Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Uncle G Reviews...Greg Lake_Geoff Downes - Ride The Tiger

Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)
10 Feb 2016
ClassicRockRadio.co.uk NEW Music Review
Greg Lake & Geoff Downes - Ride The Tiger (2015 Manticore Records)



By Gary "Uncle G" Brown
American Correspondent for ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
Twitter @GBrown0816

Greg Lake and Geoff Downes 'Ride The Tiger', is a project I heard about for some time now. Was teased a bit back in 2010 when Greg Lake released an archival recording called; Greg Lake - From The Underground Vol. 2. The release contained three original songs the guys recorded a couple decades ago from the Ride The Tiger sessions (1989 / 1990) which to my knowledge, was never officially released up to that point. Word did get around the project. 
The Prog-Heads were indeed interested. The recordings were much sought after in collector circles.  

People who listen to 24/7 Internet classic rock stations like the one I write for, have the pleasure of hearing Greg Lake's vocals everyday. If not a song from King Crimson's famous debut album, or from Greg's own solo albums, than my money's on it being a ELP hit. Maybe a deep cut from the Emerson, Lake, & Palmer catalog? One I dig is called; Trilogy. Or how about one of their greatest hits; Lucky Man? Whatever it is, I'm sure whoever is within earshot, will be entertained.  

Geoff Downes (piano / keyboards) came to fame with what was to become the first music video ever played on cable tv's, MTV. The song; Video Killed The Radio Star. Was Geoff and Trevor Horn in a band they called; The Buggles. From there the two musicians joined prog-rock's Yes. After that, Geoff and legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe, moved onward to a modern prog-rock band still going strong today called, Asia. And that is where Geoff got to know co-founder of King Crimson / Emerson, Lake, & Palmer; Greg Lake. Was a period of time when John Wetton wasn't in the group. The vocal, bass, frontman job mostly filled by John Payne over the years, but before him, it was shortly filled by Greg Lake. In my opinion, a very interesting period of time in Asia's timeline. The MTV concert from Japan with that four man line-up, really smoked. Because of that happening, years later Greg and Geoff had a reunion of sorts, and this is how we got the 'Ride The Tiger' songs. With this Manticore Records release, six song in total. And not a one called 'Ride The Tiger', by the way. Opening track, title number. Would have worked. Cool name for a song. Things never got that far I imagine.

The Greg Lake and Geoff Downes project, for whatever reason, just didn't work out. I for one personally wish it would have. Based on the material released on this CD I was sent, the proof is scattered all over. As a three piece with Michael Giles, in my mind this would have worked. My mind's eye could see a tour. The setlist to include not only original material, but songs from King Crimson, ELP, and Yes as well. The Japan crowds, especially would have ate that up. Big prog-rock fans in the land of the rising sun. The 'Ride The Tiger' tunes, more adult contemporary with progressive roots. That would have been be the market I targeted that at.

Uncle G Reviews … Greg Lake & Geoff Downes - Ride The Tiger

I luv the opener called; Money Talks. Rocks more than what was to be officially released as an Emerson, Lake, & Palmer song on their 1992 studio called, Black Moon. The song was retitled (Paper Blood) and given the ELP treatment. I dig both versions. When comparing, the Greg Lake & Geoff Downes version does rock more, and is tighter coming in a minute shorter. We're talking possible hit single. Could have carried the band / album. Should have gotten radio play (back when people listened to AM / FM radio stations). Additional differences when compared to the ELP version, is the sound of an electric guitar, and lyrics wise, we have a different chorus. Worth the price of the album / cd / download all by itself.

The second song is called; Love Under Fire. Was included on Asia's forth studio album; Aqua (1992). The singer at the time, John Payne, doing the song justice. Nice to hear Greg Lake's take. A strong rock ballad. Beautiful lyrics / instrumentation. An alternate mix version, closes out this CD. I tend to regard it as a bonus track.

Track three is another song that appeared on Emerson, Lake, & Palmer's Black Moon album called, Affairs Of The Heart. Another well done slow rocker. Still, I believe the Greg Lake & Geoff Downes version to be better than what's found on ELP's eighth studio album. For some unknown reason on the ELP version, a chorus line found in the Lake & Downes Ride The Tiger project is missing. Leaving that out made a difference.

Street War: This kicks ass! The mellow songs are cool, but it's the rock in rock n' roll that I like best. Street War is unusual, and in a good way. Has a hard rock edge. Sounds very sci-fi. Geoff Downes shines, as do Mister Giles, and Mister Lake. Totally unknown to me before I opened the Greg Lake & Geoff Downes 'Ride The Tiger' CD. CrazyAss rocker! I recommend the volume turned up on this instant classic.

The last two songs tend to be the weakest of the material presented. The song Check It Out, appeared first on Greg Lake's solo archival release; Greg Lake - From The Underground Vol. II. Even with not being that strong a song, it still showcases Greg's vocals nicely. Has a 1980's / 1990's sound to it. The song Blue Light comes next. Geoff Downes saves it with some cool keyboard work right at the end of the tune.

Uncle G Rates … Greg Lake & Geoff Downes - Ride The Tiger

Using the one to five star rating system, whereas one star means you can skip it, to five stars meaning it's a must buy, I'd rate Greg Lake & Geoff Downes - Ride The Tiger … 5 stars! It's archival. I'm more harsh on new material. Released for long time fans like myself who simply can't be any happier that the Ride The Tiger songs were finally, properly all released. Should make the fans of the musicians involved, as well as ELP, Asia, King Crimson collectors VERY happy. Does me! 


Note, a wise business decision to officially release. THANKS Manticore Records. U ROCK! 

Useful Website Links

Greg Lake Official Website: www.greglake.com 

Geoff Downes Official Website: www.geoffdownes.com

Michael Giles Official Website: www.michaelgiles.com 

Bonus Video - As Found On YouTube - Emerson, Lake, & Palmer - Paper Blood 



Monday, 1 February 2016

Uncle G's FUN Movie Reviews_B C Butcher

Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)
01 Feb 2016
Uncle G's FUN Movie Reviews
Spotlight: B C Butcher (2016 Troma Entertainment)

By Gary "Uncle G" Brown
American Correspondent for ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
Twitter @GBrown0816


                                    B C Butcher Movie Poster 

Those who read any of my previous FUN motion picture reviews, already know that I luv independent Horror and Science-Fiction B films. Besides that, I'm a fan of comedy, and anything that might stimulate my mind some; anthology shows, documentaries, stand up comedy, music concerts, etc..Now say it's a new movie and I find out it comes compliments of Troma Entertainment. Is now just a matter of time before I view it.

I got turned onto independent film studio Troma Entertainment, whose been is business for 42 years now, sometime in the early 1980's. I am thinking it was cable television, on how I saw my first Troma movie. Back then, I lived in New Jersey. If not cable TV, it could have been via Beta / VHS? I was a married young adult back when Troma released a film that helped carry the franchise to where it is today; The Toxic Avenger (1984). All I'm certain of is I was hooked when I saw that. Been a loyal Troma viewer ever since. Does it make my opinion, bias if reviewing a new Troma film? Not really. One thing about myself is, I'm a truthful individual. Besides, why would I waste time concentrating on negative thoughts, thus writing a bad review, when I can amuse myself much more commenting about things that are I LIKE? 


As a youngin' back in the 1960's, and early 1970's, I grew up living in New Jersey, watching television that originated from, New York City. Every one of the six channels our house received, originated from, The Big Apple. That is when late at night, on the weekends, I watched Creature Feature, and Chiller Theater. Witnessed such things as the wrath of a 50 foot woman. I watched 'The Blob', staring Steve McQueen at least a dozen times. Main reason because it kept getting repeated. Worthy of repeat views. A classic independent 1958 B Horror / science fiction film.

Then came cable television. I'm now in my twenties. My guess is I was super wasted (pot_booze) one night, turned on the TV, and stumbled onto Toxie. And then over the years, all it's sequels. 

From there, other Troma films caught my attention; Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986), it's sequels, and now it's remake Return To Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1? It's second part, Return To Nuke 'Em High Vol. 2, is coming out this September I believe. And I can go on and on. Lots of solid entertainment containing much gore, unbelievable stories, and plenty of laughs, either intentional or not. Considered over all, as adult humor. Be that as it may, throw in ample amounts of gratuitous nudity.

Funny, speaking of, I read online long ago, and might have mentioned in a previous story on Troma, that some people believe the name Troma stands for; "Tits Are Our Main Attraction." To this day, that makes me smile. As an observer of Troma movies I can say I believe it to be that when in front of a Troma camera, that females somehow feel the need to be without a vast amount, or all of their clothing.

BE WARNED …NOT in B C Butcher!

Professionally I doubt it's true, and really not even worth asking Lloyd about. Still I might bring it up one day, should we again be in each others company. And I lacking anything else of substantial substance to ask the legendary co-founder of Troma Entertainment; Lloyd Kaufman. When not doing the normal day to day Tromaland activities, Mr. Kaufman can also be credited as an actor, screnewriter, director, and a pleasure to meet in person. I imagine Lloyd and Michael Herz are very proud of the business they created. Troma Entertainment is quite a success story. I dig, and equate to Mad Magazine in the way that their seriously serious, about not being taken that serious. Devotion and dedication being vital ingredients in both Mad Magazine and Troma Entertainment sticking around for as long as they have.

I watched so many Troma movies since the 1980's, that I got it down to an art form to how to prepare myself for such an occasion. When viewing at home, I secure some good food, a fattie, get naked, and I'm all set. Maybe a cold one or two? Beer works, but so does a chilled glass of sangria. Especially if settling in, and not having to drive anymore for the evening. In that case, forgo the glass, and just drink it out of the bottle. Less mess if you think about it. And I did say we're watching a Troma offering, right?

Ready, set, here I was all ready, and not without clothing for it gets chilly in the mountains where I just relocated to. Had my shoes off if I'm remembering correctly. I pressed the play button. Here comes, B C Butcher. An hour later, and I'm thinking what I just saw, was actually pretty good. Be forewarned long time Troma fans. All I can say is expect, the unexpected.

Uncle G discusses … B C Butcher (2016 Troma Entertainment)

I LIKE the poster art for B C Butcher; pretty cavewomen, all outside in the broad daylight, and a menacing male character in the far away background carrying what appears to be yet another stone age female. Upon closer inspection … wait … wait a little more … she's UNCONSCIOUS! Remember, I'm already sold. Got the Troma name on it. Toxie's worth the loyalty.

For the record, I think there is a difference in what theatrical masterpieces Troma makes in house, and what they add to their catalog of kick ass films that they distribute / sell on the side. I'm only being honest, for it's my experience that not all films with the Troma name stamped on it, are what yours truly would call; "10 star films." Hey, all worth investigating if into this type of entertainment. I will say / warn you that you'll see things courtesy of Troma Entertainment that I dare say, you won't anywhere else. Example, how about a prehistoric slasher film? Silly me, that's B C Butcher. A brand new film, directed by a then 17 year old female teenager whose name is; Kansas Bowling. The young lady will be twenty years old this coming August (the 2nd). If that's not wild enough, she also produced, helped conceive the story, and co-wrote the script.

Executive producer of B C Butcher; Lloyd Kaufman. Story goes Miss Bowling meets Lloyd for lunch, so she could get his assistance with her film, and it worked. A check was cut to get the film to the finish line. Thank you Mr. Kaufman!

Because I don't feel a need to rewrite it …

Troma - Press Release Description for; B C Butcher (2016 Troma Enterainment)

"The story begins with an act of dissension by a member of an all female cave-tribe that leads to her sacrifice and mutilation by her fellow tribeswomen. When a beast of mythical lore uncovers the body, he falls in love at first sight and what follows is his homicidal rampage to avenge the death of his corpse-bride. Starring, O.J. trial superstar Kato Kaelin as an ambiguously gay
philandering cave-fop, featuring, Rodeny Bigenheimer, “The Mayor of Sunset Strip” and a performance by Los Angeles rock-n-roll group, "The Ugly Kids", " B.C. Butcher" is a superlative example of a well-crafted story set within the cinematic spirit of Troma tradition. The hit song “Alley-Oop”, adds to the unique retro feelings of the film.

Note: Troma Entertainment Award: Kansas Bowling is the first inductee into, “The Troma Institute for Gifted Youth”

Uncle G comments continue … I can't be any more impressed with Miss Bowling herself, or the film she made.

First off, I luv the type of humor the whole movies centers itself on; camp. Think the Batman TV show from back in the 1960's, or the 1982 shortly lived sitcom; Police Squad. Silly, yet intelligent at the same time. A comedy of many levels. I have been seeing people compare B C Butcher to The Monkees TV series (1966-1968). Back in the day that was always a fun one to watch. I luv'ed the Monkeemobile.

As with anything else with the Troma stamp on it, I expected to just press play, chill, and be entertained. While viewing B C Butcher, I took nothing seriously from the beginning, and just continued that way all throughout. Worked for me, because if you don't shit such as a questionable timeline, plastic bottles, women in makeup, and if you really pay attention, a tiny house / shed can seen seen in the background while characters trade dialogue. Forget what you learned, or have come to believe what is true about early man. Reason being because there are mostly women in this movie.

ATTENTION LONG TIME TROMA FANS

No real cursing, or nudity. I don't wanna say it's a kids movie. Think about it, Kansas Bowling's 'B C Butcher' did win Troma's FIRST EVER prestigious gifted youth award. I didn't know that till afterwards. Still, I appreciated B C Butcher for what it was. A funny yet tragic story of broken friendships, because one after the other tribe members get murdered, and you can't really continue a friendship relationship with a corpse unless, YOU'RE THE BUTCHER!

I am totally amazed by first time filmmaker Kansas Bowling. At age 15, her and a teen friend (Kenzie Givens) coming up with the idea for the film. Apparently nothing stopped Kansas from there. Having to be a jack of all trades, Kansas stayed focused all the way. She raised money. Shot the film at age 17, in the daylight so it is cheaper. Such a clever young woman. Connected with Troma Entertainment / Lloyd Kaufman. Is very fortunate to be able to have family members / friends supporting her. Surrounded herself with other clever people, who all together made this wacky independent B comedy / horror film, that will go on as being said to help launch the career, of not only Kansas, but all those others involved as well. Everyone involved doing an awesome job! Shows in the results. A few honorable mentions if I may...

Kato Kaelin: Gives a rememberable performance. Made the most of his screen time. Leaves a positive impression.

Molly Elizabeth Ring: Played her part (Poppy) well enough that a viewer in very little time, could develop some emotional attachment. That's and she's a very pretty lady. I have always been a sucker for redheads. Am hearing lately being PC is getting old. Figure I'd test the waters. Nothing disrespectful intended. All that aside, Molly comes across as a very good actress, making the unbelievable, believable. Her, and others associated with this production (B C Butcher), should have promising futures in the entertainment business.

Devyn Leah: Again, like Molly, skilled enough so I felt bad (emotion) for her character, being visually impaired. Made it totally believable. Am hoping blind people don't protest the film for not using a real blind actress in the role. Unlikely since they probably could not find the theater. I digress. In B C Butcher, it's a dangerous world out there. But Devyn, it looked like in one scene where you had previously survived a tongue piercing. Way risky in B C Land. After all, anti-bacterial mouth rinse
has not been invented yet. I could be wrong in that observance. Side effects of the fattie perhaps?  

Dwayne Johnson - nice job playing the confused but loveable BUTCHER. Like Kato Kaelin, it was a very memorable performance. 

Leilani Fideler - A memorable performance as well. 
Job well done!! 


               B C Butcher's STARS; Leilani Fideler and Kato Kaelin
                             Photo Credit: William Preston Bowling

Same can be said for everyone else in front of the camera. All actors played their parts very well. Behind the scenes, congrats! You, along with your first time director, Kansas Bowling, created a low budget gem! 

Fun B C Butcher Fact: Was shot on 16mm as a homage to director Tobe Hooper and his slice of horror film history; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

               Photo: Kansas Bowling behind the camera directing; B C Butcher
                                               Photo Credit: William Preston Bowling

Soundtrack / Score: The Ugly Kids scores, as the Hollywood Argyles doing an excellent performance of Alley Oop. Tip of the hat to Vicky and the Vengents. 


Uncle G Rating

Using the same one to ten star rating system the famous movie website IMDb uses, whereas one star means it's dinosaur shit, up to 10 stars which means you can safely watch / spend your hard earned money on, Uncle G give's Kansas Bowling's directorial debut B C Butcher … 10 stars! In the land of independent comedy / horror B films, if it holds my attention, so I can focus and let what's on the screen entertain me so I can at least temporarily forget about life around me, plus makes me laugh, it did what it was intended to do. From having a cool narrator (Kadeem Hardison), to a righteous score / rock n' roll soundtrack, B C Butcher has everything I need to help unwind after a long day of doing much of nothing. I'm a writer. Those of you who do a 40 … all work and no play makes you dull. Decompress. Make some popcorn, do a bowl, and enjoy the award winning laughs.

Note: For the record Uncle G does not encourage 'getting wasted' for those under the age of 21, in any way, shape, or form. When over 21, unwinding is important … in moderation. I do. Use your smarts and be safe. Dead people can't watch Troma films.


Cool Website Links

Troma Entertainment: www.troma.com  
Official Kansas Bowling Website: http://kansas-bowling.com/

                                       B C Butcher - A film by Kansas Bowling
                                       Official Theatrical Trailer

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Uncle G Reviews_Yuka & Chronoship Newest Studio Release

Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)
28 Jan 2016
ClassicRockRadio.co.uk NEW Music Review
Yuka & Chronoship - The 3rd Planetary Chronicles (2015 Cherry Red Records)

By Gary "Uncle G" Brown
American Correspondent for ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
Twitter @GBrown0816



One of the best decisions that I so far made this new year, was open the Yuka & Chronoship CD that arrived with a stack of other CDs one day in snail mail. Not a return address on the package. Postmark from London. Yuka & Chronoship are from Japan. I was born in Florida, but that don't really matter or pertain to what's going on here. Whoever in the U.K. stuffed that padded envelope, and sent it my way, hit the nail on the head, at least with Yuka & Chronoship. I now have a favorite new modern progressive rock band out of Japan, and a CD that I seemed to have fallen into. Nice when that happens. A shame I didn't learn about Yuka & Chronoship then before this. Founded in 2009, what I'm listening to now from them is actually their third studio release in which is entitled; Yuka & Chronoship - The 3rd Planetary Chronicles. A wonderful album. Let me explain why. 

First off, the band is a four piece that centers around a very talented woman keyboardist, whose name is; Yuka Funakoshi. Story goes, Yuka who already having over a decades experience in recorded music, wanting to expand on her musical ideas, created a band. Three gentlemen, all experienced studio musicians, answered the call, and thus Yuka & Chronoship was born. Online reviews rave about their first two studio releases. A fan base was developed that's strong enough to help support money wise with the making of this release. Those people who help fund, their names inside the CD booklet. I might have given a few bucks myself if I would have heard of them by that time.

Let me introduce everyone in the band.

Yuka & Chronoship

Yuka Funakoshi: Piano, Keyboards, and vocals. Music composed on The 3rd Planetary Chronoship by Yuka Funakoshi.

Takashi Miyazawa: Guitars. The 3rd Planetary Chronicles mix / sound producer; Takashi Miyazawa.

Shun Taguchi: Bass & Chorus. All lyrics on The 3rd Planetary Chronoship written

by Shun Taguchi - The 3rd Planetary Chronicles produced by Shun Taguchi.

Ikko Tanaka: Drums

All songs on The 3rd Planetary Chronicles arranged by Yuka & Chronoship.

Uncle G Review: Yuka & Chronoship - The 3rd Planetary Chronicles

A concept album that's all about the planet us human beings call home; Earth. Told more in song, then in words, which works perfectly for this reviewer.

The opening track, Birth Of The Earth - Collision, did it's job, and caught my attention. Haunting piano, and a melody that gets revisited, and built on throughout the album. The entire album clocking in just under an hour. Twelve tracks that plays best when listening to it as one solid piece of music.

The second track called Stone Age, is where the rest of the band comes in. The opening track only a little over a minute long. By the end of the second track which clocks in at eight and a half minutes, I was hooked. Keyboards, electric guitar, accompanied with drums and bass that make you take notice. The other three musicians joined and complimented Yuka's playing to a tee. Yuka's playing a mash up of several styles, and on this album, a perfect mix of piano, and keyboards. Over all her skills as a player and composer, just blow me away. Several melodies of several songs throughout the album end up being earworm material. Frankly, every track on 3rd Planetary Chronicles has something going for it.

If not Yuka's playing, in which the music created primarily centers around the piano / keyboards, it's Takashi Miyazawa's guitar skills that will draw you in. At first his playing reminded me of Spocks Beard's Alan Morse. A little deeper into The 3rd Planetary Chronicles, and I can hear traces of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. Takashi's playing comes across as precise, and masterful. Easy to understand why Yuka would want him in her band.

Shun and Ikko make a fantastic rhythm section. Like Takashi, they compliment Yuka's playing, and more importantly, help her bring out the best in her compositions.

Uncle G's Top 3 Standout Tracks on The 3rd Planetary Chronicles

Very hard to pick three out of the twelve. Played from start to finish, I find the album on the whole, to be a masterpiece. Occasionally a person or persons do something extraordinary. In the musical world, it's all really a matter of taste. The kids would label this neo-prog. It's a direction I like to swing. Yuka & Chronoship - The 3rd Planetary Chronicles is everything I want in a prog-rock album. Most of all, it really rocks. In my mind, it's hard to get any better than this. The music flows naturally. All twelve songs play as one.

I would luv to hear a isolated piano / keyboard track for track four; Galileo II - Copernican Theory. The rest of the band does a great job in highlighting Yuka's playing. I try following her note for note. Almost six minutes, a demonstration of Yuka's playing skills that leaves me in awe, each and every time I hear it. So impressive!

Track ten on The 3rd Planetary Chronicles is called; E = c#m … an instrumental rocker that showcases not only Yuka, but the whole rest of the band as well. The first song I gave a repeat play to when playing The 3rd Planetary Chronicles for the first time. The songs high energy, has a fun vibe, and displays superior musical all throughout. A fun song, and a given to be performed during live shows. Neo-Prog … check! Turn up the volume! Crowds should really get into it, as they should the whole new album. Again, hard to pick the Top 3. Example, I think the four 'Birth Of The Earth' segments deserve their own award. In the same ballpark as Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond (all parts). Any serious prog-rock fan, can't not LIKE this.


Age Of Steam: From mellowness to rocker, this song has it all. Including lush vocals compliments of Yuka. 

Uncle G Rating

Using the one to five star rating system, whereas one star means it's horrible, to five stars meaning it's OK to spend your hard earned Yen on it, Uncle G rates Yuka & Chronoship - The 3rd Planetary Chronicles … 5 stars! How could I not? My advice would be to not only aquire the album, but any back catalog Yuka & Chronicles albums as well that's not already in your collection. Sorry it took this long for me to find out about Yuka & Chronoship. In a way it just goes to prove that good solid rock (prog-rock especially), no matter where it originates on this planet Earth, can't totally escape me. Sooner or later, if that outstanding, I'll find it, or it will find me.



Official Promo Film


Yuka & Chronoship Official Facebook Page

Cheery Red Records
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Lita Ford_The Teacher

Taken from the ClassicRockRadio.co.uk official Facebook Page


Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)
24 Jan 2016
*Lita Ford ... The Teacher*

If out of work, and needing a job, there is a website called Indeed (Dot Com) that can possibly help you. Face it, having no money SUCKS through a long straw. Isn't that right? So it's time to do something about it. Go to; Indeed

And why Indeed, and not other websites well known for helping the unemployed? Because Indeed was cool enough to star heavy metal rock chick, Lita Ford, in one of their new messages to the masses informing people about their website. After watching Lita do her thing, I was sold. If this writing shit don't work out for me, it will be the first place I go to see what they could help me find. In the meantime, I figured I pass on the 'looking for a job and where to go' tip, and at the same time, let y'all check out Lita's commercial as well. Tell me what you think. I know you'll be impressed. Lita Ford ROCKS \m/

                                              Lita Ford - The Teacher

Lita Ford's Official Website: http://www.litafordonline.com/

Gary "Uncle G" Brown
American Correspondent for ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
Twitter @GBrown0816

Friday, 22 January 2016

News_That Metal Show Canceled

Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)
21 Jan 2016
*Goodbye 4 Now ... That Metal Show*


A lot of bad news recently in the music world. I noticed this next bit of news, in the wee hours yesterday morning, and frankly wasn't in the mood to help pile on even more evidence of how we all live in an ever changing world. And then I woke up today with not an idea of what my today's column would be about. So, with nothing else in mind, I'll address the subject of the cancellation of one of my favorite cable shows; That Metal Show.

For those not up with the program, 'That Metal Show' is a talk show that centers around three middle aged MetalHeads; Eddie Trunk with co-hosts Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. Experts in hard rock / heavy metal music. Premiered in 2008. Has so far completed fourteen seasons. The last one airing last May.

Cancelation

Just a few days ago the program got axed. Sad news indeed, but a silver lining does indeed exist. For VH1 according to what I have been digging up, is cool with the expression; "The show must go on." In essence, this means that 'That Metal Show' can be shopped around to other networks.

News of the cancellation of 'That Metal Show' caused Eddie Trunk's website to crash. I'm not surprised. But the way television is nowadays, a cancellation is not a COMPLETE DEATH SENTENCE, meaning that the show, should those involved still be interested, can still go forward. It's happened before. Television programs have been canned, and then picked up by another network. Same identical thing can happen here.

BRING BACK THAT METAL SHOW!
BRING BACK THAT METAL SHOW!
BRING BACK THAT METAL SHOW!

So many cool episodes over it's SO FAR 14 Seasons. Such awesome guests! It's way too early to close up shop here. A unique, and really one of a kind show.

I predict a station like AXS TV (cable) will pick it up. Foolish if they don't, ONLY BECAUSE SHOULD THEY PASS, another channel will be certain to pick them up. After all, 'That Metal Show' comes with a built in fanbase, that's capable under the right circumstances, to grow even more.

Remember what MTV was LIKE before they started playing Michael Jackson videos? AXS TV reminds me of that. I have been watching AXS TV lately. Matter of fact, I just checked out Aerosmith - Live At Donington a few days back. The band kicked ass! Word to the wise, AXS TV has it's moments to where the channel is definitely worth at least keeping up on its schedule.

BRING BACK THAT METAL SHOW!
BRING BACK THAT METAL SHOW!
BRING BACK THAT METAL SHOW!

After all, the world needs to witness more That Metal Show segments like, Stomp The Trunk. Plus, I wanna see Miss Box of Junk, Jennifer Gottlie, in high definition. So news that it was picked up by another channel, and that new episodes will be forthcoming in HD, would be very welcome. I personally enjoyed the shows run, as I'm sure countless of others did as well.

                                            That Metal Show - Promo

Whatever happens, meaning That Metal Show is off the air forever, or that it resurfaces … we here at ClassicRockRadio.co.uk SALUTE all involved with the program so far. Metal RULES \m/

'That Metal Show' Host Eddie Trunk Official Website

www.eddietrunk.com

Gary "Uncle G" Brown
American Correspondent for ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
Twitter GBrown0816

Monday, 18 January 2016

Bigfoot Are Putting Their Stamp on Rock!

Just a couple of months ago Bigfoot were opening the stage at the Hard Rock Hell festival and wowing the audience with a performance that was every bit as impressive as the last time I saw them at the Rockers Reunited Southport Festival earlier in the year.
Bigfoot are getting around quicker than a rabbit on Viagra and gigs are not just confined to their native South Lancashire, in fact it seems every week I hear a glowing review of the young band who seem to becoming the "go to" act for festivals ( and overseas gigs too) with their signature blend of blues and rock.
On stage they are far from the static blues bands of old they have more energy than a bunch of Meerkats and filling the stage no matter the size of it while connecting with the audience those winks and smiles are making a big impact with the female following and in between generating sparks between themselves. When you see photos of a lot of bands in the news they seem detached or putting on the rock “hard stare” Bigfoot? 
Not a a bit of it, the majority of the time they are smiling and  are 
obviously enjoying every minute of playing, even making light of the large distances the job requires they cover. Like the bands of old they stuff the kit in the van check the drummer is safely loaded and off they go over the hills and certainly far away.


  I was able to catch a few minutes with the band backstage at Hard Rock Hell to ask about the upcoming EP 
CRR -  Fantastic set you must be well pleased with the reception
Bigfoot - Yeah it was great that everybody turned out so early.
CRR- I hear you have been in the studio recording
Bigfoot - Yes new EP five tracks
Bigfoot -
Last one we had four so we've upped our game cos we are so hard hardworking 
CRR - Extra Value for the fans!
Bigfoot -Same price as last one, if it does as well we will be well pleased!
Bigfoot - Should be out by the end of January
CRR Have you any teaser clips out there?
Bigfoot - Sort of there is a lot of clips of us playing the songs live
Bigfoot - Loads of people are asking "Can we have a copy at Hard Rock Hell? "   but we are still mixing and tweaking the songs .
Bigfoot- We taking time getting it just how we think it should sound .
CRR- Have you recorded any of your Hard Rock Hell set?
Bigfoot- We haven't but apparently the whole set has been filmed
Bigfoot - Yeah its a good one because we were all stone cold sober heehee.
CRR - Heh heh Yes its a help, I did see the big cameras catching the action hopefully it won't be long before its put online.
Bigfoot - We're looking forward to seeing it ,  before we went on we agreed- try not to do that ,  don't do this and  then maybe a bit more of that. Its a big gig Hard Rock Hell we wanted to get in straight to the point but you know its difficult and a couple of times I just couldn't help myself, I love it  I just got carried away.
Bigfoot - Yes and there are loads of our friends in the bands here so we said whatever we do we mustn't mention the other bands.
Bigfoot- And first thing he says was "How good were Massive Wagons" and they were so good. There's a lot of rivalry between us and I know its a business but we are all friends.
CRR- Well you are all going sell records off the back of those performances.
Bigfoot - We came off the stage smiling I couldn't help being carried away but it was so great, just carried away in the moment!
CRR- Thank you guys best of luck with the EP I'm really looking forward to it! 


The EP 'Stone Soldiers' is released on January 30th
Preview and orders from   Bigfoot "Stone Soldiers"


Uncle G's Fun Movie Reviews_Deathgasm

Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)
18 Jan 2016
Uncle G's After Hours FUN Movie Reviews
Spotlight: Deathgasm (2015 Unrated)


So entering the new year, I decided to drop the streaming service Hulu, and instead, subscribe to Netflix. Doing it old school, receiving discs, and then sending them back after viewing, in the postage free envelope that is provided. Wasn't that anything was wrong with Hulu. Enjoyed using their service very much! Thing is I moved, and where I am located now the Internet service is somewhat spotty at best. Am using my cell phone as a means to get online (tethering). Requires discipline so not to use up all the data I have in a few Internet sittings. Streaming tv shows and movies via my cell phone, quickly EATS up mt data allowance. So as much as I liked being subscribed to Hulu, it just wasn't practical for my new surroundings. Will one day be able to stream unlimited. Just a matter of time my carrier (Cricket) does this, so to compete with those that already do (T-Mobile). Agreed, it does suck being somewhat limited to what I can do online. What can I say? Grateful for what I have until things change for the better.

Ends up the first movie I ordered from Netflix was; Furious 7 (2015). I had watched all the other ones in the franchise. The newest one came out last summer. I was too busy doing other shit, so not able to swing by a movie theather to go check it out. Now since viewed, I can say it touched on being cartoonish / unbelieveable, but like the others before it, didn't let me down. Very entertaining! That and I admit to having a crush on actress Michelle Rodriquez. Rest in peace; Paul Walker.

Being new to Netflix, means starting off with a nice and empty queue. Next step for me was to start filling it up. I'm mainly looking for movies. That's what Netflix is known for right? And Netflix has such a HUGE collection, I really didn't know where to start. Found and ordered 'Furious 7' by putting the title in the search engine. I knew I wanted to see that, before even signing up. First month of Netflix is FREE (hooray). So once that action film was ordered, I asked myself, I said; "Self, what movie do I want to see next, and possibly even type a review for the classic rock station I write for?" 'Furious 7' I watched just so I could chill. Moving took a lot out of me. Seeing a movie while having the intent of also writing about it, are two different things. That's more like work. So with that in mind, I started carefully poking around the movie categories that Netflix had to offer.

One of my first selections was the horror category, and almost immediately the poster artwork for a newly released horror / comedy film out of New Zealand, caught my eye. It's title; Deathgasm. Not knowing really anything about New Zealand cinema, I guessed by looking at the artwork and the brief description, this was equal to what we here in the United States would call a Comedy / Horror B Movie. Think Sam Raimi's Evil Dead franchise. Started off as an independent film made by who could be called back then, amateur filmmakers. Money to pay the bills occured, was provided by private investors. When released, movie goers in general, just ate it up. Spawned two sequels, video games, and a new television program (Ash Vs. Evil Dead) that I have not caught yet, but will.

So what exactly is Deathgasm?

Like I said, it's a new solid horror / comedy film. Written and directed by a real metalhead, Jason Lei Howden, and filmed in New Zealand.

Deathgasm has … very well done opening credits / graphics.

Deathgasm is … a dark tale that centers around teens who are into metal rock music.

Deathgasm is … a cool ass movie that includes good looking ladies, and also demonstrates how to protect oneself from demons, with sex toys. For the females reading this, the guys could be cute looking, or whatever. I'm old school hetero. Am certain the flick contains enough sex appeal for everyone.

Deathgasm is … extremely funny at times, and over the top gross in others. Includes more vomiting that I think I ever seen depicted in any movie.

Deathgasm is … chainsaw action beyond belief!

Deathgasm is … eye candy to the tenth power. The folks behind the scenes did so seriously well, that it's worth reading the closing credits just to see who did what, all the way to the very END.

Deathgasm is … DEMONS! The kind that scare the shit out of people. And very well done special effects that appeared more old school than computer animated. Either due to a tight budget, or an added effort to make the film more overall appealing? The end results work for me!

Deathgasm ROCKS … how could a film about real metalheads not? Volume to eleven! Presented in a way that's not overbearing. Am not afraid to say I dug the instrumental labeled; The Black Hymn. Has a certain Black Sabbath vibe to it. Being a reporter on classic rock, it's a popular notion that the band from Birmingham (UK) gave metal it's birth.

Deathgasm is … pot friendly, as one might expect when about heavy metal rock music. For the film over all don't stereotype or make fun of metalheads, but instead tries to show what being a metalhead is sincerely all about.

Deathgasm is OK … with casual sex as well. On the flip side, Deathgasm is not too nice to the religious couple, that Brodie, a main character, is assigned to live with after his Mother goes on a Meth binge. Their son, Brodie's cousin, a bully / piece of shit. All three in this family unit, are heavily into casting judgement on others. A good story within a story.

Deathgasm includes … a cool looking metal handshake worth learning. Remember the line; Brotherhood of Steel.

Deathgasm Blu-ray Bonus Features … are very well done. Nothing bored me. Coming attractions / movie trailers was wicked as hell. Informative and entertaining behind the scenes featurettes. I dug the Director / Writer Commentary by Jason, who provided much behind the scenes detail.

In total, I watched Deathgasm three times; two regular and one with commentary by a very promising, up and coming director / writer; Jason Lei Howden. Dude, did an incredible job! Got my attention like legendary John Carpenter did with Halloween (1978). I'm looking forward to many good things coming from Mr. Howden as time marches on. I foresee besides other well made films about other topics, multiple Deathgasms in Jason's future. Hopefully each as mind blowing as the original.

*Uncle G Rating*

Using the one to ten star rating system, whereas one star means it's not worth demon snot, to ten starts which means it's cool to spend your well earned money on it, Uncle G gives Deathgasm … 10 stars! Remember, I viewed this THREE times. I hardly ever watch a movie, no matter how good it is, twice. Seriously, I can't think of any way to improve what I experienced giving multiple views to Deathgasm. Mister Howden did his job, very well. As did the cast and crew. Best actress in a horror / comedy film award needs to go to Kimberley Crossman. An outstanding transformation starting from being a bully's girlfriend / metal virgin, to Brodie's old lady / metal expert. My favorite scene involves her and an ax. 

Tomorrow my Blu-ray disc of Deathgasm goes back to Netflix. I understand the films being sold at local retailers and at a reasonable price. For those who collect, it's worth getting. For those into this type of entertainment, easily understood after witnessing for yourself.

                                              Official Deathgasm Trailer

                                 Deathgasm Music by New Zealand's Bulletbelt.

Official Deathgasm Website: www.deathgasmthemovie.com

Note: Deathgasm was re-named for Walmart distribution; Heavy Metal Apocalypse. Besides the name change, new cover art was created removing any signs of what they believed to be heavy satanism. This is censoring / censorship. In the new poster art, a GUN was added. Possible product placement? Uncle G feels this type of behaviour, is totally unnecessary. In 2016, people realize that a movie like Deathgasm, has a primary purpose to entertain. Not to freak out Christians. This is all in good fun ... period. Good news is no matter what Walmart calls it, that it's STILL A SOLID MOVIE \m/ 


                          Deathgasm / Heavy Metal Apocalypse

Gary "Uncle G" Brown
American Correspondent for ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
Twitter @GBrown0816