Chris Dalton

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"Trying to define “metal” has been an ongoing issue for years, basically since DRI and the Cro-Mags." I would say since the NWOBHM. The term has been in the rock vernacular since the early 1970s to describe extremely loud, guitar-centric music. We can all agree on this. I have a friend who remembers hearing a couple of DJs on her local rock station back in 1981 playing Iron Maiden's soon-to-be-released, "Killers" album. They played the first two songs and made fun of the LP for the next half-hour because it was so stupid, extreme, ridiculous and unmusical. I remember the first power and thrash metal bands calling the wave of Hellhammer/Bathory/German thrash utter trash and noneense. Kerrang! magazine made fun of all of those albums routinely in 1984/84, giving 1/2K and K ratings. Dave Mustaine famously said, 'Boycott Noise Metal" back in 1987 ( http://www.powerlinemag.com/2011/09/05/megadeths-two-daves-explain-peace-in-1987/) because he said all the new thrash bands were assholes who couldn't play. This has been going on forever.
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December 16, 2014 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014
Quote I read today: "I always though XTC was a band you were supposed to like to seem smart, even though its pretty clear they are only smart if you are college sophomore. After that, they are kind of embarrassing (not to mention painfully white)." :)
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September 18, 2014 on XTC Albums From Worst To Best
I'm officially closing the comments to this article. You will NEVER see a live band this good. That's not a matter of opinion, that's a scientific fact. Thank you and goodnight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErXbMB9R5-0
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August 29, 2014 on AC/DC Albums From Worst To Best
Man. Some of you people probably hate orgasms, falling in love, volcanoes, thunderstorms and the full moon too.
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August 28, 2014 on AC/DC Albums From Worst To Best
Hating AC/DC is so last century. It's 2014! Ya'll dudes are at least fifteen years behind the times.
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August 27, 2014 on AC/DC Albums From Worst To Best
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!
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July 1, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2014
Try Dawnbringer's, "Into the Lair of the Sun God" or "Nucleus."
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July 1, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2014
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! :)
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March 5, 2014 on Iron Maiden Albums From Worst To Best
Damn editing. "Could NEVER EVER..."
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March 5, 2014 on Iron Maiden Albums From Worst To Best
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.
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March 5, 2014 on Iron Maiden Albums From Worst To Best
That's verbatim what I wrote on Facebook when I posted this.
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March 5, 2014 on Iron Maiden Albums From Worst To Best
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.
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October 25, 2013 on Neko Case Fights With Cameraphone-Toting Cincinnati Fans
It is. My constant comments in that massive saga got me my only-ever article published in IO, just as he was leaving. ;)
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October 14, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best
Doug Moore, you have just published the single greatest, most succinct description of the "it" that Metallica is. Ever. Thank you.
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October 14, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best
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.
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October 7, 2013 on Kate Bush Albums From Worst To Best
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October 7, 2013 on Kate Bush Albums From Worst To Best
I hope they NEVER lose the rock faces. I'm from a generation where Motörhead, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden all threw shapes and made rock faces. Sissy little baby children raised on Taylor Swift, Avril Lavine and American Idol are, of course, gonna be skeered when real musicians kick total ass. This is life. Learn to love it and live it.
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July 29, 2013 on Watch Haim Play Letterman
I'm 45, and this was the album that pretty much negated my attention to any other album, Summer of 1993. http://www.stereogum.com/1388181/covenant-turns-20/top-stories/
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July 27, 2013 on Siamese Dream Turns 20
This is one of the best metal articles I've read anywhere, by anyone. Vintage Cosmo Lee-quality and content levels. At 45 years of age, I remember the Summer of 1993 like it was yesterday. "Covenant," "Individual Thought Patterns," "The Ethereal Mirror" and "Screams and Whispers" ruled my CD player that summer. In a peculiar (or maybe not so) bit of synchronicity, I put all four albums back on my iPod just last week. Cheers!
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June 25, 2013 on Covenant Turns 20
I wish you would have folded "The Devil You Know" into this list. Bet you milled that one over in your head a bit before deciding against it. Good job! :)
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June 23, 2013 on Black Sabbath Albums From Worst To Best