“You can never win/Pay for all your sins.” I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t an interval this slow, unproductive afternoon where I felt like that was exactly my situation. Enough, actually, that the lines occurred to me before I even listened to the song, and it was in looking it up that I found the above clip of Death Row, who would shortly become the revived Pentagram, performing it in Virginia in 1983. If you’ve never seen photos or footage of the band from this era, that’s Victor Griffin (Place of Skulls, now returned to Pentagram) on guitar, his sub-Gene Simmons hair and makeup rife with early ’80s metallic evil.
Frontman Bobby Liebling also delivers a killer performance, and there’s a hiccup later into the video in the chorus, but it’s still well worth checking out. I was stoked to happen upon it earlier this evening, and it proved to be just what the day needed when I did. It’s been a really frustrating couple of weeks at work, and it’s probably best if I leave it at that, so I’ll take the small victories where and when I can get them. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how it is. If you’re reading this, if you’re watching and digging “All Your Sins,” you already know. Fucking Joe Hasselvander rules, and you don’t see much of him in the video, but Martin Swaney‘s bass sounds killer as well.
Today I interviewed former Monster Magnet guitarist Ed Mundell about The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, his current power trio with Collyn McCoy of Trash Titan and Rick Ferrante of Sasquatch. They’re in the final stages of recording their debut album with Snail bassist Matt Lynch at his Mysterious Mammal Studios. Next week, I’ll have that interview posted (hopefully sometime before Friday at 7PM, unlike the Dave Chandler interview that went up earlier tonight) and a track premiere to go along with it, so definitely stay tuned for that, because it’s good stuff.
Also to come is some audio from the new Falling Down compilation and reviews of Pyramidal, which I wanted to get up today but didn’t end up with the time to give it its due, and Candlemass, among others, as well as the April numbers. Hopefully too the next installment of Tim Catz‘s “70 RPMs” column, which I’m very much looking forward to reading. Thanks to everyone who downloaded the podcast this week. I don’t really know to compare, but I think 120 downloads in five days is a new record as regards that, and especially after last month’s tanked, to have nearly as many downloads in a fraction of the time was pretty cool. Much appreciated.
I’m headed out for most of the day tomorrow, but I’ll still be around for much of the weekend and I hope to catch up on some emails over that time. I’m sorry if you’ve reached out for review or something like that using the contact form and I haven’t gotten back to you yet. There are some old-ass emails in my inbox by now and I wish I had more time to do a better job of keeping up with it, but it gets pretty overwhelming pretty quick.
Last time I started going through, I ended up finding more unanswered solicitations than I even knew I had, so I actually answered a handful and still wound up with more still to go than when I started. Good problem to have though, I guess. Better than people telling me to go fuck myself, or not emailing at all. As things have been pretty quiet around here lately in the comments — that post about me feeling old aside — once again, I’ll take what I can get.
Wherever you are or however backlogged with work you may or may not be, I wish you a great and safe weekend. I’ll see you on the forum and back here Monday.
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