Greyhawk – Ride Out Album Discussion

Our neighbors from the south have produced yet another traditional heavy metal band! Greyhawk Ride Out review is here and kicking it 80’s style. Another release from last year that we are going over here but that doesn’t mean anything. My favorite saying, there is no such thing as old music just music you’ve never heard before. Yeah, if you are a continuous listener of the podcast I am sure you’ve heard that saying before and it won’t be the last time.

Greyhawk Ride Out Review

greyhawk ride out review

This review comes on the heels of our Apprentice album discussion which both come before their show here in Kelowna.

Hailing from Seattle these traditional metallers really wear their influences on their sleeves. Judas Priest, Dio, Manowar, there are so many influences heard here that it is hard not to enjoy this EP. For me it is Rev Taylor’s vocals that really stand out. His range is fantastic and should translate very well on the stage during the live experience.

The title track with its screaming solo, catchy chorus, fun melodic interlude and great outro all add up to a killer track. The skill level is high with these dudes. They do have a little bit of experience behind them to help reach this level with the bass player Darin Wall bringing lots of known experience with him to the band.

I’m really looking forward to seeing these guys shred on stage. I’m not deep into traditional heavy metal but I do highly enjoy and appreciate it. There is one thing I know about the genre is the bands that are nested in it always put on a great show.

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Now you’ve watched our Greyhawk Ride Out review video and read the little bit I added here. Maybe checked out some of their links. It’s time to listen to the EP below and throw them a few bucks in support!

Apprentice – The Strength of Mortality Album Discussion

Apprentice Review

Welcome to our Apprentice review of their album The Strength of Mortality. As I sit here with a cup of black coffee while listening to this album again for the first time since our recording I can truly say this is a real treat of an album. It has that raw energy and atmosphere of a new band. With that tho is so many styles and techniques that they sound like a well established band who are demoing out some new material.

The search for the familiarity continues. I still can’t quite place the vocal styles on whatever other band it was that Eric reminds me of. Either way the transitions from melodic to intense moments is great. The continuous melodies throughout the songs with the change in octave or smooth transition to a new melody is great and well enjoyed by myself and Richard. I’d also like to add that I enjoy listening to the more thrashier parts as the riff is continued but with a guitar melody over top. Top notch stuff with such potential of killer material in the future.

Apprentice review

The artwork is fantastic too. It was done by Everardo Sanchez which from a quick DuckDuckGo search I couldn’t find much about. If anyone out there knows more about his artwork could they drop me a line? It would be nice to see more by him.

This is their first full length album and third release listed on Metal Archives. The first two being a live EP and a studio EP both with the same songs (one extra on the studio EP). Both of which appear on the full length album as Order 66 and Desecrated Miranda.

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Apprentice is coming to Kelowna this weekend (September 14) and that would be a great time, for those readers and listeners from the Okanagan, to come out and show some support. Buy some merchandise and allow these boys the opportunity to tour more and write/record more material.

If you can’t come out you can show some love to the band by purchasing their album and EP on their Bandcamp page.

Illyrian – The Entity, Unknown Album Discussion

This album slaps hard. It was a huge surprise for me to listen to this. I wasn’t sure what to expect leading into this as thrash metal isn’t my go to genre at all. Having said that when I do listen to the genre I always find myself having so much fun and really getting into the album or band that I am listening to. Illyrian is no different. It reminds me of the new West of Hell album (we even had Chris the Heathen on the podcast back in April) which is a fantastic ripper or the new Invicta album Halls of Extinction which is also a fantastic thrashy metal album.

illyrian the entity unknown

I’d really like to mention here just how awesome to solos are. Some are scaling shred-fests and some are slower and more melodic. Either way they are extremely impressive! It’s amazing that a band can only be on their second release and put out such a strong effort. Stand out solos for me include the closing title track The Entity, Unknown. It’s one of my favorite things to have the closing track of an album have a stand out moment. Be it the catchiest song, a ripping solo that pushes the skill level of the band or a unique song/track to close it out. Well, unless it’s one of those 10 minute droning tracks or a black metal ambient track. No thanks. I’ve even made some in the past and nowadays wouldn’t dream of it again if I were to go ahead and make more music.

Podcast Episode 24: Are We Not Your Kind?

We are now offering the podcast in both audio and video format. Audio podcast for those who listen while on the go and the video for those who want to watch us.

Illyrian album review! Not only did Illyrian recently release a new album but they are making their way to Kelowna on September 19th. So with that the team at Metal as Medicine has gone through and listened to their new album The Entity, Unknown and we lay down our opinions and thoughts on this thrashy death metal album!

Along with Illyrian we also cover the new Slipknot album and dive deep into discussing their entire discography and the band in general.

This also marked our first episode where we were testing the live stream! Yes, we will be live streaming our podcasts, producing them and releasing YouTube videos as often as we can. We have become a full-blown YouTube channel.

Illyrian album review

illyrian album review

This album slaps hard. It was a huge surprise for me to listen to this. I wasn’t sure what to expect leading into this as thrash metal isn’t my go to genre at all. Having said that when I do listen to the genre I always find myself having so much fun and really getting into the album or band that I am listening to. Illyrian is no different. It reminds me of the new West of Hell album (we even had Chris the Heathen on the podcast back in April) which is a fantastic ripper or the new Invicta album Halls of Extinction which is also a fantastic thrashy metal album.

I’d really like to mention here just how awesome to solos are. Some are scaling shred-fests and some are slower and more melodic. Either way they are extremely impressive! It’s amazing that a band can only be on their second release and put out such a strong effort. Stand out solos for me include the closing title track The Entity, Unknown. It’s one of my favorite things to have the closing track of an album have a stand out moment. Be it the catchiest song, a ripping solo that pushes the skill level of the band or a unique song/track to close it out. Well, unless it’s one of those 10 minute droning tracks or a black metal ambient track. No thanks. I’ve even made some in the past and nowadays wouldn’t dream of it again if I were to go ahead and make more music.

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We are not your kind

Slipknot, slipknot, slipknot. Of course the band that is pretty much a 50/50 split on whether or not they are actually metal. While listening to their discography over again I even held an Instagram Story poll last week and the results were almost split. Actually I think it ended up being one vote for YES. So there you have it. Metal as Medicine declares Slipknot a metal band. Well if we really want to split hairs and dive into the details they have only a handful of actual metal songs and are more hard rock or nu-metal (which is it really even a genre?).

So how is the album? I found it quite enjoyable and one of their better albums since Vol 3. Iowa is still my favorite album and what I believe to be their pinnacle moment. That album is just so raw and angry. There are a lot of great tracks and the lyrics and production just rip the listener a new one. Let’s not forget that this is a band so hyped up in North America that they really need to deliver on every aspect. Have you seen their live show? In person I have not but from what I have heard and seen in footage looks like a stellar show and pretty much exactly where they need to be experienced. Live.

Tortilla Man, who is he?

Slipknot has been in the news a lot lately. From the firing of a Chris Fehn, to Corey Taylor constantly being mentioned to WHO THE HELL IS TORTILLA MAN and why is he wearing an actual tortilla on his face?! Reddit will figure it all out. Those redditors always do.

Here is the video of the grandma at the Slipknot concert.

Stratovarius’ horrible video

So we go all over the place in this episode and discuss so many different genres and bands. Here is that horrible music video by Stratovarius:

Hammerfall did team up with the Women’s curling team to make a video for Hearts on Fire. It definitely wasn’t a few years ago. It was quite awhile.

Upcoming shows in Kelowna

September 6th: Seax, Hyperia, Lunattack, Warsenal, Eden Echo at Muninn’s Post.
September 14th: Apprentice, Greyhawk at Muninn’s Post
September 19th: Illyrian, Svneatr, Pharm at Muninn’s Post
September 21st: Empress, Friolento, Heavy Trip, High Horse at Muninn’s Post
September 22nd: Conjurer, The Hallowed Catharsis, Indecipherable Noise at Muninn’s Post
September 26th: Ugly, Plead and The Unending at Muninn’s Post
October 2nd: Vultures, BL00M, Phsycherelics at Muninn’s Post
November 2nd: Atavistia, Solborn, Nomad and Kronikill at Muninn’s Post
November 15th: Alestorm, Aephanemer, Nomad, Traceless Dimensions at Rutland Centennial Hall

Bands mentioned on this episode:

Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, ArkenFire, The Hallowed Catharsis, Truent, Liberatia, Technical Damage, No Faith In Fortune, Iron Maiden, Korn, Creed, Alter Bridge, Fear Factory, Motorhead, Morbid Angel, Circle of Dust, Dawn of Ashes, Zeromancer, Combichrist, KMFDM, Front Line Assembly, Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, Soilwork, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh, Dimmu Borgir, Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards, Iced Earth, Stratovarius, Hammerfall, Sabaton, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Megadeth, Twelve Foot Ninja, Ninjaspy, No Remorse, Korpiklaani, Amon Amarth, At the Gates, Revocation, Children of Bodom, Trivium, TOOL, Sonata Arctica, Betraying the Martyrs, Lost Horizon, Blood Red Throne, Arctos, Tales of the Tomb, Crystal Eyes, Into Eternity, Order of Chaos, Ashes of Ares,

Album Discussion: Detherous and Blackwater Burial

In our first ever video podcast Richard and Erik discuss their thoughts on two new and extremely hot albums by Detherous and Blackwater Burial. This was a test run we did for future video content we have planned. It turned out so well that we decided it would be best to share it with the community!

Detherous and Blackwater Burial

Detherous and Blackwater Burial, both albums are brutal in their own ways. One is influenced straight up from old school death and thrash metal the other rips and tears your face off with tech death with a sprinkle of melodic death here and there. Which one do you like and why? Let us know!

Detherous – Hacked to Death

detherous review

Detherous was on the podcast earlier this year when they toured through Kelowna in support of this album which was finally released! The tour may have been well ahead of release but they put on such a great show and their music so memorable that the album’s release wasn’t left forgotten. In fact highly anticipated by a number of fans here in British Columbia and I am sure even more out in Alberta and further beyond.

This album truly rips. By carrying their 80’s influences on their sleeves Hacked to Death sounds like a freshing take on death metal as bands nowadays attempt to have high quality releases. The rawness gives off a fantastic live atmosphere on the album and whether they recorded it on the floor as a band or tracked doesn’t matter. They pulled this off so well! This will be on my playlist for a long time to come and the band will definitely be one to follow for years to come.

Support Detherous

The above video is their title track song live at Muninn’s Post. This was taken back when they played with Plaguebringer. Below you can listen to the album and support the band by purchasing the digital version! This may not get you a physical copy of the album but the band gets supported and that is most important!

Blackwater Burial – The Prison of Belief

You ever get that feeling that current belief systems are a prison and we should be allowed to freely think how we will? The title of Blackwater Burial’s debut album sure has us feeling that way.

This sucker slaps beyond belief. Each song attempts and succeeds to rip your face right off your skull. Whether the riffs be technical sweeping or grinding tremolo melodeath-ish this group of guys bring it hard. The clean intros of Existential Crisis and Cerebral Peptides are breaths of fresh air as the fuzzed distorted guitars drag you back into this tech death ripper.

Honestly there is so much to love about this album. When Eli’s vocals kick in and I’m attempting to listen to what the lyrical content is I always get distracted by the catchy tech riffs and intense drumming. Also I haven’t been able to find lyrics online so I still haven’t had a chance to understand exactly the concepts being conveyed but I’ll get there. There is just so much interesting work going on here that it’s hard to stay focused on a single element as it is to enjoy the songs and album as a whole.

Serious shout out to the instrumental end to Existential Crisis and solo on 2 0’s. Both parts are as equally fantastic as they are different.

Support Blackwater Burial

Blackwater Burial has not played in Kelowna since Metal as Medicine began operations so we unfortunately do not have any live footage to share. That will soon change as they are playing Okanagan Disintegration 2019 on October 11th at Muninn’s Post. We recommend you to purchase tickets ahead of time and come see them play. What we have seen looks fantastic and it’s going to be a helluva show!

Other bands mentioned

Fleshgod Apocalypse, Slayer, Death, Sodom, Opeth