
This past March, Glorious Rebellion took their first step towards immortality by releasing their third EP: Scholars of War.

This third one is the one, and it's not that this writer simply made an assumption that was incorrect. Hailing from Orlando, FL...

One has to wonder how much of a chance they have of becoming Florida Man...and I'm not trying to deflect from that earlier non-mistake.

This three track EP clocks in at 20 minutes...and it's progressive and thrashy. Looking to get it on?

Look no further, well, no further than BANDCAMP anyway. Now, let's talk to them about the symbolism in their latest release coupled with the backdrop of an impending World War III.

Nah...it's time to talk about pizza.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Classic Spins with Ghost:Hello

Normally, I wouldn't do this, but I think the press release bio sums up Ghost:Hello better than I ever could:

Ghost:Hello is a synth-loving stoner rock family affair from northeast Ohio.  Made up of a husband/wife duo and their cousin, the band members have been playing for decades.  

With extensive individual histories touring around the US and in Europe in other DIY groups, this project just feels like a natural continuation.  

Together as a family and as musicians, Ghost:Hello is now ready to take the rock n roll world by the horns.

Well, there you have it. In the mean time, they've got a record hitting the shelves this September.

You can preorder The Sound of Color in Space on their BANDCAMP page. In the meantime though, let's find out what kinds of albums they dig, mmkay?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Vinyl Review: "Fight The World" by Motive

Fight The World
Music is a personal thing and beucause of that it's time I got a bit more personal with you, my readers.

On September 12, 2015, my cousin died. Jamie was more than a cousin to me. He and his siblings were like brothers and sisters to me due to how we grew up.

Jame and Al were constant sources of new artists for me. From them, I learned about Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Metallica, Morbid Angel, Carcass, Napalm Death, Iron Maiden, and countless other bands.

Jamie died the day after Slayer's last album, Repentless, was released. It's funny, but one of the first things I thought of was, I hope he got a chance to hear that new Slayer record before he left us.

Well, that answer I don't have.

But, in the early 90's, before I'd ever grown out my hair, seen a show, smoked anything extra-legal, or even enjoyed a beer or a bourbon, Jamie introduced me to an indie band called Crucible.  The next week, I saw them open for Agnostic Front and I picked up a T-Shirt and a cassette tape. (It was the 90s.) That was my first introduction to independent music.

Friday, June 14, 2019

LP Review: "God Has No Name" by Hex

God Has No Name
This record has been kicking around in my head for about a month now. I listened to it and thought, wow this is good.

Unfortunately it's getting harder for me to actually write reviews rather than my standard columns. So, it was finished and really, there was nothing I could say about this album apart from wow, it rocked.

There's just so much here. This is a big ol'fat record that's just crushing doom metal that wanders into the death metal pool from time to time.

God Has No Name is kind of like eating surf and turf...if you were eating the steak and lobster at the same time.

The vocals are always slow(ish). The rhythm section is always moving along at a fast clip. The drag created by the guitars and the vocals make for a satisfying feel. Then of course, when Hex just flat out goes straight doom, it's like trying to suck down a White Castle Milk Shake before you've let it melt a little bit.

God Has No Name isn't a technical metal masterpiece. There's no pretentious prog involved. It's not even as extreme as High On Fire.

It's just a sold album start to finish. By solid, I mean rock solid like, if it fell on your toes, you wouldn't be going skating for awhile, because in terms of quality, this is an excellent record.

RELEASE 7/5/19 BANDCAMP FACEBOOK