Quickly rising to the top of my all-time-favorite band list, American thrashers Early Man dropped their new record “Death Potion” on the 20th. In the event that you like thrash, and you haven’t heard of Early Man… do yourself a favor and crawl out from under the rock in which you have been dwelling and check yourself. If this band’s riffage doesn’t satisfy your insatiable craving for that ever-perfect crunch then I don’t know what will. Every song on this record is amazing, and it has been playing on loop since I snagged the MP3 pre-release of the album on July 10th. My favorite track is probably “Nine Riders”, but in all seriousness – every track is stellar. This drop was definitely worth the wait. GO BUY IT NOW (or here on iTunes) and support these guys. NOW.
Greg, Kyle, Byron, and I caught Megadeth, Testament, and Exodus last night at the Tabernacle. The sound was totally screwed up… especially for Exodus’ set… which wasn’t even running through the PA. Even the first half of Testament’s set had the vocals sounding like they were coming through a tin can filled with shop-rags. They eventually got it sorted out. Megadeth played ‘Rust In Peace’, the from start to finish… and it was AMAZING. I swear they never missed a note… even during the most blisteringly fast solos. Their musicianship still shines after all these years. After Rust In Peace, they played a varied assortment of solid tracks that made for a great show… even if the PA was still sounding terrible.
This would be the greatest soundtrack in a NES game EVER. The attention to detail in these bitmapped gems is pretty awesome. The first video is shorter, without any lyrics… the second video is the full song, complete with robotic lyrics. Hats off to ‘polygonskull’ for creating 8-bit renditions of the greatest metal song of all-time.
Greg and I went to see another one of my favorite bands: Municipal Waste. Just like Early Man, the last time they came through Atlanta I was working late and couldn’t catch them. They played an awesome set for a rowdy crowd that included people hanging upside-down from the rafters (and falling straight to the floor onto their heads), and dudes with boogie-boards stage diving and literally ‘crowd surfing’. If that isn’t awesome, I don’t know what is!