Monday, September 18, 2017

Video: "Time Bomb" by Unreal Terror

This whole week has been waiting until such point that I'd make some pasta. So, by that token, it seems like a good idea to take a look at some Italian Heavy Metal.

Because this makes total sense.

After a long, long, LONG hiatus, Italy's own Unreal Terror are releasing an album with 3/4's of the classic lineup on Jolly Roger Records on October 6th.

Check out the clip below.

LP Review: "No Stars Upon The Bridge" by Hallatar

No Stars Upon The Bridge
The prevailing though in my mind is that there's someone missing from my life.

My cousin died about two years ago now. My facebook "memories" have all sorts of statuses about him.

So, there's certainly a melancholy that's coming over me today and Hallatar have entered in and are drawing me to that time.

The best music, in my humble opinion, is something that will grab you by the scruff of the neck and hurtle you backwards in time...or perhaps forwards.

Then without noticing it, your mind is reliving a moment in your life. It's almost as if you're Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap...but it's within your own lifetime. I suppose, the proper science fiction analogy is About Time.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Video: "Bite The Prey" by Electric Hellride

This is how democracy dies? To thunderous applause... Well, that's from Star Wars, but this track is pure thunder.

It's as subtle as a hangry Godzilla. Crank it up and run through some walls MXC style. Kenny Blankenship will talk you back.

LP Review: "New Beginnings" by Radio Moscow

New Beginnings
Radio Moscow is a pretty special band to me. Around six or seven years ago now, when my personal musical reawakening was taking place, James Leg, formerly of the Black Diamond Heavies, led me to Alive-Natural Sound.

This particular rabbit hole eventually led me to The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz by Radio Moscow.

There's no question that everything they've done since then has been through my ears and blown my mind.

It was always cool seeing them as part of my favorite record label, but times, they are a-changin'.

New Beginnings is Radio Moscow's major label debut. So, the band that only a few of my friends had heard of will no longer be our secret. They're being exposed to the whole wide world now. Before writing this review, I had to listen to L!ve In California on vinyl again....

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Video: "Afterlife" by Metalite

The first thing I noticed in this video that was a little out of the ordinary was the use of an Iceman shaped bass. Whatever you may think of any thing, it's hard to move past that. Then there's a Seven Signature guitar as well.

I'm confused.

Afterlife is the first single from Metalite's debut album, Heroes In Time.

Swing to it and move your groovy self on over to their Facebook page...

Video: "A New Safe Path" by Onydia

It's time for prog metal. So get out your grammar, musical theory, and metal text books. It's time to study and make some seriously big music.

Onydia is from the far away lands of well, honestly I don't know, but they sing in English and feature blast beats and crunch riffs.

That should sort out any international tiffs. Feast your eyes below and get their music on iTunes, Amazon, etc...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Video: "Death Coast" by Sinicle

Are you ready for some Death'n'Roll out of the West Coast?

I'm reasonably certain that's where Sinicle hails from. See, Death Coast is a pun like West Coast... right?

Anyway...horns up and get f'ing metal. Be a total bad ass and preorder it on Bandcamp.

LP Review: "S" by Mesmur

Over the years, it's probably obvious that I've spent too much time watching foreign films....most of them being from Japan, Spain, and Mexico.

Kurosawa, Almoldovar, and Miyazaki have all made films that simply have to be seen to be believed.

After watching those, it becomes apparent that the world is a very large place and there's a place for everyone within its expanses.

Though music is the universal language, sometimes it needs to be translated. Because of that need for translation, sometimes it can be hard to really know what music is.

There are Japanese songs on the shamisen that sound amelodic to my western ear. It's that translation that we all sometimes require to hear the inherent beauty. It can be hard.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Video: "Garbage Collector" by OxenFree

Today's a backwards kind of day so we're going to start with dessert and move backwards to dinner. (That's a Ponyo reference.)

Instead of angry metalz, let's check out some happy go lucky modern rock from OxenFree. Their new EP drops in about a month, but they'll give you a lick off of their ice cream cone now.

Check it! Pre-Orders are available HERE.

Monday, September 11, 2017

EP: "Terminal" by Horse Head

Today on the Nerdist Podcast, I was listening to the audio of Talking With Chris Hardwick featuring Dominic Monaghan.

At the end of the episode, they began talking about video games and how as we all age, it gets harder and harder to really play video games.

How many times have we popped in a game and thought to ourselves, ok, enough with the talky talky bits, let's please get to clobbering time!

Honestly, I never did get to clobbering time in Dragon Force on the Sega Saturn.

Their conversation moved towards horror games, like Silent Hill. Monaghan spoke of playing that game with Elijah Wood back in the Lord of the Rings Days. Minutes would go by and nothing would happen, but then BOOOOOOOOM and he was terrified.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Vinyl Review: "The Mess We Made" by Tomas Doncker & The True Groove All-Stars

The Mess We Made
Let's start off at the beginning. Your friend and humble narrator, is a straight, white, male in America who's only recently truly become aware of his innate privilege.

To say anything else would be a lie.

If you look at the cover of this album, you'll see depictions of things that hit very close to home, literally. My neighborhood had protests.

(Trigger Warning: If you support Americans waving the flags of our enemies, you're going to be pissed off in about 25 words or so.)

Donald Trump is the embodiment of all of these things that I'm alluding to. Let's not be so naive to think that he's the beginning of all of this, as Tomas Doncker says, bullshit that we are dealing with in the United States.

Friday, September 8, 2017

LP Review: "Blood Feud" by Twingiant

Blood Feud
Being a fan of a band is a lot like being their parent.

We watch the bands grow up. Look at bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc... Those bands' first records are nothing at all like what they became in the future.

There's growth and change in every band, sorry AC/DC.

It can be rare, especially in this day and age, to catch on with a band on their debut album. This is the reason why debut records are mentioned so many times when they're reviewed by me.

It's important to know the growth potential in my opinion. Twingiant, they ended up in my universe when they were doing press for their second album, Devil Down

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Video: "Fantasies Will Never Die" by Sorrows Path

Multinational doom senationalists, Sorrows Path, are returning with a new album.

Their ability to meld the old ways with new technology gives them an age most doom metal bands can't touch. Melodic vocals and crunchy guitars, but with a blade a bit sharper than Iron Maiden ever was.

That's who they do it and simple formulas tend to yield great results. Their new album, Touching Infinity, is out on 9/22 via Iron Shield Records.Missing out on this one is simply not an option.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Video: "Lullaby" by Fall of Man

There are times in this life when there is nothing like a good chunky guitar riff in order to make the medicine go down. That lady, Mary Poppins, she didn't know a single thing about the riff. Sure she played guitar, but not a drop of distortion or even natural overdrive.

Fall of Man is here dropping a video on your very soul that would make those Von Trap children run and hide.

Check it out below and consider picking up the album on Bandcamp if ya dig it.

LP Review: "Zaul Mos" by Syn Ze Sase Tri

Zaul Mos
These days, my life is a primarily urban existence. My home is in the City of St. Louis. My job is in the suburbs, but not in the country.

That's my personal preference as an aging human in the United States. Having a better train system would certainly enhance the experience, but let's not get too greedy right?

My youngest days were spent very differently though. The family is now scouting out Missouri's State Parks and the little short girl who lives in my house is shocked to find out how much of my time was spent in the woods or on lakes.

When I was coming up, my house in Ballwin was surrounded by dense forests that stretched for miles. My cousins and I could actually walk to each others houses via the trails in the woods. The creek, the paths, the snakes...they all left indelible marks on me.