In light of all the crap going on in the world over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself listening to some of my more aggressive CDs. One positive, is that I’ve “rediscovered” a couple of bands I hadn’t checked out in some time. At the top of the list is Chimaira. They released several solid albums before calling it quits. Unfortunately, there was only one album with Kevin Talley on drums.

Check out two of my favorites below.

Nothing Remains (breakdown at the 4:00 minute mark is awesome)



Here is the cover for the final book in The Tyrus Chronicle, Forever Soldiers.

The illustration is by Mario Teodosio. You can see his other work here. My talented wife designed the cover.

The manuscript has been sent to my editor. So the release date is forthcoming. I'm still working on the book description.

Let me know your thoughts on the cover!

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Lacuna Coil is a cool band that I often forget about until I decide to bust out one of their older albums. Only after I listen to them do I realize that there is some repetitiveness to their sound which is probably why I don’t own more of their releases. Still, they’re worth checking out. Below is their biggest hit.


So last weekend, I introduced my kids to The Ramones. Based on the frequent changes of “Hey! Oh! Let’s go!” I’d say it was a success.

Blitzkrieg Bop

I Wanna Be Sedated

Beat on the Brat


The new Anthrax is awesome….almost as good as Worship Music (I still slightly prefer the latter). Regardless, these last two albums might be my favorites with Belladonna in the band.


Breathing Lightning

Blood Eagle Wings


Spiritual Beggars is such a grossly underrated band. Michael Amott is best known for Arch Enemy and Carcass, but his work on these albums is equally as awesome.

Title Track

Hard Road

No Man’s Land


After a couple of listens, I can say pretty confidently that the new Killswitch Engage album is as awesome as I had hoped it would be. So far, these are my top 2 tracks.

Hate by Design

The Great Deceit