Your Morning Metal (The Explorer)

Shotgun Messiah

Shotgun Messiah, like most of the glam rage of the late eighties, was one of those specialized things. They caught you with a pop hook here or there, and, you know, whatever. But among other things, Shotgun Messiah had Harry K. Cody, and, well, that brings us to “The Explorer”.

Awesome: The Bismarck

The Bismarck - Great PlainsIndependent rockers The Bismarck have offered a free preview of their new album, Great Plains, in its entirety. I highly recommend you take them up on it. Great Plains (Pride of Dakota Records), at first listen, is an awesome—as in, “awe-inspiring”—album counting down its last week until release (May 29).

No, really, I haven’t been this pleasantly surprised by some random album that I heard of through the blogosphere since … um … the blogosphere itself, I guess.

Seriously, these guys have my attention, and barring some obscene scandal like Nazi child molesting orgies or something, that’s a good thing. For me. I mean, for them? Well, who the hell am I? Except for the person telling you to go listen to this album right freaking now?

Yes, really.

Rock on.

(I should note, since I just now found it, that there is a really cool visualizer behind the cover art at The Bismarck’s site. Hover, click for the drop-down menu, and select something to go along with the music. Oh, yeah … and turn the volume way the hell up.)