It’s no secret that metal is the child of many differing influences and styles, from jazz through rock to classical music. But few recognize or are aware of the heavy debt that metal owes folk music of all types, specifically the folk revival of the 50’s and 60’s in America and England. This revival influenced the music of groups such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Blue Oyster Cult, reincarnating through these names in our genre as a whole. And no name was more important for this revival than Shirley Collins. Before we continue our little tale, check out Ulver‘s cover of ‘Poor Murdered Woman’ right after the jump. Bring tissues.
You want Pentageese, the debut album from the wild and wonderful band Knyght Moose. You just don’t know it yet.
Having been graciously handed the opportunity to shill for my own band’s album via Heavy Blog, I racked my brain long and hard about how best take advantage of the situation. Should I concoct an elaborate, cartoonish story about how Knyght Moose came from outer space to change the world of music forever? Should I plead my case — ham fisted, ten miles up my own ass, and painfully earnest — for the relevance of this music and its validity as an artistic endeavor? Should I post risqué pictures of all the very handsome band members to win over the Heavy Blog readership with raw sex appeal?
No. None of that would do. I couldn’t stomach resorting to any of those tactics at the expense of my artistic integrity. Instead, I’m just going to point out all the reasons why you would have to be a dumb idiot not to download Pentageese.
Encountering a wild animal, your breath catches in your throat. A million possibilities flash inside your head, racing to find the right reaction and save yourself. As the animal growls, you realize that now is not the time for decisions, but for guttural reaction. Your chest constricts painfully in anticipation. That constriction of your chest is Blood Maker by Wild Throne. It’s feral, primal and drips a strange, sexual magnetism. Relying on fuzzy guitars, bottomless bass, and frantic drums, Blood Maker reaches into your heart and gives it a rough, glorifying squeeze.
For those looking to scratch that stoner/sludge itch, you’re in luck: H A R K debuted the first track from their highly-anticipated forthcoming album Crystalline, entitled ‘Palendromeda’, and man, does it rule. Go give it a spin over at Terrorizer right stinkin’ now.
01. B.T.K (Dennis Radar)
02. Lambs To The Slaughter (Ian Brady/Mira Hindley)
03. Brother Bishop (Gary Heidnik)
04. Cranley Gardens (Dennis Andrew Nilsen)
05. One Blind Mice
06. All Hallow’s Eve (John Linley Frazier)
07. Dusseldorf Monster (Peter Kurten)
[Metal Blade Records]
Sleaze is an under-appreciated component of modern metal. In comparison to other adjectives such as ‘clean’, ‘tight’ and ‘angular’, the property of ‘sleaziness’ has kind of fallen into the realms of unpopular lately but by the sound of Thy Kingdom Scum, Church Of Misery really don’t care. Looking at their back catalogue, which consists of nearly fifteen years of serial-killer obsessed stoner doom, it’s obvious they’ve never been one to pay much attention to the metal-world around them, but the overall atmosphere of Kingdom is filthy in a way that you really don’t hear enough these.
01. End Of The Beginning
02. God Is Dead?
05. Age Of Reason
06. Live Forever
07. Damaged Soul
08. Dear Father
DISCLAIMER: This track by track review was written as a one time run through listen of the new album at the exclusive listening event in L.A.. This is not definitive nor refined. A more cohesive review of the album will be released when it is available.
Now that we have that out of the way, let us explore this sensational piece of heavy metal history. 13 is the first new Black Sabbath album since 1995’s Forbidden, the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!, and the first with Geezer Butler since 1994’s Cross Purposes. In the current age where comebacks have been a growing trend, few others have me more excited than the return of Black Sabbath with Ozzy on vocals (though it’s sad that Bill Ward will not be on the album, who was replaced by Rage Against The Machine/ex-Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk). With so much controversy and disagreements conflicting their highly publicized reunion that was shown last year, things were put off to a point where it seemed like things might never work out. Thankfully, they did.
02. Get Up
04. Just A Beautiful Day
05. I Don’t Care
06. You Wear Me Down
07. Type Of Girl
08. Always Away
10. Don’t Do This
11. The Masochist
12. I Believed In God
13. I Believed In God (Reprise)
[Bad Taste Records/ Aquarius Records]
In every metal-head’s life, there was a time when we listened to accessible music albeit classic rock on prime-time radio or the pop stars that our young minds were susceptible to. We all started with commercial and arena friendly jams and whether you’ve abandoned that kind of music completely, revisit it for nostalgia’s sake or you simply still enjoy it like a lot of us used to it still exists. While commercial music still has plenty of innovative and legendary bands such as Muse and TheFoo Fighters respectively, there is a lot of rock and roll that just won’t stay dead. The AC/DC‘s, Metallica‘s, Aerosmith‘s and Kiss‘ of the world have long overstayed their welcome for the sake of monetization while not bringing anything new to the table. They take a lot of spotlight from bands who are the least bit interesting and fun. Enter Danko Jones, a Canadian hard rock three-piece that beckon a refreshing take on vanilla rock music.
I love Enslaved (you can read my review of their new album RIITIIRhere), and everything they do attracts my attention. For no apparent reason, they got on a Norwegian talk show, and performed a cover of my favorite Led Zeppelin song, ‘Immigrant Song’. Funnily enough, they do it in a way so that it is both very faithful and also very Enslaved. It’s quite weird, but glorious. Check it out above.
In other Enslaved video news, the band have unveiled their new video for the single ‘Thoughts Like Hammers’ in conjunction with Scion A/V. It’s basically just shots of water and stuff, but whatever works, right?
Enslaved’s new album RIITIIR is out now on Nuclear Blast!
Man, I just love Arjen Lucassen’s latest offering, Lost in the New Real. It’s a near perfect album with some of the strongest personality you will ever hear on a disc. One of the strongest tracks on the record is ‘Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin,’ a richly layered and poppy rock song that draws influences from, well, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. It’s right there in the title.
As anyone who has already heard the song could expect, the video is a psychedelic trip through lots of cheesy and seemingly drug influenced landscapes. It’s a cheesy video no doubt, more of an throw back to videos of old than anything else, really. You can check out the video below. Cheers!