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Album of the Month - May
  • Amr
    Amr
    by Ihsahn
Video of the Month - May
  • Live In Overhausen (2 CD + Blu-ray)
    Live In Overhausen (2 CD + Blu-ray)
    by Overkill
#DefineMetal
  • Metal: The Definitive Guide
    Metal: The Definitive Guide
    by Garry Sharpe-Young
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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
Tuesday
Nov072017

Kinlin - The Last Stand

I love when I find a new band, but I'm always a little perplexed when I find out that  they've been around 10 plus years.  The latest band, with these credentials, to kick my ass is Florida's Kinlin.  Kinlin brings the heavy on their latest release The Last Stand.  The band mixes in several influences to create a killer sound.  They are a mix of solid hard rock with a metallic edge.  Think Shinedown and Godsmack mixed with a little Metallica and you would be pretty close.  The Last Stand marks the bands 3rd studio release.

The Last Stand starts off strong with the opening track Wake Up, which is an uptempo rocker with a killer riff that drives the tune.  It has a little bit of a Godsmack feel to it, but with more melody.  The next track to really get my ear was the ballad Forever and a Day.  The song starts off with an acoustic intro before kicking into a very nice melodic guitar harmony.  It has a classic rock vibe to it, that draws you in right away.  The chorus is infectious and will stay in your head.  Great song.

This album is chock full of great tracks and flows very well.  I really like how this band brings in elements of the past and melds them with a new more modern sound.  A great example of this is the killer track Suffer and Pray.  Again, this band is able to create very memorable choruses, that will stick with you for days.  There are a few clunkers on this release, but all in all this is a very solid release from a new band, that ain't so new.  This one's a keeper.

Bottom LineSolid hard rock with lots of melody.  This band can bring it.

Standout tracks: Forever and a Day, Wake Up, Suffer and Pray and Stand or Fall

-Ragman is thinking that he needs to dig into to these guys back catalog.

Tuesday
Nov072017

Jane's Addiction - Alive at Twenty-Five

It is hard to believe that Ritual De Lo Habitual is 25 years old.  Damn I'm getting old.  I remember when me and the boys would hit the streets, on a Saturday night, and crank up Stop! and Been Caught Stealing.  Man, those were the days.  That said, this album stands up very well over time and is a bona fide classic, with alternative as well as metal fans. 

Last September Jane's Addiction took the stage at Irvine Meadows, before it was tore down, and performed their masterpiece in it's entirety.  Thank goodness for those of us that weren't able to attend, the band shot this magical performance and have just released it via MVD Visual and Cleopatra.  The band was on fire that night and executed each song with perfection.  As a bonus, they also threw in some other classics to round out their 13 song set.

Alive at Twenty-Five is shot beautifully.  It is one of those Blu-rays that gives you a sense of being in the front row.  The picture is crystal clear and the audio sounds amazing.  The Silver Spoon edition includes the Blu-ray, DVD and an audio CD.  This is a really nice package and is a must for Jane's Addiction fans.

Bottom Line: A fitting tribute to one of the band's stronger efforts.  The band play and sound amazing.

-Ragman has to see these guys live at some point.

Monday
Nov062017

The Slayer

Recently, another 80's cult classic horror movie was given the 4K transfer treatment, by our good friends at Arrow VideoThe Slayer is your classic slasher film with a twist.  The Slayer was a film that has not been seen for several years, unless you still have a VHS.  It wasn't until just recently that the film became available again.  The 4K transfer is very nice and really brings this movie into the new millennium.

The Slayer is about 2 couples that go to a secluded island for a relaxing retreat, but little do they know, that a storm is heading their way, as well as a serial killer.  The film has a nice dynamic, making you wonder if the lead character is going crazy or losing touch with reality, because of her realistic dreams/delusions.  This film was very well done.  The kill scenes are very impressive and the special effects truly add to these scenes. 

As I have said in the past, there were so many horror movies coming out in the early 80's, that some got lost in the shuffle and The Slayer was one of them. This is a classic slasher flick and should be picked up by most horror fans. 

Bottom Line:  A classic 80's slasher flick that you most likely have not seen.  A good film from start to finish.

-Ragman is wondering how this one never came onto his radar, back in the day.

Monday
Nov062017

Blood Feast

I know that Halloween has come and gone, but that doesn't mean that you have to stop watching horror movies.  Especially if they are old and cheesey.  The latest film to come across my desk was the classic Blood Feast.  Deemed as the first true splatter film, Blood Feast has recently gotten the Blu-ray treatment, courtesy of Arrow Video.

Blood Feast centers around the eccentric character named Fuad Ramses, who is a serial killer with a purpose.  His purpose is to collect body parts, from young women, and prepare meals with them, in an effort to bring an ancient Egyptian princess back to life.  Fuad is a caterer with a sharp knife that will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. 

This movie was entertaining from start to finish.  Bad acting, cheap effects, but a good story line.  The movie was shot in the early 60's and was revolutionary for the horror genre.  Yes the effects are a bit cheesey, but no one was doing this in the early 60's, so for the time this movie had to be pretty shocking.  All and all a good watch, and is a must buy for true horror fans.

Bottom LineA groundbreaking film from the 60's.  The first splatter movie.  It is a fun watch.  It is interesting to see how these type of films began and how they have evolved over time.

-Ragman is craving a good horror movie.

Sunday
Nov052017

WildeStarr announces new studio album release

US Metal powerhouse WildeStarr will release their new album 'Beyond The Rain' on Friday, December 8th on Scarlet Records. 

The first single from the forthcoming album release is the title track "Beyond The Rain", which has a new lyric video as well.   

Direct link to the lyric video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Lirrvr5SMc
WildeStarr is the combined talents of 3 of the most dynamic musicians in Heavy Metal today: Dave Starr (Vicious RumorsChastain), on all guitars & bass, London Wilde on vocals (who many regard as highly as Rob Halford, Dio, and Geoff Tate), and powerhouse drummer Josh Foster. Over the course of three studio albums – 'Arrival' (2010), 'A Tell Tale Heart' (2012), and now 'Beyond The Rain' – WildeStarr have established themselves as the masters of their craft with melodic and aggressive Metal full of dark drama, and conveyed via a huge wall of sound.

WildeStarr’s new album 'Beyond The Rain' takes the listener on a harrowing ride and emotional roller coaster. Some might think its a concept album, but its actually much more than that. The songs are London Wilde’s lyrical expression of pain, torment, hope, and love based on the real life tragic suicide of her brother Gary in 2012. Gary was a gifted musician who suffered the sad pitfalls of many others who pick up the guitar and dream of success in the music business. After his death, Gary essentially became a not so silent fourth member of the band, and his presence and spirit was deeply felt throughout the songwriting and recording process. 'Beyond The Rain' contains ten tracks of classic Heavy Metal in the vein of Judas Priest, Queensrÿche, and Dio, complete with Dave Starr’s soaring guitar harmonies and killer riffs, pounding bass and drums, and out of this world vocal melodies and lyrics by London. Husband and wife team Dave Starr and London Wilde have been friends for thirty years and married for over fifteen now. This makes their songwriting and chemistry very special and unique in the world of Heavy Metal.  

The album artwork was created by world renowned digital artist Jonas De Ro. Jonas has worked on many blockbuster movies as a conceptual artist, including 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice', 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation', 'Terminator Genisys', 'Jupiter Ascending', 'Edge Of Tomorrow', and many others! 

Complete track list is as follows:

1.  Metamorphose
2.  Beyond The Rain
3.  Pressing The Wires
4.  Red
5.  Down Cold
6.  Rage And Water
7.  Crimson Fifths
8.  Undersold
9.  From Shadow
10. When The Night Fall

More details will be revealed soon on http://wildestarr.com