Premiere: Dewar PR: “Winter 2017 Compilation”

Dewar PR Winter 2017 Compilation

Everyone loves compilations and particularly when said compilations include great metal from established bands and new ones alike. As of today, Dewar PR is releasing their Winter 2017 Compilation that features twelve tracks from bands the company has worked with over the last few years, including an exclusive demo.  Head inside for a stream and full details. Continue reading

Profile: John Judkins of Laser Flames on the Great Big News

Laser Flames on the Great Big News
Laser Flames on the Great Big News

Just over a month ago Tennessee’s Laser Flames on the Great Big News released their latest, self-titled, album and based solely from their Bandcamp page nowhere near enough of you paid attention. This is a fantastic album that doesn’t hang its hat on any one genre. Rather, it moves effortlessly between southern rock, melody driven rock, progressively driven rock and, at times, harsh metal which borders on black metal ferocity. The songs are paced perfectly, the writing is impeccable and the trade off vocals between John Judkins and Stevie Bailey keep things fresh and exciting throughout — all of which makes for an instant favorite and something that’s not easy at all to put down. Yet, you’re still not paying attention. The band features members of Rwake, Enfold Darkness, The Protomen and ex-Today Is the Day but also features a guest vocal spot from, none other than, Steve Austin. Grab you yet? Anyway, not far removed from the album’s release we got the opportunity to ask John Judkins our set of Profile questions so read on and for god’s sake listen to the embeds then go support.

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Profile: M. Chvasta of Dead Register

Dead Register
Dead Register

When Atlanta GA’s Dead Register released their full length debut Fiber last year it was a runaway hit that literally no one saw coming. It’s an amalgamation of doom, goth, rock and new wave that hits hard and leaves an instant impression. It landed on many ‘best of 2016’ lists and was covered in these very pages, so it definitely resonated across the board. As of last month the band released a black vinyl version and Throne Records released a translucent sea-blue with sea foam speckles version — with that this album finally gets the treatment it so deserves. With this physical issue just in the rearview mirror we got the chance to ask M. Chvasta (vocals, bass) our set of Profile questions and as you will see he was straight to the point with his answers. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Self Definition Through Music

self definition playlist

I may have said this before, but a large part of my life’s journey over the last 20 years has been analyzing what the media we consume says about us.  Each of us is obviously more than the sum of what they’ve read, watched, or listened to, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a hell of a lot of those films, books, and albums tied into the bundle of molecules that makes up who were are.  Whether it’s that record you heard at your first college party or the movie you remember watching over and over again with your father as a little kid, this seemingly disposable media is anything but…

Especially when you’re not in the most optimal mental or emotional state.  That’s when you turn to those things the resonate closest to you, that help you reinforce and re-align your identity with yourself.  For years I’ve kept an ever-expanding list of songs and albums under a playlist simply titled “Self Definition.”  It’s my lifeline for when the water gets too choppy, for when things seems to fall in on themselves in such a way you feel like you’re buried under a million things that won’t let you breathe, let you be heard.  And since the past few weeks have felt like to me, I wanted to take this edition of Nine Circles ov… to share some of those tracks that get me through the dark and remind me in a note or a chord or lyric of who I am.  Let’s dive in…   Continue reading

2017 Mid-Year Report, Part Deux: Managing the Overflow

immortal band
*there is no Immortal in this list.  I just really like the pic.

The style and format of the Nine Cirles ov… articles is such that we limit ourselves to nine entries on whatever topic it is we’re blathering about.  It’s a blessing and a curse: it really helps hone down what you want to cover but, as in the case of this week’s mid-year favorites it can really kill your groove, particularly when there’s so much awesome to cover in the first half of the year.

And man there’s SO MUCH GOOD STUFF OUT THERE.  Someone on Twitter mentioned how he dug the list for the simple reason that none of my choices would have made his list.  Now, after you pick yourself up off the floor in shock that sometimes (rarely, admittedly) social media can be a sensible and warm community, revel in the fact that this just reinforces the amount of quality out there so far in 2017.  So, you all good with a second course?  Let’s dig in… Continue reading