That time Genghis said...
Album of the Month - December
  • Orpheus
    Bakerteam Records
Video of the Month - December
  • Stage Fright [Blu-ray]
    Stage Fright [Blu-ray]
    by Motorhead
Metalhead Gift Suggestion
  • The 1984 Metal Trivia Quiz and Game Book: 100 Questions to test your knowledge of metal music in 1984 (Trivia Quiz Games Series) (Volume 1)
    The 1984 Metal Trivia Quiz and Game Book: 100 Questions to test your knowledge of metal music in 1984 (Trivia Quiz Games Series) (Volume 1)
    by Dustin Gatchell


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

Shakra - Powerplay

It is hard to believe that Shakra has just released their 9th album Powerplay, because it seems like just yesterday, when I was ordering their debut from an on-line import music shop.  Man, how time flies.  Shakra is one of the better hard rock bands out there, and are because they have consistently been putting out solid music since 1998.   There are a lot of AOR rock bands out there, that have that syrupy sound, but Shakra keep it heavy with solid production and crunchy guitars.  

Powerplay is not much different than past releases.  I get it, they have a formula and they don't want to stray too far away from that.  That is a respectable trait, but also could be a downfall for a lesser band.  The band still mix it up from time to time, but do not stray to far away from the formula.  As with most of their releases, Powerplay offers a nice variety of rockers and ballads.  Most of the songs are pretty straight forward, but they are their strongest, when they get in a good groove, like on the track Dear Enemy.  The CD is really strong, fromm start to finish, with only a few misteps.  Solid hard rock from with some crunch.  

Bottom Line:  Great melodic hard rock with crunch and melody.  One of those CD's that stick with you for a while.  The songs are memorable and catchy, which is the perfect formula for a hard rock band. 

Standout Tracks: The Mask, Save You From Yourself, Dear Enemy and Dream of Mankind

-Ragman is wondering what button turns on.


Craving - Craving

Craving are a new melodic Death/Black Metal band, looking to hit the scene, with their debut full length CD Craving, in a big way.  If you're a fan of high octane tunes ala early In Flames and Children of Bodom then this may be your band.  Though they are heavier than In Flames, they have that early sound.  As with many bands in this genre, the vocals are inaudible for the most part, and it doesn't help that the lyrics are a mix of English, Russian and German, but does it really matter?  The music is phenomenal and very catchy.  The songs offer a nice blend of melody and brutality, which will captivate the listener.  I have to say, it was the guitar solos that pushed me over the edge, with this band.  Guitarist Thorsten Flecken is melodic and very tasteful in his solos.   A solid release from start to finish, that will grow on you with each listen.

Bottom Line: A CD that may not grasp your ear buds, on the fist listen, but after a few spins, you'll be sold.  Solid melodic death with lots of twists.

Standout Tracks:  Ein Funken Abendrot, In the Forest, The Blowing Wind and The Nameless

-Ragman is craving pizza, but why?


I'm Now - The Story of Mudhoney

Many attribute the creation of grunge, to Nirvana (like yours truly), but the real forefathers of this movement was Mudhoney and I'm Now is there story.  Mudhoney started at the height of hair metal, in 88, and were determined to break away from that mold, with something different, and that they did.   I'm Now - The Story of Mudhoney is a well done documentary about a band, that was overshadowed by the scene that they helped create.  The documentary takes an in depth look into how the band came together, to where they are today.  As many of you know I'm not the biggest grunge fan, and still am not, but I really found this documentary intriguing.  The film shows the highs and low of the band and their label Sub Pop.  The most fascinating part of the film, was when the scene was dying, it showed how the band coped and how they survived.  A solid documentary from start to finish.

Bottom Line: Ever wonder where Grunge came from?  If so or if not, this documentary is worth checking out, because it shows the good times and hard times of a determined band.   

-Ragman was surprised how well he like this one, even though he didn't dig the music. 


Extrema - The Seed of Foolishness

Apparently, Mr. Political Goat is not happy about the current state of affairs in this country.My thrash itch needs scratching every now and then, but damned if Extrema didn't come along and do it wearing a sandpaper glove by way of their new masterpiece, The Seed of Foolishness.  Admittedly, I feel a little sheepish saying that I've never heard of this band considering the fact that they've been around over 25 years. Perhaps their relentless touring is why they have so few albums out, but if this is the kind of material they've been making for a quarter of a century, it's crazy that they aren't more widely known.

The Seed of Foolishness is only the band's sixth studio album, but they've clearly been honing their craft to a razor's edge. Their thrash opus screams with moral outrage in all of its crunchy metal fury at the evils of modern society - particularly about the well-worn subject of government malfeasance. And I can't stress enough my satisfaction in the delightfully heavy rhythyms reminiscient of 80s era thrash legends like Testament or Anthrax. Toss in the occasional Blue Murder-esque harmonized vocals and you've got metal that's right up my alley. 

The Bottom Line: If you're an old school thrash metal fan, you're smack dab in the middle of this album's target audience. So, squeeze into those skinny black jeans and lace up those Chuck Taylors, cuz it's moshin' time. [Note: Skateboard is optional.]

Tracks That May Make You Want to Buy a Jean Jacket: The Politics, The Distance, Again and Again and Ending Prophecies

- Genghis is ready to get back to normal now that school's finishing up...


Podcast #152: Goose

It baffles the mind as to who comes up with award nominee lists; is it the fans, or is it a bunch of folks so out of touch with the scene that they just check to see what's selling on Billboard to make their decisions? Who knows? Join Genghis & Ragman as they discuss this year's nominees for Revolver's Golden God Awards. As per usual, the boys' lists are quite different from the execs over at one of their favorite rags, but that doesn't stop 'em from throwing in their 2 cents. Tune in while the boys discuss each category in detail. Next, the boys chew the rag with Hatriot vocalist, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who discusses his new band and their latest CD Heroes of Origin - as well as his great love for horror flicks.

Video of the Show: Zakk Wylde with BLS - Un-Blackened

Beer of the Show: Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale (Rogue Brewing Company)
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
"Don't let the description throw you off. This is a pretty good beer with complex flavors that warms up nicely."

Featured Tracks: Winger - Pull Me Under; Zakk Wylde - Between Heaven and Hell; Extrema - Bones; Halestorm - Daughters of Darkness; Periphery - Erised; Rush - Seven Cities of Gold; Steve Harris - Lost Worlds; In This Moment - Adrenelize; Of Mice and Men - Ohioisonfire; Slipknot - Dead Memories; Aerosmith - Legendary Child; Black Veil Brides - In The End; Exodus - Scar Spangled Banner; Hatriot - The Violent Times of My Dark Passenger, Suicide Run, Shadows of the Buried, and And Your Children Be Damned

- Ragman thinks the editors of Revolver laid an egg...

Podcast #152: Goose