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A Hairy Situation/Records ‘n’ Schtuff/Geigercounter

Hail fellow metallians and rockers,

Yes, once again (sigh), it has been a long while since I have posted anything, and I have no good excuses to offer. So you may accept none.

Anywho, it has been over four months since my last haircut, and what started out as simple laziness somehow evolved into a legitimate crusade to GROW MY HAIR LONG. Yes, I know the road will be long and difficult. The odds are stacked against me to throw it in and chop it all off during the dreaded “transition period”: 18 months ’til the first ponytail, hair growth of a half-inch per month, months and months of freaky quasi-‘fros and gallons of hair gel in tow. But I’ve always felt like a long-haired rocker at heart, and this perilous endeavour is coming at least 20 years too late. Things happen to derail plans in life, but it is up to the individual ultimately to create the person one truly wants to be –inside and out. So wish me luck!

On to the music…lots of great albums are coming out this fall, not the least of which is the brand new Monster by the almighty KISS, coming out tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 9th. Initial reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and this KISS Army member’s expectations are equally boiling…Denver, Colorado-based power/thrash metallers Silencer have made a cosmic return with The Great Bear, out now on Amazon.com and itunes. Formed and anchored by rhythm guitarist/vocalist Keith Spargo, Silencer has been at it since 1998 and released the cult favorite Sledgehammer Chiropractic demo, as well as classic eps Kozmos and Structures in the early 2000s. After a pair of screaming modern thrash CDs during the last decade, The Great Bear marks both a return to form and natural evolution for Silencer, and I, for one, can’t wait to pick it up…Also out now is Re-machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head. This album features several metal and hard rock luminaries, including Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Label Society, Chickenfoot, Carlos Santana, Steve Vai and more. The record marks the 40th anniversary of the one of the greatest albums in metal history, and it is an obvious addition to my infinite wish list.

Finally, no post after a long hiatus would be complete without a shameless self-plug. My Bizarre Big Rock band, Raptor School, is finishing up the mixing and mastering of our second release, Geigercounter, due out late fall/early winter 2013. For the select few (ha!) who heard our first release, 2008-09’s Redefine, this album is re-vamped version of those olds with soaring new lead vocals from our old friend Ryan Darnell (ex-Knights of Tethys). My brother/guitarist Jeff Kollnot and I are also back writing and arranging new songs for our second full length album, which we are confident will please and excite fans of our unique brand of Bizarre Big Rock and Roll.

That’s about it for now. Yes, that Lizzy Borden vintage review is still on the way, eventually. Keep it loud and proud, brothers and sisters.–JK

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~ by jonnyboyrocker on October 8, 2012.

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