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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
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.
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,