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Album of the Month - October
  • z²
    by Devin Townsend Project
Video of the Month - October
  • Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs Of A Madman
    Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs Of A Madman
    starring Ozzy Osbourne
Good Reading
  • Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination
    Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination
    by Zakk Wylde, Eric Hendrikx
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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
Thursday
Feb282013

Picture Me Broken - Mannequins

Yeah, yeah, she's the daughter of Gregg Allman, but Layla can actually sing pretty well - and she does death growls.Let's just get this out of the way from the get go: Picture Me Broken's lovely young lead singer, Layla, is the daughter of the legendary musician Gregg Allman, okay?

Falling straight off the alt metal tree, Picture Me Broken (PMB), on their EP Mannequins, could very easily be mistaken for Evanescence, circa 2003 (though they actually formed 2 years after that). But before you lace up those Doc Martens and show off your angel wings back tattoo, know that PMB throws some new things into the mix such as an 80s rock energy and the melodeath sensibilities of the "aughties".

The former comes through in the guitar work of Dante Phoenix and Jimmy Strimpel, but interestingly the latter is brought to bear in Layla's Gossow-ish death growl on the title track. Let's hope for more interesting twists to the alt metal sound they've been influenced by with some killer guitar work and Layla's ambitious singing. Hopefully, this is just a taste of what's in store for early adopters...

The Bottom Line: Forget who's the famous daddy of the lead singer, that's not what makes Picture Me Broken tick. While some may dismiss this band as an Evanescence wannabe, there's enough on this EP to merit a chance to impress with their first full blown studio album later this year.

Tracks to Dye Your Roots None More BlackTM To: Torture and Mannequins

- Genghis wisely resisted the inclination to include a picture of Layla in this review...

Thursday
Feb282013

T & N - Slave to the Empire

T & N is the remnants of a failed attempt of a Dokken reunion.  Once the wheels fell off the wagon, once again, former Dokken members George Lynch and Jeff Pilson decided to do the T & N project.  Formerly known as Tooth and Nail, the boys had to change their name or get sued, due to copyright infringement.  For their debut release, Slave to the Empire, Lynch and Pilson penned 7 new tunes and re-recorded 5 classics.  The classics are interesting, because there are some new interpretations thrown in as well as a guest vocalist, well at least on 4 of the tunes.  As a bonus, "Wild" Mick Brown does the drumming on the re-recorded classics.  The original tunes have that blusier more modern sound, with an edge.   It is very simialr to the Lynch/Pilson material, released a few years back.

The re-recorded classics were a nice inclusion to this release.  The highlights for me, were Dug Pinnick (Kings X) on Tooth and Nail and Robert Mason (Warrant/Lynch Mob/Big Cock) on It's Not Love.  These re-recordings were top notch and rival the originals.  The other two were nice, but didn't hit me like these two did.  They also re-recorded Into the Fire featuring Pilson on vocals, but again not as appealing as the other two re-records.  The original material is strong, and Pilson does a really nice job vocally.  The standout tunes from the new material were Sweet Unknown and the title track.  The tunes are a little darker and blusier than their classic material, but it works.  All in all a solid release that will appease the Dokken fans wishing for the re-union, that will probably never happen.

Bottom Line: Lynch and Pilson once again delivering the goods, showing that the chemistry is still there.  It is ashame Don would not agree to join the the two, because this might have worked even more.  Heavy melodic tunes that keep that Dokken fire still burning.

Standout Tracks: Sweet Unknown, Tooth and Nail, Slave to Empire, It's Not Love

-Ragman wonders if Don could have even sung the new material.

 

Wednesday
Feb272013

Mustasch - Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven

You just gotta imagine that leader Ralf Gyllenhammar has got the meanest handlebar 'stashe, like *ever*.I have gone on record on the whole retro sound that’s been happening in metal pretty much since the beginning of this century; I’m for it as long as it sounds authentic, meaning I like a band to sound like it actually writes and plays this music and it happens to sound like it came from 30 years ago because that’s what’s influenced them. This as opposed to a band that basically mimics an old sound to cash in on the nostalgic feelings of older listeners who fondly remember a different kind of music than they hear today. The only real caveats are that you kind of have to sound authentic to that music on a technical level where possible, but more importantly, you should bring something new to the mix rather than just a rehashing of what was done before.

Thankfully, the hard rocking Swedes of Mustasch do just that with their new release Sounds like Hell, Looks Like Heaven. Under the able rhythmic thunder of guitarist/vocalist Ralf Gyllenhammar, Mustasch does a fine job of rocking an old school sound that mixes old Whitesnake, The Cult, and Thin Lizzy with a nice thick bottom end to give it a more modern weight. I would love to see a bill with these cats opening for someone like Thin Lizzy, or on a tour with the likes of The Sword. A word of caution, though: Listening to this music can cause accelerated moustache growth and loss of the top two buttons on your suede shirt.

The Bottom Line: Don’t expect high velocity shredding or extended proggy jams, this is just great hard rocking as made famous by those liquored up Europeans; with loads of attitude and hugely satisfying grooves. To give your right hip a workout, crank up Morning Star and revel in the cow bell. Moar cow bell!

Tracks to Swagger to With a Cigarette in One Hand and Bottle of Whiskey In The Other: It’s Never Too Late, Cold Heart Mother Son, Morning Star, Dead Again, Destroyed by Destruction

- Genghis couldn’t fit into a pair of leather pants even when he was in high school…

Monday
Feb252013

Paradox - Tales of the Weird

Heyyy, aren't these guys from the same part of town as that dude that followed the droids around in Mos Eisley?Bavarian thrash band Paradox is no stranger to the metal game; its cofounders were in their own thrash metal cover bands a few years before starting their own original effort in 1986. Though they debuted to great acclaim and released two critically popular albums, multiple line-up changes and illness have kept the band from being as active as other long-lived acts from the legendary 80s metal scene. Fast forward to now and the release of their 6th studio album, Tales of the Weird.

Band leader Charly Steinhauer handles the chores of guitar and vocals, but perhaps the real star is lead guitarist Christian Münzner who absolutely shreds all over the place, giving the songs on the album that oomph to keep it lively (and relevant) in today’s metal market. It’s a classic formula: heavy breakneck riffage, thunderous back beat, and razor sharp solos blanketed on top. And true to their old school roots, there are acoustic intros, sweet cover art, dirge-like moments of respite and enough political commentary to start a left wing radio show.

The Bottom Line: Old school thrash fans will find a lot to like in this latest album from the Bavarian metal masters. This album is chock full of high octane, headbanging fury played at breakneck speed. With music like this, there's only one place to go: INTO THE PIT!

Tracks That May Require You to Wear a Patch-Covered Denim Trucker Jacket: Tales of the Weird, Day of Judgement, Escalation, and Slashdead

- Genghis still has his old [too small] Levi's denim jacket in the closet somewhere...

Saturday
Feb232013

Podcast #149: Cover'd

Old, rusty barbed wire, or horns up? You make the call!You've heard us talk about cover songs before, but what about the so-called tribute albums that revolve around the work of a given band, usually featuring some amazing collaboration between some of your favorite artists who rarely get to work with each other? It's like forming a supergroup for one song on an album of other supergroups! Join Genghis & Ragman as they discuss some of their favorite tribute covers, inlcuding the direct hits and dismal misses. Next, the boys are paid a visit from Colin [AKA Mayor McCheese], who discusses his latest...proceedings.

DVD of the Show: Moonspell - Lusitanian Metal

Beer of the Show: Monk's Stout Dupont (Brasserie Dupont)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3.0
"A beautiful dark Belgian ale that starts out with a cherry, smoky start and pleases with a nice coffee finish."
 

Featured Tracks: Dreamshade - Photographs; Moonspell - Luna; ZZ Top - I Gotsta Get Paid; Ian Moore - Not in Vain; Kings X - Manic Depression; Ronnie James Dio/Malmsteen - Dream On; Nightrage - Photograph; Vince Neil/George Lynch - Paranoid; Jeff Scott Soto/Bruce Kulick - Shot in the Dark; Enuff Z'Nuff - Green Tinted Sixties Mind

Ragman's Sponsor Pick: Gypsyhawk - Overloaded

Genghis' Sponsor Pick: Witchcraft - If Crimson Was Your Color

Classic of the Show: Waysted - Heaven Tonight

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Prototype - The Chosen Ones

Ragman's Pick of the Show: Hollow Haze - Never Turn Back

- Ragman actually had a few more covers up his sleeve...

Podcast #149: Cover'd