Friday, December 19, 2014

Fast Finds - Get the Fa-la-la-la outta my way!

On your way to buy some last minute gifts? or some Nogg? Toss on a few of these albums to help break up the monotony of being stuck in traffic or or behind a bunch of folks trying to get the perfect parking spot. 

by Penalty Kill

Giving Boston some love here.This is a consistent blend of street punk and hardcore. Plenty of breakdowns and chant along moments to satisfy the old and new school crowds. Cheers and support to the local hockey jersey wearing ruffhouse set.

Rise To Infamy
by Cowards

Right off the barbed wire bat this Production is stellar. The beauty in the chaos is all around us on this one. Not for the faint of heart, the vocals are irate, the rhythms are as cold as concrete in winter and the hammering riffs will shake you out of your seat. Cowards are proud to take their cue from influences like Holy Terror and fearless in showcasing their own brand of hardcore/ sludge that pushes the boundaries of what we've heard before.

Mountains Crave
by Mountains Crave

Great atmospherics on the intro that really set up your mind for the brutality that comes into play on the second track. Blackened hearts will be filled with swelling pride by all the high screams and deep throated refrains that lie in wait below. The musicianship is really top notch. Everything seems to exist in the middle between transcendent and outright evil discord. The drums are sharp as hell and the bass/riffs are really beautifully placed in a spot where they give each song color rather than stealing its shine.

Low Ebb's Lament
by Lost Orb

Haven't covered or listened to a lot of straight up doom in awhile. This female fronted doom outfit has something really unique going for it. There are actually soulful dare I say it R&B inflected vocalizations on this. I can honestly say this has to be a first. The acoustic areas on the track make me long for the era when Opeth were more inspired by Zeppelin than ELP.
Overall after listening to one track by the band my interest is peaked. Let's hope there is more from where that came from.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Track by Track Album Review - The Pale Emperor by Marilyn Manson

The Pale Emperor (deluxe version)
Marilyn Manson

1. Killing Strangers -  Manson and crew borrow heavily from Nine Inch Nails own "The Mark Has Been Made" on this one. The main riff and tone of this song is basically the same. Manson adds his own brand of sleezed out lyrics to the track but I can't stop imagining scenes from Man on Fire which the NIN tune played over. It's gotta be much more than coincidence since Manson's own Antichrist Superstar was produced by NIN’s frontman Trent Reznor back in the day.

2. Deep Six - This guitar driven track is a nod to the Mechanical Animals era. It's good to hear Manson break out of the David Bowie-esque delivery at points. His screams are underrated and haven't been used to the best of his ability on the last few albums. This is a nice mix of hard rock and industrial elements.

3. Third Day of a Seven Day Binge - There is a guitar tone that ties a lot of what's going on here with the last album Born Villain which I really enjoyed. It's hard to describe the sound but it does have an REM type of alt country swagger. These tones really set the table for all the hyperbole and lyrical innuendo.

4. The Mephistopholes of Los Angeles - The fat bass, drum stomp and simplistic smattering of guitar work does a nice job of giving this tune a california drugstore cowboy feel.
The chorus is basic, sing song along and radio friendly enough to make it a winner.

5. Warship My Wreck - The isolated singing and lyrics at the intro remind me of my favorite Manson song off Antichrist Superstar, Tourniquet. I enjoy how Manson phrases "Warship My Wreck". Funny how close the words Worship and Warship sound to each other. Makes you think doesn't it?

6. Slave Only Dreams To Be King - Sounds like the intro to Beautiful People slowed way down. The tune makes you stomp your feet the whole way through. Manson's strained vocals are nicely placed up front on the mix for the most part.
The sleezy distortion sways you into a daze just in time for Manson to deliver the lyrics "Slave Only Dreams to Be King". Perfect timing.

7. The Devil Beneath My Feet - Mid Tempo rocker that has really interesting hooks and lyrics. The tone of the song is dancy and upbeat. Even the synths are airy. Manson flips the script on religion with his take on the devil being more supportive than the "motherfucker looking down on me".

8. Birds of Hell Waiting - Lots of desert swagger on this one. The tamborines sound like spurs. Manson pulls off a very Jim Morrison'esque performance. The lizard king would approve of the way his vocals trail off in a drunken haze. This is as slow as a crawling king snake.

9. Cupid Carries a Gun - With slow head bobbing rhythms, this has a bizarro world Rolling Stones feel to it.

10. Odds of Even - I guess you consider this the closing track since the next three I'll be reviewing are Bonus tracks. Good one to go out on. Sounds like the type of music you'd play at the end credits of a good old shoot'em up action movie set in the west. The bended saw guitar work is a good call back to the albums' first track. The transition from a really light song to a more a disturbing "Hammer Films" style exit is pretty genius.

11. Day 3 (Bonus Track) - I'm glad this is a bonus and not part of the proper album. This is stripped down and lacks elements that make the whole album a lot more fun. Manson's croonery delivery sounds more labored than the rest of his  takes on the album. Good extra for the rest of the fans but doesn't add anything.

12. Fated, Faithful, Fatal (Bonus Track) - An old western style cover of the The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles track. Stripping it way back.

13. Fall of The House of Death (Bonus Track) - An acoustic version of "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge". I enjoy this just as much as the original studio version.

Coming Soon

Monday, December 15, 2014

Upcoming shows in the Providence RI area

Firehouse 13
41 Central Street
Providence, RI 02907

5th Annual Home For The Skalidays with
Short Handed Goal, Llama Tsunami, Shore City & The Eradicates
December 20th
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: Donate a New Unwrapped Toy OR $10

The Show II

Nobody's Coming to Dinner
with Moctezuma and the Bleeding Hearts, Llama Sanchez & Emma Rome
December 27th
Doors: 7pm
Tickets: $8

Skull Fist

with Elm Street, Night Demon and More TBA!
January 6th
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: $8

with Lame Genie
January 14th
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: $10

Woody Pines

with The Red Pennys, Zack Slik & More TBA
January 16th
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: $10

with DNR, Adrenochrome, The Defectives & The Frenzy of Tongs
January 30th
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: $10

Brass 'N Ammo & FH13 Present
All Out War
with Xibalba, Rude Awakening, The Banner & More TBA !
February 22nd
Doors: 6pm
Tickets: $15

301 Harris Ave
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 714-0444

December 20 @ 8:00 pm - December 21 @ 2:00 am
HAXEN, ONE MASTER, VEIN, BOG OF THE INFIDEL, WITCHKING, MORGIRION RSVP to the event on Facebook 8:00 p.m. $5 before 10:00 p.m. $10 after 10:00 p.m.

December 27 @ 8:00 pm - December 28 @ 2:00 am
CHURCHBURN, KRIEG, SANGUS, RATSTAB, OCCULT 45 RSVP to the event on Facebook 8 p.m. $5.00 before 10 p.m. $10.00 after 10 p.m. 

Manchester 65
65 Manchester St
West Warwick, RI 02893

Sat, March 7, 2015
4:00 pm
The Grey Curtain
Liquid Destruction
Promise of Fire
Chaser Eight
White Rose Confession
Tickets: $10.00

LOTD! The Skull

Welcome to hell motherlovers. Two weeks before Christmas and this drops. Hell of a listen.
Have we been good boys and gals?

Saturday, December 13, 2014


First up: The Grand Astoria.  If you haven't heard this tune yet, you are in for a treat.  Kamille Sharapodinov is not just good, he is a guitar genius -  a true prodigy.  This tune does not really paint a good picture of what the band is about, but no Grand Astoria tune does, since this band from St. Petersberg covers so much musical ground, from one album to the next, and within each album.  Stoner Rock gets to claim this band overall, even though so many of their tunes are outside the category's realm.  This particular tune, "The Serpent And The Garden of Eden" is probably best described as psychedelic Prog Metal.  It is long, but so worth the 14+ minutes.  If 14 minutes is too long an investment for a band you know nothing about, bump up to the 4:45 minute mark and linger, then hit up the 10:30 mark before you move on. 

Next: One of my four favorite bands, Solace, covering "World War" by The Cure.  Set to the Techno Viking video - could not be more classic.  I sure hope we'll get another Solace album someday.

Until next week; Thanks Grownman - Freakin' quality blog you run!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LOTD! Faith No More - Motherfucker

Yeah we've been kinda slacking. Really slacking on this blog. The holidays have been exceptionally difficult this year, especially for me and since I'm the primary dude to post on the site I must apologize for the rest of the crew who always strive to put only the best recommendations up to the site.
Faith No More are the long lost barrier breakers of rock and metal. They are producing some really incredible music for their upcoming album. There have been leaks and I've tried to avoid hearing any of them til a proper album is released. For now here's the first official single's exactly what fans will expect and crave for. It's probably just a tease at some of the mind blowing music they are set to unleash.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Grownman's Fast Finds - No Seasonal Cheer

We're already into our second week of the holiday season. Yeah that time of year where you spend too much on presents so you can be utterly depressed for the first few months of the new year paying it off. Your only hope is that spiked punch, shots of some type of strong liquor and a full spread of those small hot dogs drenched in sauce are at arms length when the time for a Christmas eve gathering comes around. Before you get to that extravagant spread make sure some of these tunes are playing on your car stereo. They may just inspire you to drive through some christmas trees stands and run over grandma in the process.

My Ancient Roots
Forest Cult
Depressive Black Metal from Finland. This is the first I've heard of the band and this pretty much captures my own experiences in the wilds of a cold and isolated winter. The black metal screech on this is on point. The slow parts remind me a bit of Woods of Ypres with a recipe of Peter Steele'ish vocals performed in a droll affectation.

Clinamen | Episteme
by Inquisitor
Boom, hear those rolling rhythms over those Black Metally vocals. The precision of the percussion on this is not to be missed. They call themselves Avante Garde and the tag line fits. With elements of black metal, Death & faith no more-ish riffs and some really evil vocals, the band will satisfy the appetites of metal heads and the more refined artsy types. My head was nodding and banging right from the start. Lithuania you done me good.

You Fancy Me Mad
by Earlyman
The interesting album cover intrigued me I must admit. The first track's excellent 70's riff magic pulled me in. About a minute into the track I started to wildly clap my hands over my head like Ozzy. The vocals kicked in and I was like holy crap, wasn't expecting that. It's got it's own thing going. Hazy, stoned out vocals trapped inside a fishbowling car of teenagers. Earlyman should be listened to at high decibels on a proper stereo within earshot of a pinball table. As the kids say it, I'll just leave this here.

From Hell
This duo from Indonesia play a unique brand of black metal that incorporates progressive and experimental elements. It's fast, heavy and extremely pleasing to the ear. The progressive and experimental moments give each track real depth. For four tracks packed to the gills(shortest coming in over six minutes) it never gets out of hand or lost in monotony. As someone not really into bands mixing jazz into metal, I was surprised how much I enjoyed those small hints of jazzy experimentation that pop up throughout each track. They may appear very miniscule in the grand scheme of things but are essential to the overall texture of the atmospheric nature of the album.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Remembering Dime

Dimebag Darrell Abbott lost his life on stage 10 years ago to this date in a small rock club in Ohio called the Alrosa Villa. Abbott and his band Damageplan had taken to the stage just like any other night. A troubled local man, Nathan Gale breached backstage security and took to the stage as the band began their set. Abbott as well as the band had their backs to Gale as he approached the guitarist brandishing a gun. Gale fired several rounds into Abbott and shot into the crowd as fans, members of the band and security tried to approach the stage. Abbott's brother as well as Damageplan bandmate Vinny Paul was witness to everything. The events of that night ten years ago would be engrained in concert goers and promoters for years to come.

There would be t-shirts and tribute signature guitars created in his honor. There would be countless interviews and remembrances posted to the web and the media about the legacy of Dimebag. Just like the death of JFK and John Lennon(who's death occurred on the same date 20 years earlier), the first word of his passing would become a mental bookmark in many fans lives.

This is my bookmark.

A call rang throughout my old apartment in Springfield, Ma on the morning of December 9th, 2004. My old friend and fellow concert going buddy's voice was tinged with dread of bad news when he asked if I had seen the news. I was sitting at my old desktop waiting for the monitor screen to paint up the web as I had my phone pressed to my ear. Although it's been ten years I will always recall the moment he told me he was gone. Dime was shot. Killed. Gone. My heart and head were in denial.

My thoughts raced to the headlines in the magazines over the past year that I had collected. The breakup of Pantera and the mud that was slung amongst the band members were fresh. My wishes as a fan for the band to reform were dashed when I heard about Damageplan's formation and the lack of interest by Pantera's frontman Phil Anselmo to even speak with the brothers Abbott. I was hoping all of this was just a big mistake. Perhaps it was another band or that the events were not as bad as reported. Sadly when the web finally filled my monitor screen, the nightmare of that night was official. The web was already full of news and misreporting just mere hours after Abbott's death was officially reported. Barely enough time for his friends to absorb the news or his loss. First hand reports of what concertgoers saw and heard were absolutely surreal. Days and weeks would follow with more first hand reports and even video within the club. VH1 would produce a "Behind the Music" special about that night and the turmoil of the band members of Pantera. That show left me and a lot of fans in tears as it presented a video from inside the club that was shot as the events unfolded.

Today marks ten years.