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Album of the Month - October
  • Concepts of Math: Book One
    Concepts of Math: Book One
    by Watchtower
Video of the Month - October
  • Let Me Feel Your Power [Blu-ray]
    Let Me Feel Your Power [Blu-ray]
    by Saxon
  • Metallica: Back to the Front: A Fully Authorized Visual History of the Master of Puppets Album and Tour
    Metallica: Back to the Front: A Fully Authorized Visual History of the Master of Puppets Album and Tour
    by Matt Taylor

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 #209: Razors

Mr. Vapor does a little one on one with Ragman, and gets his mind right,Before our annual Halloween show, we thought we'd sit down for a chat with Mikey Vapor of Chains Over Razors, the hard rock band that's sweepin' the land (hey, I'm a poet!) to discuss what's new with them (i.e. their new album, Crown The Villain) and what sort of touring plans are in the works as the fall finally starts to kick in. so, pour yourself a tall cold one and sit deep in your comfy chair by the fireplace for An Evening With...!

Featured Tracks: Damnation, Promises of War, Monster, Subtle Words, and Devil's Eyes

- Ragman is hoping a new Halloween show will get us back on track...

Podcast #209: Razors


Podcast Interview: Titus Hjelm

Ragman chats with Titus Hjelm of Thunderstone who clearly needs to replace some light bulbs at home.Ragman chews the fat with Mr. Titus Hjelm of Thunderstone who discusses the band's latest album and tour plans this fall with Stratovarius. It's some good stuff with some great music as well, so check it out.

And if you dig their music as much as we do, show the band some love by purchasing their lastest album, Apocalypse Again, from your favorite online store, won't you? HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Thunderstone - Ghosts of Youth, Fire and Ice, Through the Pain, The Path, and Holding on My Pain

Titus Hjelm Interview


Podcast Interview: Harry Hess

Ragman chats with Harry Hess of Harem Scarem and First Signal for the four-peat!!Ragman welcomes back the one and only Harry Hess (Harem Scarem, First Signal) for a little one on one with his fourth chat with The Right To Rock. Will he get a prize? Maybe a beavertail? How about a beavertail?

In any case, be sure to check out First Signal's latest album, One Step Over The Line, available now in all the usual places. HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Harem Scarem - Karma Cleansing; First Signal - Broken, One Step Over the Line, and Love Run Free; Harem Scarem - Voice of Reason

Harry Hess Interview


Steve 'N' Seagulls - Brothers In Farms

Their sense of humor is a big part of Steve 'N' Seagulls' appeal.Jumpin' Jehoshaphat, them country boys from Finland, Steve 'N' Seagulls, are at it again with their eagerly awaited follow-up to last year's Farm Machine - which I personally enjoyed mightily. Their sophomore entry into the small subgenre of bluegrass metal, Brothers In Farms, picks up where the last one left off and takes it all to whole 'nother level. This stuff is solid gold, people.

In a land famous for its metal fervor, it's gratifying (and perhaps most appropriate) to see a few farmboys offer their take on some of the most memorable metal tunes of the last 20 years. Running the gamut from Nirvana to Nightwish to Megadeth - to Deep Purple, The Seagulls know their way around a metal tune and handle solos and progessive-tinged interludes with tongue planted firmly in cheek. When it all comes together it can be practically sublime, as the band's unique perspective gives Nirvana's In Bloom a major key upgrade and peppy beat that may fit the tune's lyrical wryness even better than the original. Similar results apply to the lads' rendition of Foo Fighters' The Pretender - though I still prefer the more metal songs as potent examples of how classic heavy songs are cross-genre goldmines in the hands of talented performers. While each musician is proficient in their instrument(s) of choice, the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts largely due to the obvious enthusiasm the lads have for the source material and their own reimaginings of it.

The Bottom Line: The real bottom line is that heavy metal works in pretty much any genre, but Steve 'N' Seagulls are worthy pioneers of this particular (and hopefully growing) sub-genre of bluegrass-y jamming. Sallllllute!

- Genghis looks forward to seeing these cats' outstanding live show again...


Styx - Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas

I have been a fan of Styx for years, especially the early days, of the band.  They kind of lost me at Mr. Roboto, but we won't go there.  That said, I always look forward to when they have a new Blu-ray release.  The band always puts on a killer show, which keeps me coming back for more.  Their latest release, Live at the Orleans Arena, was actually released on CD last year.  The performance was taped back in 2014, but had only been available on CD, until now.

The performance on this Blu-ray is stellar.  Tommy Shaw brings it just as hard as he did back in the day.  Vocally the guy has not lost a thing.  He also still shreds on the guitar.  He is one of those guys that you forget how good of a player they are, until you see them shred.  I was really impressed on how well the band sounded as a whole.  They ripped through their classic tunes like it was nothing.  A highlight from the show was when the band was joined on stage by Don Felder (Eagles) for a ripping version of Blue Collar Man.

The show was shot very well, and gives you a sense of being in the front row.  The audio is strong as well.  I actually enjoyed watching this Blu-ray more than the last time I saw them live.  This isn't your average concert video, because the band intersperses some documentary type footage, between some of the live segments.  The footage focuses on life on the road with Styx.  I liked it, but found it a little distracting.   The good thing is, is that if you feel the same way I do, then you can access the full concert, sans interviews, within the bonus sections.  This one's a keeper.

Bottom LineStyx proving that they can still rock.  A solid performance, from on of the U.S.'s most solid rock bands.

-Ragman is glad that this show had Lawrence Gowan, on the keys, and not the tool that we saw live.