Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Disaster Proof "Dome Home"

With all the natural disasters happening of late its hard not to worry about ones house or home, especially for someone who's as paranoid as myself. So you can understand how a disaster proof house can seem extremely appealing to people. Enter "Dome of a Home," a house designed specifically to withstand hurricanes but can also weather almost any other natural disaster (it's even mold, mildew, and termite-proof!) Makes me wish I could afford to have one built for myself. Sure its not much to look at, but guess who'll have the last laugh when the apocalypse comes? (Unless theres Zombies, and if thats what you're more worried about you might want this house.) Click on the jump to read some of the things this dome has withstood:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Music Deals

Cyber Monday has been known by consumers as the Internet equivalent of Black Friday and is quite popular to those looking for deals who wish to avoid the crazy lines, potential screwdriver stabbings and sleep deprivation that comes with Black Friday shopping. What isn't well known is the fact that many artists and record labels often take advantage of this day as well, offering huge discounts and deals on their catalogs. In celebration of the laziness and convenience that is Internet shopping Idol Threat has compiled a short list of music-related deals for you, so make sure you jump on one or all of them before the days end!

Former Chicago based label Seventh Rule Recordings is offering what is arguably the best deal this Cyber Monday. Seventh Rule has put SIXTEEN of their releases up on their bandcamp for FREE download! That's right, 16 of some of the best hardcore/metal albums out now all for FREE! You can download albums from Atriarch, Batillus, Wetnurse, Chicago favorites Indian, Millions, Sweet Cobra and more! This deal has been going on all weekend but it will only be extended until the end of the day so you'll have to hurry: http://releases.seventhrule.com/

Wu-Tang Clan fans can now download 3 of their latest releases for the low, low price of $7 each! You can choose from their popular Beatles mash-up album Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers, their new Jimi Hendrix mixtape Black Gold or their Enter the Dubstep album. http://www.wudisciples.com/

Relapse Records, one of the best labels in extreme metal, is commemorating their 21st anniversary by offering a huge sale to celebrate! While not necessarily Cyber Monday related this is still an amazing deal that will end in a couple of days at the end of the month. All Relapse cds (excluding 2011 releases) are now HALF OFF and each day they offer a different cd that you can add to an existing order for a mere 21 CENTS! Today's special cd is Cephalic Carnage's "Xenosapien." http://www.relapse.com/

Decibel Magazine is without a doubt the best metal publication still in print, but you can see for yourself by subscribing to them now for $29.95 for a full year or save 10 bucks by subscribing to two years for $49.95! Thats 24 brootal issues for a mere 2 bucks a pop! As a bonus Cyber Monday deal you get an extra FREE issue for subscribing! http://store.decibelmagazine.com/

Legendary Hip Hop duo Black Star is offering their single “You Already Knew” for FREE DOWNLOAD! It was produced by Oh No and is off their upcoming Aretha Franklin inspired mixtape, Black Star Aretha. Talib Kweli and Mos Def/Yasiin Bey also released their Madlib-produced single "Fix Up" for free in celebration of "Black Star Friday." Download "You Already Knew" here / Download "Fix Up" here

Fake Four Inc is an experimental Hip Hop label with a diverse roster of artists that include Astronautalis, Sole, Myka 9 and Onry Ozzborn of Grayskul. Today is the last day of their fall sale where you buy one of five 3-pack CDs for only $10! Each of the "Fake Four Fall Survival Kits" is compiled by various themes but my personal favorite is the "Producer" pack which includes a Blue Sky Black Death album and K-The-I's amazing album Synesthesia. http://www.fakefourinc.com/

Troniks/PACrec have been one of the best noise lables/distro for quite some time now and are currently selling five cds for only $20! While again not Cyber Monday related this is still a great deal that saves you more than 50% off their normal prices! Actually this is an ongoing deal for the site but thats no excuse not to take advantage of it today! Get into the spirit of the consumer holiday! http://iheartnoise.com/

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Status & Future of Gilead Media Records

Oshkosh, WI based Gilead Media Records has had an amazing track record for releases putting out CDs and LPs from some of the best of the extreme metal underground including Krallice, Thou, False and Northless. Their prices are beyond fair and their strong DIY ethic has led to some quality releases, it was obvious that sacrifices were made and no expense was spared and that great care was taken for every single release they put out.

Unfortunately the good karma from their business practices has yet to return to them as they have recently been the victim of some shadiness from their former distributor, which sucks since the label-head Adam is such a nice guy. Read the news from their blog below and click the jump for the full post, and to help curb the loss from this blow Gilead Media is selling their old stock and distro for huge discounted prices. Go to their site now and help out by picking up some sick merch and music:

"2011 has been a year of immense growth for the label. I made the decision in 2010 that I would focus solely on metal releases, and that was a choice I’ve become very happy with. I’ve released a large quantity of records this year, especially for being a one-guy operation with some-time help from friends. I handle almost every aspect of a release, organizing the mixing and mastering of the audio, rendering and laying-out art files for packaging and inserts, screen printing all patches and posters that come with releases, and making all buttons. It’s a huge task for just one release, let alone the batch I’ve done this year. As of November 19, 2011, that total is seven new releases and six represses - all of which were vinyl.

It’s been a crazy year, and it’s been rough. While doing all of this I’ve also been managing a screen-printing shop, Offbeat Press, and working on producing a film I co-wrote and co-directed, Dead Weight. 2011 has been a year of very little rest, a lot of coffee, and a lot of stress. On the opposite side of things, this has been the most productive and fulfilling year of my life.

On the label side of things, I owe that success to all the people that have ordered records and to all the folks that run websites, blogs, magazines etc. that have covered or promoted my releases. I’ve met tons of incredible people and built some great relationships over the course of the year. The level of support I’ve had is overwhelming. It started to feel like the label was unstoppable.

That’s what made things so hard when I found out I won’t be seeing much, if any, of the $5,500 I was owed by my old retail distributor, the Independent Label Collective. It was like running full speed into a brick wall.

Earlier in 2011 there was a situation of inner turmoil at ILC, which involved people I considered friends, many of whom I’d known for quite some time and to whom I had grown close. Having helped found the company from the ashes of the Lumberjack Mordam Music Group, I took everything very personally and was thoroughly irritated with the situation. People say business isn’t personal, whatever, that’s ridiculous. Everything is personal. For me it is. I’m not a business guy, so when I build a relationship with people on a business level, it means a lot to me personally and I take it very seriously.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bloody Panda - Summon: Invocation [Remixes]

Bloody Panda is a New York based experimental doom metal band with members that dress in executioner hoods and a scary female vocalist that came all the way to NY from Japan with the sole purpose of forming "the biggest band in the world." They formed in 2003 but I didn't come across them until their 2006 split with like-minded band Kayo Dot. That split combined with their demo produced substantial hype for their debut full length "Pheromone" which in turn gained much praise upon its release. The group followed the success of their first full length with "Summon" their second full length which was released in 2009. Summon: Invocation contains remixes of their last album made by some amazing artists including Jarboe, G. Stuart Dahlquist and Edgy 59 from Burning Witch, Mick Barr of Krallice, Toby Driver of Kayo Dot, Nadja, Portal, vocalist Jessika Kenney, Matmos, Chicago's own producer extraordinaire Sanford Parker and more. The remix album is free but donations are appreciated (and encouraged) so enjoy and give what you can:

Download Here:
Bloody Panda - Summon: Invocation

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thou - Baton Rouge [Slowed to 33 RPM]

How do you make the already massively heavy sludge of Idol Threat favorite THOU even more brutal? Slow down the vinyl which was recorded at 44 RPM to 33 RPM and record it. FUCK ME SIDEWAYS if this played out trick doesn't get me EVERY TIME! The end result reminded me a bit of the early classic material from another personal favorite so I've altered the album artwork accordingly. Those that get the reference will know how this slowed down version of
"Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For" sounds. Not sure who uploaded this but you have Robotic Empire to thank for the link. Enjoy.

Download Here:
Baton Rouge [Special Slow Frequency Version/33RPM]

Friday, November 11, 2011

Black Sabbath 11.11.11 UPDATE/REUNION

Today, 11/11/11 at 11:11 a.m. PST at the Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles, Henry Rollins of Black Flag hosted a press conference with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward . The Whiskey is where Black Sabbath started 41 years ago, opening for Alice Cooper. This was first time the foursome have appeared in public together since Black Sabbath’s 2006 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As expected the press conference was held to announce that the original 4 members of Black Sabbath including Ozzy have reunited. They also announced plans for their first new studio album in 33 years and a worldwide tour to follow their headlining gig at Download Festival on June 10, 2012.

This isn't the first time we've been blessed with a Sabbath reunion, the band got back together with Ozzy to headline Ozzfest in 1997, but Black Sabbath hasn’t toured since 2005 or put out a new record with Osbourne since 1978’s “Never Say Die!" This is huge news and you can expect us to post the tour dates the minute they are revealed. SABBATH!

Black Sabbath Website: http://www.blacksabbath.com/

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Big Ghost Chronicles Reviews Drake's "Take Care"

Now I wasn't going to post this since it was all over the net already (?uestlove even posted a link to it on Twitter) but this is just too funny to pass up and plus I've always thought Drake was highly over-rated. I first ran across this blog when I found his "10 Softest N*ggas in the Game" post months ago and thought it was one of the funniest lists I've read in awhile. I originally thought this was a blog actually ran by Ghostface Killah (a mistake Wiz Khalifa made as well) but it turns out it's just an imposter, and a funny one at that. The link to the full track-by-track review is found below but I'll leave you with highlights from the review from Mr. Cocaine Biceps himself:

"...yalls might know him as The Kitten Whisperer aka The Harvester of Pauses aka The Taio Cruz of Hip Hop aka Young Garnier Fructis the pre-cum baby aka Jennifer Aniston's favorite emcee....n the muthafucka most likely to have a gateway to Narnia in his closet ...Drake.

...Im pretty sure that son gets up in the morning n plays his harp for his cats n then slides down the muthafuckin banister in his satin man nightie n has a full glass of breast milk before he goes to the studio n hammers out some pooned out shit like this b.

...this sounds like the soundtrack to some Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants type shit son. I forget who the broad he got singin the hook on this muthafucka is...but i think its Renee Zellweger or some shit. I feel like Im inside a Barnes & Noble or a Starbucks b... This joint is more light in the ass than the fushigi gravity balls you see in those infomercials at 3 in the mornin son."

Read the Full Review Here:

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Heavy D dies at age 44

Pop Rap icon Heavy D was pronounced dead Tuesday at the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after collapsing outside his Beverly Hills home. The self-proclaimed "overweight lover" made many hits in the 90s and his group Heavy D & the Boys included "Trouble" T. Roy whose death was the subject of one of Hip Hop's greatest tribute songs. Besides his many hits such as "Nuttin' But Love" and "Now That We Found Love" Heavy D was also known for creating the theme song to the comedy tv show In Living Color. RIP.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Black Sabbath 11.11.11?

So the Black Sabbath Facebook page just posted the above pic about half an hour ago. No explanation followed this cryptic picture so we can only speculate on the meaning of it. Is it too much to expect a reunion with Ozzy, Tony and the rest of the gang? I hope to Dio it isn't. We'll keep you posted on any news.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Gwar Guitarist Cory Smoot (Flattus Maximus) Found Dead

Cory Smoot, Flattus Maximus/Lead Guitarist for Gwar since 2002, has been found dead this morning as the band was preparing to continue their tour in Canada. Our condolensces goes to the band and Cory's friends & family, here's the press release from the band themselves:

"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR’s current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long term plans. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today. We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him."

-Dave Brockie-

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Analyst - Book III Instrumentals [Free]

Local producer The Analyst (SoundTravels) has just released the instrumentals to his collaboration album with B.A.Sick. The Analyst has been making beats for over a decade and was just recently brought into the SRNC family which is also home to up and coming Chicago rappers Scheme & Astonish. You can hear traces of the Alchemist, DJ Muggs and Chicago legends Molemen in the Analyst's beats but his production style is all his own and he is fast making a name for himself in a scene full of forgetful producers. Check the free beat tape below and Idol Threat will share the full album complete with B.A.Sick spittin once we get our hands on it. Enjoy:

Anthrax's Scott Ian Says Take Away Illegal Downloaders' Internet Privileges

Scott Ian of legendary thrash band Anthrax has just recently given an interview to the browardpalmbeach.com blog. In the interview Scott touched upon many things including the return of Joey Belladonna and writing a tribute song for Ronnie Dio and Dimebag Darrell, but the topic that will most likely garner the most attention is his opinion of what the consquences for illegal downloading should be. Check the excerpt of the interview below:

"...It's the way it works these days. People can get the records for free, whether they're an actual fan or just a casual person who just wants to check something out. It's not a case of going out and checking out music. Now you can steal it, because the Internet makes that possible for people. People have this sense of entitlement now where they think music is free, and that's the way it is, whether or not they even realize they're stealing it.

Before the Internet, the only way to steal music was to walk into a music store and physically walk out with something, and you were stealing, and you knew it. You knew, unless you're a fucking maniac, that there was a consequence. If you got caught, you were going to get in trouble.

On the Internet, there is no consequence for stealing. Nobody gets in trouble for stealing music, nobody gets in trouble for stealing movies. Illegal downloading has no consequence. So until there is a consequence, it's going to happen more and more and more, and people are going to see less and less original and good content from the record industry and movie industry...

[In response to what he believes the consquences of illegal downloading should be]
You lose your Internet. That's it, no more Internet for you. Seriously! Like you drive drunk, you lose the privilege of driving. You download illegally, you lose the privilege of having the Internet. The punishment fits the crime. Why these service providers don't stop the torrent sites and put a consequence on this, I have no idea. Everybody complains about the trillions of dollars being lost, but nobody does anything about it. Believe me, if I could do something about it, I would."

So what do you guys think? He definitely gives a lot of good points but I doubt that he'll get any positive responses from the majority of downloaders, I definitely see no hope of him convincing anyone under the age of 25. Comment, discuss, and check the link below for the full interview. Anthrax's 10th studio album "Worship Music" is out now on Megaforce Records:

Full Scott Ian Interview:
Scott Ian Country Grind Interview

Envy - As Serenity Calls Your Name [Japan Disaster Relief]

With all the disasters that keep happening all around the world its tough to keep track of them all, and with the economy the way it is it's even tougher to help out with donations. Luckily the mighty Envy has provided a brand new track for us to buy and all the proceeds goes to Japan disaster relief. Every little bit helps and at 7 minutes long the Envy track is a bargain of a buy to begin with so please do not hesitate to purchase and to help out further if you can. Here's the press release for the track from Temporary Residence Limited:

"Japan's legendary post-whatever powerhouse ENVY have recorded a brand new song specifically to benefit relief efforts for the devastating earthquake that struck Japan earlier this year. It will take years - likely decades even, - to rebuild the affected areas. This single will be available exclusively on iTunes so that we can minimize overhead costs to insure that 100% of the proceeds from each sale will go towards relief efforts. For only $0.99 you get a badass new 7-minute Envy burner, and Japan receives your support when and where they most need it. You can purchase the single here:"

Please Buy Here:
Envy - As Serenity Calls Your Name