Tuesday Six – 3/27/2012

Well springtime is here! The birds are chirping, the Harleys are revving, lots of heavy shows are being added to the spring and summer schedule, and yet another Tuesday is upon us. (of course, this morning for some insane reason it was 34 degrees when I woke up. WTF?) On to the Six…

1. High on Fire – Bloody Knuckles

The stoner metal titans are back! Their new album, De Vermis Mysteriis, drops on April 3rd (that’s next Tuesday, folks), and these guys have not let up one bit. Even heavier than 2010’s Snakes for the Divine, this is a concept album according to singer/guitarist Matt Pike:

“I got this idea about Jesus Christ and the Immaculate Conception: What if Jesus had a twin who died at birth to give Jesus his life? And then what if the twin became a time traveler right then? He lives his life only going forward until he finds this scroll from an ancient Chinese alchemist who derived a serum out of the black lotus—which is actually in Robert E. Howard’s ‘Conan’ stories—and then he starts traveling back in time. He can see the past through his ancestors’ eyes, but his enemies can kill him if they kill the ancestor that he’s seeing through at the time. Basically, he keeps waking up in other people’s bodies at bad times. It’s kinda like that old TV show Quantum Leap.”

Whoa. Anyway, hopefully this will be a big year for HoF, landing a slot on this year’s Mayhem Fest summer tour. There’s no videos yet, but you can stream De Vermis Mysteriis in its entirety, thanks to the good folks at NPR. Check it out here!

2. Galactic – Ash Wednesday Sunrise

I know it ain’t exactly heavy, but I absolutely love this song from their latest album, Carnivale Electricos. It starts out peaceful, something you would want to hear after a raucous Fat Tuesday celebration in the French Quarter. Then it gets downright funky, giving you a little bit of Mardi Gras hair of the dog, then back to mellow and groovy again. Had the pleasure of working the recent Galactic show at the 930 Club in DC, and they were nothing short of amazing. Corey Glover of Living Colour joined them on vocals, and he hasn’t lost a beat. You can listen to the entire set from the 930 Club show here. (thank you again NPR!)

3. Lionize – Black Cat

A friend of mine at the club turned me on to these guys recently – I know, wayyy late to the Lionize party (but better late than never, right?) Hailing from Silver Spring, MD, these guys mix styles like reggae, funk, and rock into a beautiful musical blend that gets you moving and stays in your brain for days. It doesn’t hurt that Tim Sult, the guitarist for Clutch records with these guys. I missed their show at U St Music Hall recently, but was fortunate enough to get to see them at a private party (at a Thai restaurant in Manassas…whodathunkit?) and these guys are even better live.

4. Orchid – Eastern Woman

From their 2005 debut EP, Through the Devil’s Doorway, these guys are a Black Sabbath for the 2000’s. Heavy as shit, and damn good at it.

5. Kylesa – Drop Out

One of my favorite bands to come out of the Savannah, GA stoner/sludge scene, Kylesa are a melting pot of sounds: 2 drummers, alternating vocals from singer/guitarists Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants…hell, Phillip even plays a theremin in their live show. I love this band, and can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

6. Danzig – 777

Off of my favorite Danzig album, Danzig II: Lucifuge, this one starts slow, with Glenn Danzig’s soulful voice and John Christ’s acoustic, then a bluesy slide guitar takes us into the heavy part of the song. I love all Danzig’s albums, but this one, with the classic Danzig lineup (Danzig/Christ/Von/Biscuits), is when they really hit their stride and took their sound and songwriting to the next level. Plus, the cover of the album is Danzig’s hairy man-boobs, and the cd booklet folded out into an inverted cross. That’s double-evil in my book.

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