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Roughly about 10 years ago I started listening to a band I would have never imagined would ever explode to fame and heights that they soar at today. Lamb of God was an extreme metal band that simply blew me away the moment I started listening to the opening track on my shiny As the Palaces Burn CD that I had bought on a friends recommendation. My first impression was that Lamb of God are carrying the torch of New Wave of American Metal that the legendary Pantera had lit a decade before. But I also thought, due to the intensity of the music it would only appeal to a niche sect of people already established in the realms of death metal. Pantera were heavy as fuck, but they still were very accessible, and at the time metalcore was taking off, and while there were some pretty extreme bands getting popular, they were also rife with accessibility. Lamb of God was brutal, intense, pissed off, and pulled no punches. Yet somehow, their no-holds-barred style of groove/death metal hit a chord with both seekers of more accessible metal as well as lovers of the extreme spectrum and a legend was born.
Trying to really nail down the unique sound of Canadian metal band Protest the Hero is quite a difficult task. In the past I would have called it ‘prog metal’ played with a lovin’ spoonful of methamphetamine and cocaine and called it a day. Sure, their brand of speedy prog metal was unlike anything out there and I’ve purchased every album from the band and enjoyed the spins I’ve given them. However, more often than not, I found it difficult to listen to entire records without reaching sensory overload or boredom. They had their stand-out songs and the stuff in between seem to just serve to keep the break-neck pace of the records up and showed minimal dynamics. Fast-forward a few years and a hugely successful Indie Go-Go campaign (Kickstarter for the non-Americans) later, Protest the Hero have unleashed unto the world an album that shows more improvements than I can shake a stick at. Needless to say, Volition is the realization from a band overflowing with potential and is brimming with dynamic, variety, and passion while not even for a split-second dismissing an iota of PtH’s core sound.
Last year I got introduced to Windhand by way of a review over on my favorite metal site, Angry Metal Guy. Their self-titled debut got a nice write-up, so I went ahead and checked it out and enjoyed it quite a bit. But, like a lot of music that deluges through my ears these past few years, it takes something really, really special to stick hard and garner more spins from me outside of the occasional playback and initial handful of spins. Windhand’s debut, while a very solid record, just didn’t hit me hard enough and the band kind of floated to the nether-realms of my music library.
Lucky for me, Relapse’s PR was cool enough to hook us up with a promo copy of their new album, Soma, and I harkened back to remembering that their debut was solid but lacking that punch. I dove right into it hoping to see if this very talented band was able to add that punch to their music that would make it more than a good album that I would eventually forget about. And, lo and behold, by George, they did it! That punch, and more so uniqueness is so much more pronounced on their new record and I’ve found it sneaking in between my holy trinity of 2013 albums I’ve been listening to beyond obsessively (The Ocean, Revocation, and Glorior Belli).
The best way I can describe the style and sound on Soma is it’s either like Sunn O))) on amphetamines or St. Vitus on Quaalude; both with an ethereal and bluesy female vocalist. Each track will doom your mind way into a hazy trance while at the same time delivering memorable melodies and grooves. Heavy and atmospheric doom that doesn’t feel cliché’ nor does the methodically slow pace leave one bored.
Check out the record and then let us know what you think. If you dig on it, buy a copy for yourself, or at least share the shit out of it with your metal loving friends. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
Interview with Pete of Baroness/Concert Review: Baroness & Royal Thunder at Tunnel Club, Milan Italy Oct. 15, 2013
Spending many years crafting, evolving, and honing one of the most original sounds in music today, Savannah, GA band Baroness have carved quite a niche for themselves that transcends musical genre barriers and deeply appeals to fans of all styles of rock music. If one can say anything about Baroness, it would have to be about how incredibly hard-working and determined its members are in bringing their love of music to their fans and delivering it at the highest quality possible. Even a terrible tour bus accident which could have easily killed any member of the band couldn’t hold founding members Pete Adams (guitars/backing vocals) and John Baizley (lead vocals/guitars) from powering through serious injuries, healing themselves up, and reforming their rhythm section after Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass) very understandably took leave of the band. Just a little over a year since the tragic accident Baroness have once again jumped onto the tour bus and returned to Europe to continue putting audiences in awe with their stellar live shows.
On Oct. 15th I was fortunate enough to be able to catch up with guitarist Pete Adams when they stopped in my city of Milan, Italy to play a show at Tunnel Club with Royal Thunder. After witnessing my first live experience with a band I have followed for over 10 years and my chat with Pete I have found myself with an even deeper respect for the lads in the band. All of the passion Pete put into his responses to my questions was reciprocated ten-fold when him and the band took the stage and the amount of smiles and good vibes the band exuded off-stage came with them onto the stage in a very uplifting way of saying ‘we’re back’.
I just started re-playing Bioshock: Infinite yet again and began pondering what is it that keeps me returning to the game and wanting to discover every banal detail within it. It pretty much sums up to I really love the game’s narrative (gameplay as well, but narrative more). So I started thinking which games from this now closing gaming generation impressed me the most with their strong narrative not taking gameplay faults into consideration. Since it has been a while since I’ve rambled on about video games or made some kind of list, here’s my un-numbered top 5 game narratives of the current gaming generation.
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I know I should really categorize this under Video of the Week because it’s an official video, and a really neat one nonetheless. However more than the video itself, I am completely loving the song. As compared to Sahg’s previous output this tune has a more psychedelic/progressive rock approach to it instead of the usual stoner metal mayhem that has graced their previous 3 records. There are many ways you could compare “Slip Off the Edge of the Universe” to Mastodon, but whatever, a great tune is a great tune. They have their 4th album due to hit Oct. 28th and I’m curious to hear what kind of risks the band is taking. Either which way, I’m sure it will end up kicking my stoner metal ass all over the place. Enjoy the tune and let us know what you though! Peace Love and Metal!!!
It’s always good to keep ones ear to the underground lest one may miss out on the occasional gem that rolls on by making a cry for genuine attention yet gets smothered by the deluge of all the other bands (and many other gems) vying for your ear for a small amount of time. While wading in the sea of unsigned bands, Wall of the Eyeless screamed just loud enough to catch my ear and I’m happy I dove in to investigate the muffled cries. With their new demo album (which doesn’t sound demo quality at all) Wimfolsfestta I found myself really impressed with their base of melodic death metal which is tinged with prog tendencies and blackened edges. And in the about 30 minutes the album played on I was quite engaged and all around simply enjoying the music.
Sure, it’s a tad rough around the edges, but this is one band that has some nice potential and deserves a few minutes in the spotlight (though posting here on this random blog probably won’t give it to them). Anywho, check the record out and if you like it toss them a few bucks or share them with someone you think might be down to enjoy the record. Peace Love and Metal!!!
You got to love it when a band names their album with a title that sums up perfectly what the listener is going to find within it. On the new record by Glorior Belli gators do rumble and chaos does unfurl. They rumble and unfurl so much that for the past week since this record landed in the Metal State inbox I have not been able to stop listening to the thing. I’ve known about the band for a bit of time now, but like the horrible metal head that I am, I just never got around to checking them out, so unfortunately I can’t tell you whether this record is better or worse than the bands previous efforts. But what I can tell you, as a newcomer to Glorior Belli, I will be hunting down the bands entire backlog over the next few months as their approach to black metal is one of the freshest and most original I’ve heard in years.
This is looking to be a great month for prog metal. Between jaw dropping new album from Haken, the new Dream Theater album that I nearly took for a new Rush album, and now the new-to-me band Vulture Industries, it’s a good time to be a fan of the prog. Vulture Industries really catch my ear with vocals that are ultra-theatrical paired with music that is complex yet never goes into the ‘look how many notes we can play’ or ‘listen to this wicked odd time signature or crazy song structure’. It all just flows along and delivers solid and easy to listen to prog metal that knows how to set its hooks in.
Their new album, The Tower, is set to be released on Sept. 27th through Seasons of Mist and you can preview the whole Kahuna courtesy of Rock Hard Italy. Give it a listen and let us know what you thought. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Fact: Muppets make anything more awesome. Fact: Queen is an awesome band and Bohemian Rhapsody is an awesome video. Fact: Haken’s new single “Cockroach King” is prog metal awesomeness.
What happens when you mix all these awesome facts together? You get one of the most awesome videos you will ever see. I really can’t see how Haken could have visually represented “Cockroach King” any better and the nods to Queen are just too cool. Give it a watch along with their other super trippy video for “Pareidolia”. Both are off their new album The Mountain which in super quick review format (full review coming soon…ish) is a must for any self-appriciating fan of anything prog and if you don’t check it out you should feel ashamed of yourself. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!