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Album of the Month - February
  • The Grinding Wheel
    The Grinding Wheel
    by Overkill
Video of the Month - February
  • & There Will Be a Next Time: Live From Detroit [Blu-ray]
    & There Will Be a Next Time: Live From Detroit [Blu-ray]
    by Def Leppard
  • Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam
    Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam
    by Mark LeVine

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

Not Another Celebrity Movie

Not Another Celebrity Movie is a spoof film, about some of the biggest names in Hollywood.  This film takes a jab at all of the Hollywood blockbusters containing multiple big names, just to get a draw at the box office.  Not being a fan of these type of films, I thought this spoof, might be good for a laugh or two.  A laugh or two is about what I got.  Unfortunately, the laughs are few and far between in this flick. 

NATM centers around Charlie Sheen and his dilemma.  Of course, the filmmaker prey's on Charlie's most recent escapades,with a few added twists.  Long story short, Charlie, for some reason, thinks Justin Beiber is his illegitimate love child, and he goes on a quest to find him.  He is also heartbroken, because the love of his life, Paris Hilton, no longer wants anything to do with him.  Throw in a bit of Ocean's 11 and you got the movie.  In theory, this could be funny, but unfortunately, due to the poor writing, there aren't a lot of laughs.  The acting and impressions are done well, but the writing is just not that funny. 

Bottom Line: A moview with potential, but falls short due to some lackluster writing.

-Ragman thought he would be laughing throughout, but instead caught a few zzz's.


Jon Lord – Celebrating Jon Lord: The Composer and The Rock Legend

Jon Lord was one of the greatest keyboardist's, of our time.  When people think of Deep Purple, many think of Ritchie Blackmore or Ian Gillan, but it is hard to deny the impact that keyboardist, Jon Lord, made on the band.  His Hammond organ drove many of the band's biggest hits.  Unfortunately, Jon passed away a few years back, after losing his battle with cancer, but his music lives on. 

The latest release to spotlight the works of Mr. Lord, was a concert done in his honor, at Royal Albert Hall, as part of the Sunflower jam.  The concert is broke up into to two sections.  One section celebrates his classical works and the other his rock accomplishments.  It was a star studded event, featuring the likes of Deep Purple, Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes and several more.

The classical CD will be for fans of his classical work.  The other CD, featuring his rock music, will probably get more attention, due to his affiliation with one of the most iconic rock bands, Deep Purple.  The sound quality of the CD, is okay.  It is a live CD, so what do you expect.  Some of the performances are spot on, and some, unfortunately don't quite hit the mark.  The person that stole the show for me was Glenn Hughes.  This guy is unreal.  He sings so well, and for me stole the show.  All in all a fitting tribute for a rock legend.

Bottom Line: For Jon Lord/Deep Purple die hards only.  It is fun to hear once, but after that it falls a little flat, unless you are a die hard.

-Ragman thinks the riff from Perfect Strangers, is one of the heaviest ever.


Scream Park

Halloween is over, but that doesn't mean that you can't watch a good, or in the case of Scream Park, a bad horror flick.  Scream Park has all of the makings of a great scary movie, but falls short, due to some really poor acting.  The movie is about a group of teens and their boss, that get trapped inside an amusement park, with a masked killer.  As you would expect, this one is a slasher film.  The kill scenes are okay, but come off a little cheesey due to the special effects. 

It is one of those films that is trying to be more serious, than cheesey, but because of the poor acting, the cheese starts to ooze.  As I said, the story line is cool, which brings back memories of classic 80's slasher flicks, but the actors just could not get it done.  The bright spots of the movie came from the cameo from Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) as well as Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy) apprearance. This one would be a good rental, with a cooler full of beer.

Bottom Line: Scream Park is not terrible, but it ain't that great either.  This one would have might have worked with better actors and a bigger budget.

-Ragman was hoping for more from this one.


Podcast #182: Mainstream

Logan Raskin of The Raskins drops by to tell the lads about the band and such while Genghis plots to get Nita Strauss' phone number out of him.Your old pals Genghis & Ragman talk about surviving Halloween with Leatherface, indulge in a little retrospection on whether metal is now more mainstream than it's ever been, and wax nostalgiac on Italian metal bands while you guys eat turkey leftover sandwiches.

Then, join the lads as they check in with Logan Raskin of The Raskins who discusses working with his twin brother in the band, their new album, and touring with the likes of Alice Cooper and Motley Crue this year.

Video Of The Show: Hammerfall - Gates of Dalhalla

Beer of the Show: Pumpkinator (St. Arnold Brewing Co.)
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3.5
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 3.5
"One of the best pumpkin beers going and coming from a local brewery just makes this stout all the sweeter."

Featured Tracks: Lordi - House of Ghosts; Hammerfall - Wildfire; Zodiac - Blue Jean Blues; Black Pussy - Swim; DGM - Trust; Labyrinthe - Thunder; House of Spirits - Close To The Edge; The Raskins - We Had it All, Lost in the Dark, We Keep Fighting, Save Me Now, and Stand Up

Ragman's Classic Of The Show: Saints And Sinners - Walk That Walk

Genghis' Classic Of The Show: Dream Theater - Scarred

Ragman's Pick Of The Show: Temperance - Heavens Above

Genghis' Pick Of The Show: Hell In The Club - Beware The Candyman

- Genghis is already working on his Kicks and Kisses list...

Podcast #182: Mainstream


Mellowtoy - Lies

Italian alt-metal band Mellowtoy rocks a joint nicely. But their album cover makes me think pap smear.While Italy has been steadily increasing and fortifying their musical output for the past decade, it's been predominantly in the progmetal subgenre. One of the latest bands to hit our shores however is Mellowtoy who lean to the alternative metal scene (yes, that's still a thing) but have some pretty impressive credentials behind their equally impressive sound.

Having honed their skills onstage with other genre big names like Papa Roach, Disturbed, Stone Sour, Ill Nino, Alter Bridge, HIM and Fear Factory, these lads know their way around a moody jam. And their fourth studio album, Lies, boasts some tasty bottom-heavy tunes (a la Sevendust) and includes guest appearances from Cristian Machado of Ill Nino (Chain Reaction) and Paolo Colavolpe of Destrage (Bright New World). I have a feeling these boys put on a helluva live show.

The Bottom Line: Carrying the flag for alternative metal, Mellowtoy brings loads of that Italian energy and angst to rock this party into the night. So bring your Doc Martens and lace 'em up good.

- Genghis prolly wouldn't last so long in the pit these days...