Monday, March 30, 2015

Interview with Don Jamieson of That Metal Show


I had the chance to speak with Mr. Jamieson during a cold, wintery day from my friend's car. It smelled like dust and cigarettes. My car was in the shop. I was about to hear my phone ring and speak with one of metal's most outspoken fans. That Metal Show has become a staple television show in every metal head's home from here to only the Gods know where. But it was cold....too cold. The phone rang...

Did you ever think That Metal Show would be on Television for this long?

No I thought we would shoot the pilot, I would get to meet Lita Ford, and that would be the end of my television career. But I'm very grateful.

How many takes does it take?

Just one. It's just a hang. We just do it. We are fans and that's how we treat it. What you see is what you get.

Does vh1 choose your wardrobe?

(Laughs), Nah. It's all straight from our closet. Believe it or not. That kind of high end fashion picked strictly by the three hosts.

Have you ever met a musician you idolized only to realize they were jerks?

Actually it's usually the opposite. So many of them I idolized as a kid. People like Alice Cooper. Just a true gentleman. Like many musicians, just salt of the earth people. To me it's all about making good TV. When Marylyn Manson came on our show. He chose to come on in a highly inebriated state. That's his choice. Makes my job a little harder, kind of like babysitting a fifth grader. None the less it is entertaining.

Do you find it difficult to make fans of all genres of metal happy?

Yes. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Jim, Eddie, and I, you know we are middle aged guys. So the stuff we like is in the classic sound. Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden. That does not mean we don't like other genres. I like death metal, black metal. But this is vh1 classic so you kind of know what you're getting.

What are you currently listening to?

Well the pick of the week is a band called VISOGOTH from Utah. I'm really digging it. A great band called KYNG, a hard rock trio. The Pretty Reckless.

Are you a fan of female fronted bands?

Yeah. The European metal scene has a lot. Power metal. It's crazy. Here in the states it is still straight up male fronted rock. You don't see it as much. A band like The Pretty Reckless. It's really a great album. She does have an interesting story which is worth introducing our audience to.

Is metal an easy subject as a comedian or do people take it too seriously?

Heavy metal lends itself to comedy. There is no doubt. Watch any video from the 80's and you can write a whole hours worth of material. I have a portion of my act dedicated to metal

Manowar Or Metallica?

Definitely Metallica. They keep re-inventing themselves.

Dio or OZZY?

Loved Ronnie but gotta go Ozzy. Because ozzy was a part of Black Sabbath and Sabbath created metal.

Lita Ford or Doro Pesch?

I had a Lita Ford poster on my wall. So I gotta go Lita. Lots of missing socks in my house growing up.

How long will ,That Metal Show ,last?

As long as the network wants it. That's the key. The three of us are best friends. When the shows cancelled the three of us will still be doing the show somewhere. Just for free (laughs) It's who we are.

Where do you see yourself 10 years down the road?

Probably playing Elks clubs and Firehouses somewhere.

The Show hasn't changed you?

No. I'm a jeans and t-shirt guy my whole life. I haven't changed. We are who we are. When the cameras go off we don't change. We are metal heads through and through.

- MetalRising

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MONOLORD's Vænir | Stream new track 'We Will Burn' exclusively via CVLT Nation

Stream new track 'We Will Burn' exclusively via CVLT Nation -

"We're not going to hold back from discovering your new favourite band. Behold! Monolord."
Decibel Magazine

“Remember that time you drove your battered old VW out into the woods, took an unfeasible amount of peyote and listened to nothing but Sleep, Ufomammut and YOB for four days straight? No? Well, this is going to trigger one hell of a flashback.”

“No shit guitar solos, no questionable vocals, just relentlessly heavy riffs generated by this newly formed monolithic Swedish trio. Love their name, sound and heavyweight approach.”
The Bug
In 2013, Monolord first emerged from their native Gothenburg, Sweden behind an impenetrable wall of distortion and spellbinding vocals. The outside world took notice in a big way as the trio of Thomas V Jäger (vocals, guitars), Esben Williams (drums), and Mika Häkki (bass) garnered a flurry critical acclaim for their RidingEasy Records debut, Empress Rising, a year later.

Decibel Magazine decreed them, “Your new favourite band,” New Noise Magazine called the album, “Fantastic,” and This Is Not A Scene announced, “The power they capture speaks for itself,” as they became mainstays on the top of Bandcamp’s Doom chart. However, Monolord’s sophomore set Vænir opens up the gateway into their world wider.

“From day one, it’s always been our aim to build a massive wall of rumbling sound,” declares Thomas. “That’s our common goal. We’re the exact opposite of a band consisting of members with identical record collections. We come from three fairly different places, but we’re all drawn to dark, heavy, and gritty music. What we do in Monolord is the result of that creative conflict between us. That’s conflict in the word’s positive sense.”

Within that push-and-pull of aesthetic, the three-piece found the framework for Vænir. Shortly after the release of Empress Rising, the group returned to their tiny rehearsal space to cut and personally produce the album’s six tracks with Esben mixing and mastering.

Opener ‘Cursing the One’ trudges from a calculated, staggered groove into a guttural drowning choir of hauntingly hypnotic vocals. ‘We Will Burn’ tempers the slow burn with incendiary melody, while the ten-minute-plus ‘Died A Million Times’ swings the pendulum between that growl of distortion and a clean guitar. The penultimate reprieve on ‘The Cosmic Silence’ gives way to an expansive finale dirge with the title track.

“That title comes from the ancient name of Sweden’s largest lake,” Thomas reveals. “The lyrics are about unspeakable things happening at the lake during the night, which fits well with the mood of the entire album. It’s that cold, dark, and final embrace of a vast lake.”

Throughout, Thomas lyrically explores the dark core of humanity. “Misanthropy is an ever-present theme in everything we do,” he goes on. “The disgust for what humans do to each other and to the planet is constant. Religion, greed, and power madness run through humanity like incurable diseases, which is, consequentially, a constant stream of inspiration for us.”

Ultimately, Monolord offers shelter from some of that darkness. “I hope we can be an outlet to the massive and destructive stupidity surrounding us all,” Thomas concludes. “This band is our safety valve. We hope the same goes for our fans.”

Vænir by Monolord will be released on 28th April 2015 via RidingEasy Records.

Eldorado "Mad Woman" is here!

Babylonia Haze released the 20th of February at 12h25
If you are wondering for the reasons of this day and hour... we will soon reveal it.

Of all the albums released by Eldorado, Babylonia Haze (English) / Karma Generator (Spanish) is probably the most influenced by the months on the road. The live evolution of the band has been the germ of the ten songs that constitute the album, arisen from improvisations and developments with psychedelic vocation, vague ideas that end up being rotund and the unconscious quest of new landscapes.  All of it with the stage as a permanent witness.
It is also an album of a darker tendency, introspective and unsympathetic, both with oneself and with the others, it deals with our own capacity to destroy and rebuild in a modern Babylon dominated by lower instincts, of the responsibility for our own destiny through our actions, all closely linked to the oriental belief of Karma. Action-Reaction.
Recorded in Madrid Musigrama Studios under the guidance of Richard Chycki between August and September 2014, mixed and mastered in the Canadian Street of Dreams studios of Richard Chycki, Eldorado introduces their new album.  Ten sharp and haunting songs that represent a step forward from what has been offered so far, new sounds for a character in constant transformation.  The Karma Generator sounds loud, through the haze of Babylonia.
You can pre-order the album in the Eldorado online shop (it will be sent in February, the 20th)
"Babylonia Haze" / "Karma Generator"
Karma Tour
J 26/02 - Spain - Leon- El Gran Café
V 27/02 - Spain - Ferrol - Super8
S 28/02 - Spain - Cangas - Salason
J 5/03 - Spain - Badajoz - Café concierto Mercantil
V 6/03 - Spain - Cádiz - Supersonic
S 7/03 - Estepona - Louie Louie
V 13/03 - Spain - Madrid - Penélope
V 10/04 - Spain - Zaragoza - La sey seca
S 11/04 - Spain - Barcelona - Razzmatazz3
D 12/04 - Spain - Torredembarra - La Traviesa
L 13/04 - France - Montpellier - Secret Place
J 16/04 - Austria - Wörgl - High5
V 17/04 - Switzerland - Uster - StarClub
S 18/04 - France - Clermont Ferrant - la Puce à l'oreille - Rock The Night découverte
D 19/04 - Germany- Zweibrücken - Gasthaus Sutter
J 23/04 - Germany- Jena - KuBa
V 24/04 - Germany - Obermarchtal- Kreuz
S 25/04 - Germany -Weiden-Musikclubsalute
X 29/04 - France - Rouen - Le Crooner
V 1/05 - Uk - Bournemouth - The Anvil
S 2/05 - Uk - Bolton - Railway
D 3/05 - Uk - Altrincham - Old Market Tavern
J 7/05 - UK - Edinburgh - Bannermans
S 9/05 - Uk - Evesham - The Iron Road
D 10/05 - Uk - Wisbech - Elme Hall Sunday Rock and Blues Club
J 14/05 - Spain - Vitoria-Gasteiz - Jimmy Jazz
V 15/05 - Spain - Santander- Buenas Noches Santander
S 16/05 - Spain - Valladolid - Porta Caelli
J 21/05 - Spain - Castellón - Four Seasons
V 22/05 - Spain - Valencia - 16 Toneladas
S 23/05 - Spain - Murcia - Garage Beat Club

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bucky’s Bandcamp Bonanza – Bracket Busters

On this round of recommendations once again digging near the top of my recently added albums over at bandcamp and finding a good mix of brand spanking new albums with some older material that I have finally gotten the balls enough to kick down and add them to the shrine. I also kept the diversity in tact ranging from doom metal to Americana to folk rock. Hopefully a little something, something for everyone. Enjoy!

Willhorse – Willhorse
This has been in my wish list far too long! Super refreshing alt/country/southern rock flavor. Sweet, southern strumming with a mild bluesy twang and soulfully ragged yet soothing vocal chops! For fans ranging from Kings of Leon to Lynyrd Skynyrd and on over to The Heavy Company. New material apparently in the works!

Monsterworks - The Existential Codex
Talk about a wild ride! Monsterworks slays together a mixture of progressive metal, death metal, stoner riffs, and experimental soundscapes. A concept album band by trade, this is their 8th concept album and 14 album overall, apparently. I haven’t listened to all of them only the last two to be honest so far. This is progressive metal at heart, at times containing soft deathly growls and others loaded with tripped out monster riffs and mind bending vocal chants. Song #2 is even titled Ripple Effect! Ha. This is an excellent album. Don’t let my description scare you. You’re going to have to take a listen for yourself because it’s some pretty damn intense stuff.

Kafka Rex - Eugenics Anonymous
I was turned onto these guys by an artist I featured just last round, Boris Randall. This is some truly genuine doom and gloom. Adding a grungy layer of skin to the murky groove on the surface, Kafka Rex bulldozes the airwaves with undisputed riffage leveled out with immaculately metallic solos. The band apparently prefers to stay in secrecy, but I’m trying to expose them to the masses of the underground because they are that cool. As if Alice in Chains and Church of Misery hooked up for a jam session.

Magnolia Mountain – Beloved
“Bouncing between passionate, rootsy Americana and straight up alt-country rock and roll, this soulful bluesy band brings the goods. Wonderfully sung lyrics by both male and female singers give this whiskey driven, heart-aching, and ball-breaking record the diversity and strength to sit amongst the heavy hitters in the genre. “
 I up and grabbed the entire fleet of vinyl from this artist. Check out everything Mark Utley delivers. Something a little bit different to find on each record.

Top Dead Celebrity – High Horse
“Most under rated album of the year? Easily makes its way into my top 5 so far. High Horse stands tall above the rest of the crowd as I see it. For fans of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster but with a bit more Southwestern psychedelic flair than shear dirty Southern hardcore.”

Bohannons – Unaka Rising
Brilliant mix of punky licks and psyched out that infectious blues rock we all love. Throw in an indie garage twang and you have Bohannons! This is gold!

Howling Giant  -  Howling Giant EP
Wow folks, this one took a minute to understand. The problem was it was too soothing and enjoyable right off the bat to wonder if they were for real or not. Slightly reverberated and charismatic vocals set to an astonishing stoned out groove. Take a look to what the others had to say. It’s stirring up some dust in the stoner scene and makes for some high expectations of what more is to come.

Leather Nun America - Buddha Knievel
I was a huge fan of their last album, and the news this morning coming out of nowhere of this new one really brightened my day. Monstrous doom chalked to the brim with scorching solos and melodic groove. It's like Wino and Iommi had a kid. Winommi? Buddha Knievel definitely fires on all cylinders with ethereal vocals enveloped by a range of acoustic beauty to elegantly progressive doom. Fantastic! For fans of Wino, Sabbath, Dawnbringer, Beastwars...

Dorthia Cottrell – S/T
We’ll save the best for last. I read about this earlier in the year and finally got around to listening to the full stream on bandcamp, which immediately prompted me to seek out a vinyl purchase. Dorthia is the singer of the doom/sludge band Windhand. Her solo effort is a wonderfully dark and epic journey through folk and country twang. Dorthia’s mesmerizing vocal is led by a haunting acoustic strum with a pleasantly sinister vibe. The riveting audio aroma erects your arm and neck fuzz on end throughout the entire duration. Pick up the physical copy here if there are any copies left.

Let us know which ones you like best and be sure to stick around for the best music you're not listening to, reviews of lost classics and obscure titles, unheralded bands and songwriters and new bands deserving of greater attention. It's all here, on the Ripple Effect and the Bonanza feature has some fun ideas coming down the pipeline!

-The Huntsman

Friday, March 27, 2015

KINGS DESTROY: Brooklyn Stoner Rock/Doom Collective Unveils First Single From New Album Via Noisey

Today, Brooklyn stoner rock/doom collective, KINGS DESTROY, are pleased to unveil, "W2," the first single from their forthcoming new, self-titled full-length.

Elaborates guitarist Chris Skowronski: "'W2' is a song about how the institutions and interests that control our country -- the government, corporations, the media -- have used fear, misdirection, and outright lies to keep us in a perpetual state of fear. In turn, this fear allows them to exploit us and keep us from doing anything to change the status quo. In the song, a man approaches an oracle and asks to be told about a time when man was more honest, noble, and stood for something real. The oracle doesn't answer the searcher's question, but rather 'turns his gaze and stares into the void,' suggesting that there is no hope to change the current trajectory.

"The tone then shifts and features a paraphrase of a quote from the Irish labor activist James Larkin: 'The great appear great, on our knees. Get up and stand up. Let us rise.'  [Vocalist] Steve [Murphy] actually added this line, and it brings a bit of hope to the proceedings. Larkin spoke frequently about the oppressed needing to stand up for themselves against their oppressors. However, the line that follows proclaims, 'modern man victorious/suffocation glorious,' which is about as unhopeful as it gets. I guess I was feeling pretty pessimistic that day. I think it's cool that the song includes both of those sentiments, as even on our darkest days, we need to feel that we can do something to change what we don't like about our country or our world.

"The title is short for Whittler II. 'The Whittler' is a song from our first album that touches on some similar themes, and the character of the Whittler is the oracle in this song."

"W2" is currently available for public enjoyment via Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

Kings Destroy will be released next month via War Crime Recordings. The follow-up to last year's critically-adored A Time Of Hunting full-length was produced and mixed by Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) at Studio G in Brooklyn, New York, mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room in Chicago, Illinois and delivers seven, lead-footed doom rock hymns. With their third album in four years, KINGS DESTROY leaves their hardcore-born stamp on noise rock and doom. After sharing stages with Pentagram, Winter, Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, Yob, Pallbearer, Vista Chino, Orange Goblin, Trouble, Acid King, Corrosion Of Conformity and so many others, the five-piece stand tall with their defining statement.
KINGS DESTROY is the name of an infamous graffiti gang from the Bronx circa late '70s/early '80s. The band members met in this vicinity and were heavily involved in the New York Hardcore scene of the late '80s that merged hardcore music, metal, graffiti and hip hop...all distinct forms united in the underground.

The band unites musicians from many of the genres' most prolific bands. Hailing from the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, KINGS DESTROY features guitarists Carl Porcaro and Chris Skowronski from legendary, 100K album selling Killing Time, vocalist Steve Murphy from Uppercut, drummer Rob Sefcik formerly of The Begotten, Uppercut, Fur and Electric Frankenstein and bassist Aaron Bumpus. Applauded for channeling "...Sabbath's grooves, Sleep's foggy haze, and Yob's oppressive thunder," by The Village Voice, KING DESTROY's distinct sonic brew is both crushing and cathartic.   

Kings Destroy will be released on LP, CD and digitally on May 5th, 2015. CD preorders are currently available HERE. For vinyl preorders go HERE.  

"...a literal who's-who of the New York underground stoner doom scene." - Decibel

Doom act BENEATH OBLIVION Announce Eastern US Tour Dates

Cincinnati, Ohio's crushingly heavy doom band BENEATH OBLIVION will destroy the Eastern Seaboard during a 17-date East Coast tour for May 2015.

The dates are as follows, via Riff Lifter Touring.

5/4 - Cincinnati, OH - Rake's End
5/5 - Pittsburgh, PA - Cobra Cabana
5/6 - Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron
5/7 - Worcester, MA - Ralph's
5/8 - Boston, MA - O'Briens
5/9 - Salem, MA - Koto Lounge
5/10 - Portland, ME - Geno's
5/11 - Burlington, VT - Nectars
5/12 - Wallingford, CT - Cherry Street Station
5/13 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
5/14 - Washington, DC - The Pinch
5/15 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
5/16 - Jacksonville, FL - Rain Dogs
5/17 - Gainesville, FL - TBA
5/18 - TBA
5/19 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Death Fest
5/20 - Raleigh, NC - Slim's

Beneath Oblivion has been described as a lurching, soul searching type of doom that mixes elements of funeral and sludge metal.  A behemoth of gutteral vocals, massive guitars, and pounding drums, Beneath Oblivion are a rust belt doom band in the truest sense.  Over the years they have shared the stage with notabale acts such as Buzzoven, Jucifer, Harvey Milk, Weedeater, Rwake, Cough, Highgate, Pallbearer, Wolves in the Throne Room, Thou, Kylesa, Samothrace, and many more.

Formed in 2003, they released two full length records, two splits, an EP, and have toured the Midwest and Southeast extensively. The band will be releasing three splits in 2015, with Fister, Before The Eyewall and Mouth of the Architect as well as recording a full-length followup to their 2011 LP "From Man to Dust".

More more information check out the links below:

Beneath Oblivion "The Atomic Mother" (Official Video)


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Morbus Chron – Sweven

I have a lot music presented to me.  I write these reviews and I host 2 radio shows and in 2014 I had close to 500 promo albums run through my email box.  I hear a lot of music and as you would probably guess, a lot of it is fairly generic and, as the saying goes, the music goes in one ear and out the other.  There are things I like, things that standout, but when I come across a release that not only stands out, but grabs my attention as something unique, it's worth me writing about it.

As you may have concluded, “Sweven” by Morbus Chron is one of those albums.  Its been out for a while and so I'm a little late to the party, but I put this album on a few weeks ago and I find myself going back to it over and over again.  It really is unique and individual, which doesn't happen often in the metal genre.  The funny thing is, I'm not sure if this is a metal album.  I'm not sure what it is, to be honest, besides really, really, really good.

If I had to describe the music, and I kinda have to since this is a review, it is definitely very proggy and somewhat psychedelic, and yet has some very black metal moments.  It is a very interesting mix.  And to really shake things up, the vocals get the old school, reverb drenched black metal treatment, which makes sense as they are done in the screaming, shrieking black metal style.  Opeth comes to mind, especially their last couple of albums, and you throw Meshuggah in there, and probably Enslaved as well, again most definitely on their last few releases.  Despite being reminiscent of all of that, it stands on its own.  Morbus Chron are their own creature.

The album opens with an instrumental, “Berceuse”, and then moves seamlessly into the second track, “Chains”.  This is how the rest of the album goes, without the normal 2-3 second breaks between songs.  It is mixed, and was probably written, so that each song flows into the next.  “Aurora in the Offing”, the 4th song on the album, is one that really caught my ear, with the way it moves between tempos and the 2 themes that seem to alternate within the song.  The 6th track, “Ripening Life”, is just stunning.  Listening to it is like trying to negotiate a maze that only the band knows the way through, with riffs twisting and turning on themselves, the entire band starting and stopping on a dime, and keeping a time signature only they know.  It's a breathtaking example of what this band can do.

This is the kind of album that would make me a music lover if I wasn't one already.  It stretches out beyond genres and show how innovative music can be when those who make it decide that they don't have to be contained by any ideas about what a metal band should sound like.  I will be curious to hear what comes next from these guys, to see if they just captured lightning in a bottle or if they can keep it up or even top this.  Either way, this is a fantastic album and one that you need to hear, regardless of your genre affiliation.


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