Classic Rock Bottom

Been on a bit of Blues and Metal bender for a good period of time. Usually these listening phases come and go much quicker than this. So why not share a bit of each! First up, some of the Metal that's been in high rotation around here lately... and now that Jon sent me a link to a remastered edition of one of my favorites and I see no end in sight!! We'll start with that one...

What musical moods are you stuck in and what are you listening to during it?



Metal Heart

1 - Metal Heart

You gotta hand it to Accept, they sure knew how to make an entrance by now, and the apocalyptic title track is about as dramatic as it gets (the operatic "Bound to Fail" comes close), with guitarist Wolf Hoffman taking the helm on a long, mid-song solo excursion containing equal nods to Beethoven (very nice) and Edward Van Halen (get real). First single "Midnight Mover" is next, and along with the even more melodic "Screaming for a Love-Bite," it places obvious emphasis on hooks and melodies (and proved to be the toughest to stomach for the band's more hardcore fans). But despite another strange detour into jazz territory with the bizarre "Teach Us to Survive," Accept still packed amazing power, heaping on their Teutonic background vocals for the ultraheavy "Dogs on Leads" and gleefully pile-driving their way through relentless moshers like "Up to the Limit" and "Wrong Is Right."


2 - Train of Consequences

Megadeth's follow-up to the hit Countdown to Extinction lacks the focus of its predecessor, but Youthanasia makes up the difference with more accessible, radio-friendly production and tighter riffs. Unfortunately, they have abandoned some of the more experimental, progressive elements in their music, but those are hardly missed in the jackhammer riffs of tracks like "Train of Consequences."

Master of Puppets

3 - Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

Though it isn't as startling as Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets feels more unified, both thematically and musically. Everything about it feels blown up to epic proportions (indeed, the songs are much longer on average), and the band feels more in control of its direction. You'd never know it by the lyrics, though -- in one way or another, nearly every song on Master of Puppets deals with the fear of powerlessness. Sometimes they're about hypocritical authority (military and religious leaders), sometimes primal, uncontrollable human urges (drugs, insanity, rage), and, in true H.P. Lovecraft fashion, sometimes monsters. Yet by bookending the album with two slices of thrash mayhem ("Battery" and "Damage, Inc."), the band reigns triumphant through sheer force -- of sound, of will, of malice. Some critics have called Master of Puppets the best heavy metal album ever recorded; if it isn't, it certainly comes close.

Black Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

4 - Killing Yourself to Live

With 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath made a concerted effort to prove their remaining critics wrong by raising their creative stakes and dispensing unprecedented attention to the album's production standards, arrangements, and even the cover artwork. As a result, bold new efforts like the timeless title track, "A National Acrobat," and "Killing Yourself to Live" positively glistened with a newfound level of finesse and maturity, while remaining largely faithful, aesthetically speaking, to the band's signature compositional style. In fact, their sheer songwriting excellence may even have helped to ease the transition for suspicious older fans left yearning for the rough-hewn, brute strength that had made recent triumphs like Master of Reality and Vol. 4 (really, all their previous albums) such undeniable forces of nature

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How many times has Jon sent you that link? At least twice that Jon knows of. It's now obvious that metal music is rotting your brain.

I listen to whatever I wanna listen to and "the man" ain't gonna change that. Saying that, I'm listening to this now because that's what I do and that's what I'm in the mood for. Say, are you "the man"?

I have all of these and must say that the last track on that Accept album would make a fine addition to a "greatest last tracks on albums" playlist.....oh, wait. It already is by "the original the man" who invented that playlist.

That Megadeth album cover is funny as hell. 

That Metallica album needs the remaster treatment, like the first two. Maybe we'll get AJFA with BASS!!!!!!!

That Black Sabbath album cover is funny as hell.

If this week is my turn for NMC, I have a metal album for you.......

I'm up for some new metal!

Thanks for the recognizing my most popular playlist creation by paying homage to me... The man...

I own three of these four albums.  The one I don't own is Accept.  The last thing I'd call myself is a metal head.  I do like heavy music, but I've mellowed a lot over the last few years.  Accept, for the most part, I've never gotten into.  I did buy either one or two of their recent albums, and I thought they were okay, but I don't listen to them now.

Coundtown To Extinction will always be Megadeth's magnum opus to me.  It's the first time I ever listened to them and is just great.  This isn't bad at all, I like it better than the Accept song.

I did not like Master of Puppets when it came out.  I didn't get into Metallica one bit until The Black Album came along. This song, however, is a pure masterpiece.  I undoubtedly did not hear this back then, because I would have immediately liked it.  

The Black Sabbath track is pretty damn cool.  Even though I own the album, I can't remember ever sitting down and listening to it.  Ozzy does not have a good traditional voice, but he has a great front man's voice, a rock voice, and it showed here.  Iommi's work is killer as well.  Believe it or not, when the song slows a bit, it has a slight southern rock feel.  This is awesome!

Nice work, especially with that last track!

Heard all these CD's but Megadeth's Youthanasia is the only one I own. For me, it marked the end of the best trilogy Megadeth put out. I wish they went further with Max Norman as their producer.

Have you heard Dystopia?

Yes I did. It's a good start. Deserves all the praises it gets. The songs are good and the performances are strong, especially Kiko's. Maybe one of these days Dave's voice will completely shut down and he'll hire a great replacement.

totally get that!!!  :-)


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