I like when masters of the metal world collaborate to make music. A couple decades ago the word duet would have been more appropriate, but every time I hear the word “duet” all I can think of is Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. So, let’s call these a collaborative effort between metal musicians. Sometimes it can be an epic fail, but more often than not they usually create a great new song or even breathe new life to an older song. This week I am looking at collaborations I thought were done quite well. I know there are much more collaborative recordings out there, but that’s what blogs are about…sharing information. If there is something not on this list you think should be then please, by all means share and share alike. Here are a few I thought up held up well over the years.
The Bloody Reign of Slayer is a biography by British author Joel McIver. McIver is well-known in the metal world and has written numerous biographies of metal bands and artists such as Metallica, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, Tool, Motorhead, Randy Rhoads, Deep Purple, and Queens of the Stone Age. He has also written for Rolling Stone and Metal Hammer. Currently, McIver is working on co-authoring a memoir of the mighty Brazilian thrasher (Soulfly, Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy), Max Cavalera.
Released in 2008, The Bloody Reign of Slayer documents the life and times of one of metals most successful thrash bands, Slayer. Crowed one of the “Big Four,” Slayer has seen highs and lows, but one thing always remained constant; their live show was intense both on stage and in the pit. I can testify to that no less than nine times (although I do not get in pits anymore, I’m too old and that shit just hurts).
Like many bands of the early 80s, Slayer was carving out their niche with an extreme style that didn’t really have a label yet. Some called Slayer ‘black metal” before that genre really took new form by the Norwegian black metal scene. The term “thrash” hadn’t been coined yet. Metallica was on the loose making waves of their own which was described as the catalyst for Slayer to be faster than them. I say they succeeded quite well. From their first album, Show No Mercy to their most recent World Painted Blood, Slayer has remained relatively constant musically. In fact, Slayer built quite a reputation as the band no one wanted to play in front of for fear of being booed off stage. I saw that first hand as well.
For Slayer fans, you will be delighted to know that the quartet will be hitting the studio in March/April 2012 to follow up 2009’s World Painted Blood. There isn’t much else I can say about this except that I am looking forward to it. This little tidbit I found from Metal Hammer (via YouTube) says it all. More thrash coming our way in 2012! Enjoy!
The heavy metal drummer is the official timekeeper of the band. Often taking a back seat (literally) to the glitz and glam of the lead singer and guitarists, the drummer has perhaps the most difficult job…especially in metal. First of all, they have to use all four limbs in rapid succession. They must also use said limbs in an orderly fashion of some sort both of which require countless hours of practice and dedication. An indirect benefit of being a drummer is that they get to A. Sit down on the job and B. get a cardio-intense workout while sitting down on the job.
I wanted to take a Theme Thursday and focus some time and energy on the dude (or chick) sitting at the back of the stage somewhat perched up higher than the rest of the band. Some drummers are well known for their drumming while others just drum and that’s cool too. Some metal drummers have made a name for themselves in the business so I wanted to take some time to recognize them, but also note some drummers that you may have not heard of that deserve some recognition.