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.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

LP Review: "Crown" by Axioma

In the past, a friend of mine asked me to lend my critical ear to his friend's nephew's band who was starting to gain some traction.

They were a very talented group, but their album lacked any identity. Instead of it being overly the same, it overly different.

That was what not to do in order to make your name.

Cleveland's Axioma didn't do that...well not exactly.

The amount of variety on this record is staggering, but there's nary a drop of who is this?

Axioma's debut album is a full on stamp of who they are as a band. What they stand for and the kind of music they make is apparently whatever they damned well feel like at that precise moment.

In order to do this well, one has to have a musical signature. There aren't any techniques here to make a stand behind, but when they dive in and out of nearly every single metal style, they it never sounds like they're someone else.

Axioma may still be settling on a style, or their style may be a complete and utter lack of a style. We can't know yet, due to the small sample size, but it's going to be interesting to see where they go from here.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Pizza Pie Do or Die with Gone Cosmic

Gone Cosmic
On April 19th, Gone Comsic released their epic thumper of a record, Sideways In Time.

You can preview the disc on BANDCAMP.

The space metal quintet from Calgary recently lent us one of their many members in order to discuss the finer varieties of Pizza.

Check it out below and be on the look out for superfluous U's!

I joke about the Canadian usage of the letter U, but it's always really cool getting folks from other countries to give us the lowdown on their hometowns, record stores, or just pizza in general.

Sometimes getting a look from an outside perspective is cleansing and pizza is delicious.

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

LP Review: "Take The Stairs To Hell" by Cable

Take The Stairs To Hell
Welcome back old friend.

That's what I would be saying if Cable had ever been inside of my orbit, but don't let my ignorance deflate any of the joy you might be having at the New Englanders returning after a ten year absence.

It took no time at all for Cable to sink their hooks into me. (Pun intended.)

Throughout this record, they balance between sludge and extreme metal, but they never lose the songs.

Never is there an attempt to be the heaviest, the fastest, or the most technical. Honestly, there weren't even any guitar solos that stuck out in my mind.

What makes that exceptionally odd is that extreme metal is my favorite genre, first and foremost, because of the guitar solos. The whole group locks into an emotion and then they shake the buildings.

Heavy is good, fast is great, and kick ass guitar solos are the best, but none of those accolades will mean a single thing if the tracks aren't awesome.

If Cable's version of the underworld is accurate, I won't be taking the stairs to hell, but falling down them in order to get my ticket punched even faster.


Classic Spins with Jon Howard of Imonolith

Have you ever wanted some of your favorite and most popular (and therefore best) modern metal acts to get together and write tunes?

What if The Devin Townsend Project, Strapping Young Lad, Threat Signal, and the mighty Fear Factory all found themselves in the studio and recording?

Well, then TECHNICALLY, from a certain point of view, you'd have Imonolith. This Canadian five piece has members from all of those bands, and even more.

You can check out the video for their latest single HOLLOW.

But for now, let's talk about music with John Howard.

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, June 7, 2019

News: MEDIUM WELL IN HELL FEST Serving Up Fifth Year of Kvlt BBQ This August

The tastiest and the grimmest of event of Raleigh, North Carolina's summer, Medium Well in Hell returns August 3rd, 2019 for its fifth year of blackened meat and metal at The Maywood.  Featuring twelve incredible bands and an array of vendors, this year promises to be one for the record books.

Highlights include a slew of succulent pork and more prepared by the incredible Glock BBQ, and the debut of mysterious Virginia project Garbage People, featuring Jon Rice (Behemoth, Job for a Cowboy, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats), Brett Bamberger (Revocation, River Black), Dan Gargiulo (Revocation, Artificial Brain), Mike Paparo (Inter Arma) and TJ Childers (Inter Arma).

Complete Lineup:

  • Woe (NY)
  • Pyrrhon (NY)
  • Garbage People (VA)
  • Veiled (PA)
  • Embra
  • Voarm (VA)
  • Mo'ynoq (NC)
  • Arghast (NC)
  • Bastard Tongue (NC)
  • Glorious Depravity (NY)
  • Paezor (NC)
  • Ose (NC)
Event Information
Medium Well in Hell will be hosted by The Maywood at 658 Maywood Ave, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Doors/BBQ: 2pm
Music Starts at 3pm
$30 (Food included with admission)
For complete information and bandcamp links, visit the Facebook event: FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Connect with Medium Well In Hell

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Vinyloscopy with Centuries of Decay

Centuries of Decay
If it's been a little while since you've heard some atmospheric metal, you may wish to take the time to check out Centuries of Decay.

You might find that their name and their style don't necessarily make you think of what most people would refer to as Atmospheric Metal, but that doesn't really mean a whole lot.

They play loud and hard, but they create a vibe...or an atmosphere of brutality.

If you're lucky enough to be Canadian, you can glimpse these fellows live on the stages starting next month as they trek across the provinces of their home and native land.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Classic Spins with Chrisitan M. Theriault of Backstabber

It's time to had back to less traveled areas of the Great White North.

Here in the States, when we hear the name Quebec spoken...immediately, we think of the very cosmopolitan city of Montreal.

Some of us hockey fans will also consider Quebec City too, but there are a great number of other square miles...I mean kilometers in the Province of Quebec to explore.

Today's subject, Backstabber is from the town of Rouyn Noranda, PQ.

I have no idea where that is. You can learn a bit about the place on Wikipedia though. There's no shortage of educational opportunities at their BANDCAMP page as well.

But let's learn about records now.

Monday, June 3, 2019

1 UP with Justin Weiks of Burial Party

Burial Party
Before we get started. Can we talk about the term hoosier?

In St. Louis, MO, it's the insult of insults. You call a drunkard a hoosier in a South City bar with an old Budweiser sign on the front, and you're probably going to get punched in the noise.

But in Indiana, they're all about being hoosiers. It's very strange for me.

So, deep in a moment of hoosier styled existentialism, riffs were created and those birthed songs. Those songs will be on the 7" release, Please, Electric Move Slow.

This would be a good time to sample the wares HERE. Preorder this stuff on BANDCAMP.

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

Friday, May 31, 2019

Classic Spins with Marc Durkee

Marc Durkee
There are so many different cool places in the Great White North.

Interestingly enough, this is my second article on a Canadian and I'm presently listening to The Great White North by Bob & Doug McKenzie. 

This all just happens to be a series of happy coincidences.

Also, in another coincidence, Marc Durkee is another progressive metaller, but he's from the other side of Canada. 

Hailing from Nova Scotia, he's been making music but now he's releasing it under his own name.

Check that stuff out on BANDCAMP and read more below.

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?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Taco Grande with Ferdy Belland of Phaeton

Welcome to the latest column on Glacially Musical:

Taco Grande.

This column's title was lovingly stolen from the Weird Al Yankovic song of the same name. 

Let's face facts, tacos are delicious and they deserve a bit more recognition.

What makes them perfect for musicians is that they're easy to eat while you're on the road. It's hand food, like sandwiches, but way better.

For our first go, we have indie instrumental prog metallers from the uncivilized center of British Columbia, Phaeton.

If it escaped your sphere of influence and didn't go into your personal orbit, check out their self titled debut record on BANDCAMP.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pizza Pie Do or Die with Zero Fire

Zero Fire
If you haven't by now, check out Zero Fire.

You'll be glad that you did.

In the meantime, let's talk pizza while you check out their BANDCAMP.

Talking Pizza with Canadians is always my favorite.

They add those cute, little, superfluous U's and talk about Canada.

Oh wait, I mean Caunada.

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

ET: Pizza in Hamilton and Ontario at large is just a mirror of other types of pizza across the globe. We have our typical chains — Domino's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's; with the added bonus of Ontario's least favourite pizza company, Pizza Pizza. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Classic Spins with Getaway Van

Getaway VAn
Let's get back together with Getaway Van.

It would appear that they're trying to lose us, but when you're so fancy you have a legit website, how hard you really trying?

By the way, check out GETAWAY VAN's site.

In the meantime, let's get spinning.

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?

Charlie: I honestly can’t say that I necessarily have a favourite concept album, as it’s not a driving factor for me in my music tastes.

 However, if it counts, I’d probably go with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins.

Zack: That's a tough one.  Hmmm, lately I've been really loving ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel’. 

The music is beautiful, ranging from incredibly soulful, and emotional acoustic ballads, to intense, almost punk rock adventures through the narrator's story.  With themes of love, loss, and the Holocaust it's hard not to let this one get in your head, and heart.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Pizza Pie Do or Die with Redbait

From my hometown comes a similarly minded group of individuals called Redbait. They've got a blaster of a 7" coming out soon on NEW AGE RECORDS.

When you're someone who's blessed with the gift of gab and the compunction to utilize words on a more immense scale, it's never difficult to find others.

In that sense, we tend to gravitate towards those who view the world the same way... And who choose to describe their surroundings with slightly more grandiose language. Due to these reasons, Redbait has come to my attention.

Midwestern Proletarian Crust.

So let's talk crust with them.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Classic Spins with Black Sites

Black Sites
Have gotten in with Black Sites?

Just last month they dropped their first album together, Exile.

As my man MC Lars would say, you can sample that flavor over there on the BANDCAMP

The band has been around for sometime, but never together. After working and scraping, they dropped that record.

They've committed the tracks to wax and plastic. So, CD, LP, or digital, pick your poison, but in the meantime, what about this other stuff?

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?

I don't like to play favorites, but I happen to be listening to Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime at this very moment.