After a hiatus since July along with some unexpected technical difficulties, it's the return of the Me(n)tal-Meltdown show with esteemed host - K. Ann Sulaiman!

Get ready for an hour of quality metal from Hail of Bullets, Nightlord, Alunah and more, plus the host has a task for you all! Listen in to find out!


October round up for Me(n)tal-Meltdown!

I realise I forgot to link back to my blog for last month, so here's what was missed...

I can't recall if I brought this up before, but I asked the question about Italian Oil, English Water. Or: Lacuna Coil vs. Depeche Mode

Then there were a couple of surprising reviews - one which featured a small comeback of sorts from Norwegian one-man band project, Myrkgrav, as the brains behind it (Lars Jensen) did a split with Voluspaa

The second surprise was a review for a groove metal album... an epic, groove metal album. Check out what I said about Seven7's latest record to see what I mean!

And at the risk of being redundant... I wrote down my thoughts on that, um, Baby Metal video had posted last week.

Happy reading, everyone!

JB's, I hardly knew ye - the fate of rock and metal venues

Last week, an iconic rock venue in my area was finally sold at an auction, several months after its last ever gig. Because of the interest of land developers and issues with internal politics, not to mention the struggling economic climate, JB’s in Dudley had no choice but to shut down in January, 2011 – one of many other venues that have suffered the same fate across the UK.

At this point, it’s tempting to bring up a fond story that I may have about JB’s and all the various shows I got to see over there, but I can’t. The truth is, I never had a chance to give JB’s a try before its closure – by the time I actually heard of its existence, most of the shows were from tribute bands or indie rock groups which did little to gauge my interest back then (or even now). Furthermore, while it’s just as tempting to make this entire piece an ode to a deceased rock venue, it’s not really the point of the discussion I wish to get going here.

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What do you lot make of this issue? What's happened to live music venues where you live, and why?

Another year, another day? (Me(n)tal-Meltdown post)

I'd like to know what you lot think about this...

Today should be a special day of sorts – after all, it’s August 25th, Rob Halford’s birthday. The man whose legacy as one of the Best Voices of Metal, due mainly to his role in one of the Best Bands Ever, has turned 60 years old today. From what I saw and heard back in July, as well as what I know about his other projects which include a Dio tribute album; he has no plans to slow down just yet.

At the same time, it’s forcing me to look again at that little bugbear of mine, mortality. Not just my own, as I turned 25 last week (hence my motives for praising 1986 as a pretty good year) but also that of music – namely metal.

Read the rest of the article, on my blog Me(n)tal-Meltdown

So what do you guys think about this? I'm asking not just the newcomers but the old school metalheads in the audience as well, who still have their denim vests with patches in their wardrobes.

Interview with De Profundis, and a review of the new ChthoniC

If you head over to Invisible Oranges right now, you lot can check out m interview with De Profundis - an underground UK act who were lucky enough to support Iron Maiden in India.

If you'd like to read more about what bands think about the industry, get an idea of the South African metal scene twenty years ago (frontman Craig Land emigrated from over there to London in 2000/2001) and see how else tape-trading and filesharing differ, check it out!

For extra measure, I reviewed the new ChthoniC album. I wasn't expecting myself to say what I had to say...