Friday Finds, Features, and Foibles

Good day all,

Alliteration is my friend!

It has been a while since I have been able to post anything on here, the main reason being that my real job is taking up a majority of my time with a pretty significant project and that has left me little time for myself. As the line from The Shining goes “All work and no play make Justin a dull boy!”. Regardless I have a little time today to add to my posts and have decided to do so. It has been so long though that I almost forget what we were talking about…

Recent music finds:

Here is what I have been listening to over the last few weeks:

Inter Arma: Sky Burial – This is a fantastic Doom/Sludge/Progressive/Psych album from this Richmond VA band. It is an album that I have had a tough time turning off as every time I listen to it there is a new layer that is peeled off in the music. I also suggest that you read Phil Johnson’s (@PJSLUDGE) interview of Inter Arma’s Trey Dalton over at Echoes and Dust (@echoesanddust) here is the link: http://echoesanddust.com/2013/03/interview-trey-dalton-from-inter-arma-3/

You can find Inter Arma’s album here: http://metalbandcamp.com/2013/03/inter-arma-sky-burial.html

Suicidal Tendencies: 13 – This is a great album harkening back to the old-school days of thrash. Mike Muir and company comeback after 13 years and put out a fantastic album that is worthy of the Suicidal moniker. As I said via Twitter a little while back, all I need is a skateboard and my Vans and I am set! Buy this album, you won’t be disappointed!

Victor Griffin’s In-Graved: Here is a solid EP from the former (current? can anybody really know) member of Pentagram that is long on the Sludge/Doom sound that I have recently come to embrace more and more. This is a solid group of songs and the musicianship and song writing is spectacular. I just wonder how many kids know that the song “Teacher” is a Jethro Tull cover? Would be an interesting study in demographics!

Warbeast: Destroy – This is the second album from this band (which I did not know, thought it was their debut…so I had to do some research), anyway I had heard their split with Phil Anselmo and really wasn’t that impressed but found that this album is really worth a listen. I feel that there is a really strong Pantera feel to this album both in the music and the song structure and that is OK! In fact it is really great to have a band that can capture the aggression and feel of Pantera that Pantera’s former members have yet to re-capture. I have to assume that Phil has something to do with this, no matter what though this is an album worth your time.

Kongh: Soul Creation: Another spectacular sludge/doom/psych album. This album was released earlier this year but I have just recently been able to give it a proper listen. Needless to say but it is phenomenal and should be purchased by you immediately if you are even remotely interested in this genre of heavy metal.

Don’t forget to also check-out my Bandcamp collection at http://bandcamp.com/justinpetrick You will be able to find some really cool stuff on there that I have found via Metal Bandcamp or from the folks that I follow via this site.

Also remember to check me out on Twitter @ICHeavy I am always looking for new friends!

Finally don’t forget to check out my article over on The Gauntlet http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/1225/27523/The-Devil-You-Know-Internet-Social-Media-and-The-Independent They were kind enough to post it and I am kind enough to pimp it…I will eventually post it here on the blog but for now go visit The Gauntlet and check out everything else they have to offer.

I think that is it for today, remember to say Hi in the comments…

Until Later, Peace!

Lurch

 

Friday Four…No More!

Good day all,

Another Friday and another Friday Four Pack? NOPE! I have decided that I will no longer be doing the Friday Four Packs as I have found that trying to find and review albums everyday has become more of a chore for me than fun. Plus there are plenty of places to go and find great metal music reviews that I don’t have to add my two cents to it every week. What I have noticed is that trying to do these reviews every week has made me miss out on the actual entertainment value of the music and forced me to make listening to music seem like work. I would try to dissect the nuances of an album or a song and not really listen to it for enjoyment purposes and I feel I have missed a bit. I still plan on having an end of year list and there is still a review or two I am working on but overall I think I am going to leave the reviewing to the guys and gals that excel at it and I am going to stick to more of my opinion and article writing.

Speaking of article writing please check out my latest article now on The Gauntlet:The Devil You Know: Internet, Social Media, and The Independent http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/1225/27523/The-Devil-You-Know-Internet-Social-Media-and-The-Independent  I really enjoyed working on this and am going to get ready to work on a follow-up if I can find the interview subjects and time.

Since I won’t be doing  the Friday Four Pack anymore I think I will just list the bands I have found that I am currently into and maybe a quick blurb about each. Whether they have been released this week or earlier I will try to leave something for everyone every Friday. Here is this weeks music choices

Thrawsunblat: Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings http://metalbandcamp.com/2013/03/thrawsunblat-wanderer-on-the-continent-of-saplings.html

Zed: The Invitation http://zedisded.bandcamp.com/

Cojones: Sunrise http://cojones.bandcamp.com/album/sunrise-2009

Hatchet: Dawn of the End https://www.facebook.com/hatchetofficial#!/hatchetofficial

Also go and check out my bandcamp site at http://bandcamp.com/justinpetrick I have a lot of great music on there and don’t forget to check out my wishlist as well.

Like I said earlier there are a lot of great reviewers out there and I will link to some each week so that you can still get your fix of new music and maybe get a taste of something new. For instance look at this weeks new releases courtesy of MSN Headbang http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/headbang-blogpost.aspx?post=1681f842-a1ee-4fdb-8659-55f29a16cada  As well as About.com Heavy Metal Crew http://heavymetal.about.com/od/cdreviews/tp/New-Heavy-Metal-Album-Reviews-March-12-2013.htm These guys really know how to give you the most out of a music review. I would also make sure you check out their Twitter pages as their writers tweet out a lot of great stuff throughout the week and most work for multiple outlets which will give you a wider variety of music to choose from. Additionally, if you are a metal fan you should be checking out Metal Bandcamp http://metalbandcamp.com/ on a regular basis as they have both the music and the reviews, also follow them on twitter to keep up with everything they have going on.

CHeck out this post I wrote back in September about these websites and these reviewers: https://culturemisnomer.wordpress.com/?s=metal+ed

I hope I have not disappointed anybody but I am pretty sure you don’t come to my blog for the reviews…and I don’t blame you!

Until Later, Peace!

Lurch

 

 

 

 

Metal Ed.

Good day all,

So where do you find out about new music? Do you search the internet every Tuesday and look for what has been released that day? Do you have a specific website you go to because you trust the people who review the new music? Or do you wait a few days after new release Tuesday and read as many reviews as possible and maybe sample the song via a website like Amazon, Itunes etc…? What do you use to help you make the decision to spend your hard-earned (assumed) money on new music? Even better do you take chances outside of your regular music to try anything new?

I ask these questions for several reasons, first I am truly interested in how people find the music they listen to and if they are trying things outside their comfort zone, and second because I am always looking for new ways to find new music. But what I really want to do today is share with you a couple of places that I go to find what I consider the best information on heavy metal as well as music you may not of heard of or been aware was available. There is a good possibility that I may surprise you with my choices of informational sources.

The first site I always seek out on new release Tuesday is About.com, Heavy Metal site run by Chad Bowar, this site has a list of all of the current heavy metal releases and usually, at least a couple of reviews of the new albums by its staff of writers. This site offers more than just heavy metal releases, the site is full of interviews from both well established and well-known bands as well as bands you may not have heard of before. They also have some really cool features like their Retro Recommendation specials every Friday and their look into the past with their “Best of” series from years gone by. When my need for finding out more about the new heavy metal and all of the genres started this was the first website I found that helped me understand what was going on in this music at the time. They continue to help educate fans and have a solid staff of writers that can help you understand the music and give a solid review of what is new as well as what is old. You can find them at: http://heavymetal.about.com/ and on Twitter @aboutheavymetal

This next site is my absolute next stop for heavy metal reviews and believe me when I tell you if this person tells me that an album is worth a try then I try it. It is very rare that I disagree with what this person and this website tell me about heavy metal. The knowledge here is spectacular. The preceding rant was to prepare you about the fact that I am going to name an MSN owned website in this post as a place I trust for metal news, reviews and history, but it is true and it is because of the writer of the website itself. The website is MSN’s Headbang and the writer is Adrien Begrand, this website is a must everyday but the most important day of the week for me to visit is late morning, early afternoon on Tuesday for Adrien’s solid reviews of just about all , if not all of the heavy metal releases for the week. The fact that he has the time to listen to all of the albums let alone write a review, all be it short for the most part but filled with the information you need to make a decision, is a feat in and of itself. Know now that if Adrien tells you to give an album a try it is worth giving it a try. Outside of the normal Tuesday cornucopia of metal reviews they also stay updated on the most relevant metal news as well as the Friday 25 @ 25 series and periodic reviews/features of other upcoming releases. I know it is MSN but Adrien Begrand gives this site the credibility to be a solid source for all things heavy metal. You can find the website at http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/headbang-blog.aspx also on Twitter at @msnmetal and you can follow Adrien Begrand at @basementgalaxy   

Finally there is Metal Bandcamp, again one of my favorites. The beauty of Metal Bandcamp is that you can find almost anything you want in heavy metal and you will usually have a review to go along with what you are looking at and listening to as well. Metal Bandcamp allows the visitor to stream the album that they want to listen to before they buy and if you want to buy it the process for purchase is a choose your own price type of system. Obviously the more you pay the happier the artist, but the ability to choose your own price allows a listener to try more music than I think they normally would have. So the question becomes why would I buy it if I can just continue to stream it? I don’t have a good answer for you but from my experience when I find a new band on Metal Bandcamp I really like I usually purchase the album so I can keep it and listen to it when I don’t have computer or Internet or 4G access. Plus purchasing the album helps the artist and the more I can help great unknown artists succeed the happier my listening catalog will be. There should not be any fear by anyone to visit Metal Bandcamp, they are nice enough to have the site organized by genre and the individual reviews are some of the strongest that I have read for heavy metal. Keep in mind that a majority of the bands on Metal Bandcamp are unsigned or independent artists and a lot of the music you will find here you probably won’t find anywhere else unless you happen to be following a specific band. Additionally they seem to be adding more and more record labels daily, including the new Relapse Alumni page, which is really cool.  You can find Metal Bandcamp at: http://metalbandcamp.com/  and on Twitter @metalbandcamp

So these are a few of the websites I use to find a lot of my music. I choose these websites because I trust the writers and the people involved, they have yet to steer me wrong. It is important to me to get a strong opinion on an album before I buy it and these websites and writers weekly, if not daily help me navigate the vast world of metal releases. These are not the only places I visit for music and they are definitely not my only sources but they are atop the ladder in my view. So give them a try, and since I am talking about websites and reviews don’t forget to check out my features and reviews on METAL BUZZ at http://metalbuzz.net/site/ Ken and his crew are great at featuring the more unique bands in heavy metal and his taste for music and obscure talent will impress. They are also on Twitter metalbuzz and @kenkopija check them out!

Song of the Day: http://youtu.be/aKf9Xzj1_0Y

Until Later, Peace!

Lurch