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Theme Thursday: Fun and Quirky Metal

When the descriptors ‘avant-garde’, ‘cross-over’, or ‘experimental’ gets tossed onto a metal band many people tend to look away as thoughts of music that is too strange for their tastes comes to their minds.  And honestly, ya, sometimes that is often the case, but as always it is not de-facto.  So, as par for the course, I’m going to highlight some avant-garde bands that are some quality listens and have an experimental style that will appeal to those that don’t like anything too strange (to an extent, there will be a couple deeper cuts).  To take it a step further, the songs and bands in this collection will be more on an upbeat note leaning towards having fun with their music as they experiment with what can actually be done within the metal genre.  So, call ’em avant-garde, experimental, cross-over, or WTF metal, but don’t say that they didn’t make you smile.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Theme Thursday: Iron Maiden Covers

There are a lot Iron Maiden covers out there, and the vast majority of them, while in great intentions, straight up suck.  I’m not trying to bash a bands talent, but Iron Maiden is a tough band to cover, I’ve tried and their songs ain’t easy, especially when you factor in just how great Maiden gets it the first time around.  It seems that many bands struggle capturing the feel of the original they are covering or stray to far from the spirit of the song that it just doesn’t work at all.  Here I have made a list of some Iron Maiden covers that I feel do the original tons of justice.  Some are straight up covers, some completely rework the song, but all of them are great.  Enjoy and if you know of some above average Iron Maiden covers don’t hesitate to share.  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Theme Thursday- Heavy Metal Zombies

Yes, that's Scott Ian as a zombie.

Zombies.  Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re a force in pop culture that isn’t going away anytime soon.  From video games, to movies, to literature the living dead clawed, chewed, and gnashed their way into our hearts.  Why do we love these bumbling husks of humanity so much?  Probably because it gives us a chance to take our frustrations out on all the other ‘morons’ that get in our way on a daily basis.  Walking down a crowded street, haven’t you wished at least once you could drive a bulldozer over all the people in your way but tucked that thought in the back of your mind due to the legal consequences that come with it.  If everyone was a zombie I bet you wouldn’t even think twice before doing it.

Much like mowing down hordes of the undead in games and movies is a stress relief, so is music, and zombies have certainly found their way into that too, especially heavy metal.  Here’s a bunch of songs and music videos in many different styles of metal that pay tribute to societies favorite monster, the zombie.  What are some of your favorite metal songs and videos about zombies? Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Braaaaaiiiinnnnssssss!!!!

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Theme Thursday – UK Metal

After my theme on Canadian metal bands, I figure it’s time to move over to an area I currently reside in; The United Kingdom.  I am sure you are well aware of the UK’s illustrious contributions in metal; therefore, I am not going to rehash some of the legends that have poured out of this region such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, or even Def Leppard.  I am going to try to stay away from more well-known artists such as Cradle of Filth and Dragonforce.  Before I begin my discussion about what is current on these islands, I will give a brief overview of the UK mainly for my American brothers and sisters of metal.

The UK is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.  I am stationed in England where the population is about 51 million (2008 estimate).  To put that into perspective, England is about the same size as the American State of Indiana.  The population of Indiana is about 6.5 million and is the 15th most densely populated American State.  England may be small in landmass, but is huge on international influence and culture to include heavy metal.  Many consider England to be the birthplace of metal, more specifically, in Birmingham.  So here we go.  This is what the UK has to offer right here and now.

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Theme Thursday- Band Logos

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager in high-school my notebooks were filled with my doodlings of my favorite bands logos as well as a healthy helping of fictional band logos I made up instead of anything that pertained to anything scholastic.  Along with the most important music of a band, the bands logo can have a lot of drawing power to getting someone to check out your band as well as tell the viewer a bit about of what kind of music they can find behind the logo.  Big bold letters with a big first and last letter, must be thrash metal, logo dripping with blood, death metal, completely unreadable and in black and white, black metal, completely unreadable, one of those new screaming bands(just kidding).  Some bands have a few different logos and some stick with just one, but in the end a good logo can help define a band and are just plain old cool.  Here are some of my favorite metal band logos presented in the style of high-school notebook, plastered all over the place without comment.  What are some of your favorites?  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Theme Thursday- Album Covers

I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  Most of the time that’s easier said than done.  I’ve purchased a decent share of albums based on the cover alone, some covers gave a good representation of what may be on the album, some misrepresented and I’ve been led to my share of “meh” albums.  When you have an album with great artwork along with some great music contained within you have yourself a special package that pleased many of your multiple senses.  And as an avid CD collector the album artwork is something special to me.  Since many of you are already familiar with many of the classic album covers such as Master of Puppets, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath I’ll make a list(in no particular order) of more modern album covers from 2000 and onward from popular and lesser known bands(one per band).

What are your favorite album covers and how important is the artwork in an album to you?  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Theme Thursday- Metal Lyricists

Beneath all the rage, screaming, and growling often lies some wonderful words and messages and these burly scary guys show off their poetic and graceful side or the novelist in them comes out.  IMO the lyrics in metal tend to be on the more interesting side as often times in metal topics cover a wide variety of subjects from politics and love to war and philosophy.  You are not short of great subject matter in metal and along with the great music you get some great words.  Some are fun, some are serious, and some are left open to interpretation.  Here are some of the lyricists that I feel are at the top of their game, check it out.  And who are your favorite lyricists?  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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