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Album Review: Johnny Wore Black – Walking Underwater Part II


walkingunderwaterpt2Album:  Walking Underwater Part II

Release Date:  26 Nov 2014

Songs: 10

Genre:  Alternative / Alt Rock

Previous Albums:  Walking Underwater Part I (2014)

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Full Album Stream: Broughton’s Rules – Bounty Hunter 1853


If you missed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Broughton’s Rules, let me fill you in a little bit.  I missed them too, so don’t worry.  Let’s learn about them together.  First, they are an instrumental band picked up by Relapse Records.  We received an email telling us they have just entered the studio to record their second full-length album.  Great, but I never heard the first one.  Lucky for us (and now you) there was a link to an album stream where we can all check it out.  The email noted that the new album should be out in the autumn and was described as “appropriate music to listen to while sipping herbal tea during the apocalypse.”  Personally, I was looking for such a band for such an event and now I have found them.

Bounty Hunter 1853 is the name of the stream in question today.  It was released in November 2010 and you can stream it below and follow the links as necessary.  From my standpoint, I enjoy instrumental music.  Broughton’s Rules falls along the lines of alt, indie, and atmospheric rock; perfect for tea the end of the world.   I think you know you have done instrumental music right when each song tells a story.  Check it out for yourself.

*note – there are some vocals.

Full Album Stream: Utopium – Utopium


There isn’t a lot of info out there about this internationally blended quartet, so let’s let the music do the talking because with Utopium, the music is what it is all about.  The nine-track self-titled album isn’t very long, but the music contained therein is more than enough to alter your mood.  Utopium is light on vocals and heavy on their indie/alt rock musicianship.  The band has been a way for a while prior to the release of their new album.  Utopium formed in the late 90s and released a couple of EPs and full-length albums throughout the years.  Their new self-titled work was released 28 April 2014.

For fans of A Place to Bury Strangers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Slint, The Jesus And Mary Chain…

Album Review: Johnny Wore Black – Walking Underwater


JWB Master Cover SmallFor nearly a year, A Metal State of Mind has been following the progress of dark, melodic, atmospheric, alt rocker Johnny Wore Black.  The band’s arrival onto the music scene was a slow and methodical process, but everything is about to be unveiled with the anticipated full-length release of Walking Underwater.  The British stuntman turned recording artist has been teasing us with numerous singles and accompanying videos; some of which featured collaborations with Megadeth’s very own bassist David Ellefson.   Though our focus is mainly aimed at the delight of metal in its most ruthless forms, an album like Walking Underwater is captivating. It penetrates the core and stirs emotions.

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What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox (19 July 2013)


imagesIt’s been about a few weeks since our last post of inbox goodies. I have to say, these last two months have been quite busy with album releases it’s easy to pass on potential gems set aside from our inbox. There is more where these came from so let’s get started with our first band.

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Album Review: Oddfellows by Tomahawk


oddfellowsAs with any project Mike Patton’s name is attached to, you know you are going to be getting something unique to listen to.  Even his most famous and accessible project, Faith No More, was considered to be outrageous and ground breaking when they hit the scene in the late 80’s.  When he’s trying to be contemporary (see: his orchestral Italian vocal pop song cover band Mondo Cane), he can never drop that avant-garde stigma he’s branded himself with.  And while he does have some really weird projects you couldn’t get me stoned enough to enjoy, for the most part, for as experimental as they are, almost every project he does I feel that even those not particularly into experimental music would find something to like in them.  His latest release into the music world is Oddfellows, the fourth album from his project Tomahawk, which also consists of guitarist Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, bassist Trevor Dunn of other Patton projects of Mr. Bungle and Fantomas, and drummer John Stanier of Helmet.  Needless to say there is a ton of pedigree in the band.

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