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Album of the Month - August
  • Destrier
    Destrier
    Long Branch Records
Video of the Month - August
  • Metal Evolution (3 Discs)
    Metal Evolution (3 Discs)
    starring Sam Dunn
What's in the mind of Behemoth?
  • Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And The Profane: Behemoth And Beyond
    Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And The Profane: Behemoth And Beyond
    by Adam Nergal Darski, Mark Eglinton
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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
Saturday
Nov302013

Podcast #165: Residence

Years ago, when you went to Vegas, it was all about seeing Sinatra, Elvis, or even Liberace, but recently that's all changed as many of our musical heroes have invaded the city in the desert and claimed it as their own. Yup, the town that once housed the mob and The Brat Pack is now a heavy metal haven. Join the boys as they discuss the new trend of residencies in Sin City; is it a short lived experiment, or will it be here to stay? Next, the lads bring in metal legend Fang VonWrathenstein of the Lords of Trident who discusses how the band has been spreading the metal thunder for the past 500+ years including their latest EP, Plan of Attack.

DVD of the Show: Type O Negative - Sympathy for the Devil

Beer of the Show: Honey Kölsch (Rogue Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 3.5
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3.0
"Those magnificent bastards at Rogue have joined the GYO revolution with a sweet beer dedicated to bees. Nice!"
 

Featured Tracks: Epysode - The Arch; Type O Negative - Love You to Death; A Pale Horse Named Death - Shallow Grave; King Diamond and Volbeat - Room 24; Judas Priest - Touch of Evil; Def Leppard - Photograph and Mirror, Mirror; Lords of Trident - Chains of Fire, Complete Control, Song of the Wind and Sea, The Metal Sea and The Joust

Ragman's Classic of the Show: Scorpions - Falling in Love

Genghis' Classic of the Show: Steve Vai - Die to Live

Ragman Pick of the Show: Burning Rain - My Lust, Your Fate

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Dark Age - Afterlife

- Ragman can't believe another year has come and gone...

Podcast #165: Residence

Monday
Nov182013

Chronos Zero - A Prelude To Emptiness

I feel sorry for the guy who has to tyoe up the name of this album title in their review...DOH!Should you doubt the seriousness of progmetal band Chronos Zero's debut album, know that the full title for it is A Prelude to Emptiness - The Tears Path: Chapter Alpha. Not so smug now are you? 

Well, Italy's clearly latched on to the whole progressive metal genre with gusto as it seems everywhere you turn around these days you run into a new band full of the requisite virtuosos in pirate shirts. And the members of Chronos Zero wear their influences on their billowy sleeves on tracks like Lost Hope, New Hope Pt. II and The Creation, which are nearly dead ringers for classic Symphony X tunes. Not that I'm complaining about that. Some influences are so strong they can't help but rise to the surface in everything you do.

Luckily, the boys of Chronos Zero are quite talented or such an attempt would fall flat on its face. So, yes, this is a concept album, but I'd be hard pressed to tell you I could figure out what was going on or whether the story was even well told. But what I can tell you is that Chronos Zero is a band that has the talent to make original progmetal music that sounds like authentic 90s era stuff of the genre. And, I can also tell you that these people are clearly talented. Fair enough?

The Bottom Line: If you're a fan of the genre, particularly of a certain era, you're likely to go cuckoo for these Italian Cocoa Puffs. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they're bad. They're just not breaking any new ground, something that sets the cream of the crop apart in this crowded genre.

- Genghis knows he could never have pulled off that pirate look...

Monday
Nov182013

81db - A Blind Man's Dream

Ouzo, baklava, gyros, and now metal? Man, those Greeks never quit innovating stuff.One of the coolest things about modern metal is the sheer amount of diversity in its influences and musical permutations. Such is certainly the case with Italy's 81db and their latest effort, A Blind Man's Dream. Founded by guitarist Kostas Ladopoulos, the band interfuses modern alternative metal with the folk music of Ladopoulos' native Greece in a very natural way. The result is a unique and fascinating sound that works well in a heavy context.

Since their forming in 2006, the band has released two previous albums and gained a good following in Europe and it's easy to see why. It took me a while to realize that acoustic parts were almost exclusively played on a bouzouki, having no problem being juxtaposed with the more energetic heavy rhythyms. In fact I honestly didn't even realize what was going on musically until read the bio on the band. Going back to those parts of the songs and listening again I could hear the very traditional Greek melodies and marvelled at how well they blended into this modern metal music. It's really rather amazing. Dig the intro of Sirens and how the balls and chunk™ kicks in at 0:14 for good example of how this all works.

Thematically, the album's narrative is based on One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, though I've never seen the movie and know nothing about the story. But the music is what stands out, at times even sounding progressive, almost like a European version of Tool. It's fresh, heavy and invigorating - everything I enjoy about good metal music.

The Bottom Line: Opa! 81db is another great example of how metal transcends geopolitical boundaries (which makes it such a fascinating musical genre), and their blending of traditional Greek folk music with modern alternative metal is nothing short of genius. Looking for something different? Check this out.

Songs To Drink Ouzo To In Your Leather Foustanella: Manicomium, Sirens, When The Cat's Away

- Genghis would love to own an authentic bouzouki...

Monday
Nov182013

Almah - Unfold

Damn, if those Brazilians don't know how to rock some world class prog/power metal. And how have I never heard of Almah before?Listen, it's no secret in the metal world that South America has had some serious players in the game for decades now. And one of those players are the Brazliian progmetal masters of Angra. Over the course of the last 20 years they've made some really great metal, spawning some pretty great bands in the process, the latest being Almah.

Edu Falaschi, having handled lead vocal duties in Angra since 2001's Rebirth, has since left to focus on Almah, which began as a solo project. Interestingly, Almah has put out as many records since their self-titled debut in 2006 as Angra put out Edu when sang for them. Whether that has anything to do with his decision I have no way of knowing, but I couldn't be happier with Almah's latest album, Unfold, which is quite simply: fucking phenomenal.

Seriously, this album sounds amazing from start to finish. From the thundering drum intro of the proggy opener In My Sleep you get an immediate sense of the power stirring within this album. And the rest of the album rarely lets up on the throttle after that, save for a couple of introspective moments like Warm Wind, the opening of Treasure of Gods, and the closer Farewell. In particular, some inspired moments of out and out metal glory can found in tracks like the anthemic You Gotta Stand, with its Alice In Chainsey harmonized vocals and a larger than life guitar tone that's so ballsy you just know it's gonna rock the fuck out of any live show they unleash it on. What an album.

The Bottom Line: This is state of the art Brazilian power/prog metal, so if you are looking for a fix waiting for the next Angra - and for some reason haven't already heard of Almah, get. on. this. shit. right. now.

Tracks To Make You Spontaneously Yell "É nóis na fita, mano!": The whole damned album

- Genghis now assumes they just hand Brazilian babies a guitar when they're born (Crimeny!)...

Thursday
Nov072013

Unsolved

Unsolved is a murder mystery in which college students are given the task of solving previously unsolved cases. The story centers around the Dean's daughter and her boyfriend. The two have chosen to try to solve a case, of a girl that was murdered at the University, but the closer they get to solving the case, they run into several obstacles.

The story line and acting are actually good, but the film comes off as more of a Lifetime movie than a legitimate horror flick.  I was initially sucked in by the cover art, thinking it was going to be a horror flick, but instead all I got was a made for TV drama.  Don't get me wrong there is some blood spattering, but for the most part, it was PG.  All in all not a bad flick, just not what I was expecting.

Bottom Line: Not a horror flick by any sense of the word.  A well done action/thriller, that seems to be made for Tv.  It appears to be a college student film, which was done well, but a little too tame for me.

- Ragman is wondering if this one has made it through to Lifetime yet...