Man, I got wind of this last night. Gary Holt has been brought on board for Slayer’s Australian five date tour. Gary is temporarily filling in for Jeff Hanneman on guitar, as Jeff is recuperating after some recent major surgery. As much as I love Jeff on guitar in Slayer, seeing Gary thrashing away next to Tom Araya will be a spectacle to behold. I love Slayer and Exodus both equally, so this pairing is a match made in heaven for me. I would love to see this line up in North America, but that ain’t gonna happen by a long shot. Time to crank some Fabulous Disaster.
With Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax doing some festival dates in Europe right now, it got me thinking. Why in the bloody hell are fans wasting their hard earned dollars to see this shit. Megadeth without Chris Poland or Marty Freidman, and Anthrax milking the Joey Belladonna era without Dan Spitz. I dunno…..just seems a lil’ bittersweet, and a quick money grab to me. I guess if people are that hell bent on hearing all their favorite hits from the top four thrash bands from the 80′s in one sitting, then it’s all worth it. For me, I would much rather see a “big four” tour of today’s thrash breed.
I still think a Thrash tour of Municipal Waste, Bonded By Blood, Warbringer, and Toxic Holocaust would be a hot bill. Obviously, not the same level of the 80′s big four, but those bands wont be able to tour forever, and as the final curtain call comes-a-callin’ for them, we need to support the new generation of shit kickers. Oh well, at least I still have my ticket for the Exodus / Bonded By Blood show coming up in August, so screw Sonicsphere.
All the beef in the past with Dave Mustaine, and Lars Ulrich that has transpired, and now they are doing these festivals together. The tender feelings I get thinking of those two sharing the same stage together, just makes me want to crank up this oh-so awesome song.
Last night I dreamt that a hipster saved my life, then I woke up and looked at this photo, and all was well. I would hate to see the scenario in this shot unravel in the middle of a parking lot at a Vital Remains show. It would be like feeding christians to the lions in a Roman Coliseum. And the guy on the left with the polka dot shorts?…..I want him to by my new friend that I can take to Behemoth concerts.
If I ever have a kid, I have absolutely no idea how I’ll be able to answer this question. It’s not like I don’t have any experience with the uber dark lipstick crowd. I’ve done my time with some goth girls in my younger years, and have hung that part of my life on the coat rack. Since then, it looks like the Gothic family tree has branched out (Rivetheads, Fetish Goths, Industrial Goths, Cybergoths). I need some sort of pop up book that will explain in detail the subtle differences of these dark majestic warriors.
Whatever, they all seem the same to me. I’ll take the goths over those Affliction, Ed Hardy, Tap Out tshirt wearing, tanned, douche bags that now show up in droves at Slayer shows.
On a similar note, I checked out this video that some couple submitted to So You Think You Can Dance. Why the producers never let them get onto an audition I will never know.
As the Lizard King would say “This is the end, beautiful friend, This is the end, my only friend”. Isis will soon be no more, as the band have decided to end their career on a high note. And man what a career they have had, with over five solid studio albums, and countless tours around the world. Isis recently made one last stop in Vancouver on their Wavering Radiant tour. Isis played to an almost sold out audience at The Rickshaw theatre, and the bands performance was solid as usual. Heavy Street got the chance to talk to vocalist / guitarist Aaron Turner about music, movies, and meathead jocks showing up at Slayer shows:
I first got into Slayer at the tender age of 16. I was into bands like Cinderella, and Enuff Z’ Nuff, so the wuss factor of my listening taste was pretty high. My friend Dan hooked me up with a video tape of Slayer performing their blasphemous “Chemical Warfare”, and I was forever a changed man. I think my chest hair grew for the first time from listening to that song. I seriously thought that Kerry King was gonna jump out from the television screen and choke me out. The man still has that intimidating presence 25 years later. I wouldn’t want to bump into him, when the cashier gets his order wrong at McDonald’s.
I once drove my dad to the grocery store a few months ago, and “Hardening Of The Arteries” was coming out of the car speakers. My dad just looked at me the same way like he did when I was younger, when I told him I wanted to be a ventriloquist.
Anyways, here is the video that made me take my Europe’s Final Countdown cassette out of the boombox, and put in Hell Awaits.
Heavy metal fans can be a bit overzealous, and crazy from time to time, but wrestling fans wear the crown when it comes to over the top fandom. Going past the parking lot at a Slayer or Cannibal Corpse show, one will see the dregs of society in full force. Going to a wrestling event, you will pretty much see the same thing, only multiply the enthusiasm by ten and add an extra 50 pounds per person.
Yes, I too was once an exited, loud, obnoxious “fan boy”, but I left it all behind when I turned 17. So in a way, my respect goes out to these individuals who in their 30′s keep the spirit alive by showing up five hours before the doors open to get an autograph n’ picture taken of their favorite metal bands and wrestlers. Instead of a metalhead yelling out “Sllllaayyyer” in the parking lot to anyone willing to listen, a wrestling fan will usually be seen holding a big sign with his favorite wrestlers catch phrase, ie. “If you smell what the rock is cookin”, “You cant see me”, “Time to play the Game” (if you don’t watch wrestling and you don’t get these catch phrases….trust me, you’re much better off).
Just to show you that I’m not all making this up, here is a video of a Black Sabbath fan waiting in line to meet his heroes. Another of a fan who has had a chord struck inside him with watching wrestling all his 40 years of existence in his parents basement. Now while the metalhead gets all crazy and obnoxious, the wrestling fan wins by the sheer heartfelt emotion. I think these two might be related.
This song is the musical equivalent of a crackhead doing calisthenics in front of a bunch of kids playing hop scotch. It’s just crazy and nasty. It’s nice to see the Biohazard/Onyx style still being kept alive fifteen years later. This song is like the extra bonus track on the Judgement Night Soundtrack (still the best soundtrack ever released).
Lil Jon represents all styles, as he actually loves his Bad Brains and Slayer, much as he does his Wu-Tang. The guy’s got more anger and ferociousness in his voice than most of today’s so called “metal vocalists”. That’s why his style works so well with Kerry King’s riffs on this mash-up. This is also not the first time Slayer have provided their efforts to hip hop. They did it 25 years ago for the Beastie Boys “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”.
So while the Fred Durst phonies of the world try so desperately to legitimately bounce the two worlds of thrash n’ hip hop together, hoodlums like Lil Jon do it with sheer ease. As the crunk master deluxe would say……”Yyyeeeaahhhh”.
Call this working mans lunchbox hardcore if you will. Recipe….mix one part Urban Discipline era Biohazard with equal amounts Seasons In The Abyss Slayer and voila! You don’t hear much of this out there these days. While other hc bands right now are too busy putting as many breakdowns as they can in their music, these guys are actually trying to write good songs.
Christopher Waltz won award for best supporting actor at the 2010 Oscars today for his role of the almighty Cols Han Land in Inglorious Basterdz. Fuckin eh. For anyone who has not seen Inglorious Basterdz, it’s an epic behemoth of a movie about….well basically jews hunting & killing nazi’s.
It’s my fave movie of 2009, so much that I had to see it twice in the theatre. The first time I saw it, I was speechless after the movie ended. Nothing could have been said to give the movie justice to how great it was. Christopher Waltz did an amazing job and literally stole the show in Basterdz. Waltz’s acting was as intense as any of the fist three Slayer albums. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, then you’re missing three hours of genius film making. Easily Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece thus far.