Posts Tagged ‘metal’

006Seventh Son of a Seventh Son – Iron Maiden  1988

 Side A
1. “Moonchild”   5:39 2. “Infinite Dreams”  6:09 3. “Can I Play with Madness” 3:31 4. “The Evil That Men Do”  4:34
Side B
1. “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”  9:53 2. “The Prophecy” 5:05 3. “The Clairvoyant” 4:27 4. “Only the Good Die Young”  4:42

I got this on tape when I was in 5th grade and didn’t get it…For all the reasons I love it now. It’s progressive (the last Maiden album to have longer song structures) and is the first Maiden album with synths. They add a cruddy feel of an 80’s horror b movie in the middle of the classical/metal dueling lead guitar lines. The opening track “Moonchild” (see link at bottom) sets the table: A folk/Satanic tinged intro (“seven holy paths to hell, and your trip begins…”  and then Boom, the synths start and the song erupts, full of imagery that brings a smile to any fun-loving anti-Christ’s face). This was another “sort of concept album” by the boys, this time dealing mainly with insanity caused by the paranormal and astrological as well as my favorite…Lucifer. “Can I play with Madness ?”and “the Clairvoyant” are 2 more examples of the marrying of the 80’s synths and the “New Wave Of British Heavy Metal” sound they helped build. They caught a lot of shit for the synths, but listening today it sets this record apart from some of the other interminable shit that muddied the metal scene at the end of the eighties. Thank Lucifer for that!

005Of course, a huge reason to love Maiden albums on vinyl is the artwork. They basically created the badass, demonic cover art genre with their character “Eddie”. The only way to truly take it in is holding the 12 X 12 cover in your hands after you drop the needle. He is once again used to maximum sickness on the front and back cover, as well as on the label itself. The only thing scarier looking on this album is the band’s wardrobe…dig the Hard Rock Cafe shirt and the fucking COSBY sweater! Tragic!

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Moonchild…

weapon2Black/Death Metal has gotten kinda precious and boring lately.  To me , it is nice to hear some quality Black Metal by a band who is technically proficient, boundary pushing (musically), intelligent and most importantly,   ACTUALLY SATANISTS. Weapon’s second album, “Embers and Revelations ” is a breath of dark, ominous air. Their content is really good…if  Satan is your thing…and executed with some conviction and some balls.

Their last album (From The Devil’s Tomb) was very interesting and perhaps a bit more varied stylistically, but this one skips the posturing and gets right to the heart of it…Hate, Violence as well as Light and Lucifer. They also pull a lot of influences into the mix. I just saw a review in pitchfork that says it best…”imagine a particularly unholy blend of Belphegor, Melechesh, Nile, Watain, and Behemoth. Now add in some Master’s Hammer worship and vintage Morbid Angel appreciation, tattoo it with Kali’s name, hand it a knife, then leave it to die on an unnamed street corner in any hot, dusty city.” Right-e-o

Plus, the album art is sick…and yes, that fucking matters. You can see it on the youtube vids above. Pure, bad-ass. Makes me wish I got it on vinyl, just to have a 12 X 12 of the cover to look at while I listen but instead I will just imagine this Devil goat giving the horn salute with his cloven hoof.

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If you’ve got a critter that needs to be ritualistically devoured, here’s your dinner music.