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Arsis – Forced To Rock (new track from Starve For The Devil)

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Arsis posted another song from their upcoming album Starve For the Devil called Forced To Rock.

Says frontman Jim Malone:  “How can I better the world? This is the question that I asked myself when writing ‘Forced To Rock’. I eventually came to the conclusion that the death metal world needed an anthem. Sure, it may not be the cure for cancer, but it is fun and fun is something that I feel is lacking in a lot of the music out there today. It’s music, it’s not saving lives; there is no reason to be serious 100% of the time. Tongue in cheek or foot in mouth; I am probably not the proper authority to comment on the matter.”

Cool song and definitely on the lighter side lyrically.  Can’t wait to hear the whole thing.

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December 31, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Rare Vintage Concert Shirts For Sale

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I’m selling off a collection of vintage primarily hard rock and metal concert shirts.  Please take a look at them here. If you’re a collector, there are some real gems up for sale now and more to come.  It pains me a little to sell these off even though they’re not mine.  Lots of history here.  If I was a small, I’d buy them for myself.

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December 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Arsis – Starve For The Devil (2010)

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I’m really excited to hear the new album from these guys.  Their last one, We Are The Nightmare, is my #1 pick for 2008.  I still listen to it regularly.  I love Arsis.  I have from the first time I laid ears on them.

They’ve uploaded a track from the upcoming album Starve For The Devil called Beyond Forlorn.  Pretty good song.  I’m really stoked that Mike Van Dyne is back in the band.  He’s a great drummer.  He’s got a different style than Darren Cesca, but I think he fits well with Jim Malone.  Those dudes have done a lot together.

I can already predict what my #1 of 2010 is going to be, especially since I hate most all newer metal bands.

Tracklist for the latest album:

  1. “Forced to Rock”
  2. “A March for the Sick”
  3. “From Soulless to Shattered (Art in Dying)”
  4. “Beyond Forlorn” – 4:01
  5. “The Ten of Swords”
  6. “Closer to Cold”
  7. “Sick Perfection”
  8. “Half Past Corpse O’Clock”
  9. “Escape Artist”
  10. “Sable Rising”

Limited edition additional bonus tracks

  1. “A Pound of Flesh (For the Hell of It)”
  2. “The Lake” (King Diamond cover)

C’mon…Hafd Past Corpse O’Clock is one of the greatest song titles ever!

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December 19, 2009 at 1:43 am

Buzzard – Churp!!! (1993)

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Here’s another rarity for you fine readers out there.  Buzzard’s debut album Churp!!! on Hellhound Records.

I remember back in the early 90s going to see these guys at Kings Head Inn (RIP) on Hampton Blvd in Norfolk, VA.  A buddy of mine said, “Dude you have to see this band.  They are insane.  Their drummer is phenomenal and he’s only got one leg!”  So I went.  I was completely floored by everything that this band was doing.  They were tight.  They were erratic.  They were brilliant.  They were ugly.  Dudes that looked like street urchin gutter punks with beards and dreads.  Never got close enough to see if they smelled badly.  Didn’t matter.  They were a machine.  A force to be reckoned with.  I went to see them whenever I knew that they had a show.  With that original era of the band I think I saw them 4 or 5 times within a year or 2.  Every time I was blown away.  Never really tried to speak to the guys as they all pretty much looked like they didn’t wan to be spoken to.

Buzzard was on Hellhound Records which was primarily a doom metal label…but Buzzard was anything but a doom band.  They mixed metal with jazz, punk, Miles Davis, Zappa, Yes, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever…

Their live show was pretty mind-numbing.  Odd times signatures, stops and starts, no real cues given to each other.  They all knew what they had to do and when.  At that time they consisted of Patrick Walsh (Guitars), AJ Long (Vocals), John Finney (Horns), Andy Brown (Bass) and Joey Rudacil (Drums).  Just insane I tell you.

Several years later I am hanging out with some friends and see Patrick Walsh from Buzzard come in the bar I was in.  I was there with his sister and didn’t realize that they were related.  Buzzard was reformed at this point as a 3-piece with Kevin Anderson on bass and Mark Henry on Drums.  Patrick and I quickly connected and started hanging out a lot.  Ultimately he became one of my best friends.  Brilliant guy.  Phenomenal guitarist.  Helluva a nice guy.  We jammed together briefly with Joey Rudacil and Todd Owens.  It only lasted about 3 or 4 practices but it was fun.  I ended up in another band with Joey a few months later and had a blast but we could never secure a singer.

Anyway, I was working the door at the Taphouse in Norfolk and Buzzard was scheduled to play their first show in 7 years.  I was fortunate enough to get to sit in on several of their practices and was blown away even more by how much their sound had progressed.  It went from the Mahavishnu-esque psychojazz to a math metal thing like Watchtower on meth. people came from up and down the east coast for this show and the place was over capacity with a line of people out the door and wrapped around the building trying to get in.  It was an incredible show.  They have done some subsequent shows but I think the last one may have been in 2007.  It’s time for more!

I keep praying that they put out a new record with the newer songs on it.  They recorded a 2nd album several years ago that never really saw the light of day.  You can listen to some of it on their website.

Churp!!! is one of the toughest releases of Hellhound’s to find nowadays.  I fortunately have 2 copies that I cherish.  The album is an incredible piece of music…of art…an experience.  AJ’s vocals are simply incredible.  If you download this, please listen to the album as a whole.  Don’t skip any of the 16 tracks.  You’d be doing yourself a great disservice.

Download it here.

Tracks:

1. Cyclops 02:28
2. Shadows Without Substance 03:03
3. The Fellowship (varieties) 04:45
4. The Given/Grinding Wheel (including, but not limited to the following) 08:38
5. Ear To The Ground 03:44
6. His Descent 01:35
7. Carpetbaggers 05:13
8. Fluorescent Orange Bag O’Goodness 02:09
9. Thirteen o’clock (frumpy smokes a fattie) 05:21
10. Escape From The Island Of Misfit Toys 06:01
11. The Secret Doctrine According To Simon 03:36
12. Grand Poo-Bah 00:48
13. The Return Of Frumpy And The Scrubby Jazz Hippies 01:55
14. Musica d’Apocryphonica (no. I adagio) 00:48
15. Savage Paisley Vortex (part I) 00:59
16. Savage Paisley Vortex (pert II) The Ritual Dance And Initiation Of Chicky Boy 07:01

Check out the vids from back in the day…

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December 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Leviathan

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So, it looks as if Leviathan (Colorado progressive metal band) is doing a reunion show in January 2010.  Too bad they couldn’t have waited a few months else I would have made my way up there to see the show.  But Colorado in the middle of the winter?  No thanks.  Hell, I am already too cold here in central Texas!

Back in 1997 I went to LA to visit with Century Media and metal Blade Records as I was buying most of my stock from them when I had Acacia Music online in the late 80s.  It was a blast out there and the folks at both labels were absolutely incredible.  One great experience was going to the “office” of Century Media.  At that time they were still a small label in the USA.  Their office was an old Victorian looking 2-story house with an 8′ privacy fence around it.  Not very office-looking.  But it kept their overhead low and it was perfect for their needs.  My rep with CM, John Schultz (where are you, dude?) took me out to their warehouse in South Central LA (Hawthorne).  I just walked through the rows of CDs and merch drooling.  I brought back 200 CDs.  Many for my personal collection but most of them to sell on the website and on eBay.

One of the bands I got a hold of on the trip was Leviathan.  They had the first EP and their first 2 full-length CDs in stock so I grabbed one of each.  At the time I was a little more into prog metal than I am now and this stuff surely satisfied my tastes in the genre.

My favorite of the 3 is Riddles, Questions, Poetry and Outrage.  Such a fine album.  All 3 of these are way out of print so I’ll post them for your downloading pleasure.  Yes, I know they did a follow-up to the Riddles album, but I didn’t care for it.

Enjoy.

Leviathan (EP)

Deepest Secrets Beneath

Riddles, Questions, Poetry and Outrage

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December 16, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Bullet (Sweden)

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Jason McMaster turned me on to these kids from Sweden a week or so ago and I just ordered the CD.  If you’re into AC/DC, Krokus, Accept etc, this is the band for you.

http://www.myspace.com/bulletsweden

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December 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Eyefear – Edge Of Existence (1996)

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Wow.  It’s not very often that I put a CD in to rip that iTunes doesn’t recognize, but this is one of them.  I really am quite shocked.

This is another band that Kelz turned me on to through one of his many compilation tapes.  Eyefear hail from Australia and surprisingly enough they are still together, not that I really care now.  This is the definitive album by them.

It was the opening track, Of Blind Faith,  that he had on there and it is just one of those almost perfect songs, albeit the intro is a bit lengthy.  The album has some elements of prog and traditional metal.  It’s not the tightest of albums but it all just seems to work.  Sort of like the Vis Vires album I reviewed a while back.  Not perfect, but done well enough to leave a lasting impression.

The vocals really do it for me.  Too bad he only lasted for one album.  Lots of good vocal harmonies throughout.  There are some tasty guitar solos on here as well.  I think one of the guitarists was a fan of Andy LaRocque as I hear a few ripped off hooks…not that there’s anything wrong with that.  None of the songs really pick up speed that much besides the title track.  No matter, it’s worth hearing.

I own 2 copies of this CD.  One of them I got from Sentinel Steel Records and I think the other I janked off of eBay.

Download it here and enjoy.

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December 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm