While working in retail hell, CKY’s Vol. 1 was like sonic comfort food. It was a genre-bending masterpiece from start to finish and whenever it’d pop up in ye olde 5-disc changer an instant shit eating grin would form on my 20-something face. Add the visuals of my manager scrambling to reach the stereo from wherever they were in time to skip “My Promiscuous Daughter” (IYKYK) before it blasted out to a full store and the kinds of joy that record brought (And still bring) are endless.[Read more…]
This is the kind of album that makes us question our life choices regarding why we never got into Municipal Waste in the first place. Maybe we should start a column called “Oops! I Did It Again!” with the focus being artists we initially neglected only to find out they kick serious ass. Sounds better than the “How’s that egg on our face look?” or “Boy! Does that crow taste great!”, right?[Read more…]
I always do like 50 different drafts for just the opening alone then end up with one stripped down thing like this at the end of it all because I just wanna get this ish out there to the masses. 2021 has been up’s and down’s in the world but a pretty solid year overall for music. So much so that I almost considered not ranking my massive list of 21 releases that did it for me in 2021. Almost. As always, thanks for liking and following and most importantly, thanks for reading![Read more…]
Post-Trump and the world is still in chaos, overrun by a virus that’s seemingly never going away due to a continuing campaign of disinformation and morons in general perpetuating lies and ridiculousness. Sounds like the perfect time for Ministry to come out of hibernation, yeah? It may have been Trump who initially lit a brand new fire under Uncle Al’s ass but it seems like the ensuing daily deluge of dumpster fires has been the catalyst to one of the most interesting and innovative Ministry releases of the 21st Century.[Read more…]
Sure there will be the inevitable Toto, Night Ranger, and 38 Special references but diving into Aeromantic II is much more akin to experiencing Genesis’ earlier days with Phil Collins behind the mic (“Domino” Prog stuff especially…or Peter Gabriel’s earlier solo works if we’re on that Genesis line). Regardless of comparisons, with Aeromantic II The Night Flight Orchestra truly orchestrate a record that sounds like nothing being done in the modern music scene. It’s lovely and lively, electric, eccentric, and eclectic![Read more…]
My relationship with Carcass is pretty casual meaning I know the Metal maestros but my courtship didn’t actually begin until 2016 after I saw them slay live ahead of, ahem, Slayer. And then followed the inevitable deep dive into their catalog and a new found appreciation for the legendary UK outfit. Cut to today with the legends following up their successful 2013 return (After a 17 year gap in releases) with Torn Arteries, a defining record that cements Carcass’ reign as one of the leaders of Extreme Metal.[Read more…]
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, the classic mid-’90’s version of Corrosion Of Conformity is back! Back as a quartet! Back with Pepper Keenan! Back on tour! Back with a new album! Back!!!
But I digress. [Read more…]
IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!
Pepper Keenan, Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman, and Reed Mullin. The “classic” Corrosion Of Conformity line up is back with their first album of new material as a quartet in almost 13 years and it’s as if they never left. It’d be unfair to compare any of No Cross No Crown to anything that’s come before because, not only does the album immediately stand on its’ own within the storied discography of COC but it’s inevitably going to sound like bits from your favorite Deliverance, Wiseblood, etc. tracks because of the shared musical DNA. Also, this foursome is just really, really good at what they do. [Read more…]
Ministry’s not quite over, RevCo has new material in the works, Lard will be back, and most importantly: Surgical Meth Machine has been unveiled to the masses. [Read more…]
Fear Factory’s latest, and ninth album, is barely a year old yet here they are touring the country playing their iconic sophomore album from front to back. Despite the obvious reasons (Um, 20th anniversary of Demanufacture!), the answer for the current tour is actually quite simple as vocalist Burton C. Bell cordially explains via phone: [Read more…]