A crazy collection of vintage 80’s Judas Priest TV commercials.
No talk this week, just links for your very metal amusement. Although I do highly recommend you listen to full-stream of the latest record from Chicago black metal band Indian, From All Purity, over at Pitchfork as loudly as possible.
Staten Island school choir performs Iron Man – Geezer Butler approves. Birmingham Mail
I know I usually blog about t-shirts on Tuesday’s but, I was just alerted by a very metal reader that Black Sabbath and Converse will be launching a line of Sabbath-themed chucks this Spring. In addition to an all-over print of the album art from Volume 4 (available now, see below), there will also be prints of Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Never Say Die!. In other news, fuck yes to all of this.
As you likely already know, Chuck’s don’t cost $25 bucks anymore so expect to shill out $60-$70+ bucks a pair. See them all here.
The Friday Night Very Metal Update is BACK! But since I’ve got other things cooking, I’ll be brief with some of CB.com’s latest programming notes. First, the long-postponed Movies About Girls podcast episode #178 will finally hit the live airwaves next week on Saturday, December 14th. Don’t miss it! Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, I posted a very handy, and very metal Christmas Wish List over at Destroy the Brain – Lemmy Nutcrackers anyone?
Now, on to all the metal happenings that have been happening this week…
Promo for WNUF’s Halloween Special, 1987. Preceded by a commercial for Heavy Metal cassette comp, “Feel the Steel”. It’s not real, but it is a real faux-found footage film just out on DVD/VHS that must be seen. More here.
Ace Frehley and Peter Criss jam together for the first time in 13 years. Revolver
Brian May says he wants Keith Richards or Bob Dylan to play Freddy Mercury in the new Queen movie. Classic Rock Magazine
Mondo will be releasing the original soundtrack to Halloween on vinyl, on Halloween, for the first time ever. Some issues of the double Gatefold LP will also contain orange vinyl. Squeal! Dread Central
And now for your moment of Zen – Heavy Metal yoga is a thing. Metal Injection
So in other words, it’s never, ever, ever, going to happen. But it if happens, it happens. Metal Hammer UK
If you’re out of Methadone today, just watch this new video from Black Sabbath for Loner. Youtube
And if you’re not out of Methadone yet, you might want to take some now because Danzig and Doyle have recorded a new song that Danzig describes as “bizarre”, and “weird”. Bloody Disgusting
And you’re going to need all your drugs to get through this video of Oderus Urungus of Gwar reading Goodnight Moon. Metal Sucks
But I think this guy shared all your drugs with his tattoo artist. Because there is no other explanation for this Iron Maiden tattoo of Eddie. Ugliest Tattoos
Now is a good time to download two new tracks from Phil Anselmoand the Illegals new 10″. The PRP
Now that you’re primed and ready, listen to another new track from Phil Anselmo and the Illegals, Ugly Mug. Metal Insider
I hate to begin this post with a sad to report, but it seems that excellent music blog run by Purple Dog Records, Curious Tracks, will be taking a Internet hiatus. So while we’re waiting for it’s second-coming, I thought that I would start re-posting my reviews that I did for CT from this year, featuring my favorite metal and rock releases from 2013 so far . And, since it’s been a while, I’ve also included updates of what said bands have been up to, like tour dates, beer, and other stuff. So, read on to get hip to the heavy metal hits that you might have missed this year. I’ll wrap up the re-posts with a brand new one before the last leaves fall.
Also, if you’re in the market for some quality used or new vinyl, click on over to Purple Dog Records store, The Vinyl Sacrifice. Enjoy!
Grab The SPF 666! New Summer Metal Releases Will Melt Your Face Off!
Summer is here, and that means the time is right for me to tell you about six more metal releases you need to make room for in your record collection. Read on and listen to the latest sounds of Japanese serial-killer band, Church of Misery, the blunt-force trauma that is High on Fire Live, the new Queens of the Stone Age, my thoughts on the new Black Sabbath record, 13, and the first full-length from Austin’s heavy metal cowboys, Scorpion Child.
Scorpion Child’s self titled debut is due out on June 25st, and according to the band’s official site, “Scorpion Child rocks like 1975, like somebody scrawled Physical Graffiti all over southern rock“. A comparison that smacks you right in the face when you hear the vocals of Aryn Schwartz on the track, Polygon of Eyes. Guitars hurtling at 100 mph, backed by hard-crashing percussion? Check. Songs about booze, women, and rocking out on the top of a mountain? Check. Straddling the line between classic rock and 80′s hair metal, Scorpion Child has made a record full of sweet, summer ear candy. And for all you wax-loving metalheads, the band is also releasing the double record on aqua colored vinyl, etched with the Polygon of Eyes logo. Out via Nuclear Blast.
Update: Scorpion Child will be in Seattle for a gig at Neumo’s on Saturday, September 21st. Full list of tour dates, here.
There must be something in the water in Texas, because there is some great metal coming from them thar parts this year. Thrash metal band Power Triphails from Dallas, and their first full length, Manifest Decimation is a face melting masterpiece. Decimation is a hardcore adrenaline rush from the get go, not unlike the one you get listening to while running from the cops after knocking off the corner liquor store. Tracks like, Murderers Row, and the drudge of Drown will make you form a mosh pit in your living room. Decimation also broke through to my inner 80′s headbanger with the track Power Trip, and the flat out frenzy of Heretics Fork. Power Trip vocalist Riley Gale is in full mayhem mode throughout Decimation’s 35 minute journey of must-have, head-throttling thrash. Out now via Southern Lord.
Update: Power Trip is about to kick off a massive tour with Terror and F*cked Up on September 27th. Complete list of dates over at Brooklyn Vegan.
I generally like to feature bands that fly a bit lower under the radar than Queens of the Stone Age. However, the band’s latest release, Like Clockwork, took me by surprise. Not just because it was good, but because it’s easily the band’s best release to date. Clockwork is full of beautiful melodies, lyrics, and whining, doom-y sounding guitars. Speaking of lyrics, Josh Homme somehow manages to coolly channel Shawn Cassidy by working the multi-decade lyric “Da Doo Ron Ron” into the impossibly ear-wiggy track If I Had A Tail. As if Queen’s didn’t have enough power on their own to make this one of 2013′s best records, they also get some help from Trent Reznor, Elton John, and regular co-conspirtor, Mark Lanegan.
As a huge fan of every version ofBlack Sabbath in history. And since the reception to the band’s first record with the original lineup in 35 years has been somewhat varied, I thought I’d jump into the heavy metal fray with my thoughts on 13. First of all, I don’t think that 13 sounds like it’s trying to recapture it’s former sound and glory. I’m also not saying that it doesn’t harken back to the band’s iconic back catalog, because without question, it does, but in the most carefully crafted way.
Sabbath came together and made a record that sounds better than I had expected, and not like one that got pushed through a meat grinder for money, as I had feared. Tony Iommi’s textbook riffs are clearly the stand-out stars of 13. Sounding as heavy as he did in the 70′s, especially on the tracks Methademic, and Live Forever. Iommi proves that Sabbath’s classic stoner groove is still very much alive and well. Speaking of classic, Damaged Soul sounds so much like vintage Sabbath, it even comes complete with a harmonica-playing wizard.
And what about Ozzy? I won’t lie; I’ve always been a huge fan of the man. That said, it’s entirely possible that despite my 30+ years of adoration, even I wasn’t sure Ozzy was up to the task of manning the mighty helm of Sabbath’s satanic ship again. As it turns out, I was dead wrong. Osbourne’s vocals are strong and controlled; steady, and haunting – nearly matching Iommi’s sludgy, epic chops, track for track. 13 is full of pushed-to-the-limit, ominous, bell-tolling metal. And it appears that Black Sabbath’s fans agree, as 13 is currently poised to become the band’s first ever #1 record.
Thy Kingdom Scum is Japan-based Church of Misery’s fourth full-length. Scum picks up where the band’s 2009 record left off, and continues their obsession with writing songs about serial killers. Historically, the marriage of serial killers and heavy metal go perfectly together, kind of like Jack and Coke.
Here’s Scum’s bad-guy breakdown: Brother Bishop – takes on Philadelphia murderer, Gary M. Heidnik – All Hallows Eve is based on 70′s spree-killer, John Lynley Fraiger, and if you are a student of the school of serial killing, the thunderous, psychedelic track BTK, requires no explanation. Scum’s dark focus gets laid back on the creepy track, Cranley’s Garden, named for the address of Briton’s answer to Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Nilson. There’s also completely shook up, non-murder-related cover of One Blind Mice, originally done by 70′s prog-rock band, Quartermass.
Like San Fransisco’s Orchid, Church of Misery is also possessed by the ghost of early Black Sabbath. Thy Kingdom Scum is an awesomely heavy, utterly dark, fuzzy freaked-out record. Out now from one of my favorite record labels, Metal Blade.
The brutal force of High on Fire comes through loud and fucking clear on the band’s new live record, Spitting Fire. The double-live record’s production is so clean, it’s almost like being there. Which is what any live album worth it’s salty licks strives for.
Recorded last winter during two back-to-back New York shows at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, and the historic Bowery Ballroom, all 15 crushing tracks from the band’s decade-plus old catalog will pummel you until you’re black and blacker. If you haven’t seen the veteran Oakland-based trio (a band that gives the almighty Slayer a run for their money if you ask me) live yet, you must let the unbridled power of High on Fire live whip you into a frenzy by way of your turntable, immediately. Spitting Fire is out via Relapse Records on June 18th.
Just a few facts about this bed-spin inducing performance of Iron Man by The Replacements. On January 25th, 1985, before The Replacements had once again dissolved into a pile of drunk messes on stage, the manager of the Bowery in New York, Roscoe Shoemaker, asked if he could tape the band. To which Paul Westerberg replied “Why? We suck.”.
Despite Westerberg’s foreboding advice, Shoemaker hooked up his equipment and hit record. About 50 or so minutes into the show, Replacements roadie Bill Sullivan spotted the recorder, and grabbed the tape. But apparently, on their way back to Minnesota, the band listened to the tape and thought that it was a spot-on representation of the group. 10,000 copies of the cassette, ‘The Sh*t Hits the Fans‘. The entire run sold out almost immediately. No shit.
There were 24 songs on the cassette, but only five were Replacements originals. Other covers on the tape were Saturday Night Special, by Lynyrd Skynrd, Misty Mountain Hop, by Led Zeppelin, and Jailbreak, by Thin Lizzy. Most of the covers attempted by the inebriated cult band that night lasted about 90 seconds, before going completely off the rails. Iron Man lasted an astonishing and cringe worthy 1:40. And say what you will about Ozzy Osbourne, even a lifetime of pouring booze on his liver and filling his head with chemicals, he still remembers the lyrics to Iron Man. Unlike the 1985 version of Paul Westerberg.
Lamour! Where Heavy Metal comes alive! As long as it’s still 1985.
Hey there Friday! Glad you could make it. It’s been a pretty crazy day so far, and I’m glad that the blog finally came back to life after jumping off the roof due to a huge spike in traffic (thanks Dangerous Minds!).
In other good news, the Movies About Girls will return to being a LIVE show tomorrow! Check out all the antics, f*ck-ups, and laffs as your favorite group of zanies triumphantly take over the airwaves and take on the campy greatness that is Sleepaway Camp II. Don’t miss a minute! The show starts tomorrow at 6:00 PM ET right here!
Now, here’s everything metal that happened last week…
The always demure Al Jourgensen on sucking dick, booze, and sticking stuff up his butt. Blabbermouth
Ever wanted to hear Glenn Danzig and Cherie Curry take on Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra? Yeah, I’m not sure either but here it is. Danzig-Verotik
But I am sure you want to listen to the new Stormzone track, Three Kings. Who knew Ireland was so metal? Stormzone1 on Youtube
Speaking of being sure of stuff, if you do only one thing today (besides read my blog), make sure you listen to the new track from Yoko Ono featuring Mike D and Ad Rock, Bad Dancer. Stereogum
Nine incredible never-before-seen photos Johnny Cash. HuffPo
Speaking of Johnny Cash, listen to this rare 1997 recording of Alex Chilton performing Cash’s classic anthem, I Walk the Line. Consequence of Sound
Dear Sammy Hagar, PLEASE FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT! Artist Direct
Geezer Butler says this will be Black Sabbath’s last tour. Southtown Star
Now you can harass Prince about his ticket prices being to damn high on Twitter. Prince3RDEYEGIRL
Amazing must-read on the harder side of the Boston music scene. Pitchfork
Heroin is a hell of a drug; William S. Burroughs endorsing Mr. Peanut for Mayor in 1974. The Wandrlustr
In honor of what would have been Charles Bukowski’s 93rd birthday today, here’s a cake with a picture of Charles Bukowski on it. Flickr
Welcome to another weekly addition of VMFNU! But before I get to that, I’m very excited that I’m going to be a part of the latest offshoot of the Movies About Podcast, the MAG Monthly For Girls podcast! The all-girl show will make it’s debut this weekend, and the Tumblr, run by MAG’s Queen of Podcasting, fearless fashionista, Stacey, is already chock full of fun. Along with the TV Lady, Amanda By Night of retro TV blog, Made for TV Mayhem, and yours truly, the podcast will talk about hot guys, beauty products, fashion trends, books and so much more. I’m also doing a special segment about the influence of cats in fashion. Which, yes, is totally a thing. Once the show is ready for the Internets, it’ll be posted here for your listening pleasure.
While I’m on the topic of MAG, the podcast will start broadcasting live again next Saturday, August 17th. Don’t miss it!
Welcome to another weekly installment of VMFNU! Today’s update is completely jammed packed with heavy metal happenings, weirdness (like the unlikely union of Iggy Pop and Yoko Ono), and sweet new jams to shake your hair to. In other good news, I’m happy to report that the good time that is the Movies About Girls podcast once again start broadcasting LIVE on August 17th via Google Hangouts. Tomorrow MAG’s summer movie celebration continues with Episode #171, and our exploration of 1978’s bikini bash flick, Zuma Beach. You can listen to the episode here later this weekend.
Speaking of bikini’s, head over to horror loving blog Destroy the Brain, and check out my latest Coffin Couture article, “Sepultura, Skeletons, and Satan: Heavy Metal Swimwear”. It’s full of eye-popping metal goddesses in bathing suits fit for the apocalypse.
Now, on to all the metal shit that went down this week…
It’s been quite the new week when it comes to metal, and quite frankly, not much of it was good. But, as I mentioned in the title of this weekly post, that Lemmy seems to be doing okay and is still getting laid, even while he’s laid-up. Now that’s metal.
In other good news, tomorrow will bring yet another episode of the Movies About Girls podcast! So, grab your bikini (or banana hammock) and join the International cast of MAG for episode #169, as we take on 1987’s “Back to the Beach“. As usual, we’ll also run down our Top 5 and Bottom 5 DVD and Blu-Ray releases, tell you what beaches to avoid this summer (think FLORIDA), and play another round of MAG’s favorite parlor game, That’s Not A Real Band Name, Is It?, curated by your truly. When it hits the Internets, it’ll be posted here.
Lastly, I’m excited to report that I’ve just started blogging for the horror-hounds over at Destroy the Brain! I’ll be reviewing some metal, and assaulting your eyes with fashion finds only serial killers could love.
Now, on to all the metal things that happened last week. Stay STRONG Lemmy!