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Album of the Month - July
  • Underworld
    Underworld
    Nuclear Blast
Video of the Month - July
  • Like It Is-Yes Live At The Mesa Arts Center (BR) [Blu-ray]
    Like It Is-Yes Live At The Mesa Arts Center (BR) [Blu-ray]
    starring Yes
What's in the mind of Behemoth?
  • Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And The Profane: Behemoth And Beyond
    Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And The Profane: Behemoth And Beyond
    by Adam Nergal Darski, Mark Eglinton
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CD of the Month
  • Mudvayne
    Mudvayne
    by Mudvayne
Inspiration
  • Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition
    Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition
    by Michael Moynihan, Didrik Soderlind
  • Retribution
    Retribution
    by Shadows Fall
  • Brutal Legend
    Brutal Legend
    Electronic Arts
Friday
Jul312015

Ace Frehley - Galactic Explorer

I am a sucker for a good interview.  I wouldn't necessarily going looking for a CD, of interviews, from one of my favorite artist, but if I stumbled across one, then I would be intrigued, to at least check it out.  Well, that said, I just stumbled across a new release, containing some un-cut interviews, from one of my favorite guitar players, Ace Frehley

Frehley has recently released a compilation of interviews, with him discussing his first two, post Kiss, solo records.  The title is Galactic Explorer.  This is a cool release, which interesting to hear from the man, himself, as to how those records came together.  My only complaint, is that is wasn't longer.  I also hoped to hear him talk some trash, about some of his former bandmates, but that didn't make the disk.  Overall, it was an interesting listening to hear how those first two solo records came together,  This is a must for Kiss fans.

Bottom Line: Ace giving us the skinny, on his first two releases.  It was very interesting to hear him speak candidly as to how the band was put together as well.  Kiss fans, will eat this one up with a spoon.

-Ragman is about to have a Frehley's Commet weekend.

Thursday
Jul302015

My Sleeping Karma - Moksha

This may or may not be Ganesh giving us a horns up. You decide.I won't claim to have useful knowledge about Eastern mysticism. I mean, I am aware of Vishnu and Ganesh as deities in the Hindu pantheon. But the closest I've come to any exposure would be Keanu Reeves' Little Buddha (1993). In any case, German quartet My Sleeping Karma gives instrumental psychedlic rock an appealing Eastern flavor on its fifth studio joint Moksha. In Hindu tradition, Moksha is one of the four goals of human life and basically means emancipation, liberation, or release. So, it wouldn't at all surprise me if this was all some grand concept album, perhaps spurred on by one of the band's members for personal reasons.

Either way, this is some fantastic groove rock, replete with contemplative interludes that sound amazing. Which isn't to say that they took a stoner rock template and threw in some sitars and tablas for an instant Indian vibe. This is still pretty straightforward instrumental tripping, but it seems to have a more elevated purpose to it. Maybe it's just me. But I thoroughly enjoyed this album from the opening track Prithvi's hypnotic verse riff, through the introspective interludes, and down to the final track Agni's energetic finish.

The Bottom Line: My Sleeping Karma's instrumental trip Moksha feels like a journey to musical enlightenment and ultimately release as the album's title implies. This German group knows how to take psychedelic instrumental rock to the next level.

- Genghis is definitely getting a t-shirt with this album's awesome artwork on it...

Thursday
Jul232015

Podcast #192: Cowboy

Yes, metal fans, it's the man himself, Ronnie Lee Keel, here after all these years on An Evening With...Well, it's been a long time coming, but we finally met up with the Metal Cowboy himself for An Evening With...Ron Keel as the lads grab a chat right before he recently took the stage in Houston.  Ron covers the gamut speaking on everything from Keel up to his latest long-term commitment at Badlands Pawn. So kick your shoes off and grab a cold one because this one is a barnburner. HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Keel - Back to the City, Streets of Rock N Roll, and Ron Keel - Wild Forever

- Ragman can't thank Ron enough for taking time with us... Ron, you totally rock!

Podcast #192: Cowboy

Thursday
Jul232015

Meytal - Alchemy

YouTube drumming sensation Meytal Cohen's long-awaited debut album is finally here. No, that is not her on the cover.Say what you want about YouTube, but it has made it possible for talented amatuer musicians of all stripes to show the world what they can do. And while the world may regret showing Justin Bieber some people its attention, there are those musicians that turn out to be genuine and grateful professional artists, such as drummer Meytal Cohen. Her debut album Alchemy comes to the world two years after a successful Kickstarter campaign that funded the Israeli metal fan's dream of becoming a bona fide working musician in America. Followers of Cohen's drum covers (including Mike Portnoy) know she's a huge metal fan, particularly of progressive-leaning bands like Tool and Dream Theater, and it shows in her music.

The whole affair starts out modestly but strong on Breathe with vocalist Eric Emery's lush vocal harmonies providing a contrast to the exotic backing rhytym and a nice wild drum break at around the 3:00 mark. Everybody Hates You Now is one of the more aggressive, fast tempo tracks, featuring some of Meytal's heaviest drumming on the album as well as some nice solo work from lead guitarist Travis Montgomery. This sets the stage nicely for Shadow In Disguise, with its Sevendust meets Scar Symmetry vibe, as things go up a notch right before the introspective Behind These Walls, which makes use of an interesting mix of The Beatles' sugary harmonies and Opeth's dark rhythmic beauty. Dark Side Down is easily my favorite tune and makes me think of a lost track from James LaBrie's latest album Impermanent Resonance (like Slight Of Hand or Amnesia, maybe?) with some really good vocal work from Emery. And Tear Me Apart is a great way to end things on a nice heavy, balls-out note.

Overall, progmetal fans should dig this album as a solid entry in the genre. And though the influences may be too on the nose for some to merit descriptions of "fresh" or "innovative", it would be a huge mistake to dismiss this band as some numetal holdover. But now it's all about the touring (ProgPower USA or even the Warped tour would be a great opportunity) and getting the name out there. In any case, this is a promising start for a young [relatively] unknown with a dream, and that's what this business was always about.

The Bottom Line: Your appreciation for Meytal's debut album may be greatly tied to whether you've been a long time fan of her popular drum cover videos, giving you a sense of shepherding her career through likes and donations over the years. But ignoring all of that, this is an impressively polished and mature songwriting debut from a hardworking newcomer that improves with repeated listenings and gives you a sense of anticipation for what's next in a burgeoning career.

Tracks Probably Soon-To-Be-Covered On YouTube: Shadow In Disguise, Torn In Two, Dark Side Down, and Tear Me Apart

- Genghis hopes to see this band tour through Houston soon...

Wednesday
Jul222015

The Answer - Raise a Little Hell

The Answer, are one of those bands, that just kinda crept out of nowhere for me.  Keep an ear out for these guys, because I think they are going to make a big splash over hear in the U.S., very soon  The band hails from N. Ireland, and has been going strong since 2000, but they just hit my radar, with their latest release Raise a Little Hell.  I know, if you hear a band is from Ireland, you instantly think Thin Lizzy, but though they have a classic vibe about them, they do not sound much like their fellow countrymen.  The Answer is a nice blend of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, with a fresh sound.  These guys put a fresh twist on the classic sounds of yesteryear.

Raise a Little Hell, starts off in fine form, with the opener Long Live the Renegade.  It is an upbeat track, that oozes with melody and attitude.  If that ain't enough, Paul Mahon'ssolo, in this tune, is one of my faves, of the year so far.  The CD shines from start to finish, but with the latest single Gone Too Long, I think these guys might just put themselves, on the U.S. map.  This has been my favorite song, for the past 2 months, and I still can't get it out of my head.  It is a mid-tempo rocker with one of those infectious choruses that will not leave your brain.

The CD is full of rockers, and just one ballad, called Strange Kinda Nothing, which is another one, that will not be easy, to get out of you head.  That is the thing about this band, the songs are so well structured and melodic, that they get in your head, and don't let go.  The band are all so talented and I'm such a fan of vocalist Cormac Neeson'svocals, because he can wail with he best of them.  I have to say, The Answer has just became my favorite new band.  You must check these guys out!

Bottom LineHard rock with a classic vibe.  Well written songs that grow on you, with each listen.  Watch out for these guys, because their about to get big.

Standout Tracks: Gone Too Long, Strange Kinda Nothing, The Other Side and Cigarettes and Regret.

-Ragman was so blown away, by this release, that he went out and bought their whole back catalog.  That's saying something.