Archive for December, 2008

My Encounter at the Metal Masters Tour 2008

Posted in Life on December 16, 2008 by misainzig

When my dad and I went to the Metal Masters tour date in Albuquerque this year, there was this drunk/Mexican/balding type dude who had been flipping Halford off the entire JP set. Then towards the middle of their set, he started yelling “faggot” and “homo” and dumb unnecessary shit like that. Surely this behavior is plausible for some deranged dumb 19 year old to say, but a guy in his late 40s?

During Priest’s first encore, I threw my cup of Sprite on him. I wasn’t about to pick a fight with this dude, but I was a little pissed at the time. He reaches out to shake my hand and me, being the gullible dumbass, reach my hand for his. He then attempts to pull me down 2 rows into his row, but I wasn’t going anywhere. This guy was only like 5’5″. Then I guess he had this guy who might have been his brother, who threatened to “kill that fucking kid!” Then there was the original guy’s daughter, who said something to the extent of, “Don’t mind him. I’m a lesbian and he’s just messing with me.” This 13 year old (or so) girl!

Then security came and we explained what had happened. The guards had cited with us. They got their just in time as my dad was about to rush the gangly looking fucker.

We were then escorted back a few rows because I had started the entire confrontation on the wrong encore. But we got to see the last song, and then we high tailed it the fuck back to our car! We weren’t about to get a family of Mexican dudes after us.

Overall, the concert was the best 5 hours of my life, but that last 20 minutes was insane.


Fallout – Rock Hard/Batteries Not Included 1981 – 76%

Posted in Heavy Metal Discussion, Heavy Metal Reviews on December 2, 2008 by misainzig

Now this is a real gem. Before Type O Negative, there was Repulsion. Before Repulsion, there was Carnivore. And before Carnivore, there was Fallout. Fallout is the first band in the lengthy legacy of Peter Steele.

Now this release is far different from anything Petrus has released, being a straight forward slab of American heavy metal. It borders on 70s classic rock half the time. The production is fairly simple, and everything is heard very clearly. A little fuzzy, but not what I would call raw.

“Rock Hard” is a synth driven heavy metal tune. At this time in history, Peter Steele had not really developed his deep vocals as Type O fans have become accustomed to. At the same time, his voice manages to be undeniably his. You can still hear him roll his r’s and a ton of elements from later songwriting remain here. Take the break at 2:16 for instance. This would fit absolutely perfectly on either Slow, Deep, and Hard or Bloody Kisses. Then something you wouldn’t expect from Type O – a blazing solo filled with plenty of classic metal hooks that is very similar to that of a Scorpions solo.

“Batteries Not Included” is a piano driven hard rock tune. The apocalyptic/nuclear/hopeless-ness of Carnivore got their start with this song. The synth in this song isn’t that far removed from some other song you’ve heard on Holy Diver. The solo begins in this song, and you’re transported to fucking boogie! Really, this track is more Hard Rock than Metal, but it’s still got Peter’s trademark in both performance and songwriting.

This is such a treat for the Carnivore/Type O fan. It’s nearly impossible to find, apart from internet bootlegs, one of which I have. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s a very fun release for the Peter Steele enthusiast.

Take a step into my mind, my children *evil laugh*

Posted in Ranting on December 2, 2008 by misainzig

Unfortunately, that’s where my lame attempt at humor comes to an end in this post. I want to warn you: what I think in my mind is usually obscene, violent, and sick, and I’m about to share some of these things with you.

I’ve decided to post my thoughts in a fun-fact type style, as to not make the reading quite so heavy.

1- I believe the human race is obsolete in the field of beauty in nature
2- I believe America is a world-wide bully of sorts
3- While I’ve joked about it with friends, I truly believe abortion should be mandatory for all women who ever become infested with the seed of life
4- Humans have ruined the Earth with pollution, cities, and deforestation
5- All religions are pointless and obsolete
6- Humans should be wiped off the face of the planet

Now, for the (somewhat more) realistic thoughts I have. We all know that thought 6 won’t happen soon (chyeah right), but here’s what the Human population should be doing better.

7- Eliminate all religions, and all religious extremists
8- Focus much more of our budget on alternative fuels, as opposed to funding the Holy Christian Crusade known as the “War on Terror”
9- Completely eliminate all current forms of government, and start anew
10- Destroy all weapons (guess that makes me a pacifist)
11- Legalize pot, and make it mandatory for each person to try at least twice

From the sounds of about half of these, I might sound (ever so slightly) like a terrorist. Throw this logic out. I strictly and simply believe in humans being the best they can be as to preserve our civilization in its purest form, for as long as possible. We are absolutely not doing that right now.

Now, about me being a terrorist. GET THAT SHIT OUT OF HERE. I will never bring myself to kill a human being. I have this sort of “rule” I’ve said a few times and it goes as follows:

“I will only ever take the life of another human if I know I can get them all.”

Now, anyone with half of an IQ point knows this is beyond impossible. Therefore, know that I will never kill a human, because I abide by that rule.

Read this, and hopefully you’ll be able to comprehend me and my thinking a little more.

Defender – A Symbol of Devotion 1989 – 73%

Posted in Heavy Metal Discussion, Heavy Metal Reviews on December 2, 2008 by misainzig

Defender is this underground German Thrash/Speed band who I know absolutely nothing about. It’s obvious they have no respect for 80s rockers Europe, as the “Intro” is simply an out of tune rendition of the synth part from “The Final Countdown.” “Senseless Discriminations” kicks in with a fucking SHARP guitar tone. I mean like a fucking laser. The guitar tone is so sharp in fact, that it actually seems to radiate a little fuzz through the speakers. Then one of the highest falsetto screams I’ve ever heard rages, “ATTAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!” Fast vocals are the key here, as they go with the riffs very will. A nice bass fill shows up going over the drums and gives off a slight mischievous feel. We have fairly simple chording here, but it’s used quite well. The alternate picking is about as fast as you’re going to get. Being from Germany, you can sense a bit of Kreator influence in the riffs, which is no problem for me. It’s not flat out Kreator worship, and it gets better. Unfortunately, the solos are a little buried in the murky production. The double bass work on this album is superb. It’s not overdone to a point of exhaustion, but is instead reserved for some drum fills and the final verse, on to the outro.

The double bass absolutely fucking rips on “Bright Glare,” which then transforms into a melodic slow part with these high-pitched vocals again. You can’t really hear any sort of German accent on Dirk Bender (which is a fucking nerdy name, by the way). This man has pipes though.

The song lengths are all pretty short, with only one surpassing the 4 minute mark, and that works in the band’s favor. This is a band who know how to do short energetic songs, and they do them very well. But what do you expect? You’ve known from the “Intro” through “Senseless Discriminations” that this band is all about being over the fucking top.

“Ghostrider” has this awesome locomotive chug that morphs into “Angel of Death” worship, but halfway original. The drums seem to be at about the same speed as AoD, and the guitar riffs are more Kreator than Slayer. At about 1:25, a sped up variation on the “Seek and Destroy” riff comes up. Not a bad riff, and they throw enough spin on it to make it their own. I cannot stress enough how much fucking falsetto this guy uses. He has a normal singing voice which he uses for the basic duration of the choruses and verses, but whenever a thrash break shows up at the end of a vocal line, he lets loose making “Painkiller” seem like fucking Carnivore.

“Relentless Dominion” starts off with a sort of guitar part reminiscent of The Who or even AC/DC, in it’s style, not sound. This song is one of those instances where a very thrashy Motorhead vibe takes over, minus the vocals of course. Unfortunately, this song is the weakest of all on this album, as it doesn’t seem to remain fully consistent in the power it holds. It’s like they have some great riffs, but then they fuck it up by playing some mediocre ones. It’s still not that bad, as they change riffs up just about ever 10 seconds. It then ends just as quickly as it began, only with a slightly Melo-Death type riff, which was a bit surprising, but still well done.

Finally, the last song, which deserves it’s own paragraph. “N.Y.C.” starts off as a fairly promising Anthrax inspired crossover tune, but then takes a complete 180 once the vocals begin:

“Hey, when did DragonForce record this crappy EP in the 80s?”
“Oh dude they didn’t, it’s this band called Defender from Germany!”
“Holy fuck! A song that sounds exactly like DragonForce from the 80s?”

Yes, you read that correctly. From the blazing solos, to the complete fast riffage, to the lyrics about Warriors and all that shit. DragonForce before it’s inception.

One thing’s for sure: with all of these banshee screams and riffsets, you’re bound to never get bored while listening to this band. Pretty highly recommended, as this album is an absolute tribute to variation. Defender, I salute you for being an original band with an interesting EP.