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 →

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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 →

Just leaving this here

Take a look and a listen -- and pay attention to the lyrics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFxsnOm2kLg Dave Mustaine knows WTF is going on. Talk about a song that takes no prisoners... The only thrash outfit that can hold a candle to Megadeth is Testament. (Next time I spin up some Testament, I'll probably start thinking I got... Continue Reading →

The best guitar solos ever

After seeing the post on awesome guitar solos at Amatopia, I started writing a comment, but quickly ran into a big problem: too many great solos. So I left a link to a single Rush song (because Rush) and collected the others for a post of my own. So here goes. Similar rules for the... Continue Reading →

Rounding up the mavericks

So I missed my usual post last Thursday. Looking at the blog stats, it's easy to tell; people don't visit when there's nothing to visit. As for why I missed it, that's a tale as old as time. And probably less interesting than watching paint dry. Boiling it down to the essence, a multitude of... Continue Reading →

Please allow me to adjust my pants…

Holy hell, how did I go all these years in ignorance of the awesomeness that is the sound of Clutch? I don't know, but I'm dancing the good-time dance now, and that's what really matters. https://youtu.be/zPjkQKfmVI8 Yes, okay, this is kind of a filler post. In all the excitement of figuring out a plausible excuse... Continue Reading →

Don’t know the lyrics? Don’t worry, it’s death metal; no one will know the difference.

Number 2,113 in the ever-growing list of reasons why I love metal: This live performance by Amon Amarth. https://youtu.be/lGEoJLIIuow?t=296 Another thing I love about the world of metal: metalheads, and especially metal musicians, are gigantic nerds. (This is reason #19, in case you're keeping track.)

Industrial outlaw country: What I’m listening to

Yes, that's a real thing. Shooter Jennings and his dad Waylon (you may have heard of him) got together on a project they called Fenixon. And it. Is. Awesome. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIqrniRy81pWWueofzuqBDPdW0r_v0MJ_ I've never been a fan of country music, nor have I generally given industrial the time of day, but I really like this. I've never... Continue Reading →

A behavioral analyst takes on tabletop roleplaying

I stumbled across a very interesting article in which a certified behavior analyst (basically a clinical psychologist) takes an interesting look at why roleplaying gamers love their weird hobby so much. Read it and tell me what you think. If you hadn't played before and never saw the appeal, would this help you see why someone might... Continue Reading →

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