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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
Friday
Oct192012

Black Metal (Voices From Hell)

Black Metal (Voices from Hell) is a 20min. DVD featuring some classic footage from some of Black Metal's most notorious bands.  There is footage from Mayhem, Venom and Celtic Frost.  The footage was vintage and cool to see.  This consumed about half of the DVD.  The other half is a weird Norwegian (I think) death metal film short, which was virtually un-watchable.  That lasted 3 to 4 min. and then the remainder of the DVD was a photo montage of Black Metal bands.  Not sure why the makers of the DVD didn't include more live footage, because that is the only real selling point for this one.

Bottom Line: Vintage live footage of some of the legends in black metal, but just not enough.  This one is for fans seeking some live footage of the bands mentioned above.  Other than that, I don't see much of a point.

-Ragman thinks John made a cameo in this one as the dude reading Dracula, whilst dropping the kids off at the pool.

Thursday
Oct182012

Podcast #143: Mags

What's your favorite Metal mag, and do you get it digitally or do you like to hold it in your hands? Join Genghis and Ragman as they discuss their favorite metal mags including the best places to read their mags and which one is the best source for metal news. Next, the boys are joined by veteran Bassist Rudy Sarzo for a one on one as he discusses his latest band Antimetal USA, 3D modeling, and much more.

1st Beer of the Show: Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout (Flying Dog)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 3.5
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
"A good example of the style, perfect for a cool day with a stogie."
 
2nd Beer of the Show: Brux (Russian River Brewery/Sierra Nevada Collaboration Ale)
 
"You're either a sour beer fan or you're not, but this one is great."
 

DVD of the Show: Motörhead - Stagefright

Featured Tracks: Tremonti - Leave it Alone, Kill Devil Hill - Hangman; Motörhead - Sword of Glory; ZZ Top - Pearl Necklace; Emperor - The Decrystallizing Reason, Ihsahn - The Eagle and the Snake; Animetal USA - Give Lee, Give Lee, Rock Lee, Pegasus Fantasy, Yuke Yuke Hyuuma, Yuke Tiger Mask and Touch

Ragman’s Pick:  Hotel Diablo - Bury You

Genghis’ Pick: Holy Knights - Frozen Paradise

Classic of the Show: Angra - Extreme Dream

Genghis' Pick of the Week: Cloudscape - Kingdom of Sand

Ragman's Pick of the Week: God Forbid - Scraping the Walls

- Ragman is getting out his old KISS makeup...

Podcast #143: Mags

Monday
Oct152012

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (Blu-Ray)

Easily the most illuminating story of one of the most amazing and innovative vocalists ever to helm a rock band.Born in Zanzibar, Farrokh Bulsara quickly learned to live his own way while keeping most people in his life at arm's length, for fear of the heartache of non-acceptance.  It wasn't until he was in his mid twenties, having developed a singular voice, that he joined a band with Roger Taylor and Brian May, changed its name to Queen and his own to Freddie Mercury. The rest of course is history, but Freddie's own shyness and reticence in talking about himself has made him one of the more enigmatic figures in rock music.  And that is the subject that Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender seeks to expatiate over the course of its 107 minutes.

With personal interviews and archival footage, Eagle Rock Entertainment has put together a revealing portrait of one of the most innovative and elusive rock stars in the history of the genre. With a thankfully brief nod to his formative years, the bulk of the time in this thoughtful documentary is spent on the man behind the persona of Freddie Mercury. Far from a melancholy biography, there is much that is celebrated about Freddie's career, as told by his friends and comrades - including insight from none other than Matt Lucas (Little Britain). Personally, I was too young at the time to realize what was going on with Freddie. I didn't know what a homosexual was, much less able to read between any lines that may have been present in any of Queen's body of work. And as you watch this documentary, you see why. There was much more to Freddie Mercury than just who he had sex with. He was a talented but restless musician who sought inspiration wherever he could find it - even as fulfilling, personal relationships eluded him. I had no idea of his connection to Spanish soprano, Dame Montserrat Caballé, and the daring collaboration (Barcelona, 1987) that was quite innovative for its time (though was later adopted by a former critic, Pavorotti), but also its own touching love story of sorts. In a way, his life was not too different from some of the operas he listened to; full of villians like [confidante] Paul Prenter, friends like Roger Taylor, Brian May, and [manager] Jim "Miami" Beach, and shining heroines like Montserrat Caballé.

The Bottom Line: I found it quite inspirational, and my respect for Freddie has grown appreciably - especially where it concerns the last few years of his life, while quietly dealing with AIDS, when his output increased in sophistication and grace. This is a must have documentary for anyone who's a big fan of Queen and the mysterious, talented man who fronted the band, but not necessarily on Blu-Ray, as most of the footage is before the age of high definition video.

- Genghis admits he got a little choked up watching this...

Thursday
Oct112012

Gary Moore - Blues for Jimi (Bluray and CD)

I have said it before, and will say it again, Gary Moore is one of the best guitarists to ever strum a chord.  The man had an amazing career, but unfortunately was struck down before his time.  I'm still saddened by the thought of Moore being gone, but relish in the fact that he left us so much great music to remember him by.  The latest thing to surface is a tribute show Moore did in honor of Jimi Hendrix.  The great folks at Eagle Rock Entertainment have recently released this performance in a CD and Bluray format (sold separately). 

The show was captured in London back in 2007 and has now just seen its release.  It is an amazing performance in which Moore and his band tear up some Hendrix classics, but the real highlight of the show is when original Experience members Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox join Moore for some smoking renditions of Red House, Stone Free and Hey Joe

The Bluray looks amazing and gives you a sense of being in the audience.  The show was shot on film and is captivating.  The CD also is mixed well and has a great feel about it.   I gotta say this was a pretty ballsy move by Moore, but it paid off.  Hard to pull off doing a whole set of Hendrix, and doing it justice, but that is just what he did.  Moore was just on fire that night.  He rips is up like no other.  The CD and the Bluray complement each other nicely.  Get both if you can, because it is worth it.  All in all this is a solid show.

Bottom LineMoore killing it live, the only way he ever could.  Gary doing a fitting tribute to one of the greats.

-Ragman is missing Gary Moore about now.

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.