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Album of the Month - March
  • Bite!
    by Animal Drive
Video of the Month - March
  • Made In Milan [Blu-ray]
    Made In Milan [Blu-ray]
    starring L.A. Guns
  • Metal: The Definitive Guide
    Metal: The Definitive Guide
    by Garry Sharpe-Young

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

The Sacred Triangle - Bowie, Iggy and Lou (1971 - 1973)

Believe it or not, some of metal's roots stem from this triangle.Every once and a while we have to check ourselves and go back and research where the music we love came from.  I wouldn't say that some of the artist's featured in this DVD directly influenced metal, but they have indirectly.  Would Glam rock/metal be where it is today without David Bowie? I think not.  Would punk's outrageous stage antics be where they are today without the charismatic Iggy Pop?  Doubtful.  Lou Reed also made an impact on rockers with his unique style and truthful lyrics. 

The Sacred Triangle is a highly entertaining DVD which researches the bond between three musicians and the thread that ties them together.  Believe it or not, these guys were brought together by eccentric artist and cult hero Andy Warhol.  Warhol took a liking to Reed and The Velvet Underground, and from there it seemed that Bowie and Iggy came along for the ride. 

This is a great documentary that shows how three friends, brought together by Warhol, bonded and struggled, but were able to find their musical identities and persevere to become the rock icons that we know today.  This is a very informative documentary that includes lots of rare footage as well as some very informative interviews.  This is a killer watch.

Bottom Line: A great DVD which shows how things were done back in the day.  The comrodarey of these three seems like a rare thing these days.   The music business is so competitive and it was fascinating to learn how each of these guys were instrumental in the other succeeding.

- Ragman is inspired...


Dio - Holy Diver Live (Blu-Ray)

Long live rock n' roll, long live RJD!It still saddens me when I think of Ronnie James Dio's passing.  He was truly a legend in the hard rock and heavy metal community, and he will not be forgotten.  With Ronnie's passing, we the fans, will now have access to some of the greatest moments of the man's career.  One is the re-release of the legendary show, on BluRay, in which the Dio band performed Holy Diver in it's entirety as well as other Dio, Black Sabbath and Rainbow classics.  Holy Diver Live was filmed back in 2005, at the London Astoria Theater, and was originally released on standard DVD in 2006.

Holy Diver Live shocases the 2005 line up in top form.  I have to say, I think this is one of the more solid line-ups that Dio had.  Guitarist Doug Aldrich shines on this DVD and will blow you away with his amazing fretwork.  The set is solid with Dio performing classics like Gates of Babylon (Rainbow) and The Sign of the Southern Cross (Black Sabbath).  Ronnie sounds amazing, as usual, as well as the rest of the band.  The picture is incredible, and is such a step up from the original format.  As I say with most Blu-Rays, you will have a sense of being front and center.  Solid release which was noticably improved by the Blu-Ray format.  Get prepared to throw the Horns Up, cause this DVD rocks.

Bottom Line: One of the last Dio band's live recordings that you can get your hands on.  A monumental night in which a metal god performed one of his masterpieces.  Long live rock n' roll, long live RJD.

- Ragman can't wait to see what is next


Jane's Addiction - Live Voodoo (Blu-Ray)

A good experience, though not as explosive as you might want.I never had the opportunity to check out Jane's Addition back in the day.  Wifey says to this day,when she saw them on the Nothing's Shocking tour, that is was the best show she ever saw.  I've been a fan of the band for years, but have never had the opportunity to check them out live, so when the band released their first live DVD, I knew I had to check it out.  The DVD is called Live Voodoo and it was recorded in high def at the Voodoo festival in New Orleans about a year ago, last Halloween.

The DVD contains a 13 track set that covers primarily the band's two most notable releases Nothing's Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual.  The band sounds good but not great.  The mix is a little off.  I had a hard time hearing vocalist Perry Farrell at times, because he was drowned out by the rest of the band.  As far as the performance goes, the show is entertaining, but I think I was expecting a little more.  The picture quality is phenomenal though, as with most Blu-Rays, which gives you a sense of sitting in the first row.  All in all not a bad DVD, but could have been better, had the mix been stronger.

Bottom Line: Jane's Addiction 20+ years in, doing what they do best: rocking.   A killer set of all of the best tunes from the band's first 2 records, plus a couple of bonuses.  A good performance, but not as quite as explosive as I thought it might be.

- Ragman has never been caught stealin'...


Zombie Christ

If you don't get it, you're gonna be pissed...Try to think of the most offensive thing you can, and then pop Zombie Christ into the DVD player, and see if that still tops your list.  Zombie Christ is bound to offend many, but sure to give others a real chuckle.  This is a B-rated flick, as you might of guessed, that was written, directed and produced by the notorious Bill Zebub.  Zebub definitely pushes the envelope with this film by tackling such topics as Christianity, blastphemy and mythology.  The story lies around the resurrection of Jesus, as a skeletal zombie, and his quest to immortalize his true love Mary Magdalene.  The story in theory is interesting, but it is the humor mixed with totally off the wall shit that makes this film fall into the cult classic file.  There are things that you thought you never would see captured on film here, like a nun being molested by a chicken leg and a skeleton walking on water.  You have to take this film for what it is, pure B-movie cult classic.  The acting is subpar, as per most Zebub pictures, but this one is able to keep your attention, due to all of the weird things going on.  If you're not laughing at the pathetic, prop skeloton (main character), then you've either turned this thing off or you don't get it.

Bottom Line A horror/comedy soon to be cult classic.  I dug that the film had this early 70's sense about it.  The plot is just strong enough to keep your interest, and there is enough wierd shit going on to keep you glued to the screen.  You have to go into this film, knowing it is a goof, or you will be highly offended.

- Ragman is still perplexed after watching this one


Podcast #108: Accept

"...and I'm hungry like the wolllllllf!"What do you do if you're an iconic metal band, and you want to re-unite, but your lead singer ain't down?  Well, if the drive is strong enough and you're convinced you can move on without him, then you find a new guy that can hold his own and get out there and rock.  Which is exactly what German metal icons Accept recently did for their comeback record Blood of Nations (Current CD of the Month).  It isn't easy coming back to the scene after an extended layoff, much less with out your original lead vocalist, but Accept has done it, and they're persevering.  Join us in our latest An Evening With... series as we bring legendary guitarist Wolf Hoffmann in to give us the skinny on the new record, current tour plans, and how they found new vocalist Mark Tornillo as well as their current relationship with former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider.

Beer of the Show: Alhambra Negra - Beer Rating: 3

DVD of the Show: Accept - Metal Blast From the Past

Featured Tracks: I Don't Want to be Like You, Teutonic Terror, Fast as a Shark, Losers and Winners, Midnight Mover, Time Machine, Princess of the Dawn, New World Comin', Bucket Full of Hate and Restless and Wild

- Ragman is still pissed he missed the show

Podcast #108: Accept