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Album of the Month - July
  • White Devil Armory
    White Devil Armory
    by Overkill
Video of the Month - July
  • Last Tangle In Paris - Live 2012 DeFiBrilLaTouR - Live 2012 Defibrila Tour (Blu-Ray+2xCD)
    Last Tangle In Paris - Live 2012 DeFiBrilLaTouR - Live 2012 Defibrila Tour (Blu-Ray+2xCD)
    starring Ministry
Good Reading
  • The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade
    The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade
    by Martin Popoff
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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
Thursday
Sep272012

Gypsyhawk - Revelry and Resilience

Damn, them Gypsyhawk boys know how to rock. It's like Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, and KISS all got drunk and did it.I don't know what it is, but I've totally changed my mind on the whole "retro" thing. I know it's nothing new, (and that many artists may be offended at what seems like dismissive pigenholing) but I used to get all bent out of shape about people making music, movies, or whatever kind of media/art that was an obvious homage to - or, in some cases, outright ripoffs of - what has come before. But I was wrong - or at least painting with a broad brush.

There's a distinct difference between someone aping another's art in a desparate cash grab, and those that simply wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. Which isn't to say the latter people don't bring something original to the mix. In fact, that's what really makes it work best. Case in point, Pasadena rockers Gypsyhawk hit the mark with an album of nothing less than classic rock and roll brilliance. Revelry and Resilience, the band's second studio effort, may evoke the sound of bands like [early] KISS and Thin Lizzy, but the music somehow manages to be loose and ballsy while also sounding mature and comfortable in its place; it's all the whiskey-soaked fun of old school rockin' with the tight, technical approach of modern metal. The best example of their abilities is the awesome song Frostwyrm that's got the melodic warmth of something like Badfinger's No Matter What with an Iron Maiden-esque harmonized guitar solo section midway through (courtesy of Andrew Packer & Erik Kluiber) that's like finding bacon in a chocolate bar. Brilliant.

The Bottom Line: Don't make the mistake of dismissing Gypsyhawk as another retro band recycling what's already been done. This is a quartet with an old school sensibility that knows what makes good rock and roll inside and out. So grab a beer, spark up, and crank that fucking music.

Tracks to Make You Throw Away Your Skinny Jeans: Overloaded, Frostwyrm, 1345 & State Lines

- Genghis is working on growing a giant moustache...

Saturday
Sep222012

Podcast #141: Memories

It's hard to believe that The Genghis & Ragman show has been kicking around for over 6 years now. As they reminisce about the past, present, and future, you may be intrigued - especially as G & R mull over their favorite moments of the past 6 years.  If that ain't enough, you also get a tasty dose of some killer tunes to help complete the celebration. After the boys finished celebrating their big day, they brought in previous sound men/women persons Chaz and Elmo for a recap of their experience behind the knobs. This one will either insult your intelligence or make you laugh out loud (we're betting on both).

1st Beer of the Show: 17 Grand Reserve (Unibroue)
 
Appearance: 3.0
Aroma: 3.0
Palate: 3.0
Taste: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
"Like the Genghis & Ragman Show, its full of complex flavors that balance well."
 
2nd Beer of the Show: Hairy Eyeball Ale (Lagunitas)
 
"Decent beer from a decent brewery - but nothing to write home about."
 

Optical Illusion: Queensryche Live at Rocklahoma

Featured Tracks: Keel - No More Lonely Nights; Bruce Kulick - Ain’t Gonna Die; Rush - The Anarchist; Ritchie Kotzen - Dream a New Day; Michael Schenker - Hanging On; ZZ Top - Mexican Blackbird; Ted Nugent - Tied Up in Love; 3 - Pretty; Dan Reed Network - Slam

Classic of the Show: Kiss - Cold Gin

Genghis Pick of the Week: District 97 - The Actual  Color

Ragman Pick of the Week: Hardline - What’d I Like

- Ragman is feeling sentimental...

Podcast #141: Memories

Thursday
Sep202012

Aviyn - Aviyn

Aviyn is a new band out of Tulsa, OK with a lot of promise.  The band has just released the self titled debut CD, and is looking to make an impact on the metal market.  The band is very talented, but seems to be a little confused with their musical direction.  The band has an extremely heavy syncopated type edge ala Meshuggah mixed with the metalcore sounds of Atreyu.  On paper it sounds cool, but in reality it didn't quite work for me.  The music gets a little busy and jumbled up.  The songs are interesting, but kind of run together with the exception of, the sticks out like a sore thumb track, Learning to Fly

Not quite sure what is actually going on here, but I surmise it maybe due to the production, because for some reason, most of the tunes on this CD turn into a wall of sound.  The clean vocals are drowned out, for the most part, in about every tune.  There was not enough variety for me on this one, because most of the songs just ran together, and left me a little bored.  There is no doubt the band is talented, they just need to get a little more focussed and work harder on the song writing.  They need songs to stand out, not run together.

Bottom Line: A very talented band, in need of help in the songwriting and production department.  Heavy tunes, that get lost in a wall of sound.

Standout Tracks: Illusionist, Red Shield and Learning to Fly.

-Ragman was wondering if his Itouch was working  properly during the this one.

Thursday
Sep202012

Gillan & Iommi - Who Cares (2 Cd's)

I can't believe a year has passed since Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) released the Who Cares project, for the music school in Armenia.  If you don't remember, the two rock legends teamed up a year ago for charity, and recorded, the now classic tracks, Holy Water and Out of My Mind.  A year later, the two have compiled a 2 CD set of tunes, to continue their support to Armenia.  The CD set, once again, is titled Who Cares.  The CD is made up of rare tracks as well as the two previously released new tracks.  It is a nice mix of tunes from the two, with the selections weighing a little heavier on the Gillan's works. 

I would have to say my favorite pieces come from the unreleased tracks from Iommi and Glenn Hughes.  I'm guessing these were left overs, from the last Iommi solo record, featuring Hughes.  Also, I dug hearing the lesser know track Anno Mundi from the Sabbath album TYR.  That was a treat.  I have to admit, I was more impressed with the Gillan tracks, than I initially thought I would, which was refreshing.  All in all a very nice addition to the collection.  Two rock icons collaborating and making metal magic.  It don't get much better than that.  If that doesn't sell you, remember this is for charity.  If that ain't enough, get it, because it has a killer Deep Purple jam track called Dick Pimple.  Now that is worth the price of admission.

Bottom Line: 2 instant classics, plus some killer rare and unreleased tunes from two rock icons.

Standout Tracks: Out of My Mind, Anno Mundi, Slip Away and Don't Hold Me Back.

-Ragman if there is anymore Iommi/Hughes material laying around..

Thursday
Sep202012

Queen - Greatest Video Hits

It goes without saying, that Queen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time.  This band was so innovative and has sculpted much of the music we listen to today.  Recently Eagle Rock Entertainment released a 2 DVD set called Greatest Video Hits, which is a solid collection of music videos from the band.  This package covers the gamut from the first videos, all the way up to The Miracle record.  Much of this material has been previously released, but for this package, the material has been remastered and remixed in 5.1 surround sound.  Not too shabby. 

A solid package that takes the fan through the various phases of the band.  This was a band that did not rest on their laurels, and was always pushing the envelope musically.  Not everything worked, but most of it did.  Very cool to see the evolution of the band during this 2 disc musical adventure.  From performance to concept videos, it's all there.  This is a nice package for the new/casual fan as well as the diehards.

Bottom Line: A video montage from one of the greats.  It truly makes you appreciate the great music these guys left us.

-Ragman wants to ride his bicycle.