Thursday, June 9, 2011

MOTD - Thin Lizzy: Soundtrack to a Storm

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Band/Artist: Thin Lizzy
Song: Thunder And Lightning
Album: Thunder And Lightning
Style: Heavy Metal
country/location: Dublin, Ireland
release: 1983

Doing a quick post of one of my all time favorite bands! As I type this little write up, an epic thunderstorm is approaching. The clouds are gray and ominous. The winds are picking up, the bright flashes are getting closer and in the distances there are epic rumblings. God damn it's so exciting, it's gonna hit like a hammer! Whenever there's a thunderstorm, the first song to pop into my head is this amazing kick ass punch to the face!

The mighty Thin Lizzy! No band can convey the crackle and excitement of a thunderstorm like Thin Lizzy! This song comes from their last album which is easily their heaviest and catchiest. Phil Lynott sounds a bit strained but still his unmistakable voice is true and clear. John Sykes and Scott Gorham provide riffs of pure balls and heavy metal. It's an incredibly infectious anthem that is speedy and energetic with a chorus that is begging to be shouted out loud from arenas. Easily one of my favorite Thin Lizzy songs! The storm has now almost over my apartment. I should post this before I lose pow....


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MOTD - The Stand: Congrats Grads!

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Band/Artist: The Stand
Song: Graduation Day
Album: The Stand
Style: Progressive/Power Metal
country/location: Nashville, Tennessee, US
release: 1988

So it's graduation season! A number of my friends have walked down aisles and received their diplomas that say "good job you completed college/grad school/high school! Yay!" So in honor of that, here's a little ditty about graduation day!

Not too much to say about this little gem of a band, hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, The Stand was playing a proggy-powerish style of metal back in the late 80s. Taking a prog songwriting influence from Rush, mixing it with the infectious bounce and crunch of 80s melodic metal, The Stand had a knack at writing some damn catchy heavy metal tunes. This song takes a relaxed and chill, mid tempo, introspective direction while still having a metal punch. The vocalist takes the stand (heh) out the most with this weird slur thing he uses in the bridge and chorus. From what I can pick out of the lyrics, it is a sorta celebration of graduation day (at least I hope), something about how you're no longer pending to the ways of the professors/teachers haha. Either way, I think I would prefer to have this song played at prom over the Vitamin C song hehe (ok I have soft spot for that one too). Anyways congrats grads! Good luck on your many endeavors! Check out the song too!

Friday, June 3, 2011

MOTD - Shitstorm: A Short Burst of Dirty Grind

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Band/Artist: Shitstorm
Song: Closed Minded
Album: Magrudergrind/Shitstorm Split LP
Style: Grindcore
country/location: Miami, Florida, US
release: 2006

Last week I attended the best metal/extreme music festival in North America, the Maryland Death Fest! 4 days, 63 bands of all different styles and varieties (grind, black metal, death, trad, sludge, hardcore, doom, etc), tons of extreme music lovers from all over the world, it was one of the best weekends ever! I'm already looking forward to next's year's 10th anniversary which can only be fantastic! Lots of !

One of the great things about a festival like MDF is among the incredible lineup of headliners and favorite bands, there are plenty of the scene's best upcoming bands to discover for the first time. This year's fest was full of gems I hadn't heard before and was super glad to be introduced to. On the first day of MDF IX, this super abrasive unrelenting grind band took the stage and proceeded to quickly tear out eardrums and pound faces into the ground. Shitstorm produces some of the fastest and quickest bursts of awesome hardcore-tinged grindcore I had ever heard. Unlike their other sludgy pop band Torche, Shitstorm is a tribute to all things loud, raw, biting, dirty and harsh. Packed into less then a minute, crusty noisy guitars explode as the drummer blasts faster then seemingly possible, while fierce and furious growls and screams scrape the skin from flesh. Grind/hardcore fans went nuts for them, while those less inclined made a b-line for the door. They definitely impressed the fuck out of me! Check it out!

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