Once again, V-Nation, it's the holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Jamba The Space Worm, or absolutely nothing all. There's no escaping it. From Oct. 31st to Jan 1st, we're saturated with Santa Claus, Christmas trees, music and tv specials. It's all about the warm fire, the bright Christmas lights illuminating everything with their soft, dreamy glow. Neatly decorated homes, stockings hung by the chimney with care.
Fuck that. Not in Valvehalla. We like it dark here. We like the shit that grows on the underbelly of the beast. The part that never sees the light of day. We like it raw. We like it real, and we like it in your face.
Here are the three videos I, at one time, had a tradition of posting over on the Ferzberks every year. Until the year when a special little snowflake felt the heat, and cried to the feelings police.
Now, I have my own place. So, with no further hesitations, here is the revived traditional Christmas posts.
Enjoy them, and take care.
As to be expected, there's an age restriction. Click at your own risk.
This also has adult content, but the censors are idiots, so...again, Click at your own risk.
What Christmas would be complete without a little GWAR, huh?
Ok. So, this one isn't offensive. It's not dark, it's not raw. And it wasn't even on the list. But, it IS the McKenzie brothers. They always get a spot. No matter what. That's law #37 in Valvehalla. "McKenzie Brothers are always welcome. No matter what."
Merry Whatever, V Nation. Whatever you believe, or whatever you celebrate, just make sure you treat each other well.
No. Not my brother. Not the second eater of the apple. Well, on second thought....it may be reference to Adam of the "...and Eve" variety. Either way, it's not him. So, let's focus on who it actually is.
Adam is a prog band that hails from Greece. From what I can find, they only have one EP from 2016 titled, "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil." and one full album released this year, (2020), titled "SUN".
The EP has three tracks. Would you like to guess the track titles? If you guessed as follows, then you win the internet for today:
1. See No Evil
2. Hear No Evil
3. Speak No Evil
This EP is high energy and really pretty raw. Everything you want from a good stoner metal band. There's a pretty strong QOTSA vibe for the first two tracks. Then in track three, for the first two thirds, we get some quality "Saucer Full Of Secrets" era Floydian atmospheric soundscape and delicious spacey guitars before the groovy jam comes in.
Below is the YouTube video of the full EP.
The album "SUN" is full length. In this one, they took that spacier element from "Speak No Evil" and really ran with it. The QOTSA vibe seems to have dissipated into a more polished blend of Tool, Alice In Chains and The Deftones. It's still a weighty album, but there is a lot more atmosphere. The vocals here are, what I think, would happen if Jerry Cantrell tried fill in for Chino Moreno.
Of the two albums, I personally like this one better. It's got a good "Dim the lights, sit your ass down, hit play, then don't move for the next 40 minutes cause you're about to go on a journey" feel.
Check it out here.
You know what I'm thankful for? Lot's of shit. Real shit. Like, all that stuff that you're supposed to be thankful for. Family, health, that stuff, ya know? But you know what I'm thankful for beyond that? I'm thankful that several millinia ago, some fuckin' genius figured out how to manipulate vibrations in a mathematical way to construct a grid of sound. And then built an entire language out of it. I'm thankful that summbitch put it to use and created music. I'm also thankful that guys like Les Paul came around and revolutionized the guit-fiddle. I'm thankful for the 4 lads from Liverpool (The Beatles) that made everything go fuckin' nuts. I'm glad the 4 lads from Birmingham (Black Sabbath) came around and made everything go fuckin' metal.
What I'm saying here is; music is fascinating, and it makes my braingoo get all squishy, and vibe out with warm fuzzies. Even the dark, heavy, brutal shit. Especially the dark, heavy, brutal shit.
That's what I'm thankful for.
Because, really, music has always been here. Even before we were. It will be here long after we're gone. Music is eternal. We just happened to be lucky enough to recognize it, and smart enough to find the methods that give it it's voice.
So, thanks to the cavemen and women that beat rocks with sticks, and blew flutes of bone. Without you, I would never have had the pleasure of seeing so many live bands (spanning from Manhattan Transfer to Cannibal Corpse), that I can't even remember all of them.
Now, go eat your turkey, put on some Ella and go down for the count.
Happy Thanksgiving you filthy animals!
Whether you love them, or hate them, Metallica pioneered the way for what we know as good ol' headbangin' heavy metal. But, for each pioneer to take it to the next level, a pioneer before them had to blaze the way up to that point. In this case, the trailblazers are none other than Diamond Head. Diamond Head, one of the biggest influences on our beloved Mr. Hetfield and co. as well as almost every other first generation thrash metal bands.
On the 1987 "The $5.98 E.P. -Garage days Revisited" album you will find a cover of Diamond Head's "Helpless". On the 1983's original print, "Kill 'Em All", you will find the Diamond Head cover of "Am I Evil?" On the 1998 release of "Garage Inc." You will find "It's Electric" and "The Prince".
In this video, you get to see a pretty damned cool live Metallica performance of "Am I Evil" and "Helpless" featuring none other than the original 4 members of Diamond Head playing alongside. If you look closely, you can see the level of respect Metallica has for them. Like, James shut the fuck up, stood back and just let Sean Harris do it the way it was meant to be done. As an added bonus, you get to see Lars' sweaty nipples. The fuckin' chode.
At any rate. Enjoy this awesome piece of rock and roll history.
Drum and bass.
Just a little taste of what's in store if you decide to enter Valvehalla and become a part of the V-Nation.
HURRY, HURRY, HURRAAAYYYYYY!
The Dark D&B sequel to my Dubstep track of the same name. Only...it's part one.
I've started making videos for the ol' YouTubes. Nothing fancy. It would please me greatly if you showed support. You know what to do. Thank you. This is the first of several to come. (eventually).
I know, I know. Mastodon.
"We get it, Mr.V. You like Mastodon and everything they do."
Shut up V-nation and go eat your Wheaties.
But, watch this too. Troy Sanders does a better job at vocalizing a Dave Mustaine song than Dave Mustaine does.
Ringo starr filled in for The Beatles' Pete Best, at a recording session for Rory Storm And The Hurricaines' guitarist, wally Eymond, to record the single, "Summertime" in Hamburg Germany. It marks the first recording session including Paul, John, Ringo and George. It wouldn't be for another two years that Ringo joined the band permanently. Only nine copies of 78 RPM "Summertime" was pressed. None are known to still exist.
Jimi Hendrix, for one dollar, inked his first recording contract. He agreed on a 1% royalty on all of his recordings.
A court in Nice, France finds The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards guilty of using, supplying and trafficking in marijuana and heroin. The penalty is a 5,000-franc fine, a one-year suspended sentence and he is barred from entering France for two years.
UB40 was enjoying the top tune in America with a reggae version of Neil Diamond's"Red, Red Wine". Diamond's 1968 rendition only made it to #62.
Paul and Linda McCartney are the guest voices on Fox-TV's The Simpsons in an episode called "Lisa the Vegetarian". Macca's stipulation for appearing was that Lisa's decision to become a vegetarian would be a permanent character change, to which producer David Mirkin agreed
Britain's Official Charts Company named The Beatles' masterpiece "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as the most popular British album of all time. Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon", Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" also made it to the Top 10.
Take it, learn it, love it. Keep the history of music alive, kids.
I've decided to add a downloads section where you can download VST patches for Serum, Sylenth1, and Massive. All of the patches are ones that I've either created for the sake of you guys to use, or they are the ones I use in my own songs. In other words, I made some cool shit and I'm sharing it with you. For free. Because that's how things are done in the V-nation. The only thing I request in return is to leave a comment and let me know which one(s) you downloaded. That gives me a better idea as to what you guys like, and helps me make better patches.
Right now, there are only 4, but as I get time, I'll be adding more, so check back often to see what I've got.