Posts Tagged ‘Reborn’

war of the covers love machineI have always had the motto that if at first you don’t succeed then you try and try again which is definitely the case this week. Before we get into this week’s War Of The Covers, we are here to inform you that Vader won last week’s challenge by gaining 78% of the votes making their version of Slayer’s Silent Scream the king. This week we have an interesting battle for all of you out there as we attempt something we have never done before. This week we have an unsigned/independent band taking on a nationally signed act in this week’s War Of The Covers. For this week’s battle, we are looking at legendary LA metal act W.A.S.P. whose seminal hit from their self titled 1984 debut L.O.V.E. Machine which is the subject of our battle this week. In 2002, metal act Fozzy which features WWE wrestler Chris Jericho released a cover of the song for their second studio album Happenstance. In 2007, legendary Unsigned/Independent act Fallen Man released their 3RD full length album Reborn which featured a cover of the track. Now only one of these versions can reign supreme and it’s totally up to you guys to decide so choose wisely and just have fun doing it.

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For this week’s Unsigned Band Of The Week, we are leaving the state of Texas and we are heading back up north to New England and to be more exact we are heading into the state of  Connecticut for this week’s band. To be exact we are heading to Ansonia, CT which is west of New Have for this week’s band Dream Of Scipio. I heard about Dream Of Scipio back when I was trying to launch a Podcast called Believe In The Scene. Unfortunately, the podcast never really took off at the time, but I decided to make it up to them by making them this week’s Unsigned band of the week. The song that I chose for today from the band is their track entitled The Dark Defender which is a bulldozer of a track. The track is in your face and it’s a furious concoction of pure mayhem that is unrelenting. You better be prepared for this because this is metal done right. To check out more from the band, give them a like on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, check out their Soundcloud, and check their video below cause it’s a well produced video. While you’re at it, check out their EP Reborn here and download it.

 

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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.