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Monday, June 03, 2019

If the 80s were pure metal


The amazing thing about music on YouTube is the way in which it levels the playing field and demonstrates that the record companies never knew nor cared about who could play what. Erock isn't just an astonishing guitarist; I don't know if anyone has ever simply enjoyed playing an instrument as much as he observably does.

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Blogger sammibandit June 03, 2019 4:12 PM  

What a treat. If this was a band they'd have 1000 capacity theatres packed easy and may have to play 2 shows in my city. Glad to see the DIY ethic lives on in metal. That theme song got a lot of people into thrash.

Blogger CM June 03, 2019 4:18 PM  

I'm not a metal fan, but that guitar work was impressive and it was fun watching all 3 of them.

Blogger Argus Bacchus June 03, 2019 4:33 PM  

In addition to the obvious subject matter, these are the kinds of posts that make Vox my favorite blogger.

It brings me back to those days as a teenager sitting in my room with my amp learning riffs from Michael Schenker (criminally underappreciated work with UFO), Tony Iommi (Sabbath, of course), Duane Allman, Eddie VH and many, many others others.

Metal chops serve the guitarist well who wants to transition into jazz and classical guitar, although some adjustments need to be made to account for the wider frets on the classical guitar.

Blogger Fuzzums Wuzzums June 03, 2019 4:45 PM  

YT musicians are on a whole different level. I remember being young and in awe how David Grohl could play the guitar and drums. Pretty sure that Jonathan Young guy can play any instrument under the Sun and he's not even an outlier. Each song miracleofsound comes out with is an instant hit. It just shows me we don't live in a meritocracy and distribution is essential.

Blogger Argus Bacchus June 03, 2019 4:51 PM  

@3 Con't

Also, fingerpicking replaces the pick used in jazz/rock guitar.

I suspect someone will point out that additional difference in right hand technique, and rightfully so...

Blogger Dave June 03, 2019 4:57 PM  

Eventually we're gonna need a music channel on Unauthorized TV. I watched Big Bear's "Opening the Big Packages" show; seen only on Unauthorized. One of his fans sent him what appeared to be a hand-made ukelele with a bear's face carved on the front of it. Actually looked good.

Castalia House could start a band of in-house authors. David the Good guitar. Big Bear piano. Vox keyboard. Fenris Wulf? Milo? Drums? Have to come up with a good band name.

Blogger Beardy Bear June 03, 2019 5:06 PM  

I love that he switches guitars mid song via editing magic, and nobody cares because it is AWESOME!

Blogger Servant June 03, 2019 5:33 PM  

Awesome. I have always thought there is room in this world for an animated series metal fantasy opera. Frazetta inspired animation. A small clan of barbarians fighting against an encroaching civilization seeking to crush their ways.

Blogger Silent Draco June 03, 2019 5:36 PM  

AWESOME!! HORNS!!

That was excellent fingering in both hands, and some very deft left-hand work on the chords. Really enjoyed that, and brought back memories from local bars. Dave has a good idea, an Unauthorized music channel that can accommodate a range of tastes as long as it's all good musicians.

A Castalia House band? It'd have to be done remotely like Hotblack Desiado from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Bonecrusher for a name? Skulls are too useful elsewhere.

Blogger cecilhenry June 03, 2019 5:41 PM  

I haven't been this revved up about the Power Rangers in quite some time!!


I don't even really know what they are... but this seems promising.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 03, 2019 6:00 PM  

My kids love Power Rangers. I hear about them all the time. Finally I can dig the music. The pink and yellow rangers were always the saving grace of the series for me.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 03, 2019 6:01 PM  

And Leo Moraccholi is awesome too.

Blogger Glacierman June 03, 2019 6:02 PM  

Satriani: master of the guitar, and he enjoys it as much as we do!!!

Blogger MichaelJMaier June 03, 2019 6:16 PM  

Don't even have to open it to say "You like weird shit, Vox."

Blogger MichaelJMaier June 03, 2019 6:17 PM  

Fuzzums Wuzzums wrote:YT musicians are on a whole different level. I remember being young and in awe how David Grohl could play the guitar and drums. Pretty sure that Jonathan Young guy can play any instrument under the Sun and he's not even an outlier. Each song miracleofsound comes out with is an instant hit. It just shows me we don't live in a meritocracy and distribution is essential.

Too bad they can't make anything memorable in and of itself.

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 03, 2019 6:40 PM  

One of the good things about the internet, one of the things I would endeavor not to give up, is how any artist can get exposure with it.
I was a roady back in the late 80s and I saw musicians of many stripes who were geniuses and they got NOWHERE. I knew guys who could play instruments like you could not imagine, but they "didn't have a look that appealed to 16 year old girls" - who were the big audience then.
Of course all that died and "Headbangers Ball" on MTV was replaced with "Yo MTV Raps" and the rest is our post-modernist history.
These musicians of the 1980s were, IMO, the last of the greats. What came about later was just a return to 3-chordism.
It's amazing, and sickening, to remember how much control "these people" had. These people who could not play an instrument to save their ass, balding little hand-rubbers they were. Thank God their hold was weakened. Of course they want a comeback, so we can go back to "Truman years" level music. Listen to pop radio that the brainless hispanics tune into and that's the pablum future "that sells".

Metal will be dissent. And some will call it white supremecist, and in the process end up naming themselves.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 03, 2019 6:59 PM  

Are you referring to Yngwie, Vai, etc.?

Blogger jwshell June 03, 2019 7:45 PM  

if I could play like that dude, I'd be grinning like that all the time, too...amazing chops

Blogger sammibandit June 03, 2019 7:45 PM  

Metal will be dissent. And some will call it white supremecist, and in the process end up naming themselves.

One of my friends plays drums in the Black Metal scene. People are always trying to get bands banned from venues or promoters even if 1/3 of the band is black.

Back in the 90s Rammstein had to release a song called Links 2, 3, 4 indicating that they're not nazis. Really good single.

Where punk bands give up, metal bands keep coming up with new gimmicks. The metal scene is pretty resistant to being pozzed.

Blogger Bellomy June 03, 2019 7:59 PM  

Jonathan Young has some great anime covers.

Blogger Argus Bacchus June 03, 2019 8:12 PM  


@4 Fuzzums Wuzzums

"I remember being young and in awe how David Grohl could play the guitar and drums."

I read an interview with Dave Grohl recently where he talked about how he spent countless hours figuring out the intricacies of John Bonham's (Led Zeppelin) drumming. Not surprisingly, he considers Bonham the greatest rock drummer of all time, and he added that he doesn't know anyone who doesn't feel the same.

I was never a big fan of Nirvana or Foo Fighters, but he is a superb drummer, a respectable (if technically limited) guitarist, and a good songwriter/singer.

@13 Glacierman

When Satriani put out "Surfing with the Alien", it was huge news in the guitar world. It still impresses after all these years, and imitators, later.



Blogger Chiva June 03, 2019 8:39 PM  

I am about to go to Bible study and this song is now stuck in my head.

Blogger Martin Marprelate June 03, 2019 8:44 PM  

Sadly Rammenstien now is super pozzed. Just check out their latest YouTube video...

Blogger Crew June 03, 2019 8:48 PM  

That was awesome!

Blogger MendoScot June 03, 2019 9:12 PM  

Music and riots are pretty much the only reason I still follow YouTube.
https://youtu.be/a7PQxA7ffAo

Blogger anorganicbear June 03, 2019 9:24 PM  

@1: The Internet obsoletes the need for live venues. Why play in front of a crowd of 10 thousand when you can upload a video and have 10 million people listen to it, with higher-fidelity sound? (obvious social aspects notwithstanding)

@6: If Milo is in it then it will definitely have to be named after him xD

Blogger Nate73 June 03, 2019 10:29 PM  

There are quite a few good metal cover guys on youtube. This is my favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjYUQ2Y6U6M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS2-v6nqYQg

Blogger Dangeresque June 04, 2019 12:12 AM  

For a while now I've been in one big long realization that the pre-internet music industry was 90% jew-hype 10% talent.

Blogger JovianStorm June 04, 2019 2:16 AM  

Candyrat Records encourages their artists to post music as much as possible ... Antoine DuFour, Don Ross, etc. Are all 1000000x more passionate than the recipients of The Jew Money Music Machine.

Blogger Rhys June 04, 2019 2:20 AM  

It's actually completely logical as well. For most of human history there was no recorded music: a musician's talent could only be showcased where the artist actually physically stood and played. The majority of music our ancestors enjoyed was much more regional. The mainstream idea that only one in a million people are capable of playing and writing music is retarded.

Blogger Gregory the Tall June 04, 2019 4:35 AM  

Just great! When and where can I see him live? Apart from that I recommend "Accept", in my opinion the best of the old metal bands that are still active.

Blogger Gregory the Tall June 04, 2019 5:45 AM  

@28 I disagree. Nothing beats a good live performance, be it metal, classical or jazz. However live performances of rock music have become much less energetic because usually the bands are tied into a corset of light shows and other special effects and the drummer has a computer metronome in his ear.

Blogger God Emperor Memes June 04, 2019 6:31 AM  

https://youtu.be/AOPd5OJLtO8

Blogger Gregory the Tall June 04, 2019 7:08 AM  

@33 ideal for the drive to the Bible studies group

Blogger Fuzzums Wuzzums June 04, 2019 7:32 AM  

MichaelJMaier wrote:Too bad they can't make anything memorable in and of itself.

I already said: miracleofsound's ENTIRE repertoire. Aviators are also pretty good.
The issue is that simpletons think that famous = memorable, good.

Blogger maniacprovost June 04, 2019 7:42 AM  

Have to come up with a good band name.

This is a terrible idea but the band names write themselves.

Beyond the Pale
Theo and the Bear
Urbyn Kompost
MAYBEMETAL
Mental Hedgehog (with a flaming, graffiti'd libertarian flag for an album cover)

Blogger Gregory the Tall June 04, 2019 8:19 AM  

@36 I feel for Metal bands these are not evil enough. May I suggest some changes:
Beyond the Pale Zombies
Thanatos and the Beast
Human Kompost
RABIEMETAL
Mental Hangman

Blogger Fuzzums Wuzzums June 04, 2019 8:37 AM  

Gregory the Great wrote:Human Kompost

Human Kompot*
fix'd

Blogger MidnightSun June 04, 2019 9:08 AM  

Since heavy metal is/was a Western genre, wouldn't it be 'proper' by some to deny it even existed? Sort of like the same people who want to destroy western civilization are those that promote tribal music 24/7 to our children. Music that has absolutely no rhyme, reason or logic, encourages police killing, single mothers and barbarity. Growing up in the era of heavy metal, I admit that some music produced was brainrot but much was filled with memorable rifts and timeless lyrics. Sabaton is the only rock band I've seen on stage in 20 years (thanks to Vox promoting them on this blog). And they were great! Bring back rock 'n roll!

Blogger Fuzzums Wuzzums June 04, 2019 9:26 AM  

MidnightSun wrote:Since heavy metal is/was a Western genre, wouldn't it be 'proper' by some to deny it even existed?

There was an exodus about a decade ago where famous guitarists from famous bands packed up everything and went to Japan (Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, to name a few). Their motive was simple: freedom. They could do anything they wanted in Japan but in the States they had to jump through a lot of hoops.

Rock is not dead, it's just not fashionable anymore therefore the gatekeepers don't care about promoting it as much.

Blogger xevious2030 June 04, 2019 9:53 AM  

Good god, his fingers are like a hyperactive spider juiced up on crack laced speed, with a cool precision, laying a web. All the while trying not to bust out laughing. Very cool.

Blogger sammibandit June 04, 2019 10:09 AM  

Yeah I can't read that video. I have a gut feeling it's pozzed but then the lyrics play a lot with one line in the old anthem and with one line in Du Hast. Would you mind telling me more about how it's pozzed? I just don't see it.

Blogger Dangeresque June 04, 2019 10:21 AM  

@32 I wasn't referring to live music, but rather the fame obsession and larger-than-life "personas" of the artists, and the restriction of the field down to just the select few that are willing to jump through the hoops (or rather, jewps?) and probably attend all of the... ahem... pizza themed parties.

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