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Album of the Month - April
  • Horizons
    Horizons
    by Anubis Gate
Video of the Month - April
  • Led Zeppelin - Good Times, Bad Times
    Led Zeppelin - Good Times, Bad Times
    starring Led Zeppelin
Good Reading
  • The Art of Metal: Five Decades of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts, and More
    The Art of Metal: Five Decades of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts, and More
    Voyageur Press
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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
Thursday
Oct112012

Kiss - Shout It Out Loud (The Secret Story - Unauthorized)

Being an avid Kiss fan, I usually get sucked in by any new product, especially if it involves the original line up.  Don't let the cover fool you, because the new line up is not included in this video, only the original guys.  The latest thing to catch my eye is an unauthorized DVD called Shout It Out Loud (The Secret Story).  This is not a documentary, so don't get the wrong idea.  It is a compilation of interviews, as well as features on the band from back in the day. 

I have seen some of this material before, but I don't believe it has been released on DVD before.  There are interviews with the band, mainly from the Dynasty era as well as some, documentary style features showing how the band gets their stage and their gear put together, before a gig.  I gotta say it was pretty cool to see some of this footage.  I think one of the highlights was an interview with Peter Criss, post Kiss (1st time), from some news broadcast.  It was a fun watch, but this one will mainly appeal to the Kiss Army.

Bottom LineA compilation of old TV clips featuring the hottest band in the world.  This is a nostalgia piece, that will mostly just appeal to die hard Kiss fans.

-Ragman took a ride on a time machine with this one.

Thursday
Sep272012

Podcast #142: Roar

Big thanks to Ryan, Brian, and the rest of the guys from Candlelight Red for showing us some hospitality. HORNS UP!Well, the festival season has recently come to an end and Genghis & Ragman closed it out by attending the Uproar Festival, battling through the Texas heat to rock out with the new school.  Join G & R as they give a play-by-play of the festival; from Candlelight Red to Shinedown the boys cover the gamut. First off, the guys cornered lead guitarist Brad Prentice from newcomers Mindset Evolution who discusses the tour as well as their current EP. Next, Genghis & Ragman were cordially invited to hang with the boys from Candlelight Red as vocalist Ryan Hoke and drummer Brian Dugan chewed the fat about touring and recording.

Beers of the Festival: Stella Artois, Shocktop, Ziegenbock

Featured Tracks: Papa Roach - Lifeline; Mindset Evolution - We Are Stars; Staind - Eyes Wide Open; Adelita’s Way - Alive; Godsmack - Cryin' Like a Bitch; Shinedown - Amaryllis; Candlelight Red - Medicated, Demons, Sleeping Awake, and Closer

- Ragman dug the roar, but got bit by the lion...

Podcast #142: Roar

Thursday
Sep272012

Gypsyhawk - Revelry and Resilience

Damn, them Gypsyhawk boys know how to rock. It's like Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, and KISS all got drunk and did it.I don't know what it is, but I've totally changed my mind on the whole "retro" thing. I know it's nothing new, (and that many artists may be offended at what seems like dismissive pigenholing) but I used to get all bent out of shape about people making music, movies, or whatever kind of media/art that was an obvious homage to - or, in some cases, outright ripoffs of - what has come before. But I was wrong - or at least painting with a broad brush.

There's a distinct difference between someone aping another's art in a desparate cash grab, and those that simply wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. Which isn't to say the latter people don't bring something original to the mix. In fact, that's what really makes it work best. Case in point, Pasadena rockers Gypsyhawk hit the mark with an album of nothing less than classic rock and roll brilliance. Revelry and Resilience, the band's second studio effort, may evoke the sound of bands like [early] KISS and Thin Lizzy, but the music somehow manages to be loose and ballsy while also sounding mature and comfortable in its place; it's all the whiskey-soaked fun of old school rockin' with the tight, technical approach of modern metal. The best example of their abilities is the awesome song Frostwyrm that's got the melodic warmth of something like Badfinger's No Matter What with an Iron Maiden-esque harmonized guitar solo section midway through (courtesy of Andrew Packer & Erik Kluiber) that's like finding bacon in a chocolate bar. Brilliant.

The Bottom Line: Don't make the mistake of dismissing Gypsyhawk as another retro band recycling what's already been done. This is a quartet with an old school sensibility that knows what makes good rock and roll inside and out. So grab a beer, spark up, and crank that fucking music.

Tracks to Make You Throw Away Your Skinny Jeans: Overloaded, Frostwyrm, 1345 & State Lines

- Genghis is working on growing a giant moustache...

Saturday
Sep222012

Podcast #141: Memories

It's hard to believe that The Genghis & Ragman show has been kicking around for over 6 years now. As they reminisce about the past, present, and future, you may be intrigued - especially as G & R mull over their favorite moments of the past 6 years.  If that ain't enough, you also get a tasty dose of some killer tunes to help complete the celebration. After the boys finished celebrating their big day, they brought in previous sound men/women persons Chaz and Elmo for a recap of their experience behind the knobs. This one will either insult your intelligence or make you laugh out loud (we're betting on both).

1st Beer of the Show: 17 Grand Reserve (Unibroue)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
"Like the Genghis & Ragman Show, its full of complex flavors that balance well."
 
2nd Beer of the Show: Hairy Eyeball Ale (Lagunitas)
 
"Decent beer from a decent brewery - but nothing to write home about."
 

Optical Illusion: Queensryche Live at Rocklahoma

Featured Tracks: Keel - No More Lonely Nights; Bruce Kulick - Ain’t Gonna Die; Rush - The Anarchist; Ritchie Kotzen - Dream a New Day; Michael Schenker - Hanging On; ZZ Top - Mexican Blackbird; Ted Nugent - Tied Up in Love; 3 - Pretty; Dan Reed Network - Slam

Classic of the Show: Kiss - Cold Gin

Genghis Pick of the Week: District 97 - The Actual  Color

Ragman Pick of the Week: Hardline - What’d I Like

- Ragman is feeling sentimental...

Podcast #141: Memories

Thursday
Sep202012

Aviyn - Aviyn

Aviyn is a new band out of Tulsa, OK with a lot of promise.  The band has just released the self titled debut CD, and is looking to make an impact on the metal market.  The band is very talented, but seems to be a little confused with their musical direction.  The band has an extremely heavy syncopated type edge ala Meshuggah mixed with the metalcore sounds of Atreyu.  On paper it sounds cool, but in reality it didn't quite work for me.  The music gets a little busy and jumbled up.  The songs are interesting, but kind of run together with the exception of, the sticks out like a sore thumb track, Learning to Fly

Not quite sure what is actually going on here, but I surmise it maybe due to the production, because for some reason, most of the tunes on this CD turn into a wall of sound.  The clean vocals are drowned out, for the most part, in about every tune.  There was not enough variety for me on this one, because most of the songs just ran together, and left me a little bored.  There is no doubt the band is talented, they just need to get a little more focussed and work harder on the song writing.  They need songs to stand out, not run together.

Bottom Line: A very talented band, in need of help in the songwriting and production department.  Heavy tunes, that get lost in a wall of sound.

Standout Tracks: Illusionist, Red Shield and Learning to Fly.

-Ragman was wondering if his Itouch was working  properly during the this one.