Posts Tagged ‘megadeth

09
Mar
11

Sonisphere 2010 & Big 4 – 3/19 on Palladia HD

Very cool news for us metalheads who were not able to take our private jets to Sofia, Bulgaria to witness the Big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax); it would seem that the new music concert channel Palladia (formerly VH1) will be playing the concert (highlights only I’m sure) on March 19th during their Metal Mania Day.  The 2010 Sonisphere from London will first play at 8 p.m. EST, and then The Big 4 at 10 p.m. EST.

I’ve been pretty happy with the programming on Palladia since it emerged on my HD channel listings; last night I was watching Glastonbury 2007 and was amazed at the line up of bands I had never heard, and still hadn’t up until last night!  Palladia is still a hit or miss channel, something for everyone I guess, but I try to avoid the Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert concerts at all costs.  Otherwise, they have featured some great concerts on a regular basis and a keep things fresh for the most part.  I highly recommend the 2010 Austin City Limits concert they featured last week; clearly Ben Harper and Coheed and Cambria stole the show in my opinion.  The headliner was Pearl Jam, and I guess I just feel that their time has come and gone; one of the most boring acts of the lineup, especially for a headlining act.

Check out the Metalfest on March 19th and tell us what you think!

04
Feb
11

Happy Birthday Alice Cooper

Although be todays standards his stage act is goofy and kooky, Alice Cooper was a visionary in mixing a gore and horror stage show with rock and roll.  When you see a GWAR show you can thank Alice Cooper as the father of that genre.

I’ve never been an Alice Cooper fan, I found his music entertaining but not anything worth purchasing.  I find it amusing when I look back in my high school days in the mid-80’s and how the local rock radio station would play “School’s Out Forever” on the last day of the public school calendar.  At the time I thought it was cool, but then again I thought Falco was as well.

Today Mr. Cooper turns 62 and is still rockin’ with his stageshow of gore and shock, he has often said he will retire when Mick Jagger does, he feels that since Sir Mick is 6 years older, he will not be out done by the elderly.  An interesting fact about Cooper, and very well known, was his long term battle with alchohol abuse.  After many years of sobriety he went on tour with Megadeth and once again saw the destruction that it created in musicians, in this case the self-destructive behavior of lead singer Dave Mustaine.  He took Mustaine under his wing and got him to enter sobriety, Mustaine today credits Cooper for saving his life , very cool.

30
Sep
10

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock – 2112 a highlight!

I could not resist and had to post what I consider “groundbreaking news” for us dorks, geeks, and super nerds; the newly released Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game features the album 2112 in its entirety!  What an epic album to feature on Guitar Hero; the entire 21 minute masterpiece!

Rush worked with game developers assisting with various parts of the game and complex time changes and signatures of the music.  Apparently this will be the ultimate test of how good one is a Guitar Hero.

I thought it was cool and worth reporting; it also peaks my interest of perhaps going out to purchase a 360 just for this game.  If you have already purchased this (it was released yesterday), please let us know if it is worth all of the hype.  Other bands featured on this are Megadeth, Ozzy, Anthrax, Steve Vai (wow!), and Slayer.

I find it odd however that Rush was looked over (yet again) for induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, what gives?  However, LL Cool J and The Beastie Boys make the list?  Clearly the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not to be taken seriously these days; no wonder the Sex Pistols refuse ever to be recognized by that goofy museum.

You can read more on this game by clicking here.

13
Aug
10

American Carnage Tour: Not for Faint of Heart

“You can’t kill the metal.  The metal will live on.”  —Tenacious D

People fell into the pit, a holy war began and it was raining blood in Glens Falls on Wednesday night.  The American Carnage Tour, featuring Testament, Megadeth and Slayer, brought its thunderous assault to Upstate New York, leaving a satisfied crowd of metal-heads in its wake.  This event was supposed to take place 6 months ago, but Slayer vocalist/bassist Tom Araya needed back surgery.  It seems the delay only made the fans more bloodthirsty, and the arena was pretty packed.  These three veteran speed/thrash metal bands played a very good show, although some technical issues kept it from being a great show.

Testament has never achieved the worldwide success that Slayer and Megadeth have, but they do have a well-deserved devoted following.  Lead singer Chuck Billy, a looming figure with giant frizzy hair, nearly died about 9 years ago from a rare form of cancer.  But following chemotherapy he has beaten it into submission, and seeing him back on stage rocking hardcore was a good thing.  They played a few newer songs which were good, but it was their classics that had the crowd moshing madly. “New World Order,” “Into the Pit” and “Practice What you Preach” still sounded great after nearly 25 years, with Billy’s voice not missing a beat.  Original guitarist Alex Skolnick, who left the band for a while, rejoined Testament 5 years ago and sounded terrific on Wednesday, leading the charge on “Dog Faced Gods” and “3 Days in Darkness.”  The one negative aspect of Testament’s performance was sound-related – the guitars, at times, sounded very muddy and unclear, making it tough to really hear their signature grinding riffs.  But overall their short set got the crowd pumped for what was to follow.

Megadeth has undergone many lineup changes over the years, with the one constant being its founder, guitarist/singer Dave Mustaine.  Megadeth peaked in 1990 with its masterpiece album “Rust in Peace,” and the band has graciously decided to play that album in its entirety for this tour.  Musically, it was amazing.  “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” “Hangar 18” and “Take No Prisoners” catapulted the crowd into the rafters.  Hearing the guitar solos played with such precision after so many years was impressive.  But Mustaine’s vocals were another matter.  They were sporadic, at best.  You just couldn’t hear him singing.  At first I thought it was an issue with the microphone, but after a while it was clear that he simply wasn’t singing into the mic most of the time.  Perhaps he wasn’t able to hit the higher notes and just decided to shy away; whatever it was, it really brought the set down.  Luckily most of the crowd knew the lyrics, so the words were sort of floating around the arena, but it would have been nice to hear Mustaine actually singing.  Following the “Rust in Peace” album they played a few newer songs like “Headcrusher” and “Trust,” of which I am not a fan, but the crowd was rockin’ out. They closed with their classic “Peace Sells,” sending everyone into a tizzy.  It would have been a really solid set were it not for the vocal absence.

Slayer has to be one of the most uncompromising bands of all time.  They have been churning out their evil speed metal for almost 30 years now, with no attempt to mainstream their sound or kowtow to any trend.  Their lineup has remained solid (other than having several different drummers), with Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman handling the guitars and Araya on bass and vocals.  They banged out a couple of tunes from their new album “World Painted Blood” before playing their entire “Seasons in the Abyss” album, which like “Rust in Peace” was released in 1990.  “Seasons” is not Slayer’s best album, but it has some sure-fire classics and some of the deeper tracks are terrific.  The ferocious “War Ensemble” kicked it off, and throughout other tunes like “Blood Red,” “Dead Skin Mask” and the title track, King and Hanneman were trading blistering solos while Araya thumped the bass and howled away.  They closed with the expected classics “Raining Blood,” “South of Heaven” and “Angel of Death,” but sandwiched in there was a very unexpected oldie-but-goodie “Aggressive Perfector.”  There were no technical issues with Slayer – just bruised and bloodied bodies in the mosh pit.

It was nearly 4 hours from start to finish, and although the sound issues were disappointing, it was good to see these bands still cranking out the hardcore metal.  It really highlights the lack of good metal being made these days, generally speaking.  These songs will live on forever as classics of the genre, and it was a treat to see them live while we still can.

The American Carnage Tour gets 3 out of 5 stars!

10
Jun
10

The Big Four

Can’t make it to Bulgaria on June 22nd to see Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax at the Sonisphere Festival?  Well here’s the next best thing…the concert will be simulcast live to movie theaters across the country!  Here is the web site for all the info, including the list of theaters showing the concert.  4 hours of the four greatest thrash bands of all time!  METAL!!!!

10
Feb
10

no rest for “rust in peace”

To put it simply, Megadeth’s “Rust in Peace” is one of the greatest metal albums ever recorded.  Any fan of metal music cannot deny this.  It also unfortunately marks the last good album Megadeth released, but hey, if you’re going to take a turn for the worse, might as well go out with a bang.  It’s been 20 years since “Rust in Peace” was unleashed, and to commemorate the event, Megadeth is doing a spring tour where they will play the entire album at each show!  I’m bummed they aren’t coming to my area, but they will be here in August on the American Carnage Tour with Slayer (rescheduled from this month), so maybe they’ll still play a lot from the album then.  Testament, also part of the American Carnage Tour, is opening for Megadeth on their spring tour, along with old-school thrashers Exodus (Metallica’s Kirk Hammett was Exodus’ original guitarist, if you didn’t know).  Testament has been around almost as long as Megadeth, Slayer and other thrash metal pioneers, but have not gotten as popular as their cohorts.  But among metal music circles they are well respected, and deservedly so.  And they will be playing their first album, 1987’s “The Legacy” in its entirety when they open for Megadeth this spring.  It’s a great album, although not nearly as landmark and awesome as their second release “The New Order.”  But what a killer show – the entire “Legacy” album followed by “Rust in Peace!”  Here are the dates – hope you can catch it.  And if you do, let us know how it was!

http://www.megadeth.com/pr/RIP2010.html

16
Dec
09

Metal-heads Unite! In…Europe?

Pretty big news for heavy metal fans!  The interesting story will be how Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and James, Lars and Kirk from Metallica agreed to tour together.  Now let’s just pray they don’t restrict their tour dates to Europe!

http://www.billboard.com/events/metallica-slayer-megadeth-anthrax-to-tour-1004053671.story#/events/metallica-slayer-megadeth-anthrax-to-tour-1004053671.story




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