This cheesy 1979 promo film
from the group, Blackjack
, offers a glimpse into the hard rock past of balladeer Michael Bolton, which also includes a co-writing credit for a Top 40 hit
by Kiss. Similarly, Bill Joel disavows the days when he posed in medieval armor next to slabs of raw beef
on the cover of the self-titled album by Joel's heavy metal duo, Attila
, although Julian Cope is a fan
of the album and its Deep Purplish vibes (check out Holy Moses
and Wonder Woman
). To round out the trifecta, we have Tori Amos who got marketed as the metal-chick frontwoman of Y Kant Tori Read
(check out the video for The Big Picture
). On the other hand, metalheads have the opposite problem of hiding their pop past. Examples include the industrial metal band Ministry's early days as a new wave synth act
and Tommy Iommi's brief tenure as a member of Jethro Tull
before becoming lead guitarist of Black Sabbath. Meanwhile, Bon Scott
, the late lead singer of AC/DC, is probably spinning in his grave over the YouTube footage of him as an Australian teen idol
and a bearded hippie with a recorder
posted by jonp72
on Nov 26, 2007 -
Learning to scream safely
as a metal, hardcore or screamo vocalist can "take approximately a year", apparently. Handy tips offered here include "practice screaming into a pillow", and "scream along with music, especially songs in which screaming is already taking place." Bizarrely comprehensive, and probably useful, if you're into, uh, screaming.
posted by rhodri
on Mar 13, 2007 -
Cower in fear girly-men for Crom has finally answered our prayers and brought to us a band which unites Arnold Schwarzenegger
with the awesome forces of metal
. Witness the awe-inspiring, towering colossus of sonic force that is ArnoCorps
. (via BoingBoing and previously here
Intrinsic within the genre, these songs are full of exotic, mysterious and unbelievable details, which are often critical of society and convey the views of the oppressed. It is this standpoint which has lead to ArnoCorps' aggressive sound and physical presence, which accentuate the emotive forces within the tales they convey. We insist that these songs not be experienced as audio or text alone. To truly experience the splendor that is ArnoCorps, you must go see them live. Come on! Do it now!!!
posted by euphorb
on Dec 10, 2004 -
BATHORY mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg has passed away.
A fine day to die? Mayhaps but maybe also too soon at a young 39. One might think that those interested in the black stuff
would already know of this passing, but like Elton John said, "...then again, no" because I just found out tonight. So there it is, if any of you are listening to "Blood, Fire, Death" while at a grim and blasphemous desk job like me but have missed the news. Reviews are here
of the "band" that took off in a grim way from Slayer and Venom and spawned a grip of younger Scandanavian agents like these
. (mild warning: when reading about black metal you will no doubt read about some people with anti-social ideas.)
posted by asparagus_berlin
on Jun 23, 2004 -
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal
(NWOBHM to cognoscenti) one of the lesser known but most influential movements of the past quarter century. After the innovators of Metal
ran out of steam in the late 70's and were stampeded in the maelstrom of punk, heavy metal (and testosterone-soaked delindquents everywhere) found itself in a quandary). A number of UK acts took some cues from the punks, shortened the songs, reigned in the self-indulgence and speeded up the tempo, and upped the relevance and intelligence of the lyrical content, while still retaining the vocal prowess, instrumental pyrotechnics and young warrior energy that makes it Metal in the first place. Some groups
became world famous. Others only big in Europe
. Some great ones missed stardom by just
. Many of these acts have been cited as inspirations by Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Napalm Death and the thrash/death metal hordes, and even many post-punks. An interesting summary for fans, and a good introduction for non-mans who may have to recalibrate their opinion of the genre after checking some of these bands out.
posted by jonmc
on Dec 17, 2003 -
Tired of your mullet and acid-wash jeans being sneered at in the local gay bar? Wishing that there was someone other than Rob Halford
out in the metal scene? Pink Stëël
is for you, my gay heavy-metal-loving brethen! Be out, be proud, and crank up "We Fight For Cock!"
posted by Katemonkey
on Jul 10, 2003 -
Tooling around today, I happened upon small but burgeoning subculture-gay Heavy Metal
fans. Headbanging and Rainbow Pride stickers may seem like an odd combo until you think of the number of openly gay performers in Hard Rock (Roddy Bottum of Faith No More
, Doug Pinnick of King's X
-a gay Christian
metalhead, and of course the great Rob Halford formerly of the legendary Judas Preist
. I dunno whether this is a large trend or merely people coming out of yet another closet, but it's nice to see metal shaking off it's homophobic image.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 21, 2002 -
Motley Crue ROCKS man!
Okay so maybe they're just as old and washed up as Metallica, but the diff here is that Motley Crue supports the idea of their fans downloading MP3s of their music via Napster and Metallica is just trying to get cheap publicity by screwing their own fans. Personally, I listen to bands like these
and I made fun of groups like Metallica and Motley Crue back when I was in high school and everybody else thought they were cool, but I'll stop badmouthing Crue for the rest of my life. I might even try to appreciate their music. Metallica still sucks
posted by ZachsMind
on Jul 3, 2000 -
KNAC was the heavy metal station
in southern california from 1986 to 1995. Their stickers graced the back of many a 4x4 and street sign. While driving around today, I noticed a KNAC PURE ROCK sticker for the first time in ages, but there was a .COM where "105.5" used to be. Going to KNAC.COM
reveals that they are in fact back with their same format, now solely internet based. After firing up their broadband stream, I heard some good old Ozzy and it was like being in high school again. This begs the question though, since they went under from a lack of advertising before, is there enough money in internet radio to keep them afloat today?
posted by mathowie
on Feb 22, 2000 -