Displaying items by tag: heavy metal
Friday, 27 July 2018 10:05

Lucid Sins - The Witcher

Every now and then a band comes along and gives you something new. Rarely is that something melodic, as there are limited permutations in rock and at some point everything is derivative. LUCID SINS manage that three card trick with a blend of pastoral, psychedelic freshness. It’s a mix of Topanga Canyon legends, Crosby, Stills and Nash, occult rock, and antique doom not a million miles removed from the first Witchcraft record. This is a heady mix of melody and nuance that will appeal to any listener.
The danger of using melody in doom is that you risk alienating the metal listeners. The key to retaining your credibility is, of course, lyrical content. Ghost’s overt melodies where offset by their dedication to the dark side, which made them successful. Lucid Sins, likewise, make good on content. In short, they know their stuff.
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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:16

Manilla Road - Flaming Metal Systems

Manilla Road is an American heavy metal band from Wichita, Kansas, founded by lead guitarist Mark 'the Shark' Shelton (vocals and guitar) (born December 3, 1957, Wichita, Kansas, United States).
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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 09:36

Mercyful Fate - Into the Coven

This song describes a Satanic ritual where a follower gives his soul to the Devil. The lyric was written by the band's frontman King Diamond, who often wrote about Satanism. Guitarist Hank Shermann wrote the music.
This is a track from the first Mercyful Fate album, Melissa, which was a big influence on other metal bands. Metallica included part of the song on their Garage Inc. medley "Mercyful Fate."
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Monday, 02 July 2018 11:06

Demon Head - The Resistance

Denmark’s most authentic proto-metal project took shelter from the winter on 2016 and shook off the frost with their massive second full-length ‘Thunder on the Fields’. It was somewhat overlooked for it’s retro sound and stripped-down hard psych style. The allure of Demon Head is in their dark proto-metal sound that rolls out like a cleaned up Pentagram tape from the 70’s. The immediate draw for me towards Demon Head was the lightly baked vocals of M. Ferreira Larsen that have a perfect affectation for their style, his cadence is halfway between briefly NWOBHM/prog band Demon‘s Dave Hill and a touch of 90’s Glenn Danzig minus the hysterics. His tone brings some horror and darkness that few retro-referential groups manage and elevates the personality of their guitar driven rock music.
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Friday, 16 March 2018 10:21

Truth and Janey - Down the Road I Go

Not to be dismissed because of its underground status, Truth and Janey's only LP, No Rest for the Wicked, was another incredible find for indie record label Monster Records, which has always specialized in digging up long-forgotten American hard rock nuggets from the '70s, but really struck gold this time around.
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Blue Öyster Cult was the thinking man's heavy metal group. Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-'70s. The band that became Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island by students (and later rock critics) Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer as Soft White Underbelly and consisted of Andy Winters (bass), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar), John Wiesenthal -- quickly replaced by Allen Lanier -- (keyboards), and Albert Bouchard (drums), with Pearlman managing and Pearlman and Meltzer writing songs. Initially without a lead singer, they added Les Bronstein on vocals. This quintet signed to Elektra Records and recorded an album that was never released. They then dropped Bronstein and replaced him with their road manager, Eric Bloom, as the band's name was changed to Oaxaca. A second Elektra album also went unreleased, though a single was issued under the name the Stalk-Forrest Group. Cut loose by Elektra, they changed their name again, to Blue Öyster Cult, and signed to Columbia Records in late 1971, by which time Winters had been replaced by Albert Bouchard's brother Joe. Blue Öyster Cult, their debut album, was released in January 1972 and made the lower reaches of the charts.
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Friday, 10 November 2017 11:06

Gotham City - Swords and Chains

GOTHAM CITY was formed 1980 in the Swedish city Umeå, they released their first demo in 1981 which featured members: Ola Ohlsson - Vocals, Mårten Edlund - Guitar, Björn Erik Melander - Bass and Jonas Östman - Drums. The song "Borderline" was later included on their 'The Unknown' album with changed lyrics. Some of the other songs would also show up on the 1983 EP 'Black Writs'. In 1982 they released the cult single 'Gotham City / Killer Angels' on Brute Force records limited to 300 copies. There is also a bootlegged versions of this 7" on clear vinyl. A year later they would put out their last recorded material with vocalist Ola Ohlsson; the EP 'Black Writs' which was recorded in February at Tonteknik Studios, engineered by Per Sorlin. Later in 1983 Ola Ohlsson leaves GOTHAM CITY and Anders Zackrisson takes over as the vocalist, a 9-track demo is recorded. In 1984 the monster is released; their first and only full-lenght album "The Unknown". This would also be their last official release. The song "The Beast Will Burn" from the album was also featured on the compilation album 'The Great Metal Attack Part 1 (1984)'. http://www.fwoshm.com/index/G/35-gotham-city-swe
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Monday, 06 November 2017 10:24

Saxon - Denim And Leather

[...]This album is packed full of brilliant guitar work, and the solos are some of the greatest you will ever find in metal. They are fast, rapid fire solos, that slam you in the face and don't stop pounding away until the album is over and you are left a quivering wreck. Their quest is simple, to riff and solo until your eyes begin to bleed and fall out of your skull. And they pull it off amazingly, they sound fresh and stylish the whole way through, there are no boring riffs to be found on this album. There are many great things about this album. Everything is done brilliantly and there is not a single note out of place. The drumming remains amazing from track to track, with Gill beating away at a brilliant exhausting pace. Dawson also keeps up toe to toe, pounding away with his four string. There are no ballads or anything less than 100% metal. Saxon's style is simple, a powerful rhythm section and vocals combined with tremendous twin lead guitars, a style made famous by Judas Priest and done excellently on this album.[...] http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/56484/Saxon-Denim-and-Leather/
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Sunday, 22 October 2017 10:14

Freeways - One for the Road

Outstanding hard rock from Canada. Freeways take influence from the hard sounds of the mid to late 1970s, showing a nod to bands like Thin Lizzy, UFO, and Blue Oyster Cult. However is is no tribute act, on Cold Front the band has already developed a strong sound of their own, and with a debut release this strong the band has a promising future!
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Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:07

Scorpions - Hell Cat

Doesn’t everyone just love Scorpions? I don’t mean the insectile beasts that sting with their ferocious bite or the Spider-Man villain, but rather the great 70s and 80s rock group that rocked the world with their smooth hooks and catchy tunes. People mostly know them for their later material where they sold their souls for money, but what those poor fools are missing out on is the brilliance of the material when Uli Jon Roth was handling the lead guitar duties. And as such…Virgin Killer.
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