Archive for April, 2013

Tuesday Six – 4/23/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Sacred Reich – The American Way

In one of the best announcements about Maryland Deathfest that could have ever happened, Exodus announced that they couldn’t do the show (which sucks, Exodus is awesome) BUT that old school thrashers Sacred Reich would be taking their place! I haven’t seen these guys in many years, and couldn’t be happier to be seeing them in a month.

 

Fu Manchu – Laserbl’ast

Had the chance to see Fu Manchu in a small venue last night, playing the entire album The Action Is Go. This song starts with a swanky little groove, and just gets better as it goes. Awesome band. Look for my full review of the show on The Vinyl District very soon!

 

Orange Goblin – Your World Will Hate This

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Ok, so I know I’ve kinda been going on about Orange Goblin lately, but what can I say? I freakin love these guys. Got to interview them for TVD, and FINALLY get to see them playing in the States! They played this one from 2002’s Coup de Grace on Saturday, and I kinda went a little nuts. I love that, like tourmates Lionize and Clutch, OG changes the setlist up every night. Wish more bands did that.

 

Kreator – Phantom Antichrist

Nothing like some good old thrash metal to get you going! These guys have been at it since 1982, and they are sounding pretty damn good these days. This one, the title track from their 2012 album, absolutely rips.

 

A Pale Horse Named Death – Shallow Grave

The second post-Type O Negative project to emerge (that I know of, I could be wrong), and it’s pretty cool. Very Type-Oish, dark, gothic metal featuring former drummer Sal Abruscato on guitar and vocals, and other former Type O drummer Johnny Kelly on drums. Looking forward to hearing more from these guys.

 

Behemoth – Lucifer

Always insanely heavy, Behemoth’s combination of brutal blackened death metal and stunning visuals make their videos captivating and frightening to watch. Sorta seems weird that they are playing the side stage in a gravel parking lot for Mayhem Fest this year. Only seems fitting to see them in a dark club if you ask me. Glad they got on the tour though – they needed to inject some serious metal on that tour.

Friday Find – 4/19/2013 – The Quartet of Woah!

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , on April 19, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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The Quartet of Woah!

I love nothing more than hearing a band for the first time, and thinking, “People NEED to hear these guys!” Such is the case this week when I heard The Quartet of Woah! These four guys from Portugal were brought to my attention by a friend, and I am glad he did. It would be easy to write them off as “stoner rock,” but that doesn’t even begin to cover it. Imagine if Deep Purple, Yes, Fu Manchu and Black Sabbath and the Black Keys all got melted down, swirled around, and poured back out…that might start to cover what you get from The Quartet of Woah!

Take a listen to their single, “U Turn,” from their 2012 debut album Ultrabomb.

The heavy guitar and bass is there, but that organ is what sets them apart. The organ sound is a gut-punch, with a sound like Jon Lord come back from the grave. The guitar and bass tones are thick as syrup, the drums thunderous, and the vocals, performed by all 4 members of the band, are passionate, both wailing and subdued in all the right places.

The songs on Ultrabomb just exude such a groove, if you are not, at a minimum, tapping your foot, you are probably dead. Seek medical attention.

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Mixed in with the heavy rock sound is a collage of sounds and styles, blended in perfectly so that you’re never questioning whether you’re hearing a different band, just different aspects of the same band. Songs like the piano-driven “The Ultrabomb,” or just the raw rock heaviness of “Taste of Hate” or “How to Build a Bomb” are great, and when TQOW channels Yes on “Prodigal Son,” it shows yet another side of the band. By the time the album wraps up with the soulful, bluesy jam “The Machine Limps Towards the End,” the listener feels like they have taken an enthralling musical journey through time, space, riffs and notes.

If you are lucky enough to live in Europe and can catch them live, DO IT. Plans are in the works for The Quartet to make it to America, hopefully later in 2013. Keep your eyes peeled, and don’t miss them! Meanwhile, take a listen to Ultrabomb below.

Tuesday Six – 4/16/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Life of Agony – Through and Through

Back in college, my roommate and I had a system called Digital Music Express, a precursor to Music Choice and other cable-based music services. To see what was playing, you looked down at a little screen and it told you what was playing. The remote looked like this:

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I digress. I discovered some amazing music on here, like Type O Negative and Life of Agony. The first time I heard “Through and Through,” I was completely blown away. Very different from the metal bands of the time, there was so much real feelings and emotions in their music, like putting someone’s diary to music. River Runs Red is a concept album of sorts, following a troubled teen dealing with problems in love, work, school, and abusive home environment. Interspersed with asides between songs of what the teen is going through, the end of the album will give you chills.

 

Amon Amarth

The Vikings from Sweden are back! Not a lot of new ground tread on the new song, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Johan Hegg and company continue to do what they do best, making heavy ass metal and being bad ass Vikings.

 

Anthrax – Among the Living

A great song from one of the best thrash albums EVER. Period. I had just read The Stand by Stephen King before hearing this for the first time back in 1987, and that kind of blew me away. Stephen King, Judge Dredd…I instantly fell for Anthrax.

 

Misfits – Attitude

This is about as punk as it gets. “YOU GOT SOME FUCKIN’ ATTITUDE!” Hard to believe this song is 35 years old.

 

Slayer – Raining Blood

I’m driving down the highway on the way home from the Anthrax show on Sunday, and Raining Blood came on Sirius/XM. I am listening to one of the most classic thrash metal songs ever, remembering hearing for the first time way back when, and it dawned on me…this song is my generation’s “Black Sabbath.” Older folks talk about the first time they heard the song “Black Sabbath”, and how the infamous “tri-tone” was the creepiest, most evil thing they had heard. That is EXACTLY what I felt the first time I heard the main riff kick in after the thunderstorm in “Raining Blood.” 26 years later, I still get the same feeling when I hear THAT RIFF.

 

Carnivore – Ground Zero Brooklyn

Hardcore doomy heaviness from the big man in green, pre-Type O Negative. This week was the 3rd anniversary of Peter Steele’s death, a man missed by many. Do yourself a favor and listen to the old Carnivore stuff if you never have. Seriously heavy stuff, and you can hear the influence Carnivore had on the earlier Type O material.

 

Tuesday Six – 4/9/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Covers! I have always loved when metal bands do a cover every now and then, and we can get their take on a song we know and love. This week I decided to pick 6 cover songs I think are pretty awesome. I could have made a Tuesday 200 with all the great cover songs out there – these are just a few. What did I leave off? What cover songs do you love?

 

Metallica – The Wait

You can’t have a feature about rock/metal covers without including Metallica. They are the masters of the cover song, taking a cool song and making it their own while doing justice to the original. Many may never have even heard of bands like Diamond Head or Budgie if Metallica hadn’t introduced us to songs like “Am I Evil?” or “Breadfan”. I have always loved their cover of Killing Joke’s “The Wait”. Fantastic version of the song. In 7th grade back in 1987, Garage Days Re-Revisited was my introduction to Metallica, and this song was my introduction to Killing Joke. The original version is a great song as well, and Metallica truly did it justice.

 

Fu Manchu – Moving in Stereo
The goddess-like image of Phoebe Cates arising like a Venus from the water and removing her bikini to the sounds of The Cars is burned into many a man’s brain and become one of the most memorable scenes from the ’80s classic film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. California stoner rockers Fu Manchu took this classic, gave it some fuzzed out heaviness and a huge pair of balls for the updated version of this classic song. With this version, you could imagine a hot tattooed beauty arising from the water.

 

Dimmu Borgir – Burn in Hell
’80s rockers Twisted Sister may be best known for their hits “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, but their catalog has some pretty damn heavy stuff in it. Case in point: “Burn in Hell”. Much in the same vein of Pentagram’s “Review Your Choices”, Dee and the boys warn us of the fiery fate that awaits after the wrong choices in life. Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir crank up the evil on this cover, and Vortex’s haunting clean vocals cut through like a knife on the chorus.
**BONUS VIDEO**
Who can forget Twisted Sister’s big screen debut, where the filming of the music video for “Burn in Hell” gets interrupted by Pee-Wee Herman’s bicycle chase in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure? Fine moments in cinema!

 

Amon Amarth – Aerials
The thunder gods of Viking metal from Sweden covering one of my favorite System of a Down songs? Yes, please. I have always thought “Aerials” was such a beautifully written song; it has always moved me. The Amon Amarth version may not have that same passion, but the power of their version makes up for it. Hearing Johan Hegg brutally belting out lyrics like “Aerials in the sky, when you lose small mind you free your life.” Awesome.

 

Mastodon – Just Got Paid
Mastodon absolutely crushes this classic ZZ Top song. Brent Hinds’ vocals pay a perfect homage to this great song, and Mastodon truly keeps the swagger and coolness of the original. One of the greatest ZZ riffs ever. Period.
**BONUS VIDEO**
On Record Store Day 2011, a yellow vinyl 45 was released with Mastodon’s version on one side and ZZ Top’s on the other. Some genius posted on YouTube the 45, played at 33 RPM, creating a perfect stoner/sludge version of the song. Excellence!

 

Sepultura – Symptom of the Universe
With so many amazing Sabbath covers out there by bands like Pantera, C.O.C., and many more, picking one Sabbath cover was a tough one to choose. The two Nativity in Black albums has some really great stuff on them, but this one has always stood out. This is the classic lineup of Sepultura, doing it their way. Fast, insanely heavy, and you can just picture Animal from the Muppet Show going nuts when Igor hits the frantic fills between the chorus and the verse.

Tuesday Six – 4/2/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Havok – From the Cradle to the Grave

The thrashers from Colorado are back at it, with a new video from their 2012 EP Point of No Return. This song absolutely rips, and these guys bring the old school thrash like no other and manage to sound fresh doing it. Their live shows are killer, and they win an award for one of the best metal shirts I have seen, as they promote true moshing, not the ridiculous hardcore “dancing” that is so prevalent nowadays. NO KARATE IN THE PIT!

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Borracho – Mob Gathering

DC’s stoner rock gods put on a hell of a set last week at Velvet Lounge. If you missed it, you should feel remorse and regret. If you ‘ve never seen Borracho and live in the DMV, you deserve a paddlin’. These guys are the real deal – heavy rhythms, tight riffs, and huge sound. Guitarist Steve Fisher is handily taking over more of the vocals while their singer Noah Greenberg is out-of-country for a while. Do yourself a favor and pick up the Mob Gathering EP or the Splitting Sky LP. You will not be disappointed.

 

Kylesa – Unspoken

Kylesa is returning, with a new album, Ultraviolet, coming out on May 28. “Unspoken” is one of two new tracks they have released in advance, and I love what I am hearing. Laura Pleasant’s haunting vocals mixed with the big, doomy guitar sound almost give you an idea of what it would sound like if the Cocteau Twins did a metal album. Can’t wait to hear the rest of this album.

 

Supervoid – Arcane Groves

These Pittsburgh riff lords opened for Borracho at Velvet Lounge last week. I had never heard them, and was pleasantly surprised. The music is heavy and atmospheric, very Kyuss-like, but the vocals go from powerful and soaring to growling and full of hate. Definitely recommend these guys. This one will take you on a journey through the desert, up into outer space and back again.

 

Six Feet Under – Zombie Blood Curse

The Walking Dead finished up season 3 this week (in an underwhelming season finale, in my opinion), but the death metal giants from Tampa, FL keep the infection alive with this brutal track from their newest album, Unborn. With precise, brutal riffs, and Chris Barnes’ trademark gutteral grunts, this is a little more thrash metal and a little less death metal, but still awesome.

 

Phil Anselmo and the Illegals – Conflict

As amazing as Down is, it’s good to hear Phil bringin’ the heavy again. Fast, heavy, and just downright angry and aggressive, this is Phil unleashed, and it’s good to have him back. This song is from a split album with Warbeast on Anselmo’s Housecore records, and I hope we see a small venue tour from these guys. This one will make you start a pit in your car your living room, or even at the bank. turn it up.