Skip to main content


Anthrax "Defend/Avenge" (2016) VS Megadeth "Foreign Policy" (2016) VS Metallica "Murder One" (2016) VS Slayer "Implode" (2015)

"Defend/Avenge" is weird in how, unlike most songs with a slash in the title, the chorus sings "Defend Avenge!" instead of it being two different songs one after the other.  Though that does play into the theme:  The beginning has a pretty bad-ass riff that seems to be building toward something, and then aw shit there's that stupid march again I talked about in the "Death From Within" blurb.  They do play around with it rhythmically by throwing in subdivisions and changes so it's not unbearable or anything.  And I know, I'm probably the only one out there that has this problem.  I've just...never liked that one beat, and it's used all the time.  Anyway, there are elements besieging the standard song structure, and the chorus girds its loins and fends them off with this square staple of the genre.

"Foreign Policy" is a Fear cover.  No frills, just rock.  And it does. 

The clean intro to "Murder One" (along with the title) are perhaps the worst offenders of "imposter Metallica syndrome" on this album.  Tell me that clean guitar doesn't sound like a parody of a Metallica intro instead of something you thought you'd hear from the band.  Also, "Murder One" isn't a good title.  It seems...beneath Metallica somehow.  Even in context with the lyrics (this song is a tribute to Lemmy) it doesn't make any sense.  Also, you'd think a tribute to Lemmy would sound like Motorhead, but this is the same morose crawl toward inevitability that is everything from track 6-11 on this album (save "Here Comes Revenge").  At least it's only 5:45, which makes it 5:45 too long, but hey, could be worse.  It's not 6:48 too long.

It says something that my first instinct was to start proofreading this blog post when "Implode" came on instead of paying attention to write about it.  This is the first time I've heard it since it came out in 2014 actually, and I didn't even remember it had a fast bit.  It also has a lyric "God still hates us all!" which goes to show which album they tried and failed to ape the style of.

"Foreign Policy": 4
"Defend/Avenge": 3
"Implode": 2
"Murder One": 1


Anthrax: 31
Megadeth: 30
Metallica: 29
Slayer: 21


Anthrax: 469
Metallica: 453
Slayer: 449
Megadeth: 415

And the once mighty battleship Metallica continues to sink like a stone.  Megadeth has passed them on the update list and Slayer is within striking distance of retaking 2nd place All Time.  Come back tomorrow to see what happens!


Popular posts from this blog


This has certainly been a heck of a thing.

Writing this started out as a labor of love to a subgenre of rock and roll that came along at the perfect time for me (both when I was entering middle school in the bottom 5 of the popularity pecking order and when I started buying albums at the impressionable age of 11).  It obviously took a long time to put together: August 29th, 2016 is when I began planning, May 24th is when I wrote the last entry, the wee hours of August 1st, 2017 is when I finished proofreading and uploading the entries to the blog with video links, and here I am typing these words on August 15th.

The elephant in the room is this genre seems to be built on death.  Three of the four frontmen of these bands are dead, one of which occurred during the run of this series.  (Shouts to Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr as well.  R.I.P.)  On top of that, Pearl Jam only exists because the lead singer of Mother Love Bone died, causing that band to break up.  If you go down the nex…

R.I.P. Chris Cornell

The Grunge Match is suspended indefinitely.

I don't know when it will resume.  This hits way too close to home for way too many reasons.

As far as writing goes, I just did Match 112 Tuesday night.  I have no interest in going back through and making this a love letter to the departed, nor bashing him for tearing our hearts out.  I have no idea when I'll be able to even listen to Soundgarden again, and when I do, it won't be the fucking same so there's no way I can give any kind of objective rating.  Chris Cornell was the soul of that band, the thing that took sludge with a few acrobatic musical flourishes and made it into the hellfire slinging, metal rending monster that it needed to be.

So yeah.  This one hurts.  The man is dead.  The music remains, but is changed forever.  His friends, family and fans are suffering incalculable grief.  There's not much more to say, so silence seems like the best option.

THE TOP 20 SONGS OF 2017 (Updated)

Here it is: My favorite songs of 2017.  This podcast won't be up forever so listen while you can before I end up putting something else up on Soundcloud (with its 3 hour limit ass).  [BLOGGER'S NOTE: The Top Albums podcast was longer than I anticipated, so it's already down.  Sorry.  Instead, I've linked to the songs below.]  I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labor.  This year has been better than quite a few in recent memory, which took me by surprise.  Music is pretty sweet if you know where to look.

20. "Gucci" Qveen Herby
19. "Learn To Let Go" Kesha
18. "New York" St. Vincent
17. "Praying" Kesha
16. "Avalanche Alley" The New Pornographers
15. "Automaton" Robotaki
14. "Dreams" Beck
13. "Them Changes" Thundercat
12. "Woman" Kesha
11. "Rainbow" Kesha
10. "Automaton" Jamiroquai
9. "Constellations" Grant & Jessi Mason
8. "Wow Wow" Neil Cicierega
7. &qu…