Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Metalian/Sanktuary/Black Moor - Tundrastruck Split (Canada) 2011


This 3 way split starts out with Montreal's Metalian, Airborne Assassins. The song kicks out in high speed, the vocals are one of the best parts of this song, just soaring over the riffs sounding like a valiant conquest from the sky. If you haven't heard Metalian before, all you would need to do is hear their live Judas Priest covers, Ian's vocals are so powerful he could even give Halford a run for his money. Of course I wouldn't expect much less from Metalian, they get stronger album to album, it's unfortunate that there is only one song by each band on this split but you can expect a new Metalian album out in December, entitled "Rock Solid" on Heavy Artillery Records. 

Raise The Flag is faithful track number two. Now without wanting to compare, I hear alittle of early Metallica even alittle Pound for Pound Anvil in this track. Without a doubt this is a beer drinking metal anthem. It makes me feel like slamming my text book against my vandalized desk and telling Ms.Sulley to "Fuck off, art history blows!"
Shit, that was grade 9 and I've been outta high-school for two years...

Black Moor:

The split ends on Black Moor's Awaken The Dead, and unfortunately not on as high a note as anticipated. The intro riffs sounds alittle too "new school metal" for me. Once the song gets going it is easier to get into, kicking into Megadeth doppelganging with quick leads before losing into the new age riffs again. Vocally everything is good and very thrashy, however my Wontong soup and Rep Cap can't be swayed.
Thing is, I've seen Black Moor live and they were nothing short of amazing, I would recommend everyone to check out their live shows! Killer tunes and so much power and energy on stage, but for those who haven't had the chance to witness them live, I wouldn't judged them for this song.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pins for sale!

I have lots of pins for sale, 75cents each or three for $2.
Many different bands including Motorhead, Exciter, Dio, Sword, Tank, Overkill, Accept, Slaughter, Whiplash and much much more! Custom pins available upon request.

Wholesale rates for bands also available. Please contact.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

R.I.P. Blackout

Although this is quite late I feel as though it still needed to be written. Unfortunately this summer marked the end of Brampton Heavy Metal band Blackout. And though their tenure was short, those who had a chance to witness them should agree they did more than just hold it down. 
Mixing the likes of Coney Hatch and Running Wild, Blackout delivered a slightly different sound then most metal bands today. Although the split is indefinite they haven't ruled out the possibility of starting up where they left off later on in the future (but I wouldn't hold my breath though). 
At the moment vocalist/guitarist Jay is working on a another metal project possibly along the same veins as Blackout, while Tom currently plays guitar in Brampton based punk band Endow. During their run they played many shows including co-organizing of The Brampton Basement Shows and opening for Montreal's Metalian.
Originally a three piece, they had gone through several members (including yours truly) before the final line up of Jay (Vocals/Guitar), Tom (Guitar), Josh (Bass) & Matt (Drums). As sad as it must of been for them to play their last shows, the latter two were by far their best deliverance and left Blackout on a high note.

Cromlech - Debut Ritual @ The 460 Sept. 24th 2011

Ahhhh, another 460 show. Although this bar has generally lost it's luster for me I still enjoy it's company from time to time, and with 10$ pitchers who can complain! (You will in the morning when that cheap beer gives you a pounding head-ache and shits with a vengeance!)
But seriously folk, along with the story. Three fourths of Death/Black Metal band Into Oblivion helps form Toronto's newest Doom band, Cromlech.
Echoing in the epic doom style of bands such as Candlemass, Pentagram, Pagan Alter and such veins, Cromlech delivers something quite refreshing.
They start their set with their strongest number; all of the songs I'm hearing for the first time so I don't know any of the names, I'm going to refer to them as song 1, 2, 3, 4.
Song 1 is very long and has many riffs including cool harmonies and great doom solos, many guitarist lose them selves trying to be the fastest but these lento leads show that speed isn't everything!
All the songs are mid paced head banging tunes worthy of denim and leather with the general exception of song 3 which is definitely the weakest, lacking substance and uninspiring, this song is boring and dragged on.
It didn't help that they ended their set with an equally long instrumental, which would be better suited with vocals, but musically it's still a good song.

This being their first gig, their nervousness showed through quite thick and resulted in them being alittle sloppy. They still need to tighten and work on their intricacy and timing. The vocals could also use alot of work as you can tell they are still finding their voice, however Cromlech definitely shows promise to be another great band added to the growing Toronto scene if they continue in the path they've foreshadowed.

Photos courtesy of Amanda McCausland

Monday, October 17, 2011

Diabolical Demon Director - 2011 Sampler (AUSTRALIA) 2011

This sampler is a collection of newer and old material gathered from various EP's and Splits between 2009-2011 with the newer tunes being the better off the bunch. Rough and dirty, Diabolical Demon Director thrashs some black evil speed with ferocity. Nothing spectacular really, at first taste I didn't like it but after awhile it kinda flows like the type of background music you'd play when crushing beers and equally crushing the weak. Although I probably won't listen to this on my spare time I won't totally cast it aside, the art work is very well done and is generally what got me to listen to this in the first place. Fast and Evil but there's not much else.