Saturday, March 12, 2011
I'm going to take a break from metal today, and bring you.....swing. Well, sorta. Richard Cheese plays lounge, swing, big band, and most recently, tiki versions of rock, rap and pop songs. I'll also bet that most of you have heard his music, even if you've never heard his name. He did the cover of Disturbed's Down With the Sickness that was featured in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.
I don't know how well I'm going to succeed in trying to keep myself from posting every track from his as-of-now ten albums, but I'm going to try not to go overboard. I will say that while I'm posting more songs than normal, they are much shorter than what I typically post. Also, these songs are about a million times better if you know the originals. I won't be posting those though.
War Ensemble (original by Slayer)
Closer (original by Nine Inch Nails) [Yeah...This one is super NSFW.]
Just Dance (original by Lady Gaga)
Stronger (original by Kanye West)
Lollipop (original by Lil' Wayne)
And last, but not least......Michal Jackson's Beat it.
Friday, March 11, 2011
I was planning on seeing this group on Sunday, but I had held off on purchasing the tickets. Now I'm glad I did as they're only a support act on the tour, and as such, they're just playing five songs. Not really worth $30 + travel expenses & a shirt. Especially considering that for some reason, they're not playing any songs from their new album, and I've already seen them open for DragonForce a few years ago.
Anywho, Turisas is a Finnish folk metal band that like many folk metal bands, sing primarily about fighting and drinking. Not only that, but they also sport a violin, and a rockccordion. Also, if you've ever heard the term "battle metal", it was started by these guys. If you haven't, then don't feel bad. It's not an official sub-genre, or anything.
First up, is Cursed Be Iron, from their freshman album, The Varangian Way. I guess I should say that this is one of their heavier songs. I know a few of you don't like screaming, so you might want to skip it. Personally, it's one of my favorite songs by them though.
Next, I'm going to post a cover that they released on one of their singles, Rasputin. Typically, I leave singles alone, but they only have three albums, and I really like this track.
For a sample from Battle Metal, I better post the title track. I think I prefer a couple others on the album, but it has become one of their signature songs.
Finally, The March of the Varangian Guard from their newest album, Stand Up And Fight, which they added an orchestra for.
Edit: I forgot that I had the 2008 re-release of Battle Metal. As such, I accidentally swapped the order of their first two albums. Since I'm feeling lazy, I'm going to leave it. But I thought I would point this error out since one of the reasons I post a track from each album is so people that are interested can see just how a band evolves over the years.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
So, for anyone that doesn't know, I'm a bit of a Deadpool fanboy. I've been reading the various Deadpool comics for years, and since I'm a broke college student I can't say that I have all the physical issues, but I DO have everything he's apeared in in .CBR format. (.CBR is a file extion for digital comic books....You can read CBR and CBZ files with a number of programs. Personally, I use ComicRack.)
Another comic that I enjoy reading is the webcomic The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. As if the name didn't give it away, the main character is both a doctor, and a ninja. There's also a gorilla secretary, raptors, giant lumberjacks, chainsaw-nunchucks, zombies, a robotic Dracula, et cetera, et cetera. Oh, and if you're keeping track of all the awesome, for a while, at least, the woman that does the coloring for The Venture Brothers also colored Dr. McNinja.
Well, Marvel announced today that Christopher Hastings (The writer of Dr. Mcninja.) will be writing a new Deadpool limited series called Fear Itself. While I have mixed feelings about 9,001 different Deadpool series being launched in the past couple of years, this is one that I simply can't wait for.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Before I go on, if you missed my last two posts, it was because the feedburner that Google uses messed up and stopped linking my updates. This should be fixed now.
Well, I mentioned ProgPower yesterday, so I figured I would talk about this year's show. If there's any chance you want to attend, I would recommend buying tickets soon as less than 300 (of 900) tickets remain.
ProgPower is a festival that is put on in Atlanta, GA every year. There are two official days of prog and power metal, and then two more unofficial days before the show. This year, the show is on 9/16 - 9/17, and has the following line up:
PROGPOWER USA XII DAY 1 -
Friday September 16, 2011
Creation's End - (USA) - 2:30-3:15
Darkwater - (Sweden) - 3:45-4:30
Voyager - (Australia) - 5:00-6:00
Eldritch - (Italy) - 6:30-7:30
Mob Rules - (Germany) - 8:00-9:00
Arcturus - (Norway) - 9:30-10:45
Sanctuary - (USA) - 11:30-close
- PROGPOWER USA XII DAY 2 -
Saturday September 17, 2011
Haken - (UK) - 3:00-4:00
While Heaven Wept - (USA) - 4:30-5:30
Red Circuit - (Germany) - 6:00-7:00
Labyrinth - (Italy) - 7:30-8:30
Dream Evil - (Sweden) - 9:00-10:15
Therion - (Sweden) - 11:00-close
- PROGPOWER USA MIDWEEK MAYHEM -
Wednesday September 14, 2011
Evergrey (Acoustic Show)
- PROGPOWER USA KICK-OFF -
Thursday September 15, 2011
An Evening With - Vanden Plas
An Evening With - Evergrey
Since there are so many bands playing, I'm not going to post a sample for each one, but I will post the announcement video. It may be a little long, but it has samples of each band that's performing the main two nights.
EDIT: I apparently posted last year's videos. Oops! There should be the correct videos now.
And I was able to find a video for the Kick Off show. Still nothing for Midweek Mayhem.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Kamelot is an American power metal band from Florida. As with a lot of power metal, the vocals are typically clean, and a lot of the lyrics tell stories. In fact, two of their albums, Epica and The Black Halo are about Geoth's Faust.
Because Kamelot have released nine studio albums, (plus a re-release, live albums, ect) I'm only going to cover their latest four albums. This also keeps me from covering their first three albums, which had a different singer, and in my opinion, are inferior to their work with Kahn. And speaking of Kahn, he has apparently gotten sick and/or found religion, and as such hasn't toured with the band since this past summer. Which not only wasn't the best timing with a new album that had just dropped, and tour dates that had been scheduled. Including, but not limited to ProgPower XI, a two-day festival that a friend and I got gold badges (one step below VIP tickets) for, primarily because they were headlining the first night. Fortunately, the band did play the show, and Michael Eriksen from Circus Maximus sung that night.
And since Center of the Universe was the song that I was going to post from Epica, and that is the one video that is on the interwebz from ProgPower XI, I might as well post that version. (Extra tidbit: Eriksen only had three days to rehearse with the band for this show.)
Next, is The Haunting, from the album The Black Halo. Not only is The Black Halo a squeal to Epica, but Simone Simmons from the band Epica performs some guest vocals in this song.
This next song is the title track from Ghost Opera. If anyone wants to go out and pick this album up, I suggest getting Ghost Opera (The Second Coming) instead. It's a re-issue with a live bonus disc.
And finally, we have The Great Pandemonium, which is the opening track on their latest, and darkest, release, Poetry for the Poisoned.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Since many of you said that you liked Alestorm, I thought I would post this. American power metal group, Kamelot has announced dates for a North America tour. Guess who's opening for them? None other than Alestorm. (Along with Blackguard--Another pirate themed metal group-- and The Agonist, whom I've never heard of.)
Also, for those of you that are already familiar with Kamelot, I'm sure you know that their lead singer isn't doing any tours right now. (He might leave the band.) For those that AREN'T familiar with them, I'll write up a proper post for them tomorrow. In either case, however, Kamelot has been replacing their singer with various other power metal singers on tour. For their NA tour, Fabio, the lead singer from Rhapsody (of Fire) is performing with them. Which, while I love me some Kamelot, and I do really enjoy Rhapsody (of Fire), I don't know if that's really the best fit.
Here's a list of tour dates, as seen at their official website:
And to wrap up this post, I'll give you a little teaser of Kamelot, and also a sample of Fabio's voice.
Kamelot - March of Maphisto, from their album, The Black Halo
And here is The Mystic Prophecy of the Demon Knight by Rhapsody (of Fire). Yes, this is a LOOOONG song. Personally, it's one of my favorites though.