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Song of the Day, 28 Feb 2011, I’ll Show No Fear


Hello All,

Today’s SOTD is from a band I only recently got into.  They are a great metalcore band from Germany, and they have a pretty heavy sound.  These guys are about as far as I will go with the metalcore sound.  Anything heavier would be ludicrous. 

Today’s SOTD is “I’ll Show No Fear” by Caliban, from their album “The Awakening”.

This is a great album.  If you are looking for some new music, you might want to check these guys out.

Have a great day.  I hope your Monday has gone well.

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Album of the Week- 26 February 2011, Enter the Grave


This week’s album of the week is from a great “New Wave of Thrash” band that I discovered in the UK.  I was able to catch them at Sonisphere, and they were great.   

The album of the week for 26 February 2011 is Enter the Grave by Evile.

This album was their first  major release in 2007.  They have released two albums to date, with a third scheduled for release sometime this year, and I can’t wait.

These guys have a great sound, and this album is shred from beginning to end.  It has been a while since a newer thrash metal band and made it this big, which is great.

If you are a fan of thrash metal, this is definitely an album I would recommend.  You won’t be disappointed. 

Have a great weekend.

Album Review- Evergrey, “Glorious Collision”


The new Evergrey album was one of two albums that I was really looking forward  to this month (the other being the Devildriver “Beast” album).  I am a big Evergrey fan, and their last two albums were great.  So I had high hopes for this one.

From looking at the album artwork, you can tell what is meant by the album title.  I am guessing that the glorious collision is with the ground.  Pretty dark.

These guys are one of the best Swedish bands out there.  I thought long and hard about how to describe Evergrey’s sound, and I think I have narrowed it down to “Heavy Progressive Soul Metal”.  They do a great job of setting a tone during their songs.   There are a lot of varied song types on the album, and each song is great, but what sets these guys apart is their atmosphere.  There are a couple of songs on this album that, for lack of a better word, are just haunting.  If you get a chance to listen to the album, pay close attention to “I’m Drowning Alone” around the 2:55 mark.  It sends chills down my spine every time I hear it.  This whole album has a tremendous amount of energey, soul and emotion.  And not that emo crap, just emotion.  I can’t say enough how much this album strikes a chord with me in a way that no other band can. 

This is another great album that I wanted to listen to over and over.  It hits every box for a great album, and it definitely is one I would recommend to anyone, avid fans and newbies alike.

I am giving Evergrey’s Glorious Collision 5 out of 5 devil horns, and bestowing it my first “Haunted Album” award.

As an Evergrey bonus, I just found out they are supporting Kamelot in April at a venue near me.  That show is now my #1 most anticipated show of the year. 

Give the album a listen, and let me know what you think.

Have a great day.

Song of the Day- 24 February 2011- Leave It Behind


Hello All,

I’ll keep this brief today, as I am currently writing the review for the album which contains today’s SOTD.

Today’s Song of the Day is “Leave it Behind” by Evergrey, from the album Glorious Collision.

This is a great opening song for the album.  I don’t want to take away from my review, but this is a really good album. 

Have a great day.

Album Review- Devildriver: Beast


I must tell you, I was really looking forward to the new Devildriver album being released.  One thing you must know about my album reviews: I only review albums that I want to.  I am not a professional critic, other than the fact that I listen to a ridiculous amount of heavy metal music and I have a background in music. 

With that being said, I am a huge fan of this album, because I am a huge Devildriver fan.  

I am going to be perfectly honest with you.  This is the best Devildriver album to date.  From the first track until the end, this album will kick you in the ass and not let up.  Pray for Villiains was a tough album to follow, but these guys definitely have taken their game to the next level.  This is a great example of groove metal at its finest.

My favorite tracks on the album are “The Blame Game”, “Shitlist”, and “Coldblooded”.  These tracks kick serious ass, but the whole album is great.  I have listened to this album well over a dozen times, sometimes listening to the album multiple times in a row.  I have listened to every nuance of every song.  I spent a lot of time with headphones in walking around listening to this album, and this is an amazing metal album.  The guitar/bass work, the drumming, and the vocals are all outstanding.  I have heard some stuff on this album that I have never heard before, nothing even close.  Every metal fan knows when they hear a great album: your heart starts to race, and the hair on your arms and the back of your neck stand up.  This album has definitely met that criteria. 

I am very happy to award Devildriver’s Beast the full 5 out of 5 devil horns, with no prejudices or equivocations whatsoever. 

Buy this album, turn the volume up, hit the repeat button, and rip the damn knob off.

It’s a great year for metal, so far.  More reviews on the way. 

Have a great day.

Song of the Day- 22 February 2011, The Blame Game


Metalheads of the world rejoice.  The new Devildriver album is out today.  I have to admit I have had the album for about a week (I assure you I obtained it through legal means).  This album and the new Evergrey album have been the only two albums I have listened to for the last week. 

In honor of the new release, today’s Song of the Day is “The Blame Game” by Devildriver, from the album Beast.

I will tell you this: buy the album.  You won’t be disappointed.

My review of Devildriver’s “Beast” and Evergrey’s “Glorious Collision” will be posted soon.  The only place you can read my reviews is here on this blog.

Have a great day, everyone.

Metal Show Review- Black Label Society / Godsized, Cambridge Corn Exchange


Hello Again Everyone,

I caught a great metal show last night, and I wanted to let you know how it was. 

I have wanted to see Black Label Society for a very long time.  So when they finally came to Cambridge on their “Doomtrooping Over Europe 2011” Tour, I jumped at the chance.

First off, the show was awesome.  Bottom line.  I was only vaguely familiar with Godsized, but I really like them.  They have a heavy rock sound, and they remind me a little of Black Stone Cherry, but a lot heavier.  I will be picking up at least one of their albums very soon.

Black Label Society played an excellet show.  They played a good cross-section of songs across all their albums.  Zakk Wylde has a tremendous stage presence, and the whole band had a great rapport with the crowd.  About halfway through the set, Zakk Wylde broke out into a 12 minute guitar solo that pretty much left everyone dumbfounded.  For me, the best part of the set was when they brought out a piano, where Zakk Wylde played a piano solo before breaking into “In This River”.  As the main section of the song started, two fabric posters of Dimebag Darrell were unrolled over the amp cabinets.  It was unbelieveable. 

The show was basically a no bull shit rock show.  There was very little dead time in between songs, and absolutely none of the generic rock cliches (ie, is everyone out there having a good time?  I can’t hear you!).  The BLS machine played about an hour and a half and left a path of destruction in their wake.  I would recommend a Black Label Society show to anyone.  Hell, my wife came along and she said she had a great time, and she doesn’t even listen to metal.  Hell yes!

Song of the Day- 18 Feb 2011- Stillborn


Hello Metalheads,

In honor of the awesome metal concert I attended last night, the song of the day is:

“Stillborn” by Black Label Society, from the album The Blessed Hellride.

This is a great song by the almighty BLS.  They closed the show last night with this song, and it was unbelievable. 

Stay tuned for a review of the entire concert.

Have a great weekend.

SOTD- 16 Feb 2011- Incendiary Incoming


Greetings Metal Fans,

I am posting this a little late today because I just got back from a non-metal concert (gasp), so  I decided to reach into the heaviest of the heavy metal today. 

Today’s song of the day is “Incendiary Incoming” by Napalm Death, from the album Words From The Exit Wound.

This is a really bad-ass track from the British grindcore gods.  There are a lot of heavy songs on the album, but the opening riff of this track is what got me hooked.  Three minutes and eight seconds of brutal death/grindcore metal.  I am very grateful these guys are still around.  They laid the groundwork for a lot of heavy bands, and they continue to put music out in the world. 

Have a great day, everyone.

SOTD- 14 February 2011, “Stronger than Hate”


Hello Everyone,

It slipped my mind that today was Valentine’s Day, which makes today’s Song of the Day even more poignant. 

Today’s SOTD is “Stronger Than Hate” by Sepultura, from the album Beneath the Remains.

There are a lot of great songs on this album.  This album was during Sepultura’s “Beneath the Remains-Arise-Chaos A.D.- prime.  Great metal.  The lineup on this power trio of albums is my favorite, and I haven’t really listening to the albums without Max Cavalera.  Maybe I should.  Good metal is good metal, plain and simple. 

Have a great Valentine’s Day everyone.  If you hate Valentine’s Day, have a great Monday.