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!

Friday Morning Metal – Municipal Waste – Tango & Thrash

Today’s metal is a whole EP from Municipal Waste, because it’s still shorter than most Dream Theatre songs. Sounds like it’s a rerelease of an EP recorded in 2002 plus some additional songs.

Having an album dedicated to a single actor is pretty good. Doubly so for Kurt Russell and his magnificent mane. Most of the songs are shorter than a minute, but are shreddy and fast and fun. Also Tango & Thrash would be a good band name, especially for a two-person act. Or the weirdest dancing competition.

Anyway, enjoy some Municipal Waste!

Friday Morning Metal – Traveler – Heavy Hearts

Hooray for some great throwback metal! Making their way to Friday Morning Metal, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, TRAVELER!

This song has it all, kickass scream to start the song, noodly guitars, a slappy bass solo for a bit, driving drums! The bass solo is pretty great, you don’t hear them in songs very often. It’s not very long but it’s still there after the shreddy dueling guitar solo. When I first heard the song, the vocals weren’t my favorite, but they’re growing on me.

Not a whole hell of a lot to the video, mostly performance clips from a basement and then the singer looking spooky and underlit while singing. It’s a good combo, gets to the point. And at 4 minutes & change the song doesn’t overstay its welcome.

Definitely adding these guys to my metal rotation going forward.

Friday Morning Metal – Girish and the Chronicles – Ride to Hell

WOOOO INDIAN METAL! Girish and the Chronicles got started in 2009, and are straight outta India. Internet claims they’re a hard rock band, but this seems pretty metal to me. They’re playing guitar on a boulder, that’s metal.

Ride to Hell is a rollicking good time, reminds me a bit of GnR or early 80s hair metal. It’s got a catchy riff, and the scream to kick off the song really sets the tone. There’s a killer solo halfway through, quite noodly, quite harmonic. And the guitarist looks non-plussed while soloing on location. Like “No big, I do this wherever.” It’s great. There’s a breakdown after the solo that gives big Riot vibes, too.

The video is a solid combo of live performance footage plus shots that look like a deserty mountain thing. Plus the guitar solo by a boulder. You can sorta tell the drummer’s bored on the location shots, he’s air drumming while everyone else is shredding/singing. The video can’t be beat. Maybe they’ll play the west coast, that’d rule.

Friday Morning Metal – Alestorm ft Patty Gurdy – Voyage of the Dead Marauder

More Alestorm! Now with a hurdy gurdy played by none other than Patty Gurdy. They say, way back in time immemorial, one’s last name was often their job. So it works out pretty well that Patty Gurdy plays a hurdy gurdy. Also it’s notable there aren’t people with family names like HedgeFund or PrivateEquity. Go figure.

The song follows pretty similar themes to all their other songs, pirates do some stuff, there might be a curse? Oh also a cat turns into a skeleton and Patty Gurdy has hand fire magic or something. I will have to listen to it fifteen more times to pick up on the lyrics, but I think Bowes sings about luring people to the horizon with piracy.

The triple vocal combo of Bowes, Patty Gurdy, and Elliot Vernon singing distinct parts in their styles is fun. They don’t really overlay but are great for adding a variety of flavor. Bobo’s solo shreds mightily, and transitions into a killer drum beat that I think is also used in… The Battle of Cape Feare River intro.

KEY CHANGE! You know it’s an Alestorm song if there’s a key change coda at the end. Otherwise it’s just sparkling pirate metal.

Friday Morning Metal – Tyr – Axes

Týr, those mighty folk metal masters of the Faroe Islands have a new song and new video out! According to Heri Joensen, “It’s a short face-melting metal song based on a single melodic idea.”

If I’m to understand the video, the dude with the axe got kicked out of his metal band by way of them ripping his black shirt off. So he decided to get vengeance on them for ruining his favorite shirt. With an axe. I’ll need to listen to the lyrics more carefully to know if that’s the case.

The song has some real balls out drumming, with melodic guitars and vocals kind of floating above it. And when the solo finally kicks in, it’s time for the final battle. Lotta hugging in that fight. But the axe man gets vengeance!

Anyway, this song shreds and is 100% Týr. So if you dig viking folk metal, you’re going to have a blast.

Friday Morning Metal – Riot – Thundersteel

Yet another shredder recommended by Bjørn Spotify, Thundersteel by Riot. I first heard these guys WAY back when Brütal Legend came out and Road Racin’ was on the soundtrack. Ripping around the countryside while that song blasts is fun. And Thundersteel keeps up the full throttle balls out metal sound that is so very 1988.

The song starts out with a killer guitar intro, then pummels you with wild double kick drums. The vocals take a little getting used to, but after the first couple verses it fits in real well. Kinda Joey Belladonna adjace? I don’t know, but it’s fun.

There’s like three separate solos about halfway through. Stacking solos like that adds a multiplier effect, and I think increases critical hit rate. All in all it’s pretty fun song. It does sound a bit older than 1988, but it shreds.