Well that didn’t take long. Barely a week after their first show together, the relationship between Houston live music fixture Fitzgerald’s and Austin-based concert promoters Transmission seems to be unravelling (has unwound?). At the heart of the matter, according to booking-agent sources, is Fitzgerald’s failure to perform many of the upgrades it agreed to as part of the partnership under which Transmission became the venue’s exclusive promoter.
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With apologies to the mighty Loond for its lengthy delay, I hereby unleash our latest podcast! We discuss the might and influence of Venom and delve into technology-vs.-rock, with Nothing More used as an example that the two can co-exist. New music from Lucifer (ex-The Oath, Gaz Jennings), Tao Cross (ex-Amebix, Away), Goatsnake, and Armored Saint gets evaluated and the eyes of metal also fall on Superjoint, Ten Foot Beast, Headcrusher, Faith No More, Motorhead, Anthrax, and Saxon.
Horns Up! – J&L
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It has been five years since the release of 'La Raza' and the mighty Armored Saint are back with a new record chock full of more classic Heavy Rock/Metal anthems. Much like 'La Raza'; 'Win Hands Down' is built on a chassis of Modern Rock song structures. There is still that classic Metal vibe, but this record is less inspired by NWOBHM as it is by the Heavy Rock of today. With that said; 'Win Hands Down' is another timeless album of songs that will endure when the next fad has come and gone. My ...
Welcome to another episode with a guest host...my little brother Zaid. In this episode we get a perspective from a member of a younger generation on Metal. An interesting discussion is had on how people “discover” Metal and what happens when they do not have that incredible privilege. We also talk about Metal from an international perspective...especially from an Eastern stand-point. The episode culminates in a conversation about the awesome Iraqi band Acrassicauda.
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Houston heavy metal band Venomous Maximus will release its new album, ‘Firewalker,’ May 5 via Shadow Kingdom Records. The award-winning four-piece, who has won back-to-back-to-back titles at the Houston Press Music Awards as the city's Best Metal Band, recorded the album at the Diamond Factory in Austin, Tex., with engineer Travis Bonner (Ancient VVisdom). The record was mastered at PLX Mastering by Paul Logus (Satyricon, Clutch,...
Photo: Torche (NOT Lionize) at House of Blues, Houston, Jan. 7, when both were out with Clutch (Chris Smith)
Torche have announced a headlining US tour in support of their forthcoming album, Restarter (Feb. 24, Relapse), bringing label mates Nothing out as support and kicking off Mar. 6 at The Masquerade in Atlanta.
Tour dates are:
Mar. 6 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Mar. 7 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree
Mar. 8 Baton Rouge, LA&n...
In this episode Loond, who was diligently paying attention all year, and Jibbies (who was not) discuss the former’s list of Top Albums for 2014. Jibbies has since caught up with almost all of them and can confirm that Loond knew what the hell he was talking about. They also check in on Down’s pulling the plug, the 4-person C.O.C. reformation, and Black Tusk’s decision to keep it rolling.
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Death Penalty – ‘Howling at the Throne of Decadence’
John Garcia – ‘All These Walls’
Overkill – ‘PIG’
Royal Blood – ‘Out of the Black’
The Shrine – ‘Bless Off’
Surprise Surprise! Hunter likes a bunch of music that y'all don't! Happy New Year!
Death Penalty – Self Titled (Rise Above Records) – One of the finest Riff Merchants of our time, Gaz Jennings (ex-Cathedral), has put together a phenomenal band and record for 2014. The weight and heft of the cascading riffs on this record are glorious. Michelle Nocon has some incredible pipes and her vocal performance is spectacular. Memorable, catchy, mid-tempo stomp ‘n swagger, infectious thick groove, with deadly doses of doom. Can’t stop listening to this slab ...