Thrash

Video: News Bit 003 – Altar of Betelgeuze, Augurium, Crypt Rot, and more

Posted on

Here is the second episode of the Crown of Viserys News Bit. In it I talk about some of the upcoming albums in April as well as the upcoming shows from Crown of Viserys that happen in April.

If you’re liking what you see with the news bit, let me know, and if you are in a band that would like to be featured in the news bit, also let me know.

Advertisements

Video: News Bit 002 – Ordoxe, Royal Thunder, Casket Huffer, and More

Posted on Updated on

Here is the second episode of the Crown of Viserys News Bit. In it I talk about some of the upcoming albums in April as well as the upcoming shows from Crown of Viserys that happen in April.

If you’re liking what you see with the news bit, let me know, and if you are in a band that would like to be featured in the news bit, also let me know.

Music Review: Food Metal – Food Metal

Posted on Updated on

Food Metal - Food Metal

Genre: Food Metal
Label: Independent

Alum, sodium, zinc, etc… I get plenty of metal in my food. Now if I can just manage to get some food in my metal… wait, what? Native Californian and sometimes New Zealander James Perry?! Why are you putting your guitar in the oven? Ohhhhhhh…

Food Metal apparently started off as an exercise in song writing and snowballed into a legitimate project (think Tim Lambesis’s Austrian Death Machine only with no celebrity impersonations and less attempted uxoricide). This self-titled offering is a savory selection of songs that blend hard rock, metal, gastronomy and humor together to make an album that’s not heavy on calories, but heavy where it counts.

Mr. Perry borrows from a multitude of subgenres before butchering them, marinating them in his own distinct style, broiling them and finally serving them up on Food Metal‘s sonic smorgasbord. “Fries” takes bit of a slower paced thrash approach (“For Whom the Bell Tolls”), while “Pass The Beets” finds James in more familiar territory (for me at least) with a slower, more melodic (almost poppy) tune. But, in terms of balls out headbanging, the cake surely goes to “Where the Hell is My Food”. James’s vocals, dirty rollin’ riffs and lines about being pissed off about shitty customer service fit perfectly together here.

My only complaint here is that I felt a bit like Oliver Twist towards the end. “Please Sir, may I have some more?” (Ok, not an apt comparison since James would gladly give an orphan all the metal he/she could handle and I’m a fully grown ragamuffin.) I guess I should ask him if he plans on serving seconds in our forthcoming interview?

Food Metal Site
Food Metal Facebook

Music Review: Villainizer – Reign in Terror

Posted on Updated on

Villainizer - Reign in Terror

Genre: Thrash
Label: Independent

Edmonton thrash heroes Villainizer don’t pull punches with their sophomore LP, Reign in Terror, a poke at Slayer’s Reign in Blood. The expected lyrical themes (stereotypes of Arabs) are still all here, and the kick in the face of pure unadulterated thrash is beyond what should be legal on any album.

I jokingly told the bandleader Rob the Arab Villain that my official review would be the following: “Thrash as thrash can thrash with elements of thrash,” to which he replied simply, “I love it.” And that really is what Reign in Terror is about. Slayer, Anthrax, and maybe a bit of Megadeth (but only the good bits of Megadeth) and possibly some Slayer, Arabian musical themes, and Slayer come together to break necks in Villainizer. Songs about 9/11 (“Twin Tower Two-Step”), genies (“The Magic Lamp”), and terrorist metal (“Terror Abraxas”) are sickeningly catchy and will embed themselves in your head for days, causing you to shout “Look at that crazy fuck!”, or “And it’s just a random act of violence!” while at work, your colleagues wondering what the shit is wrong with you.

If you get offended easily, don’t listen to Reign in Terror. Also, if you find yourself getting lots of speeding tickets, don’t listen to Reign in Terror. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have cardiovascular problems, or are taking medication for ADD, don’t listen to Reign in Terror. This shit will fuck you up.