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Friday Fix – 6/14/2013

Posted in Friday Fix with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2013 by heavyuberalles

I am kinda redoing my Friday posts. Instead of something new every Friday, the Friday Fix is just an assortment of cool shit i have come across in the past week. It may be new, it may just be interesting. Enjoy!

1. The White Mandingos

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This hybrid project, the brainchild of rapper MURS, Sacha Jenkins, and Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, is just awesome. Sometimes a little more rap, sometimes a little more punk, oftentimes right in the middle, this is one hell of a good time. The whole album is up over on Soundcloud, but check out one of my favorites from the album, “Warn A Brotha” below. TWM was going to be playing at U St Music Hall in DC this Saturday, 6/15, but the show has been postponed. (Which works PERFECTLY for me, cause Stanley Cup hockey on on Saturday night. WIN!)

 

2. Black Sabbath

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The first studio album with Ozzy since 1978’s Never Say Die, and the godfathers of heavy metal have really done well. I wanted to hate this, honestly. I’m still a little bitter about Bill Ward getting a raw deal and not being a part of this. That being said, this is a pretty damn solid album. Some of the songs sound like they could have been written for Dio, and the songs are fairly long (6 of the 12 songs are over 7 minutes). The lead single, “God Is Dead?” has been played to death already. I am loving the opening track, “End of the Beginning.” Well done, lads. See you in August.

 

3. Death

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I can’t talk enough about this band. I just did a whole post about them today, so I will just link another song here.

 

4. Carol Kaye

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I read a fascinating article this week, one that blew my mind. Carol Kaye was a popular studio musician back in the ’60s and ’70s. I had never heard her name until this week, and when I did, I was shocked to see some of the songs and albums on her resume:

Richie Valens – “La Bamba” (on guitar)
Simon and Garfunkel – “Scarborough Fair”
Lalo Shifrin – Themes to Mission: Impossible and Mannix
The Monkees – “I’m A Believer”
Tennessee Ernie Ford – “Sixteen Tons”
Nancy Sinatra – “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”
The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”
The Beach Boys – “California Girls,” “Sloop John B,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” and “Heroes and Villains.”

HOLY SHIT! This woman was a beast. Paul McCartney was praising the Beach Boys’ bass sound on Pet Sounds in an interview, and unbeknownst to him, was complimenting the bass playing of Kaye. This woman is a legend, and not many outside the industry know who she is. Incredible. 

Read the whole article here.

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Tuesday Six – 5/14/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Ghost – Elizabeth

I had to go with this one today. I got to see Ghost at the 9:30 Club last night, I am still blown away thinking about it. I could go on about the show (in fact, I will in my review for The Vinyl District, online in a couple of days), but this song in particular was amazing. Papa’s voice was spot-on, and the Nameless Ghouls sounded great. This is my favorite song from Opus Eponymous, a haunting ode to the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory. Check out a live video from the Boston show on 5/10 here.

 

Black Sabbath – God is Dead

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Ok, so this one is really growing on me. I still have a little bitterness about the whole Bill Ward thing, but c’mon…it’s Sabbath. I found it interesting that they chose a 9-minute song for their first new single. That being said, it’s a tad long-winded and the song could probably be a good 4 minutes shorter, but it is pretty heavy, solid Sabbath. It has the vibe of Heaven & Hell/Dehumanizer-era Sabbath, and I can’t help but think that this sounds like a Ronnie song more than an Ozzy song. but I am diggin it, and looking forward to hearing the rest of the new album.

 

Hatriot – Weapons of Class Destruction

Steve “Zetro” Souza, former lead singer for Exodus, is back in action with a new band, Hatriot. This is old-school, in-your-face thrash metal with a newer edge to it, led by Souza’s trademark snarling voice. The band includes Souza’s sons, Cody and Nicholas, on bass and drums, respectively. This is the first single off of the album Heroes of Origin. You can stream the album in its entirety below.

 

Demolition Hammer – Infectious Hospital Waste

While we’re on the subject of old-school thrash metal, let’s go back to 1991. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, Demolition Hammer never hit the big time, but their music was solid. “Infectious Hospital Waste” is a crushing example of that. In a bizarre side note, drummer Vinny Daze died of globefish poisoning in Africa in 1996. Not sure if that’s a metal way to go out or not. Anyway, put on your jean vest and rock out to this thrash classic.

 

Strife – In This Defiance

The LA hardcore kings are back and brutal as ever. It’s a little confusing(ish), that the new single is called “In This Defiance,” which was the name of their 1997 album (that did not feature a song by the same name). Sort of odd, that would kind of be like Kiss putting a song called “Rock and Roll Over” on Dynasty. Vocalist Rick Rodney is spitting pure venom on this one, and the riffs are heavy and tight. Hit the heavybag to this song.

 

Twisted Sister – Destroyer

This one came on Sirius/XM Liquid Metal the other day, and I just had to crank it up. So damn heavy! One of my all-time top Twisted Sister tracks.

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 – 3/19/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2013 by heavyuberalles

Going back to basics this week. Been listening to a lot of good old 80s metal this week (ok, and 1 from 1990). Sure, there was cock rock aplenty released back then, but it was the golden years of metal, songs that would inspire and influence generations to come. Put ANY rock album of today up against Back in Black. They all fall short. Anyhoo, on to the 6!

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AC/DC – Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

I said it on Facebook earlier this week, and I’ll say it again…AC/DC’s Back in Black is about as close to a perfect rock album as it gets. Never gets old, just perfect. Aging like a fine wine, never sounding dated. This album is a winner from start to finish, and one of my favorite songs on the album is what they finished with. Starting with a subdued opening riff, we hear Brian Johnson light a smoke and deliver the opening sermon…

“Cause rock and roll ain’t no riddle man, to me it makes good good sense.”

Exactly.

 

Ozzy Osbourne – I Don’t Know

31 years ago today, 25 year old guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads lost his life in an infamous accident. Like a start gone supernova, Randy only recorded two studio albums with Ozzy, yet left behind a legendary legacy. Combining classical elements into heavy metal, using new and fresh playing techniques, and being a sweet guy that was always smiling set Randy apart from the rest. “I Don’t Know” was the first track off of 1980’s Blizzard of Ozz, and made a huge statement about the future of Ozzy. I have included the live version from the Tribute album to remind you just how spot-on precise Randy was, whether it was in front of an arena or in the studio. Randy influenced many guitarists over the years, and his playing still sounds fresh over 30 years later. Rest in peace, Randy.

 

Black Sabbath – Neon Knights

As Ozzy was beginning his second musical life, Black Sabbath began chapter two with the former Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio leading the charge. Neon Knights is definitely one of my favorite Sabbath songs from either era, solidifying Ronnie’s raised-horn place in metal history.

 

Judas Priest – Nightcrawler

In 1990, British metal gods Judas Priest unleashed hell. Coming off of 2 synthier (Turbo) and poppier (Ram it Down) albums, Priest released the heaviest most crushing album they had every done. Madman drummer Scott Travis took over behind the kit, and killed it like Animal from the Muppet show on crystal meth. Ferocious dual guitars and massive wailing vocals from Rob Halford put this album over the top. It may be sacrilegious to some die-hard Priest fans, but Painkiller is my favorite of em all.

 

Van Halen – Everybody Wants Some!!

A rocking example of the bombastic rock that made Van Halen famous, this smoking’ track off of Women and Children First demands you play air guitar and sing along. Besides, who can hear this song and not think of the amazing dancing cheeseburger?

 

Twisted Sister – You Can’t Stop Rock n’ Roll

One year before Twisted Sister released their smash hit Stay Hungry, Twisted Sister released one hell of an album in You Can’t Stop Rock n Roll. With great songs like “The Kids Are Back”, “I Am (I’m Me)” and the prophetic “We’re Gonna Make It”, the title track was the standout anthem of the album. Admit it, every time it comes on we sing along to the opening chords like Beavis and Butthead. “DUHH DUHH DUHH DUHH DUHHHHHHHH!!!” Ok maybe it’s just me. Whatever, this song rules.