Posts Tagged ‘metal

09
Nov
09

amping up the dork level

You all know a dork. Or you read a blog written by a dork.

But Cali just amped up my dork level a notch with this belated birthday gift:
Lee Aaron, Metal Queen album (complete with record), framed.

The fur. The leather. The tiny skull precariously balanced on the sword. The evil eye.
They just don’t make cheese like this anymore. It’s magnificent.

The Geekatorium will never be the same.

Seriously, this cover looks like it could have come from a “Bad News” album.
(If you’ve never seen the Comic Strip or the “Bad News” video, you owe yourself a looksie.)

11
Feb
09

Things I now appreciate

I’ve recently begun to discover that I’m starting to enjoy certain things a lot more than when I was younger. Maybe I’m tired and hearing/seeing things differently. Maybe I’ve grown up somewhere along the way. I don’t know.

But music-wise, wow. It’s not that my tastes have changed — I still love thrash metal as much as I do the beautiful vocals of some female singers — but when I listen now, it’s somehow different.

Now, let’s back up here. Recently, I started downloading some music. A lot of it is the same stuff that I had on tape (hah, dating myself) but never got around to buying on CD. Stuff that I’m finding I really missed.

A good example is Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” CD. I have it on tape, and back in the day, I remember being very “meh” on it. After downloading and throwing it on my iPod, all I can say is “Oh. My. God.” I really freaking love that album. “Powerslave” used to my all-time favorite Maiden album, but now… now it’s a toss up between “Somewhere in Time” and “Seventh Son.” On my drive home in the middle of the night, blaring Seventh Son is just awesome, and I can’t explain why. I guess somewhere along the line, I forgot just how much Bruce Dickenson’s vocals kick ass. You newbies can keep your American Idol singers who do all kinds of retarded things in an effort to “prove” that they’re good singers — I’ll take Bruce or even Geoff Tate from Queensryche, because they have nothing to prove — they simply ARE great singers.

And then there is the lyrics factor.

You know, I never realized it until I sat and listened to the songs, but a lot of metal bands like Anthrax (for example) were really just colossal nerds with musical talent. Songs about comic books, songs about Stephen King books, songs about whatever the hell was interesting to them. None of the posturing poser bullshit that we see in a lot of modern artists — these old school guys were just having fun while making a buck. I mean, any time I listen to Nuclear Assault’s “Butt Fuck” on the “Game Over + The Plague” CD, I just start laughing (“… Cause after all, we’re musicians and we can do whatever we want!”). Metallica’s “Garage Days Revisited” is another example of musicians having fun. It’s great stuff.

And you know, a lot of the lyrics were smart. Nuclear Assault has a song called “When Freedom Dies” on the album “Handle with Care” where the refrain is “We become/the enemy/when freedom dies/for security.” And bear in mind, this album was out in 1989 — it’s not just a post-9/11 phenomena that we, as Americans, are suddenly concerned about our eroding freedoms. Hell, Megadeth’s “Hook in Mouth” on “So Far, So Good, So What!” is all about freedom of speech and music’s fight with the PMRC — a group headed up by Tipper Gore in an effort to “protect” kids from vile music that was allegedly causing kids to kill themselves. (This explains my pure hatred of her and Al — I’ll never forgive or forget that whole thing. Ever.) Of course, it was funny that Dee Schneider (of Twisted Sister) WTFpwned both Gores and the PMRC during congressional hearings about the “dangers” of heavy metal music. These musicians were all on the front lines during that whole fiasco — and never missed a chance to lyrically take shots at the government. And as I return to today — I wonder what Tipper & Co. would think about the lyrics of some of the rappers out there. They probably never knew how good they had it.

Good ole metal bands. I’m not saying they were all great — but man, I will say that I never thought I’d see them the way I do now.




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