Saturday, February 6, 2010

MOTD - Spinal Tap Proves Why They Are Experts On The Sun

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Spinal Tap
Song: The Sun Never Sweats
Album: Break Like The Wind
Style: Heavy Metal
country/location: Squatney, UK
release: 1992

This weekend I saw a documentary about the most influential rock band in history, Spinal Tap. Through this breathtaking film, I discovered so much about this band that I had known before. Through their wild adventures, their attention to detail and their punctuality I learned so much more about a band that shaped the very foundation of heavy metal and rock n roll. In honor of this greatest of greats, I present to you one of my favorite tracks. A little lesser known then their groundbreaking hits like "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" or "Stonehenge", it is still a fantastic piece of heavy metal art. With an excellent opening guitar riff that grabs you by the nuts and drags you through a galloping rhythm, "The Sun Never Sweats" is a bluesy hard rockin masterpiece from Spinal Tap's 1992 album Break Like The Wind (also a masterpiece). Chugging guitars follow David St. Hubbins as he provides us with rockin' vocals that sings the tales of pirates, angels and elephants, explaining to us that the sun never sweats (which is quite true, though as my friend Alyse points out, the sun showers). And what great heavy metal song is without solos? This one certainly isn't! Bluesy heartfelt solos and licks can be found through the song, including a great homage to the classic Christmas song "What Child Is This?" (or is it Greensleeves? not that it matters). In any event, it's a shame that this song isn't played on the radios more often, for this song is a tribute to the greatness of Spinal Tap!

(In all seriousness, this song rules! hehe)

Spinal Tap - The Sun Never Sweats

Also, I want to use this legendary opportunity to give a shout out to my buddy and fellow metal blogger Jordan who is slightly less metal than Spinal Tap (which is high praise)! Also a shout out to Alyse for providing an amazing insight to the minds of Spinal Tap!

Friday, February 5, 2010

MOTD - Yob: Gorgeously Crushing Doom

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Yob
Song: The Great Cessation
Album: The Great Cessation
Style: Stoner/Doom Metal
country/location: Eugene, Oregon
release: 2009

Man, it's been awhile since I've posted anything. I've been busy and honestly haven't been feelin' it! Now I'm ready to post some stuff again. For some reason, this song seems like a great way to get back in the groove.

The irony is that I wanted to post this one back in June and July haha. If there is one song that I'll associate with 2009, it is this one. I must've listened to this song about 10 times a day and each time I discovered something new about it. Yob is a band that produces incredibly heavy and powerful stoner/doom. Music that just pounds you into submission, but does it with such a sorrowful grace that you feel out of breath both from the shear beauty and the crushing heaviness. This song is no exception, with wall of sound heavily distorted guitars fitting like a glove around epic haunting vocal melodies that are grand, vast and full of such passion that you get goosebumps when they reach their peaks (specifically at around 8:50 and 9:20. At least I get them). This transitions perfectly into a long drawn out slab of phenomenally condemning music that crushes you with heavy heavy meaty distortion until you feel flattened by the weight. The twenty minute length may be intimidating, but this song flows so well that it doesn't feel lengthy. Every time the last blasts of noise faded into oblivion, I'd be amazed that such an amazing amount of time had passed. It's an impressive piece of heavy music.

Yob - The Great Cessation