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Album of the Month - July
  • Zero Days
    Zero Days
    by Prong
Video of the Month - July
  • Europe - 30th Anniversary Live [Blu-ray]
    Europe - 30th Anniversary Live [Blu-ray]
    starring Europe
#SoundSmarter
  • Heavy Metal Music and the Communal Experience
    Heavy Metal Music and the Communal Experience
    Lexington Books
Props

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
Mar232017

Jinjer - King Of Everything

Ukrainian groove metal quartet Jinjer's name is actually a variation on that "djent" sound.Right off the bat, you'd be tempted to think of Jinjer as a "female-fronted band" - which is true, of course - but, as its members will tell you, that is not what their identity hangs on. This Ukrainian quartet is a groove metal force of nature with influences that surpass the often loosely defined subgenre, ranging from Opeth to Slayer to Cypress Hill. Basically this is a band of talented musicians, with a real love of music in all its forms, that likes to rock the fuck out. And they do that very thing on their third studio album, King Of Everything.

Lead singer Tatiana Shmailyuk, whose non-metal influences show a love for soul, rhythm and blues, funk and jazz, can go from soft serenade to gutteral rumbling on a dime without a hint of gimmickry; this is just straight musicianship, and Tatiana is damn good. Prologue introduces you to her jazzy stylings in fine fashion giving a serpentine energy to the swelling rhythym. And the lads [Roman Ibramkhalilov (guitar), Eugene Kostyuk (bass), and Vladislav Ulasevish (drums)] who lay down said rhythym are no punks - especially when those aforementioned influences contribute to an inspired textural change. Tatiana's favorite tune I Speak Astronomy (dig the killer video when you get he chance) is a great example of how the band weaves different stylistic elements together so seamlessly. Гарна музика!

The Bottom Line: Call them progressive metalcore, R&B Djent, or whatever, but Jinjer has its finger on the pulse of some brutally heavy yet melodic and diverse rhythyms for your thirsty ears. Drink up!

- Genghis laments that he may not get to see this amazing band stateside (but hopes!)...

Tuesday
Mar212017

Without Waves - Lunar

Chi town gives us another great metal band, Without Waves, who know how to craft some tasty licks.Right off the bat let me tell you that Chicago ensemble Without Waves is an impressive outfit. You don't often encounter musicians talented - or bold enough - to fuse elements of jazz fusion, extreme metal, and stoner rock so well and in such a compelling way. As such, you can't really cherry pick from an album like their latest, Lunar (their first on Prosthetic Records), and get a true sense of the breadth of their sound.

Sewing Together The Limbs, the album's opener with a Mastodon-esque groovy chorus, is followed by the Damn The Machine proggy-jazz metal opening of Poetry In Putrid Air that gives way to the trippy, Opeth-y, clean tone groove of Us Against. And it just goes on and on, carrying the listener on the ebb and flow of the band's sonic ocean. It's just damn fine music that offers more than just variations on a core rhytymic style. Granted, that's sort of how your average band works, I know, but the bands that make stylistic diversity their signature sound while still maintaining a strong sense of identity really get my blood pumping.

The Bottom Line: Coming from a famous blues town like Chicago, Without Waves displays some very impressive musical ideas that are both sophisticated and laid back in a way that seems comforting and hugely satisfying. This is clear Spring morning, open the windows, and crack open a nice fruity IPA music for sure.

- Genghis really wants to have one of those mornings right about now...

Friday
Mar102017

KXM - Scatterbrain

The trio from another familio (go with it) is back with some groovy heavy tunes for your pleasure.Just a little (6 days) over 3 years since their debut album, dUg Pinnick (King's X), George Lynch (Lynch Mob) and Ray Luzier (Korn) - better known as the power trio KXM - have returned with a great followup, Scatterbrain...

What makes this project so interesting is the band's insistence on maintaining the jam session mystique that signed professional bands these days have a hard time even coordinating. Whether that's due to the current reliance on technology is a debate for another time, but recording the entire album in just 10 days with no pre-written material or preliminary meetings is nothing short of amazing. And it's not like the lads cut corners, by recycling riffs from song to song, as the album as a whole displays an impressive range of styles from prog to ska to punk. Take the quasi-reggae bounce of Not A Single Word punctuated with George's thick, juicy chording, or the Zeppelin-esque stomp of Obsession's verse. Even the mellow ballad Angel defies traditional rock rhythyms without losing a melodic thread thanks to dUg's liquid vocal harmonies. All in all, this is a damn fine album from some talented cats. Cross your fingers for more.

The Bottom Line: While dUg is in his rock trio element, Ray and George have no problem filling their respective roles, as this one and done album session is packed with unique and energetic performances. This is what rock and roll is about, kids. 'Nuff said!

- Genghis would love to see this band play some clubs...

Tuesday
Mar072017

Podcast #216: Image

We still may not know what the heck is an alter bridge, but Myles Kennedy did talk about other stuff.Well it seems that the boys are finally back on track - 2 shows in a row (A big Marv Albert "YES!"). Can you ever know too much about the bands that you dig and if so, can it destroy the image and mysticism that you have created in your mind about said artist? Join Genghis & Ragman as they explore this subject and many more.

Next, the boys caught up with Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy for a heart to heart as he discisses their new album The Last Hero as well as how he copes with his tinnitus. Join us for a jam packed show.

DVD of the Show: Night Ranger - 35 Years and A Night in Chicago

Beer of the Show: Cherry Chocolate Stout (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
"Yes, we're suckers for a good dessert beer, and Sierra Nevada's CCS hits the proverbial spot."
 

Featured Tracks: Sabbtail - In the Eye of the Beholder, Night Ranger - Reason to Be; Accept - Neon Nights; Brad Gillis - Mr. Lollipop; Judas Priest - Johnny B. Goode; King's X - We Were Born to Be Loved; Kansas - Point of Know Return; Alter Bridge - One Day Remains, My Champion, You Will Be Remembered, Poison In Your Veins, Rise Today

Ragman Classic of the Show: Black Roses - Paradise (We're on our Way)

Genghis' Classic of the Show: Talisman - Frozen

Ragman Pick of the Show: Kansas - The Unsung Heroes

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Words Of Farewell - My Share Of Loneliness

- Ragman is wondering how long this roll will last...

Podcast #216: Image

Wednesday
Mar012017

Podcast #215: Group

Ozzy's gunslinger, Gus G, chats with us about the spotlight - and shredding, of course.Contrary to popular belief Genghis & Ragman are very much alive. And their latest discussion takes you into the world of groupies. Are they still a thing? If so, what drives them and who are they? Join the boys as they drink bubblegum-flavored beer and get stupid - as if this isn't what they always do.

Following that, check out Ragman's interview with the one and only Gus G, who talks about his band Firewind's latest album and possible tour plans as well as what it's like being Ozzy's main man. HORNS UP!

Video Of The Show: Doro: Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal

Beer of the Show: Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla (Rogue Ales)
 
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3.5
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 3.5
"Rogue once again manages to capture the essence of one of Voodoo Doughnut's wares in a well-balanced grape-rific ale."
 

Featured Tracks: Persefone - Prison Skin; Doro - Caught In A Battle; Firewind - Hands Of Time; Yngwie Malmsteen - I Am A Viking; KISS - Plaster Caster; Def Leppard - Promises; Steve Perry - You Better Wait; Judas Priest - Rock Hard, Ride Free; Dayshell - Carsick; Enuff Z'Nuff - Runaway; Donnie Vie - Wunderland; Firewind - Cold as Ice, Ode To Leonidas, Live and Die By the Sword, Back on the Throne; Gus G - We Are One

- Genghis is anticipating the live concert windfall coming in April...

Podcast #215: Group

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