Slayer: Raining…Jazz?

Some guy rewrote Slayer's iconic Raining Blood as a jazz tune and synchronized it with a live performance...and it might be the most awesome thing I've ever seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7-aduHx5bo I've been watching and rewatching this for hours now. And also, because Slayer, here's the original live video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q66zKQ3-XM It's heresy, I know, but I almost... Continue Reading →

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A baptism of stains

Imagine something with me, if you will. Visualize a gigantic crowd -- a great big festival, let's say. A modern version of the World's Fairs that were held in more innocent times. A showcase of technology and cultural advancement. It's jam-packed with people of all nationalities, mixing and mingling. There's food and drink to be... Continue Reading →

I’ve seen who’s selling. I ain’t buying it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdEupVsL07E

No subtlety at all

"You have got to admire a band that kicks subtlety right in the balls and instead takes a musical approach akin to smacking someone in the mouth with a board full of rusty nails." - Blabbermouth, review of Armed for Apocalypse

Rounding up the mavericks: Hoodies, pulps, and participles

Corralling a few interesting things I've run across in the last few days... Git along, little dogies! Bulletproof hoodies!? via Gunpowder and Ink... I love hoodies. Especially ones that can stop up to a .44 magnum.There is also this:LIFETIME WARRANTY: If you get shot (God forbid) with our hoodies on, we’ll send you a replacement... Continue Reading →

New music discovery: Big Wreck

This band has been around for a long time, apparently, but I just now discovered them. Check this out...it's like early Rush mashed together with a not-depressed version of Soundgarden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Oy5QoZiUVw Love it! Now, for a little change of pace, here's a live performance. This one gave me goosebumps. So beautiful and heartfelt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwjHPtRFeqs I... Continue Reading →

Testament: More weaponized bass

https://youtu.be/hu5DJOkHyDU?t=2606 Testament, Disciples of the Watch, live. Start at 43:45 for weaponized bass. 45:24 for the bass solo. Now THIS is what I'm talking about when I say the bass guitar should be played like a weapon. Steve DiGiorgio gets it. Testament gets it. They've had more than one bass player who gets it: Greg... Continue Reading →

Gaze into the void…

And the award for the most awesomely creepy album cover on the planet goes to... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndOR_E1kWJ4 Void Mother, by Obscure Sphinx. Their music is pretty darn good, too. Give it a listen. (Fair warning: Get ready to settle in and let the let the music envelop you. There are no singles here.) The album cover... Continue Reading →

The most powerful bass lines in the world

The bass guitar is at its best when it's played like a weapon. Don't agree? Well, listen to these songs and you'll see what I mean. If you don't agree after that...well, fight me. We'll start with one of my all-time favorites. A song that always makes me want to whip out the ol' bass,... Continue Reading →

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