Sascha Konietzko: A Rock And Roll Fables Conversation

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Time flies when you’re having fun or in the case of KMFDM’s founder, Sascha Konietzko, when you’re prolifically creating new music. He elaborated on the topic recently via phone:

“Well, it’s just something I can’t help. When I wake up in the morning I go in my studio, and unless I have chores to do,  I just sort of work on stuff that comes to my mind. I feel more inspired these days than I did when I began making music.”  [Read more…]

Igor Cavalera: A Rock And Roll Fables Conversation

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Pandemonium, the third offering from Cavalera Conspiracy is easily their heaviest yet. From the onslaught of “Babylonian Pandemonium” and “Bonzai Kamikazee” it’s easy to see that CC has found  a place in the musical echelon that suits them well and that happy place happens to be heavy as hell. Max Cavalera sounds like a veritable monster on the opening track with a throaty growl that’s unlike any vocal performance he’s given while brother Igor pounds away at ludicrous speeds one moment, settling into a tribal groove the next. [Read more…]

Emigrate Add New Friends And New Skills On Silent So Long

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Silent So Long, the second album from Emigrate, is akin to Soulfly’s sophomore outing in that it’s chock filled with high-profile guests that could easily overpower the band underneath. Luckily the strength of Richard Z. Kruspe’s songwriting and track sequencing skills insures that on this album, Emigrate always shines through. [Read more…]

Why The World Needs A New AC/DC Album in 2014 (Rock Or Bust Review)

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You know what goes great with Thanksgiving? AC/DC. They’re back with Rock Or Bust, the best stocking stuffer you could give and/or receive this holiday season. [Read more…]

LizZard just might be the best band you’re not listening to in 2014

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If you’re checking out LiZzard solely on the strength of “The Roots Within” (Which I did) then you’re in for a treat. On their latest, Majestic, LizZard tap into the best aspects of Tool, Chevelle (a la Wonder What’s Next), and combine it with elements of grunge to create a sound that’s a little bit familiar but still a whole lotta new. [Read more…]

Ziltoid crash lands on Planet Earth once again with Z2!

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A metal icon, a prog innovator, and now the progenitor of the modern rock opera?!?! It’s true! Devin Townsend adds another chit to his belt with the beyond epic Z2 double album. Yep, you read that right: Double. Album. Years in the making and finally fully realized thanks to fans who over-contributed to Townsend’s Casualties Of Cool campaign, Z2 is the epitome of all that has come over the last several years. There’s bits of the 4 album concept in here along with Epicloud and even hints of  Casualties Of Cool. [Read more…]

Child Bite offer up some Strange Waste on latest EP

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Their frontman looks like Neil Fallon but sounds like Jello Biafra, the band slams down some rawk and/or roll meets punk meets rockabilly, and their latest EP is 9 tracks long but barely clocks in at 20 minutes. They’re called Child Bite out of the great state of Michigan and if that opening statement wasn’t a dead giveaway, they’re here to blow your freaking minds. [Read more…]

The Ape Of God is better than anything your band will ever put out. Ever.

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I don’t think I’m in the minority when I say that Old Man Gloom albums are somewhat of a cathartic, almost religious, experience. Despite the exercises in sonic extremes, OMG always litter their albums with a certain ambiance that tempers the brutality making the music they create collectively not only unlike anything heard in their respective “day jobs” (Isis, Cave In, Doomriders, Zozobra, Converge, etc.) but also unlike anything out in current heavy music today. Is it magic when these four gentlemen convene in a room together? If The Ape Of God is the sole evidence then the answer is decidedly “yes!” [Read more…]

“You never forget your first time…” (It’s our 1st anniversary! 11/6/14)

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A year already? Almost 6,000 page views (Where you at Facebook and Twitter?!?!?) and 150 posts mostly done by my lonesome from a site born out of creative frustration based off the opening line from Streets Of Fire. I’d say that’s an accomplishment, wouldn’t you? In that time we’ve started some semi-regular columns (“Jokes!”, “Untitled Metal Column”, “What’s In A Name?”), reviewed quite a bunch of records and talked to some fantastic artists. [Read more…]

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness choose darkness again on Dust

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Surprise albums make for the best albums. You know which ones I’m talking about: Those ones that seemingly come out of nowhere from a band you really love who maybe hasn’t produced an album in, say, eight years or so?

Which brings me to I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness. [Read more…]