Band Country of Origin: The UK
Genre: Heavy fucking metal
Lyrical Themes: Fantasy, Rock (early), Relationships, Love
Happy 420 metal heads! I hope you all left out cookies and weed for Snoop Dog yesterday on 420 Eve. On this special day I’d like to play for you one of my favorite stoner songs. Technically Rainbow is not “Stoner Rock,” but the themes of this song are certainly pretty drugged out.
Rainbow is a combination of the heavy metal titans Dio and Ritchie Blackmore, although was mostly Ritchie Blackmore’s solo project.
I posted a live version of this song. Even though the sound quality is not the best you can certainly feel the power and the energy. You can sense the band feeding off the electric energy of the crowd.
Country of origin: Murica baby!
Genre: Heavy Metal
Lyrical Themes: Fantasy, Occult, Witchcraft, Hunters, Weed, Interplanetary Travels
One of the things I love about Huntress is that they are one of the few modern metal bands I can think of that are just flat out heavy metal. So much contemporary metal these days has to be wrapped within 50 different sub-genres that usually end with the word ‘core.’ Like I don’t know, what’s next? Nano-burrito-vulcan-fire-death-fist-core? Actually…that would be kind of cool.
But point aside, Huntress is a rare modern day Heavy Metal band inspired by the likes of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
Vocalist Jill Janus (who has been awesome enough to talk with me on more than one occasion) has said that this album, “Static,” channels the “crone” aspect of the Goddess (in terms of the whole Maiden/Mother/Crone archetype), a dirty, lusty, nasty old crone.
In terms of my reviews on all three of their albums in order of release; Spell-Eater was when they were first figuring out their sound. Starbound Beast was the most exciting album, with lots of punch you in the face awesome riffs, intense Rob-Halford-esque vocals, and headbanging solos. And Static was more of a laid back, groovy type album that you listen to when you’re smoking weed and eating cheetos. All good stuff though. If you love heavy metal, you won’t be disappointed with Huntress.
Genre: Heavy Metal
Country of Origin: Germany
Here’s some balls the walls packed heavy metal to livin up your evening. These teutonic titans have been around an impressive 48 years! That’s like twice as long as I’ve been alive. They formed back in 1968 as “Band X,” but the band became “Accept” in 1976 when their vocalist Udo Dirkschneider formed a new line up. So…technically the band really got started in 1976. While bassist Peter Baltes and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann have been in the band more or less since then, the current vocalist, drummer and guitarist Uwe Lulis are fairly new.
So these guys are a great heavy metal band that has been rocking out on their six string sabers for almost half a century. If you like bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, I’m pretty sure you’ll love Accept.
Storming the castles… swords In the air
Killing the monsters in their own lair
Lighting the torches… setting the stage
You get what you ask for… right in the face
On December 28th, the world lost a heavy metal legend. The singer, song writer, bassist and sole constant member of the band Motorhead. Many people are shocked to hear the death of Lemmy, but it’s actually a surprise he lived as long as he has, being the human embodiment of the hard drinking, fast living, rock and roll life style.
Many people credit Motorhead’s fast and heavy style for the creation of thrash music. But Lemmy always liked to insist that Motorhead was a rock and roll band.
This New Years celebrate the life of this legend by taking a drink for Lemmy, won’t you?
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT LEMMY’S LIFE
Being the supreme being he is, he was born on Christmas Eve.
“Kilmister” is the real last name he was born with.
The term ‘”Motörhead” is slang for an enthusiast of methamphetamine and other chemical stimulants.
Lemmy had the honor of being a roadie for Jimi Hendrix.
Motörhead’s immortal motto—“Everything Louder Than Everything Else”—is the one, flawless summation of everything that defines heavy metal.
LEMMY KILMISTER TRIBUTE PLAYLIST
RIP MOTORHEAD Frontman Lemmy Kilmister, 1945 – 2015 (Metal Injection)
MOTÖRHEAD’s LEMMY Dead At 70 (Blabber Mouth)
Genre: Heavy Metal
Want to start your Monday by making love to your ears? Check out this fist pumping, fast and heavy song.
Unfortunately the band split up this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still rock out to their riffs on the Youtubes.
In an era where there are now more metal subgenres than House music, sometimes it’s nice just to bust out some nice and simple Heavy Metal.
I stopped watching TV on the regular about ten years ago. Yet one of my major disappointments (in the occasions that I do watch the boob tube) is that there was no longer a music channel, just MTV (the reality TV channel) and VH1 (the reality TV channel that sometimes had music). So you can’t imagine my excitement when Sam Dunn – the director of several heavy metal documentaries – announced that there is going to be a whole freakin’ channel dedicated to metal. This means more metal documentaries, more metal videos, and the exploration of the millions of sub-genres of metal (including the ones that you never knew existed – or the ones that don’t exist yet). Like how about Pirate Jazz Metal? Does that exist? Maybe I can just create it out of thin air. And what about the prospect of metal commercials? Commercials for things like soap that ooze goat’s blood on you in the shower? (Okay, maybe that idea needs to be work-shopped a bit)
So anyways…something definitely to look forward to. Thank you very much Sam Dunn!
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Happy belated birthday to Rob Halford of Judas Priest. On August 25th, sixty four years ago, the ground opened up and the heavens shook. On that day a leather rebel was born who rocked the world of Heavy Metal for the better part of 42 years. There are none who can match his talent and dynamic range, he screams like a banshee, creating chromium plated heavy metal that is faster than a speeding bullet and louder than an atom bomb. All hail the Halford!
Don’t forget to take your daily PAIN KILLER!!!
“Flesh” is the newest song to be released by Huntress. The song comes from their album “Static,” which is scheduled to be released on September 25th. Vocalist Jill Janus (who has been awesome enough to talk with me on more than one occasion) has said that Static channels the “crone” aspect of The Goddess (in terms of the whole Maiden/Mother/Crone archetype). And from what I can see, it’s gonna be a dirty, lusty, nasty old crone indeed.
The song itself is about a female serial killer who transforms into a demon seamstress and preys upon women. She desires their flesh for fashion (like a demonic, lesbian, Buffalo Bill if you will).
Musically, it’s a fun, catchy, hard rock song.
Starbound Beast was such a killer album that it’s really going to be hard for them to top it, but I’m still looking forward to seeing what they can do nevertheless.
I give this song 10 shrunken heads out of 10.
Genre: Heavy Fucking Metal
Themes: Sorcery, Mysticism, Fantasy, Depression
Band Location: The U.K.
Lyrics: See them here
First of all, it goes without saying that this song is destined for greatness because the God of Heavy Metal himself – Ronnie James Dio – is singing. “Eating the Cannibals” is a fast and fun groove from Heaven and Hell’s 2009 album “The Devil You Know.”
Heaven and Hell is a metal project that was formed by past and current Black Sabbath members in order to play Sabbath tracks without infringing on the Ozzy fronted version of the band. Yet fans and critics alike have taken to calling the Heaven and Hell band “Black Sabath.”
My love affair with the world of metal began in middle school when one of my friends was listening to Judas Priest’s “Metal Meltdown.” She said, “Hey, you gotta check this out.” I put the headphones to my ear and it was like a bolt of electricity was shot straight into my brain.
Now this isn’t to say I wasn’t already a fan of rock music. I grew up listening to my dad’s music collection of 60’s and 70’s rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Later on I was introduced to the “Nu Metal” trend of bands like Korn, and also rap/rock groups like Linkin Park (Yes, I’m admitting that I listened to Korn and Linkin Park).
But when Judas Priest entered my life, it was like everything I once thought was great paled in comparison to the awesome power of these raw and brutal Metal Deities.
What I really like about this video above is it does more than explain the creation of a type of music, it describes the birth of a Metal Legend and a way of life. Judas Priest wasn’t just some ordinary band, they developed the Heavy Metal leather rebel look, they pioneered the Heavy Metal sound.
Heavy Metal really has helped a lot of people get through the most difficult times of their life because it gives them a sense of invincibility and power. There are times in my life too that I felt weak and helpless, but when I fired up the Heavy Metal and blasted it out of the speakers of my car, I felt like I could do anything.
All hail the Metal God Rob Halford! \M/
Rob Halford is getting into Valhalla for sure – who else would the Gods want to make the music around there?
After 40 years of delivering the world chromium plated heavy metal, faster than a bullet and louder than an atom bomb, the Gods of Heavy Metal still got it.
The song I listed above comes from their newest album “Redeemer of Souls” (2014).
When I went to their concert this week I was looking forward to their classics more than their new stuff; you know, songs like “Breaking the Law,” “Living after Midnight,” and “Turbo Lover.” You’re not allowed to be a fan of Heavy Metal and not like those songs. I won’t allow it!
However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that “Halls of Valhalla,” probably the newest song they played at the show, was my favorite song of the whole concert.
There are fewer things more cool than Vikings. There are also fewer things more awesome than Judas Priest. Therefore, Judas Priest singing about Vikings and Valhalla produces an infinite feedback loop of awesomeness that will probably end up causing the eventual implosion of the universe.
I’m just glad I got to be alive to witness such amazing musicians play live. Rob Halford’s pipes are still divine, and their new guitarist Richie Faulkner, who they got to replace K.K. Downing, was brimming with energy and talent. He added a ten minute guitar solo into the middle of “You got another thing comin,” that completely unhinged my jaw from my face. If anyone in Baltimore Maryland finds my jaw floating around somewhere in the pier, please let me know.
With that said, enjoy the song above and pay homage to the Metal Gods.
I can’t resist sharing some pictures I took at the show.
I was in the lawn, so these aren’t the best pictures ever, but here they are.
Sad that this preview isn’t longer, but it’s a tasty appetizer of greater things to come:
This is a preview of one of the tracks from Judas Priest’s ‘Redeemer of Souls’, which is coming out on July 15th. To learn more about the album, read the review on Loud Wire. Apparently its very “epic” and has a lot of great guitar solos (couldn’t that describe almost every Judas Priest album, lol?) Lead Vocalist Halford says he was very inspired by the popular post apocalyptic zombie show, ‘The Walking Dead’ in the making of this album. I’ve heard umpteen million Death Metal songs about zombies, but it’ll be interesting to hear a zombie inspired song by the Gods of Heavy Metal themselves.
“Redeemer Of Souls” CD track listing:
01. Dragonaut (Could this be a Sleep cover?)
02. Redeemer Of Souls
03. Halls Of Valhalla
04. Sword Of Damocles
05. March Of The Damned
06. Down In Flames
07. Hell & Back
08. Cold Blooded
11. Secrets Of The Dead
12. Battle Cry
13. Beginning Of The End
15. Tears Of Blood
17. Bring It On
18. Never Forget
“Redeemer Of Souls” release dates:
Friday, July 11: (Europe gets all the good stuff first)
Monday, July 14:
Asia (excluding Japan)
Tuesday, July 15:
Wednesday, July 16:
Real Warriors Like Rainbows
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Location: USA, Dallas Texas
Themes: Mythology and Norse Legends.
Need a fun song with an intricate melody and peppy groove to make your Friday more exciting? Give this Tyr song a listen. Tyr has been playing metal for almost 2 decades now and are no doubt all extremely talented musicians. My only criticism of Tyr is that they experiment with their musical genre a little too much. It’s hard to nail down exactly what their style is, because they change it every album. Yet aside from that critique, I will say that Tyr is a great band if you’re looking for songs about Norse Warriors that are fun and upbeat.
I’ve got some pretty exciting news Metal Heads of the Interwebs! The Titans of the Heavy Metal era, Judas Priest, have just finished their newest album. This will be album number 17 for those who are counting. There’s no news yet on what this new album will be called, but I’m definitely going to check it out once it is released. It’s simply amazing to think that Judas Priest is still cranking out albums after 40 years of ear shattering, atomically loud metal. Just goes to show that you can’t kill the metal. It lives on forever. \M/
JUDAS PRIEST – BREAKING THE LAW
This weekend as I checked out my usual blogs for the latest Metal News, I noticed the internet was crammed of the gossips clamoring about “OMGz…Jill put a picture of herself naked and puking on her facebook.” Or, “Er Mer Gerds! Did you know she was a topless DJ?”
You know what I think? I really don’t care. Did you know that I too am naked under my clothes as are you? Nudity isn’t really a big deal until people make it a big deal. The metal sphere erupted with the story when Jill Janus posted a picture of herself naked and puking after she got food poisoning and had to cancel a concert in Germany. She did it as a joke and somewhat of an apology for having to cancel the show. Male musicians have done similar things in the past and the internet barely made a ripple.
Revocation posted humorous pictures of one of their tours with some of their members in their underwear or with pee bottles they used in the van. Then of course there is the fact that Gwar performs onstage with giant fake phallus’s, or the iconic picture of The Red Hot Chili Peppers wearing nothing but a sock.
Isn’t it interesting how male nudity is funny, but that female nudity gets people angry? Isn’t it interesting that when male musicians are almost naked or do crude things people laugh and move on, but when a female does it she’s “shamelessly using her body” to get attention?
This brings to attention the idea that women aren’t allowed autonomy over their own bodies. The female form must be something that is moderated and controlled by a force other than herself. There are many debates over whether women should or shouldn’t wear religious head coverings (the hijab), when it should be their own personal choice. Yet there is barely a peep when male Sikhs cover their hair for the same reasons. When a male rock star or rapper poses with a bevy of almost naked or scantily clad women in a video, nobody accuses him of using sex appeal, rather than talent to get ahead. Yet when a woman uses her own body and sexual charms to advertise her music, people accuse her of being a talentless hack. Maybe a woman can be sexy AND talented? Eh eh?
Anyways, so enough of my rantings. Here is one woman’s awesome response to the media over-reacting to her anatomy rather than her music.
DEAR DAILY MAIL (FUCK THE DAILY MAIL) – AMANDA PALMER
also, here is an example of Jill’s awesome voice.
DESTROY YOUR LIFE
A Discussion of Witches, Weed and the Tour Life.
(A Picture I took at Mayhemfest, Jiffy Lube Live)
Jill Janus is the lead singer of Heavy Metal band Huntress and a rising star in the world of Metal. The Huntress crew recently finished their summer tour with Mayhemfest (which included Amon Amarth, Battle Cross, and Rob Zombie) and are going on yet another tour! How do they do it? Their fall tour will include shows with Kill Switch Engage, Lamb of God and Testament. Huntress has two albums out; the most recent one being Starbound Beast, which came out this year and featured a song with lyrics written by Lemmy Kimister, “I Want To Fuck You To Death“.
Right now I’m over the moon – and a few galaxies – with happiness since Jill Janus was gracious enough to answer my interview questions from the front seat of her tour van on her laptop, so let me get into it without further adieu.
MG: First question. What is it like to go on yet another tour after completing Mayhem fest?
JJ: Touring is so natural for us at this stage in the game. All my belongings are in storage, I had to surrender to the road. And now it’s my home. We’re stoked to have opportunities that enable Huntress to tour relentlessly.
MG: Many people who aren’t musicians have no idea what tour life is like. Can you describe to us some of the basics of your life on tour?
JJ: Well, I’m typing this sitting in the front seat of our tour van, driving non-stop to the next venue, which is pretty much the way it goes. I haven’t showered in 4 days and just peed in a bottle. It’s very glamorous! Staying on schedule with load in, sound check, interviews, pre-show preparation, make-up and costumes, vocal warm-ups and showtime.Then load out, get paid and drive til we find a Walmart or truck stop to park and sleep for a few hours. If we have a day off or short drive to the next venue, we’ll get a hotel room to shower, do laundry and sleep til it starts up again. We know how to party.
(The Huntress Crew: Metal Insider)
MG: Who has been your favorite artist/band to play with on tour so far?
JJ: Amon Amarth! We toured with the Vikings from Sweden this past summer on Mayhem Fest and played a few off-date shows with them. I adore them, they have such a cool stage design and truly bring the fury.
MG: Now I would like to ask a question about your two albums. I have Starbound Beast and Spell Eater and love them both! What do you think is the biggest difference between these two albums?
JJ: I feel we have become stronger musicians and songwriters. You can hear a natural evolution occurring on ‘Starbound Beast’ that doesn’t exist on ‘Spell Eater’…but there is also a unbridled viciousness on our first album that comes through effortlessly. We are writing and releasing three albums within three years. They are a spiritual journey, so to speak. Maiden, Mother and Crone. You can hear that influence on both albums. The next album, number three, is the Crone phase. And she’s a horny, nasty old cunt. Beware the Cuntress!
MG: I remember when you were on stage, you said that it took you a really long time to find a band that worked. What are the elements of Huntress that make you guys a great team and band?
JJ: We all share the same vision. There’s no compromise on this.
MG: Jill Janus, as far as metal vocalists go, you have a very unique style that I’ve never heard before. How did you achieve this style?
JJ: I was born with a vocal ability that developed into a metal voice after years of classical training. I’ve always known my purpose, metal became my medium once I knew the voice was ready. It took about one year to strip away my classical inflections. My greatest influences are Rob Halford, Freddie Mercury, Ann Wilson and Jared Warren of Big Business. My vocal coach Melissa Cross has been instrumental in my approach to screaming and maintaining the voice night after night.
(A Picture I took at Mayhemfest, Jiffy Lube Live)
MG: What is your favorite song that Huntress has written?
JJ: I can’t tell you that! It’s like saying which of my children I love most. I love them all the same, just for different reasons.
MG: Now the next few questions I would like to ask you Jill, are about your spirituality. I read in a previous interview that you have been Pagan since birth. This is of huge interest to Metal Gaia since we are a website that covers Paganism and other types of spirituality. As a Pagan myself I know there are many different paths. How would you describe your spiritual path as a Pagan?
JJ: I’m a little white witch who loves heavy metal and weed. I’d like to grow out my armpit hair and live in a witch hut in the woods, tripping my tits off on ‘shrooms with faeries and unicorns.
MG: How do your Pagan beliefs factor into your music?
JJ: Witchcraft has always guided me, I fall into trance to receive my lyrics. All Huntress song are beamed to me from other realms.
MG: Do you have any advice for other Pagan practitioners reading this interview?
JJ: No, I’m not here to offer advice. I simply live for my purpose.Blessed Be to my Pagan brothers and sisters!
MG: Last question. Huntress’s love of some good “laughing grass”… if you know what I mean… is well known. On a scale from 1 to Mount Everest,how high are you and the Huntress crew right now?
JJ: I just got hot boxed. I’d say we are climbing the foothills of Mount Everest right now.
MG: Thanks for answering all my questions! Much love to the Huntress crew! Keep rocking and kicking ass!
JJ: Sure things! Thanks, Jill Janus x
Pack your bongs because this will blow your mind!
Trippy spaceships for the win!
One of the songs from Huntress’s new album Starbound Beast
(I took this picture at Mayhemfest)
Stay tuned: This fall, Heavy metal band Huntress will tour with metal legends Testament, Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage.
8/8 Nashville, TN – Exit/In – w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross
8/9 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross
8/10 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
August 11 – Montreal, QC – Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau
Huntress with Danzig and Scar the Martyr:
8/13: Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/14: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
8/16: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
8/17: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
8/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
8/20: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
8/21: Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center
8/22: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/24: Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
8/25: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
8/27: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/28: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
8/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
8/31: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Also enjoy this song from their new album, “Starbound Beast.”
Folk Metal Holy Diver Cover
Otyg’s country of origin: Sweden
Typical Lyrical Themes: Scandinavian Folk Lore
European Tour dates have been announced during Nov and Dec 2013
Nov 20 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, Finland
Nov 22 Friends Arena Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 24 Telenor Arena Oslo, Norway
Nov 26 Forum Denmark, Copenhagen
Nov 28 Ziggo Dome Holland, Amsterdam
Nov 30 Westfalenhalle Dortmund, Germany
Dec 2 Bercy Paris, France
Dec 5 Fiera Arena Milan, Italy
Dec 7 02 Arena Prague, Czech Republic
Dec 10 02 Arena London, UK
Dec 12 Odyssey Arena Belfast, Ireland
Dec 14 Arena Sheffield, UK
Dec 16 Hydro Glasgow, UK
Dec 18 Arena Manchester, UK
Dec 20 LG Arena Birmingham, UK
WARNING: THERE ARE OFFENSIVE IMAGES RELATING TO THE CRASHING OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTERS CIRCA 9/11 IN THIS VIDEO AS WELL AS VIOLENCE. THIS IS NOT A SLANDER AGAINST AMERICA OR NEW YORK. IT IS A HEAVY HANDED COMMENTARY AGAINST RELIGIOUS OPPRESSION.
A video covering the heavy metal scene in Botswana. Metal enough to wear leather and boots in 90+ degree weather. If that’s not metal, I don’t know what is!
Metal Commandment #1: Death to all but metal!
I have a message for the Right Wing Christians who want to teach their religion in public schools.
So you wanna teach “creationism” as a science?
You wanna teach the bible as a text book?
And you wanna do this with my tax dollars?
Fine, but remember that it’s an equal country.
The schools have to teach my religion too.
I pray to the Heavy Metal Gods.
In the morning we will say a prayer to Dio – the all father and God of Metal.
And yes, we will teach evolution: the evolution of metal from heavy metal, to thrash, death and beyond.
Oh and the number one commandment is “death to all but metal.”
So your kids better not listen to any of that Justin Bieber or Dub Step crap…or else…
Enjoy my religion. Coming to a school near you.