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The music in my head: KREATOR Coma of Souls

Posted in english, Metal, The Music in my Head, Video with tags , , on January 14, 2012 by NachtVorst

The title track of Kreators 1990 masterpiece Coma of Souls. This song has been in my head for the last two days, mostly the killer main riff. Check out this awesome live version from the Live Kreation DVD:

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The music in my head: METALLICA – …And Justice for All (including bonus rant!)

Posted in english, Metal, Politics, Terror, The Music in my Head, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by NachtVorst

I’ve had the title-track from Metallica‘s …And Justice for All stuck in my head all day today. Here’s an excellent live version:

I’m not sure how the song got stuck in my head, but it could have something to do with the new cabinet we’re getting here in Holland, formed by two right-wing parties with support from the local fascist party. They will be fusing the ministries of Justice and the Interior into a super-department of ‘Safety and Justice’, bringing control over Police and the Judiciary in one hand. Montesquieu is turning in his grave.

The Ultimate in Vanity
Exploiting Their Supremacy
I Can’t Believe the Things You Say
I Can’t Believe
I Can’t Believe the Price You Pay
Nothing Can Save You

The new Minister of Safety will be Ivo Opstelten, the person who came up with the ludicrous idea that there should be a minimum distance between schools and coffeeshops. Notice that entrance to coffeeshops is prohibited to minors here and the shopholders strictly enforce this or their shops would be closed. Also notice that he has no problem with bars and stores selling alcohol close to schools.

Apathy Their Stepping Stone
So Unfeeling
Hidden Deep Animosity
So Deceiving
Through Your Eyes Their Light Burns
Hoping to Find
Inquisition Sinking You
With Prying Minds

The state secretary will be Fred ‘Crimefighter’ Teeven (no, not the funny guy), a veteran of the war against terror and the war on (some) drugs.

Halls of Justice Painted Green
Money Talking
Power Wolves Beset Your Door
Hear Them Stalking
Soon You’ll Please Their Appetite
They Devour
Hammer of Justice Crushes You
Overpower

It’s unclear what Opstelten’s positions on net-neutrality, censorship and piracy are and Teeven’s position seems to be mostly shifting, so as a freedom-lover, pirate and coffeeshop-visitor I will be keeping a very close eye on these guys.

Justice Is Lost
Justice Is Raped
Justice Is Gone
Pulling Your Strings
Justice Is Done
Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real

Sorry for the rant, I promised myself not to rant about politics anymore, but that will be hard with the new brown cabinet… Back to the subject; compare the above version of Justice, from the 1989 tour with this one, when they finally played it completely again for the first time 18 years later:

Where is the anger, the aggression, the thrash-feeling? The vocals are off, the solo is wrong and won’t even start about the drums. Can you believe it’s the same band? I think we need Mr. T and the ghost of Cliff Burton to help us once again… (Wow, tripod.com actually still exists? Guess they’ve beaten GeoCities after all!)

The music in my head: Odyssey

Posted in english, Metal, The Music in my Head, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by NachtVorst

Recently I’ve had the three songs from Dan Swanö’s Odyssey ep stuck in my head:

All three songs are different but they form a coherent sound, mixing slightly doomy heavy metal drums and guitars with cheesy poppy vocals and keyboards in a way that shouldn’t really work, but damn, Dan Swanö makes the two mesh perfectly while the whole keeps sounding very threatening and heavy with mysterious eastern accents. My only complaints are that the songs are maybe a little shorter than they could be, and that there aren’t any more songs…

The good news is that dutch cult-label Vic Records (who released Katatonia’s first ep and October Tide’s first album, both recorded with Dan Swanö at his Unisound/Gorysound studio) will re-release this ep, remastered and with six aditional cover songs:

Dan Swanö is a musical genius. He has played in or produced for tons of awesome bands, way too many to mention, just check the incomplete list at Wiki or the Metal Archives. Seeing his name mentioned on an album cover is always reason for me to check out that album.

The music in my head: MARDUK (feat. IT) Opus Nocturne

Posted in english, Metal, The Music in my Head, Video with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2010 by NachtVorst

I’ve had this song in my head for a few days now, the title-track of Marduk‘s 1994 album Opus Nocturne. A very atypical track for Marduk, relatively slow and atmospheric, it functions almost like an intro for the next track, Deme Quaden Thyrane, which is still fairly slow, especially compared to their later Panzer Division Marduk style. The lyrics, written and performed by IT (Abruptum, Ophthalamia, Vondur, WAR), are a bit obscure and primitive, but are still a dark tribute to the precious night.

The music in my head: DEATH – Spiritual Healing

Posted in english, Metal, The Music in my Head, Video with tags , , on May 29, 2010 by NachtVorst

While writing the last post, this great song by Death got stuck in my mind, so this seemed like a good moment to start a new series I’ve been thinking about for a while now, ‘The music in my head’, where I share songs that get stuck in my head for some reason with you, the Internet! The songs could be great, mediocre, funny or crap, I generally don’t have much control over what pops into my head, sorry. Anyway, here’s part one, Spiritual Healing by the late and great Death! Lyrics beyond the break…

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