Posts Tagged ‘Kerry King’

Slayer Seasons In The AbyssLast night, I witnessed one of the best performances by thrash metal legends Slayer since the passing of Jeff Hanneman at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA. It inspired me to finish the trilogy of albums that featured Dave Lombardo (Drums) as I already covered Reign In Blood and South Of Heaven. The album that I am covering for today is the band’s fifth studio album Seasons In The Abyss which was the first through Def American, was produced once again by Rick Rubin, but was the last to feature Lombardo on drums for a long time. The rest of the band was rounded out by Tom Araya (Bass/Lead Vocals), Kerry King (Guitar), and the late Jeff Hanneman (Guitar). The best way to describe the album is to look at it as the best of both South and Reign with fast and heavy tracks to go along with the more melodic and evil sounding tracks. Upon it’s release on October 9, 1990, the album would peak at number 40 on the US Billboard Top 200 and it peaked in the top 20 in the UK as it made it’s way to be certified Gold (selling 500,000).

117471726-21.War Ensemble– The punishing and sonic ear drums destroying, neckbreaker of a track kicks the album and describes the world’s obsession with war. 5/5

2. Blood Red– Another amazing track that is just hammering as they talk about communist dictatorships. The track also features an amazing guitar solo that displays that signature sound from the boys. 5/5

3. Spirit In Black– Another razor fast barn burner from the band in a track that talks about that infamous spirit in black that haunts you and wants to possess. The cool thing about the track is out of nowhere the band speeds the tempo to Reign In Blood like pace. 4.5/5

4. Expendable Youth– The tempo is slowed down a little, but this is one of my favorite tracks on the album that is an absolute headbanger from beginning to end. The track is social commentary on the youth who grow up in less desirable conditions where killing is all they know. 5/5

5. Dead Skin Mask– A very melodic South Of Heaven-esque track that according to Tom Araya live is a love song, but it’s really a track about serial killer Ed Gein who inspired the characters of Leatherface and Norman Bates. 5/5

6. Hallowed Point– Another superfast tempo track in a track that could be about a gun and the damage that a hallowed point can cause. 4.5/5

Slayer-Seasons-In-The-Ab-4905707. Skeletons of Society– Another one of my personal favorites on the album that is a slowed down tempo, but it’s a headbanger for sure. The song could be talking about war and the the effects of an atomic bomb. 5/5

8. Temptation– A return to the fast tempo like sonic assault that we all love from the band in a track that is about giving into temptation. 4/5

9. Born Of Fire– Another super sonic razor fast assault from the band in a track that could be talking of the coming of something like the antichrist. 4.5/5

10. Seasons In The Abyss– The last track on the album and another of my personal favorites in a track that talks about the abyss (as maybe Aliester Crowley once described). 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The three Slayer albums (Reign, South, and Seasons) are the most untouchable albums in the history of Thrash Metal. It’s some of the best work the band ever did in their careers and don’t get me wrong because they’ve had other triumphs throughout. It just shows the magic that is the dynamics they had and that shouldn’t be taken for granted. I am giving the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade.

beastie-boysThere was some terrible news on the tele the other day about some people desecrating the Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn, New York. While I am severely disappointed in humanity over that, I thought we would celebrate his life and work on the blog by covering the band’s debut album License To Ill for our album of the week this week. The Beasties Boys were made up of Adam “MCA” Yauch, Mike “Mike D” Diamond, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz. The group would release License To Ill on November 15, 1986 and the album would literally skyrocket to the top of the charts as it peaked at Number One on The Billboard Charts and it was the first rap LP to top the charts. It’s also one of Columbia’s fastest selling debut records in history and it eventually sold over ten million records worldwide. After the death of Adam Yauch, the album re-entered the Billboard charts at number 18 and it reached number one on Billboard’s Catalog Albums chart.

1. Rhymin & Stealin– The track opens with the sample of Led Zeppelin’s When The Levee Breaks before the sample of Black Sabbath’s Sweet Leaf drives the song. 5/5

beastie-boys-licensed-to-ill-insert2. The New Style– The track features a cool guitar/drum sample and features one of the most famous lines in “Ummm Dropppp!”4.5/5

3. She’s Crafty– A very educational track on the kind of girls the group likes which sees the band sample The Ocean by Led Zeppelin. 5/5

4. Posse in Effect– a track that showcases the groups talents as MC’s in the business. They sample Catch a Groove by Juice, Pee-Wee’s Dance by Joeski Love, and Change the Beat (Female Version) by Beside. 4.5/5

5. Slow Ride– The track starts off with the band sampling Low Rider by War before it just goes with a hi hat beat during the verses. 4/5

6. Girls-a simple and great track that features a keyboard beat and they sing about Girls. 5/5

7. Fight For Your Right– an amazing track that was written as a parody to all the party songs on the scene like I Wanna Rock or even Smokin In The Boys Room. This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the record. 5/5

_18. No Sleep Till Brooklyn– A track that was a play on Motorhead’s No Sleep Till Hammersmith and features Kerry King of Slayer playing the guitar parts and solo. 5/5

9. Paul Revere– a track that was inspired by Run from Run-DMC where the music sounds like it’s being played in reverse. 4.5/5

10. Hold It Now, Hit It– The song contains a ton of samples in, but there have been lines from the track that have been sampled by Eric B & Rakim and even Eazy-E. 4/5

11. Brass Monkey– a track that is about a certain brand of alcohol that the group raps about in the track that samples Bring It Here by Wild Sugar. 5/5

12. Slow and Low– a track that samples 8th Wonder by the Sugarhill Gang and Flick Of The Switch by AC/DC. 4.5/5

13. Time To Get Ill– The last track on the album that samples a laundry list of groups ranging from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Steve Miller Band and even Kool & The Gang. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of my all time favorite records, but the group would take the ultimate risk with their next album. They wanted to get away from what they called the frat party scene and they wanted to be serious rappers. They wanted to be respected for their craft and they would ultimately leave Def Jam after this record. Nevertheless this is a classic and that is why I am giving the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

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As promised, we are giving you your second music video of the week and this time it’s coming from the metal side of life and it’s a good one. I didn’t realize that Thrash Metal Titans Slayer were doing a video trilogy for their latest album Repentless, but if you check out videos for the title track and You Against You it all connects and makes sense. This time around our protagonist played by Jason Trost is forced to make a life and death move all thanks to the turn that the cops take in the video. Danny Trejo (Machete) returns in this video, but for the first time he finds himself being the vulnerable one. Horror icon Bill Moseley also returns for the video which is very cool. Kerry talked about the goretastic trilogy saying, “It was a pleasure working with BJ McDonnell, director on this project. Slayer is notorious for letting the artist be the artist, the producer be the producer, and the director be the director, etc. By doing this we get a completely unique perspective that never really strays far from our own. Get ready for video three. It’s my favorite!!” BJ McDonnell also commented on it saying, “I’m particularly excited about this third video because we played with stylistic differences with the trilogy. Where one video plays like an action film, this third one is more of a dramatic piece. The final story takes us into a world that is especially sinister in tone, with the dark and the light colliding. The conclusion is visually cinematic and harsh, with Slayer conducting us through it all with ‘Pride in Prejudice.” Check it out below:

repentless coverAs promised after the Monster Entertainment Awards, I told you that I was going to review the albums that won. The only problem with some of the records is that I have already reviewed them like the album of the year and so on. This week I am reviewing the record that won the Heavy Ass Metal Album Of The Year which was Repentless by Slayer. Their were a lot of questions heading into the release of this album because it was the first Slayer album to not be written or feature longtime member Jeff Hanneman due to the fact that he passed away in 2013. It was also the first Slayer record since 2001’s God Hates Us All to not feature Dave Lombardo on drums. The album featured the return of original Lombardo replacement drummer Paul Bostaph (his last album was God Hates Us All) and it was the first record to feature guitarist Gary Holt. Kerry King (Guitar) and Tom Araya (Vocals/Bass) were back once again on the album. The band’s 12TH album was received pretty well by fans and critics alike as it peaked on The Billboard 200 at number four. The album also cracked the top five in 10 different countries with it going number one in Germany, number two on the Dutch Carts, and Number two in Poland.

Repentless CD1. Delusions of Saviour– An intro track tot he album that gets things started 4/5

2. Repentless– We have the title track for you which has often been describe as the bands Hanneanthem. King explains, “I went with it based on Slayer. Slayer is repentless; Slayer’s always been repentless. I said, ‘You know what, I should write something about how I think Jeff looked at the world, because he looked at the world exactly how Slayer looked at the world.’ Plus little ‘Jeff-isms.’ It was both easy and difficult. The difficult part was doing it justice; I didn’t want to just throw it together. I wanted it to be solid, as deep as it could be without getting personal.” 5/5

3. Take Control– An intense in your face, face melting track that is very politically charged and looks at the idea of America being the world police 4/5

4. Vices– The track starts with Bostaph before the band kicks it into overdrive on a track that points out the stupidity of society and their various vices that control their lives. 4/5

5. Cast The First Stone– The track is more of that in your face Slayer styled music. In an interview, King described the track saying, “I was in Athens, Greece. We were on tour either last year or the year prior and we had three days off during a Turkish raid and we couldn’t go home when that was going on. I was just walking around the streets of Athens thinking about all the strife and war that went on historically in Greece and all through Europe at that time. I went back to my room during those three days and finished it.” 5/5

repentless back cover6. When The Stillness Comes– This is a track that reminds me of something that would have been either on South Of Heaven or Seasons In The Abyss with it’s melodic but crushing riffs. King dscribed the mood he was in while writing the track, “We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some f—ing minivan, and I’m just miserable in the backseat, not into anything. So I just started jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.” 5/5

7. Chasing Death– an interesting track with interesting lyrics about how we always complain about life, but we are really just chasing death. 4/5

8. Implode– a hammering track that looks at man kinds fascination with the end as well with the greed of the world leaders. What I love about this track is that it starts at a decent tempo before it just kicks into overdrive like the Slayer we all love 5/5

9. Piano Wire– I’ve been trying to figure out the lyrics to this track because it talks about death, but is it by Piano wire? Nevertheless the music to it kicks ass. This is the only song on the album that the lyrics and music were written by Jeff Hanneman. 4/5

10. Atrocity Vendor– The track has an old school Slayer feel to the music which is bad ass and the lyrics are intense. Look at the name of the track and listen to the lyrics and take a guess. 5/5

maxresdefault11. You Against You– stylistically sounds like an old school Slayer song because it’s fast, pulverizing, and in your face from beginning to end as they test the limits of tempo. This track has restored my faith in Slayer that the band cans till do it even without legendary member, the late Jeff Hanneman. 4/5

12. Pride in Prejudice– The last track on the album that has another old school Slayer feel where the riffs are punishing and hammering. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a reason this album won the award and that it’s definitely an amazing record and one of the best in a while. Kerry King did a very good job with the album as far as writing duties are concerned. I can see Slayer surviving just well after the cloud of doubt that I had before hearing this. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

We decided to be generous and give you two music videos of the week so that both the rock and metal fans get their fare fix. The music video of the week for the metal fans comes from none other than they mighty thrash metal titans Slayer who released their first record with Gary Holt on Guitar, first since the death of Jeff Hanneman, and the first to feature Paul Bostaph on drums since 2001’s God Hates Us All in Repentless today. The video we are featuring for you guys is the title track and Slayer takes you to prison. The video features Danny Trejo (Machete) as one of the escaped convicts featured near the riot happening in front of a performing Slayer and the video also features Sean Whalen (The People Under The Stairs) as a poor guard who gets it pretty bad. You will also notice Derek Mears, the man who played Jason Voorhees in the 2009 remake of Friday The 13TH int he video as a prisoner as well. Kerry King talked about the inspiration behind the song which you can read by going here. Tom Araya also talked about the meaning behind the video to Rolling Stone saying, “We’re telling the story that we’ve always told about society and how humans treat each other. It can get pretty violent. It can get pretty stupid. But that’s OK. That’s human nature. I’m probably the most excited I’ve been for a video that we’ve ever done,” It’s all out chaos both visually and musically as they fit an prison riot into four minutes, so go out and buy the record and enjoy the video below.

Since it’s Labor Day and hopefully everyone is having a fun and safe one, we are going to give you two Singles Of The Week because we feel like it. Last week, we featured Thrash Metal titans Slayer on the single of the week with Cast The First Stone (which came with a free download) and now we have yet another Slayer track that also comes with a free download. The band today has introduced the crushing track You Against You which stylistically sounds like an old school Slayer song because it’s fast, pulverizing, and in your face from beginning to end as they test the limits of tempo. This track has restored my faith in Slayer that the band cans till do it even without legendary member, the late Jeff Hanneman. Repentless is their first record without Jeff on guitar as well as it’s the first to feature Gary Holt and the first to feature Paul Bostaph on drums since 2001’s God Hates Us All. The album comes out this Friday (September 11TH) via Nuclear Blast and if you miss out on the download, never fear because they’ll release a limited 7 inch vinyl for it in January. As far as the record and Paul Bostaph are concerned, Kerry King had this to say, “People are going to be stoked when they hear what he [Bostaph] did on this record. I used to say God Hates was his Reign in Blood. The new one is his Reign in Blood.” Check out the track below:

Axl Vs SlashIt has been a while since the last When Metal Bands Fight segment that I did for this bog and I have a lot of them. For example, we covered Stone Temple Pilots versus Scott Weiland, Phil Anselmo versus Vinnie Paul, Kerry King versus the Victory Records Stage, and one that may have been resolved. When I say resolve, I say with great wonder and excitement because one of the greatest rock bands to come out of the 80’s may have resolved their issues. If you don’t know who I am talking about then you either live under a rock or didn’t read the title to this piece. It was first reported four days ago by Loudwire.com that Guns N Roses vocalist Axl Rose and former guitarist Slash have made amends and Slash saying that it, “was overdue” is an understatement. In an interview with a Swedish reporter, Slash was asked if the rumors of the two making amends was truue and Slash replied, “It was probably way overdue, you know. But it’s…you know, it’s very cool at this point. You know, let some of that, sort of, negative … dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.” I know you’re not supposed to count your chickens before they hatch, but can a reunion finally be in place for Guns N Roses? I hope that everything happens because this would be our first resolved case in history. Enjoy a classic track from GNR below:

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