Monthly Archives: February 2011

Metal Preview: Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising [2011]

I don’t know much about anything, but one thing I do know for sure is that it is impossible to hate Viking metal gods Amon Amarth.   Just check out the latest single “Slaves of Fear” to see for yourself.   The riffs are insanely heavy and the drumming will blow up your soul.  These hairy norsemen are as brutal as ever with beastly melodic guitar harmonies that are nothing short of skull crushing, just like “War of the Gods” (video below).  Look for the full-length album Surtur Rising on March 29, 2011 and check out what Johann Hegg has to say about the new stuff (second video below).

 

Review: The Damned Things – Ironiclast [2010]

I have been so damn busy lately that it took me over two months to give The Damned Things’ Ironiclast a solid listen. This is the Anthrax-Fall Out Boy mashup, or, “supergroup” if you have the nerve to call it that.  Ironiclast has all the catchy hooks of a Fallout Boy album except The Damned Things have energy, talent, and Scott Ian’s goatee.

The best tracks are the hard driving “Ironiclast” and “Friday Night (Going Down in Flames),” the bad ass and bluesy “Black Heart,” and face smashing “Graverobber.”

Like FOB, some song titles on Ironiclast contain pop-culture references; the best one being “Handbook for the Recently Deceased” (I love the C.O.C. vibe on this one), and the worst one “We’ve Got a Situation Here” (see video).

 

This is a great hard rock offering and probably the most interesting collaboration since the disappointing Chickenfoot effort.  So far, I enjoy just about every riff that The Damned Things has to offer.

The Damned Things are Keith Buckley (Vocals), Joe Trohman (Guitars), Scott Ian (Guitars), Rob Caggiano (Guitars/Bass), & Andy Hurley (Drums).

Review: Motorhead – The World Is Yours [2011]

Motörhead sticks to their formula and delivers another destroyer on The World is Yours.  Lemmy Kilmister knows how to die with the devil in his head.  After all, he was “Born To Lose” and knows just what we need.

Even the video for the leading single “Get Back In Line” is absolute bad ass, as the band walks into a casino to beat up a group of rich political hotshots before taking their women.  And that my friends, just about sums up the entire record.

The sickest tracks are “Rock ‘nN’ Roll Music,” “Outlaw,” “I Know How To Die,” “Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye,” and “I Know How To Die.”  This is the first monster album of 2011.