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
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Year-end best-of lists suck. I haven’t listened to everything that came out this year that I wanted to hear yet (Neurosis, High On Fire, Melvins, etc. fucking etc). There’s just too much. And 2012 was pretty God damn good year for music. So, this is not a best of list. This is simply my favorites. The albums I spun the most. The ones I like more than the ones I hated (Muse).
In no particular order…
(Edit: Ryan is making me do a numbered list even though I don’t want to. So now the albums are numbered.)
Another kick-ass debut album. Royal Thunder’s CVI is a super dose of hard rock a la Black Sabbath doomage. Everything about this album kicks ass. Front woman Mlny Parsonz has a strong voice that leads the monstrous riffs through the seedy, dimly lit, back alleys the music feels like it’s bringing you to. This is a band that must be seen live as well. They were easily one of the best performances I saw this year. If you like your hard rock to rock hard, pick this album up immediately.