Anthrax, one of the “big four” of metal (Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer), has released a new album, Anthems, which is a collection of covers, and there’s already a review over at unsungmelody.com
Demise Of The King is a young Louevil band that labels themselves as blackened death metal/deathcore/metal. Formed in September 2010, these guys range between the ages 18 and 24 and live in the PRP area. I’m checking out their new EP, “The Embodiment Of Suffering.” This stuff is pretty brutal. Blast beats are a-plenty. The guitars are sinister and I’m digging the use of the pinch harmonics in the song “The Spawn of Manipulation.” The vocals of Bob Lowery are good for death metal. Heck, he sounds as good as the top dogs in death metal. Sometimes it’s very difficult to remain in time to such fast and intricate guitar riffing and beats. Bob hangs in there well. The blast beats and stops are cool-sounding. Kind of reminds me a little of Louevil’s The Devil And The Darkness. If you like death metal, then this should be right up your alley. There are some skills at work here. The drumming of Ben Cotton is awesome. The mixing and quality of this CD is pretty good. I can hear everything equally. “Ghoul” is a shredder that has some old Morbid Angel influences. It’s a bit slower, but the drums are still killing, doublebass-wise. The melodic guitar parts are cool, and the breakdown in the middle is very cool. I love that!! What the hell is that instrument? I can’t tell if it’s keyboards or guitars with mucho effects. Whatever it is sounds sick! There is something about this song that is fargin evil. Sounds like some Norwegian black metal!!! This is some quality Louevil heavy metal.
How come I’ve not heard of these youngsters yet? I’m going to have to book these guys A.S.A.P. “Lament” has some lightning-fast guitar riffs that sound pretty hard to play. All in all this is some good stuff for dudes so young. They have some potential and should do well if they can get out of this town and get their music out to the masses. The heavier death/black metal scene seems to have all but died in this town, sadly. But with newer bands like Demise Of The King out there shredding, there just might be a resurgence in the making. They have 1578 “likes” on their Facebook page and that isn’t anything to sneeze at. Check out this rockin’ new band at reverbnation.com/demiseoftheking
Yay!!! No more lame, whiny pop music doo-doo! I’ve got to be honest, folks, seeing our old and trusted rock radio station “The Fox” change to what it was, was a hard thing for me to take. I’ve been a long-time listener, and in the past, even a regional music DJ on The Fox for over two years, so the station kind of means something to me. Heck, I all but quit listening to the station when it changed to that hideous pop garbage format, instead opting to listen to classic rock station WQMF. The only time I listened to The Fox was to hear my old friend Mudd play some Louisville bands on “Louisville Rocks.” I am happy to report that the station is now back to the way it used to be (rockin!!) and people are very happy about the change back to its original format. We get real rock ‘n’ metal again! They have been playing Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch and all kinds of good stuff. This makes me happy, because now I do not plan on pulling my radio sponsorship with the station, like I had been thinking about doing. So listen up people, start supporting them again like you never have before! Otherwise the corporate bigwigs might change the stations format again! Maybe to something even worse than the lame, whiny pop crap they put on there last time.
I’m sitting here listening to Louevil pop rockers Talk Of Spring‘s new five-song, self-titled EP (recorded in Chicago), and produced by Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo and Letlive). As I’ve said before, this isn’t my type of music personally, but there is no mistaking the great talent in this young original band. When I saw them perform a few months ago, I was blown away. The creativity and feeling in this band is substantial. Bassist Scotty Peebles says “Don’t Stop” is about simple summer love; about being in love, blasting music from the car, riding around with the windows down. I can relate to that. It makes me think of when I was eighteen. It’s a happy tune that reminds of today’s popular modern pop rock music. The sound quality of this recording is great! The vocals sound amazing. The bass work of Scotty Peebles has increased tenfold from a few years ago and he has a strange bass sound on this song that has some distortion in it that almost sounds like a keyboard or something. Singer/guitarist Josh Napier is a vocal paradox, conveying feeling, melody and soul, and all this while playing the guitar! “Nightlight” is a great-sounding tune with super vocals charged with energy and melody. It’s a bopping tune that many young people would surely like. The chorus is a memorable outing that has an unforgettable factor in it (I found myself singing along with it and humming it!! And I like some Death Metal!!!).
This is a real good tune! A hit in the making. Producer Marc McClusky is really good at recording this kind of music, and the band made the right decision to seek him out for this project. The sound quality is through the roof. This band sounds too good to be just a three-piece band. It makes me proud that we have such talented musicians in our fair city. Not only great musicians, but really good human beings as well. Total professionals. This band has huge potential, they just need the right opportunity to take their music to another level of exposure. An opening spot on a national tour would be ideal, and I have no doubt that they would absolutely do awesomely! You can see TOS on March 16 at Heart Of Fire Church.
I was talking with some of the Toy Tiger people about the Hardcore Era of the Toy Tiger, and how it has been dissed. The person I talked to agrees that more attention should be paid to the people and bands that made up that era of music. Hopefully, (nothing is set in stone just yet) next year they will be adding a Toy Tiger Hardcore Reunion to the usual Toy Tiger Reunion. A two-day event is in the talks!!! One night of heavier bands from the Nineties era of The Tiger, and, of course, the usual Toy Tiger reunion bands will be playing as well.
Everyone knows who BoneJinn is. It’s that band with hard rockin’ tunes that has a real good singer with the long goatee! There have been many forms and versions, but the soul of the BoneJinn concept is still intact as the day vocalist Marty Triplett wrote the first BoneJinn lyric. It’s taken a while but the band finally released the three new BoneJinn tracks they recorded last summer at DSL Studios with Mike Baker. The tracks are “World Control,” “Face In The Crowd” and “Gander.” “It’s some of the strongest vocals I’ve ever recorded” says vocalist Marty Triplett. I just put the CD in to check out the new music and the first tune is “World Control.” This has one rocking rhythm in it. The guitars during the verse kind of reminds me of an early Alice In Chains type guitar riff somehow. The same style? It’s a down homey rock riff that mixes well with Marty’s high soulful vocals. Marty says that “‘World Control’ is musical food for the conspiracy theorist. From tasty Chemtrails to yummy oil spills, mass shootings and gun bills. A little on recession and a bit of obsession. Religion churning a warning of a Burning (HELL!). The Illuminati in your face keeping order of the human race.” Marty has great vocal technique in his singing, that not many bands in town have the ability to pull off, so they usually just scream nonstop. ha. It’s nice to see an actual singer up on stage showing the people the deep, darkest corners of his soul, in musical form. Rarely have I seen better singers than Marty in our music scene. The dude has some serious soul.
The second song, “Face In The Crowd,” sounds radio friendly and has that familiar guitar sound that occupies the radio waves on rockin’ radio stations. Marty has some serious range in his voice on this one. His ability to hold notes is substantial. He has some great mic technique as well. I’m digging the breakdown at the end of the song with the dive-bombs and whammy bar madness that Ricky does. Former drummer Rob Streander does a heck of a job on the drum tracks. Rob is a great drummer (he played in my band Year Of The Gun as well), but he has issues, so the band enlisted drummer Steve Childers in Fall 2012. Bassist Aaron Eadens can certainly hold his own on the bass guitar. The quality of this CD sounds good. I’ve not heard much of this studio, but maybe I should look into this place. It’s decent quality for a local studio! There is not very much vocal effects on Marty’s voice, but it still sounds good. Marty, Ricky and Mike Baker produced/mastered the CD.
Gander.” It’s a good energetic rockin riff that is almost southern rock. You can feel the Kentucky in the music. Marty’s long intro scream was good, then he kicks into a non-stop melodic vocal ride that won’t let you off. Ricky’s guitar sounds good, Ricky does nice pinch harmonic work (squeals) in his playing. I always liked that about Ricky’s playing. Together, the two have chemistry that works well. And that is the Backbone of BoneJinn. I can tell Marty is happy with this end result, and it does sound good.
I’m kind of bummed the band did not record the song that I like best, “Flowers and Butterflies.” That is coming later this year, according to Marty, probably in the fall when they cut the rest of the album. Until then, it’s trying to get with a publishing company to license the music and finishing up the artwork, playing out and creating some funds for the next round of recording. You can see BoneJinn next at PHT on Friday, April 5 with Burning Babylon and Krosjoint! The band is planning a CD release show in the next month or two!
Queensryche has a new deal with Century Media and a new record due out in June! Thay’ve already started their 2013 tour but there’s no stop in Louisville. Damn. The closest city will be Nashville on March 12. The whole tour list is here.
Here’s a 90-second clip of a new tune called “Redemption”:
The band has lost their only guitarist, Hy Davis, and they are now out of commission, for a while at least. It is unclear whether they will disband, or continue on in the search for another guitar player. No disrespect to Hy Davis, because I know not the reasons for his departure, but it does suck that one person can destroy a whole band and everyone’s dreams. It’s the way bands go. It only takes one to ruin everything. I know this all to well. These guys were sounding very good lately with the new lineup of vocalist Billy Burton and Hy Davis joining the band. They had big plans this summer, to tour and play a bunch of shows. This is a huge blow to founding members bassist Nick Priddy and drummer Troy Ford, but with a little hope and positive outlook, hopefully they can be back rocking again in a few months with a new guitarist. Those guys don’t give up very easily.