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Album of the Month - May
  • In Flood
    In Flood
    Scarlet records
Video of the Month - May
  • Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock - On A Mission: Live In Madrid
    Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock - On A Mission: Live In Madrid
    starring Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock
Like He Needs More Money...
  • Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business
    Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business
    by Gene Simmons
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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
Wednesday
May252016

SKILLET UNLEASHED AUGUST 5th

New Studio Album Now Available For Pre-Order Via All Digital Retailers

(New York, NY – May 20th, 2016) – Grammy-nominated rockers Skillet will release Unleashed, their new studio album and follow up to their 2013 release Rise, which bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.  The 12-track album, a year in the making, is currently available for pre-order via all digital retailers including iTunes at: www.smarturl.it/SkilletUnleashed and Amazon.com at: www.smarturl.it/SkilletUnleashed_A. Pre-orders will include an instant download of the debut single “Feel Invincible,” a lyric video for which can be seen at https://youtu.be/tmk_cTMqF58. Skillet can also be found on Google Play at: www.smarturl.it/SkilletUnleashed_GP and streaming on Spotify: www.smarturl.it/StreamSkillet.

From the bombastic opening riff of “Feel Invincible” to the memorable closing of the album finale “The Resistance,” it is clear the band has created an album that lets their music speak loudest, while still delivering some of their most personal and heartfelt collections of songs to date.  “I wanted to make an album that could make people feel the music,” said Skillet’s John Cooper.  “I always aim to write songs to which people can relate, but this time I wanted to see not only how the songs would connect lyrically, but also how they’d connect musically.” 

Songs like “Back From The Dead,” “Stars” and “Out Of Hell” showcase the musicianship and songwriting that has garnered the band a rabid worldwide fan base, a platinum selling album and multiple Grammy nominations. Comprised of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals), Seth Morrison (lead guitar) and Jen Ledger (drums, vocals), the band wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album.  Once again they collaborated with Brian Howes, (Daughtry, Halestorm, Nickelback), as well as, Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch), Neal Avron (Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys, TobyMac) to create Unleashed.

The track listing for Unleashed is:                                     

1)     Feel Invincible

2)     Back From The Dead

3)     Stars

4)     I Want To Live

5)     Undefeated

6)     Famous

7)     Lions

8)     Out Of Hell

9)     Burn It Down

10)   Watching For Comets

11)   Saviors Of The World

12)   The Resistance

Skillet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling more than 11 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the platinum-certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” is “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” with a total of 57 million plays (and counting) on Spotify and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.”  2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA TodayNew York TimesRevolver Loudwire, and more.

Thursday
May192016

Dynazty - Titanic Mass

These Swedish metalheads are firing on all cylinders like it's for a world's record. Check them out.Swedish melodic rockers Dynazty are back with a new studio album, Titanic Mass, which clearly tries to live up to its name through 11 tracks of fast and furious power metal tinged fury. This is some great stuff from a band that's been tearing through Europe for nearly a decade culminating a couple of years ago with their album Renatus and an evolution in their more traditional hard rock sound to something more akin to the current state of metal. Works for me!

The best part of Dynazty is their sense of melodicism, something that never goes away no matter how heavy the riffage on Titanic Mass becomes throughout this 47 minute headbanger's ball. The framework of which is supported by the twin powers of vocalist Nils Molin and guitarist Rob Love Magnusson. Nils has vibrato and power for days as he belts out anthemic chorus after chorus while Rob's fluid, melodic leads weave about like lit fuse that burns through the solo sections with an urgent energy. But the meaty rhythms being laid down by the rest of the crew (George Egg on drums, Jonathan Olsson on bass, and Mike Lavér on guitar) are still a bedrock upon which any metal band would do well to stand. This is top quality melodic power metal, people, and no mistake. It's pretty hard for me to hone in any one song as they're all pretty well balanced throughout the album. I plan to be cranking this in my car for a while, so would-be passengers be warned.

The Bottom Line: This is grade A prime melodic power metal from a seasoned band that knows how to write a killer jam. Dynazty has made a classic of the genre that should be played loud and long. Kudos, guys.

- Genghis hasn't liked music like this since Nation...

Monday
May162016

Podcast #205: Elders

Today we talk to Mark Tremonti. *pinches cheeks* Such a sweet boy!Crimeny, we did it! The lads have returned from their self-imposed exile to give you a brand spanking new podcast about what a lot of us may be already thinking: who among the musical elite may be next to pass on to The Great Beyond? Join Genghis & Ragman as they wax philosophic about aging rockers and the frailty of life.

Then, the boys talk to the one and only Mark Tremonti about his new solo album, Dust. Mark dishes about the music biz, Alter Bridge, and tour plans of the near future. So, pop some corn and belly up to the bar. And HORNS UP!

Video Of The Show: Judas Priest - Battle Cry

Beer of the Show: Apis IV (Elevation Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"This quad from Colorado has some great fruity flavors to compliment its Belgian history. Kudos to Elevation."
 

Featured Tracks: Red Tide Rising - Writing On The Wall; Judas Priest - March Of The Damned; Extreme - (Mutha) Don't Want To Go To School Today; The Ramones - Pet Cemetery; Tin Machine - Under The God, Alter Bridge - Addicted To Pain, Tremonti - Dust

Genghis' Classic of the Show: Scorpions - Animal Magnetism

Ragman's Classic of the Show: Ark - Feed The Fire

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Gygax - World Breaker

Ragman's Pick of the Show: Cheap Trick - Heart On The Line

- Genghis really needs an assistant...

Podcast #205: Elders

Monday
May092016

Bride of Re-Animator

Bride of Re-Animator has never received the same accolades as the first film.  I'm not sure why, because it is was a damn fine sequel.  Yeah I get it, it wasn't as strong as the first one, but what sequel is better than the original film?  Not many, I can assure you.  The film was released in the early 90's, and for its time, had some of the better special effects for the era.  The film has been sort of forgotten, but has just gotten the royal treatment from Arrow Video, which has given it new life.

If you never caught, Bride of Re-animator, but have seen the prequel, then you won't be too lost.  The film follows characters Herbert West and Dan Cain, eight months after Re-Animator.  The two have recently returned home after experimenting on corpses during the Peruvian Civil War.  The boys are back, at their day jobs, working in a hospital, doing their doctorly deeds, whilst experimenting on the dead.  the two are experimenting on joining various body parts and re-animating them.  Things go south when they re-animate Dan's girlfriend.

Bride of Re-Animator, looks great and has been transferred to high def.  The video looks fantastic and the sound is great as well.  This one is not groundbreaking, but fairly impressive it's time.  The special effects alone, are worth the watch.  I kind of reminds me of the Sam Raimi special effects from the Evil Dead.  The acting is solid and will keep you interested from start to finish.

Bottom Line: A forgotten gem, that has been given a second chance.  A sequel that wasn't give a chance to make it, due to the enormity of the prequel.

-Ragman is wondering if they'll start selling the re-animation fluid as an energy drink.

Monday
May092016

Irata - Sweet Loris

I'm always interested in rock trios, and Greensboro apparently is too.You know I'm always intrigued to find heavy bands that include female musicians. And North Carolina trio Irata blends a bit of grunge, doom metal, and psychedelic rock into a potent groove-heavy mixture that works well. Their sophomore effort Sweet Loris is a great entry in the growing (some would say overgrown) American doom/psychedelic/sludge movement if only for their sense of melody that is sorely lacking in the dour, too-stoned-to-care meanderings of most modern doom metal.

Right off the bat, with opener Lion Slayer, you get an almost proggy vibe with its bass riff as pedal tone that gives way to a wall of turgid distortion. This is fairly indicative of the overall pattern to the album's seven tracks of groove-heavy tunes - with Daisy being my favorite for its intense, monster chorus riff. And there's a kind of grungey sense of indie angst meets OG heavy metal feel to it all, like a Tool-meets-Soundgarden thing going on here that I really dig. This is the kind of band that will never be "huge" (if such even exists any more) but will absolutely rock the shit out every club they play, and I can't complain a bit about that.

The Bottom Line: It's amazing how bands can strip down to minimal members yet still make a sound that feels monumental. And when such a thing happens in small venues it can become practically a religious experience (altered states of consciousness may be involved, of course). I believe Irata is such a band, and if you're looking for great bottom-heavy groove metal, you may want to check these cats out.

- Genghis imagines this album playing in Greg Brady's bedroom in the den...