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THE CASUALTIES – “we are all we have” is REAL, aggressive, Punk Rock

Posted in Album Review, essential punk rock albums, extreme music, extreme music today, Music, old school punk rock, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock music, punk rock music 2009, punk rock music today, punk rock songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

The Casualties "we are all we have" small picThe Casualties are a smack to the head reminder that Punk Rock is not dead… one listen to we are all we have and I listened again. The Casualties new album, (released August 25, 2009 on SIDEONEDUMMY Records), comes across fast, heavy and embracingly aggressive. Standing amidst what I consider, an enduring crowd of veteran and rising Punk Rock and Hardcore Punk bands that are all current and real, The Casualties approach is take no damn crap or prisoners, in my Metal opinion. The Casualties have never been bashful about making a social statement lyrically, we are all we have gives more than a nod to what is pissing off this band. I cannot resist the Old School backing/gang vocals that makes this album so darned Punk infused. If we are all we have was a book, an appropriate title very well could be Real Punk Rock and The System Sucks. Integrity heard and felt in music is open for interpretation, a personal opinion, if you will… I hear and feel the upmost integrity from The Casualties, always have, there is no saran wrap shrouding this band from their convictions.

The United States has without doubt, gone through a major political change within the past year, along with an unprecedented mortgage crisis, throw in the environmental issues of the day and The Casualties will inevitably get their point across with a new album. One of the greatest freedoms I cherish and hope will never be tinkered with by my government, is freedom of speech. When a band I like has something to say through song, I’ll listen, I always find it damned cool when a band like The Casualties have opinions. Apocalypse Today and War is Business are the two meaty social songs that gets their messages out with true Punk angst and bite. Hey, I have always been concerned about my drinking water too… The Casualties make a damned good and cool point on Apocalypse Today, with vintage Punk driven intensity. War is Business has The Casualties reminding me that yeah… I am thankful the war is not here and it’s over there. Despite the location of war, The Casualties sadly remind me that innocent families and children fall victim to war overseas… war does suck, war is hell. Nevertheless, I am grateful to the service men and women who have protected my country from terror. War has unfortunately followed societies around since the dawn of time. I could not agree more with the lyrics to Life Clone, I can’t stomach plastic/artificial people who buy themselves through life either. I raise my fist in the air to this song and bellow – hell yeah! The Casualties bring forth the social images and opinions that are either too taboo or uncomfortable for some of us to speak up about in a public or open forum.

Putting the social factor aside, we are all we have is as pronounced a Hardcore Punk Rock album as you can hear, vocally, musically and lyrically in sync, producing a bastion of Punk vibe. The album finishes off with Rocker’s Reggae (Working Man’s Dub), it is laced with a Reggae sound, with the messages of Punk pride through Punk songs and these same songs will never be taken from the Punk genre by anyone, for the Punk genre knows the true meaning and feelings of these working man/Punk songs. I am not out to fool anyone, I will never pose… I am not a Punk myself, yet I still will get the maximum Punk enjoyment from The Casualties as I always have. I listen to many Punk Rock bands, I have for decades. I am a Metalhead who has expanded his Extreme Music appreciation a very long time ago… with no regrets.

The Casualties are: 

Jorge– vocals
Rick – bass
Meggers– drums
Jake – guitar

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OBITUARY – “Darkest Day” brings the darkest and heaviest Death Metal

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Obituary "Darkest Day" small cover picAlright, I am more than thrilled at this new Obituary album, “Darkest Day”, I am enthralled with Metal jubilation. Death Metal jubilation. I am also reminded as to why I am lured into the heaviest, most Metal bludgeoning genre there is… it is Obituary. These guys are not about making nice with the trend setters… forget about it. Obituary is Old School Death Metal lathered with extreme. Understand, however, that Obituary delivers grooves by the Death Metal bushels. From it’s deadly beginning track – “List of Dead” to it’s deadly ending “Left To Die”, I am going out on a Metal limb here by stating… “Darkest Day” is one of 2009’s best Metal albums period. Being one of the true forefathers of the Death Metal genre, Obituary lays their Death Metal cards out on the table here, you either are with them or with them. This is not a Death Metal band that you just want to try out, if you buy an Obituary album, you are either a fan or your about to become one. 

“Outside My Head” is like a Death Metal march to take over the Metal Universe, Donald Tardy on drums is as decidedly relentless as a yellow jacket wasp, stinging it’s prey. “Your Darkest Day” has it’s vintage nod to Doom with riffs that will either scare the hell out of you or make you beg for more… I beg for more, please. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath should feel so proud, that a Death Metal band of the caliber like Obituary, can incorporate the early Metal years – feel and vibe to their music… without straying away from the Death Metal manuscript of today. Obviously, this is my Metal opinion, what one Metalhead hears within “Darkest Day” can severely differ from another. “See Me Now” is extremely heavy – underscored, my choice pick as favorite track. John Tardy on vocals only enhances the seething heaviness of “See Me Now”. For that matter, John Tardy just flat out enhances this entire album with his vintage and aggressive vocals, this is all about vocal confidence and not being over the top.

By the time I hear “Truth Be Told”, it feels like “Darkest Day” has only lasted five minutes… it is that unreal good. Ordinarily, with an average Death Metal up and coming band, “Truth Be Told” would be their greatest song – with Obituary, every song here can be considered as great. What can be said about Trevor Peres and Ralph Santolla on guitars? They are damn good, no, damn unreal good. Lest not forget Frank Watkins on bass, he keeps the Death Metal rhythm moving at a fiery pace, giving me every reason to suffer from whiplash. Cool. Acknowledgment of Metal greatness is priority number one whenever I discuss the Metal genres with anyone or post on Metal Odyssey. My Metal goal is to get the word out about unreal heavy bands and/or albums… the word on “Darkest Day” is this – real, extreme and forged with Death Metal integrity. “Darkest Day”… Metal ownership of this album is a must, (what am I thinking), it is required. Obituary… Death Metal legends.

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Unearth, Chimaira, Throwdown and Daath – Co-Headlining European Tour – Fall 2009

Posted in concerts, current death metal music, current thrash metal, current thrash metal music, daath death metal band, Death Metal, death metal 2009, death metal concerts, death metal music, death metal music concerts, european metal music tours, Extreme Metal, extreme metal music, extreme metal music concerts, extreme music, extreme music today, Metal, metal concerts, metal music, metal music concerts 2009, metal music today, metal music tours, metal odyssey, Music, Thrash Metal, thrash metal 2009, thrash metal music, thrash metal music concerts, thrash metal today with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Now this looks like one damn cool and Extreme Metal tour to catch… if you are in Europe for these dates, (tour duration is September 15, 2009 – October 12, 2009). My two favorites out of this tour are Unearth and Daath. I cannot endorse these two bands any louder than this… UNREAL HEAVY – UNREAL GOOD. I have posted nothing but total Metal admiration in the past for both Unearth and Daath. Chimaira and Throwdown are cool and extreme in their own right… I listen to these two bands as well, I have never been let down by either when it comes to heaviness. This tour looks to be a Metal powerhouse to reckon with. Have a Metal ball with this tour Europe… it looks Metal potent.

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Abigail Williams – “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns” – Real, Extreme, Black Metal

Posted in Album Review, Black Metal, black metal 2009, black metal albums 2009, black metal music 2009, cool album covers, creepy album covers, current black metal albums, current black metal music, extreme black metal music, Extreme Metal, extreme metal music, extreme music, extreme music today, Metal, metal music, metal music today, Metal Reviews, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

9061631I have added a new band to my Black Metal favorites list, they are Abigail Williams. Abigail Williams is void of having the heavy grooves of Satyricon’s superior recent releases, void of having the progressiveness of the incredible Enslaved. What Abigail Williams does offer up musically, is the extreme and brutal sounds of Black Metal. Yes, the very, very, heavy side of Black Metal. The layering of music is similar to what Cradle of Filth has accomplished with their infamous albums, minus any over exaggeration of melody. O.K., I have pointed out where Abigail Williams lines up musically, compared to their Black Metal counterparts, (or some of them anyway). On “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns”, (released on October 28, 2008 – candlelight records), Sorceron on lead vocals is alarmingly convincing, while the entire band plays very tight, giving every indication musically, that they know these are ten solid songs.

If you are looking for a seriously heavy, fast and Extreme band, regardless of the genre, Abigail Williams will engulf your musical senses with unrelenting and foreboding Black Metal force. This is a Black Metal band that sounds like they have been set loose from any musical restraints, given the command to set forth and spread their onslaught of enraged Black Metal unto the masses. The symphonic moments heard throughout this album lends itself as the bridge, that connects this Black Metal extremity of aggressiveness. After a couple of listens to “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns”, I realized that I waited too long to purchase this Black Metal creation. Abigail Williams has made one fine, full length album, of Extreme Black Metal music with this release. I hope that any band lineup changes that have occurred, will not prevent Abigail Williams from moving forward with powerful momentum. Sorceron is the nucleus of this band, he must continue to surround himself with quality musicians, just like the lineup found on this album. This is my Metal opinion and I recommend Abigail Williams “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns” to anyone who’s interest I may have peaked.

Abigail Williams as they appeared on “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns” are: Sorceron on lead vocals & lyricist, Mike Wilson on lead guitar, Plaguehammer on bass, Bjornthor on guitar, Trym on drums, Samus on drums and Ashley Ellyllon on keyboards and piano. Sorceron also plays guitar, bass and keyboards on this album as well. James Murphy appears as a guest guitarist.

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Job For A Cowboy “Ruination” – Extreme Death Metal album is a high point for 2009

Posted in Album Review, cannibal corpse, cool album covers, current death metal albums, current death metal music, current extreme metal albums, current extreme metal music, current heavy metal albums, current heavy metal music, Death Metal, death metal 2009, death metal guitarists, death metal music, death metal vocals, Extreme Metal, extreme metal music, extreme music, extreme music today, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal albums 2009, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, heavy metal music 2009, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal this decade, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, metal music, metal music today, Metal Reviews, Music, new heavy metal album, scary album covers, spooky album covers, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

fullsizeI have an appetite for the most Extreme Metal Music out there. Job For A Cowboy is without question, a healthy dose of Extreme Metal. Death Metal is this bands calling card. Playing every musical instrument in their band extremely fast and heavy is an understatement. Blast beats and the infamous cookie monster vocals are lathered all over the songs on “Ruination”, (released on Metal Blade Records, July 7, 2009). So, with all of the expected characteristics of being an Extreme – Death Metal band aside, Job For A Cowboy does prove to me one thing… they are more concerned about global and societal troubles than one might expect. I am not going to admit, I can actually make out the lyrics to these songs, from the vocals of Jonny Davy. Nope, instead, I have the assistance of the sacred liner notes, that come with the complete lyrics for every song on “Ruination”. For me, not understanding the words being pronounced from the Death Metal growls of Jonny Davy comes with the territory of this Metal genre. With this genre of Metal, the lead vocalist is just as equally important as any of the musical instruments being played. It is the anger driven vocals that gives the songs on “Ruination” their intended extreme force and purpose, if you will. Jonny Davy on vocals is equivalent to a wasp nest being disturbed by a broom stick. His vocals will swarm all over your Metal soul, clutching it, beating it into shape and then slapping you in the face with it. Job For A Cowboy delivers a lesson in Extreme – Death Metal whoop ass that has me saying… thank you sir, can I please have more?

jfac_photo_smallJust when I thought that Cannibal Corpse’s “Evisceration Plague” was the lightning strike of an Extreme – Death Metal album of 2009, well, now I have my own personal Metal controversy. Between Cannibal Corpse and Job For A Cowboy, it is a pick ’em as to who punishes and obliterates my Metal senses more in 2009. “March To Global Enslavement” may be a bit much on the side of extreme paranoia, then again, this is Extreme Metal I am listening to here with “Ruination”. “Unfurling A Darkened Gospel” in my Metal interpretation is anti-war and anti-corporate handshakes, thus making for quite the anti theme song, an undisputed Death Metal barrage. It is an invigorating feeling to know that bands like Job For A Cowboy can speak their minds and serve up their opinions without any American government suppression or censorship. When you stop and really think about it, America really is the land of the free. (Thank you Dee Snider for making certain this Metal Music freedom remained for us all). This is what Metal is all about, creating the heaviest and most extreme music while shouting out about things that really irritate you. 

“To Detonate And Exterminate” is a horrible reminder of what may come to pass if our nuclear powers ever decide to wage war. Nuclear War is not a cheery topic, it is a Death Metal topic though. Job For A Cowboy paints the morbid picture for us to envision, if stupidity ever engineers the decision for enacting a nuclear war. The Extreme – Death Metal scene is not a society of uneducated dopes. This genre has something to say every once in a while, therefore I do find substance and thought provoking topics of world concern, with the lyrics on “Ruination”. Job For A Cowboy enables me to stay in touch with the younger generation of Extreme Metal, these guys are part of the big picture of Metal Music, a band that is only going to enhance the future of this genre. I cannot ignore the viciousness and total annihilation that is the Metal Music on “Ruination”, this is total Metal brutality from Job For A Cowboy – I could not bestow a higher compliment. 

Some extra info to nourish the Metal mind:

Job For A Cowboy, as they appear on “Ruination”: Jonny Davy on lead vocals, Bobby Thompson on guitar, Al Glassman on guitar, Brent Riggs on bass and Jon “Charn” Rice on drums. “Ruination” comes with a 24 page, full color booklet that is extremely cool. As I mentioned earlier, the lyrics for all 10 songs are in this booklet, with eye popping extended artwork, that fits right into the themes heard on “Ruination”. (As a side note, I purchased this CD on the day of it’s release, July 7, 2009, at Target… for $7.98!on sale! – not a bad retail price for quality Metal these days – smart move Target). I wish all new CD’s were at this price point.

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RANCID – “let the dominoes fall” is Punk Rock to devour

Posted in 1990's punk rock music, Album Review, current punk rock music, essential punk rock albums, extreme music today, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock music, punk rock music 2009, punk rock music today, punk rock songs, recent punk rock albums with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

fullsizeRancid“let the dominoes fall” took me by surprise as I walked the CD aisles at Target today. Why is this? Well, for one, it was actually there, in stock. Secondly, the humane price of  $7.98 was screaming out at me to – buy now! $7.98… that is cheaper than buying two happy meals for my daughters. Talk about value… there are also 19 songs on the new Rancid CD as well. It is a cool treat to finally not get ripped off by the retail CD prices… when I find a great deal, I tell people. The liner notes in this Rancid CD are a bonus – it is a very large Rancid poster (depicting the CD cover of band and logo). This poster is so large, it is suitable for hanging on your wall of choice. (Sorry, I did not take an actual measurement of this poster, take my word for it, it is large). On the backside of the poster you will find all the lyrics to the songs. 

As for the songs – excellent stuff, this Rancid Punk Rock is. What I like most about Rancid, is there are no hidden agendas – just Punk Rock comin’ at ya’ the way it should be… with plenty of Old School Punk Rock sound and feel to rejoice over. I always found the Ramones and Misfits to be an instant cure to the doldrums and stagnant complacency, that an ordinary day may bring. Rancid fits this bill for me as well. I need Punk Rock as much as any of my Metal Music genres I revere. To make my point about curing the doldrums… my first listen to the tune “LA river” and I was stoked. “LA river” now and forever will get me moving, this songs beat and lyrics are instantly memorable and very addicting. In my opinion, Rancid does a convincing and yet, modest job at airing out some social commentary… “this place” tackles the subject matter of monster corporations causing the demise of Lake Shore foundries. “civilian ways” is for me, lyrically, a commendable Punk Rock statement. This song touches on the life of a U.S. soldier returning home from war… only this soldier now finds civilian ways to be foreign. Rancid does not overstate themselves while staying true to their music, the lyrics of “i ain’t worried” is a proud rallying cry for the Punk Rock genre.

Overall, “let the dominoes fall” has proven to be an excellent Punk Rock CD for me, Rancid has 19 tunes here for a reason… they’re all credible. Truth be told, I listened to this CD four times today alone… not counting the number of times I listened to “LA river”, which was many times more. I highly recommend Rancid “let the dominoes fall” to all Punk Rock fans and all Extreme Music fans across the globe. Rancid are: Tim Armstrong on guitar & vocals, Lars frederiksen on guitar & vocals, Matt Freeman on bass & vocals and Branden Steineckert on drums. Rancid “let the dominoes fall” was released on June 2, 2009, on Hellcat Records/Epitaph Records.

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