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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

W.A.S.P. — I’m Alive

Filed under: Listening — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:38 AM (05:38)

The target is me, a monster you flee
I hate what you say and you do
A mirror is there and look if you dare
The fool that you see’s only you
Oh, no, you won’t nail me to your tree
Or hang my head up high
No kingdom reigns over me
Despise all the liars I see
Don’t give me your
“Save my soul” cure

[REFRAIN:]

I — I’m still alive, and I am the soul survivor
You can’t understand, why
I — I’m still alive, and I am the soul survivor
Damn your holy man — alive

Can’t understand, the lord of the land
Your heart and your head made of stone
Lay in the sand my blood on your hands
For God’s sake just leave me alone
Oh, no, you won’t nail me to your tree
Or hang my head up high
Restless is all I can be
Ruthless and reckless you see
I don’t need your
“Save my soul” cure

[REFRAIN:]

I — I’m still alive, and I am the soul survivor
You can’t understand, why
I — I’m still alive, and I am the soul survivor
Damn your holy man — alive

Force suppression, that’s what you do
Feel me, what’s in it for you
Listen, I’m on to your game
All your lies are the same

[REFRAIN:]

I — I’m still alive, and I am the soul survivor
You can’t understand, why
I — I’m still alive, and I am the soul survivor
Damn your holy man — alive


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Friday, 3 June 2016

Overkill — Drop the Hammer Down

Filed under: Listening — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:19 AM (04:19)

Hold your feet to the fire
Hold your face to the ground ground ground
Hold on tight, you’re a target baby
Drop the hammer down
I’m a long life, loving hate
I’m a bomb that makes no sound
Could you please, would you loosen these
I’m about to fucking drown

Lowdown and overloaded, keeping you alive
I see that you’ve exploded
On the other side
Lowdown and lowdown, kicking it around
I see that you’ve exploded
Drop the hammer down

In a mock execution
In a house of gag and bound
Not the best of solutions
Drop the hammer down
I’m a long life, hating love
Under my dirt mound
If you could stand where we stood
We’re not fucking around

Lowdown and overloaded, keeping you alive
I see that you’ve exploded
On the other side
Lowdown and lowdown, kicking it around
I see that you’ve exploded
Drop the hammer down

Let’s hear it for the black and blue
For the tortured soul, the battered crew
Three cheers for the black and blue
Hey Hey Hey
Raise a glass to the beaten down
To their dignity, bloodless frown
Three cheers for the beaten down
Hey Hey Hey
Hey Hey Hey

Drop dead dreams in a deep, dirt ditch
Buried by a shovel hand
Dead screams from the son of a bitch
Coming out to beat the band
Oh baby how I love your bite
Turn my smile upside down
Oh baby how I hate your light
As you drop the hammer down

Hold your feet to the fire
Hold your face to the ground ground ground
Hold on tight, you’re a target baby
Drop the hammer down
I’m a long life, hating love
Under my dirt mound
If you could stand where we stood
We’re not fucking around

Lowdown and overloaded, keeping you alive
I see that you’ve exploded
On the other side
Lowdown and lowdown, kicking it around
I see that you’ve exploded
Drop the hammer down


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Helloween — My God-Given Right (Official Video)

Filed under: Fun, Listening, Media, Philosophy, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense, Viewing — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:55 AM (02:55)

Why should I wait, what is left there for me?
I come to claim
To win the game
Why should I plea for my fair and right move?
I come to play
I come to stay

I don’t wanna bitch around no more
I don’t wanna stand back anymore

It’s my god-given right
To stand and fight
For what I like
It’s my god-given brain
That cried in pain
Would I resign
There’s nothing to gain
If I would restrain
There’s nothing to find
If I stay behind
It’s my right
My god-given right

Why should I lose if I am meant to win?
I know I can
I’ve got a plan
All that they told me is right and so wrong
I went through schools
Found my own rules

I don’t wanna bitch around no more
I don’t wanna stand back anymore

It’s my god-given right
To stand and fight
For what I like
It’s my god-given brain
That cried in pain
Would I resign
There’s nothing to gain
If I would restrain
There’s nothing to find
If I stay behind
It’s my right

My god-given right
It’s my god-given right
My god-given right
It’s my god-given right

It’s my god-given right
To stand and fight
For what I like
It’s my god-given brain
That cried in pain
Would I resign
There’s nothing to gain
If I would restrain
There’s nothing to find
If I stay behind
It’s my right
My god-given right


The site blabbermouth.net[1] quotes Oliver Sommer, who directed the video for the title track:

“The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the ‘play’ button. So the female protagonist flees – reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated – from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience. When the tough girl realizes that she won’t escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty . . . It is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip.”

I’m wondering if I’m the only one who notices that the “pumpkin soldiers” bear a slight resemblance to Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise . . . ?

And don’t get on my case about the tactical idiocies (cover and concealment? what’s that?) in this one — it’s a music video made by Europeans, fer Chrissakes.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. DuckDuckGo search — HELLOWEEN – My God-Given Right lyrics
  2. Wikipedia page for Helloween
  3. Wikipedia page for My God-Given Right

NOTES

  1. HELLOWEEN: First Part Of ‘My God-Given Right’ Track-By-Track Breakdown
  2. Approximate reading level – 11.4
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / MeetMe / Tagged / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionWordPress

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Havok — Give Me Liberty . . . Or Give Me Death

Filed under: Fun, Listening, Media, Philosophy, Principles, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:36 AM (02:36)

Cut the rotting branches of Government that stop the people from having meaning today
Stay out of my business and keep to yourself
Got to do things my own way
Minimizing freedom with your rules and regulations
A never-ending hunger to control
Choking out the life of your own population
Abusing the power you hold

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death
Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death to our Independence

Death to those who fight
Death to our Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Showing no regard for the way things ought to be
Stripping away rights from you and me

The Founding Fathers would be rollling in their graves
If they could see what you are doing to this place
The next thing to go is our Freedom of Speech
So I’ll speak up while I still can and maximize my reach

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death
Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death

I find it hard to believe
Some things are better left unsaid
Is this the land of the free?
Democracy is Dead

Cut the rotting branches of Government that stop the people from having meaning today
Stay out of my business and keep to yourself
Got to do things my own way
Minimizing freedom with your rules and regulations
A never-ending hunger to control
Choking out the life of your own population
Abusing the power you hold

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Give me liberty or Death

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny,
when the government fears the people there is liberty”
– Thomas Jefferson

http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/havok/unnaturalselection.html#2


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / MeetMe / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress
    3. Darth Mike – Facebook / WordPress

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Helloween — I.M.E. [video clip]

Filed under: Life, Listening, Media, Philosophy, Principles — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:30 AM (11:30)

Helloween — I.M.E.

I should not this
I must not that
No matter how I act I must regret
It’s not me
It’s not me
I got to play
What others say
I got to turn it down when I feel great
That’s not me
It’s not me

I am me
Who do you think you are
To tell me what to be
I am me
No matter what you say
Today I keep my way
I am me

You make me sick
You make me choke
For me your way of life is just a joke
It’s not me
It’s not me
I got a face
I got a name
Whatever you perceive is not the same
That I see
It’s not me

I am me
Who do you think you are
To tell me what to be
I am me
No matter what you say
Today I keep my way
I am me

I got to change this
To rearrange this
Start writing onto my own pages
It’s just me
It’s just me
It’s just me

I am me
Who do you think you are
To tell me what to be
I am me
No matter what you say
Today I keep my way
I am me
How grave you think you are
To tell me what to be
I am me
You better creep away
Today I’m on my way
I am me

Lyrics found here!


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / MeetMe / Tagged / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Saber Tiger: Angel Of Wrath

Filed under: Listening, Viewing — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:29 PM (16:29)

Current mood: cranky

Why exactly don’t Japanese metal acts get any billing here in the States? Saber Tiger has been around since 1981 and I’ve just heard of them today – thirty-one years later. What the hell was their record label doing for those 31 years (they’ve released TEN studio albums, in addition to a few EPs, compilation albums, etc.[1])

These guys have the chops to make it – OK, they don’t do the “screamo” bit that is supposed to sound “demonic,” but really ends up sounding like some sort of respiratory problem. But I’ve never understood why American or European bands engage in it, either.

I suspect that part of the problem is that they’ve had something of a revolving door where their lineup is concerned. In their case, it seems like a small orchestra.


NOTES

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saber_Tiger#Discography
    http://sabertiger.net/html/discography.html
  2. Reposted –
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    2. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga
    3. Mama’s Fallen Angels (The site only allowed me to post the video clip. I suspect that I would have to attach my wit and wisdom (see above) separately as a comment. Really aggravating.)

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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Ronnie James Dio, RIP (1942-2010)

Filed under: Life, Listening — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:45 PM (22:45)

At about 7:45 AM on Sunday, 16 May 2010, we lost one of the good guys:

“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”


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Sunday, 12 April 2009

Did I See What I Thought I Saw?

Filed under: Viewing — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:24 PM (23:24)

Current mood: amused, annoyed

While I was watching Metal Mania tonight, the video by Overkill titled “In Union We Stand” came up. During the progress of the clip, I noticed that at least one of the band members seemed to be wearing a belt of linked machinegun ammo around his waist.

NO, I’m not complaining. Considering my politics, I’m probably the last person who should do that.

I’m just noting that even after you’ve seen something a dozen times, the thirteenth time you see it, you could notice something entirely new for the first time. This is part of the reason that Babylon 5 repeats NEVER get old.

That, and two other observations —

  1. Overkill has done stupendously well, considering that they get little to no airplay on AM/FM/satellite radio and the music-video channels. One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to was their 23 Sept 2005 show in Albuquerque at the Launchpad. Outside the venue were posters for the local hard-rock station, 94 Rock. Yet how many times before that show (or since) have they played anything from The Wrecking Crew’s discography? I can’t recall any time that they have.
  2. I’m sure that TSA and the European states where they play (they quite possibly have a more loyal following in Europe than the States) would NOT be amused by the belted MG ammo in their baggage. A sign of the times, and not a good one.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Metallica is BACK!

Filed under: Listening, Media — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:13 PM (18:13)

I first started listening to Metallica back in 1987. I was just getting started as a headbanger and thrash metal fan. I had recently purchased Megadeth’s Peace Sells . . . But Who’s Buying? album and thought it was great. At morning homeroom sessions, the guy sitting next to me and I would sometimes swap cassette tapes. I loaned him the Megadeth tape, and the one he loaned me was Master of Puppets.

After listening to the tape, I fell in love with their music, and purchased my own copy shortly thereafter [1]. I followed it up with cassette copies of Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, and everything else [2]. In 1998 and 1999, the cassette copies were wearing out, so I purchased the compact-disc versions of these albums [1].

OK, so I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the bands’ leading the charge against Napster [3], but still, I bought Garage Days and S&M. I was deaf to the complaints of them “selling out” with Load and Reload (similar complaints were made after the release of Metallica (The Black Album)). No, my breaking point was St. Anger.

Yes, I purchased a CD copy of St. Anger. After listening for the first time, I was . . . how to say this nicely? . . . disappointed. And I wasn’t the only one.

Most of my listening to broadcast radio consists of the times I’m driving around town. Mostly I listen to 94.1 KZRR-FM here in Albuquerque [4]. Every weeknight around 10 PM, they put the word out for listeners to call in requests for their favorite Metallica songs [5], and they put them in the “Metal Up Your Ass” segment [6].

Put it this way — it’s a rare, rare occurrence that a caller will request something from St. Anger. Request after request comes in for songs from ALL of the other albums.

As for St. Anger, what can I say? I just don’t know. Maybe it’s something they just had to get out of their collective systems. Who knows — it’s not like they had (or have) any sort of monopoly on stupidity. I’ll admit it — I’ve done my share of stupid stuff, too.

Fast-forward to August, 2008, Metallica released two singles from their latest studio album, Death Magnetic, to radio stations — The Day That Never Comes and Cyanide.

After hearing these tow songs, I can unequivocally say that Metallica is BACK! Gone are the pod-people or mimics who put together St. Anger. Whatever bug was up the collective asses of Hetfield, Hammett and Ulrich [7], it seems to be GONE now, and they’re back up to snuff. Let’s just hope that they don’t try to defend St. Anger, as that one was indefensible.

NOTES

[1] So much for their arguments against Napster.
[2] The last Metallica album that I bought as a cassette was Load.
[3] They got their start in the early 1980s by passing around uncopyrighted, unlicensed “bootleg” cassette
     tapes of their songs, as well as other bands’ songs as cover tunes.
[4] When the disk jockey on duty plays Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana or Faith No More, I change the station for
     five minutes.
[5] Every time I try to call in, the line is busy. For the record, my favorites are Eye Of The Beholder (theme song
     for The Weekly Sedition!) and Of Wolf And Man.
[6] Metal Up Your Ass was the original title for Kill ‘Em All.
[7] From what I understand, Bob Rock was the bassist on the St. Anger album.

Saturday, 7 June 2008

New Laaz Rockit Album after 15 Years

Filed under: Listening — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:27 PM (22:27)

Not only are they releasing a new album, Left For Dead, but they’re re-releasing the old albums — I’ve only had the cassette-tape versions of Know Your Enemy and Annihilation Principle, and those are worn out. I’d also like to see them live — hope they’re coming to Albuquerque soon!

—————– Bulletin Message —————–
From: Laaz Rockit
Date: Jun 6, 2008 11:53 AM
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2008

AFTER 15 YEARS, LAAZ ROCKIT RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM!

Bay Area thrash pioneers LAAZ ROCKIT will be releasing a new album, LEFT FOR DEAD, August 25 on MASSACRE RECORDS. There will be a record release party on August 23rd at Betty’s Rock Club in Walnut Creek, CA.

Two new songs off the new CD are available on the band’s official MySpace page: www.myspace.com/thelaazrockit.

Formed in 1982 in Berkeley, CA, LAAZ ROCKIT is considered to be one the founders of the unique genre of Bay Area thrash metal. The band’s new style of metal garnered a huge fan base, with their high energy live performances becoming their signature trademark. Sold out performances in the burgeoning club scene soon gave LAAZ ROCKIT label attention, and the indie label Target Entertainment inked the band for their debut album, City’s Gonna Burn, in 1984. Viewed as a classic “blue-print” in the beginning of thrash metal, City’s Gonna Burn placed LAAZ ROCKIT in the arena with other powerhouse metal bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Testament, Exodus, and Anthrax. A new sound was created by these pioneers that continues to inspire many bands to this day.

LAAZ ROCKIT would release five more full length albums and an EP over the next eight years, with 1987’s Know Your Enemy and 1989’s Annihilation Principle securing both fan and critical acclaim worldwide. The band toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan during this period, raising the bar for metal acts to follow with their unique live performance and rapport with fans at every gig along the way.

Though the band broke up in 1993, the members remained great friends. Because of this, the possibility of performing together again was always there, and, in 2005, the band had a perfect opportunity to do so.

The 2005 Dynamo Open Air Festival in the Netherlands was a celebration of 80’s thrash metal bands, and LAAZ ROCKIT was billed for the main stage along with Anthrax and Testament. This show, along with a club appearance with Testament, would be LAAZ’s first live appearance since Tokyo in 1992. After enjoying the fun and success of playing live again, the band appeared at the San Francisco Thrash Against Cancer Benefit in July 2005 and traveled to Japan with their brothers in Testament for the two-night, sold-out Thrash Domination Festival, with Kreator and Destruction also on the bill. A headlining appearance at Germany’s “Keep It True” festival with Diamondhead and Sabbat, and two shows in the Netherlands and Belgium in spring of 2007 were the only gigs for LAAZ ROCKIT that year. The band brought along a new drummer for these shows, Sky Harris.

In August 2006, LAAZ ROCKIT released Live Untold, a DVD that encapsulates the story of LAAZ with concert footage, photos, and interviews that chronicle the band from its inception to the present day. It is a classic, detailing the band in a unique fashion and showcasing their brotherhood throughout their lives.

Due to the overwhelming response of the fans, LAAZ ROCKIT’s back catalogue is being re-mastered and re-released on OLD SCHOOL METAL RECORDS, which also released the Live Untold DVD. City’s Gonna Burn was re-released in 2007, complete with photos of the era and updated production. The rest of the back catalogue is also slated for release soon.

After the success of the reunion shows, the band realized they were not finished with what they had to offer musically. In 2008, LAAZ ROCKIT returned to the studio for the first time in 15 years and completed the perfect follow-up to where they left off in 1993, with the aptly titled Left For Dead. Enlisting co-producers Juan Urteaga and former LAAZ member Scott Sargeant (who also makes a guest appearance), Left For Dead is the most mature sounding and thoughtful offering the band has ever released.

Left For Dead is set for a July 25th release in Europe on MASSACRE RECORDS. On June 1st, a limited-edition signed CD will become available in the U.S. for a limited time only on the band’s MySpace page and/or official website.

This highly anticipated release has already garnished praise from some of metal’s most famous performers:

“The best LAAZ ROCKIT ever made!!”
— Chuck Billy, TESTAMENT

“Blistering aggression! Thrash Metal the way it should be . . . straight up, and in your face, from the band that helped define the genre!”
— Steve “Zetro” Sousa, former EXODUS & LEGACY

“How is it that in 2008 the old thrash metal guard has come back heavier and thrashier than ever. First Exodus, then Death Angel, then Testament and now Laaz Rockit. A thrashing throwback to wreck your neck!”
— Rick Ernst, Get Thrashed Director / Producer

Check out two new songs at LAAZ ROCKIT’s official MySpace: myspace.com/thelaazrockit.

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