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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: 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

Music Review: Seven Days Straight: CD: The Cold Pro

By: Scott Foster

Label: Currently Independent

Available: TBA

Official Websites

http:// http://www.reverbnation.com/sevendaysstraight
https:// http://www.facebook.com/sevendaysstraight

 

I’ve been out of the review game for a while, but when Josh “Crimson” Gibson, former frontman for Kill Ritual contacted me about a new album he’s working on I couldn’t pass it up. Gibson’s vocal contributions were pretty phenomenal and I was curious how things would hold up in a new band. In summary: did not disappoint. Though Gibson didn’t show off the vocal range he displayed on Eyes of Medusa it is obvious he has not lost his chops, delivering lyrics in a fashion worthy Rob Halford. I Know A Lie especially gives him room to show what he is capable of.

Musically, based on the four tracks I’ve heard, the album is solidly grounded in classic metal. As I was listening at one point a co-worker said, “Dude, that reminds me of early Judas Priest!” Gibson’s influences show through, and that is not a bad thing, as he has written great songs with his own spin on things. And yes, he wrote, composed, performed, produced and tracked everything. And it is tight.

So what is next for Josh and Seven Days Straight? While Akili performed the drum parts in the studio, a permanent drummer is being sought. Gibson has already found a bass player and second guitarist. Given his attention to detail, they’re going to be top notch. Now they need a label to release this album. Someone please make this happen, because something this good needs to be out there.

RATING:

5/5

LINE UP:

Josh Gibson – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synths
Akili Peyton – Drums