Heavy Metal

Rainbow – Man on the Silver Mountain (Happy 420)

Band Country of Origin: The UK

Genre: Heavy fucking metal

Lyrical Themes: Fantasy, Rock (early), Relationships, Love

Happy 420 metal heads! I hope you all left out cookies and weed for Snoop Dog yesterday on 420 Eve. On this special day I’d like to play for you one of my favorite stoner songs. Technically Rainbow is not “Stoner Rock,” but the themes of this song are certainly pretty drugged out.

Rainbow is a combination of the heavy metal titans Dio and Ritchie Blackmore, although was mostly Ritchie Blackmore’s solo project.

I posted a live version of this song. Even though the sound quality is not the best you can certainly feel the power and the energy. You can sense the band feeding off the electric energy of the crowd.

If you’re looking for some stoner rock suggestions, I’d definitely say check out Sleep’s Holy Mountain, Temple Ufomammut, and Fairies Wear Boots Black Sabbath


Huntress – Harsh Times on Planet Stoked

Country of origin: Murica baby!

Genre: Heavy Metal

Lyrical Themes: Fantasy, Occult, Witchcraft, Hunters, Weed, Interplanetary Travels

Album: Static

One of the things I love about Huntress is that they are one of the few modern metal bands I can think of that are just flat out heavy metal. So much contemporary metal these days has to be wrapped within 50 different sub-genres that usually end with the word ‘core.’ Like I don’t know, what’s next? Nano-burrito-vulcan-fire-death-fist-core? Actually…that would be kind of cool.

But point aside, Huntress is a rare modern day Heavy Metal band inspired by the likes of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.

Vocalist Jill Janus (who has been awesome enough to talk with me on more than one occasion) has said that this album, “Static,” channels the “crone” aspect of the Goddess (in terms of the whole Maiden/Mother/Crone archetype), a dirty, lusty, nasty old crone.

In terms of my reviews on all three of their albums in order of release; Spell-Eater was when they were first figuring out their sound. Starbound Beast was the most exciting album, with lots of punch you in the face awesome riffs, intense Rob-Halford-esque vocals, and headbanging solos. And Static was more of a laid back, groovy type album that you listen to when you’re smoking weed and eating cheetos. All good stuff though. If you love heavy metal, you won’t be disappointed with Huntress.


“Teutonic Terror” – ACCEPT

Genre: Heavy Metal

Country of Origin: Germany

Here’s some balls the walls packed heavy metal to livin up your evening. These teutonic titans have been around an impressive 48 years! That’s like twice as long as I’ve been alive. They formed back in 1968 as “Band X,”  but the band became “Accept” in 1976 when their vocalist  Udo Dirkschneider formed a new line up. So…technically the band really got started in 1976. While bassist Peter Baltes and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann have been in the band more or less since then, the current vocalist, drummer and guitarist Uwe Lulis are fairly new.

So these guys are a great heavy metal band that has been rocking out on their six string sabers for almost half a century. If you like bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, I’m pretty sure you’ll love Accept.

Storming the castles… swords In the air
Killing the monsters in their own lair
Lighting the torches… setting the stage
You get what you ask for… right in the face


RIP Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, 1945-2015

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On December 28th, the world lost a heavy metal legend. The singer, song writer, bassist and sole constant member of the band Motorhead. Many people are shocked to hear the death of Lemmy, but it’s actually a surprise he lived as long as he has, being the human embodiment of the hard drinking, fast living, rock and roll life style.

Many people credit Motorhead’s fast and heavy style for the creation of thrash music. But Lemmy always liked to insist that Motorhead was a rock and roll band.

This New Years celebrate the life of this legend by taking a drink for Lemmy, won’t you?

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT LEMMY’S LIFE

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Being the supreme being he is, he was born on Christmas Eve.

“Kilmister” is the real last name he was born with.

The term ‘”Motörhead” is slang for an enthusiast of methamphetamine and other chemical stimulants.

Lemmy had the honor of being a roadie for Jimi Hendrix.

Motörhead’s immortal motto—“Everything Louder Than Everything Else”—is the one, flawless summation of everything that defines heavy metal.

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24-7 Sister Sin

 

Genre: Heavy Metal

Location: Sweden

Want to start your Monday by making love to your ears? Check out this fist pumping, fast and heavy song.

Unfortunately the band split up this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still rock out to their riffs on the Youtubes.

In an era where there are now more metal subgenres than House music, sometimes it’s nice just to bust out some nice and simple Heavy Metal.


The Release of a New TV Channel Dedicated Entirely to Metal (BangerTV)

I stopped watching TV on the regular about ten years ago. Yet one of my major disappointments (in the occasions that I do watch the boob tube) is that there was no longer a music channel, just MTV (the reality TV channel) and VH1 (the reality TV channel that sometimes had music). So you can’t imagine my excitement when Sam Dunn – the director of several heavy metal documentaries – announced that there is going to be a whole freakin’ channel dedicated to metal. This means more metal documentaries, more metal videos, and the exploration of the millions of sub-genres of metal (including the ones that you never knew existed – or the ones that don’t exist yet). Like how about Pirate Jazz Metal? Does that exist? Maybe I can just create it out of thin air. And what about the prospect of metal commercials? Commercials for things like soap that ooze goat’s blood on you in the shower? (Okay, maybe that idea needs to be work-shopped a bit)

So anyways…something definitely to look forward to. Thank you very much Sam Dunn!

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Happy Belated Birthday to Rob Halford of Judas Priest

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Happy belated birthday to Rob Halford of Judas Priest. On August 25th, sixty four years ago, the ground opened up and the heavens shook. On that day a leather rebel was born who rocked the world of Heavy Metal for the better part of 42 years. There are none who can match his talent and dynamic range, he screams like a banshee, creating chromium plated heavy metal that is faster than a speeding bullet and louder than an atom bomb. All hail the Halford!

Don’t forget to take your daily PAIN KILLER!!!