BTBAM, the progressive musical powerhouse that has people drooling over them and praising them anytime you hear or read about them. It doesn’t matter which website or news article covers them, the article is always massive worship for the 5 gentlemen from North Carolina. Well it must be far too progressive for my tastes because I’ve always listened to them after all of these recommendations and found it to be barely above average at best. It’s not the genre or the experimentation, I welcome those fresh new ideas in with open arms each and everytime. However, I’ve noticed this trend with myself and other fans since The Parallax I EP was released and everyone was swearing it was the best thing ever. When I listened to it I felt empty and not amused. I either just don’t get it or it’s just too much for my little brain to handle, as the elitists would say. Well I’ve come back to camp BTBAM to listen to The Parallax II: Future Sequence and while I did like this album a little more, it’s still just barely above average for me.
Between the Buried and Me – Astral Body
Think you got what it takes to play EMMURE? I hope so cuz their songs are pretty simple. So record yourself playing their chuggy riffs and upload onto Youtube. The winner will win a nice Ibanez. Everything is described in the video below. Good luck! I may enter in this!
Nergal (Behemoth’s main man) has released a third trailer and this time around his focus is his battle with cancer. He is very philosophical in the way he discusses his physical and emotional struggle with finding out the bad news, then accepting it and beating it. Just another reason why this guy is my idol. Very thought out, very artistic, Adam Darski’s third trailer is even more dark and haunting than his previous 2 trailer’s. I absolutely cannot wait to read his autobiography and the English version will be available to us fans in 2013! Oh happy day!
Script by Adam Nergal Darski & Dariusz Szermanowicz
Directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz & Grupa 13
InTune Guitar Picks, a company based out of Virginia, creates some of the best guitar picks in the world. This review is not about personal preference as we all enjoy a certain sized guitar pick that fits our play style, this review will focus on the durability, comfort and feel of the guitar picks. I will talk about small and big sizes, yet this will not be biased in any way. I heard of InTune GP many years ago when I caught a pick from Chimiara guitarist, Matt DeVries. His custom InTune had a hockey logo on the back and his signature on the front. I took it home and put it in my collection, admiring it and enjoyed the quality of the printing job InTune had done on such a tiny object. Over the years I caught more and more picks, another Chimaira pick from Rob Arnold and a couple of bad ass Amon Amarth picks from guitarist Johan Söderberg and bassist Ted Lundström. Amon Amarth is my favorite band so I channeled my inner viking and used these picks when I got home. Instantly hooked, I loved the feel of it and was really impressed by how detailed the print job on the guitar pick was. Now, InTune provided me with an wide variety of picks to try out and I gotta say, they all just felt right. No wonder professionals use these things!
Trioscapes – an experimental jazz fusion/progressive rock group featuring three soulful white guys, Dan Briggs (BTBAM) on bass guitar, Walter Fancourt (Casual Curious, Brand New Life) on the tenor saxophone and flute and Matt Lynch (Eyris) on the drums and keys, pull off one of the most fun albums to listen to. I’m not one to get down and groove to some saxophone playing, but this was really good. I mean I pressed play and I was enjoying myself, but not only that, I turned my boss into a fan instantly and the first song wasn’t even done playing yet. The album does feature a lot of noodling and tons of notes, but each note seems necessary. I know this phrase/term gets used a lot but this album truly does feel natural and organic with the musicians and their instruments. There is no singing, just 40 minutes of solid rock and jazz fused together. You get into it, you have fun with it and the different horns and other instruments makes “Separate Realities” very interesting to listen to.
I stumbled across this little gem this morning and I watched it, I mean who wouldn’t watch a video with the title: “Horrible Guitarist gets slapped by own band members”. I mean he was nailing that guitar solo and that riff was progressive as fuck. It was so good the singer went for a high five and missed horribly, that HAS to be the case. There is no way he did that on purpose. Watch the video and you be the judge.
I don’t give a fuck how many times the lineup changes. Chimaira will always be one of the more important bands in my life. Long live Chimaira!!!!! Headbang to some SEVERED! One of their earlier hits from their first album, Pass Out of Existence!
Only some of the most furious grind this time around. I haven’t slept all night and this play list is for the fucks who did the same! GRIND!!!!!!
Today’s focus is a man named Charlie Parra del Riego who has created some bad ass covers of some of the best music to ever come out of my childhood. From Power Rangers to Street Fighter, Charlie does it all and does it well!!!! He has originals and a ton more covers on his Facebook Fan Page AND his Youtube page too. Be sure to check them out! Charlie is a wonderful guitarist and also an obvious video game fanatic. I love it. Fan for life!!! Be sure to check out my Youtube playlist and enjoy!!!