Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Guns N' Roses with guest Sebastian Bach!

Check out this kick-ass video of Guns N' Roses performing "My Michelle" with ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach at The Download Festival on June 11, 2006!

Igor Cavalera leaves Sepultura

Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera has announced that he has quit, according to this article from Blabbermouth.net. His brother and co-founding member, Max Cavalera, left the band almost a decade ago (to form Soulfly), and now Igor has departed. I must admit I hadn't heard anything from Sepultura after Max's departure, but Igor is definitely one of my favorite drummers of all time, capable of coming up with some wicked beats that combine rock and Brazilian tribal percussion influences. Classic Sepultura albums such as Chaos A.D., Arise and Roots showcase his brilliant drumming, and if you're into power/thrash metal but haven't heard Sepultura, you owe it to yourself to get Roots, voted by many critics to be the best metal album of 1996.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Song of the Week: The Ace of Spades

Listening to Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" again showed me why this is one of their most popular songs. You have to admire Lemmy's fucking voice! I love that guttural cry it gives such a hard edge to any song , seems as if Lemmy is grinding stones with his throat when singing! Fucking A! The song opens with this fast bass line which is very typical of trailers and those fast car games and the opening riff adds this feeling that life is in the fast lane and indeed it is in gambling and so its an awesome way to begin this song. My favourite part is when Lemmy says,

You know I'm born to lose,
and gambling's for fools,
But that's the way I like it baby,
I don't wanna live for ever,


And don't forget the joker!

I love the way the song slows down and then stops at certain points, and the hiatus that comes before he talks about the joker, makes it look as if he really forgot to talk about it. Genius. Absolute genius!

Up the irons ! \m/

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Metalheads of the world unite !!

It is always nice to see metalheads unite in one fashion or another whether for parties, concerts or for a good cause; especially a good cause since it shows the light side of the dark art. People always subject metal/HR to all things negative and black and frankly that pisses me off and the one time that the metal gods of the world united to help out people undermined their effort. I am talking about the Hear 'n' Aid concert organised during May of '85. Stars from bands like Dio, Quiet Riot, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Blue Oyster Cult, and many more gathered to record the song "We're Stars" written by Ronnie Dio, Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell with the latter two conceptualising the idea. The result was an anthemic song that lasted well over seven minutes of pure metal with some of the brightest metal stars of the era. After noting the successes of various other humanitarion projects by musicians the metal industry had the perfect answer with the perfect blend of music and lyrics evoking emotions and a "feel-good" attitude but still preserving the metallness. Who said metal has never done anything for society? Fuck those people who point such a finger at our music. Fuck them all! We are as good a part of society as any and we deserve to be recognised ! Yes!!!

Click here to see a video of the song.

Here is a list of all the participants:

Vocals

Eric Bloom
Ronnie James Dio
Don Dokken
Kevin DuBrow
Rob Halford
Dave Meniketti
Paul Shortino
Geoff Tate

Backing Vocals
Tommy Aldridge
David Alford
Carmine Appice
Vinnie Appice
Jimmy Bain
Frankie Banalia
Mick Brown
Vivian Campbell
Carlos Cavazo
Amir Derakh
Brad Gillis
Craig Goldy
Chris Hager
Chris Holmes
Blackie Lawless
George Lynch
Yngwie Malmsteen
Mick Mars
Dave Murray
Vince Neil
Ted Nugent
Eddie Ojeda
Jeff Pilson
Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser
David St. Hubbins
Rudy Sarzo
Claude Schnell
Neal Schon
Derek Smalls
Adrian Smith
Mark Stein
Matt Thorr

Guitar
Vivian Campbell
Carlos Cavazo
Brad Gillis
Craig Goldie
George Lynch
Yngwie Malmsteen
Mick Mars
Eddie Ojeda
Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser
Neal Schon


Guitar Melody Lines

Dave Murray
Adrian Smith


Bass

Jimmy Bain

Drums

Vinnie Appice
Frankie Banali


Keyboards

Claude Schnell



Up the irons! \m/