First of all, here's one of, get this, two Judas Priest references on everyone's favorite "chick flick" TV show, Sex And The City! Here's Charlotte York and Samantha Jones ducking a fly ball at Yankee Stadium in the opening episode of the second season. Take a note of the guy sitting behind them, though. He's wearing a Judas Priest shirt. Also on Sex And The City (sometime in the second or third season, I think), a flashback scene to the 80s involves Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones at a party and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" is playing in the background. Maybe one of the writers is a "closet metalhead"...?
Next, a warm welcome to some new writers at Live 4 Metal. First, Derek Whorton has joined us and is also a chemistry graduate student in Washington (another science/metal geek, such as myself). Next up is our friend Metal Mark from Heavy Metal Time Machine! If you haven't checked out his blog, I urge you to do so!
Next, every now and then, I'll get a promo sent to me that's already been covered by another writer at Live 4 Metal. In the interest of fairness, here's a series of short reviews of those albums...
I've been listening to a lot of Gaahl's "other" band lately; that is, Trelldom with their latest full-length, "Til Minne". Trelldom is not a mere rip-off of the monstrous Gorgoroth, but rather tends towards a very dirty sound reminiscent of Darkthrone's latter material. In addition, Gaahl's vocal delivery is noticeably different with a disturbingly skewed quality. Also, I wonder if the cover shot is from the same mountaintop that has figured prominently in Peter Beste's documentary that everyone's been buzzing about. The blog Documents has a compilation of the film here...
Vreid has shaken all vestiges of Windir and now stands head and shoulders as their own entity, playing a dirty take on the "black n' roll" style. Generally producing short albums that are quick to digest, Vreid's latest, "I, Krig", continues the style laid out by their previous full-lengths. Always a good listen...
Candlelight Records USA
Long running "death n' roll" band Gorefest has just released their second album after a long hiatus, entitled "Rise To Ruin". I've never given Gorefest much notice, but "Rise To Ruin" is a pretty good take on the whole "death n' roll" sub-genre, but with the incorporation of considerably more melody than, say, Entombed or Phazm, as well as some blasts and groove.
Candlelight Records USA
Finally, how can you go wrong with a new double live CD, entitled "Better Motorhead Than Dead", from Motorhead celebrating their 30th Anniversary at the Hammersmith Odeon (now called the Apollo)?! The only thing missing here is a rendition of "Motorhead". Otherwise, go get it! Enough said!
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