New stuff this week

A lot of good new stuff this week. It’s looking to be a good year so far, what’s nice about this week, is the Top 5 adds are almost pretty different, Callenish Circle with melodic death metal, Dark Funeral with black metal, hard/thrash/metalcore with the Bleeding Through and Sworn Enemy. Then you got the Eddie Ojeda with some old school sounding almost borderline power metal.

Callenish Circle
[Pitch.Black.Effects]
Metal Blade
43:27 – 10 Tracks
Nice to hear from these guys again, I made them the top “add” for the week. Great vocals, that pounding thrashing metal sound. Nice solid production, nice riffs, and as I like to use the word again, BRUTAL vocals. Seems to be Metal Blade’s version of the Scandanavian melodic death metal. Great band, kind of keeping the “In Flames” sound heavy.

Dark Funeral
Attera Totus Sanctus
Candlelight Records
42:56 – 8 Tracks
Another release from the masters of Satan, Dark Funeral. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from them. Heavy, brutal, well produced black metal. ’nuff said.

Bleeding Through
The Truth
Trustkill Records
43:13 – 12 Tracks
This band played on Ozzfest a couple years ago, toured a lot and helped shape the sound that’s like all the rage these days. Brutal drums, guitar, angry growls, then sometimes a slowdown and a nice melodic break, only to go right back to brutal! Good stuff

Sworn Enemy
The Beginning of the End
Abacus Records
49:11 – 99 Tracks (There’s really 11 tracks, but they split everything up into 20 second tracks to spoil mp3 ripping… here’s a clue, IT DOESN’T WORK, it just makes it a pain for your friendly DJ to cue up the right track!!)
But, I digress. Sworn Enemy doesn’t come to mess around. Good fast paced songs, no fucking around, just an all out aural assault. I can just see the circle pits spinning and thrashing right now. Good solid production, has a good thump and feel, and yup… brutal!

Eddie Ojeda
Axes 2 Axes
Black Lotus Records
Eddie as you may know was/is the guitarist from Twisted Sister. This is his first solo album and the opening track features the metal legend of Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Dee Snyder, Joe Lynn Turner, Rudy Sarzo and others contribute to this release. There’s a fun cover of “Eleanor Rigby” It’s pretty much a straight forward hard rock album. Being that it’s a guitarist’s solo album, there are some great shredding guitar moments and the all-star band does a fine job.

Breakdance
Mistaken Grave
The Curse Records
27:20 – 10 tracks
CD in the inbox, “local” metal from Iowa City. Starts off with some cookie monsterish growl. Production is pretty awful, sounds like I’m listening through a telephone. Maybe not that bad, but there isn’t much in the way of dynamic range or frequency range. The music has some promise, pretty good guitar solos and the songs are put together well. I’d like to see these guys live! Here’s their web site http://breakdance666.com/ Too bad it’s a tripod site, c’mon guys, you have a domain name, spend the usually less than $50 and get a real site going!

Short Fuse
Hate Brought To This Place Called Home
No Label – Unsigned (Promoted by Freekshow Promotions)
48:42 – 13 Tracks
For a band that isn’t signed yet, the best thing to do is get a good sounding CD produced, hire a promotion company to send it out to a bunch of press/radio stations and get their name out there. They kind of have a Chimaira sound to them with some mudvayne/slipknot thrown in. But it’s a bit more raw. They have a sampler/keyboard thing making some neat effects, but still maintain their heaviness. Just doing a skip-thru of the CD, a lot of the songs sound pretty similar.

Nocturnal Rites
Grand Illusion
Century Media
46:38 – 10 Tracks
Good ol solid melodic power hard rock metal! Nothing too thrashy here, but straight forward melodic metal from Sweden. They kind of have the hard rock anthem, almost sing along stuff going on. A lot of vocal processing, seems like there’s a bunch of keyboard, but they don’t have a keyboard player listed as a full time band member. As I read the bio sheet though, Jens Johansson from Stratovarius plays on the album, also guests from Naglfar, Hammerfall and Evergrey members. All in all, a solid prog-ish metal release from a veteran band of the genre.

Lullacry
Vol. 4
Century Media
Another veteran female fronted metal band. They made their life US debut at Metalfest a few years ago and put on a pretty good show. They aren’t really thrash or heavy metal, more like a hard-rock. Pretty decent release. I was hoping for something a little heavier, but what can you do?

Last week we were supposed to have the Wicked Wisdom sampler. As you might know, this is Jada Pinkett’s band that played Ozzfest in 2005. Their live show was pretty good actually. Her band is made up mostly of people from Fishbone and Body Count. This 2 song sampler is good and puncy, it’s kind of nu-metal sounding, but they’ll always be the band with Will Smith’s wife.

We got a huge package from Black Lotus Records (From Greece) last week. They sent about 10 releases, most of them are pretty good from various European bands encompassing different metal genres. I’ll put reviews up and play some on the air in the upcoming weeks/months.

So, yeah, a lot of good stuff this week. Listen to the ‘pit to hear it, if it sounds good from what I wrote, ca;ll and request it! Thanks…

Playlist for January 9, 2006

Playlist for January 9, 2006

Songs played on WORT’s Mosh Pit Monday, January 9th…

ARTIST — TRACK — ALBUM — LABEL — NEW — REQ
Sepultura — Roots Bloody Roots — Live In Sao Paulo — SPV — Y — N
Waterdown — Cut The Cord — All Riot — Victory — Y — N
Emerald Triangle — Code Red — Tales of the Rondo — Emerald Triangle — Y — N
Scarlet — Swarm Manifesto — This Was Always Meant To Fall Apart — Ferret — Y — N
Slipknot — The Blister Exists — 9.0 Live — Roadrunner — Y — N
Rumplestiltskin Grinder — Stealing E.T. — Buried In The Front Yard — Relapse — Y — N
System of a Down — Stealing Society — Hypnotize — American — Y — N
Through The Eyes Of The Dead — When Everything Becomes Nothing — Bloodlust — Prosthetic — Y — N
In Flames — Pinball Map — Clayman — Nuclear Blast — N — Y
Children of Bodom — In Your Face — Are You Dead Yet? — Spinefarm — Y — N
Ringworm — House of Hell — Justice Replaced By Revenge — Victory — Y — N
Demon Hunter — The Soldier’s Song — The Triptych — SolidState — Y — N
Blacklisted — Bruising Serenade — The Beat Goes On — Deathwish — Y — N
Horse The Band — A Million Exploding Suns — The Mechanical Hand — Combat — Y — N
Annihilator — Pride — Schizo Deluxe — Locomotive — Y — N
King Diamond — Abigail — Abigail — Roadrunner — N — Y
Testament — The Preacher — Live In London — Spitfire — Y — N
Exodus — I Am Abomination — Shovel Headed Kill Machine — Nuclear Blast — Y — N
Slayer — Crypts Of Eternity — Hell Awaits — Metal Blade — N — Y
Rotting Christ — Athanati Este — Sanctus Diavolos — Century Media — N — Y
Samael — Rain — Passage — Century Media — N — Y
Kovenant — Mirrors Paradise — Animatronic — Nuclear Blast — N — Y
Dimmu Borgir — Broderskapets Ring — Stormblast — Nuclear Blast — Y — N
Old Man’s Child — Lord Of Command — Vermin — Century Media — Y — N
Bullet For My Valentine — 4 Words (To Choke Upon) — Hand Of Blood — Trustkill — Y — Y
Demiricous — Vagrant Idol — One Sampler — Metal Blade — Y — N
Paths of Possession — The Butchers Bargain — Promises In Blood — Metal Blade — Y — Y
Napalm Death — Silence Is Deafening — The Code Is Red, Long Live The Code — Century Media — Y — Y
Divine Empire — Dungeon Mask — Method Of Execution — Crash — Y — N
Bolt Thrower — Granite Wall — Those Once Loyal — Metal Blade — Y — N
Cannibal Corpse — I Cum Blood — Tomb of the Mutilated — Metal Blade — N — Y
Deicide — In Hell I Burn — Legion — Roadrunner — N — Y
Neuraxis — Clarity — Trilateral Progression — Willowtip — Y — N
Dragonlord — The Curse of Woe — Black Wings of Destiny — Escapi — Y — N
God Dethroned — Sigma Enigma — The Lair of the White Worm — Metal Blade — Y — N
Kreator — Flag of Hate — Flag Of Hate — Noise — N — Y
Mercyful Fate — Evil — A Dangerous Meeting — Roadrunner — N — Y
Lamb of God — Hourglass — Killadelphia — Epic — Y — N

Top 20 for 01/09/2006

WORT-FM Loud Rock Top 20 for the Week of 1/9/06

Artist — Album — Label
1) Demon Hunter — The Triptych — SolidState
2) Bolt Thrower — Those Once Loyal — Metal Blade
3) Through The Eyes of the Dead — Bloodlust — Prosthetic
4) Children of Bodom — Are You Dead Yet? — Spinefarm
5) Testament — Live In London — Spitfire
6) Slipknot — 9.0 Live — Roadrunner
7) Sepultura — Live In Sao Paulo — SPV
8) Exodus — Shovel Headed Kill Machine — Nuclear Blast
9) Annihilator — Schizo Deluxe — Locomotive
10) Ringworm — Justice Replaced By Revenge — Victory
11) Rumplestiltskin Grinder — Buried In The Front Yard — Relapse
12) Neuraxis — Trilateral Progression — Willowtip
13) Blacklisted — …The Beat Goes One — Deathwish
14) Dragonlord — Black Wings of Destiny — Escapi —
15) Divine Empire — Method Of Execution — Crash
16) Demiricous — One Sampler — Metal Blade
17) System of a Down — Hypnotize — American
18) Horse The Band — The Mechanical Hand — Combat
19) Old Man’s Child — Vermin — Century Media
20) Emerald Triangle — Tales of the Rondo — Emerald Triangle

Top 5 Adds
1) Dimmu Borgir
2) Waterdown
3) Scarlet
4) Switched
5) Wicked Wisdom

New Stuff this week

Waterdown
All Riot
Victory Records
36:45 — 11 Tracks
Sounds kind of like the normal run of the Metal-core stuff that’s out these days. Good sounding screamy growls, melodic choruses, guitar melodies. I’m probably too old to like this, as it sounds “EMO” when it’s not being heavy. Good solid production.
You will hear this on the Mosh Pit this week and probably in the future.

Scarlet
This Was Always Meant To Fall Apart
Ferret Records
36:18 — 12 Tracks
CD starts off all whiney with just guitars, I’m hoping this is an intro! Whew… growls kick in right on track 2. Pretty aggressive metalcore sound with the barking vocals and sound double bass thrown in. And there we go with the whiney emo chorus. Pretty decent, sounds fairly similar to the Waterdown, then again, this sound is pretty overdone these days, so a LOT of bands sound like this.
You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit tonight, and possibly in the weeks to come.

New stuff from Wicked Wisdom and Switched were supposed to be here, but they’re probably in the mail.

Saving the best for last:

Dimmu Borgir
Stormblast
Nuclear Blast
47:24 — 10 Tracks (Promo sleeve)
Fully re-recorded version of Dimmu’s 2nd release. At the time, they didn’t have the dough for decent production, but it was still a great release. They decided to re-record with their current lineup and it sounds great! This is my favorite CD of the week, and so far, duh, the best of the year. Normally I’m not a fan of re-releases, but given the original recording of this and that I like Dimmu Borgir, this is a welcome release.
You will hear this on the Mosh Pit this week and definately in the weeks to come.

Matt's Favorites of 2005

I wasn’t as ambitious as Mike, so here are my
Overall Top Albums of 2005 (in no particular order)

Behemoth — Demigod
Soilwork — Stabbing The Drama
Strapping Young Lad — Alien
James Labrie — Element Of Persuasion
Porcupine Tree — Deadwing
System Of A Down — Mesmerize
Clutch — Robot Hive/Exodus
Devildriver — The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand
Dream Theater — Octovarium
Dew Scented — Issue Vi
Chimaira — Chimaira
Arch Enemy — Doomsday Machine
Between The Buried And Me — Alaska
God Forbid — Iv: Cot
Old Man’s Child — Vermin
Children Of Bodom — Are You Dead Yet
Nile — Annihilation Of The Wicked
Opeth — Ghost Reveries

Playlist for January 2, 2006

Here’s the Playlist for the show that was on January 2nd, 2006.
It was the 2005 Year In Review show!

ARTIST — TRACK — ALBUM — LABEL — NEW — REQ
Opeth — Ghost Of Perdition — Ghost Reveries — Roadrunner — Y — N
Soilwork — Stabbing The Drama — Stabbing The Drama — Nuclear Blast — Y — N
Chimaira — Nothing Remains — Chimaira — Roadrunner — Y — N
God Forbid — Chains of Humanity — IV: Constitution of Treason — Century Media — Y — N
Byzantine — Justica — …And They Will Take Up Serpents — Prosthetic — Y — N
Strapping Young Lad — Skeksis — Alien — Century Media — Y — N
Between The Buried and Me — Alaska — Alaska — Victory — Y — N
Devildriver — End of the Line — The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand — Roadrunner — Y — N
Arch Enemy — Nemesis — Doomsday Machine — Century Media — Y — N
Clutch — Burning Beard — Robot Hive / Exodus — DRT — Y — N
Porcupine Tree — Shallow — Deadwing — Lava — Y — N
Dream Theater — Panic Attack — Octavarium — Atlantic — Y — N
Nevermore — Born — This Godless Endeavor — Century Media — Y — N
Judas Priest — Judas Rising — Angel of Retribution — Atlantic — Y — N
System of a Down — Violent Pornography — Mezmerize — American — Y — N
Watch Them Die — Bastard Son — Bastard Son — Century Media — Y — N
Dew Scented — Turn To Ash — Issue VI — Nuclear Blast — Y — N
Still Remains — The Worse Is Yet To Come — Of Love And Lunacy — Roadrunner — Y — N
Throwdown — We Will Rise — Vendetta — Trustkill — Y — N
Soulfly — Arise Again — Dark Ages — Roadrunner — Y — N
Sentenced — May Today Become The Day — The Funeral Album — Century Media — Y — N
Dark Tranquillity — Through Smudged Lenses — Character — Century Media — Y — N
Old Mans Child — Enslaved And Condemned — Vermin — Century Media — Y — N
Behemoth — Conquer All — Demigod — Olympic — Y — N
Children of Bodom — If You Want Peace… Prepare For War — Are You Dead Yet? — Spinefarm — Y — N
Nile — Cast Down The Heretic — Annihilation of the Wicked — Relapse — Y — N
Cryptopsy — Carrionshine — Once Was Not — Century Media — Y — N
Bloodbath — Brave New Hell — Nightmares Made Flesh — Century Media — Y — N
Obituary — On The Floor — Frozen In Time — Roadrunner — Y — N
Six Feet Under — Rest In Pieces — 13 — Metal Blade — Y — N
Exodus — Raze — Shovel Headed Kill Machine — Nuclear Blast — Y — N
Testament — The New Order — Live In London — Spitfire — Y — N
Slipknot — The Blister Exists — 9.0 Live — Roadrunner — Y — N
William Shatner / Henry Rollins — I Can’t Get Behind That — Has Been — Shout! Factory — N — Y

Mike's 2005 Year In Review

Here are Mike’s (The Book’s) top lists of 2005….

Overall Top 10 (in no particular order)
Arch Enemy — Doomsday Machine
Soilwork — Stabbing The Drama
Dew Scented — Issue VI
Sentenced — Funeral Album
Byzantine — …And They Shall Take Up Serpents
System of a Down — Mezmerize/Hypnotize
Watch Them Die — Bastard Son
Dream Theater — Octavarium
Soulfly — Dark Ages
Exodus — Shovel Headed Kill Machine

Death and Black Metal List (in no particular order)
Summon — Fallen
Behemoth — Demigod
Dark Tranquillity — Character
Children of Bodom — Are We Dead Yet?
Opeth — Ghost Reveries
Old Man’s Child — Vermin
Cryptopsy — Once Was Not
Nile — Annihilation of the Wicked
Obituary — Frozen In Time
Bloodbath — Nightmares Made Flesh

Best Metalcore (in no particular order)
Between The Buried And Me — Alaska
Still Remains — Love And Lunacy
Agony Scene — Darkest Red
Madball — Legacy
Throwdown — Vendetta

Best Prog/Power Metal (in no particular order)
Kamelot — Black Halo
Nevermore — This Godless Endeavor
Brainstorm — Liquid Monster
Judas Priest — Angel of Retribution
Helloween — Keeper of the Seven Keys III

Best Live Performances
Devildriver
Strapping Young Lad
Clutch
Iron Maiden
Arch Enemy
Dream Theater
Opeth
Obituary
Children of Bodom
Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Worst Live Performances
Fear Before The March Of Flames (Sounds of the Underground)
It Dies Today (opened for Fear Factory)
Robert Fripp (opened for Porcupine Tree)

Honorable Mentions
Apocalyptica — Reflections
Porcupine Tree — Deadwing
Chimaira — Chimaira
God Forbid — IV: Constitution of Treason
Avenged Sevenfold — City of Evil
Candlemass — Candlemass

Top 20 for 01/02/2006

WORT-FM Loud Rock Top 20 for the Week of 1/2/06

Artist — Album — Label
1) Demon Hunter — The Triptych — SolidState
2) Exodus — Shovel Headed Kill Machine — Nuclear Blast
3) Through The Eyes of the Dead — Bloodlust — Prosthetic
4) Children of Bodom — Are You Dead Yet? — Spinefarm
5) Rumplestiltskin Grinder — Buried In The Front Yard — Relapse
6) Ringworm — Justice Replaced By Revenge — Victory
7) Testament — Live In London — Spitfire
8) Slipknot — 9.0 Live — Roadrunner
9) Annihilator — Schizo Deluxe — Locomotive
10) Bolt Thrower — Those Once Loyal — Metal Blade
11) Blacklisted — …The Beat Goes One — Deathwish
12) Neuraxis — Trilateral Progression — Willowtip
13) Killing Spree — Deception Betrayal Revenge — What’s My Cut?
14) Divide The Day — Pretty Girls With Ugly Boys — Pluto
15) Dragonlord — Black Wings of Destiny — Escapi
16) Paths of Possession — Promises In Blood — Metal Blade —
17) Anthrax — Alive 2 — Sanctuary
18) Sepultura — Live In Sao Paulo — SPV —
19) Old Man’s Child — Vermin — Century Media
20) Horse The Band — The Mechanical Hand — Combat

Top 5 Adds
1) Potters Field
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Playlist for December 26, 2005

Playlist for December 26, 2005

ARTIST — TRACK — ALBUM — LABEL — NEW — REQ
Slayer — In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida — Soundtrack To The Apocalypse — American — N — Y
Slayer — Spill The Blood — Soundtrack To The Apocalypse — American — N — Y
Anthrax — Indians — Alive 2 — Sanctuary — Y — N
Death Angel — Seemingly Endless Time — Act III — DGC — N — Y
Pantera — Heresy — Cowboys From Hell — Atco — N — Y
Prong — Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck — Cleansing — Epic — N — Y
Demon Hunter — Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck — The Triptych — SolidState — Y — N
Malice — Vigilante — License To Kill — Atlantic — N — Y
Green Jello — Three Little Pigs — Cereal Killer Soundtrack — Zoo — N — Y
Gwar — The Salamanizer — Scumdogs of the Universe — Metal Blade — N — Y
Megadeth — Hangar 18 — Rust In Peace — Capitol — N — Y
Flotsam and Jetsam — Secret Square — Cuatro — MCA — N — Y
Exhibition — The Sign of Tomorrow — The Sign of Tomorrow — SPV — N — Y
Brainstorm — Worlds Are Comin’ Through — Liquid Monster — Metal Blade — Y — N
Queensryche — Anarchy X — Operation Mindcrime — EMI — N — Y
Queensryche — Revolution Calling — Operation Mindcrime — EMI — N — Y
Rollins Band — Starve — Come In And Burn — Dreamworks — N — Y
Trans Siberian Orchestra — Beethoven — Beethoven’s Last Night — Lava — N — Y
S.O.D. — Speak English Or Die — Live At Budokan — Megaforce — N — Y
Nevermore — This Godless Endeavor — This Godless Endeavor — Century Media — Y — Y
Exodus — Toxic Waltz — Fabulous Disaster — Combat — N — Y
Kataklysm — Garden of Dreams — Sorcery — Nuclear Blast — N — Y
Behemoth — Inflamed With Rage — Thelema 6 — Century Media — N — Y
Dark Funeral — Angel Flesh Impaled — Attera Totus Sanctus — Candlelight — Y — N
Napalm Death — Diplomatic Immunity — The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code — Century Media — Y — N
Opeth — Blackwater Park — Blackwater Park — Koch — N — Y
At The Gates — World of Lies — Slaughter of the Soul — Earache — N — Y
Lamb of God — Laid To Rest — Killadelphia — Epic — Y — N
Hatebreed — A Call For Blood — Perseverence — Universal — N — Y
Sepultura — Biotech Is Godzilla — Under A Pale Grey Sky — Roadrunner — N — Y
Sepultura — Inner Self — Under A Pale Grey Sky — Roadrunner — N — Y
Into Eternity — Splintered Visions — Buried In Oblivion — Century Media — N — Y
System of a Down — Revenga — Mezmerize — American — Y — N
Kreator — Betrayer — Past Life Trauma — Noise — N — Y

Playlist for December 19, 2005

WORT-FM Mosh Pit Playlist for December 19, 2005

ARTIST — TRACK — ALBUM — LABEL — NEW — REQ
Slipknot — Pulse of the Maggots — 9.0 Live — Roadrunner — Y — N
Otep — Battle Ready — Sevas Tra — Capitol — N — Y
Faithbomb — God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman — A Brutal Christmas — Sounds of the Dead — Y — N
Eversinceeve — Oh Holy Night — A Brutal Christmas — Sounds of the Dead — Y — N
Dream Theater — Metropolis Part 1 — Images and Words — Atco — N — Y
Fates Warning — Kyrie Eleison — The Spectre Within — Metal Blade — N — Y
Sanctuary — Battle Angels — Refuge Denied — Epic — N — Y
King Diamond — No Presents For Christmas — A Dangerous Meeting — Roadracer — N — Y
Spinal Tap — Christmas With The Devil — Break Like The Wind — MCA — N — Y
Anthrax — Room For One More — Sound of White Noise — Elektra — N — Y
Potter’s Field — Influence — Potter’s Field — Local — Y — N
Potter’s Field — Locust — Potter’s Field — Local — Y — N
Potter’s Field — They Should Have Killed You — Potter’s Field — Local — Y — N
Slayer — Hell Awaits — Hell Awaits — Metal Blade — N — Y
Sepultura — Refuse Resist — Chaos AD — Roadrunner — N — Y
Carcass — Black Star — Swansong — Earache — N — Y
Trans-Siberian Orchestra — Wizards In Winter — The Lost Christmas Eve — Lava — Y — N
Mr. Garrison — Merry F**king Christmas — South Park Christmas — American — N — Y
Arch Enemy — Ravenous — Wages Of Sin — Century Media — N — Y
Iced Earth — Violate — The Dark Saga — Century Media — N — Y
Coroner — Semtex Revolution — Mental Vortex — Noise — N — Y
Type O Negative — Christian Woman — Bloody Kisses — Roadrunner — N — Y
In Flames — Embody The Invisible — Colony — Nuclear Blast — N — Y
Mirror Black — Blinded — Blinded EP — LOCAL — N — Y
Savatage — The Dungeons Are Calling — The Dungeons Are Calling — Combat — N — Y
Grip Inc. — Heretic War Chant — Power of Inner Strength — Metal Blade — N — Y
Machine Head — A Thousand Lies — Burn My Eyes — Roadrunner — N — Y
Deicide — Once Upon The Cross — Once Upon The Cross — Roadrunner — N — Y
Exhumed — The Matter of Splatter — Anatomy Is Destiny — Relapse — N — Y
Obituary — Chopped In Half — Anthology — Roadrunner — N — Y
Morbid Angel — Chapel of Gouls — Altars of Madness — Earache — N — Y
Six Feet Under — The Enemy Inside — Haunted — Metal Blade — N — Y
Stuck Mojo — Throw The Switch — Rising — Century Media — N — Y
Testament — Into The Pit — Live In London — Spitfire — Y — N