This Month in Metal
by Baby Huey
It's finally that time. After tens of days of waiting, it's the end of the month. That means many, many things to many, many people. To me, it means payday is 3 short days away (can I get a fuck yeah from the congregation?). To you... well, frankly I don't give a shit what YOU think it means to you. To you, it means you get not only a mouthwatering recipe, but you also get my monthly metal review. These reviews are strictly my opinion and are gleaned from what I've received this month at the radio station. I'll post the recipe first, because I'm quite sure you don't really give a shit WHAT I think about metal.
I will preface this recipe by saying it is untested. It is an approximation of the huevos rancheros recipe from Elmo's Diner in Durham, NC. I haven't tried it, but I'm pretty good at getting these things pretty close. Trust me on this -- 6 or 7 gin and tonics on a Friday night, and nothing will ever taste as good as those huevos will.
Stay tuned for next month's recipes as well -- since it's October, every recipe will feature pumpkin in a prominent role, both savory and sweet.
And now, on to the monthly metal wrap-up. This is obviously just a glimpse into what I've reviewed in the last month or so.
These guys are part that whole New England hardcore/thrash blend that really doesn't get my motor running. However, these guys have something here. Since frontman Trevor
Album to play if you need to start a fight:
In 2003, Lamb of God came out with As the Palaces Burn. I was not impressed. Gotta admit. It was middling metal, guys with potential but that hadn't really found their sound. All my friends had hardons for these guys -- especially their live show. I didn't buy it, and didn't give them much of a second thought.
Then, in 2004, Ashes of the Wake came out and things, as they say, took a turn. They have an incredibly unique tone on their guitars, and like them or not, I've never met someone who didn't appreciate that. Randy Blythe's vocals were aggressive, the drums perfect.
Sacrament came out earlier this month (or late in August, so what if I don't remember, bite me). Kind of a logical progression. The guitars are still there. The drumming is still there. The big change is Randy's vocals -- it's as if he is a man possessed by Phil Anselmo himself (minus the whole racist douchebag thing Anselmo has going on). The first single, "Redneck" makes me want beat the crap out of someone.
Album I wouldn't have listened if I didn't have to but still enjoyed:
Ankla - Steep Trails
These guys, formerly of Puya, remind me quite a bit of mid-to-late 90s Sepultura. Except, you know, they sing in Spanish, not Portuguese. It's kind of got that bombastic percussive feel you get from Latin music which I really like. The songs are heavy, and yet they still groove, which is fuggin awesome. I'm not going to write anything else about this, because I'm a computer guy, not a writer, dammit.
Pleasant surprise of the month:
Mötörhead - Kiss of Death
This album was such a great surprise. Think about some of the greats of old metal still putting out records. Iron Maiden? Still got it, but they've lost a step or two. Judas Priest? Definitely not at the top of their game. Motorhead, however, is still kicking ass, and Kiss of Death is proof positive of this. Lemmy's voice sounds exactly the same as it did on Ace of Spades. The riffs are still fun, fast, and angry. I don't know how much more I can say other than "it's Motorhead. It's Lemmy. Just listen" so I'll finish with that.
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