Music

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.

Buzz Osborne is nothing if not a music survivalist.  The man is just about the only synonym for The Melvins, the band he has maintained for the better part of thirty years.  For a man and band that came to fame on the consistent recommendation of Kurt Cobain some twenty years ago, King Buzzo has done an excellent job of turning himself into a cottage industry.  He’s worked with the best musician, been part of innumerable projects and produced more material in that time that nearly all of his contemporaries.  The ongoing legacy of The Melvins continues with the band’s new

If we can all agree that Black Sabbath was the first true heavy metal band then heavy metal as a genre has only been around for slightly more than 40 years. And, if we use the traditional definition of a "generation" as being a 20 year period, then we are nearly a quarter of the way through the third generation of heavy metal music.

The story of Exodus is becoming nearly as lengthy and weighty as the biblical book of the same name.  Shoot, with the return of Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza to the ranks, there’s even a New Testament comparison, which is the obvious parallel to the parable of the prodigal son.  However, the more things change the more they stay the same, and Exodus remains forever an integral piece of the fabric of American thrash, existing as both part of its living past and revitalized present.

Six years after the world did its darnedest to implode, it's not surprising that we are in the midst of a doom revival. Though seminal bands like Cathedral and Candlemass have called it a day (the latter I'm skeptical of), doom is pumping strong in the metal underground. Bands like Electric Wizard and Sun O))) garner all manner of critical acclaim, and while doom is never going to barn-storm the charts, the scene is healthier than it has been in ages, because we are living in the aftermath of shattered dreams.

For all the great bands and historical impact the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal had, I have to say that it's a subset of metal that I never had much experience with. Aside from Iron Maiden, most of that entire generation exists in my mind as academic notes I have read about, not altogether unlike peering through the fossil record. So when a new band comes along that promises to revisit the sound and feeling of that time, I'm not sure what to think, since I don't have an opinion on the original.

There is a common association between the macabre themes of violence and isolation and the power and uncommon fury of heavy metal.  Yet, punk and rock share many of those same ideals, occasionally cloaked in subtler themes.  We’ve seen the near-crooning of Glenn Danzig and the leather emotion of the 69 Eyes.  Enter into that mix a new twist on the old theme, Canadian band Nim Vind.

Have you ever received a gift in a "fake box"? You get a gift, thoughtfully wrapped in festive paper and you tear it open to reveal that thing you've always wanted; a new play station or an Ipod or whatever it is the kids long for these days. You open the box to expose the true contents... underwear or something equally unsatisfying. Has this ever happened to you? If it has, you'll understand how I felt while listening to the new full length from Hang The Bastard, "Sex In The Seventh Circle".