Beautiful People

Marylin Manson is the name of an Industrial Metal group and the stage name of Brian Hugh Warner. The other founding member of the band was Scott Mitchell Putesky, stage name Daisy Berkowitz. Putesky actually left the band during the recording of the album in question. While I don’t like much by this group, I do like this song, and I admire the way they used the reaction they generate to their (commercial) advantage.

The album, Antichrist Superstar, and the band were subjects of 1997 Congressional hearings, because the .gov wants to control what you listen to. Have for a long time. (Add in “what you can read, say, think…” Forget 1984, reread Fahrenheit 451 sometime.) And this predates the coining of the term Streisand-Effect by nearly 20 years.

In November 1997, the band found itself the target of congressional hearings, led by Senator Joseph Lieberman and Representative Sam Brownback, to determine the effects, if any, of violent lyrics on young listeners.[108] This hearing was held by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and was titled “Music Violence: How Does It Affect Our Children”.

You can’t buy that kind of publicity.

This is “Beautiful People” by Marylin Manson from their 1996 album Antichrist Superstar. If you have browser privacy settings set correctly, YT will tell you the video is “unavailable.” Use the link provided if YT complains about the privacy settings in your browser. (Today it seems to be working…)

Storm The Sorrow

Epica is one of my favorite Heavy Metal bands. But then I love Symphonic Metal in general and I really love Simone Simons’ voice. Though they aren’t EXACTLY Symphonic Metal, as one of their singers, Mark Jansen, is doing the Death Metal, Death Growl. Doesn’t change the fact that I love their work.

This song is “Storm The Sorrow” by Epica from their 2012 album Requiem for the Indifferent. Is this really apropos for the day? Maybe not. But for thoughts on “Heavy Metal” and “Storm” see below the embedded video. (YouTube. Browser Privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use the link.)

Okay, I’ve been planning to have this song for a while, since I like Epica. But I did look to see if there is a better Heavy Metal song for a day with a storm monopolizing a lot of the news coverage. And there are. I just don’t like most of them. There is a band called Eternal Storm, that I actually don’t know much about. There is at least one Heavy Metal cover of Vivaldi’s “Summer Storm.” Slayer has a song “Metal Storm/Face the Slayer.” The list of songs is quite long. And while the lyrics of “Storm the Sorrow” don’t have to do with the weather, I do like this song. So…

Girl Got a Gun

Inglorious has been featured a couple of times. They are an English “Hard Rock” band, but I’ve been including them in Metal for Mondays because where else does hard rock belong? The last time I featured Inglorious this song showed up in the comments, with some positive comments. (Hat tip to Mobius Wolf at the Zombie Apocalypse Homestead.) It’s still hard rock, but not screaming that you sometimes get with metal. And so, I thought I would feature it.

And I want to remind everyone, that there is probably music being made today that you will like. It isn’t as easy as turning on the Top 40 station while driving, or your local college radio station like when FM was the new kid on the block, but it is probably out there if you go looking for it. (And that can be as easy as using the free versions of Pandora or Spotify or whatever. Tell them what you like, and they will help you find more stuff like it.) This song would have been at home on a 1970s Top 40 station.

Anyway, this is “Girl Got a Gun” by Inglorious from their 2016 album Inglorious. (So far YT isn’t freaking out about privacy, but if that happens, use the link.)

Born To Be Wild

Peter Fonda died this past week at the age of 79. I think most people know him because of Easy Rider, but I will always think of him as Ulee Jackson in the movie Ulee’s Gold.

This is “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf from their debut album Steppenwolf, which was released in 1968. (It was also released as a single.) It is set against the opening (at least in part) of Easy Rider. (YouTube. Browser privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use link.)

After the break is the trailer for Ulee’s Gold. It is worth a look if you haven’t seen it. (Fonda did win “Best Actor” at the Golden Globes.)

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Theater of Tragedy was a Gothic Metal band from Norway. While they didn’t invent the Beauty and the Beast singing style, they were the first to devote an entire album to the style. While I find a lot of Gothic Metal brooding, their use of “angelic sopranos” and the death growl works. At least for this song. They called it quits in 2010.

This song is “Venus” by Theater of Tragedy from their 1998 album Aégis. (If you’re having trouble understanding the lyrics, that’s because a good portion of it is in Latin. See this link for the lyrics.) If YouTube trips over your browser’s privacy settings and tells you the video is unavailable use the link provided.

‡ Beauty and the Beast style is the juxtaposition of clear soprano with a more aggressive style from a male singer, usually a Death Metal Death Growl. Often, the lyrics take the form of a conversation.

Stairway to Heaven

“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin is in some ways the quintessential Power Ballad, even though Rock and Roll hadn’t quite fragmented into so many different genres, I think most Heavy Metal bands, and certainly most Power Metal groups, try for a crossover to the pop charts with a Power Ballad even today. (Actually the song is almost Progressive Rock, given the tempo changes. The song is in 3 movements, each a bit more uptempo than the previous one.)

This version is by Mastodon. They are a Heavy Metal group out of Atlanta. When the band’s mentor, died of cancer, they were asked to perform this song at his funeral.

Afterward, finding out that someone had recorded it, we figured we should record a studio version and release it on Record Store Day as a tribute to Nick with all the proceeds to be donated to pancreatic cancer research. We would not be the band we are today without the help of Nick John. We miss him dearly and think of him always.

So this is a cover of “Stairway to Heaven” by Mastodon. It was released as a single in 2019, and there is a live recording of them singing it as well. When YT trips over the privacy settings in your browser and says the video is “unavailable,” use the link. (YT is tripping over your browser privacy settings isn’t it?)

OK, so not EXACTLY Metal for Mondays, but I make the rules, so I can break the rules.

Mad World

Lots of Heavy Metal from 2019. Mostly from Europe, but then the American record labels and the suits in charge can only repeat what they just saw 5 minutes ago. (Even an American Heavy Metal band had to go Austria to find a record label, because suits have no taste of their own.) Within Temptation is a Dutch band, and yes they sing in English.

This song is “Mad World” by Within Temptation from their February 2019 album, Resist. I really like Shanon den Adel’s voice, and I’ve been really enjoying this album. (YouTube. Browser privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use link.)

Father Of Fate

Lacrimas Profundere is putting out a new album later this week. And so in honor of that, we have a single from that upcoming album.

This song is “Father Of Fate” by Lacrimas Profundere, from the album that will be released this Friday, July 26. That album is Bleeding The Stars.

For more info on the German band with the Latin name, see this link from earlier in the year.

Paradise (What About Us?)

When artists I like collaborate, I’m often pleased with the result. It’s like they’re always putting their best foot forward.

Tarja was the lead singer for Nightwish, and then she branched out to have a solo career. Within Temptation is a Dutch Symphonic Metal band started by singer Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. (They do some very good work.) Add all that together and the result is quite nice.

This is “Paradise (What About Us?)” by Within Temptation featuring vocals by Tarja. It is from their 2014 album Hydra. (YouTube will trip over the privacy settings in your browser and tell you the video is “unavailable.” When that happens, use the link above.)

50 Years of ZZ Top

To celebrate 50 years of ZZ Top, they are putting out a new, 3-CD album, Goin’ 50. It will be released on August 16, 2019. It is a compilation of some of the best songs in Rock and Roll. “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide” and “La Grange” and “Cheap Sunglasses” among them.

ZZ Top was formed in 1969, and their first single came out in 1970. Their first album, ZZ Top’s First Album, came out in 1971.

One of the songs is “Concrete and Steel” by ZZ Top from their 1990 album Recycler. This is the 2003 remastered version, the new album will include a 2019 remastered version. (When YT says the video is “unavailable” use the link.)