Sunday, April 25, 2010

Video: Judas Priest "Breaking The Law"

Well right now I am finishing up the Iron Maiden discography and moving into Judas Priest's, and so I figured what better way to mark this transition then with a video?
This is "Breaking The Law" off of Priest's best album (regarded by many), British Steel. I grew up listening to this album, and as such, I know every song very well.

So here it is, one of the best songs, off of one of the best albums to come from the heavy metal/NWOBHM gods - Judas Priest.

Friday, April 23, 2010

New Band: Droids Attack

Droids Attack is a stoner rock/metal group that I recently discovered. What enticed me to the group (and moved them to the head of my listening schedule) was the name ans album art. In my mind the robot revolution is a sure thing that we march towards day after day, so a group named such pops out to my eye.

I went through the bands discography - three albums - in two days, and I have varying views of the band, depending on which album is playing. Their first album, All Your Chicks Are Belong to Us, is a sonic blend between Clutch and Beaver. As some of you may know, Clutch is my favorite band, and I really don't like Beaver, so this was a confusing album. A couple of songs were decent, but there was too much hectic guitar work and growled vocals for my taste. If I had not already acquired the other two releases from the band, I might have stopped here. But I struggled on.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Favorite Albums: Blood Ceremony - Blood Ceremony

When I first listened to Blood Ceremony's self-titled release I knew I had something special. I had a friend over so I couldn't give it the full listen it deserved, but from the bits I heard I was very impressed. The group seemed to blend doom and progressive genres with some folkish elements with the instruments used. And the vocals, being as haunting as they were, could have been either female or male, it was hard to say. After my friend left, I made a note to listen to this whole album again, a note that got mixed in with the dozens of other notes I had/have about listening to different bands and albums. So this week I finally got to it.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Current Trend: Celtic Folk

Beginning on St. Patrick's Day (complete coincidence) I began getting heavily into Celtic Punk/Rock. Something about the time of year, and the style of music, spoke to my heritage, and pulled at my heart-strings. Bands like The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, and Flogging Molly all embody the (relativity) more mainstream of this genre, and all do it fairly well. But I was into more underground music, Jackdaw (which was pretty damn good), The Tossers, The Real McKenzies, Skids, Seven Nations, Young Dubliners, and Fiddler's Green (although they're... German?), put out more traditional sounds - less punk more folk - to much success.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Peter Steele Dead at 48

I woke up this morning to an email from a friend telling me Peter Steele, of the goth/doom metal band Type O Negative, was dead. I did not believe it until I googled it and saw the numerous news articles confirming the fact. This is a sad day for those who reside in the land of Metaldom. I love Type O Negative, both their albums and their live shows. I was really hoping to catch them live again, but now without the booming voice of Steele, there is really little point.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Video: Elton John "Oven Manual Improvisation"

Here's a stupid little video I found, but it made me laugh.
Elton John is on some sort of talkshow, and a member of the audience challenges him to create a song out of a manual for his new oven that he happened to bring.
It's a quick, silly video, but it does show off the mans ability to play.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Albums Listened To In March (97)

Sorry this has been delayed, I've been pulling 60+ hours as work every week and as such, when I get home all I want to do is relax. But today is my day off so I plan on getting caught up and writing some more posts. Several updates to be had in the near future.

Artimus Pyledriver plays what seems to be AC/DC-inspired music with a southern twang to it. I was pleasantly surprised. Cloudkicker's EP, ]]][[[ (how do you pronounce that?) was something new, it's all instrumental, but it was an interesting beginning for a new band. I really liked a few songs from Giant Squid's second album, The Ichthyologist, quite a bit. Another band with a new sound, wouldn't mind hearing more.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Video: Iron Maiden "Run To The Hills"

Been listening to a lot of classic NWOBHM lately - most notably Iron Maiden. This is the music video for their best single (so say the charts), "Run To The Hills," off their best album (in my mind), The Number Of The Beast.