Posts Tagged ‘NWOBHM’

war of the covers sabbath bloody sabbathLast week we had Symphonic Death Metal legends Dimmu Borgir battle it out with Prog metal giants Dream Theater to see who covered Deep Purple’s classic 1984 title track Perfect Strangers. You voted and Dimmu Borgir were the winners of that battle and now we have another one for all of you. This week instead of just two bands battling for supremacy, we have a triple threat match for all of you out there with some serious contenders. Black Sabbath has often been credited as the godfathers of Heavy Metal and there have been a lot of metal bands since them that have covered their music. So, this week, we are going to decide who covered the title track to their seminal fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. In one corner, we have the most underrated member of Thrash Metal’s Big Four in New York Thrash legends Anthrax who covered the track for their 1987 EP I’m The Man. In another corner, we have American metal band Godspeed who teamed up with legendary NWOBHM vocalist Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity In Black. Lastly in 2006, Finnish Metal band Tarot covered the track for their fifth album For The Glory Of Nothing.

Final Four 2015I want to once again take the time to thank everyone who showed up and voted in the final four round and I also want to take the time to thank all of the bands that shared the article because it benefits you as far as getting votes. We had one match that was kind of an odd pairing and another match that was a perfect storm. You had rock icons AC/DC take on power metal and NWOBHM icons Iron Maiden in one match while two titans of thrash in Slayer (representing The Big Four) took on Kreator (representing The Big Teutonic Four). Iron Maiden blazed through AC/DC earning about 60% of the votes making a no contest. Meanwhile in the other match, things were a little bit more closer than the other match, but Kreator beat Slayer 1849 to 985 in total votes. With all of that being said, the finals are now set and this looks to be a clash like no other as Iron Maiden and Kreator both look to earn their first Pedal To The Metal championship. I will have the next round up very soon so that you can all vote and decide who walks away with the crown this year.

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I chose the first album by Swedish Metal band Ghost because they’re getting ready to release their sophomore effort very soon. They’re a band that absolutely does not want you to know they’re true identity as they preach the word of the church of Satan, but they are lead by a man with a skull painted face and an outfit the Pope would dawn and he calls himself Papa Emeritus II and his band is simply known as the Nameless Ghouls. They released the début album entitled Opus Eponymous on October 10, 2010 and their popularity has sky-rocketed and their respect within the Metal community has grown immensely. Phil Anselmo of Down performed at the Download festival wearing a Ghost t-shirt and he even invited three of the Nameless Ghouls on stage to perform with him. He even changed the song title of Bury Me In Smoke to Bury Me In Ghost before Ghost took the stage. The band’s sound is very similar to Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Witchfinder General, and Mercyful Fate.

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The first track on the album is actually an intro called Deus Culpa and it reminds me of walking into a Sunday mass to hear the sermon with the organs playing before it kicks into the next track. Con Clavi Con Dios starts with a very cool bass riff before the track becomes suspensful and chaotic at the same time with a very eerie sounding verse and just when you think things are a little calm, it becomes chaotic again. The track Ritual is very different from the last one where you see them flex their musical abilities channelling B.O.C and Sabbath. Elizabeth is a very straight up metal song with vocal harmonizing and strong organ playing in the chorus. The song has a very seventies metal feel to it especially in the guitar solo (which is pretty good). Stand By Him starts off with a drum beat that is very similar to Starry Eyes by Mötley Crüe, but other than that it is one of my favorite tracks on the whole album. The guitar riff is very chunky and bad ass and even though I am not a Satanist, his lyrics are very fitting for the song. Believe in Ghost, you will be head-banging  just not as hard as you would at a Pantera concert. Satan Prayer is doom metal at it’s best and it would make Sabbath very proud. Death Knell is very much the same style as the last, but more sludge metal pace with its very gloomy and creepy lyrics and singing style. Prime Mover starts off rocking and then it gets funky for a bit with the bass before it rocks again. I really love this bands technique of going pretty smooth with the verse before it goes chaotic like a cherry bomb that just exploded in your stereo. If you had the American release then Genesis was the last track on the album where the organist gets to flex his muscles before the band comes in like a freight train coming in at a 1000 MPH. The song reminds me of the technique a lot of NWOBHM used when they were writing songs like Iron Maiden with it’s epic guitar playing for example. It’s one of my other favorite tracks because it’s an instrumental. 

ghostNow if you were lucky to get your hands on the Japanese release of this album then you had a bonus track on the album. They do an amazing cover of the Beatles track Here Comes The Sun which was written by George Harrison. They make the song very evil and doom sounding which is right up my alley and it sounds like a track that was released 40 years ago. They do a terrefic job and I know that because a friend of mine is a Beatles aficionado and he doesn’t like a lot of Beatles covers and he enjoyed this one. This album overall was amazing and they were clearly the band of the year in 2010 and 2011 and I cannot wait to hear the new release entitled Infestissumam which is due out in April of this year. As far as this release is concerned I am giving it a 4.5 stars out of five. You should definitely check this album out before you divulge yourself in the new one.