Heavy Metal Monday: Manowar

March 8, 2011

It’s been really difficult for me to write on RBM in a really long time. I’ve had my head elsewhere because of school and shit- but don’t worry, I’ve still been at the Palladium a ridiculous amount. I’ve recently seen a lot of shows, with a lot of bands that I really care about, but for some reason my heart just wasn’t in it. I was taking these experiences for granted. This changed when I went to my third concert of the week. This show reminded me of my roots, of my upbringing into the brothers of metal. It filled a void in my life that had been growing for six years. The Kings of Metal, Manowar, had finally returned to Massachusetts.

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Heavy Metal Monday: King Diamond

February 21, 2011

Be afraid…be VERY afraid.  Actually, don’t.  Kim Bendix Petersen may look scary, but he’s just a normal musician who likes to paint his face and act weird.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Hell, I know plenty of people who do the very same thing, though they don’t add hilarious screams in their music. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: Lionheart

December 13, 2010

It’s amazing the crap you find on YouTube when you’ve been drinking and want some cheezy music to listen to.  Some would go right to Grim Reaper or RAVEN with the hopes of a few chuckles.  But have you ever looked at the list of bands they suggest you check out?  Well I have.  Let me tell you, things aren’t always what they seem.  Some are so rare and stupid that you simply MUST watch.  Today’s band was found in just such a way. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: Korpiklaani

December 6, 2010

It’s my birthday. And also Finland’s.  Celebrate with the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani! Because DRINKING IS GOOD FOR YOU!

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Heavy Metal Monday: Black N’ Blue

November 15, 2010

It’s a well known fact that growing up sucks balls.  Most people just suck it up and deal with it.  But there are a few people out there who have that spark inside them; that driving force that says “we’re going places, brother…..BIG places”.  It’s these people that usually make something out of their lives (yet still find themselves staying in mom and dad’s basement well into their 30’s).

What’s their secret?  Where do they find the motivation to continue following their crazy pipe dreams?  I think the boys from 80’s glam band Black N’ Blue have found the answer. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: ODIN

October 4, 2010

It’s been roughly a week and a half since my fantastic trip to the far away land of Maryland, yet my brain continues to replay all of the awesome events that took place.  One such event came courtesy of my pal Woo.  While I was busy drooling over the enormous amount of rare/out of print horror movies, he stumbled across a few copies of The Decline of Western Civilization Part II:  The Metal Years (a film that has eluded me for quite some time).  This movie is infamous in the metal community, mostly due to the scene with Chris Holmes from W.A.S.P..

One of the bands that gets highlighted in this film is named ODIN, and boy are they entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: Týr

September 13, 2010

For your viewing pleasure, the Faroese Viking metal band TÝR. With themes ranging from the standard Viking Revival (above video) to Faroese Folklore songs like Tróndur í Gøtu and Turið Torkilsdóttir from their latest album, there’s something here even for the casual Viking metal listener. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: 4/19/2010

April 19, 2010

Fear Factory; a band I’ve always had a hard time getting into.  For some reason or another, I seem to be one of the select few who don’t get the urge to smash bones and crack heads when hearing this band.  I don’t get it.  They look like bad-asses, from what I’ve listened to they seem talented, plus most band members rock their own custom facial hair.  But just because I’m not a huge fan of Fear Factory, it doesn’t mean that my friends have the same feelings.  In fact, one of them happens to be in their latest video! Read the rest of this entry »


Hey Donnas, STOP DRIVING THROUGH MY HEART!!

March 26, 2010

I need to get this off my chest immediately.  The following will go down in history as the most difficult review that I have ever done in my life; mentally and emotionally.  Now that that’s out of the way, let’s do it to it.

Tonight marks my 4th time having my brains blown out by the lovely Californian cuties know to most as The Donnas.  I thought it nearly impossible for them to top last summer’s show at the Bank of America Pavilion.  Apparently, the fates saw things differently. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Meal Monday: New Year Edish

January 4, 2010

They’re balls to the wall, a guardian of the night, and the original London leather boys.  With a small but fierce front man aptly named Udo Dirkschneider, the German heavy metal band Accept is one of the goofiest bands ever to be put together.  Watch these videos, then you’ll understand. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: 12/7/09

December 7, 2009

Bitter winds and frozen melted snow await the world this frigid December morning.  Not only does a combination of such total shit help make an already crap day worse, it also happens to be dangerous when operating a vehicle.  Start your car early, then watch a little video vixen that is sure to fire up your internal engines while the one outside warms up.  Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: 11/16/09

November 16, 2009

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How do you make heavy metal heavier?  With fucking power tools, of course!  Jesse James Dupree rigged the family chainsaw with a device that allows its wielder to alter the sounds of the saw, creating noises that are similar to music.  This will come in handy during those late night hootenannies on the farm.  A chainsaw would sound beautifully with a washboard player, a jug blower, and slack-jawed yokels tapping their bare calloused feet on the porch while chickens run wild.  I’m willing to bet he thought this up while on a moonshine binge, trying to find new and interesting ways to glorify the lifestyles of being a redneck.  Follow the jump to see white trash at it’s finest. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: 10/19/09

October 19, 2009

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I don’t know what pisses me off more: Jim Gillette’s nonsensical vocals or that idiotic guitar.  Is he trying to sound like Rob Halford with a dash of King Diamond?  Does he actually think he’s a bad ass for claiming he can break glass, simply by singing?  Are all ambidextrous people that arrogant?  While I ponder over these valid questions, why don’t you all watch this video from NITRO (a hilarious glam band from L.A. in the 1980’s). Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: 10/12/09

October 12, 2009

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As history has shown us, you don’t have to be clean, sport big hair, be a dude trying to look like a chick, or have a beard that could be used as a belt to be in a metal band.  Sure these are great qualities, but sometimes adding a little grime and grossness (or in this band’s case, a lot) to your stage show is encouraged, even glorified.  The punk/grunge group L7 is by no means metal, although they do have their moments. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: 9/28/09

September 28, 2009

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Heavy metal bands take no shit, rock hard, and are very intimidating….most of the time.  Back in the ’80s, record companies got massive big-hair boners for the bands in L.A.  Any ass clown that could play 3 chords, had long hair, or booked a gig at The Rainbow/Whiskey had a shot at making it big.  How very lame.  Because of this L.A. explosion, we had to suffer through many shitty bands, as well as the classic formula of “hit/ballad/hit”.

It is now almost 30 years later and safe to laugh at most of those bands.  Today we are going to laugh at DOKKEN. Read the rest of this entry »


Stuff That Happened At The VMAs

September 14, 2009

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There is only so much one can do with an injured leg on a Sunday night, between the hours of 8 and 10 anyways.  Since MTV was airing their annual Video Music Awards (an event that continues to suck as time marches on), I decided to watch for a bit. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: 9/7/09 Labor Day Edish.

September 7, 2009

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Most people stay in on Sunday nights lazying it up, spending time with the family, while soaking up what little free time they have left before heading back to work.  I, on the other hand, spent my Sunday rocking.  Local metal band RAVAGE (who recently got signed to Metal Blade Records) held a raging party at Ralph’s Diner, in Worcester MA, to celebrate the release of their debut album The End of Tomorrow.  Needless to say, the boys from RAVAGE kicked my ass straight through my body, and right out my mouth.  Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: 8/31/09

August 31, 2009

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Having a crazy sense of humor is crucial when living the lifestyle of a metal head.  It doesn’t just make life more enjoyable…oh no.  The ability to laugh at super stupid things is one of the greatest ways to show uptight people how much better than them you are.  It’s a scientific fact.  Jokes about poop, farts, words that sound like they are naughty parts, nose picking, burps, and even the fastly irritating “That’s What She Said” are all great topics to place a room full of immature adults on the verge of filling their spiked boots with warm lemonade.  Green Jelly (formerly named Green Jello.  EFF YOU Kraft Foods) is a band with the greatest taste in toilet humor the metal community has ever known.  See for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »


Defender And Friend “Get Skin Tight”

August 9, 2009

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What a fucking night!  Copious amounts of cran-vodka with Ocean Spray in a Double Gulp, crowds of people itching to get their rock on, and electrifying music sending sparks of insane intensity shooting through my veins.  Tonight was the night The Donnas barreled into Boston, kicking ass and breaking hearts in the process.  I haven’t been rocked this hard since the last time they pounded their way through Bean Town.  They completely melted my face. Read the rest of this entry »


Heavy Metal Monday: 7/27/09

July 27, 2009

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Why can’t things be as incredible as they were 20 years ago?  Seriously.  Cartoons these days suck, most movies blow, and practically every new band that comes out does nothing but wine about how miserable their lives are.  Things need to get back to the grand old days of head-banging sounds, or else I might pull an early ’90s Metallica and have a little fun with some scissors.  Before I do, it would be in my best interest to take a look at a video that captured the vibe, not to mention motto, of the decade that birthed me. Read the rest of this entry »


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