Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Release of the Week! Zombie Fight's Echoes of the Past

Zombie Fight

Grownman's Fast Finds - The Hardcore Edition

Tip your snap back flat visors to the side and throw back your best gangsta' lean. We're going hardcore this week!

Dark Past - Demo
Dark Past practice the art of hardcore with big meaty hooks and pissed off lyrics. They have a groove factor that easily makes my head bob along with the vitriol fueled intensity of a band that gets it done, short and sweet.

Outlier - Seasons
The production on this is really clean and sharp. The songs are written really well and there is a total confidence factor in the music. While I really only get into a few of the new school hardcore bands out there this definitely has found a place on that list. There is a real honesty to the lyrics in the way many of my favorite post hardcore bands have shown throughout the years.

Great Reversals have that 90's hardcore vibe going on. The tone of hammering strings, breakdowns and the shouts make for a recipe of fantastic destruction. If you're having a bad day this will turn that frown sideways into a shit eating grin.

Talk about making an introduction. Hardcore from Croatia going off like a shotgun down a dark alley way. This is another new school band that I'm totally digging. Between the uzi popping percussion, the bark and bite of a hounds unleashed vocals and bright hardcore riffage, Life in Peril really set the bar. I'll drink to that!

Coming to Dusk Providence May 2nd - Discordia, Bog of the Infidel, Morgirion, Plauges

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ultra Review - The Graviators' Motherload


   I have been listening to this album for a while now, and have had a really hard time with categorizing exactly what I am hearing.  I am going to stray off topic for a moment, and then will bring it back in.  If you only know their hits, you won’t understand the comparison but if you are a true Blue Oyster Cult fan, you will know what I am talking about.  BOC’s sound is just different.  You would buy a new album and the songs wouldn’t sound quite sound right to you, yet you’d keep playing them because they are intriguing, and would eventually reach a point where you loved all of them.  This comes close to describing how I feel about “Motherload”.  I thought of the BOC comparison right away because when I played the first track, “Leif’s Last Breath-Dance of the Valkyrie”, I immediately thought of a Pepper Keenan-era Corrosion of Conformity sound with Blue-Oyster Cult songwriting.  Similar to BOC, the Graviators’ sound really varies within an album.  It runs the gamut from fuzz to clean to heavy distortion.  Their sound has reminded me of COC, BOC, Sheavy and Sabbath all in the same tune sometimes.  Yet with all that variation the band manages to create an overall cohesive atmosphere to the entire album.  As is the case with so many Swedish rock bands, the guitar tones and production quality are inspirational.   Included is a re-recorded “Druid’s Ritual”, a tune which really covers a lot of ground musically.   If you will be checking out the video for “Narrow Minded Bastards” below, the most Sabbath-sounding tune on the album, note the super tasteful guitar solo at around 4:20 and what a great guitar sound.  Enjoy!

“Narrow Minded Bastards”

THE GRAVIATORS:                                                                                        

Niklas Sjöberg: Vocals
Martin Fairbanks: Guitar
Johan Holm: Bass
Henrik Bergman: Drums

Flashback Friday! New England Metal and Hardcore Fest Headliner's Behemoth cover NIN's Wish

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Electric Wizard's Followup to Black Masses will be on the Spinefarm Records label.

Electric Wizard Signs with Spinefarm Records

The massively successful and revered stoner doomsters Electric Wizard have signed with Spinefarm Records for their yet untitled, upcoming release. It will be the follow up to Black Masses released in 2010.

About Spinefarm Records
Since launching in Helsinki, Finland, in 1990, Spinefarm Records has established its reputation on the international rock ‘n’ metal scene, building on the groundswell initially created by home-grown acts such as Nightwish & Children Of Bodom, acts who broke through both in Finland and beyond..
As a result of this, Spinefarm joined forces with Universal Music in 2002, since which time the label has continued to expand in both stature & sales…
Owned & distributed by Universal, and fully integrated into the Universal system, Spinefarm now has dedicated offices in the UK (est. October 2007) and Finland, and more recently in the US and Japan, with Cooperative Music – an international marketing, promotion & distribution company, owned by Universal since 2010 – handling releases in Europe, Australia, New Zealand & South America, with Universal taking charge in Canada. 
Supported by this global network, the Spinefarm roster has broadened in size & style, taking in developing artists, established names, plus an ever-growing catalogue, the aim being to align with acts with a signature musical stance and help to spread their vision around the world.
In 2012, this roster numbers some of the biggest, most influential names in the rock ‘n’ metal domain; these include Rammstein, Five Finger Death Punch, Killing Joke, Apocalyptica, Godsmack, Alice Cooper, 3 Doors Down, Tarja, Ensiferum & more…
At a time of almost constant change within the bizness, the world of heavy guitar music continues to hold sway with fans the world over, and Spinefarm – a pure rock ‘n’ metal label driven by passion and supported by the stability / distribution reach of the major – aims to exist at the sharp end of the genre, spreading the word and flying the flag.
Long live (heavy) rock ‘n’ roll.
Jus Oborn - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Liz Buckingham - Guitar
Mark Greening - Drums, Percussion
Clayton Burgess - Bass


Dave Brockie Tribute Tshirt Now Available through Gwar Band Site

Gwar has posted for sale a new Dave Brockie tribute shirt in honor of their late frontman. 
Click this link to purchase.

Thursday Throwback - New England Metal and Hardcore Fest Headliner - All That Remains' The Deepest Gray

See Today's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival 2014 Set Times and Bands Below

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New England Metal & Hardcore Fest 2014 Set Schedule Now Available!

Crosses coming to Boston in May!

HMT's Record Store Day 2014 Checklist!

 (Picks chosen by Heavy Metal Textbooks - 
Many more titles will be available per location/availabiility)
** = highly suggested 

The Animals
The Animals EP
Between The Buried And Me
David Bowie
1984 picture disc
Brian Jonestown Massacre / The Magic Castles
Record Store Day 2014 Split 12 inch
R2ME2/Let Me Get You A Towel
Christian Death
The Edward Colver Edition
Split 7
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The 1969 Singles
The Cure/Dinosaur Jr.
Side By Side Series
Devo/The Flaming Lips
Side By Side Series 
The Doors
Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine
The Flaming Lips
7 Skies H3
Green Day
Husker Du
Candy Apple Grey
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Joy Division
An Ideal For Living (1978)
**Machine Head
Killers & Kings
On Top
Pennyroyal Tea/I Hate Myself and Want To Die
Learn To Obey
Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes
Live At The Greek
Pissed Jeans
The Very Best of SubPop
The Pogues
Live With Joe Strummer
**Poison Idea/Pantera
Side By Side Series
Vol 3
Superunknown: The Singles
**Type O Negative
Slow, Deep and Hard
The Velvet Underground
The Yardbirds
Little Games
Frank Zappa
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow/Down In De Dew

RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release  
**Buried Alive
The Death of Your Perfect World 
Earth Crisis
Gomorrah's Season Ends
Hang Ten
The Way of All Flesh
Jungle Rot
Kill On Command
The Paradigm Shift Picture DiscThe Loud Ones
Time To Skate
What's This Shit 1977/1979
**Various Artists
Taang! Records: The First 10 SinglesWe Must Dismantle All This
††† (Crosses)
† (One) (Red/Pink Vinyl)

'RSD First' Release   
Unifying Themes Redux 
Cave In
Jupiter LP & Rarities
Dinosaur, Jr.
Jimi Hendrix
Live at Monterey
Wanda Jackson

For Complete List go to:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Heavy Metal Moment of Zen! Baelfyr's Celtic Metal cover of "Shipping Up To Boston"

Shipping Up To Boston

Maybe I'm just weird. I'm a New Englander who hates the Dropkick Murphys and all the hoopla that came about their music when the Red Sox chose to use the band's "Shipping up to Boston" as their Championship Anthem. I am a diehard Red Sox fan. I always felt that the best part of the song was the beginning with the shouting and revelrie. I always thought it would sound kick ass if a band with some balls did it some justice.....

Voila! Baelfyr from California of all things cover the Red Sox anthem with the spirit it was meant to be sung and played.... Given that the season is in it's infancy and our beloved sportscaster Jerry Remy's murderous son can't stay out of trouble, it would only be fitting to scrap the Dropkick version and start this tradtion anew..... Evil Remdawg Approved!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review - Sevendust's Time Traveler's and Bonfires

Time Traveler's and Bonfires
Sevendust's follow up to last year's Black Out the Sun, is a stripped down, acoustic album comprised of twelve tracks (broken up into 6 newly written songs and 6 acoustic covers). Time Traveler's and Bonfires was financed in part by the fans through a funding campaign at PledgeMusic. Within a week some 2000 pledges doubled the campaign's goal amount and set the stage for the band to get this album out much quicker than their previous efforts. The funding campaign model is an excellent idea for bands like Sevendust who've known the struggles of dealing with big record labels in the past.

I'll be succinct, this album is a good album. It's a bit of a conservative step back compared their last album which was some of their darkest and heaviest material. The band is pairing this release with an all acoustic tour.

I've listened to the album a half dozen times and I find the 6 new tracks really lack definition. The real standouts are "Come Down", "The Wait" and "One Life" which have the feel of their last two albums. "Bonfire" is probably the weakest track on the entire album.

The second half of the album delivers the goods. The band sounds so much more comfortable with the material. Stripping down tracks like "Denial" and "Crucified" to the bare bones really showcases great musicianship and songwriting that sometimes gets lost in high gloss production. "Karma" still retains a kickass intensity that the band started delving into on their last two albums. "Black" one of the biggest hits of their career is on a whole another level. While I would've preferred a dirtier solo during the track, it cements the whole acoustic feel of the project.

For some reason, this album feels like an EP. The new tracks are good, not great. After their last album, I had really high expectations that they were embracing their dark side. This feels like a band at a standstill. IF you're a diehard Sevendust fan, you'll probably already have pre ordered this. If you're only a fan of their last two albums, you may just wanna wait and see where the band goes from this point on. - grownman

Throwback Thursday Listen of the Day! Peter Steele Funerary Mix Vol. 1

On this day back in 2010, Peter Steele of TYPE O NEGATIVE slipped the mortal coil. As one of the most influential singers in Heavy Metal, Steele and company created a unique blend of sabbath tinged riffs and gothic gloom metal while always keeping a tongue firmly planted in their bloody cheeks. Today I decided, would be a good day as any to memorialize the towering "man of steele" with a mix tape of tracks from each one of their releases. These are some of my favorite tracks. I could easily have come up with a variety of mixes based off the number of classic tracks they produced throughout their career. I was fortunate to catch one of their last tours in the states alongside Hatebreed. Every picture I tried to take of their set that night came out horrible. Maybe he really was nosferatu? Enjoy.

Unsuccessfully Coping With the Natural Beauty of Infidelity - Slow, Deep and Hard

I know you're f someone else - Origin of the Feces

Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All) - Bloody Kisses

The Green Man - October Rust 

Everyone I Love Is Dead - World Coming Down

(We Were) Electrocute - Life Is Killing Me

September Sun - Dead Again