King’s X at The Parish-Dec. 8, 2016

If you’re feeling down about your state in life, go put on a King’s X album.  These guys have always had an uncanny ability to reduce my usual jaded persona into one of hope.  Well, maybe not hope.  That seems a little too grand for my world view.  But at the very least, they put a smile on my face.

So, these guys haven’t put out any new material since 2008.  As a result, the set list ended up being a nice smorgasbord of material from across their 20+ year career.  It remains a shock that their frontman/bassist Doug Pinnick is 66(!) years old.  We can all hope to be this cool when reaching our AARP years.  I will also maintain to my grave that if I was starting a dream band that Ty Tabor would be my first pick for lead guitar.  His solos are dazzling without being overbearing or pretentious.  Drummer Jerry Gaskill is still bringing it after enduring two heart attacks over the past few years and having his house destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  All in all, it’s a gift that these guys are still together and still playing shows.  Any chance you get to see them in person is a chance you have to grab.  No telling how much longer they are going to be performing.

This was just a lovely way to spend a evening and was well worth braving the frigid winds blowing through downtown on Thursday night.

Here are a couple of clips from the show.  First up, Vegetable from the Manic Moonlight album.  This is a personal favorite.  Funky side of King’s X.

Next is their classic Over My Head from Gretchen Goes to Nebraska. Gospel meets Metal.

Welcome!

Well, this has been a long time coming.  Seeing as though the entire world is turning into a giant dumpster fire, I feel like now is the perfect time to unleash a Metal blog upon the universe.  Maybe what I write here will contribute a small amount to making this place in which we live a little less of a shithole.  So, with much trepidation:  Here be my blog!  Let the mocking commence!

This site will serve as a depository of my thoughts on Metal album releases throughout the year, various concert reviews and other random ramblings.  I hope to be informative.  I hope to spread the news of new and underground bands in which you may not have been exposed.  I hope to make you laugh.  I hope to hit the lottery soon so this can become my full time gig.  I go forward with the knowledge that even if you, dear reader, never even show up that I will, at the very least, entertain myself.  At the end of the day, that’s enough for me.  If anyone out there gets a kick out of reading this, well, all the better.

Check back soon for the first substantive posts.  I’ll be seeing King’s X, one of my all-time favorite bands, play at The Parish here in Austin tonight.  I’ll likely share some thoughts, photos and video tomorrow or over the weekend.

Also, Monday will see the beginning of the fifth installment of my Best of Metal Albums List for the terrible, no-good year of 2016.  You’ll get an album a day starting with #20 and we will work our way to #1 on December 31 to ring in the new year.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and giving this thing a looksie.