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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 9/16/09

Greetings, metal junkies! From the finally-cooled offices of The Metal Minute I bid you howdy and hails. Hope you're week is going well.

Aside from continued fatigue, I'm hanging in there. Thanks to Alex Gilbert for his Hacride interview last week with production here skidding big-time. As I titled an audience participation poem I wrote, blame the baby...

I want to give a hearty thump on the chest of respect to Steve across the pond at, who just announced he's closing up shop indefinitely. I wrote over there at different points in my career and found Steve to be a hell of a nice guy. Hope one day I'll get over your way, brother, and we can toss a pint under the Union Jack!

Still smiling about last Friday's Naked Raygun show for many reasons. One day I'll share a couple stories about it, but for now I take comfort that Jeff Pezzati, who is fighting MS, has the pride and heart to get up there onstage and give it his all. He's punk to the end. I take even bigger heart his venue-packed audience was so receptive and welcoming to him. In minute corners of the cosmos, life does get it right for a change...

Everyone chime in if they picked up the new Megadeth album! What're your thoughts? I'm figuring it to be a top-10 finisher at the very least. Thanks to the 'deth crew for posting my review of Endgame for Hails & Horns mag at their iLike site!

Over at Heavy Metal have a peek at my review of the latest Anvil album This is Thirteen and at Dee Snider's House of Hair Online you can find my chat with KK Downing of Priest, mega cool.

I continue to assault the boy with Deep Purple, finally catching up to Stormbringer. I know a lot of folks diss this album and sure, it may not rank at the top of Purple's catalog, but dammit, this is a freakin' groovy record. Yes, it switches moods and genres and you can tell why Ritchie Blackmore took off after this album (he especially sounded off about Purple dabbling in funk on his way out through the turnstiles), but I think everything Stormbringer attempts is successful or at least agreeable. Plus, I'm one of those few who really applauded Purple for having two young lion vocalists in the shop who became future legends. Hearing Hughes and Coverdale together is worth the ticket alone.

Also found myself deep into the Stone Roses this week as the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut came out...20 years? Jay-zus!!! I pulled out My Bloody Valentine and Ride as well and figure to be jumping into that white noise alternative stuff in the upcoming weeks since I loved it back then and still do today.

And with that, my friends, I wish you continued gratitude for your support of The Metal Minute!

Deep Purple - Stormbringer
Deep Purple - In Rock
Anvil - This is Thirteen
The Stone Roses - s/t
Butthole Surfers - Independent Worm Saloon
Seal - s/t (1994)
Lita Ford - Wicked Wonderland radio sampler
Shrinebuilder - s/t
Zombi - Surface to Air
Scott Motyka - Cut...From Within
Dio - Lock Up the Wolves
Temple of the Dog - s/t
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
Ride - Going Blank Again


Metal Mark said...

Ace Frehley-Anomaly
KISS-Creatures of the night
Lita Ford-Wicked Wonderland sampler
Whiplash-Unborn again
Hell's Thrash Horsemen-...till violence
Forbidden-Forbidden Evil
Metal Church-s/t
The Police-several
Lizzy Borden-several
Pentagram-Show 'em how

DPTH International said...

That's unfortunate about Live4metal. I only discovered it maybe last Year via Metal Mark or Dave on his Metal flows in my veins blog. In that time they introduced me to a few gems.

I have yet to grab the new Megadeth. Hopefully tonight after work. I was thwarted last friday.

This week I've been spinning:
Van Canto - A Storm to Come
Voivod- Outer Limits
Morphia - Frozen Dust, Fading Beauty
Myriads - In Spheres without time, Introspection
Sympathy-Anagogic Tyranny
Space Age Playboys-New Rock Underground
Lots of Suicidal Tendencies
Warrior Soul-Chill Pill, Space Age Playboys
3 inches Of Blood-Here Waits Thy Doom
Synnove- S/T , The Whore and the bride.

cjk_44 said...

Porcupine Tree – The Incident
Indukti – Idmen
Insomnium – Above the Weeping World
Dark Tranquillity – Yesterworlds
O.S.I. – Blood
Minsk – With Echoes in the Movement of Stones
Katatonia – Forsaker (new single)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II
V/A – Chicago Blues: 18 Tracks from the Film
Buddy Guy w/ the SNL Band – Live: The Real Deal
Jaguares – El Primer Instinto
U2 – random tracks

Reading: “Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives” edited by Peter Terzian

Watching: Ravens v. Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium

Ian Aiken said...

Haven't been around for a while......

1. CAMEL - Mirage, Moonmadness, Songs from the Snow Goose
2. SCEPTIC - Unbeliever's Script
3. TESTAMENT - The Gathering
4. ALANIS MORRISETTE - Under Rug Swept
5. CORONER - No More Color
6. SACRED REICH - Ignorance
7. KING CRIMSON - The ConstruKtion of Light
8. MUTE MATH - Armistice
9. GRAVE - Soulless
10. DIABOLICAL - A Thousand Deaths
11. BRUTAL TRUTH - Evolution Through Revolution
12. MACABRE - Dahmer

Anonymous said...

Now Here's a list of real metal I don't no how you came up with these other lame lists... Liturgy-Renihilation, KTL-IV, Impavida-Eerie Sceneries, Onirik -After centuries of silence, Yoga- Megafauna, Lustre- Night Spirit, Echtra- A wonder for war, Oranssi Pazuzu - Muukalainen puhuu = True Metal. The Police,U2 sounds like some bad 80's crap, there's so much good music coming out these days I don't know how people are still stuck on stuff almost 30 years old. We're almost in 2010 aren't we, what's the deal?

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...
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Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Anon, let's start with you. Thanks for your insight, albeit I'm not sold on your point of view. Albeit, I once thought and acted like you did 20-plus years ago, acting cooler-than-thou with that death to false metal and anti-poser bullshit that means nothing in the grand scheme, particularly once you get older.

Trust me when I say you will one day find yourself on the other end of your spiel defending the bands you mentioned to the subsequent generation who will be calling YOU out. It'll be a rude wakeup, I assure you.

After years of doing this and having thousands of metal bands cross my desk, not to mention my invested time and passion during the eighties, I've no fear or worries over my heaviness factor in anyone's eyes. Plus, I learned after the first wave of metal over here in the US that it comes and goes bye bye so I learned to discover other forms of music, which gives me further appreciation for metal and punk. A lot is interrelated. For instance, The Cure is deeply ingrained in today's black metal. Listen to each closely and you'll discover...

Food for thought, chum.

Everybody else, good to see you as always. More comments later.

Anonymous said...

Heck I'm 42 y.o.,I didn't want to hurt anybodies feelings I was mainly saying that there's so much good music coming out today that I don't know how people seem to be stuck in the past music wise.I was there - stuck on the whole grunge scene Pearl Jam ,Soundgarden and the like until say 2007 and came across Drudkh, Ashes, WITTR.When I first heard Estrangement-by Drudkh I was blown away quality epic music with feeling.I really only got into the Cure's Disintegration when that came out and I listened the other day and it was ok but lacking here and there.Same with The Stone Roses -I wanna be adored is a great tune but the whole albums missing pieces,so keep on Rockin'.

Anonymous said...

How the heck do you call this site The Metal Minute when you got 1metal album, Dio and everything else on the wednesday list is barley rock more like pop. You should call this site The Pop Rock Minute.

Anonymous said...

In honor of the Melvins/Down show I am going to this Saturday my ears are bleeding to the following:
Down II-A Bustle In Your Hedgerow
Melvins-Nude With Boots
Melvins-(a)Senile Animal
Melvins-Hostile Ambient Takeover
Melvins-Houdini 2005
LOG-As The Palaces Burn
QOTSA-Songs For The Deaf
Im sure this list is not metal enough for the hecklers, but whatver.
I really need to purchase that Shrinebuilder.
TB, Mich.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

hahahaha, now I'm just starting to laugh...don't know if the next two anons are the same person or not, but...

Anvil is metal, Lita Ford is heavy metal (the new stuff is loud), Dio is metal (pop rock from him? not too much) Shrinebuilder is metal. Purple is considered one of the originators of metal...that Butthole Surfers album is more metal than punk. Think it through before you post, dude.

And I make my own rules in life, which means I take breaks from metal to listen to other styles of music. I don't apologize for it, I embrace it.

You can look at my other playlists and see lots of metal along with other genres. Again, I'm not worried about metal purists dogging me for listening to other genres. I was there in the beginning as well and was there when metal died in America. Being the music lover I am, I naturally explored other types of music. I seriously doubt I'd have gotten as far in this game without learning other styles of music. I advise you to do the same. Life is too short and you're missing good music everywhere.

Coming to the original anon's point, there's TONS of new talent out there right now. Glad you're of the right age to not stay stuck in the past and to keep seeking the future. What makes you think I don't, hmm? Did you guys just read this single post and make your judgment instead of glancing through the other posts? Pop Rock Minute, I love it. My two year old puts more time into understanding the truth, man...

Keep in mind, I'm not angry in the least as I write these; I thank you for the opening to converse about music, which is what I thrive on. Feel free to heckle all you want, but do your homework before you throw darts, eh?

3rd anon, I remember you, and definitely go after that Shrinebuilder album...for the above-addressed folks, that album is VERY heavy :P

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Oh yeah, endpoint, without all the bands in the past opening the doors for the future, we wouldn't be here talking about the new gen, would we?

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Anonymous said...

I got Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, Britney Sears, Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana on my ipod now.

Anonymous said...

You hear "Skullreader" by Sun of the blind it's being called Shoegazery black metal,what do you think about that.

Anonymous said...

Why all the haters this is a great site He got some award right ,it must be good. I can't stop listening to ,ISIS-Wavering Radiant

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

next round of anons:

1. I dig Michael and especially the J5...not a fan of the others...I smell a joke in your post, but if you have them there, go for it!

2. I've always felt The Cure especially has made an impression on contemporary black metal, more in the American vein ala Wolves in the Throne Room, Nachtmystium and Agalloch, but I approached one of the black metal labels with my thoughts about The Cure and "shoegazer" bands and they really seemed to agree...whether that makes me right or not is determined by the black metal artists themselves...I just know what I hear based on my variety of music tastes...the best part about really good music and art is when it is both abstract and textured to the point it leaves varying impressions on audiences

3. thanks for the nice words in support of The Metal Minute...I am grateful as hell to Metal Hammer for the award, but there are quite a number of fine sites and magazines and writers out there who probably deserve recognition simply for dedicating their lives to the scene as I have...the sleep I've sacrificed to do this all these years is something you can't relay to the haters and/or people just looking to stir up hornets' nests because they're safe from behind their computers to do so...

I think Madonna has always had the most marketable attitude in her extensive career; she'll take your love and your hate, so long as you're paying attention....I'm just ecstatic people are out there reading my work, whether they dig it or not...if I can look myself and my family in the eyes and be proud, that's enough for me...everything else is a gift

All About The Music said...

Oh the new Megadeth is great like they always are, Ray. Anyhows, my list:

-LEWD ACTS - Black Eye Blues
-NAPALM DEATH - Scum (pure classic, bet cha didn't know only 8 promo copies were handed out originally [1987] but all handed out were bullseyes that started grind!)
-LINKIN PARK - Minutes To Midnight (Sorry, soooo catchy, and my guiltiest pleasure)
-BOO - The New Reign
-TESTAMENT - First Strike Still Deadly
-DEFTONES - White Pony
-WITHERED - Folie Circulaire (frickin genius)
-H20 - What Happened?

Ian Aiken said...

It sounds to me like the first anonymous is insecure with at least himself, and probably his music too, so he feels he has to justify his "mightiness" by putting everybody else and their choices down.
I too have to laugh because I too was that way, when I was 17 & 18. I'm now 36. Let me just say that I was into metal and death metal WAY WAY before the bands you listed, that I've never heard of anyway, were even around. Also if it wasn't for all of these old bands being around all the "new" bands you think are so great would NOT exist. Just like Slayer wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Black Sabbath.
I listen to a lot of the older death metal/metal because the truth is that I don't think there are that many brand new bands out today that are worth anything, most bands are just rehashing what was done 18 years ago.
Also age has let me explore different styles of music too, like progressive rock. Yes Close to the Edge and Relayer albums sound more adventurous, exciting, and futuristic than any band putting out records today, and those records are 30+ years old.
Here's the best piece of advice I can give you. You go off by yourself and listen to your "new" records of all of these so called cool bands that nobody has heard of, and leave us alone to listen to what we choose. Because I'll tell you this, I'm more of a metalhead than you'll ever dream of being. I've seen almost all the great death metal/metal bands in concert multiple times, I have about 1100 cds that are just death metal/metal, + a couple hundred that are progressive and classic rock, and basically I don't care what you say. You can rant and rave all you want, and I still really don't care what you say. It's your own personal opinion and NOT mine, and all that really matters to me is MY OWN opinion anyway.

Everybody else, good lists.