Posts Tagged ‘Metallica’

This week’s special guest is none other than Canadian born San Francisco artist, Dirty Donny Gillies! If you’ve been keeping track at home, Donny was in issue 6 of the Long Gone Loser zine and now he is on episode 125 of the podcast 16 years later. Who’d ever have thought? But alas, here he is and he tells all about his art and getting involved with the guys from Metallica and his love of Ed Roth and what brought him to Australia and all that cool stuff. Hell yeah! Also, the music… he requested all Australian bands cos he loves Australian rock n roll so there ya go, that’s pretty exciting! You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy these tunes:
RADIO BIRDMAN – Burn My Eye
THE SAINTS – Know Your Product
POWDER MONKEYS – Persecution Blues
MUSCLE CAR – Not The Kind Of Attitude
MUSTANG – Girls On Pills
HARD-ONS – Walk All Over You
ASTEROID B-612 – I Just Don’t Know About Girls
BROTHER BRICK – See You Tonight

NOW GO AND BUY ALL THE RECORDS AND ALL HIS ART!

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Death Angel

How good’s heavy metal?!?!?! This week we feature an interview with none other than thrash metal shredder, Rob Cavestany from Bay Area legends, Death Angel. This is a fun chat filled with songs from throughout their whole career including their latest album The Evil Divide which is out today, May 27th and it is awesome and you need it. So to get the lowdown on all things Death Angel including that time I saw them at some ungodly hour in a shed somewhere in Germany, listen now by clicking on THIS LINK.

You can buy a copy of The Evil Divide at Nuclear Blast right here.
You can buy all the merch your credit card can handle right here.
You can visit Death Angel’s official website here.

Here’s a photo I took of the band playing live at the Magic Circle Festival in 2008. So awesome!

Death Angel

EPISODE 40

Episode 40

Woah! The gang is back with another huge batch of good times and great rock n roll. This week Damo, Peta, Michele, Terra and Kate join in for music, news, antics, and all round fun times in episode 40 of the LGL Rock Show. We discuss Black Sabbath, Misfits, Ramones covers, Motorhead, horror movies and all the other guff you have come to expect from us folk. You can here the show right now by clicking this link.

Enjoy tunes by:
The Mr T Experience
Black Sabbath
Pig Destroyer
Parasites
Metallica
Boris The Sprinkler
Vindictives
Screeching Weasel
Motorhead
Jesse Malin
Voodoo Lust
Penetration Moon

Now go buy some records!

I love a good rockumentary and these days I seem to watch more documentaries than I do movies. I think this is because of my OCD of wanting to know everything about rock n roll and its origins. Well, to be honest, it’s mostly because I am a wannabe music journalist and I like to keep up on my knowledge so that I am not looking like a complete buffoon when I am writing about music or a particular band. While this is by no means a definitive list, and let’s face it, lists are fuckin’ stupid, really, this list is a bunch of documentaries that I personally love; documentaries that have taught me something. I hope you will search these out or watch them at the links below (for those that have links to the full movie) and feel free to leave a comment below about what you thought of each one, especially if you had never seen them before. Anyway, get yourself a pizza, a drink, sit back and watch cos you’re in for a real treat.

10. PUNK: ATTITUDE
There is nothing to fault in this documentary and you all need to see it. I mean, come on, the first person talking is Henry Rollins. I rest my case. Don Letts’ Punk is filled with great interviews and some mindblowing live footage by some of the greatest bands of all time. It also has a bitchin’ soundtrack. Why you wouldn’t watch this is kinda stupid and you should be ashamed of yourself if you’re not going to do so. Seriously, don’t be ‘that guy’, watch it now at the link below and learn something.

 

9. ANOTHER STATE OF MIND
One of the best and probably the most honest punk rock documentary that has been made to date. Filmed back in 1982, Another State Of Mind follows a tour of Youth Brigade and Social Distortion as they tour across the USA and through parts of Canada. What they weren’t banking on was everything going to shit with band members talking shit about each other and others just getting up and leaving mid-tour while some dude dyes his hair every couple days. It’s a really raw doco but it really shows just how things were back in the day and how doing things yourself can have great ramifications. Along the way they meet up with straight-edge legends, Minor Threat, and the live footage and interviews are killer. I’d love to see this doco made again with the same people at the age they are now and see just how different, if at all, these people are today.

 

8. THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World, The Little Rascals, Suburbia), this movie takes a candid look inside the world of punk rock in 1980. I could go on about this doco all day but it can seriously be summed up by watching the last 10 or so minutes with the live footage of the band FEAR who before playing a single note start a riot on stage with punches thrown and spit flying both to and from the stage. This is punk rock long before the breakthrough in 1994. This is when shit was dangerous. Penelope Spheeris went on to make a follow up years later on the heavy metal movement and that is also some priceless viewing. Look it up! The interview with Chris Holmes in the swimming pool will forever go down in history as cinematic gold. In the meantime, watch this.

 

7. A HEADBANGERS JOURNEY
Canadian metal fan, Sam Dunn, decided to make a doco on the world of heavy metal. While there have been many documentaries on heavy metal, this one stands out as one of the best. The interviews are classic (Mayhem’s being the most memorable), the live footage is great, and the story telling is just precise and delivered with a genuine love for the music and not a cash-in on a music scene by some Hollywood exec who knows nothing about it. A Headbangers Journey is a definite must see and chances are, if you are reading this site, then you’ve already seen it which in turn makes this suggestion completely redundant. Couldn’t find a link to the full thing so here’s the trailer.

 

6. SOME KIND OF MONSTER
I have spoken about this doco elsewhere on this site but it has to be said, any band that can sue its fans, make this highly embarrassing documentary, release St Anger and Lulu, and still continue to be the biggest band in “metal” is commendable. I don’t know how it happened but it did and this film is just priceless and worthy of your time. Sure, you’ll probably end up throwing a book at the TV (or whatever else is within your reach at the time) but that just goes to show that Metallica can really work an audience and get them feeling something. All the arguing and the ridiculousness of this movie as they record St Anger is at times extremely painful to watch but I still get a kick out it, especially the therapy sessions with guy in the Cosby sweater. I can’t find a link to the movie but here’s a link to the trailer which is just fine cos after three minutes you’ll probably be over it anyway. If that happens, just watch Cliff Em All instead. That’s a good one.

 

5. FLIGHT 666
If you ever want to know how a band with more money than you’ll ever dream of spends their time both on and off the stage, then look no further than Iron Maiden’s very own Flight 666. Directed by Sam Dunn (A Headbanger’s Journey), our British godfathers of heavy metal allowed a film crew to tag along on their Somewhere Back In Time Tour of 2008 to capture the bands day to day activites, both on and off the stage. Flight 666 takes you everywhere with classic interviews and some seriously awesome live footage. Actually, I am really only including this documentary because I’m in it, albeit fleetingly (giving the metal horns at 20:47). You’ve no doubt seen this movie anyway but still, here’s the link for those who have not been blessed with such awesomeness.

 

4. LEMMY – The Movie
This really is a no-brainer. If you enjoy rock music of any kind then you should have already seen this movie. It’s everything you need to know about one of rock n roll’s living legends, Lemmy Kilmister. Fronting Motorhead for what seems like half a century, Lemmy – The Movie, takes you on a firsthand look at the icon’s lifestyle, his relentless touring, and his love of rock n roll as told by the man himself and the many who have been involved with him throughout his career. This is essential viewing and if you still have yet to see it, you need to drop everything and watch it now.

 

3. BETTY BLOWTORCH AND HER AMAZING TRUE LIFE ADVENTURES
When director, Anthony Scarpa, set out to make a documentary on all-girl hard rock band, Betty Blowtorch, he had no idea what was going to unfold. This amazing no holds barred documentary tells the uncensored story of the short-lived band’s beginnings, recordings and their tour across the USA that saw the band fall to pieces ending with the untimely and tragic death of vocalist, Bianca Halstead. This documentary has it all and then some. There’s fights, punk as fuck over the top stage shows, perversion, and most importantly, a ton of rock n roll. The DVD also contains a whole bunch of extras including the readings from Bianca’s funeral. This documentary is very rock n roll but also quite heartbreaking to watch as the band members tell extremely personal stories that are both shocking and unbelievable. Betty Blowtorch were a band who were as real as they come. I couldn’t find a link to the entire movie but apparently this link may work elsewhere as it says that the movie is not available in Australia so feel free to check it out if you’re elsewhere. Still, here’s the trailer. A taster of what you will expect from a band whose time was taken from them way too soon. Bianca R.I.P.

 

2. END OF THE CENTURY – The Story Of The Ramones
To make the definitive movie about punk legends, the Ramones, would have been an arduous task. It’s also something that should have happened a lot earlier than it did. Unfortunately, we thought the Ramones would live forever just like their songs will live on in the hearts of the people that connected with it. End Of The Century is both inspirational and depressing, yet it’s as close as we will ever get to knowing the story. This movie really digs deep and cuts hard, leaving the viewer with a warm feeling of love and appreciation for everything they ever did for the music we hear today. I mean, let’s be honest here: The Ramones were the greatest band of all time. What they did for music will mostly go ignored by the mainstream media and you know what? Who fucking cares. The mainstream never mattered to begin with. The Ramones connected with their legions of fans across the world, as is evident in this documentary, and that will mean more than being accepted by the mainstream public. Us fans know what they did and the lives they have inspired, the bands they have influenced, and the legacy they have left. Long live the Ramones. Gabba Gabba Hey!

 

1. A TRUE TESTIMONIAL
Before Detroit went to complete financial ruin, this incredible documentary was made by people with an insatiable lust of telling the most in-depth story on one of the most important bands in music history; The MC5. What we have here is two solid hours of rare footage of the band compiled with a truckload of highly informative interviews with each band member, people who were close to the band, and of course their very own spiritual adviser, John Sinclair. The thing that makes this documentary stand apart from other music documentaries is that this movie isn’t just about the MC5. This is a movie about the people of Detroit, the music of Detroit, and what was happening in the world during the years the band was active. Of course it all ties back to the band but there is something so powerful, so inspiring and so unique about this documentary that it is a travesty that it has yet to be seen by every single person in the world. This is an important documentary and is one that if you have the time, you need to watch immediately. You might even learn something about music and why it is so important to so many people. You may pick up a guitar and kick out the jams. Or at the least, you may feel so inspired to create something beautiful, and if any of these things happen, hopefully the world will become a much better place.

In just under 2 weeks I will be seeing the new Metallica film, Through The Never, at the IMAX theatre here in Melbourne. Ever since the film’s unveiling at the San Diego Comic Con this year, to say I have been anticipating this is a bit of an understatement. I just got back from the USA and when I was on the flight home, before I took my Xanax tablet to pass out and sleep the whole way, I quickly checked the film guide to see if it was showing on one of the plane’s gazillion movie channels. It wasn’t. Still though, seeing this movie at the IMAX theatre in 3D is kind of a big deal for me because not only is it in 3D so I am sure to have a killer headache before the movie is over but I very rarely go see movies in the cinema anymore and this is for a number of reasons;

1) I really don’t like people who have no cinema etiquette and therefore make my viewing of movies at the cinema a complete waste of money and time. Yes Mr “I have seen this movie already, even those I am seeing on opening night, and therefore I will tell you what happens before the scene even eventuates”, I am talking to you. You are the worst. Please stay home.
2) I don’t really care for most movies made these days and so therefore will wait for the DVD / BLU-RAY release to watch it in the privacy of my own home because of people in reason 1.
3) Cinema food pricing is completely ludicrous and more unrealistic than the pricing of a croissant at the airport.
and
4) I really get annoyed by walk-in-late guy – you know, the one who walks in 5 minutes after the movie starts and then always sits right in front of you and then opens up his Malteasers or packet of crisps and makes a shitload of noise thus making me miss an integral part of what is being said. Annoying!

Sure, I will take some of the blame because I should just not go there and therefore I wouldn’t deal with such things but every now and then it’s nice to get out of the house and actually do something entertaining like seeing a movie. The last film I saw in the cinema was in the USA a week and a half ago. It was a movie about a mafia family starring Robert De Niro. It was one of those cheap Tuesday nights in California and I went along with 3 friends. Hey, who am I to turn down good times and no hassles? It was either go see a movie or stay at the house alone and look at all the stuff I bought that wasn’t going to fit in my suitcase… again. I opted for the movie. The cinema was pretty empty and the film was kinda lame, even for a De Niro movie. It had its humorous moments but it’s not a film I will be re-watching in a hurry. In fact, if I saw this at someone’s house in their DVD collections I’d probably question them on why they feel the need to see this movie more than once. It’s not like it was Taxi Driver or the Blues Brothers, this was some film called The Family. Don’t waste your time unless you want to see Dianna Agron kill some dude with a tennis racket.

ANYWAY, Through The Never looks bitchin’! The fact that Metallica has made, or should I say, is part of an action movie is something that sounds better on paper than it probably will be but for the sake of this article, I am going to be optimistic. Well, to be honest, I am actually pretty damn excited by it. I have this love / hate relationship with Metallica. For one thing, every tour they do, I’m there. Every book on them, I’m buying it. Every DVD / BLU-RAY, yep, I snap them up too. Why? Cos I’m insane. Probably. No, but because I still enjoy Metallica. Sure, I haven’t bought an album since And Justice For All (I don’t really count the Garage Days double release cos that’s not technically an official album), but that doesn’t hold me back from seeing the Californian quartet in concert and deliving into their lives through books and documentaries. It’s a habit, I guess. I first saw Metallica in Adelaide at the Thebarton Theatre in 1989 on their And Justice For All tour and I guess I’ve been hooked ever since. Now almost 25 years later, the thought of Metallica starring in their own movie seemed ridiculous back then but seems completely logical now. I mean, where do you go after writing disappointing albums with Lou Reed? Exactly… straight to Hollywood! And what better way to bring in the audiences around the world than with a bitchin’ soundtrack and a shitload of explosions and guns n stuff? Damn straight!

This isn’t the first time that metal has hit the cinemas here in Melbourne. Back when Iron Maiden’s Flight 666 was shown in the cinema here, I was over the moon and not just because my ugly face is in it but because a doco on Iron Maiden was being shown in a cinema setting and I was surrounded by a bunch of Melbourne metal heads and great friends. That combination always makes for good times. Even Poodle was there, surprisingly (or not surprisingly), with two bourbons. Yes, even the most hardcore of Melbourne’s music scene will find a way to get bourbons into a cinema. Good job! Sam Dunn’s documentary on one of metal’s greatest bands gave all fans of Maiden a taste of what it’s like to fly your own plane around the world, play some shows along with a few rounds of golf and tennis, all the while keeping your hands out of your pockets because, according to the old man working for Maiden who confronted a friend’s brother on the matter, it’s just unacceptable.

But I digress, Through The Never may sound and look cheesy but I am actually pretty damn anxious for its release. What we have here is a band who sadly ran out of fresh ideas finally come up with a fresh idea! I probably haven’t been this excited since that day I saw the VHS of Rock N Roll Highschool starring the Ramones on the shelves of Civic Video in Salisbury for $2 a week. I was thankful then just as I am thankful now.

Metallica are no stranger to movies though. Who could forget their reveal all documentary Some Kind Of Monster; a gripping documentary that follows the band recording one of the worst albums of their career while going through therapy in the midst of an emotional breakdown. The film is filled with classic moments in cinematic history as the band fight with each other pretty much the whole way through whilst the director intersperses scenes of Lars Ulrich talking about the black on some shitty paintings he owned and then re-sold for millions, James Hetfield driving around and talking hot rods, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine crying because he isn’t making as many millions as his former band (how distressing), Rob Trujillo being welcomed to the band with a one million dollar token of the band’s gratitude, and the highlight of the movie; the band’s therapist, while wearing a Cosby sweater, offers to write the band’s lyrics. It’s a touching movie that I recommend everyone see. Not only does the film show how embarrassing it must be at times to be in Metallica knowing that you haven’t done a great album in years, but it even goes to show that you can sue your fans for illegally downloading your albums and then still continue on to be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest band in metal today. It’s kinda ridiculous when you think about it. I think KISS are probably the only other band capable of suing their fans and then, once out of court, those financially out of pocket fans will still manage to scrounge up enough money to buy the next set of KISS shot glasses and golf balls without hesitation. The mind boggles. Still, Some Kind Of Monster is highly recommended and I’m sure, or at least hoping that the KISS one that is currently being made will be just as amusing.

Even though taking the piss out of Metallica is almost as fun as ragging on KISS, I have to admit that I am still a huge fan (actually I am a KISS fan too but that’s a whole different article in itself). Sure, I don’t own the Load albums, the orchestra one, or their last 3 debacles (Sorry, Deth Magnetic, you showed promise but your production killed you) but that doesn’t matter because it’s Metallica. I just returned home from the USA with like 3 new books on the band. Maybe I have a problem? It wouldn’t be the first time this is pointed out to me. Still, Through The Never looks to be a whole load of fun. I am anticipating Saturday the 12th of October as I settle into my uncomfy seat for two hours and experience what’s sure to be the blockbuster event of the year. It looks to be a night of good times and no hassles. I hope you can join us.

Oh, and if you’re coming along to this momentous night, please open your Malteasers and potato crisps before going into the cinema. Thanks.

Today was a long day. After working 8 hours straight at my crappy job, I headed to the Espy to conduct an interview with Baroness vocalist and guitarist, John Dyer Baizley (which you will be able to read on this site very soon). After that was done, I headed to Albert Park and played some golf with Willie from the band Lamb Of God. How do these things happen? Who the fuck knows but it’s times like these I actually like my life. Outside of doing anything to do with music, I pretty much think my life is complete shit. But lets not get all emo now, this is about Baroness, not me.

After heading home to collect the car, I headed back to the Espy to see Baroness play one of their sideshows to their Metallica support (get there early otherwise you will miss them as they are on when doors open at 7pm). They got 2 shows left from this Metallica tour but this one, this was their show. No half hour set, no playing to a half empty arena, this was their time and dude, did they make sure that it was.

I arrived in time to see half of Akaname’s set as they played to a packed solid venue. These guys play heavy instrumental stuff kinda like Pelican meets Keelhaul. Very cool. Great riffs and a huge sound. They have a self-released, self-titled album out now. Grab yourself a copy. Akaname went down a storm. Great stuff! I was unsure just how many people ‘get’ the whole deal with Baroness but it appears there’s a shitload more now than there was when I saw them at the Corner Hotel earlier this year when they shared the stage with ISIS. Excellent!

Baroness came on at 11:15 and within minutes they tore the stage apart. Pulling tracks from every release (bar the split with Unpersons), they delivered. Bigtime. And the best thing, you could tell these guys loved every minute of it. They gave it 110%. You couldn’t have not been impressed by the high energy coming off that stage tonight. I mean, really, this was something else. These guys have grown in leaps and bounds since their last visit here and it appears no one left unimpressed. How could you be? These guys have the songs, they just need to deliver them in the best way possible… which they did… and then some. There’s a place in everyone’s life for Baroness and if they didn’t win you over this time then you’re either boring or you don’t listen to music, you just hear it and that’s your loss.

Baroness have proven themselves to be a major player with the big boys and to be honest, those guys at the top, they better watch out cos this band is gonna show ya whose boss… unintentionally too. That’s just the kinda band they are. They aren’t out to be better, they just love playing music and it just so happens that they damn well are better than most of the crap that is being branded as ‘heavy’ these days. Well played. If you were there, well, you were there. If you weren’t, you either had a neck injury or were just not awesome enough. Sorry. Better luck next time, eh?

Baroness’ latest epic, “Blue Record” is out now on Relapse / Riot!

 

www.relapse.com
www.riotact.com.au
www.yourbaroness.com
www.akaname.net

It took them a long time to come to Australia but they finally made it. Was it worth the wait? Hell yes! What a night! I have dug Overkill for many years now (what metal fan hasn’t?) and I knew this was going to be a good show. The HiFi Bar was packed solid which was good to see. Overkill shirts were everywhere. Denim vests covered in patches were everywhere (I am guilty of this also). It was like 1986 all over again. Let’s get down to it.

Australia’s very own thrash band, Mortal Sin, played through a huge back catalogue of tunes for around an hour. Playing old classics and new thrashers. The first time I saw Mortal Sin was supporting Metallica at the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide in 1989. It was pretty chaotic. My second gig (the first was AC/DC in ’88) and what could be more thrash than seeing Mortal Sin and Metallica in 1989? Mortal Sin did a good job, even if I think some of the new guitar solos were a bit stock, they still gave the fans a good time. The crowd were happy. But this was only just the beginning.

Overkill came on at 10:30 and they killed it. There’s no other way to describe just how good this band was. They were 1 guitarist down on this tour but they didn’t let that stop them being the masters of thrash metal that they are. They know they were important and they should be damn proud that they still are. Bobby Blitz is easily one of the greatest frontmen in Metal. Period! He’s up there with the best of them. Bursting full of high energy, you can tell he has an honest love for what he does. His connection to the audience was honourable. No rockstar bullshit. Just a dude who gives 110% to his role. I’ve seen a lot of metal bands over the years but I’ll say it again, this guy, hands down, is one of the best frontmen I have ever seen.

They covered their entire career which if you are unaware, has clocked up around 15 studio albums and then some. Quite impressive and a feat they are no doubt proud of. With his long time co-songwriter and bassist, D.D.Verni, they have the style and genre perfected. Why were they not part of this “Big 4” thing? Don’t get me wrong, I love those bands included in the “Big 4” but surely Overkill would give them all a run for their money. Anyway, the set included so many classics and newie’s like Rotten To The Core, Hello From The Gutter, Coma, Thanx For Nothin’, Wrecking Crew, In Union We Stand, Old School, Ironbound, Elimination, plus blistering covers of The Subhumans classic Fuck You! and Motorhead’s Overkill combined together. It was simply incredible. What a band! They played a set that clocked in at just under 2 hours. Well worth it! Hell yes, thanks for coming. I’d do this again, without fail.

Here’s a video I shot of the band performing Hello From The Gutter. Enjoy!

http://wreckingcrew.com/