Archive for hard rock

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


A Triple Dose of ’70s Hard Rock

Posted in Icecross, Jerusalem, Night Sun with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by Nicholas


Night Sun



Hailing from Germany, Mournin’ is Night Sun’s one and only album.  It is a chaotic slice of schizophrenic Hard Rock from the tasty Nineteen-seventies.  Wasting no time to jump into the madness, the album kicks off with the appropriately titled “Plastic Shotgun“, plunging the listener with a bang right into the fast and furious style of the band.  Blending riff after riff with raw pounding drums, twin guitar leads, and some jamming organ, there is an extra dose of Prog added to the mix.  Songs like “Got A Bone of My Own” open with some psychedelic noodling before kicking you in the face with the fuzzy guitars and erotic riffage.  When you are craving that jam oriented sound of old-school Hard Rock, there is no better way to get that fix then by sucking the vein of the actual era.  It is an absolute shame this is Night Sun’s only release, at least they left us with an excellent album that truly rocks from start to finish.

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Iron Maiden Discography

Posted in Iron Maiden with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by Evan

In 1980, Iron Maiden set a new precedent on the Hard Rock and Metal scene all over the world.  Since then, they have had tons of members and loads of great tunes creating one of the best collections of all time.  But recently, their art form as a band has changed sending them into a slow, downward spiral that will likely leave fans buying their new music simply out of habit.

Iron Maiden – 1980

Iron Maiden hits the metal scene in England hard and fast with their first album featuring singer Paul Di’Anno on vocals, Guitarist Dennis Straton, Guitarist Dave Murray, Bassist and lead songwriter Steve Harris, and Clive Burr on the drums.  This album not only defines the band’s sound but sends you on a jizz fest with the awesome riffs of songs like “Phantom of the Opera” and “Charlotte the Harlot.”  And who doesn’t love the song “Iron Maiden,”  by the band “Iron Maiden,”  off the album Iron Maiden?  No one, that’s who. Continue reading

Live Reviews – Paths to Oblivion Tour: Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, and Backwoods Payback, Kung Fu Neck Tie’s, Philadelphia, 9/8/12

Posted in Backwoods Payback, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2012 by Nicholas

Alright, alright, so this show Ryan and I attended the same weekend as the Maps & Atlases show.  I dragged him out for some hard rock and heavy metal, and then he forced me to look at a bunch of dudes in button-downs with non-prescription thick black glasses.  I guess that’s an even trade.  Anyway, as you can see from the tour poster above Samothrace is listed and Backwoods Payback is not.  Samothrace had to pull out of the tour due to personal reasons.  I was bummed because after everything Ryan said about them in his review of their new album, I was looking forward to checking them out.  Royal Thunder and Pallbearer were the reason I was going to the show, though.  That and to make Ryan experience some “not so gay” music for a change. Continue reading