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The Metal Albums of 2012: Joe's Take

Now that I'm an old man I find I have less and less time to check out new bands. Luckily this year though a lot of bands I've been a fan of for a long time put out new albums. Of my top 10 there's only one band on this list that I had never owned an album from before. Try to guess which one it is. Let's make a game out of it.

The Top 10

10. Unsane - "Wreck"

10 Songs for the Darkness, Part 2

Here is part 2 of my joint venture with our music guru Drew, enjoy!

* Note the version of "Subway Song" in the video is from a different session than the one that appears on the "Three Imaginary Boys/ Boys Don't Cry" album. As such it is missing a pay-off component,though the tone is much the same*

Tor’s picks


The Cure - "Subway Song"

Not Tonight Josephine: An Interview

Fresh from Tampa and trying to take over Florida one sweat-soaked gig at a time, Not Tonight Josephine is a band striving to make sure you know their name. Following the release of their full-length debut “All on the Horizon,” guitarist Adam Aungst talked with me about music, the band, and plenty of horror cinema.
You've consistently been named as one of the hottest bands in Tampa. What is the music scene there like? What kind of pulse does it have?
The music scene in Tampa has been more or less dubbed "the metal" scene. A lot of metal bands have made a small mark for themselves out of this area. So for us being a "radio alternative rock" band, we are very appreciative of being a buzz worthy band. And we hope to be a band that makes a mark out of Tampa.

Album Review: Jimmy Eat World - "Invented"

I see your eyes going wide. “Jimmy Eat World!” you’re yelling. “Good gravy, man! Are you mad?!” Quite possibly, yes. Though I maintain that has little to do with this review.

When I was sent “Invented” for review, at first, I sneered. I had the option to turn it down, and my gut reaction was that I would. And yet, here we all are now, sharing this together as I write it and you read it. What on the good earth might have possessed me to go forward with the review? I’m glad you asked (if you didn’t ask, please humor me and pretend you did.)

Dani Filth Talks New Book

After several years of cooking, outspoken Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth has completed his book, "Gospel of Filth." The book serves both as a chronology of the band and their influences, as well as a complete study of the occult and man's obsession with it throughout history. Each chapter is filled with parallels between the occult and themes found in horror, heavy metal, black metal, comic books, literature, and just about every other facet of popular culture. Many luminaries in each field are showcased or interviewed. I recently had the opportunity to talk to Dani concerning the book, and his career as a whole.

This is considerably more commercial sounding material, coming across like the bastard son of Tool mixed with At The Gates

How did it feel to finally finish "Gospel of Filth" so many years after its inception? Did you feel it was complete?

It was on the cusp of massive relief even up to a few days ago when it finally managed to claw it's way down to the printers!

Dance With The Devil: How Slayer Heals

I ran across this article today while doing some job searching of my own. It's the story of how a freelance musician and writer was able to beat the blues of unemployment through heavy metal, and the ways in which the musical form allowed him to vent his frustration with the world without becoming an outwardly violent or negative person.

Ellsbeth - "Well-Dressed Killing Machine" Review

Hey, you remember “Repo! The Genetic Opera”? Well, Sean Lacefield, a guitar player who had more than his share of responsibility for the soundtrack, is now working with Los Angeles goth metal band “Ellsbeth.” They self-released their album “Well-Dressed Killing Machine” digitally, in preparation for a summer long tour beginning right about now.

Narrows "Gypsy Kids" Video

Yesterday the band Narrows posted a video for the track “Gypsy Kids” which comes of their new CD “New Distances”. Director Craig Murray has created one of the most brutal videos I’ve ever seen. I’m 100% sure this will never find it’s way on to MTV or any other TV channel for that matter in the US. There’s no storyline to it really, but there is a whole lot of mutilation, bare asscheeks and of course blood. I had nightmares last night.

Chris Cornell *sigh*

I didn't want to do this. I wanted to let it go by and never speak of it again.

I just couldn't leave well enough alone. I had to review Chris Cornell's new album "Scream."

Now I'm the last guy who should be charged with the reviewing of an RnB album. My knowledge of R n B begins and ends with Motown, and that's about it. It's not something I get, not something I pretend to understand, not something that captivates my attention.

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