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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.

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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.

Friday Find – 3/22/2013

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2013 by heavyuberalles

A little bit of a mixed bag for this week’s Friday Find. Some great tunes, a cool video, and hell, why not throw in Guy on a Buffalo to the mix.

Jess and the Ancient Ones

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I have heard a buzz about them around the stoner rock community, but hadn’t gotten to check them out. Jess and the Ancient Ones are a psychedelic rock band from Finland, and sound a lot like a heavier Jefferson Airplane brought into the 21st century. Singer Jess’ beautifully haunting vocals are sultry and hypnotizing, and the music has the right mix of retro, swanky, trippy 60’s style with a modern heaviness underneath it all. Someone need to get them on a tour with Ghost and we’d have a winner.

 

Vinterland

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In my ongoing mission to listen to bands playing the 2013 Maryland Deathfest that I have never heard before, this week I bring you Vinterland. This melodic black metal band from Sweden released one album, Welcome My Last Chapter, in 1996 and disbanded. As of 2011 they are back together, and playing Deathfest this year. Some songs are not as brutally fast as many other black metal bands, they definitely emphasize the “melodic” element of their genre, with cold, sorrowful melodies and atmospheric tones complimenting the wailing vocals from D.F. Bragman. This album was recorded 17 years ago, yet would still be relevant in the metal scene if it were released today.

 

Danko Jones

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I had heard the name Danko Jones here and there, but had never heard anything by the Canadian band. I had heard Danko’s appearance on Nashville Pussy’s song “Im So High” off of From Hell To Texas, and dug his voice. I finally got around to listening to some of his stuff this week, and MAN was I disappointed…disappointed that I hadn’t heard them sooner. I’m not a big fan of the majority of modern hard rock bands, but Danko Jones pulls it off without sounding fake or pretentious. Tight, catchy riffs, great harmonies, and good old rock and roll with a great vibe.

 

Biting Elbows – Bad Motherfucker

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This insane video is a breakneck thrillride, a live-action mix of first-person shooters, parkour and a huge can of whoop-ass.
Biting elbows is a Russian indie rock band, who had a viral hit with their 2011 video for “The Stampede”, which employs the same style and theme in the video, including the chase for the magical vacuum tube and leads right into the video for “Bad Motherfucker”.

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.

 

Friday Find – 3/15/2013

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2013 by heavyuberalles

Here we are, the end of another week. Springtime is trying to break through the cold, but old man winter is tryin’ to hang on for dear life. Not long til some sunny days spent on two wheels, listening to some righteous tunes.

 
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And what could be more righteous than some heavy stoner rock that has been thoroughly soaked in the blues? Out of Kingston, NY, this trio takes 2 genres, and makes them as right together as peanut butter and jelly. Slide guitar, harmonica, raspy vocals and heavy distortion as the perfect formula for every song on Handmade Heavy Blues. My standouts on this album are the chunky “Do It In the Road”, the slow, syrupy “Eyes Like Laserbeams”, and the funky groove of “I Just Wanna Get High With You.” This album just came out on March 2, and believe me…you will be hearing a lot more from these guys. They will be a part of The Eye of the Stoned Goat 3 in Brooklyn, NY on July 27th, which has a hell of a lineup. Now go grab a cold beer or some whiskey, kick your feet up and give this album a listen.

 

Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell and Angels

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40 years after the guitar legend’s death, we see the release of the last lost tracks from Jimi and his Band of Gypsys. Not a lot of groundbreaking material, but it’s the bluesy rock genius that Jimi was known for. Superb drumming by the amazing Buddy Miles on most of the tracks (Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell plays on three songs) and wicked rhythm from bassist Billy Cox, this album is a true gem and gives a clearer picture of where Jimi’s head was at musically just prior to his death as the follow-up album to Electric Ladyland.

 

Rage Against the Machine
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I have always loved seeing videos of band before they got huge. It’s always piqued my interest to see where they came from, and what they were like when they were young and hungry, before the big time. This is a video of Rage Against the Machine from March 29th, 1992 at Zed’s Records in Long Beach, CA. They began recording their self-titled hit record in April, and released it in November of that year. This is a performance from when they were on the verge of beginning their rise to fame and it is refreshing to see videos like this sometimes. THIS is why you support the local music scene, wherever you are. cause you never know when that band you saw at a DIY show at a Mexican restaurant is gonna record that legendary album next month.

 

Tuesday Six – 1/15/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2013 by heavyuberalles


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Got a weird mix of songs and styles this week for the Six. Some flashbacks to the mid-90s, some new stuff, and a little more in there. Enjoy!

Snot – Joy Ride

In 1997, nu-metal was in full swing with bands like Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber and Korn rising in popularity, and others like System of a Down on the horizon. In the center of it was a band that stood out, apart from the rest. Out of sunny California came Snot, mixing punk, metal and funk into a unique hybrid that was unlike the other guys. Featuring local DC metal hero Sonny Mayo on guitar (DC metalheads will surely remember Silence) and the outspoken Lynn Strait on vocals, Snot was brash, funky, and just plain fun. In 1998, Lynn Strait was killed in a car accident and Snot’s rise was cut short, but they left us with one hell of an album to remember them by. Get some.

Speedball – Long Dead Gone

Another little-known band from the mid-90s, Speedball was good ol rock and roll from Detroit. I was fortunate enough to see these guys at The Bayou (RIP) in Washington, DC back in the day and they went full-throttle and kicked all kinds of ass. Definitely falls into my “more people should have heard these guys” category.

Newsted – Soldierhead

The former bassist of Metallica has finally returned to the metal scene with a project of his own, simply called “Newsted”. This is kick ass straight-forward metal, and it’s interesting to hear Jason on lead vocals (aside from when he sang “Whiplash” live back in the day). Speaking of hearing Jason, he seems to have gotten his revenge for being non-existent on ...And Justice For All, cause his bass sounds HUGE in this. Can’t wait to hear more. For the real video, go here – I had issues embedding the vid.

Witchcraft – Deconstruction

Sweden’s doom metallers are back, and sounding better than ever. Off of 2012’s Legend, they are truly keeping that doom torch lit. Magnus Pelander’s voice is sounding better than ever, and the atmospheric mood changes of the song are a thing of hard rock beauty. 

 

Whitechapel – I, Dementia

I’m not typically the world’s biggest deathcore fan, but these guys are pretty brutal. Caught some of their set at Mayhemfest last year, and they were pretty good. The riffs are heavy as hell, and Phil Bozeman’s vocals add to the dementia the song is about. Definitely checking out more from these guys soon.

Tom Petty – The Waiting

A change of pace to end the Six this week. It’s no secret that I love classic rock, and I’ve liked Tom Petty since I was a kid. This one has personal significance to me this week, as I wait and wait for that one little nugget of good news that can change everything.Waiting is truly the hardest part.

 

 

 

Tuesday Six – 1/3/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , on January 8, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Deftones – Swerve City

I’ve always been a moderate Deftones fan, but they have really turned a corner with me since 2010’s Diamond Eyes (which was a fantastic album), and 2012’s Koi No Yokan goes even farther, with tight riffs, haunting vocals from Chino Moreno, and just another great album all around, and Swerve City is a great example of what makes this album great.

Clutch – Earth Rocker

The mighty Clutch is back, and their new tunes sound OUTTA SIGHT. They’ve been playing some new stuff on their current tour, and audiences have been loving what they are hearing. This is the title track from the new album, Earth Rocker, due out in March. Love the groove on this one.

Royal Thunder – Whispering World

I still can’t say enough good about this band. I featured them on my first Friday Find last week, and still haven’t gotten tired of this album. This one has a great groove to it, and Mlny Parsonz’ vocals go from soft to powerful to downright angry.

Orange Goblin – Acid Trial

Another band that I have been high on (pun intended) for a while now is the UK’s Orange Goblin. Eulogy for the Damned was one of my top albums of 2012. The riff at 1:50 is a great one that gets stuck in your head for a while. OG finally returns to the States this year, touring with Kyng, Lionize and Clutch – do NOT miss this one!

Opeth – Ghost of Perdition

The fine balance of melodic melodies and crushing death metal has been perfected by Mikael Åkerfeldt and company. Ghost Reveries and Blackwater Park are the 2 best from Opeth, in my opinion, and the 10 minute epic Ghost of Perdition is a stunningly beautiful yet brutal example of Opeth’s sound.

Soulfly – Plata O Plomo

I have no idea what the hell Max Cavalera and bassist Tony Campos are singing about in this song (I am pretty sure i heard something about Pablo Escobar, cocaine and Medellin in there), but this song, off of 2012’s Enslaved absolutely crushes.