Archive for October, 2011

Tuesday Six – Brütal Edition – 10/25/11

Posted in Tuesday Six on October 25, 2011 by heavyuberalles

There’s nothing like a piss-poor day at work to put a fucking metal fire in your veins. I am feelin’ the heavy today, the the Brütal Edition of Tuesday Six!

1. Amon Amarth – War of the Gods

The vikings from Sweden released Surtur Rising in 2011, and it did not disappoint. Playing the album in its entirety on the tour, the Norse Gods have not let up one bit. Don’t miss this one, and be sure to catch them next time they rape and pillage your town!

2. Testament – 3 Days of Darkness

This insanely heavy song, about the apocalyptic end of the world in 2012, is off of 1999’s The GatheringThe Gathering is hands-down Testament’s heaviest effort, mainly due to guitarist Eric Peterson taking over son writing duties. With the legendary Dave Lombardo on drums, guitar wizard James Murphy on guitar, and Chuck Billy’s vocals reaching new depths of destruction, this album quickly became my favorite Testament album, and this song is my favorite track off of it.

3. Hatebreed – This Is Now

The kings of hardcore-metal, Hatebreed hits you in the face and doesn’t let up. Singer Jamey Jasta is one part motivational speaker, one part drill instructor, and the lyrics, while angry as hell, are actually motivational, inspiring you through the music to overcome. (Hit this link for the live version…extra brütal!)

“How can I change tomorrow if I can’t change today.
I must control myself if I’m to control my destiny.”

4. Throwdown – Americana

Killer heavy track form their Venom and Tears album, these Pantera-inspired metal behemoths throw it down (haha) in a bare-bones, no-bullshit kinda way.

speaking of Behemoths…

5. Behemoth – Ov Fire and the Void

Behemoth’s brand of blackened death metal is just the right mix of brutality and precision, a full-on rapid-fire assault on the senses. To complete the picture, their videos are quite amazing, reflecting the dark, disturbing visions of the songs accompanying them. Cheers to frontman Nergal for his recovery from leukemia!

6. Arch Enemy – Burning Angel

The song that got me into this band, from 2001’s  Wages of Sin. With complex riffs from ex-Carcass guitarist, and insane growls from blonde German siren Angela Gossow, this one starts with a Megadeth/Hangar 18-inspired intro, and shreds all the way through, in a heavy but melodic style,  they helped define the “Gothenburg” style of metal that emerged in the early 2000’s.

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Tuesday Six – 10/18/11

Posted in Tuesday Six on October 18, 2011 by heavyuberalles

1. Wrathchild America – Desert Grins

These unsung local heroes have been on my mind a lot lately. Considered by many to be the best band of the late 80s-early 90s that never made it big, these guys were ahead of their time, and their sound was unique, impossible to pigeonhole into one metal category. These days, they are all doing their own thing, most notably super drummer Shannon Larkin, playing with Godsmack.

2. Pantera – Strength Beyond Strength

Ok local bands. We have heard you all play Walk at some point. Cover this song and impress me. One of my favorites from Far Beyond Driven. Like drinking a pot of coffee in 3 minutes. BRUTAL.

3. The Damned Things – The Blues Havin’ Blues

From last year’s Iconoclast album (by far one of the best rock albums of last year), I love that it shows a different direction for both Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax (more rock, less metal), and Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die (some serious singing, less screaming).

4. Brant Bjork – Spanish Tiles

Beautiful tune from the Kyuss drummer, a mellower change of pace from the legendary desert rock drummer.

5. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Four Walls of Raiford

Far too many people dismiss Skynyrd as the “redneck Freebird band”. Very unfair generalization – these guys wrote some DAMN good songs over the years. This song is a sorrowful tale of a man on death row. Fans of Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues will love this one.

*Bonus! Check out Jamey Johnson’s cover of Raiford. Jamey is one of the best country singers out today, and definitely does this one justice. Check it out.

6. Santo & Johnny – Sleepwalk

A little off my beaten path, I know (hell, do I even HAVE a beaten path?). But this is one of the most moving songs in the world to me. Always puts a smile on my face, and instantly evokes happiness. So much said without a single word in the song.

Tuesday Six – 10/11/11

Posted in Tuesday Six on October 11, 2011 by heavyuberalles

1. Auroboros – Precarious

Expect to hear a LOT more from Auroboros around the DC stoner rock scene in the near future. With blistering live sets, a chunk-heavy aggressive demo (available for free here), and an E.P. on he way, these guys are just getting started. Heads up.

2. Over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole

I know its a little off my beaten path, but this song is special to me. I lost a friend to cancer last weekend, and this was her wedding song. Anytime I hear this song i think of Liz and Richard and smile. Say hi to Dad for me, Lizzy. Miss you.

3. Chuck Ragan – Don’t Say A Word 

With a stunning mix of folk, rock, and American roots, Chuck is really carving a name for himself. With deeply emotional lyrics, songs that make you move or grab hold of your heartstrings, and nonstop touring with the likes of Social D, Chuck is well worth your while to check out and see what you’ve been missing.

4. The Sword – Iron Swan

With an intro that brings to mind dancing girls in Conan the Barbarian’s tent, this song kicks in and just kicks your ass with brutal riffage.  Still reeling from their set opening for Kyuss Lives at the 930 Club.

5.  The Goddamned Gallows – Rag’z n Bones

Blending punk and rockabilly with a Southern Gothic twang, the Goddamned Gallows paint a dark, psychotic picture that is just damn fun. A lot of good things coming out of Farmageddon Records these days!

6. Cavalera Conspiracy – Warlord

Had to end this week on a brutal note. Loving everything I am hearing from their new album, Blunt Force Trauma. Don’t miss them tomorrow, 10/12 at the Rock and Roll Hotel on H St, with Otep and Earth Crisis supporting.

Friday Five – 10/7/11

Posted in Tuesday Six on October 6, 2011 by heavyuberalles

 

 

Ok, so I admit to being a complete fucking slacker and not posting much lately. It will pick up, I promise. Enjoy the Friday 5 and have a killer weekend. More soon.

 

1. Mastodon – Black Tongue

I’m gonna semi-steal this one from Carrie. Mastodon have a new album out called The Hunter, and it kicks all sorts of ass. Black Tongue is the first song off of the album, and it completely smokes. Get this one now.

2. The Muggs – Never Know Why

These rockers from Detroit are not nationally famous, and there is just no good reason for it. Insanely talented, bluesy rock with a fuzzy 70s stoner lean to it, The Muggs are a band that really should be in your playlist.

3. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Persimmon Song

 

Reverend Peyton’s unique blend of blues, country, and roots are just outta sight. The Rev plays with such passion, and if you you don’t at least tap your foot to his tunes, then you have no soul whatsoever.

4. Lamb of God – The Faded Line

An absolutely brutal tune from Richmond’s finest, brought on by a furious bout of air guitar while getting ready to go out last weekend (I rock). Off the Ashes of the Wake album (my favorite by LoG), this song shows the sheer power, intensity, technicality and precision that Lamb of God is best know for. Really looking forward to new material from these guys.

5. Danzig – Girl

Off of what I consider the best Danzig album (Danzig II-Lucifuge), Girl is a simple but heavy song about, well, a girl. A number of Danzig’s songs had a dark, sexy edge to them, and this one is no exception. Reminding me of and dedicated to someone out there.