Turkey Day Tuesday Six – 11/22/2011

The holidays are upon us, and the horrifying onslaught of Christmas music and retail mania is looming like a tsunami, ready to crash ashore this Friday. Take a break from the stores pummeling you with Bing Crosby, Justin Beiber, and Paul McCartney singing about snow, joy and peace, and dive into this week’s Six for a dose of the heavy!

1. Skeletonwitch – Reduced to the Failure of Prayer

I saw Skeletonwitch on Sunday at Jaxx, and they pulled no punches. Belting out a furious set of blackened thrash metal, these Ohioans let loose a full-on assault, and didn’t let up once. This song is off of their latest album, Forever Abomination. Their albums get tighter and more focused with every release, and this one does not disappoint.

2. Goatwhore – Shadow of a Rising Knife

I’ll keep with the blackened thrash theme here with NOLA’s Goatwhore. Insanely heavy riffs are all over the album Carving the Eyes of God, unleashing pure intensity throughout.

3. Corrosion of Conformity – Señor Limpio

Off of the album Deliverance, this was the first album where guitarist Pepper Keenan took over on vocals and COC’s sound shifted from a pure thrash sound (they started as punk/hardcore) to a sludgier, stonier sound. A great album from start to finish (and the start of my personal favorite era of COC), this song has an awesome riff and one killer groove. The vid is from Live Volume.

4. As I Lay Dying – The Hellion/Electric Eye

I always love a good cover song, and this one doesn’t disappoint. AILD adds a serious heaviness to the Judas Priest classic, and I love that vocalist Tim Lambesis chose to mix his trademark gutteral growl with clean vocals, doing this song the justice it deserves.

5. Shooter Jennings & Heirophant – Wake Up

Typically known for his country songs, Shooter Jennings (son of country legend Waylon Jennings) goes out on a limb on the concept album Black Ribbons. Interspersed with asides from Stephen King playing a late-night DJ, the album takes place in the near future on the eve of the government taking complete control of the airwaves. Shooter’s style goes all across the map on this album, from country to rock to psychedelia, and he does it fantastically. Highly recommend this album. This song starts a little slow…wait for it.

6. Red Fang – Prehistoric Dog

Don’t you just love when you go to a show, have never heard of a band before, and they just blew you away? That’s exactly what happened when I saw Red Fang on the Metalliance tour in March at Jaxx. Completely blown away. These stoner rockers from Portland, Oregon know how to kick some serious ass, and make a funny video to boot. See them Sunday at the 930 Club opening for Mastodon!

Have a great Thanksgiving!



One Response to “Turkey Day Tuesday Six – 11/22/2011”

  1. Love the Red Fang video. That is so Portland!

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