Jan. 14th, 2009


Jan. 14th, 2009 08:53 am
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You know we've run out of band names when Puffy Areolas is one of our remaining options.

Then again my parents still don't think Mott The Hoople is all that crazy of a name either, but to each their own I guess.
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Metallica - Master Of Puppets (1986)

My late blooming education in the ways of Metallica didn't really take hold until the latter days of my senior year, but at least I finally came around before too many years had passed. By absorbing all of their music in one shot it became readily apparent that the band's greatest material came from time with bassist Cliff Burton. Kill 'Em All was mostly a by-product of the days with Dave Mustaine (which is pretty good in it's own right) and ...And Justice For All was the transitional/emotional teething album after Burton's untimely death from a bus crash in 1986. In a matter of three years the band produced Ride The Lightning and (in my opinion) their best album Master Of Puppets, both featuring a band at the peak of it's power. From the acoustical strumming that opens "Battery" to the marching riff that closes "Damage Inc." Master wails on your senses for 45 minutes, delving mostly into the themes of war and H.P. Lovecraft that the band mined primarily during that time. Though Metallica has teased at going back to the dynamic they had in the mid-80's on last year's Death Magnetic it's clear their glory days are past, but oh what glorious days they were.

Give it a try:
"Master Of Puppets"
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
"Disposable Heroes"
"Damage, Inc."

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Snot - Get Some (1997)

There are several bands through the years that drew the majority of their identity from their lead singer. The Doors had Jim Morrison, Queen had Freddie Mercury, Joy Division had Ian Curtis, Blind Melon had Shannon Hoon, and INXS had Michael Hutchence. These bands have tried to soldier on without their departed frontmen with varying degrees of success, but short of completely changing their sound (like Joy Division did in morphing into New Order) the band and it's music are just not the same. This same situation befalls Snot, which is probably the best band of the late 90's "nu metal" era that never had a chance to get as big as they should have been. System of a Down is probably the best band to emerge from that time, but they and the droves of navel-gazing knuckledraggers were missing one thing: a front man like Snot's Lynn Strait. A force on stage and on record, Strait's menacing growls and smooth flowing lyrics were a magnetic force that few could ignore. He was truly the molten core to the band's world, and his bandmates were obviously drew their energy and cohesion from him. Strait's life was tragically cut short when he and his prized pet boxer Dobbs were killed in a car accident late in 1998, at which point the band disbanded. Guitarist Sonny Mayo went on to play in Amen and Sevendust for a brief time, with the latter band's lead singer Lajon Witherspoon writing the song "Angel's Son" in tribute to Lynn. Snot reformed recently with a new singer, which as I've previously noted on this blog is just not the same. Not even in the same ballpark.

It took some time for me to get into this album after my friend Lore nigh implored me to look into them. I picked up the CD early my senior year, but then I just let it sit for about six months before I finally decided to give it a thorough listen. From the word "go" (or in the case of this album "F%$K THE RECORD, AND F%*K THE PEOPLE!"), Get Some grabs you by ears, smashes your face into it's knee, and doesn't let up. There are a few instrumental interludes through the course of the album, but you need them between the likes of "Joy Ride", "Get Some", "Deadfall", "Unplugged", "Tecato" and "Mr. Brett". The best tracks on the album come from the band using the loud/soft dynamic more than those other tracks, yielding classics like "Stoopid", "The Box" (which enjoyed some brief success on the radio), "I Jus' Lie", and "Snooze Button". The album closes with the sophomoric but hilarious "My Balls", which is the only reason most people around Madison know the band due the local rock station WJJO playing that one to death. Anyone who actually listens to this record will wish there was more out there than a b-side on the Strangeland soundtrack and a live album, but I guess we can be grateful that we were given this much before Strait left this world.

Give it a try:
"The Box"
"Snooze Button"
"I Jus' Lie"
"My Balls"

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