Posts Tagged ‘Raining Blood’

We have some of the most famous metal bands get covered in all of the weirdest ways that we never thought was either possible or would sound good. We’ve seen The Harp Twins cover Unforgiven on the harp and they have an album you can download with all covers of famous rock and metal songs here. We saw a group called Steve ‘N’ Seagulls cover tons of songs from Iron Maiden to AC/DC and we have even seen a banjo cover of Raining Blood by Rob Scallon on the internet as well which blew my mind by the way. We even saw a Medieval band from Belarus called Stary Olsa do a an amazing cover of One. What I have you guys today is a cover of another famous Black album Metallica track as Banjo Guy Ollie does a cover of Enter Sandman. The man does it all in the video that you’ll see as he blazes through the track with his banjo and he also uses a Mandolin on the track which is pretty bad ass as well. The thing about it is that the track sounds pretty cool as a banjo cover and people are starting to get creative with music to provide us with entertainment. I think it’s cool and you definitely need to check it out for yourselves and for more on Banjo Guy Ollie, visit his Facebook page here. He also other cool covers of different types of songs you can check out as well. Check out the song below:

big-four-of-thrashI really love doing these what if’s because there fun to imagine if they were true and it really happened. I am always searching the internet for the next what if and I think I have a good one this time around that will please metal fans and video game geeks all the same. If you were born before or during the 80’s then you will definitely remember the music of Nintendo which was all in 8-bit. Well, what if they had created a video game back in the day based on The Big Four of Thrash Metal (which is Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax)? You’re definitely wondering what it would sound like and I have to tell you that I think it’s pretty awesome. One of the other great elements of the video is the actual recreation of scenes and how amazing it sounds. So, I have the actual video for all of you to enjoy and bask in the wonders of fantasy which was created by Loudwire and Filthy Frackers. This is definitely a game that I would have picked up back in the day!

Including today, there is only seven more days until Christmas and to get you all pumped up for Christmas I am delivering some Christmas music rock or metal style. We have a really special Christmas song for all of you today because it comes from an unorthodox source. The Sock Puppet Parody is a group that creates parody videos and songs with sock puppets and last month they released a parody of Slayer’s Raining Blood with Raining Bleach. For today’s video, they dive into Black Metal as they Hail Santa with Black Metal Legends Immortal as their inspiration for the song Immortal Christmas. One of the best things about the video is that it is done very well and even though you may not get any real crab walk you will thoroughly enjoy it. Check out the video below and don’t forget that it’s Hail Santa Metalheads!!!! For more info on the group, check them out on Twitter or visit their Youtube page.

When I traveled to the theaters to see A Walk Among The Tombstones earlier in the week, there was one song in the soundtrack that I didn’t expect to hear and that was a Soundgarden cover. The cover of Black Hole Sun is recorded by Seattle indie artist Nouela and she recorded a version of the song that in my opinion is different and unique. She slowed down the track to an eerie pace with pianos and her voice as the true instrument of the cover. The cover is almost makes the track spooky and to be honest it actually fit very well with the mood of the film. Noulea actually has an amazing voice that fits the tone of the song and her voice is perfect to replace the great vocals of Chris Cornell for the song. It actually reminds me of the time that Tori Amos covered Slayer’s Raining Blood.  I told myself that if you’re going to cover a song then make it memorable and Nouela did exactly that. If you want more info about Nouela then visit her Facebook page here and visit her bandcamp page for other music and covers that she does here.

evil deadI remember the first time that I watched the original Sam Raimi directed Evil Dead at my ex-girlfriend’s house. The movie starred b-movie legend Bruce Campbell and as a fan of horror I never took it seriously. I thought it was too goofy and over the top especially with Campbell. I wanted films that were going to scare the crap out of me not make me laugh. I can appreciate what they did with the original film and I can understand why fans love it so much, but when I heard they were coming out with a remake I was instantly curious on what direction they would take. In this version of Evil Dead, Jane Levy (Fun Size) plays Mia, a girl that is looking to her friends and family to help her through a drug addiction. So, Mia alongside her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), friends Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), and Olivia (Jessica Lucas) try to help her sober up. The only problem is that one of them gets their hands on the book of the dead and he unleashes unholy hell on all of them. 

evil dead 2The one thing that I will say about this film is that if you are a fan of blood and guts then this is the film for you. They finally made it into a legit horror film in my eyes. Now, I know I am probably going to get a lot of boos on that statement, but that is just the way that I feel. This movie was intense from beginning to end and you got love the raining blood scene at the end. When I was watching that I kept thinking of Slayer’s Raining Blood the whole entire time. Some of the scenes in this film are so graphic that I had to look away a couple of times. I loved the set choice they made for the film because it was eerie and it made you believe that some weird sh** like that would go down in those woods. Director Fede Alvarez does an amazing job with this movie in my opinion which was why the film is getting an A- in my opinion.

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Since Jeff Hanneman passed away last week, i had made up my mind and decided that this week’s Album Of The Week would be an album from Slayer. Of course, I chose one of the most iconic thrash metal albums to ever be released by any band during that time period. Metallica had already released Master Of Puppets back in February of that year and little did fans know they were about to become the hard rock Metallica before the end of the decade. Slayer was a true thrash metal titan and they never steered away from what had made them a metal colossus. It was the album that put the Big four on the map in my opinion. It was the third album to be released from Slayer and their first with Rick Rubin after they departed with Metal Blade and signed with Def Jam. The album is only 29:03 minutes in length, but it’s still epic.

a2The first track that kicks off the album is probably one of the most iconic face shredding songs of all time in Angel Of Death. When the song kicks off they are off to the races like a bullet being shot out of a machinegun combined with that iconic scream from Tom Araya that follows as you dive deep into the mouth of madness. Jeff had been reading books on World War 2 and Josef Mengele when he was writing the lyrics for the song. It’s kind of funny how Nazi skinheads all love Slayer because of this song and it turns out Tom Araya is Chilean and Dave Lombardo is Cuban. Piece By Piece is the next track on the record and it’s a little slower in the intro then Angel, but Slayer shows off their love for punk when the verse kicks in. Necrophobic clicks in at a whopping 1:40 and is considered the fastest Slayer song about having sex with dead corpses. Altar Of Sacrifice is another face scorcher on the record about sacrificing in the name of satan. It also contains some of the coolest solos on the record that are just fast as hell.   Jesus Saves has one of the coolest intros that is just doom heaven and a true headbanger. Then before you know, they are at it again with their fast paced punk influenced metal. Criminally Insane starts with Dave hitting the high hat and the snare before the band comes in with their demonic playing as if you gave a kid with ADHD a bunch of energy drinks. Reborn is a song whose riff just hammers your head to pieces as they play to the speed of light. Epidemic is exactly the same as the other blazing fast tracks as it’s the eighth track on the record to clock in under three minutes in length.

a3Postmortem is one of my favorite tracks on the record as it’s style is much like Angel Of Death and Raining Blood as it’s speed metal slowed down a little bit. The cool thing is towards the end the song transitions nicely into Raining Blood which might be the most epic Slayer song with the ominous rainfall and the chilling drumbeat before we get the call and response from the guitars and drums. Then out of nowhere it’s headbang till your head literally falls off your body.  Jeff described the first half of the song which was written by him as, “it’s about a guy who’s in Purgatory ’cause he was cast out of Heaven. He’s waiting for revenge and wants to fuck that place up.” Kerry King who wrote the second verse described it as, “the rest of the song explains what happens when he starts fucking people up. The lyrics ‘Return to power draws near’ is because he’s waiting to get strong enough again to overthrow Heaven. And then ‘Fall into me, the sky’s crimson tears’ is everybody’s blood flowing into him. So basically, ‘Raining Blood’ is all the angels’ blood falling on him.” That is pretty freakin epic and the song ends with a minute of rainfall to signify that the song and album has ended. It’s the most epic and important heavy metal record to ever be released and for that reason I give the album five stars out of five.

The night that celebrates the genre that gets no respect, Metal, is back and due to the passing of a true Metal legend in Jeff Hanneman, the night was dedicated in his honor. The show kicked off with fellow Big Four legends Anthrax kicking into an amazing version of Caught In A Mosh. The band’s second song that they performed was off of Worship Music called Fight Em Till You Can’t and I have to say that I am so happy that Joey is the singer because he is just amazing. Anthrax ended their set by bringing out Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown to do This Love and dedicating it to Jeff Hanneman. They even ended the song with a little bit of Raining Blood just to top off the tribute. Chris Jericho was back for the fourth time to host the Fifth annual event.

Chuck Billy and Alex Skolnick of Testament would come out to introduce Dillinger Escape Plan who started off their set with Prancer and the singer,Greg Puciato, would bust his own head open during the set. For their second song or maybe their third song of the set, they would invite Chino Moreno of The Deftones to perform Behind The Wheel which was the only song I enjoyed from their set and it featured Greg shooting flames with a torch and the band smashing their equipment in typical rock/metal fashion.

After a heart felt tribute to Jeff Hanneman from Kerry King and Zakk Wylde, Heaven’s Basement came out to introduce Halestorm who started off their set with Love Bites. Before they kicked into I Miss The Misery, there was an amazing intro that featured some killer drumming from Arejay Hale. For their special guest, Halestorm brought out David Draiman to perform Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love and it was actually really good.

Heidi Sheppard and Carla Harvey of The Butcher Babies along with Jill Janus Of Huntress came out to introduce Five Finger Death Punch who started their earth shattering set with Burn It Down. In what turned out be a shocking announcement, Five Finger Death Punch revealed that they had two CD’s coming out within the next six months and one of the tracks from one featured their special guest for the second track. Rob Halford came out to perform Lift Me Up with them dressed in a priest outfit. To top that performance, Five Finger brought out Rob Zombie and John 5 to perform Thunderkiss 65 together on stage.

Maria Brink and Chris Howorth from In This Moment introduced Stone Sour to the stage as they opened up with Gone Sovereign. The second song the band performed was Absolute Zero and it absolutely rocked. Corey after the Zero was over said that before their guest came out, they were going to get the crowd started with their tribute to Sabbath as they began to play Children Of The Grave and sure enough during the song M. Shawn Crahan and Chris Fehn of Slipknot came out and performed with Stone Sour. It was absolutely off the charts and Corey definitely proved he deserved that vocalist of the year award.

One of the funniest incidents occurred  The Black Veil Brides were about to accept the award for best song of the year and the crowd was booing. Andy of BVB came right out and told the crowd off. Metal fans really hate The Black Veil Brides I guess. Papa Emeritus II of Ghost B.C. came out to introduce the one and only Danzig as he opened with Hammer Of The Gods not Mother according to the screen which would end up being the second track performed. Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein would eventually come out to perform Death Comes Ripping, Skulls and Last Caress with Danzig.

Phil Campbell and Lemmy Kilmister came out to introduce the one and only Metallica as they came out and opened with Disposable Heroes.

The Awards:

Guitarist Of The Year: John 5

Drummer Of The Year: Arejay Hale

Most Dedicated Fans: Fans Of Him (just a little side note, I think Marilyn Manson should the biggest sign of disrespect to the band him).

Best Live Band: Slipknot

The 2013 Golden God Award: Rob Zombie’

Best Vocalist: Corey Taylor

Best New Talent: Device

Comeback Of The Year: Tenacious D

Best Bassist: Lemmy Kilmister

Most Metal Athlete: Triple H

Song Of The Year: In The End by The Black Veil Brides

Riff Lord: Tony Iommi

Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Metallica

Album Of The Year: Koi No Yokan by The Deftones