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Hey folks. Hope you are still social distancing and not being idiots. This aint over yet, so don’t get too cocky and put others at risk. I have been using this time to of course stress about a blackhole of impending poverty but also to go deep down a Throbbing Gristle-rabbit hole and write lots of new song sketches of my own on life under quarantine and structural imbalances in America that hate the poor. We all know shit is horrible, so let’s try and cope together with some music news.

Slovakian heavy metal band HAMMERHEART just released their first single from their upcoming full length CD which is due later on this year. The song is called “Distant Skies” and features the man himself Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN) on lead vocals. Blaze is a favorite around here, so it is always a thrill to hear new music involving the dude. This tune is a no brainer, a total ripper of Maiden-influenced charm that will make fans of Blaze era stuff thrilled today! Crank it.

Black metal band TOMBS released Monarchy Of Shadows earlier this year, always extending their sound and influence forward. The band has just also dropped previously unreleased live tracks from a 2019 set in Chicago, IL, which was recorded by Spenser Morris on June 17, 2019 at Livewire Lounge. Abraxas Ritual: Live in Chicago features four live cuts and is available to stream or purchase now via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION. There is a rock solid live version of “Deceiver” opening the EP and for the price of $5 you can’t go wrong. One of the most vital and rad live bands in all of metal. Respect!

Thetan/Kool Keith photo by Dave Brenner (Gridfailure)

Experimental rap icon Kool Keith has released a new baller collab record with Nashville power violence duo Thetan for Anti Corp Music. Shit gets real weird! “Gaping Black Hole” is amazing. Space Goretex is the first album combining all of KOOL KEITH’s primary personas – Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom and Black Elvis.

The instrumentation is primarily comprised of bass, drums, theremin, and synth, performed by THETAN’s Chad L’Plattenier and Dan Emery. The album also includes some special guest appearances, including Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia) who performs as Officer Lola. Casey Orr (Gwar, X-Cops) appears as his X-Cops character Sheriff Tubb Tucker, marking the first time he has recorded anything as this character since 1996. I fucking love X-Cops! Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves provides a monologue alongside Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band and DJ Black Cat Sylvester, inventor of the Synth-Table. Blowfly’s right-hand man Uncle Tom Bowker also makes an appearance.

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What to say of Blaze Bayley The Redemption Of William Black (Infinite Entanglement part 3)?

If there’s anything I love, it’s a good trilogy. No, for once I’m not talking about Star Wars. I could spend all day talking about Star Wars, but today, I’m talking about another outer space based epic, BLAZE BAYLEY‘s Infinite Entanglement trilogy, which has just concluded with the excellent third part – The Redemption Of William Black.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Infinite Entanglement saga, Blaze has masterfully crafted a concept album divided into 3 parts over the course of 3 years. The story follows William Black, a man selected to take a journey into outer space and lives 1000 years in doing that. In part 3, William is finding his way to the new world.

William has had a lot happen in this 1000 years. I’m pretty sure 2002’s The Tenth Dimension album was Black’s first “appearance”, which tells us there may be even more to his story. That is just my theory though. If you haven’t heard the first two parts of the trilogy, you don’t have to worry, because I won’t spoil any story from here, so you can keep reading. I do urge you to check out 2016’s Infinite Entanglement and 2017’s Endure And Survive (Infinite Entanglement part 2) before you give part 3 a listen though so that you’re not missing any of the story.

The album opens up with a slow build up into the thunderous and melodic “Redeemer”, which at times is a bit reminiscent of early 80s IRON MAIDEN. Next up comes “Are You Here”, which continues in the style of “Redeemer”, but it gets changed up with next song “Immortal One”, one of Blaze’s fastest and heavier songs of his career. “The First True Sign” is next, followed by the epic “Human Eyes”, a half acoustic / half metal masterpiece which truly shows Blaze as a very soulful singer. As Blaze is finishing the song, CHRIS JERICHO’s voice can be heard yelling to start up the next song, “Prayers Of Light”, which is also the first video released for this album. Next up is the duet with LIZ OWEN titled “18 Days”.

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A Blaze in the Northern East

 

8/11/17 The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie NY

We’re going to start this story back at Thanksgiving Eve 2016. It’s the single biggest party night of the year, and there I was, inside the Nuddy bar and grill in The Chance Theater complex in Poughkeepsie, NY. I’d just finished up watching the Trinity (Geoff Tate, Ripper Owens and Blaze Bayley), and I was hanging out with my DJ buddy Tigman and trying to convince him to play some DOKKEN songs while I anxiously awaited the arrival of Blaze Bayley. I had just met up with the trio backstage and had poor Blaze sign about a dozen album covers for me (He was very happy to do it!). He told me then that he would be making his way over to The Nuddy and that we’d have a pint together. True to his word, he showed up and we drank some Guinness while I got to ramble on to him about how much of an inspiration he had been to me as a kid.

Now, right about now, you may be asking yourself ,”Why the fuck is this asshole beginning a show review with a story from a bar a year prior?” I’m glad you asked that question, which there is a two part answer – 1. I just like boasting that I got to have drinks with my favorite IRON MAIDEN singer. It’s seriously one of my top stories. 2. It was this night that Blaze told me that he would be coming back to the area in August, which meant 9 months of building excitement, much to the dismay of anybody who had to put up with me for long periods of time, because when I get excited about something, I can’t fucking stop talking about it. So, fast forward 9 months to August 11th, 2017, and I’m walking into The Chance a few hours before the doors officially open as I help a buddy load some amps into the place. We just finished with the last one, and I was about to walk out and I see Blaze at the door, waving at me. In my mind, I’m saying to myself “,oh yeah, play it cool Drew”, but when he extended his hand for a handshake, I immediately reverted to the Chris Farley style fanboy that I am at heart, and all I could get out was “you remember that time you released Infinite Entanglement? That was cool!”

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