Aug 18, 2012

Wrath of Killenstein and Staind

By Bob Suehs

WRATH OF KILLENSTEIN

”Ugly”

Track Listing: Demoniaxed, Pigsticker, Electric Funeral, Ugly

I have always been a fan of dark industrial music but I always felt like there was an element missing sometimes & that’s simply because I’m a metal/hard rock fan and usually industrial music misses the element of musicianship that hard rock hits upon.... more times than not industrial music winds up being a bit too programmed in parts for me to personally enjoy it like I do organic hard rock music BUT with the latest EP “Ugly” from Wrath of Killenstein I will admit that I fell in love with the bands approach to industrial music which is a bit off course to most bands in this genre because the guitar solos are well written, complex & the music on this EP mixes dark techno, industrial, metal & even a bit o’ prog which saturates the sounds of this record with a truly unique sound that makes it very palatable to my ears!

“Demoniaxed” is a hard rocker that’s got crunchy guitar tones, vocals that sound evil & a guitar solo that impressed me thoroughly!

Listening to this 4 song EP I’m impressed with the production, the elements & layers that make it sound strong, distinct & spooky....the music itself takes you places while the vocals lead you into darkness and that’s the beauty of this band; they are darkness personified YET they also contain a healthy dose of metal & really good guitar playing that will satisfy both the metal fans & the industrial freaks!

There’s a cover of “Electric Funeral” originally done by Black Sabbath that’s a perfect song for this band to cover because it sums up the equal parts of solid playing with eerie spookiness that make this band what it is!

Check out www.killenstein.com for more info on this amazing band!

STAIND

”Live From Mohegan Sun” - Blu Ray

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This concert video offers Staind fans a nice glimpse of the bands current 2012 world tour.

Hit after hit is played & the video really gives the viewer a full on glimpse of what a Staind live show is like minus the pushing in the mosh pit!

The bonus features on this blu ray include some new interviews with the band & a cool peek at Mike’s guitar rig.

“It’s Been A While” is touching, “Mudshovel” is heavy as hell, “Fade” is cool and “For You” is rockin....the band gives their audience a wide range of emotions & “Country Boy” is probably the only part of this concert where I found myself just a little bored because I don’t necessarily wanna see the band slow it down to that sorta pace.

Overall this is a solid concert video & it’s the ultimate companion piece to the audio cd from this same show that came out a month prior.

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