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Musing on Music - ONOMA

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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 Chang…

Top 10 Photographs of 2012

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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

End of the World Reading List

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End of the World Top 12 of 2012

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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 Not…

Doro North America Tour 2013

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Showingno signs of slowing down, Doro Pesch and her band will begin another tour of the USA in support of critically acclaimedRaise 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…

Munruthel - CREEDamage (Svarga Music)

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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 gobsm…

Bonded By Blood EURO TOUR!!!

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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&…

Friday Night Dance Party - December Edition

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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 Glutto…