MINISTRY-AMERIKKKANT-ALBUM-COVER_lo_1I am not much of a political commentator as I try to stay away from that topic, but one thing is for sure and that is I am not afraid to report on it. Ministry is one of those bands that has never shied away from dabbing in politics and you can see that in their catalog or even their upcoming release AmeriKKKant which is slated for release on March 8, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. In fact the video that the band has delivered to us to keep us occupied until the actual release in Antifa is evidence enough that they dabble a bit. When talking about the overall gist of the album singer and mastermind Al Jourgensen says, “This album, AmeriKKKant, will provide FEMA-type relief for the devastation ‘Hurricane Cheeto’ has brought upon us.” For those of you that don’t get it, hurricane cheeto is a reference to Donald Trump. The video itself is definitely politically charged as it features riot footage as well as footage of the band in ski masks. The video is as bad ass as the sound of the track itself and I cannot wait to hear the rest of the album. The band is going on tour in March to coincide with the release of the record and you can check out the tour dates below the video. If you’d like to pre-order the album, you can do so by going here. Check out the video below:

AmeriKKKant Tour Dates W/Chelsea Wolfe:

March 22 – Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
March 23 – Ventura, Calif. @ Ventura Theatre
March 24 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Brooklyn Bowl
March 26 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Ace of Spades
March 28 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theatre
March 29 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
March 31 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Union Hall
April 1 – Calgary, Alberta @ Palace Theatre
April 3 – Missoula, Mont. @ Wilma Theatre
April 5 – Lincoln, Nebr. @ Boubon Theatre
April 7 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
April 8 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall Ballroom
April 10 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s
April 11 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live
April 12 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room
April 14 – Toronto, Ontario @ Opera House
April 15 – Montreal, Quebec @ MTelus
April 17 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale
April 18 – Portland, Maine @ Aura
April 19 – Huntington, N.Y. @ Paramount Theatre
April 21 – Montclair, N.J. @ Wellmont Theatre
April 22 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom
April 23 – Baltimore, Md. @ Rams Head Live
April 25 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage
April 26 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live
April 28 – Austin, Tex. @ Levitation Festival

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220px-Alice_Cooper_ParanormalSometimes choosing the very next Rock video of the week can be as easy as 1-2-3, but then there are those times when it’s not. This week’s choice for rock video of thew week was not one of those difficult situations because it’s from the original king of shock rock Alice Cooper. After releasing his 27TH studio album Paranormal back in July of 2017, he has been supporting the record and just to let you know it’s one of the first records in a very long time to feature former Alice Cooper Band members like Dennis Dunaway as well as other special guests. Well to keep us entertained through the holidays, Alice has just released a video for the track The Sound Of A and we have it for you right here. The track was originally written by Alice before he even joined the band in 1967. It had been lost in the netherworld until Dennis brought the track to Alice’s attention and that is how it ended up on the record. The video is as eerie as the track as you see different people as they don the iconic make up of Alice Cooper throughout the video. Check out the video below and be on the lookout for the vinly 10″ release of the track in February.

Fox-Disney-700x300One of the biggest megadeals was pulled off three days ago after much speculation that the Walt Disney Company was inquiring about purchasing some assets from Rupert Murdoch and his company Fox. Disney paid them 52.4 billion which means that the company that owns Star Wars, Marvel, ESPN, ABC, will now acquire 21ST Century Fox which includes 20TH Century Fox, 20TH Century Fox Television, any Fox owned cable networks (FX and National Geographic), as well as Fox’s 30 percent share in HULU. While the deal may seem insane, it is a huge power move for Disney who is essentially number one in films, but it powers them up with the number three company in film in Fox. Now if you need me to spell out what the company now owns, let me do that for you then. The company now owns the Alien franchise, Predator, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Ice Age, the Planet Of The Apes reboots, The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, FuturamaFirefly, and The X-Files. That is just the tip of the iceberg that the company now owns as they get ready to develop their own streaming service for the public.

thumb-1920-618647Now what I am most excited about when it comes to this deal are the possibilities as far as the MCU is concerned. They have already promised that Deadpool 2 would remain rated R, but just imagine what they can do moving forward with Phase 4 of the MCU. We know that Spider-Man 2 and Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 will be Phase four films, but there is not that much else that we do know and what a better time to add the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to the mix. Just think of all the characters that they will have access to moving forward and what kind of story lines that they’ll be able to explore as well. We have seen through three phases that the big boss villain at the end of it has been Thanos we get to fully meet him in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, but who is going to be that big boss villain moving forward after that? If you ask me, the next possible villain for it all could be the one and only true eater of worlds in Galactus. We could also stars introducing villains like Kang The Conqueror, Namor, and even some X-Men villains like Mister Sinister, Apocalypse (or at least do him justice), and Omega Red to name a few. As you can tell I am pretty excited for that aspect of the merger and the fact that all of the Xenomorphs are now Disney Princesses too. It remains to be seen what they will do with all this property and what the current films coming out will mean for Marvel (New Mutants and Dark Phoenix). Stay tuned and we will try to keep you updated!

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sanctuaryI am always looking for new bands to cover, but there is always that unfortunate circumstance when a member of a band passes away and I cover the band’s album as a tribute. Warrel Dane, the lead singer of the bands Sanctuary and Nevermore passed away this morning in Brazil of a heart attack. He was in Brazil recording his second solo album when the incident happened where he was staying. So, I wanted to pay tribute to Warrel Dane by covering an album from the band that introduced me to him in Sanctuary. The album that I chose for you guys is the band’s 1988 debut record Refuge Denied which was produced by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and Paul Lani. You may be asking how in the world did they get Mustaine to produce the album? Apparently, after they recorded a demo, they approached Mustaine who had just performed with Megadeth in their area and they handed it to him. Mustaine was impressed enough with the band that he agreed to produce the album. The album featured Dane, Lenny Rutledge (Guitar), Sean Blosl (Guitar), Jim Sheppard (Bass), and Dave Budbill (Drums). Initially, the album had sold 7,000 copies on Vinyl, but has since sold over 200,000 worldwide.

sanctuary-refuge-denied-1988-japan-back1. Battle Angels– The band launches into overdrive with some chugging riffs right from the get go in a track that has some amazing battle fantasy lyrics. 4/5

2. Termination Force– The track starts off with that typical 80’s thrash melodic sound that is a little eerie with the guitars made to stand out the most before the rest of the band launches in and the song features some cool bass playing from Sheppard. It seems to be a song about rebelling against your government and the need to feel like you have to before it’s too late. 4/5

3. Die For My Sins– This is a kick ass song that has that trash metal sound with the power metal vocals in a track that is about someone who doesn’t have the will to live, but wants you to have fun for him. That is what it seems like anyways to me because I am not picking up a religious tone. 4/5

4. Soldiers of Steel-A track that has that Megadeth/Mercyful Fate to it with some killer guitar work with more of those fantasy inspired lyrics. 4/5

refuge-denied-515ccee9558bb5.  Sanctuary– Every great band has a song named after them right? Well, Iron Maiden did and so does Sanctuary. The track helps kick off side two of the vinyl and it does with this melodic riff that fades in and at first I was worried because of the intro, but the band turns up the tempo and they save the song. 4/5

6. White Rabbit– I wonder how much of an influence Dave was when the band decided to cover this Grace Slick written Jefferson Airplane track. Nonetheless, I have to say that this is a pretty decent cover, it’s better than Megadeth’s cover of These Boots. 4.5/5

7. Ascension To Destiny– This might musically be the best track on the whole record in my opinion. The band is on fire as the duel guitarists get it right on this one and it fits with Dane’s powerful vocals. 5/5

8. The Third War– It’s an all out metal assault on this track which is about, you guessed it, the possibility of World War III which is nuclear war. 4.5/5

9. Veil Of Disguise– I love the clean guitar channel, slow tempo’d track that this is because it just has that evil feel to it. I think lyrically, we are in ancient Egypt maybe just from the nature of the lyrics. Don’t fret because the distortion does come back at some point in the track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a pretty decent debut for the band, but it was their next album that would top this one’s sales. Nevertheless, I love the mixture of thrash with power metal because it was something a little different even though you can hear the Mercyful Fate influence in it. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

serenI have explained my mission with this post week after week as far as exposing new bands on this blog, but I have a new mission. I have a music video show called The Monster Hour that I am looking to bring online and I want to do it with unsigned bands who deserve the exposure. I’ll have more information up soon as far as that is concerned. Right now, we need to get back to the bands and this week are leaving Seattle and we are heading to the Mile High city Denver, Co to check out the band Seren. Seren is a Progressive Death Metal band that recently just released their second full length effort in Ashes. The song that I chose to check out from the new album is the track Ancestral Ghost which is an epic 10 minutes long, but it showcases exactly what the band can do with all the tempo changes and the intricate changes in the music which leads us on a musical odyssey. If you are prepared to go on this epic journey, then I suggest you check out the album which can be found on the band’s Bandcamp page and you can like their Facebook page as well. These guys are great musicians and they deserve the listen.

Machine-Head-Catharsis-2018Earlier in the month, we covered the track Beyond The Pale from Machine Head’s upcoming album Catharsis for the single of the week and it was freaking awesome. Now the band wants to know if you are ready for some metal mayhem and the answer better be yes because this week’s Metal Music Video of the Week is the title track from the album. The video itself is a little bizarre as it features some people that are trapped under a sheet as they can not see or anything as a bearded naked man prances over them until they all start to break free and do the same thing that he is doing while the band rocks out. We also see Robb Flynn tied up in a straight jacket as he is trapped in a padded cell and much more. Robb talks about the writing process and how honest he was with the lyrics saying, “When we were writing the record I’d get up at 4:30 in the morning, damn near every day and I’d just write lyrics. 80 percent was garbage, but 20 percent of it was gold and the things I liked this time round were just really clear, really straight ahead, completely non- metaphorical, coarse, vulgar language. The language of hip-hop, the language of how people speak in the streets, how we speak now. I didn’t want somebody to go ‘Oh I wonder if he’s talking about…’ No, you know exactly what the fuck I’m singing about. It may not be PC, but at the same time, we’re releasing an incredible amount of emotions on this album.” Check out the video below and make sure you pick the album on January 26TH where you get your music.

Myles-Kennedy-Year-of-the-TigerWhether he is performing with Mayfield Four, Slash or Alter Bridge, there is no denying the talent that Myles Kennedy possess. He is definitely one of today’s best voices in the rock genre and now he is about to take a huge step towards the future as he gets ready to release his first solo album Year Of The Tiger which is due out March 8TH via Napalm Records. Myles has been kind enough to release a music video to hold us over until then for the title track. The video itself is very reflective on the past while also looking at the present. The video contains clips of Kennedy from the past while showing clips of a child who breaks off from his father to learn and play the guitar in order to go down the same journey as Kennedy. The song itself is amazing as Kennedy shows us a little more of his influences with some acoustic vibes and some banjo thrown in there for fun. If you would to pre-order a physical copy of the record, you can do so by clicking here. I am a huge vinyl collector and there is some pretty cool vinyl options available. Otherwise, check out the video below: