Happy Rush Day!

•February 1, 2012 • 2 Comments

2112 (album)
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In honor of Rush’s famous album 2112, today has been declared “Rush Day”. (Get it? Today’s February 2, 2012? 2-1-12?) Some are alternately referring to the day as “Prog Day” since the album is considered  one of the first progressive metal albums.

Although my mother introduced me to Rush songs coming from different albums, 2112 has always been my favorite. I always liked the fact that although it is a concept album, the “concept” part stayed mostly within the first part of the album. Once Ayn Rand was introduced to me in high school and I made the connection between the album and her novella Anthem, I became even more interested in it. I thought it was cool that Rush could turn a story written in the 1930s into a musical epic. It still sounds great over 30 years later.

Just think, in 100 years it will finally be the year 2112. Although I most likely won’t be around, I wonder what the world will be like then. Will it be anything like Rush portrays it? Either way, I hope people will still listen to Rush then.

Be sure to celebrate by listening to 2112 today!

-Melissa

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Mayhem 2012 Lineup Announced!

•January 25, 2012 • 4 Comments

Mayhem 2012 is here! (metalinsider.net)

Anthrax. Slayer. Slipknot. As I Lay Dying. Four bands that are on my must see list. Four bands that will be making an appearance at the 2012 Mayhem Festival this summer.

I’m sort of annoyed that Anthrax isn’t on the main stage though. They deserve that respect. They’re of the same caliber as Slayer and part of the Big Four. I’m sure more than a few of the bands on the tour have been inspired by them in some way. The main stage will consist of Slipknot, Slayer, and a special third guest that will be announced on March 5th. The bands that play the fourth slot on the mainstage are going to vary by show; the choices being As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada, and Asking Alexandria. I  hope we get As I Lay Dying at the Massachusetts show. If I don’t see the goregeous Nick Hipa, I may cry.

The three bands rotating in the fourth slot will play in rotation on the Jagermister stage. This stage will feature a headlining set by Anthrax. According to the site, there is also an unnamed opener for this stage.

I don’t really care for Asking Alexandria or The Devil Wears Prada but I’m sure my sister will be thrilled to see them. I’ve only heard of Whitechapel and I’ve never heard of High on Fire. I guess that means I have some listening to do before August 5th.

For anyone who is looking to go to the show, tickets are going on sale April 6th. The full list of dates can be found on the Mayhem Festival’s Official Website.

Here’s hoping the weather won’t be as brutal as last year and that I’ll get to see them all

-Melissa

Hope For the Future of Metal

•January 19, 2012 • 2 Comments

Today I was happy to discover that there is more hope for the next generation then I had originally thought found in the form of an 8-year old Australian girl named Juliet. This little girl has just released her first hardcore video. In under a minute, she sings about her pets and starts a mosh pit with her stuffed animals. I think my little sister has some competition. Hope this video adds some cuteness to your day:

Back In Black

•December 30, 2011 • 3 Comments

Ok so if you’ve taken a look at the date of my last post, it’s been a while since I wrote on here. But I’m back. Kind of like how AC/DC came back bigger than ever with Brian Johnson.

I’ve spent the past the past semester making a few re-evaluations in my life. For one, I decided that Bridgewater isn’t the best school for what I want to do and I hope to transfer to UMass Lowell. There are definitely more music related events there (especially metal ones!) and therefore there will be more for me to write about in preparation for becoming a music journalist one day.

I also took my first real journalism class last semester. I think it’s helped me improve my writing style dramatically and I’m very proud of the work I did. We made websites with our articles and here’s the link to mine: http://metalosophy.weebly.com/. One of the articles I did was a profile on a local metal band called My Missing Half that I know through a mutual friend. They’re a great group of guys and are definitely worth checking out. My goal is to send it in to a magazine and get it published but first I have to change the fact that they’ve recently found a drummer (sorry to anyone who wants to join after reading the article). Perhaps the most important thing about the article is that it helped me realize that I definitely want to write about music whether it’s on My Missing Half or Metallica.

I also realized that my original goal to post once a week may not always be possible since I have a lot on my plate. Instead I have changed my goal to posting at LEAST five times a month; that way I can space out my posts if I’m having a particularly crazy week. If I feel like I can do more, then I’ll increase that number. That’s the closest thing I have to a New Year’s Resolution.

Happy New Year to all of my wonderful readers and thanks for sticking with me

-Melissa

The Unexpected “View”

•September 29, 2011 • 8 Comments

This week Lou Reed and Metallica released the first single–“The View”– from their upcoming album, Lulu. It is available for download from iTunes. The full album is being released worldwide on October 31st and on November 1st in North America.

The track isn’t what one would usually expect from a Metallica song but the listener can tell it’s them and their heavy presence is felt. Reed sings primarily but Hetfield has his own parts which balances it out more. From a lyrical standpoint it sounds like classic, artistic Reed.

There has been a mainly negative response with listeners saying it’s boring or just plain terrible. In short, many are upset that it doesn’t sound like a Lou Reed song or a Metallica song. I happen to like the song. While it’s not one of my favorites by either artist, it accomplishes what they set out to do. They wanted to do something different and unexpected which is exactly what they’ve done here.

What do you think of the new single? I would love to hear your opinion in the comments.

-Melissa

Dave Grohl Defends Rock ‘N’ Roll at VMAs

•August 30, 2011 • 2 Comments

While Hurricane Irene was pounding New England on Sunday, the 2011 Video Music Awards (VMAs) were taking place in L.A. The two things I was most interested in were Lady Gaga’s appearance (as a man) and, naturally, the announcement of the “Best Rock Video” winner. The contenders for the prize were Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave”, Cage the Elephant’s “Shake Me Down”, Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, the Foo Fighters’ “Walk”, and The Black Keys’ “Howlin’ For You”. Although I had only seen three of the nominated videos, I felt that the judges would probably go for the more artistically done “The Cave”. It was a pleasant surprise to see a fantastic hard rock band like the Foo Fighters win.

Miley Cyrus and Shaun White (a bit of a curious pairing) announced and presented the award. In his acceptance speech, frontman Dave Grohl thanked those involved with the video and included a message to music listeners everywhere: “Never lose faith in real rock and roll music, you know what I mean? Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it’s always going to be there.”

The winning video:

Disturbed’s Decision

•August 3, 2011 • 4 Comments

As I referenced in my last post, Disturbed have decided they will not be playing anymore after this August. They have decided to go on an “indefinite hiatus” rather than declare a breakup. Either way, we will not be seeing them perform again for a while. The band has recorded their performances as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and will most likely release some B-sides.

One would assume that personal problems between band members would be the reason behind the decision but frontman David Draiman has insisted in interviews with sites such as Billboard.com this is not the case. He stated that “many of those reasons have to do with the state of the music industry in general and the demise of hard rock and metal” and “it’s just a good time for Disturbed to go away for a while and wait for the Phoenix to rise from the ashes.” Guitarist Dan Donegan has said elsewhere that he is not entirely sure whether the band is breaking up or not. The band ultimately believes that reuniting will depend on how much everyone misses it.

Although I’ve never been a huge fan of Disturbed, they have been fairly successful over the past decade and it is sad to see a metal band decide it’s not worth it. I’ve always been of the belief that metal bands are the musicians who never fear how bad the music industry becomes but instead play their hardest and stick it out. Metal fans are definitely loyal and there’s always a way for the music to carry own despite falling sales. An example of this is when grunge was “killing” metal and Pantera came out and made sure it stayed alive and well. Hopefully the band will realize this soon and their “indefinite hiatus” won’t be too long.

-Melissa