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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
Wednesday
Jul222015

Black Veil Brides - Alive and Burning (Bluray)

From the first note of Knives and Pens, just a short 6 years ago, I knew that Black Veil Brides was going to be a force to be reckoned with.  These guys came out of nowhere and kicked my ass, six ways to Sunday.  They brought the look and attitude of early 80's Motley Crue, and mixed it with the force of Bullet for My Valentine.  It was a sound, that I instantly fell in love with.  The band have now been going on strong for the past 9 years and have just released their first ever live DVD, Alive and Burning.  Unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to see the band live, so I jumped at the opportunity to check out this Bluray.

Alive and Burning is a very well shot show, and in Bluray, it gives you that feeling of being in the front row.  The video and audio are stellar, in this one, which give you the feeling of true concert experience.  As Genghis and I have discussed many times on the show, these type of bluray's are the next best thing to actually going to the show.  As far as the performance goes, the band is on fire.  The band comes out, all guns blazing, with the more melodic Hearts of Fire, before ripping into a set of power, melody and brutality.  BVB really deliver the goods, and prove to their fans, as well as the naysayers, that they are band that is going to be around for awhile.  If your a fan of big shows, from the 80's, and like your music loud, then this DVD is for you.  Go get it.

Bottom Line: BVD showing that they rock as hard live, if not harder, than they do in the studio.  The band display what great musicina they are, whilst putting on a killer show.

-Ragman can't believe he has still not seen these guys live.

Friday
Jul172015

Podcast #191: Tarakian

Somebody's gotta keep things solid on the low-end in UFO. That man, ladies and gentlemen, is Rob De Luca.Fans of the legendary 1981 animated masterpiece, Heavy Metal, no doubt remember the classic rock tunes from the soundtrack. Well, it's on and poppin' as Genghis & Ragman put together their musical picks for the impending Heavy Metal reboot. Join the lads as they play Hollywood producers, offering their ideas for stories, voice actors and, most importantly of all, killer tunes.

Then the lads chew the rag with journeyman bassist Rob De Luca (UFO) as he talks about his time in the legendary hard rock band as well as his work in his own notable band Spread Eagle and his work with Sebastian Bach. It's gonna be good, so grab a cold one, settle in, and get those horns up!

Video Of The Show: Thin Lizzy - Live In Concert 1983

Beer of the Show: Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout (Big Sky Brewing)
 
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
"A pretty straightforward - but delicious - imperial stout (read: strong) with smoky, bitter chocolate notes. Na sdarovie!"
 

Featured Tracks: Frankenstein Rooster - Walking Shred; Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation; Don Felder - Takin' A Ride (Heavy Metal); Dare - Runaway; Riggs - Radar Rider; Cheap Trick - Reach Out And Take It; Metallica - Trapped Under Ice

Ragman's Classic Of The Show: Diving For Pearls - Gimme Your Good Lovin'

Genghis' Classic Of The Show: Queensrÿche - I Don't Believe In Love

Ragman's Pick Of The Show: Eclipse - Stand On Your Feet

Genghis' Pick Of The Show: Cyrax - Cockroach

- Genghis does realize he's had the same pick of the show twice in a row...

Podcast #191: Tarakian

Friday
Jun262015

Opul - Levels

Man, Matt Lupo (East Of The Wall) writes some tasty stoner metal. Let's hope he keeps up with this.As impressive as the music of East Of The Wall is, it's beginning to impress me more how fertile a training ground it seems to be for new talent. In fact, names from acclaimed outfit's roster seem to be popping up all over the place these days, like El Drugstore and now Opul, and its solo EP Levels, from guitarist/vocalist Matt Lupo.

Now this is some grade A stoner jams with a nice crunch that I could leave on repeat all weekend. This record is plain bad-ass, kids. The sound's reminiscient of the off-kilter, meaty, rhythymically progressive jams of a band like the criminally underrated Eniac Requiem crossed with the melodic sensibility of King's X. Indeed From the mellow jam of opener Presence, through Velocity & Saturation's hypnotic drone, to closer Clarity's chimey shimmer and glassy strumming, the melodic glue that holds it together is enhanced by the ethereal vocals of mastermind Lupo himself. While this effort doesn't sound like East Of The Wall or El Drugstore, the connection between these bands may be the incredible diversity and creativity amongst its shared members.

The Bottom Line: Whether you're a stoner metal fan or just looking for something new that sounds fresh-but-different than most of the music on the heavier side of 21st century rock and roll spectrum, this is your jam.

- Genghis will be cranking this album quite a bit in his new car...

Friday
Jun262015

The Inspector Cluzo - Gasconha Rocks

"At that time I engaged in my sworn duty as an officer of the law." I love that scene.You gotta love those plucky DIY duos like One-Eyed Doll where virtually every aspect of the band's product is done by its members, as it is with energetic French rockers, The Inspector Cluzo.

This is classic grassroots rock and roll; raucous, hungry, energetic, unapologetic - and, ultimately, fun as hell. It's rather interesting to hear these cats pound out raw jams without a bass player in sight (though with the occasional co-hort) on the album. But what I really dig is the funk edge that tunes like Lo Camin de la Hesta display, complete with horn section. Especially where the aforementioned song is followed up with the dirty slide work of The Duck Guit Blues. I'm telling you, this is a band that knows what moves your feet and they seem to be having an utter blast the whole time, which is totally infectious - I mean Better Off In Afghanistan has a fucking mouth harp playing in it! Genius.

The Bottom Line: Down and dirty rock and roll, with a little funk edge, is alive and kicking in France of all places. DIYers The Inspector Cluzo know how to rock a joint with a genuine esprit de corps. It's that kind of energy and love of music that keeps the genre evergreen. Vive l'esprit de l'homme ordinaire!

- Genghis kinda wishes he could've seen these cats play SXSW...

Saturday
Jun132015

It's that time again.

"So long, suckers!"Yup, it's that time of year when The Right To Rock staff goes on summer sabbatical. We could say we're recharging our batteries, but who are we kidding? We'll likely come back worse than ever.

In all seriousness, the lads want to wish everyone out there in metal land a happy and safe summer vacation wherever you roam, and they look forward to returning with some new podcasts as soon as they can. So until then...

Horns up!