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Album of the Month - December
  • Live at the Phoenix
    Live at the Phoenix
    Frontiers Records
Video of the Month - December
  • Live at the Phoenix [Blu-ray]
    Live at the Phoenix [Blu-ray]
    by Harem Scarem
Most. Metal. Comic. Ever.
  • Black Metal: Omnibvs
    Black Metal: Omnibvs
    by Rick Spears, Chuck BB

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

Horisont - Odyssey

On top of everything else about Horisont's latest album, the cover art is friggin' magnificent, amirite?That Scandanavian retro rock revival sound shows no signs of stopping and I can't say I'm upset about it. Especially where it concerns bands like Horisont and their latest studio album, Odyssey. And there's a lot to appreciate from this quintet, with influences as varied and impressive as Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Yes, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath. The amalgamation and presentation of this rock soup is pretty amazing I must say.

Billed as a concept album space saga by the band, Odyssey kicks off with a nearly 11-minute title track whose beginning sounds like a cross between Rush's Temples of Syrinx and Genesis' Turn It On Again. From then on it's classic riffs and tones from these guys like they stepped out of a Land Of The Lost pylon with their plush moustaches fully intact. I'm constantly amazed at these Northern European bands' ability to utterly capture a sound as wild as early 70's rock without sounding cheesy or cliché. This stuff sounds like it dropped out of a time warp and I love it. There's a very analog feel to everything, and the songs may not make a lot of sense, but it's more about the ambience at play here. Horisont conjures up a mood that's authentic and fresh despite it obvious inspiration.

The Bottom Line: This is some great 70s style jams with a progressive touch that knows where its roots lie but doesn't trade on nostalgia. It treats its audience like fellow time travellers who want to share a journey to a much groovier time in rock n' roll. To the Wayback Machine!

Tracks Greg Brady Would Totally Play For Chicks In His Own Bedroom: Odyssey, Light My Way, Back On The Streets, and Timmarna

- Genghis felt his moustache grow THREE sizes that day...


Podcast Interview: Jørn Viggo Lofstad

Say what you will, but my man Jørn Viggo Lofstad wears some sweet, black threads.The lads return with more interview showcases, this time hooking up with the guitarist of the awesome Pagan's Mind, Jørn Viggo Lofstad, who spills the beans on his career, the process of making the band's latest [amazing] double live CD, Full Circle - Live at Center Stage, and [vocalist] Nils Rue's obsession with the movie Stargate.

And if you're a fan of Pagan's Mind's brand of progressive metal, by al means support them by purchasing their latest album from Steamhammer Records. HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Pagan's Mind - God's Equation and Born Through Osiris Eyes

Jørn Viggo Lofstad Interview


Podcast #199: Fatigue

Genghis sits down with all of A Sound Of Thunder to discuss their burgeoning music career as metal bad-asses.As the countdown continues to The Genghis & Ragman Show 200th episode spectacular, the boys hoist some pints over a discussion of when bands tour too much. How much is too much? And does it actually help the band's sales in the long run or hurt them? Tune in to find out.

And Genghis takes on the entire roster of one of his favorite new bands, A Sound Of Thunder, who check in to discuss their latest album Tales From The Deadside and what it's like building a name for yourself as a metal band in the 21st century. Now get those HORNS UP!

Beer of the Show: Pumpkinator 2015 (St. Arnold's Brewery)
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"This year's autumnal offering is delightfully complex and smooth despite being a bit watery for a stout."

Featured Tracks: Gama Bomb - Avenge Me; Aerosmith - No More, No More and When The Lightning Strikes; Black And Blue - Wicked Bitch; Killing Joke - Big Buzz; A Sound Of Thunder - Children Of The Dark, Punk Mambo, and End Times

Genghis Classic of the Show: Heart - Little Queen

Ragman's Classic of the Show: Manowar - All Men Play On Ten

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Act Of Defiance - Thy Lord Belial

Ragman's Pick of the Show: Red Sun Rising - Worlds Away

- Genghis is highly anticpating this fall concert season...

Podcast #199: Fatigue


Podcast Interview: Zak Stevens

The only man who could step into Jon Oliva's shoes, Zak Stevens drops in.The voice of Savatage for many years as well as the popular Circle II Circle, Zak Stevens checks in for a little chat as he discusses CIIC as well as the possibility of new Savatage music...

Don't forget to check out Circle II Circle's latest album, Reign Of Darkness, available from earMUSIC! HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Circle II Circle -  Without a Sound, Victim of the Night, Ghost of the Devil, Somewhere, Untold Dreams, and All That Remains

Zak Stevens Interview


Podcast Inteview: Phil Anselmo

The man, the legend, Philip H. Anselmo has a little chin wag with the boys.The initimable Philip H. Anselmo stops to chat with the lads about his love for all things metal and horror, as well as his work on the Metal Allegiance album and with Superjoint at the Housecore Horror Festival event in San Antonio.

But please make sure to check out all of the bands that Phil has played with wherever they may be available so we can support moar metals! HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Pantera - Clash with Reality; Metal Allegiance - Dying Song

Phil Anselmo Interview