Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Check my stuff out!

OK, I added a link to a site where I will list out all the music videos and CDs I have in my collection. Bare in mind I don't have as many CDs as I would like since alot of the good stuff is banned here and I don't like buying pirated music CDs.
I still have a lot of stuff to add so check back frequently.
Just click HERE or follow the link on the sidebar.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Slipknot - Vermilion Pt2

This is one of those videos that makes an otherwise dull song interesting. Also interesting to note this is the first Slipknot video that doesn't feature the band itself in it, and it kinda looks like something Tool would do.

The video starts out with this girl lying in the middle of a field. Whether she's dead or not is never made clear. as it progresses, a breeze of wind blowing in the field suddenly gets VERY strong and the girl's body is lifted off the ground like a piece of paper and is sent floating around the place! It's a bit spooky cause her motions remind me of the ghosts in Silent Hill 4.
She is basically carried by the wind all around the place and at one point she even opens her eyes as she floats around. The video ends with the wind finally laying her down on the ground again and everything ends in a silent calm.

Like I said above, if you heard the track on the album, it would come off as really dull, but this video for the song is actually interesting and spooky at the same time, though I'm really sure how the lyrics connect with the graphics. Still, a good video I recommend checking out.
Video Rating: ***

Friday, January 07, 2005

Gene Simmons - Fire Starter

Two things of note going into this: 1) YES, this is Gene Simmons of KISS fame doing a solo project, and 2) YES again, this is a cover of the popular song by the Prodigy that got the dance punk group popular all those years ago!

This is actually a pretty fun video that sees Simmons as a big ol' pimp surrounded by a bevy of beauties. Yup, LOTSA EYE CANDY HERE! We see the girls bumping and grinding around a mansion, around and in a pool, and around a bunch of trippin' low riders!
Simmons himself is shown doing his rolled-back white demon eyes thing, while sticking his notorious tongue out here and there. He's also seen drinking his wine, tossing his cash around, and flashing his bling-bling, all while the girls jiggle and shake around him. Heck, in one scene he's even standing on water in the middle of the pool!

His singing voice might not match the song all that well, but they made up for it by adding more guitars to make it sound just a tad bit heavier than the original. I Hate to say it, but he did a darn fine job with this one, and I highly recommend checking it out!
Video Rating: ****

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Extreme Metal 2004 Awards

Yes, I know I'm late with this, but it's been a tough year for me as far as music is concerned since so many great albums are banned here in Malaysia and I had to rely on other means to get good music.
I had a tough time coming up with lists of what I considered the best of the year, so I'll leave it to just naming the best and mention what I feel deserve a credible mention.

- Nightwish - Nemo
Runners Up:
- Dry Kill Logic - Paper Tiger
- Fear Factory - Archetype
- Rammstein - Mein Teil
- Slipknot - Duality

Best Video
- Nightwish - Nemo
Runners Up:
- Rammstein - Mein Teil
- Dry Kill Logic - Paper Tiger
- Slipknot - Vermillion

Best Album

- Demon Hunter - Summer of Darkness
Runners Up:
- Rammstein - Reise! Reise!
- Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache
- Slipknot - Vol.3 (The Subliminal Verses)

Best Compilation Album
- MTV2 Headbanger's Ball Vol.2
Runners Up:
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse Movie Soundtrack
- Marilyn Manson - Less We Forget....The Best Of
- 311 - The Greatest Hits 1994 - 2004
- KoRn - Greatest Hits Vol.1

Best New Band

- Demon Hunter
Runners Up:
- Damageplan
- Martyr A.D.
- Three Days Grace
- Ektomorf

Most Overated Band
- Lamb of God
Runners Up:
- Metallica
- Linkin Park

Best Male Vocal
- Sgt. Serpent - Demon Hunter
Runners Up:
- Corey Taylor - Slipknot
- Burton Bell - Fear Factory
- Howard Jones - Killswitch Engage

Best Female Vocal
- Tarja Turunen - Nightwish
Runners Up:
- Sharon den Adel - Within Temptation
- Otep - Otep

Most Depressing Song
- Demon Hunter - My Hearstrings Come Undone
Runners Up:
- Lo Pro - Sunday
- A Perfect Circle - Imagine

Angriest Song
Martyr A.D. - American Hollow
Runners Up:
Otep - Buried Alive
KoRn - Y'All Want A Single?

Most Anticipated for 2005:
- American Head Charge - The Feeding
- MuDvAyNe - Lost and Found
- Nirvana - With The Lights Out

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Revolver Magazine's 20 albums of the year

Got the latest issue of Revolver, and being their year end issue, the obligatory best of the year list was in it. I would have liket to compare their picks with Metal Edge magazine's picks, but my bro in Singapore couldn't get the issue for me.
Anyways, in no particular order (but the top seems to have some preference), here's the list:

- Mastadon - Leviathan
- Lamb of God - Ashes Of The Wake
- ISIS - Panopticon
- Converge - You Fail Me
- Green Day - American Idiot
- Shadows Fall - The War Within
- Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache
- Ministry - Houses of the Mole
- My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
- The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
- Probot - Probot
- Hot Snakes - Audit in Progress
- The Vines - Winning Days
- Slipknot - Vol.3 (The Subliminal Verses)
- The Mooney Suzuki - Alive and Amplified
- Neurosis - The Eye of Every Storm
- The Donnas - Gold Medal
- Old Man Gloom - Christmas
- All That Remains - The Darkened Heart
- Candiria - What Doesn't Kill You...