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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #10-#6


Is it Top 10 time already!?  It’s been fun recounting my favorite albums to you all.  Thanks for reading!  Doing the list was fun and gave me a great excuse, not that I need one, to go back and listen to some amazing records that I haven’t spun in a while.  Here in the Top 10 is where the big dogs come out.  My ‘stranded on a deserted island’ albums per say.  Each one here holds something special for me and some have helped shape me into the man who I am today and some are just really damn great records.  Here’s the first half of my Top 10 Favorite Albums of All Time with the second half including #1 to drop next Monday.  Enjoy and if you have a spare couple of minutes, let me know what your favorite albums all.  Sharing is caring!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

#10 Fly By Night by Rush

Picture if you will, a young and impressionable lower-middle class American suburb kid at around the age of 7 in the back yard of his neighborhood buddies home digging a big hole because, well, who really questions a kids motives on stuff like that. Then the older brother of the friend comes out back and does what any awesome older brother should do. “Hey, you kids really need some music to dig that hole to” he says as he plugs in his boombox and proceeds to play 3 albums for the youths. Included in that trio of albums are 2 records that would help shape the passions and interests of the visiting child.

The first to make a massive impact is a hard rocking prog rock album called Fly By Night by a Canadian band called Rush. The opener “Anthem” give him such a surge of energy that he attacks that hole at full force and the following tune, “Best I Can” makes him want to make sure that the crater he is making is the best damn crater in the world where people would travel around the world to see his magnificent work.

Tune by tune the sweet music connects with the dirt encrusted kid as he learns life important skills like quality ditch digging and the pleasures of air-drumming. Soon a period of rest comes as sweet sun tea is guzzled by the glassful in the warm sun and the chill sounds of “Rivendell” grace our ears and initiate a lesson on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (who would also go on to be another favorite of the impressionable child).

Even at such a young age, there are events in one’s life where the memory sticks vividly as it just had happened an hour ago. This was one of those days, especially when the other album, which will be talked about at a later date, was included. And in case you’re curious, the odd man out album was Appetite For Destruction, which the kid thought the music and songs were great, but the singer sounded like a pig getting his nuts stepped on and it kinda killed the album for him.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #15-11


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 20.  From here on out, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list except for one or two that are relatively new (to me) compared to the rest.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us close to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Top 10 Halloween Songs


Since this past Wednesday was Halloween, I was going through my iPod listening to songs I considered to have a Halloween theme. It’s probably no surprise that many of them were by metal bands. By the end of the day I had come up with what I thought provided the best soundtrack for the day. Feel free to leave suggestions as to what I should put on my playlist for next year!

10-I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery by Woods of Ypres: The song is a haunting one, perhaps best suited for those with a more philosophical side to them. After all, who knows what the afterlife holds and what happens if you’re a ghost.

9-This Situation is Getting Hairy by the Workout:  What would you do if someone you knew turned into a werewolf? The Workout seek to answer this in this semi-romantic song.

8-Dragula by Rob Zombie: Zombie describes what might make for a good Halloween night: Burning witches! (Maybe I’m a little biased on this one since  I live close to Salem)

7-Welcome Home by King Diamond: Having your granny back in your life may seem nice at first, but turns into a nightmare when you realize she rose from the dead.

6-The Fatal Feast by Municipal Waste: Two words: Space Cannibalism

5-Enter Sandman by Metallica: Metallica’s hit song and accompanying music video gave me plenty of nightmares as a child.

4-Bark At the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne: Horror is a theme in classic Ozzy tunes but this one’s particularly campy. Bonus: Ozzy in werewolf makeup.

3-Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden has some pretty dark songs but this one is the most nightmare worthy.

2-American Psycho by the Misfits: There are plenty of spooky songs by the Misfits but this encapsulates the way one feels when watching a classic slasher flick.

1-War Pigs by Black Sabbath: Iron Man is the usual Halloween favorite to play but this embodies the holiday perfectly.

Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #25-#21


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#25 Sailing the Seas of Cheese by Primus

As I look back at the Excel file with my ‘list’ on it one common theme that seems to be running through a large part of the albums is that they all include well pronounced bass and rhythm sections. One could argue that having heavy bass dulls down the music and muddies up the intricacies, but I digress and say that some well used bass adds a nice full body to the music that makes it even more tastier. Like a good whiskey, wine, beer, or woman. When it comes to bassists, one of the most skilled and eclectic that will come to many’s mind is Les Claypool. What that man has done with the low-end tones is unique to say the least, but as well as being a titan on the bass he also is a damn fine songwriter/storyteller/lyricist and collaborator. Without the aid of the other 2 members of Primus the complexities of his style wouldn’t come to fruition. Larry LaLonde’s trippy and shredy guitars work wonders when paired with Les’ groove accentuating rather than carrying. And to keep up with the insanity of Claypool a damn fine drummer is needed, and Tim Alexander’s jazz beats dance in tandem with the quirky bass. While the trio have released some damn fine albums, their second full length collects the best the band has to offer in one package. Not a stinker or a dull moment the whole record and this is always the Primus record I cram down everyone’s throat when they tell me they never listened to Primus. So, if you enjoy some thick bass in your music and for some strange reason never heard Primus before, I implore you to go get your hands on this album right now.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #30-26


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Video(s) of the Week – Download 2013 Headliners


In seems uncharacteristically early to announce headliners for the UK’s famed Download Festival for 2013.  The event is still 10 months away and the promoters have already booked the three headliners.  Based on what I have seen, I would buy a ticket already, but the hardest part would be for which day.  I am not in a position to disappear for the entire three-day event; therefore picking one day would be tough.  In 2013, I would do the weekend if I could because all three headliners are quality acts.  So, without further dela, I will let the videos do the talking.  They are in order from top down – Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  This is already shaping up to be a tremendous June 2013 weekend.

 

Monday Metal Madness: While They Were Away


Last week, voters overwhelmingly chose Ozzy as their preferred frontman of Black Sabbath.  Thank you for voting, I am sure the Ozzman would be pleased.

Carrying on with this basic concept, let’s talk about the vocalists who took over the reigns while both Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) took their hiatus.

Rob Halford left Judas Priest in 1992 shortly after the Painkiller tour.  He went on to form the band Fight; something a bit different from his long-time band Judas Priest.  Priest soldiered on when they hired Tim “Ripper” Owens to fill the unique role as Priest frontman.  This lineup went on to release two studio albums – Jugulator and Demolition.

Bruce Dickinson left Iron Maiden in 1993 to go solo.  Blaze Bayley was hired to fill vocal duty in Maiden and did so for The X Factor and Virtual XI.  Interestingly, his vocal style was not as similar to Dickinson’s as Ripper was to Halford.   Fans had mixed feelings about the new lineup despite it lasting for two studio albums.

These are two huge bands that went through basically the same thing during pretty much the same time.  Who do you think did a better job while Halford and Dickinson were away?  Check out the videos and cast your vote.

Judas Priest with Ripper Owens

Iron Maiden with Blaze Bayley

Monday Metal Madness: Iron Maiden Album Covers


Here’s something a little different for you this week.  Instead of videos, let’s go with pictures, namely, album covers, more namely, Iron Maiden album covers.  Created by artist Derek Riggs, Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie the Head has graced every album cover on all of their releases.  Below is the artwork for all of their major releases, check them out and vote for your favorite cover.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!

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Theme Thursday: Iron Maiden Covers


There are a lot Iron Maiden covers out there, and the vast majority of them, while in great intentions, straight up suck.  I’m not trying to bash a bands talent, but Iron Maiden is a tough band to cover, I’ve tried and their songs ain’t easy, especially when you factor in just how great Maiden gets it the first time around.  It seems that many bands struggle capturing the feel of the original they are covering or stray to far from the spirit of the song that it just doesn’t work at all.  Here I have made a list of some Iron Maiden covers that I feel do the original tons of justice.  Some are straight up covers, some completely rework the song, but all of them are great.  Enjoy and if you know of some above average Iron Maiden covers don’t hesitate to share.  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Song of the Week – The Number of the Beast x2


Lately, we have been inundated with lots of new music from both the pros and from the new guys. It’s great being exposed to some new music. However, today at work I took a step back in time and the first song that came up on my iTouch was none other than Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast, hence the song of the week, but this week has a bonus video to go with it.

Germany’s Kreator has a new single up on iTunes. That means a new album is coming our way soon. I listened to it and it was pretty brutal – on my radar for sure. However, I also noticed they did a cover of, you guessed it - The Number of the Beast. It’s a bold move to cover Maiden! A few bands have done very well (Machine Head, Trivium…to name a few). Check out this double dose of an absolute classic. Have a great hump day ;)