9/10 … In 1968, Sly & The Family Stone appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show performing the exuberant but little-known album track “Love City.” The following year, they returned to the show for what proved to be a legendary performance, playing an excerpt from their #1 hit “Everyday People” before launching into the iconic “Dance To The Music.” In both episodes, the home viewer was presented with a high energy performance by a band fully engaged with both the audience and themselves. On Sullivan, the band was facing each other just as often as they were facing the cameras. At the center of the action was Sly Stone who, when not playing the organ, was breaking into explosive dance routines on stage, and at one point running into the audience with his bandmate and sister Rose. Clearly this was a band determined to not only win over their audience, but truly own them from beginning until end.

9/10 … In 1968, Sly & The Family Stone appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show performing the exuberant but little-known album track “Love City.” The following year, they returned to the show for what proved to be a legendary performance, playing an excerpt from their #1 hit “Everyday People” before launching into the iconic “Dance To The Music.” In both episodes, the home viewer was presented with a high energy performance by a band fully engaged with both the audience and themselves. On Sullivan, the band was facing each other just as often as they were facing the cameras. At the center of the action was Sly Stone who, when not playing the organ, was breaking into explosive dance routines on stage, and at one point running into the audience with his bandmate and sister Rose. Clearly this was a band determined to not only win over their audience, but truly own them from beginning until end.

The first all African-American punk music band was called Pure Hell (also Death is credited with that, and the debate will continue), they where formed in 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pure Hell released their only single ‘These Boots Were Made for Walking’/’No Rules’ in 1978. An album ‘Noise Addiction’ was recorded the same year, but not released until 2005. … and they where fu**kin awesome!

Aaaaaargh, this is heavy as sh*t! Heavy, aggressive and at the same time you just wanna melodic. You just wanna doom dance ala Candlemass Messiah Marcolin. Fantastic doom!

As a matter of fact the whole album is awesome (Read review here). Love how the video capture the aggressive sound, the furious look in singer Rikke Emilie List eyes. Just turn up the volume and feel the heaviness.

5/10 … Self released full-length debut from this Swedish band, and it opens up nothing short of amazing with “Fallen Angels” directly after the really cool intro, and I’m pumped, thinking that this will be an awesome ride. But the next track is a slow thing, “The Beast inside of Me” which is really good, but I can’t stop thinking that it’s an anti-climax to put something slow/mid-tempo directly after that explosive start. Well, we will probably then get back on track with the next one, “One by One”. Nope, we go even slower!!! Holy f**k, am I disappointed now. I wanted more of the starter, the track that made me throw myself out on the internet to check if this had a vinyl release. But the record screams back at me … forget that, now we will go into Power Metal ala Helloween mode (a genre that’s not for me at all) and stay there for the rest of the record…..

10/10 … Every once in a while a new band shows up that makes me believe there’s still life in traditional heavy metal, a band that deliveres music that makes me get that euphoric feeling along my backspin, playing air drums (yes, for me it’s drums, not guitar) and thinking there’s still hope and I don’t just have to listen to my 1980’s metal records when it comes to traditional metal. Usually for me, most releases nowadays have too much of a sterile/clinical sound for my taste, like it’s been made in a labratory by men in white coats. So even if the songs are good, the feeling is not there. I want some dirt, and I want some rawness….

Public Enemy featuring Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane released the song ”Burn Hollywood Burn” in 1990, calling Hollywood out on its racism. Always letting Black men and women play stereotypical roles.

Many intelligent Black men seemed
To look uncivilized when on the screen
Like, I guess I figure you to play some jigaboo
On the plantation, what else can a nigga do
And Black women in this profession
As for playing a lawyer, out of the question

9/10 … Part of the N.W.O.S.H.M movement that rised up from the underground in Sweden in the late 2000’s with band such as Enforcer, Trial, Air Raid, Screamer and many more. Ced (Cederick Forsberg) has like a million bands where I think he have had the biggest success with Blazon Stone, a true Running Wild worship band. This is the debut from 2011, and this is more of a Manowar worshiping band. If a song title like “Metal The Posers To Death” doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what will. It’s simply awesome from start to end…

One early morning in mid-May 1998, police were called to a hotel in Malmö. Several guests have complained about a loud party that never seems to want to put an end to the after-party.
When the patrol opens the door, they are met by total chaos. A large hole has been drilled in the ceiling, someone has sprayed glue over the carpet and the toilet is full of debris. The floor in the corridor is covered with pills and sequins. In the middle of the mess are five disillusioned musicians in their 20s. Some of them are drawn with lines on the face. It is reminiscent of war paintings.