Loud Rock Charts: 4/9

Coming right out of left field this week is a new album by Volbeat, who found mainstream success with their last album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. This time around, however, they’re coming back with some of the heaviest stuff they’ve ever put forth.

Also coming your way is no-nonsense hard rock band Owl with The Right Thing, and intense death metal outfit Pyrithion’s (no, not the chemical) The Burden of Sorrow. 


1 VOLBEAT Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies Universal
2 OWL The Right Thing Overt
3 PYRITHION The Burden Of Sorrow Metal Blade
4 GLORYHAMMER Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife Napalm
5 AMARANTHE The Nexus Spinefarm



1 KVELERTAK Meir Roadrunner
3 CLUTCH Earth Rocker Weathermaker
4 BEYOND THE SHORE Ghostwatcher Metal Blade
5 LOSTALONE I’m A UFO In This City The End
6 THY ART IS MURDER Hate Nuclear Blast
7 BYZANTINE Byzantine Self-Released
8 SIX FEET UNDER Unborn Metal Blade
9 HATCHET Dawn Of The End The End
10 IRON MAIDEN Maiden England ’88 UME


Finding New Music

The great part about non-commercial radio is it is often ones only time to casually be exposed to music that isn’t top 40 or something from the 70’s. It is many’s only chanced to really discover what types of music are out there. There are other mediums in which we discover our own tastes. I, for example, developed my taste in music from the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games. These included artists like Del, Primus and the Dead Kennedys all of which I still listen to today. It’s interesting to see how what we enjoy doing in our free time can affect our taste in music.

What molded your taste in music?


This Pope Shall Not Abdicate

All hail Pope Lou Reed the Only.  His robe is a Velvet Underground. His throne, the mighty city of Berlin.  Whose Mary Magdalene’s were transvestite streetwalkers on the wild side.  Who turned the other cheek when struck viciously with flowers and miraculously turned one day in New York City, utterly perfect.  Who abides in grace and married the glorious angel of experimental heaven, Saint Laurie Anderson.  He, who in his early ministry, delivered prenatal punk sermons of sublime beauty. We have all been thus baptized.  We, who have loved and honored him with our mortal hearts.  We, who are severely bummed out that his show on April 16th, at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey California, has been cancelled. We, who would have washed our own feet and other parts of our corporeal selves, before making the pilgrimage.  A pilgrimage we would have made without the use of certain opiates, because we all know that chariots are powered best by horses, not heroin.  Let us all give a nod to a divinely inspired rescheduling, if it is possible.


Why The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Should be the Next Poet Laureate of the United States

As a creative writing major here at UCSC, I’m all too aware of the changing times and how they’re affecting writers of all varieties. A lot of people are under the impression that a lot of writing, particularly poetry, is racing Keith Richards to the grave, and is probably going to win. Well, win is a relative term in that case. This leaves our nation in an artistic crisis, but fear not! Hope is not lost! There was recently a petition to the White House to appoint John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats the next United States Poet Laureate, and, while he isn’t a poet in the traditional William Carlos Williams sense, his words speak for themselves, you know, like words. According to the always-reliable Wikipedia, the U.S. Poet Laureate “seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.” Who better to bring poetry back into the national consciousness than a popular musician, especially one whose lyrics have affected so many in such a profound way. So, for what it’s worth, this is my endorsement of John Darnielle to be the next Poet Laureate of the United States. Check out a few videos below that might give you an idea of his lyrical brilliance:

Going to Georgia (live)

This Year

The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton


Coming Soon In Hip Hop

The next month holds some exciting news for hip hop fans. Here at KZSC we’re especially stoked to see the release of 2 albums, the first being from none other than Tyler, The Creator. His third studio album Wolf is expected to drop April 2nd from Odd Future Records and XL Recordings. Originally set to be released in May of 2012, it has been highly anticipated. The new album plays around with genres, mixing hip hop/neo-jazz/soul. A single entitled “Domo23″ was released in February along with a music video. I am also excited to hear Kid Cudi’s new album Indicud set to come out April 23rd under Universal Republic and GOOD music. This is his third studio album, and he described the recording process as “go with the flow”. Singles dropped prior to the release of the album include “Just What I Am” and “King Wizard”. These rappers are unique and always bring something new and fresh to the scene. It is always exciting to see what new sounds they have created and what we can look forward to for their tours. Keep a look out for these albums and many more coming out this spring.


Loud Rock Charts: 4/2

This just in: all members from Kvelertak found rendered unconscious in a freak belly dancing accident.

Also, April Fools.

However, you know what isn’t a really bad joke? This week’s charts!


Killswitch_engage_disarm_the_descent_cover1 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Disarm The Decent Roadrunner
2 BRING ME THE HORIZON Sempiternal Epitaph
3 BEYOND THE SHORE Ghostwatcher Metal Blade
4 PUSHMEN The Sun Will Rise Soon on the False and the Fair
5 HYPOCRISY End Of Disclosure Nuclear Blast



clutchearthrockercover1 CLUTCH Earth Rocker Weathermaker
3 KVELERTAK Meir Roadrunner
4 SIX FEET UNDER Unborn Metal Blade
5 SOILWORK The Living Infinite Nuclear Blast
6 HATCHET Dawn Of The End The End
7 THY ART IS MURDER Hate Nuclear Blast
8 DARK SERMON In Tongues eOne
9 BYZANTINE Byzantine Self-Released
10 CROSSFAITH Zion [EP] The End