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Album of the Month - March
  • Emperor Of Sand
    Emperor Of Sand
    by Mastodon
Video of the Month - March
  • Fest: Live Tokyo International Forum Hall a [Blu-ray]
    Fest: Live Tokyo International Forum Hall a [Blu-ray]
    by Michael Schenker
#JudasFeast
  • Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook
    Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook
    by Annick Giroux
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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
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

Thursday
Dec012016

Podcast #211: Buff

Rags talks to none other than Tom Englund and Henrik Denhage of Evergrey and we all DRINK.The lads ventured out the weekend after Thanksgiving for a special event at their beloved local Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company and thought you might want to hear what went on. As you know, Genghis & Ragman always talk hard rock and metal while they drink beer and BuffBrew's Friendsgiving 2016 event was no different. So, enjoy some libation while the boys jabber, eh?

Later, Rags chats it up with Tom Englund and Henrik Danhage of one of his favorite European metal bands of all time, Evergrey, in an interview he did earlier this fall. Tom and Henrik discuss the new album, The Storm Within, and subsequent tour plans. HORNS UP!

NOTE: McCheese wanted us to remind you all that you should drink responsibly. To which we replied "DUH!"

Featured Tracks: Nitrogods - At Least I'm Drunk; Mr. Big - Merciless; Gama Bomb - Drinkers Inc.; AC/DC - Have A Drink On Me; Honky - Snorting Whiskey, Drinking Cocaine; Evergrey - More Than Ever, In Orbit, Someday, Distance, Passing Through, and The Masterplan

- Genghis is now getting his beer trading on (got some white whales to find)...

Podcast #211: Buff

Tuesday
Nov222016

ARW: An Evening Of Yes Music And More

"One down, one to go. Another town and one more show."

I remember when I first heard Owner Of A Lonely Heart and thinking "This is Yes? I like it!", which isn't to say I didn't already like Yes before that. But, it heralded a new chapter in the history of the venerable progressive rock band. That change was largely the result of adding South African guitarist Trevor Rabin to the roster and what became the spontaneous reformation of the band. And while Trevor may have been reluctant to do exactly that, his input helped to make for one of the band's most successful eras - if not the most. The celebration of that era was the setting for the ARW: An Evening Of Yes Music And More show I had the pleasure of seeing at San Antonio's historic Majestic Theatre recently.

I won't bore you with the theatre's history (check it out here, if you like), but the beautiful venue was the perfect setting for the evening's event, which started with me realizing that Jackie Earle Haley was briefly behind me in line for beer. The venue's baroque decor provided a certain sophistication to compliment the simplicity of the band's art deco backdrop lit in soft pastels, and I spent every spare moment admiring its charm.

After a symphonic overture, the band hit with Cinema, the Grammy-winning namesake of the nascent band that eventually became the reformed Yes in the 90s. This was a good start to things, but where I really perked up was for one of my favorites from 90125, the bluesy, dirty guitar-driven Hold On. One would assume that Chris Squire missing from the vocal mix would be an issue, but bassist Lee Pomeroy did a good job of making up for it. This show was particularly poignant for me since I never got to see Yes before now and I miss Chris Squire keenly as one of the icons of bass guitar. RIP, Chris.

The mix of old Yes songs was much approved by the audience. Classics like I've Seen All Good People, And You And I, and Long Distance Runaround (one of my all time favorites) made for wonderful connections between the Rabin-era and older material, prefaced by the anecdotal musings of the thoroughly affable Jon Anderson.

Near the end of the evening, Owner Of A Lonely Heart - the band's only number one hit in America - was naturally well-received including some of Trevor's most impressive soloing (and he hasn't lost a note in over 30 years, let me tell you), followed by the inevitable encore with the classic Roundabout to end the proceedings perfectly. This was an amazing show, plain and simple, and I was thrilled to see the band in such a beautiful venue for the first and only time. Bravo, gentlemen!

- Genghis would love to see a Blu-Ray release of this tour...

Monday
Nov212016

Lucid Fly - Building Castles In The Air

I'm betting this chick might want to sue her hairdresser.I love me some progressive music, as well you know, almost as much as I love Eva Green (it's true, I always turn off Casino Royale after she leaves for the bank). But like any other genre, it's hard to find something that sets any one act apart when it follows the genre's conventions as closely as new bands tend to do. When one of them adds something new to the mix or simply does what's expected but takes it to a higher standard of quality, that's when jaded old cynics like myself take notice. This is where bands like Lucid Fly come in.

Moving from one side of the country to the other in order to take their music to the next level, the melodic prog rockers have released Building Castles In Air, an album that both impresses and satisfies genre votaries like myself. Part of that credit goes to singer Nikki Layne, whose confident crooning can range from ethereal to ringing as the mood calls for it. Guitarist Doug Mecca however has a deft touch on the rhythymic side of things, with moody textures that never overpower the song as a whole. Apparently, having earned copious praise throughout their expanding realm of influence, they were hand-picked by Mike Portnoy to play on the Progressive Nation at Sea cruise in 2014 which put them in front and alongside many notable bands and upping their exposure considerably. And it is well-deserved, I can assure you.

The Bottom Line: Lucid Fly isn't just a progressive band with a female lead singer, they're a truly well-rounded band in terms of influences and they've got the chops to put out some truly impressive material. Keep an eye on this band.

- Genghis sure does want to go on one of those metal cruises one day...