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The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 120

Anthrax "The Bends" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Sleepwalker" (2007) VS. Metallica "Frantic" (2003) VS. Slayer "In The Name Of God" (1998)

We open with Anthrax covering Radiohead (yes, this happened).  It's pretty goddam unremarkable.  I can't even come up with any biting criticisms or profound witticisms for this.  It's just mush.

 And today, we also welcome two new albums to The Big Four Song Challenge series.  Neither have been critically lauded (the understatement of the CENTURY for the second one), but they will get a fair shake here.  This has to be your average metalhead's worst nightmare: Anthrax stuck in "Volume 8" B-Sides, "United Abominations", "St. Anger" and "Diabolus In Musica".  To me, it's just another day at the office.  Which leads me to the song "Sleepwalker", which just sounds like another day at the office for Mustaine & friends.   (Though by then they had the…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 119

Anthrax "Snap - I'd Rather Be Sleeping" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Shadow Of Deth/My Kingdom" (2004) VS. Metallica, Ja Rule & Swizz Beats "We Did It Again" (2003) VS. Slayer "Desire" (1998)

"Snap / I'd Rather Be Sleeping" goes the reliable hardcore punk cover route, this time letting Scott Ian do the vocals.  This medley of two D.R.I. joints is only 2:17, but it feels longer and more involved because of how many speed changes and different parts they manage to cram in.  Entertaining.

"Shadow Of Deth" keeps with the overarching cinematic theme of "The System Has Failed", having a screwed & chopped Dave Mustaine recite the Lord's Prayer in a British accent over galloping hooves, detuned guitars made to sound like an agro clutch of cellos, and a church bell not unlike the one that opens the first Black Sabbath album.  In fact, though it's but an interlude, it outshines "My Kingdom", a piss tak…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 118

Anthrax "Giving The Horns" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Of Mice And Men" (2004) VS. Metallica "53rd & 3rd" (2002) VS. Slayer "Love To Hate" (1998)

"Giving The Horns" is a damn fine B-Side from the "Volume 8" sessions, and yes, it fucked your mother. (Hey, their words, not mine.) Basically the same goodness as the other songs on the album, but there's 15 joints there, so I can understand leaving this one off. The thing is though, it measures up to a bunch of songs that have been getting 3's and 4's, so make of that what you will.

The beginning of "Of Mice And Men" is fucking WEIRD. It has this warped trio of Mustaines singing a strange interval apart, and the guy has a weird voice to begin with. Then the song becomes an autobiography of the ginger guitar slinger (like that? I don't), musically landing somewhere in b-side from "The World Needs A Hero" territory. Not much else to tell, I ju…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 117

Anthrax "Pieces" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Truth Be Told" (2004) VS. Metallica "Temptation" (2001) VS. Slayer "Perversions Of Pain" (1998)

"Pieces" is a heartfelt ballad about a kid named Anthony who died at the barrel of a gun, and who happened to be related to Frank Bello and Charlie Benante (who, though only two years apart, are actually uncle and nephew).  In the liner notes there's a number to call or something where you can ask your congressperson for stricter gun control (which is ironic in that the same weekend I bought Stuck Mojo's "Rising", which had something in the liner notes about telling your congressperson the exact opposite thing).  As a song, "Pieces" is nothing much, but Frank Bello sings well enough, and they pay tribute to their fallen family member in touching fashion.

"Truth Be Told", I've referenced this next song before (here and here).  So now, here's the review.  It…

Monday Mixtastic: Dodecahedron, Motherfucker

This is a continuation from last week, but I figured I'd include far denser music to try and sculpt a metaphor for super-complex concepts that are hard to explain both because of the broadness of their definitions and the sheer technical knowledge you need to grasp them.  So, yeah.  Mo crazy shit, now with longer shit

[Two quick notes: One, "The Knife" by Genesis was originally the closer, but upon further reflection it just felt like overkill, so I replaced it with "Inner Worlds" by Mahavishnu Orchestra.  Two, there were a few songs I couldn't find, so I've replaced them ALL with "The Knife" by Genesis.  Y'know, cuz they had to be cut?  Yyyyeah...]:

1. "The Antikythera Mechanism" BT
2. "21st Century Schizoid Man" King Crimson
3. "Half Man Half Granary Thorax" Fila Brazillia
4. "11 Months In The Bath Of Dirty Spirits" Peter Himmelman
5. "Lemme Take You To The Beach" Frank Zappa
6. "Cra…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 116

Anthrax "Stealing From A Thief" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Something That I'm Not" (2004) VS. Metallica "Shadow Of The Cross" (2002?) VS. Slayer "Overt Enemy" (1998)

"Stealing From A Thief" is the last listed track on "Volume 8: The Threat Is Real", and it ends on a slower note, kind of like a groovier, grindier version of "This Is Not An Exit".  The results aren't spectacular or anything, it's basically a sluggish half time thing that doesn't get going 'til the middle section and doesn't do much but get faster when it gets there. 

"Something That I'm Not" is a catchy as hell indictment of...James Hetfield?  Dave Ellefson?  Dave Mustaine's past self?  Who knows, who cares?  It's groovy, it's got hooks, and it makes you bob your head.  (It even allows at the end that Mustaine one day may go fo do lo himself, y'know, like the unreliable narrator thing that The Great Gatsb…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 115

Anthrax "Alpha Male" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Back In The Day" (2004) VS. Metallica "I Disappear" (2000) VS. Slayer "Stain Of Mind" (1998)

"Alpha Male" is how you do fucking palm muting.  And screaming.  And being aggressive.  And using the whammy petal tastefully.  And building on groove.  That's what's up.

"Back In The Day" is an unabashed throwback song right when the re-thrash trend began picking up steam.  The song sounds more like some NWOBHM tunage than old Megadeth, but it's still decidedly thrash, as are the lyrics, which are kind of like "Whiplash" twenty years on.  Also, not that heavy, but still better than most of "Risk" or "Cryptic Writings".  (Especially the drumming.)

"I Disappear" is the first Metallica song from the 2000's, and it was their first new song to be on a soundtrack (Mission: Impossible 2).  (Is there an emoticon for John Woo Doves?)  Anyway, the so…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 114

Anthrax "Cupajoe" (1998) VS. Megadeth "I Know Jack" (2004) VS. Metallica "- Human" (1999) VS. Slayer "Death's Head" (1998)

"Cupajoe" is awesome for what it is, which is basically an S.O.D. song about coffee that half of S.O.D. wrote and recorded with their other band.  That being said, it's REALLY awesome!

"I Know Jack" is a loop of Lloyd Bentsen, the Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee in 1988, replying to Dan Quayle's boast of being like Jack Kennedy (JFK), by saying "I knew, Jack Kennedy.  Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine, and you sir are no Jack Kennedy."  Well, unfortunately, we know Dan Quayle's name and I had to go look up Lloyd Bentsen.  Also unfortunate is that this is hardly a song, it's an interlude.  Poop in yo mouf.

"- Human" (minus human) is the other new song from "S&M", and you can hear this one would've been really boring without the orchestra.  Lyri…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 113

Anthrax "Big Fat" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Tears In A Vial" (2004) VS. Metallica "No Leaf Clover" (1999) VS. Slayer "Bitter Peace" (1998)

"Big Fat" is the logical conclusion toward which "Volume 8" has been building up until now: It's the six minute, anthemic, groove-filled masterpiece that is the cherry on top of this damn-fine sundae.  Of course, it's track 11 of 15, but who's counting?  The rest of the album is bad-ass, but to me, this is the jam of jams.  (Plus, the line "You ask me can I deliver like a monster crossing the Hudson River" is all I could ask for in a song like this.)

A lot of people are bashing on "Super Collider" (the song) for being too much like "Risk".  Lemme tell you, I just reviewed "Risk" and "Cryptic Writings", and I think they're being too hard on it.  It's not the best Megadeth song ever, not even close.  But dude, if anybody has en…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 112

Anthrax "Hog Tied" (1998) VS. Megadeth "The Scorpion" (2004) VS. Metallica "The Ecstasy Of Gold/The Call Of Ktulu" (S&M) (1999) VS. Slayer & Atari Teenage Riot "No Remorse (I Wanna Die)" (1997)

This is how you use a talk box, fuckers!  Tastefully, not dominating the proceedings, yet becoming one of the most noteworthy things about them when it does resurface.  "Hog Tied" is some big-bully brass knuckle rock shit with a swagger all its own.  It does have a bit of "Cool song the same as the others buried later in the album" syndrome to it (or: CSSOBLA if you take out all the articles), but on it's own, it's ferocious without having to expand much energy.

"The Scorpion" begins with an ice cream truck from hell kinda riff, which is then accompanied by orchestral drapings.  This leads into the hard rockin' riffs of the verse, followed by an epic sounding pre-chorus and a harmonious, yet venomous choru…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 111

Anthrax "Harms Way" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Kick The Chair" (2004) VS. Metallica "The More I See" (1998) VS. Slayer "Abretions Asshole" (Pap Smear Demo) (1984)

"Harm's Way" is the classic acoustic/electric slow jam, but it still maintains the attitude that is the constant theme of the album, and this in spite of being more upbeat than prior tunes.

"Kick The Chair" is a song that can stand up to old school Megadeth songs and hold it's own.  It's some kinda goddam miracle or something.  Just...just listen to it.  It's thrash metal alive and kicking (groan) in 2004.  Jerking rhythms, double kick syncopation, dueling guitar leads...It rules!

"The More I See" goes back to the Discharge well, and does it well.  It's the hardest song these guys have recorded since the Black Album at this point.  By this time, people were doubting Metallica could even go H.A.M. anymore.  But they sorta do on this one, at le…

The BigFour Song Challenge Series: Match 110

Anthrax & Phil Anselmo "Killing Box" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Die Dead Enough" (2004) VS. Metallica, Jerry Cantrell, Pepper Keenan, Les Claypool, John Popper & Gary Rossington "Tuesday's Gone" (1997) VS. Slayer "Living Just To Die" (Pap Smear Demo) (1984)

"Killing Box" keeps up the tradition of songs from "Volume 8" killing at will and kicking the ass of the competition.  It slams heads into the concrete and takes no prisoners.

"Die Dead Enough" is the lead single from "The System Has Failed", and has a somber tone, with melodramatic leads, synthesized strings, and a B minor chorus when the rest is all E and trying to be tough.  It's an odd song in that respect, almost reflecting the uncertainty of the intervening few years for the band and especially its creator, Dave Mustaine.  It's like the song is a musical representation of the rebuilding of his determination to conquer the world, and it…

MONDAY MIXTASTIC: Comin' Atchu Octangular

[A NOTE BEFORE I BEGIN: The original mix is 26 tracks long, but a full ten of them I was able to find hide nor hair of on the entire internet, so we're left with a svelt, lean mean 16.  It still works, but that's what you get when you have such obscure tastes.  It took me two hours just to find the links I did come up with.]

The title of this mix refers to the inadequacy of human expression.  Writers still have a job because if someone could just NAIL it, I mean really nail it all, the length, breadth and depth of the human condition in one sentence and have it make sense to everyone, then there would be no more writing.  We can't really feel what other people feel, what that feeling does to that particular person, because we are not that person, we're not feeling that precise feeling in that moment, and we are not capable of knowing exactly what that entails.  (Or maybe even what "that" is.)  Sure, we may be able to comprehend based on our own past experienc…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 109

Anthrax "Born Again Idiot" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Blackmail The Universe" (2004) VS. Metallica "Whiskey In The Jar" (1998) VS. Slayer "Memories Of Tomorrow" (1996)

"Born Again Idiot" burns with a white hot intensity, an anger that can only be matched by suns.  Its railing against the ignorant, which is done with the straight face of an outlaw who just rode into town with a minigun on the back of his horse and a glare in his eye more effective than any Colt .45.  You do not fuck with this song unless you want it to fuck you up.  And boy is it fun getting pummeled to shit by this song.

A lot can happen in three years.  Between "The World Needs A Hero" and "The System Has Failed", Dave Mustaine had gall bladder surgery, fell off the wagon because of the pain meds, fell asleep with his arm across a chair and pinched a nerve so severely he was told by doctors he might never play guitar again, and certainly not at the level…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 108

Anthrax "Toast To The Extras" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Coming Home" (2001) VS. Metallica "Astronomy" (1998) VS. Slayer "Sick Boy" (1996)

"Toast To The Extras" might freak some people out on first listen, but that's because by 1998, people have probably forgotten Anthrax were always quirky, just not so much when John Bush was singing.  This is the band regaining their sense of humor and doing a country sounding song that has enough life to it to avoid sinking into the "Oh woe is me" bullshit that "The Unforgiven II" or even "Tuesday's Gone" were for Metallica.  It's got a decent shuffle, it's fun...just crack a brew and have a good time.  Don't think too hard about it and you'll be all right.

"Coming Home" is an odd bird, as I cannot find hide nor hair of the studio version on YouTube or MySpace.  Though iTunes proved to be good for something for once, and I was able to catch eno…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 107

Anthrax "604" (1998) VS. Megadeth "When" (2001) VS. Metallica "Mercyful Fate" (1998) VS. Slayer "Gemini" (1996)

With "When" clocking in at 9:14, "Mercyful Fate" topping 11 minutes, and "Gemini" being long for Slayer (and especially that album) at damn near five, Anthrax wind up going the opposite route, with "604" clocking in at a measly 35 seconds.  It's effective for the thrash metal quickie it is.  Take it or leave it.

"When" is about retribution on an apocalyptic level.  When you rage so hard all you can see is the blood-stained corpse of the one you hate.  Now keep that rage up for nine goddam minutes and you might get an approximation of how the narrator in "When" feels.  I've never listened to this song much, but when you just let the album play, it comes through.  You hear the pain, the frustration, the rage built up inside of Dave Mustaine since 1983 for fucking up the on…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 106

Anthrax "P & V" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Silent Scorn/Return To Hangar" (2001) VS. Metallica "Loverman" (1998) VS. Slayer "I'm Gonna Be Your God" (1996)

"P & V" lives up to its name.  If more of "Stomp 442" had been this angry, it might have rated higher in this experiment.  Just tightly clenched fist shit, pumping endlessly in your face until well after you get the point.  Grrrr....

"Silent Scorn/Return To Hangar" is an intro/sequel to "Hangar 18" from "Rust In Peace".  The critics may be right: You can't deny that a self-avowed sequel is a sequel, but to say it's "Megadeth Lite" is just being a hater.  "Return To Hangar" may not be as fast or as complex, but it's still plenty heavy.  It just happens to be more straightforward.  Instead of a complex build for the back half of the song, it just gets all thrashy.  Y'know, to the point.  Yeah, it can't …

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 105

Anthrax (feat. Dimebag Darrel) "Inside Out" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Dread And The Fugitive Mind" (2001) VS. Metallica "Die, Die My Darling" (1998) VS. Slayer "Richard Hung Himself" (1996)

I remember waiting for what felt like forever for "Inside Out" to drop, or more specifically, anything new from Anthrax.  Looking back that seems pretty naive, being that the gap between "Stomp 442" and "Volume 8" was three years, the gap between "Volume 8" and "We've Come For You All" was five, and the gap between "WCFYA" and "Worship Music" was EIGHT, with two bass player two lead guitarist and FOUR SINGER CHANGES inbetween.  Son of a BITCH is Anthrax a screwed-up band.

But hey, back to happier times.  When I first heard "Inside Out" on JJO, holy SHIT was I not disappointed.  To this day, this shit crushes hard dog.  It's a quiet/loud/quiet song, but with a led pipe cinch.  Jus…

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE 2: Raise Your Hand If You've Ever Seen 'Electric Boogaloo' - That's what I thought

Let's put this bitch on random, shall we?  (Keep in mind that all of the videos in this sequence are in the suggestion sidebar of the previous video.  The first one is the only one I deliberately sought out.)

1. Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) Trailer

Whenever you hear someone refer to Somethingsomething 2: Electric Boogaloo, it's referring to this.  I thought about looking up the full movie, but the trailer actually raps the plot at you, and rap was so new at the time, people actually thought this was a good idea!  It's one of those things that would've been painfully lame before the internet, and is now made awesome by our appetite for awkwardness and "irony", despite not knowing the difference between either:



2. I will never spit in a manhole again!!

This is a video of what I presume is a water mane break, with no sound, allegedly filmed on July 3, 1999, location unknown.  (I say alleged, because you can set those date stamp things to whatever/not eve…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 104

Anthrax "Catharsis" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Losing My Senses" (2001) VS. Metallica "Turn The Page" (1998) VS. Slayer "Violent Pacification" (1996)

"Catharsis" is another song that would've made a great single had there been something behind it to promote it.  It's melodic yet hard-charging, spurred on by that gutsy John Bush delivery.  It is a really really well done song.  "Catharsis" is not preoccupied with being the heaviest thing on the planet, nor is it trying to be the most popular, most mainstream thing ever, but it manages to both kick ass and be incredibly catchy.  (And of course, Charlie goes Bananaz.  Gotsta happen.)

Speaking of catchy, "Losing My Senses" fits the bill as well.  Maybe not as well as "Catharsis", but still pretty easy to remember the chorus.  It's a shame nobody gives a shit about "The World Needs A Hero", because this might've been a damn fine third single…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 103

Anthrax "Crush" (1998) VS. Megadeth "Recipe For Hate...Warhorse" (2001) VS. Metallica "Sabbra Cadabra" (1998) VS. Slayer "Mr. Freeze" (1996)

It's been quite awhile since I've queued up anything from "Volume 8", so this'll be an interesting test.  "Crush" has an industrial sound to it, but with the bizarre distinction of having no electronics in it.  (The seething noise in the beginning is a guitar, so even if the effect was digitally rendered, close enough.)  The song's got balls, with Charlie Bananaz goin' bananaz in the confines of the same drum fill over and over, yet making it work.  It's repetitive, but in the way a drum loop can be; the difference is this is done live, imitating industrial music with acoustic instrumentation.  The song has "single" written all over it, but the record company went out of business shortly after the release, so alas, nobody but the die hards have ever hear…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 102

Anthrax "Bordello Of Blood" (1996) VS. Megadeth "Promises" (2001) VS. Metallica "It's Electric" (1998) VS. Slayer "Spiritual Law" (1996)

In case you're too young to remember/had better taste in movies than some, today's Anthrax tune is from "Tales From The Crypt Presents: Bordello Of Blood", a horror movie that starred Dennis Miller.  Yes, this happened.  This song is pretty unspectacular, but still maintains a decent bounce.  All you can really say about the title track to a horror movie starring Dennis Miller.

"Promises" is a somber number, presumably about Gar Samuelson, who had passed away between "Risk" and "The World Needs A Hero".  No, it's not heavy, and the lyrics are kinda iffy (in contrast to the rest of the album), but the song does manage to make itself feel at home in the flow of "Hero".  The solo is pretty cool with its minimalist, harmonious approach, more like the…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 101

Anthrax "Remember Tomorrow" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Burning Bridges" (2001) VS. Metallica "Free Speech For The Dumb" (1998) VS. Slayer "Filler/I Don't Want To Hear It" (1996)

"Remember Tomorrow" is an Iron Maiden cover, and it's from the Japanese edition of "Stomp 442". I think if Anthrax had put something like this on "Stomp", it would have added some variety. Although, it wouldn't have fit the rest of the flow and would have stuck out like a sore thumb, so six of one. Anyways, the song is good, and I like it better than the Maiden original, probably because I'm not the world's biggest Maiden fan.

"Burning Bridges" is a sleeper in the Megadeth cannon. No one remembers it exists, if they knew it did in the first place, it's not flashy, it's not the heaviest thing in the world, but yet it's really good. It's got that measured pace, that stalking pattern as it goes thr…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 100

Anthrax "Watchin' You" (1995) VS. Megadeth "1,000 Times Goodbye" (2001) VS. Metallica & everybody from last time (except John Popper) "Creeping Death" (Acoustic) (1997) VS. Slayer "I Hate You" (1996)

"Watchin' You" is proof that Anthrax could spend the rest of their career as KISS (not just as a Kiss cover band), and it might be better for both bands. But only with John Bush on vocals. (Hmmm....)

"1,000 Times Goodbye" takes the breakup song concept harped on in "Cryptic Writings" to a darker, heavier place. I remember banging this on a mixtape around 2002 or so quite a bit. I like the solo section; it's got that controlled thrash vibe to it. Disciplined, yet lethal.

"Creeping Death" (Acoustic) is a lot less interesting than you'd think. They're not really trying, and clearly weren't prepared to do this. (To be fair, it was a listener request.) The solos are kinda funny, …

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 099

Anthrax "Celebrated Summer" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Moto Psycho" (2001) VS. Metallica, John Popper, Les Claypool, Jerry Cantrell & Pepper Keenan "Poor Twisted Me" (Acoustic) (1997) VS. Slayer "Guilty Of Being White" (1996)

Sorry about not posting yesterday. I was so sick and out of it I just couldn't think straight. Anyway, enough excuses.

"Celebrated Summer": Fun song, upbeat, Husker Du cover, uncharacteristically happy for Anthrax in this period of their career...If this don't make you wanna at least nod your head, you may wanna check your pulse.

"Moto Psycho": About what you'd expect from post-"Risk" Megadeth if you didn't listen to anything but the singles. Better in context with the album.

"Poor Twisted Me" (Acoustic): Basically the original with acoustic guitars and harmonica. Oh, and douchebag radio announcer intro-ing the song, since this was the "Don't Call Us, We'…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 098

Anthrax "Dethroned Emperor" (1995) VS. Megadeth "The World Needs A Hero" (2001) VS. Metallica & John Popper "The Four Horsemen" (Acoustic) (1997) VS. Slayer "Ddamm" (1996)

"Dethroned Emperor" is a Celtic Frost cover with Scott Ian on vocals, and boy does it deserve to be a B-Side.  It's not very good.  The thing is, it's a pretty faithful cover, which seems to be Anthrax's forte, but the original is much rawer, and has enough grit to be terrible yet somehow endearing.  This cover sounds...raw, but not raw enough to cross that line.  Celtic Frost didn't give a fuck, and that's why even though the quality of the original is lacking (in songwriting, vocals and production), it's still kinda cool because it's just so grindy.  Anthrax is trying to approximate it, and though they're not trying too hard, that's actually working against them because they have a decent recording set-up and a decade and a ha…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 097

Anthrax "Grunt And Click" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Disconnect" (2001) VS. Metallica "Helpless" (Acoustic) (1997) VS. Slayer "Can't Stand You" (1996)

"Grunt & Click" is the best song Anthrax recorded between 1993 and 1997.  Period.  It's gnarled, it's harsh, it's threatening...It is the embodiment of the toughness they wanted to convey with all of "Stomp 442", and manages to be more effective and concise in dispensing with the reality check.  It's one of the highlights of the John Bush era AND IT'S A STINKING B-SIDE.  Even the intro creeps and seethes like a horror movie monster coming back from a perceived end, accusing its prey "Did you FORGET about me, motherfucker!?!?!?  I am FOREVER!!!!"

"Disconnect" may not be the heaviest thing in the world, but it was a nice beginning to a new chapter in the Megadeth chronicles.  It's their first album off of a major label, and it's t…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 096

Anthrax "Bare" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Kill The King" (2000) VS. Metallica "Sucking My Love" (1982) VS. Slayer "Abolish Government/Superficial Love" (1996)

Oh no! Bares! Grrrrr! If you be scary, they go 'way! Grrr! GRRRR!!!!

Oh, wait.

"Kill The King" is Megadeth doing what needed to be done: MAKE PEOPLE FORGET ABOUT "RISK AT ALL COSTS. This is their heaviest song since "99 Ways To Die", and it was the last single they released for Capitol Records, originating from their "Capitol Combat" greatest hits CD. It is not only a really bad-ass song to kick off the 2000's, but a portent for things to come on "The World Needs A Hero".

"Sucking My Love" is a Diamondhead cover from the McGovney archives where Hetfield sounds like he's being jail raped in order to coax higher notes out of him, and also that it may not really be rape. (Hey, take what you can get is what I say.) Long sto…

Monday Mixtastic: NOW This is What I Call Music, Spring '13

Welcome again to MY version of the shitty NOW CDs that somehow all still debut in the top 5.  But instead of whack shit, here's the latest tunes from the bands I like:

1. Deb Oh & The Cavaliers "Grey"
2. Tomahawk "Stone Letter"
3. Clutch "Earth Rocker"
4. Bad Religion "Fuck You"
5. Scale The Summit "Odyssey"
6. Jolly "Dust Nation Bleak"
7. Sevendust "Decay"
8. Suicidal Tendencies "Cyco Style"
9. Spock's Beard "Afterthoughts"
10. Meshuggah "Pitch Black"
11. Coheed & Cambria "Dark Side Of Me"
12. Spiral Trance "All In Due Time" (Acoustic)
13. Skrillex "The Reason"
14. Junip "So Clear"
15. Soilwork "Rise Above The Sentiment"
16. Minus The Bear "Walk On Air"
17. Intronaut "Milk Leg"

Rock hard, bitches!

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 095

Anthrax "Tester" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Never Say Die" (Live) (2000) VS. Metallica "Let It Loose" (1982) VS. Slayer  "Verbal Abuse/Leeches" (1996)

Welcome back after the first (and hopefully only) sabbatical in our little experiment, but a moment of silence felt necessary. Anyway, the show goes on, so rock on!

"Tester" suffers a bit from the shitty-lyric-itis present in too many "Stomp 442" songs, but it makes up for it by being a punishing bruiser of a track. 

"Never Say Die" comes to us from "Nativity In Black II: Ill-Advised In The Extreme".  Dave manages to hit just about all the notes exactly as high as Ozzy did, but they have no oomph behind them whatsoever.  Joey Belladonna coulda put more nuts on this thing.  It's a pretty pedestrian cover otherwise, with way too much phaser on everything and fake crowd noise to make it "Live" in the hardest air quotes I could jab at you possible type of …

R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013)

Yesterday, one of the founding members of Slayer passed away.  Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure, and it was completely out of the blue.  Last we'd heard he was still recovering from a spider bite that had caused necrotizing fasciitis in his arm, and that had done so much damage that he hadn't toured with the band in two years.  According to the band, he had been working on material for their upcoming album, but who knows what the future holds now.

Out of all the members of all the big four bands, only three have died.  Gar Samuelson (Megadeth's drummer, 84-87, who also died of liver failure in 1999), Cliff Burton (bus crash in 1986) and now Jeff Hanneman.  Cliff Burton's death had the most impact on history, as Metallica (and as a result a lot of other bands) had their musical directions changed by the man's passing, and Jeff Hanneman's death has the most impact on today because what he's done is so historical.  He's been putting it down for 30 years…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 094

Anthrax "Drop The Ball" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Time: The Beginning/The End" (1999) VS. Metallica "Circus '95" (1995) VS. Slayer "Disintegration/Free Money" (1996)

"Drop The Ball" has always been a tough as nails banger (save maybe 10 seconds in the middle where it lets you catch your breath, but that's kinda necessary for contrast purposes to allow the second half crush you harder than the first). I think I remember the rest of "Stomp 442" being this ferocious, and that's why I've been kinda disappointed thusfar by reviewing it. It's got edge, but this is one of the wave crests. (For the tsunami though, wait 'til we get to "Grunt & Click". That shit BOSS.)

"Time: The Beginning" and "Time: The End" are just shy of six minutes put together, and being that they run together, I figured I'd put them together. We have thankfully reached the end of "Risk", an…

The Big Four Song Challenge Series: Match 093

Anthrax "American Pompeii" (1995) VS. Megadeth "Seven" (1999) VS. Metallica "Fixxxer" (1997) VS. Slayer & Machine Head "Witching Hour" (1995)

The breakdown in "Amecian Pompeii" be the jam, son.  Rest of the song is just there to make you anticipate it.  (Except maybe the pre-chorus).

"Seven" is the name of a child-molesty type character WCW had Dustin Rhodes (Goldust) come in as, and during his first in-ring appearance, he trashed the character by saying how ridiculous he looked. (Sorry I couldn't find the exact speech to link to, but that video is pretty hokey, just the same.)  And the song sounds like it would have been a WCW theme song.  Also, both happened in 1999.

"Fixxxer" (or "The Outlaw Sewn Back Together"), is the closer on "Reload", clocking in at an undeserving 8 minutes.  It's got some good moments, but really, only good for a spin if you hear it on random or if you are real…