Saturday, September 20, 2008
Metallica is a heavy metal band that formed in 1981. They released many albums in their time. With the good ones being Kill Em' All, Ride the Lightning, ...And Justice for All, and the Black Album. They influced the metal scene. Some people called the album Master of Puppets one of the most influential and "heavy" thrash metal albums of it's time, and some people still consider it to this day. Then they started to spiral downwards in terms on thrashy metal and quality. They released a few more albums. Those being Load and, Reload, and Garage Inc. After that, they had a big conterversy with Napster and filed a lawsuit with them. They were noted as hypocrites, sell outs and the like. With that being, Metallica released another album, it was entiled St. Anger. The album was the worst Metallica album todate. It was medicore, and just not like they use to be. The songs were repeative and just not "Metallica".
Now they released their lastest album. Death Magnetic. It is more so, what Metallica use to be! They are more like their old selves with this album. You have the long intros, heavy jam, a good verse, heavier jam, chorus, bridge, wild long heavy solo, to a outro. It was something meant to be by Metallica before St. Anger. We have their new producer, Rick Ruben to thank for that. He brought back the "old" Metallica.
Here is my review of each song on the album.
1. That Was Just Your Life: It's a nice fast, heavy song. Lives up to what people are saying, that Metallica is back!
2. The End of the Line: It's a pretty good song. Nice and heavy. Though it is a tad repetive, and could have been on one of their records like load. Doesn't really have the "old" Metallica feel like That Was Just Your Life.
3. Broken Beat and Scarred: One of the decent songs on this album. It's a nice heavy song. Overall a good track. Could easily have been on the Black Album, which was a pretty good album.
4. The Day That Never Comes: It's a ballad-esque song. It's one of my favourites, if not the favourite, of the album. It's like Fade to Black, Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters. As the song goes on, it's gets heavier. For sure it's one of the songs that bring out the "old" Metallica.
5. All Night Long: Another good track that's one of the top 3 on the album. It's long, heavy, and has a wicked chorus that's catchy.
6. Cyanide: A bit repeative, but catchy. It's a okay song, but not one of the better ones of the album. Could make a good radio single.
7. The Unforgiven III: Another good song. James shows himself here. It's long, but not boring. Kirk did pretty good at the solo too. Glad they chose this track for the album.
8. The Judias Kiss: Another good song, with some good guitar riffs. Not one of the best on the album though, but it's fast and heavy. Helps bring out the old Metallica which we all want and love!
9. Suicide and Redemption: It's a instrumental. It's long, but good. Heavy and flows well. Not many good metal instrumentals, but Metallica pulls it off. They make some good ones, and this shows.
10. My Apocalypse: It's a fast, heavy and thrashy song! It truely shows the good old Metallica! One of my favourite's on this album.
Keep it sounding like this Metallica, and you'll make your fans happy!
Overall: James, Kirk and Robert did a very good job on this album. Lars could have done a bit better, but still pulled it off. I give this album a 4/5!
To all those going to the concert, you better have a wicked time.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tegan is one half of the indie rock Canadian Duo, Tegan and Sara. I got the chance to interview Tegan. These questions are for fans, by a fan! Here is what she had to say!
Life is great .Thank you for asking.
Other then making music, what other things do you enjoy to do?
I love to read.
I know you like reading, what are some books you recommend for people to read?
A secret History - Donna Tartt
LIfe after God -
A wolf at the Table - Augusten Burroughs
Have you ever thought about writing your own book?
Yes. I write all the time. One day. We're putting together a Tegan and Sara Book for the Spring.
I've noticed at a show that fan's sort of "mob rushed" you. Do you find it annoying, and sometimes try and hide from them or saying no to people asking for photos/autographs? I know I would go crazy if that happened to me.
Not at all. The only time if bothers me is when I'm at dinner and only because I feel embarrassed.
Do you guys like to play/try sports? Like any, from biking to hockey.
We both ride bikes a lot. We play street hockey on tour.
With you guys touring all over the States the
Not on this record sadly. We will be making a record really soon though and we will tour
With all these Tegan and Sara blogs/forums, have you ever thought about coming into one and posting to answer some of these peoples questions?
No. Those forums are for fans not for Tegan or Sara.
Do you find it creepy that there is these Tegan and Sara blogs and forums?
Not at all. Its a great place for fans to congregate and share. We encourage them and help support them in our own way.
What is your favorite song you've wrote/played and why?
I love playing Nineteen, One Second and Call it Off.
What's the worst/best experience you've had with a fan?
I've had a few bad experiences but they are so far and few between. We have the greatest fans. They vary so much and they are full of cute stories and wonderful insight.
What inspires you to make music?
What do you think about people who download/torrent music and does it effect you? If so, to what extent?
I think that music has no dollar value. I think music is the most important thing in my life. I put everything I am into my records. It makes me sad that someone wouldn't want to pay for that considering how inexpensive music is these days but I don't spend any time judging or worrying about it. We have responsible budgets and make records for love not for money. The record companies are suffering though and that of course hurts the artist.
What/Where is one of your favorite concerts/performances you've played? Why?
It would be impossible to pick a favorite. We have a wonderful audience. Every night is great for different reasons. There are so many differences between each city and country....its interesting everywhere!
What's one of the things you are really good at doing, other then making music?
I'm not sure.
What's one of the things you are really bad at doing?
I like to try everything....I don't think I'm bad at anything...some
things just don't come naturally or inspire me to work at it so I don't do it again.
Currently, what's one of your favorite bands/artist that you think people should go and check out?
Amanda Palmer. Against Me.
What is one of your favorite cities that you've been too?
What do you think about Myspace/Facebook?
I think Myspace is a great place to preview a bands music or look at tour dates. It certainly feels like its replaced the need to have a .com. That being said I am not on their personally and I don't have a Facebook page either. I believe I lost touch with people for a reason. The people I love I call on the phone.
Do you guys like doing all these interviews?
On your myspace, you have photos of you with members of Metallica(one of my favorite bands). Care to tell the story behind that?
What do you think of people making shirts with your name/face on them?
We do it so we don't judge if someone can't afford to buy one we are selling or don't like our designs and make their own we're okay with that.
Do you think Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and other older bands like them have a huge impact on the way music is like now a days?
Absolutely. I loved Led Zeppelin growing up. I think my love for music inspired me to make music.
Is there going to be another Tegan and Sara DVD?
At some point, yes.
What is one goal you want to do in life?
I want to continue on my path happily.
What is one thing you never wished you did?
There is nothing I regret doing.
When someone writes something bad about you on the internet, do you sometimes want to write something back to defend yourself?
Do you think you'll ever make the big dollars and play sold out shows at
I doubt it. Ha.
What was your best experience with a fan?
Every experience is unique. We are so lucky. People bring us wonderful gifts and food and funny pictures and stories every day on tour. Its overwhelming. We feel incredible love.
What was your worst experience with a fan?
Nothing pops into mind.
Do you ever wish you owned a pet?
Any really cool side projects to talk about?
I have a side project with Hunter from AFI. It's going to see the light of day at some point.
What was it like getting your first record deal?
Do you ever wish you lived closer to each other?
No. We see each other 200 days a year. A little distance helps.
Do you guys ever play video games for fun?
No. I did love Crazy Taxi when I was 18.
What is your favorite guitar to play?
Gibson Les Paul Studio.
In a lake, an hour outside of
What is the weirdest thing you've had to sign?
I find it strange when people ask me to sign their jeans...I hate doing it because I feel like I'm destroying them.
Got any tips for people for when it comes to making music?
Play twice as much as you are currently.
Do you wish you've ever picked up a different career path?
What is your proudest achievement in life?
If you never started to make/play music, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I have no idea.
Do you ever get sick of touring and being on a bus for long periods of time?
Usually by the end of a tour I'm ready to go home. But I'm addicted to playing music. I am ready to go back on tour after a few days generally.
What was one of your favorite concerts you've ever been too in your life?
Was this too many questions?
Anything you would like to say/add or whatever?
Good luck. Thanks for listening.
Me and Tegan and Under the Volcano in Vancouver
All photo credit, except for the photo with me and Tegan go to Mike Swor. Good photos man!
I'd like to thank Tegan for doing this interview, and everyone who helped me get it done!