Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Saxon - The Power & The Glory

Saxon is a British heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. As leading lights in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they had a brief period of U.K. Top 40 success in the early 1980s, and also tasted success in Europe and Japan. They are still performing.

In 1980 follow-up album Wheels of Steel spawned two hit singles: the title track, and the crowd favourite "747 (Strangers in the Night)". "The Strong Arm of the Law" album, considered by fans to be one of their best recordings, was released later that same year, and chart success continued with singles from their next release, Denim and Leather. The title track to that album is seen as an anthem of the early 1980's metal movement.

"Power and the Glory" is the fifth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1983. Great song.

"... To the power and the glory
Raise your glasses high
To the power and the glory
Be with me tonight

A cold death awaits me tonight if I stumble or fall
My friends lay around me their bodies all tattered and torn
But mine is not to reason why, mine is just to do or die

To the power and the glory
Raise your glasses high
To the power and the glory
Be with me tonight

Can you feel the power
Can you feel the glory
Can you feel the power
Can you feel the glory
Can you feel the power
Is it with you tonight ... "

Throughout the band's history, line-up changes have been common. Saxon recently did a "25th Anniversary of NWOBHM" tour of Germany beginning in early March 2005. To celebrate the anniversary of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the band played songs they recorded during the 1980s.

Danger Danger - Bang Bang

Danger Danger is a glam metal / rock band formed in 1987 in Queens, New York.

In 1989, the band released their debut album. The album spawned two hits with "Naughty Naughty" and "Bang Bang", with the former gaining a spot in MTV's Headbanger's Ball. The band went on tour opening for KISS, Alice Cooper, Extreme and Warrant.

In 2005, the band released Live and Nude, which was recorded in 2003. They performed in Japan this year.

" ... Bang Bang, what’s that sound
I gave you my love and you shot me down
Bang Bang, you’re so cool
Playin’ a game, someday you’re gonna lose
Bang! Bang!

Girl you told me you were not like the rest
Then you showed me now you’re failing the test
It was easy just an urge in the heat of the nite

I believed you, now that’s all in the past
Cause I made some mistakes but I’m learnin’ fast
Never put your heart on the line!
Never put your heart on the line! ... "

Dangerous Toys - Teas'N, Pleas'N

Dangerous Toys formed in 1987 in Austin, Texas. Their first album was released in 1989. The self titled album included the single "Teas'n, Pleas'n" and many other good songs like "Scared", "Bones in the Gutter" or "Sport'n a Woody". After their second album ("Hellacious Acres") they were the opening act for the Operation Rock and Roll extravaganza tour. They toured with Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Metal Church and even The Cult.

Over the years members have worked on various side projects, with McMaster (singer) being the busiest. He has fronted such bands as Broken Teeth (featuring Lidel), Gahdzilla Motor Company, the Kiss tribute band SSIK and several others.

In 2005 Dangerous Toys reunited to celebrate their 18th anniversary and while their future may not be bright, the odd reunion should keep their fans satisfied.

"... Teas'n, pleas'n, run for the door
Teas'n, pleas'n, she wants more

Woke up again in a stranger's bed
Heard her honey's voice, I knew I was dead
Lovers under the covers, shakin' in the shock
Blink of my eyes, been stabbed, hung or shot
Any kind of reason, feelin' for the feelin'

Teas'n, pleas'n, run for the door
Teas'n, pleas'n, she wants more
Teas'n, pleas'n, yeah, give the dog a bone
Teas'n, pleas'n, roll over baby, hang up the phone "

Thursday, April 27, 2006

KoЯn - Coming Undone

Korn is a heavy metal/alternative metal band from California. They are often credited with creating the nu metal genre and inspiring a wave of nu metal, alternative metal, and rap metal bands in the mid 1990's and early 2000's.

Since their 1994 self-titled debut, Korn have sold 25 million records worldwide (16 million in the U.S), which makes Korn the best selling metal act of the last 12 years.

The band, despite loosing Brian "Head" Welch to the hands of the Lord on 2006, they released on 13 March 2006, the single entitled "Coming Undone" from their 2005 album "See You On The Other Side".

Towards the end of the video the band themselves begin to come unraveled and try holding themselves together until the end of the song, however they still "come undone" and float away into nothingness. Good one!!

" ... Wait
I'm coming undone
I'm coming undone
Too late
I'm coming undone
What looks so strong
So delicate
I'm starting to suffocate
And soon I anticipate
I'm coming undone
What looks so strong
So delicate

Choke choke again
I thought my demons were my friends
Getting me in the end
They're out to get me
Since I was young
I've tasted sorrow on my tongue
And this sweet chugga gun
Does not protect me

That's right
Trigger between my eyes
Please strike
Make it quick now ... "

Slipknot - Wait And Bleed

Slipknot is band from Iowa formed in 1995. I don't know them that well but I have seen them once and there's no doubt that Slipknot is currently one of the most popular musical groups, with violent and full of energy stage performances, and music which is perceived as extreme in comparison with other bands in the mainstream market.

The band is also known for its peculiar image: the members wear matching uniform jumpsuits and each has a unique mask. I must admit that this band has something and that "Wait And Bleed" is my favourite Slipknot song, which is included in their selftitled album in 1999.

" I've felt the hate rise up in me...
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves...
I wander out where you can't see...
Inside my shell, I wait and bleed...

Goodbye! ... "

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California

Red Hot Chili Pepers are a California-based band from Los Angeles birthed from an alternative rock movement of the 1980s and early-1990s that also included bands like of Jane's Addiction, Fishbone and Thelonious Monster. Throughout their twenty-three year career, the Chili Peppers have diversified their sound adding elements of Funk, Punk, Psychedelia and Pop to their songwriting. Vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary, guitarist Hillel Slovak, and drummer Jack Irons formed the band in 1983.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are mainly known for five things: Flea's powerful bass, their diverse musical precision, unique lyrical composition, their uncanny wearing of inside out cargo shants (pants mixed shorts), and their tendency to play bare chested (or sometimes even naked).

On April 4, 2006, the band's first single "Dani California" from Stadium Arcadium was released. And the video is really good.

"... California Rest In Peace
Simultaneous Release
California Show Your Teeth
She's my Priestess, I'm your Priest

She's a Lover, baby and a fighter
Should have seen it coming when it got a little brighter
With a name like Dani California
Day was gonna come when I was gonna warn ya
A little older she was still in another breath
I love my baby to death

California Rest In Peace
Simultaneous Release
California Show Your Teeth
She's my Priestess, I'm your Priest

Who knew the harder side of you
Who knew the hardest time to prove
Too true to say goodbye to you
Too true to say, say, say... "

Helmet - In The Meantime

Helmet is an alternative metal band formed in New York City by Page Hamilton (vocals/guitar) with Henry Bogdan (bass), Peter Mengede (guitar) and John Stanier (drums) in 1989. The guitar sound is heavily distorted and dissonant, with choruses that often involve guitar feedback waves (geniously done). Page Hamilton has been hailed as one of the more innovative metal guitarists of the 1990s.

Their first Interscope release, 1992's Meantime, was produced entirely by the band and was certified gold in the US by 1994. The album has sold over 1 million copies worldwide and remains Helmet's top-selling album.

The band is working on a new album to be released in June of 2006. The album will be a return-to-form of sorts, recorded and co-produced by Wharton Tiers, who recorded Helmet's first two albums, Strap It On and Meantime. I'll be waiting for sure!

" earth tone suits you
so give it a smile
if i could hold your feet down
get to know for awhile

to make due is a promise
hard to keep without help
never taught to look in
i'm too concerned with my health

help me spread right, ash is
cow fertilized
come down in a feed town
strength to minimize
hold it
in the meantime "

Monday, April 24, 2006

Pearl Jam - Even Flow

Pearl Jam was formed in 1990 in Seattle, Washington. They are one of the few mainstream grunge bands that has remained active since the 90's. Currently, the group can boast a large and loyal fan base which contributes to making the band one of the most popular live acts in the world.

Pearl Jam's debut album is "Ten" (amazing one) containing eleven tracks and I dare to say that none of them is bad. The album, released in 1991, produced three hit singles: "Even Flow", "Alive", and "Jeremy".

Pearl Jam has officially announced their eighth studio album Pearl Jam will hit the stores on May 2, 2006. Rumors are good! Let's hope so.

" Freezin', rests his head on a pillow made of concrete, again
Oh, feelin' maybe he'll see a little better, set a days, ooh yeah
Oh, hand out, faces that he sees time again ain't that familiar,
oh yeah
Oh, dark grin, he can't help, when he's happy looks insane, oh yeah

Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away
Someday yet, he'll begin his life again
Life again, life again... "