I can still remember the very moment the band Cold came hurtling into my atmosphere like a brilliant meteor, hell-bent on causing upheaval. Scooter Ward and his musical cohorts were the direct support band for the St. Louis, Missouri Industrial band, Gravity Kills. Cold, with their first studio album, just released, was still flying under the radar as far as getting mainstream exposure and radio play. The small venue in La Crosse, Wisconsin was sold-out on that balmy summer evening. I was unaware of how my life would be altered forever by a band I had never even heard of when I walked into that venue. Continue reading
I love Metal music, my name is Skullgurl Metalchick after all. Full disclosure, I am still a sucker for the music of the Glam Metal days. The sub-genre had many aliases, Hair- Metal, Cock Rock, Bubble Gum Rock, depending on who you ask. The last couple of years there has been a renewed interest in the bands of the era of hair, I call it Nostalgia Rock. The headbangers of the 1980s now have 401ks, disposable incomes and the silent yearning to connect with the carefree days of youth. In all reality, most of these bands, are content to do some festivals and then go back to their own suburban democracy. Then there are bands like Spread Eagle, that did not go gentle into that good night of musical obscurity. Spread Eagle continues to make their music tantalizingly relevant with the release of their newest studio album, Subway To The Stars (Frontiers Srl). Continue reading
My mother always told me to not judge a book by its cover. I have always tried to heed the words of my wise Madre’, but sometimes in doing music reviews I consign to oblivion that idiom. Case in point, when my editor sent me the new single by SINthetik Messiah, Black Sheep, I was tad incredulous. My feelings stemmed from seeing the heading on the Soundcloud link, #cajun industrial bass. I had never, in all my Skullgurl years, have encountered a musical group described as this. I started reading the bands press release, and SINthetic Messiah is described as Cajun electronic/industrial bass there also. Well, slap my fanny and call me fancy, I had just been given the gift of a brand new musical experience. Continue reading
Ask any Metal music lover that has attended any of the big music festivals in the past nine or so years, and they will most likely tell you they have seen a set or two of Motionless in White. It is safe to say that even most fans of modern Metal at least know the name Motionless in White. Since the band’s initial inception in 2005, the music world has witnessed the metamorphosis of MIW from a raw, unbridled, raging embryo to the cataclysmic musical force evident on the band’s latest album, Disguise (Roadrunner Records). Continue reading
Evolution is inevitable, resisting it is futile. I have witnessed oodles of bands that have resisted letting their music evolve, getting themselves trapped in a murky impenetrable bubble of monotony and dismal record sales. (Hed) P.E. is not one of those bands. If anything, (Hed) P.E. could be the official spokesmodel for bands who embrace the natural evolution of their music. The latest studio album from (Hed) P.E., Stampede (Pavement Entertainment) is a dynamic testament that the band is categorically fearless in their songwriting and continue to transcend any and all musical pre-conceived notions. Continue reading
Hexhammaren (Century Media) by Martyrdöd is the type of album you only must sample one track to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Once the title track gives you the five fingers to the face you will have accepted that it’s going to be a hell of a night and of d-beats, raw guitars and lyrics barked at you with the ferocity of a Rottweiler. Continue reading
The band QUOR is a fairly young up and coming band from the West Coast of the United States. Recent attention has been paid to their music videos and they have a number of sponsors. The deluxe version of their album Human Paradigm is a combination of the regular album and their previous EP We Are Going to Be Awesome.
Opener ‘The Silence and the Spark’ is a nice introduction to the band’s sound. Vocalist Brian Corn combines the sound of today’s metal and early 2000s alternative scream from bands such as Alexisonfire. He also manages to sound like Joey Belladonna with maybe a little less vibrancy and no accent. ‘Human Paradigm’ showcases the group’s deeper side in terms of lyrics. It appears to be a sign that the band is continuing to grow into their own style while still remaining accessible.
The deluxe version is worth getting because two of the better songs ‘The Fragile Break’ and ‘Paradise’ are from the band’s earlier EP. ‘The Fragile Break’ has a nice spoken word part in which the shortness of life and ability to have a lasting significance is pondered. ‘Paradise’ is a heartfelt track that is a nice change from the rest of the albums song without losing its heaviness.
It is evident from the album and its deluxe version that the band is sincere in their music. They have a heart and humanity to them. At times the group sounds a little too much like anything you would hear on modern rock radio but their seriousness when it comes to lyrics sets them apart. As their career goes on it is not unbelievable to expect quality and immersive albums from them.