Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Classic Spins with Jupiter Hollow

If you'd be interested, Jupiter Hollow, was willing to give us the the inside scoop for the kinds of recods they listen to.

Check out their music HERE.

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? 

De-Loused in the Comatorium. 

Every nuance is meaningful and the visage of nonsensical lyrics is truly a goldmine into the narrative. The Mars Volta’s 6 beautiful records are among my favourites ever made.

 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 any one.

Tell me about your favorite live record?

I hate live records. 

5 Min Origin Stories with Evertrapped


Let me be honest briefly, and then I'll bet back to the awkward metal takes.... 

My personal computer died a few weeks back when I spilled beer on it. I've now unlocked hoosier level 5 I think.

Anyway, here's to being back happy and writing hard. 

Today, we're talking to Evertrapped again. It's fun to get to know these bands in a new and odd way.

They've gotten in on our Pandemic Dispatches and Classic Spins, but let's find out more about these Montreallers on the eve of the Montreal Canadiens returning to the NHL Playoffs.

While you're reading, might I suggest a bit of reading music? Check their latest VIDEO.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Pandemic Dispatches with BADGUYSWIN

Let out your scream of rage and denial. There are people in the USA still not taking this pandemic seriously. This is even when they've lost people to the virus.

Mask UP.

Check out this VIDEO from BADGUYSWIN and see how they're dealing.

1. How are things going where you are? The laws and such.

We live in small-town Canada, so things haven't changed much for us. 

There are social distancing precautions in stores, many restaurants are take out only and the parks are closed. On top of some businesses choosing to temporarily close or work at reduced hours, major events that fuel the town's economy have also been cancelled. 

2. How long have you been sheltering in place at this time?

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Pandemic Dispatches with Two Car Train

You know as well as I do that our living inside of our homes has us going crazy.

Take a minute and listen to this music and you tell me that you're not happier for having heard something so new, so pure.... HERE

1. How are things going where you are? The laws and such.

Things have been drearily looked down as is everywhere else. No venues to play, tour plans cancelled...

2. How long have you been sheltering in place at this time?

Since about March 18.

3. What has been cancelled on you that you were looking forward to?

Shows and summer festivals that we were booked to play.

4. How have you been passing the time indoors?

Been writing like a madman. Creative juices have been flowing.

5. Loads of artists have been talking about how they're being creative. When the lockdown is over are ya gonna be ready to hit up the studio?

Ready to hit the studio? We are already in the studio. Been working on a few new singles. Been recoding at Fader Mountain (Formerly Little Mountain Sound) with producer Darren Grahn (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Cher, Black Eyed Peas, Monster Magnet etc)

6. What crazy projects have you been considering since you've been in quarantine?

Myself personally, Film Production. Just started doing it. Few projects have already been greenlit for Netflix

Who Are You with Brandy and the Butcher

I've really been digging on Brandy and the Butcher lately. I need to get myself over to BANDCAMP to purchase their new record.

Tell me what do you think of it?

In the mean time, here's what they have to say about things.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Pandemic Dispatches with Saints of Death

About three weeks ago, our new British Columbian friends, Saints of Death, released a ripping new record called Ascend To The Throne which you should be stuffing into your earhole right now.

Get that going while you're reading about how the boys in Vancouver are holding up during this global pandemic.

1. How are things going where you are? The laws and such.

We're pretty fortunate being from BC. 

Although we've been in quarantine like the rest of the world, BC has done a pretty good job of dealing with it compared to the other regions of our country. We just can't wait to get back to rehearsing, touring, and writing.

2. How long have you been sheltering in place at this time?

Meowtal with Adzes

Have you heard of anything that's been happening there out on the West Coast that might concern you and make you worry about the state of our democracy?

Well, Adzes, has been fighting the good fight against Capitalism via Sludge Metal.

If you're not thinking about Jesus Built My Deathsquads right now, what are you even doing in this world?

Check it out on BANDCAMP right now!

1. In my house, we have three cats named Wickett, Louis IX, and Jiji. How many do you have and what are they called?

We have two cats and a dog.  The cats are named Zeppo (although he most often gets called Lil Man) and Zelda, and the dog is Daisy.

2. It's obvious where our cats got their names. Where did yours get theirs?

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Pandemic Dispatches with Rebel Priest

Let's continue howling into the void of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Check out the latest release from Rebel Priest on BANDCAMP and in the meantime...

1. How are things going where you are? The laws and such.

Canada has had a pretty lucky go, especially where we are in Vancouver BC. with a limited amount of cases and the new “phase 2” coming into action allowing bars and pubs to open has reopened social life for us here in BC. 

Although, we still don’t get live shows, the community has gotten together harder than I think I’ve ever seen it. Everyone is hungry, everyone is itchy… this is the type of zeitgeist we’re experiencing, the NEED for a show is brewing and coming soon!~

We sheltered collectively for about a month, one of the 3 of us was what was deemed an “essential worker” so he really got the short end of the stick. 

AND I’d say that whole on work/off work situation has been very complicated; but we’ve come together as a crew… knowing that we were able to rely on each other the same way we did, as we were on tour, relying on the simple chemistry of the band. 

It was super refreshing to deal with each other on such an honest level… that's bein’ a band baby!!

WORST QUESTION hahaha… for real tho, we as well as many other bands had so many things cancelled this year; we lost 2 Canadian tours this year and are waiting on baited breath for JAPAN, we’d love to go back or get to our buddies on the east side of our great country (Villain, Skullfist, Luger, etc)… 

Some great local shows, Flotsam and Jetsam was scheduled for May 28… haha the more I bring up , the less I’d like to do this question… Let's pass for now, are we allowed to pass it on to next year ??

Writing songs of course!! when your jam space is huge, and your only a 3 piece… you can social distance safely and rock out hard as well… 

We’re a clean and generally healthy bunch; can’t say we were to stressed here, to be honest… BC , especially, Vancouver has seemed to dodge the worst of COVID19 thus far...

Oh, the Priest is always ready… but on a less “band pragmatic stance” , we like to have fun, writing together is fun for us… we do the best working together, we simply took the time to find what worked the best.

I could answer this all day long

For real though, what do I splurge….. hmm well we’ve been cooking up a DVD, a TV show, a NEW album amongst MANY other ideas… with all the time, we’ve talked about going in about every direction we can think of going. let's take things to the next level

How do we build a scene?? let's take this thing to the next level, how do we progress past covid19? as a global/musical population??

Vinyloscopy with Dethlehem's Brutalitus the Bloodbeard

BANDCAMP that I think you would do well to listen to.

Fair warning, the vinyl edition is edited a bit as it doesn't have the story elements in there as well, because there's just too much!

This is their fourth album, and it's time to find out they're listening to records.

Let's get it on!

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 
Brutalitus: Hmmm that's a tough one because so many albums sound better on vinyl. If I had to choose ONE I would probably say.....

Monday, August 3, 2020

Pandemic Dispatches with Feleth

Let's check in with another band on the lockdown train. Who else wishes all the selfish jerks would just mask up for a month and we could have this kicked?

Anyway, check out their SINGLE here.

1. How are things going where you are? The laws and such.

It’s going pretty well. We’re located in the middle of nowhere so the quarantining has been chill. We had about 3 weeks before cafés started opening, but they still don’t recommend going to them.

As of now luckily everyone affected by corona is healthy and recovered.

Fresh Fries with King Gorm's Francis

One of the great things about living in this pandemic is the glut of fast food I've stuffed into my gaping maw.

I've been a fast food junkie for a long, long time though. Now we're going to learn about some metal dudes and how they crush the fast food, at home and on the road.

Up first is the eminently regal, Francis, of King Gorm. 

I gave their new record an A+ in my most recent review round up. Won't you listen to it whilst your reading it. You'll have to work up an excuse not to buy it.

Here's the BANDCAMP link.

1. Let's not pretend.  Fast food is delicious. What is your favorite fast food joint?

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Pandemic Dispatches with Junkowl

Montreal seems to be the city where I'm getting the most pandemic dispatches.

Check out Junkowl on BANDCAMP and find out how they're coping below.

1. How are things going where you are? The laws and such.

I think things are starting to relax a bit here in Montreal, businesses are slowly starting to re-open and we’re now allowed small gatherings of people. 

Still no date set for the re-opening of bars or venues though.

2. How long have you been sheltering in place at this time?

I started self-isolating at the end of March, and just starting seeing some close friends, while still being careful. 

Vinyloscopy with League of Corruption

Whilst you and I sit here worrying about what is coming next...remember MURDER HORNETS? Now it's secret police...

Well, while all that's going on and the world is burning around us, let's focus on the positives and get to know a band and their record collection.

Hailing all the way from Vancouver, British Columbia, we have League of Corruption giving us a look into their racks.

In the meantime, check out their southern sludge over on BANDCAMP, I'd say you should stream that stuff while you're reading.

Tell me I'm wrong.

Monday, July 20, 2020

5 Min Origin Stories with Kavorka

I want to show you this band Kavorka and find out how they got it all started. They're from my favoritely named city in the world...

Reykjavik, Iceland.

Now, do you think they had anything to say about Icelandic Honey Week? It's almost like the Icelandic metal bands don't even give two craps about their honey.

Anyhoo...they'll be releasing their debut, Internal Rituals on glorious vinyl.

Keep an eye on their BANDCAMP in the meantime.

It's time to learn more about what makes them tick.

1. Is there an event you can point to you that made you say, wow, that's the instrument I want to play? Not like guitar or drums, but the reason why you play the model you do?

My answer is Kurt Cobain´s Fender Mustang. 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Pandemic Dispatches with Black Pestilence's Valax

Check out the latest record from Calgary's own, Black Pestilence.

It's all up there on BANDCAMP.

1. How are things going where you are? The laws and such.

After about two and a half months of quarantine, various provinces in Canada have lifted restrictions. 

This has resulted in the re-opening of various nonessential businesses and restaurants. 

Overall, I think Canada has reacted to the virus quickly and efficiently. 

Social distancing rules are still in effect but it is obvious that even in common places such as grocery stores, people are starting to not care as much. I am sure this is due to the fact that overall cases of the virus have started to decline significantly within Canada. 

The laws haven't been as strict as other countries (no mandatory masks, no curfew, no special ID cards, etc.) because most people, at least in Calgary, have been following the guidelines.