Arrowhead – Coven of the Snake
Released July 12, 2019
Aussie rockers Arrowhead have just released their latest full length album on Ripple Music! Coven of the Snake is a hard rocking 70s style fuzzed out heavy record full of catchy grooves and riffs. Perfect for that summer backyard cookout or cruising down the highway with the top down. Orange crush all the way, baby!
Arrowhead have been around since 2009 and have shared the stage with Monster Magnet, Unida (featuring John Garcia), Earthless, Acid King, and Sasquatch, to name a few. Fans of Black Sabbath, Corrosion of Conformity, Alice and Chains will dig this great addition to the Ripple catalog!
Standout tracks: Coven of the Snake, Root of Evil, March of the Reptiles.
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I’m just blown away by this guy and his podcast. Andy J Miller, aka Andy J Pizza, a silly name for a amazingly insightful creative, has been running his Creative Pep Talk podcast for 5 years now. I found out about it through the also brilliant Six Figure Home Studio podcast, and between the two I’ve had my mind blown and direction corrected more times than I can count in the short time I’ve been listening.
Andy wears his soul on the outside, his heart on his sleeve, and he simply bleeds his creative insightful brain raw into the microphone. He’s a master of metaphors, and somehow twists verbal images into profound truths with disarming regularity. I’ve literally gasped at some of his insights. He’s a man capable of spinning a thought thread that starts with acting and illustrating being similar, moving through bands creating albums for the right or wrong reasons, and ends up with altering Indian food recipes to please a friend in the right way, that lands smoothly with the feeling of a blinding light bulb going off.
The podcast started out – in theory anyway – as a touchstone for fellow illustrators, but quickly became what it really was all along, a creative career cultivation podcast that applies to musicians, actors, photographers, and really anyone who struggles with the existential and actual jungle of pursuing a creative career. What the Six Figure Home Studio podcast is to the business side of a creative career, the Creative Pep Talk podcast is to the creative side. And like the 6FHS podcast, you don’t need to be any particular type of creative to benefit from the wisdom falling off the tree like ripe fruit.
Start right here with this recent episode, man, he cuts right to the bone of what it’s like to struggle as a creative and then, well, pep talks you into feeling great about it all!
Creative Pep Talk on the web
The Metal Gods are back! The almighty Judas Priest is out on tour to promote their 18th studio album “Firepower”, easily their best since 1990’s classic “Painkiller”. I had the pleasure of seeing them this week in San Francisco with the equally venerable and hard rocking Uriah Heep.
The opening song “Necromancer” was one of only a few select cuts from Firepower, as the rest of the set drew from the band’s 50 year history and included deep cuts like Starbreaker, The Sentinel, Tyrant, and the classic Victim of Changes. Yes, the Metal God can still hit those high notes!
The faces may not be the same but the Priest still rocks hard and rides free. Founding member K. K. Downing retired from the band in 2011, replaced by Richie Faulkner who fills the role with new energy. Glenn Tipton announced his retirement from touring in 2018 due to development of Parkinson’s Disease, with guitarist/producer Andy Sneap rocking that studded leather jacket in his place. Drummer Scott Travis (ex-Racer X) has been around since Painkiller and brings the heavy. Only bassist Ian Hill and frontman Rob Halford remain of the original lineup, but this is still a show not to be missed.
Halford still hits the high notes and the low growls, and turned the set into a metal fashion show with his jacket changes for literally every song. Openers Uriah Heep, on the verge of their own 50th anniversary, played a retrospective set of their own Deep-Purple-ish proto metal with great energy and good vibes.
Rumor has it that the Priest is going to be working on another studio album, if it’s anything like Firepower it should be great!
Catch Judas Priest on the Firepower tour! More info at http://www.judaspriest.com