Concert Review: Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls 2017 Tour

Posted by on Jul Sat, 2017 in Concert Review, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Shock Rock | 0 comments

Concert Review: Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls 2017 Tour

The Summer of 2017 was kicked off with classic metal heavyweights Iron Maiden hitting the road on a worldwide tour, celebrating the recently released album, The Book of Souls. Old school metallers Kamelot and Exodus were special guests for the performance at San Bernadino, CA on July 1st.  Otherwise, the legendary Iron Maiden were accompanied only by Ghost B.C (often simplified to Ghost) throughout their North American leg of the tour. Before … read...

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5 Heavy Bands for People Who Don’t Like Metal (Yet)

Posted by on May Tue, 2017 in Band Profile, Blues, Death Metal, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shock Rock | 0 comments

5 Heavy Bands for People Who Don’t Like Metal (Yet)

Even as a longtime fan of the genre, I can see why heavy metal is not for everyone. Blood, guts, and gore tend to scare a large portion of normal society. However, metal is also surprisingly inclusive. Many bands that are too offbeat or experimental to fit into any other genre are often classified as “metal”, and even die-hard rockers have respect for talented musicians in other genres. Empirical evidence mirrors my own taste, showing … read...

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Band Profile – Kin Beneath Chorus

Posted by on May Mon, 2017 in Album Review, Band Profile, Death Metal, Deathcore, Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Technical | 0 comments

Band Profile – Kin Beneath Chorus

Not only is Greece the cradle of Western civilization and the root of all modern society, it’s also the nation that gave the world top-notch metal bands like Sabaton, SepticFlesh, and Rotting Christ.  Kin Beneath Chorus, hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, are the latest addition to their ranks. In fact, KBC have already shared the stage with many of these acts, and have also performed at the world-famous heavy metal mecca, Wacken Open Air. When they … read...

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Concert Review: Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, The Extinction at Launchpad

Posted by on Apr Sat, 2017 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Concert Review: Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, The Extinction at Launchpad

Finnish metal legends Amorphis and Swallow The Sun co-headline this tour, with support from local bands at each date and location. We New Mexicans were lucky enough to have The Extinction, who are so badass that even their sound check attracted a decent crowd. Hosted by Launchpad, a bar in downtown Albuqurque, this show was epic enough to get recorded in the Kalevala. Here is an instant replay: The Extinction, an Albuqurque based death … read...

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Book Review – Motley Crue: The Dirt

Posted by on Feb Wed, 2017 in Book Review, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Shock Rock | 0 comments

Book  Review – Motley Crue: The Dirt

This autobiography, written from several different perspectives, offers a multi-faceted glimpse into decades worth of tragic misunderstandings, outrageous  rumors, and rides on the wild side. One of the most notorious rock bands in the world, Motley Crue, delve deep into personal confessions and dark secrets in The Dirt, while also holding on to the shadows of resentment and grudges that tore them apart after their long run of fame and success. Their stories are … read...

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Album Review: Red Light Cameras – Shiver

Posted by on Mar Fri, 2016 in Album Review, Blues, Hard Rock, New Releases | 0 comments

Album Review:  Red Light Cameras – Shiver

Like Stevie Nicks or Karen O, Amanda Machon of Red Light Cameras is a badass rock vixen with a powerful but distinctly feminine voice. Their newest album, Shiver, is defined by bouncy pop beats with a hard rock edge. The song structures are simple but nice. Playful and sassy, this album is a seamless fusion of rock attitude and pop appeal. The tunes are super catchy, making Shiver a perfect party album. Although highly entertaining, … read...

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Sneak Peek: Savage Wizdom: A New Beginning

Posted by on May Mon, 2013 in Concert Review, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Power Metal, Reviews, Symphonic | 0 comments

This post is dedicated to the recently deceased Jeff Hanneman.  Savage Wizdom has some epic tricks up their sleeves for their upcoming album, tentatively titled A New Beginning. This gem will feature guest vocals of the legendary vocalist/songwriter/sex god Blaze Bayley! This alone would make A New Beginning  a turning point in Savage Wizdom’s career, even though it’s the only full length CD after the debut of No Time For Mercy. This album promises all-new … read...

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Alcohol and Razorblades and Poison in Needles

Posted by on Jun Fri, 2012 in Blues, Death Metal, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Lifestyle, Punk, Shock Rock, Stoner Metal, Straight Edge | 0 comments

Alcohol and Razorblades and Poison in Needles

As usual, I got so drunk that I forgot I even have a blog. Don’t blame me, blame Mr. Jack Daniels. Anyway, being a pitiful combination of a boozehound, a lazyass, and a Metalhead, today’s post will be about the intertwining of mind-alteration and heavy music. Let’s see if I can maintain my motor skills enough to finish this in one go… Part I: The Forerunners The Beatles aren’t Metal, even though certain tracks such … read...

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Denim and Leather: Headbanger Style

Posted by on Nov Wed, 2011 in Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shock Rock | 0 comments

Denim and Leather: Headbanger Style

Metal was the unloved bastard-child of the hippie generation. We inherited the drugs and long-haired rebellion. Hell, we even kept the unhealthy obsession with music. It’s the music itself we changed. Bands like Led Zeppelin bridged the abyss, hence the elements of Bohemia in the Metalhead wardrobe. The most obvious connection is the long hair, which was shocking, offensive, even freakish to society until the late 6o’s. Other examples include the John Lennon glasses worn … read...

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Space Trip: A Review of Albuquerque’s Launchpad

Posted by on Nov Wed, 2011 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Deathcore, Doom Metal, Electronica, Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Punk, Stoner Metal, Upcoming Shows, Venue Review | 0 comments

Space Trip: A Review of Albuquerque’s Launchpad

A haven for heavy metal, punk, hip-hop, indie rock, and all who love such music. Photo via launchpadrocks.com There are no re-entries at Launchpad. Just like a real rocket mission, once you’re in, that’s it. There is no escaping the celestial spectacle, unless you feel like being thrust into an endless vacuum of instant boredom or death, respectively. The interior is ornamented with dazzling graffiti and stickers juxtaposed on the grimy walls. The floors are … read...

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