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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

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Michael’s Top Ten Minus One of 2012

Posted in Between the Buried and Me, Devin Townsend, fun., Godspeed You! Black Emperor, LISTS, metric, Mumford & Sons, Royal Thunder, The Faceless, The Killers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by Michael

Alright children, sit and gather ’round, ’cause the Man of Year is giving his personal faves for 2012. Of course, like Kristen, I hate the number ten, so what’ll my top nine be?  THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME.

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‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

2012

Constellation

Ryan, having once again interested me in a band, had me check these guys out. A heavy instrumental band, they kick some ass. Since this is the first album that I have listened to from them, I figure I should check out their other stuff. So far my favorite from this album has to be the second song, “Their Helicopters’ Sing.” It reminds me a lot of Wagner, the classical/opera composer, and the instrumentals in this song are quite impressive.

Best Tracks:”Their Helicopters’ Sing” and “We Drift Like Worried FireContinue reading

Nicholas’ Top Ten of 2012

Posted in Corrosion of Conformity, Devin Townsend, Dragged Into Sunlight, Enslaved, LISTS, Ne Obliviscaris, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, Storm Corrosion, The Faceless, Trioscapes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2013 by Nicholas

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.)

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CVI

Royal Thunder

2012

Relapse Records

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.

Best Track:  “Parsonz CurseContinue reading

Ryan’s Top Ten of 2012

Posted in Cloud Nothings, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grizzly Bear, LISTS, metric, Royal Thunder, Samothrace, Sleigh Bells, Tame Impala, The Avett Brothers, The Honeydogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2012 by Ryan

So, this week, we here at Stereo Control will be giving you all our favorite albums of the past year.  In my eyes, 2012 has been a mix-and-match type of year for music.  We’ve had some great things happen: Godspeed You! Black Emperor reformed, Fiona Apple came back, Hurricane Sandy brought us closer together with benefit concerts, and Whitney Houston died (paving way for so many great Too Soon jokes — Have you heard?  Whitney Houston’s been eight months sober!).  Of course, on the flip-side, 2012 was also a year in which horrible things happened in music: Tupac came back from the dead in the dumbest way possible, Steve Albini was a dick to Amanda Palmer for no reason, Taylor Swift never ever ever wants to get back together, and Justin Bieber shows he either has no fashion sense or no respect…

I’m surprised the Canadian Prime Minister didn’t immediately quit.

However, the greatest thing to happen in music this year was the return of Stereo Control.  We added three new writers (Nick, Mike, and Evan), had more views than ever, and even started a podcast (yes, we’ve only done one so far, shut up).  Excited for the future of this site, we’d like to first look into the very recent past and give our unasked-for opinions on albums.  So, my picks of this year are: 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