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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
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

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...

Thursday
May052016

Lita Ford - Time Capsule

When an artist comes off a hot record, do you ever wonder if they stashed away some tunes, from that session, or preceding sessions, that never saw the light of day?  I do constantly.  I always wonder how many tracks were written for a classic record, and if there were leftovers, what happened to them.  Well, recently artists like Scorpions and Lita Ford have dug into their vaults and found some real gems.  In fact, both artists' latest releases are comprised of music that they did back in the day.  Lita is the latest of the two, to give of a taste, of some tunes that should have been released decades sooner.

Time Capsule is made up of 11 tracks that have sat in Lita's vaults for over 30 years.  I have to say, this is the best material, that she has released since her self titled record, back in 88'.  The album features a virtual who's who of hard rockers featuring, Gene Simmons, Jeff Scott Soto, Billy Sheehan and members of Cheap Trick.  The CD starts off strong with the song Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight which is a duet with Jeff Scott Soto.  It is a rocking ballad, which sets the tone for the CD.  The next track keeps the momentum going, with the ballad Killing Kind.  This is the track that features Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick.  Both songs are melodic and memorable.  They both contain infectious choruses, which will stick in your head for days.

This CD is full of solid material that was hatched over 30 years ago.  These tunes were brought back to life, thanks to Lita digging through some old tapes.  I have to say I really dig the melodic ballady tracks on this record, opposed to the rockier tracks.  I think that the ballads are more solid and have more hooks.  Also, I have to give props to Lita on her guitar playing on this CD.  I really dug her take, on the classic Hendrix instrumental, Little Wing.  All in all a solid effort.  Some of the faster tracks, can come off a little dated, lyric wise, but it doesn't matter, because they still rock.  This one's a keeper.  Go get it.

Bottom Line: Lita unearthing some of her best material in years.  Even though some of these tracks are 30+ years old, they still stand up today. Great songs with great melody. Get your space suit on, because this one will transport you back to 1980 or something.

Stand Out Tracks: War of the Angels, Killing Kind, Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight, and Little Wing

- Ragman was taken by surprise with this one...

Monday
May022016

Red Tide Rising - Voices (EP)

There aren't many Colorado metal bands, but they can certainly rock.Colorado seems like a good place to form a band and begin the path to world domination, right? Strange then that there aren't more of the heavy metal variety. For every Jag Panzer or Havok, you seem to find a dozen folk bands, but enough of that. Denver quartet Red Tide Rising flies the metal flag on their latest EP Voices, filled with over 20 minutes of raging modern metal.

One of the highlights of the band's sound is the impressive voice of Matthew Whiteman. Despite being in his early 20s (and looking even younger), his voice belies the maturity and control of a seasoned musician from every guttural growl to every clean-toned chorus (check out the end of Suffocate for some solo vocals to get a good idea). And working with his brother Andrew (guitars) seems to contribute to a synchronicity that fuels this quintet of heavy grooves, which should generate considerable anticipation for a forthcoming, full-fledged studio album. The rest of the band (Matt Guerin on drums and Michael LeBois on bass) provides back up with a solid foundation that supports the Whiteman brothers like metal bedrock. This group is solid and poised for stardom, man.

The Bottom Line: Don't be surprised to see this band start to show up on [and rock the shit out of] a lot of summer tours. They've got a firm grip on the modern metal sound and perform with an energy that goes well beyond the old angsty-youth-with-7-string-guitars-and-cargo-pants stereotype. Good on 'em.

- Genghis recently read that cargo shorts are out (but why?!)...