John DeGroff -“SALT”

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Aug 232018
 

Greg Hough, one of the founding members of Petra tells the story of how, when he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour, God’s message of “You will play for Me” came to him. John DeGroff (also a founding member) completes the story as he tells of meeting both Greg, and Bill Glover (another founding member of Petra) at Christian Training Centre in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1972. It is towards the end of that year that they got onto stage in church to play together, ministering through the medium of what is now Christian rock music.

Produced by John DeGroff, “SALT” follows on from “…demos and other moments…” released in
2015. “SALT” gives the impression of ease, or better, effortlessness. There is a playfulness in the descending arpeggios that open “Runnin’” that sets the tone of the album for me. John is a fan of progressive rock and jazz music, and having recently revisited Kansas’ “Point of Know Return” album myself, I’m loving John’s musical direction. I enjoyed how the bass guitar and organ synchronised with one another on this first track, complemented by John Schlitt (Head East, Petra – 1986 to 2005) on vocals.

I’m intrigued by John’s harmonic playing on “Sneeze”, where bass notes ring together much like they would when you strum a guitar. On this track you’ll also hear perfectly executed tempo changes; proof of a great band locked into the groove. “Dave’s Living Room” showcases the band’s lightness of touch, and is addictive like cotton candy.

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Jul 122018
 

Out of the ashes of Crimson Thorn come Taking the Head of Goliath who have released the debut studio album …a monstrously heavy slab of death metal and follow up to their debut live album.

The Minnesota band Taking the Head of Goliath traces their roots all the way back to 2015 and basically is the story of a collection of bands breaking up and members of those bands getting together and looking for bass player, which brought in Luke Renno from Crimson Thorn.  The band quickly gained attention, playing their first show on the For Today farewell tour, which also featured Norma Jean.  The band’s debut show was also released as an ep earlier on Noisetrade and their self-titled ep  is their debut after signing to Rottweiler Records.  On the self-titled ep, Matthew Mark Vangsgard laid the drum tracks but he has since left the band and been replaced by Steve Reishus (ex-Crimson Thorn). For those who can’t easily decipher the lyrics, the band is looking to spread a message of hope, redemption, strength, and courage through Jesus Christ.

Haunting, eerie music builds in the intro track “Of Sin and Death” and then the pounding rhythm of “Oblivious into Oblivion” kicks in with a great guitar fill at the beginning before settling into a double bass driven section supporting a mixture of death growls and shrieks.  Guttural vocals rule the day here and the band comes through with punishingly heavy riffs to keep the song moving.  For my ears, the closest comparison here would be bands like Broken Flesh and Cannibal Corpse. Continue reading »

Jun 282018
 

India Based Metal Band R.A.I.D have teamed up with The Metal Resource to bring you the exclusive premiere of the new video for ‘Haymaker’ The song appears on their upcoming debut album “The Strong Survive”, which will be released on July 13th via Rottweiler Records. The video can be watched below.

Frontman Rueban Issac states:

“We’re pumped for the upcoming debut CD release on Rottweiler Records. The label has been incredibly supportive and it’s a dream come true to be part of The Pack, with some of the most talented bands in metal music represented in the roster.”

“ This record has been an amazing journey for all of us involved and to see it come to fruition and released is something we eagerly await. The music video for ‘Haymaker’ is a sneak peek into our music, beliefs and message, while reminding viewers of the old-school ethics of thrash and hardcore metal.” Continue reading »

Jun 122018
 

Brutal death metal band Taking The Head Of Goliath have teamed up with The Metal Resource to bring you the exclusive premiere of the new lyric video for ‘Audacity To Inspire.’ The song appears on their upcoming self-titled album, which will be released on July 6th via Rottweiler Records. The video can be watched below.

Frontman Jake Martin says: “We’re very excited to finally be counting down the days for our debut CD release on Rottweiler Records. The label has been so awesome to us. We were signed in the bands infancy so we appreciate everyone’s patience for this release as well as Rottweiler seeing something in us and signing us unprecedentedly early. There’s so much talent with hearts for Christ on this label, we couldn’t be more blessed to be part of The Pack. We were also able to work with some incredible talent on this record. Dave Requisite from Death Requisite and Requisite Resonance composed our intro and outro scores on the record and the one and only Par Olofsson did our epic album art. The opportunity to work with these men was a dream come true. Par‘s two pieces for us perfectly captured our band name and style of music before one even hears the first note. This lyric video for ‘Audacity To Inspire’ communicates the mission of this band and our call as men of God and also features Par‘s artwork. Continue reading »

Jun 032018
 

Legendary Petra bassist (and founding member) John DeGroff (Who would definitely hate being called legendary) featuring iconic, Grammy award winning Petra vocalist John W Schlitt on vocals.

This is DEFINITELY old school prog rock in the vein of King Crimson, Yes, Kansas, and early Genesis. A VERY eclectic collection of compositions.

Not metal, but definitely cool. Nice to shake it up once in a while, right? Continue reading »