MASTERS OF REALITY: Self Titled Album and How High the Moon 2-on-1 Reissue Coming

Delicious Vinyl is proud to announce the reissue of two seminal albums from MASTERS OF REALITY together in one deluxe package on December 11th, 2012.  Originally released in 1989 on Rick Rubin‘s Def American label, the self-titled album is being re-released together with the 1997 live album How High The Moon: Live At The Viper Room in 2CD Digipak and Double LP formats.

Fans of KYUSS and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE should recognize the name Chris Goss. As godfather of the California desert rock scene that blossomed in Joshua Tree, Goss produced three thundering KYUSS LPs as well as QOTSA’s breakthrough album Rated R and their Grammy-nominated Era Vulgaris. The Masters’ legend has grown stronger ever since.

Completists and come-latelys may want to know this reissue maintains the self-titled album’s track sequencing from the Delicious Vinyl version, which includes the song “Doraldina’s Prophecies” (produced by Chris Goss, Matt Dike & Mike Ross) not found on the Rick Rubin-produced Def American release. The original Def American cover art has been restored. Longtime friend of the band and current MASTERS OF REALITY drummer John Leamy‘s painting “The Blue Garden” is seen in its full glory on the 8-panel digipak (as well as the bonus poster). The song “Magical Spell” is returned here to its majestic five minute lascivious trawl, missing verse, guitar solo and all.  As for the second disc, How High the Moon: Live at the Viper Room has been out of print for years, and never been available on vinyl.  Its standouts include “Jindalee Jindalie” (featuring special guest Scott Weiland) and a romp through “John Brown” that betters the already awesome studio version.

Nick Oliveri to Release Solo Album, Death Acoustic, in October

Nick Oliveri, the musician best known for his former role as the bassist in QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and KYUSS, is set to release his first solo album under his own name. The album titled, Death Acoustic, was recorded over the last 12 months in his home studio, and is scheduled for an October 6th release through Impedance and MVD Audio. The also frontman of MONDO GENERATOR and part-time member of THE DWARVES, Oliveri has songwriting and musicianship through intimate, solo acoustic shows. Death Acoustic captures that side of the rocker.

Here is the full album track listing:
1. “Start a Fight
2. “Like the Sky
3. “Dairy Queen
4. “Gonna Leave You
5. “Love Has Passed Me By
6. “U Blow
7. “Hybrid Moments
8. “Unless I Can Kill
9. “Follow Me
10. “Outlaw Scumfuc

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2007

It’s been a grossly successful 2007 for APESHIT, and though we find it hard pressed to make that same general claim for metal in 2007, a handful of albums did manage to leave a strong impression on us. We here at APESHIT individually compiled our own top 10 metal albums of 2007 lists for a new “blog” category that we look forward to experimenting with in 2008. Let us know what you think and post your own top 10 metal albums of 2007 in the comments section below. Cheers!

dr.park’s top 10

1. MANES How the World Came to an End

This album really just came out of nowhere and turned out to be one of the best albums in recent years. The album is so deep in its scope, ambition, and execution and is a winner in every facet. Ideally, this should be an underground/indie hit. [Read our full review]

2. ULVER Shadows of the Sun

It’s sounds tired to say but ULVER have done it yet again. Shadows of the Sun is another creative gem. The strong melancholic, subdued atmospheres make for some of the best mood music you can find. [Read our full review]

3. TURBONEGRO Retox

Retox is far better and more solid than their recent efforts. Finally, fans have been given an album that comes as close to their zenith, Apocalypse Dudes, as the band can get. Retox is also prime party music. [Read our full review]

4. MAYHEM Ordo Ad Chao

Just when you thought Norwegian black metal had grown too safe, accessible, and popular, MAYHEM makes an essential album that crushes all. Ordo Ad Chao is a powerful statement of true Norwegian black metal the way it used to be: pure, dark, raw, and evil. [Read our full review]

5. SHINING V: Halmstad

SHINING are one of the best underground Swedish death/black bands that many underground fans have yet to hear. Great riffs, flow, balance and strong vocal presence from band leader and raging maniac, Niclas Kvarforth. V: Halmstad is some of the best (Swedish) metal not coming from Gothenburg. [Read our full review]

6. DIR EN GREYThe Marrow of a Bone

Though most of their U.S. fans are teenage girls with Japanese pop culture fever, don’t let that subtract and detract from this quality album. The Marrow of a Bone is ugly, dark, and has the right balance of hooks and brutality that has allowed it to be another worldwide hit for the band. [Read our full review]

7. WATAIN Sworn to the Dark

To steal a thought from shady rajah: This is the album that DISSECTION should’ve written as their final album. WATAIN keep the flame of classic Swedish black/death metal burning with no peers in sight. [Read our full review]

8. PRIMORDIAL To the Nameless Dead

Ireland’s premier metal band, PRIMORDIAL, have written yet another excellent album of folk/black metal that is so much grander, powerful, and spirited than so much else out there. [Read our full review]

9. MELECHESH Emissaries

If you haven’t heard this band or this album, you are missing out on a lot. There’s nothing like MELECHESH‘s Mesopotamian metal and Emissaries is easily their best album. NILE is good and all but MELECHESH are better at conjuring the ancient rhythms, spirits, and mythology of the gods. [Read our full review]

10. PARADISE LOSTIn Requiem

It’s always a great thing when underground legends can continue to make high quality music so deep into their careers. In Requiem is not your flavor of the month underground metal but who cares…it’s timeless stuff. [Read our full review]

shady rajah’s top 10

1. WATAIN Sworn to the Dark

As the only worthy successor to the departed DISSECTION, WATAIN has carved their own bloody path to black metal glory. Sworn to the Dark is an album filled seething aggression and evil atmosphere that is complex in details, but undeniable in song craft. WAITAIN are a band that’s made black metal dangerous again. [Read our full review]

2. DOWNIII: Over the Under

DOWN‘s third album couldn’t have had a more fitting title, as the band overcame a mountain of adversity. Over the Under successfully captures all the pain, sweat and struggle with all the heat and density of an Louisiana swamp, resulting in 2007’s most heartfelt, honest and real album. [Read our full review]

3. EXODUSThe Atrocity Exhibition Exhibit A

A recent thrash metal trend has surfaced ushering hordes imitators still trying capture that classic 80’s sound. EXODUS isn’t it making it any easier for these wannabes as The Atrocity Exhibition drove shards of razor sharp thrash in to the jugular of pretenders everywhere. Nearly thirty years later, these Bay-area bruisers just seem to keep getting heavier, and are keeping true thrash alive and killing. [Read our full review]

4. SHININGV: Halmstad

Niklas Kvarforth has kept the flame of darkness and hatred burning for a decade now, with each album becoming increasingly more complex and intricate while retaining the feeling dread and despair that has existed since the band’s beginning. V: Halmstad is the band’s masterwork, engulfing the listener in darkness. Suicide has never sounded better. [Read our full review]

5. MIDDIANAge Eternal

Formed from the ashes of YOB, MIDDIAN was the vision that continued Mike Scheidt‘s path of doom metal mastery, laying the foundation for the future of sludge. Age Eternal brought the power of slow and the strength of the riff. Unfortunately the band was dropped and forced to change their name, but in their brief moment time, MIDDIAN created a small piece of doom metal history. [Read our full review]

6. DIMMU BORGIRIn Sorte Diaboli

Norway’s premier black metal(ish) super group, DIMMU BORGIR delivered yet another powerful entry in their already considerable catalog, with a driving guitar heavy album that was catchy as it was complex. Having Hellhammer on board didn’t hurt either, as Jan Axel carved layer of intricate drum patterns to enhance the band’s already ambitious anti-Christian concept album. A successful anti-Christian concept album…how awesome is that? [Read our full review]

7. ABORTEDSlaughter and Apparatus: A Methodical Overture

Sven De Caluwe may have lost all his original members, but nothing detered the growling machine. He simply assembled a new death squad and delivered another precise, surgical slaughter of bludgeoning death metal. Relentless and furious yet containing some of the catchiest songs about mutilation written in recent memory, Slaughter and Apparatus continues the band’s excellent carnage. [Read our full review]

8. MACHINE HEADThe Blackening

After dabbling in bland nu-metal for a spell, MACHINE HEAD came roaring back with their return to form, Through Ashes of Empires. But that was just the warm up. The Blackening is the main course, with the band firing on all levels, encompassing MACHINE HEAD‘s most challenging work to date. The Blackening serves as both a defining moment in the band’s history as well as one of 2007’s finest albums. [Read our full review]

9. IMMOLATIONShadows in the Light

These death metal veterans helped shape and form death metal in it’s earliest stages, but the Yonker’s natives still show they have plenty of tricks up their sleeve. IMMOLATION deliver an intricate maze of riffs, complex drum patterns, and heapings of sinister atmosphere…not to mention an ample amount of guitar shredding. Their legacy of death continues to grow. [Read our full review]

10. SOILWORKSworn to a Great Divide

Despite losing a pivotal member with the departure of Peter Wichers, the band nonetheless stepped up to the plate, dove in to their considerable arsenal of hooks, and soldiered on with one of the year’s catchiest records. Balancing song craft and drummer Dirk Verbeuren‘s well thought out drum patterns, Sworn to a Great Divide is full of hooks that stick in your head. [Read our full review]

roycifer’s top 10

1. HIM Venus Doom

These Finns have always been top-notch songwriters, and they succeed again while under the delicious influence of doom. Ville Valo‘s singing and songwriting don’t miss a step, and the band sound at home with the heavier vibe. “Sleepwalking Past Hope” is a magnificent epic of “November Rain” proportions.

2. MAYHEM Ordo Ad Chao

With Ordo Ad Chao, MAYHEM made black metal sound exciting and totally fucking evil again! The album trembles with such unnerving, nihilistic ferocity not heard since the inception of black metal. Hellhammer‘s best performance. [Read our full review]

3. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGEEra Vulgaris

Josh Homme is a music making beast with such a distinct style and vision. Everything he touches, turns into gold. Their best album since Rated R. [Read our full review]

4. SCARVE The Undercurrent

Guitar music hasn’t been this exciting since SOILWORK emerged onto the scene. But SCARVE are not merely a guitar band. Drummer Dirk Verburen really helps shapes the band’s sound and provides a necessary dynamic with his drumming. [Read our full review]

5. CHIMAIRA Resurrection

This was the album that should have followed The Impossibility of Reason. CHIMAIRA have always had a lot of potential and are continuing to show their steady growth as musicians and songwriters. Move over LAMB OF GOD, CHIMAIRA are the true heir to PANTERA‘s throne. [Read our full review]

6. SHINING V: Halmstad

V: Halmstad is uniquely black metal in that it draws a lot of influence from rock and classical music but is pieced together in a very progressive manner. The excellent songwriting is topped by the tortured vocals of Niclas Kvarforth. Suicide never sounded so damn inviting. [Read our full review]

7. MANES How the World Came to an End

How the World Came to an End is an eclectic album for the ages that spans rock, electronic, and hip-hop while still feeling every bit metal. ULVER, eat your heart out. [Read our full review]

8. AMORPHIS Silent Waters

Silent waters was where the band was treading about for a few releases. But their latest album is solid collection of timeless listening. Singer Tomi Joutsen has breathed new life into a group of vets making waves once again. [Read our full review]

9. MARDUK Rom 5:12

Black metal’s ever-black sons of Swedish blackness keep getting better (and blacker) with age. New singer Mortuus‘ is ferocious and has a voice all his own. To quote dr.park, “it sounds like he’s gurgling blood.” Rom 5:12 also marks a newfound reach to diversify and expand their style…and those risks certainly pay off. [Read our full review]

10. ION DISSONANCEMinus the Herd

While the bees were busy buzzing about JOB FOR A COWBOY, ION DISSONANCE were having a ho down of their own. Minus the Herd tops JOB FOR A COWBOY‘s Genesis on technicality, dynamics, and lasting interestingness. [Read our full review]

MONDO GENERATOR Video For “Lie Detector” Posted Online; Band on Ozzfest

MONDO GENERATOR have uploaded the video for “Lie Detector,” from their recently released new album Dead Planet, online at the following location: www.one.revver.com/watch/327137

MONDO GENERATOR recently returned from their European tour where front man Nick Oliveri checked in from the road with the following update:

“Eastern Baltic rock! There were tons of hot girls, but unfortunately none of them were at our gigs. Estonia was cool, but Bulgaria was the best as me and Ian got to sing ‘Sex and Violence‘ with THE EXPLOITED; I’ll never forget it,” says Oliveri recapping MONDO GENERATOR‘s recent European tour. “Warsaw is always a good time, but I haven’t played there since I played with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE 7 years ago. We had crazy drives through Serbia and Croatia going into Romania, where we got lost thinking we were taking an exit, but it was really an entrance. We had a great time playing for all the European fans and hope to get back there soon.”

MONDO GENERATOR’s new album Dead Planet landed in stores this week through Suburban Noize Records. The band is currently on the road all summer long on the second stage at Ozzfest 2007 and playing off dates with CIRCUS DIABLO. Dead Planet is already getting a strong reaction from radio where MONDO GENERATOR was the #3 most added on FMQB’s Loud Rock charts.

Recorded by producer Nick Raskulinecz at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606, Dead Planet is thunderous, raw rock ‘n’ roll at its best. The album has already generated significant critical acclaim upon European release.

MONDO GENERATOR was originally formed by ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and KYUSS bassist Nick Oliveri in 1997. The band has previously released two critically acclaimed albums, their classic debut album Cocaine Rodeo in 2000 and 2003’s A Drug Problem That Never Existed. Initially intended as a side-project, the band has now become Oliveri’s full time venture.

MONDO GENERATOR is not a side-project anymore,” Oliveri says bluntly. “I used to do MONDO every now and then on spare time and now it’s my first choice. All other bands I play in have become my side-project, so in other words my mistress has now become my wife.”

MONDO GENERATOR Tour Dates:

7/17 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Ampitheatre*
7/18 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord**
7/19 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Ampitheatre*
7/20 Los Angeles, CA Viper Room**
7/21 Devore, CA Hyundai Pavilion*
7/22 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick**
7/24 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion*
7/26 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion*
7/27 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge**
7/28 Denver, CO Coors Ampitheatre*
7/29 Salina, KS The Blue Goat**
7/30 Kansas City, MO Verizon Wireless Ampitheater*
8/01 Houston, TX Meridian**
8/02 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center*
8/04 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre*
8/06 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Ampitheater*
8/07 Cleveland, OH Peabodys**
8/08 Columbus, OH Germain Ampitheatre*
8/10 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre*
8/11 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection**
8/12 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre*
8/13 Reedsburg, WI Badger Music Theatre**
8/14 Indianapolis, IA Verizon Wireless Music Theatre*
8/16 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center*
8/18 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Theatre*
8/20 Boston, MA Tweeter Center*
8/22 Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Center*
8/24 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion*
8/25 Warren, MI The Ritz**
8/26 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre*
8/28 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre*
8/30 Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre*

* Ozzfest 2007
** w/ CIRCUS DIABLO

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – Era Vulgaris

So what does one of the biggest rock bands on earth have to offer with their new album, Era Vulgaris? Answer: Quite a solid album. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have always existed on their own planet in terms of sound and style and Era Vulgaris does not deviate from this course. The loose jam-session of opening track, “Turning the Screw,” brings to mind a ZEPPELIN jam. The album’s first single, “Sick, sick, sick,” turns up things up with infectious guitar riffs and a stomping beat. “I’m Designer” provides Josh Homme‘s social commentary on the ills of his generation and features his ice cool vocals on a damn fine chorus. The song leaves the listener longing for more of the infectious chorus as it seems devilishly too short. “Into the Hollow” features some fantastic sweet, subtle guitar melodics and more of Josh Homme‘s sweet vocal lines. Other highlights include “3’s and 7’s,” the ending to “Suture Your Future,” and “River in the Road.” The rest of the album includes a healthy diversity of songs ranging from the rockin’ to the subdued. As things progress, things become less “radio friendly” and more musically stimulating. Era Vulgaris also sees mainman Josh Homme displaying some new vocal style/ranges, particular a higher range. There are a lot of cool subtleties throughout the album that only become apparent after subsequent listens. This only adds to the quality of the album after initial spins. All in all, Era Vulgaris is a quality work that is indicative of the healthy state of the QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE; other mainstreamers be damned. (Interscope Records)