May 16th, 2014 was Metallica Night at AT&T Park. Here is James & Kirk playing The Star Spangled Banner.
May 16th, 2014 was Metallica Night at AT&T Park. Here is James & Kirk playing The Star Spangled Banner.
I’m not an Alex Jones fan, for the most part I think he’s a tinfoil hat wearing 9/11 truther nut-job, who when he does make valid points, they are overridden by his nuttiness — he does far more harm then good to the cause of liberty.
However, as a liberty-loving conservative who happens to also be a metalhead and someone who believes that culture is the key in fighting the socialist plague that has infected our country, I had to share this story.
A while back I wrote about Korn’s new video for their new song “Spike in My Veins,” which blasted Barack Obama more then anyone famous in the music world has done before. Now Korn frontman Jonathan Davis recently appeared on “The Alex Jones Show” and stated that Obama is becoming “more of a dictator” and claims that the US turning into a “police state.”
Asked about the inspiration for KORN’s “Spike in My Veins” video — which overlaps important news reports of government lookout and major political figures with modern pop acts such as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West — Davis said: “For a long time, I’ve been into what’s going on with our country.
“I don’t necessarily consider myself a political person, but over the years, I’ve seen what’s been going on, and it’s time to do something about what’s going on with our country and the system and everything that’s going on.
“It seems really sad that everybody’s so asleep and oblivious to the fact that the country uses the media to capture people’s attention or take away from the fact that what’s going on with our country.
“It really freaked me out when the whole Miley Cyrus thing was going on, and when that went down, [President] Barack [Obama] passed that new law that he can imprison anyone he wants and he doesn’t have to charge them and he can keep them as long as he wants.
“Basically, all our liberties are being taken away one by one, and finally, I feel like it’s time… I’ve gotta do something and try and get as many people as we can to wake up and see what’s really going on.”
Asked about the meaning behind the title of KORN’s 11th studio album, last year’s “The Paradigm Shift”, Davis said: “I think it’s time for us as normal people to come up and fight against the powers that be.
“I think this country was founded and based in the beginning and set up for us to have revolutions when we don’t like our government and what our government has done and taken over and taken away all our privacy and all the things going on with the drones…. I mean, everything. It’s a scary time, and I think that someone’s gotta do it in our position, someone’s gotta speak out to the younger audience and let them know what’s going on and how to wake up and take back their privacy.”
He continued: “Big Brother is alive and well. I mean, you’re looking at me on my camera phone. It wasn’t about putting up cameras. I think we’ve already got cameras everywhere. You can’t tell me that there’s no backdoors for everybody to see, so that the powers that be can see what we’re doing and watch what we’re doing at all times. And I’m not comfortable with that. And I think it needs to go. And they’re building that huge-ass building, NSA is, for all the spying, and it’s just gonna get worse and worse. I mean, it’s scary times, brother.
“Nobody cares what’s going on behind the closed doors when Obama makes all these crazy laws that take away more and more of our privacy. It’ll make you more of a dictator.
“Something’s gotta happen, man. It’s gotta stop.”
Davis also elaborated on why he thinks Obama is becoming more of a “dictator” as time goes on.
“I mean, I’ve said it before. I think he’s an illuminati puppet,” the singer said. “It just doesn’t make sense, the whole thing. The guy comes from out of nowhere, he gets made president, all this stuff starts happening. I don’t know… It just didn’t make sense to me. And to top top it off, I’m not really a political person, I don’t know much about it, I’m just worried about my privacy and my children’s privacy. This being America, we’re supposed to be the ‘land of the free,’ and it’s becoming a police state.”
He added: “I just want us to become the country we used to be.
“I remember, when I was a kid, how amazing our country was, and as I’ve grown up and watched things happen, I just want it to be like it used to be. Read More…
Hopefully more voices in the music world and throughout the rest of Hollyweird can come out of the cold and wake up.
Korn is a band that I haven’t listened to in quite a few years now, but is a band that I really dug when they first came out. Their self-titled debut was the soundtrack to many good times cruising around town in my pick-up truck during my senior year in high school. I stopped paying attention to them around their sixth album, which was released over a decade ago.
They just released a new video for the song “Spike in My Veins,” off of last years eleventh studio album The Paradigm Shift. In the video the band performs in front of a large wall of televisions as recent ‘celebrities’ in the ‘news’ like Toronto mayor Rob Ford, Miley Cyrus, and Justin Bieber flash across the screens.
But within each clip, there appears to be a glitch, as shots of President Obama on celebrity talk shows are intermingled with his political comments on NSA spying.
Korn singer Jonathan Davis recently told Rolling Stone, “We are all so caught up in watching crazy media on the internet and TV that we are manipulated into ignoring that our privacy has all but disappeared.”
Maybe, just maybe the pop culture tide is starting to shift, if ever so slightly to the side of the liberty minded.
For decades now Frank Bello & Dave Ellefson have supplied the low end for one half of “the Big 4” of thrash metal, serving as the bass players for Anthrax and Megadeth respectively. The longtime friends began writing music together while traveling the world during the Metal Masters Clinics. The collaboration being dubbed Altitudes & Attitude will release their debut self-titled EP on Janurary 14th via Megaforce Records.
“What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together,” says Ellefson. “Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us. It’s exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. Frank’s singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities.”
“We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn’t expect from us- which is what Altitudes & Attitude is,” adds Bello.
The first track “Booze & Cigarettes” almost sounds like it could have been on Anthrax’s tragically underrated “Volume 8: The Threat Is Real.” The chorus is very catchy, the song is a little on the poppy side and not what you would probably come to expect from two of the founding father’s of thrash.
“Here Again,” steps it up and almost sounds like Megadeth with a different singer.
The third track “Tell The World” sounds like it would have fit in nicely with many of the post-grunge bands that filled alternative rock radio stations in the late 90’s.
It’s not “metal,” but what I’ve heard so far is enough to have me wanting more.
“Altitudes & Attitude” EP recording credits:Frank Bello (Anthrax) – lead vocals, electric guitar, 8-string bass guitar
(01/14/14*Updated: The album is out now, you can buy it from Amazon via the link below. Also replaced the Soundcloud link (which is gone) with Spotify.
The band is called Motion Device they consist of:
Vocals: Sara Menoudakis, 11
Drums: David Menoudakis, 14
6-string bass & keyboards: Andrea Menoudakis, 16
Lead Guitar: Alex Defrancesco, 19
Rythm guitar: Josh Marrocco, 19
I gotta think Ronnie James Dio is looking down on these kids approvingly, horns high in the air! \﹏/ \﹏/
Thought I’d post some tunes for the mood.
The guy who created this has won the internet. It’s over, pack it up, nothing left to see or do.
For the vast majority of Jason Newsted’s career in Metallica he was nothing more then James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich’s whipping boy. Not being allowed to really contribute to songwriting in the band and not allowed to express his creativity in outside projects. Then of course there is the way they pretty much completely mixed out his bass lines on the “…And Justice For All” album.
Before getting the Metallica gig after the tragic loss of Cliff Burton, he was a founding member (and primary songwriter) of Flotsam & Jetsam. After leaving Metallica in 2001 he briefly played Bass for Ozzy Osbourne, joined Canadian Progressive Thrash legends Voivod, participated in various musical (both metal and non-metal) side projects and launched an art career.
In late 2012 he announced it was time to bring back the Heavy Metal and launch of his own band, NEWST∃D.
In January of this year the band released their debut EP, titled simply “Metal,” which served as just a little appetizer before the main course. NEWST∃D is Jason Newsted on lead vocals and bass, drummer Jesus Mendez Jr., guitarist Jessie Farnsworth, and added after the release of the debut EP, Staind guitarist Mike Mushok.
The first questions some might ask about “Heavy Metal Music” is; does it sound like Metallica, is the bass turned up ridiculously high in the mix (see Steve Harris solo debut “British Lion”). The answer to both questions is a resounding NO.
While at some very brief period there are parts of the album that harken to Newsted’s time in Metallica, this album doesn’t really sound like that band. Now Newsted’s vocal’s have some similarity to Hetfield’s mannerisms but that’s about it. Also, while it is refreshing to hear Jason’s highly underrated bass work, it definitely does not over power the rest of the music.
“Heavy Metal Music,” is a solid meat and potatoes release, but that does not make it a generic metal-by-numbers album. While its true that overall it does not stray too far from that Hard Rock meets Thrash line, if you listen closely you can hear touches of Motorhead, Prong, Black Sabbath, small touches of ‘Black album’ era Metallica and Voivod. Overall giving the album a very old school metal vibe seasoned with some small doses of stoner rock grooves and doom metal soul.
The opening track “Heroic Dose” and the closing track “Futureality,” both give off the doom-laden biker metal sound that reminds me a lot of Orange Goblin.
“Soldierhead” and “King Of The Underdogs” are the two carry overs from the debut EP and wise choices to include on the full length as well.
“…As The Crow Flies,” due to Jason’s Hetfield-like growling is the most Metallica sounding song on the album (14 years of standing next to a guy on stage, something has got to rub off) and also features some southern-metal sounding guitar jamming towards the end.
“Ampossible” and “Nocturnal both have a Black Sabbath / Cathedral / Candlemass vibe to them. At times the former sounds as if it could have appeared on the latest Black Sabbath Album.
“Long Time Dead” and “Above All” sound like they could have been written by Dave Grohl for the Probot project.
“Twisted Tail of the Comet,” is the most diverse track on the album and the one where Newsted’s time in Voivod comes through the most.
As a vocalist no one is going to call Jason Newsted one of the top in the Heavy metal business, but that is not saying that he can’t sing. He has a raw & gruff growl that you can’t help but be reminded of the great Lemmy Kilmister and if that ain’t a compliment I don’t know what is.
Is “Heavy Metal Music” a legendary metal album? Not by any stretch of the imagination, what it is however is a pretty kick ass, blunt straight up horns in the air meat and potatoes slab of paleo-metal. That’s not a bad thing at all.
Oh and if the term paleo-metal takes off, I am taking full credit for it.
Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society has just released a video for his cover of the Bill Withers classic “Ain’t No Sunshine.” The song can be found on the bands brand new live album “Unblackened.”
The video features a cameo appearance by legendary metal drummer Vinnie Paul (Hellyeah, ex-Damageplan, ex-Pantera) pretending to play guitar. The video is also weird as fuck.
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