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Live Reviews – Winter Rite Tour: Ancient VVisdom, Royal Thunder, Pallbearer, and Enslaved. Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan, 2/22/13

Posted in Ancient VVISdom, Enslaved, Live Reviews, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by Nicholas
Better than playboy.

Better than Playboy.

Fellow site reviewers Michael and Ryan, our shithead friend Nick, and I attended this wonderful, little show last week.  Nick and I are big Enslaved fans.  Ryan likes Royal Thunder, who we all love, and Michael just goes to whatever shows we tell him to go to.  Needless to say, we were all pretty pumped for the bill.  I love Ancient VVisdom and couldn’t wait to see them live for the first time.  The rest I’ve seen before, but that made me all the more excited to see them again.  Ryan was what you would call a bitch the whole time.  He had a “cold” or something and whined from the get-go.  Nick and I like to wait outside the venue for hours so we can get up front; however, waiting outside in forty degree weather in NY made sick Ryan more cranky.  A strange, small man in a wizard hat chatted us up a bit before we entered the venue.  Once inside we all took some pisses, cold medicine for Ryan, and headed up to the stage area.  After four seconds of standing in the front row, Ryan decided he was too sick and headed up to the balcony to be lame.  Nick followed so he could get drunk.  Michael and I stayed front row.  Flash-forward through an hour of waiting and us talking about Dark Souls and the concert begins.  Context over. Continue reading


Ryan’s Mystery Song Reviews

Posted in LISTS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2012 by Ryan

This week, Stereo Control will be doing another project.  This time’s rules: simply that each one of us send ten unlabeled, mystery songs to each other.  My Secret Santa in this project was Nick, who sent me ten songs.  My guess is that they’ll all be some kind of lame-ass Metal tunes, with unheard lyrics about Satan and Vikings.  We’ll see, I guess.

1. Mystery Song 1 – (Katatonia – “Leaders“)  Yep. First song is Metal. One can tell by the drop-D tuning on guitar, heavy bass, and the sound of the drums.  Not bad though, the intro is pretty cool.  The singing just kicked in, and the guy has a really good voice, no pig squeals or annoying growling, just straight-up clean vocals.  I like it, however, despite good production, a good riff, and good vocals, I don’t hear anything extremely special in this song.  It’s solid, but I wouldn’t say it stands out too much.

2. Mystery Song 2 – (Morbid Angel – “Immortal Rites“)  This next one opens with what could be an ’80s metal guitar, a la Iron Maiden, only slightly heavier and devoid of the fun personality.  The vocals are growled whispers, which fit over the double-bass drums, but I think they’ll get annoying if they last the course of the entire song.  However, a short guitar solo followed by a theatric bridge amped the song up for me a bit.  This band sounds like they know how to write a cool Metal song, at least.  And yep, I was right — instead of these vocals, I’m just going to imagine Bruce Dickinson’s angelic tenor. Continue reading