Hardcore band This Is Hell is preparing to release a new 7″ entitled The Enforcer. Along with the title track, this 7″ will also feature a cover of Metallica‘s classic “Whiplash!” You might think that This Is Hell (with their obvious thrash influence) might let some of that flow over their cover of ”Whiplash.” Well, that’s not all it flows over… Continue reading »
I have constantly expressed my love of Slayer and Testament on this site but I haven’t really talked about Metallica, not in a positive light anyway. I do however have a soft spot for Metallica seeing as I was raised in the ’90s and I was constantly bombarded by their tunes. It wasn’t until much later that I got into the REAL Metallica. It was at that jumping point that I got into bands like Slayer, Megadeth and Testament, so I thank Metallica for that even though they haven’t made a relevant album since The Black Album.
I, unlike a lot of people, have never seen Metallica live, but I have heard good things (even of the band recently). Well, except for Lars, who I have heard has only gotten worse over the years. I sat down last night and watched Metallica‘s Rock am Ring performance from this year and I gotta say I was quite impressed. I was a little annoyed by James’ cadences through some songs (see “Master of Puppets” 5:36) but all in all I thought it was a great performance. The difference would be seeing it live of course, but you know what I mean.
Check out a full streaming video of Metallica‘s performance after the jump. I think it’s worth it. Enjoy and leave your feedback in the comments section. [Continue...]
Okay, when I first say this headline, I thought it was a sick joke. But as it turns out Macy Gray actually did cover Metallica‘s “Nothing Else Matters” live and has a studio version recorded which will be released on a covers album along with tracks originally composed by Radiohead, Sublime, and Kanye West. I never thought of Macy Gray as a fan of Metallica, but in my line of work, I’ve learned that some things just don’t make sense. You can check out the live version of Gray‘s “Nothing Else Matters” below and the album, appropriately titled Covered will be released on March 27th via 429 Records. Thanks to Metal4All for the tip!
Remember back when these guys slowed down Metallica’s Ride The Lightning? Well I do. It’s pretty killer and I decided I wanted to do the same thing. It took me this long to get a new record player that records from vinyl to CD, so now is the perfect time. I went with the only 45 that I own (most of my recent purchases are 7″, which are different as my vinyl consumers know. So now I bring you Nirvana’s “Dive” slowed down to 33RPM. Check it out below and tell me what you think.
The name Wykked Wytch is one that I have come across many times in past. I think it was during a month or so where I was obsessed with bands with the “witch” in their band name (Acid Witch, Witchfinder General, etc.). Actually, I don’t know where I first heard Wykked Wytch, but that would have been a cool story, huh? Anyway, back on point. Wykked Wytch are preparing to release a new record late this year or early next year. The details on this forthcoming album are still unclear. The album, the band’s first full-length since 2008′s Memories of a Dying Whore will be titled Ultimate Deception. Not many details are known as of now (as I stated) except for the inclusion of a cover of Metallica’s “Fade To Black.” Check out the teaser for the album below (which includes a clip of the “Fade To Black” cover). Enjoy.
~R. GNarly Doom Occvlta//#BlackMetalSunday
In celebration of another one of Metallica’s “son who’s addicted to crystal meth but we keep enabling him by giving him money and letting him live at home” type follies, Loutallica, let us look back and decipher how we got to this post-rapture like state of Metalli-music, and why I’ve officially ended my relationship with Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album.
Oh, Black Album, where do I begin? Is it your artwork? Is it your subject matter? Is it your snare drum? I don’t know, but there’s something about you that sucked me in, and like that other crazy ex who brainwashed me for a few years too long, I thought you were sexy, strong, and confident. Hell, you even went well with a Naragansett Lager on a warm summer evening. But I wised up to your wickedness. Hindsight is 20/20 sir, and we need to get some closure. [MORE]
Above is the artwork for the collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, entitled Lulu. The album is slated to be released on November 1st. Below are the names of some tracks that have been revealed.
If you have attended a big four concert, can say “Loutallica” with no sense of irony, or even consider yourself just a “bro, they sold out after Ride the Lightning” kinda guy, don’t bother reading this. Metallica can bring out the worst in people/the internet, I’m over it, Lars could leak a lamer sex tape than Gene Simmons and still make more money than Bono (that’s what you all want, isn’t it?)
I’m not doing this because it’s “so hipster” to hate on Metallica. I have and will always write about music openly and honestly, and I just openly and honestly do not like their music. It’s that simple. Metallica has ruined everything I love forever.
Imagine how frustrated you would be if everyone thought Celine Dion’s version of “You Shook Me All Night Wrong” was an original, remaining in a permanent state of blissful AC/DC-free unawareness. That sickening feeling in your gut? You’re gonna want to hold on to that.
That’s right. The legendary Lou Reed (of the Velvet Underground) is collaborating with Metallica for an album that is slated to be released November 1st. This is definitely a WTF moment. Two highly influential musical artists from opposite sides of the tracks coming together to write music. The project is entitled ”Lulu” and will be a conceptual piece. Details on the concept are revealed on the band’s official website:
‘”Lulu” was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind’s plays “Earth Spirit” and “Pandora’s Box,” which tell a story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships and are now collectively known as the “Lulu Plays.” Since their publication in the early 1900′s, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film (“Pandora’s Box,” 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavors. Originally the lyrics and musical landscape were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin, but after coming together with the ‘Tallica boys for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 all guilty parties knew they wanted to make more music together. Lou was inspired enough by that performance to recently ask the band to join him in taking his theatrical “Lulu” piece to the next level and so starting in early May of this year we were all camped out recording at HQ studios in Northern California, bringing us to today and ten complete songs. Continue reading »
I don’t know why it hadn’t come to me before. After all this hype with Metallica planning to release their own version of Monopoly, I (for some strange reason) got an urge to listen to Master of Puppets. While listening to the title track, I realized that James says the following phrase:
Chop your breakfast on a mirror”
I don’t know why I’ve never heard of Rock Sugar before. As big a fan as I am of cover songs, it’s insane that I didn’t know about this band. Rock Sugar was introduced to me the other day by a friend at work. I was listening to Between The Buried and Me’s cover of “Kickstart My Heart” and he told me that I should look into Rock Sugar because they do an interesting cover of this track as well. I checked them out today and the first words that came to mind were “holy shit!” These dudes are definitely heading in the right direction: backwards. They perform an amazing brand of hair metal cover songs by blending the tracks together into a montage of heavy metal and hair metal goodness. Song titles include “We Will Kickstart Your Rhapsody,” “Shook Me Like a Prayer” and “Don’t Stop The Sandman” and all of the tracks are fantastic.
On top of the band being amazing, some of you out there may actually know the lead singer, Jess Harnell from his work as Wakko on the Animaniacs and the announcer for Americas Funniest Home Videos for over ten years! Wow. I didn’t know Wakko Warner was a metal head. Fantastic. After the jump you can check out a few of the bands tracks that I find most enjoyable. [Continue Reading]
Instead of posting cover tracks by different bands, today I would like to focus on one band in general. This is a band that I was a huge fan of back in the day: Machine Head.
I’m pretty sure that if you are into any form of metal, you have heard Machine Head at least a few times. I can still stand to listen to them every now and then, just not like I used to. Anyway, the first cover that I am posting is Machine Head’s cover of “Message In A Bottle” by The Police. I used to think this was an interesting choice for a cover song done by a metal band, but nowadays you have these bro-core/shitcore bands covering Lady Gaga and Backstreet boys, so I guess it’s not that much of a stretch after all. Without further adeiu, “Message In a Bottle.”