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2012 in Heavy Metal and Rock: A Discussion

To begin our week capping off the musical year that was in 2012, Chris and I decided the first thing we should do was sit down and figure out what this year was, what its trends were, what it means for the future, and who the superstars were. We had come from two very different 2012’s in metal (if you haven’t noticed, we have different tastes,) so we decided to get some things down and see if a lengthy discussion couldn’t iron out what the final verdict of the year was. Also, we named the BloodyGoodHorror.com Album of the Year, so you’ll be sure to want to see what our pick was. Read on for the spectacle that was M.Drew/Chris C II!

Concert Review - The Reverend Horton Heat

If you’ve never been to a show at Bridge Street Live in central Connecticut, you’re missing out. The place is essentially a massive ballroom with a corner stage, plenty of table seating, suitably dim lighting and perfect acoustics. The ambiance of the building is set wonderfully in a retro rock and roll motif; art deco and clean design lines run tastefully rampant through the corridors and over toward the bar. It was exactly the kind of place that The Reverend Horton Heat would be expected to play.

Album Review: Sons of Aeon - "Sons of Aeon"

Sons of Aeon is a sort of death metal supergroup, born from active parts of Ghost Brigade, Swallow the Sun and a couple others. In pre-release press, the band says all the right things, talking about the influence of death metal pioneers like Bolt Thrower and Napalm Death. The band goes on to describe their aversion for albums put through the production wringer, talking wistfully about the days when drums were played by a human being and not re-tracked by heartless machinery.

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Album Review: Sonic Pulse - "Lager Than Life"

Take a look at that cover art. Look at it again. One more time. If you are left with any uncertainty whatsoever as to the kind of heavy metal album that Sonic Pulse has released, then you simply are being myopic.

Heavy metal cover art has seen some small evolutions over the years, but these are mainly cosmetic, as the iconography has bent and waved to the whim of culturally pleasing aesthetics in the moment. What remains paramount is that metal cover art must, by genre-dictated norm, conform to one of four principles:

1) Heavy-handed demonic imagery

2 EP's - Matt Skiba and the Sekrets, Lions Lions

So by now, metal fans, you’ve hit that time we all face. What gift to get your friend or relative who really loves music, but doesn’t like metal that much. Blasphemous though it may seem, there are other genres of music that have achieved some foothold with the masses. Jazz, blues, rap, and something called “dubstep,” which I think involves glowsticks, rainbow clothing and possibly coordinated aerobics with Jane Fonda. But what the hell do I know? I look at a bunch of people dressed as Vikings and playing on stage and think ‘hey, that’s pretty badass.’

Album Review: October Rage - "Outrage"

You remember Ron Dayne? For those who don’t, Ron Dayne was a running back from the University of Wisconsin, who won the 1999 Heisman Trophy and became the first round pick of the New York Giants in the April 2000 NFL Draft. For a couple years, he was loaded with promise, even being anointed as part of the Giants “revolutionary” ‘Thunder and Lightning’ backfield alongside Tiki Barber.

Album Review: Motörhead - "The World is Ours, Vol. 2"

If you are a heavy metal fan, Motörhead’s live show is one of those pinnacle “must-haves.” While Lemmy and his cohorts continue to insist that they are nothing more than a rock and roll band, seeing Motörhead live is watching a living oral history of the genesis of heavy metal.

Album Review: Soundgarden - "King Animal"

What to make of a comeback album from a band sixteen years gone?

Following “Down On the Upside,” an album that was met with critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination for single “Pretty Noose,” Soundgarden walked away in the face of flagging sales. It was a disheartening announcement that the band was done; they clearly had the talent and desire, but no longer felt the warm embrace of relevancy in a world that had evolved past the flannelled angst of grunge.

Concert Review: The Sword, Gypsyhawk

The Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a wonderful place to see a show, offering a fill menu of quality items upstairs and then…the basement. Going down those black, diamond plate steps into the din of the restaurant’s basement is enough of a sensation to make the concert patron feel like he or she is a part of something. You become a member of the privileged few, the crowd who is enough in the know to want to know more about the evening’s music to come.

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