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Monday, July 22, 2013

Dark Angel - Darkness Descends

If I had to choose my favorite thrash metal band it would hands down be Dark Angel and their best album is hands down Darkness Descends. ]People like to say Slayer's Reign in Blood is a better album from 1986, however I feel its too short. Others will say Kreator's Pleasure to Kill is faster and more agressive. However the one thing that ruins that album is the awful solos and sloppiness.



Darkness Descends is a perfect example of thrash. It's fast, methodical and unrelenting. The songs are well constructed, the lyrics intelligent for this specific genre. The instrumentation on this album is top notch with Gene Hoglan showing his incredible talent on the skins. Rob Yahn shows incredible talent on the bass which is very prominent on this album (even though he left shortly after). Both guitarists have an extremely heavy tone and play intricate riffing. And of course Don Doty who has a wonderful yell. Always preferred him over Ron Rinehart.

This city is guilty, The crime is life, The sentence is death,Darkness descends!




Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sabbat or Morbid Angel?

Legendary black metal band Sabbat is going to playing three US dates in October. NYC on the 11th, Chicago on the 12th and LA on the 13th. The last time they played the US was 8 years ago! This is a very special event and I am contemplating going to Chicago to see this possibly once in a live time show.

However, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Covenant by Morbid Angel. Perhaps their most popular album by far, it is a personal favorite of mine. They will be playing the whole album followed by other songs. This will be in November.

The rest of this year looks like its going to be full of really awesome shows. I wish I had more money/time to see all these great acts. What are you looking forward to this year?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Om - God is Good

Formed from the ashes of Sleep, Om features Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius. They are a wonderful stoner/doom band that has a lot of influence from Middle Eastern music as well as Byzantine and Tibetan chants. Great music to relax to. This album was recorded by Steve Albini with new drummer Emil Amos.



Melkezedek.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Curse of Chucky Trailer

The new trailer for the new Chucky movie has been released and it looks like it's going to be pretty good. Nine years and what seems to be a return to form, this new Chucky movie will remind people why Chucky was scary.

It will be out September 24th on Blu-Ray and DVD. What an exciting turn for this series. It seems once a horror movie goes from horror to comedy it cannot go back, but this may be different. We will see when it comes out. 

Head of David - LP

Head of David is strange industrial band from Birmingham, England that featured Justin Broaderick of Godflesh fame. He played drums on three albums before leaving to pursue something more heavier. While not crushingly heavy like Godflesh, Head of David is still really interesting Industrial metal that focuses on rhythm then grating crushing riffs.



The bass and drums are the real gears of the machines on their debut album LP. The songs range from crazy chaotic industrial metal head bangers to slow, dirge like rituals. The guitar is either playing along or make crazy chaotic noises, and the vocals are harshly spoken, not really shouted but enunciated with a haunting tone.

If you are a fan of Godflesh you should definitely check this out. It is a bit different but still retains a strong industrial edge.

Rocket USA

Sunday, July 7, 2013

G.I.S.M. - M.A.N.

G.I.S.M. A mysterious band from Japan that has worldwide recognition as one of the first hardcore punk bands from that region. However in my opinion they were far beyond a "punk" band, but not very similar to all the heavy metal bands from around that time. They had heavy metal guitar solo's and drumming but rough and edgy production and a frightening vocalist. Their image was dark and unknown, not revealing much about themselves and creating an air of mystique around the band.

Their first album was an intense amalgamation of metal and hardcore creating something completely unique and radical for that time period. The second album saw G.I.S.M. exploring heavy metal, industrial and noise with the release of M.A.N. The production is still raw and gritty as with the previous album Detestation, but the guitars, bass and drums are more clearer. It has a more metal sound, with plenty of reverb that you can nearly swim in it. It's almost cavernous sounding and adds a lot to the songs since the style is more heavy metal then punk.

The sound in my opinion is almost "epic" NWOBHM. It is very similar to Iron Maiden at times with the galloping rhythms, wild melodic leads and extended soloing. The songs are more slower, tending to focus more on atmosphere and melodies then sheer speed and intensity. A listen to Meaning Corrupted 2 'Degeneration' shows a lighter side to G.I.S.M. with long sorrowful melodies, and an almost emotional delivery from the monstrous sounding Sakevi. Songs like Good As It Is and Meaning Corrupted 1 'Fatigue' show the Iron Maiden influence in the riffing with slick epic sounding guitar leads and melodies. The main melody to 'Fatigue' is one of the best heavy metal melodies I've ever heard in my life. It is a true headbanger, and makes me feel as if I can conquer a million man army. The same melody is repeated again on Meaning Corrupted 3 'Destruction' which starts off as more of a rough speed metal song which eventually degrades into the end of the album

The album includes two avant-garde ambient/noise tracks Anatomy Love Violence Gism and Military Affairs Neurotic. This is a showcase of the industrial/noise influence GISM has in their music and image. It's taken even further with their last album SoniCRIME TheRapy with more noise influences. These songs match the sound of the album well even though they don't really match the sound too well but the production is what kind of ties them together as well as vocalist Sakevi. His performance on this album is more mature then on Detestation with a more rougher and deeper growl that is more savage sounding then most extreme metal bands nowadays.



So we have an amazing metal album that is sorely underrated. Extremely difficult to find, yet it would be worth every penny. I implore you to check this band out more. What they have brought to heavy metal and punk is unlike what very few bands have done.

Military Affairs Neurotic