hard rock

Your Morning Metal (The Lonely Ones)

Widowmaker

Rally up! There’s a lot goin’ on.

Pain is the cross we bear, sentenced to life because we dare to ask why things ain’t fair. We’ll take our share of pain, hide our scars, pretend we’re sane. ‘Cause ain’t it all a game? And in the end it’s the memories that remain. Out in the wild we’re stronger. The more they’re right we’re wronger. There comes a time to walk away, when our night becomes your day. We are the lonely ones, lost alone and gone astray. We are the guilty ones, exiled, and sentenced far away. So, since we have the name, maybe we’ll play this little game. But we won’t feel no shame; we’ll fight this fight alone as our feelings turn to stone. We’re callous to the bone; it’s the only way to survive this danger zone. Out here you got to be stronger. Out here you’re right when you’re wronger. And if you fight and live to tell, you’ll fight again this life in Hell. We are the lonely ones, lost alone and gone astray. We are the guilty ones, exiled, and sentenced far away.

Widowmaker, “The Lonely Ones” (1992)

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.)