Well here is something strange, an actual post. Now I know that there hasnt been a real review or any articles since the end of november and thats sort of because I have gotten burnt out a bit on trying to keep up on the site. This doesn’t ,mean the site is going away by any means. However, there needs to be some major changes and this stem from my reviews mainly. This year I am going to focus more on older releases and things like that. It also stem from the fact that I feel I have been writing the same reviews over and over as well so this year will be more on not more obscure albums but the keyword is different. AOR, more somber Hard Rock and straight rock music will be more strongly represented this year just to give a bit more of a new flavor to the site. Now I will obviously look at new albums from Judas Priest and Saxon as well as a few other hotter albums for the year. the content will also be more spread out over time as well. I hope you all enjoy the slight new take and still enjoy the content presented on Glistening Metal over 2018!
Its around nine or ten at night. Your 9 year old self is flipping through the channels until you land on a VH1 Classic block of rock videos. A video for ACDC’s “Hells Bells” comes on and you are immediately intrigued. A hard rocking band embraces a dark lit stage with ecstatic Schoolboy guitarist Angus Young and Beanie wearing Brian Johnson commanding front and center. However on the back line with a bright white Gretsch Falcon thumping his one leg to the beat was the long haired almost Ramones-esque looking Malcolm Young. As somber as he was, his presence always intrigued me. He would sit and bounce to the beat of the song and walk up with the equally solid rhythmic Cliff Williams for simple sounding back up vocals only to return right back to the back line of the stage. it was almost as if he was a machine playing to the song. This was my first taste of ever watching any live footage of this band in my life. I was familiar with them of course with hearing “Back In Black” very early in my youth but seeing how they were in a live sense was awe inspiring.
Soon enough, my first CD I ever bought was “Let There Be Rock” on vacation in Texas and hearing this album front to back with headphones was a memory I could never forget. I soon followed with buying every album, dvd or any thing I could get my hands on I was obsessed. Learning more and more about how Malcolm was essentially what really made the band tick was the best part as it was his dirty rough but simple rhythm playing was what caught my ears in the first place. Listening deeper and deeper it was easier to see how his playing held the band together, it was just that tight that he could play a riff and everyone would follow through. However, what he taught me most was sticking to your guns and don’t be afraid to do it. He kept the band from falling away from their hard rock roots all the way until he left the band in 2014. He was the reason I really wanted to pick up a guitar and just riff. While Angus was the flashier up front player that every lead guitarist wanted to be, Malcolm was the brains. He knew rhythm to a science and knew how make every song in their catalog really tick. Listen to earlier songs like “Overdose” and “Night Prowler” to later songs such as “Fire Your Guns” and even a majority of the songs of Stiff Upper Lip are led by those solid rhythm sections. And now he has left us and is playing that beat up Gretsch in the sky…
We’ll miss you Mal, the music is forever here and we’ll always remember you as one of the most solid rhythm guitarist to grace the earth. Rock In Peace from a true fan.
With the holidays approaching or in some eyes already here, some have noticed a slow down on my site. Dont worry, im not hanging it up however yes I have been spending less time writing reviews and such more or less because of work and family and personal life that has been both positive and negative. However, I am here to basically give a little update on what exactly is coming soon here in the next coming months.
-I have a few reviews for the bands Resistance, Toxik, Road Rash and a double review of the Heaven and Hell Records releases of the Ask For A Stranger and White Boy and Average Rat Band albums(that name will never not be a mouth full).
-I am already starting to work on my top 30 list for the year which could sprout into a top 50 but I am trying to make sure it is not but there were releases left and right this year so it will definitely be a big list.
-In terms of plans for next year i am going to do besides the normal reviews, two band retrospectives. One will be on the Heavy Load reissues as they come out and simultaneously I will be looking at every Riot album which could take up the whole year but I am going to try and make sure it doesn’t and only leads up to a possible new Riot V album(depending on when it is released, the reviews may not be in order).
-I want interviews to become a bigger factor here in 2018. I was only able to fit in two this year which is a shame and I hope to fit in more next year as well. Also, Legions of Metal will once again be a large article but a bit simplified and broken up into days as well as Frost and Fire 2018 if it happens and I am able to secure funds for it.
So far, that is what I have going for next year. A but ambitious but I am confident it will be worth it. Thank you for the support up to this point. With you guys the site will roll on.
2017 just got a lot more interesting(if that’s even possible). As we see some of our favorite classic metal bands returning to the scene with brand new albums, we always wonder what band is gonna be next to rekindle the flame. Well it seems that classic Finnish Heavy Metal act OZ are that band. Returning more than five years after their comeback, the well written “Burning Leather”, we see their next album coming out October 27th! I’m excited because OZ have had for the most part a solid discography up to this point and we can only hope for another home run for the band. The album is coming out via AFM records and contains thirteen tracks.
1. Bone Crusher
3. Heart Of A Beast
4. Drag You To Hell
5. Whore Of Babylon (Bonus Track)
6. The Witch
7. In A Shadow Of A Shotgun
8. Never Close Your Eyes
9. The Mountain
11. We’ll Never Die
12. Sister Red (Bonus Track)
13. Midnight Screams (Bonus Track)
Pre order the new OZ album here
As a heavy metal fan, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal will always be one of the most important movements in the genre’s history. However in the modern day we see yet another legion of young and hungry bands coming from Britain and that is exactly what this compilation is all about. Featuring some of the best up and coming acts such as Seven Sisters, Amulet, Wytch Hazel and many many more, this album will be an amazing representation of the return of British Traditional Heavy Metal in all it’s glory. I am excited for this release personally as the NWOBHM gave me some of my favorite artists of all time and this feels like my generations answer to that. The album will be released September 22nd, 2017 through Dissonance Productions and Back On Black records.
01. Amulet – Highwayman
02. Aggressive Perfector – Harlot’s Spell
03. Eliminator – Lost To The Void
04. Dungeon – Queen Of Sin
05. Dark Forest – Where The Arrow Falls
06. Toledo Steel – Rock Nights
07. Vuil – Iron Witch
08. Seven Sisters – The Witch’s Eye
09. Insurgency – Destined For Death
10. Neuronspoiler – Slay The Beast
11. Wytch Hazel – Freedom Battle
Venom Inc have released the second single for their new upcoming album “Ave” out this august. The track “Ave Satanas” has the same mid tempo as their first single but the riff is even more infectious. The song reminds me a lot of the track “Prime Evil” especially in it’s pacing. Dolans vocals are very on point and pack alot of power and grit. My favorite thing about this track is Mantas’ solo and how loose he plays it yet it works so well. So far between this track and “Dein Fleisch”, i’m very excited for the album, it is a very different sound than I thought they were going for but it works as its quite infectious and catchy and doesn’t try to sound like early Venom at all. They clearly have their own original ideas and this track shows that this is going to be a very different but interesting metal record than what a lot of others were expecting. I fully embrace it but what do you think? like it? hate it? Let us know!
Well here is something pretty cool for you melodic metal fans! Heavy Metal group Vescera led by acclaimed singer Michael Vescera have released a new video for their song “In The Night” off their barnburning new album “Beyond The Fight” released April 7th with the vinyl edition coming soon this month. I definitely think they chose a good song off the album for this video as it shows the whole bands versatility and the interesting sound they managed to create with a lot of melodic edge but very big hooks that alot of US power metal bands utilize. The album is definitely one to check out but don’t take it from me, listen below and see what you think! I would love to see these guys come to Chicago some day and definitely think their debut is a strong record to tour on over here.
Order the album here!