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Album of the Month - July
  • Zero Days
    Zero Days
    by Prong
Video of the Month - July
  • Europe - 30th Anniversary Live [Blu-ray]
    Europe - 30th Anniversary Live [Blu-ray]
    starring Europe
#SoundSmarter
  • Heavy Metal Music and the Communal Experience
    Heavy Metal Music and the Communal Experience
    Lexington Books
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
Jun232010

Pearl - Little Immaculate White Fox

Pearl - Little Immaculate White FoxWhat do you do if you're the daughter of Meat Loaf and the fiancee of mosh master Scott Ian (Anthrax)?  Form a band and put out a CD, of course.  Well that is exactly what this former back up vocalist, for her dad and Motley Crue, has recently done with her debut CD Little Immaculate White FoxPearl Aday has lived the life of a rocker since the day she was born.  She literally grew up in recording studio's and on the road; during the height of her father's career.  Pearl's influences run from AC/DC to Janis Joplin.  Actually if you look at the cover of her CD, it will remind you of a Joplin record.  Pearl was named after Joplin's nickname, by her biological father, who played drums in Janis' Full Tilt Boogie Band.  For her debut, Pearl enlisted a heavy arsenal of musicians to help her out like Scott Ian, Ted Nugent and Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains).  Even though this CD has all of the makings of a new millennium version of Janis Joplin, Aday has many other influences to make this hopefully a rockin debut.  Let's see if it rocks.

LIWF begins with track Rock Child, which is an autobiographical tune about Pearl's upbringing.  It is a uptempo rocker that oozes with 80's flair.  It actually has a Motley Crue blues vibe to it, and is an adequate way to start the CD.  The next track Broken White, is not as strong and actually will make you reach for the FF button with lightning speed.  It is a midtempo blues rocker full of cheesey lyrics.  The next 3 tracks, Nutbush City Limits, Check Out Charlie and Mama are probably the strongest tracks on the CD.  Nutbush and Charlie are killer rockers with cool riffs and catchy melodies.  Mama is a bluesy type classic rock ballad that flows well and is very soulful.  After track 7, I began to lose interest in the CD, because I don't feel the songs were as strong as they were on the first half of the CD; with the exception of Broken White, which I didn't dig.  All in all not a bad CD.  There are some highs and lows, but I think the highs win out.  The one track that sticks out like a sore thumb, is the Punk inspired Whore.  If the track were good, I would show some mercy, but Aday is out of her element on that track and it just doesn't work.

Bottom Line: A surprisingly good debut with a nice mix of 70's and 80's blues rock.  LIWF is a strong enough debut that Pearl will be able to stand on her own without be in the shadows of the Loaf.

Standout Tracks: Nutbush City Limits, Check Out Charlie, Mama and Nobody

- Ragman is feeling bluesy

Tuesday
Jun222010

The Moody Blues - Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival (Blu-Ray)

The Moody Blues - Live At The Isle Of Wight FestivalThe late 60's and early 70's set the stage for some of the best musical festivals known to man.  These early pioneers paved the way for the festivals that we enjoy today; without a Woodstock or an Isle of Wight Festival, would there be an Ozzfest, Wacken or even a Vans Warped tour? Me thinks not.  It is really cool to take a look back and see how our parents or even grandparents used to rock out.  That being said, Eagle Rock Entertainment has just released The Moody Blues set from the Isle of Wight festival.  The Moody Blues are an interesting group because they started out as more of a R & B type act, before evolving into a psychedelic rock band.   In the late 60s' and early 70's, the band had really come into their own and was making waves on both shores.  The band was out supporting, their now classic album, A Question Of Balance, which had been released several months before this performance.  The Isle of Wight was a pinnacle moment in the band's career and solidified them as one of the top acts of that era by sharing the stage with the likes of The Who, The Doors and Hendrix.

Threshold Of A Dream: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival starts with a cool documentary which includes interviews with the members of the group, as well as some footage from the show. The interviews are from present day, intertwined with some vintage footage of the festival.  I found it interesting to hear the members take on this historic day, some 30+ years later.  The documentary also gives a brief history of the band up to the point of the concert.  The remainder of the full feature, is the actual performance.  I couldn't get over the clarity of the film.  It transferred well to BLuRay.  I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of the band, but did enjoy watching this DVD.  It is cool to go back and watch some of the rock pioneers at the top of their game.  Overall a very enjoyable watch, even though I only knew a handful of tunes.

Bottom Line: The Moody Blues at the top of their game.  A look back into the past of one of the most legendary rock festivals of our time.

- Ragman is feeling psychedelic

Saturday
Jun122010

Dream Theater/Iron Maiden

Sorry about the lateness of this review, but come on, you know the deal...  It's Dream Theater and Iron Maiden.  How can you expect anything less than amazing music?  Best of all, there were no attractive women to distract me and only me at said show.  What a relief, huh?  That said, let's get to the nitty-gritty.

Having been a fan of DT for the last 20 odd years, it's pretty difficult for them to disappoint me live.  I've never heard a bad show from these guys, even if the quality of their discography is a source of contention amongst its fans (for the record, I actually liked Falling Into Infinity a lot).  Long story short, they played a nice mix of their catalog (A Rite of Passage, off their latest album, sounded great live), but no solos from any of the ridiculously talented members as they blazed through a good 45 minute show.

You can guess the quality of the mix being that they were the opening act.  But for the most part, they sounded good, played their asses off to an ecstatic crowd and everyone came away from the experience happy from what I could see.  I only wish I could have gotten me one of their 25th anniversary shirts before I left, but I will bide my time...

I've written so many times about Maiden before, and what can I tell you except that their show was another fantastic live experience from one of the best metal acts in existence.  Think about it, Iron Maiden has been around since 1975 and they're still putting out albums that are able to stand on their own merit.  I'm not saying they're breaking down any barriers or forging new ground in metal - shit, much of their music is some of the ground that other metal bands have stood on for years!  But I'm simply attesting to the pedigree these guys bring to the table in terms of heavy metal concerts.  They are simply one of the best touring bands in existence; you never feel like they're phoning it in, and these guys have been doing in since the early 80s.  Rags felt like the set list was lacking, as they played more than a couple of numbers from Dance of Death, admittedly one of their weaker albums.  I honestly didn't notice, as I was enthralled by yet another amazing set inspired by the sci-fi theme of their upcoming release, The Final Frontier.  Alien monster Eddie was in full effect.  And the irons?  Bitches, they were UP!

Bottom line, if you've never seen an Iron Maiden show, but have been to other, newer metal bands' shows, go see the masters at their game.  And get me a DT hat!

- Genghis is looking for some online t-shirt deals now...

Sunday
Jun062010

Podcast #101: Dio

Ronnie James Dio (1942 - 2010)Genghis and Ragman remember Ronnie James Dio in a podcast devoted entirely to the man, the legend, and Metal God in his own right.  Ronnie was not only a great musician, vocalist, and lyricist, he was also a great human being.  Join Genghis and Ragman as they discuss Dio and the musical legacy he left behind.  And if that ain't enough, the boys are joined by Tracy G, Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Donnie Vie (Enuff Z'Nuff), Paul Shortino, Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned) and Rudy Sarzo (Blue Oyster Cult, Dio) to share their stories and experiences in celebration of the man who was Ronnie James Dio.

Beer(s) of the Show: Holy Diver (Young's Double Chocolate Stout with a shot of Frangelica Liqueur), Petrous

DVD(s) of the Show: Dio - Holy Diver Live and Heaven and Hell - Radio City Music Hall Live

Featured Tracks: Dio - King of Rock N' Roll, Invisible, Blood From a Stone; Rainbow - Stargazer; Dio - We Rock; Rainbow - Man on the Silver Mountain; Dio - Rainbow in the Dark; Black Sabbath - Neon Knights; Dio - I Could Have Been a Dreamer; Tenacious D - Dio; Dio - Egypt (The Chains are On), Wild One, Holy Diver, Just Another Day, Push; Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell; Dio - Rock N' Roll Children; Heaven and Hell - Bible Black; Black Sabbath - Falling Off the Edge of the World; Dio - End of the World; Rainbow - The Gates of Babylon; Black Sabbath - After All (The Dead); Dio - Born on the Sun, This is Your Life

Ragman's Pick of the Show: Black Sabbath - The Sign of the Southern Cross

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Black Sabbath - Mob Rules

- Genghis and Ragman will miss Ronnie James Dio.  Rest In Peace, Ronnie. 

Podcast #101: Dio

Friday
May282010

Holy Diver

In memory of our beloved Ronnie James Dio, our resident chef and beer recipe specialist, Turtlehead, has concocted a simple and delicious drink to honor the man and the legend.  Built on a foundation of Young's Double Chocolate Stout for boldness and flavor, an ounce (or two) of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur - named for an Italian, 17th century hermit monk - is poured into the depths to create a drink that's a perfect end to a perfect meal.

  • 1 bottle Young's Double Chocolate Stout
  • 1oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

- Genghis insists before you drink it, hold your glass high, and say 'Here's to you, Ronnie.  Horns up!'