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Album of the Month - December
  • Orpheus
    Orpheus
    Bakerteam Records
Video of the Month - December
  • Stage Fright [Blu-ray]
    Stage Fright [Blu-ray]
    by Motorhead
Metalhead Gift Suggestion
  • The 1984 Metal Trivia Quiz and Game Book: 100 Questions to test your knowledge of metal music in 1984 (Trivia Quiz Games Series) (Volume 1)
    The 1984 Metal Trivia Quiz and Game Book: 100 Questions to test your knowledge of metal music in 1984 (Trivia Quiz Games Series) (Volume 1)
    by Dustin Gatchell
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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
Nov072014

Alteras Release New Video

Hey guys, want to check a fresh new band that rocks?  If so, click the link below and check out new comers Alteras and their track, Oh Tragedy, off of the Shapeshifter EP. 

 Here's the link to their new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6yzyTl7a4c

-Ragman is diggin' this new band.

Monday
Nov032014

Podcast #181: Leatherface

Genghis & Ragman may not survive Halloween, but at least they have Pimples and John to get between them and Leatherface.Your old pals Genghis & Ragman have taken a break from the zombie menace this Hallow's Eve to check out some reports of strange sightings around the location of the classic 1974 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in Round Rock, Texas.

So with John and Pimples in tow, the lads rented a camper and hit the road into Texas hill country to see what's up, discuss their favorite horror movies, and get the usual reports of fellow Halloween warriors like this year's Mr. Lordi (Lordi) and Steve Blaze (Lillian Axe). It's a horror extravaganza! So, sharpen your machetes, cock your pistols and light those cigars, cuz it's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum...

Beer of the Show: Black O' Lantern (Wasatch Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
"This delicious pumpkin beer seems more like a porter than a stout, but it's perfect for the season."
 

Featured Tracks: Helloween - Halloween; Below - Trapped Underground; Arch Enemy - Graveyard Of Dreams; Black Tide - Bury Me; In Flames - Dead Eyes; Alice Cooper - Prince Of Darkness; Motionless In White - Dead As Fuck; Lillian Axe - Deep In The Black; Revocation - Witch Trials; Vesania - Fading

- Genghis hopes everyone made their way back home safe this year...

Podcast #181: Leatherface

Sunday
Oct262014

Podcast #180: Dry

Join the lads as they do a dry run before this weekend's "festivities". Genghis & Ragman, that is, not Evergrey.The Halloween season is once again upon us, and it's time for Genghis & Ragman to exterminate some menaces to society in a little less than a week. Join the lads as they test the waters before taking on something bigger and badder than they've ever faced before while also discussing the pluses and minuses of the new digital age and whether it's harder for a band to make it today. Next, the boys welcome Tom Englund and Jonas Ekdahl from Evergrey to discuss their phenomenal new album Hymns for the Broken as well as what it's like to have the band back together.

Video of the Show:  Judas Priest - Live from the Download Festival 2011

Beer of the Show: Genghis Pecan - Pecan Pie Porter (Clown Shoes Brewery)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
"Pecans may be the next pumpkin in terms of hot craft beer adjuncts, if this [awesomely-named] beer is any indication."
 

Featured Tracks: Lacuna Coil - Zombies; Judas Priest - Halls of Vahalla; AC/DC - Let's Get it Up; Orange Goblin - Mythical Knives; Islander - Coconut Dracula; Judas Priest - Hot Rockin'; Miss May I - Echos; Evergrey - Black Undertow, Hymns for the Broken & A New Dawn

Ragman's Classic of the Show: Queensryche - I Will Remember

Genghis' Classic of the Show: Dangerous Toys - Scared

Ragman's Pick of the Show: Jolly - You Against the World

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Kattah - Inside My Head

- Ragman is thinking this year may be tougher than past years...

Podcast #180: Dry

Friday
Oct242014

Nightglow - Orpheus

Italy is running away with 2014's metal god training ground title so far. Rest of the world: GET WITH IT!Italian band Nightglow means to take the world by storm with a sound that aspires to the great English metal acts of the 80s. But these guys throw a nice bit of modern sounds into the mix for a less retreaded sound; in the end you get an old sound/new sound mix of about 30/70.

So while there is an underlying current of that advertised 80s style sound, the low-end heavy production and gutteral screaming that comes out at times leans the overall impression to more modern sensibilities, but that isn't a complaint at all. I just didn't want to give the impression of getting an old Judas Priest sound when a souns more like Sevendust comes blowing out your speakers. All in all, this is some damn fine agro-metal, proving that Italy is this year's first place runner for amazing metal. Check 'em out.

The Bottom Line: If you dig an older sound but don't necessarily want to go too old school, Nightglow has the goods for rocking some metal tunes that don't sound like everybody else out there. Closest I can think is Iron Maiden crossed with Black Label Society (heavy on the BLS side in terms of guitar sound) with a hint of progmetal maybe? In any case, be prepared to mosh.

Tracks To Crank While Conditioning Your Leather Jacket: Fuck You, Liar & Stay With Me

- Genghis is almost ashamed to admit he's never owned a black leather jacket...

Friday
Oct242014

Hell In The Club - Devil On My Shoulder

If your Tardis is in the shop and you're itching to check out some late 80s party metal, Hell In The Club is the ticket.It's not often that I read a band's description that says "they mix classic hard rock and modern sounds, heavy metal and party songs, fifties rock n’ roll and anything in between", so I was justifiably intrigued to hear about Italy's Hell In The Club.

And that's not even all that makes this album/band different, being composed entirely of members of other bands (Death SS, Elvenking & Secret Sphere) decidedly not in Hell In The Club's genre of classic hard rock/pop metal of the 80s and 90s like Guns N' Roses, Poison, et al. And I'm happy to say that the result is more than just a gimmick. These cats actually do the concept justice, sounding like a band you'd hear on stage at the Whiskey some weekend circa 1989.

Fans of the aforementioned era should be grooving at the raspy crooning of Davide "Dave" Moras and the crunchy rhythyms of Andrea "Picco" Piccardi's axe on such bar-worthy tunes as Bare Hands, Beware of the Candyman and Save Me. But it wouldn't be the whole package without the anthemic We Are The Ones for sweaty, fist-pumping moments and the obligatory ballad, Muse. This is a great representation of a certain sound fondly remembered by many an elder rocker.

The Bottom Line: If you miss the yesterdays of weekend partying that included a stop at your favorite local, smoke-filled, live music bar for some late night rocking, Hell In The Club's sophomore release Devil On My Shoulder will scratch that itch, guaranteed.

- Genghis does in fact miss those days...