Monday, August 20, 2018

Skeletonwitch - Devouring Radiant Light

Monday, new week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week"

"Devouring Radiant Light" is the latest and their sixth album release by the Ohio extreme metalheads SKELETONWITCH. With the latest effort, they have polished up the thrash of their past in favor of nuanced black metal with a new vocalist Adam Clemans (Clemans is known for his time in his black metal band, WOLVHAMMER) who took over Chance Garnette duties after he did falling out from the band.

The band currently consists of bassist Evan Linger, lead guitarist Nate Garnette, rhythm guitarist Scott Hedrick, and vocalist Adam Clemans. Jon Rice is currently filling in as drummer for tour purposes. And with some new blood in the band a new direction was set into new sonic boundaries.

"Devouring Radiant Light" is a bold and wicked step forward for the band, a very melodic and exciting record to listen to. The album fires off with the lead single "Fen Of Shadows", an eight minutes long masterpiece, right here you will hear the difference between the old and new and get a grasp on what's to follow. Good or bad, well that's up to the listner to judge, but I do like what I hear. Clemans vocals is amazingly good, harsh and angry which suits this supreme. The music, is heavy, fast and extremly well played. "Temple Of Sun", a real heavy piece, harsh vocals, thundering riffing and heavily melodic and black metal inspired instrumentals.

And the creeping intro that opens up "The Vault" really gives me the creep, it's also the longest tune on the album with heavy riffing. "Carnarium Eternal" is a speedy and powerful piece. The album closes really neatly with "Sacred Soil"

This is a very strong blackened album by SKELETONWITCH that I really recomend that you check out!

Devouring Radiant Light was released on Friday, July 13 on Prosthetic and their robust production (once again courtesy of CONVERGE guitarist and board masterman Kurt Ballou).

Today's tune "Fen Of Shadows" taken from "Devouring Radiant Light", enjoy!

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Aretha Franklin - Think

Sunday, time for a classic!

"Think" is a song performed by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released as single in 1968, from her "Aretha Now" album. The song, a feminist anthem, reached No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100, becoming Franklin's seventh top 10 hit in the United States. The song also reached number 1 on the magazine's Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles, becoming her sixth single to top the chart. The song was written by Aretha and then husband Ted White. Franklin re-recorded the song in 1989 for the album Through the "Storm". Pitchfork Media placed it at number 15 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s"

The song is performed by a lead vocalist, backing vocalists, a brass section, organ, piano, two electric guitars, bass, and percussion. The personnel on the original recording included Aretha Franklin on piano, Wayne Jackson on trumpet, Andrew Love and Charles Chalmers on tenor sax, Floyd Newman or Willie Bridges on baritone sax, Spooner Oldham on organ, Jerry Jemmott on bass, Tommy Cogbill and Jimmy Johnson on guitars and Roger Hawkins on drums.

Franklin lip-synched to a new, longer version of the song in a musical sequence of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. This version appears on the film soundtrack album, and in addition to Franklin's singing features backup vocals from Franklin's sisters, Carolyn and Erma, and a recurring sax riff performed by The Blues Brothers' saxophonist Lou Marini. Because Franklin was not used to lip-syncing, this sequence required a number of takes and considerable editing. Franklin re-recorded the song for Mothers Against Drunk Driving as a public service announcement during the late 1980s. In the 2017 animated film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Adam Lambert sang the song.

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but achieving only modest success. After signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", and "Spanish Harlem".

On August 13, 2018, Franklin was reported to be gravely ill at her home in Riverfront Towers, Detroit. She was reported to be under hospice care and surrounded by friends and family. Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson, and ex-husband Glynn Turman, among others, visited her on her deathbed. Franklin died at her home on August 16, 2018, aged 76. The cause was reported to be pancreatic cancer.

In a land of giants, Aretha Franklin stood as one of the tallest. She had the soul of a lion, the strength of a warrior and the voice of unparalleled power and conviction. Today's tune is for you Aretha, R.I.P.

Aretha Franklin performing "Think" in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Huntress - Sorrow

When HUNTRESS shot from zero to hero with their debut EP "Off With Her Head" in 2010, they made quite a few heads turn: an Amazonian, breathtaking singer in the form of Jill Janus and her 4-octave vocal range, a rich occult background and razor-sharp heavy metal. "Static" – the third album by HUNTRESS – easily poses the most exciting and perfectly arranged release by Huntress to date: a feast of both flesh and spirituality! Timeless metal elegance, aggressive outbursts and sweeping melodies bring Static to life!

HUNTRESS singer Jill Janus has died by suicide. She was only 43 years old.

Jill's family and bandmates have released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Jill Janus — frontwoman for the California heavy metal band HUNTRESS — passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A longtime sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.

"Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands THE STARBREAKERS and CHELSEA GIRLS. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood.

"Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine. She will be missed more than she could have ever known.

Today's tune "Sorrow" is taken from the third and final album "Static", by the Highland Park, California heavy metal band HUNTRESS. It was released on September 25, 2015. A music video for the song "Sorrow" was released on September 25, 2015. R.I.P. Jill Janus.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Slash - Driving Rain

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators issued a new single called "Driving Rain" of their upcoming album "Living the Dream", out September 21st. THE GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist plays bluesy riffs and solos throughout the blistering track.

Living the Dream, is Slash’s fourth solo album and his third featuring the backing band of Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass, vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar, vocals). The band will promote the 12-song LP with a month-long North American tour launching September 13th in Los Angeles, California and wrapping October 14th in Sacramento, California, see all the dates below.

Today's tune "Driving Rain" is taken from the upcoming album "Living The Dream"

Upcoming "Living The Dream" Tourdates:

9/13 Whiskey A Go-Go @ Los Angeles, CA
9/15 The Van Buren @ Phoenix, AZ
9/16 Kaaboo @ Del Mar, CA
9/18 The Depot @ Salt Lake City, UT
9/19 The Fillmore @ Denver, CO
9/21 Paradise Cove Margaritaville @ Tulsa, OK
9/22 Winstar @ Thackerville, OK
9/24 Stubbs @ Austin, TX
9/26 House of Blues @ Houston, TX
9/28 Louder Than Life @ Louisville, KY
9/29 Four Winds Casino Resort @ New Buffalo, MI
10/1 Wellmont Theatre @ Montclair, NJ
10/2 The Fillmore @ Silver Spring, MD
10/4 Casino Rama @ Rama, Ontario
10/5 Pier 17 at South Street Seaport @ New York, NY
10/9 Paramount @ Huntington, NY
10/10 Electric Factory @ Philadelphia, PA
10/11 House of Blues @ Boston, MA
10/14 Aftershock Festival @ Sacramento, CA

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