Monday, June 25, 2018

Khemmis - Desolation

Monday, new week, time to introduce "Record of The Week".

"Desolation" is the third album from Denver’s "doomed heavy metal" outfit KHEMMIS, three albums in four years is very creative for a band these days.

"Desolation" is a 41 minutes rocker with a punch divided into six tunes!

And on the third release, the sound more straightforward classic heavy metal but the doomy parts are still here. The album is great produced as the sound is very good, crisp and clear and you can hear every note the guys are hitting. The vocal performances are amazingly good, absolutely the best the band has ever recorded. The songwriting has also moved up a step, well thought out and emotional lyrics. That KHEMMIS should move forward to new areas and find new paths for their creation was something we already got a hunch on "Hunted", so the development was expected, even if the movement isn't that big, more experience and musical interaction between the guys.

This is heavy guitar-driven rock, with heavy and wonderfully distorted riffing. The melody making is clever with great passages thru the layered path of new levels of musical maturity. The harsh parts get some space here and there in the tunes, just enough for "Desolation" which is a brilliantly composed musical album.

"Desolation" opens up with the uptempo tune "Bloodletting", a great and solid and punchy piece of musical rock art that in the end shifts turn to a harsh and heavy slab that follows up by the lead single "Isolation", the shortest tune on the album, a fast melodic piece that flows in the classic NWOBHM steps. Dual guitars with a catchy melody make this a really fun tune to spin. "Flesh To Nothing" is a melodic piece with great swelling harmony. In the middle path of the album, it's time for an epic doom piece, "The Seer", heavy and still a very melodic tune that drags the listener out on a great musical journey. "The Maw of Time" is a magnificent piece with superb singing with both clean and harsh vocals a melody with great energy that will give you goosebumps. The album closes up with an melancholy epic piece "From Ruin", a dark and half paced SABBATH riffing and emotionally charged lyrics. In retrospect, I’m glad that I handed out "Record Of The Week" to KHEMMIS before, "Absolution" in October 2015 and "Haunted" in November 2016. A band that I just loved back then and still love what I hear on "Desolation" so it's really hard to be 100% objective even if I always try to listen to an album without comparing with anything until it's time to write.

"Desolation" was released June 22 on 20 Buck Spin in North America and Nuclear Blast everywhere else.

Some of the beautiful Vinyl releases.

Sum: After six months of spectacular album releases, "Desolation" effortlessly floats up to the surface as one of the greatest releases of 2018.

Today's tune is the opening track "Bloodletting", enjoy!

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Def Leppard - Photograph

Sunday, time for a classic.

"Photograph" is a song performed by English hard rock band DEF LEPPARD and produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. It is the lead single from the band's third studio album, "Pyromania" (1983). Their lead vocalist Joe Elliott has described the song as generally about "something you can't ever get your hands on". In 2006 the song was used in promotional adverts for the DVD release of Blades of Glory. In 2009 it was named the 13th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was also listed as the No. 17 greatest song of the past 25 years by VH1.

"Photograph" was a smash hit for the Sheffield, U.K based group in 1983, helping launch the band and their "Pyromania" album into the rock stratosphere, and frontman Joe Elliott didn’t need a thousand words to get his point across.

The lyrics reveal right from the start that the singer is “Outta luck and outta love” and it doesn’t take long to figure out that his photograph collection isn't getting the job done romantically. He longs to touch the real thing, whoever she is. Alas, this mystery girl remains only a fantasy and much to his despair, he can only love her from afar.

DEF LEPPARD knows the formula for creating a good single, and this was just one of many for this talented group. Elliott and guitarist Phil Collen are both humongous fans of rock ‘n’ roll, and with mentors like the Beatles, David Bowie and MOTT THE HOOPLE, this band of believers were destined for their own stardom.

There are two slightly different versions of the music video. The uncensored version shows a knife scene at the beginning, and on the censored version of the video, it is almost the same except the knife scene is replaced with a stationary black cat among other minor bits removed. There are several appearances of a look-alike impersonating Marilyn Monroe in the video, as the song is actually about the star and lead singer Joe Elliott's declaration that he does not just "want her photograph" but that is all he has of her, and he must admire her from afar.

The music video was directed by David Mallet and was shot on 2 December 1982 (bassist Rick Savage's 22nd birthday), in Battersea, London, England. It featured the video debut of their co-lead guitarist Phil Collen. Released on 3 February 1983.

Enjoy today's tune!

Live In McNichols Sports Arena In Denver, Colorado, 1988.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Trampled by Turtles - Wild Animals

"Wild Animals" is a tune by American bluegrass/folk-rock band TRAMPLED BY TURTLES. They were formed in Duluth, Minnesota and they have released eight full albums. Their latest album, "Life is Good on the Open Road", was released on May 4, 2018. They have played internationally and at many popular music festivals in the US, and as of July 29, 2015, have played live in every state except Hawaii.

The band members have mentioned as inspirations Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan and Ralph Stanley.

Dave Simonett – guitar, lead vocals, harmonica
Tim Saxhaug – bass, backing vocals
Dave Carroll – banjo, backing vocals
Erik Berry – mandolin, backing vocals
Ryan Young – fiddle, backing vocals
Eamonn McLain – cello, backing vocals

Today's tune "Wild Animals" is the title track from the seventh studio album "Wild Animals", released on July 15, 2014. The cover art was inspired by metal sculptor Tomohiro Inaba's work.

Official video Starring Har Mar Superstar Directed and Produced by Philip Harder

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June 22 Oakland CA Fox Theatre @@
23 San Diego CA Humphreys By The Bay @@
24 Pasadena CA Arroyo Seco Weekend
27 Seattle WA Woodland Park Zoo @@
28 Jacksonville OR Britt Pavilion @@
29 Portland OR Oregon Zoo Amphitheater @@
30 Vancouver BC Commodore Ballroom @@

5 Milwaukee WI Summerfest
7 Duluth MN Bayfront Park
13 Mount Solon VA Red Wing Roots Fest
14 Beech Mountain NC Beech Mountain Resort ~~
15 Louisville KY Forecastle Festival
18 Aspen CO Belly Up ##
19 Morrison CO Red Rocks &&
20 Jackson WY Pink Garter Theatre SOLD OUT
21 Missoula MT KettleHouse Amphitheater XX
22 Bozeman MT Bridger Brewing XX SOLD OUT

17 Portsmouth VA UnionBank Pavilion ZZ
18 Cockeysville MD Hot August Music Festival
24 Nashville TN Live on the Green ++
24 Moorhead MN Bluestem Amphitheater
25 St. Paul MN Minnesota State Fair %%

8 Chattanooga TN Moon River Music Festival SOLD OUT
12 Toronto ON Danforth Music Hall ^^
13 Ottawa ON CityFolk Festival
14 North Adams MA Fresh Grass Festival
15 Canton MA Festival at the Farm
16 Portland ME State Theater ^^
19 Wilmington NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheater ^^ SOLD OUT
20 Atlanta GA Buckhead Theater ^^
21 Charleston SC Music Farm ^^
23 Cincinnati OH Taft Theatre ^^

6 Tempe AZ Tour de Fat
7 Flagstaff AZ Orpheum Theater
8 Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theater
10 Lincoln NE Bourbon Theater **
11 St. Louis MO The Pageant $$
12 Eureka Springs AR Hillberry Festival
13 Austin TX Austin City Limits Fest
26 Live Oak FL Suwanee Hulaween
27 Placerville CA Hangtown Music Festival

3 Groningen NED Take Root Festival
4 Amsterdam NED Paradiso Noord
5 Hamburg GER Nochtwache
7 Copenhagen DEN Hotel Cecil
8 Oslo NOR John Dee
9 Falkenberg SWE Tryckhallen
10 Kristianstad SWE Kulturkvarteret
11 Malmo SWE Folk O Rock
13 Stockholm SWE Nalen
14 Gothenburg SWE Pustervik
16 London UK Electric Ballroom

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%% LORD HURON + Lissie
^^ David Huckfelt
** Frankie Lee

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Friday, June 22, 2018

If These Trees Could Talk - Solstice

Midsummer, is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening.

The exact dates vary between different cultures. The undivided Christian Church designated June 24 as the feast day of the early Christian martyr St John the Baptist, and the observance of St John's Day begins the evening before, known as St John's Eve. These are commemorated by many Christian denominations, such as the Roman Catholic Church, Lutheran Churches, and Anglican Communion.

In Sweden, the Midsummer is such an important festivity that there have been serious discussions to make the Midsummer's Eve into the National Day of Sweden, instead of June 6. It may also be referred to as St. Hans Day.

Today's the is the Swedish Midsummer's Eve, I will be out with the family to celebrate this day, lunch, the Swedish tradition with fresh and newly taken potatoes and herrings with some "dip in cup", a tornedalia classic. Then we raising and dancing around a maypole and some games before the evening barbecue. And for today we play a tune that suits the Summer Solstice.

IF THESE TREES COULD TALK is an instrumental post-rock band from Akron, Ohio. They released their third studio album "The Bones of a Dying World" on June 3, 2016. The album was produced by drummer Zack Kelly. The album was announced in late April 2016 alongside premiere track and today's tune "Solstice", enjoy and happy midsummer!

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