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Album of the Month - November
  • Disconnect
    Disconnect
    by Threat Signal
Video of the Month - November
  • Dimevision Vol. 2 - Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over
    Dimevision Vol. 2 - Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over
    by Dimebag Darrell
#DefineMetal
  • Metal: The Definitive Guide
    Metal: The Definitive Guide
    by Garry Sharpe-Young
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
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
Sunday
Oct292017

Podcast #225: Megadead

Oh, yeah. We talked to one of the co-founders of one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Whatevs.When you think of the Big 4, which band do you think tops them all? That's a pretty interesting debate that can ensue, but when the smoke clears, Genghis & Ragman will pick Megadeth everytime. Join the lads as they debate their ranking of the aforementioned Big 4, as well as what other bands could easily slide in right behind them. If that weren't enough, the boys discuss the evolution of the one and only Megadeth and much more.

Next, Ragman takes bassist David Ellefson up on his offer for a one on one chat wherin he discusses Megadeth's Dystopia tour as well as the what the band is planning for the immediate future. David also discusses the many other endeavors he's involved in outside of Megadeth. This is a mega show for a mega band. So tune in bitches!

DVD of the Show: Megadeth - Rude Awakenings

Beer of the Show: BBH with Espresso (Karbach Brewery)
 
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"Karbach's Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter series is blessed with espresso to make a phenomenal brew."
 

Featured Tracks: Megadeth - Lucretia; Widowmaker - The Widowmaker; Megadeth - Dread and the Fugitive Mind, Holy Wars...The Punishment Due; Marty Friedman - Sorrow and Madness; Testament - The Preacher; Megadeth - Hangar 18, Good Mourning, Black Friday, and Poisonous Shadows

Ragman's Megadeth Classic of the Show: Devil's Island

Genghis' Megadeth Classic of the Show: In My Darkest Hour

Ragman's Megadeth Pick of the Show: Fatal Illusion

Genghis' Megadeth Pick of the Show: 1,320'

- Ragman still can't believe that he talked to one of the Big 4 (Schweet!)...

Podcast #225: Megadead

Tuesday
Oct242017

Podcast Interview: Buggy

Ragman recently sat down with newcomer [13 year-old] Buggy, vocalist of Alarm For War, to talk about how he got started so early in the business and what his plans are for his musical ambitions.

And if that weren't enough, through an exclusive promotion with the band, you can click on the link to the left to register for a chance to win a prize package chock full o' swag, as well as a look at the first video single, Day Turned To Night.

Make sure to catch these guys on tour now with Powerman 5000 - and if you're in the Houston area at that time, they're playing the Scout Bar on November 4th. Don't miss it!

Featured Tracks: Alarm for War - Love and Not Hate, Day Turned to Night, Justified, Control of My Mind, and Sooner or Later

- Ragman was very impressed with Buggy and his band...

Podcast Interview: Buggy

Thursday
Oct122017

Podcast #224: Vacation

Tonight, we talk with Billy Sherwood, the man behind one of our all-time favorite, criminally underrated, albums/bands.The lads have made it through another summer sabbatical - as well as the giant boil on Houston's ass known as Hurricane Harvey - and celebrate with a long show that recounts their time off this year and the musical backdrop that supported it. Throw in some exotic beers from the four corners of the planet, and some killer tunes, and you get this XL-sized effort. Enjoy!

Next, Ragman snags a chat with the one and only Billy Sherwood, bassist/vocalist for World Trade, for a much anticipated conversation. Billy discusses Unify, the band's first album in over twenty years, as well the band's relationship with Chris Squire and Yes. This is an extra big post-summer show, so beer up - and HORNS UP!

Video of the Show: Primal Fear: Angels Of Mercy - Live In Germany

1st Beer of the Show: Orange Blossom Mandarin Wheat (Papago Brewing)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 2.5
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3.0
"This citrusy wheat beer from Arizona makes for a refreshing treat during the summer months."
 
2nd Beer of the Show: Scary Jesus Rockstar (Dark Horse Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 3.5
"This pairing of herby chamomile and the lightly sweet tartness of apricots is a work of mad genius. Bravo!"

3rd Beer of the Show: Affenkönig Imperial IPA (Brew Age)
 
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
"Austria takes a dive into the craft beer scene with an impressive entry of an imperial IPA. Wunderbar!"

Featured Tracks: Antisect - The Last Ones Standing; Fifth Angel - Angels Of Mercy; Primal Fear - Angel In Black; Lynch Mob - Mr. Jekyll And Hyde; Jag Panzer - Symphony Of Terror; Megadeth - Poisonous Shadows; World Trade - (Ask Ragman, since he didn't tell me)

Ragman's Classic of the Show: ZZ Top - Pincushion

Genghis' Classic of the Show: Def Leppard - Action Not Words

Ragman's Pick of the Week: Steven Wilson - The Same Asylum As Before

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Hell In The Club - We Are On Fire

- Genghis is all about some more live shows before the year ends...

Podcast #224: Vacation