Cleveland's Ringworm are more hardcore than metal, but the ferocity of discography and consistent hard work year after year rewards them pure metal status. Not to mention, have you heard 2014's metalcore title holder Hammer Of The Witch? Ringworm today are as angry and relevant as ever.
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Start the day with some positive shred news! Legend Randy Rhoads! Got a press release this morning I thought I’d share for you fans out there of the iconic Blizzard of Ozz guitar solo king.
BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE OPEN HOUSE – DECEMBER 4TH – 6TH
FREE EVENT – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – 3PM TO 9PM
ACOUSTIC SET SATURDAY DECEMBER 6TH
HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 3, 2014) – Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.
The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 4th and ends Saturday, December 6th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily. This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.
The D’Argenzio winery, has for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.
A special note from the Rhoads family:
The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive. Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother~
Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio~
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Behemoth have released a scary and boldly dignified new live video for The Satanist track “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer”. This clip is a compelling visual example of why the Polish juggernaut are reviled and protested in many places, their sheer charisma and devilution a sight to behold. The Satanist was my pick for Top Death Metal Album of 2014, ahead of even great releases this year from the likes of Black Crown Initiate, Cannibal Corpse, Revocation and Vampire (to name a few recent must hear contenders).
Click HERE to go back to inverted Sunday school with Behemoth. Or as Axl once said ,”Get in the ring.”Add Behemoth to My Radar
“It was a group decision to do things this way. It seemed right.” – Bruce Lamont.
Corrections House have a new live album coming out with the satire drenched scorpion stinging title of Writing History In Advance. The band, featuring members of Neurosis, Yakuza and more, perform harsh industrial noise paired with dystopian poetry and real world trench warfare waged on the creative front lines at the edge of society’s dismal reasons and broken moral compass.
Get about three minutes into the band’s video for “Hoax The System” and embrace the Godflesh “Wound”/noise mantra jazz of it all and be blown away. That is a good place to begin.
Bruce Lamont is a tower of musical talent and it was very good to pick his brain about the band’s current tour, live sound and development.
Click HERE for the chat and tour dates…and brace yourself. Before or after the crash, this band is hell or high water 100% real.Add Corrections House to My Radar
Chicago indie and post-metal heroes Pelican have a new EP called The Cliff which is quite tasty. The EP boasts re-inventions of a track from the band’s most recent record, 2013′s Forever Becoming. The EP features remixes by members of Palms/Isis as well as Justin from Godflesh/Jesu, plus a new song recorded by Sanford Parker of Corrections House . Check out a link to a track with vocalist Allen Epley below. This is only the second time the band have had vocals on a release and Allen is another important figure from that part of the U.S., respected for his time in Shiner and The Life & Times (who put out a great new record Lost Bees this year). Also of note, Dallas from Pelican has a killer punkier band The Swan King he also plays in that I just chatted with him about HERE for New Noise.
Uhhhnnnnyhow…Hear “The Cliff (vocal version)” via MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.
The one thing to make the time of year that Dimebag and John Lennon were shot better, besides the birth of Christ and subsequent holiday season, is that Dec. 3rd is Ozzy‘s birthday. Happy 66 Sir Lord Ozzy and thanks forever for “Bark At The Moon”, “Iron Man” and “Never Say Die.” Rock n roll forever!Add Ozzy Osbourne to My Radar
DFoG are touring in support of jaw dropping new Metal Blade album Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay, a work that should catapult them to the forefront of metal discussions in an ideal world. This band is doing important stuff. In my mind, DFoG, T.O.A.D. and Black Crown Initiate are really the three bands who most came into their own this year.
DFoG vocalist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis comments: “We are pretty excited to return to the states and present our new record ‘Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay’ for the first time live on stage! Six months of silence has passed and finally we are ready to hit the road again! Can’t wait for this ride!”
Downfall of Gaia
01/23 Philadelphia, PA – Kungfu Necktie
01/24 Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13
01/25 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
01/26 Washington DC – DC9
01/27 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
01/28 Atlanta, GA – 529
01/29 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
01/30 Miami, FL – Churchill’s
01/31 St Petersburgh, FL – Fubar
02/01 Pensacola, FL – The Handlebar
02/03 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog
02/04 Dallas, TX – Double Wide
02/05 St Louis, MO – Fubar
02/06 Chicago, IL – Red Line Tap
02/07 Madison, WI – Frequency Mansion
02/08 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
02/09 Pittsburgh, PA – The Shop
02/10 Burlington, VT – The Monkey House
02/12 Boston, MA – TBA
02/13 New York, NY – Saint Vitus
Wings Denied, my choice for prog metal band of the year for 2014, are embarking on a January tour with prog death metallers Cryptodira. Wings Denied are touring in support of the excellent Mirrors For A Prince and deliver serious technical skill paired with a killer instinct for brilliant melodies and heavy distortion.Add Wings Denied to My Radar
‘Baldur’ was mostly a Viking story, ‘Börn Loka’ was more about the Norse Gods and the old belief and the new album is a story of Iceland itself…the metal scene is a great pact of people, fans and bands alike. Being a metalhead is probably the safest and most fun thing you can do with your life.- SR
Snæbjörn Ragnarsson, bassist and lyricist of Skálmöld, is one of the more well spoken ambassadors of heavy metal. The Icelandic band have a 3rd voyage Með vættum (Among Vættir in Icelandic) out now on mighty Napalm. The epic feel of this band is something you cannot feign. They are one of the finest modern metal bands with incredible arrangements, hefty and metal/punk heart on sleeve riffing and a sense of self purpose.
The songs on the 3rd record continue the band’s success as a group with strong narrative to their tales. This excerpt is from Wikivikingpedia:
Með vættum tells of a woman, Thorin, born on the north coast of Iceland. During her life, she travels around the island from north, to east, to south, to west. As she does so, she grows older and dies. On each coast she must fight a battle against enemies coming in from sea. She acts as a guardian to the island. In each battle she is aided by a wight, of which there are four traditional versions in Icelandic mythology: bird from the north, dragon from the east, giant from the south, and a bull from the west.
The protagonist was named after the daughter of the band’s keyboard player, Gunnar Ben. Songwriter Snæbjörn likes to use names for the characters which are familiar to him and to which he has some connection.
Click HERE to read more.Add Skálmöld to My Radar
Listening to NPR discuss Massachusetts racial history today and the Jason Sokol book All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics From Boston To Brooklyn as I pull up the photos photographer Matt Slater graciously assembled for this live piece. Looking at Chimaira, Shadows Fall and God Forbid in metal splendor, I can’t help but feel like the better examples of geeks, thrashers and artists are ahead of the pack at times when it comes to acceptance. Shadows Fall’s greatest album, The Art Of Balance, has a title alone that is good metaphor for the way to walk and interface with people in life. Hey, we all lose our heads sometimes ( remember when powerhouse drummer Jason Bittner yelled at Halestorm for the Grammy Win, hahah?)… But most of the time I think it is awesome we can have an underground that supports a diverse spectrum of people. When I’m at a show inclusiveness is second nature, though of course there are always some knuckleheads who just came to fuck shit up.
That said, I think overall the mark of metal core and NWoAHM is way more positive than negative. We’re going into a new Congressional period with people who don’t want to listen and want to obstruct. Scott Walker and other hobgoblins don’t care about workers, in my mind. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul or Rubio are as uneven, creepy and selective in memory as I am a fan of Kyuss. Bridgegate was appalling, NJ. But in the underground we have a voice to help people and communities shook by Fegusson’s exposed wound! To cheer on when New York State chooses to improve definition of consent on college campuses! To just get out there and fucking rock and have a good time with OTHER PEOPLE! Look, it aint that all cops are bad or all black people are criminals. It’s about empathy for the suffering of other human beings.
Anyway, looking at these photos Slater gave us, I can’t help but feel pride and energized by what these bands gave us all. From energy to words to vision. Fuck off, haters. You aren’t constructive.
Click HERE for the shots.Add Chimaira to My Radar
Today Is The Day have been one of the biggest musical influences in my life as far as going against the grain and doing whatever the heck you want goes, even when people think your music should only be one style. Steve Austin is a live, studio and songwriting warrior as well as, to quote Clutch, a high caliber consecrator. Plus, look at that bad ass new backdrop. I think the art is by Stevie Floyd from Taurus.
The man who has Temple Of The Morning Star, Willpower and this year’s grief burdened and real Animal Mother makes music by diving into the things most people avoid looking at. Some people pick at scabs but Steve’s not so gently weeping guitar cuts wide wounds, all while opening whole new approaches to thinking about heavy music.
Last night he almost died.
Click HERE for a statement.Add Today Is The Day to My Radar
Oceans Ate Alaska are a metalcore band with trickier arrangements kind of in the vein of Elitist or This Or The Apocalypse, to my ears. The band seem very busy and recently signed with Fearless Records for their debut. Metal Riot’s June Martinez (aka. XxCrashQueenxX) spoke to the Birmingham, UK metalcore guys about what is ticking in their world, what songs to expect live and more. Click HERE to read more.Add Oceans Ate Alaska to My Radar
Baton Rouge black metal tempest Barghest recently put up news about a cool two song split with Withering Light. That and a new Myrkyr song today have me feelin’ black not blue. The Barghest news is old-ish (I just found out about the split), but the Myrkyr demo of her new song ”Skaði” is only like three hours old, so my coolness creds are restored. Phew. Close one.
Anyway, all the bands mentioned in this article rule. This is the split announcement from Barghest’s Facebook (Oct. 20th, haha):
We’ve recorded a rough new vision of one of the first Barghest songs written back in 2006-7. This track is our contribution to a split with a new band from our area called Withering Light that deserve your attention and support. You can listen to and purchase the split here: http://witheringlight.bandcamp.com/
A 7″ will be released in the near future with art by Rotting Graphics. Lastly, we have two shows before the end of the year. Baton Rouge on December 11th with Cloud Rat and December 20th in Dallas, TX at Reno’s Chop Shop as part of Ides of Winter II.Add Barghest to My Radar
Which is the most metal North American album cover for 2014?
- W- Mothership (Texas) MOTHERSHIP II (50%)
- S-Down DOWN IV - Part II (25%)
- E- Wretched (North Carolina) CANNIBAL (25%)
- N- USA Out Of Vietnam (Montreal,Quebec) (0%)
Click HERE to see the candidates artwork.
Banksy got arrested (or was that a hoax?) so we need to figure out this artwork stuff for ourselves now, right?Add USA out of Vietnam to My Radar
“It takes courage to confront the weaknesses we share” – Mina Caputo
Go buy music. I’m doing my year end list early this year instead of butted right up against New Year’s Eve on the pretext that some of you might actually want to purchase albums and support bands as well as share and trade and be hippies. It is great we can share and be exposed to more music these days, which also gives us the choice to choose what succeeds, directly interfacing with our heroes and/or peers in the “scene”.
Black Friday is pure “Mob Rules” insanity at the chain stores, so why don’t you order any of the albums on my list online (or at least stream them)? This year instead of 5 best records I chose one for each of Metal Riot’s sub-genre catagories, though all are basically one form or another of heavy or edgy rock. Best music video is also included.
This year was a stunning series of highs and lows, from triumphs of death metal to huge tours to Oderus, Wayne Static and Athon leaving us too soon (also R.I.P. Johnny Winter)!
This list is a sample of some of the best albums (or certain songs) that moved me in 2014. Songs about unity needed in this Fergusson-tense environment , songs for self growth or songs that just kicked ass.
Click HERE to read the top picks.Add Castle to My Radar