Dead Promises

Tarja dropped the use of a last name when she got married. She’s had an interesting solo career, including doing a duet with the new singer in her old band, Nightwish. But she has a new album coming out at the end of August, and so singles have started to be released. Or one, anyway was released. If this is any indication, it should be a good album.

This song is “Dead Promises” by Tarja. It has been released as a single from her upcoming (August 2019) album In the Raw. This song features vocals by Björn “Speed” Strid, a Danish singer, known for his work in Melodeath, and other Heavy Metal genres. (So far, YouTube isn’t complaining about browser privacy settings. If they do, then use the link above.)


Gilmour’s Black Strat Sells for $4million

It was expected to fetch about $150,000 or so. Why Colts Owner Jim Irsay Paid $4 Million for David Gilmour’s ‘Black Strat’.

The Black Strat was used on the albums that defined Pink Floyd for most fans, namely Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall.

“I love Strats, and this is the Strat,” Irsay says. “This is the one that was the signature guitar for those incredible Floyd leads”

When the auction was announced, I had a post on it, with an excerpt from the 1971 movie Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii. You can find that at the link: Own a Piece of Rock and Roll History.

The auction raised a total of $21million.

Here’s a Pink Floyd song you’ve probably not heard, or not in a very long time anyway. “Seamus” from their 1971 album Meddle. (I do love the dog, but if you have time, listen to “Echoes” – See below the embedded video.) If you have your privacy settings set correctly, YouTube will tell you that the video is unavailable. Use the link. Otherwise you might want to turn your privacy settings up to 11.

“Echoes” was of course the reason to buy that album, but it was all of side 2, and 23 minutes or more. And I know people today; mostly they don’t have the patience for Progressive Rock. (Why is that?) If you have the time, take a listen. Or if you click thru “Own a piece of rock and roll history” above, there’s a link to a portion of Echoes from the 1971 movie. (10 minutes… more in keeping with the current lack of concentration.)

Stranger Things Have Happened

Old AF Sarge had a post early in June that included a song by the Foo Fighters; a song that I hadn’t heard in a long time. That was followed by other songs… And here we are. Do I need to recount the history of the Foo Fighters? I hope not. I find the quiet contemplation of the guitar in this song to be haunting.

This is “Stranger Things Have Happened” by the Foo Fighters, from their 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. (YouTube. Browser privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use link.)

When I was listening to this song, I wondered if it had something to do with the naming of the TV series, Stranger Things, but apparently not, at least according to the info I could find.

The Bard’s Song

I’m not sure how I feel about Van Canto. I mostly don’t like the music when it shows up in my playlists, but I don’t think I’ve really heard much of them. Officially they are listed as “A Capella Metal,” which seems like an oxymoron to me. No screaming guitars. No thundering drums. Aren’t those two things at the heart of Metal? It seems most people either really like them or want to see them eliminated from existence. Encyclopaedia Metallum reviews include one which gave them 0%. I don’t hate them that much.

So, while I do like this song, it isn’t part of Metal for Mondays, because how can it be metal without guitars screaming or drums thundering?

This is “The Bard’s Song – In The Forest” by Van Canto from their 2008 album Hero. (YouTube. Browser privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use the link.)

This is a cover of a song by Blind Guardian, and I feel about the same towards Blind Guardian as I do towards Van Canto. I like this song, and not much else they do. Maybe I will feature the original some day.


Amaranthe has been all over my Heavy Metal playlists recently. They are a Swedish band (don’t worry – English lyrics) known for having 3 lead singers. Elize Ryd sings in a clear style that is not quite Symphonic Metal (or maybe it is), Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson is doing something very much like the Death Metal, Death Growl, and Nils Molin is singing in the Power Metal style. They end up sounding a little pop, but with definite Heavy Metal foundations. I like them.

This is “Dream” by Amaranthe from their 2018 album Helix. (Use the link when YouTube says the video is “unavailable.” They really hate the privacy settings in your browser.)

Lyrics are at this link, because it is Metal.

Northern Lights

Death Cab for Cutie was always an interesting band. Though I guess they really never made much impression on the general music scene. They did get some notoriety after a couple of songs from their 2003 album Transatlanticism seemed to catch on. Then in late 2013 the guitarist/producer Chris Walla announced he would be leaving the band. Though he was involved with the 2015 album Kitsugi, he didn’t tour with the band when they were promoting that album.

So in 2018 they released the first album to feature Dave Depper on guitar and Zack Rae on keyboards and guitar.

This is “Northern Lights” by Death Cab for Cutie from their August, 2018 album Thank You For Today. (Use the link when YouTube says the video is “unavailable.”)


It is strange to hear a version of “Malagueña” in the Surf Rock genre. I usually associate this song with marching bands, though there are many versions. It has apparently become popular in the figure-skating-community. It was first written in 1933 (and its origins date back farther than that), so there are many versions of this song. I found a list of 77 different recordings didn’t include this one by The Trashmen.

This is “Malagueña” by The Trashmen, from their 1963 album Surfin’ Bird.