That time Genghis said...
Album of the Month - May
  • Amr
    by Ihsahn
Video of the Month - May
  • Live In Overhausen (2 CD + Blu-ray)
    Live In Overhausen (2 CD + Blu-ray)
    by Overkill
  • 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

Ace Frehley - Galactic Explorer

I am a sucker for a good interview.  I wouldn't necessarily going looking for a CD, of interviews, from one of my favorite artist, but if I stumbled across one, then I would be intrigued, to at least check it out.  Well, that said, I just stumbled across a new release, containing some un-cut interviews, from one of my favorite guitar players, Ace Frehley

Frehley has recently released a compilation of interviews, with him discussing his first two, post Kiss, solo records.  The title is Galactic Explorer.  This is a cool release, which interesting to hear from the man, himself, as to how those records came together.  My only complaint, is that is wasn't longer.  I also hoped to hear him talk some trash, about some of his former bandmates, but that didn't make the disk.  Overall, it was an interesting listening to hear how those first two solo records came together,  This is a must for Kiss fans.

Bottom Line: Ace giving us the skinny, on his first two releases.  It was very interesting to hear him speak candidly as to how the band was put together as well.  Kiss fans, will eat this one up with a spoon.

-Ragman is about to have a Frehley's Commet weekend.


American Gunea Pig - Bouquet of Guts and Glory

Apparently, American Guinea Pig is a series of highly grotesque and twisted films, which are about to take the horror genre by storm, well at least they hope.  The film I was lucky or unlucky enough to see was Bouquet of Guts and Gore.  The film is about a couple of girls, who are abducted by some wanna be snuff film makers.  The premise is cool, but the film really doesn't go anywhere.  I think it was made just to gross out the viewer.  The one good thing I can say, is that then did a good job of transitioning from 8MM film to video; it added a nice effect.

Like I said, these two girls get abducted, they are drugged and then dissected by a sick individual.  While these two women are tortured, two of the kidnappers film, the mutilation, while the 3rd guy dissects them, like a frog, in lab class.  All of the guys are wearing masks, like something out of The Purge, which is cool, but unfortunately, it is very hard to comprehend what they are saying. 

Like the title says, this is a gore fest, and with the way they filmed the movie, you'll cringe, because of the realism.  The special effects are spot on, which made this movie work.  As far as the plot goes, cool idea, but just gets stale after awhile, because there is no real story.  Just one guy slicing and dicing up these two women like lab rats.  Other than that, not much to it.  Lastly, if you watch this thing, make sure you watch to the end to see something really messed up.

Bottom Line: If you like your horror gory, and with not a lot of plot line than this one is for you, but if you're looking for a horror film with more substance, than you might want to look elsewhere.

-Ragman actually had to look away a few times.  This thing did what it set out to do, gross you out.


My Sleeping Karma - Moksha

This may or may not be Ganesh giving us a horns up. You decide.I won't claim to have useful knowledge about Eastern mysticism. I mean, I am aware of Vishnu and Ganesh as deities in the Hindu pantheon. But the closest I've come to any exposure would be Keanu Reeves' Little Buddha (1993). In any case, German quartet My Sleeping Karma gives instrumental psychedlic rock an appealing Eastern flavor on its fifth studio joint Moksha. In Hindu tradition, Moksha is one of the four goals of human life and basically means emancipation, liberation, or release. So, it wouldn't at all surprise me if this was all some grand concept album, perhaps spurred on by one of the band's members for personal reasons.

Either way, this is some fantastic groove rock, replete with contemplative interludes that sound amazing. Which isn't to say that they took a stoner rock template and threw in some sitars and tablas for an instant Indian vibe. This is still pretty straightforward instrumental tripping, but it seems to have a more elevated purpose to it. Maybe it's just me. But I thoroughly enjoyed this album from the opening track Prithvi's hypnotic verse riff, through the introspective interludes, and down to the final track Agni's energetic finish.

The Bottom Line: My Sleeping Karma's instrumental trip Moksha feels like a journey to musical enlightenment and ultimately release as the album's title implies. This German group knows how to take psychedelic instrumental rock to the next level.

- Genghis is definitely getting a t-shirt with this album's awesome artwork on it...


Island of Death

Island of Death, is about a young British couple, that take a trip to the Greek Isles, for a bloody vacation, and I do mean bloody.  The film was shot back in 1976, but has recently gotten the Bluray treatment.  It was a fairly controversial film, for its time, being banned from some theaters in the UK, back in the day. 

The story starts off, like I said, with a you couple, in love, that has an axe to grind, with about everyone on the island.  They are a murderous Bonnie and Clyde, if you will, but instead of money, their payback, in their eyes, is salvation.  They come off at times, saying they are doing the Lord's, work by killing people with different morals that they have.  Funny thing is, is that they are more degenerate, than the people that they are killing.  The most shocking twist comes at the end, but I'm not gonna spoil it for you. 

I have to say, this is one of the better horror flicks, that I've seen in awhile, and it was released almost 40 years ago.  The acting is solid and the story line keeps you at the edge of your seat, for the whole film.  I never saw the film originally, but the transfer to blueray is beautiful.  So if you're looking for a demented horror flick, for the weekend, than this one's for you. 

Bottom Line: When you see a film like this, it makes you wonder how many more are out there, that you haven't seen yet.  This one was a nail biter from start to finish.  Gory, disgusting and immoral all wrapped up into one movie.  I loved it.

-Ragman is getting ready for Halloween already.


Nightmare on Elmo's Street

Who other than Bill Zebub, would think up a movie, in which puppets were living things, that assaulted or molested people, every chance they got.  Well, welcome to a Nightmare of Elmo's Street.  Unfortunately, Elmo didn't make a cameo, but a few of his friends from the street did.  This is classic Bezbub, because it is a combination of humor, along with some of the freakish shit, that you've ever laid your eyes on; set to a death metal soundtrack.

Nightmare on Elmo street, is about a guy named Barbara (Bezub), disguised as a cable guy, who is working with the puppets, to figure out who the haters are.  Well if he figures out who they are, then he is allowed to rape them, which causes them to die a quick death.  Kooky I know, but Zebub's humor, is so twisted, you can't help from chuckling a time or two, during the course of the flick. The only downside, is that I thought, that the film drug, in a few spots, and I lost interest a few times.  Fortunately that didn't last long, because of all of the weird shit going on.

Bottom Line: Would you expect anything less from Zebub?  If you're not offended and amused, at the same time, then he isn't doing his job, now is he?  I got both out of this one.

-Ragman is still wondering why Elmo, was not in his own movie.  Must of been a contractual problem.