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America! F**k Yeah!!!!!

fyeahamerica-montageSo today is the 4th of July.  The day the whole world celebrate just how awesome the U.S.A. is and the citizens of the States celebrate their superiority in the world by getting rip-roaring drunk, eating their own weight in meat, buying explosives from other countries (mainly China), and blowing shit up.  It’s damn good time for all.  How do you celebrate the 4th of July in your country?

But in all seriousness the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is one of the most loved holidays in the United States.  Families and friends get together and party hard in celebration of the day the States gained their independence from the British and marks the start to what is easily one of the most controversial countries in the world.  One thing I love about America is the deep and diverse culture we Americans have.  Having so many immigrants from so many different parts of the world has led to this mish mash of random mannerisms from other countries that lends its self to letting an American have a taste of the rest of the world without having to leave the country’s borders (which is a double-edged sword).  But the thing I love most about the States is the music.  Always a trendsetter in the aural entertainment market some of the most loved aspects of music originated in the States, like you know, the blues, which is the base of rock and roll and by proxy heavy metal.

Today I’m just going to brain fart out some songs and bands that make me think of the stars and strips, amber waves of grain, and sea to shining sea as well as other things love about the U.S.A.   Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Fuck Yeah!!!!

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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #43-44

Here’s a list where you only have to listen to the first 30 seconds of the songs to know what I’m talking about!

#44 Rammstein – Engel

Gott weiß ich will kein Engel sein”
(God damn! I’m not an angel when I die)

This song has one of the most recognizable intros I’ve ever heard and it’s quite beautiful as the whistling sound continues throughout the song. A nice contrast to the heavy sound of Rammstein. ‘Engel‘ can be found on the album ‘Sehnsucht‘, released in 1997.

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Video of the Week: Mein Herz Brennt by Rammstein

Besides death and taxes, there is one other thing that one can always be sure of.  Rammstein will always release visually appealing and completely tweaked music videos.  Their latest for “Mein Herz Brennt” (“My Heart Burns”) is a strange one featuring what I guess is some kind of orphanage where a twisted man kills the headmaster and does very bad things to the children.  While slightly NSFW there is nothing directly depicting child abuse, yet there are obvious allusions to it.  If any of our readers speak German I’d be curious to know if the context of the lyrics play into the video’s narrative and maybe make more sense to all that twisted imagery.  Anywho, give the video a watch and let us know what you thought.  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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.


Concert Review: Rammstein at DCU Center, MA-4/29/12

The day before finals week started at my school I went to see my first major heavy metal concert with only a few friends: Rammstein. I couldn’t have started off the week in a better way. The day started off with me making the drive to meet up with the others and then going to the DCU Center from there. To anyone who’s never been, it’s a pretty good venue in the city of Worcester. It was significant that I got to see them there since it is the very place that they were arrested for their performance of “Buck Dich” on June 5, 1998. The interior is that of most larger indoor venues; a floor with tiers of seating all around. Before we got inside though, we had to wait in line for hours. Luckily we were near the beginning of the line and we talked about what we hoped the night would be like. We could feel the brick walls we were sitting up against shaking from the sound check and our anticipation built. One guy we talked to worked for the DCU Center and told us that he had never seen so much fire in all the years he had been employed there.

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Zee Gehrmans Are On Zee Shore!!!

In other Best Of albums news, World renowned German Industrial Metal Band Rammstein are releasing their Best Of collection as well as a disk of remixes on December 6, 2011 and it will be called Made in Germany:1995-2011.  To support this release they have made a video for the unreleased song “Mein Land” and it is absolutely hilarious.  Check it out.  And NSFW(brief shots of some boobs ;) )

Video of the Week – Ich Tu Dir Weh – 6 May 11

I would like to wrap up a long week with a video from Rammstein.  It’s hard to pick just one video from Rammstein, they are all so well done.  Since Rammstein doesn’t sing in English (Primarily), they have stated they make up for this in videos.  They tend to be quite visual experiences.  This particular video represents their most recent stage set.  Their shows, if you haven’t been to one, is truly a performance.  Ich Tu Dir Weh is a video that is the same stage set up when I got to see them at Sonisphere 2010 in the U.K.  The fire in the latter half of the video is not exaggerated for the video.  They use that much pyro for one song.  I also attached the lyrics to the song translated literally in English.  So there may be some meaning lost in translation, but it’s probably close.  Here is the video:

Here are the lyrics:

You’re only alive for me
I poke medals into your face
You are utterly devoted to me
You love me because I don’t love you

You bleed for the salvation of my soul
A little cut and you’re turned on
Your body already completely disfigured
Whatever, anything goes

I hurt you
I’m not sorry
It does you good
Listen to it scream

With you, I choose the torment
Barbed wire in the urethra
Put your flesh in salt and pus
First you die but then you’ll keep living

Bites, kicks, hard blows
Needles, pliers, dull saw
Make a wish, I won’t say no
And I’ll insert the rodents into you

I hurt you
I’m not sorry
It does you good
Listen to it scream

You are the ship, I’m the captain
Where do you want to go?
I see your face in the mirror
You love me because I don’t love you

I hurt you
I’m not sorry
It does you good
Listen to it scream

Here is someone’s home video of that Sonisphere show for the song Du Hast.


Video of the Week – Amerika – 14 April 11

The video of the week for this round is by Rammstein.  Since the vast majority of metal fans do not speak German, Rammstein has had to express themselves through videos for better explanation of their music.  Most of the time, their videos are explicit in proving their point.  Amerika is one of the few videos (songs) by Rammstein that is in English or at least partial English.

Rammstein got their name from Ramstein Air Base where there was a horrific plane crash during an air show in 1988.  Scores of people were killed as burning wreckage rained down on spectators.  Rammstein is named after the base.

Now about the song.  Do you think Amerika is a pot-shot at American lifestyle bleeding through and contaminating other cultures around the world?  Some might think so, but I do not.

First of all, globalization is inevitable.  As science and technology increases, our world inevitably shrinks.  We are becoming (if not already there) connected to each other through things like the Internet, mass media, and rapid air travel.  Let’s face it, it doesn’t take 80 days to travel around the world anymore.  Virtually anyone, if they have the means, can go where they want to go to.  Other than some very oppressed Peoples out there, the world is really at anyone’s fingertips.  We are in the information age and anyone with a computer can look up whatever they want.  What do most people gravitate to?  America.  Why not?  We have blockbuster movies, Coca-Cola, fast cars, beautiful women, huge houses, and something many people do not have-freedom.  America has the means to ship anything anyone wants worldwide…as the video would indicate, Coca-Cola and Wonder Bras.

What many people forget is that America is a melting pot.  The world bled into America and now our molten-mix of culture is bleeding back out.  I have had the privilege of traveling and living abroad and I can say first hand that when many foreigners have a chance to buy something American like Nike, they jump at the chance.  Is it America forcing its culture on the rest of the world or are we just so globally connected that cross-culture blending is inevitable? Do we all live in Amerika?

Enjoy the video, you do not need to speak German to understand it.  Also there is a clip of the Ramstein Air Show disaster that someone put together to Rammstein music.

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Plantera7′s Top 5 Concert Experiences of 2010

This has been a great year for concerts, I have much to be thankful for.  I managed to see several concerts plus a day at the Download Festival and a day at Sonisphere U.K.  So my choices for best concert experiences are numerous.  I am basing my best 5 here on performance (musicianship), visual effects (stage show), and pure enjoyment by me!

Number 5:  Chimaira - March 2010 in Norwich, Norfolk, England (Norwich UEA)

Chimaira opened for Trivium at this show and I think they pretty much stole the show.  Chimaira really puts all they have into their set.  I appreciate that as a fan.  Their music is heavy on CD and 10-times that on stage.

Number 4:  Five Finger Death Punch – June 2010 – Download Festival

5FDP put on an amazing performance and I never had so many people crowd surf over me ever…in my life…ever.  They win the award for crowd participation.  When the singer said to come up and shake his hand, I think about 5,000 people took him up on that offer.  It was a great metal moment I will never forget that I was a part of.  5FDP also plays well and gets the crowd moving.

Number 3:  Megadeth – June 2010 – Download Festival

Not too long after 5FDP got off stage, Megadeth got up there and almost played all of Rust in Peace.  That was a super treat for me since that album hit 20 years.  Rust in Peace has been with me a long time.  Megadeth is one of the best performing bands I have ever seen.  They are so professional and meticulous and the only reason they were not higher on the list is because they did not have the advantages of being a headliner.  So they had barely an hour and no real props on stage.  I don’t blame them for that. It’s the nature of a festival.  Megadeth kicked 111,000 fans in the ass.

Number 2:  Slayer – June 2010 – HMV Forum, London, England

There is no way to describe the energy of a Slayer show.  There is no Slayer DVD or video out there that can do justice to the amount of insanity at a Slayer concert.  This show in London was no exception.  I find myself mentally void of any stress after a Slayer show.

Number 1:  Rammstein - July 2010 Sonisphere U.K.

I had no idea what I was about to see when Rammstein took the stage on that Saturday night.  I heard about the show, but hearing it and seeing some footage on Youtube did nothing to prepare me for the onslaught of Rammstein.  Not only was their show awesome, they do actually sound amazing live.  Even if you do not like Rammstein, the show is worth seeing.  They pulled out all the stops, it never got old, and when it was over we were like…no way that was 2 hours already!  Yeah, Rammstein hit it big time and any time I have a chance to see them again, I will try to get a little closer.

Between the two festivals and other shows there were so many good bands I had the pleasure of seeing.  To name a few:  DevilDriver (would have been 6th if my list was a little longer), Katatonia, Apocalyptica, Corey Taylor, Trivium, Sabaton, Hellyeah, and Rage Against The Machine.

An honorable mention goes out to Bon Jovi.  I left them off the list because this was a metal performance list.  I took my lovely wife to see Bon Jovi because that is the kind of husband I am and I have to say, it was an amazing show.  They can still sing and play well and get the entire crowd to join in singing in unison.  I am a product of the 80′s so I was totally into this music before I ever met metal as we know it today.  Have a great year, I look forward to some shows in 2011, namely Overkill, Children of Bodom with Amon Amarth, and Kamelot.  If Download and Sonisphere can pull in some good bands I look forward to those too. 

The best metal moment overall has to go to meeting DevilDriver.  I only met one other band before (Nuclear Assault) so this is something I don’t get to experience often.  They were really cool and appreciative of my service to country so that is always nice.  I got to experience this event with good friends and that made it quite memorable.  Have a great 2011.  I hope you see some good shows.

Song of the day – 2 Dec 2010

I think Rammstein has made the song of the day at least once, possibly a couple of times.  My iTouch must like Rammstein so today is another installment from the German 6-piece.  It’s probably just a coincidence that I just spent five days in Germany too.  Today’s song of the day is”

Mehr by Rammstein from the album Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da

The translation for Mehr is More.  It’s a song about wanting more that what I need and wanting what you have too.  I got this info from a homemade video translation on Youtube.  If you have time, I recommend watching any video Rammstein has made.  They are truly visually stimulating and worth seeing.  Have a great day!  See you on Saturday for the album of the week.  This time  I will pick something that was released in 2010.