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Album of the Month - March
  • Bite!
    Bite!
    by Animal Drive
Video of the Month - March
  • Made In Milan [Blu-ray]
    Made In Milan [Blu-ray]
    starring L.A. Guns
#DefineMetal
  • Metal: The Definitive Guide
    Metal: The Definitive Guide
    by Garry Sharpe-Young
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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
Tuesday
Oct242017

Podcast Interview: Buggy

Ragman recently sat down with newcomer [13 year-old] Buggy, vocalist of Alarm For War, to talk about how he got started so early in the business and what his plans are for his musical ambitions.

And if that weren't enough, through an exclusive promotion with the band, you can click on the link to the left to register for a chance to win a prize package chock full o' swag, as well as a look at the first video single, Day Turned To Night.

Make sure to catch these guys on tour now with Powerman 5000 - and if you're in the Houston area at that time, they're playing the Scout Bar on November 4th. Don't miss it!

Featured Tracks: Alarm for War - Love and Not Hate, Day Turned to Night, Justified, Control of My Mind, and Sooner or Later

- Ragman was very impressed with Buggy and his band...

Podcast Interview: Buggy

Thursday
Oct122017

Podcast #224: Vacation

Tonight, we talk with Billy Sherwood, the man behind one of our all-time favorite, criminally underrated, albums/bands.The lads have made it through another summer sabbatical - as well as the giant boil on Houston's ass known as Hurricane Harvey - and celebrate with a long show that recounts their time off this year and the musical backdrop that supported it. Throw in some exotic beers from the four corners of the planet, and some killer tunes, and you get this XL-sized effort. Enjoy!

Next, Ragman snags a chat with the one and only Billy Sherwood, bassist/vocalist for World Trade, for a much anticipated conversation. Billy discusses Unify, the band's first album in over twenty years, as well the band's relationship with Chris Squire and Yes. This is an extra big post-summer show, so beer up - and HORNS UP!

Video of the Show: Primal Fear: Angels Of Mercy - Live In Germany

1st Beer of the Show: Orange Blossom Mandarin Wheat (Papago Brewing)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 2.5
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3.0
"This citrusy wheat beer from Arizona makes for a refreshing treat during the summer months."
 
2nd Beer of the Show: Scary Jesus Rockstar (Dark Horse Brewing Co.)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 3.5
"This pairing of herby chamomile and the lightly sweet tartness of apricots is a work of mad genius. Bravo!"

3rd Beer of the Show: Affenkönig Imperial IPA (Brew Age)
 
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
"Austria takes a dive into the craft beer scene with an impressive entry of an imperial IPA. Wunderbar!"

Featured Tracks: Antisect - The Last Ones Standing; Fifth Angel - Angels Of Mercy; Primal Fear - Angel In Black; Lynch Mob - Mr. Jekyll And Hyde; Jag Panzer - Symphony Of Terror; Megadeth - Poisonous Shadows; World Trade - (Ask Ragman, since he didn't tell me)

Ragman's Classic of the Show: ZZ Top - Pincushion

Genghis' Classic of the Show: Def Leppard - Action Not Words

Ragman's Pick of the Week: Steven Wilson - The Same Asylum As Before

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Hell In The Club - We Are On Fire

- Genghis is all about some more live shows before the year ends...

Podcast #224: Vacation

Thursday
Sep212017

Podcast #223: Classical

So you say we got funny faces? We got no worries. Cuz Frankie B's in the house, baby!Can a metal band get street cred by hiring an orchestra to play with them live?  Does classical music have any legitimate similarities to metal (or vice versa)? Hell, yeah it does! Join Genghis & Ragman as they discuss the best and worst bands that have hooked up with orchestras, how bands/artists attempt to stay relevant in the new millennium, and whether it's a good thing if a classic artist tries to expand to a larger audience. Tune in to find out all that and more...

Next, the boys chased down Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali for a one-on-one where he discussed the band's latest record, Road Rage, as well as their current tour plans. HORNS UP!

Video of the Show: Dimmu Borgir - Forces of the Northern Light

Beer of the Show: Bishop's Barrel #15 (St. Arnold's Brewery)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 3.5
"At some point, there'll be a description of the beer to check out..."
 
Beer of the Show: Sol Drifter Blonde Ale (Mad Tree Brewing)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 4.0
Palate: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Overall: 3.0
"Some really cool comments about the beer will soon go here."

 

Featured Tracks: The New Rose - Quarter to Twelve; Dimmu Borgir - Born Treacherous; Tesla - Song and Emotion; Corroded - Retract and Disconnect; Dee Snider - Rule the World; Widowmaker - We Are the Dead; Quiet Riot - Metal Health, Roll This Joint, Freak Flag, Renegades, and Old Habits Die Hard

Ragman's Classic of the Show: Autograph - Loud and Clear

Genghis' Classic of the Show: Skid Row - Youth Gone Wild

Genghis' Pick of the Show: Arch Enemy - The World is Yours

Ragman's Pick of the Week: Biters - Let it Roll

- Ragman can't wait to see QR again and have a beer with Frankie (fingers crossed!)...

Podcast #223: Classical

Thursday
Sep142017

Podcast Interview: Nick Brophy (Riverdogs)

The lads talk to Riverdogs bassist Nick Brophy, who also happens to be a damn fine guitar player.The boys recently caught up with Nick Brophy (Riverdogs) to discuss the Riverdogs latest release, California. Since reforming the original line up in 2003, the band had only released one studio album until now. Nick discusses how the new album came together - as well as the possibility of a few live shows - and much, much more. 

And hey if you dig the Riverdogs' music as much as we do, show them some love by purchasing California from your favorite online store won't you? We here in Houston may have been knocked around recently, but we've still got our HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Riverdogs - Toy Soldier, Pennsylvania, Catalina, American Dream, Something Inside, Whisper, and Ten Thousand Reasons

- Ragman is wondering if he'll have to fly to Italy to see Riverdogs live (it would be worth it!)...

Podcast Interview: Nick Brophy

Thursday
Sep072017

Podcast Interview: Michael Monroe

Michael still looks as good as he sounds, wouldn't you say?The boys recently caught up with Michael Monroe to discuss his latest release, The Best.  Michael discussed how he determined which songs would land on this 2-disc Best Of, and also discussed the origins of some previously unreleased material as well as the new track One Foot Outta The Grave - and much, much more.   

And hey if you dig Michael Monroe's music as much as we do, show him some love by purchasing his latest album, The Best, from your favorite online store won't you? We here in Houston may have been knocked around recently, but we've still got our HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Michael Monroe - Dead Jail or Rock N' Roll, It's a Lie, One Foot Outta The Grave, Magic Carpet Ride, and Keep Your Eye on You

- Ragman was thinking of dying his hair, but then realized he had none...*DOH!*

Podcast Interview: Michael Monroe