As a longtime fan of Metallica, literally I was hooked the first time I heard them the day ‘Master of Puppets’ was released back in 1986, I held so much hope of the potential for the rest of ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’ to kick-ass and rank up as one of their best releases after Metallica strategically unveiled three singles leading up to its release date. I was up in Minneapolis just two days away from seeing them live this summer when I got a listen to their first single ‘Hardwired’. I immediately felt I (and many other longtime diehard fans) finally had the old raw and hungry sounding Metallica thrash sound back, like I was listening to a bonus hidden track that had been discovered after all these years on ‘Kill em All’. I mostly enjoyed ‘Moth into Flame’ as a solid new jamming song and thought ‘Atlas, Rise!’ was just absolutely their best song in years, if not decades, which I had almost overplayed it to the point I was thankful the band released videos for all of the news songs in the days leading up to the actual release. The section starting about 3:12 into ‘Atlas, Rise!’ leading up to Kirk’s solo is that exact raw, crunchy, heavy old school Metallica sound that I have been so hungry for in their new music. All I could think was these first three singles are really freaking good, please let the rest of it kick ass too! Continue reading “Three months into ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’…”
Second Chance from San Diego has just reached their first anniversary, and in celebration of that day they have released Festa Imperiale, a bourbon barrel-aged oatmeal Stout that is pegged at 9%. The beer itself pours with a dark brown coloration and a fair amount of tannish head. There are good amounts of brown sugar and vanilla that immediately present themselves in Festa Imperiale while the time that the beer spends in bourbon barrels moderates a decent amount all the alcohol burn that is typically presents in brews like these. There is substantial cohesion in Festa Imperiale meaning that as the beer continues to reach room temperature, the strength of the flavors initially present grow and become more dense. The beer itself would do well when paired with strongly flavored cuisine including Indian and Asian Fare. Continue reading “Festa Imperiale Oatmeal Stout (Second Chance)”
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Are your children picky eaters or begging to switch things up? Each day provides a new challenge when it comes to keeping bellies full and happy. Kraft Heinz cares about the effort you put into making meals for your family and would like your help inspiring new products. Continue reading “Heinz and C Space want your opinions”
World War IX call back to the halcyon days of The Ramones and Rollins-era Black Flag. Hints of The Stranglers and The Dickies can be heard during the band’s new single, Have You Seen My Drugs?. Punchy beats, a keen sense of humor, and a tight instrumentation make this into one of the favorite tracks that we’ve heard so far this year. Have You Seen My Drugs? starts and ends in 100 seconds, but the bold sound of World War IX will continue to bounce around listeners’ heads long after the track ceases. Continue reading “World War IX – Have You Seen My Drugs?”
Carmel Paradise’s “Turn Me On” is a vocal-heavy pop track that immediately draws fans in. Hints of synth do well to imbue Turn me On with a certain dark allure. The collection of insistent vocals, contemplative arrangements, and a production that allows each element to shine alone or as a cohesive effort. Continue reading “Carmel Paradise “Turn Me On””
Lawless Hearts’s All My Troubles is a hard rock track that builds upon the tradition of performers like Joan Jett and Vixen. Sizzling guitar work and booming drums give the single a larger than life feel. The biggest surprise on All My Troubles is how much the guitars/drums contribute to the overall narrative. Continue reading “Lawless Hearts – All My Troubles”