Dio is still fucking awesome to this day.
And Judas is still producing fucking awesome themes after decades of being around. Heck, I think a lot of their best is in their latter works.
Iron Maiden... it was always very hit and miss. Their good stuff was very good and their not-good-stuff was very non-good.
I was thinking about this - and I mentioned that while punk aged well
and I still find it very listenable - metal did not. But that isn't
I (wrongly) associate punk rock with polkas. Many of you here know why, of course, but I can't really help it.
The polka, though, is pretty simple. Short-short-short, pause, short-short-short, pause, short, pause, short, pause, short, longer pause. That's polka (via words rather than music, to the degree I can explain it that way).
Maybe punk is similarly simple. Distort your ruined voice into a microphone, screaming epitaths about how badly society sucks to painfully distorted guitars in the background until society's ears bleed. I think that's the essence of punk, although it's entirely possible that I don't get it.
2019-09-10 14:19 from wizard of aahz
In my days, the bass was bassier!!!
And required a bow with rosen.
And required a bow with rosen.
Damn buncha hippy LZ fanbois.
Leonid Vorobyev "and friends" are some musicians from Russia who
appear as a cover band on YouTube. Most of the videos I've watched so
far are covers of Chicago, and they play Chicago better than Chicago
did. Every single one of these people is brilliant.
I keep coming back to listen to more of this. It has made me realize two things:
1. I definitely under-appreciated the music of Chicago, probably because I grew up hearing it and it just sort of faded into the background. When I listen now, as a musician myself, I appreciate how insanely good the arranging and orchestration is.
2. And as I suggested earlier, I am now 100% convinced that Leonid and Friends play Chicago better than Chicago did.
I stumbled across this youtube channel, musicians discuss how their hit songs were created.
The guy who wrote Popcorn the Moog syth song passed away today.
Heavy Metal version:
Just learned that Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of Rush, has died.
RIP to one of the greats.
Sad. He was the king of the drum solo.
Rush... great music, great lyrics, but the lead singers voice is awful.
Geddy's vocal style changed a lot over the band's lifetime. If you listen to early Rush it's a lot more screechy, and I didn't care much for that. Later on it became more sensible. I'm one of those rare fans who prefer their later stuff (except for the very last album ... Clockwork Angels was like the Windows ME of Rush albums).
Axel Rose is someone I can't take seriously, he had a five octave vocal but range his voice reminds me of Katharine Hepburn in "On Golden Pond"
I think his dread lock and Twinkies phases made him look rather silly. I didn't like him in ACDC and laughed when he was in the lounge chair singing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTORlutdtAA
Both Snakes & Arrows and Clockwork Angels had a few decent moments, but you can see where Geddy had more influence over the band than Alex did. Just listen to the Victor album versus Geddy's solo work to know who had more creative control.
Hmm. I'm listening to Rush (1974) now, and I think I understand why you (Ragnar) like the early stuff better. It has that same sort of groove that Led Zeppelin had around the same time. Perhaps both Led Zep *and* Rush were Deep Purple ripoffs?