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The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 092

Anthrax "Nothing" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Ecstasy" (1999) VS. Metallica "Attitude" (1997) VS. Slayer "At Dawn They Sleep" (Live Intrusion) (1995)

"Nothing" was a single from "Stomp 442", but you wouldn't know it given the comPLETE lack of airplay it got.  It's a shame, because it's one of the better jams on the album, and despite having a more middle of the road hard rock sound is still pummeling because of the production and the pre-choruses.  And here, the lyrics don't seem as bad as the trilogy of "King Size", "Riding Shotgun" and "Perpetual Motion", so definite extra credit for that.  They even played this song on Letterman once.  How they got onto Letterman in 1996 is beyond me (first single was Fall of '95).  Anthrax weren't given ANY backing for this album from the label, which led them to play indie roulette for a number of years trying to find a label that wouldn'…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 091

Anthrax "In A Zone" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Wanderlust" (1999) VS. Metallica "Low Man's Lyric" (1997)VS. Slayer "Mind Control" (1994)

"In A Zone" is what a bludgeon sounds like.  Not onomatopoetically, but metaphorically.  If a rusty steel pipe had it's own theme song.  That kind of "sounds like".  Its solid, it's abrasive, it's weighty, it takes no prisoners and makes no compromises.  "In A Zone" is the sound of the feeling of wanting to hit something, captured pretty damn well by Anthrax.

Something I just noticed: Most of the songs on "Risk" are in the almost five to five and a half minute range.  Even the ones that have no business being much over four.  Probably this Fleetwood Mac ripoff falls into that category as well.  The chorus redeems it a bit (and going into this entry was the only thing I remembered about the song), but it's still basically a shittier version of "The Chain&q…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 090

Anthrax "Perpetual Motion" (1995) VS. Megadeth "I'll Be There" (1999) VS. Metallica "Prince Charming" (1997) VS. Slayer "213" (1994)

You know, as we go along with the "Stomp 442" songs, I start to realize a lot of these lyrics don't make a lick of sense.  And even if they do, they're not very good.  I'll give you two way out of context examples at the end of this post, as usual.  The song itself is passable, but I've never been a huge fan.

"I'll Be There" is corny as hell, but it's done in such a sincere manor that it manages to sort of redeem itself.  It throws back to "In My Darkest Hour" by saying "In my hour of need, you were there".  It's got "Whoa ah whoa-oh" choruses for the second half of the song.  It just doesn't give a fuck.  And for that, I kinda respect it.  As saccharine as the sentiment gets, it manages to pull itself off; "I'll Be There&q…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 089

Anthrax "Riding Shotgun" (1995) VS. Megadeth "The Doctor Is Calling" (1999) VS. Metallica "Where The Wild Things Are" (1997) VS. Slayer "Serenity In Murder" (1994)

"Riding Shotgun" has a malicious bounce, kind of like those mines that spring up out of the ground and blow up in the air for max damage.  Paul Crook does his best Dimebag Darrel imitation (apropos, given he played lead on track 2 & 3 and I didn't even remember to say anything), and for some reason, John Bush is singing "Kick it beat it love it suck it", which to this day I still can't glean the context of.  The song's decent; it's one where you stumble across it every few years, crank it, then forget it exists again until next time.  I love those kinda songs.

The intro to "The Doctor Is Calling" is pretty fuckin' lame.  It makes me cringe here a minute into the proceedings knowing that there's almost five more minutes of this…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 088

Anthrax "King Size" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Breadline" (1999) VS. Metallica "Bad Seed" (1997) VS. Slayer "SS-3" (1994)

Wanna know what a train full of sledgehammers roaring to life sounds like?  Listen to the first 10 seconds of "King Size".  The song's not technically brilliant, it's not fast, and yes, "SS-3" wins today's "Metal" battle, but "King Size" is damn sure harder.  It's bruising without having to be slow.  It's got an attitude bent on fucking something up with a blunt object.  Unfortunately, the song is kind of unremarkable.  Sure it hits hard, but you need a target, son.  Punch the wall enough and you'll just break your hands.

"Breadline" wins the catchiness battle between these four songs by a mile.  And it certainly needs to, given that it's not even really a "hard" rock song, just a rock song.  It's about some dude who fell from the top of the l…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 087

Anthrax "Fueled" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Enter The Arena/Crush 'Em" (1999) VS. Metallica "Carpe Diem Baby" (1997) VS. Slayer "Circle Of Beliefs" (1994)

"Fueled" (not to be confused with "Fuel") is the best way to illustrate to someone who doubts the power of "Stomp 442" that they have their head up their ass.  They don't have to like it, but they best respect it.  (That's just the attitude it inspires.  The blood is pumpin', that "Fuck the world, muthafukaaaaa!" stance is in effect as you drive the car off the cliff, fukin' die, transubstantiate, take possession of someone else who's driving a car and truly ghost ride da whip.)

Ah, "Crush 'Em".  I think "Risk" may be more fun to review than "Cryptic Writings" because at least a third of these songs I've only heard two or three times.  EVER.  And though they're way more sell-out-y than...almost …

Karaoke Mixtastic: One Of The Best Tuesday Nights You Can Find

Until last night, I didn't even know Milwaukee had a Fifth Ward.  (I knew Walker's Point existed, I just didn't know it was also the Fifth Ward.)  Anyway, my buddy Jeremy is moving to Austin, TX at the end of the week, so he set up something every day this week, and last night was Karaoke, and his attempt to drink the menu at Lucky Joe's Tiki Lounge.  (I think he did, and he put away two Jimmy John's sandwiches over the course of it; even if he didn't he was hammered at the end there, and had at least 10 drink umbrellas in his hair to denote his conquest.  This was on a Tuesday, mind you.)

The bar just opened in November, so this was my first time hearing of it (though I technically live on the same street, just a mile or two south).  The Karaoke portion was a back room affair, with no wall separating it and the main bar, but a lot of distance, so the patrons up front wouldn't have to deal with terrible singing.

Well, they missed out on a lot, motherfucker.

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 086

Anthrax "Random Acts Of Senseless Violence" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Prince Of Darkness" (1999) VS. Metallica "Slither" (1997) VS. Slayer "Divine Intervention" (1994)

"Stomp 442" in a lot of people's book, is Anthrax's worst album, and I'm hear to say those people couldn't write a book if their life depended on it.  (I should know.)  "Random Acts Of Senseless Violence" takes Anthrax to a darker place than they've gone in the past, whereas their thrash music was more like a coordinated air raid, this is like bashing in skulls with a lead pipe in an alleyway.  The first sound you hear is guitar feedback imitating a rusty hinge.  The whole song is a series of punches, pure and simple.  Ugly and hard, which is what makes it beautiful.

"Prince Of Darkness", by a mile, is the hardest song on "Risk", and one of the songs that actually sounded better before the remaster.  (That shit sucked the life…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 085

Anthrax "She" (1994) VS. Megadeth "Insomnia" (1999) VS. Metallica "Better Than You" (1997) VS. Slayer "Dittohead" (1994)

"She", as it happens is another Kiss cover from "Dressed To Kill" (which is the best song from that album), and is the last in a long line of B-Sides and covers from between "Sound Of White Noise" and "Stomp 442" (the eighth of eight to be precise).  This was originally done for "Kiss My Ass", the Kiss tribute album (which along with "Nativity In Black", were the first in an ONSLAUGHT of tribute albums, a cottage industry that survives today, albeit with WAY less well-known (or even known) band).  This is a bad-ass version of the song.  Groove aplenty.

Ah, here we are.  "Risk".  The album's not necessarily as terrible as people claim, but as a Megadeth album, it's a sore thumb caught in the rat trap from the album cover.  After listening to "Cry…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 084

Anthrax "Love Her All I Can" (1993) VS. Megadeth "New World Order" (1998) VS. Metallica "The Unforgiven II" (1997) VS. Slayer "Fictional Reality" (1994)

"Love Her All I Can" has backing vocals from the dudes that wrote the song, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.  I'd actually never heard this version before (the original comes from Kiss's 1975 album "Dressed To Kill"), so when the first voices I heard were Simmons & Stanley, it was kind of a cool surprise.  It's a basic rock song, it's short, and it isn't the greatest song in the world (it wasn't even the best song from "Dressed To Kill"), but it's done with love, it's got a pulse, and hey, if you're into Kiss, you'll likely dig anything with a pulse, amirite?

"New World Order" is a song that has been appearing in Megadeth lore in multiple incarnations over a 20 year span.  It was written during the "Countdown To…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 083

Anthrax & Beastie Boys "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun" (1993) VS. Megadeth "Duke Nukem Theme" (1998) VS. Metallica "Devils Dance" (1997) VS. Slayer "Sex. Murder. Art" (1994)

"Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun" was originally a Beastie Boys song from "Paulie's Boutique" (1989). This version appears on The Beavis & Butt-Head Experience", making it the second (and final) song from this experiment to do so. (The other being Megadeth's "99 Ways To Die".) It's not a spectacular song by any means, and to be honest, I find it...tolerable. Sometimes you go for chocolate and peanut butter and end up with Chocolate and Margarine instead.

Megadeth's rendition of the Duke Nukem theme comes from "Duke Nukem: Music To Score By", a CD intended to be the soundtrack album to "Duke Nukem Forever", a game that ended up not coming out for another 13 YEARS after this was released. (…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 082

Anthrax "Poison My Eyes" (1993) VS. Megadeth "One Thing" (1997) VS. Metallica "The Memory Remains" (1997) VS. Slayer "Killing Fields" (1994)

"Poison My Eyes" is from the legendary "Last Action Hero" soundtrack, and I remember as a kid really wanting to hear it, but not getting my hands on the CD until 1995.  Clocking in at 7:04, it's longer than anything on "Sound Of White Noise", yet is saddled with B-Side status.  Though it does make it all that much sweeter when you do discover it.  It's got vocal harmonies unlike anything I've heard John Bush do before or since.  The song gallops hard, managing to have melody without sounding wimpy, and is book-ended by a grindy intro/outro combination.  (And shit, until now, it'd been a LONG time since I'd heard this.  I'd forgotten how it even sounded.  The only thing I remembered about it was the refrain from My Girl 2 becoming the last lyrics in the so…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 081

Anthrax "Noisegate" (1993) VS. Megadeth "FFF" (1997) VS. Metallica "Fuel" (1997) VS. Slayer & Ice-T "Disorder" (1993)

"Noisegate" is an original Anthrax song as far as I can tell, but if this is the only recording of it, it never made it past the demo stage (or the demo gate; "Can't get past the gates" is the refrain in the song).  Which is unfortunate, but we'll take what we can get.  The guitar tone is decidedly more mid-80's Anthrax, which is kinda weird knowing they tracked this in '92, but then again, they did lose their studio to a fire while recording "Persistence Of Time", so maybe they were falling back on old shit they dug out of storage.  At any rate, it's a serviceable song, but it was destined to be a B-Side.  (As it was on a foreign pressing of the "Only" single.)  You'll be able to rock out to it no trouble, though, once you can find a copy.

"FFF" (or &quo…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 080

Anthrax "London" (1993) VS. Megadeth "Vortex" (1997) VS. Metallica "Too Late Too Late" (1996) VS. Slayer "Chemical Warfare" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"London" has Anthrax making The Smiths sound better than they ever have before (I know I have a few friends that would disagree heartily, but I write this blog, so nya nya.).  Or since, really.  (The only cool Smiths cover I can think of besides this one is Snake River Conspiracy's cover of "How Soon Is Now", and that's a point I think ALL my friends would disagree heartily with.)  Seriously, this shit bangs so much they put it on the "Airheads" soundtrack.  (Or they wrote the movie around it; whatever you want.)

"Vortex" is bad ass, and is almost like "Tornado Of Souls" adorable lil' brother.  Not nearly as threatening, but still with the same features and potential, if it would ever grow up.  (Maybe it did Benjamin Button style, and …

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 079

Anthrax "Cowboy Song" (1993) VS. Megadeth "She-Wolf" (1997) VS. Metallica "Stone Dead Forever" (1996) VS. Slayer "Expendable Youth" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"Cowboy Song" is a pretty straight forward cover of Thin Lizzy's original, meaning it might not be out of place on the "Anthems" EP (Except that I like this cover, so maybe it would.  "Anthems" is the only Anthrax release I wouldn't even download, because when you think about it, what's the point?  The songs sound like Guitar Hero re-recorded updates of older songs.) ("Cowboy Song" was a B-Side to the "Black Lodge" single if anybody cares.)

"She-Wolf", despite being unabashedly D&D, is one of the best songs from "Cryptic Writings" because it dares to have earmarks of thrash in 1997.  This was the year even Dream Theater were going more "mainstream" (though doing so at gunpoint; thanks, Elektr…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 078

Anthrax "Auf Wiedersehen" (1993) VS. Megadeth "Have Cool, Will Travel" (1997) VS. Metallica "Damage Case" (1996) VS. Slayer "Spirit In Black" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"Auf Wiedersehen" is a Cheap Trick cover that wound up as a B-Side to one of the singles from "Sound Of White Noise".  Anthrax has taken a 70's deep cut and made it sound like one of their own.  (Much UNlike their latest "Anthems" covers EP.)  It's got that menacing pump, but it's in a major key, so it sounds fun at the same time.  Tricky to pull off.

"Have Cool, Will Travel" is decent if you just take it for what it is.  A hard-rock song with harmonica that is way to white to bluesy, but is still okay for a headbob.  Not a headbang, but a headbob.  The solo area rocks pretty good, at least.

"Damage Case" is part 2 of our 4 part Motorheadache, as 'Tallica called it.  This is a decent headbobber as well, but it rock…

TUESDAY MIXTASTIC: Mutually Assured Funk

[BLOGGER'S NOTE: Due to the jaunty nature of the mix, I deliberately postponed this until Tuesday, instead of my usual just forgetting to do the shit.  I figured the night of the Boston Marathon Massacre was a bad time to host a party.]

This is a mix I came up with in October of 2008.  In fact, this might be the first mix I did in iTunes instead of on cassette tape.  (First or second; can't quite remember.)  Anyhow, this shit has all sorts of odds and ends, but hey, what else is new?  We've got metal, we've got rap, we've got fusion, techno, funk, classic rock, video game music, folk and of course Bjork!  Let's get started in this muh fuka!  (No Black Eyed Peas, though.)

1. "That Was Just Your Life" Metallica
2. "My Generation" Limp Bizkit
3. "All 4 One" Billy Cobham
4. "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" Genesis
5. "King Of The Stereo" Saliva
6. "Groovy Lady" The Meters
7. "Bounce" Mr. Scruff

Milwaukee STILL Rocks - Part II: Spiral Trance

Spiral Trance have been on the scene for awhile now, and if you're not familiar with them, this post will help you GET familiar, and you'll be glad you did.

The Trance just dropped an acoustic EP with three tracks, which my buddy Matt (the lead git-fiddler for this here outfit) is extremely proud of.  It's been a minute since "All In Due Time" dropped (2009), and because they're still adding tweaks to the next record, this is a primo time to put out something like this.  The EP is called "All In Due Time - EP" and is available on iTunes.

In fact, here's Paulie with the lowdown:

In case this is your first taste of the Trance, here's their video for "The Me You See":

Here's what they sound like live (when the kick drum isn't mic'd apparently; thanks a lot, R___ B___):

And here's them failing to get through their own song on Rock Band. (Which is actually a pretty common thing. Just ask Scott Ian.):

So if you like wha…

Milwaukee STILL Rocks - Part I: The Night Howls

Recently, I was part of a musical experiment called All Messed Up, in which 64 musicians signed up on Facebook, then were randomly distributed into 16 bands of 4.  Nobody knew who played what either, so you could have ended up with four bassists in theory, or a kazooist with a shedding heavy metaller, a dude with a mellotron and a DJ.  From the point the band lineups are chosen to the two night show, you have two months to come up with a 20 minute set with one cover, and at least one instance of the phrase "Are you fucking kidding me?".  Real talk.

So yeah, this is some of the most hectic and fun music shit I've ever done in my life.  After my entire original band dropping out except moi, I hooked up with a replacement guitarist (they sign reserves up beyond the original 64 for just such a reason), and we had two band practices in two weeks to put together everything from scratch.

And all things considered, we KILLED it.

The band name is The Night Howls (a name we were s…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 077

Anthrax "This Is Not An Exit" (1993) VS. Megadeth "A Secret Place" (1997) VS. Metallica  "Overkill" (1996) VS. Slayer "Postmortem" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"This Is Not An Exit" is the best closing song Anthrax did in the John Bush era.  It's got groove, it's sinister sounding and it has very little regard for human life or time for your bullshit.  (Oddity of the day: The sound sample that's kind of a hidden track is from the movie "My Girl 2".  It's from the ending monologue, and the words are some to live by: "Be dangerous...and unpredictable...and make a LOTTA noise...[followed by the literal sound of white noise]")

"A Secret Place" for quite a while was my least favorite Megadeth song.  (Then "Risk" came along and upped the ante for suckitude, surpassed only by the re-recording of "A Tout Le Monde" with Christina Scabbia, whom I have nothing against, though I wi…

A Game Of Down The Rabbit Hole...

I was bored on a Sunday night (i.e.: Should be writing a history paper I really don't want to do), so I fired up YouTube and clicked on the first suggestion that caught my fancy.  Here is that video and the next five that I found in the suggestion bars on the right.  (Note: These videos have little to nothing to do with each other, hence the title and concept of this blog post.)


I include this as one entry because the first one is a remake of the second, but with ten different easter eggs on the countdown.   These were posted by a British gent that goes by the handle of rabbidluigi, and it's sort of entertaining if you're into this sort of thing.  It's no great revelation, but there are some fun things in the vids.  Have a look:

2. Josh Groban Sings Kanye West Tweets

This was from the Jimmy Kimmel Live show (which I'm not a fan of, but Itry not to close my mind; if Jimmy Fallon can win me over, an…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 076

Anthrax "Burst" (1993) VS. Megadeth "Sin" (1997) VS. Metallica "Kill/Ride Medley Live" (1995) VS. Slayer "Born Of Fire" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"Burst" is one of the most intense songs Anthrax has ever done.  This shit is seriously claustrophobic, giving no room to breathe, incessantly going for the "burying you alive" feel, even when it's just Frank Bello and Charlie Bananaz playing for two measures.  If anybody listens to this and doesn't at least think it's cool, then they're not a metal fan and don't have a pulse.  This shit on bulldoze!

"Sin" has an intro that sounds sorta like "Legs" by ZZ Top, and doesn't get much more metal from there.  To me, that's fine, but comparing it to the other songs in this batch is hard, because they're all metal as fuck in construction.  It's apples to oranges, y'know?  But it's still neat for what it is, which is a soli…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 075

Anthrax "c11 h17 n2 o2 s na" (1993) VS. Megadeth "I'll Get Even" (1997) VS. Metallica "The Outlaw Torn" (1996) VS. Slayer "Captor Of Sin" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"c11 h17 n2 o2 s na" is the chemical formula for sodium pentothal, a.k.a. truth serum.  I've always found this song a little underwhelming compared to the rest of the album, but still good.  (The chords are big and beefy to be sure.)

"I'll Get Even" is a wussier version of "Almost Honest" and "Trust", harping on the whole cheating angle again, but sounding like it belongs on "Risk" instead of any other Megadeth album.  It's a decent enough song, but it's not what anyone listens to Megadeth to hear.  I think Mustaine should have a side project to do songs like this; it would save everyone a lot of confusion and butt-hurt, and these halfway decent songs could still find their avenue to exist.

"The Outlaw Torn&qu…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 074

Anthrax "Black Lodge" (1993) VS. Megadeth "The Disintegrators" (1997) VS. Metallica "Ronnie" (1996) VS. Slayer "Black Magic" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"Black Lodge" is unlike any other Anthrax song, and quite possibly unlike any other song.  It's got weird sounds in it, delays on the guitars to make it trippy, string sections, John Bush singing all nice, hard choruses and in lieu of a solo, we get this AWESOME harmony lead.  Working with the guy who scored Twin Peaks pays off, I guess.

"The Disintegrators" is the only unabashed early 80's thrash-style song any of these bands did in the 90's.  If it weren't so well played and recorded (and if the satan factor had been upped by about 50) it would fit right in with "Show No Mercy" or "Fistful Of Metal".  Kudos for them remembering their roots (especially in 1997, The Year Of Failed Experiments) for precisely 2:50.

Unlike most of "Load…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 073

Anthrax "1,000 Points Of Hate" (1993) VS. Megadeth "Mastermind" (1997) VS. Metallica "Thorn Within" (1996) VS. Slayer "Die By The Sword" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"1,000 Points Of Hate" sounds like a not-so-clever take-off on the Bush Sr. doctrine of "A Thousand Points Of Light", and...that's probably where they got the title, but still.  It's a teeth-gritting portrait of not being able to let go of a mortal grudge.  The narrator in the song seems unaware, or uncaring of the adage "When you plan for revenge, dig two graves."  Also, Charlie Benante is Charlie Bananaz as usual.  This is one of my favorite Bush era Anthrax songs, I think.

At first listen, "Mastermind" sounds like "the song that goes after 'Use The Man'" and not much else.  But over the years, I've come to really dig this one.  It's got groove, it's got tasty leads, it's got Mustaine at his weird b…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 072

Anthrax "Invisible" (1993) VS. Megadeth "Use The Man" (1997) VS. Metallica "Mama Said" (1996) VS. Slayer "Blood Red" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"Invisible" is one of the highlights of "Sound Of White Noise", showing us a new and exciting direction to take thrash metal one really used after this.  It's blazing without having to be technical, yet manages to avoid being plain or dumb.  It's imbalanced mentally, but gives enough of a fuck to remain focused.  John Bush's venom is palpable, and the music really accents it well.

"Use The Man" is a song of two movements: The slower first half and the more frantic second half that documents a long fall to earth.  There is some unique use of a string section in this one.  Instead of trying to make the song sound bigger than it is, the strings dart in and out, as if angels and demons telling this story of the collapse of a person into fatal addiction.  T…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 071

Anthrax "Hy Pro Glo" (1993) VS. Megadeth "Almost Honest" (1997) VS. Metallica "Wasting My Hate" (1996) VS. Slayer "Hallowed Point" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"Hy Pro Glo" doesn't have the best lyrics in the world; far from it.  But the song does have a bounce to it, and extra points for going with the key of F#.  The most hi pro file performance of this song was on the old Jon Stewart show back in '94.  I think this was their last televised appearance with Dan Spitz.

"Almost Honest", which has some cool touches to it, is pretty damn plain.  At the time, being that I hadn't yet got over my "Load" butt-hurt yet, and the fact that I thought (once again, at the time) that "Trust" signaled a heavier sound, when I heard "Almost Honest", I knew this record was gonna suck.  It took a good six months to warm up to it; I think I kept going back to it, thinking "Nah, it couldn't have b…

MONDAY MIXTASTIC: Spring Gets Me Sprung

Man, what happened to the nice ass weather?  Oh well, April Showers and all that.  For those who can't wait for Spring, here's a list of songs to get you in that mind state.  Fresh air certainly will help your enjoyment:

1. "Victory Strikes Again / Long Live The Party" Andrew W.K.
2. "Rebel Yell" Billy Idol
3. "Bedtime Story" Slick Rick
4. "Biscuits For Smut" Helmet
5. "Something About You" Level 42
6. "Cherub Rock" Smashing Pumpkins
7. "One Clear Moment" Little Feat
8. "Claire's Ninth" Ben Folds
9. "Roll With The Changes" R.E.O. Speedwagon
10. "Kyle Petty (Son Of Richard)" Soundgarden
11. "Lat" Billy Cobham
12. "Hey Ya!" Outkast
13. "Land Of The Midnight Sun" Al DiMeola
14. "Roadhouse Blues" The Doors
15. "Fred 2011" Gary Husband & Alan Holdsworth
16. "Wondaland" Janelle Monae
17. "Beautiful" Jimmie&…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 070

Anthrax "Packaged Rebellion" (1993) VS. Megadeth "Trust" (1997) VS. Metallica "Poor Twisted Me" (1996) VS. Slayer "Angel Of Death" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"Packaged Rebellion" had the balls to call out the grunge movement for being fake eleven months before Kurt Cobain killed himself.  This album came out May of '93, and it pulls no punches in saying that Grunge is no more than a lame fashion show in the vein of the hair metal they'd uprooted, calling it a good year before that reality began to show itself.  And to top it all off, the song is bad ass.  I was singing along with it proudly as I wrote this.  (Mainly because my roommate's at work.)

"Trust" is the first song from 1997 on our little journey here.  "Cryptic Writings" has Megadeth going more mainstream, though not yet sinking to the unctuous depths "Risk" would bottom out at.  It was also the last record with Marty Friedman &…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 069

Anthrax "Room For One More" (1993) VS. Megadeth "Problems" (1995) VS. Metallica "Cure" (1996) VS. Slayer "Mandatory Suicide" (Decade Of Aggression) (1991)

"Room For One More" is thrash in D tuning done RIGHT.  It's not too slow, but it's not so fast that you lose the beefiness.  This shit marches around the pit with a Schwarzenegger style stomp.  It's the kinda shit Clara Peller was lookin' for.  It's what happens when Dinty and Moore have kids.  BEEF, byitch!

"Problems" is a Sex Pistols cover performed by Megadeth when they weren't all on heroin, so it sounds a lot better than "Anarchy In The U.K.".  It has a fun element to it and an agro element, and walks the line with much balance.

"Cure" is my least favorite song on "Load" or "Reload".  (There are a few covers on "Garage INC." that get my goat worse.)  So...yeah.  It's not a terrible song …


Last year, I did a fantasy Wrestlemania with 19 matches based on the rosters of the Big 3 American promotions at that time.  This year, I've decided to take the people who competed on the first Wrestlemania and have them work a show with this year's participants.  Keep in mind that all matches are I VS XXIX, and that all performers are in their prime.  Here we go:

A 14-Man Battle Royal, featuring: "Playboy" Buddy Rose, S.D. Jones, Matt Borne, David Sammartino, Brutus Beefcake, "Superfly" Jimmy Snukka, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, The Miz, "Dirty" Dutch Mantell, The Big Show, Ryback, Mark Henry, Fandango and Tensai

What's the best solution for having a bunch of guys with no matches?  BATTLE ROYAL, sucka!  There were Battle Royals at Wrestlemanias 2, IV, XIV, XV (kind of; it was on Heat), X-Seven (with gimmicks!), 21 (Pre-show), 22 (Pre-Show), XXIV (Pre-Show, but for an ECW title squash...I mean match later on the card), 25 …