Chapel Hill, NC’s, mighty VALIENT THORR releases its sixth studio album (and first in 3 years) Our Own Masters June 18 via Volcom Entertainment. The band recorded at Ronnie Jone Sound Studios in Athens, Ga., with Kyle Spence (Harvey Milk) producing, engineering, and mixing.
Valient Thorr, as epitomized by front man Valient Himself, is the high point in the crossroads of party and thought. You cannot party harder while at the same time stretching your brain pan. If yo...
The third and final day of my abridged trip to SXSW is a marathon [aren’t they all? – Ed.], and I ease in slowly by taking care of things nooner style at Brooklyn Vegan with free Jameson and the best vegan food a meat and cheese loving slob like myself will ever eat, a queso made by www.FoodForLovers.com. Truly outstanding. Come for the flavor, stay cuz your guts won’t feel like someone shit cement into them afterwards.
Suitably fortified and sustained my gaze eventually turn...
My younger brother wrote this really great piece. Read and enjoy!
Yet another SXSW under our belts, and I always enjoy myself thoroughly despite the post-festival hangover. Not only does the festival provide me the opportunity to see some great music, but it gives me the chance to hang with my brother. Yes indeed, that means experiencing some in-your-face METAL.
Growing up with Aamir, I’ve always enjoyed the heavier side of things when it comes to music. I wouldn’t cal...
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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.
I won’t break down each band except ...
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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.