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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

Lords of Chaos (BluRay)

Out of nowhere rock biopics, have become a thing.  Many a time I have wondered which band's story was crazy/intriguing enough for a movie to be made documenting their debauchery.  Well within the last year or so, we have seen movies about Queen and Motley Crue, which have left the viewer with a feeling of disappointment.  I preface this by saying, true fans of these bands, for the most part are disappointed.  I believe that if you're too big of a fan of a band, that if the writer/director of a film does not follow their story to the T, then you will be disappointed.  I think movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and The Dirt have done well, because they were able to draw in the average fan, whom is not as familiar with the band's history.  Being a huge Crue and Queen fan I was disappointed by the inaccuracies and embellishments put in these films to entertain the casual fan.

All of that said, there was a film that was released recently, that peaked my interest focussing on the band Mayhem.  Not being a fan of the band, I was intrigued by all of the mischief and all around bad shit these guys were into.  I wanted to see this film to see just how fucked up these guys were and I found out.  Again, not being a fan, I'm not aware how much the director got right or wrong, since I am not familiar with their music or story.  The film I'm speaking of is Lords of Chaos.

Lords of Chaos is the story of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.  The story is told primarily by the band's leader Euronymous who is hell bent on creating the black metal genre in the late 80's.  He is the leader of the band, but seems to be influenced by others to do things that he didn't know he was capable of doing.  He talks a big game, to create hype, but when asked to commit unthinkable acts by band mate Varg, he follows suit.  This is the tragic tale of metal, murder and church burnings.  This one was intriguing from the start and did not let up until the tragic end.  Must see, even if you're not a fan of the genre.

Bottom Line: A well done rock biopic that digs deep into the bowels of black metal and it's creators Mayhem.  I'm not sure if the purist, Mayhem fans are happy with this one, but I was.  It made me go straight to youtube to see what these maniacs were all about.

-Ragman thinks this is one of the best rock biopic he's seen in awhile.


Podcast Interview: Keri Kelli (A New Revenge)

The boys recently caught up with A New Revenge guitarist Keri Kelli to discuss A New Revenge's debut release Enemies and Lovers.  Keri discusses how A New Revenge formed out of an all star jam band (Project Rock), that played tunes from their former bands.  After catching fire, this super group decided to record a record.  Keri also discusses his day job in Night Ranger as well as his love for craft beer.

And hey if you dig A New Revenge's music as much as we do, then show them some love by purchasing their music from your favorite online store won't you?  HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks:  Night Ranger - Don't Let Up, A New Revenge - Never Let You Go, Scars, Only The Pretty Ones, Glorious, The Eyes, Night Ranger - Comfort Me

-Ragman is ready to trade some beers with Keri.

Podcast Interview: Keri Kelli (A New Revenge)


Podcast #253: Foreshadowing

When has a band stayed too long at the party?  Should there be a time limit on how long bands can stick around?  Should there be a set number, and if so what should that number be?  Join Genghis and Ragman as they discuss some of the bands that should have hung it up years ago, as well as some of the bands that defy father time.  Next the boys welcome back Nightrage guitarist Marios lliopoulos to discuss his bands latest release Wolf to Man.  Marios explains concept behind Wolf to Man, and how it is a continuation from The Venomous.  He also discusses the band's upcoming tour.  So join us won't you.

DVD of the Show:  Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder - Live Eagles Over Wacken 2012

Beer of the Show:  The Bruery - Mash & Coconut  Beer Rating:  3.5

Featured Tracks:  Steel Prophet - Damnation Calling, Saxon - The Secret of Flight, Savage Messiah - Wing and A Prayer, Borealis - The Offering, Rush - Grand Designs, The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up, Nightrage - Delirium of the Fallen, The Damned, Desensitized, Disconnecting the Dots, Affliction

-Ragman is ready to record some new shows.

Podcast #253: Foreshadowing


Podcast Interview: David Readman (Pendulum of Fortune)

The boys recently caught up with Pendulum of Fortune vocalist David Readman to discuss Pendulum of Fortune's latest release Return to Eden.  David discusses the main differences between the new release and the debut as well as how the band was conceived.  He also talks about how he keep his voice in shape as well as what is going on with Pink Cream 69.  Tune in to get all of this and more.

And hey if you dig Pendulum of Fortune's music as much as we do, then show them some love by purchasing their music from your favorite online store won't you?  HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks:  Pink Cream 69 - Stranger in Time, Pendulum of Fortune - Return to Eden, We Stand for Rock N Roll, Lucky Man, Wishing Well, Pink Cream 69 - Man of Sorrow

-Ragman is jonesing for some new PC69.

Podcast Interview: David Readman (Pendulum of Fortune)


So What?! Music Festival 2019

I'll be honest, I'm not usually the biggest fan of music festivals - particularly when they're held in my home town of Houston. It's just too damn hot most of the time. Ever since I got heatstroke at OzzFest many moons ago, I vowed to never put myself in such a situation again. So when ol' Ragman called me up to check out the So What?! Music Festival on The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall, I was a little apprehensive. But it was in April, and the weather was really nice that weekend - and the bill was pretty sweet. So...

As the heat of the afternoon sun started to wane, Intervals took the stage for some well-received melodic contemplation. The Canadian progmetal stars played to an eclectic crowd of metalheads, punkers, and even preppies who came for some weekend musical therapy. Bottom line, they were great. I really dig their sound, which some people consider a jazzy progressive pastiche. Either way, I love the way the band melds the bright airy feel of keyboards and thin, distorted leads with solid bass and drum work underneath to make for a satisfying, full-bodied sound.

Chicago metalcore monsters Veil of Maya (VoM) took the stage with a confident swagger that belied a solid, road-tested setlist of heavy, moshable jams. The stage was perfectly positioned to allow attendees to enjoy the band despite the cloudless sky without having the sun in everyone's eyes. The crispness of the air and heady vibe from good beer and handy food trucks had the crowd in a great mood for serious rocking. And VoM was more than up for the task, garnering a pretty respectable pit.

Next, Fit For A King (FFaK) kept the crowd going with their metalcore fury, as moshing and crowdsurfing intensified. This audience came for a jam and they got it, is what I'm saying. In spades. FFaK had a great mix of clean and dirty vocals on top of a formidable bedrock of bass and drums. One of the best things about festivals like this is the serendipitous discovery of new acts to follow, and I've been listening to FFaK's stuff a lot since the show.

After The Burial (ATB) layed their Minneapolis sound on the crowd with authority as the afternoon waned, though the crowd was still buzzing with energy. Even those people resting on the lawn on the fringes of the crowd headbanged along to ATB's tight set, as they sipped cold drinks and munched on fries and waffles, in another satisfying metalcore session.

As the sun began its evening descent, Killswitch Engage took the stage to deliver a blistering 60 minute set of metalcore madness. Vocalist Jesse Leach was in great form, giving the crowd a well-timed energy boost that would last the rest of the evening, bolstered by the hyperkinetic antics of guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. All in all, a well-crafted setlist of their best songs that played beautifully against the prismatic sky as the sun disappeared. Such a killer set.

Bringing some thunder from down under, Parkway Drive (PWD) finished out the show with their roster of heavy hits. Amazingly, the crowd showed no signs of fatigue despite several hours of previous rocking that afternoon. It was a fantastic way to end a festival, and I can't overstate the organization of the entire affair. People came to rock and were not disappointed as set changes between bands were tight and focused (and well under ten minutes) and everything ran like clockwork, including the sound; nary a technical problem in sight. You just couldn't ask for a better afternoon - and evening - of heavy entertainment. 'Nuff said!

- Genghis was pumped up after this show...