For the Love of Rock and Metal is a blog dedicated to music articles, concert reviews, CD reviews, interviews and all other things related to rock and metal. There is an emphasis on local or semi-local music in the Madison, WI area.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Musician Mug Shots

I ran across this and found it quite interesting, so I thought I'd share.
Check out some Musician Mug Shots... (click the link to see all of the mug shots)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Featured Video: Beyond Threshold - Revolution

Here is Turkey Vulture Records' Beyond Threshold performing "Revolution," their first single from their debut album.

Check Beyond Threshold out on their Facebook page.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rammstein to Release Video on January 15

(Reprinted from Metal Underground)

Rammstein has announced the January 15th, 2013 release of "Videos 1995-2012" on standard DVD and Blu-ray. The collection includes the legendary German band’s complete music video catalog along with two new videos for the song “Mein Herz Brennt.”

The set contains over seven hours of material featuring 25 music videos, 24 behind-the-scenes clips, and a 56-page booklet. Available on three DVDs or two Blu-rays, the collection will be released through the band’s marketing and distribution deal with Density Records in the US.

“Mein Herz Brennt,” from the band’s 2001 release, "Mutter," will see new versions of the song released on December 11th, 2012 as a six-track digital single with booklet - available exlusively through iTunes. The single package also includes the previously unreleased track, “Gib Mir Deine Augen.” Fans can also purchase the two new videos via iTunes – one on December 11th and the other on December 18th.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Featured Video: Malice in Wonderland - Guilty

Here is today's featured video: Malice in Wonderland performing "Guilty" at the Regent Street Retreat on November 10, 2012.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Return of the Prodigal Band

In case no one in the area has been paying attention... Malice in Wonderland played their first show in over 2 years last night. Apparently Santa got my letter this year and delivered my present early in the form of Dave O, Chris and the rest of this great band.

MIW is the first local band I ever enjoyed enough to go to every show (which is a nice way of saying "stalked") and they set me on the path I'm on now. They gave me a new appreciation for metal, the local scene and a better understanding of how it all works. If it weren't for then, I might never have started seeking out more local bands and local music, which led to this blog. So, if you don't like this blog - feel free to blame them. Their unique sound, 2 vocalists and heavy instrumentals are unforgettable. Here is the article I wrote about them when I first started this blog, which may have been the letter that Santa got and decided I was good enough this year to have this band back.

They played a half hour set as the last band of Mad City Underground, a 2 stage event at the Regent Street Retreat. I've been waiting for this and was not disappointed. It was just like I remember and definitely brought back some great memories. Here are a few pictures and one video. Check back in a day or two for another video being featured.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Seven Signs Videos and Photos

Are you tired of hearing about Seven Signs yet? I know that everyone around me is. Well, here are some videos and photos from the show last night at The Wisco in Madison, WI. There were other bands, but I do not plan to do a review for this show so this is all you get.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Featured Video - Seven Signs at High Noon Saloon

Featured Video: Seven Signs at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI - Halloween 2012

I apologize that the vocals aren't very clear. This was taken from my phone since I forgot my video camera at home, but you ge the idea. This is from the show on Halloween at the High Noon Saloon. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tribal Call, Seven Signs and Ultrea - Wednesday, October 31st in Madison, WI

Tribal Call, Seven Signs and Ultrea 
Wednesday, October 31st in Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

Photo from Tribal Call's Facebook Page
An excellent end to my favorite holiday came in the form of a Halloween show at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI, featuring Tribal Call, Seven Signs and Ultrea. (I apologize for the photo and video heavy post, but enjoy it!) Tribal Call played first and I missed the first few songs of their set (who knew that all of a sudden rock and metal shows are starting on time?). I did catch about half an hour of the uniquely punk-rock band. Tribal Call is a 3 piece band made up of a bass player from England, an American drummer and a Puerto Rican female vocalist.

 I've said it before and always seem to prove myself wrong, but I don't usually like female singers in rock and metal. And honestly, I don't think I would have enjoyed this vocalist if she was purely rock but she had a beautiful punk sound that made me feel like I was on the set of SLC Punk. It was a smooth and traditional sound that didn't minimize individual talents but melded together perfectly. It was easy to listen to and was the kind of band that I wouldn't object to seeing again.

Up next was Seven Signs. Now, do I really need to say (again) how much I love Seven Signs? Read through my other reviews of their shows and you'll know I can't exactly be unbiased when it comes to them. They were dressed up for Halloween, including Mike the bass playing pirate, which made the show that must better. Vocalist BT de-costumed within a few songs, but I won't hold that against him.

I will admit this show was a little rocky about halfway through. It was their first show in 3 months and somewhere in the middle they were experiencing problems with their monitors so they had trouble hearing each other. It wasn't a complete disaster, but it wasn't their best. Luckily, they get another chance this Saturday at the Wisco on Williamson Street in Madison. Overall, I'm not complaining. It was great to see them and they were as charismatic on stage as usual. 

Following Seven Signs was Ultrea, a female-fronted metal band from Poynette, WI that I have seen a few times in the past. I really enjoy this band (including the female vocalist). The singer had one of my new favorite costumes on (arms popping out of a pregnant belly). They played my favorite song of theirs called The Calm Before the Storm (check it out on the Reverbnation widget below). I must say - there is nothing more metal than a pregnant woman singing/screaming/growling her heart out on stage at a Halloween show. 

All in all, a great Halloween. I definitely recommend you check out these bands (especially Seven Signs and Ultrea - who often play together). And check out the bands on Facebook at their links below: