Harle, scalawags, welcome to another weekly check-in of your listening pleasures. Unfortunately there's little pleasure to take this week in the metal community with the fall of one of our esteemed knights of the order, followed by the announced breakup of some of the finest artisans of this generation. I'm course talking about Ronnie James Dio and Isis.
A hard couple weeks personally bookended by a pair of fabulous weekends, which accounted for a slowdown in production. Wifey and I got out on date for a change and took in Iron Man 2. As a reader of ol' Shellhead in the eighties I never thought an actor could nail down Tony Stark with the nuances dwelling beneath the narcissism, but Robert Downey, Jr. has claimed the role as his own and Iron Man 2 rocked.
You readers never let me down with your support and there's a very special treat coming your way this week. Normally I'd leave you in suspense, but let's get you salvating in anticipation, yes? Stay tuned this week for the first part of a Headbangers 2003 Interview Session with the Captain Howdy himself: Dee Snider.
No doubt you'll enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed conducting the interview back then. In case I haven't pimped it yet, my recent interview with Blackie Lawless is running over at Dee's site, House of Hair Online. My chat with Bobby Blotzer is forthcoming at the same space. Also expect a review of the new Bullet For My Valentine album, Fever and other num nums (as my boy would say) around the bend.
Spin-wise, well, I'm no different than the rest of us mourning the loss of a legend with a heavy lean on Ronnie James Dio, but I'm especially taken by the new Danzig album. Stripped, dirty, minimalist, sometimes bombastic, this is the guttural yet melodic sound of Samhain crashed with Danzig III. With Tommy Victor serving the tunes instead of overpowering them as on Circle of Snakes, this one's a freakin' winner. Check it out. The new Soulfly album Omen is likewise a smoker. What Max Cavalera has done to this band along with Marc Rizzo is remarkable if you prefer Soulfly on the brutal side.
Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Rainbow - Rising
Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'n Roll
Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Dio - The Last in Line
Dio - Killing the Dragon
Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth
Soulfly - Omen
Lizzy Borden - Love You to Pieces
Bullet For My Valentine - Fever
Deftones - Diamond Eyes
Sodom - Agent Orange reissue
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Sisters of Mercy - Floodland
Microtia - Spacemaker
Jon Oliva's Pain - Festival
Bonedome - Thinktankubator
Mouth of the Architect - The Violence Beneath EP
Scorpions - Love at First Sting
Judge Jackson - Drive