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Tuesday Six – 4/16/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by heavyuberalles

LifeofAgony

Life of Agony – Through and Through

Back in college, my roommate and I had a system called Digital Music Express, a precursor to Music Choice and other cable-based music services. To see what was playing, you looked down at a little screen and it told you what was playing. The remote looked like this:

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I digress. I discovered some amazing music on here, like Type O Negative and Life of Agony. The first time I heard “Through and Through,” I was completely blown away. Very different from the metal bands of the time, there was so much real feelings and emotions in their music, like putting someone’s diary to music. River Runs Red is a concept album of sorts, following a troubled teen dealing with problems in love, work, school, and abusive home environment. Interspersed with asides between songs of what the teen is going through, the end of the album will give you chills.

 

Amon Amarth

The Vikings from Sweden are back! Not a lot of new ground tread on the new song, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Johan Hegg and company continue to do what they do best, making heavy ass metal and being bad ass Vikings.

 

Anthrax – Among the Living

A great song from one of the best thrash albums EVER. Period. I had just read The Stand by Stephen King before hearing this for the first time back in 1987, and that kind of blew me away. Stephen King, Judge Dredd…I instantly fell for Anthrax.

 

Misfits – Attitude

This is about as punk as it gets. “YOU GOT SOME FUCKIN’ ATTITUDE!” Hard to believe this song is 35 years old.

 

Slayer – Raining Blood

I’m driving down the highway on the way home from the Anthrax show on Sunday, and Raining Blood came on Sirius/XM. I am listening to one of the most classic thrash metal songs ever, remembering hearing for the first time way back when, and it dawned on me…this song is my generation’s “Black Sabbath.” Older folks talk about the first time they heard the song “Black Sabbath”, and how the infamous “tri-tone” was the creepiest, most evil thing they had heard. That is EXACTLY what I felt the first time I heard the main riff kick in after the thunderstorm in “Raining Blood.” 26 years later, I still get the same feeling when I hear THAT RIFF.

 

Carnivore – Ground Zero Brooklyn

Hardcore doomy heaviness from the big man in green, pre-Type O Negative. This week was the 3rd anniversary of Peter Steele’s death, a man missed by many. Do yourself a favor and listen to the old Carnivore stuff if you never have. Seriously heavy stuff, and you can hear the influence Carnivore had on the earlier Type O material.

 

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Tuesday Six – 4/9/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Covers! I have always loved when metal bands do a cover every now and then, and we can get their take on a song we know and love. This week I decided to pick 6 cover songs I think are pretty awesome. I could have made a Tuesday 200 with all the great cover songs out there – these are just a few. What did I leave off? What cover songs do you love?

 

Metallica – The Wait

You can’t have a feature about rock/metal covers without including Metallica. They are the masters of the cover song, taking a cool song and making it their own while doing justice to the original. Many may never have even heard of bands like Diamond Head or Budgie if Metallica hadn’t introduced us to songs like “Am I Evil?” or “Breadfan”. I have always loved their cover of Killing Joke’s “The Wait”. Fantastic version of the song. In 7th grade back in 1987, Garage Days Re-Revisited was my introduction to Metallica, and this song was my introduction to Killing Joke. The original version is a great song as well, and Metallica truly did it justice.

 

Fu Manchu – Moving in Stereo
The goddess-like image of Phoebe Cates arising like a Venus from the water and removing her bikini to the sounds of The Cars is burned into many a man’s brain and become one of the most memorable scenes from the ’80s classic film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. California stoner rockers Fu Manchu took this classic, gave it some fuzzed out heaviness and a huge pair of balls for the updated version of this classic song. With this version, you could imagine a hot tattooed beauty arising from the water.

 

Dimmu Borgir – Burn in Hell
’80s rockers Twisted Sister may be best known for their hits “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, but their catalog has some pretty damn heavy stuff in it. Case in point: “Burn in Hell”. Much in the same vein of Pentagram’s “Review Your Choices”, Dee and the boys warn us of the fiery fate that awaits after the wrong choices in life. Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir crank up the evil on this cover, and Vortex’s haunting clean vocals cut through like a knife on the chorus.
**BONUS VIDEO**
Who can forget Twisted Sister’s big screen debut, where the filming of the music video for “Burn in Hell” gets interrupted by Pee-Wee Herman’s bicycle chase in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure? Fine moments in cinema!

 

Amon Amarth – Aerials
The thunder gods of Viking metal from Sweden covering one of my favorite System of a Down songs? Yes, please. I have always thought “Aerials” was such a beautifully written song; it has always moved me. The Amon Amarth version may not have that same passion, but the power of their version makes up for it. Hearing Johan Hegg brutally belting out lyrics like “Aerials in the sky, when you lose small mind you free your life.” Awesome.

 

Mastodon – Just Got Paid
Mastodon absolutely crushes this classic ZZ Top song. Brent Hinds’ vocals pay a perfect homage to this great song, and Mastodon truly keeps the swagger and coolness of the original. One of the greatest ZZ riffs ever. Period.
**BONUS VIDEO**
On Record Store Day 2011, a yellow vinyl 45 was released with Mastodon’s version on one side and ZZ Top’s on the other. Some genius posted on YouTube the 45, played at 33 RPM, creating a perfect stoner/sludge version of the song. Excellence!

 

Sepultura – Symptom of the Universe
With so many amazing Sabbath covers out there by bands like Pantera, C.O.C., and many more, picking one Sabbath cover was a tough one to choose. The two Nativity in Black albums has some really great stuff on them, but this one has always stood out. This is the classic lineup of Sepultura, doing it their way. Fast, insanely heavy, and you can just picture Animal from the Muppet Show going nuts when Igor hits the frantic fills between the chorus and the verse.

Tuesday Six – 1/29/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by heavyuberalles

Clutch

 

1. Clutch – Crucial Velocity

A fantastic track from their forthcoming album Earth Rocker. I had the privilege to hear the album in full today, and this one does NOT disappoint! Killer, straightforward rock and roll. The album comes out on 3/19, and if it’s 3/20 and you don’t have it yet, you should be ashamed.

 

2. Two Man Advantage – Zamboni Driving Maniac

What could be better than a hockey-themed punk band? Big thanks to Bobby at the Oasis in Palo Alto, CA for telling me about these guys. *Bonus video! Check out their full set from November 2012 at Trash Bar in Brooklyn, NY here.

 

3.  The Sword – Apocryphon

One of my favorite stoner rock bands, these dudes from Texas use D&D and Game of Thrones for subject matter in their song, and use awesome words like “multiverse” and “demiurge” in their lyrics. From last year’s album of the same name, enjoy the riffage and check out this trippy lyric video that might be life-altering if watched while tripping.

 

4. KingSnake – Book of Promise

Got to see this badass band from Philly last weekend supporting King Giant. Rooted in the bluesy rock vein of Clutch, these guys are great in the studio, and even better live.

 

5. Amon Amarth – Asator

Excellent viking metal from Sweden, these metal warriors can do no wrong. I love everything they’ve done. Off of 2006’s With Oden On Our Side, this one is just brutal.

 

6. Volbeat – Sad Man’s Tongue

Take heavy metal, and mix in a dash of rockabilly and some Johnny Cash flavor, and you’ve got Volbeat. These guys from Denmark Have gotten better and better, and have a new album on the way in 2013 called Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies. Stoked to see these guys in Baltimore in April.

 

**Bonus song – Hatebreed – Dead Man Breathing

I was going to post this as #6 this week, but the video got removed by Razor & Tie Records. Heard this one on Liquid Metal today, and loved what Jamey Jasta had to say about the meaning behind the song – the fact that we live in an overmedicated society, a topic I had just been discussing with coworkers. This is off of their latest album, Divinity of Purpose. Check out the short video below (that has a snippet of the song) with Jamey talking about the song.