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Theme Thursday – Band/Artist Interviews

I like a good interview especially one that is videotaped for a show.  The only problem with being a metal fan is that really good interviews can be hard to find.  Sure, there are tons of interviews to sift through, but the problem with most of them are that they tend to be short – anywhere from two to seven minutes give or take.  Often, they are backstage after the show and the questions tend to revolve around the performance, interaction with fans, or the status of the latest album.  That’s all fine and dandy, but I like to hear good thought-provoking questions.  What do I think classifies as a good interview?  In my own humble opinion, there needs to be at least 20-minutes to enable a decent discussion to take place.  Otherwise, it’s just a question and answer session that provides basically the same information that can be read online.

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Monday Metal Madness – Post-Pantera Battle

Congratulations to Moonsorrow for winning last week’s Epic Battle for Finland Poll.

Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end.  The same could be said about Pantera.  One of the premiere bands that took metal to new heights and withstood the genres most difficult decade, the Nineties.  Obviously, they disbanded and formed other bands and we know where the story goes from there.  How do you feel about the bands that are active today featuring former Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Vinnie Paul?  This battle is Down Vs. Hellyeah.  They both seem to have a “southern” vibe to them though their musical styles are not necessarily the same.  It’s time to cast your vote for the best post-Pantera band.

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Song of the Day-Permantaly March 24, 2011

Today’s SOTD comes from one of Pantera’s outspoken vocalist’s side groups, Superjoint Ritual.  Phil Anselmo started this band in the mid 90’s with Jimmy Bower of Crowbar and later they included Hank Williams III into their ranks.  Even though they started in the 90’s, Superjoint Ritual wouldn’t release their first full length, “Use Once and Destroy” until 2002.  Their sound incorporates the groove metal style Pantera was know for along with the rawness of hardcore punk rock and they even toss in some elements of black metal for good measure.

Permantaly come off their second album “A Lethal Dose of American Hatred”.  I like how the song starts of with the trippy intro before diving in to pummel you in the head.  When listening to this song it’s impossible not to put you headbanging into “ludicrous speed”.  This is one of those songs that is perfect for mosh pit mayhem.  The rest of the album is definitely no sloucher, it’s chock full of non-stop, in your face, pissed off metal, well worth checking out.

I caught these guys when they were touring for their first album with High on Fire, it was on hell of a great show, Phil is a great frontman and brings some intense energy to the stage.  I got to meet him after the show, he was a pretty cool dude(also a little stoned or drunk, or both).  When I went to go buy my t-shirt they were giving out free pack of RS Rolls(choose your own length rolling papers), so me and my friends got to have superjoint ritual at a Superjoint Ritual show, lol(not that I advocate that kinda stuff, and if you do it, be responsible about it ;))