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Concert Review – Machine Head – London, 3 Dec 11

It was a hungry crowd at London’s Wembley Arena on 3 Dec 2011.  Metal is what they wanted and metal is what they got.  Machine Head with special guests Darkest Hour, DevilDriver, and Bring Me The Horizon brought an old and new style of metal to the London audience.  Some of it was highly appreciated and some of it wasn’t.  I will get to that later.  I was happy to be part of the experience, though my ear drums are paying for it today and probably for the next few days.  It was one of the loudest shows I have experienced in the last several years.

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Theme Thursday – What’s In A Name?

Lately, I have been perusing Scuzz and Kerrang (channels on Sky) looking at videos hoping to discover something new to listen to.  These are also the channels I turn to when I want to see some old school thrash which is usually played during hours of darkness.

Unfortunately for me, these channels promote much of the newer style of either scream-till-you-bleed metal or the more pop-metal types.  Either way, my time spent on viewing Scuzz and Kerrang usually amount to a quick check here and there.  The reason for the minimal effort is because I am turned off when I see a band’s name if it doesn’t resonate metal.  I hate to judge a book by its cover, but when I see a band name that has no relation to anything that sounds like it could be metal, I don’t want to take time to hear it.  I guess this is a sign of my age, “damn kids these days.”

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