Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Wanna know what recently released album has psyched-me-out-of-my-Rock-‘N-Metal-mind? Just look at the above album cover! No, it’s not just the cover that has me psyched; it’s the Hard Rockin’ sonic bliss that The Darkness are playing on Hot Cakes that has put me in such a whirlwind of glee! What an album of instantly memorable songs!

This is the third studio album from this amazingly fun British band from Lowestoft and it’s a gem to feed my ears with. This Hot Cakes album has me believing that good, old-fashioned Glam/Hard Rock is alive and well once again. Do yourself a favor and buy Hot Cakes, especially if you like your Hard Rock that kicks the politically correct school of thought right in the ass!

It’s hard to believe we will be entering October tomorrow! To me, it feels like Summer was put on fast forward. With that said, I am a huge fan of Autumn and the spooky swirls of Halloween. With Halloween falling on a Wednesday (hump day) this year, it will obviously fall within two days of two weekends. I imagine that’s pretty cool, especially if you’re planning a Halloween party; you’ll basically have two weekends to choose from for your ghoulish get-together!

Once Autumn and the Halloween season begins, there are select bands and/or albums that I’ll gravitate to all the more for those creepy Rockin’ vibes! One such band is Helloween and their 1985 full-length debut: Walls Of Jericho. A Helloween classic and a classic within the pages of Heavy Metal history, this album is, in my Metal opinion.

Everything about DANZIG just screams Halloween. Seriously. From Glenn’s music, to his band logo and album artwork. I once encountered a wise-old Metal troll along a treacherous and densely wooded path in the Northern woods of Pennsylvania. This troll stated to me: “Stone, y-y-you best g-g-get some DANZIG into y-y-your F’n ears d-d-during Halloween s-s-season.” I’ll have to admit, that wise-old Metal troll was no dumb-ass.

Other albums and bands that I’ll listen to in ushering in the Halloween season: King Diamond, the 1970 debut and self-titled album from Black Sabbath, MISFITS, Iron Maiden (especially their first 3 albums), White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse, Zombiefication, Angel WitchSatyricon and… well, you get the Metal point!

Here’s a Metal news item of importance for all you REVERENCE fans out in Europe:

As reported on REVERENCE facebook on September 29th:

Reverence Cancel’s European Tour: To all the fans, promoters and venues, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we are being forced to cancel our upcoming European tour. We were looking forward to playing for our fans and making new ones. This is something we don’t take halfheartedly and want you to know this is not the end of Reverence, we will definitely be heading to Europe in 2013. Although this seems like bad news we are taking this opportunity to begin writing new material for the next release and various other things to be heading your way in the months to come.”

Stone Says: REVERENCE is such a grand Classic Metal band! True Metal. If you haven’t picked up their debut album, When Darkness Calls, you are hereby told to do so! REVERENCE has easily earned themselves the “top-spot” for Greatest Metal Surprise Of 2012. Metal be thy name.


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6 Responses to “Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Sunday, September 30th, 2012”

  1. I have the first two albums by The Darkness and they’re both very good. However, I won’t go see them with Lady Ga Ga. Great to see Helloween still on the go

    • Whoa! The Darkness actually tours/opens for Lady Ga Ga? I had no clue that was happening. I’m shocked! I won’t let that cloud my judgement in liking this band and album.

      Thanks for letting the word out about the Lady Ga Ga connection though 80’s Metalman. \m/\m/

  2. I must do the same thing when it comes to this time of year and selecting music. I have my favorites that come back every October. Danzig is a must. You are correct, doesn’t matter if it’s Samhain (the ideal Halloween theme band), Misfits or Danzig, those are essential spins during this time of year. I agree with the King Diamond as well. I always break out Fatal Portrait and Abigail just for the great tunes and, of coure, great childhood Halloween memories.

    • Right on! Yeah, any Danzig associated act and King Diamond seem to radiate “all the more” creepiness and dark vibes that are essential for our Halloween season! (Even though they are all essential listens anytime during the year… LOL!)

      Thanks for your Metal insight \m/\m/

  3. Got to hear Halloween by Helloween every time around this year – of course that song is great no matter when you listen to it.

    • Spotless Metal Pick!!

      “Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I” is just a phenomenal album! Power Metal history! You are so right on about “Halloween”… that song is so incredible, it never seems like it runs for 13 + minutes to me! \m/\m/

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