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Album of the Month - June
  • In Vaults
    In Vaults
    by District 97
Video of the Month - June
  • Live at the Roxy 09.25.14 [Blu-ray]
    Live at the Roxy 09.25.14 [Blu-ray]
    starring Slash/ Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Are you an old metal head?
  • Metal Fatigue: The Making of a Middle Aged Metal Head
    Metal Fatigue: The Making of a Middle Aged Metal Head
    by Todd Baker
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
Wednesday
Feb112015

Chiefs - Tomorrow's Over

Looking for melodic doom metal? Chiefs are something like that, so smoke 'em if ya got 'em...Things really took off for Arizona duo Chiefs when they relocated to San Diego and added a bass player to their ranks to fill out the low-end of their stoner rock sound. And their debut album, Tomorrow's Over, is all the better for this change.

Coming off a bit like a cross between the restless energy of old Soundgarden and the rumbling groove of Dopesmoker, I really dig the melodicism here that sets them apart from most stoner/doom metal outfits. Vocalist/Guitarist Paul Valle sounds a lot like Chris Volz of Five.Bolt.Main, which is to say he's got an earnest wail that smoothly rides atop the bottom-heavy groove this band is laying down. That's it. We're talking meat and potatoes groove-based heavy tunes here and I dig it mightily.

The Bottom Line: If you've been looking around for that 90s vibe of thick, melodic, Sabbathy grooves, you should check out Chiefs' debut. This fervent trio can rock a joint nicely.

- Genghis is pretty comfortable with denim...

Monday
Feb092015

9006 problems

Sorry for the errors downloading the podcast these days. I get it too when I try to download from iTunes. I get the infamous error = 9006, and Apple is of very little help on this issue. In the meantime, you can of course direct download it, stream it from the site, or we are considering alternative locations as well, like SoundCloud.

If you guys have any idea what to do about this, I'd love to hear it. Hope this is helpful.

HORNS UP!

- Genghis' horns droop a little every time that error comes up...

Monday
Feb092015

Podcast #186: Awake

Long before Meghan Trainor came along, Bjorn Englen was ALL about that bass. Yes, I went there.The lads are back in the thick of a new year with a little new music from Tracy G and new announcer, Joey Clams. Join Genghis & Ragman as they shoot the shit with each other after their brief Winter hiatus with talk of all things metal. Lookin' like 2015 could be a good year around the studio.

Then join in on a one on one with Bjorn Englen of Soul Sign for a chat about his love for the bass and the band's plans for 2015.

Video Of The Show: Shinedown – Live In The Stratosphere

Beer of the Show: Kasteel Winter (Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.)
 
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"You’ll be plenty warmed up with this damn fine winter ale’s 11% abv and super roasty aroma."
 

Featured Tracks: Job For A Cowboy - Sun Of Nihility; Extreme - Decadence Dance; King's X - Black Flag; Enuff Z'Nuff - A New Thing; Shinedown - Devour; Jorn Lande - River of Tears; Harmony - Hands of Time; Strange Fruit - All Over The World Tonight; All That Remains - What If I Was Nothing; Rated X - Fire and Ice; Soul Sign - Life, Between the Lines, Out of Obsession, You (Control), Human Evil and In Pain

Ragman's Classic Of The Show: Jam Pain Society - Wasted

Genghis' Classic Of The Show: Whitesnake - Cryin' In The Rain

Ragman's Pick Of The Show: IQ - The Road of Bones

Genghis' Pick Of The Show: Bailey - In The Name of the King

- Genghis is really digging our new sound…

Podcast #186: Awake

Thursday
Feb052015

Emigrate - Silent So Long

When Richard Kruspe tells you he's gonna rock, all you can say is "Alles klar, Herr Kommisar".It's kind of cool how Rammstein is so beloved by hard rock and metal bands. And even cooler that founding guitarist Richard Kruspe's alternative metal band Emigrate, having released its debut album back in 2007, continues to provide an outlet for his creative energies.

And it's a tribute to the fabled German work ethic that Kruspe doesn't choose to sit around on his main band's laurels. He recorded in his own Berlin studio and played host to a nice assortment of guest vocalists such as Lemmy from Motörhead, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Canadian born Berlin-dweller, Peaches, and Frank Dellé from chart-topping German collective Seeed.

There's a nice mix of sounds on this album, ranging from the familiar industrial metal sound of Rammstein on tracks like Hypothetical and Get Down, to more punkish rocking (Rock City), to more traditional metal sounds (My Pleasure). There's a great energy evident here, as if Kruspe is enjoying every minute of doing this, and it translates to the overall vibe. Aushezeichnet.

The Bottom Line: Herr Kruspe continues to pour his songwriting energies into projects that benefit from him having so many fans in the business. The guest vocals and collaborations in Emigrate are thoughtfully decided, and it shows. Nice work.

- Genghis doesn't pull off that eyeliner thing so well...

Thursday
Feb052015

Crazy Lixx (self-titled)

You'd be hard pressed to find a more authentic sounding 80s hair metal band than these Swedes. Yup.For all of the subgenres of heavy metal you have certain eras of sound that are unmistakeable, able to transport you instantly to that time in your past when you first heard those familiar rhythyms. And I reckon you can almost smell the fog machine kicking in, accompanying a small adrenaline surge as you hit play with Crazy Lixx queued up on your music player of choice. This is late 80s hair metal, as if the spelling of their name wasn't obvious enough. And it's quite good.

If you didn't know better, you'd probably swear this band came straight off the Sunset Strip, but this Swedish hard rocking outfit has only been around since 2002. Their self-titled fourth album has everything you'd expect from the era - hell, I wouldn't be shocked to see their name in the credits for that legendary doc The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II - The Metal Years. As such, there's not much to speak of here except to say that all of the great, flashy guitarwork, big harmonized choruses and drunken swagger of that time in music is present and accounted for on every track. This is some damn good genre tunes.

The Bottom Line: The next best thing to a highly modified DeLorean with the controls set for 1986, Swedish rockers Crazy Lixx bring you all of the authentic sound of that era. So, tie those scarves around the leg of your faded and tattered skinny jeans, and put on your pirate shirt, cuz it's motherfucking party time.

Tracks To Crank While You Shake Up That AquaNet: Outlaw, Ain't No Rest In Rock And Roll, and Heroes Are Forever

- Genghis wouldn't mind taking a ride in that Delorean now that you mention it...