Coming from the American Heartland, Alpha-o-MAGA is a grindcore band in the great tradition of reactionaries and outsiders such as grind pioneers such as Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and modern crust punk. Absurdist, furious but surgical, Alpha-o-MAGA is a fist the face of hypocrisy and sycophants. The band has dropped their new video for their new single ‘Americunt’, the latest screed in their prime directive to “Make America Grind Again”! Continue reading
While most of the rock world is patiently awaiting the next Tool album, Maynard James Keenan has released yet another gem from his (sort of) solo project known as Puscifer. Money Shot (Puscifer Entertainment) is the third full length release from MJK and has quickly shot up the list of my favorite albums of the year. This record provided proportionate doses of both your typical instrumentals with a more percussive feel as well as the electronic, manufactured sound. Probably one of the most important elements outside of Maynard is the returning second vocalist, Carina Round. As Ghost Cult’s own Keith Chachkes said of Carina, “She is the yin to Maynard’s yang.” Money Shot only adds evidence to that claim as Round and Keenan once again make magic.
I always found it hard to pick out any favorite tracks when listening to new albums from any of Maynard’s projects and this album followed in the same fashion. Each song on Money Shot is truly one of a kind with their own personalities almost. Opening track, ‘Galileo’ , kicks off the record with a very spacey feeling song which is suiting of its title. This song is slightly more electronic then rock but still showcases both sides of Puscifer in an enjoyable five minute opener. ‘Simultaneous’ is half spoken word/story over crescendo instrumentals and then spills into lyrics. I found the story itself to be the best part of the song. The story is being told by a man who tried holding a conversation with someone else who was mostly too wrapped up in the music on their walkman. It is not until the batteries stop dying that this person finally starts giving his undivided attention to our narrator. At which point, the man grabs hold of the narrator and tells him that world peace cannot be obtained until three people simultaneously look each other in the eye. ‘The Remedy’ is another solid cut from this album and which really resonated with me both musically and lyrically. Instrumentally, the riffs in this song, especially in the second half, get my hair to stand straight up each time I listen. The lyrics take a big shot at people nowadays that have that entitlement feeling about themselves. Specifically, one passage of the song has Maynard mentioning that a person is speaking “like someone who has never been… smacked in the fucking mouth. That’s OK, we have the remedy.” I am sure many listeners can think of a time they had to deal with some snotty brat that thought they were better than you. Now if only we could deliver such a remedy to said asshole such as the one mentioned in this song.
From start to finish, Puscifer delivers money shot after money shot in the form of aural enjoyment. There is enough variation across the album that there really is something for everyone here. Keenan and Co can continue to be proud of their work after yet another successful release. So, instead of pounding away at your keyboard on social media bitching about the next Tool album, maybe you should hit up YouTube and try out Puscifer.
Just in time for the 4th of July, San Diego band Magnvm Chaos has released their patriotic, comedic ode to America as a video dubbed ‘A For America’. You can watch the video at this link or below:
The video was directed by vocalist Matt Gibson, who is also a filmmaker. Magnvm Chaos is comprised of Gibson, guitar player Daniel Konar, bassist Nick Shores, and drummer Greg Brown.The band is currently preparing to record an album and booking shows across Southern California.
Metal satirist Shaun Callaghan returns with his new album of metalled up versions of classic 80s/90s jingles. From your nostalgic Saturday morning via the medium of speed metal, Metalized Commercial Classics takes you through a nostalgic mind tunnel of such classics as Juicy Fruit and Connect Four, just with more thrash riffing. Check out the full album in the link below.
Vocalist/Guitarist of GIVE ZOMBIES THE VOTE and notorious cat crooner brings you Metalized Commercial Classics
OCTOBER 16 (BOSTON, MA) – Shaun Callaghan is back with more deliciously satirical metal fun, releasing METALIZED COMMERCIAL CLASSICS, an independent micro-album of insane metal covers of the 80s and 90s jingles you remember from between your Saturday morning cartoons.
You may recognize Shaun as That Guy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El8ew2v2zrw) – you know the one who got wasted and insisted on sweetly serenading his feline friend with a blistering rendition of his bands single? After bandmates found the home video, Shaun’s antics went viral in 2012, cropping up everywhere from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to MetalSucks.net and every Facebook feed near you.
Shaun is back and putting a metal spin on all of your childhood nostalgia. Recorded in his bedroom and mastered absolutely nowhere, this 4 song collection takes on your favourite classic jingles with hilarious metal style. Nicole Marie (ORCHIDS, Doom Lover) joins Shaun to bring in the feminine touch to a slamming rendition of My Buddy/Kid Sister and offering backing vocals on the rest of the tracks. Other tracks include: Juicy Fruit, Connect Four, and the won’t-leave-your-mind Skip-it.
Listen to it here, all within about two minutes:
Shaun Callaghan is the guitarist and vocalist for Boston-based Melodic Metal outfit Give Zombies The Vote. Find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/gztvband) and Bandcamp (http://givezombiesthevote.bandcamp.com).
Henry & Glenn Forever by Tom Neely, once a pocket-size comic love story, is now available as a full-fledged graphic novel. The original was easily one of the funniest things we’ve ever laid our eyes on. For those not in the know Henry & Glenn take two of the most iconic men in the history of music, Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig and sets them up as star-crossed lovers, roommates, and best of friends getting into all sorts of wacky situations in a crazy world. Not just a silly spoof on the male-dominated worlds of punk and metal, but also a clever, smart, satirical look at relationships using these two admired legends and icons of hyper-masculinity. I think even Rollins and Danzig, as serious as they are, would be hard pressed not to laugh at this!
From the press release:
Henry & Glenn “Forever & Ever” Graphic Novel
256 pages, 6 x 9″ paperback by Rob Halford and Tom Neely
The collected graphic novel of the greatest love story ever told features twenty short stories about the domestic life of “Henry” and “Glenn” as well as their neighbors “Daryl” and “John.” Digging beneath Glenn’s bricks in the front yard, Henry uncovers Glenn’s mother, freshly unearthed, moves in with him and Henry. Without giving too much away, [spoiler alert: Glenn has mommy issues] Glenn’s mommy issues come to the surface as she critiques his art, replaces his wardrobe, scrubs their dungeon, and recalls his childhood. Glenn tries to sell his signature to a UPS driver, takes a punch, and has some daydreaming adventures with a plunger. Henry, “a loud guy with a good work ethic,” shows his darker side and indifference to a fan as he drinks black coffee and bonds with Glenn over their distaste for their own bands; two men who suffer best alone together.
Henry and Glenn go to therapy together, battle an evil cult in the forest, and profess their love between dealing with repeated jealousy and normal relationship problems while trying to figure out if their soft-rocking neighbors are actually Dungeons and Dragons playing Satanists. It’s a true testament to the power of love to overcome even the biggest, manliest egos of our time. The book also features dozens of pin up art and full color covers from the original serialized series.
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