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Upcoming shows…

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Lots of great shows coming to the area.  So many that I have to pick and choose a little more carefully to be able to afford the ones that I really want to see.

Tomorrow night I am heading to San Antonio to see Loudness.  Saw them back in 2006 and they were great.  RIP Munetaka Higuchi.

Next Friday is Orange Goblin and Naam(!!!).  I’m not a huge OG fan but I’ve never seen them.  Naam, however, has become one of my favorite bands.  This is part of the Chaos in Tejas music festival.

There’s also the M.O.D. reunion show in late June that I am fortunate enough to be a part of as Milano asked my Motorhead tribute band to open up.

I just bought tickets earlier this week to see Armored Saint and Hirax at the Key Club in Hollywood.  Should be a fun show.  I’ve never seen Armored Saint and saw Hirax for the first time 2 years ago.  I’m really excited to see Saint.

Odin is doing a reunion show in August at The Whisky and I’ll be heading out there for that one as well.  I love Odin.  Always have.  Do a search for them on this blog site, you’ll see my inner fanboy.  haha

September sees Return To Forever coming back to Austin.  I got to see the first of their reunion shows a few years ago and it was quite mind-numbing.  Unfortunately Al Di Meola isn’t on the tour, but Frank Gambale is a competent enough player to handle the duties.  We get Jean Luc-Ponty this time as well!

Motorhead – Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Admittedly I’m a latecomer fan when it comes to Motorhead.  The first album of theirs I ever owned was 1916 and had really only heard a few songs by them throughout the 80s, Ace of Spades being the main one and a few friends of mine and I used to joke on it pretty hard.  It wasn’t until getting exposed to them in the early 2000s that I really decided to give them a chance, mainly because a band that I was in decided to play Cradle to the Grave.  I had seen them live prior to this, but mainly just to see Mikkey Dee.

In 2004 when I decided to put together a Motorhead tribute band, I was listening to a lot of their 80s material and I think it’s a pretty strong decade for them, much stronger than the 90s and 2000s for sure.  The early version of the tribute band did 2 songs from 1987’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, the title track and Eat The Rich.  We only played them in a few shows and they fell by the wayside.  I’d like to add Rock ‘n’ Roll back to the set.  I really dig the mid-80s era stuff as it seems to be more melodic on a lot of levels than the 70s era.  For me, there’s not really a bad song on here.  Blackheart and Stone Deaf In The USA are 2 big highlights for this album.

I also love the album cover, one of their best for sure.

To the hardcore “Aces of Spades-on-back” crew, I know this is blasphemy.  And I’m ok with that.  In general I prefer that stuff too, but this is a quality album.

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May 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Ancient VVisdom – A Godlike Inferno

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It’s not very often that I hear an album that grabs me by the throat with one hand and slaps me around with the other.  The forthcoming release by Austin, TX’s Ancient VVisdom (yes, that is with 2 Vs) does just that.  I was fortunate enough to get a promo copy of the CD from the band and have been listening to it a lot in the last couple of days.

I first heard the record a week ago riding around with their bassist and I just sat in his van tripping out a bit.  Trying to describe this band’s sound is not so easy.  It’s metal, but not what most would typify as metal.  My first thought when hearing them was mid-era Bathory with much better vocals and a lot less drum work.  Bathory’s “One Rode To Asa Bay” was the first thing that popped to mind.  That’s not a bad thing as I liked some of the more melodic Bathory stuff.  This album is very mellow…but heavy.

But this is still a bit different.  Nice clean vocals, acoustic guitar backed by electric more in the background for enhancement.  Drums are minimal, more used for percussive effect and not necessarily for just “playing the beat”.   All of the songs are catchy and very memorable.  Nathan Opposition’s (f. of Integrity) vocals fit perfectly.  The album conjures a little early Pink Floyd as well and to a lesser extent and surely unintentionally I hear some of the atmospheric tones used on Tiamat’s Wildhoney album, which was hugely influenced by early Pink Floyd as well.

The one rub for a lot of people may be the overtly satanic content of the lyrics.  You won’t miss it when listening to it as it’s right there.  For me personally, I’m indifferent to lyrics by most bands.  If it sounds good it sounds good…and this sounds good.

I’m attaching a song that they posted on YouTube but it will not be on the June 7, 2011 release on Shine Box Recordings.  It will at least give you an idea of what’s in store.  Highlights for me are the songs Alter Reality, Necessary Evil, Lost Civilization and World of Flesh, especially the 2nd half of that song.  The riff is just wonderful!

All I can say from here is buy it when it comes out.  It gets a 10/10 from me.

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May 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm