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Album of the Month - January
  • Gods of Violence
    Gods of Violence
    Nuclear Blast
Video of the Month - January
  • Restless & Live: Blind Rage Live In Europe 2015 (2Cd/Blu-Ray)
    Restless & Live: Blind Rage Live In Europe 2015 (2Cd/Blu-Ray)
  • The Complete David Bowie (Revised and Updated 2016 Edition)
    The Complete David Bowie (Revised and Updated 2016 Edition)
    by Nicholas Pegg

CD of the Month
  • Mudvayne
    by Mudvayne
  • 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
    by Shadows Fall
  • Brutal Legend
    Brutal Legend
    Electronic Arts

Podcast #214: Forward

Local beer nerd Josh Stewart joins the lads to drop some knowledge on the suds. Nice!The lads celebrate the beginning of a new year and IT'S ABOUT FRIGGIN' TIME, amirite? Join Genghis & Ragman as they head down to one of their favorite gastropubs, The Hay Merchant, for a live New Year's show and interview with Josh Stewart, of the local podcast Interbrews, who really knows his stuff when it comes to drinking beer.

You know the drill: The boys talk about the things they're looking forward to in the world of hard rock and heavy metal in 2017, as well as the world of beer, so pur yourself a tall glass of your favorite winter warmer and sit a spell. HORNS UP!

Beer of the Show: Moo Caliente (Eureka Heights Brewing Company) [CASKED]
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"This casked Mexican milk stout is outstanding. Cayenne and cinnamon never tasted better together."

Featured Tracks: Firewind - Back On the Throne; Skid Row - Slave To The Grind; Iron Maiden - The Red And The Black; Dayshell - Carsick; Annisokay - Hourglass

- Genghis is already wanting another live show from The Hay Merchant...

Podcast #214: Forward


Podcast #213: Holly

Rags up and talks to one of our favorite artists, the man, the myth, the legend: Chip Z'nuff.It's that time of year, to bail John out of the drunk tank get our lists together, check them twice, and bring you all the annual Kicks and Kisses of 2016. Join the lads as they take you through the best and worst of this year in hard rock and heavy metal. HORNS UP!

And stick around for a great interview with the one and only Chip Z'Nuff of Enuff Z'Nuff who gabs with us about the band, their new album, and their 2017 tour plans. We can hardly wait.

NOTE: While normally there's a beer section to this best/worst commentary, we've decided to put that off to our New Year's show - especially since we get to go to The Hay Merchant for a visit with Josh Stewart of the local Interbrews podcast for some suds talk, savvy?

Video of the show: Pornograffiti Live 25 / Metal Meltdown - Extreme

Beer of the Show: Chocolate Hazelnut Porter (Heretic Brewing Co.)
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"Heretic has made one beautifully balanced porter with subtle chocolate and hazelnut notes that warm very well."
2nd Beer of the Show: Jolly Russian (O'Dell Brewing Co.)
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"O'Dell does a damn fine job with their barrel-aged series, and this complex but balanced stout is amazing."

Featured Tracks: Tracy G - Jingle Bells; Extreme - He-Man Woman Hater; Tracy G - What Child Is This?; We Wish You A Metal Christmas - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer; Devin Townsend - Stars; Y&T - Open Fire; Last In Line - Devil; Product Of Hate - Blood-Coated Concrete; Mystic Prophecy - War Brigade; Dynazty - I Want To Live Forever; Steve N Seagulls - In Bloom; Pretty Maids - Face The World; Tyketto - Kick Like A Mule; Enuff Z'Nuff - Baby Loves You, Dog On a Bone, One More Hit, Runaway, & Finger on the Trigger

- Genghis is NOT happy about whom we've lost this year...

Podcast #213: Holly


Podcast #212: Line

Check out ol' Johnny over there. Suns out, guns out.Time for another An Evening With... as the boys bring in one of their favorite vocalists, Johnny Gioeli from Hardline.  Johnny chats it up with the guys covering the spectrum of his massive career. Get the skinny on Hardline's latest release Human Nature, as well as some possible dates with the original line up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Double Eclipse.  Johnny also touches on his work with Axel Rudi Pell as well as his upcoming solo album. You can't miss this show because it's chock full of information you need to know.

Featured Tracks: Hot Cherie, Trapped in Muddy Waters, United We Stand, Where Will We Go From Here, Hands of Time.

- Ragman can't wait to see Neal with Hardline again. This will be epic!

Pordcast #212: Line


Podcast #211: Buff

Rags talks to none other than Tom Englund and Henrik Denhage of Evergrey and we all DRINK.The lads ventured out the weekend after Thanksgiving for a special event at their beloved local Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company and thought you might want to hear what went on. As you know, Genghis & Ragman always talk hard rock and metal while they drink beer and BuffBrew's Friendsgiving 2016 event was no different. So, enjoy some libation while the boys jabber, eh?

Later, Rags chats it up with Tom Englund and Henrik Danhage of one of his favorite European metal bands of all time, Evergrey, in an interview he did earlier this fall. Tom and Henrik discuss the new album, The Storm Within, and subsequent tour plans. HORNS UP!

NOTE: McCheese wanted us to remind you all that you should drink responsibly. To which we replied "DUH!"

Featured Tracks: Nitrogods - At Least I'm Drunk; Mr. Big - Merciless; Gama Bomb - Drinkers Inc.; AC/DC - Have A Drink On Me; Honky - Snorting Whiskey, Drinking Cocaine; Evergrey - More Than Ever, In Orbit, Someday, Distance, Passing Through, and The Masterplan

- Genghis is now getting his beer trading on (got some white whales to find)...

Podcast #211: Buff


Lucid Fly - Building Castles In The Air

I'm betting this chick might want to sue her hairdresser.I love me some progressive music, as well you know, almost as much as I love Eva Green (it's true, I always turn off Casino Royale after she leaves for the bank). But like any other genre, it's hard to find something that sets any one act apart when it follows the genre's conventions as closely as new bands tend to do. When one of them adds something new to the mix or simply does what's expected but takes it to a higher standard of quality, that's when jaded old cynics like myself take notice. This is where bands like Lucid Fly come in.

Moving from one side of the country to the other in order to take their music to the next level, the melodic prog rockers have released Building Castles In Air, an album that both impresses and satisfies genre votaries like myself. Part of that credit goes to singer Nikki Layne, whose confident crooning can range from ethereal to ringing as the mood calls for it. Guitarist Doug Mecca however has a deft touch on the rhythymic side of things, with moody textures that never overpower the song as a whole. Apparently, having earned copious praise throughout their expanding realm of influence, they were hand-picked by Mike Portnoy to play on the Progressive Nation at Sea cruise in 2014 which put them in front and alongside many notable bands and upping their exposure considerably. And it is well-deserved, I can assure you.

The Bottom Line: Lucid Fly isn't just a progressive band with a female lead singer, they're a truly well-rounded band in terms of influences and they've got the chops to put out some truly impressive material. Keep an eye on this band.

- Genghis sure does want to go on one of those metal cruises one day...