Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I have been getting ready for a return to employment after a number of years working for myself and also have been away on a business trip to Washington, DC.
While I was in DC, I picked up the Iron Maiden video, Iron maiden: Flight 666. A tour documentary I have been meaning to pick up for a while now, especially since Sam Dunn was involved in its making.
The film follows the band on the first leg of their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour between February and March 2008. It was refreshing to see a band documentary where members were not; getting drunk, goofing around, fighting, throwing hissy fits, crying or slagging off other bands/band members.
If you have not checked it out already, I recommend you do so.
Here is a clip from YouTube.
While we are on the subject of Sam Dunn, don’t forget to check out his Rush documentary, Beyond the Lighted Stage.
I cant think of anything to blog about at the moment, so, let’s have a bit of the heavy stuff!
Lamb Of God – Set To Fail
Machine Head – Descend The Shades Of Night
Slayer – Reign In Blood
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Dream Evil – The Book Of Heavy Metal
Way back in 1983 the BBC aired a series, Rockschool, which taught the basics of performing rock music and its various genres. It featured Geoff Nicholls on drums, Henry Thomas on Bass and Dierdre Cartwright (above) on lead guitar, along with interviews with leading musicians from the various genres covered.
There were nine episodes in the first series:
- R&B and Blues
- Heavy Metal
- Special (Questions and Answers)
The BBC went on to produce a second series, which aired a few years later, and added a keyboard player (Alastair Gavin, I think). But it is the first series for which I had fondest memories.
If you want to check out the series a user on YouTube has uploaded the whole thing. http://www.youtube.com/user/joeeyeless
You may find that the first section of the episode on Heavy Metal is blocked. I think it’s the bit that has a clip of Motörhead. Well they did say that if they moved in next door your lawn would die!
I’ve just been checking out the new album, The Obsidian Conspiracy, by Nevermore. If you are not familiar with Nevermore then they are well worth checking out, particularly if you like your extreme music progressive. The band don’t really fit into any particular genre of extreme music as, to me, they sound totally trans-genre. My, oh my, can this band play!
- The Termination Proclamation
- Your Poison Throne
- Moonrise (Through Mirrors of Death)
- And the Maiden Spoke
- Emptiness Unobstructed
- The Blue Marble and the New Soul
- Without Morals
- The Day You Built the Wall
- She Comes in Colors
- The Obsidian Conspiracy
Listen at Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/7j7tAsWboyxgxEXzaFC41p
Let’s check a bit of Jeff getting all shreadtastic at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2010. Cool!
Sputnik Music – http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=53432
Bloody Disgusting – http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/723
The New Review – http://thenewreview.net/reviews/nevermore-the-obsidian-conspiracy
- Progressive Metal
- Heavy Metal
@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/nevermorefans
@Twitter – http://twitter.com/nevermoreband
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevermore
@JeffLoomis.com – http://www.jeffloomis.com/
Especially owing to my current status as a probationary Canadian, it’s good to see one of the ‘local’ bands getting the recognition that they deserve. http://www.alliancefilms.com/en/89/details/display/12402/
Plus, I love Rush. I’ve loved them since a friend played me 2112 way back in the ‘70s.
I know I will be checking out this movie when it comes to Halifax (Nova Scotia) next weekend, for a 2 night run at the Empire. http://www.empiretheatres.com/movie/rush-beyond-lighted-stage
For those unfamiliar with the band, just the following list of studio albums will give some idea of their longevity:
- Rush (1974)
- Fly by Night (1975)
- Caress of Steel (1975)
- 2112 (1976)
- A Farewell to Kings (1977)
- Hemispheres (1978)
- Permanent Waves (1980)
- Moving Pictures (1981)
- Signals (1982)
- Grace Under Pressure (1984)
- Power Windows (1985)
- Hold Your Fire (1987)
- Presto (1989)
- Roll the Bones (1991)
- Counterparts (1993)
- Test for Echo (1996)
- Vapor Trails (2002)
- Snakes & Arrows (2007)
- Clockwork Angels (2011)
Here is a super-play list of the 18 released studio albums care of Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/33s6jyepkX23qfqLI5jfRi
And, for you young tykes, here is a list of more ‘recent’ similar artists (well they have been going a while):
- Dream Theater
- Spock’s Beard
- Porcupine Tree
- The Flower Kings
- King’s X
Take it away RUSH!
Owing to the death of Paul Gray of Slipknot I have decided to feature a different band as part of Tuesday’s RetroBlog.
The first Slipknot album I listened to was their debut, and while good, I was not really minded to keep up with subsequent releases. So, in light of recent events I decided to give the more recent release, All Hope Is Lost, a listen. I was surprised, in a pleasant way, how much their sound had changed from the first album. If you have not done so already, check it out.
Here is the link to the album on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/0hFWapnP7orzXCMwNU5DuA
- Gematria (The Killing Name)
- Dead Memories
- Butcher’s Hook
- This Cold Black
- Wherein Lies Continue
- All Hope Is Gone
- Blabbermouth – http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/showreview.aspx?reviewID=1494
- AllMusic – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wifqxzwkldae~T1
- EW.com – http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20222137,00.html
- The Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/aug/10/slipknot.all.hope.is.gone
- IGN Music – http://music.ign.com/articles/903/903026p1.html
- Spin – http://www.spin.com/reviews/slipknot-all-hope-gone-roadrunner
- Ultimate Guitar – http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/compact_discs/slipknot/all_hope_is_gone/index.html
- Heavy Metal
- Alternative Metal
- Stone Sour
@Website – http://www.slipknot1.com/
@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/slipknot1
@FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/slipknot
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slipknot_(band)
I woke up this morning to find out that Paul Gray was found dead on Monday in an Iowa Hotel. There are going to be some very sad Slipknot fans. One of the original members, I understand.
Here he is on Behind The Player. I understand he was big into alternative tunings. Nice bass tone.
Let’s have something of the most recent album, Psychosocial from All Hope Is Lost.
This morning, over breakfast, I learnt the sad new that Ronnie James Dio had lost his battle with stomach cancer on Sunday morning.
So, I though I would dedicate today’s post to the great man. It is always difficult to do people justice when writing an obituary, so, I think I will just let his contributions to music do the talking.
However, what I can say is that I know that he will be sadly missed by fans. Anyone who has the experience and privilege of seeing him perform live, whether in Elf, Rainbow, Sabbath, Dio or Heaven and Hell, will know exactly why he is held in such high regard. His performances in the studio were excellent, but there was something about seeing him live and the professionalism that he exuded which really made you appreciate the greatness of the man. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to see him at the Brighton Centre (UK) as part of Heaven and Hell in November 2007. Unbelievable performance and I have managed to find a clip of the gig on Youtube – Sign Of The Southern Cross.
I think I should start with a summary list of his studio performances (with relevant Spotify links where available) , although this list is by no means exhaustive it does give a good indication of how much he has recorded. You can check out a more thorough listing of his work starting from his page on Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_James_Dio
- Heaven and Hell (1980) – http://open.spotify.com/album/2xlljcaxcJxmnGO4xJq7YZ
- Mob Rules (1981) – http://open.spotify.com/album/239f6HFDmTWbBKNezUR4BX
- Dehumanizer (1992) – http://open.spotify.com/album/2qyXLZvoWxsqb0ILGbyDNK
Heaven And Hell
- The Devil You Know (2009) – http://open.spotify.com/album/2eLwBr4FWHB9XUoeloyyzf
There are also a number of live albums that he appears on and are worth checking out as a snapshot of his live performances from a particular era, apart from Dio stuff, I’ve only listed one from each ‘band’. I also particularly enjoy the posthumous Rainbow live albums.
- The Elves – Live at the Bank (1972)
- Rainbow – On Stage (1977) – http://open.spotify.com/album/6DyINdfRW7rp5JKmskckJd
- Black Sabbath – Live Evil (1983) – http://open.spotify.com/album/0pTZWu6m0CCXWuLRZIVhgM
- Dio – Intermission (1986) – http://open.spotify.com/album/5VEEoVMgFelq51Xx9pPT8r
- Dio – Inferno: Last In Live (1998) – http://open.spotify.com/album/16uWU6R3s5DzdTiARtjYow
- Heaven and Hell – Live from Radio City Music Hall (2007) – http://open.spotify.com/album/35rdERkWtUtHjj2krS8wWh
Check out the live performance at Rockplast 2009 of Bible Black, from the album, The Devil You Know.
Then of course there is the Devil Horns…
Ronnie, you’re da man!
The mighty 3 Inches Of Blood played The Paragon Theatre in Halifax on Saturday, and we were there!! Support was provided by Goatwhore, Barn Burner and local Cole Harbour band Black Moor. However, I must admit to being only familiar with 3 Inches Of Blood.
Goatwhore play a pretty intense combination of Blackened Death and Blackened Thrash Metal, the most recent album is Carving Out The Eyes Of God and you can check it out on Spotify. http://open.spotify.com/album/1VkjJSzSg5JZrB8e7ehFi2
And, check out the video for Apocalyptic Havoc on YouTube.
Barnburner are a bit more ‘conventional’ in that they, sound to me, like a reasonably straightforward NWOBHM inspired Hard Rock/Metal, their album Bangers is also on Spotify. http://open.spotify.com/album/77o8exUj9jnNEf2t7g70nY
Unfortunately, we missed local band Black Moor, as they were added after the tickets were printed and so we arrived at the door as they had just finished up their set. I’m sure we will get to check them out again around the Cole Harbour/Dartmouth/Halifax area. Check out the lead track from their 2009 album The Conquering, they sound awesome! “Black Moor’s commin’ after you”.
Here’s an interview, with the band, about the Cole Harbour metal scene.
Back to 3 Inches Of Blood, their most recent album is Here Waits Thy Doom, check it out here. http://open.spotify.com/album/6pHRtdZdLfmrKMF31KXjaZ
Here is Battles and Brotherhood from the aforementioned album.
Of course, 3 Inches Of Blood had to finish up their set with Deadly Sinners!
But no Forest King in the set, [sigh]. Well, better remedy that.
This morning we, over breakfast, were having a chat about the fact that the rescheduled Megadeth/Slayer Tour of Canada will have both bands playing their 1990s albums Rust In Peace and Seasons In The Abyss, in entirety. I then got thinking about metal albums from that year. Here is my list of 10 favourite albums from that year.
Alice in Chains – Facelift
Annihilator – Never, Neverland
Anthrax – Persistence of Time
Celtic Frost – Vanity/Nemesis
Death – Spiritual Healing
Iced Earth – Iced Earth
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Megadeth – Rust In Peace
Pantera – Cowboys from Hell
Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss
8 out of 10 of the above albums are featured on Spotify, here is the playlist – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/5h1SRJY8SkmPWeI0Y1rQTC
Better have something for the pain!