The Chasm – sampler

Daniel Corchado has released three, three-minute plus samples off the upcoming album to drop 22 September 2017.

Due to long-term health issues of Julio Viterbo, Corchado has forged ahead mostly alone in performing the instrumentation of this upcoming The Chasm album. Based on the samples posted here, the album is set to be a beast, likely listened to best in a darker room, immersed in headphones or at max volume for full epic effect.

My ears are yearning for the rest.

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Raise a glass: To the Musicmakers We Lost in 2015

I have a google play music subscription. After seeing the news of Natalie Cole passing away today, I decided to see who else joined the great collective in the ethers this year among musicians. There’s been a lot. I have a feeling this list is far from complete as even the Wikipedia list of deaths was severely lacking. So here’s my playlist tribute. You may need a subscription to access all or part of it.

May 2016 not silence so many who keep us entertained and sane with their wonderful strains of creativity.

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Lemmy Kilmeister

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I learned today that Lemmy Kilmeister passed away at the age of 70. He lived a long full rock-n-roll life. I know I’m not the only one who is amazed that he lived that long. I remember joking with my mom once in Wichita that Lemmy was about her age & single.  She laughed it off. She must not have liked his trademark moles on his left cheek.

I dug through my archives of real photos & scanned in the black & white shots I took from when I saw Motorhead perform at the Vic Theater in Chicago, IL on 21 May 1999. The scanned pics are cropped only except for the text overlay on some. If shared, please credit Kirsten Tautfest or link to this post.
Enjoy & crank it up!

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Remember his bandmates in your thoughts as you go through your routine.

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Down the web rabbit hole discovery of the late night: Chorus

Just a random search of a character name on google turned up this gem from the Czech Republic: Chorus.

Chorus (CZ)They are hard American southern style rock rooted in the vein of Lynyrd Skynryd, et al. The beats are fast and catchy. “motorkářská” is particularly driven, with a nice, soaring, well-mixed guitar solo. “Milenium”‘s opening reminds me of an old southern rock band from Wichita, Kansas in the early to mid 1990’s, the Thrill Hippies. I can see myself rocking out with a pilsner in hand in a kluby in the Czech Republic. The vocalist doesn’t have much range but he has gritty strength of delivery.

“Zas tu jsou” opens with a sound sample to set the tone. This one is more thrashy that the others so far. The musical lead in is a finger plucked bass. The song has an anthemistic feel that could fit in hard rock radio here in the middle of the American states. The plucked fat bass ends the song nicely.

I’ve got strong Czech/Bohemian roots, but regrettably have not studied the language like I should have by now. So I cannot comment on the lyrics but in this case comment on the vocals as an instrument. In all the tracks, the vocals are clean, and with repeated listenings I could probably sing along syllablically, like opera singers so.

Baba Jaga – so fat are the beats and in your face are in this one. And it comes with a slide show style video on the page linked above with interesting imagery. Is Baba Jaga one of their grandmothers? Or is this a reference to a children’s tale? Still sounds like a fun song with a Halloween twist. The beat is fast, with the drummer coming in slightly behind. A catchy song with possible ear worm qualities, but not in a bad way.

“TAK SE MI ZDÁ” – A slower tune with a more modern rock feel. I love the guitar riffs in this one that Radek Vlček lays down in this one. Backup vocals fill in on the chorus, but the verses here the vocalist struggles a bit in places with keeping the harmony.

“Spravedlnost” – really slows down the pace, sounding like a lullaby in the opening, continuing throughout. Minor chords set the sad haunting tone. This one really makes me wish I understood the language.

“pochod transexuálů” March of the transsexuals. Interesting title – again, intrigued. The beat is a march, which fits. The guitar work and vocal style here harken to bands like Exodus and Saxon, old school 80’s thrash. It’s kept simple and perhaps would benefit from being a shorter song. (I hope that this song is not anti-transsexual in its lyrics.)

“Ráno” Dancing, banging your head beat, with a raise your pilsner high quality.

“Pivní tácek” An ode to beer coasters? Awesome. But again, you won’t need one as you dance with your hand wrapped around the bottle neck, shaking your hips to the beat.

“Nesmířitelní” [Unforgiven] Not a cover of the Metallica song by the same name, this one is still a complexly put together quilt of Chorus’ talents. Clocking in at 4:09 it seems longer. I can’t see this one played much in a live setting with the rest of their body of work available for streaming on bandzone.cz.

Last but not least in the list on bandzone.cz is “bludička” [will o’ the wisps (per google)] Again one of their more complex pieces.

Would I go see these guys live given the chance? Hell yeah. Check out their music if you are into hard rock in the biker, southern rock, driving fast late at night with the wind through your hair vein. Raise ’em high.

Rating: 4 out of 5 PBR Pints

Listening notes: Streamed from link above. Computer speakers on Samsung laptop. I may have to download the bandzone.cz app and stream these guys proper through my car stereo.

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Broken Flesh (live)

9 Oct 2015 Thunder Alley, Oklahoma City

I must say the name of this local band on the bill drove me nuts in the hours before heading to the venue. But maybe that’s because I’ve been wearing a Broken Hope longsleeve all day. So I researched them a bit. They’ve been on the local scene here since 2004. Their friendship support network is evidenced by the crowd on their feet on the fllor in front of the stage.

Crowd loves Broken Flesh.

Crowd loves Broken Flesh.

I don’t care for the vocalist’s style. Extreme Cookie Monster. I skimmed past a link to a review by a Christian Metal site. So lyrically that has be concerned – as if i could make put any words.

Taking the vocals as an instrument only (oh the “foreign language” of death metal lyrics), by the fourth song in the delivery blends in wells with the rest of the quartet. But yet nothing is blowing me away at this point.

Mix – the mix is good from my vantage point (about 80-90 degrees from the mix board (all hail the man bun) bar side).

I’m most impressed by the skill of the double kicking drummer. Reminds me of Rich Hoak (Brutal Truth et al). The way it is mixed he propels the song forward in a beautiful pussy vibrating envelope of sound.

The vocalist is dressed more like a nyhc performer but his stage presence is commanding  – a la Hatebreed.

Oh yeah, there’s some Cannibal Corpse influence as we wind our way into the last song. In this song, I’m finding more melody coming from thr drums than the guitarist or even bassist.

– moving on –

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Macrocosm (live)

9 Oct 2015, Thunder Alley, OKC

This trio from Arkansas was slow to get going, but when they caught fire, they drew me in. I was not so much impressed by the vocalist’s abilities – flat – but more the melodies beneath the noise of the guitarist & the staccato skills of the drummer.

Macrocosm. Guitarist spots an old Luis Suarez kit.

Macrocosm. Guitarist spots an old Luis Suarez kit.

Their weakest song was the cover song, one just not meant for Cookie Monster vocals.

Macrocosm - mirror behind the stage makes for easy pic of the drummer.

Macrocosm – mirror behind the stage makes for easy pic of the drummer.

And we are only midway through the evening of local metal.

I must say that I am feeling somewhat welcomed here by the NYDM club – Oklahoma chapter. Didn’t know therebwas such a thing or network.

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Xenothropic (live)

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This table has to be family members of one of Xenothropic. Little sis seems so bored.

The rolling grinding thrash draes you in. Nice speed for moshing your daily stresses away.

Singer has a good set of lungs on him. He growls, and with a mighty hair twirling stage presence. Bass is a bit behind the beat of the double kick drum kit but it works. Two guitars throw in your face riffage.

Live at Thunder Alley – 9 October 2015.

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