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  1. Starting with the last one ... it had me thinking that after a one minute acoustic guitar intro, they better bring some Opeth level shit to make up for that or I'm signing off. But they kind of did, so that's a decent enough metal song in the pompous deathsy genre or whatever, not brilliant but good work. Then there is the first one. Hey ... how is this folk metal? was what I was thinking ... then aha. Got it. I guess death-folk makes sense in Romania, much like black metal makes sense in Norway. I want to hear more by that band. None of the other three appealed to me, but I'm very picky. Two out of five must be considered good. And one out of five that's interesting is very good.
  2. Mayhem, Emperor, Darkthrone. Not because there is a lack of other good bands but because those are (still) my three main BM bands. Can I have another three? Satyricon, Tsjuder, Mysticum.
  3. Assuming that you mean to say "GoT fan" ... I very much doubt you're alone in that. I don't like to watch the episodes one by one with the waiting inbetween though. I wait until the DVD release, then I binge the entire season. It's better that way. They can be *nasty* with those cliffhangers. The other "special show" is of course The Walking Dead. They break a few rules too. It's hard work keeping your crooks horrible these days.
  4. Meh ... this is so not my kind of Sabbath. 5/10. Now for some Germans (not Accept) who have made a nice song about Stalingrad.
  5. Hehe ... ska comes with a flavour of carnival. And the 80s. Bad Manners get 6/10. Let's try something along the same lines ...
  6. Interesting Sabbath choice. I was thinking about Sabbath Bloody Sabbath earlier, as a 10/10 song that's also pretty much the template for Metallica's Master of Puppets, in my opinion. They even have the same kind of weird time change tucked into the middle of the song. But I agree, it's a strong choice. You won't get much discussion, I think. As for the others, I agree with Painkiller and Overkill, of course. 10/10, hands down.
  7. How many of those actually exist? Seriously. Tastes being different and all. You probably won't get much discussion for suggesting that "Electric Eye" is a great metal song ... to simply start somewhere. But I don't know if this is acceptable for everyone. So ... imagine that we were tasked with finding ten metal songs that properly represent metal culture on earth, to go with a Voyager sort of space mission. Undisputable classics that stand out as such, on their own merit rather than because of your personal taste. I imagine the problem is, you must pick ten songs ... but any song that gets even one vote against it is out. Care to suggest a couple that you think will make it?
  8. That's pretty funny. I remember that album. It was either love or hate, as far as my friends went. I loved it, so I'll give it 7/10 but I think in hindsight what was unclear is that the genre "power metal" was slowly starting to manifest itself in true form. Here's something nobody could argue with:
  9. 8/10 ... for fuck's sake! That's precisely the kind of thing I like to listen to when driving ... only I tend to go for Turbonegro, Backyard Babies and that sort of thing. Straightforward rawk ... that makes the miles fly. But now for something completely different, from before metal existed. A psych band that I like.
  10. What you think is great in metal is probably a function of how you got to the table in the first place. For me, personally, being now 56 years old, I don't have to "look back" because I can remember when there was no metal. Not in the same way. There was hard rock, heavy rock, whatever. The word "metal" was only used to describe a certain guitar sound. The screechy fuzz thing. Honest to God, that's what it was like in the mid 70s, when I came of age. In 1975, we thought Kiss was pretty "metal". They kind of collapsed a couple of years later though ... imagine if Slipknot had started playing "electronic beat music" a couple of years in, and you will kind of get the "oh no" feeling that we had at the time. I say all this to defend why I think that the song I'm about to link was a major great album opener upon its release. That boy still had something special going on with his guitar work ... even though they had seemed less than interesting on their previous two or three releases (I'm not a VH historian). Because at the time, this was pretty impressive ... and if a good opener is intended to be the best selling point of an album, right next to the cover art (and its attention trapping value), then this one is genius: People some times look at me in disbelief when I cite Fair Warning as one of the great albums from the good old days, and I do mean specifically the times when also Iron Maiden released Killers ... which seemed about as awesome as it could get right there and then (needless to say, it has also a killer opening). For resons unrelated to any of the albums themselves, they kind of sit right next to eachother in terms of how I define my musical tastes. Produced by Ted Templeman who also produced the legendary album Montrose in 1973, this album has a "funky" feel to it, like it's meant to be "danceable" ... which isn't a quality that's held in high regard within metal proper. From a production perspective, it wouldn't take much tweaking and trickery to turn Fair Warning into an outright disco album. (It was also the year before Eddie Van Halen for some obscure reason decided to get associated with Michael Jackson. Not a great idea.) We have to keep in mind that "heavy metal" in 1981 was not the same thing as "heavy metal" is today. Not by a 40 year long shot.
  11. Drunk is relative. I've tried the real shit, I think ... but that scares me now. I'm too old and too fragile. That shit is for young people who don't know any better. The product that swings the world is of course white lightning! (TM) They write songs about that shit. Ever since they started to write songs. Like this one. (Jerry Lee Lewis did that one too, of course, or so I believe.) Anyway, I am of course not drinking white lightning now, or ever. I will probably never do that no more. Red wine is the thing now. IGP Pays d'Oc blend #4, to be exact, by Marselan. I'm done with one bottle and have one more to go. That's what getting drunk has been reduced to for me: An ultra-disciplined program for drinking exactly two bottles of wine, once every two or three weeks. Cowabunga! Yeah right. I think I want a cigar ...
  12. Yeah ... King Crimson were nasty like that. Okay, so you have over the hills and far away technicians such as Tosin Abasi ... but it takes a little something to come up with innocent material that kind of just plods along, sounding simple enough, until you get a creeping deja vu feeling before you really understand what's happening. That's genius. As for most consistent manufacurer of outstanding riffs, I think it's hard to get around Jimmy Page though. Man, has he hit home a time or two with his touch and timing. Then there is of course Tony Iommi. You can't argue against Tony Iommi. He knows how to riff. Which is actually a quite narrow discipline, isn't it? If for instance I say Angus Young ... yes, riffmaster, definitely. But you wouldn't say that about Eric Clapton, great as he may be to play the guitar. Next I will mention Dimebag Darrell, as a guy who knew how to riff. What are the properties of a good riff? It must have groove, right? Riffing is kind of "funky" in a sense. Rhythmic.
  13. Zhe Germans are coming! Do they count UFO as British or German? 6/10 either way. Most of their stuff never rose above the generic, give or take some hit songs. This one has good guitar work though ... but that's fair to expect, all things considered. Keeping it old school ...
  14. Definitely 8/10. For some reason, I associate that with a larger British "sound" that started in the 90s. Some more 90s rock:
  15. Somebody in a place far away from here got into it over this. I can't help but wonder ... how is this even a real question? "Smoke on the water" is so not the right answer (though it might just be the most molested riff ever). Kashmir was suggested. By Led Zeppelin, of course. Thinking about it ... okay, it takes a little something to come up with that riff in the first place. That's not the first time this guy has touched a guitar, like. And isn't there something disturbing about the time notation going on? They seem to be off by about half a beat, going in circle ... this is some weird shit, like 5/8 vs. 8/14 or something. Which reminds me that Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew (King Crimson) had an arrangement of that kind, but I can't remember what song, nor even what album. Is it possible to determine any "best riff ever"? Where to even begin?