Day 15: A song that describes you #30dsc

30 day challenge day 15: A song that describes you

Soulfly—Flyhigh

Just let my soul fly free
And let me be the one God wants me to be
Just let my soul fly free
And let me see everything
I’m supposed to see

[…]

Pressure building on my soul
I ask God to take control
Give me guidance in this world

Day 11: A song from your favourite band #30dsc

30 day challenge day 11: A song from your favourite band

Lamb of God—Descending

My favourite band, huh? There’s a tricky one.

In the 80s and early 90s it was Queen. In the 90s and early 00s it was Metallica. In the 00s and 10s my favourite bands have probably been both Opeth and Lamb of God.

I first came across Lamb of God in 2004 while browsing in the (now-gone) HMV store in the Gyle shopping centre in Edinburgh. Two of their albums, As The Palaces Burn (2003) and Ashes of the Wake (2004), were on the end-of-aisle display in the metal section of the store.

I bought them both because I liked the name and the packaging was intriguing. They looked like promisingly-good listens. Little did I know just how good.

I raced back to the car. Popped it into the stereo and… wow!

Their next album Sacrament (2006) was outstanding. Definitely one of my favourite albums ever, and a certain contender for being played on Desert Island Discs if they ever run out of guests and invite me on. Lamb of God on BBC Radio 4: now that would be cool!

Day 6: A song that reminds you of somewhere #30dsc

30 day challenge day 6: A song that reminds you of somewhere

WARNING! This video contains flashing images, swearing and scenes which some people may find disturbing.

Slayer—Raining Blood (live)

One summer (I guess it must have been around 1987; I thought it was 1986 but the album Reign In Blood wasn’t released until October 1986 so I guess it wasn’t) I went on a Scripture Union camp to Whitley Bay, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We stayed in some kind of holiday accommodation attached to a church there—it might have been the Baptist Church; someone with a better memory will be able to remind me.

Anyway, out shopping in Whitley Bay one afternoon my school friend David bought the latest Slayer album Reign In Blood on 12″ vinyl. Not the kind of album that you would automatically associate with a Christian youth camp, but there you have it. We had slightly different tastes, I guess.

In the evenings, once the younger campers were safely tucked up in their bunk beds the older campers were allowed to stay up late. So we would creep down to the lounge in the basement and crank out Reign In Blood at loud volume.

What an album! 28 minutes of thrash metal. It’s an album that is still regarded by many as the thrash album and one of the most influential metal albums of all time.

To me though, that album reminds me of sitting around with my school friends Kenny, David and Warren, laughing and having fun in a church hall basement in North Tyneside.

Machine Head: music as religion

Interesting new video from US thrash metal band Machine Head on the Official Roadrunner Records YouTube channel about the making of their new album, the follow-up to the highly acclaimed “The Blackening”.

The video opens with a clean-sounding arpeggiated-riff and lead singer/guitarist Rob Flynn summing up the album with the following monologue:

I wasn’t really raised with religion and in a lot of ways that’s what this records seems to be symbolising for me: music as religion; music as the thing that’s carried me through the darkest chapters of my life.

It’s carried me through the brightest… the highest highs of my life, and everything in between.

It’s always been there for me.

Anthrax – Caught in a Mosh

Anthrax - Caught in a Mosh

Spotted on the HMV website: thrash metal giants Anthrax have  a new live album coming out next week (Monday 7 January 2008): Caught in a Mosh, subtitled “BBC Live in Concert”. Track-listing is as follows:

Disc 1

Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, 15 February 1987

  1. A.I.R.
  2. Metal Thrashing Mad
  3. Panic
  4. Enemy
  5. I Am The Law
  6. Madhouse
  7. Howling Furies
  8. Medusa
  9. Armed And Dangerous
  10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  11. God Save The Queen
  12. Gung Ho

Disc 2

Live at Monsters of Rock (Castle Donington) Festival, England, 22 August 1987

  1. Among The Living
  2. Caught In A Mosh
  3. Madhouse
  4. I Am The Law
  5. Medusa
  6. Indians
  7. God Save The Queen
  8. A.I.R.
  9. I’m The Man

Other Anthrax news is that they’ve announced their new singer: Dan Nelson, a relatively unknown singer from New York. Read the press release.