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The 12 Days of Metalmas: Day 9: Nine Iron Maidens Screaming

bruceOn the 9th day of Metalmas my true love gave to me
Nine Iron Maidens Screaming
Eight Heads a-Banging
Seven Glam Bands a- Laying
Six Slayers Slaying
Fiiiiivveee Gooolllldd Riiinnnggsss (to rule them all)
Four Crying Birds
Three French Bands
Two Headless Doves
And an Opeth in a pear tree

If you’ve ever been to an Iron Maiden concert or watched any live video you should be well aware of Bruce’s favorite phrase to amp the crowd up, “Scream for me [insert city name here] !!!!!!”. It always works and he usually says it right before they go into the lesser played fan favorite song or simply a fan favorite, so usually after that bout of screaming, the crowd goes even more apeshit. Enjoy yourself some Iron Maiden (and thank you to my wonderful wife for a pair of Iron Maiden tickets under the Christmas tree!!!!)


Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #5-#1

Is it the end already?!  That went faster than I thought it would.  Well, it was a lot of fun actually sitting down and drawing the whole thing out and asking myself why I love these records as much as I do.  While some I dug just cause they were f’n great albums, others I found I had quite a bit of history with.  I loved catching up with some classics I may haven’t listened too in a while and also rediscovering some records (some of which missed the Top 100, but I’ll make an honorable mention post in due time).  The other big fun I had with this list was as well as posting all of it in its glory here on Metal State I was posting entries on a Facebook forum dedicated to metal where many others were doing just the same thing.  It was/is (many are still posting theirs and some other have just begun) great to talk about all these albums with many other people and also see what their lists had to offer.  I have to say, my mind is inundated with a ridiculous amount of music to check out and I look forward to hearing it all.  If you’re feeling like talking some metal and use Facebook you can join the group through this link.  There are cool metal nerds within and some very fun metal discussions.  If you don’t have FB, I’d still love to see your list so post it to your blog, write it in the comments, or send it to me through email.

Anywho, here are the final 5 entries in my Top 100.  I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did making it and I hope you discovered some cool new albums to check out or were inspired to revisit something you may not have spun in a while.  So, without further ado,  we come to the end of ‘The List’ (which I now feel slightly depressed is over, will make up for with my top cover songs list which will begin at the start of the new year).  Drum roll please! Drtrtrttrrttrrttrttrtrrttrtrtrtrrttrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtr!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!!!!

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #10-#6

Is it Top 10 time already!?  It’s been fun recounting my favorite albums to you all.  Thanks for reading!  Doing the list was fun and gave me a great excuse, not that I need one, to go back and listen to some amazing records that I haven’t spun in a while.  Here in the Top 10 is where the big dogs come out.  My ‘stranded on a deserted island’ albums per say.  Each one here holds something special for me and some have helped shape me into the man who I am today and some are just really damn great records.  Here’s the first half of my Top 10 Favorite Albums of All Time with the second half including #1 to drop next Monday.  Enjoy and if you have a spare couple of minutes, let me know what your favorite albums all.  Sharing is caring!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

#10 Fly By Night by Rush

Picture if you will, a young and impressionable lower-middle class American suburb kid at around the age of 7 in the back yard of his neighborhood buddies home digging a big hole because, well, who really questions a kids motives on stuff like that. Then the older brother of the friend comes out back and does what any awesome older brother should do. “Hey, you kids really need some music to dig that hole to” he says as he plugs in his boombox and proceeds to play 3 albums for the youths. Included in that trio of albums are 2 records that would help shape the passions and interests of the visiting child.

The first to make a massive impact is a hard rocking prog rock album called Fly By Night by a Canadian band called Rush. The opener “Anthem” give him such a surge of energy that he attacks that hole at full force and the following tune, “Best I Can” makes him want to make sure that the crater he is making is the best damn crater in the world where people would travel around the world to see his magnificent work.

Tune by tune the sweet music connects with the dirt encrusted kid as he learns life important skills like quality ditch digging and the pleasures of air-drumming. Soon a period of rest comes as sweet sun tea is guzzled by the glassful in the warm sun and the chill sounds of “Rivendell” grace our ears and initiate a lesson on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (who would also go on to be another favorite of the impressionable child).

Even at such a young age, there are events in one’s life where the memory sticks vividly as it just had happened an hour ago. This was one of those days, especially when the other album, which will be talked about at a later date, was included. And in case you’re curious, the odd man out album was Appetite For Destruction, which the kid thought the music and songs were great, but the singer sounded like a pig getting his nuts stepped on and it kinda killed the album for him.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #15-11

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 20.  From here on out, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list except for one or two that are relatively new (to me) compared to the rest.  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 close 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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Top 10 Halloween Songs

Since this past Wednesday was Halloween, I was going through my iPod listening to songs I considered to have a Halloween theme. It’s probably no surprise that many of them were by metal bands. By the end of the day I had come up with what I thought provided the best soundtrack for the day. Feel free to leave suggestions as to what I should put on my playlist for next year!

10-I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery by Woods of Ypres: The song is a haunting one, perhaps best suited for those with a more philosophical side to them. After all, who knows what the afterlife holds and what happens if you’re a ghost.

9-This Situation is Getting Hairy by the Workout:  What would you do if someone you knew turned into a werewolf? The Workout seek to answer this in this semi-romantic song.

8-Dragula by Rob Zombie: Zombie describes what might make for a good Halloween night: Burning witches! (Maybe I’m a little biased on this one since  I live close to Salem)

7-Welcome Home by King Diamond: Having your granny back in your life may seem nice at first, but turns into a nightmare when you realize she rose from the dead.

6-The Fatal Feast by Municipal Waste: Two words: Space Cannibalism

5-Enter Sandman by Metallica: Metallica’s hit song and accompanying music video gave me plenty of nightmares as a child.

4-Bark At the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne: Horror is a theme in classic Ozzy tunes but this one’s particularly campy. Bonus: Ozzy in werewolf makeup.

3-Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden has some pretty dark songs but this one is the most nightmare worthy.

2-American Psycho by the Misfits: There are plenty of spooky songs by the Misfits but this encapsulates the way one feels when watching a classic slasher flick.

1-War Pigs by Black Sabbath: Iron Man is the usual Halloween favorite to play but this embodies the holiday perfectly.

Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #25-#21

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!!!

#25 Sailing the Seas of Cheese by Primus

As I look back at the Excel file with my ‘list’ on it one common theme that seems to be running through a large part of the albums is that they all include well pronounced bass and rhythm sections. One could argue that having heavy bass dulls down the music and muddies up the intricacies, but I digress and say that some well used bass adds a nice full body to the music that makes it even more tastier. Like a good whiskey, wine, beer, or woman. When it comes to bassists, one of the most skilled and eclectic that will come to many’s mind is Les Claypool. What that man has done with the low-end tones is unique to say the least, but as well as being a titan on the bass he also is a damn fine songwriter/storyteller/lyricist and collaborator. Without the aid of the other 2 members of Primus the complexities of his style wouldn’t come to fruition. Larry LaLonde’s trippy and shredy guitars work wonders when paired with Les’ groove accentuating rather than carrying. And to keep up with the insanity of Claypool a damn fine drummer is needed, and Tim Alexander’s jazz beats dance in tandem with the quirky bass. While the trio have released some damn fine albums, their second full length collects the best the band has to offer in one package. Not a stinker or a dull moment the whole record and this is always the Primus record I cram down everyone’s throat when they tell me they never listened to Primus. So, if you enjoy some thick bass in your music and for some strange reason never heard Primus before, I implore you to go get your hands on this album right now.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #30-26

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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Video(s) of the Week – Download 2013 Headliners

In seems uncharacteristically early to announce headliners for the UK’s famed Download Festival for 2013.  The event is still 10 months away and the promoters have already booked the three headliners.  Based on what I have seen, I would buy a ticket already, but the hardest part would be for which day.  I am not in a position to disappear for the entire three-day event; therefore picking one day would be tough.  In 2013, I would do the weekend if I could because all three headliners are quality acts.  So, without further dela, I will let the videos do the talking.  They are in order from top down – Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  This is already shaping up to be a tremendous June 2013 weekend.


Monday Metal Madness: While They Were Away

Last week, voters overwhelmingly chose Ozzy as their preferred frontman of Black Sabbath.  Thank you for voting, I am sure the Ozzman would be pleased.

Carrying on with this basic concept, let’s talk about the vocalists who took over the reigns while both Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) took their hiatus.

Rob Halford left Judas Priest in 1992 shortly after the Painkiller tour.  He went on to form the band Fight; something a bit different from his long-time band Judas Priest.  Priest soldiered on when they hired Tim “Ripper” Owens to fill the unique role as Priest frontman.  This lineup went on to release two studio albums – Jugulator and Demolition.

Bruce Dickinson left Iron Maiden in 1993 to go solo.  Blaze Bayley was hired to fill vocal duty in Maiden and did so for The X Factor and Virtual XI.  Interestingly, his vocal style was not as similar to Dickinson’s as Ripper was to Halford.   Fans had mixed feelings about the new lineup despite it lasting for two studio albums.

These are two huge bands that went through basically the same thing during pretty much the same time.  Who do you think did a better job while Halford and Dickinson were away?  Check out the videos and cast your vote.

Judas Priest with Ripper Owens

Iron Maiden with Blaze Bayley

Monday Metal Madness: Iron Maiden Album Covers

Here’s something a little different for you this week.  Instead of videos, let’s go with pictures, namely, album covers, more namely, Iron Maiden album covers.  Created by artist Derek Riggs, Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie the Head has graced every album cover on all of their releases.  Below is the artwork for all of their major releases, check them out and vote for your favorite cover.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!

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