Written By Braddon S. Williams

Alice Cooper: From The Inside

Alice Cooper went to rehab and came out stronger than ever with From The Inside (1978).

The album is populated with characters based on people that Cooper encountered during his stay in a sanitarium for his alcoholism.

Alice co-wrote the lyrics with Bernie Taupin (on loan from Elton John) and assembled a fantastic studio band for this collection of amazing songs.

Some of my favorites include Jackknife Johnny, Serious, Nurse Rozetta, Millie And Billie, The Quiet Room, How You Gonna See Me Now, and Inmates (We’re All Crazy).

The album cover on the vinyl version was a lot of fun with its opening doors into the asylum and the hidden door where Alice was sitting in his quiet room laced up in a straight jacket.

The back side of the cover opened up to a picture of all the inmates rushing out with their release papers in hand.

I was lucky to see the tour that supported From The Inside and it remains one of the best staged concerts I have ever witnessed.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…Long Live The Coop!

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Re- Posted From Alternate Earth

Hello folks, back again to fill your ears with another Debut album release from The World Of Alternative Music, and today this comes from UK 3 piece old school rock ‘n’ roll punk band – Sedated State. These guys are fairly new to the social media scene so let’s do our usual and give you some background info.

Formed back in 2008, members – Yvonne – Vocals, Scott – Guitar – and – Jae – Drums – originally started out as an acoustic group until Jae was given a drum-kit by a friend, who had had one stored away in a loft for years. It was taken as a good omen by the trio who then decided to properly form a band. So between working their day jobs at the time the trio would meet up and practice their songs. Scott and Yvonne of 23 years had always played and wrote songs together so they already had a huge back catalogue of ideas to try out. Scott had always had a passion for Punk music and this shows in their music today, which combines elements of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and Punk.

So finally, after years of honing their skills and their sound they recently released their debut album – Sober – which came out May 25th. The album contains 15 tracks and has a very retro sound and feel to it. When you listen to it you could close your eyes and easily trick yourself into believing you had travelled back in time to the early years of rock ‘n’ roll. A really good listen indeed.

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Sedated State

Italian label GoreGoreCords (A sublabel of Aural Music) is set to release Psychonolatry by legendary Italian death metal band ELECTROCUTION. The album, which is the band’s first in 5 years, will be released on CD, digital and vinyl on Feb 8th 2019. Originally formed in 1990, the cult band has toured all over Italy with the likes of Death, Carcass, Motorhead and many more. 

The band commented “We are proud of this new musicial chapter. We have left an important mark on the past and are committed to ensuring that this mark can remain indelible. Composing and recording these songs was challenging and, at the same time, natural and fun. We wanted to make an album that’s solid, violent, fun to play and listen to. We believe we made it!”

Tracklisting:
01 – Psychonolatry (The Icons of God and the Mirror of the Souls)
02 – Hallucinatory Breed
03 – Bulåggna
04 – Warped
05 – Of Blood and Flesh
06 – Misanthropic Carnage
07 – Malum Intra Nos Est (Seneca I century AD)
08 – Divine Retribution
09 – Organic Desease of the Sensory Organs
10 – Bologna
11 – Premature Burial (rerecorded)

Legendary Italian death metal band Electrocution to release new album

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Pink Floyd: The Wall

I spent a lot of time with a pair of headphones strapped to my head in 1979, obsessively listening to The Wall, Pink Floyd’s double album opus of alienation and isolation.

Roger Waters wrote most of the songs and Bob Ezrin produced and helped shape the material.

The Wall went on to become one of the best selling albums of all time and spawned a movie and multiple tour versions.

I hesitate to single out any songs as favorites, because I used to listen to all four sides of the vinyl in sequence on a regular basis, but as a guitar player I must say that David Gilmour did some incredible work on Comfortably Numb, Young Lust, and Hey You. Waters and Ezrin filled up the space with grand orchestrations and lots of interesting sound bites (like televisions playing in the background of several tracks).

The feeling of paranoia pervades much of the material, with the character of Pink slowly losing his grip on reality, building his own personal wall to sever his ties with the outside world.

I was just shy of 18 years old when The Wall was released, and it felt like it was made just for me.

I’m quite sure there are millions who share this same thought and Pink Floyd will be celebrated for decades to come.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Jon Weiderhorn

One of the greatest tragedies in the history of death metal took place on Dec. 13, 2001, when Deathfrontman Chuck Schuldiner (pictured front center) died following a prolonged battle with a brain tumor. He was 34.

Even though fans continue to debate whether or not Schuldiner coined the term death metal (extreme thrash band Possessed released a demo called Death Metal in 1984, the same year Death sent out their first demo Death by Metal), that issue was never important to Schuldiner. He never wanted to be the first, he just wanted to be known as a guy who pushed the boundaries of the genre. In an early interview, Schuldiner said he was flattered by people who considered him the founder of the genre, but added, “In my opinion Venomwas the first to have that brutal vocal styles, tuned low, that initial brutal aggression. But maybe I’ve kept it going to what death metal is today.”

There’s no question that Schuldiner played a major role in refining and developing the sound of the Florida death metal genre. He formed the band with guitarist Rick Rozz and drummer Kam Lee in 1983 at the age of 16, and released the band’s first album, Scream Bloody Gore, on Combat Records in 1987. That album and the follow-up, 1988’s Leprosy, exemplified the sound of the underground genre and almost immediately, countless bands latched onto the band’s savage template, which combined churning down tuned guitars, hammering beats and growled vocals that were less decipherable than those of even their mentor’s Venom.

Throughout the band’s career, Schuldiner worked with a revolving door lineup of musicians to evolve the sound of the band, With 1990’s Spiritual Healing, Death started to transform into a progressive, technical death metal band, adding abrupt 90-degree rhythm shifts and multiple tempo changes without sacrificing their heavy groove. Schuldiner worked on the album with guitarist James Murphy, bassist Terry Butler and drummer Bill Andrews. Just a year later, Schuldiner was working on the groundbreaking Human with jazz-death pioneers from the band Cynic, guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert, adding even more twists and turns to Death’s sound and expanding the parameters of what death metal could be.

“We supposedly wimped out back in 1990 with Spiritual Healing because there were so many traditional metal elements in the music,” Schuldiner told Guitar World. “I’m glad to see that a lot of these metal bands today are incorporating more traditional elements into their music because that’s where it all comes from. I never lost touch with that through the years, but I was very much crucified for it a while back. And I guess it’s good to know that I was doing the right thing.”

By the time he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, pontine glioma, in 1999, Schuldiner had abandoned death metal and was playing progressive power metal in Control Denied, which formed in 1995, three years before Death’s progressive-death studio metal album The Sound of Perseverance. In 1999, Control Denied released their only album, The Fragile Art of Existence.

Schuldiner underwent surgery for his tumor in 2000 and seemed to be on the mend at first. But a few months after the operation it was apparent that the part of the tumor that couldn’t be removed without killing the musician was rapidly growing and by 2001 the condition was inoperable.

After Schuldiner died, over 1,000 artists that considered him an influence paid tribute to the musician and wrote messages in an online forum. “Chuck’s music was really important to me growing up,” Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor told MTV. “It was really intricate and interesting.”

A decade after Schuldiner died the legacy of Death continued. A group of musicians who were in the band and other artists – guitarists Masvidal, Shannon Hamm, Bobby Koelble; bassists Steve Di Giorgio and Scott Clendenin; and drummers Masvidal, Gene Hoglan and Reinert – joined forces to pay tribute to Schuldiner on the “Death to All” charity tour. Vocalists and guitarists Charles Elliott (Abysmal Dawn) and Matt Harvey (Exhumed) were recruited for the dates. The group played five shows in 2012 and went out again in 2013, with Max Phelps handling vocals. The band has since changed its name to DTA and plan to book more shows in the future.

“It’s a really cool tribute to our fallen metal brother, Chuck,” says Hoglan (Testament, Galaktikon, Dark Angel). “Obviously it’s a sad thing that Chuck has passed, but this way we get to keep the music alive and it’s really fun. You see grown men crying in the front row. Every night you see grounds of people tearing up. It’s really like a rebirth for the band in a way; Death played their final shows in 1998. A lot of the older guys that used to come are like, ‘I haven’t seen the band in 20 years and this is awesome!’ And there are also new people who were too young to catch Death when they were around but were influenced by the band and now get to see songs from the guys who originally played it. So it’s a great thing for everyone.”

17 YEARS AGO: DEATH FOUNDER + DEATH METAL PIONEER CHUCK SCHULDINER DIES

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Melvins: Stoner Witch

I just worked a 12 hour shift and I’m both tired and hungry, so I’m going to make this one quicker than usual.

Stoner Witch (1994) by Melvins is like a Swiss Army Knife of rock…it’s grunge…it’s stoner rock…it’s sludge metal…but mostly it’s Melvins doing what they do, which is to say it isn’t like anything else you’re likely to find out there.

I chose Melvins because I saw them live one time and they are a force of nature on the stage.

Buzz Osbourne is a true character and the band had 2 drummers that night that played together in a completely fascinating way.

Their entire set contained no pauses between songs, so it came off like a one hour rollercoaster ride of pure dementia.

Stoner Witch is a great album and Melvins are a great band…pretty sure Dave Grohl has my back on this one!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPezKn4qhT_F4NGaZk1o4qlHF05DKo8qQ

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Neurosis: Through Silver in Blood

Through Silver In Blood (1996) by Neurosis is a haunting, claustrophobic nightmare of an album, and a total masterpiece in my humble opinion.

This is not easy music to listen to, and it is certainly not background music.

Neurosis absorbs you into their paranoid vision, shifting in and out of a variety of genres seemingly effortlessly, creating tension and dissonance through repetition and industrial precision.

Heavy isn’t only a musical designation, in the case of Through Silver In Blood, heaviness is also an emotion, pervasively bearing down upon the listener, and yet the end result is a kind of euphoria at having experienced such a catharsis by music. Through Silver In Blood is a cleansing of sorts…draining you and refilling you through the power of art.

This isn’t music for the masses, but for those brave enough to test the waters.

Neurosis is one of the most powerful forces in modern music.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind