By Dolphin Whisperer
The past still lives around us—a phone booth dilapidated with its tethered telecommunications device extracted, an eerie, abandoned Sears parking lot, Def Leppard jammin’ for the 6:00 pm crowd at the grocery store. Even for new members of the heavy metal clan, the sounds of royalty—Maiden, Priest, Saxon—often line the path to whatever extreme they may later fall into. It’s no surprise, then, to read that new Japanese export Coven Japan declares themselves as a young band influenced by 70s bands like Angel Witch and 80s bands like Satan.1 It’s a dangerous proposition. When you wield such well-known and mighty names in your promo blurb, you better be ready to deliver the goods. Does Earthlings earn its place amongst the Gods?
To no one’s surprise, Coven Japan does not surpass the works of time-tested, riff-imitated classics. That doesn’t mean that Coven Japan can’t be fun, though, and that element of their 70s rock, 80s heavy metal stained sound shines through on Earthling’s most driving cuts (“Land of the Rising Sun,” “Apocalypse,” “Lost Humanity”). And among these tracks, which can remind me a little too much of hall of fame metalworks in riff identity for comfort (“Land of…” – “Aces High,”2 “Lost Humanity” – “Heading out to the Highway”), there lies the speed-driven, punky ambition of early Loudness and Anthem albums to keep Earthlings from being pure NWoBHM pastiche. In the same vein as their countrymen, Earthlings too possesses a warm, decently spacious production with crispy edges—not as clear and biting as the European bands that pioneered the sound. But that’s OK, this kind of louder, rawer construction channels the same windows down, knob-cranked attitude as you would expect from proper heavy metal.
Of course, as is the curse of many Japanese bands playing with this throwback temporal mindset—Significant Point and Risingfall come to mind—the vocals often can pose a hurdle. And, in a form true to this troubled expression, these issues come about most when the band dials back speed for ballad territory, the intro to “Night Flyer” posing the most challenging earuption of the run. The sing-song harmony has a quality to it that is fitting though, same with the quasi-ballad title track that follows. But really vocalist Taka’s wails shine best against an urgent bassline, jangling chords, and searing lead melodies (“What Goes Around Comes Around, “Apocalypse”). 2023 doesn’t need any more ballads.
What it does need more of are the rollicking, guitar-fueled excursions that Coven Japan brings to bookend the lesser clips throughout Earthlings. Good albums start with a bang, and the one-two burst of “Land of the Rising Sun” and “What Goes…” pack that same old school punch that you would find on scrappy classics like Iron Maiden3 or Fly to the Rainbow4 (Scorpions), right down to the leads that swell from thin amp pull to distortion flurry for maximum impact. The popping snare can get in the way from time to time, being one of the sounds borrowed from 80s and not in a great way. But when it comes to numbers that feel more of that time, the Satan-leaning “Apocalypse” or the stadium-ready “Return of the Souls,” it works well against loud riffcraft and bouncing, bluesy grooves. That overdriven heft helps the to-the-point closer “Lost Humanity” flourish in its reverb-soaked chorus chants and snappy twin-lead breakaway.
Coven Japan makes their fair share of missteps throughout this debut full-length outing—the repetitive epic “To Sanctuary – March for the Voiceless,” the over-balladization of a couple of choice tracks—but they do so with feet planted and volume set to rock. For an album that borrows so much from the elders of the halls of metal, Earthlings lands with scrapes and bruises of character from each stumble and success. To put it plainly, Coven Japan has heart and it pours through in every note, which goes a long way in pushing through some of the less-than-stellar moments. And did I mention how absolutely fantastic the cover is? If I remember nothing else of this later, I will remember lady demon with laser eyes. Likewise, if Coven Japan remembers tomorrow is a new day to shine, and that this outing is but a point of entry into future fan’s ears, then they’ll realize there’s no turning back on this path of heavy metal.
#2023 #30 #AngelWitch #Anthem #CovenJapan #Earthlings #HeavyMetal #IronMaiden #JapaneseMetal #JudasPriest #Loudness #NoRemorseRecords #Nov23 #Review #Reviews #Risingfall #Satan #Saxon #Scorpions #SignificantPoint
Nachdem heute jemand mit einer Textzeile aus einem Lied von Judas Priest als Profiltext hier vorbeigeschaut hat und mein geistiges Ohr damit den Rest des Tages mit jenem Lied verbrachte: Bitteschön, hier auch für euch.
Das zugehörige Album höre ich immer noch hie und da ganz gerne (OMG, das ist mittlerweile auch schon Ü40).
Four guest art pieces I did last year. :zerotwowave: They contained references to other media, since I thought it'd be neat to have these all have a "theme."
From top to bottom, left to right:
👻 GHOST JUNK SICKNESS by Studio Cartridge (https://www.ghostjunksickness.com)
👉 direct homage of the album "Painkiller" by Judas Priest (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painkiller_(Judas_Priest_album) )
👉adapted for the GJS universe
👉 heavy color correction
🌊 PHANTOMARINE by Claire Niebergall (https://www.phantomarine.com/)
👉 references the Xanadu movie poster as a base
👉 mostly the exception to this pack, as its main intent was to homage the art movements instead, art nouveau and Platkatstil
👉 title lettering based on the comic's conlang
👉 *dadaism writing intensifies*
👉 more here: https://twitter.com/JadineRhine/status/1423188329726623755
🌽 NUMB by Niina Eveliina (https://www.niinaeveliina.com/numb/) @NiinaEveliina
👉 homages an illustration for the anime "Kimagure Orange Road" done by Akemi Takada
👉 "hidden" reference to another comic done by Niina
👉 the simplest of all the guest arts, with the reference being more surface level + reversing the layout, as the characters in Numb have a different dynamic.
👁️ O SARILHO by Shizamura (https://www.sarilho.net/)
👉 a gif because the original comic uses a lot of mixed media, including animation and gifs
👉 we had to go to Portugal for this one, I think we took a wrong turn at Spain
👉 idea was to imitate newspaper news, simplified to homage Portuguese newspapers, especially "O Domingo". Thus, a fictional newspaper named after the comic with a headline alluding to possibly two characters at once
👉 GRAPHIC DESIGN INSANITY, with corrections to my Portuguese by Shizamura after I sent it in :zerotwoheart:
👉 more here: https://jadinerhine.tumblr.com/post/672039872277676032/i-was-working-on-my-art-summary-remembered-i
Judas Priest reveal video For “Trial By Fire”
Judas Priest reveal a video for track "Trial By Fire" from their highly anticipated new studio album entitled Invincible Shield, which is set for release on March 8th 2024 via Columbia Records. This is the second track to be released from the album.
The undisputed hardest working band in metal will also be embarking on a wo
Judas Priest - Trial By Fire https://www.metgitarenenzo.nl/2023/11/judas-priest-trial-by-fire/ #JudasPriest #Video
Judas Priest – Trial By Fire
It's Christmas, listen to rob halford...
Metal gods Judas Priest announce 2024 "Invincible Shield" tour.
Singer Rob Halford hopes it won't be as wet as Coachella.
Moshville Times World Tour: “E”
Heavy metal, with its thunderous riffs and roaring vocals, transcends borders, reaching all corners of the globe. In the world of metal, countries starting with the letter "E" offer a diverse array of bands that bring their unique flavors to the genre. Here are four heavy metal acts from these "E-list" nations that deserve
This lukewarm review of Dolly Parton's Rockstar refers to her being "among the hair metallers', three sentences after it says she is "alongside Rob Halford from Judas Priest and Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx".
In addition to being inaccurate if it means to include Priest as hair metal, it's a bit rude to apply that label to Uncle Rob.
Dolly Parton: Rockstar review – the country icon turns it up to 11
Leave work on Friday night, and what do I find on my way home but the new single from Judas Priest- Trial By Fire.
Perhaps not as instantly memorable as Panic Attack, but there's still a lot to like, and another reason to look forward to the new album.
FOO FIGHTERS, MTLEY CRE, SLIPKNOT, LIMP BIZKIT, KERRY KING & More Announced For Welcome To Rockville 2024
Plus Judas Priest, Mudvayne, Mr. Bungle, Anthrax, Mammoth WVH, In Flames, and way more.
Judas Priest - Out In The Cold
Metallica - Trapped Under Ice
Warlock - Cold Cold World
Type O Negative - Too Late: Frozen
Cinderella - Long Cold Winter
TIL: there is a new #judaspriest single out and the new Album "Invincible shield" is announced to be released in March.
Mae pennau metal Mastodon yn gwthio mwy a mwy o stwff gwych yn fy wyneb.
Wrth fy modd gyda'r #CirithUngol newydd yma, edrych ymlaen at glywed gweddill y #JudasPriest newydd, ond dyw e ddim yn hen yskol i gyd: dw i newydd ordro copiau feinyl o stwff diweddar #BellWitch a #BloodIncantation
JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist RICHIE FAULKNER Reveals The 10 Albums That Changed His Life
Following is an excerpt from the rundown. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland Faulkner: "My first memory of hearing Hendrix. My father showed me songs like 'Voodoo Child' and 'House Burning Down'...
@TheMetalDog Holy SMOKES! I picked up Rob's book tonight and it is FANTASTIC! I'm still in the early chapters, but it is such a well written memoir. It amazes me how similar Rob's childhood was to my own. I am really looking forward to getting to the meat of it! Thank you so much for prodding me! 🤘
If you're subscribed to Bill McClintock on YouTube, you already know. But if not, here's one of his newer mashups that is INSANELY good.
James Brown and Judas Priest:
And this is the one that got me hooked to Bill's weird mashup work a few years back.
Sabbath and Temptations:
It took a few tries and some tuning, but now this is what I'll be singing:
Faster than a weed sprout
Enraged by my own failure
I'm a gardener, full of guilt
Killing all the greenery
Leaves withering away
My touch brings devastation every day
I am the Plant Killer
This is the Plant Killer
Let me know if you want to see the full thing!
Bach o’r Offeiriad i foddi sŵn y snwcer yn y pyb