For this Monday Metal Madness I thought I would incorporate an article for voting, but this time use actual mini reviews as the source of scrutiny. I am curious to see which of these three bands you like the most. We received all of these at pretty much the same time. I happened to grab hold of them and liked them all even though they are three different metal genres. They all offer something pleasurable to listen to in my humble opinion. I have provided a brief synopsis of their respective styles along with some basic information about the band and what I think of their newly released or about to be released album. I was going to rate the albums, but I do not want to skew anything in the voting. Bottom line, I like them all. Though, I will cast my vote later on. I’d love to hear your comments down in the comments section too. What did you like and why? Happy voting, but more importantly happy listening. The latter is really the point isn’t it?
Hannes Grossmann – The Radial Covenant
For a guy who seems to be quite a busy drummer his name and work escaped me until a promo copy of The Radial Covenant arrived in our inbox. I now know a little bit of Hannes Grossmann though I feel I should have known him long before about two weeks ago. If you are a fan of Obscura, then you already know who I am talking about, but I haven’t and this is all new to me. The Radial Covenant is his first solo album; loaded with progressive death metal that is excellently woven into a brutally melodic album. I was hooked from the opening track, but Sorcerer is a song that completely floored me and will probably go down as one of my favorite songs of the year. I did sample Obscura for comparison purposes and I will say that the technical aspects between both bands is along the same lines, but I think Hannes Grossmann’s solo work leans a bit more on the melodic death metal side vs. sheer speed and technicality. Like I said though the differences are subtle. The album was released 22 Jan 2014 and was self-released. Below is the video for your voting pleasure.
Jupiter Zeus – On Earth
Jupiter Zeus blurs the lines between psychedelic spacey rock and straightforward grunge such as Alice in Chains – one of my personal favorites of that genre. On Earth is their new album released on 11 March 2014. The band’s influences are Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Kyuss, and David Bowie. After listening to this album for a few weeks I can certainly see that their influence steer the band to their own refined sound. I thoroughly enjoyed the album from beginning to end even though most of the songs don’t stray too far from their core sound. It’s a relatively steady cadence of mood and groove all the way through. It still captivated me and provided a solid 45 minutes of thought exploration.
Neptune – Prelude to Nothing
Neptune has been around for a little while and like Hannes Grossman (the person), I never heard of them until their promo arrived in our inbox as well. From my perspective, it was a good week when all these albums arrived at nearly the same time. Neptune is classified as melodic death metal; Prelude to Nothing is a solidly brutal album that focuses on melody. Maybe that’s why they call it melodic death metal. They do it well and I was surprised to get another album I wanted to listen to from beginning to end. It certainly made for a motivating work out album. I like the brutality combined with some lighter choruses. Prelude to Nothing will be released 28 April 2014 via Earthquake Terror Noise. Check out Drifting below. It’s a great example of the overall feel of the album.
It’s time for the *yawn* Grammy’s; excuse me I don’t mean to be rude, but this normally a waste of time for metal and for people who like metal. However, this year might be a bit different. Keep in mind this is America; we are talking about a country where metal is not as out in the open as it is across Europe. I miss Europe! I can see where my European friends would think this is a weak list of “metal” bands, and I would normally agree, but again this America and I want to point out one thing. These are all metal bands. Last year, Halestorm beat out Megadeth, Anthrax, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden and Lamb of God if I remember correctly. Really? Nothing against the catchy Halestorm, but they won out of sheer popularity and record sales. They got played on the radio…during daylight hours. It just goes to show that the people who run the Grammy’s and/or cast votes know nothing about “great” metal. Again, nothing against Halestorm, I do like them, but how does a band like that beat such heavyweights? The year before, Foo Fighters cleaned house and though they are a great band, I wouldn’t exactly call them metal. Again, they beat out actual metal bands.
It’s time for another edition of Monday Metal Madness with a video link. This time, the goal is to listen to the solos including the intro/outro clips and guess which band they come from. The solos range from fairly shirt to pretty long. So, it shouldn’t be terribly difficult. You have most of the entire solos intact which should be ample time. Once you have guessed correctly, just make a comment below. This video will also be posted on The History of Metal shortly after it posts here. I’ll compile answers from both sites and list them here at the guessing ensues. Enjoy.
Last week it was the Trolls that edged out the Orcs and Goblins in the Monday Metal Madness poll. The week before that, it was Staind that reigned supreme in the Least Worst Of poll. Thank you for playing along in our little voting games. We appreciate your continuous support and as always, if you feel there is a topic you think we should set up a poll for, please let us know. We would be happy to do whatever research necessary and make it happen.
This week I have been thinking about classic albums that still hold their weight in gold today. You know the ones I am talking about; the albums that made a huge impact in Rock or Metal. The one in particular I have on my mind today is Black in Black by AC/DC. When I listen to this album I can hit random knowing full well any song that comes up it is a kick-ass song. If they ever told anyone they were going to play this album live in its entirety it would be a huge tour. They may have done it already; I haven’t been paying attention. It would be awesome! So, for today’s poll which song on this album is your favorite and why? Please cast your vote and let us know what you think in the comments box. For bonus I know of two movies that featured only AC/DC music it its soundtrack. Can you name them?
Well, it looks like Opeth fans lean more toward the middle of their discography. The newer stuff didn’t get much love, the old material took second place. Thank you for voting…that was a tough one.
This week we are going to take a look at iconic frontmen. These are the guys that made a name for themselves not only as a vocalist, but for being the guy in the front; the one that gets the crowd moving and maintains a certain level of energy throughout the show. In some cases they may even be a bit of a recluse, but the bottom line is that when you hear the band’s name you immediately think of the frontman. They are also the spokesperson for the band, often doing most of the interviews and other things where they get are often put in the spotlight. Keep in mind, this poll isn’t necessarily about the music…but, the guy out front. Which one do you like and/or respect the most? For this post I eliminated vocalists whose band is named after them. So, no Ozzy (solo) or Marilyn Manson, etc.