Oh wow, a trilogy! Maybe, I might have another, who the fuck knows. I guess I’m making up for lost time, being busy and exhausted with the grind and my music endeavors etc.
Heaven and Hell – The Devil You Know (2009, Rhino) Anything Tony Iommi creates is a left handed masterpiece, regardless! It’s nice treat to see the names Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio and Vinnie Appice listed together after decades of member rotations. If released before 1997 this could legally be a legit Black Sabbath album (due to the Osbourne camp purchasing half the Black Sabbath name from Iommi). The Devil You Know has a more dark doomy sound similar to the Tony Martin fronted era of Black Sabbath in ways, in my opinion. I consider this album great and more creative than the Ozzy fronted 13 album that came out 4 years later. Sadly Dio passed away before the tour finished, making this his final opus. It also feels like a special goodbye gift for us to remember him by.
Roger Glover and Guest – The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast (1974, Purple Records) The bassist of Deep Purple puts together this deluxe album with notable guests such as Ian Gillan, Ronnie James Dio and Glenn Hughes handling vocals on different tracks. The album is based on a book of the same name, also there’s an animated music video with a frog singing with Dio’s voice. The sound is also more contemporary rock with ballads, horn and string sections. Don’t expect a hard rockin’ LP, but keep in mind it is something special and your grandparents may like it even.
Newsted – Heavy Metal Music (2013, Chophouse) Yes, it is that one guy who played bass in Metallica. Jason Newsted has been busy in the 2000’s when playing bass for Voivod and Ozzy and a real brief moment with his first band Flotsam and Jetsam. I was actually hoping for a solo album with him on vocals one day, because seeing him help do backup in Metallica was insane. This album has a Motorhead vibe on a few tracks but don’t expect it to sound like his previous efforts. The guitar tones are more of a vintage round sound and the vocals are raw and melodic when needed. Newsted also released an EP before this release which both are now hard to find. The whole album is a great listen, but my suggested songs would be “King of the Underdogs” and “Soldierhead”
Debris Inc – Debris Inc (2005. Candlelight) Some called it Saint Trouble due to the fact that guitarist Dave Chandler (Saint Vitus) and bassist Ron Holzner (Trouble) made a punk and doom project during the time their main bands were on hold. It features a few guests from the band Crisis: Afzaal – guitar, Karyn Crisis – vocals and a friend of mine, the late Tony Costanza (also a former Machine Head/Crowbar/Papsmear member)on drums. It took the band a long time to finally release an album after the demo and live tour dates. Jimmy Bower from (Down/COC/Crowbar etc) was even a temporary drummer for the bands live performances. The production has a lot of good low end without being muffled, it will sound nice on a sub woofer in my opinion. my favorite song on this release is “You’re the reason I’m Medicated” haha.
Teenage Time Killers – Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (2015, Rise Records) Mick Murphy from My Ruin performs on each track and it is kind of a collaborate effort with the late Corrosion Of Conformity drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin who handles most of the drums and some vocals throughout. The style is mainly the punk roots of the main performers and plenty of guests like Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean, Karl Agell of Corrosion Of Conformity, Lee Ving of Fear/MD.45, Dave Grohl and his former Scream and current Goatsnake vocalist Pete Stahl. Phil Rind (Sacred Reich), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedy’s), Neil Fallon (Clutch/The Company Band). There are plenty more and I hope Vol. 2 will exist one day.
Sausage – Riddles Are Abound Tonight (1994, Interscope) Les Claypool decided on calling his side project Sausage, named after the Primus 1988 demo featuring that lineup. Sounds confusing and literally confusing because hearing it without seeing the cover you would think it’s another Primus album with a slight different sound on the guitar tone. Lesser known than most of Claypool’s other endeavors, Riddles has the same amount of funk and weirdness he is known for or even weirder. It’s another long out of print album that 90’s Interscope seems to be known for.
Christ inversion – Christ Inversion (2006, Housecore) New Orleans’ premier black metal band! Even though recorded in 1994 and originally titled, Obey The Will of Hell as a cassette demo. Christ Inversion released a second demo in 1995, 13th Century Luciferian Rites, but it never got the reissue glory. Fronted by Wayne Fabra who was mainly known for his unique drum skills in Graveyard Rodeo and Necrophagia. The lineup also featured Phil Anselmo and Kevin Bond on guitars, Tommy Buckley (Soilent Green) on drums, Jay Gracianette on bass and Big Ross on Keys. If you dig low fi black metal and samples of classic horror, this may be enjoyable.
Papsmear – Music To Kill By (2008, Metal War Productions) This is mainly a collection of the first 2 EPs, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1986) and Lunch with the PMRC (1987) plus live tracks from 2 different shows. Papsmear was a Las Vegas thrash band and not to be confused with the Jeff Hanneman fronted punk act of the same name. This was Tony Costanza’s time as a vocalist before leaving to play drums for Machine Head, Crisis and Crowbar. Papsmear had more of a gruff hardcore thrash sound. Papsmear still exists with almost a complete different lineup, with guitarist Eric Thompson as the only constant member.
Shrinebuilder – Shrinebuilder (2009, Neurot) Super doom group of guitarist, vocalist Wino (The Obsessed, Saint Vitus etc), bassist, vocalist Al Cisneros (Sleep), guitarist, vocalist Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and drummer Dale Crover (Melvins). This is an outlet to hear all the vocalists shine in the same band, if the Beatles injected steroids in their equipment. With only 5 tracks, and the shortest length being almost 6 minutes long, it equals out to almost 40 minutes total, showing the stereotypical side of doom taking forever to finish, not like we want it to or anything. I enjoyed this, but I prefer Wino in his other form and his acoustic solo work more.
Beyond Fear – Beyond Fear (2006, SPV) Tim “Ripper” Owens first band formed after his departure from Judas Priest and aside his time from Iced Earth. I prefer this creative piece over his solo, Play My Game (2009) album. Coming at you is my standout favorite on this record. I am wondering why only one release from them, why? But then again look at Owens’ busy schedule with Charred Walls of the Damned and the upcoming KK’s Priest debut album Sermons of the Sinner (2021, Explorer1). I was lucky to see him in Judas Priest in 2001, but I never was able to catch this one.
Jones’s Lounge – Jones’s Lounge (2002, self released) One of New Orleans’ best kept secrets by the not so secret Kyle Thomas. Formed shortly after the end of Floodgate creating similar style but unique in it’s own way but just as good though I say. Jones’s Lounge has a more down home rock feel that would have potential as sharing the stage with Down. It’s a hard to find release in any format. Maybe one day it will come back again for more to enjoy this. So do some internet digging to hear this, you will thank me later.
Pitts vs. Preps – Below and Beyond (2006, self released) Kyle Thomas was focusing on close to home bands and this being one that could have been successful on a major touring scale perhaps. It differs from the Exhorder and Floodgate but will not disappoint his followers by any means. It carries 80’s power and thrash riffs with his signature vocal hooks. The cd may be long gone, but I am grateful the digital format stayed relevant. Shortly after Kyle would join Alabama Thunderpussy for the release of Open Fire (2007, Relapse) before they disbanded. Of course we all know he went to rejoin both Trouble for The Distortion Field (2013) and Exhorder for Mourn the Southern Skies (2019, Nuclear Blast).