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MaxFaust

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  1. I call that stuff "Deep Black Zeppelin" ... and people kind of understand what I mean ... as a general reference to the sound of the 1970s, or rather the new sound that began in 1968, "the comedown era" (as opposed to "the summer of love" in 1967, this was a much darker year). The typical "psychedelia" sound (also garage, freakbeats, etc.) tended to use a lot of electric organ for all melodic structure that required sustain. This all changed with the fuzzbox. The golden era of this sound lasted, arguably, for five years, between 1968-1973. Then things started to go more "hard and heavy", with more sharper sounding, younger bands, such as Judas Priest. Anyway, I'm babbling. For "more of this stuff" I shall henceforth refer you to my "Deep Black Zeppelin" style YouTube playlist: Bronze Age Metal. PS ... another reason to call it DBS is because just about every goddamned band that were testing out the waters at that point in time would sooner or later get accused of being copycats to either of those three giant names.
  2. The short answer is, you don't. Not unless you know somebody who plays in a band, and also has money to spare on buying other people's lyrics ... in which case most would choose to go with someone who's already established as a lyricist, poet, etc. So you have the odds against you, but you could always try. Or you could hire some musicians and do it as a concept project, financed by yourself (or whomever you can convince of the investment's fiscal validity).
  3. "Fire up the blades" by 3 Inches of Blood. Pardon the pun ... but it's a bloody brilliant band.
  4. When Jimi Hendrix did it I think it was between him and the guitar. They had a "special relationship" that almost certainly included some hate. Pete Townsend was the certified bad boy of his time. The Who were always the worst. They had a reputation to keep up. The first time I saw someone smash up their guitar on stage was in 1980. It was Paul Stanley of Kiss. I even secured a part as he was tossing them into the audience. But it was of course not his good guitar. Everybody could see that. My thoughts on this is that if they are your instruments, they are yours to do whatever you want with, including smashing them up. However, I fail to see what's "badass" about destroying your own property just for the hell of it. If it's a part of some greater show of message, sure, why not, but the general rule of thumb is that musicians should be careful with theatrical antics. It doesn't always play out as they had imagined it would.
  5. Nothing has ever come close to being a better album closer than Black Rose from the album by that same name, released by Thin Lizzy in 1979. You don't even have to be Irish to get that one.
  6. I'm gonna play that one safe and say 7/10 ... but also remark that it's the sort of thing that I would need to listen to the entire album several times, while driving ... to land on a final verdict. It could go up or down, or stay at "fairly decent modern metal". For those who wonder what Arab metal sounds like:
  7. Hah! Easy peasy ... that's a solid 8/10 for a late night classic during my, um, party years. Now for something I bet none of you kids have ever heard about before: Country Funk. Definitely 70s....
  8. Yeah ... but what about poisonous critters, Wolf Creek and that Chopper Reid character?
  9. Classic! 8/10 Now for something completely different. (Rudra is the Hindu version of Thor, god of thunder.)
  10. Biff Byford in spandex brought Saxon dangerously close to Spinal Tap.
  11. 1. The "Mars" movement from Gustav Holst's Planet Suite. It is, literally, the tritone theme that inspired the song Black Sabbath, by the band by the same name. So a bit like heavy metal, yes. 2. That gunfire thing from the 1812 overture by Piotr Tchaikovsky. 3. I feel like there should be something by Wagner. Let's do the classic, Ride of the Valkyries. (I'll leave the Paganini angle to someone else.) Rite of Spring is by Stravinsky. Big scandal in Paris back in the day. Fascinating story.
  12. Awright ... as the song started, I was thinking "power metal" ... and I'm not big on power metal ... but then it evolved ... and I would have to say that I'm now in agreement ... who the hell are these guys? 8/10 Which leaves me with the task of providing the power metal (don't ask).
  13. Okay ... Japanese cosplay girls who do the rock'n'roll ... that's a clear 7/10. And that pony thing above definitely goes on my permanent playlist. Now ... let's do the 80s ...
  14. Hmm. I was under the impression that Therapy was considered a valid "nu metal" band, kind of genre similar with Primus, Prong and SOAD ... but whatever. I've heard "rock band" too. Either way, I like that sort of thing. 7/10. Now for something completely different:
  15. Ay caramba ... Kingdom Come. Yeah, I remember them. I even have a CD, or maybe two ... but I don't like them much. They belong to a genre of "MTV formatted bands" that was the metal mainstream of the 1980s. They all sounded the same, looked the same, and had the same road crew (that were the ones I related to). Competent and all, but very formulaic. 6/10. I grew up in the 70s ... and used to dig this kind of stuff:
  16. That was quite interesting ... deserving a 7/10 for making me google it ... because it came in with a distinct "80s feel" that made me puzzled, because I shoulda heard of them. Then I listened some more and came to the decision that it must be retro ... one of those many "wave" things ... that are like "core" things, insofar that they can mean anything these days. So I googled. My "probably no more than ten years old" prediction was correct. I like to be right. Now I feel all happy and shit. Let's stick with the "artsy" theme ...
  17. The golden trio is also sometimes called "Sad Stains of Sin". Easy to remember, innit.
  18. Fucking classic!!! A major musical kick back in the day. 9/10. Sone years later ... and also somewhat inspired ... "black space metal" from Norway ...
  19. Good grief. I remember that stuff. They're very good at what they do, I just don't like it much. 4/10 Let's move for some 80s German disco-punk (Nina Hagen's old backing band)
  20. This is going to be weird no matter what. My first thought is that I could probably name twenty bands that are important from the year 1973 alone. Which I shall so not do, so relax. However, it remains a fact that 1973 is the year I got into "hard rock and heavy metal" (I guess a somewhat broader umbrella applies, on account of seniority), so there's been some years. So there's that. Then there are some peculiarities. For instance, I like Judas Priest before 1980, Iron Maiden before 1982, Metallica before 1987, and so forth. So ... fuck it, this is not the sort of thing I want to overthink, so I'm just gonna list 20 bands that seems like "repeat offenders" in the sense that I play their records a lot. As in more than just one record that they made, and that I also like. There must be a certain consistency over time, in that they've been "with me" for a while ... without me getting tired of them. One last disclaimer though. With few exceptions, any band on this list could be replaced by "something similar" that I could also find in the shelves ... so not written in stone, by any means. It's more like an imaginary situation, where I have to quickly decide which 20 bands I'd like to bring with me for a year alone somewhere remote. My "one full year diet" so to speak. With such caveats as has been mentioned, here we go: 20. Sodom. German act. Runs on pure fury. This is Motorhead level, bare knuckled rock'n'roll attitude. 19. System Of A Down. They get included because I seem to play them a lot, yet I hardly ever mention that. 18. Kvelertak. Norwegian "black'n'roll" act that lays down a serious effort on blowing people away. 17. Kreator. See "Sodom" ... only more technical, perhaps also a notch more aggressive. 16. Electric Wizard. I don't know WTF it's called. Stoner? Doom? Whatever. It rocks. 15. Wo Fat. Definitely stoner. As fat as you'd expect, from the name. 14. Diamond Head. Classic NWOBHM act from ye aulde days. 13. Cro-Mags. Metal meets hardcore, yet it's not metalcore. Like a riddle. 12. Obituary. Picked up "Rot" because of the corny cover. "Yeah it's pretty heavy" said the clerk. It was. 11. Slayer. Nuff said. 10. Darkthrone. Let's be real: This is Gylve "Fenriz" Nagel's art performance project. It's still on the road. 9. Gojira. They are different ... but they do whatever it is that they do very well. 8. Rammstein. You either get it or you don't. 7. Led Zeppelin. It's genius. Really. There will never be another band like that. 6. Mayhem. Call me weird, but I like them for their music. All that other nonsense is only annoying. 5. Deep Purple. 1970. In Rock. OMG! Nobody could believe their ears. Then it got better. 4. Death. The band that never did anything wrong. Except for what the name kind of gave away. 3. King Diamond. (Also MF.) For the second time today: You either get it or you don't. 2. Black Sabbath. Where it started for me. My first "heavy album" was Paranoid, for my birthday in 1973. 1. Motorhead. My 16th birthday in 1979. Overkill. I saw the god sound. I still see it.
  21. Hmm ... I'm going to be "political" about it and say 9/10 (even if it's only an "8" ) just because I think that particular Slayer album is so criminally underrated. But as far as thrash metal go, this is the shit:
  22. Yeah ... that was before Buzzcocks became interesting ... so 5/10. If I wasn't already Viking -- with enough badass history to indulge in -- I'd want to be Mongol.
  23. Playing other people's music may not be as glorious as making it all on your own ... but my opinion on the matter is that you get a lot of interesting interpretations of this and that song because of ... shall we say the "tribute" end of cover versions, as in when really competent people do your material in "their" way ... rather than trying to sound like, here and now, Darkthrone. If you're going to sound exactly like the original, then that's a great way to rehearse and learn of course, but perhaps less interesting as "cover version" per se. Darhthrone has made numerous GREAT songs ... but this is perhaps the most covered one:
  24. Only vaguely so. We're not friends or anything, we just used to hang out in the same places, know a lot of the same people, like the same dirty rotten sounding bands, etc. The music scene in Norway is comparatively small, so there's quite a lot of "crossing over" between the phylums, so to speak. I belong to the "punk" generation that peaked around the year 1980, whereas the larger bulk of the black metal scene in Norway is around 10 years younger than me ... but I still know the Darkthrone boys enough that it would be a little weird if I did not go and say hi if we met by chance somewhere. Anyway ... speaking of Darkthrone covers: Then there is this: And let's not forget the genre benders:
  25. You can use them however you like, but they mean two very different things. Whether that's useful information to you is a different matter. Again, none of my business.
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