The new issue is here. As you already know prepare yourself for some new music and new bands. He even tells you where to get free stuff! Enjoy...
Last Bastion (U.S.) The Drip (U.S.) Wan (Sweden)
Sinaya (Brazil) Battleroar (Greece/Germany) Lie in Ruins (Finland)
Gravehill (U.S.) Hour of Penance (Italy) Insain (France)
UnKured (U.S.) Unisonic Schammasch (Switzerland)
Bifröst (Austria) Nux Vomica (U.S.) Cultfinder (U.K.)
Vestal Claret (U.S.): The Cult of Vestal Claret (Cruz del Sur Music)
Traditional heavy metallers Vestal Claret seem like a band that hates it when they hear metal musicians attempt to justify or apologize for metal’s socially unacceptable traits, like when a band says that they have a “positive” message about “believing in yourself,” and make it appear like metal music is some sort of life coach for people who need encouragement or reassuring.
No. Vestal Claret is not that way. If metal offends some people’s feelings, religious or social beliefs, well, that’s fine, it’s not for them. Or, if you hate it when you see metal musicians going around saying, “We are not really Satanists or into blasphemy. We are just having fun with some silly images, you know, like you see in the movies. We’re just normal dudes, like you.”
No. Anyway, what do you care if someone thinks you are a Satanist? You play blasphemous or sick music, so what? Are you asking for people’s approval or what?
No. Vestal Claret has songs about witches, murder, evil and the occult. There is no “positive” message about living your life better, in a more “healthy” way that helps interact with your classmates or neighbors. This music is mentally deranged, and that’s that.
Vestal Claret is traditional-conservative occult-theme heavy/doom metal for those into other cult metal like Manilla Road, Brocas Helm and Cirith Ungol. They don’t sound like those bands, but they are quirky, strange and metal like those bands. www.facebook.com/VestalClaret
Kaine (U.K.): The Waystone
Bruce Dickinson has at times observed that one difference about Iron Maiden is the way that the band’s guitarists write smooth melodies and riffs, and that this way of composing has nothing to do with being “heavy,” and doing these chugging chords that are obnoxiously loud, impressing in particular the younger listener through tricks of volume and noise. Traditional-conservative heavy metallers Kaine appear to understand Bruce Dickinson’s point perfectly well: metal music is not about how heavy your music is, actually. If you think about it, there are many, many currently famous and successful non-metal rock bands that sound heavier, chunkier and chuggier than heavy metal like Kaine.
Metal music as Kaine understands it, is about riffs, melodies, guitar work in general, songwriting, singing and overall talent. Kaine is in no competition to have the heaviest sound. It’s easier to be loud, than make the effort to write riffs and make a coherent song.
This is Kaine’s second studio full-length album, according to Metal Archives. Early Maiden seems like an influence here, in the smooth melodies and riffs; you may also detect other New Wave of British Heavy Metal sounds, perhaps Blitzkrieg or Angel Witch; in places, such as the song “The Waystone” the band expands into more proggy territory, with keys and other mellower passages, which again, can be seen as a Steve Harris influence, through his love of 70s prog.
The creative energy of the band is their most positive strength, in my view. If late 70s-early 80s metal interpreted by a younger band looks an appealing proposition, put Kaine in your list. You’ll be glad you did. Hoping we have not heard the last of this unsigned band. www.facebook.com/kaineband
5.19.14 Deathhammer (Norway) live at Walters
On this particular monday there were two shows, Primal Fear or Deathhammer. We decided to go with Deathhammer since this is their first time in the U.S. as far we know. We figured hell if they made the effort to come to Houston,Texas the least we can do is show some support for old school thrash from Norway.
Deathhammer was formed in 2005, in Norway (Hamar/Grimstad) by Sergeant Salsten (Guitar, bass, vocals) and Sadomancer (Drums, backing vocals). Bands lyrical themes are about zombies, death and blasphemy. They released three demos and two full-length albums.
Everytime we go one of these shows (first timers) the bands are eager to put on a great show. Deathhammer was no exception. They were full of energy and read to destroy ...enjoy!!
5.19.14 We were lucky enough to make to Mango's for the Destroying Texas fest 9....[read more]
Blaspherian is a band from Missouri City, Texas. Have you had your black metal today? No...that's ok that's ok let us fix you right up. [read more....]
Morgengrau is a old school death/speed metal band from Austin, Texas. [read more...]
Anvil, Burn The Boats, ASS, Mercury Cure live at Fitzgerald's 4.15.14
Fuglymaniacs was made it to the Anvil show. Apparently Anvil is dead. The crowd was small and energy was quiet. Problem is nobody told Anvil to show up and rock the crowd to sleep. They were ready to party and they had had lots of energy and plenty of metal.
The first band to open the show was The Mercury Cure. Theyhave a self described "Van Halen sound and they just want to fuckin' rock." Lucky for them Kelly is on guitars & Darren on drums (formerly of Carry The Storm) so there is plenty of shredding. They even did a cover of 'Hot For Teacher."They've been jammin' since November so they are new band....see for yourself.
More footage coming from this show...ASS, Burn The Boats & Anvil...