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Album of the Month - April
  • Madness
    Madness
    by All That Remains
Video of the Month - April
  • Awaken the Guardian LIVE [Blu-ray]
    Awaken the Guardian LIVE [Blu-ray]
    by Fates Warning
#AceOfSpayeds
  • Metal Cats
    Metal Cats
    by Alexandra Crockett
Props

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
Apr072017

Podcast #217: Green

Only fitting that Paul Mahon of The Answer visit with the lads on a special St. Patty's Day episode, eh?The boys try to make up for a little lost time with a little bit longer episode recorded on St. Patrick's Day replete (yeah, "replete", they went to college) with heavy metal discussion and plenty o' beer. Things get a little spicy when everybody's favorite Mexican leprechaun José McLucky drops by with some food and tales from the road.

Next, the lads get some talk time with Paul Mahon of The Answer who talks about the band's latest album, Solas, and what the lads are planning tour-wise. It's all fun and games until someone spills their beer... HORNS UP!

Video of the show: Testament - Live In London

Beer of the Show: Fascinating Bellman (Deep Ellum Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 3.5
"A very complex American brown ale aged in Jameson barrels is a perfect beer for St. Pat's with a nice kick."
 
2nd Beer of the Show: Sin Mint Temptress (Lakewood Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"Lakewood's Temptress series of imperial milk stouts hits it out of the park with this chocolate mint extravaganza."
 

Featured Tracks: Gama Bomb - Drinkers, Inc.; Dokken - Dream Warriors; Operation Mindcrime - Healing My Wounds; Testament - Born In A Rut; Vescera - In The Night; Vanishing Point - Bring On The Rain; S.O.D. - Speak English Or Die; Dreamshade - The World In My Hands; Junius - The Queen's Constellation; The Answer - Pride, Solace, Tunnel, Beautiful World, Battle Cry, Cigarettes, and Regret

- Genghis really enjoyed those two fine beers, make no mistake...

Podcast #217: Green

Thursday
Mar232017

Jinjer - King Of Everything

Ukrainian groove metal quartet Jinjer's name is actually a variation on that "djent" sound.Right off the bat, you'd be tempted to think of Jinjer as a "female-fronted band" - which is true, of course - but, as its members will tell you, that is not what their identity hangs on. This Ukrainian quartet is a groove metal force of nature with influences that surpass the often loosely defined subgenre, ranging from Opeth to Slayer to Cypress Hill. Basically this is a band of talented musicians, with a real love of music in all its forms, that likes to rock the fuck out. And they do that very thing on their third studio album, King Of Everything.

Lead singer Tatiana Shmailyuk, whose non-metal influences show a love for soul, rhythm and blues, funk and jazz, can go from soft serenade to gutteral rumbling on a dime without a hint of gimmickry; this is just straight musicianship, and Tatiana is damn good. Prologue introduces you to her jazzy stylings in fine fashion giving a serpentine energy to the swelling rhythym. And the lads [Roman Ibramkhalilov (guitar), Eugene Kostyuk (bass), and Vladislav Ulasevish (drums)] who lay down said rhythym are no punks - especially when those aforementioned influences contribute to an inspired textural change. Tatiana's favorite tune I Speak Astronomy (dig the killer video when you get he chance) is a great example of how the band weaves different stylistic elements together so seamlessly. Гарна музика!

The Bottom Line: Call them progressive metalcore, R&B Djent, or whatever, but Jinjer has its finger on the pulse of some brutally heavy yet melodic and diverse rhythyms for your thirsty ears. Drink up!

- Genghis laments that he may not get to see this amazing band stateside (but hopes!)...

Tuesday
Mar212017

Without Waves - Lunar

Chi town gives us another great metal band, Without Waves, who know how to craft some tasty licks.Right off the bat let me tell you that Chicago ensemble Without Waves is an impressive outfit. You don't often encounter musicians talented - or bold enough - to fuse elements of jazz fusion, extreme metal, and stoner rock so well and in such a compelling way. As such, you can't really cherry pick from an album like their latest, Lunar (their first on Prosthetic Records), and get a true sense of the breadth of their sound.

Sewing Together The Limbs, the album's opener with a Mastodon-esque groovy chorus, is followed by the Damn The Machine proggy-jazz metal opening of Poetry In Putrid Air that gives way to the trippy, Opeth-y, clean tone groove of Us Against. And it just goes on and on, carrying the listener on the ebb and flow of the band's sonic ocean. It's just damn fine music that offers more than just variations on a core rhytymic style. Granted, that's sort of how your average band works, I know, but the bands that make stylistic diversity their signature sound while still maintaining a strong sense of identity really get my blood pumping.

The Bottom Line: Coming from a famous blues town like Chicago, Without Waves displays some very impressive musical ideas that are both sophisticated and laid back in a way that seems comforting and hugely satisfying. This is clear Spring morning, open the windows, and crack open a nice fruity IPA music for sure.

- Genghis really wants to have one of those mornings right about now...

Friday
Mar102017

KXM - Scatterbrain

The trio from another familio (go with it) is back with some groovy heavy tunes for your pleasure.Just a little (6 days) over 3 years since their debut album, dUg Pinnick (King's X), George Lynch (Lynch Mob) and Ray Luzier (Korn) - better known as the power trio KXM - have returned with a great followup, Scatterbrain...

What makes this project so interesting is the band's insistence on maintaining the jam session mystique that signed professional bands these days have a hard time even coordinating. Whether that's due to the current reliance on technology is a debate for another time, but recording the entire album in just 10 days with no pre-written material or preliminary meetings is nothing short of amazing. And it's not like the lads cut corners, by recycling riffs from song to song, as the album as a whole displays an impressive range of styles from prog to ska to punk. Take the quasi-reggae bounce of Not A Single Word punctuated with George's thick, juicy chording, or the Zeppelin-esque stomp of Obsession's verse. Even the mellow ballad Angel defies traditional rock rhythyms without losing a melodic thread thanks to dUg's liquid vocal harmonies. All in all, this is a damn fine album from some talented cats. Cross your fingers for more.

The Bottom Line: While dUg is in his rock trio element, Ray and George have no problem filling their respective roles, as this one and done album session is packed with unique and energetic performances. This is what rock and roll is about, kids. 'Nuff said!

- Genghis would love to see this band play some clubs...

Tuesday
Mar072017

Podcast #216: Image

We still may not know what the heck is an alter bridge, but Myles Kennedy did talk about other stuff.Well it seems that the boys are finally back on track - 2 shows in a row (A big Marv Albert "YES!"). Can you ever know too much about the bands that you dig and if so, can it destroy the image and mysticism that you have created in your mind about said artist? Join Genghis & Ragman as they explore this subject and many more.

Next, the boys caught up with Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy for a heart to heart as he discisses their new album The Last Hero as well as how he copes with his tinnitus. Join us for a jam packed show.

DVD of the Show: Night Ranger - 35 Years and A Night in Chicago

Beer of the Show: Cherry Chocolate Stout (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"Yes, we're suckers for a good dessert beer, and Sierra Nevada's CCS hits the proverbial spot."
 

Featured Tracks: Sabbtail - In the Eye of the Beholder, Night Ranger - Reason to Be; Accept - Neon Nights; Brad Gillis - Mr. Lollipop; Judas Priest - Johnny B. Goode; King's X - We Were Born to Be Loved; Kansas - Point of Know Return; Alter Bridge - One Day Remains, My Champion, You Will Be Remembered, Poison In Your Veins, Rise Today

Ragman Classic of the Show: Black Roses - Paradise (We're on our Way)

Genghis' Classic of the Show: Talisman - Frozen

Ragman Pick of the Show: Kansas - The Unsung Heroes

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Words Of Farewell - My Share Of Loneliness

- Ragman is wondering how long this roll will last...

Podcast #216: Image