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Arsis – We Are The Nightmare

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This band is the ultimate death metal band for me. I remember when they were first getting started in Virginia playing at Fantasy Records and wherever else they could. Always a bunch of nice guys.

The band I was in at the time did some shows with them around the Hampton Roads area and I’d always try to see them when they played. Their drummer was phenomenal. Mike Van Dyne. Just a total badass and i was disappointed when he left. Their rhythm guitarist, Chris Jones, left and ultimately ended up in my Motorhead tribute band. He was such an incredible talent on the guitar and as a vocalist. I think he’s completely out of music now.

Then there’s James Malone. The conductor of it all. The boy can shred like none other. He’s taken everything that Chuck Schuldiner (RIP) did and kicked it up a few notches. Watching him sing while playing some crazy riffs is utterly impressive.

Unfortunately I haven’t seen them since I moved to Texas although they’ve played in San Antonio several times in the last 2 years. They keep playing early slots on these big death metal tours and I’m not much of a fan of paying $30 to see a bunch of bands I don’t like just to see the one I do like play for 30 minutes. Hopefully they’ll get some better billing.

They got signed to Nuclear Blast a year ro so ago and recorded their latest album, “We Are The Nightmare.” You’re punched in the face the momoent it kicks in. By the end of the album you feel like you’ve been dragged behind a semi for 40 miles. Darren Cesca’s drumwork is mind numbing. Go to Youtube and check out some of his stuff.

If you’re into Death’s “Symbolic” and “Individual Thought Patterns” then you need to hear Arsis.

I’m proud of those guys. Malone worked hard to get to where he is and I hope they have continues success.

Be sure to check out their Myspace page as well.

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September 16, 2008 at 1:35 pm


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An acquaintance of mine sent me the link to this now-defunct northern California band that put a demo out called “The New Breed” in 1991. People send me links to bands all the time and 99% of it is not to my liking. This is a bit different.

I don’t know much about them except that their singer replaced Carl Albert (ex-Vicious Rumors) in his old band Villain. It’s obvious they hit the scene a little too late as corporate music (radio/MTV) were putting radio friendly grunge on the radio and not so much metal.

Anyway, check it out. It’s good! Power/Prog type stuff but not over the top.



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September 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm


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To the tune of “One”. Sing along!


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September 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Top 25 metal bands

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This is a difficult list, really. My number 1 will never change. Things below it could and you’ll notice how picky I am about certain eras of each band.

  1. Iron Maiden (80-88 and A Matter Of Life And Death)
  2. Warlord
  3. Fates Warning (Arch era)
  4. Yngwie Malmsteen
  5. Megadeth (first 2 albums)
  6. Overkill (first 2 albums)
  7. Sacred Rite
  8. WASP
  9. Lizzy Borden
  10. King Diamond (up to and including The Eye)
  11. Mercyful Fate (up to and including In The Shadows)
  12. Anthrax (first 3 albums)
  13. Chastain (up to and including Voice of the Cult)
  14. Black Sabbath (up to and including Dehumanizer)
  15. Arsis
  16. Death
  17. Tiamat (up to and including Wildhoney)
  18. Loudness (up to and including Hurricane Eyes)
  19. Celtic Frost
  20. Omen (up to and including The Curse)
  21. Obsession (first 2 LPs only)
  22. Motorhead (up to and including 1916)
  23. Metal Church (up to and including Hanging In The Balance)
  24. Sanctuary
  25. Triumph

Geeez, there’s so many more I want to list! Ugh.

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September 11, 2008 at 12:39 am

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do what you have to do to never get this condition. it sucks.

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September 10, 2008 at 1:50 am

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This is where it all began…

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This is the album that first got me interested in hard rock/heavy metal…when I was 5!

I remember my brother bringing this home on vinyl in 1975 and he let me look at it for a little bit. I’m pretty sure he borrowed it from TR or Scotty from across the street. I know he didn’t buy it as money was always pretty tight. I asked him why they looked liked clowns all dressed up. I think he said something like, “Just shut up and listen to it.” So i did.

Wow. What was this? I never heard anything like this on AM radio. I was hooked. Of course at that age I didn’t understand much of what they were talking about but I loved it. Learned every word as best as I could.

While this isn’t anywhere near my favorite KISS album, it is definitely the one that made me a hard rocker. My faves on here include Room Service, Rock Bottom, She and C’mon and Love Me. I never did like Rock And Roll All Night. Blech!

So there it is. Blame KISS.

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September 9, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Nice teeth, lady…

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You know, I like being hit on as much as the next guy…but there are times like today when it’s not so great.

So I went to Waffle House for lunch. I also went last week for lunch and it was full of non-white girls working and they were nice, courteous, orderly, funny. Today was like a different world. All white women who look as is they’d been rode hard and put up wet. The one who waited on me was outwardly flirting with me. I was one of 2 customers in the place. It made me a little uneasy, especially when she smiled. The girl had some major teeth issues going on. She was pretty relentless and I tried to ignore her as much as possible. I inhaled my eggs and hash browns as fast as I could and got the hell out. A different toothless girl rang me up and was asking me a bunch of questions. “Where did you get that ring?” “Are you a biker?” “Do you live nearby?” It was insane. I was totally uncomfortable. That’s not a normal feeling for me.

Maybe today was payback for all of my flirting. I do it a lot. Really. A LOT.

On the bright side, my waitress had a really nice ass. At least it was nice while it was all wrapped up in her pants. Probably not so much if that beast ever got loose.

Run to the hills!

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September 8, 2008 at 7:32 pm

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