6 More “What Fresh Hell is This?” Album Covers

I remember the days of buying an album at the store. You open that package, take in the fresh smell, and gaze at the beautiful art on the cover. Nowadays it is mostly all streaming. I don’t necessarily mind it at all. Let us face it. Who doesn’t love to be able to listen to “All the music” at any time they want? Going back to those days of buying individual albums, there are some weird album covers. Some that make you say “What on earth happened here?” That’s where this blog comes in, to show you the weird and wonderful. Heene Boyz – “Fingered It Out” Before we even get to the album cover itself, let us address this… Continue reading 6 More “What Fresh Hell is This?” Album Covers

Immortal is Black Metal’s Greatest Gift to the Internet

Who is Immortal? Well, according to this brief description from the Know Your Meme Website, “Immortal is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1989. As a subgenre of metal, black metal is characterized by extremely fast tempos, double-kick pedals, and tremolo picking. Various black metal bands have been known to wear face paint (AKA corpse paint) in their performances, although this is not exclusive to black metal.” They had released the album Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism in 1992, along with a bizarre music video for their single “The Call of the Wintermoon.” Years later with the rise of the internet, they have become one of the greatest gifts not only to the metal scene, but the internet in general. Here… Continue reading Immortal is Black Metal’s Greatest Gift to the Internet

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5 Favorite Non Big 4 Thrash Metal Bands

As a lifelong metalhead, I love Thrash Metal. Most people generally love or acknowledge the existence of the Big 4 Bands of Thrash Metal. Those bands are Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. What is thrash metal? “Thrash metal (or simply thrash) is a subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and reproach of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.” However, there are so many great bands outside of those big 4 bands that people should check out. Here are 5 of my personal… Continue reading 5 Favorite Non Big 4 Thrash Metal Bands

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Okilly Dokilly the Ned Flanders Themed Band is the Deepest Part of Metal

This is The Deepest Part. A column where I explore what I feel is the Deepest Part of a Topic or even an obscure internet community. In this edition I am covering a metal band you have to listen to at least once in your life. It is a band you didn’t even know you wanted. It is the Ned Flanders themed Okilly Dokilly. The Discovery of Okilly Dokilly You see, every week, on Spotify, I get a Discover Weekly playlist where they review what I listen to and they make 30 suggestions. I listen to them, and this curious song and image popped up… Now, being an avid Simpsons fan, whenever I hear the phrase “White Wine Spritzer” I… Continue reading Okilly Dokilly the Ned Flanders Themed Band is the Deepest Part of Metal

8 WTF Pieces of KISS Merchandise

If there is one band synonymous with merchandising, throughout their 40+ year history, it has to be KISS. I admit, some of the things the marketing gurus have thought of are ingenius. However, there are some that I am not sure what was going on at the drawing board. I love them as musicians and performers. I was able to see them live for the first time last summer at Chicago Open Air. It was pretty damn amazing. Having said that, if you’re a true die hard fan, do you have everything here? Page a Day Tongue Calendar Yes, a page a day calendar of Gene Simmons’ infamous tongue. Does it get any better than that? The Demon Nutcracker Nothing… Continue reading 8 WTF Pieces of KISS Merchandise

5 Weird Black Metal Music Videos

Black Metal gets a bad reputation sometimes. It is sometimes unclear what they are going for in their work, and there is some genius in that. The early music videos for the genre, were just, plain ridiculous. Whether it is bad or not is subjective to the viewer, but they are bizarre. Here are 5 of my favorite Black Metal videos to watch at a party. Hecate Enthroned – An Ode From a Haunted Woods This is a weird one. The frontman, I presume, of Hecate Enthroned starts of by Vogue-ing for some reason… Then they show that they are doing some sort of ritual. You know how? They got dry ice coming out of a cup! OH MY GOD!… Continue reading 5 Weird Black Metal Music Videos

“Beyond the Pale” by Machine Head is Friday’s Ear Worm

It is Friday and that means there is a slew of new releases in all genres. Of course, we cover Metal, and I wanted to cover the new single release that has been stuck in my head the moment it hit my ears, “Beyond the Pale” by Machine Head. Does it stack up to other Machine Head greats? As a metal head, in the metal community, I often hear people striving for the “heaviest” music. For me, personally, I just look for whatever sounds good whether its Deicide in the Brutal Death Metal genre or something like BabyMetal of the Kawaii Metal genre. So Robb Flynn of Machine Head was quoted as saying their upcoming release, Catharsis, won’t be their… Continue reading “Beyond the Pale” by Machine Head is Friday’s Ear Worm

Is the New Arch Enemy Album “Will to Power” a Cut Above the Rest?

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It is Friday, and that means new music! This time I am reviewing the new album by melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, Will to Power. I usually have to be in the mood for most death metal. The music style is definitely an acquired taste. However, I am always in the mood for Arch Enemy. I feel they have managed to separate themselves from the other death metal bands while still shredding like nobody’s business. How do they do this? About Arch Enemy The whole band is great, but there are two key elements that I feel help them. The very strong songwriting and guitar playing of Michael Amott. He writes Arch Enemy in the musical style like if… Continue reading Is the New Arch Enemy Album “Will to Power” a Cut Above the Rest?

Deadlift Lolita Are the Heroes We Deserve

Who are Deadlift Lolita? Let me take you back… A few people on the Western Hemisphere are familiar with Kawaii Metal. What is Kawaii Metal? Here is a brief intro from the Wikipedia page: “Kawaii metal (also known as idol metal, cute metal, or kawaiicore) is a musical genre that blends elements of heavy metal and J-pop that was pioneered in Japan in the early 2010s. A typical kawaii metal composition involves combining the instrumentation found in various types of heavy metal music with J-pop melodies and a Japanese idol aesthetic.” It is awesome and very delightful. Sure it is in a foreign language but the melodies and harmonies are on point. I fell in love with this style when… Continue reading Deadlift Lolita Are the Heroes We Deserve

You Should Check Out These Metal Covers from OHP

Recently, by chance, with all of the social media accounts and people trying to break the mold out there, I was able to discover an metal artist called OHP. His name is Oren. He runs a recording studio In Los Angeles CA. In the studio he records, produces, and mixes different bands and solo artists. He also serves as a drummer for several bands playing live in the Los Angeles area. On his YouTube channel you will find metal covers of popular songs, Gear Reviews, and the random odd video. He record all my covers himself, including recording all the instruments, mixing and mastering the songs. In addition, he also shoots and edits the videos. Pop Covers OHP seems to… Continue reading You Should Check Out These Metal Covers from OHP