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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
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
Monday
Feb092015

Podcast #186: Awake

Long before Meghan Trainor came along, Bjorn Englen was ALL about that bass. Yes, I went there.The lads are back in the thick of a new year with a little new music from Tracy G and new announcer, Joey Clams. Join Genghis & Ragman as they shoot the shit with each other after their brief Winter hiatus with talk of all things metal. Lookin' like 2015 could be a good year around the studio.

Then join in on a one on one with Bjorn Englen of Soul Sign for a chat about his love for the bass and the band's plans for 2015.

Video Of The Show: Shinedown – Live In The Stratosphere

Beer of the Show: Kasteel Winter (Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.)
 
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"You’ll be plenty warmed up with this damn fine winter ale’s 11% abv and super roasty aroma."
 

Featured Tracks: Job For A Cowboy - Sun Of Nihility; Extreme - Decadence Dance; King's X - Black Flag; Enuff Z'Nuff - A New Thing; Shinedown - Devour; Jorn Lande - River of Tears; Harmony - Hands of Time; Strange Fruit - All Over The World Tonight; All That Remains - What If I Was Nothing; Rated X - Fire and Ice; Soul Sign - Life, Between the Lines, Out of Obsession, You (Control), Human Evil and In Pain

Ragman's Classic Of The Show: Jam Pain Society - Wasted

Genghis' Classic Of The Show: Whitesnake - Cryin' In The Rain

Ragman's Pick Of The Show: IQ - The Road of Bones

Genghis' Pick Of The Show: Bailey - In The Name of the King

- Genghis is really digging our new sound…

Podcast #186: Awake

Thursday
Feb052015

Emigrate - Silent So Long

When Richard Kruspe tells you he's gonna rock, all you can say is "Alles klar, Herr Kommisar".It's kind of cool how Rammstein is so beloved by hard rock and metal bands. And even cooler that founding guitarist Richard Kruspe's alternative metal band Emigrate, having released its debut album back in 2007, continues to provide an outlet for his creative energies.

And it's a tribute to the fabled German work ethic that Kruspe doesn't choose to sit around on his main band's laurels. He recorded in his own Berlin studio and played host to a nice assortment of guest vocalists such as Lemmy from Motörhead, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Canadian born Berlin-dweller, Peaches, and Frank Dellé from chart-topping German collective Seeed.

There's a nice mix of sounds on this album, ranging from the familiar industrial metal sound of Rammstein on tracks like Hypothetical and Get Down, to more punkish rocking (Rock City), to more traditional metal sounds (My Pleasure). There's a great energy evident here, as if Kruspe is enjoying every minute of doing this, and it translates to the overall vibe. Aushezeichnet.

The Bottom Line: Herr Kruspe continues to pour his songwriting energies into projects that benefit from him having so many fans in the business. The guest vocals and collaborations in Emigrate are thoughtfully decided, and it shows. Nice work.

- Genghis doesn't pull off that eyeliner thing so well...

Thursday
Feb052015

Crazy Lixx (self-titled)

You'd be hard pressed to find a more authentic sounding 80s hair metal band than these Swedes. Yup.For all of the subgenres of heavy metal you have certain eras of sound that are unmistakeable, able to transport you instantly to that time in your past when you first heard those familiar rhythyms. And I reckon you can almost smell the fog machine kicking in, accompanying a small adrenaline surge as you hit play with Crazy Lixx queued up on your music player of choice. This is late 80s hair metal, as if the spelling of their name wasn't obvious enough. And it's quite good.

If you didn't know better, you'd probably swear this band came straight off the Sunset Strip, but this Swedish hard rocking outfit has only been around since 2002. Their self-titled fourth album has everything you'd expect from the era - hell, I wouldn't be shocked to see their name in the credits for that legendary doc The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II - The Metal Years. As such, there's not much to speak of here except to say that all of the great, flashy guitarwork, big harmonized choruses and drunken swagger of that time in music is present and accounted for on every track. This is some damn good genre tunes.

The Bottom Line: The next best thing to a highly modified DeLorean with the controls set for 1986, Swedish rockers Crazy Lixx bring you all of the authentic sound of that era. So, tie those scarves around the leg of your faded and tattered skinny jeans, and put on your pirate shirt, cuz it's motherfucking party time.

Tracks To Crank While You Shake Up That AquaNet: Outlaw, Ain't No Rest In Rock And Roll, and Heroes Are Forever

- Genghis wouldn't mind taking a ride in that Delorean now that you mention it...

Thursday
Jan292015

My Brother The Wind - Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One

Sweden’s instrumental cosmic rock quartet, My Brother The Wind, knows how to groove old school, and that's a fact. Okay, I'm just going to come right out at the beginning of this review and say that I'm a sucker for what bands like Sweden's My Brother The Wind (MBTW) do on their latest LP Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One. These guys make the kind of classic instrumental cosmic rock (I've always called it space rock, but whatever) that Pink Floyd made famous in their more contemplative, if self-indulgent, moments for generation of stoned teenagers where the sense of time goes by the wayside. And I couldn't be more into it. Dat title though.

Recorded live, and completely improvised, with no overdubs during one January day in Åmål, Sweden, the thoroughly analog feel of the album came from using vintage flangers, plate reverbs and tape echoes recorded to 2" tape on a 44-year-old 16-track Ampex. How's that grab you for authenticity? But it's all for naught if the tunes don't work, right? Luckily MBTW has the goods, indulging in songs that sometimes break the 12 minute mark without sounding like the needle's stuck on the record. And it's that kind of solid grooving that makes or breaks this genre; chill and groove out, but don't be boring, man. Nice work, lads.

The Bottom Line: Sweden's reputation for musical innovation and revival continues to grow to the delight of eager listeners with bands like My Brother The Wind. This is classic head-tripping stuff, and the fact that it's all performed without a net makes it all the more amazing. Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta get my vape on.

Tracks To Enjoy While Lying On Your Bokhara Rug With Your Headphones On: Songs Of Innocence Part 1, Misty Mountainside, and Garden Of Delights

- Genghis is feeling toasted, nicely toasted...

Monday
Jan262015

Podcast #185: Resolution

It's new year's eve and the lads have rustled up Harem Scarem's Pete Lesperance for a chin wag. Bottoms up!Happy new year! Okay, we know it's almost February, but work with us. Made your resolution(s) yet? We haven't, but we're kind of slow with these sorts of things (you may have noticed). Join Genghis & Ragman as they discuss what tunes, concerts, collaborations and movies they'll be anticipating in the new year. If everything comes together, we're looking at another solid year of music. Next, the boys welcome back Harem Scarem guitarist Pete Lesperance for a one on one as he discusses the new CD Thirteen as well as plans for 2015.

DVD of the Show: Live at Wacken 2014

Beer of the Show: Smoked Porter with Chocolate & Orange Peel (Stone Brewing Co.)
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3.5
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
"Stone's latest is not too unlike a rauchbier with one of those chocolate oranges dropped in it, but the flavor's more sophisticated than it sounds."

2nd Beer of the Show: Bourbon County Stout (Goose Island Brewery) Rating: 3

Standout Tracks: Empire 21 - When You're Falling; Gary Moore - The End of the World; Avantasia - Invoke the Machine; Savatage - Sirens and Handful of Rain; Lynch Mob - Believers of the Day; Van Halen - You and Your Blues; Harem Scarem - I'll be Brief, Garden of Eden, Saints and Sinners, Live It, Stardust, Change Comes Around

- Ragman is looking forward to another hard-rocking year...

Podcast #185: Resolution