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Tuesday Six – 5/14/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Ghost – Elizabeth

I had to go with this one today. I got to see Ghost at the 9:30 Club last night, I am still blown away thinking about it. I could go on about the show (in fact, I will in my review for The Vinyl District, online in a couple of days), but this song in particular was amazing. Papa’s voice was spot-on, and the Nameless Ghouls sounded great. This is my favorite song from Opus Eponymous, a haunting ode to the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory. Check out a live video from the Boston show on 5/10 here.

 

Black Sabbath – God is Dead

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Ok, so this one is really growing on me. I still have a little bitterness about the whole Bill Ward thing, but c’mon…it’s Sabbath. I found it interesting that they chose a 9-minute song for their first new single. That being said, it’s a tad long-winded and the song could probably be a good 4 minutes shorter, but it is pretty heavy, solid Sabbath. It has the vibe of Heaven & Hell/Dehumanizer-era Sabbath, and I can’t help but think that this sounds like a Ronnie song more than an Ozzy song. but I am diggin it, and looking forward to hearing the rest of the new album.

 

Hatriot – Weapons of Class Destruction

Steve “Zetro” Souza, former lead singer for Exodus, is back in action with a new band, Hatriot. This is old-school, in-your-face thrash metal with a newer edge to it, led by Souza’s trademark snarling voice. The band includes Souza’s sons, Cody and Nicholas, on bass and drums, respectively. This is the first single off of the album Heroes of Origin. You can stream the album in its entirety below.

 

Demolition Hammer – Infectious Hospital Waste

While we’re on the subject of old-school thrash metal, let’s go back to 1991. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, Demolition Hammer never hit the big time, but their music was solid. “Infectious Hospital Waste” is a crushing example of that. In a bizarre side note, drummer Vinny Daze died of globefish poisoning in Africa in 1996. Not sure if that’s a metal way to go out or not. Anyway, put on your jean vest and rock out to this thrash classic.

 

Strife – In This Defiance

The LA hardcore kings are back and brutal as ever. It’s a little confusing(ish), that the new single is called “In This Defiance,” which was the name of their 1997 album (that did not feature a song by the same name). Sort of odd, that would kind of be like Kiss putting a song called “Rock and Roll Over” on Dynasty. Vocalist Rick Rodney is spitting pure venom on this one, and the riffs are heavy and tight. Hit the heavybag to this song.

 

Twisted Sister – Destroyer

This one came on Sirius/XM Liquid Metal the other day, and I just had to crank it up. So damn heavy! One of my all-time top Twisted Sister tracks.

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.

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.

Tuesday Six – 3/19/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2013 by heavyuberalles

Going back to basics this week. Been listening to a lot of good old 80s metal this week (ok, and 1 from 1990). Sure, there was cock rock aplenty released back then, but it was the golden years of metal, songs that would inspire and influence generations to come. Put ANY rock album of today up against Back in Black. They all fall short. Anyhoo, on to the 6!

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AC/DC – Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

I said it on Facebook earlier this week, and I’ll say it again…AC/DC’s Back in Black is about as close to a perfect rock album as it gets. Never gets old, just perfect. Aging like a fine wine, never sounding dated. This album is a winner from start to finish, and one of my favorite songs on the album is what they finished with. Starting with a subdued opening riff, we hear Brian Johnson light a smoke and deliver the opening sermon…

“Cause rock and roll ain’t no riddle man, to me it makes good good sense.”

Exactly.

 

Ozzy Osbourne – I Don’t Know

31 years ago today, 25 year old guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads lost his life in an infamous accident. Like a start gone supernova, Randy only recorded two studio albums with Ozzy, yet left behind a legendary legacy. Combining classical elements into heavy metal, using new and fresh playing techniques, and being a sweet guy that was always smiling set Randy apart from the rest. “I Don’t Know” was the first track off of 1980’s Blizzard of Ozz, and made a huge statement about the future of Ozzy. I have included the live version from the Tribute album to remind you just how spot-on precise Randy was, whether it was in front of an arena or in the studio. Randy influenced many guitarists over the years, and his playing still sounds fresh over 30 years later. Rest in peace, Randy.

 

Black Sabbath – Neon Knights

As Ozzy was beginning his second musical life, Black Sabbath began chapter two with the former Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio leading the charge. Neon Knights is definitely one of my favorite Sabbath songs from either era, solidifying Ronnie’s raised-horn place in metal history.

 

Judas Priest – Nightcrawler

In 1990, British metal gods Judas Priest unleashed hell. Coming off of 2 synthier (Turbo) and poppier (Ram it Down) albums, Priest released the heaviest most crushing album they had every done. Madman drummer Scott Travis took over behind the kit, and killed it like Animal from the Muppet show on crystal meth. Ferocious dual guitars and massive wailing vocals from Rob Halford put this album over the top. It may be sacrilegious to some die-hard Priest fans, but Painkiller is my favorite of em all.

 

Van Halen – Everybody Wants Some!!

A rocking example of the bombastic rock that made Van Halen famous, this smoking’ track off of Women and Children First demands you play air guitar and sing along. Besides, who can hear this song and not think of the amazing dancing cheeseburger?

 

Twisted Sister – You Can’t Stop Rock n’ Roll

One year before Twisted Sister released their smash hit Stay Hungry, Twisted Sister released one hell of an album in You Can’t Stop Rock n Roll. With great songs like “The Kids Are Back”, “I Am (I’m Me)” and the prophetic “We’re Gonna Make It”, the title track was the standout anthem of the album. Admit it, every time it comes on we sing along to the opening chords like Beavis and Butthead. “DUHH DUHH DUHH DUHH DUHHHHHHHH!!!” Ok maybe it’s just me. Whatever, this song rules.

 

Tuesday Six – 1/29/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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1. Clutch – Crucial Velocity

A fantastic track from their forthcoming album Earth Rocker. I had the privilege to hear the album in full today, and this one does NOT disappoint! Killer, straightforward rock and roll. The album comes out on 3/19, and if it’s 3/20 and you don’t have it yet, you should be ashamed.

 

2. Two Man Advantage – Zamboni Driving Maniac

What could be better than a hockey-themed punk band? Big thanks to Bobby at the Oasis in Palo Alto, CA for telling me about these guys. *Bonus video! Check out their full set from November 2012 at Trash Bar in Brooklyn, NY here.

 

3.  The Sword – Apocryphon

One of my favorite stoner rock bands, these dudes from Texas use D&D and Game of Thrones for subject matter in their song, and use awesome words like “multiverse” and “demiurge” in their lyrics. From last year’s album of the same name, enjoy the riffage and check out this trippy lyric video that might be life-altering if watched while tripping.

 

4. KingSnake – Book of Promise

Got to see this badass band from Philly last weekend supporting King Giant. Rooted in the bluesy rock vein of Clutch, these guys are great in the studio, and even better live.

 

5. Amon Amarth – Asator

Excellent viking metal from Sweden, these metal warriors can do no wrong. I love everything they’ve done. Off of 2006’s With Oden On Our Side, this one is just brutal.

 

6. Volbeat – Sad Man’s Tongue

Take heavy metal, and mix in a dash of rockabilly and some Johnny Cash flavor, and you’ve got Volbeat. These guys from Denmark Have gotten better and better, and have a new album on the way in 2013 called Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies. Stoked to see these guys in Baltimore in April.

 

**Bonus song – Hatebreed – Dead Man Breathing

I was going to post this as #6 this week, but the video got removed by Razor & Tie Records. Heard this one on Liquid Metal today, and loved what Jamey Jasta had to say about the meaning behind the song – the fact that we live in an overmedicated society, a topic I had just been discussing with coworkers. This is off of their latest album, Divinity of Purpose. Check out the short video below (that has a snippet of the song) with Jamey talking about the song.