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Album Review: Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican

blacklabelcatacombscover.102307As any fan of a sludgy, southern, bluesy style of metal, the impending release of a Black Label Society album comes with a certain level of anticipation…and expectation.  Catacombs of the Black Vatican is the latest in a long line of studio albums, EPs, live, and compilation albums.  Despite being busy with Ozzy for many years, Zakk Wylde has managed to carve his own path to success with guitar in hand.  It took me a while to appreciate the southern vibe from any band, but several years ago when Order of the Black was released, it opened the door to a genre I feel filled a void in my heavy metal heart.  Since then, my collection of sludgy stuff increased exponentially thanks to that particular album.  In kind of a twist of fate, my non-metal wife liked it too.  Who would have thought the genre I was avoiding would be one she “kind of” liked.

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Album Review: Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

Steel-Panter-All-You-Can-EatOnce again, Steel Panther is back with the follow-up to their very successful Balls Out release from 2011.  What’s really not to love about this good-time 80s styled hard rock?  All You Can Eat is another round of highly offensive fun, but then again it depends on what exactly offends you.  I mean, I can’t say that Steel Panther is lying or exaggerating in their lyrics.  Seems to me like all these events and situations are certainly plausible or even possibly factual.  They are just very blunt and literal about how they perceive the world.  And, just when you think they will never top a song like Weenie Ride, they come up with She’s On The Rag…to include the alternate (acoustic) version of that bloody song with different lyrics.  There is a good time to be had here.

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Roundtable Review: Tribazik – Data Warfare

TRIBAZIK-–-DATA-WARFARE-e1391949507175Label:  Shyride Records

Release Date:  10 Feb 2014

Songs:   10

Length:  50 Minutes

Genre:  Electronic/Industrial Psychedelic Space Metal

Studio Albums:  This is their debut album

Location:  England (London)

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Roundtable Review: The Strigas – A Poisoned Kiss to Reality

SBR005 CoverLabel:  Southern Brigade Records

Release Date:  28 Feb 2014

Songs:   12

Length:  42 Minutes

Genre:  Hard Rock/Gothic

Studio Albums:   This is their debut album

Location:  Italy

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Album Review: Servers – Leave With Us


“Your only chance to survive, is to leave with us…”

Release date: 24th of February on Undergroove Records

Length: 45 minutes of  heavy earworms

Genre:  Feel-good, sludgy rock

Previous releases: This is their first album, and what a fine debut it is!

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Roundtable Review: Altitudes & Attitude

kvq0_image001-300x300Label:  Megaforce Records

Release Date: 14 Jan 2014

Songs:   3

Length:  13 Minutes

Genre:  Hard Rock

Studio Albums:   First EP

Location:  United States

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What’s Cookin’ In the Inbox: 14 Jan 2014 Post #1

empty mailboxIn order to bring you cool music you may not have heard of, my intent with this piece is to try to bring you 20 bands a month via two monthly posts featuring 10 bands each.  We thank you immensely for sending us your music whether you are a band/artist, publicist, or otherwise some kind of band promoter.  This is a great way to spread the gospel of metal and we hope you find something you will like.  For the first installment of 2014, here are 10 bands ranging from electronic to death metal and everything in between.  Enjoy!

Blue Stahli

Song:  The Fall

Style:  Electronic/Hard Rock

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Reggie’s Top 15 Albums of 2013

Black Bomb A, Olympic (Nantes) 17/11/2006Initially, I was going to limit my best of 2013 list to just my top 10.  My reasoning was to make my list as tight as I could only highlighting the very best of what moved me during the year.  After looking back at how many albums I listened to or was exposed to, that number hovered around 270 albums.  So, I decided to expand my list to the same standard as previous years. Despite increasing my list to 15, it still only highlights about 5% of all the albums that graced my ear drums this year.  So, what I present to you for the year 2013 my top 15, plus five more honorable mentions that will be posted in the vicinity of this list.

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Album Review: Vivid Nation – Open Your Mind

download (1)Label: N/A

Release Date:  2 Dec 2013

Songs:  7

Length:  28

Genre:  Alternative Rock/Progressive

Studio Albums: This is their debut EP

Location:  England

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EP Review: Love/Hate (Jizzy Pearl) – Crucified

lovehatecrucified1600by1600NEWLabel:  Self-Released

Release Date:  13 Jan 2014

Songs:  6

Length:  23 Minutes

Genre:  Hard Rock

Studio Albums:  N/A

Location:  United States

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