It’s summertime already down here in Houston, and I’ve risen to the heat by compiling a Summer 2013 playlist. There’s some new stuff. Some medium-old stuff. And some ancient stuff. Regardless of age, however, each song stands on its own as a great summer-themed (to me) anthem. Even more spectacularly, their arc, played from beginning to end, roughly corresponds to the arc of any number of my 3-month breaks from school back when. And after all, summer really is for the k...
Ashley's "GonzoGeek Staff Summer Jams" Playlist
The Melvins celebrate their 30th anniversary with an extensive North American tour, kicking off July 12 in Phoenix, Ariz.
“Has it really only been 30 years?” asked singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne. “Dang! Thanks to everyone who’s been there for us! It’s been an exciting trip and I probably should have listened and learned more. I apologize for anything I’ve ever done wrong and for anything I’m going to do wrong… Ha!”
BLACK STAR RIDERS - the new band formed by members of the reborn THIN LIZZY -- Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar) and Marco Mendoza (bass) -- with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums - will release its debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose on May 28 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. While THIN LIZZY will continue on an occasional basis, BLACK STAR RIDERS is a full-time band described as "the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story".
All Hell Breaks Lo...
In the wake of the untimely and sad passing of Jeff Hanneman; the question begs to be asked as to what is the future of SLAYER? And for that matter; what is the future of the Big Four of American Thrash? I find it interesting and disturbing that out of all the surviving original SLAYER members; that only estranged drummer, Dave Lombardo, has made any public comments. I hope that Tom and Kerry will have something to say on the matter soon. I also hope that they will have e...
Kylesa will release its new record ‘Ultraviolet’ May 28 via Season of Mist. You can check out one of the tracks, ‘Vulture’s Landing’, below. Kylesa’s Spring tour in support of the release kicks off May 10 in Gainesville, Fla. at The High Dive, wrapping up nearly a month and half later in the band’s Savannah, Ga., hometown. Openers are Bloody Ceremony, White Hills, and Lazer/Wulf.
‘Vulture’s Landing’ is the third track to be previewed ...
I’m pretty sure it’s still too soon for me to write this, but I can’t put it off; reminded anew of the foolishness of putting anything off. I saw Slayer more times than I can easily remember, though nowhere near as many times as some of my more devoted brothers. Appropriately enough, given the brotherhood within both the band and the metal community as a whole, almost all of my most vivid memories of Slayer, and through them Jeff Hanneman, are shared with others.
There was th...
Hail demons! Strap it on as we explore the slippage of the giants and the possibility that new sounds can still be created, capping it off with an epic musical journey into the desert of your mind. Ozzy, Sabbath, Mustaine….we’re watching you, best come correct. Already racking up major kudos are the nouveau-Lizzy stylings of Black Star Riders, Kadavar, Rotting Christ, and Blaak Heat Shujaa. Time to listen, ya’ll.
Horns Up! – J&L
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Music featured this episode:
The Vile Compile – Free Heavy Metal Compilation Album, by Headbang Today
Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘If Only’
Blaak Heat Shujaa – ‘The Revenge Of The Feathered Pheasant’
Life has remained nice and busy in Venomous Maximus land (aka Houston). The band signed with Napalm Records last month, as rave reviews for their debut full-length ‘Beg Upon The Light’ continued to roll in, and is currently putting together plans for a summer tour. A June 18 stop in Little Rock is already confirmed as is a date at Reggie’s in Chicago June 22 with Valient Thorr, Gypsyhawk, and Ramming Speed.
In between, the band will play Days Of The Doomed Fest II at the Blue...
Abrahma’s ‘Through The Dusty Paths of Our Lives’ debut was The Jibbies & Loond Show’s Album of the Year of 2012; a heady blend of ‘70s prog-tinged classic rock and modern stoner. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Sebastian Bismuth was kind enough to get in touch from France shortly before heading out on a European tour with Small Stone Recordings label-mates Wo Fat and update our duo regarding both where the band came from and where it might be going.