Friday, April 03, 2015

Royal Thunder -- "Crooked Doors"

I reviewed the latest Royal Thunder release, "Crooked Doors," for Heavy Metal. Check it out here.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wino and Conny Ochs - Freedom Conspiracy Review

Check out my review of the stellar new collaboration between Wino and Conny Ochs here!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Walpyrgus at Kings

I took a lot of photos of Raleigh's Walpyrgus last night (Feb. 28) at Kings, but this iPhone shot best encapsulates what the band is all about. These dudes play old school, traditional metal with a heavy Thin Lizzy influence. Lead singer Jonny Aune has some serious pipes and a dramatic flair as well. Glad to finally get to see them. See more photos here

I'm also glad to find out that the iPhone 6's video capabilities are actually really good. I spent the majority of last year trying out, and being disappointed with, various camera options. Looks like the phone is my best option because that's what I used to shoot the video below. Was even able to edit on the phone itself. 
Walpyrgus from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hopscotch roundup

(The Battery Electric at the MSRP Day Party)

(Subrosa at Lincoln Theatre)

(Valient Thorr at City Plaza)

(Demon Eye at Lincoln Theatre)

 (Brief Lives at CAM)

(Author & Punisher at Kings)

 (Colossus at Kings)

The Battery Electric at Berkeley Cafe, Sept. 5, 2014 from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Colossus from Mann's World on Vimeo.

As you can see, I haven't posted in a several months. My mother passed away in June, and it's been an incredibly hectic summer trying to deal with the arrangements. Plus, my heart just hasn't been into it. Honestly, I was feeling a bit tired of blogging before mom got sick, but now it's become a very low priority for me. I don't know if I'll eventually get back to posting as often as I did, but for a while I think it's going to be pretty quiet for me.

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to cover Hopscotch, though. As in years past, I saw a lot of great bands, and managed to make a few new discoveries. I particular, I was excited to discover Brief Lives (featuring Herbie from Valient Thorr on vocals) and The Battery Electric, a trash/fuzz-rock group from Asbury Park, N.J. As far as heavy shows go, I ended up surprisingly loving Subrosa. I haven't been able to get into their recordings, so I wasn't expecting much from them live. I ended up being ver pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them.

The two videos were shot using my new GoPro. It's not a perfect camera, but it's light, compact, and records fairly good audio on its own (can add an external mic for about $60 or so). I like the fact that I can control it from my phone, and I plan to get a suction cup for it so I can stick it on a wall or amp and control it from across the room. I know that if I put it on a table again, I'll make sure NOT to get the table in the shot.

Not sure what I'll be seeing coming up. Planning to hit the Carcass show at Lincoln Theatre in November, and I've already scored my Maryland Deathfest tickets for 2015 (can't miss Ufommammut). Perhaps I'll see you out and about.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Photos and video from Earthling, Demon Eye and Corpse Mountain


(Demon Eye)

On Monday (April 28), one of my favorite regional bands, Earthling (from Harrisonburg, Va.) returned to the area for the first time in several months. I had to miss them in September because of Hopscotch, so I think the last time I saw them was about a year ago with Inter Arma at Slims. They played a few new songs that sounded killer. Looking forward to hearing them on record. For the video, I went back to my old camera (decided the audio problems with the G15 were too much for me to deal with). Still debating options for good video. 

Opening were Demon Eye, who always sound great, and Corpse Mountain. This was only my second time seeing Corpse Mountain, and this time around they seemed much doomier. This is definitely a local band to watch.  See more photos here

Earthling - "Dark Path" from Mann's World on Vimeo.
Corpse Mountain from Mann's World on Vimeo.