Tuesday, July 31, 2018

LP Review: "Blue Haze" by Iron Lamb

Blue Haze
There's a dollar store movie theater in St. Louis Metro and we saw Deadpool 2 there. My buddy hadn't been there in a number of years and I told him, be prepared to see the theater that time forgot.

In that particular case, honestly, it was throwing shade on the place. Hey, I go to the dollar show kind of frequently, but the place could be a little bit nicer.

In some instances though, that can be a great compliment. Iron Lamb is a band out of Sweden. I've said it before and I'm not ashamed to repeat myself, Sweden has a brilliant, blooming Acid Rock Scene.

Iron Lamb fits right in with some of those amazing bands over there and it appears that The Sign Records has chosen to snatch them all up and deliver their dulcet tones all across the world. As it's always what's old is new again, there's been a great outpouring of love for current retro bands.

What sets Iron Lamb apart from their contemporaries is their ability to sound like they came out of 1977 without sounding like anything you've ever heard from 1977.

Release: 10/26/18 FACEBOOK ORDER (coming soon)

Film School with Devils Teeth

Devils Teeth
One of the things that's never happened at Glacially Musical...well there's a subset of things.

Those things are the ones that have anything to do with surf rock at all. To the absolute best of my knowledge, in the 6 years and nearly 1500 articles, surf rock hasn't been a part of what I do here.

So, let's throw the rules straight out the window and have a chat with Devils Teeth. They've got a post-modern surf rock (kind of) record that's coming out on August 31st, on the Triple Eye Industries imprint.

Check out Devils Teeth on Facebook and think about preordering their record on Bandcamp. So you figure all that out and let's talk to them about the flickering images on the silver screens of yore. 

1. What's the first movie you remember seeing as a child?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Video: "Black Storm" by Aeolian

Let's all do something new today. We are nearing the dog days of summer, but in St. Louis, we have been blessed with a week of delicious autumnal weather.

As this is happening, let's take a moment to meet someone new. Aeolian is a Spanish death metal band dedicated to protecting Mother Earth and her Environment.

That's beautiful, man.

Check out their latest track. If you dig it, plot world domination with them over on FACEBOOK. If talking about the stuff ain't your jam, preorder their new album HERE.

Interview with Krakow: "It's Just Like Narnia"

On August 31st, Krakow will be releasing minus via Karisma records.

Honestly it's the kind of album that I struggle to write about personally because it's so left of center, so unique, but still utterly compelling.

It becomes very hard to convey my feelings to my readers.

So, the smart play, if you ask me, is to get the band themselves to explain the whole thing to you instead!

Glacially Musical: Thank you for taking some time to speak to us today.

Krakow: Thank you for your interest

GM: Your style is bit left of center. How would you describe your music. The unabridged version please.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Vinyloscopy with Building Chaos

Building Chaos
It's time to check in with the strange sort of metallers that are Building Chaos. Hopefully you've had a minute to check out their latest record, Bourbon Times.

It's definitely a fun romp. Shave My Ass Productions is getting pressed into the physical realm for you. 

But you can also head on over to Bandcamp to snatch it up digitally.

In the mean time, let's find out about how the men themselves spin their records.

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?

Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. It’s like they recorded it with the vinyl scratches and on digital form
just sounds wrong!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Film School with Crucible of Hate

Crucible of Hate
Out of Lancaster, OH comes Crucible of Hate. Their debut, Dark Metamorphosis, is coming out this September, courtesy of their own damned selves.

They're one of those death metal bands that's able to straddle the before time and the current times.

But this isn't about their brilliant LP, but about movies, so let the show begin.

1. What's the first movie you remember seeing as a child?

This first movie I clearly remember seeing is E.T. with my whole family at one of the old local drive-in theaters. I was 5 and had some sort of stomach bug hit just as we were loading up to go.

LP Review: "Overtures of Blasphemy" by Deicide

Overtures of Blasphemy
It's pretty rare for me to review an album by a famous band, much less a very famous band, but you gotta hand it to Deicide.

The Glen Benton led group is on the cusp of releasing their twelfth studio album. For a Death Metal band to crank out that many, well, it's like a rock band doing fifty records.

Case in point...contemporaries Morbid Angel only have nine.

In a world that's ever changing and growing, it's comforting to know that Benton is ever steadfast in cemented stances. Songs like One With Satan remind us that Deicide is still committed to our fully inflated Dark Lord and bitchin' guitar riffs.

If you're looking for some old school death metal written and performed by progenitors of the genre, well, then you're in luck. Deicide, like Slayer, continues to remain to true to what makes them Deicide.

Loud guitars. Blast beating drums. Lyrics about Satan. If you liked it last time, you're probably going to be totally into it this time.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Video: "Leaves of life (falling down)" by Black Space Riders

In years past, musicians used to release music at a breakneck pace. It's not like it is now, where bands take their time and many times years to release albums. Kiss, Johnny Cash, etc used to release multiple records each year.

In that mode of thinking, Black Space Riders are about to be back with the follow up to January's debut album, Amoretum Vol. 1 with the appropriately titled Amoretum Vol. 2! Preorder that stuff on vinyl right HERE.

If you just can't get enough, check out their latest single below. It's an interesting tune with some great visuals.

Film School With Runcarred

Once there were these two bands called Dead Earth Politics and Southern Front. They met in this city called Austin.

So, in order to continue keeping Austin weird, the called up Seth Brundle, because they needed usage of his teleportation device in order to fuse together.

Upon the realization that Brundle was not actually a human being, but a fictional character, the decided to just make a band instead that played metal.

However, my story is way cooler. In the meantime, check out their Bandcamp page to order their latest record or say hi on Facebook.

Instead of their latest record or future plans, let's talk about flickering images on a silver screen.

It's showtime! 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Five Minute Origin Stories With Final Coil

Over there across the pond...

There's this band called Final Coil.They are from Leicester, England. Are they fans of Leicester City I wonder? Well, here's somewhere that I clearly failed in bringing you the news.

Perhaps Phil supports the Arse? As I say around the office, up the Arse!

Anyway, Mr. Phil Stiles of Final Coil was good enough to talk to us about all the things we asked out. Unlike many others, the man is a bit long winded, so we'll leave it up to him now....

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?

Well, that’s a great question. I mainly play Les Paul style guitars and my current go-to model is a Gibson Les Paul 60s Tribute T with p90 pick-ups.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Video: "Morningstar" by Dark Archive

Dark Archive is releasing their newest single today on Inverse Records. You can order that HERE or anywhere else where you get your digital music.

The track itself is an expansive and orchestral black metal tune featuring Lucifer's Origin Story.

The band has a new album in the offing, but until we get the full release date, we'll all just have to content ourselves with this track/video.

Chat them up on FACEBOOK.

5 Minute Origin Story With Oldermost

Oldermost has just released their new record, How Could You Ever Be The Same? via AntiFragile Music.

Interestingly enough their label was started by Lou Reed's manager, Tom Sarig.

The band hails from the beautiful city of Philadelphia. I wonder, would it interest them to know my NFL allegiance is now fully formed. After two years of wandering in the NFL wilderness after the Rams re-re-relocated to Los Angeles that I've chosen the Philadelphia Eagles

Well, in the meantime, they're the first ones to get back to me on this new column...

Check it out and you can order their album HERE.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

LP Review: "Science Fiction" by Radiant Knife

Science Fiction
Will you just look at that beauty cover right there? Seriously, you can take a minute to enjoy that.

That is the absolutely the most perfect cover for a sludge/doom/stoner metal band. That's the illustration in my head for what this kind of music is.

It's long, slow but when it gets to the point, if it ever does, enlightenment is only a moment or two away...and by moment, we mean three more verses and two more choruses of doom metal away...

The music, like the picture, is a bit strange. The artwork and the musicwork come to loggerheads at times. If you're looking for long chords, long songs, and places to lose your identity but find your purpose, Radiant Knife has you.

If you're looking zero surprises and everything being the same, Radiant Knife might just disappoint you a little. It would appear that whatever we're looking for.... Radiant Knife has found it. Thankfully they've laid down the bread crumbs to lead us to it as well.

Seek Nirvana, listen to Science Fiction.


My Favorite Things with Lord

In about six weeks, Lord is going to be releasing their album, Desperation Finds Hunger In All Men.

These gents are a sludge metal band  hailing from the outskirts of Hell, also known as Virginia.

They were good enough to get with us on what they enjoy that's not precisely music...

You'll find out below.

1. Beer?

RIVERA (guitar):   While I don't drink as much as I used to these days, my go-to beer would still have to be Yuengling. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Video: "The Only Way" by Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker

There might be some questioning about what's been going on around here because there's been a few of non-metal postings all in a row... Don't hate me for the lack of metal vinyl, because I can only review what I receive.

Today is the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. It's amazing how much of the world this man changed. In that spirit, True Groove's Tomás Doncker has released a video for Mandela.

Check it out below.

Interview with Mike Nicolai

Mike Nicolai
Recently I reviewed Mike Nicolai's latest release, A Line Cook's Guide To Satanic Empires and it's a cracker of a record.

Definitely head over to Bandcamp to pick it up if you haven't already.

But for now, let's get to know the man himself a little bit. Nicolai was good enough to sit down with me and answer the ridiculous questions in my head.

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

Mike Nicolai: Of course. First I want to say thanks again to you for giving my record a spin and taking the time to review it.  

GM: Quite honestly, the title of your latest LP is what got me interested. Tell me how you chose the title "A Line Cook's Guide To New Satanic Empires" and what does it mean?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

LP Review: "Banker's Hill" by El Ten Eleven

Banker's Hill
In my quest to wrangle up all of the world's avant garde music, these travels have brought me to El Ten Eleven.

To begin with, I don't even understand the name of their band.

However, pressing on is needed. There was a time ten years ago when bass players were deemed a luxury rather than a necessity.

Most folks probably blame The Black Keys for that, but Local H, I'm looking at you.

El Ten Eleven is an instrumental prog rock post something or other duo, but they have neither a bass nor a guitar, but a multi-instrumentalist whose usage of looping pedals gives the sonic appearance of both bass and lead guitar playing simultaneously. This is a hard thing to wrap my head around honestly.

In the truest honesty, this record sounds to me like a post-synthwave album. It's got the water making the Grand Canyon kind of thing going on, but then hopeful melodies are played on top. Even though I've listened to this album straight through twice so far, it's hard to get a proper handle on it.

Like any great instrumental music, it takes time to get inside of what's going on. Is this an electronic record? Is this a happy record? Thankfully, I've loads of time to figure out the answer to all of these questions and probably many more.

Release: 8/10/18 Top Shelf Records ORDER FACEBOOK

Stream: "Addicted" by Quiet Hollers

It's time once again to to check in with that other city with Louis in their name. I'm not going to look down on them too much.

The post punk spicy psyche rock with folksy influences band of your dreams is back! It's Quiet Hollers!

It's been a little while and they've sent out a carrier pigeon featuring this song. You can stream it below and buy it HERE.

Monday, July 16, 2018

LP Review: "Death Is Peace" by Void Ritual

Death Is Peace
For I am the mayor of Albuquerque!

Void Ritual is a one man project out of that exact city in the American Southwest. Presumably though, Daniel Jackson isn't the mayor or even on the City Council, but I didn't ask his publicist to be sure.

What is sure is that Death Is Peace is a black metal record that kept me guessing all of the way through. It's probably sure that in the American Southwest most folks wouldn't vote for a Black Metal guy either....

Black Metal is kind of like punk rock and death metal in a manner of speaking, all of these genres of music use loads of dressing and tropes designed to ease you into the thundering thickness in the middle. Kind of like a giant submarine sandwich.

Void Ritual appears to have been window shopping, or window stealing, from a lot of different places. In the end though, no matter how beautiful the windows are on the outside, it's all about what we see when we are inside.

Death Is Peace is a giant record that's going to shake you to your soul. If there's anything else you're looking for when it comes to extreme metal, then I'm at a loss.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Foods We Love With Barren Heir

Recently, we talked to Coke Goat about what they eat and we're lucky to have Barren Heir, the other side of the split to do the same thing.

Barren Heir is also from the Windy City.

The split, Sunshing/Tracing The Light, with Coke Goat will be their first since 2016's Tired Turns, which is interestingly still available on cassette tape.

You can check all of that out on the Bandcamp page, where you can also pre-order the aforementioned split on glorious vinyl.

But in the meantime, let's get into the latest edition of Foods We Love. Barren Heir gave me not only the answers we seek, but a mystery to solve....

1. For me, lunch is usually the meal where I don't have to deal with the Napoleon of Food. So it's my favorite meal. What's your best meal of the day?

Breakfast… at dinner time.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

LP Review: "Bourbon Times" by Building Chaos

Bourbon Times
It's been a long time, but there was once a time when I never missed an episode of VH1's Behind The Music, and all of those shows like it.

There was a segment where Bruce Dickinson discussed how he felt after hearing Iron Maiden for the first time... "I should be in that band he said."

Welp...that always seemed like a really arrogant thing to go on the record saying, but who's going to argue that Killers is in the same league as Number of the Beast.

It would seem that Building Chaos had a similar moment, but only after seeing a few things. Who remembers Pride & Glory? It would appear that Building Chaos does...and everybody knows Black Label Society.

But what if you could mind meld those two Zakk Wylde projects together and include the, TASTEFUL, guitar work from his days as Ozzy's guitarist?

That to me is precisely what Building Chaos is. They take all of the amazing aspects of Wylde as a player, remove the things I don't like, and then write and record some kick ass country/hip-hop/metal tracks.

For no reason, let's point out that this CD is being released by Shave My Ass Productions.


Film School with Isdal

From the far western shores of Washington...Seattle to be precise...comes a band deep diving into the metals.

It's Isdal.

This Friday they're unleashing their demo in the world. That would mean that they're trying to get going in this crazy mixed up world of ours.

It's time to let them all know. 

Instead of talking to them about their bludgeoning first release, we talked about movies.

Check it out!

1. What's the first movie you remember seeing as a child?

[Eric] Probably Nightmare on Elm Street. I used to watch it every morning before school with my sister back when I was in the first grade. Ohh weee, that sounds dark.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Vinyl Review: The Tomicks Self Titled

The Tomicks
Bless you all for sticking with me.

Today is the second vinyl review, in a row, that won't feature an unboxing video.

I'm still not sure when that'll return. The sitting room where I am now, is still a disaster.

Let's talk about the good changes between the last vinyl review and this one though...

Well, it's just the one thing really, my new old receiver.

A couple years ago, I was gifted a Sherwood S7100-A receiver, which back in the day was one of the top of the line combos. Well, it broke very shortly after it came into my possession and it's been fixed!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Foods We Love with Cokegoat

Up there in Northern Illinois, there's a suburb of Milwuakee that you might be a tad familiar with.

What's really strange about it is that it has pizza, hot dogs, and even breweries named after it. It's not like here in St. Louis that we talk about St. Charles pizza...
But we do talk about Norco Pie...go fig I guess.

So, up there in Chicago, there's this band called Cokegoat. At the end of the month, you can get their latest release, a split with Barren Heir.
Right now, preorder that stuff HERE.

While you're streaming that goodness, find out how they eat!

My Favorite Things with Coilguns

Let's head over the land of chocolate...Switzerland.

That's where Coilguns are from. Presently the band is riding high on their release of Millennials which you can over on CD, LP, or Digital HERE via Hummus Records.

Is anyone else chuckling at the idea of a label called Hummus Records releasing an album by a band called Coilguns or is it just me?

Well, my silliness aside, let's find out  not about their latest release, but more specifically what they're eating over in Switzerland.

Honestly, their answer shocked and terrified me!

Read on.

1. For me, lunch is usually the meal where I don't have to deal with the Napoleon of Food. So it's my favorite meal. What's your best meal of the day?

Friday, July 6, 2018

Film School With Hate Diplomacy

Hate Diplomacy
There's a brutal death metal band that's come out of Puerto Rico, Hate Diplomacy, although these days, they're living in New York City.

They've just released their debut LP, Rant. You can order that HERE.

While you're streaming that banger of a debut, why not find out what Dimas, the founder and guitarist, loves about movies.

1. What's the first movie you remember seeing as a child? 

Video: "Pull Away" by Formosa

The other day, talking to my buddy, for some reason Formosa popped into my head. It's been awhile since Kevin has been over to hang out.

Formosa you might recall is that crazy band of Germans who gave us a great AC/DC meets ESP Guitars meets Poison record Sorry For Being Sexy.

This video below is a lyric video for their latest single from that record, Pull Away. Make sure ya crank it loud and proud.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Vinyl Review: "A Line Cook's Guide To New Satanic Empires" by Mike Nicolai

A Line Cook's Guide To New Satanic Empires
Let me start off with another genuine apology. Both to you and Mike Nicolai.

As I type this, I'm in my bedroom. It's connected to the sitting room on my second floor. My sitting room is where we listen to records, drink beer, and play old school video games.

It's still in a total state of disarray and honestly, it totally sucks. The plus side, it's kind of nice drinking IPA's in my bed and not feeling like a total creeper as I've got a legit excuse to do so.

The issue is, it's harder to do my vinyl reviews as it requires that room to do them properly. It seems unseemly to give you a great look at my sitting room all mahoobered up. There's plastic everywhere, plaster dust everywhere, and there's a goodly smattering of paint chips.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My Favorite Things with The Tomicks

The Tomicks
Today we're spending a little bit of time with a band out of England, The Tomicks.

They're a little bit strange because the drummer is the lead singer.

I think we can all count on one hand how many times that's worked out, am I right?

The drummer, man, not only is he singing, but his girlfriend is also in the band.

The Tomicks are driving a dangerous road....

Well, as long as they're better than anything Peter Criss did once he got out of Kiss, they've probably got a fighting chance.

They're songs are strongly inspired by the 60's-70's rock scene and we're gonna be getting to that soon enough, but today let's find out something completely different....

Monday, July 2, 2018

LP Review: "Astrological Passages" by Weed Demon

Astrological Passages
Getting things clear right off of the bat, I'm not certain if that thing in the middle is the artwork or if the whole thing is the artwork.

Anyway today we're looking at the release from Ohio's, Weed Demon.

If the context clues didn't knock you over, they're kind of a stoner metal band.

To that end, their logo is in the shape of a pot leaf...or a Maple Leaf....

Can you smoke maple leaves?

True to form, they've created a four track album that's prefect for ingesting your favorite recreational substance and to just irrelevant. They remind me a little bit of Arizona's Twingiant, but without their brevity.

The four tracks make up an entire album, so be on the lookout for thick slow songs that move only slightly.

Relase: 7/27/18 Stoner Metal Facebook Bandcamp