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Album of the Month - March
  • Emperor Of Sand
    Emperor Of Sand
    by Mastodon
Video of the Month - March
  • Fest: Live Tokyo International Forum Hall a [Blu-ray]
    Fest: Live Tokyo International Forum Hall a [Blu-ray]
    by Michael Schenker
  • Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook
    Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook
    by Annick Giroux

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

Podcast #209: Razors

Mr. Vapor does a little one on one with Ragman, and gets his mind right,Before our annual Halloween show, we thought we'd sit down for a chat with Mikey Vapor of Chains Over Razors, the hard rock band that's sweepin' the land (hey, I'm a poet!) to discuss what's new with them (i.e. their new album, Crown The Villain) and what sort of touring plans are in the works as the fall finally starts to kick in. so, pour yourself a tall cold one and sit deep in your comfy chair by the fireplace for An Evening With...!

Featured Tracks: Damnation, Promises of War, Monster, Subtle Words, and Devil's Eyes

- Ragman is hoping a new Halloween show will get us back on track...

Podcast #209: Razors


Journey - Live in Manila

I have to admit, that since Jeff Scott Soto was asked to leave Journey, I have not followed the band as closely as I had.  I felt betrayed, by the band, because of the way that Soto was dismissed.  The only thing that would have kept me cheering, would have been the return of long time front man Steve Perry.  I dug the Steve Augerie (ex-Tall Stories) era, and was pumped when they announced that Soto would be fronting the band.  Being an established fan of both of these vocalists, it was a no brainer, that I would stay on board, but when they replaced Jeff with a guy on Youtube, I was pissed and checked out.  Well it wasn't a total check out, I still bought what they put out, but it still bugged me that they basically had a Steve Perry, sound alike, fronting the band.

My opinion of the band has not really changed over the past 9 years, since Arnel Pineda joined the band, until their latest live release Live in Manila.  This concert was filmed in 4K resolution and looks amazing.  Not only does it look amazing, but the band is firing on all cylinders.  Schon and company rip through their greatest hits, as well as a few new tunes.  The band look like their having fun and have a nice dynamic with now ex-drummer Deen Castronovo handling some of the vocals.  I have to admit, that I enjoyed Pineda's performance, even though he seemed little too giddy to be a rock star.  He comes off a little goofy, but who wouldn't if you were fronting one of the greatest rock bands of all time.  This one was thoroughly entertaining and is a must for Journey fans.  If you are skeptical like I was, then give this one a shot, and I would bet your opinion would change.

Bottom LineA well shot DVD that gives you a great live experience, from your couch.  The band shows that they can still rock hard after 40+ years.

-Ragman is ready for the reunion with Steve Perry, that will probably never happen.


Podcast Interview: Titus Hjelm

Ragman chats with Titus Hjelm of Thunderstone who clearly needs to replace some light bulbs at home.Ragman chews the fat with Mr. Titus Hjelm of Thunderstone who discusses the band's latest album and tour plans this fall with Stratovarius. It's some good stuff with some great music as well, so check it out.

And if you dig their music as much as we do, show the band some love by purchasing their lastest album, Apocalypse Again, from your favorite online store, won't you? HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Thunderstone - Ghosts of Youth, Fire and Ice, Through the Pain, The Path, and Holding on My Pain

Titus Hjelm Interview


Podcast Interview: Harry Hess

Ragman chats with Harry Hess of Harem Scarem and First Signal for the four-peat!!Ragman welcomes back the one and only Harry Hess (Harem Scarem, First Signal) for a little one on one with his fourth chat with The Right To Rock. Will he get a prize? Maybe a beavertail? How about a beavertail?

In any case, be sure to check out First Signal's latest album, One Step Over The Line, available now in all the usual places. HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks: Harem Scarem - Karma Cleansing; First Signal - Broken, One Step Over the Line, and Love Run Free; Harem Scarem - Voice of Reason

Harry Hess Interview


Imminent Sonic Destruction - Triumphia

On the plus side, I hear this album cover is getting accolades. Sweet.I stand by my statements regarding Imminent Sonic Destruction's debut album, Recurring Themes, a few years ago. That said, Tony and company seemed to have doubled down on the prospect of writing epic progmetal with touches of death and doom in spite of some overly ambitious decisions in the vocals/guitar department. And boy am I glad for that because, while still not quite up to the heights I'm still convinced they're capable of, they've honed their skills yet keener and resulting in Triumphia, their sophomore offering.

Tracks like The Fog and its gothic-tinged opening exemplify the raw power metal bedrock upon which the more progressive, deathy ornamentations are built. Lead singer/guitarist Tony Piccoli is toned down (vocally) on this album while the arrangements have become more impressive, so that's great to hear. But while the solo work seems a bit improved, I'm still longing to hear some great legato phrasing à la Simone Mularoni. That said, there are still some great songs on this album as with its predecessor. The grungy, low-end riffing of The Knife is a great tune that adds a doom-style edge to counter the proggy structures of other parts of the album like Something In The Way's midsection.

The Bottom Line: Imminent Sonic Destruction is making strides towards being a really good progmetal band with interesting elements of other genres thrown in for a different take on the aging genre. With a powerful vocalist and a melodic shredder, I really think this band could take off. In the meantime, it's interesting to watch the evolution.

- Genghis is looking around for Mularoni's phone number...