onsdag 29 juli 2009

Black Label Society - In This River

Jag sysslar med världens tråkigaste sysselsättning, tvättning, och under tiden sitter jag och lyssnar på gamla godingar för mig själv. Jag fastnar för världens bästa metalband Pantera och sedan börjar Dimebag-nostalgin och jag blir alldeles salig och deppig samtidigt. Sedan tittar och lyssnar jag på Black Label Society-låten In This River och njuter av supervikingen Zakk Wyldes hyllning till sin bortgångne vän. Dimebag 4-ever!

måndag 27 juli 2009

Ny Slayer-låt och två nya Paradise Lost-låtar!


Tuff dag detta. Slayer har släppt en ny låt från sitt kommande album World Painted Blood. Låtens namn är Hate Worldwide och den kan du lyssna på här. En tuff låt som känns väldigt old school och hardcore! Och efter att tidigare ha hört Psychopathy Red så är det inget snack om att Slayers nya platta kommer att bli fet.

Ännu tuffare är att Paradise Lost har släppt två låtar från sitt kommande album Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us som ska släppas 28 september. As Horizons End är en fantastiskt tung låt med tungt riffande och mörka melodier och Nick sjunger mörkare och coolare än på många många år. Jag kan inte sluta lyssna på den. Titelspåret Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us är en lite lugnare låt (som jag inte heller kan sluta lyssna på) som innehåller de där vackra ackorden och dystra tonerna som är så typiskt Paradise Lost. Det låter lovande. Jävligt lovande. Usch vad jag ser fram emot den här skivan. Lyssna på låtarna på deras Myspace-sida.

Något annat som är helt underbart är att de har släppt turnédatum och 25 november spelar de på världens bästa rockklubb Debaser. Äntligen, efter 16 år som PL-fan, får jag se detta band live!

Och här är skivomslaget (som påminner extremt mycket om Machine Heads The Blackening. Eller hur?)

söndag 26 juli 2009

Skivtipset: Hot Leg – Red Light Fever


Kommer ni ihåg The Darkness? De släppte sin succéskiva Permission to Land 2003 med låtar som Get Your Hands Off My Woman och cp-hiten I Believe in a Thing Called Love. Sedan gick sångaren och frontfiguren Justin Hawkins ner sig totalt i knarkträsket och gjorde av med två mille på härliga droger innan han lade han in sig själv på rehabilitering och bandet splittrades.


Nu är Justin Hawkins tillbaka i rampljust med det nya bandet Hot Leg. Visst låter det väldigt mycket The Darkness men soundet är lite popigare och Justin sjunger hur grymt som helst fortfarande. Soundet kan nog bäst beskrivas som en blandning mellan AC/DC, Queen, diverse glamrock, en massa falsettsång och framförallt humor. Grym partyrock helt enkelt! Förutom Justins sanslösa sång så innehåller skivan en hel del grymma gitarriff och man blir sugen på att spela gitarr lite då och då. Skivan är jämn och består nästan enbart av potentiella singlar men de låtar som jag har fastnat extra mycket för är Chickens, I’ve Met Jesus, Trojan Guitar, Cocktails och Gay In The 80s.
Denna skiva har gått varm hos mig konstant i en vecka nu och jag älskar den. Titta på videon till låten Cocktails nedan och försök att inte nynna på refrängen efteråt.

Skivtipset: Clutch - Strange Cousins From The West

Über-coola bluesgroove-kungarna har precis släppts en ny skiva! Efter att ha kört singeln på repeat några gånger vet jag att detta är ett givet köp vid nästa CDON-beställning som jag ska göra nu.

Spana in musikvideon till singeln 50,000 Unstoppable Watts och skivomslaget nedan.




lördag 25 juli 2009

Grym intervju med Flynn och Hetfield



Rock Hard magazine i Tyskland har gjort en grym intervju med världens två bästa frontmän genom tiderna, Robb Flynn och James Hetfield. Ofta brukar intervjuer blir mycket samma sak som man redan har läst om tidigare men intervjun berör först och främst 80-talet och Thrash metal och båda snubbarna gillar att vara ärliga och prata mycket nuförtiden så detta är helt enkelt en fantastisk intervju. Det är också underbart att höra hur mycket de beundrar varandra. En av de bästa intervjuerna jag har läst på länge. Så jävla bra så jag fick lov att copy-paste:a den till bloggen så att så många som möjligt läser den.

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What immediately comes to your mind when you hear the word(s) Thrash Metal? What is your first thought?

James Hetfield: Early 80's, drinking, tackling each other, Ruthie's Inn, complete chaos, fun, no responsibilities (laughs), a lot of brotherhood back then. Just everyone having a great time, and destruction was a very big part of it.
Robb Flynn: For me? I think of Metallica, that was kind of the first Thrash band I'd ever heard, though it wasn't called "thrash" back then. But yeah, Metallica, Exodus and Slayer were the three bands and being from the Bay Area we were just like, "METALLICA!" Then Exodus came along and we were really into Exodus! But at the time I was 14 years old and I was living in Fremont, California so me and my friend would sit in his bedroom until like 2 in the morning on a Saturday night pointing the antenna on our Radio Shack radio towards San Francisco hoping to get a signal to record everything we heard...
James: On KUSF? Ron Quintana's Rampage Radio?
Robb: Yep, KUSF.

How important was Ron Quintana for the whole scene?

James: Huge. He was the underground tape nucleus, I would say. If anything was worth listening to, he would have it or he would soon get it. He was responsible for sending stuff out as well, for us. You know the four track demos that we'd done, the 'No Life 'Til Leather' tape. His radio station, which was a college station you could get away with anything on it, he had this Rampage Radio Metal show which we guested on so many times. It was basically a hang. If there was nothing going on, no parties or nothing we'd just go into the city and invade the station! It was great! We'd spin records, he'd make us do, like public radio announcements, stuff about venereal disease, just whatever, it was a blast!

Do you still have those recordings?

James: No, I'm sure Ron has 'em though. It was a lot of fun, he was really like the Metal network operator, if you needed to know about a band he would know. He was the nucleus at that time, besides Lars who was the other very knowledgeable person.

So since we're talking about the beginnings of the Thrash Metal scene, do you guys have a special soundtrack that immediately comes to mind when thinking about those days or a special song or record that sums it up for you?

James: Well for me, yeah there was a lot of stuff that influenced us to kind of get us into the 'Kill Em All' feel. But when I think of it, besides [listening to] ourselves I think of Exodus, big time. I think of 'Bonded By Blood' the first record. Our manager at the time, Mark Whittaker was also managing Exodus... well he was our light guy, our pyro guy, our driver (laughs) he was pretty much "the guy"! I mean he was our landlord, as well (laughs) he took care of us once we went up to the Bay Area. So he managed Exodus so that's obviously where we got Kirk [Hammett] through that connection. But I would say 'Bonded By Blood' by Exodus was a great soundtrack to destroying your friend's house (laughs)!
Robb: Exodus, I'll agree with that, I'll add Metallica and Slayer and then all the stuff that inspired those guys I got into after. But for sure 'Bonded By Blood', man, I lived and died by that record. Those songs and the fact that [Paul] Baloff was a freakin' madman! I mean, we'd go see them and it was so insane, those shows were so violent! We were still kind of like gangly kids going to Ruthie's and there's all these big dudes there just beating the shit out of each other, running or climbing across people's heads. I remember one of the first times I went to Ruthie's there was a dude running around in the pit and he had a cow's leg bone and he was just bashing people with it in the pit and I was like "what the fuck?!" (laughing) There were guys setting up chairs about fifteen feet away from the stage, then running from the rear of the club and using the chairs to launch themselves on stage, taking out the guitar player... and that was them showing affection! (laughs)



What made the Bay Area scene back then so special to you? Was it special to you? Did you realize it was special back then?

James: It was very special to me. Growing up in L.A. I knew how special it was, because I had been where it was non-special (laughs). I was in L.A. where the big hair and all the guys looking like chicks and we're [Metallica] there playing and trying to get some attention. So we're playing louder and faster and we're just stinky, sweaty kids trying to rock out, I would have to say the L.A. scene kind of helped develop our style. We were just so anti-it. So when we moved up to the Bay Area, when Cliff [Burton] agreed to join the band, we already knew it from the first time we went there to play, when Brian Slagel [Metal Blade Records founder] said "come play a Metal Massacre gig" up there. Cirith Ungol had cancelled so we ended up getting on the bill at The Stone and that's where Cliff saw us and we hooked up with him. But yeah, the scene, as soon as we went up there we noticed people there for the music, not for the chicks that were hanging out, not for the scene, not for the bar, it was for the music! They weren't hanging out at the bar they were at the edge of the stage waiting, for Metallica. I remember one of my first impressions of the Bay Area was a Metal fan standing there, there was a band that played before us, I think it was Bitch was the name of the band who were a little more Glam-oriented Metal. But this guy was standing there in his denim jacket with his back to the band he had a Metallica patch on his jacket. It was like "dude, this is our fan! We love you!" and it kinda grew from there. We would hang out and get to know the people in the scene and we would go to this place called Strawberry Hill in San Francisco. We'd go buy a bunch of booze and go to this hill in this big park and blast Motorhead, Tank, you name it, stuff that we all loved and just drink and headbang that was our scene. We were like a small little family who had similar problems and similar passions.

Was the scene dying down when you were coming up?

Robb: No not really, I got into it around the time of 'Ride The Lightning' when there was a lot of Punk Rock and crossover bands. My first show was the 'Ride The Lightning' tour at the Kabuki, and then my next show was D.R.I. at The Mab, at a time when D.R.I. only drew burly San Francisco skinheads. Me and my friend Leroy went with these two girls and they were into Punk Rock. So they took us to the show and we thought we had long hair at the time (laughs) so, you know, it'd be cool (laughs). The head dude of the SF skins was this dude named Dagger and the girls we were with were friends of his, and all he did was mean mug us the whole time! So we move into a corner near the door and we see this long haired guy come in, he pays his $5 and as soon as he's in the door, BAM! This skinhead drops him and screams "no long hairs!" and security drag him out. We panicked, we were like "Holy shit, we're gonna die!" (laughing) For the next hour we watched these skinheads just beat the shit out of each other to D.R.I. But it was like an adrenaline rush and surviving it was even better! So soon after we started reading and hearing of these other places these guys [Metallica] were playing like Ruthie's and The Mab and The Stone so we started going to these shows. We'd get rides from our friends older brothers, take BART, or get a ride from my Dad. My Dad was cool about it, he took us to the 'Ride The Lightning' show at the Kabuki. I made him drop us off like three blocks away so none of the other metal heads would see him. (laughs)
James: Yeah, we hitchhiked (laughs).
Robb: Hella! (laughing)

Is it true Machine Head were founded at or during a Metallica show?

Robb: Yep, I asked Adam if he wanted join a side project I was starting at the Day on the Green 1991. I was still in Vio-Lence but that's when I said I was going to start Machine Head and I wanted Adam in it.

When did you first take notice of Machine Head?

James: Well a lot of the early stuff is somewhat blurry, to me. There were a lot of bands that were playing at the time and I don't think I'd ever seen Forbidden Evil, or Forbidden is what they were called after you'd split...
Robb: Yeah, when I left I took the "Evil" (laughs)...
James: So you went on to Vio-Lence then?
Robb: Yes...
James: Well I certainly remember seeing Vio-Lence... they were part of the scene and it was another great gig to go see. The band title say's a lot about the scene at the time, you know? (laughs) It's tough though when a band or a guy like Robb is really trying to make it and he's going through a few different incarnations of a few different bands, after awhile it can get a little confusing. There's quite a few bands that, it's like whoa, "we're exchanging singers or were trading drummers, he used to be the roadie from that" now and it kind of became this game of everyone changing stuff. Eventually the cream rises and once Machine Head formed that was more intense and a lot more powerful, no doubt. I have to say that 'The Blackening' is one of the albums I put on and that's one of my favorites in my computer all the time... sounds weird to say "in my computer" but...

What do you like about it ['The Blackening'] the most?

James: It's solid, every song, it's very good sonically, very pleasing. The guitars are crunchy yet in your face and there's enough hooks and melodies to keep you going and the riffs... ugh! What blows me away, and what I'm kinda jealous of every once in a while is the solos, the dual solos they're doing are off the charts cool. Also all the other singing, there's more than one guy that can sing in the band... I've been trying hard to get the other guys [in Metallica] to sing a little and it's like well, maybe it's better that you guys just play good (laughing)! You know we don't have to be like Alice In Chains or the Beatles doing four part harmonies, but I need a little help man, come on! (laughing)

Robb, what do you like most about 'Death Magnetic'?

Robb: I just love the spirit, it seems like they're just letting the music pour out of them which is how I interpret [is the way] it happened before. It just seems like they just went "let's take this riff and just fucking ride this, and let's put this part here and this is cool" you know? Something I noticed early on were they always had these slight time changes, like extending something to where it's four and a half or five and a half, it wasn't always just a straight 4/4. So there's all those little details that make their songs so interesting, the structures. It's obviously great to hear the Thrash stuff again... but I've also always been a fan of the melodic stuff they've done too. I just think it's a killer record, it's an honest record, I don't think they're trying to recreate the past so much as just letting the past flow through them.



I would like to talk about the first European tours you did, how as it coming to Europe for the first time and finding out how many people were already into Metallica? Was it mind blowing or was it expected?

James: Well a lot of the earlier touring we did we had some interaction with people from the UK, we played with Raven in the UK and we also did some shows with Venom, who were completely out of their minds. So we learned a bit of the slang and the way the people were and the way they viewed life... and obviously I learned the smells of Europe through Lars! (laughs) I learned his views on music and attitude towards life, I learned a lot from Lars. So yeah, I knew a little about the vibe but once you get there, I mean from the way buildings are put together or the way the streets are chaotic (laughs). I mean, they're old horse trails that are turned into roads! I come from the West where there are grids and you know where you're at. I remember after we'd recorded 'Ride The Lightning' we did the tour with Tank, and that was like a dream come true. My girlfriend at the time and I were huge Tank fans and I was on the side of the stage headbanging, every night. But yeah, I remember struggling through all of Europe, staying in little closets, you know those rooms where you open the door and there's the bed, you can maybe get your bag in there (laughs). All kinds of funny visions. I remember looking out the window and seeing someone's bag hanging out of their window in the courtyard / alleyway and thinking "that looks like Kirk's bag" and it was. He'd gotten crabs and had the bag hanging out the window trying to get rid of them (laughs)! Things like that, very cool memories. Festivals, doing the Heavy Sound Festival, seeing all these other bands, just walking around meeting bands like Ostrogoth and Tokyo Blade, you know bands from the early 80's and just thinking "this is sooo cool, I wish all my friends from back home could come over here and be a part of a festival like this."

How about you Robb, what was it like the first time here?

Robb: The first time I toured Europe was in 1994 on the Slayer run. I had no idea what to expect and our first show was in Dublin, Ireland. I remember we opened up with "Davidian" and every single person in the crowd screamed "Let Freedom Ring..." up until that point we'd never had that before, ever! We ended up outselling Slayer on merch that night, so it was like, "Europe is amazing!" (laughing) you know? But yeah we had fun, it was crazy and since it was our first tour we didn't have a legit bus, it was like this half bus, half van thing and it was the middle of the Winter and no heater. When we played these Eastern Bloc countries, man it was so fuckin' cold. You'd wake up to take a piss and the bathroom was on the lowest part of the bus floor above the wheels, and it was so cold you'd go to take a pee, and your pee being warm and all, would hit this frozen toilet bowl and you'd be standing there in this fucking pee steam cloud! (laughs). But the crowds were nuts, the people were so passionate and so into new bands and new music. It's also the first time we were ever mobbed. You'd wake up in the morning and there'd be like 100 people outside of the bus waiting for autographs, and all I want to do is drink some coffee and take a dump (laughs) but of course you take care of them. Like I said it was with Slayer and we were Slayer freaks so we got to watch Slayer every night, for like 85 shows. It was amazing.

Would you say that thrash Metal was your way to rebel against society or were you not thinking that far?

James: Yes. It wasn't on purpose though, it's just what we felt. When Robb talked about the early days of the crossover, when you'd go see Motorhead, you'd see spiked hair, not really the skinheads because they were more closed into their thing. But definitely a lot of punks were into Motorhead and I was not opposed to Punk music, not at all. I remember being at school and wearing a Scorpions shirt and some punk rock glasses, and the Rockers would say "take off those glasses" and the Punks would say "take off that shirt!" (laughs)! But eventually it all melded together, right? But really it [Thrash] was an escape from how my life sucked... it really was. My dad left when I was 13, my Mom died when I was 16, I was living with my brother while I went to the last few years of school and I had to change High Schools and I hated High School! There was nothing but jocks and if you weren't a jock there was no way you were going to have a date or get a chick. So I totally sunk into music and my guitar and the music was speaking for me. It spoke my language, it was my voice. I felt lost, I felt forgotten even. When I hooked up with Lars I was living at Ron McGovney's house, working at a factory making stickers and living off of some of the money I had left from my Mom, life sucked! But as soon as we played, life was awesome. We jammed and it all went away and we just took it from there. Then it became, like we have some strength, we have a mission, we have a little confidence and then we were kind of able to go against what we didn't like. When we started doing gigs, they noticed us because we didn't like what was going on, we didn't like what was being played or the scene or what was on the radio so it eventually turned into that.

Was it the same way for you Robb?

Robb: Yeah, we were getting into Punk Rock and we were getting into Metal. But when we started going to shows it was like I found people I could finally relate to. They were like me, they wanted to drink or get some speed or take acid, they just wanted to rage! It was such a release, I mean I'd be at the front of the stage headbanging for like an hour and twenty minutes and FUCK it was the hugest release! I remember watching him [Hetfield] and he was so pissed off! And we were so pissed off! (All laughing) It was like "Fuck Yeah!!" This guy knows what I'm thinking! Then we started playing instruments and emulating what we heard, especially because it was coming from our own area, we were just filled with pride, there was such a connection. I mean we'd go to a show and James Hetfield was there! This was a guy who we'd heard on a record so it was something we'd never experienced before! It was like Black Sabbath walked in the room or something, like he walked in and then he went into the bathroom...
James: And you followed me! (laughing)
Robb: But from our perspective it was a little different, I mean, when Vio-Lence's debut 'Eternal Nightmare' came out, you know, in 1988, Metallica were on '...And Justice For All' so we were just like snotty kids compared to them, they were almost adults! But yeah, there was a connection and the fact that they seemed so down to Earth, like a Punk Rock band or just so different from the major bands at the time, it endeared me and my friends... we never hung out with them, but you could go up to them and get an autograph or whatever.

That's another thing about the Thrash Metal scene I guess, the musicians were always very accessible and had a lot of the D.I.Y. attitude. Do you still try to live by those ideals in a way or is it just too hard to do it if you're really successful?

James: No, we're extremely involved in what we want to do, I mean do it yourself is Metallica's motto. Do it yourself, think for yourself and carve your own path, no doubt. We've done that since day one and there's been paths we've carved that weren't so great, you know everyone makes mistakes. But there's a dare to fail attitude about us that we can laugh about, and let the people who want to exploit that fact take the piss out of you and rip you down. Go for it! There's at least passion around it because it's oozing from us. We could never just let things drift off and be 'the machine' and let it roll and just let it live off its wake. That's not the artist part [and] that's where I get the satisfaction from, it's always been "we're doing it our way." I think a lot of that attitude does come from the Punk world. [It's like] you're a fan of that band, I know what it's like to be a fan, I'll say hi to you, you know? I might not want to stop eating dinner with my family to take a picture holding your baby or something... but! What I'll do is acknowledge you and say thank you. Because I know what it's like to be a fan and try to meet Lemmy who comes over while he's swimming in his Speedo and signs my autograph (laughs)!
Robb: That sounds like a true story? (laughing)
James: Oh totally! (laughing) And I go "Wow!" The word "rockstar" has become such a horrible word. It's applied to other things, like [TV] shows, about chef's or something [in mock voice] 'well you know he's the rockstar chef', it's a bad connotation and it always has been. When we toured with Ozzy and he's up there in the sparkly robe, that's not the Ozzy I wanted to see, you know? It came from that whole world of LA Glam that we didn't like. You were acting bigger than you were, you were above your fans, you were above everyone else and you acted that way. We never related to that whatsoever.

Same with you guys, right?

Robb: Yeah, like I said that very attitude was a huge influence on us. We admired it, we respected it and we try to carry a similar vibe. Because we were around that and we saw that, it did influence us. We've tried to keep that vibe throughout our career too.

torsdag 23 juli 2009

Megadeth ‘Endgame’ Track-By-Track Preview

Metal Hammer har slängt upp en snabbrecension där de går igenom Megadeth kommande album Endgame låt för låt. Jag vet inte om Mustaine har sugit massa pillesnopp för att få en såhär extremt positiv genomgång, eller om skivan helt enkelt kommer att vara the shit. Denna låtgenomgång påminner mycket i pepp om Martin Carlssons klassiska genomgång av St. Anger, så detta behöver ju egentligen inte betyda så mycket.

Man blir dock jävligt peppad på att höra skivan. Jag menar, meningar som "The shredding on this track will melt your face and blow your mind" kan ju inte göra annat än cp-peppa. Och ni som säger att Megadeth suger - fuck you! Megadeth rules!







Dialectic Chaos: A truly epic 2-minute instrumental crammed with blazing solos opens ‘Endgame’! Mustaine has recently been telling all and sundry that former Nevermore and Jag panzer man Chris Broderick is the best fellow axeman he’s ever had in Megadeth and on this blistering opening (and throughout the album), the lead trade-off’s between the two are nothing short of mind-blowing.

This Day We Fight!: The instrumental segues straight into a punishing thrash riff and venomous Mustaine vocal-line. It’s a HELL of an opening one-two combo! The pace of it, the unrelenting aggression, the insane fret-work – Mustaine sounds beyond pissed-off and this is going to kick all kinds of ass when it’s blasted out live. The shredding on this track will melt your face and blow your mind.

44 Minutes: A stirring, epic intro (complete with a cop’s radio reporting a crime in progress) gives way to a jarring, stomping riff that dominates the verse and is followed by a huge melodic chorus and even more fret-frying lead guitar work. The second solo has Eastern influences but the punching rhythm guitar packs just as much of a punch as the solo itself.

1,320’: A heavily 80’s inspired opening riff is then accompanied by pounding double-time snare drums. The motorbike-themed track is riddled with suitably fuel-injected riffing and yet more unrelenting solos. Fans of the widdle are going to wet themselves when they hear this record!

Bite The Hand That Feeds: Again, the lead riff on the album is 80’s-tastic but in a way that doesn’t sound dated in the slightest. It captures the vintage Megadeth sound but Andy Sneap’s dynamic, crunching production brings it kicking and screaming into 2009. At this point, it really seems as though Megadeth have created something special with ‘Endgame’. Every single second so far has kicked every kind of ass imaginable. The outro to this tune is mega in a Motorhead-fashion!

Bodies Left Behind: The track opens at a mid-tempo pace that echoes the band’s early 90’s output. Again, it’s Mustaine’s trademark sneer that fuels this inferno. Possibly the catchiest chorus thus far and the track also has the most twists and turns thus far in terms of tempo and feeling (mid-tempo chug through to neck-snapping thrash). This one’s an absolute monster.

Endgame: “Attention! Attention! All citizens report to your district detention centres! Do not return to your homes! Do not contact anyone! Return all of your weapons!” screams a megaphone introduction to the album’s politically-charged title-track before giving way to a chugging bombardment of riffs. Chug turns to sprint after around 2 minutes as those fret-melting lead guitars take over again. “This is the end of the road, this is the end of the line, this is the end of your life, this is the Endgame!”, roars the chorus. Clocking in at just under 6 minutes, this is yet another beast of a track. We know you’ll have heard a lot of hype about this record but it really is THAT good!

The Hardest part Of Letting Go…Sealed With A Kiss: An acoustic opening and subtle strings are backed by a haunting Mustaine vocal lines. Feint lead guitars lurk in the background before crashing through the boundaries. Hard-hitting riffs combine with stabbing violin lines on this odd, hard-rocking ballad.

Headcrusher: If you’ve not heard this one by now, you had really ought to. Check it out here! It’s a Megadeth classic in waiting and if that pneumatic-drill of a riff in the chorus could bang the head of a man with no neck.

How the Story Ends: ‘United Abominations’ was a fantastic record but when you’re getting to track 10 of ‘Endgame’ and it’s giving the best tracks from that album a run for it’s money, it tells you what we’re dealing with on this album. An all-out assault of up-tempo guitar work, a middle-8 that sees palm-muted riffing combine with thunderous double-bass drums and a mammoth chorus, How the Story Ends is yet another killer track. We’re definitely looking at one of the albums of the year here, no question about it.

Nothing Left To Lose: A rumbling bass line leads us into a guttural, low-end riff and a chorus that conjures memories of 90’s Megadeth. After 3 minutes, there’s a truly heroic build-up and all hell breaks lose. Solos fly while the rhythm track pounds like a prize-fighter to the track’s end.

‘Endgame’ not only has a claim to be the best Megadeth album for over a decade (quite an achievement after how good ‘United Abominations’ was), in a year chocked full of awesome albums, ‘Endgame’ is 2009’s best.

onsdag 22 juli 2009

Anthrax nya sångare långtidssjuk eller får kicken?



Som bekant så ställde Anthrax tyvärr in Sonisphere-giget i lördags och ett flertal andra spelningar. Synd som fan, för jag hade verkligen verkligen sett fram emot att äntligen få se Scott Ian och co live.

Nu har Anthrax släppt denna info på hemsidan, info som förbryllar mig lite:
” 07.21.09 OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM ANTHRAX
As announced last week, thrash legends ANTHRAX regretfully cancelled the first three dates on the second leg of their European tour due to new vocalist Dan Nelson's unexpected illness. An additional seven European dates are also cancelled, those scheduled from July 22 to July 30. Anthrax is thrilled to announce that they will play the August 1 Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England, with their good friend John Bush joining them for a very special one off performance.

The members of Anthrax have confirmed the departure of vocalist Dan Nelson. In light of this development, Anthrax's slot on the U.S. Slipknot dates set for August and September, has also been cancelled. Anthrax is already actively considering lead singer candidates, and look forward to hitting the road before the end of the year.

07.17.09 EUROPEAN DATES CANCELLED
The members of Anthrax regretfully announce that the first three shows of their European tour scheduled to begin tomorrow/Saturday, July 18** are canceled. Yesterday, lead singer Dan Nelson unexpectedly informed the band that he was seriously ill and unable to travel or perform at this time. Options for the balance of Anthrax's European tour dates are being addressed posthaste. The members of Anthrax are devastated by this unfortunate turn of events and ask all of their fans to join them in wishing Dan the speediest of recoveries.”


Och så detta:

“***UPDATE: According to ANTHRAX's management, the band's new album, "Worship Music", which was previously due in Europe on October 23 via Nuclear Blast Records, will now be "pushed back to a later date." It is not presently clear if Dan Nelson's tracks will be erased from the CD, which was recently mixed at a New Orleans studio by Dave Fortman (a former member of UGLY KID JOE who has also worked with artists such asMUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE).***”

Märkligt detta. Ska man tolka det som att denna nya sångare Dan Nelson fick kicken helt och hållet och att de kommer att söka nya sångare? Vad är det för sjukdom Dan egentligen har? Har han gått ner i knarkträsket? Och visst är det märkligt och samtidigt tufft att John Bush ska gå tillbaka och köra ett gig med sitt forna band? Vem vet, detta kanske leder till något mer. De kanske röker fredspipa och han joinar bandet igen. Så vill jag ha det!

tisdag 21 juli 2009

Musikfesten 2009 i Ö-vik – en potentiell total nostalgichock

När jag var liten bodde jag i Ö-vik. Det var en liten håla någonstans uppe i Norrland där man antingen var the machoman och älskade MODO Hockey eller så blev man lurad till Pingstkyrkan och innan man hann säga Smack så var man fast i Jesu röv. Även om jag valde MODO-skolan så kände jag dock att något saknades eftersom jag även hade hårdrocken som religion. Större band kom aldrig förbi Ö-vik och min mamma ville inte släppa iväg mig för att se Metallica i den kungliga huvudstaden. Men jag fick ändå min viktiga del av live-musik på Musikhuset. Denna fantastiska byggnad är nu ett vandrarhem (och föreningen Musikhuset håller nu till på Sliperiet vid hockeytemplet) men under min ungdom fick jag uppleva stor musik på detta ställe. Först och främst var det givetvis lokala band som uppträdde och eftersom ett flertal av dessa band också var riktigt bra så blev dessa något av mina favoritband.

De två främsta av dessa lokala band hette Engine No 9 (som lirade fet thrash och bl a gjorde en fenomenal cover på Sepulturas Roots Bloody Roots) och Bozeman's Simplex (som lirade överjävla cool Monster Magnet-rock). Dessa två band har faktiskt betytt oerhört mycket för mig.

Föreningen Musikhuset fyller faktiskt 30 år i år och detta firar de i helgen genom att ha en utomhusfestival i uppe i Ö-vik under fredag och lördag. Under denna festival blir det återföreningsgig med mina två nämnda favoritband från yngre dagar. Dessutom spelar faktiskt Sator (I’d rather drink than talk!) + en massa fler band. Detta får man givetvis inte missa, men tyvärr gör jag ju det eftersom jag måste jobba en vecka till. Men för er andra, och framförallt ni Ö-viksbor, så råder jag er att dra på detta arrangemang! Har ni det minsta respekt för Musikhuset… eller har ni det minsta respekt för musik överhuvudtaget – dra på Musikfesten! Hell yeah! Fan, ångest!

Läs mer här:
http://www.musikfesten.nu/




Bozeman's Simplex

måndag 20 juli 2009

Hagström och Thordendal har lektion

Jag tänkte skriva en fet Sonisphere-recension men när jag började tänka på Meshuggah så råkade jag hitta dessa klipp.

Världens två stördaste metalgitarrister, som också råkar vara från kära Örnsköldsvik och fina Umeå, förklarar och visar hur enkelt det är att spela deras riff. Oavsett om man spelar gitarr själv eller inte så är jag övertygad om att detta är fascinerande (och underhållande!) att titta på. Jag måste också säga att Ö-viks-Mårten är oväntat duktig på engelska och att Thordendal verkar vara det motsatta. Thordendal är gullig när han presenterar vilket riff de ska spela, fnittrar till lite blygt och skäms en smula. Hursomhelst så köper jag en åtta-strängad gura imorrn! Kung.











onsdag 15 juli 2009

Skivåret 2009 så här långt – en halvårsrapport av Rawken

Svenke den allsmäktige gjorde en trevlig halvårsrapport på skivor som han har lyssnat på hittills under 2009. Och då kan jag fan inte vara sämre och här kommer därför min mainstream-rapport (utan inbördes ordning)!

Jag måste först tillägga att jag inte har hunnit med att lyssna på så mycket skivor som har släppts i år. Det beror på följande orsaker:
- Baksmällan från 2008 års bästa skivor höll i sig länge
- Jag har tagit mig tid till att utforska Judas Priests universum (70- och 80-tal)
- Jag har dykt djupare ner i Nick Caves magiska värld
- Jag har, precis som förra våren, haft en sinnessjuk AC/DC-pepp som nådde sin peak runt konsertdatumet 20 februari

Lamb Of God - Wrath
Guds lamm förvaltar arvet från Pantera på ett mycket attraktivt sätt. Mycket fetare än deras förra skiva (som inte heller var dålig) och årets bästa metalplatta so far.

Mastodon - Crack The Skye
De har gjort skivan som de vill göra och jag stödjer dem till 100 %. En fascinerande musikalisk resa men ändå lite av en besvikelse.

Deportees - Under the Pavement - The Beach
Visst lyssnar jag på denna platta först och främst för att det är ett Umeå-band och för att de har världens sexigaste trummis (Cult Of Luna, Khoma)… men samtidigt smyger jag hela tiden tillbaka till den här skivan eftersom den hela tiden växer. Grym popmusik!

Crystal Caravan - Crystal Caravan
Ett band som jag har sett live 666 ggr och se på fan – de levererar totalt på skiva också och RG sjunger utav bara helvete. Balla 70-talsinfluenser à la The Doors och Zeppelin med ett jäkla ös. Umeå regerar.



Crystal Caravan = the shit


Hardcore Superstar - Beg for it
De fortsätter på samma bana som den totalsuveräna förra plattan. Tyvärr kommer de inte upp i samma höjder men det är fortfarande en jävligt bra platta och man blir sugen på bärs direkt!

Candlemass – Death Magic Doom
Veteraner som jag aldrig egentligen har engagerat mig i förut men de Black Sabbath-osande och doomiga riffen griper tag i mig. Jävligt bra.

Big Business – Mind The Drift
Melodierna och groovet fascinerar.

Kongh – Shadows Of The Shapeless
Ungtupparna från djupaste Småland fortsätter att imponera med sin tyngd och även om man kan höra influenser från andra band (Neurosis m fl) så gör de sin egen grej. Jag fastnar direkt.

Isis – Wavering Radiant
Jag fortsätter att mala mig igenom denna skiva gång på gång utan att riktigt kunna bestämma mig för om det är jävligt bra eller bara medelmåttigt.

Marilyn Manson – The High End of Low
Nä, det är absolut ingen ny Antichrist Superstar men visst finns det en hel del bra material här när firma Manson & Ramirez har kramkalas igen. Tyvärr gör de fortfarande misstaget att ha med för många låtar.

Nutmeg – The Trigger
Jag tror faktiskt att skivan släpptes i typ december 2008 men skit samma! Denna skiva förtjänar att nämnas ändå. Vi från Ö-vik har koll på Nutmeg sen länge men det är dags att sprida ordet. Cp-rock.
Nutmeg = the shit

måndag 13 juli 2009

Best of Thåström Solo

Sveriges enda sanna rockikon Joakim Thåström dominerar just nu fullständigt på Sveriges rockscen, både i våras och just nu på festivaler runt om i landet. Jag ska se han för andra gången i år på Malmöfestivalen i augusti har jag bestämt, och med den tanken i skallen fick jag en hejdlös Thåström-pepp. För den äran har jag gjort en Spotify-playlist som visar de, enligt mig, bästa Thåström-låtarnaa från hans soloskivor. Just det, glöm Imperiet och Ebba Grön, detta är bara låtar från hans solokarriär. Ni som inte fattar Thåström och sitter och kör handtrallan till annan musik – här har ni 20 låtar på 1,5 timmar som kommer att förgylla er vardag.

I denna gudomliga playlist får ni alltifrån världens två bästa Thåström-låtar ”…Ingen neråtsång” och ”Aldrig nånsin komma ner” (jag kan inte bestämma mig längre för vem som smäller högre), till den fascinerande mörka ”Om Black Jim” och klassikern ”Alla vill till himlen” från första soloplattan.

Sedan har jag tjuvat lite och tagit med den tyngre versionen av The Haters som finns med som B-sida på Sönder Boulevard-singeln. Så spelas The Haters live och då är den förbannat bra. Jag har också tagit med den längre versionen av ”Kärlek är för dom” eftersom den är mörkare och helt enkelt bättre.

Håll till godo.
http://open.spotify.com/user/rawk666/playlist/1Kp3a46cCSpvz7b2nuc2vB

söndag 12 juli 2009

Rawks snabbguide till att köpa begagnade skivor i Stockholm

Igår tog jag på min favorit t-shirt med Metallica-tryck och coola solbrillor och begav mig ut på skivjakt runt St. Eriksplan. Nu har jag bott i Stockholm ett år men innan dess, när man var på konsert eller genomresa, brukade jag alltid åka ut till St. Eriksplan och göra kap. Jag har säkert köpt upp mot hundra skivor på olika skivbutiker där genom åren. Här listar jag mina absoluta favoritställen som ligger runt St. Eriksplan.

1. Atlas CD-börs (St. Eriksgatan 78)
Börja med Atlas CD-börs som ligger alldeles invid St. Eriksplan. I hörnet längst in finns de begagnade hårdrockstitlarna, man får snoka i lådor i fönstret men man brukar alltid hitta något intressant.

2. Record Hunter (St. Eriksgatan 70,
http://www.recordhunter.se
)
Längre ut på St. Eriksgatan mot Kungsholmen ligger Record Hunter som är den butik där jag har köpt överlägset mest skivor genom åren. Blandat både nytt och begagnat. Jag brukar ta trappan ner direkt och söka igenom nyinkomna skivor, där gör man ofta fynd. Och sedan kan man stå och leta igenom åtskilliga rader med skivor och göra fler fynd. Fördel också att det är indelat i olika genrer (så slipper man snoka igenom hip-hop och annat skräp i onödan). Record Hunter har också grymt trevlig och kunnig personal och det är alltid ett plus.

3. Diamond Records (Atlasmuren 20)
Denna skivbutik är lite gömd men är väl värt ett besök. För att hitta butiken måste man ta trappan ner från St. Eriksbron ner till Atlasmuren. Där luktar det kiss och uteliggare men genom en stor metaldörr tar man en trappa uppåt och vips är man inne i skivbutiken. Egentligen brukar jag sällan hitta något här men bara att uppleva atmosfären är som sagt värt ett besök. De har en hel del intressant vinyl och annat smått och gott dock.




4, Repulsive Records (Sankt Eriksgatan 84 B, http://www.repulsive.se
)
Lätt tuffaste skivbutiken i staden. Bara hårdrock med alla dess undergenrer, bl a ett rikt utbud av black metal. Hela stället andas hårdrock och jag mår alltid bra av att besöka stället. Både nytt och ett stort utbud av begagnat. Man hittar alltid något. Men utöver musik finns det också en hel del annat såsom skräck- och porrfilmer (!), t-shirt, böcker och musiktidningar. Hur bra som helst.

5. Marquee Records (Odengatan 86)
När jag är klar brukar jag vandra Odengatan till Odenplan och på vägen göra ett besök på Marquee Records. Bra priser på begagnat och jag brukar ofta göra grymma fynd här. De har också ett bra DVD-utbud.


Men vad blev det för fynd denna gång då? Inte så mycket skivor faktiskt, mer DVD:s faktiskt.
- Lamb of God – Wrath. Årets bästa metal-platta so far.
- Pantera – 3 vulgar videos from hell. Världens bästa förfestfilm.
- Cult Of Luna – Fire was born. En grymt efterlängtad och grym DVD.
- The Hellacopters – Goodnight Cleveland – hur fan har jag missat denna? Så jävla bra.

torsdag 9 juli 2009

Skriv under för Dolphan!

Dolph Lundgrens kommande och redan kultförklarade rulle Command Performance ska snart gå upp på biograferna världen över. Denna film har jag nämnt både en och två ggr tidigare. SF Bio planerar dock att INTE visa den på bio och det är fan fel. Här är en namninsamling om ska ändra på detta! När jag skriver detta är det bara 21 underskrifter men det ska bli betydligt flera! Skriv under!

http://www.namninsamling.se/index.php?nid=3615


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