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One of the highlights each year of Jibbies & Loond’s pilgrimage to SXSW is the Small Stone Showcase. For 2013 label-head Scott Hamilton chose a nice blend of repeat performers (Suplecs, last year’s fill-ins Wo Fat) and fresh blood, including such eastern US acts as, Mello Bravo, Supermachine, Freedom Hawk, and Lord Fowl. Hamilton even took a turn on-stage himself , laying it down on guitar with his own band, Luder.
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Straight out of the car from Houston and straight into metal at SXSW, courtesy of the Show No Mercy Day Party hosted by House of Vans at Mohawk. Mohawk is a great place for this kind of event, with a small indoor stage and a micro-amphitheater allowing for two bands to play simultaneously without any sonic bleed.
Wet Lungs was first up inside. The three-piece’s songs had the brevity and force typical of grind, but also carried a certain mo...
It’s that time again folks: SXSW, the annual excuse for attendees to know exactly where they’ll be on St. Patrick’s Day each year, or to be conflicted about how they’re going to hit the next day party and watch the first rounds of March Madness at the same time. Jibbies & Loond don’t brook these distractions lightly. Their mission is clear and their aim is true; metal immersion. If you are of similar purpose and think you have the stamina to keep up, this episode lays out everywhere you need to be to catch all the top-shelf metal you can while staggering around Austin wondering why you keep forgetting to eat and if your feet really will ever be the same again, again.
Our duo also reflect upon the Randy Blythe not-guilty verdict, look in on what Howard Jones has been up to, revel in the continued ascent of ATX’s own Scorpion Child, and try to keep up with the dueling Queensryches.
Horns Up! – J&L
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Music featured this episode:
Royal Thunder – ‘No Good’
Orange Goblin – ‘Red Tide Rising’
Bed from downloaded copy of Cvlt Nation’s Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XCI, curated by Coffins.
Heavy, San Francisco punk 'n' roll band Hot Lunch will release its self-titled debut LP Hot Lunch through Tee Pee Records next Tuesday, March 12. Recorded at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, Calif., with producer Tim Green (Jawbreaker, Christian Mistress, Earthless) other reviewers have rightly compared the band’s sound to Blue Cheer and the MC5.
But there’s other stuff at work as well. ‘Handy Denny’ blends surf rock into the mix, while ‘Killer Smile’ br...
It’s President’s Day 2013, but for J&L it’s another day of Metal. This episode features tracks from Enabler and new SmallStone signing from Sweden - Deville. You’ll get an earful about Loond’s experience at the Dark Roots Of Thrash show featuring 4Arm, Flotsam & Jetsam, Overkill, and Testament. Upcoming shows and records are discussed of course and the guys talk about Geoff Tate and Bobby Blotzer and their respective saga’s.
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All Time High - Nice Guys
Devin Townsend Project - Grace
Great Day For Up - Check This Out
Scorpions - Still Loving You
Animals As Leaders - Behaving Badly
When I found out that Testament, Overkill, and Flotsam & Jetsam were touring together this year, I almost peed my pants. Talk about Thrash Metal greatness! The last and only time I had ever seen Flots was in 1987 in Norwalk, Connecticut at the legendary Anthrax Club. The last and only time I had seen Overkill was in Houston in 1988. I’ve seen Testament many times since the 80’s through the present. And when I saw that they were selling VIP tickets th...
Venice, California’s guitar-rock powerhouse The Shrine will be playing with Swedish classic-throwback kindred souls Graveyard at Fitzgerald’s in Houston, Sat. Feb. 23, the final date of a month-long US tour together. The Devil’s Blood and Royal Thunder are also on the bill. The Shrine is touring in support of its Primitive Blast album, released last summer on Tee Pee Records, while Graveyard is out supporting its own 2012 release, Lights Out, through Nuclear Blast.
Fitzgerald’s, right up there with Rudyard’s on the very short list of Houston’s longest-lived cool places to see music, has added a nice new twist to things lately: All-ages shows that are free for 21+ an just $10 for those under. What’s more, the bills often take place on a weekend and include one or more national acts people would actually want to see – Saint Vitus, Electric Six, etc. – and then a diverse line-up of local/regional groups in support; sometime...
Hello friends. Welcome to Episode 049 of The Jibbies & Loond Show. You’ll notice it sounds a little different. Our two intrepid hosts have decided to actually feature full songs for you to hear. It’s a work in progress, but so far we’re thrilled with the results. The first two tracks to tickle your ears come for Hatebreed and Sons of Aeon, both of which have new records outs right now. If we could get J&L to talk a little less, the possibility of doing three or four songs a week exists. But then you couldn’t get up to date on the various permutations of the Anthrax saga, Saxon box sets, and the glory of Power Trip live, all of which are explored within.
As I’m typing, Jibbies sits nervously in the corner, worried that he undersold the quality of the new Hatebreed album…that’s right folks, it’s a grower, and very good indeed. Have a listen and judge for yourself. We hope you like the new format.
Hatebreed – ‘Divinity of Purpose’
Sons of Aeon – ‘The Centre’
Bed from downloaded copy of Cvlt Nation’s Sonic Cathedrals Vol. LVIII, curated by Batillus
Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom have entered Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki to begin work on their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album. COB has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper, and Hate Crew Deathroll among others, as well as producer Peter Tägtgren (Marduk, Amon Amarth), who is overseeing production of vocals and keyboards. Mixing will occur at Finnvox Studios a...