Archive for the 'Metal' Category


The only thing that could make this set cooler is a giant Snacktator in the background, covered with snakes I guess.


So pleasant, so festive! Ahh, relax and hit the nog, dudes and dudettes.

Thanks, fishwagon.

Safari-The Breeders

I noticed that some DJ last month put the Breeder’s “Cannonball” into low level rotation on the crappy radio station around here. It made me think of this tune from an EP between the Breeder’s first two albums, Pod and Last Splash. Just a great song. Kim Deal was always like a drug in the Pixies that you wanted more of, and Breeders was a nice little rush. The bonus of this original incarnation of The Breeders was the underrated Tonya Donelly, previously of Throwing Muses and subsequently fronter of Belly. Good times!

Tangerine-Led Zeppelin

Sometimes you just gotta go with it. The song that most predicts “Stairway to Heaven” and every other electrified rock cheese ballad to infinity. This is not to say that it isn’t awesome. What are you going to do? How can we be immeasurably cooler than you all the time?

Breaking the Law-Judas Priest

Lest anyone claim “in retrospect it is totally obvious about Rob Halford,” have your response ready- “awesome is awesome.” Also, “eat it.”

Every now and then you need a little fist to the sky “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!!!!!!!!!!!” and outro.

Supernaut-1000 Homo DJ’s

I know this is a repee, but somebody finally posted some animation vid of a Ministry live version of this Al Jourgensen side project, and. and nothing. Time to rock dog it with a riff that sounds like molten bagpipes shooting shrapnel indiscriminately.

Got no religion, don’t need no friends
Got all I want and I don’t need to pretend
Don’t try to reach me, cause I’d tear up your mind
I’ve seen the future and I’ve left it behind

Word to the emus.

Supernaut-Black Sabbath/1000 Homo DJs

The distorted monolithic sludge-grind that kind of sounds like bagpipes of the Al Jourgensen (Ministry) side-project 1000 Homo DJs take on the Sabbath stomper is really a classic cover. Completely faithful the the cartoonish deviltry of the original, yet firmly ensconced in the ouevre of the coverers. Jourgensen probably sings on the original release, after some sort of legal problem keeping Trent Reznor’s vocal on the thing. This is actually covered in Wikipedia, which delights me to know end. Thing I love about the Sabbath original is that it feels like Ozzy’s part of the band. The monomaniacal focus on whatever creepy apocalyptic shroom-induced riff-fest Ozzy’s singing about- they are all on the same page. I love both versions, but actually think the 1000 Homo DJs take is a nice update but unfrotunately is the song that basically invented the White Zombie sound.

Below we have a You Tube classic! Sabbath and Sky Captain, together! I don’t relaly know what this person was thinking, but it allows you to hear the tune.

Aces High-Iron Maiden

Guitars in harmony, the standard metal preamble, staccato drum flares, ooh, then a time change- oh yeah, this is Maiden. Then it hits, urgent, propulsive description of preparations for a coming attack. This is Maiden in their patriotic non-Dune/Edgar Allen Poe phase. The third movement is where the songs really hits, you actually feel like Messerschmidts and Hurricanes and Spitfires are flying all over the place, tracers every which way, the Battle of Britain of course. The actual chorus part is too cheesy for me, but the movement (one of about ten) that hits at 1:55 is pure awesomeness, and this is one of the Maiden songs where you actually hear Steve Harris’ bass, and actually appreciate it a little bit. The solos aren’t even that over the top and ridiculous. Actually, what I like about this song, regardless of its cheese factor, is that it feels patriotic without being excessively jingoistic. Maybe its easier to be that way when the song doesn’t come across like “Burn My Flag and I’ll Burn Your Ass” style cobag sentiment. Also, when your country is not the biggest and most powerful on the block and was fighting for its life against NAZIS for goodness sake, you can have a little patriotic sentiment.

Additionally, if I may unbecomingly become serious pour un momento, when I hear this song I think about the Gregory Peck/Gary Merrill film Twelve O’Clock High. It’s not about the Brits, but instead a Yank bomber squadron based in Britain. It details the bloody toll on bomber crews flying dangerous daylight long range bombing missions. They keep getting shot to hell. I won’t ruin it for you, but the scene that gets me is the squadron member pedaling out to the deserted airfield after the war, they use the “Baa Baa Black Sheep” song and it just crushes you. Tonight, listening to Aces High, I am wondering if George W. Bush has ever contemplated what war does to our troops (no point in thinking whether he contemplates how Iraqis are affected) or it he’s ever seen Twelve O’Clock High, or any other non-John Wayne (or Ronald Reagan) war movie. Perhaps he and his pappy, WWII pilot that he was, watched Gregory Peck unravel time and time again, but in a snarkily mocking way- “that’s not how George Herbert Walker Bush was imprinted by the War, just Peck, a liberal movie icon.” Maybe they just watched it for the flying footage, and pappy would say “one day you’re going to fly planes just like me.”

And here is the vid: Bassist exceptionally cheezer on the monitor: check. bassist mouthing the words: check. Totally synchronized opening battle footage- awesome. UP THE IRONS!!!!!