Friday, March 30, 2012

THE ASYLUM Playlist for 03-29-12

This week Gary Pickard of nevereven joined us by phone to talk about the band and tunes, plus the usual music played.  Playlist below (click here for podcast):

  • Winterkill by nevereven
  • The Rocker by Thin Lizzy
  • Neverwhere by Heaven & Hell
  • Prophecy by Judas Priest
  • YYZ by Rush
  • The Shattered Fortress by Dream Theater
  • Meet The Wolf by A Pale Horse Named Death
  • Take It Away by Atom Strange
  • Gutwrench by Alekhine's Gun
  • Drop The Hammer by Overkill
  • The Frayed Ends Of Sanity by Metallica
  • Captive Call by Hellshot
  • Judas Be My Guide by Iron Maiden
  • Futile Rebellion by Hellrazer
  • Back In The Saddle [Live] by Aerosmith
  • Need Your Love [Live] by Cheap Trick
  • Werewolf, Baby! by Rob Zombie
  • War And Peace by Godsmack
  • Cold As A Stone by Hellyeah
  • Crucified by Disturbed
  • Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Music From California Rockers SNEW

This is brand new music from SNEW, this song is called "Pull My Stinger" and will be on their next album called "What's It To Ya" do out later this year.

A Rally Cry For The Crusher

Everyone thinks that the rock and metal community doesn't care about anyone or each other.  Truth is we are the most caring group of people you could ever meet and it's time to rally together for one of our own.  Jessica "The Crusher" Pimentel, singer for New York's thrash metal band Alekhine's Gun, has come upon some hard times after a serious medical scare.  The following is a statement from her:

At the beginning of March I had a sore throat.

By March 9th It seemed to be strep. I got it checked out on the 12th and sure enough they thought the same. But my doctors were wrong. The next two weeks I suffered the most intense pain I have ever felt in my life. Several times my throat closed up to the point where I couldn't breathe, swallow, lay down or turn my head. I was in and out of doctors offices, and the ER almost every day for 2 weeks.

After several diagnoses, 2 CAT scans, many many tests, pills, shots, poking, prodding, bleeding, two failed procedures with medieval looking instruments and one successful 20+ minute attack with a scalpel later we managed to find an abscess lodged in my throat and removed 250+ ML (about half a pint) of.... well.... really bad stuff that was hanging out in my neck. all this was done while I was WIDE awake on topical anesthesia while I was in charge of not allowing myself to choke, move or scream. The doctor was amazed at how bad it actually was and the big discrepancy between tests and reality. He broke for a second, lowered his voice so my mom wouldn't hear and said.."I've never seen anything like this. You know you could've died at any point in these past 2 weeks". Believe me, I already knew this....

I am finally feeling much better and one's health is most important of all things but, now I have another problem. During the past month I have collected a HUGE amount of debt. I am still not "out of the woods" yet, so to speak, as I have 2 more follow up visits to make sure we got out everything that needed to be taken out and visits to specialist are also quite costly. This ordeal has caused me to miss work, wipe out my bank account on things that are not covered by insurance and fall behind on rent and all of my everyday bills as well.

A conservative guess (I'm talking BARE BONES HERE) of what I have racked up this week alone is about $8,000 dollars, $1,100 of which has been paid out of pocket so far. (That number may change when the rest of the bills come in). Then figure in rent and bills for another $2,000 and... you have a real problem.

So... In a very UN Jessica-like move, I am asking for help.
In situations like these anything and everything counts and can help and I thank all of those who checked up on me constantly and consistently through out this terrible time with phone calls, texts and visits even though I hadn't seen some of you in years, or you were hundreds or thousands of miles away, and the select few special people who offered and actually DID help me in COUNTLESS ways--- you are on my special superhero list. I don't know how I could ever repay you.

On a side note. Slayer's song "Angel of Death" now has new meaning for me... especially the line "Surgery, with no anesthesia". Now I know how bad that is. But as much as I suffered it pains me more to know that there are people out there who are suffering even more than this right now.... This was a valuable lesson.


I ask that all you rockers and metalheads click here to help her out.

Monday, March 26, 2012

My Official YouTube Channel Is Up

As I begin to book people for interviews on THE ASYLUM on Bullspike Radio I realize that some people don't always have time to listen to a 3-hour podcast to hear a specific interview. So after thinking about ways to make the interviews available it hit me to just make my own YouTube channel.

Starting today you can subscribe to my Official YouTube channel at this location; I already have uploaded an interview done with Curtis Don Vito of SNEW back in November.

I have a few more on file to add and will put all the interviews I conduct with people on THE ASYLUM there so if you just want to hear a specific interview you can go to my Official YouTube to hear them if you don't have time to listen to an entire podcast.

I hope in time to also add video interviews, once I can either invest in a video camera or work with someone who has the necessary equipment.

So enjoy rockers and as always, thank you for your support.

Friday, March 23, 2012

THE ASYLUM Playlist 03-22-12

Phil Core - Dropdown
Anthony Cosentino - Dropdown
This week Phil & Anthony of Dropdown called in to talk to us about the band and other stuff.  Playlist for this week is below (click here for podcast):

  • Don't Step On The World by Dropdown
  • Wicked Ways by Five Finger Death Punch
  • The Return by Killswitch Engage
  • A New Dawn by In Flames
  • Around the Fur by Deftones
  • Here To Stay by Korn
  • Sympathy For the Judge by IMAIM
  • Nothing They Say by Jasta
  • Detroit Rock City by Kiss
  • Wild Side by Motley Crue
  • Under The Blade by Twisted Sister
  • What You Give Is What You Get by Ratt
  • Legions Of Metal by Iron Kingdom
  • The Sentinel [Live] by Judas Priest
  • Still Alive by Rogue Stallion
  • Alive by Ozzy Osbourne
  • Overlord by Black Label Society
  • Message In Blood by Pantera
  • Careless Whisper by Seether
  • Opium Dogs by Killcode
  • Save Yourself by Overkill
  • Karma's Messenger by Exodus
  • The Giant by Anthrax
  • New World Order by Megadeth
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden
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Friday, March 16, 2012

THE ASYLUM Playlist 03-15-12

Here's this weeks playlist (click here for podcast):

  • Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones
  • How Many More Times by Led Zeppelin
  • Faithless by Black Country Communion
  • The Turn Of The Screw by Heaven & Hell
  • Serious Killer by PhaZer
  • Meet The Wolf by A Pale Horse Named Death
  • Adore Me by From Out Of Nowhere
  • Wings of a Butterfly by HIM
  • Bardo by Alekhine's Gun
  • No End In Sight by The Autumn Offering
  • Rise by Bobaflex
  • Generation Dead by Five Finger Death Punch
  • Time by Killcode
  • Hundred Mile Stare by Queesryche
  • Vergiss Uns Nict by Rammstein
  • No Reflection by Marilyn Manson
  • Feelin' Me by Adrenaline Mob
  • Straight Across My Mind by Art Of Dying
  • On the Line by Charetta
  • Give Me Something More by Lacuna Coil
  • Pull My Stinger by SNEW
  • Honeybabysweetiedoll by Van Halen
  • Vendetta by Hellrazer
  • Equilibrium by Iced Earth
  • 21st Century Man by Overkill
  • Dangers Of The Faithless by Testament
  • Hunter's Season by Kamelot
  • Turn Loose the Mermaids by Nightwish
  • AC/DC by Vince Neil
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Adrenaline Mob Hits Hard With Omerta

In recent years there have been bands that have been formed from bands breaking up or just wanting to try a side project with friends.  These projects often get lumped together until the title of SuperGroup and usually just do one album and call it a day.  But there are always exceptions to the rule, Adrenaline Mob being one of those exceptions.

In June of 2011 was when Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) first introduced the rock and metal world to his latest project called Adrenaline Mob; which also includes Russell Allen (Symphony X) on vocals, Mike Orlando on guitar and newly added John Moyer (Disturbed) on bass.  The debut self titled EP released in 2011 [which featured Paul DiLeo (Fozzy) on bass and rhythm guitarist Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo/Fozzy)] was just a taste of what was to come.  Their cover of Black Sabbath's "The Mob Rules" became a huge hit through YouTube and left us hungry for more.

This week Adrenaline Mob released their first full length album Omerta.  Luckily for those of you that missed out on their self titled EP, all the songs from the EP were tweaked a bit and included on Omerta; except for their cover of "The Mob Rules".  Omerta is one of the most intense albums I've heard so far this year.  And to be honest I wouldn't expect less from a band of this caliber.

You can normally take an album and pick out the tracks that are less likely to be favorites and chalk it up to something on the track just not working right, but that is not the case for Omerta.  Each track sounds as if the guys have been playing together as a band for years as opposed to being a new band.  Each member bringing their A game to the table.  Russell Allen's vocals are strong and have the full emotion you'd expect to hear from someone who believes whole-heartedly in the music.  Mike Portnoy needs no explanation if your familiar with his work, he brings the intensity many of us knew he could bring to music this heavy.  The real surprise is the amazing riffs from Mike Orlando.  Though he's been doing his thing for some time now with his project Sonic Stomp, he's be relatively unknown.  Well unknown no more, the riffs and solos spread throughout Omerta will make everyone sit up and take notice.

On a personal note, when I can wake up in the morning and hear a song playing in my head without my stereo or television being on usually means the album will be big.  Over the weekend "Undaunted" was in my head when I woke up after only hearing it once.  So if your looking for some hard hitting tunes then go get Adrenaline Mob's Omerta and get your adrenaline pumping.

Friday, March 9, 2012

THE ASYLUM Playlist for 03-08-12

Here's this weeks playlist (click here for podcast):

  • You're a Lie by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
  • Out Ta Get Me by Guns N' Roses
  • Bad Motor Scooter by Montrose
  • Rock Candy by Montrose
  • Come Undone by Adrenaline Mob
  • Full Speed X by Mike Orlando
  • Serpentine by Disturbed
  • Welcome to the Family by Avenged Sevenfold
  • Mammoth by Tired Wings
  • Chill in the Air by Thinning The Herd
  • Orpheus by Nevereven
  • Rise by Dropdown
  • Sediment of War by Hung
  • Diamond In The Crush by 3
  • Satan Prayer by Ghost
  • Woodpecker from Mars by Faith No More
  • Loose by Killcode
  • Pole Rider by Hellyeah
  • Insurrection by Lamb Of God
  • Hollow by Pantera
  • Disposable Heroes by Metallica
  • Transmogrify by Korotory
  • Feed My Frankenstein by Alice Cooper
  • Moonchild [Live] by Iron Maiden
  • The Ballad of John Henry [Live] by Black Country Communion
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Steve Ventura is the First Inductee to the Bullspike Hall Of Fame

It is with great pride that I am announcing that the first inductee to the Bullspike Hall Of Fame Class of 2012 is "Evil" Steve Ventura.

Steve was the eyes of the rock and metal scene in the NYC area by attending practically every show in the area with camera in hand.  He shot almost ever local band you can think of, getting shots that only he could get even if he had to lay on a dirty club floor to get the shot he saw in his mind.  There was never a worry about missing a show cause you always knew you'd see photos of it courtesy of Evil Steve.

But Steve wasn't just our scenes eyes, he was one of it's biggest supporters and a friend to so many of us in the scene.  It didn't matter if you were new to the scene or well known, Steve treated all with the same level of respect which is only one of the many reason why he was so respected by everyone who was lucky enough to meet him.

Unfortunately Steve passed on February 1st leaving our scene and our lives way too soon.  Evil Steve was a one-of-a-kind individual that will never be forgotten and deserves this honor of being the first person to ever be inducted into the Bullspike Hall Of Fame.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

THE ASYLUM Playlist for 03-01-12

This week on THE ASYLUM was a bunch of the bands taking part in the memorial show for Steve Ventura (click here for podcast).

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