Tag Archives: Guido Rants

12
May

Confession time: New Korn

It’s been a while since Korn debuted their new song ‘Get Up,’ a dubstep collaboration with Skrillex, a guy who used to sing for a terrible band called From First To Last, who once featured Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland. So this has Nu Metal written all over it.

I’ve got to admit, I grew up with that shit. So, yes, I was into Korn but lost interest after I found out about… well, better bands. I can see how Korn are appealing to younger audiences, because it was appealing to me when I was a teenager. I view Korn as gateway drug like marijuana. It’s fun when you’re young but the older you get, the more embarrasing it is to still use, or in this case listen to, it.

Back when ‘Get Up’ was released, I had no interest in listening to it whatsover, which was apparent from my post about it. But yesterday, I mixed two gateway drugs. Marijuana and Korn. And what can I say? I did listen to the song and… this is really hard for me to say… I enjoyed it.

Don’t get me wrong, the whole “Shut the fuck up! Get up!” part is stupid and the lyrics are horrible but that’s to be expected. The pre-chorus is catchy as hell though. Also, this is the first dubstep song I’ve ever heard. Honestly. I’ve heard of it but never heard it, if you catch my drift. The whole thing sounds like a poor man’s Aphex Twin with lots of bass to me but maybe that’s just me.

So yeah, I just had to get this out of my system. We all have guilty pleasures, don’t we? I don’t like, nor listen to, Korn anymore but I quite enjoyed ‘Get Up.’ But, in the end, I still view Korn as something that should have gone away ten years ago. One solid song just can’t change my view on that.


5
May

Melodic pieces by not so melodic bands

Isn’t it great when you’re listening to an ultra-brutal Death Metal band and suddenly a catchy melody kicks in? Personally, I’m a sucker for these melodic parts and many Death Metal bands did just that and incorporated parts like that into really heavy songs.

There’s just something about the contrasting sounds of really heavy riffs and catchy, melodic guitar playing that gets to me. Hell, Melodic Death Metal is based on that very concept but that’s not really what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about bands who are really heavy, classic Death Metal and the melodic parts I’m talking about are really rare within this band’s catalogue. It’s just great when a melody catches you off-guard because you simply didn’t expect something like that.

Now, make the jump for 5 examples of what I’m talking about.


5
May

17 years ago seems so far away

17 years ago, Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven went to #1 on the US Billboard 200 charts. Currently on #1 on said charts is Adele and I have absolutely no idea who that is but I think it’s safe to say, they (or she?) aren’t metal (it’s worth noticing that the Foo Fighters are on #2 and I absolutely view that as a great thing).

17 years ago, even Kurt Cobain was blown away by the sheer amount of quality metal albums that were released that year. In the year of 1994, many great (and now legendary) albums were released. Make the jump to see the highlights of 1994.


29
Apr

Friday Top 10: Best album covers

It’s Friday and therefore it’s time for another Top 10 list. We’ve done worst album covers in November and most brutal album covers last week, but somehow we’ve never done best album covers. So, I guess it’s about fucking time.

Before we dive right into it, I want to let you know that, despite labeling it one of my favorite album artworks, I won’t include Slayer’s ‘Christ Illusion’ for the simple reason that I want a fresh Top 10.

Feel free to make the jump now… or die trying!


24
Apr

Back when they were still good

 


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