Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MOTD - Alekhine's Gun: A One Two Punch

Mp3 Of The Day
Band/Artist: Alekhine's Gun
Song: Bardo
Album: demo
Style: Death/Thrash/Hardcore
country/location: Brooklyn NY
release: 2011

At Ralphs Diner in Worcester two Thursdays ago, Alekhine's Gun was setting up. Wasn't sure what to expect from this Brooklyn, NY band, but I was curious to see what they offered. Next thing I know they explode on stage with an aggressive and energetic sound that was impossible to ignore. Alekhine's Gun is a one two death/thrash/hardcore punch. Guitarists Jeff Martinez and Paul Pisano provide a wide range of memorable riffs ranging from chugging headbangers to almost black metal tremolo playing to unrelenting thrashers to crushing slams. A mechanical rhythm section delivers the clockwork rumblings, poundings and blastbeats that accentuate the metallic aggressive crunch that permeates their sound. The final piece to Alekhine's Gun is the Dominican/Brooklyn hardcore attitude and energy of frontwoman Jessica Pimentel who shouts, screams, growls directly in your face. One can feel her angered breath even from the back of the room as she runs around on stage. I would definitely go see them again when they return to the area (which I hope they do soon)! Check them out!

Monday, May 2, 2011

MOTD - Ozzy: Ozzy sings me home

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
Song: Mama, I'm Coming Home
Album: No More Tears
Style: Heavy Metal
country/location: Birmingham, England, UK
release: 1991

Quickie post to commemorate my coming home from London! It was suggested that I post this little ballad and you know, it was a good one! So I'm coming after a week plus in London and man it was a great trip. Got to see a lot of awesome shows, went to a really cool sound/film conference, did a lot of adventuring, but now it's time to come home!

Ozzy really doesn't need an introduction (Sabbath, solo career, reality TV star). Must say I hadn't heard this song much before, but it fits quite nicely to the end of this trip. An epic and personal power ballad complete with acoustic guitar passages, heavy metal powerhousing, an emotional and melodic solo, Ozzy's signature crooning voice, & Zakk Wylde's signature guitar squeals for extra metalness. As a sucker for power ballads (especially those with epic solos like in this one), I'm enjoying this quite a bit! Anyways, gotta catch a plane, mama, I'm coming home!