Song of the Week: God Hates a Coward
Posted by RiffRaff
So, normally the song of the week should be the first random metal song that we listen all the way through on our Ipod or media player. Thing is, I kinda cheat due to how I listen to music. I prefer to listen to albums from front to back with little to no skipping around and if I do go to a song it’s almost always not at random. So today I going to do this proper. Booting up WinAmp, random on, let’s see what pops up and take a quick journey through my music library. Stephan Lynch – Beelz, about Satan, hilarious, but not metal. Next, The Beatles – I Fell, amazing band, great tune, but again not metal… Next! Jelly Roll Morton – Low Down Blues (New Orleans Blues) (link goes to a different Jelly Roll Morton song, Youtube doesn’t have to one I have, ain’t that some shit), ummm, still no metal, I should have put the metal filter on, but anyways this is fun, I haven’t listened to Mr. Jelly Roll in a long while.
Queens of the Stone Age – Long Slow Goodbye, these guys do have some metal tendencies and guitarist/vocalist/band leader Josh Homme got his start playing for the legendary stoner metal band Kyuss, but not quite metal. Damn, do I have some metal somewhere on my hard drive. You all have to be doubting my metal cred by now. Mega Man – Toadman Stage (Rainy Sewers), catchy chip tune from the classic video game series with the best music, but…. 311 – Guns are for Pussies, yes guns are for pussies, but no metal to be found here. Frank Zappa – Tell Me You Love Me, Zappa has influenced countless metal artist and musicians the world around, but this isn’t the metal you are looking for. San Tropez – Pink Floyd, ahh, Meddle, one of my favorite Floyd albums and “San Tropez” is a nifty little ditty, but you know….
OK, here we go, finally something metal!!!!!!! God Hates a Coward by Tomahawk. For the those not familiar with this band it is one of Mike Patton’s (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) many projects and like many of his works it leans toward the avant-garde side of the musical spectrum. The album that this song comes off of is their self titled release and features members of Helmet, The Melvins, and The Jesus Lizard. A great album for those looking to delve deeper into the world of Mike Patton after getting familiar with FNM and Mr. Bungle and hear more of Mike Patton’s metal side.
With “God Hates a Coward”, as usual, Mr. Patton’s vocal work is top-notch and unmatched. I particularly like Kevin Rutmanis (The Melvins) bass work on this song with his heavy and rolling lines. To bad he left the band, but for their upcoming album which is currently in the works, Mike Patton has recruited long time friend and Mr. Bungle musician Trevor Dunn (who also plays in Fantomas and collaborates often with John Zorn). Enjoy the tune and let us know what you thought. I hope a look into my music library doesn’t make me seem any less a metal head (in a roughly 16,000 song library I’d say about 65% of it is pure metal). Peace Love and Metal!!!