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METAL BULLETIN #117

 
Jenner (Serbia)
Gutted Souls (Brazil) 
Isenordal (Seattle, U.S.)
Firewind
Oceano (U.S.)
Air Mata Hitam (Indonesia) 
Solitude (Japan)
Irony Destroyed (Kenya)
plus: Atlas Pain (Italy), The Furor (Australia), Black Anvil (U.S.), Damnations Day (Australia), Species Splicer (Seattle, U.S.)

**NEW** FUGLYSPIN [ 3.29.17 ]

Jeff Hanneman: "I Wish Someone Had Told Me Hell Is Real!"

 

Obscene Brutal Metal Band Wonders Why Nobody Comes to Their Shows at the Local Bar on Monday Nights

[Upated] March 29, 2017

2017 Our take so far... Yes! it is still early

Our top turkey of the year, so far.

Havok - Conformicide

We been a Havok fan for a while now. Two simple reasons really, Fast and the direct approach with speed/thrash metal. Their first two releases "Burn" and "Time is Up" were excellent in our opinion. Now, some insist that band have to evolve into a mature sound. Old thrash and speed metal are dead and over with. We respectfully disagree and to quote the mighty Overkill "FUCK YOU!".

Image result for Havok ConformicideHavok claims that this is their Master of Puppets and some sites give it a 10/10. To those sites we say hey man are ya'll pushing their upcoming tour in 2017? just saying...

 

 

“‘Conformicide’ is our most dynamic, heavy, thoughtful, musical, and sonically-crushing album so far. All four members feel that this is the best Havok album to date. There are a lot of “truth bombs” being dropped on this record and the music absolutely rips!”

David Sanchez (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar)

Went for M O P and landed on 'Souls of Black". YES, Testament's infamous god awful release from way back when...

Harsh maybe? We feel they are one album away from MR.IRREVELANT! Havok you're on notice.

We will admit the production is top notch. This is a funky bass driven, preachy album. Sanchez even tries to sing on "Circling the Drain". They do impressions of Exodus and Dave Mustaine. Hopefully Sanchez and the gang can get back on track on the next album

 

Winner, Winner Chiken dinner! ...

Iron Reagan - Crossover Ministry

Iron Reagan :

Tony Foresta – vocals Mark Bronzino – guitar Phil Hall – guitar Rob Skotis – bass guitar Ryan Parrish – drums

Image result for crossover ministryCrossover Ministry is the third studio album by American crossover thrash band Iron Reagan, released in 2017 by Relapse Records

Iron Reagan is an American crossover thrash band from Richmond, Virginia, consisting of Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta and bassist Land Phil, former A.N.S. guitarist Mark Bronzino, former Darkest Hour drummer Ryan Parrish, and Hellbear bassist Rob Skotis. Since 2012, they have released 3 full-length albums and an EP.

Now that you are caught up....We are enjoying this alot. We love the subject matter and the speed. Clear to the point and quick with the insults. Short songs and a quick listen. coming in under 30 minutes. Our kind of crossover. This is familiar stuff guys. Yes!

No bagpipes or tubas here people. Just fast, angry bitch slappin' circle pit anthems. YES! we love this...Iron Reagan has 2017 by the balls.

listen for yourself: Your WECOME!!

 

The duds are in so far...

Related imageAs a Ratt fan from the 80's we are familiar with his voice and sound.

Stephen Pierce - Smash is a dud.

This thing has no energy.

He sounds tired and his voice is shot!

Yes, we said it since nobody else will. Songs are slow and riffs are too familiar. Nothing to see or hear here. Lets keep it moving.

 

Vendetta - The 5th.Image result for Vendetta band the 5th

Vendetta is a thrash metal group from Schweinfurt, Germany. Founded in 1984, The have two classic albums, which by the way if you don't have and like german thrash from back then you will enjoy for sure. 1987 – Go and Live... Stay and Die 1988 – Brain Damage.

This Vendetta however is the Klaus "Heiner" Ullrich project. He played bass on those albums.

YES! Vendetta is back. NO, it is NOT! this thing is like cruel joke. This thing fails in all fronts. Don't bother.

 

The following albums come with a disclaimer...Yes, this is a genre that won't go away any time soon in fact it seems to be getting bigger by the minute. Go Figure?

Majesty - Rebels 2017

Image result for majesty band rebelsMajesty is a german band  Tarek "Metal Son" Maghary is the guy in charge.

They are on a mission to keep  True Metal alive. Not being familiar with Majesty and not knowing what to expect we gave it a listen.

We will tell you that is you like your power metal with that epic over the top sound and the keyboards on the driver seat with killer production, well this is it.

This albums has those epic hyms with all the band doing background vocals . "Die Like Kings" is a prime example. The guitar licks are fast and furious.

This is the best crafted release we heard so far this year. Mastermind Tarek promises his fans even more powerful riffs, even more hymn-like refrains and a production, that blows everything away relentlessly!!“ And the man is right. "Rebels" recorded in the band‘s own studio and refined by the mixing and mastering of Frederik Nordsträm in the Studio Fredman, "Rebels“ is the fundament for Majesty 2.0“.

Image result for majesty rebels line upThere you have it guys. Refined is correct. Like cotton candy this thing is layered more than a wedding cake or a quinceanera! Neverless if you like your metal sweet and sticky than you will love this. "YOLO HM" seriously? too funny.

Don't expect this guys to play this stuff live. Some pre recorded stuff has to be funnel in.

The only thing missing was a tribute to the old school...

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro - magnifico

But I'm just a poor boy and nobody loves me
He's just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come easy go - will you let me go
Bismillah! No - we will not let you go - let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go - let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go - let me go
Will not let you go - let me go (never)
Never let you go - let me go
Never let me go - ooo
No, no, no, no, no, no, no -
Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me
for me

everything else Majesty - Rebels has you covered. Hear for yourself...

 

Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain

Image result for battle beast band bringer of painBattle beast - Bringer of Pain. This is thing is right up your alley is you like their previous material then your gonna love this.

The screaming vocals with Noora Louhimo are great and the music rocks.

Our issues are many. It's rocking one second then we hear the mandatory background vocals from everybody "bringer of pain" is just one example.

Keyboards don't want to be left out so he goes for that grand sound with the synth and that epic brackground crap.

They cover alot of ground once again. ballads,disco? anyways, we don't like keyboard solos damn it!

 

Bloodbound - war of dragons.

NO, this not a typo.

Bloodbound had a release back in 2011 Unholy Cross which we enjoy quiet a bit.

After that we couldn't get back on the saddle with these guys.

If you like their catalog then you will love this for sure.

Bloodbound has ALL the elements you will love typical Bloodbound elements bombastic twin guitar riffage, equally large and embellishing orchestral synths, immense, often choral-like, vocal arrangements and, of course, massive soaring guitar solos. It's all good, if you dig it.

We'll pass! we like our iced tea unsweetend

Crystal Viper - Queen of The Witches

Image result for crystal viper queen of the witches reviewGlad to see Marta Gabriel fronting Cystal Viper again. Her voice kicks ass. This release will be a delight for their fans.

Dud for us! Issues we have are same ones with have with this genre. Trying to cover too much ground. Couple of Ballads that seem out of place. If you like Crystal Viper this will be right up your alley.

 

Our surprising releases so far is...

 

Jack Russell's Great White - He saw it coming

Image may contain: textWhat the hell is going on around here. Who is writing this shit? Jack Russell's Great White, really? take it down, this is embarassing.

Oh wait, let me listen to this. Jack's voice is still intact.

After all that drug abuse. How is this guy still alive, anyways?

He sounds good and that music sounds effortless. It's just plain rock and roll with a bluesy sound in some areas. Licks are quick and on the mark.

Band Members:
Jack Russell (Vocals)
Tony Montana (Guitar)
Robby Lochner (Guitar)
Dan McNay (Bass)
Dicki Fliszar (Drums)

Montana - “Everything was based in blues. We want to add to that legacy with new material preserving those timeless elements.”

Montana - “It’s got the classic sound. The first element is Jack’s voice. No other band sounds like this one ever did or does now. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We’re going to maintain that same integrity going forward.”

We are still enjoying this.

Our second surprise is ....Firewind - Immortals.

Image result for firewind immortals

A lot of people hold Gus G in high regards for his guitar playing.

He stays busy and Firewind is his baby when time allows it.

We never cared that much for him and this project.

Band Members:

Gus G. - Guitar
Henning Basse - Vocals
Petros Christo - Bass
Bob Katsionis - Keyboards/Live Guitar
Jo Nunez - Drums

So when we played it expectations were none existing. Maybe that's why we were pleasantly surprise to enjoy this.

High energy, strong vocals, shredding high and low with lightning speed. keyboards are kept in check. Bob is kept in the reservation most of the time. He does wonder off a bit but quickly whipped back into shape. This a huge selling point for us.

Keyboard driven power metal drives the fuglymaniacs insane!

They say this on their facebook page about the idle time...

Main man Gus G. has released not one, but two solo albums, toured in support of both of them and hit the road once again with the ‘Prince of Darkness’, Ozzy Osbourne.

His fellow Firewind band mates have also been far from idle too; but despite the prolonged break in activities.

Firewind was always going to return and 2016 will see the band back and blasting on all cylinders!


The band will return with live activities and a new singer. Henning Basse, a long time friend and collaborator of Gus’ is the man trusted to bring Firewind back to the masses.

His rich, classic rock referencing vocals are the perfect foil for the wealth of material the band have been working on and he brings a reinvigorated power to the band.

There are those bands that keep it real steady for the most part (Kreator you're on notice) and we have two so far....

 

Grave Digger - Healed by Metal

After 30+ years of metal this band stills delivers.

History 101:

Chris Boltendahl together with Peter Masson and Phillip Seibel. They founded the German metal band Grave Digger as a teenager in Gladbeck .

In the beginning, Boltendahl was not the singer but the bass player of the group. 

Only a few weeks before the first record contract, he was thrown out of the band due to internal disputes, but shortly afterwards he was taken back to play on the first record called Heavy Metal Breakdown as a singer. 

Since then, he has also been the vocalist of the band. 

When, between Boltendahl and guitarist Uwe Lulis at the turn of the century, there was a dispute about the rights of use on the band's name, the group was on the verge of dissolution. 

Lulis, however, lost the fight and Boltendahl could still claim Grave Digger as a band name. Today, Boltendahl is the only remaining founding member of the band.

Healed by Metal is another solid release by Grave Digger Chris still sounds good. No, he doesn't sound like a that strapping young lad from the 80's.

It has some funny/cheesy song choruses like "Hallelujah".

Laughing With The Dead - is another one.."hahaha"

If you are a Grave Digger fan than dig right in and enjoy!!

Band Members:

Chris Boltendahl – vocals (1980-present); bass guitar (1980-1983, 1985)

Axel Ritt - guitar (2010–present); live (2009)

Jens Becker – bass guitar (1997 – present)

Stefan Arnold – drums (1996 – present)

This is the first album to feature new keyboardist - Marcus Kniep

Kreator - Gods of Violence Gods of Violence

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The fourteenth studio album by German thrash metal band Kreator, released on January 27, 2017. It is the band's first studio album in almost five years since 2012's Phantom Antichrist, marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career. Current line up:

Miland "Mille" Petrozza – vocals, guitar (1984–present)

Jürgen "Ventor" Reil – drums, vocals (1984–1994, 1996–present)

Christian "Speesy" Giesler – bass (1994–present)

Sami Yli-Sirniö – guitar (2001–present)

It should come as no surprise that this album is in classic Kreator form.

This album is heavy on the melodies and has a power metal flavor to it. If it wasn't for Mille's vocals it could be.

It is not all thrash all the time. It's a solid release. We are enjoying this.

It is not a masterpiece or ground breaking as some would like you to believe. Kreator still delivers. enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.22.17 Rudyard's was having a benifit for Christain Kidd. Guitarist and singer for the legendary Houston,TX band, The Hates. Gut Radio, TEXAS MOD CRUSHERS, Screech of Death all volunteer their services.

 

Kidd is fixing to have a procedure done that will take him of the grind for a few months.

Needless to say Kidd has a great following with great people that want him to have a speedy recovery. So we headed that way in support of the local punk band. There alot we can say about Kidd & The Hates, Their influence on the local Houston scene since the late 1970's. So instead we'll give you some links and knock yourself out.

http://www.houstonpress.com/music/the-rocks-off-100-christian-kidd-of-the-hates-6778290

http://www.bythebarricade.com/hates-interview/

http://www.houstonpress.com/music/friends-rally-around-hates-singer-christian-kidd-for-benefit-show-9125415

Three bands volunteer their services for this special events.

The Hates footage has a special guest on one of the song plus, he was showered with cash...YES! somebody made it rain on Christain. NO, he did not strip down and no stripper pole. Just having some PUNK FUN!

Screech of Death - Screech of Death was formed in October 2013 by J.R. Delgado, Arthur Hays & Lisafer (Lisa Pifer).
There was a desire for the guys from Texas to play "Southern California Punk Rock with a Texas Twang" with the girl and so a band was born in the garage. - (fb page)

Screech of Death - Shut Yer Face

We can tell you they are seasoned punk rock veterans and it shows. Above all, they look like they are having fun.. Keep and eye for these guys and catch 'em live ....

https://www.facebook.com/screechofdeath/

Texas Mod Crushers - Founded 2011 These guys been around and they man business and they dress the part too. Looking sharp in there jeans and suit jacket along with their thundering sound. Make no mistake they a punk band!

Texas Mod Crushers invited the guest of honor of the night Christian Kidd to do a song with them. Kidd in return extended the invite to one his student Paisley (Hopefully we got her name right) and did a cover of The Ramones - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker". Now, how cool is that.

You can find more info: http://texasmodcrushers.com/

Gut Radio - New band from Houston,TX. Alternative Rock , They had a two peice going but took 2016 off. They came back now witha three piece hoping to make a dent in the local scene...see for yourself. They were looking sharp with their tuxedo shirt. They were first and the crowd was thin at this point so alot people missed their set. Here you go...