In 1997, one of the most fucked up movies of all time, Gummo, hit theaters in the U.S. Few movies could match the story of a bunch of sick and twisted kids. I’m still scarred to this day.
In any case, Gummo had one of the best (extreme metal) soundtracks of all time featuring bands that were still strictly underground at the time: BRUJERIA, BURZUM, EYEHATEGOD, NIFELHEIM, BETHLEHEM (remember them?), and ABSU. The APESHIT goons highly recommend it.
After being on hiatus while King Diamond recovered from triple bypass surgery for a few years, KING DIAMOND finally made their return to the stage via 2012′s Swedish Rock Fest. Check out this video of the band’s entire set.
The monster setlist includes lots of classics alongside some very rare but welcome songs. There are also some guest appearances but we won’t spoil it for you.
So the story goes that in ’87, Glenn Danzig was asked to write a song for Roy Orbison. The song, “Life Fades Away,” was featured in the classic film, Less Than Zero as well Orbison‘s ’92 album, King of Hearts.
Check out this great, great song and see what happens when two legends get together.
If you’re craving more music in the style of SOILWORK‘s first three albums, then you gotta check out Italy’s DISARMONIA MUNDI. And interestingly enough, SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid is also in the band. Fast, intense, melodic thrashy death metal with keyboards done right.
There is nothing funny about the grim coldness of IMMORTAL‘s music. However, frontman Abbath has got a great sense of humor and knows when not to take himself too seriously. Check out this hilarious interview with Reality Check TV in 2002.
Let’s get one thing clear, the underground extreme music industry is just as trendy as the mainstream music scene. Fake music is everywhere. How many copycat bands emerge once one band of a particular style gets enough media attention?
Anyways, today’s Song of the Day is “Pull My Strings” from the legendary DEAD KENNEDYS. This recording is from the Bay Area Music Awards in 1980 where the band was to play in front of a bunch of mainstream music moguls. The song was their message to them. It just goes to show what the band stood for. This is the first and only time they performed the song. Cheers.
Back when I was a senior in high school, a friend called me up and was yelling at the top of his lungs about an “Ozzfest.” When he told me about the dream line up, I was beyond excited. Who on this earth wouldn’t have wanted to see OZZY, DANZIG, SLAYER, SEPULTURA, and FEAR FACTORY in 1996? Unfortunately, my friend didn’t care enough to actually go with me to the show and I was the only person in my school that cared enough to go. Thus, I missed the show.
So 1997 rolls around and I’m a freshman in college and working as a school teacher during the summer. Most importantly, I had my own damn car. When the announcement for the second Ozzfest came out, I was beyond excited. To be able to see the reunited original line up of BLACK SABBATH meant everything to me. SABBATH were my favorite band at the time (and still are). Those first six albums changed my life. Not even Technical Ecstacy or Never Say Die hurt my feelings as much as Loadbut that probably has more to do with the fact that I was born in ’78 and not ’68. I still have those first SABBATH albums on cassette tape.
Unlike 1996, I wasn’t going to be deterred by the fact that I did not know a single soul who wanted to go. Armed with a Thomas Guide map, I set out in my car on the furthest drive of my 19 year old life. After the over two hour drive, I arrived at the venue, which is out in the middle of shitsville (AKA San Bernardino County, California). Lots of dirt, rocks, scorching heat, and rednecks. As I pulled up to entrance of the venue, there were the obligatory Christian groups protesting the show with a focus on Ozzy. They were holding up signs about damnation and devil worship…completely harmless stuff.
For today’s Song of the Day, let us revisit one of the greatest underground metal bands of all time, ARCTURUS. Back in 1994, the band released the Constellation EP via guitarist Samoth‘s Nocturnal Art Productions. Simply a groundbreaking piece of Norwegian symphonic black metal. Absolutely mandatory.
It sounds like CRYPTOPSY have done the right thing with their new album by making a proper CRYPTOPSY album. No female keyboardists. No ill executed LINKIN PARK clean vocals. All blasting, manic death metal.