Apparently Lou Reed and Metallica have recorded a full-length album together. Both Lou and the dudes from Metallica are saying it’s one of the best things they’ve ever done. I love Lou, I love the Velvet Underground, and I love Metallica. So of course, I can’t wait to hear it.
Posts Tagged ‘Thrash Metal’
1.) Doom Metal (1970′s-2010′s)
2.) Stoner Rock (1970′s-2010′s)
3.) Hardcore Punk (late-1970′s/early-1980′s)
4.) Heavy Metal (1970′s-1980′s)
5.) Death Metal (late-1980′s/early-1990′s)
6.) Hard Rock (1970′s)
7.) Thrash Metal (1980′s)
8.) Jazz (1920′s-1970′s)
9.) Funk (1970′s)
10.) Psychedelic Rock (1960′s-2010′s)
11.) Blues (1920′s-1970′s)
This list was done in about 2 minutes, off the top of my head. It is in “loose”, but not exact, order. As my musical moods sometimes change. The time periods are general guidelines to the era’s I like the best, but I do like some stuff released in the individual genres that do not fit the time periods listed above.
“Running and Hunting and Slashing and Crushing and Searching and Seeing and Stabbing and Shooting and Thrashing and Smashing and Burning Destroying and Killing and Bleeding and Pleading then Death.”
That’s sure a very scary, and LONG, description of some scary guy about to do a BUNCH of really scary stuff to someone (or maybe to a bunch of people?) apparently. Whoever Tom is singing about in this song really has an anger problem. The dude just sounds like he’s like really tense and pent up. Probably not the happiest guy. Maybe kind of a “loose-canon”? He sounds like he just needs to chill-out man. Stop and smell the roses dude. Maybe he just needs a good cry…or a hug? Maybe he hasn’t been laid in a while either? Some people are just so angry.
You know what I’m saying?
But man, doesn’t Slayer use a lot of really descriptive action words. I think those are verbs? You know, “Verb…that’s what’s happening…I get my thing in action…VERB!” I remember that from the old, “Schoolhouse Rock!”, cartoons. Actually I remember more about English and U.S. History from those cartoons, and songs, than I do from high school or college! And I have a B.A. in Philosophy!
Die Kreuzen was one of the most criminally underrated and under appreciated bands of all-time. I first heard about them in the early-1980′s, at about the same time I heard of Husker Du. I remember thinking, “cool, two new hardcore bands with German-sounding names”. Actually, “Die Kreuzen” is German for “the cross”. But, “Husker Du” is Swedish…for “do you remember”. Both bands are actually from the American mid-west. I put them on my “Top 11 Greatest Hardcore Bands” list. They started out as a fast metallic/hardcore band. And then, by their second full-length album, they morphed into a progressive, psychedelic, alternative metal band. Their second album, “October File”, was a huge influence on the progressive thrash metal band, Voi Vod (Canada).
Almost like Rush meets the chaotic sounds of early-Black Flag…
This is an Infectious Grooves song from their out-of-print, and greatest, album, “The Plague that Makes Your Booty Move…It’s the Infectious Grooves”. The album featured guest appearances by: Ozzy, Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), and Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies), among others. But this is probably where Robert Trujillo (the bass MONSTER from Ozzy’s solo band and now Metallica) really got to show his chops. The Infectious Grooves is the Parliament/Funkadelic-influenced alter-ego of Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), thus Robert got to get both funky and heavy at the same time. Suicidal, Ozzy, Metallica…not too bad.
I never got to see Suicidal, more about that in a minute, but I did get to see the Infectious Grooves right before they put out their second album, “Sarsippius’ Ark”. In fact, they used a live version of the track, “Do The Sinister”, on the album. It was recorded on April 18, 1992 at the Universal Amphitheater and I was there holmes. It still got the black Infectious Grooves stocking-cap and my ticket stub to prove it homey.
Rocky George is also one of my all-time favorite lead players. His solos are so smooooooth, fast, innovative, slick, tasteful, melodic…I could keep going on and on. He is also definately one of the most underrated and overlooked lead players in rock music history, no hyperbole, no joke, no lie.
Tom Araya (bass and vocals/Slayer) pushes Mike Muir at the start of this video. This was the only “hardcore punk” video ever played on MTV for quite some time in the 80′s. Suicidal started to outsell both the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag (the two biggest American hardcore bands) shortly afterwards.
I mentioned, in an earlier post about D.O.A., that Suicidal was one of only two (the other being D.O.A.) real hardcore punk bands to come to Anchorage, Alaska when I was a kid in the 80′s. I saw D.O.A., and they were great, but I didn’t get to see Suicidal! I went to mainland China with my grandparents, a great experience, probably one I’ll never have again (well, maybe I will go back), but I still wish I would have seen old-school Suicidal (it was right in-between the first album, and the second album, “Join the Army”).
1.) Metallica (U.S.)
2.) Motorhead (U.K.)
3.) Slayer (U.S.)
4.) Suicidal Tendencies (U.S.)
5.) Megadeth (U.S.)
6.) Testament (U.S.)
7.) Exodus (U.S.)
8.) Anthrax (U.S.)
9.) Metal Church (U.S.)
10.) Destruction (Germany)
11.) Hirax (U.S.)
Everyone says Rust in Peace is the best Megadeth album. It’s high on my list too, but I prefer the first two albums, the ones with Chris and Gar. They were apparently jazz/fusion guys, where as Dave and Dave were metal/rock guys. Combined with the fact that those two albums were part of the birth of Speed Metal/Thrash Metal…they have a very special energy to both of them. They just plain kick ass. I also bought, “Killing”, when it first came out on Combat Records in 1985, so I have very fond memories of spinning that album in that time period. I also remember that it had a sticker on the front of the LP jacket saying something about, “former member of Metallica”, on it. You will also notice that I placed Megadave’s last three albums really high on the list (all three are in the top 6!). Which is pretty rare for a “classic” Thrash Metal band. Keep up the good work guys.
1.) Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (1985) (my favorite)
2.) Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (1986) (big old-school fan favorite)
3.) Rust in Peace (1990) (most people’s favorite Mega-album)
4.) The System Has Failed (2004) (Chris Poland back playing lead!)
5.) Endgame (2009) (awesome album, might move up the list)
6.) United Abominations (2007) (also really good)
7.) So Far, So Good…So What! (1987) (I hate the Sex Pistols cover)
8.) Countdown to Extinction (1992) (the one with the most MTV play)
9.) Youthanasia (1994) (a lot like Countdown, both solid and slick)
10.) Cryptic Writings (1997) (ok, but not as good as the above listed)
11.) The World Needs a Hero (2001) (solid, but not memorable)
12.) Risk (1999) (yes, I agree with every other Megadeth fan, “Risk” is the worst Mega-album…but that being said it’s still a really good record, but it should have probably been released under another band name).