Zak Penley and Sarabeth Linden from the band 'TOWER' join us on the show to talk about the new album 'Shock To The System'! We play new music from the record as well as new releases from Gravehuffer, Summoner's Circle, HELLPIE, NERVOCHAOS, Lucifist, Okrütnik, Misanthropik Torment, Brundarkh, Devoured, 1945, Vulture Lord, Necralant, Ironbound, Goat Sanctuary, DECONSECRATION, REBURIED, VRYKOLAKAS, Exodus, Aeon, The Limit, Katana Cartel, Inhuman Atrocities, Metallica, Dust Prophet, TUR, Behemoth, Afghan Haze, and Iron Maiden!
1 - Sights to the Sky, Ghost Dance, Quarantine War Machine - Gravehuffer
2 - The Zach Moonshine Intro
3 - Chaos Vector - Summoner's Circle
4 - Burned Alive - HELLPIE
5 - Upside Down Cross - NERVOCHAOS
6 - Satan's Satanic Satanists - Lucifist
7 - Legion Antychrysta - Okrütnik
8 - ZERO-FUCKS - Misanthropik Torment
9 - Tower - Interview featuring Run For My Life, Prince Of Darkness, Lay Down The Law
10 - Bells Of The Drowned - Brundarkh
11 - Agenda Perputaran Jagad Raya - Devoured
12 - Heavy Metal is not for sale - 1945
13 - Stillborn Messiah - Vulture Lord
14 - Descending to Power - Necralant
15 - Ironbound - Ironbound
16 - Drain The Blood - Goat Sanctuary
17 - Priestess of the Void - DECONSECRATION
18 - Sepulchral Stench - REBURIED
19 - The Storms And The Shadows - VRYKOLAKAS
20 - Persona Non Grata - Exodus
21 - God Ends Here - Aeon
22 - Caveman Logic - The Limit
23 - Bang Your Head - Katana Cartel
24 - Dead on the Slab - Inhuman Atrocities
25 - Creeping Death, Harvester of Sorrow, One (Live Russia) - Metallica
26 - Hourglass - Dust Prophet
27 - Now when you're blind - TUR
28 - Evoe, Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel, Conquer All (Live) - Behemoth
29 - Blood Ritual - Afghan Haze
30 - The Parchment, The Time Machine, The Writing On The Wall - Iron Maiden
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On their first studio album in five years, New York City’s Tower kicks out the jams with vintage metal appeal and classic rock persuasion that brings the old-school into today!
Unexpected disruption. Challenge. Paralyzing chaos and confusion. A reality check. These words all run the gamut of what the world had experienced since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. They also serve as the inspiration for Shock to the System, the second full-length album from New York City classic metallers Tower.
Tower was halfway finished with writing Shock to the System when the pandemic hit. It forced the band (comprised of vocalist Sarabeth Linden, the guitar tandem of James Danzo and Zak Penley, and drummer James Jones) to find creative ways to complete the album’s ten cuts. For a band accustomed to regular rehearsals and live appearances, the ensuing lockdown enabled them to get together only once before heading into Artifact Audio in Ridgewood, New York with producer/engineer Sasha Stroud this past May and June. However, the less-than-ideal situation helped spawn an album of immediacy and energy.
The freewheeling nature of the writing and recording process helped give rise to several firsts for Tower. While their trademark vintage metal-on-’70s rock sound is still dominant, elements like thrash and doom have entered the equation (one such song had the working title of “Skynyrd Sabbath”), not to mention some ultra-catchy pop hooks for “On the Line” to the point where Tower decided to omit a guitar solo — yet another first. Elsewhere, “In Dreams” features quiet experimentation in a song that nearly reaches the seven-minute mark, showcasing even more diversity.
Lyrically, Shock to the System tackles political themes, personal loss and the volatility of relationships and life in general. The album features cover art from Morgan Jesse Lappin that details the feelings of isolation the pandemic brought on and the futile attempts to escape a claustrophobic and uncomfortable environment only to find the real world has changed drastically.
And while the outside world continues to rear its ugly head and unending grimness, there is only one thing left to do — put on Shock to the System and turn it up to 11!
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