Friday, November 17, 2017

LP Review: "Kingdoms Disdained" by Morbid Angel

Kingdoms Disdained
It wasn't that long ago that Morbid Angel was touring Covenant again.

Sadly, that show...I missed it.

Morbid Angel was the first death metal band to really enter my purview. They were real death metal, not like Slayer.

Slayer was always touted as death metal by those out of the know. That was the introduction to my being a fan of extreme metal.

It's been 23 years since I bought it, but I can tell you the name of the store, where I got the money, and the location of where the store used to be.

It's a Qdoba now. Which is neither metal nor extreme. It's also safe to say that they have not purloined any metal fans into fans of their wanna be Mission Burritos. Though for a time, my death metal fandom waned, it has waxed again....

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Video: "Death of October" by Autumns Eyes

There are times when we're running behind. Not all of us have the ability to be on time like the Tokyo Rail system...did you see that NPR story about how they left 20 seconds early?

They left 20 seconds early and that's national news. That's all you need to know about their reliability.

So, we may be late bringing this track to you, but it should be known that it is still Autumn and October might already be dead, but like King Diamond says, everyday for me is Halloween.

Check out Autumns Eyes below!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

LP Review: "Monumental Microcosm" by Greytomb

Monumental Microcosm
In a country where it's not taught, but known that a song is no more than four minutes long, how does one quantify something that's far longer?

Over the history of popular music, it seems there have always been people trying to make music shorter.

Well, short music can be fun and all that, but it doesn't compare to properly done (naturally) music.

Long time readers may recall Dear Insanity by Eye of Solitude.

Short songs, they have to come in hot and often times like my man, Anakin Skywalker said, they're coming in too hot. (Please note: the aforementioned line is literally the worst moment in the entire Star Wars Cinematic Universe, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was bad ass and metal as hell.)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Video: "As The World Turns Black" by Odium

As of this writing...I've been harassed by Longhorn Steakhouse and my hands are very cold indeed.

In times like this, it's nice to hear something horribly negative music. Something angry, depressed, or just flat out mean.

Do you know why?

What's the answer to this equation: -3 X -10?

It's a positive number. So there you go. Check out Odium, of Germany, if you need a pick me up right now. It's hard rocking video that'll give your day the jumpstart mine needs. Think, maybe you don't even need it...and then your day will double down in awesome.

The Mons Talk Tapes...Well...not precisely.

Let's continue on with how bands out there are consuming their music and what they really like to listen to when nobody's looking.

Up next we have The Mons. They're a hardcore punk band from Chicago, IL who're hot on the heels of their latest release, Trust No One, released via Triple Eye Industries.


1. The first album I ever owned was?

The first album I ever owned was Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits.  My mom signed the family up for the Columbia Record and Tape Club.  

Even though I was only 7 years old, I got to pick a title each month along with my two older brothers.  I didn’t really know much about music other than songs on the radio, so my brothers would sort of “pick” for me.  

I got Rush A Farewell to Kings, Aerosmith Rocks, and Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul for Rock and Roll when most kids were still worried about getting a baseball mitt.  It kind of warped me.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Video: "Speed of Dark" by Hawkmoon

Hawkmoon just dropped their album, The Saturn Return, yesterday.

The'yre a band from Brisbane, Australia. I'm not a big fan of Aussie Rules Football, The Hyundai A-League, or AC/DC...

But I can be convinced to eat Outback Steakhouse sometimes....so without further stupidity on my part, watch the video below...it's mellow, but still metal.

You tell me. You can get it on Bandcamp.

Concert Review: Mayhem (f/Black Anvil & Immolation) at The Ready Room 11/10/17

This concert started about thirty years ago in Oslo, Norway.

In those days, Black Metal wasn't a common term. In fact, it hadn't yet reached the mainstream vocabulary on these shores.

At that time, this guy here, was just getting his feet wet with Metallica and that would lead to Morbid Angel and Deicide... 

As said before, folks have been calling me Satanic since the age of eight and based on the pentagrams on my clothing...looking back I see why they said that.

Black Metal now...is a term in the American vernacular. Though, not unlike the vast majority who throw up the devil horns, most people really don't know what it is. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Video: "Psalm 133" by Enzo and The Glory Ensemble

Do you ever think that Satan is getting too much play around here? Is it possible that we are not giving enough time to the other side?

Well, in the interest of fair and balanced coverage, check out the first single from Enzo and The Glory Ensemble, Psalm 133.

This is taken from the concept album/rock opera, In The Name of the Son. This track has a guest appearance by Kobi Farhi and there's a lot of other friends involved to...names like Marty Friedman are also involved.

So check it out and see if it moves your twinkie.

Split Review: "Decay Into Inferior Conditions" by Master and Dehuman

Decay Into Inferior Conditions
When you've got a good friend, you can trust them to be around and have your back.

It's always wonderful to think back to all of those times we had as children, teens, and twentysomethings when our best friend was right there making sure we did precisely what, well, we probably shouldn't have done.

There are a great many stories about what a good friend of mine and I did in Northern Illinois especially...like that time we bootlegged beer.

At least by the way I understand the letter of the law in Smokey & The Bandit. So, let's head forward into a split by two similar bands.

Around these parts we are always looking into every make and manner of split releases.

Today, we're looking at our first split live LP.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Video: "Temples Temple" by King Zog

All the way from Australia comes King Zog.

They're still in the empire, so let's say they're following in their countrymen's (Black Sabbath) footsteps. This is the doom metal like you read about. Luckily, you can now hear it and see the gents themselves via the magic of YouTube.

Man, remember when YouTube wasn't a thing? Well, take a look at the facial  hair and feel the rusty razor rage of those guitars.

They're releasing their debut on vinyl just in time for the holidays. Check it out.

Stream: "Scumlords" by Lou Kelly

Recently, I received an email from a man out in California who wanted me to c heck out his music.

It fight right in with some of the stranger music we've been bandying about lately, James Chance and Tomas Doncker specifically.

There's a lot that can be done with bigger bands...especially if you're angry.

Kelly's music is available on Bandcamp, of course. So do check it out and pick up a clarinet why don't you?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Video: "Until We Hit The Water" by Edge of Haze

If you're having a day when you think to yourself...I'm not going to supersize this McDonalds Value Meal, but your stomach demands you Americanize it...

You can put your head down or scream loudly into the sky that this will continue UNTIL WE HIT THE WATER.

That's when you'll be past the Edge of Haze.

EP Review: "Kathmandu" by Goya

Kathmandu
Precisely what do you have to say?

In my day job, that's the biggest part of what we do. We have to listen to what is said, or more precisely we have to hear what it is not said.

There are several different methods of communication. Non-verbal communication is quite a big one.

Think about yourself... imagine you've been dropped off in a Western nation, we're presuming most readers of this blog are westerners, but it's one where they don't speak your mother tongue.

What would you do? Could you order the cold frosty beer you've been hankering for? Would the locals look upon you while having absolutely no idea what you're saying?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Stream: "Most Ghost" by Birds

I want to share something with you. There are often times birds in my basement. The hypothesis is that they are finding their way in via the chimney. Sadly, that chimney is not connected to a usable fireplace in my chateau.

It gets sad when the birds turn into ghosts. So, here we have connected the title of the song to the name of the band to an experience in my life.

Enjoy this garage rock writing trifecta below. BIRDS want to talk to you before we all shed our corporeal bodies and become amorphous apparitions.

Formats of Fun: Throne of Heresy

Throne of Heresy has just released their newest album, Decameron, via The Sign Records. It's a concept album about the Black Plague.

Sadly, it's not reviewed on these pages, but there's a coming interview about the record and it's on my Amazon Wishlist.

They were good enough to answer a few questions about how they good enough to answer our questionnaire about how they listen to music.

Check it out below!

1. The first album I ever owned was?