Posted tagged ‘Heavy Metal’

Monstrance Clock

August 12, 2013

Come together, together as a one
Come together for Lucifer’s son
Come together, together as a one
Come together for Lucifer’s son

Ghost

I’ve seen the future of rock n’ roll and it is doom. There is a rock group from Sweden treading the boards whose front man dresses as the devil incarnate. The vocalist goes by the name of Papa Emeritus II, (He was Papa Emeritus on the first album, we’ll get to that in a moment) the other members of the band have no names preferring to be called nameless ghouls. The band are called Ghost.

Ghost have released two albums and another of their gimmicks was pretending that Papa Emeritus II was a different singer from the one on their debut album, the plain Papa Emeritus, presumably the first. Those of us with an ear for music are not buying it. The singer remains the same. Incidentally, bookmakers are taking no money on a Papa Emeritus III being on the third LP.

Following in the footsteps of other costumed bands -Kiss, Slipknot, Lordi, The Wombles- Ghost put on a theatrical show, a hard rock equivalent of Phantom of the Opera. Playing mock-satanic music while incense burns in the background their concerts are a mixture of dark forboding and humour. After all, the devil worship thing is not for real. Most heavy metal fans have normal jobs and a steady head on their dandruff-ridden shoulders. We don’t take ourselves seriously.

Now for more confusion. Ghost had to change their name in North America to Ghost BC for copyright reasons but for those of us that were in on them from the beginning they will always be plain Ghost. And these dark Lords just might make the mainstream as their music has a commercial ring to it, notwithstanding the occult lyrics and spooky tunes. If they do make it big, you heard it here first.

This little song has a singalong catchy chorus. It will stick in your head and you’ll find yourself humming it for days, end of days.

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Megadeth still draw breath

June 8, 2013
Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine

The current Megadeth album, Super Collider, has been slated by most of the heavy metal press. Their bone of contention is that the record is too much hard rock and not enough thrash metal. For the uninitiated there is a subtle difference. Basically, thrash metal is very fast guitar playing with the Fretboard a blur of fingers. Hard rock is, well you know what hard rock is.

The critics can be cruel and would probably have complained that Megadeth are stuck in a rut if the long player was the same as past albums. To me, the songs hold up well and have their moments. This is the band’s first album on their own record label, Tradecraft. I’m quite happy that they have left Roadrunner Records, for obvious reasons. Work that one out for yourself.

Dave Mustaine is the founding member of the band. He also sings, plays lead guitar, is chief songwriter and writes all the lyrics. In the Megadeth canon there are lots of examples of Dave touching on serious topics. On the Super Collider track, Forget to Remember, Mustaine draws on the fact that his mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s disease. The song itself is a cracking rocker and proof that our Dave can still produce the goods.

There goes your eardrums

November 26, 2011

Of the Premiership’s big four only Megadeth are still delivering the goods. Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica are letting the genre down. Step up to the plate one of the big bands from the 90’s: Machine Head. The band’s new album, their seventh, is thrash metal at its best; snarling vocals, big solos, dark lyrics. Unto the Locust is a mind-blowing CD even if it has been released by the infernal Road Runner Records.

The difference between metal bands and pop bands isn’t just in the music. A lot of pop albums by distinguished “artists” have a lot of filler in them. Cover songs, songs that will never see the light of night at a concert, self-indulgent ditties “penned” by the non-song writing star singer him/her self. Not so with the Metal Gods. Every song right down to the last track is carefully crafted with intricate guitar solos or elaborate key changes that show they care about their audience. They play it loud; the louder, the better. On Monday December 5th at the SECC I will be party to deafness or disappointment.

The locust is an insect that breeds like fridge magnets. Their swarming behaviour is legendary. My first recollection of Locusts was in an Incredible Hulk comic book way back in my pre-historic days. The story was called “Day of the Locust”. Old jade-jaws managed to overcome the swarm that threatened him by defeating the villain that was controlling the teeming towers of noisy pests.

As I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here hit’s the TV screens for its fifty-seventh or so series I look forward to some nourishing bush tucker trials. If I were on the show I would gladly eat up my share of Locusts that were piled in a dish. Eating bugs and being in a cage with creepy-crawlies wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. Bring it on; if you think I’m scared of you, you’ve got another thing coming.

Snakes and their cousins are a different kettle of fish. Anything without legs gives me the slithers. Worms, snails, snakes, they would make me run for the highest chair. I’d hitch my trouser leg up and scream for help.

Down they come
The swarm of locusts
Skies above Converge to choke us
Feast of souls
Consume the harvest
Young and old
Suffer unto the locust