Saturday, November 29, 2014

Exodus "Architect of Pain" and "Like Father Like Son"

Well it's just a couple days away from the Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus and Slayer show, so here are a couple of my favourite songs by Exodus.  Exodus should have been the 5th band of the big 4 of thrash bands.  Having been around since the early eighties, they (like Slayer) have stayed true to thrash.  The only real controversy was when Steve Souza left the band, but main man Gary Holt kept the thrash coming with his epic riff work.

Exodus is my favourite thrash band and today I want to feature 2 of their epic songs "Architect of Pain" and "Like Father, Like Son".  "Architect of Pain" is a hauntingly sinister telling of the Marquis de Sade.  The intro is eerie leading into some of Gary's more darker riffs.  And only Souza can capture, sincerely, the morbidly disturbing morality of such a subject.  Clocking in at 11 minutes, the song never gets dull and never loses any of the dark atmosphere.  This is the pinnacle of epic thrash metal.

"Like Father Like Son" is an 8 minute epic about domestic violence.  Again Gary shines with emotive riffwork both heavy and fast and never sacrificing melody.  A dark subject like this needs a thrash band like Exodus to convey the seriousness.  Again, Souza's venomous vocals deliver such passion and conviction that one can't help but get angry that domestic violence can exist.  When he screams ~ Please Daddy, No More! ~ it will send chills down your spine.  Especially towards the end of the song where he holds nothing back.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Suicidal Tendencies - You Can't Bring Me Down

Today's post is a one off.  I'll be hitting the Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus and Slayer show in December and thought I'd do a a few posts on awesome songs by these bands.  I'll start off with Suicidal Tendencies.  This is a band that helped bring together the punk world and metal world.  Starting off as a hardcore punk band, ST morphed into a killer thrash band and eventually molded into a heavy metal funk, punk band.

Suicidal is often considered one of the fathers of crossover thrash, blending awesome punk and metal into melodic aggressive thrash metal.  Robert Trujillo helped bring an element of funk to ST as well, which spawned the side-project Infectious Grooves.  However, Trujillo's influence stayed with the band long after he left.

I've been a long time fan of Suicidal Tendencies loving pretty much every album they've put out, but my favourite phase of the band would be the thrash years.  The song I'll be featuring today is off their 4th album Lights Camera Revolution and it's "You Can't Bring Me Down".  This song is a blistering thrash assault with a punk aggression, but does not sacrifice melody or emotion.  Mike Muir's vocals take on a very melodic tone and he sings with such conviction that one can't help but be moved.

Add to this the haunting guitar solos and melodic intro and this song just screams awesome!  Muir's lyrics are venomous, with a very punk aesthetic.  "You Can't Bring Me Down" is exactly what it says.  A song designed to pump up those who feel the pressure to conform.  This is probably the greatest song about self empowerment ever written.  Mike Muir's rant in the end is just brilliant too.  Be warned, there are plenty of swears!  So if you need a little boost and are feeling a little Cyco, give this a listen!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Warrior Soul "Losers" and "Jump For Joy"

Today's post is going feature more of a hard rock band then metal, but these guys ain't your hair band type rock.  Often referred to as acid punk, Warrior Souls style was rock based, but had a rawer, edgier sound.  They didn't stick to safe rock territory, and lyrically these guys are angry, not partying.

I first heard Warrior Soul on Much Music's Power Hour and the song was "Wasteland" which in itself is a great song and there were so many bleeps in it that what teenage boy wouldn't want to check these guys out.  That and Kory Clarke had awesome hair.  Oh ya, I went there.

Starting off with one of (if quite possibly) my favourite Warrior Soul tunes "Losers" , this song was on their debut album Last Decade Dead Century.  "Losers" is a passionate , haunting tune that I dare not call a ballad.  This song is too chilling, yet chalked full of conviction as they stand up for anyone who has ever felt out of place and different.  As someone who has always walked to a different drummer, this song really struck a chord with me.  Here's to the "Losers" !

The second song is off the bands sophomore album "Drugs, God and the New Republic".  This album also features "Wasteland" and is the first album I bought of theirs.  Simply put, the whole album is absolutely brilliant.  Not a bad song here.  Just a solid, angry rock album both too poignant to place amongst fellow rock bands of the time.  My favourite song is "Jump For Joy" which is the bands heaviest song.  It has a killer, dark riff and Kory's vocals are venomous.  Add to this the thunderous military style drumming and this song becomes an apocalyptic foreshadowing of our mankind's future.  This album could be the soundtrack.  Go on and jump up, jump up and get down.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Gwar - Have You Seen Me & Faith No More - Jizzlobber

Today's post will feature another double bill.  This time I'm focusing on a couple awesome and disturbing metal tunes.  The 2 songs today are Gwar's "Have You Seen Me" and Faith No More's "Jizzlobber".  Both songs are vastly different, but equally dark and disturbing. 

Starting with Gwar's "Have You Seen Me", this song a vicious mix of light jazz and thrash metal.  Lyrically, the song is  pretty graphic more so since the versus are sung over a peppy jazz riff.  The chorus comes in crushingly heavy juxtaposed to the quiet versus.  The song does break into a speedy metal tune before bringing everything back around to the heavy chorus.  Oderus's vocals are especially fun as juggles between smooth clean tones and gruff metal ones.  

This is an odd tune which has stuck with me for years.  When listened to in the right light, it's a great song.  Out of context it's pretty messed up.  "Have You Seen Me" is taken from Gwar's America Must Be Destroyed album which is a concept album spurred to life due to some controversies around censorship during their tours.   The song is intentionally offensive, to make a statement.


Faith No More's "Jizzlobber" is just bleak, disturbing and down-right dark.  Starting off with an eerie keyboard and industrial style drumming followed by the sickeningly heavy guitars to create a horror like atmosphere.  Toss in Mike Patton's versatile voice (used to great effect here) and this turns into a very dark and sick tune.  My favourite Faith No More song too!  Once the organ outro fades in, you're left feeling dirty and ashamed. 

Go on and have a listen, then go have a shower.