Saturday, December 29, 2012

Musing on Music - ONOMA

When you think of Israel, you don't think of alternative heavy metal. ONOMA is out to change all that. ONOMA  just released their first single and video entitled Bug. It's quite amazing. It has a Tool-ish Alice in Chains-ish feel to it. It's stark and gritty and full of massive riffage thanks to Asaf Keidan on guitar. The bass sound on BUG is thumpin. In parts of the song, the bass is forefront.  I love it! Andrei Aframov is a powerhouse. The vocals are sweetly wicked. Elad Koren has a sultry edge to his voice and then he lets it all out when he switches to the screamo type vocals. It makes you go O_o  He's just that good! Saggi Chen's drumming hard and driving. If Bug is any indication of how the debut album sounds, "All Things Change" was a dark horse of 2012! To bad I didn't know about them sooner, or they'd be on the Top 10 Albums of 2012.  Sylvia Masy and James Murphy created some wicked alchemy with ONOMA's debut album. All Things Change has that heavy feel that you get from a SOAD, Skunk Anansie, Testament album. Definitely check out ONOMA at Onoma Website and give them a "LIKE" on Onoma Band on Facebook  Here is Bug from the debut album "All Things Change".

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Top 10 Photographs of 2012

Everyone tends to list the Top 10 Albums or Top 10 Videos of the year. I've done both in recent posts for the Kali Diaries. Now I'd like to present something new. The Top 10 Photographs of 2012. My shooting year was cut short due to relocation to South Korea. I only had 6 months to get out there and shoot something. It was still a chore to find 10 of the best photographs I've taken this year. I discounted the Comicons and other events and kept it strictly metal! One of the "problems" shooting metal shows is trying to steady a Canon and head bang. LOL  All the bands I've shot this year have given 110% on stage. They are awesome live and it's been a privilege to shoot them. So here are my, Victoria Anderson, Top 10 Photographs of 2012! Enjoy!!!

#10 Metallica at Orion Festival June 2012

#09 Baroness in Philadelphia

#08 Goatwhore in Brooklyn, NY

#07 Anthrax in NYC

#06 Death Angel in NYC, opening for Anthrax! 

#05 Diamond Plate in Philly! 

#04 Bonded By Blood - NYC

#03 The Devastated in Philly!

#02 The Browning in Philly!

And the number 1 photo taken this year, 2012 - Karlis Steinmanis of KS Records

Friday, December 21, 2012

End of the World Top 12 of 2012

Point***Narf***Egads!! It's December 21, 2012 and it's supposed to be the end of the world! So what better time than now to give a mondo shout out to the Top 12 Albums of 2012!! There were so many damn fine albums released, it was hard to whittle it down to Just 12!! But hey, it's the end of the world, so we may as well party like we're out of time! Let's get our last night on Earth hoppin with some groovy music!

#12  The Sword - Apocryphon
The Sword deliver the perfect swagger and defiance for the end of the world! Apocryphon is stoner rock at its' best.

#11 Beastwars - Beastwars
Sludgy. Doomy. It's like molasses oozing out of your speakers. You want a heavy dark tome for your last few hours on planet Earth? Beastwars! It's truly a heavy album.

#10 Swallow The Sun - Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
A beautifully haunting yet moving album. Every song flows with enchantment. Emerald Forest and The Blackbird is pure joy to listen to.

#09 Hexen - Being and Nothing
Hexen brings it with blistering guitars and a larger than life sound. Being and Nothingness exhibits amazing speed and unmatched technical skills.

#08 Doro - Raise Your Fist In The Air
Uplifting and inspiring is how you would describe Raise Your Fist In The Air. Doro delivers a fantastic straight ahead heavy metal album for the masses.

#07 Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline
Dark Adrenaline has luscious harmonies and plenty of angst. The songs are catchy in a dark, sad, headbanging kind of way.

#06 Moonspell - Alpha Noir
Another winner from a seminal heavy band. Alpha Noir has the perfect blend of dark tomes, heavy music, and chilling lyrics.

And now your Top 5 Albums for the End of the World 2012!!!! Squeeeeeeeee

#05 Primal Rock Rebellion - Awoken Broken
Experimental rock and roll that never gets dull.  Awoken Broken defies genre placement. The guitars are bitchin, the vocals world class and the lyrics nothing short of amazing.

#04 Orange Goblin - A Eulogy For The Damned
Orange Goblin hits it out of the ball park yet again with a perfect album. It's got a Southern blood, sweat, and tears vibe. A Eulogy For The Damned is a good ol' bluesy ball busting romp through rock and roll.

#03 Bonded By Blood - The Aftermath
Classic thrash by SoCal's finest. The Bonded line up is tight and they deliver the goods with a totally head bang fest that is The Aftermath!

#02 Rival Sons - Head Down
Bluesy. Ballsy. 60s tinged. Rival Sons have sultry vocals, guitars with viv and verve, and attitude to spare. Head Down is soulful one moment and scorching hot the next.

And the number one album of 2012... the one disk you HAVE TO OWN for the end of the world....

#01 All Hail The Yeti - All Hail The Yeti
Hands down the best frakking album recorded this year. It's perfect from start to finish. All Hail The Yeti draws you in and doesn't let go.

So there you have it! Twelve of the best albums of 2012!!! If your world ends, you've got some damn good music to end it with. If you are around tomorrow... go buy 12 new albums that you are sure to enjoy!!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Doro North America Tour 2013

Showing no signs of slowing down, Doro Pesch and her band will begin another tour of the USA in support of critically acclaimed Raise Your Fist.   DORO will be will be returning to North America in 2013 to rock the masses in support of this year's release of Raise Your Fist.

DORO North American Headlining Tour 2013:
2/01/2013 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
2/02/2013 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/03/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
2/04/2013 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
2/05/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
2/07/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
2/08/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2/09/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
2/10/2013 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/12/2013 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
2/13/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
2/14/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/15/2013 Spicoli’s Grill and the Reverb – Waterloo, IA
2/17/2013 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ

Munruthel - CREEDamage (Svarga Music)

Munruthel - CREEDamage (Svarga Music)

Ok - this had me in the opening strains of the introductory song. Munruthel's CREEDamage is operatic and big. It's like a blockbuster Conan film or something. The orchestration is just immense and overpowering. If you didn't know any better you would think it's from one of the planet's top classically trained orchestras. Indeed, just the song titles are awe inspiring. Ardent Dance of War's God, Rolls of Thunder From Fiery Skies, Krada P.1 The Blood, P.2 The Surya, and P.3 The Fire. Amazing.

The vocals are the Mojo Dojo growly style vocals that invoke Viking lore and evil hordes. But don't get used to them. They are deliciously balanced by sweeping and ethereal vocal harmonies; most of which are in a foreign language. The female vocals are handled by Alina Gornostayeva. This further enhances the operatic nature of the album. The compositions are enough to make Wagner dizzy! Rolls of Thunder From Firey Skies is just gobsmackingly amazing!

Munruthel includes music that has been in the stew pot since 2006. Vladislav "Munruthel" Redkin is a master chef as the dish he has served up to the music world is bountiful. His hand in over 30 albums including gems from Nokturnal Mortum, Astrofaes, Lucifugum and Thunderfraft is further evidence of his musical prowess.

Masha Arhipova from Arkona share vocal duties on The Mown Dawns Lie On The Ground. The track is extravagant. So much is happening musically you can't hope to digest it with one listen. Even a track like The Lake, a Bathory cover, becomes more sweeping and epic under Munruthel's guidance. The Eyes of Abyss is another beautifully done piece. For me, the violin and guitar interplay is lovely. The Eyes of Abyss creates a cacophony of sound that is multi-layered and complex. There is no one genre the song will fit in. It has shades of symphonic music, death metal, classical and then it sounds like bagpipes... I know, a song with violins, bagpipes, heavy metal guitars, and it all works. Ana Oklejewicz on cello, viola, and violins is just an amazing musician. Her interplay with Istukan on guitars for The Eyes of the Abyss and Carpathian Shield is a beauty to behold. Have I mentioned the genius of Munruthel's compositions?

Closing out CREEDamage is the trio entitled Krada: Pt. 1 The Blood, Pt. 2 The Surya and Pt. 3 The Fire. There truly are no words to describe the compositions. They are just that gobsmackingly pristine. Krada is a true modern symphonic masterpiece. To wit, Munruthel's CREEDamage is a masterpiece.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bonded By Blood EURO TOUR!!!

Squeeeeeeeee Bonded By Blood is hitting the road next year. This is a lucky duck thing for all those residing in Germany and the UK! Catch one or two or five shows. You won't regret it! Bonded are touring Europe and the UK in support of their critically acclaimed album THE AFTERMATH. Says lead vocalist Mauro Gonzalez: "We are beyond excited for this up coming tour! Europe Bonded by blood is coming for you!"

Dec 22 Key Club w Agent Steel, Hirax, Midnight West Hollywood, CA
Jan 12 Glass House w/Oceano, Vektor, White Wizzard Pomona, CA
Jan 17 K17 w/Vader & Aborted Berlin, Germany
Jan 18 F-Haus w/Vader & Aborted Jena, Germany
Jan 19 Turock w/Vader & Aborted Essen, Germany
Jan 20 Vera w/Vader & Aborted - Groningen, Netherlands
Jan 21 Markthalle w/Vader & Aborted - Hamburg, Germany
Jan 22 Lakei w/Vader & Aborted - Helmond, Netherlands
Jan 23 Fiasko w/Vader & Aborted - Kassel, Germany
Jan 24 Devil's Corner w/Vader & Aborted - Leffinge, Belgium
Jan 25 La Cartonnerie w/Vader & Aborted - Reims, France
Jan 26 Alte Kaserne w/Vader & Aborted - Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 27 Circolo Colony w/Vader & Aborted - Brescia, Italy
Jan 29 Gala Hala w/Vader & Aborted - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jan 30 Escape w/Vader & Aborted - Vienna, Austria
Jan 31 Eventhalle Westpark w/Vader & Aborted - Ingolstadt, Germany
Feb 02 Le Forum - Vauréal, France
Feb 03 White Rabbit w/Vader & Aborted - Plymouth, United Kingdom
Feb 04 The Fleece - Bristol, United Kingdom
Feb 05 Ivory Black's w/Vader & Aborted - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 06 Button Factory w/Vader & Aborted - Dublin, Ireland
Feb 07 NQ Live w/Vader & Aborted - Manchester, United Kingdom
Feb 08 The Underworld w/Vader & Aborted - London, United Kingdom
Feb 09 Baroeg w/Vader & Aborted - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Feb 10 Victorie w/Vader & Aborted - Alkmaar, Netherlands
Apr 20 Carn-Evil at Malone's w/ Cattle Decapitation, Exmortus, Lich King - Santa Ana, CA

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Friday Night Dance Party - December Edition

Hey all you cool kats and jaded primadonnas! Welcome to the last Friday Night Dance Party of 2012! We're gonna party likes it's 199...oops We are definitely out of time. This is supposedly the end of the world December 12, 2012 121212... I don't know about all that, but it's a darn good excuse for a blazing party! So if Wednesday is really the end of all things, why not have the most groovilicious weekend right now!

Here are your top videos from 2012. Let's get this party started!

1. Doro - Raise Your Fist In the Air from Raise Your Fist In the Air

2. Rival Sons -  Keep On Swinging from Head Down

3.  Orange Goblin - Red Tide Rising from A Eulogy For The Damned

4. Moonspell - Lickanthrope from Alpha Noir

5. Bonded By Blood - Crawling In The Shadows from The Aftermath

6. Primal Rock Rebellion - Tortured Tone from  Awoken Broken

7. Kiss The Gunner's Daughter - Still Here 

8.  Sister Sin - End of the Line from Now and Forever

9.  Job For A Cowboy - Tarnished Gluttony from Demonocracy

10. All Hail The Yeti - The Art of Mourning from All Hail The Yeti

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