I wouldn’t be surprised if I got some hate mail for this one, but Trivium’s cover of Master of Puppets is my #2 favorite cover song. I think this is one of those bands that has a fine dividing line between love and hate or like and dislike among metal fans. I happen to be on the “like” side and this cover is spot on, if not equal to or better than Metallica’s original version. I think this is the cover that earned them the nickname of Metallica copycats. The original version can be found on Metallica’s Master of Puppets album released in 1986. I don’t think I can say more about that album, as it is my #2 favorite album of all time.
Trivium recorded their cover of the song for Remastered: Master of Puppets Revisited distributed for free by Kerrang! You can find it on the re-release of their album Ascendancy originally released in 2005. That album shot Trivium to new levels and garnered them some serious attention. This is also the point where I first heard of them and enjoyed their music. Since then, they have been the source of contention among metal fans with many views and opinions widely varying. For me, I prefer the album Shogun above all, but still appreciated their most recent work and look forward to something new from them hopefully in the near future.
Here is Trivium performing Master of Puppets live.
Here is Metallica’s epic song also live.
After looking at my top 10 favorite videos of the year, I can imagine I missed out on so many cool videos. Since seeking out videos on YouTube is pretty much my only avenue for visually stimulating music, I miss out on quite a bit due to lack of time. If the could only be extended a couple more hours…
The other best avenue for checking out cool videos is through you readers, bloggers, and friends on facebook or other blog sites and I thank you for opening my eyes each year to so many awesome bands. Below is a list of videos I thought were cool enough to make my top 10 for 2012. I will keep my commentary short and let the videos do the talking because that’s what they are supposed to do. And if you watch these videos and understand the meaning behind the music, then the video served its purpose. I do have one exception and I will explain that one when I get to it at #5.
I think most metalheads like a good cover tune. What separates a good cover from a bad one? Do you like when the cover is basically exactly the same or recreated using a basic shell of the original song? For me, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s good. I like both kinds of cover tunes. Some bands lend themselves to being covered more than others. For example, how many Megadeth covers do you hear out there? I think there are a few, but not enough to stack a CD full of Megadeth covers. Is that because Mustaine’s vocals are too hard to recreate? Is it because the guitar work is too hard for the average guitarist? You hardly ever hear bands cover Anthrax or Opeth. I have yet to hear a band cover Blitz’s unique vocals in Overkill. I am sure there are rough and edgy recordings on YouTube out there, but for the most part they are very rare.
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!
Continuing on with our Top 100 list at The History of Metal, I bring you my next five with a little bit of justification. If you haven’t checked out The History of Metal or THOM as we call it, please do it’s a cool forum to talk about and share metal. The page creator does a great job as keeping topics fresh and he also takes the time to pose challenges to the group; Top 100 Albumsbeing one of them. I think the best part of this whole challenge besides getting to see everyone else’s choices is to reminisce about why I love these albums so much. It gets me listening to some of these I haven’t heard in a while. Not to mention, seeing everyone elses favorites gets me to explore some things I haven’t heard yet. Enjoy!
I am not one to normally contemplate my astrology reading of the day. I do find them interesting at times and often accurate, but sometimes these things can be so vague that they apply to almost anyone. As we know, signs of the Zodiac are represented by symbols, elements, planets, and stones. Why not metal bands? If you know your sign, you should know what band applies to you. This is what my research for this theme of the week is going to do. No longer will you have to say you are Aries symbolized by the ram. Now, you can say I am Aries represented by Arch motherfucking Enemy. Here is my breakdown of what band should represent you and your astrological sign.
To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!
If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example. I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists. I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like. Thank you for tuning in this year. We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!
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At the announcement of a new album and coinciding tour for a re-reunited Ozzy-era Black Sabbath didn’t get me worked up enough, the announcement that they would be playing a few metro stops away from my humble abode did. The Gods of Metal festival is hitting Milan, Italy on the 24th of June and will be held at Arena Fiera Milano. headlining is the fathers of heavy metal Black Sabbath, and now recently confirmed, are 3 killer bands, and 1 of which whom has turned this into a do-not-miss event for me. Lamb of God and Trivium, 2 bands that I quite enjoy have been added to the roster, but it’s the band under Sabbath that has got me excited for this show. Opeth will be playing right before Black Sabbath and I can not think of a more suited band for the fathers to follow.
As info on this festival pops up I’ll keep you all updated for all the metal fans who may want to take a trip to one of the most beautiful countries in the world for an awesome day of metal, pizza, and pasta.
It’s that time of the month to see what has been burning through your preferred music player. I am not surprised at what I am looking at on my iTouch. Most of these albums were played while working in my office and others selected during workout time; it’s an eclectic mix. I have also been using my workout time to work on a new “Workout Tunes” theme in the coming weeks. Starting from the #10 album down to #1, this is what has been played the most. Computer equipment never lies.
It is that time of month for a heavy metal discussion piece. As usual, it’s time to look at the play count on your personal digital music player…if you have one. If you listen to CDs then you can guess what you have been listening to the most. I will do this again for November and December, but will probably discontinue this post. Mainly, my iTouch is screwy with its play count. I am not sure why, but there is no way possible that I listened to one song over 1,300 times in one month. I am not sure why that happened, but I reset the play count every month and refresh my playlist with new music every month. So, for the play count to be nowhere near accurate defeats the purpose of talking about what I listened to most this month. December will be my last post on this topic. For now, here is what my iTouch thought I listened to the most in the month of October. I can’t say I disagree…I just disagree with the number of times played.
10. Symphony X – When All Is Lost – I still can’t get enough of this album. It is more than likely going to be a top 5 of 2011…easily.
9. Opeth – Haxprocess - Although not my favorite Opeth album, I don’t think its as bad as some folks made it out to be. It’s actually great as a 70s prog album. But we all know what kind of Opeth we want to hear. Next time…I hope.
8. Machine Head – I Am Hell (Sonata in C#) – What an amazing opener for Unto The Locust. This whole album has great potential for my #1 of 2011.
7. Amon Amarth – Doom Over Deadman - Surtur Rising is another great album release of 2011. Nuff said!
6. Nightwish – The Poet and the Pendulum – Not sure how this popped up so much on the playlist, but it is a great song. We should see something new from Nightwish in 2012.
5. Nevermore – The Termination Proclamation – I never got into this band until this album. I am glad I did, but also bummed that they done.
4. Dream Theater – Outcry – Dream Theater is back! Can’t wait to see them next year. In fact, my tickets just showed up today and planning to take my son to his first show. Nothing like spreading the gospel of metal to the generations
3. Megadeth – 1,320′ – This is probably one of my favorites on Endgame.
2. Chimaira - Scum of the Earth - Chimaira took a bit of flack on some sites, but I dig this album a lot and I am quite happy that they were able to keep the machine working despite a heavy turnover in personnel. Again, can’t wait to see them next year.
1. Trivium – Watch the World Burn – Another one that took some flack. In Waves is not their strongest album, but it’s still good music. This is probably going to at least be in the top 1o for me at the end of the year.
So what’s been causing the ringing in your ears this October? Is there anything on my playlist that surproses your or something you haven’t heard in a while? Whatever is your metal pleasure, let’s hear it. Perhaps you will introduce me to something new. Have a great night!