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Album of the Month - August
  • Live - Back to the Roots - Accepted [DVD + 2 CD]
    Live - Back to the Roots - Accepted [DVD + 2 CD]
    by DIRKSCHNEIDER
Video of the Month - August
  • Live - Back to the Roots - Accepted [DVD + 2 CD]
    Live - Back to the Roots - Accepted [DVD + 2 CD]
    by DIRKSCHNEIDER
#SoundSmarter
  • Heavy Metal Music and the Communal Experience
    Heavy Metal Music and the Communal Experience
    Lexington Books
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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
Feb232017

Podcast Interview: Crystal Ball's Scott Leach

The boys caught up with guitarist Scott Leach of Crystal Ball, a few months ago, after the release of his band's latest album Deja Voodoo.  Scott discussed Crystal Ball's latest release as well as their upcoming tour plans.  Scott also discussed the concept and direction behind some of the band's videos. 

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

Featured Tracks:  Crystal Ball - Paradise, Director's Cut, To Freedom and Progress, Dr. Hell No, Deja Voodoo, Hold Your Flag.

-Ragman can't believe what is in the Right to Rock closet.  Spring cleaning anyone?

Podcast Interview - Scott Leach

Thursday
Feb232017

Junius - Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light

Junius is back with their Neurosis meets The Smiths sound to complete their conceptual trilogy.You may remember my praising the lads in Junius for their intriguing brand of post-metal jams back when their album, Reports From The Threshold Of Death, came out a few years ago. Apparently it was the middle chapter of a conceptual trilogy that culminates in their latest release, Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light (dem titles tho).

It should go without saying that if you're down with the last album, you'll know what to expect, and will most likely dig this new material. Despite the loss of guitarist Mike Repasch-Nieves, Joe Martinez has taken up the reins on his own to flesh out the loose storyline that previously delved into the state of the soul in the afterlife. Working once again with producer Will Benoit, these ten tracks make for an intense but somehow calming aural journey. At times, the hoary head of Opeth looms large in the band's gothic leanings as on Clean The Beast. But then tracks like All That Is, Is Of The One with its ethereal chorale takes you in a different direction, like a majestic beast winding its way along a lazy path. As with their last album, it's Junius' compelling way of being heavy without really being aggressive that impresses me so much - like a slow-flowing river that will inevitably crush you under its path.

The Bottom Line: Though you don't need to have heard previous entries in the trilogy, Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light maintains Junius' penchant for hybridizing heavy, gothic, post-metal and introspective, 80s era, alt rock. Nice work, that.

- Genghis is imagining Robert Smith with a leather jacket and a Gibson Explorer...

Wednesday
Feb222017

Persefone - Aathma

This Andorran sextet knows how to write some incredible djenty prog, and I. am. loving. it.I am well on record by now for extolling one of the main virtues of heavy metal, specifically the subgenre of progressive metal, as being its ubiquity. I mean you can find practitioners pretty much anywhere on the globe. And that includes the tiny, independent principality of Andorra with the band Persefone.

Their new album, Aathma, is the latest bit of melodic pyrotechnics from this talented sextet, and fans of classic subgenre heroes like Dream Theater or Symphony X would do well to check them out if they haven't already. There's a rather djenty vibe to it all, but the addition of melodeath growls and progressive breaks, as heard in One Of Many, Prison Skin, and No Faced Mindless (check out the exhilarating piano interlude at around 3:12) make for a compelling musical stew I can't get enough of. Especially how that aforementioned progressive element plays itself out in the dynamics that devotess love on slower tracks like the haunting, delayed guitars of the atmospheric Cosmic Walkers or the pensive opening to Living Waves. This is just really well done music, people. All of which culminates in the frenetic, four-part, 20 minute Aathma suite. Just in case you wanted to know if they really know their progmetal chops.

The Bottom Line: This is djenty progmetal along the lines of TesseracT that takes you on a thrilling musical ride from the opening track to the last. 'Nuff said.

- Genghis would eat nails to see these cats on a bill with TesseracT - and maybe Animals As Leaders...

Tuesday
Jan312017

Podcast Interview: John Corabi

The boys caught up with vocalist John Corabi of The Dead Daisies, a few months ago, before he headed to Europe with his band for a round of dates.  John discussed the Dead Daisies latest release Make Some Noise as well as their upcoming tour plans.  John also discusses the addition of guitarist Doug Aldrich, and his impact on the band.  Be sure to stay tuned as John also give some insight into some of the band's tunes. 

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

Featured Tracks: Motley Crue - Power to the Music, The Dead Daises - Long Way To Go, Last Time I saw the Sun, Mainline, The Scream - Man in the Moon

-Ragman still has a few more of these to dust off. 

John Corabi Interview

Tuesday
Jan312017

Podcast Interview: The Raskins

The boys caught up with The Raskins, a few months ago, before they opened for Ted Nugent.  Roger and Logan Raskin invited the lads back for a fireside chat.  The Raskins discussed life on the road with Ted, as well as the other major acts that they have toured with.  Logan and Roger also discussed the direction of their next album, as well as their plans for the new year. 

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

Featured Tracks: We Had it All, Never Too late, Lost in the Dark

-Ragman is ashamed that it took this long to post this interview.  Sorry guys!

The Raskins Interview