Saturday, March 12, 2011

Slayer - Divine Intervention (1994)

Well hello again friends. I haven't updated the old profile in awhile. I stopped the radio show because I had gotten an email from BlogTalkRadio saying that it would now cost money to use audio files and I couldn't exceed 30 minutes when I'd like to throw atleast 45 minutes into a show. I was shut down enough on their servers to be fed up with BTR to begin with. Anyhow, at this moment in my life, I can't review albums like I did in the summertime. However, why not dedicate an album once in awhile? I listened to Slayer's Divine Intervention yesterday and oh yes I love the aggression. Back in High School, I use to wake up to Slayer every morning to get me going. I always felt the need for some power within myself because I had to face overwhelming adversity inside and outside the classroom.

1. "Killing Fields" 3:57
2. "Sex. Murder. Art." 1:50
3. "Fictional Reality" 3:38
4. "Dittohead" 2:31
5. "Divine Intervention" 5:33
6. "Circle of Beliefs" 4:30
7. "SS-3" 4:07
8. "Serenity in Murder" 2:36
9. "213" 4:52
10. "Mind Control" 3:04

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Suicidal Tendencies - The Art of Rebellion (1992)

I think the era of when Robert Trujillo was in the band and Infectious Grooves was my favorite, they were playing harder and less hardcore especially with this album. I think they were way cooler doing thrashy stuff than punk. I think riffs on this album is why I like it other than obviously the bass playing is a treat with Mike Muir's intensity. There production is awesome I might have the remastered version though. The album also features the fan favorite "Asleep at the Wheel" is definitely one of there best songs in my opinion they've ever done. Songs to check out "Asleep at the Wheel", "Nobody Hears" and "I'll Hate you Better".

1. "Can't Stop" 6:39
2. "Accept My Sacrifice" 3:30
3. "Nobody Hears" 5:34
4. "Tap into the Power" 3:43
5. "Monopoly on Sorrow" 5:13
6. "We Call This Mutha Revenge" 4:51
7. "I Wasn't Meant to Feel This / Asleep at the Wheel" 7:07
8. "Gotta Kill Captain Stupid" 4:02
9. "I'll Hate You Better" 4:18
10. "Which Way to Free?" 4:30
11. "It's Going Down" 4:27
12. "Where's the Truth?" 4:14

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Cult - Love (1985)

I am a big fan of The Cult but, I've always struggled into liking there album Love. It's possibly there most popular but, it's awfully light compared to my two favorite albums by them Electric and Sonic Temple. Throughout the album it sounds like they have that eighties new wave thing going which was completely dropped after the album. I mean there debut album before this one sounds like Duran Duran so they've come a long way. Some of the stuff on here sounds like U2 for some reason but, better. They do have the standout track "She Sells Sanctuary" that has past the test of time and probably one of the greatest rock songs of all time. It's hard to describe there musical approach, they had the psychedelic, goth, post punk and new wave thing going on so it's difficult to classify. One of the interesting aspects about this album is how the vocals of Ian Astbury completely take over like usually the music layers everything but, when he sings people pay attention. Songs to check out "Rain", "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Nirvana".

1. "Nirvana" – 5:24
2. "Big Neon Glitter" – 4:45
3. "Love" – 5:35
4. "Brother Wolf, Sister Moon" – 6:49
5. "Rain" – 3:55
6. "The Phoenix" – 5:06
7. "Hollow Man" – 4:45
8. "Revolution" – 5:20
9. "She Sells Sanctuary" – 4:23
10. "Black Angel" - 5:22

Friday, October 15, 2010

Testament - Low (1994)

This is Testament's sixth album and first without guitarist Alex Skolnick and Louie Clemente on drums. They were replaced with James Murphy from Death and John Tempesta whose played with various bands such as Exodus, White Zombie and more recently with The Cult. Low is a completely different ride as the other five released before it. I wouldn't call it thrash metal, more like heavy hard rock n metal. I never hear about people mentioning Low as it seems forgotten and unappreciated. It certainly doesn't get the recognition like Practice What You Preach got or Legacy for that matter. I remember doing the review on The Gathering which came out in 1999, a horrible spot for the band at the time because thrash bands were losing there ranking to other sub genres like nu metal. I just think in 1994, you have alternative rock taking over and Low got lost within time. I mean Testament wrote killer stuff and they still do, it's unfortunate they don't have the popularity of a Slayer or Megadeth. I can't speak highly enough about them as this is another Testament record that will make average heavy metal albums not sound heavy. Songs to check out "Dog Faced Gods", "Low" and "Ride".

1. "Low" – 3:33
2. "Legions (In Hiding)" – 4:17
3. "Hail Mary" – 3:32
4. "Trail of Tears" – 6:06
5. "Shades of War" – 4:44
6. "P.C." – 2:50
7. "Dog Faced Gods" – 4:02
8. "All I Could Bleed" – 3:37
9. "Urotsukidōji (Instrumental)" – 3:40
10. "Chasing Fear" – 4:56
11. "Ride" – 3:16
12. "Last Call" – 2:41

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fields - Everything Last Winter (2007)

A nice day for something totally different. Every know and then I like to listen to lighter stuff. I'll be the first one to tell you that indie rock ain't my thing. Someone once called me out and said that I didn't have a diverse music taste and we kept on arguing to the point I had to delete him off my msn. I think a major reason for making this blog and influencing people to different kinds of music is why I do it. I love how people tell me, thanks these guys are awesome or whatever. It may soothe my ego but, ultimately music is my life and passion. If anyone wants to even compare themselves to me I'll shoot that down in a heartbeat HAHA. Okay.. Fields is a band I discovered on the itunes and I think the first mention I ever heard of them was on Blabbermouth because they were opening for Wolfmother and some really gay band. I want to say like fucking Carrie Underwood but no way Wolfmother would share the same stage I would imagine, it was something like that though. Anyways, this is really light stuff..don't get use to it Andrew stay metal is something I bet one of you reading think. Songs to check "Songs for the Fields", "Your Brought This on Yourself" and "If You Fail We All Fail".

1. "Song For The Fields" - 5:47
2. "Charming The Flames" - 4:35
3. "You Don't Need This Song (To Fix Your Broken Heart)" - 4:10
4. "School Books" - 5:01
5. "The Death" - 4:55
6. "You Brought This On Yourself" - 5:31
7. "Skulls And Flesh And More" - 4:51
8. "Feathers" - 5:41
9. "If You Fail We All Fail" - 5:45
10. "Parasite" - 2:56

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King (1987)

One of the bands I've gotten into really big this year despite them being rather old. This reminds of King Diamond or Accept sounding like but, with not as cool vocals even though the music is better. Unfortunately for me, I don't have the remastered version so it sounds like it's from eighties which I have been spoiled with all the reissues because now it's like I can't listen to Megadeth's originals releases without it being the remastered version because it sounds like crap compared to the 2004 version remasters. I really had no clue Savatage would evolve into the freaking Trans-Siberian Orchestra. After hearing "Prelude to Madness" may make some sense after all. This is nothing like my first exposure to the bands release of Edge of Thorns which had me eyes wide open. Supposedly this is there most popular release. Good album if you're really into new wave of british heavy metal even though there not british. Songs to check out "Hall of the Mountain King", "24 Hours Ago" and "Prelude to Madness".

1. "24 Hours Ago" – 4:56
2. "Beyond the Doors of the Dark" – 5:07
3. "Legions" – 4:57
4. "Strange Wings" – 3:45
5. "Prelude to Madness" – 3:13
6. "Hall of the Mountain King" – 5:55
7. "The Price You Pay" – 3:51
8. "White Witch" – 3:21
9. "Last Dawn" – 1:07
10. "Devastation" – 3:37

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape (1997)

Sorry, I didn't do a post yesterday as I was attending Blackdiamondskye in San Jose. The Colour and the Shape is the Foo Fighters second record which I honestly am not familiar with anything from the self entitled album. Obviously this is there most popular as I know it sold millions and you still hear some songs on the radio. I was never or still am a big fan of Dave Grohl as a frontman but, he was an awesome drummer especially with Nirvana. The thing I could admire about Grohl is that he had all the money made from being in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters was his attempt to move on musically and probably mentally when he could have easily hung it up like former bandmate Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. I bought the remastered version but, for some reason I didn't get the extra tracks. I hear there a good live band, I wouldn't be surprised because they do have some high energy songs like "Monkey Wrench". When it comes to nineties alternative rock you can't miss this despite if you like the band or not. Songs to check out "Monkey Wrench", "My Hero" and "Everlong".

1. "Doll" 1:23
2. "Monkey Wrench" 3:51
3. "Hey, Johnny Park!" 4:08
4. "My Poor Brain" 3:33
5. "Wind Up" 2:32
6. "Up in Arms" 2:15
7. "My Hero" 4:20
8. "See You" 2:26
9. "Enough Space" 2:37
10. "February Stars" 4:49
11. "Everlong" 4:10
12. "Walking After You" 5:03
13. "New Way Home" 5:40