Posts Tagged ‘Kurdt Vanderhoof’

who is that guyIt has been quite some time since since I had watched or even reviewed a Rock Doc so I figured there was no better time than now to start. Normally when I am trying to decide what documentary to watch, I usually do not pick one unless I know the subject matter. That was definitely not the case with today’s choice for Rock Docs entitled Who The Fuck Is That Guy’? The Fabulous Journey Of Michael Alago. To put it in simple terms, the reason I chose to watch this documentary was for the simple fact that it had the word Metallica in the description. The documentary follows the life of a gay Puerto Rican New Yorker who would end up being one of the most important people in the metal industry simply for the fact that he signed Metallica. Watch the documentary as you get testimony straight from the source himself Michael Alago as well as James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Cyndi Lauper, Mina Caputo, Cherry Vanilla, Cheetah Chrome, Rob Zombie, John Lydon, Eric Bogosian, Mike Gitter, Phil Caivano, Phil Anselmo, Sean Yseult, John Joseph, Joe Sib, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, and so many more in this amazing doc.

who is that guy 2You may still be wondering just who in the hell Michael Alago is, but he truly is such an important figure for heavy metal because he signed so many acts from Metallica, Metal Church, White Zombie, and so many more. You find out that he was a guy that truly loved music back in the 70’s and 80’s as he describes the night life in New York City and all the legendary clubs that hosted shows back in the day from the L’amour, The Ritz, CBGBs, and so many more. You figure out that all of the names I mentioned above have a huge amount of respect for Michael Alago. He’s a guy who broke down a lot of barriers in the business being a gay man tackling an over-testosteroned genre and he made people understand that it was all about the music. The documentary features interviews, some animation for certain stories he or someone else tells, and a lot of great photos that Michael has had in his collection. You also learn about the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80’s firsthand from someone who survived it in Michael Alago. Check it out on Netflix right now as we speak and I am going to give it an A- for a final grade.

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metal church the darkThis week we are once again giving you two albums of the week instead of just one because we feel nice. I am trying to cover as many classic metal albums as I can because I realized after 300 plus records that I may have left some out (I know I did). One of those bands is the very underrated Washington state metal band Metal Church who over the years has had it’s issues with keeping a steady lineup. One of my favorite albums the band ever made was their 1986 sophomore release The Dark. The Dark was released on October 6, 1986 and it was the last album to feature the classic lineup of David Wayne (Vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Guitar), Craig Wells (Guitar), Duke Erickson (Bass), and Kirk Arrington (Drums). The album was a huge success for the band as it entered and peaked at number 92 on the Billboard Charts, but it remained on the charts for 23 weeks and it helped that the band was on tour with Metallica (who also urged Elektra to sign the band). It was ranked 389 on Rock Hard Magazine’s The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time list.

metal-church-the-dark-1986-back1.Ton Of Bricks– Arrington kicks off the album before the band kicks in for a sonic assault on your ear drums in this track in a track about a guy who is an ass kicking machine. 4.5/5

2. Start The Fire– an interesting track from the band that I think is one of those nuclear nightmare paranoia tracks. This is more of a heavy metal track than thrash where the tempo isn’t too fast. 4/5

3. Method to Your Madness– an interesting track that looks at a guy who is a veteran as he observes all the young bucks who are eager to go to war and die for their country and he’s more of I need to get out of here because I have fought enough. 4.5/5

4. Watch The Children Pray– One of my favorite tracks on the album that I believe is about people that live in a land that is constantly under distress and war so things there seem hopeless. I love how the tempo starts off slow before it launches into an awesome metal riff for the chorus. 5/5

5. Over My Dead Body– a metal scorcher that I believe the singer is addressing drug addiction in the track and how if you don’t kick it you might as well kiss your ass goodbye. 4/5

Metal_Church-The_Dark-CD6. The Dark– The title track which is a great horror like track about a guy who is trapped inside a house as he is being chased by a demonic force that is trying to swallow him into hell. 5/5

7. Psycho-an in your face sonic assault about you guessed it, a psycho! 4/5

8. Line Of Death-An in your face thrash classic that tackles the current events (at the time) about the Libyan hostilities in the Gulf of Sidra which was a hostile situation. 4.5/5

9. Burial At Sea– I love the build up for this track in the intro with that classic 80’s like metal scream as the track opens up. The track I believe is talking about a ship’s captain who is leading his men to death. 4/5

10. Western Alliance– The last track on the album is a hellraiser of a track that I believe is touching on the subject of war once again as it deals with the west which is the US and every other ally we have. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– If you want to hear some cool ass metal from the 80’s, then is definitely an album to check out. I think this line up could have done so much even though it did unite once with the exception of the drummer, but line up problems plagued the band. This is definitely an important record in my opinion in the history of metal, so cheeck it out. I am going to give it 4.35 stars out of five for a final grade.