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Christian Mistress – Possession by orlandooom407

I feel like I missed like three or four albums in between Christian Mistress’s 2010 Agony and Opium and their 2011 Relapse debut: Possession.  Their first release was the talk of the metal underground with its lo-fi basement recording and NWOBHM influences. They were lumped in with the rising tide of retro bands that showcase their classic influences on their sleeves and use gimmicks to cover up their lack of songwriting chops. Turns out that anyone who lumped Christian Mistress in with this camp deserves a swift kick square to the bean pouch. There is nothing retro about Posession.  Heavily armed with beefy production and monumental hooks, Christian Mistress sounds like a band on the verge of mainstream success.

For people who love heavy music this particular metallic flavor never really went out of style, and it’s  familiar but never boring. I imagine this is how most people feel about warm blankets and mashed potatoes. For me it’s dueling guitars, plain striding rhythms and a singer with a banshee’s range. All of this is presented without a wink of irony, gimmicky costumes, cheese drenched lyrics about Satan. Neglecting said motifs makes me love this album even more. Iron Maiden comes up frequently as the band’s most obvious influence and its hard to disagree with that. Aside from the blatant musical influence they also bare the attitude of Iron Maiden’s first two albums on Posession.  The early Maiden albums proved that you could have technical skill and grand ambition while playing with the “get in the van” break neck abandon of a punk band.

Along with the extravagant leap in production, the band’s songwriting has grown more dynamic. From the power balladry of “There Is Nowhere” to 70’s boogie rock riffs in “Black to Gold”, Christian Mistress prove they are more versatile than most of their peers. Signs of additional potential progression are apparent. Posession is just one of those albums that comes along ever now and then that just cuts through trends and all the sub sub sub genres of modern metal and reminds you why you love this kind of music.

Possession is set for a February 28th release through Relapse Records.

Click here to pre-order and preview Possession from CM’s Bandcamp page.

Click here to check out the Christian Mistress blog.

– Clark Johnson



Black Sabbath Original Lineup to Return – NOT! by orlandooom407
August 16, 2011, 5:20 pm
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I never thought I’d actually see this in my lifetime. I’d caught this little snippet yesterday from a news source that I don’t normally frequent and was unable to find confirmation on any other sites. However, this morning Blabbermouth confirmed that the original Black Sabbath lineup will return along with the releases of some new material.

While bickering internet nerds will probably doubt the success of this return, I certainly don’t.

Click here to read the whole article on Blabbermouth.

UPDATE – Tony Iommi released an official statement on his website this afternoon denouncing this rumor. Here’s the official statement –

“16th August 2011

Black Sabbath Reunion

I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.

At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, “Are you getting back together?”

Thanks to the internet it’s gone round the world as some sort of “official” statement on my part, absolute nonsense.  I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense.

to my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.

All the best, Tony”



This Thursday (8/11) Toxic Holocaust at Backbooth by orlandooom407

Thrash? Don’t mind if I do! For those of you who are still on the fence about this, and who have a Spotify account, check out the first Spotify play list compiled by Orlandooom – Click here for the playlist.

Tickets are still available online at Ticket Web – Click here for tickets.

Hope to see all you Thrash fanatics tomorrow night! Oh, and of course NUKE THE CROSS:



Motorhead Cover Show This Saturday! by orlandooom407

I was made aware, by lovely Heidi Kneisl(ex-Swamplord), that there is a brand new Motorhead cover band in Orlando, FL. When I also heard that the band is called TURBO LOVE MACHINE I couldn’t say no.

TLM features members of Junior Bruce, Basements of Florida, Swamplord, Zoa and…Drowning Pool? Yes, that’s right: Drowning Pool.

Turbo Love Machine is debuting this Saturday night at The Peacock Room on Mills Avenue. Seems there will be a metal themed raffle and set by DJ Metal Rob as well. Definitely a great way to spend a Saturday night. Click the flier below for the facebook event on more information:

UPDATE – No members of Drowning Pool. False alarm! Put the pitchforks and torches away guys!



RIP Wurzel by orlandooom407
July 11, 2011, 8:52 pm
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Having just gotten my own desk assigned to me at work I’ve been researching and setting up interviews for future posts, but my search has been put on hold for this. Michael “Wurzel” Burston passed away on July 9th from “ventricular fibrillation caused by heart muscle disease.” My condolences go out to all of his friends, family and Motorhead fans around the world.

In his honor, please enjoy this tasty Motorhead video:

Read the full story here.



New Shows and Ether Video! by orlandooom407

For those that have noticed our show calendar is somewhat bare I apologize for the lack of updates on that page. Ryan and I have been setting up shows several months in advance due to the overwhelming show of interest in playing in Orlando. For a more accurate show calendar please visit our facebook event calendar for the time being – Facebook Event Calendar (CLICK ME YA JABRONI).

Also, Chip Shomburg likes filming his own band. As he should, because Ether is destructively heavy and equally as calming at times: