For me the hardcore-derived, drill instructor harsh vocals are the only ones I can’t get into! The black metal shrieks and death metal guttural gurgling are funny/amusing/absurd but since there’s seems to be some subtext that that hardcore vocals are more “street” or “real” or more legitimate in their expression…and since they remind me of Pantera…they finally cross the line into cringe-inducing. It was the hardest thing for me to get past with, say, Baroness. And there are plenty of others. Funny!
Try Dawnbringer’s, “Into the Lair of the Sun God” or “Nucleus.”
I’m another one who has posted in multiple other album lists that the Maiden one needed to happen. Between this and the Metallica one, Stereogum, wow…just wow. And Adrien already knows how much I appreciate his work. So this is just above and beyond all hope.
Still waiting on the Motörhead one! :)
Damn editing. “Could NEVER EVER…”
The beauty about some lyricists–the lot of Maiden–Ronnie James Dio, that Pinko Punko finds “cheesy” and that Carson finds navigating “ridiculousness,” is that buried in all the preposterousness, Ronnie James Dio still expressed some TRUTH about human living that Bob Dylan or Elvis Costello or Tom Waits or Nick Cave could EVER, EVER get at using more ironic, sarcastic, or earnest approaches.
Life is not rational or logical. It is absurd. Ridiculous trumps ironic at every turn.
That’s verbatim what I wrote on Facebook when I posted this.
Neko and the band should learn a full set of Motörhead songs and bring appropriate backline to all venues to play it at the correct volume. I’d bet the majority of those “fans” more interested in playing with their phones than experiencing the music would turn tail and evacuate the venue by the time the band hit “Mean Machine” or “Snaggletooth” at 140 db. Weed out the weak. Neko is NOT music for people who don’t like music.
It is. My constant comments in that massive saga got me my only-ever article published in IO, just as he was leaving. ;)
Doug Moore, you have just published the single greatest, most succinct description of the “it” that Metallica is. Ever. Thank you.
Let’s get to that Iron Maiden list so the tantrums can really start. Stereogum will experience the most traffic it’s had in five years.