The Nexus

Amaranthe is a bit hard to categorize. Some Death Metal. A touch of Beauty and the Beast (the Gothic Metal sub-genre, not the musical). Some call them Metalcore (a mix of Metal and Hardcore Punk), some call them Melodeath (Melodic Death Metal.) A lot of their stuff has a distinctive pop flavor, I think that comes from the nature of Elize Ryd’s voice. They have 3 vocalists, to cover all those bases. Elize Ryd, Nils Molin and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson. There is something for everyone.

This song is “The Nexus” by Amaranthe from the 2013 album The Nexus.

Sorrow

When most people think of Pink Floyd they think of Animals, or Metal Meddle, or The Dark Side of the Moon. And possibly The Wall. But they produced music after all of that. Here’s a sample that was sent to me by a friend who said….

With some of the best scenery I’ve ever seen.

This song is “Sorrow” by Pink Floyd from the 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Enjoy.

Closed on Sunday

OK, I’m going to state right up front, that I don’t care for Kanye West. Well, I don’t know the man; I’m just not a big fan of his music. That said, I had to feature one of the songs from his new album, because it is making SJW heads explode. That album is Jesus is King.

Predictably, the liberal press panned it. I mean not only does he associate with President Trump, but this is a Christian album. What else were they going to do? But as more and more people stop listening to the press, that didn’t seem to matter to people buying the music. Every song on Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ album debuted on the Hot 100. But there’s more…

Jesus Is King opened at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 264,000 album-equivalent units, of which 109,000 were pure album sales.[121] This gave West his ninth consecutive album to debut atop the chart, tying him with a record held by fellow rapper Eminem.[121] The chart-topping position stood as the sixth time that West did so with an album in the 2010s, tying him for second place with fellow rapper Future and Canadian singer Justin Bieber for most number one albums of the decade.[121] The album simultaneously entered atop the US Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums charts.[122] By doing so, Jesus Is King gave West his first appearance on the respective charts and the sales stood as the biggest unit week on both charts.[122] On the US charts, the album became the first to ever top the Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Top Rap Albums, Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums at the same time.

The album had similar success in Canada, Australia, The United Kingdom, Norway and Ireland.

So anyway, this is “Closed on Sunday” by Kanye West from his October 2019 album, Jesus Is King.

And in case you missed the reference, “Closed on Sunday” is about Chic-fil-A.

“Is there really a possibility of blasting Iron Maiden too loud?”

It was a peaceful retirement community, and then they got noisy neighbors, so they decided to retaliate against that noise with some of their own. Death Wish Coffee Blog brings us This old couple was sued for blasting Iron Maiden too loud.

We’re not just talking a little noise violation — the 81-year-old and the 71-year-old were playing music so loud that police had to use force entry to get into the house while “Afraid to Shoot Strangers” was blaring.

That’s old-school, that is. Though if I was trying to piss-off the neighbors, I wouldn’t choose that song. (“Thunderstruck,” “Hell’s Bells,” “Hair of the Dog,” there are numerous choices…) But here we are. So in honor of these rocking seniors from Sweden, we have today’s Metal for Monday pick.

This song is “Afraid to Shoot Strangers” by Iron Maiden from their 1992 album Fear of the Dark.

She’s Not There

Santana, the group headed by Carlos Santana, has had a fairly amazing history. 25 studio albums, 14 of which hit the Billboard top 10. An appearance at Woodstock sort of catapulted them into the mainstream’s consciousness. Lot’s of changes in personnel and style over the years.

This song is “She’s Not There” by Santana from the 1977 double album Moonflower. It included both studio and live tracks.

“Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago”

It comes my attention that some people are not familiar with the Thanksgiving Massacree.

Kid… I hope you are having a great holiday!

This is “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie from his 1967 album Alice’s Restaurant. (If you’re really not aware of the Massacree, then you should know it is 18 minutes long.)

Tank

The name Carl Palmer came up recently in reference to the drum work of Danny Carey of Tool. And since the only song from ELP I have featured was “Fanfare for the Common Man,” I thought I should include something that features Carl Plamer’s work on drums. Though “Fanfare” is interesting from that perspective.

This is “Tank” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer from their 1970 debut album Emerson, Lake & Palmer. (Released in North America on January 1, 1971).

This is not my favorite song from ELP, but it does give center stage to Carl Palmer.

Layers Of Time

More European Heavy Metal? Why not. Lacuna Coil is an Italian Gothic Metal Group (they sing in English) that put out a new album in October. I’m not 100 percent sure how I first found Lacuna Coil, but I have a friend who is a big fan, so that might be it, or it could be that they first came thru some of my playlists from the streaming services, and then I found out she was a fan.

This is “Layers of Time” by Lacuna Coil from their new (Oct. 11, 2019) album Black Anima. It was a single released ahead of the album, so they thought it was worth your time. YouTube isn’t being difficult about privacy settings in your browser right now, but if that changes, use the link.

Animal Rights

A little dance music to start the day? Why not.

The Canadian DJ deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”) has some interesting album titles. Random Album Title (2008), For Lack of a Better Name (2009), Album Title Goes Here (2012), While(1<2) (2014), etc.

This is “Animal Rights” by deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner from the 2010 album 4×4=12. If you have your browser privacy settings cranked up to 11, YT will (or may) tell you the video is “unavailable.” When that happens, use the link. (You don’t have your privacy settings cranked up to 11?) Oh, and I set the link above and the embedded video to skip the first 50 seconds. You’re welcome. The lead in to a dance song can be quite long, as DJs need that time to fade one song into the next.

The Grammys STILL Don’t Understand Metal

Because the suits in the entertainment industry have no vision. Have The GRAMMYs Finally Accepted True Metal?.

Historically, the Best Metal Performance GRAMMY is kind of a joke. When the award was first introduced as the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal in 1988, and was given to Jethro Tull over Metallica, it was an announcement to the world that the GRAMMYs didn’t understand the world of heavy music other than that it was enough of a money-maker that it had to be acknowledged.

If you are completely without a clue, Jethro Tull was NEVER Heavy Metal or Hard Rock. They were the height of Progressive Rock. They had flute-player out in front a good part of the time. See Living In The Past if you’re confused on the subject.

This year they stiffed Tool for “Best Heavy Metal Performance” on “7empest,” and recognized High On Fire, a Thrash Metal band. Of course they did. They ignored Lacuna Coil’s Black Anima album. Mastodon’s cover of “Stairway to Heaven,” Delain, and their 2019 album Hunter’s Moon. (Oh no, are some of those European? What a shock, when the American companies won’t support Metal. Even Kamelot – from Tampa Bay – has to go to Europe for a record label.) They don’t understand metal. They never will. It isn’t clean, and fun. People sing about pain, grief, growing old, you know… Life. And besides isn’t all Metal Thrash? You mean there’s more than one kind? Fucking Idiots.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)

Think I’ve already featured all of the “short” songs by Pink Floyd. Most of the reason we listened to Floyd back-in-the-day was because of the longer songs. (“Echoes” from Meddle is one entire side of an LP, or about 24 minutes.)

This is “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)” which at 13 minutes, is longer than most people have patience for today, but I did hear it recently on FM radio. (WXRT’s Saturday Morning Flashback show, to be precise.) So get a cup of coffee and enjoy. It is part of the 1975 album, Wish You Were Here. (YouTube. Browser privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use link.)

That photo was very edgy in its day. No Photoshop in 1975.

Grace Slick Singing “White Rabbit”

A bonus musical interlude courtesy of Wirecutter – Well, this is kinda freaky.

Click thru for Grace Slick singing the Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit” with all the instruments removed. All you get is her powerful voice.

The full version, with drums, guitar, and bass can be found at this link.

“Angels on the sideline, Puzzled and amused.”

Tool’s lyrics are always interesting, which is part of their appeal, and the song “Right In Two,” from their album 10,000 Days was not an exception to that rule. And their songs have been all over my playlists since I started obsessing over their new album.

Angels on the sideline,
Puzzled and amused.
Why did Father give these humans free will?
Now they’re all confused.

All of the lyrics can be found at this link.

This song is “Right In Two” by Tool from their 2006 album 10,000 Days. (If YT trips over anything and says the video is unavailable, try the link.)

Mirror, Mirror

Faun is a Munich based Medieval “Paganfolk” group. They just released an album after 4 years. I admit the only song I’ve heard is the first song that they released ahead of the album. That is this song.

This is “Spieglein, Spieglein” by Faun. That means “Mirror, Mirror.” It is from the album they just released yesterday, November 15, titled, Marchen & Mythen, which is “Fairytales & Myths” in English.

I would normally include a link to a translation of the lyrics, but it seems no one has published one. If that ever happens I will update this post.

Mai Tais on the Moon

The Tikiyaki Orchestra is either Exotica Jazz or Space-age Bachelor Pad Music, depending on when you catch them. But it is generally fun. This is how Discogs describes them.

The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and bring it into the 21st century. Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more.

This song is “Mai Tais on the Moon” by The Tikiyaki Orchestra from their debut album Stereoexotique, which came out in 2007.

A Heavy Metal November 11th

So I’m not exactly sure this song is completely right for Veterans Day, but it is about remembering the lost. Anyway, I hope your day is going well.

This is “Gone Away” by Five Finger Death Punch from their 2018 album And Justice for None. It is a cover of a song originally done by The Offspring.

Magneto

I love the (sometimes strange) stuff that comes through my various musical feeds. Messer Chups is an “experimental band” from Russia. I don’t know a lot about them, but I hope to listen to more of their music in the coming year. Who knew surf-rock was a thing in Saint Petersburg?

This song is “Magneto” is by Messr Chups from the 2015 album, The Incredible Crocotiger. I love the 1960s surf feeling. (OK, the intro runs too long, but once you get past that…)

Butterfly Wings

I’m not sure if Machines of Loving Grace ever really made it. They may even be a “one-hit-wonder” given that most people only ever heard this song by the group. Still several songs were used in the soundtrack to the horror movie Devour, including this song, and this song was also used in the soundtrack to The Punisher War Zone from 2008. Part of me wants to put this in the Metal for Mondays category, but they were really an Industrial group. Which is probably why they didn’t make in a big way.

This is “Butterfly Wings” by Machines of Loving Grace from their 1993 album Concentration.

SJW Heads Exploding in 3, 2, …

Not only does he associate with Donald Trump, he produces a Christian album that tops the charts. Every song on Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ album debuted on the Hot 100.

Kanye West’s “Jesus Is King” album was not only crowned No. 1 on the charts but also managed to land every song on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week.

“Follow God” debuted the highest on the chart in the Top 10 at No. 7, followed by “Closed On Sunday,” the 42-year-old born-again believer’s anthem about Chick-fil-A and family values, at No. 17.

So, do you think he will win any awards for this album, or will all the Woke People just ignore it, and hope all those bitter, clingy Christians will just go away?

I may have to feature some of these songs (after I actually listen to the album)

Nothing Else Matters

So Heavy Metal ballads have been a thing of mine the past year or so. I’ve been using them to torment friends who say, “I don’t like Heavy Metal.” After a couple of ballads, they switch to “That doesn’t sound like Heavy Metal.” (Which I count as proof they don’t really know what metal is.) I’m not quite sure this song falls into the “ballads” category, but it is damn close. (Sounds too angry to be a ballad, or something.)

This song is “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica from their 1991 album Metallica. (It was their 5th album.) It was also released as a single from that album in 1992, and did really well on the charts. Which is why you know it. (If you have browser privacy settings set correctly, YT will/may tell you the video is “unavailable.” If you have problems, use the link.)