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Theme Thursday – Metallica Covers


I think most metalheads like a good cover tune. What separates a good cover from a bad one?  Do you like when the cover is basically exactly the same or recreated using  a basic shell of the original song?  For me, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s good.  I like both kinds of cover tunes.  Some bands lend themselves to being covered more than others.  For example, how many Megadeth covers do you hear out there?  I think there are a few, but not enough to stack a CD full of Megadeth covers.  Is that because Mustaine’s vocals are too hard to recreate?   Is it because the guitar work is too hard for the average guitarist?  You hardly ever hear bands cover Anthrax or Opeth.  I have yet to hear a band cover Blitz’s unique vocals in Overkill.   I am sure there are rough and edgy recordings on YouTube out there, but for the most part they are very rare.

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Album Review(kinda)- Korn- Path of Totality


So yesterday, a long time buddy of mine mentioned he was going to go listen to the new Korn album, Path to Totality.  I had not really paid any mind to Korn in quite a long time and don’t think they put anything of interest out since their second album, Life is Peachy.  But, I had heard that they were doing some experimenting and working with dubstep artists and the idea of the album caught my attention(mainly because they were trying something new).  So, when my buddy mentioned he was going to listen to it I asked him to give me his good, unbiased, and honest thoughts on it.  I always trust my friend’s comments on music as he has a keen ear for picking up on some great stuff that is usually outside of what I usually like, so I was going to decide to listen or not listen to it based on his reaction.  Looks like I will be taking a pass on this album.  His review of the album is below in pictorial format for easy analysis on whether or not you want to give this one a spin.  Enjoy!!  And if you would be so cool, check out my buddy Lepreemo’s Youtube page for all kinds of neat videos and shenanigans!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Themed Thursday – The Ties That Bind


This week, I am going to explore relationships within heavy metal.  This is about how metal bands are basically tied together like a long list of cousins; some you know and some you don’t.  Each metal band, in its own right, is not very far removed the metal band down the street.  Starting with one of my Top-10 favorite bands, Machine Head, we’ll see how interconnected the metal world is.  Ever heard of 6-degrees to Kevin Bacon?  This is where this Themed Thursday is going.

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Download Festival Update – 23 Feb 11


Well a lot has happened since my last Download Festival update.  I should do this more often so I won’t have to list so many bands, but the promoters have been hard at work loading up the stages.  It’s still too early to tell which day and stage all associated bands will be playing, but just knowing who will be there is half the battle.

A few days ago, the big announcement was that four huge bands were added to the list.  So I eagerly read the article in anticipation for the big news.  By the time I got to the end, I thought that the bands might have been left out of the article by accident.  Then I realized, that was not the case.  The four HUGE bands are:

Twisted Sister – cool, but they WERE huge (would like to see them, but not enough of a draw to get me up there)

Down – Decent, but haven’t listened to them that much

Trash Talk – Who?

Duff McKagan’s Loaded – Never heard of them, but I am aware of who DM is?

I understand there is a promotion going on, but when you say HUGE, I am thinking Big Four, AC/DC, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Today there were 17 more bands added to the list.  And the winners are:

Def Leppard

Turisas

All That Remains

Sacred Mother Tongue

Bowling For Soup

Devil Wears Prada

Bring Me The Horizon

Frank Turner

Cheap Trick

Asking Alexandria

Straight Line Stitch

Disturbed

Black Stone Cherry

The King Blues

Madina Lake

Jameson Raid

Ghost

I think I am going to have to write a blog about the first rule in metal…not to give your band a stupid name.  There are a few up there, I don’t think I have to elaborate.  So here is my question to you.  Right here, right now which day would you choose based on the following confirmed date and band lineup?

Friday is headliner Def Leppard with Pendulum, Korn, Alter Bridge, Danzig

Saturday is headliner System of a Down with Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, The Cult, Twisted Sister

Sunday is headliner Linkin Park with Bullet for my Valentine, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Frank Turner

If it were me I think the Def Leppard day would be cool also to see Danzig, but I caught Def Leppard at Download in 2009.  So this year I would pick Sunday for BFMV and Rob Zombie.  But, I am still not going…not enough bands I like on any one given day.