Music Flashback: Rush, Caress of Steel

Author Alexander Hellene has started posting nifty, in-depth reviews of Rush albums, with the ambitious goal of reviewing and rating every one of the band's 19 studio albums. So far, he's only three albums in -- which means Caress of Steel. This album, released in 1975, tanked so hard that it threatened to end the... Continue Reading →

Question and answer

This has been on my mind lately. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ZqZVunCb4 What am I supposed to doIf I want to talk about peace and understandingBut you only understand the language of the swordWhat if I want to make you understand that the path you chose leads to downfallBut you only understand the language of the swordWhat if I... Continue Reading →

Heads they win, tails we lose

Some thoughts on cancel culture First, let's get something out of the way: I'm on the "wrong" side of this. The conservative one, more or less, although if I call myself anything, I'd say I'm more like a constitutionalist libertarian. (Socially liberal/economically conservative, all that.) Politically, I'm a leave-me-the-hell-alone-ist. I want a government that's as... Continue Reading →

Ghost Rider passes on

I always thought it was weird when people got all emotional about some celebrity's death, as if it had anything to do with anything at all. Knowing something about them doesn't mean you knew them; just move the fuck on and don't be an idiot about it. But here I am. Crying my stupid fucking... Continue Reading →

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 →

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

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 →

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