What I really like about getting independent music in the mail is I never know what to expect. Marc Ferreira is a do it all type of musician doing everything on “Working Overtime”, except the drums who he left the load to leo Pagani. With the talents to match Eric Johnson in all aspects of musicianship (Keyboards, Bass, Guitar and Vocals) and songmanship, Marc is going to blaze his own path in the guitar and production master realm. “Let It Die”, “Bad Girl”, “Lazy”, “Paper Cut”, “Ordinary Life”, “Nobody’s Happy”, “Nr, Bad Deal”, “I’m Waiting”, “Sleeping On The Couch”, and “Working Overtime” will inspire those who enjoy a musician with all the tools to do a complete recording from beginning to end. “Working Overtime”, is on par with the fore mention Eric Johnson, as well as more contemporary artist Brian Adams and the super group Bon Jovi. For the guitar work alone this is worth a listen, but what will stick to the listener is the completeness that inspires the soul.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I say, “Out with the old! In with the new!” Yes, there will always be the classics of “Parinoid” an “We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘n’ Roll”. You can now take that mic out of Ozzy’s shaky hand and let Zak have his “Black Label Society”. Count Raven can step in and take over and add their own twist to the early “Sabbath” sound. With “The Poltergeist”, “Scream”, “Nashira”, “The Entity”, “Mammons War”,”A Lifetime”, “To Kill A Child”, “To Love, Wherever You Are”, “Magic Is…”, “Seven Days”, and “Increasing Deserts” are worthy of the mantle that was set by “Black Sabbath” in the beginning. SO if you have not figured it out yet “Count Raven” has a sound like what early “Sabbath” had mainly in the vocals but now take the music has the same down tune that “Tony” is famous for but add in the melodic feel of “Type O Negative” an you get “Mammons War”. Weather its gothic or just plain metal, I don’t care what you call it. These masters of darkness have picked it up an made it their own. So, Ozzy keep your Hollywood and you are no longer the “Prince Of Darkness”. “Count Raven” Owns that title and has a firm grip on it.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
In the Forgotten Past is a memory of Echoes OF Fear that leaves the Victim to Choke on the Isolation that is Inside the Hate imagining that The Black Hand of Reality will gain Another Scar from Death Warmed Over to the Skitoma in the lost soul of a broken mind. Now that I have described to you Echoes of Fear’s, Forgotten Past you must request this darkened recording at your favorite local record stores. With its angelic female vocals leading the melodic onslaught by Melissa Evett an pummeled with the beast meets beauty growls of Brian King who also shares guitar duty with Alvin Gatewood. With this duo guitar attack of riffs plus leads, supported by Orion Mente on drums and Dave Hammestone on bass, you get a complete sonic effort of imagination as well as imagery that is on par to be something special. With all the bands bringing about this Female harmonies and monster growls Echoes Of Fear stands alone and UN parallel in the industry of metal. I suspect that their future is very Bright! Fans of “Battle Lord”, “Forgotten Past” are a must in your collection.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This review is a long time in coming. For those who know Manilla Road will be familiar with this classic band. You will also be treated with some of the Original sound of the early albums of Through The Gates” and “Courts of Chaos”. You will also be treated with some new progression of the band on Voyager. Always Epic but sometimes Majestic with these nine tunes, “Tomb Of The Serpent King-Butchers Of The Sea”, “Frost and Fire”, “Tree Of Life”, “Blood Eagle”, “Voyager”, “Eye of the Storm”, “Return of the Serpent King”, “Conquest “, and “Totentanz (The Dance of Death)”, you are treated with one of the greatest bands only known through the “Word of Mouth”. If you are ready for a new Epic adventure our want to continue riding the Manilla Road wave this is the newest to add to any collection.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
When I put Dodsferds “Suicide and the Rest of Your Kind Will Follow” in my player to review I witnessed one of the best “Black Metal” manifestations I have felt in a long time. Even though there are only 2 songs on “Suicide…” Wrath (Composer) sends you into 37 minutes of his anguished psyche. Delivering a master piece that can only be experienced by those who live in despair and filth. Droning through gore, destruction and hopelessness that even the most pure can save. “Suicide and the Rest Will Follow” and “His Veins Colored the Room” have me hooked and looking for Dodferd’s other 4 releases to add to this collection of the blackest of metal.http://www.myspace.com/dodsferdmisanthropy
Monday, November 23, 2009
Anvil is one of those bands that has always kept the fun in metal. Proving that three men can still rock with the best of them after so many years of being at what I have always thought of as being the fore front of metal. “This Is Thirteen” proves that traditional straight up raw thrash is king of the stage as Anvil throws at you 14 new metal anthems. “This Is Thirteen”, “Bombs Away”, “Burning Bridges”, “Ready To Fight”, “Flying Blind”, “Room #9”, “Axe To Grind”, ‘Feed The Greed”, “ Big Business”, “Should’ a Would’ a Could’ a”, “Worry”, “Game Over”, “American Refugee”, and “ Thumb Hang”. Those that are fans of Anvil you already have this LP, those who are not sure I recommend “This Is Thirteen”, is as good a place as any to start your collection.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Everyone says that Florida has the best Death metal! Well I believe that the boys from Moire are at the tip of the spear of a Death Metal revolution happening in the Kansas City area. Yes both Kansas and Missouri has a group of Death Metal that is taking what we know of it to a whole new level. Moire’s “Public Execution” is a prime example of the aggressiveness of what to expect from the next generation. Not sitting ideally by the old school of metal and riding that wave but starting their own wave and riding it high. “Bleeding Wrists”, “Force-Fed”, “The Need to Die”, “Red”, “Wooden Hate God”, and “Public Execution”, is just a part of the revolution of Death Metal and it is coming out of the Tornado Alley of America with a sound to match the awesome destruction of nature. If looking for a unique and refreshing take on The extreme of metal then Moire is that extreme.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Once a long time ago when I was a kid I was outside playing with my friends when a pick-up truck with a camper turned down our street. Well we were in the street at the time playing and got out of the way and right when we did the left rear tire completely flew off the truck. Well when that happened the axel bit the cement of the street and sent sparks flying everywhere, the thing that really sticks out was the grinding noise of iron hitting cement and the total violence of that action. Seventh Star’s “Dead End” reminds me of that moment in time with a controlled vengeance. “Intro”, “Take I Bake”, “I Quit”, “Thick and Thin”, “Everyday”, “In The Lie Of The Beholder”, “Bondservant”, “Coldest Day”, “Game Over”, “Blood Money”, and the title Track “ Dead End” Will bring you into the age of newer metal of a mix of power filled riffs in the Hard-core fashion dwelling a little bit on the thrash side of metal. If I had to compare these guys it would be between Pissing Razors, Pantara and Pro-Pain that leaves them not like them but in that vein. Dead End will bring down the house in a mosh storm of bodies leaving its mark on any who dare.