Archive for April, 2012

Tuesday Six – 4/24/2012

Posted in Tuesday Six on April 24, 2012 by heavyuberalles

1. Koffin Kats – Choke

Can’t say enough good about the psychobilly trio. I originally had an older tune (V-8 Nightmare) chosen for the Six this week, but a good friend of mine posted this on my Facebook wall, and DAMN is this song kicking my ass. KK is straying a little away from the psychobilly roots, in favor of a sound that is closer to a heavier Bad Religion, and it is rock solid. These guys are not to be missed live, and I cannot wait to see them again tonight at the Red Palace in DC.

 

2. Baroness – Rays on Pinion

An absolutely beautiful, moving song, from the fantastic Red Album. Made all the more beautiful by the fan-made video seen below.

 

3. The White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)

From 2007’s Icky Thump (a brilliant album, IMO), this song hel a lot of meaning for me personally at the time, and you can hear the sincere emotion in Jack White’s voice and lyrics. I am completely in love with the stripped down sound of Icky Thump, and wish the Stripes would make a return.

 

4. Sepultura – Embrace The Storm

Another band I am seeing live this week. Really looking forward to seeing them with Derrick for the first time. Love the power and the riffs on this one.

 

5. Dropkick Murphys – Time To Go

This tribute to the Boston Bruins keeps running through my mind as we get closer to Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals between the Bruins and the Capitals. It’s been one hell of a great series, with both teams playing tough, evenly matched hockey. Hoping the Bruins hang on, and advance towards another Stanley Cup!

 

6. Black Label Society – Fire It Up

Great tune from the Mafia album. BLS keeps it heavy as hell and simple, yet with the trademark blistering solo from Zakk. Mafia is one of my favorites from BLS, some really great tunes on that album.

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Tour Announcement – System of a Down & Deftones

Posted in Stage on April 23, 2012 by heavyuberalles

 

This summer is shaping up to be a huge one in the world of live rock and metal. A North American tour with System of a Down w/ Deftones was announced today, and are hitting DC on August 7. This is huge for me, as I never got a chance to see System of a Down previously (I have seen Deftones multiple times).

I was somewhat of a latecomer to SOAD – I didn’t like their style, didn’t like his voice, etc. All of a sudden one day I listened again, and BAM! all of a sudden it clicked. I love these guys, love their creativity, delivery and aggression, and I couldn’t be happier that they have worked things out and are hitting the road. Deftones latest, Diamond Eyes, is their best, heaviest work in a while (IMO). I’m looking forward to seeing them again as well.

Hope to see some of you there!

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Ticket Giveaway – Megadeth & Rob Zombie

Posted in Giveaway on April 22, 2012 by heavyuberalles

Some really great tours in the world of hard rock and heavy metal are hitting the United States this summer, one of them beginning in May. Rob Zombie and Megadeth are hitting the road this summer on a co-headlining tour with Italian metallers Lacuna Coil supporting, and they hit our area on May 13th at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

We have 2 lawn tickets up for grabs! All you have to do is leave a comment below, telling what your favorite Megadeth or Zombie album is.

The contest closes at 12pm on Friday, April 27th. Name your album and enter now!

Tuesday Six – 4/17/2012

Posted in Tuesday Six on April 17, 2012 by heavyuberalles

I’m back, sorry for flaking out last week. It’s been a great week, with some killer live music, amazing weather, and playoff hockey in full swing. Got a couple of tribute picks this week for 3 musicians from bands that I love who are no longer with us, and dearly missed.

 

1. Child’s Play – My Bottle

I just learned today that Brian Jack, the lead singer of the 80’s Maryland metal band Child’s Play has passed away. Details are unclear as of right now, but this one kinda hits home. These guys were staples of the DMV metal scene in the 80s and early 90s, and anyone around that scene remembers or has opened for Child’s Play at some point. As most people know, I am super picky about what bands from the “hair metal” genre I listen to. I always gravitated to the heavier stuff once I discovered bands like Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Testament back in the day. Child’s Play were definitely one band of that genre that I loved, in part because they were local heroes, and also because they had a bit more of a simplified, pure rock approach. More substance, less style. Sure, they prettied themselves up like most of the other bands of the day (sans makeup) but the music did the talking. We have definitely lost a Maryland rock legend. RIP, Brian.

 

2. Clutch – Immortal

Went with friends last week to see Clutch  at The Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA. Fantastic set, as always, but the venue left quite a bit to be desired. Poor sound, and an awful layout of the club made it extremely crowded, and left me hoping there wasn’t a fire during the show. They opened with this great song.

 

3. The Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker

On April 15, 2001, Joey Ramone lost a long battle with lymphoma, and the world lost a true punk legend. It’s no secret how iconic the Ramones were, and their influence is felt all throughout music today. From 1977’s classic Rocket to Russia, “Sheena” is one of their many songs that crosses genres yet still somehow remains punk at its core. The Ramones successfully blended surf, 60’s girl group, and classic pop in with their trademark NY punk sound to create music that was fun, beautiful, yet still send a message, however apparent or veiled. Joey’s sound will live forever, and as the years go by, more lost treasure are being found – Joey’s second posthumous album, Ya Know? will be released on May 15, 2012.

 

4. Type O Negative – Unsuccessfully Coping With the Natural Beauty of Infidelity

Peter Steel, the singer/bassist for Type O Negative, passed away of heart failure on April 14th, 2010. Mixing dark humor, metal, goth, and various other styles, Type O Negative were definitely one of a kind. This song, from their debut album Slow, Deep and Hard, is an opus in 3 parts, combining sounds reminiscent of Peter’s previous band, Carnivore, and the keyboard and harmony-laden gothic sound that would become their trademark. And we can’t forget to mention the fan favorite sing-along line, “I know you’re fucking someone else!”

 

5. Pantera – Piss

An outtake from the Vulgar Display of Power recording sessions, this was just released last week, and damn is it good to hear some new Pantera. Fans will recognize the main riff in the song, as it was used for the song “Use My Third Arm” on Far Beyond Driven. Turn it way up!

 

6. Led Zeppelin – Hey Hey What Can I Do

Something about the warm weather really gets me in a classic rock mood. Tunes like this were made for warm weather days. One of my favorite Led Zep songs, this one always gets me smiling, and I can’t help but sing along.

Tuesday Six – 4/3/2012

Posted in Tuesday Six on April 3, 2012 by heavyuberalles

1. Slayer – Ghosts of War

We’re always hearing about the deaths of famous musicians, but it’s rare that the man behind the man is revered and remembered. This week we mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Armand Crump, the longtime guitar tech for Slayer. Armand kept Kerry King and his gear on point for years, and was extremely well-loved and respected in the metal community.
Rest in Peace, Armand. You will be missed.
(Photo credit: Dean Karr)

Here’s a cool video of Kerry King, Dave Lombardo, Chuck Billy, some dude on bass and Armand Crump rehearsing Raining Blood for DimeBash 2010

Been on a big Social D kick lately. 1990’s self-titled album is one of my favorites by Social D, and is damn near perfect from start to finish.

3. Prong – Who’s Fist Is This Anyway?

I know that Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck was the big hit off of 1994’s Cleansing, but I always liked this song better. Good groove, and Tommy Victor’s trademark tight riffs.

4. Blind Guardian – Battlefield

A brutal track from 2006’s Rio Grande Blood, the main riff in the song is just heavy as hell (and not surprisingly, it’s Prong’s Tommy Victor again). This album was the 2nd in a trilogy of Anti-George W. Bush albums (have you ever hated someone so much that you had to record 3 albums to tell us that?) Political blahblah aside, this is a killer, heavy track.

6. AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie

A timeless classic dedicated to the buxom Rosie, this has been in my head since the weekend. Riding on the Road King, next to my buddy Bossy, who happens to have a wicked stereo system on his Harley. Nothing like cruising along with “SHE’S A WHOLE LOTTA WOMAN!” cranked up to 11. Great tunes, good times.

Ticket Giveaway – Onslaught & Mpire of Evil

Posted in Giveaway on April 3, 2012 by heavyuberalles

 

Ticket giveaway time! This time it’s UK thrash metallers Onslaught, with Mpire of of Evil at U St. Music Hall in Washington, DC. The show is this Sunday, April 8th at 7pm.

Onslaught has been around since the early 80s, and Mpire of Evil features Mantas and Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan from the legendary Venom. What better way to spend Easter Sunday than some live, evil metal?

All you have to do is leave a comment below with your favorite metal band from the 80s. The contest closes at 12pm Saturday, April 7th, so leave your comment and get in the running!

Check out a promo clip for the tour and a song from each band below.

 

Onslaught on Facebook

 

Mpire of Evil on Facebook