Music

Halloween is here; the pumpkins are hung by the chimney with care, the werewolves are nestled all snug in their beds, and not a creature is stirring, not even a human centipede. If you need a last minute injection of some Halloween cheer, though, BGH has your back with another Spotify playlist.

Over the years, KISS has done a better job of tearing down their own legacy than any critic ever could. Through their capitalist machinations, and the never-ending torrent of insults directed at everyone who is no longer in the band, KISS has become the traveling freak show that critics in the 70s accused them of being. It's difficult to even talk about KISS with a straight face anymore, since even the band refuses to admit their own importance in the grand scheme of things.

In recent years, there has been a rash of nostalgia, and the first wave of every metal genre has roared back to life with new, and mostly well-received, albums. In the world of death metal, there have been mistakes (Morbid Angel, anyone?), but the majority of the old guard has been producing some of their best albums since the mid 90s. Obituary never really went away, but like all of the bands of their time, they got swallowed up by the waves of new genres that came along in the new millennium.

For a comeback to be truly recognized as complete and thorough, the band attempting it has to produce more than one solid album of material.  The comeback trail isn’t necessarily interested in brevity, but for those willing to put in the effort, redemption and more importantly resumption can be obtained.  It took INC (or Indestructible Noise Command, speaking of those not into brevity,) nearly a quarter century to attempt their comeback, culminating in 2011’s surprisingly excellent “Heaven Sent…Hellbound,” but that momentum needed to be carried forward in order to re-establish the

“There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.”
― Oscar Levant

The album I'm reviewing this week is a great example of what an artist can accomplish with talent, dedication, pushing the boundaries and just a wee bit of crazy. It's the latest offering from the Devin Townsend Project, a two disc set called "Z2".  Devin Townsend's new adventure is metal to be sure but it's oh, so much more. Metal doesn't truly begin to describe what's happening on this record. It's exciting, complex and difficult to describe, but I'll give it a shot.

Knotfest, which doubles both as the Slipknot music fesitval and one of the largest of its kind in the United States, is inviting you to check out their show FREE all weekend!  All you gotta do is check 'em out below, they'll be streaming the whole business!  

As part of our ongoing commitment to sharing our amazing tastes with the world, we've decided to periodically compile Spotify playlists for sharing. Casey has already featured his as a part of his 31 Days of Horror, and now it's my turn!

It's hard to ignore a band personally handpicked by the illustrious Johnny Z, discoverer of Metallica and fonder of Megaforce Records.  The man has thrown his weight behind Nim Vind, an upstart Canadian songwriting group that consciously defies genre categorization and seeks to find some solace in the joy of music.  With his new album "Saturday Night Seance Songs" recently released to the world, we sat down with frontman Chris to talk about his band, how it came to be, Paul Shaffer and a few other things.  Read on.

Twenty-five years is an eternity. It's an entire generation that has come and gone, and that is how long it's been since Sanctuary has released an album. Their two records from the late 80's are underground classics, but the band is best known for what they became; Nevermore. It was that band that was able to break through and become one of the bigger names in metal, and it's that band that would make the bigger splash by returning at this time. Instead, Sanctuary has gone back in time to pick up where they left off, as though the last twenty years had never happened.

Metalcore has always been a bit of a shotgun wedding. There was no reason that screamed verses and cleanly sung choruses were supposed to be put together, not to mention becoming the blueprint for an entire genre of music. Very few of the metalcore bands have ever been able to make a compelling case for why their music isn't the musical equivalent of the TV show “Chopped”, with random ingredients thrown together for the sake of seeing what could be made of them.