Bride – “Snake Eyes”

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Sep 262018
 

Fans of Bride have held out for a true return to form for some years now, as “Snakes in the Playground” is often touted as this hard rock outfit’s most potent album. Released on 21 August 2018, “Snake Eyes” does not disappoint. I picked out a fragment of “Psychedelic Super Jesus” in “Intro”, which plays like fractured memories – snippets of song fading in left, then right before an almighty yawp from frontman, Dale Thompson kicks off “Fake News”. It’s a bold track that oozes attitude.

I love the energy in “Famous When I’m Dead” – it is not short of cowbell, and races by quickly. Around the middle, Troy Thompson delivers a tasty solo while Dale stretches his vocals in an elongated growl. I heard it said that the drums in this recording sound muffled, but listen to “John The Baptist” – especially how the toms ring in your ears – and I think you’ll agree that the clarity is there. “Think I’ll Build a Bomb” is a rock n roller, the riffing supplying just the right amount of sleaze. It’s a provocative title that comments on how pervasive violence is these days. That breakdown sounds downright ominous – I’m unsure of the production technique used, but the treatment on the vocals and/or the harmony leaves you feeling like a deranged individual is sharing a terrible secret with you. Shivers.

I wonder what I would discover if I had to play “The Real Jesus”, followed by “Psychedelic Super Jesus” off “Snakes in the Playground”? What differing perspectives do these two songs present regarding Jesus Christ? The reason I’m thinking along these lines is because you may have heard the recurring “Jesus Christ is knocking on the door of your heart today…” at the start of both albums. It may point to a link. Continue reading »

Jul 302018
 

A new Harry Potter book, the next Star Wars movie, or even one’s first kiss from that someone special can evoke epic proportions of anticipation. But NONE of those compare to how much Bride fans have anticipated a full-on, legitimate, straight out, unadulterated, no-holds-barred return to the Snakes in the Playground (1992) era Bride sound. Let’s be clear that Bride is without dispute THE most prolific Christian metal band ever. Bride has no less than 24 full length releases under their belts, and every single one drips with passion, relevance, and musical perfection. No one has done it better for longer without quitting. No one.

Long-time label partners, Retroactive Records are thrilled to unveil the epic return that fans have longed for and anticipated for 26 years – a new album that fully embraces the iconic Snakes…. era with massive hooks, relentless metal riffs, over-the-top vocals, and cutting edge lyrics. Welcome to the Jungle….with Snake Eyes (2018) the new Bride release that spews venom, and has all the bite fans can take. Continue reading »

Jun 212018
 

Eraserhead is the brainchild of Jimmy P Brown II (Deliverance, Fearful Symmetry, Jupiter VI) together with former Deliverance band mates Jon Knox and Manny Morales. Their debut album will be released Sept. 18th on cd and vinyl via Retroactive Records. Listen to the second single ‘The Swell Lot of Thieves’ in the clip below.

About the album: For years Deliverance icon and creative mastermind has tried to balance speaking to fans of the thrash metal years, and fans of the Deliverance “creative years”. With Jimmy P. Brown II’s Eraserhead Jimmy is making a name change for the Deliverance sound that is full on heavy, metal, progressive, dark, and ultra creative (but not thrash or speed metal!). Featuring Manny Morales on bass, and Jon Knox (Adam Again, White Heart, Great White) on drums – this is the same trio responsible for the epic Deliverance releases titled “Learn” and “River Disturbance” which both feature Jimmy Brown as a master axeman on rhythm and lead guitars. As accomplished as Jimmy P. Brown II has been with mind-rattling epic metal releases like “Stay of Execution,” “Learn,” & “River….” With Eraserhead the bar has been set infinitely higher. Continue reading »

Jun 132018
 

Perpetual Paranoia is a new band, a collaboration between Dale Thompson (BrideThe World Will Burn), Tiago James de Souza (Hand of Fire) – The album  will be released via Retroactive Records in early August. Check out the lyric video for ‘Whatever It Takes’ below.

Pre-Order the CD now and receive a FREE 5×5 sticker of that artwork! This is the heaviest music Dale has ever done, and Tiago is a guitar maestro of epic proportions. This CD is heavy, engaging, and brilliant METAL!

The name Perpetual Paranoia lends itself to the thought of ongoing fear. It has an implication of something never-ending, yet something to be cautious of, maybe even to avoid. Perhaps, it is something to run from. However, the name Perpetual Paranoia belongs to a musical entity that is the brainchild of two very distinct and unique talents in the metal world. Most definitely not something to run from, but something to take heed of! Continue reading »

Apr 292018
 

BIG NEWS in the Retroactive Records and Boon’es Overstock camp!

In the world of metal, Jimmy P. Brown II holds a legendary, esteemed position as the frontman and leader of the epic, artistic thrash band, Deliverance! Having always tried to appease the Deliverance fans of the early years (crunchy thrash) and the later albums (the artistic/progressive years) Jimmy always felt torn between the two fan bases. With Jimmy P. Brown II ‘s “Eraserhead” album the members of Deliverance who created such masterpieces as River Disturbance, Learn, and Camelot in Smithereens come together again in full force and better than ever! Melody, progression, and lyrics with depth and vitality Jimmy P. Brown has released an epic masterpiece that is the pinnacle of his long and heralded metal legacy. The album will release on Retroactive Records on both CD and Vinyl in the fall of 2018. Continue reading »