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Monday Metal Madness – 56th Grammy’s

1015599-grammy-award-617-409It’s time for the *yawn* Grammy’s; excuse me I don’t mean to be rude, but this normally a waste of time for metal and for people who like metal.  However, this year might be a bit different.  Keep in mind this is America; we are talking about a country where metal is not as out in the open as it is across Europe.  I miss Europe!  I can see where my European friends would think this is a weak list of “metal” bands, and I would normally agree, but again this America and I want to point out one thing.  These are all metal bands.  Last year, Halestorm beat out Megadeth, Anthrax, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden and Lamb of God if I remember correctly.  Really?  Nothing against the catchy Halestorm, but they won out of sheer popularity and record sales.  They got played on the radio…during daylight hours.  It just goes to show that the people who run the Grammy’s and/or cast votes know nothing about “great” metal.  Again, nothing against Halestorm, I do like them, but how does a band like that beat such heavyweights?  The year before, Foo Fighters cleaned house and though they are a great band, I wouldn’t exactly call them metal.  Again, they beat out actual metal bands.

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Video of the Week – What Doesn’t Die

I am just to wrap up the novel World War Z:  An Oral History of the Zombie War.  It is written by Max Brooks who is, interestingly, the son of Mel Brooks the well-known comedian.  Max went the other way and decided to explore the world of horror, more specifically zombies.  Now, I am not some zombie fiend, but I do like a good story about post-apocalyptic life, zombies, and end-of-world scenarios.  When I saw the movie adaptation trailer of this novel was about to be released in theaters, I thought it best to read it first.  I heard there were problems with the ending of the movie that needed to be filmed a second time. In order to not leave the theater confused, I read the book…that’s the only way to understand the true meaning of the story.

What made this book good is that the rising of the undead is believable.  Brook’s approach is interesting in that the entire novel is personal accounts of people around the world who survived the war.  They are telling their story which, as the reader, you will often find that a story told from South Africa might reference something that happened in Denver, CO or Canada.  It was very interesting how it was all put together…pretty hard to put down.  Now, it’s time to see the movie.

As for the Video of the Week it’s about zombies, of course.  This is perhaps one of the worst videos I have ever seen for a song I really like.  But, it’s Anthrax and let’s be honest, they are not known for being a part of truly great music videos.  I used to have the shirt they are wearing in the video.  People would think it was a pentagram.  I was living in West Texas at the time and I used to get strange looks even a few questions.  This is the kind of place that has a church on every corner.  Anyway, if you look closely or pause the screen it’s actually an “A” in the frame of what looks like a pentagram.  People see what they want to see.  Enjoy the Video of the Week…What Doesn’t Die which can be found on Anthrax’s album We’ve Come For You All.

Concert Review: Anthrax/Exodus & more…

photo (9) - CopyFans were out in full-force Tuesday night (Apr 2) in Denver, CO for the sold-out Metal Alliance Tour featuring Anthrax with special guests Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste, and Holy Grail.  If my memory serves me, this was my ninth appearance in the crowd at an Anthrax set.  Under normal circumstances, I would have thought a bit more about traveling 102 miles on a weekday to see a band I have seen so many times, but once I learned Anthrax’s Among The Living would be played in its entirety, I just had to be there.  Also, I never saw any other of the other bands live before, so there was also that. One other reason fueling my interest with this show was…of all the times I saw Anthrax this was only the third as a headliner.  I longed for the full-set experience and I got it!

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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #3 – Antisocial

20110622-mn5g4d27dsd8w5mf31r5kb793iSilly of me to not know this was a cover song.  Believe it or not, I only discovered it was a cover when I was geeking out on Guitar Hero (Xbox 360) and the original song by Trust was on there.  So, 20+ years after Anthrax’s awesome State of Euphoria album with Antisocial on it, I finally uncovered the deep, dark truth of the song’s origins.  This is a classic case of my metal wingmen and women not looking out for me.  It’s all good though.  I have to say, I like Anthrax’s version much better.  It’s a great live song; a fun song!

The original Trust version can be found on their album Répression released in 1980 which probably explains why I never knew it existed.  There was an English version released not long after…which happens to be the version on Guitar Hero.  Anthrax’s State of Euphoria was released in 1988 and did well for the band, though some might say it didn’t live up to expectations after Among the Living.

Here is Anthrax’s version.

Here is the original recorded by Trust in a live setting in French.

Album Review: Anthrax – Anthems EP

88-300x300I can always appreciate an album of cover songs from my long-time favorite bands.  Anthrax, though not necessarily known for recording that many covers, does do them well when they get around to it.  You may remember a few cover songs off that eclectic album Attack of the Killer B’s released in 1991.  It has the popular Metal/Rap collaboration Bring the Noise and a newer version of I’m The Man.  Contained therein is also a Kiss cover (Parasite) and even a couple S.O.D. covers (Ode to Billy and Chromatic Death) which, ironically, members of Anthrax are part of.  Other than Antisocial, Anthrax has kept their recording of covers to a minimum compared to some other Metallica bands.  Now, we have the EP Anthems to satisfy our craving for metal cover songs.  Here is the breakdown.

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Monday Metal Madness – Grammy Nominations 2012

grammy_awardLast year, for the 2011 Grammy Awards (click here for our 2011 poll), there were some cool deserving bands nominated for an award.  Dream Theater received their first nomination and Mastodon and Megadeth were also nominated.  However, it was Foo Fighters who swept anything and everything related to Rock/Metal.  Nothing bad on them, they deserve to be awarded for their work, they are a great band.  But, it’s painfully obvious that the Grammy Committee is still unable to draw the line between Rock, Hard Rock, and Metal. They need to separate these categories completely.  Incidentally, A Metal State of Mind voters wanted Dream Theater to win.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #35-31

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Reggie’ Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #50-46

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will more than likely see some classic metal albums.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for years while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to the top.

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Monday Metal Madness: While They Were Away Pt. II

Last week you all voted well and Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens took 100% of the poll over Blaze ‘George ‘The Animal’ Steel’ Bailey.  This week, let’s start an interim singer play-offs with another seed.  Happy voting!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Van Halen has had their share of vocalists join and leave and rejoin their ranks.  David Lee Roth –> Sammy Hagar –> Gary Cherone <– Sammy Hagar <– David Lee Roth.  And technically Extreme’s Gary Cherone is the interim-ist singer, but, I think he sucked, so the place in the poll goes to Sammy Hagar.  A music nerd battle that rages to this day is who was the better singer for Van Halen, and opinions are pretty split right down the middle.  Between the 2 there are pretty stark differences in the band’s style, both having being great in common.

Another almost as controversial vocalist switch was when thrash metal legends parted ways with Joey Belladonna and John Bush joined their ranks in 1992.  Like Van Halen, having a different styled vocalist led to the band having their musical style change up a bit to fit John’s rougher voice.  There was also Dan Nelson who jump in when John left for a brief period, but no albums were recorded with him, so he remains Anthrax’s dirty little secret.

Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #70 – #66

Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#70 Sound of White Noise by Anthrax

Not to put down Joey Belladonna, he’s a great vocalist and was part of some amazing ‘Thrax albums. But when it comes to my personal favorite pick, the John Bush era is where it’s at for me. SOWN has a heavier edge to it due to the band taking a change in direction to fit Bush’s lower octave vocals and the riffs and rhythms just have so much more crunch than their earlier works. I’ve seen/heard that this record gets a lot of guff for ‘selling out’, but whatever, it’s my favorite Anthrax record. Belladonna or Bush, Anthrax rules!

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