Monday, November 17, 2014

LOTD! Machine Head


MACHINE HEAD is back! 
Night of Long Knives is a devastating tune that had me completely hooked from jumpstreet. Incredible tune about the Manson Family. Definitely hear this today.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

LOTD! - New All That Remains!

In an unorthodox move, All That Remains' frontman Phil Labonte dropped a clue about a new All That Remains track being uploaded to the web. There was instant buzz throughout the band and Phil's facebook page. Within the hour, fans had found an unassuming dog video on youtube that had the song as it's soundtrack. Fun stuff. "No Knock" is a beast and I totally love it. It's very heavy and should appease the naysayers who complained about their "radio friendly" sound on the last album. Definitely check this out.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Kiss Report #2

The Kiss Report is back! Part deux

A no holds barred conversation about the biggest Rock band in the world, KISS, by it's biggest FAN in the world, Gary DeAngelis.


I know everyone has been waiting for this new update. I can't blame ya.

Let's see. What should I talk about. Last post, I said I would recount the first time I saw Kiss live and my thoughts on the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. Let me start with the Hall. I mean if there is anybody out there that knows about the Hall of Fame it's me. Right?? Kiss after years and years of not being able to get in, they finally did in 2014. To say its about time is one of the biggest understatements in the world.

Kiss has been around since the early 70's and really helped shape the sound of Music that rock currently has. Well that's my Opinion anyways. Kiss Has left their stamp on so much. Live shows, looks of a band, merchandise...do I need to go on. Ok I will....


Live shows have changed because of Kiss. When you see Kiss not only do you get to hear a great concert, your eyes are treated to one of the best shows that your eyes have ever seen. You can not like Kiss and go see a show and leave feeling that you got your moneys worth. A Kiss concert seems like a performance. I have been to a lot of concerts. To see a band come out and just stand on stage and play can be and is very boring. I have been to a Megadeth concert and Dave Mustaine walks out on stage and stands in one place for an hour and plays. He never moved, not once. To me that sounds boring.

Look of a Band. Before Kiss, can you really think of bands that looked even close to them.
Had costumes?
No?
Well me neither.
Listen, there is nothing wrong with coming out on stage in jeans and a tee. I mean if I was in a band, I would wear that. Kiss just looks different and that's the point. I could show you 100 pictures of 100 different bands then ask you what stood out, or what you remember about them and I bet you Kiss would be one of the bands you most remembered. Stand out.

KISS CARDS


Merchandise. Hands down If you have never heard Kiss I bet that you have seen a piece of Kiss Merch because honestly they have so much stuff out there. Don't believe me? Let me name a few things. Caskets? yup. Urns? yup. Toilet Paper? yup.

Kiss in the mid 70's realized that you can make money in the music business on record sales and live shows. After all the expenses how much do you really make? I'm sure a great living and certainly a lot more then me, but why not try and make as much money in this world as you can. Some people might say maybe Kiss has overdone it and stuck their name on everything. Maybe you are right.
Some might say "Kiss has sold out" and to that I answer with a Jason Newsted quote I once heard. "Yes we Sell Out, every seat in the building." Kiss has some of the most loyal fans in the world and will buy anything with the logo on it. I would assume Kiss knows this and markets their stuff to this demographic. Some might say Greedy, I say Smart.


Now with the Rock ' Roll Hall of Fame, you would think its the Holy grail and all bands should strive for this honor. But lately it seems like a joke. Acts like Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Donna Summers are going in over Rock n Roll acts. I have nothing against any of those acts I just listed but are any of those acts Rock? NO. Bands like Deep Purple and Cheap Trick are not in but those are. Rush and Kiss waited years and years to get in and it seems like they were only let in because frankly they couldn't find any reasons to keep them out.

KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014
It's weird because it's a personal thing that they were held out for so long. The Hall of Fame board has "beef" with Kiss over something and I have no idea what it is. They say its not real music and Kiss only prevailed due to a live show. If you like Kiss's music or not, you would have to agree that when it came out in the 1970's it was catchy and people bought it.

The Hall of Fame board are a bunch of old assholes holding on to the flame of Led Zeppelin being the best band in the world and that every other band can't hold a candle to them. I hate Led Zeppelin and think they are very overrated. I guess I should be on the Hall board, I would fit right in.

Did I actually accomplish anything with this post? Did anyone actually read the whole thing through? I'm not actually going to reread what I wrote until its posted on the site, so in 4 years when I write a part 3 I know what to write. (side note - This last line made the editor chuckle.)

Truth be told I had actually started writing this piece shortly after part one was finished and I had plans to write a whole series of entries and get them out on a normal schedule....But real life happened and then being Lazy happened. I guess if I was a real writer I would never admit to being lazy and I would tell you that I had alot of other huge deadlines to hit and I tried to juggle everything and now I finally got to it. Well I tried to juggle this, life and being lazy. Lazy won.

Now guess what?? Part 3 will be coming a lot faster than you think. Tomorrow I leave for Miami, FL for the KISS Kruise 4. (side note - editor is lazy and Gary has returned with lots of photos and stories coming in part 3)
Hold the excitement everyone. I plan on doing a real review of the kruise and the time that I had there and maybe, just maybe, score an interview with a certain Heavy metal guitarist. Probably not but I'll take a picture with him.

Also part 3 will also tie up any loose ends this post had and finish off my thoughts on the Hall and maybe the first time I saw Kiss Live.

So in closing -
Sometimes days are so hard to survive,
a million ways to bury you alive
The sun goes down like a bad bad dream
You're wound up tight, gotta let off steam
They say they can break you again and again,
if life is a radio, turn up to ten!


-Gary



LOTD! Cardiac Arrest - new track!

From the mad minds of razorback records comes a new track from Cardiac Arrest off their forthcoming album "And Death Shall Set You Free". Check this out!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LOTD! - Violent Hammer

This is some really hellacious sounding nwobhm from Finland. It has all the traditional markings of the 80's/90's Thrash and Doom scene too. The vocals are "Frightening". Check it out.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LOTD! Lionheart's Rest in Power


LOTD! goes out to everybody that's lost someone important to them. This is a pretty awesome example of positive Hardcore. Lionheart are one of my favorites of the modern hardcore scene. They put a lot of thought into their lyrics and the message they put out there. Stay strong in the face of adversity and live your life in tribute of those no longer here.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Black Eye of the Week


Our masked anti-hero, Tijuana Bob, is back in the office. He's coming hard this week with a new segment called "black eye of the week". No worries, he's not back to hit people with chairs or throw a few of the staff off the top of a steel cage. He's back to drop the leg on the less than savory moments of the week in regards to the Metal, Punk and Rock music scene. As always, TJ BOB's opinions are his own and bare no resemblance to any of the staff's own personal beliefs or hygiene habits. Read at your own risk.

 Hello folks, I'm back...hahha...cue my theme music
eh, forget it.
so I've been away for awhile
and wanted to reintroduce myself
I'm tijuana bob
former wrestling personality
on an obscure wrestling circuit
in an undisclosed area of a city far far away
they called me the king of the battle royale
i'm a huge metal head
i pull no punches and my opinions are often from parts uknown
so let's get to this week's black eyes


WAYNE STATIC
R.I.P.

About a week ago, we all heard the bad news about the passing of Wayne Static. As a fan of static x's frontman the passing was quite a shock. Sadly initial reports were wrought with false claims about drug use and how it may have played in his death. Papa Roach's own frontman jacoby shaddox made an erroneous claim about Static's demise which he later retracted. Static's wife Tera Wray Static made a few statements in the past week regarding her husband's death and her response to other musicians reporting on social media sites.
This is an excerpt from Tera's social media post
"It has come to my attention that many have questions and opinions about the cause of the death of my husband in which I now find is necessary to further respond.
Wayne was not taking drugs, if anything he was a drinker, and did not OD. The autopsy will be done by this weekend at the soonest, however for some of the test results it will take up to 6 months to get the actual death certificate finalized. I hope that the results I am given will have some insight, but they told me what I will receive this weekend will be deemed incomplete until all tests are back.
We can all have opinions as to why – We all know that both Wayne and I had abused narcotics with alcohol in the past, which I am sure took a toll on his body, heart and soul...I find it disrespectful to our families and myself for negative spins that are being posted. For Wayne’s music peers to take it upon themselves to make comment about us, when they are not part of our daily lives or know us outside of tour and music, just to grab a headline to get themselves at the top of the gossip page is disgusting. This is not about you or what you feel is your expert opinion on people you have no relationship with, so shame on you – Do not act like we liked your band either."
That said, I'm sure we'll hear the final outcome in several weeks when the lab reports are in. Either way, the metal world lost an original voice and an artist who made his mark. Once again, a member of the metal community drops off and there are a lot of folks claiming that they were friends or fans of Wayne and the band. My thoughts, it's a sad state of affairs when it takes death to bring people together to remember someone positively when all these years people were jumping at the chance to call Static and bands of his era lame. Nu Metal had some good shit.



Phil Rudd
AC/DUMMY

If you've been living under a rock, you haven't heard that iconic drummer Phil Rudd of AC/DC was charged with trying to hire someone to kill some people. Then that charge was reduced to "threatening to kill" and various drug charges associated with the investigation. Dirty Deeds indeed. All that money and fame doesn't buy common sense.




Fat Mike
NOFX=NO HUGS

Not so "Gordo" Mike these days recently alerted a crowd at his punk rock show that he was feeling sore around the neck area. (take your midol pussay) Cue fan jumping up on stage and grabbing him around the neck. Punk rock right? Dumb right? Fat Mike proceeded to back hand and kick the fan in the face before security could wisk away the now shocked fan. The fan didn't press charges and took full blame for Mike's reaction. (another pussay)
.....wait for it.....
Today (CLICK HERE TO SEE) footage was released showing the fan being offered a cervesa and a chance to kick Fat Mike in the shin. The fan donned a fluffy slipper at the request of Mike and half assed a kick to his Fat leg. (pussay) The video is extremely awkward and Fat Mike still comes off as a prick. Yeah Punk Rock! I would've leveled him with a chair and made him call me uncle as I placed his legs behind his back in a good ole sharp shooter. Just me. (no pussay)

Original Video of Kicking Incident below



Well that's all for now, I guess I could make a comment about the lead singer of the Cranberries headbutting a cop but I haven't seen footage of the incident yet and I doubt the pig sold the blow.
Until next time, Tijuana Bob says keep your head in the pit, fists clenched and kick your opponent when the ref's not looking. Watch Lucha Underground.

Dual Track Review - Serpent Venom



Of Things Seen & Unseen
by Serpent Venom


Track 1 - The Penance You Pay 

professor fork tongue says
- Great big fuzzy, fantastic riff at the start. Typical vocals for this type of music but stronger than most. There's nothing here moving Tradition Doom Metal in a new direction but they pay homage to the gods of the genre pretty damn well. I'm ok with this. Inventive doesn't mean good by default like lots of music reviewers seem to think.

grownman says
- My goodness can you hear that fuzz? Nice groovey build with soaring vocals that remind me of a cross between early Electric Wizard and the sole Seventh Void album. There is definitely a sabbath influence on this towards the midpoint of the song. That quick little bit of fingering is all Iommi. Nice finish to the song with that freakout distortion.

Track 2 - Sorrow's Bastard

professor fork tongue says
- I can't help but snap my neck to the main riff once it gets going. Groovy as fuck. I love the tone these guys get. Somewhere between The Gates of Slumber (RIP) and Electric Wizard.

grownman says
- Very sabbathy intro with once again that very familiar Iommi fingering. Slower and groovier rhytm that sways. The track stays the course and doesn't really break into any type of experimentation. Tend to lose attention when I'm listening to doom that doesn't switch it up at points.

Track 3 - Death Throes At Dawn

professor fork tongue says
- This one starts at almost Funeral Doom levels of dirge. I can't help but picture the Ray Harryhausen's skelton warriors from Jason and The Argonauts marching in unison into battle. There's a really sinister sounding riff kicks in after the tempo kicks up a notch. I use the term "kicks up a notch" lightly.

grownman says
- Good title for this track. Feel like I'm watching a black plague funeral march passing me. Everything hits so hard it reverberates. I enjoy when the vocals fluctuate and continue to soar during the chorus. It's a good tune, not breaking too much ground as far as doom goes but it's a good listen.

Track 4 - The Lords of Life

professor fork tongue says
- Love the into with intro with the rolling cymbals and plucked, fuzzy guitar. As of now despite some bad ass riffs and enjoyable vocals (which I raely find in this style) the album is in dire need of some dynamics, some changes in tempo, intensity, etc. Even Sabbath changed it up pretty often. Every song doesn't need to feel like you're getting an anvil dropped on you ala Wile E. Coyote. This is all very good stuff but a bit of variation could make it great. I love the dropout in the middle of the song. Vocals really shine here. Guitar solo here is great also. Best track on the album so far.

grownman says
- It's undeniable that what makes or breaks a band especially, a doom band is it's percussionist. This dude has chops and knows how accentuate a slow driving song. Lots of cymbal crashing throughout the track that adds a bit of atmosphere to the overall feel of the song. Another track that stays the course and fulfills all the doom requirements. Good solo that breaks up the song and almost makes me wish it happened again somewhere earlier in the tune.

Track 5 - I Awake

professor fork tongue says
- Beautiful little acoustic break...

grownman says
- an acoustic spacer...a break in the battle...makes me want to wish people quiet pleasantries as I place down my mace and axe.

Track  6 - Let Them Starve

professor fork tongue says
- And straight into an absolute shovel to the face of a riff that completely knocks your dick in the dirt. That's a good bit of psychology there. Bring it way down and then bring it way back up and smack you in the face. Same tempo as the rest of the album. I'd pay good money for these guys to break out into a "Sabbra Cadabra" type track, or hell even "Changes". Well they upped them tempo right after I typed this but no shift in dynamics really.

grownman says
- Compared to everything else, this track has the most energy going into it. All fired up and hitting all the right doom notes. Does anything really stand out as the band's signature? Not sure, but once again another nice listen.

Track 7 - Pilgrims of The Sun

professor fork tongue says
- Nothing worth note here. Sounds like everything else on the album. Sometimes there actually can be too much of a good thing.

grownman says
- This track from the start puts more focus on the vocals. Since I'm not a real stickler for lyrics I tend to focus more on the entirety of what's going on with the band. Very competent musicians. All the parts work well together but it comes off as predictable. I couldn't get through the whole track.

Track 8 - Burning Free

professor fork tongue says
- See above.

grownman says
- My attention is fading. More of the same business. I'm letting it play out but I don't forsee this album being included in any of my future playlists.


Check out the album for yourself below: