Ultimate Power Metal playlist

Remember when Guitar Hero popularized Dragonforce and everyone treated them like some kind of novelty band playing retro music? In reality, they’re one of probably several thousand bands belonging to the very popular (outside the U.S) subgenre of metal called “Power Metal.” The music is over-the-top, characterized by hyperspeed tempos, neoclassical guitar shredding and operatic vocals. The term “Power Metal” was tossed around a lot … Continue reading Ultimate Power Metal playlist

‘90s Metal playlist

In the ’90s, there was a moratorium on even saying the word “metal” in the mainstream music press. They called it “hard music” if they even bothered to address it. People said it was dead. Nothing could have been further from the truth. In fact, it was thriving. Record labels like Earache, Nuclear Blast, Relapse, Peaceville, Season of Mist, Roadrunner and others, all names synonymous(at … Continue reading ‘90s Metal playlist

Darth Vader from the Planet Vulcan’s brain-melting guitar solo

In Back to the Future, Marty Mcfly terrorizes his dad with a tape of Eddie Van Halen making a bunch of crazy noise. The piece was taken from the score of a 1984 film called “The Wild Life,” which featured a score composed and performed by Eddie. It’s interesting to note that Both Lea Thompson and Eric Stoltz were later cast in BTTF, the latter … Continue reading Darth Vader from the Planet Vulcan’s brain-melting guitar solo

Robot ramblings

If there’s one thing the vast majority of metalheads share a common distrust for, besides authority, it’s technology. Warnings against human integration with machines are so common in metal that I often don’t notice them. This morning, though, while listening to Black Sabbath’s Computer God, from their 1992 masterpiece Dehumanizer, the lyrics were so relevant to what’s going on now that I was taken aback. … Continue reading Robot ramblings

The rediscovery of fire

For a couple of years now, I’ve been fascinated by the phenomenon of black people, usually teens or young adults, filming themselves reacting to old rock, country, rap, metal, R&B songs. I’ve particularly enjoyed Lost In Vegas, probably because they’re adults and closer to my own age, so I can relate better. But seeing teenagers react is even more powerful. The general public has taken … Continue reading The rediscovery of fire