Friday Morning Metal – Kryptos – Electrify

Woo Bangalorian 80s throwback metal! Time to get your fingerless gloves and tease your hair out because it’s time for some shredding!

Kryptos has been around since the late 90s, and their brand of metal is straight to the point. Lotta chuggy, good driving drums, and noodly interludes. Electrify is on an album coming out in July, but it sounds equally like a song from 1985 that was left in a time capsule. Maybe they traveled near the speed of light for like 10 years and were plopped in 1998 fully formed. I bet that’s it. Because time traveling sounds radical.

It’s a performance video which is pretty standard fare, but there’s an intro of cajoling one of the band members out of a bar to go perform. The bar gives off a little 5 Point vibe, and one of the show shots had the big pillars on stage that reminds me of El Corazón. And while I assume neither of those are where they shot, it’s neat to see.

Friday Morning Metal – Hansen & Friends – Born Free

Old dudes still shred! This time it’s Kai Hansen, the founder of Gamma Ray, and then also played in Helloween, Iron Savior, and Unisonic. The song is a bit like Halford’s Resurrection & Made in Hell, where it’s a bit autobiographical about Hansen growing up and turning into a big ol metal grandspas.

You know you’re in for a good time when the song does that slow crescendo into MEGA SHRED MODE. And then a similar vocal crescendo. It’s just balls out for the next 4 minutes after that. Hansen’s got some pipes for being 61, there is a bit of autotune in a couple parts, but I think that’s more thematic than him missing a mark, so that’s cool too.

This is a pretty fun song, it’s also cool to know there is just so much metal out there that I did not know about this album that came out in 2016 until now. Thank you to Bjørn for recommending I listen to it, it’s fun.

The video’s mostly a studio session, but you can see a bit of the prep which is neat. Also the band all seem to be having a kickass time. They even do the Judas Priest™ synchronized guitar points!

So enjoy some more metal!

Friday Morning Metal – Insanity Alert – Moshemian Thrashody

Who knew an Austrian thrash parody of Bohemian Rhapsody would shred this hard and be so goofy. I had not heard of these guys until a few weeks ago when Bjørn thought I should listen to another song of theirs, “Beerless Fiesta.” Which has a very familiar sax line in it.

The plinky plunky intro is pretty clever before kicking into balls out 110% thrash power. They manage to keep all the themes to the song intact, but true to thrash form they shrink a 6-minute song to a speedy 3:43. And I don’t think they cut anything out? They probably did. Don’t hold me to that.

The video itself is an awesome double homage to Queen and Wayne’s World. Kinda hoping I can get one of those “Insane’s World” t-shirts.

So enjoy this very very fast very very fun song!

Friday Morning Metal – Ian Highhill – When Hell Comes to Town

Straight out of Finland comes today’s song, When Hell Comes to Town. It’s by a dude named Ian Highhill, who was previously in a band called Olympus Mons. I remember my high school health teacher claimed she couldn’t get got by her students. So one of her students dared her to wear a sweatshirt with “Ski Mons Veneris” on it. She only did it if the kid also did, so he did. Which turned into the kid’s crush asking what “Mons Veneris” on his sweatshirt was and the kid getting really embarrassed because he didn’t want to say it’s “a rounded mass of fatty tissue found over the pubic symphysis of the pubic bones.” So he just said it’s somewhere in Italy.

Anyway, this a good straight down the fairway heavy metal/hard rock track. The vocals fit in pretty well, but nothing super duper stands out. Though the chorus would be pretty rad for a wrestler intro, or a movie where the bad guys are demons or something.

There is a pretty kickass solo about halfway through the track, but there were a few parts in the song itself where some of that noodliness could’ve added some flair, especially between lines and stuff. It happens a bit near the key change at the end, but could’ve been fun earlier.

Regardless, this seems like a good song to add to a “cleaning up the trans am” playlist. So enjoy!

Friday Morning Metal – Rock For Children – Pleasant Dreams (Featuring Halford)

ROCK FOR CHILDREN! Start them early! And if you’re worried about your kids getting nightmares after hearing Fear of the Dark, apparently there’s Rock For Children.

I bet they didn’t want to call it Rock for Kids because they didn’t want to draw any association with Kid Rock.

Apparently this is an album that’s going to support a bunch of children’s non-profits, like St. Jude’s & stuff, or the non-profit is called Rock for Children. And also apparently Alice Cooper did a rewrite of “No More Mr. Nice Guy” to be “Now I’m Mr. Nice Guy” because he can’t be mean all the time.

I’m not sure if this song is also a rewrite, but it’s peppy, and Halford’s pipes are strong as ever. Also I think there are little kids doing backing vocals on the choruses. The heavy metal cat on the cover looks great. Though I do hope they do a video for this just for grins.

So enjoy!

Friday Morning Metal – Darkthrone – Black Dawn Affiliation

MORE DARKTHRONE! YES! I readily admit I’m not the biggest black/death metal fan. Generally it’s the vocals. And Darkthrone’s been doing this for years. But years back I heard the Underground Resistance and got hooked on their particular style of metal. Especially Leave No Cross Unturned, and it’s nearly 14 minutes of shreddy magic.

So now that Bjørn Spotify wanted to let me know of a new Darkthrone song coming off an upcoming album, I wanted to share.

It’s a great 6 minutes of chuggy guitars and foreboding vocals. Maybe I dig it because the vocal styles aren’t as screamy or something. Also they switch to big bombastic vocals for “BLACK DAWWWN AFFILIATION” at the end.

The video itself is apparently all new but looks like it was pulled from a 1972 space epic or something. Or like one of those movies your high school science teacher puts on because they have a hangover, and learning about Uranus without giggling is important.

Oh and because it’s fun to share, here’s Leave No Cross Unturned. It’s a banger of a song and a killer deal on most jukeboxes.

Friday Morning Metal – Thornbridge – Daydream Illusion

Oooh German Power Metal from a band what looks like Steampunk carnival operators! Angry Metal Guy did a review on Thornbridge’s upcoming album Daydream Illusion and so now you can listen to this pretty fun song.

The song is chock full of vocal harmonies, driving drums, and chugga guitars. I dig that it sounds like either lead or rhythm is playing clean guitars over the chugga of the other guitarist. The chanty breakdown before the coda is pretty great. Makes me want to march into battle with my carnival brethren.

It’s a little on the nose to have a song where they sing about a carousel in front of a carousel, but it also adds some interesting lighting contrast. Coming in just shy of four minutes, the song doesn’t waste your time, which I appreciate. Seven minutes songs can be fun, but sometimes it’s just a bit much.

Friday Morning Metal – Nemedian Chronicles – The Savage Sword

What is the best thing in life? If you think it’s to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women, then Nemedian Chronicles is for you!

Straight out of France, Nemedian Chronicles sought out to make an album about Conan and his exploits, and The Savage Sword is a soaring badass power metal track. At five and a half minutes long, it’s a bit beefy, but so is our Cimmerian King, so I guess it works out!

In general the song’s a pretty great power metal track. The drums are pretty big and bombastic, while the guitars chug along for the most part. There’s a solid solo toward the end, right before some very aggro staccato lyrics about how badass Conan is.

The video is primarily a lyric video, but there are a few bits of a big beefy Conan fighting some demon dogs or something. From Hyrkania to Asgard, Conan lays waste to the countryside.

Enjoy the song, then go find the whole album and listen to its 70 minutes of majesty!

Friday Morning Metal – The Neptune Power Federation – Let Us Begin

This is some rollicking metal for your Friday. The Neptune Power Federation is apparently fronted by a tall witch vampire lady, and they’re rocking straight out of Australia. Her name is Imperial Priestess Screaming Loz Sutch. Solid name. Solid pipes.

They have an album what came out a couple weeks ago called “Goodnight My Children,” and today’s song is Let Us Begin, off that album. It’s got that late 70’s dirty rock vibe that makes me long for another iteration of the Rock Band series. And more plastic guitars/drums.

It’s got a solid groove to it, with hella chunky guitars. There’s some solid noodling going on throughout, paired really well with the vocals. All in all this song makes me want to wash my t-top firebird and take it out for a cruise.

So take a listen, grow a mullet, maybe a handlebar mustache!

Friday Morning Metal – Myrath – Into the Light

Ooooooh Tunisian power metal! I’m pretty sure only two people read these anymore, and one of you prefers power/melodic/grandiose metal over thrash so hopefully this is right up your alley.

Myrath is straight out of Tunisia, and got started in 2007. Wikipedia says they started in 2001 as X-Tazy, but that band name sounds like a boy band.

The video is a live performance, and I hope they play the west coast soon because the stage is beautiful, there are dudes with fire, and there’s a magic floating table! A triumphant magic floating table!

The singer gives off some solid Steve Perry vibes, and he fits in with the total vibe really well. He also does some fun mic flipping, can’t pass that up. The band is really tight, and the song is bombastic and magic. Were I a pro wrestler, I’d want to come out to this song. Enjoy!