Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Video: Clutch "Electric Worry"

The single from the newest Clutch studio album, From Beale Street To Oblivion. I love the blues sound throughout the song and the drum fill at the end.

While looking up the links for this post I found out that Clutch has a new album due out in July of this year, Strange Cousins from the West. I now have something to look forward to!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

15 Awesome Instrumentals

Sometimes it's more about the music then the lyrics. I love a good instrumental in an album, and while listening to an entire album of nothing but instrumentals bores me after a while, one or two songs thrown in helps mix it up. Also, I'm not talking about the minute long intro or outro songs on most power metal albums (as well as several other genres). I'm talking about the songs that are tracks 4 and 8 in a concept progressive metal album, nothing really to do with the story, but it helps move it along.
  1. 3 - Bramfatura
  2. The Bakerton Group - Old Bait and Switch (this song is from an instrumental band, but I really like this song as a stand alone)
  3. Circus Maximus - Biosfear
  4. The Corrs - Toss The Feathers (Not metal at all, but nice violin and drum work)
  5. Dream Theater - Overture 1928 (They have alot of great instrumentals, but this one is one of my favorites)
  6. The Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein
  7. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Fanfare For The Common Man (An electric keyboard and drum heavy re-imagining of the classical piece)
  8. Firewind - The Fire And The Fury (Great beginning and middle, but the ending gets kind of boring, but still an amazing song)
  9. Iced Earth - 1776
  10. Iron Maiden - Transylvania (Iced Earth also does an amazing cover of this song, but I didn't want to put the song on here twice, but Iron Maiden did write it)
  11. Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick (Couldn't be a serious list without this one)
  12. Liquid Tension Experiment - Acid Rain (Another exclusively instrumental band, but almost every song on their two albums is simply amazing)
  13. Rush - La Villa Strangiato (An Exercise in Self-Indulgence)
  14. Sum 41 - Grab The Devil By The Horns And Fuck Him Up The Ass (An amazing metal song by a punk rock band. I was just as surprised)
  15. Van Halen - Eruption (Less of a song, more of an extended guitar lick, Eruption still is some amazing finger-work)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Band: Heaven And Hell

I am currently finishing up the new album by Heaven & Hell, The Devil You Know, and I must say it is a really good album. For those who don't know, Heaven & Hell is basically the Ronnie James Dio-era of Black Sabbath, under a new name. They do this, because Black Sabbath is still officially headed up by The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne (again). But after the Heaven & Hell reunion tour in 2007, the guys decided that they wanted to create some new material. The project started just to write two or three new songs for a compilation album Black Sabbath: The Dio Years, but during their tour they decided to add to these songs and release an album of completely new material. So they got together over the next year and put together some of the best music from a classic metal band that I have heard in a while, not to mention the bitchin' artwork.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Why Is Awesome

I forgot to bring my iPod to school yesterday, which means that I have 7 hours without music, and went slightly insane. But for at least 2 hours I was on a computer so I signed into my account (add me) and cycled through my "Recommendations" playlist. Now for those who don't have a - get one - after you've listened to a bunch of music from your library, it will make a "Recommendations" playlist, music that you haven't heard, but that is close to the music you do listen to on a daily basis. It's a great way to find new bands that you will like, and alot of times you find side projects of bands you love that you didn't know existed. In this 2 hour session I made a list of artists to research and "acquire," most of which I didn't know about at all.

The Company Band (side project of Clutch frontman Neil Fallon)
Circus Maximus
Fair To Midland (Which apparently, looking through my iTunes, I already have their album)
Shadow Gallery
Blood or Whiskey
The Real McKenzies (I had heard of these guys before, but never any of their music)

Most of these are progressive metal, with the last 2 being Cletic Punk. There was also alot of folk metal/viking metal that came up on the playlist, but I either didn't like it, or I already had heard of them.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Albums Listened To In March

Well, I'm a few days behind but that doesn't change the fact that another month has passed us by. I'm a little older, a little wiser, and a little more prepared for the inevitable clash of the Devil and Jesus for our souls and an epic rock-off to end all time!

Anyway... this month didn't see to many new artists or new albums. Only 18 out of the 40 are new, which by itself is kind of impressive, but compared to my past few months of almost 3/4 of the list being new, it's a tad depressing. Instead of new music, I focused on Old Bands With New Music, which I wrote about in my latest Current Trend segment. Also I re-listened to the most of the discography of 3, my favorite prog-funk-metal band, and several Queen albums. One new group that I listened to considerably was Mechanical Poet. They are a progressive symphonic folk metal band from Russia. I'm working on a more in-depth article, but I really enjoyed their first EP, but haven't enjoyed their subsequent releases as much. I still have 2 more albums and another EP to listen to before I render my final judgment, but it was all enjoyable.

One of my favorite albums for the month of March is Heading Northe by StormWarrior. It was a nice mix of power metal with a touch of folkish influences. Another good one was Diablo Swing Orchestra's singular release (thus far) The Butcher's Ballroom. It was another bizarre mesh of symphonic and gothic, alot of the album I thought was a little boring but a handful of songs made up for it (chief among them is "Balrog Boogie"). And, as I already have said Mechanical Poet's debut EP, Handmade Essence, was a creative combination of symphonic progressive metal with folk strewn about.

As far as least favorite for this month is concerned, there really wasn't anything too bad. The only thing that I can think of would be the couple of albums which weren't really in my bag. They weren't bad albums by any means, just not something I would ever really listen to again. Among them is Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen, Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols by (you guessed it) The Sex Pistols, Crógacht by Suidakra and the new Les Claypool release, Of Of Fungi And Foe, which was pretty good, but was so weird that it'll be hard to re-approach it.
One album that I was expecting to be at least decent, that was not, was Queensrÿche's Take Cover. It is their latest release (with American Soldier to come out sometime this year), and was a cover album. Now, I normally love a cover album, but Take Cover was dull and listless, nothing that I'd ever spend time listening to again.

  1. 3 - The End Is Begun
  2. 3 - Paint By Number
  3. 3 - Summercamp Nightmare
  4. 3 - Wake Pig
  5. AC/DC - Black Ice
  6. Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge
  7. Alestorm - Leviathan (EP)
  8. Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider
  9. Ayreon - Actual Fantasy - Newly Listened!
  10. Baroness - Red Album
  11. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska - Newly Listened!
  12. Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom - Newly Listened!
  13. Dream Evil - Gold Medal In Metal: Bronze - Newly Listened!
  14. Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
  15. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels - Newly Listened!
  16. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy - Newly Listened!
  17. Hellmouth - Destroy Everything, Worship Nothing - Newly Listened!
  18. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
  19. Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution
  20. KoЯn - Follow The Leader
  21. Les Claypool - Of Fungi And Foe - Newly Listened!
  22. Mechanical Poet - Creepy Tales For Freaky Children - Newly Listened!
  23. Mechanical Poet - Handmade Essence (EP) - Newly Listened!
  24. Mechanical Poet - Woodland Prattlers - Newly Listened!
  25. Metallica - Death Magnetic
  26. Mötley Crüe - Saints of Los Angeles
  27. The Offspring - Americana
  28. Queen - The Game
  29. Queen - Jazz
  30. Queen + Paul Rodgers - The Cosmos Rocks
  31. Queensrÿche - Take Cover - Newly Listened!
  32. Rush - Snakes & Arrows - Newly Listened!
  33. Sammy Hagar - UnBoxed
  34. Seawolves - Dragonships Set Sail - Newly Listened!
  35. StormWarrior - Heading Northe - Newly Listened!
  36. Suidakra - Crógacht - Newly Listened!
  37. The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - Newly Listened!
  38. The Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist
  39. Type O Negative - Dead Again
  40. Týr - Land - Newly Listened!