Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CD Review: New Metal Blade Records Releases From Jim Beuer, Six Feet Under, If These Trees Could Talk & The Foreshadowing

Comedian Jim Breuer is releasing his Metal Blade Records debut album titled "Songs From The Garage." His backing band is no joke, consisting of Rob Coaggiano (guitar), Joe Vigliotti (bass) and Mike Tichy (drums) as they turn Breuer's fun lyrics into heavy metal gold. The new eleven-song release begins "Trash," where the highlight is Breuer pulling off his spot-on impression of Ozzy Osbourne during the guitar solo as the band motors through the song. He plays the role of concerned father, spewing rules during "Raising Teenage Girls" and degrades his friend in "Be A Dick 2 Nite." AC/DC's Brian Johnson does a spoken word pep talk in "My Rock 'n' Roll Dream," which leads to Johnson and Breuer (impersonating Johnson) pulling off a duet on the AC/DC-type blast of "Mr. Rock 'n' Roll." The album finishes with the quick-pace of "Sugar Rush" as the music matches the lyrics perfectly and the chugging guitar riff of "The Unexplained." Jim Breuer is hitting the road in mid-July. For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about Jim Breuer and his latest release "Songs From The Garage," please visit officialjimbreuer.com.

American death metal band Six Feet Under are paying tribute to their influential legends Iron Maiden and Judas Priest with their new album "Graveyard Classics IV: The Number Of The Priest." The new eleven-song release features five Judas Priest covers and six Iron Maiden covers, all hand-picked by Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel. Beginning with "Nightcrawler," Six Feet Under inject their brand of death metal into this classic number as the music mirrors that of the Priest. The growling vocals of Chris Barnes turns "Genocide" into a death metal classic, while Ray Alder (Fates Warning) lends his vocals to help out on the Priest classic "Invader." Another perfect setting for Six Feet Under to lend their iconic sound to is Iron Maiden's "Murders In The Rue Morgue" and "Total Eclipse" as the songs intensity is set for full blast. The one misstep on this album is Six Feet Under adding their style to "The Evil That Men Do," which never gets on the right track. To find out more about Six Feet Under that their latest release "Graveyard Classics IV: The Number Of The Priest," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/sixfeetunder.

From Detroit comes the new release from the progressive-rock instrumental band If These Trees Could Talk. The new album titled "The Bones Of A Dying World" feature nine tracks of adventures journeys, beginning with the eight-minute "Solstice." Listening to the tracks, you never notice the lack of vocals as the music keeps you involved and tells its own tale. The music get a little more intense within "Earth Crawler," ​ before the Rush-like tone of "After The Smoke Clears." Their hard rock sounds return with the thunderous rhythm of "Ice Glacier," before closing the album with the ever-climbing, uplifting sound of "One Sky Above Us." To find out more about If These Trees Could Talk and their latest release "The Bones Of A Dying World," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/treescouldtalk.

Italian doom metal band The Foreshadowing will soon be releasing their fourth studio album titled "Seven Heads Ten Horns." The new nine song release begins with the two-minute introduction march of "Ishtar," before kicking things off with the powerful delivery of "Fall Of Heroes" and "New Babylon." The Foreshadowing continue to grow and evolve into a worldly force in heavy metal as songs like "17" and "Martyrdom," which showcase a more progressive and technical side to their music. To find out more about The Foreshadowing and their latest release "Seven Heads Ten Horns," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/theforeshadowing.

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