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Music Review: GWAR Album: The Blood of Gods

BY: TJ FOWLER

Available: NOW

Label: Metal Blade Records

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/gwar/

http://www.gwar.net/

 

Ok, I am one of those guys who has always HEARD of GWAR and their notorious reputation…but I had never HEARD GWAR before.  I knew the stories of their live shows, the story of the band’s hilarious history and of course the passing of their lead singer Oderus Urungus.  There was even a kid at the volleyball camp I attended about 20 years ago who was a fan of the band.  But again, I never had listened to GWAR.  That is…until now…and well…all I can say is what an interesting experience.

On the surface musically, GWAR comes off as a straight ahead metal/hard rock band…all kills and no frills.  There isn’t anything flashy in how or what GWAR plays but they construct catchy, straight in your face metal songs.  Lyrically the songs seem to have some underlying political themes and bizarre humor…the humor part I get due to my passing knowledge of the band’s ridiculous bio and stage persona.   The political and social aspects of the bands lyrics I am not sure about as I am not sure if the band has ever delved too deeply into that territory before.  Regardless of the songs themes, most of the songs are all cool little tunes and fun to listen too.  Especially, Death to Dickie Duncan, Crushed by the Cross, If You Want Blood (You Got it).  Also the, what I think is a tribute to Oderus, touching and humorous Phantom Limb song.

Overall The Blood of Gods was a very welcome surprise for me. I had always dismissed GWAR as something at best, I would listen to LATER at worst toilet turds (Actually toilet turds they might consider a compliment).  As it turns out I waited WAY too long to give GWAR a chance…a chance they deserved a long time ago.  So I guess now you could say I am a fan of the band, now all I need to do is get an opportunity to see the band live.  I hear the best type of clothes to wear is nice, expensive white suit…right?

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Music Review: Dead Soul Communion Album: MMXVII

 

Available: NOW

Label: Self Released/ Def2Music Records

Official Websites: 

https://www.facebook.com/thedeadsoulcommunion

 

Ok I am bit late with this one.  I apologize to Dead Soul Communion for this review taking as long as it had but…well….here is the review now!

It is a bit rare to hear a band that mixes doom elements, some modern, albeit minor elements of modern emo bands and also have a very nice clean production.  Rarer still is for such a mixture to all actually come together in a nice accessible package.  However after listening to Dead Soul Communion’s ‘MXVII’ the band really has put together a nice musical offering that should engage and purist metal head while also maybe bringing in a more ‘modern’ audience.  The best I can describe the band is that they have traditional doom elements, perhaps like my co=worker thought Paradise Lost and some goth sounds like The 69 Eyes.

The band hosts ex members from several other bands such as 13 Candles, Pain Control, Organ Grinder and several others. To be honest, I have no idea about those other bands or what they sound like.  But if those bands are similar to Dead Soul Communion they might be something worth checking out as I feel Dead Soul Communion really put out a really solid album that is real joy to listen to.

Another thing I have to really give credit to the band on is that for an independent band their production on this album is really something to be envied.  I have heard more professional acts have shittier sound.  So my hats off to the producer and band.

If you have a chance to listen to ‘MMXVII’ or check out Dead Soul Communion live I really think you need to jump on that boat and give these guys a chance.  Great stuff to be heard here.

Music Review: Mausoleum Gate Album: Into A Dark Divinity

 

By: TJ Fowler

Available: September 2017

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/MausoleumGate/

http://cruzdelsurmusic.bandcamp.com/album/mausoleum-gate

 

There is traditional heavy metal then there is REALLY TRADITIONAL heavy metal.  By this I mean bands that sprung up in the mid to late 70’s before NWOBHM hit the scene in the 80’s.  So basically you have a hybrid of sound that is a mixture of mysticism, folk, 70’s hard rock and proto-80’s metal.  If you still are wondering what kind of sound I am talking about think a bit of Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull and a whole lot of Manilla Road.  If you know these bands then you will know what to expect from Finland’s Mausoleum Gate…just a little bit darker in tone. Continue reading Music Review: Mausoleum Gate Album: Into A Dark Divinity

Music Review: Stereo Nasty Album: Twisting the Blade

 

BY:  TJ Fowler

The Irish, fist in the face, dirty metal rockers, Stereo Nasty are back with their new album, ‘Twisting the Blade’ and I have to say it has been too long…though honestly it really hasn’t been that long since their last album, the phenomenal ‘Nasty By Nature’.  I just really love this band and I am always eager to hear new material from them. Continue reading Music Review: Stereo Nasty Album: Twisting the Blade

Music Review: ACCEPT Album: The Rise of Chaos

AVAILABLE: August 4th, 2017

LABEL: Nuclear Blast

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/accepttheband/

 

ACCEPT just keeps that metal train rolling like a juggernaut that just can’t be stopped.  Since releasing ‘Blood of Nations’ back in 2010, ACCEPT have been the recipient of a revitalized career that most bands of their age could only dream of and all the younger bands would hope they could only have 1/10th of the success of.  Since their comeback album, ACCEPT has released hit album after hit album filled with classic metal riffs and great lyrical themes.  Continue reading Music Review: ACCEPT Album: The Rise of Chaos