Hindsight: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? – Megadeth

The album that evidently catapulted Megadeth to their respective position as legends with its breathtaking wisdom and musician craftsmanship. ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’ an album that will certainly make you think beyond the music and beyond the skeleton standing in a doomsday-esque world right in front of the U.N in the album artwork.

Its perfect set of lyrics such as  “What do you mean, “I hurt your feelings”?/ I didn’t know you had any feelings. / What do you mean, “I ain’t kind”? /Just not your kind.” in the sensational song ‘Peace Sells’, make this album a memorable one. It is also the gorgeous use of instrumentals to create such an intense yet charismatic atmosphere that make this album brilliant. Find out what else makes this album a classic that appeals to more than just your average metalhead!

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Culture Matters: Thrash Metal

A sub genre that derived from the British new wave heavy metal elegance and punk rock’s raw and rather fast paced style, thrash is pure excitement and energy. Its culture is surrounded by certain misconceptions due to its apparent brutality, however, its complex composition along with its insightful lyrical poetry, show us that thrash metal is an art. Maybe not everybody’s cup of tea, but defiantly admirable and at times even underrated by many.

Beyond the sub genre’s inner conflict, there is something really beautiful engraved in its fast paced beats, shredding guitar style and free-willed lyrics. Dive into the world of thrash metal, at least during this video and perhaps learn something new.

 

Anvil: A Band That Never Gave Up

Anvil: A Band That Never Gave Up

To make it you have to be in the right place at the right time, that’s a given. However, this took decades for Anvil. It was only recently, well into their 50s, when the legendary heavy metal Canadian band have happened to stumble onto the right place at the right time. That’s not to mention their ridiculously notable influences on tremendous bands such as Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax! How did they slip under the radar so rapidly?

It all started with two teenage boys; Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner, who made a pact to rock’n’roll. This over the years lead to them rocking out with high profile rock bands, but their time didn’t seem to come for them. A number of factors could’ve contributed to this unfortunate fate, but it just goes out to show how cruel and ignorant the music industry generally can be. In the 2008 rockumentary ‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’ you can clearly witness the band’s frustration as Lips dedicatedly distributes Anvil’s latest music deeply hoping on the chance of a major label noticing them. To much of Anvil’s demise they are still not taken on, but at the end of the rockumentary they get offered a place at a notorious Japanese rock festival, which is a big step for the band already.

Up to now Anvil have recorded up to fifteen albums, and yet they still work in day-to-day jobs supporting their families whilst dreaming of how else they will tackle that rock’n’roll dream to make it a reality. Perhaps over the decades this could’ve been due to the band’s lack of management, the fact that it is them doing it by themselves. This has come with the worse, they’ve not been paid the amount of money that they deserve for their genius and innovative art of music. These guys have gone on to influence HUGE bands, and yet you don’t know who the hell they are? In the rockumentary they humbly tell us whilst sitting in an ice-cream parlour about this great song about the Spanish inquisition ‘Thumb Hang’  that they’ve had in mind for decades but never really got to record properly. You can now find that same song on their 2012 album ‘This Is Thirteen’, it’s a hell of a song.

In the 2010’s the band’s popularity has risen up, and finally they’ve been selling out shows, like how they should’ve been doing for a while now. In fact, they’ve also been getting paid for their efforts, like how they should’ve been getting paid for decades now.You simply cannot dismiss their dedication, they have been at it ever since their teens up until now as middle-aged men, and we haven’t taken any notice! They’re the artists that clearly do not do it for the money, nor for the fame, they do it for the passion. The most satisfying thing to watch as a huge lover of music is Lips’ smiling face as he checks his emails to find that the band have a place at a high profile rock festival, all after having bursted at the seams with anger when disgustingly selfish club managers refuse to pay the band.

There’s a lesson that you can learn from the ‘underdogs’ who CLEARLY should be above all those bands that they have influenced over the years. They were first, they planted the ideas on this tree of rock’n’roll that continues to grow. Go listen to all of their albums, ALL of them (and there’s PLENTY of them), and let their own music speak for themselves. That’s where you can hear real dedicated musicians who have continued to believe in their dreams even when the world rejected them. Their song ‘666’ from their 1982 album ‘Metal on Metal’ is an absolute legend, it is smartly constructed both lyrically and instrumentally. That’s the album where you can see how Anvil might’ve influence heavy metal giants such as Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. Thank you, Anvil, for never giving up!

Album Review: Blind Spot – Lush

This is the latest album review, which is of Lush’s recently released album ‘Blind Spot’. It’s the band’s first album release since their hiatus period in 1996. There were a number of things that sparked their ‘hiatus’ or break-up, among those was Chris Acland’s unfortunate suicide. It’s taken a while for the band to get past that and carry on creating such bewitching tunes that tend to lure its listeners in.

Their final moments as a band were personally not my favourite. Despite that their last album ‘Love Life’ is a marvellous and cheerful album that is exquisite in its own right, it was not what I loved the band for initially. In ‘Love Life’ you could see Lush leaning more onto Britpop than Shoegaze, however, they still tackled Britpop just as elegantly as they tackled Shoegaze, but I’ve always had a yearning for their Shoegaze period. Their album ‘Scar’ was amongst those albums that were filled with beautiful, melancholic and alluringly lustrous Shoegaze tunes, I’ve always yearned for them to get back to that period where they crafted tunes like ‘Baby Talk’ and ‘Thoughtforms’, which were bittersweet with a sprinkle of innocence that Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi’s dreamy vocals provided.

Now that the band are BACK TOGETHER, they’ve gone back to that SHOEGAZE period, and I am absolutely THRILLED. It’s been a while, but we have certainly not forgotten their unique and splendid tunes. We just hope that they release even more music, because they have been missed.

‘Suicidal Tendencies’ Provocative?

‘Suicidal Tendencies’ Provocative?

You might’ve already figured through their name that the Suicidal Tendencies were the subject of a fair bit of controversy in their time. The band hailing from Venice, California formed in 1981, and are considered to be one of the ‘fathers’ of crossover thrash. Their inconsistent line-up has successfully allowed the band to bring in more variety when it came to the way they sounded, because of the vast influences floating about in each album that they have produced.This in itself has shown to be problematic due to their hardcore punk approach mixed with their thrashing style, since their shows could at times be seen as more of a battlefield than anything else. Another controversy that the band were somehow involved with were the gangs in their area. Whether you like them or not, there’s no denying that Suicidal Tendencies have made history.

At the beginning of their career, the band were voted as the ‘biggest assholes’/’worse band’, but they soon proved those people wrong. Suicidal Tendencies started out with the intention to just be a ‘party band’ but their rapidly increasing popularity pushed them to become more than just that. They came about during a time in California when thrash metal was becoming the real deal, in fact there was even a bit of division between the punks and thrashers. However, it was Suicidal Tendencies that brought these groups together. At least their first album showed a perfect balance between metal and punk with songs such as ‘I Shot The Devil’ being very political featuring lyrics such as ”I shot Reagan”. Their first album set their roots as a band who would not chase a crowd but would draw crowds in either way with their unique crossover of thrash and hardcore punk. This album also got them recognition on MTV with their song ‘Institutionalized’ frequently being on airplay, in fact, you can hear ‘Institutionalized’ on the soundtrack of the cult classic film ‘Repo Man’ as well.

Their sound began to change eventually, leaning on towards one side than the other side, because of how much longer and complex their songs started to become. This was more due to the change in the line-up.’Rocky’ George who was ridiculously talented at the guitar was now part of the band and threw in every metal riff into their ‘Join The Army’ album, making their second album more thrash than their first album. Fans eventually became more violent and at one point destroyed a venue during a show. Of course, there was a lot of moshing and stage diving involved into that, and it wasn’t only Suicidal Tendencies who’s shows got so violent that blood was guaranteed to be shed, it was also at fellow thrasher gigs such as Slayer and Exodus. They were also a band rumoured to be involved with gangs in Venice, which perhaps could of fuelled for further violence at their shows. On their first album you can see drummer Amery Smith wearing a flipped up hat with the markings of ‘V13’ which are the initials for the gang Venice 13. Amery wasn’t a member, but the brother of bassist Louiche Mayorga was. However, a gang eventually sprung up surrounding the band.

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The band’s self-titled debut album. If you look closer you can see ‘V13’ imprinted on the inside of Amery Smith’s flipped up hat.

All this controversy helped the band gain more popularity. There’s no denying that even vocalist Mike Muir’s lyrics were just as controversial, something which certainly cemented the band’s actual name and gave its controversy a purpose. Many of the lyrics delved on depression, alienation and nonconformist politics relentlessly, but with certain wit and humour present. Only Mike Muir could pull this off, and that in itself was a statement for the band. Their constant evolving sound allowed the band to explore different aspects of their music, making them relevant throughout their career, because they never managed to get boring. That idea of recreating your own music is something that the band carried on fairly well.