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Album of the Month - April
  • Madness
    Madness
    by All That Remains
Video of the Month - April
  • Awaken the Guardian LIVE [Blu-ray]
    Awaken the Guardian LIVE [Blu-ray]
    by Fates Warning
#AceOfSpayeds
  • Metal Cats
    Metal Cats
    by Alexandra Crockett
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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
Wednesday
Jan182017

Dayshell - Nexus

You're in for a pretty rocking time if you like bands like TesseracT, my friend.Falling into the vein of great progressive groove machines like TesseracT is the compelling sound of Dayshell. This Southern California trio does an admirable job of crafting heavy but lyrical rhythms that are melodic but also shake the floor of the house, and I am loving it.

I have to mention my boy Jordan Wooley, whose bass work is fantastic. It's not Billy Sheehan pyrotechnics, it's just motherfucking bedrock, man. Like it's the meat in this delicious metal sandwich and I can't get enough of the tasty tone he posseses. Seriously, it's a great part of the overall mix. Which doesn't mean to say the rest of the trio are slouchers. Lead vocalist and guitarist Shayley “Dayshell” Bourget is part of the reason for the obvious comparison to TesseracT vis-à-vis singer Ashe O'Hara

The Bottom Line: In Dayshell you have sort of a cross between the melody and power of Tesseract with the thrilling aggressiveness of Sevendust. Do not fear this power. Take it in. They will requite your love.

- Genghis wonders if he should have ended this review like he did with a Hamlet quote...

Monday
Jan092017

Podcast #214: Forward

Local beer nerd Josh Stewart joins the lads to drop some knowledge on the suds. Nice!The lads celebrate the beginning of a new year and IT'S ABOUT FRIGGIN' TIME, amirite? Join Genghis & Ragman as they head down to one of their favorite gastropubs, The Hay Merchant, for a live New Year's show and interview with Josh Stewart, of the local podcast Interbrews, who really knows his stuff when it comes to drinking beer.

You know the drill: The boys talk about the things they're looking forward to in the world of hard rock and heavy metal in 2017, as well as the world of beer, so pur yourself a tall glass of your favorite winter warmer and sit a spell. HORNS UP!

Beer of the Show: Moo Caliente (Eureka Heights Brewing Company) [CASKED]
 
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"This casked Mexican milk stout is outstanding. Cayenne and cinnamon never tasted better together."
 

Featured Tracks: Firewind - Back On the Throne; Skid Row - Slave To The Grind; Iron Maiden - The Red And The Black; Dayshell - Carsick; Annisokay - Hourglass

- Genghis is already wanting another live show from The Hay Merchant...

Podcast #214: Forward

Wednesday
Dec282016

Podcast #213: Holly

Rags up and talks to one of our favorite artists, the man, the myth, the legend: Chip Z'nuff.It's that time of year, to bail John out of the drunk tank get our lists together, check them twice, and bring you all the annual Kicks and Kisses of 2016. Join the lads as they take you through the best and worst of this year in hard rock and heavy metal. HORNS UP!

And stick around for a great interview with the one and only Chip Z'Nuff of Enuff Z'Nuff who gabs with us about the band, their new album, and their 2017 tour plans. We can hardly wait.

NOTE: While normally there's a beer section to this best/worst commentary, we've decided to put that off to our New Year's show - especially since we get to go to The Hay Merchant for a visit with Josh Stewart of the local Interbrews podcast for some suds talk, savvy?

Video of the show: Pornograffiti Live 25 / Metal Meltdown - Extreme

Beer of the Show: Chocolate Hazelnut Porter (Heretic Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"Heretic has made one beautifully balanced porter with subtle chocolate and hazelnut notes that warm very well."
 
2nd Beer of the Show: Jolly Russian (O'Dell Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"O'Dell does a damn fine job with their barrel-aged series, and this complex but balanced stout is amazing."
 

Featured Tracks: Tracy G - Jingle Bells; Extreme - He-Man Woman Hater; Tracy G - What Child Is This?; We Wish You A Metal Christmas - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer; Devin Townsend - Stars; Y&T - Open Fire; Last In Line - Devil; Product Of Hate - Blood-Coated Concrete; Mystic Prophecy - War Brigade; Dynazty - I Want To Live Forever; Steve N Seagulls - In Bloom; Pretty Maids - Face The World; Tyketto - Kick Like A Mule; Enuff Z'Nuff - Baby Loves You, Dog On a Bone, One More Hit, Runaway, & Finger on the Trigger

- Genghis is NOT happy about whom we've lost this year...

Podcast #213: Holly

Friday
Dec162016

Microwave Massacre (BluRay)

Arrow has just released another lost gem.  Microwave Massacre came out in 1983, but was not seen by many.  It was billed as the worst horror film of all time.  I'm not sure how it got this description, because I thought it was hilarious.  It is not as much of a horror film as it is a black comedy.  It is one of the those lost B-rated gems from the early 80's, that just got lost in the shuffle, due to the explosion of the genre.  The early 80's birthed some of the the most classic horror films or all time, and unfortunely, some films got cast aside. 

Microwave Massacre is about a construction worker named Donald who is in search of normal food.  His wife is hellbent on cooking him gourmet meals, but he would be happy with just a bologna and cheese sandwich.  Well after a day of heavy drinking, Donald comes home and looses it on his wife and ends up offing her.  Not sure what to do after the murder, he decides to cut her up and put her in the freezer to hide the evidence.  Once Donald has disposed of her remains, he get hungry and mistakenly eats part of his wife, and likes it.  Yep, Donald has turned in to a cannibal and goes on a killing spree to maintain his new diet.  This one was fun, but not scary at all.  A perfect bowl of popcorn and a beer movie.

Bottom Line: A campy black comedy full of bad acting and special effects, but just kooky enough to keep you entertained.

-Ragman has abstained from using the microwave.

Wednesday
Dec142016

Podcast #212: Line

Check out ol' Johnny over there. Suns out, guns out.Time for another An Evening With... as the boys bring in one of their favorite vocalists, Johnny Gioeli from Hardline.  Johnny chats it up with the guys covering the spectrum of his massive career. Get the skinny on Hardline's latest release Human Nature, as well as some possible dates with the original line up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Double Eclipse.  Johnny also touches on his work with Axel Rudi Pell as well as his upcoming solo album. You can't miss this show because it's chock full of information you need to know.

Featured Tracks: Hot Cherie, Trapped in Muddy Waters, United We Stand, Where Will We Go From Here, Hands of Time.

- Ragman can't wait to see Neal with Hardline again. This will be epic!

Pordcast #212: Line