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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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Video of the Week – Vio-lence

Since Machine Head just released a stellar new album, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane with this week’s video of the week.  Machine Head lead singer/guitarist Robb Flynn and lead guitarist Phil Demmel both played together in the 80’s thrash metal band Vio-lence.  If you never hear of them, they actually did quite well for themselves in the Bay Area with the likes of Testament and Death Angel. 

I read somewhere that Rob Flynn wanted to start a side project (Machine Head), but the band (or maybe certain members) said no, so he left to form Machine Head.  Phil Demmel joined Machine Head after touring and right before Through The Ashes of Empires was released.  In my own personal opinion, this is when Machine Head went from being bad-ass to holy f**kin-shit-bad-ass.

This clip is more of a piece of a documentary, but showcases the band’s top songs and also some words from the dudes of Vio-lence, 50% of which today comprise Machine Head.  Do you hear familiar guitar work in Vio-lence? I do.  Enjoy!