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Monday, 16 May 2016

6 Metallica Videos That You Forgot Were Awesome!






Masters of Metal, Metallica have released nine records over two decades, cementing them as one of the big four metal bands. In that time they have released their classic and most popular singles that helped make them one of the biggest well know metal acts today; and with each single comes a video to do the song ‘justice’! Let's take a look at some of the best visual offerings that you might have somehow forgotten, and look at why they are so awesome.

So here are six examples of Metallica at their finest and strangest:





The Unforgiven 

Released in 1991 this was their third official video. This is one of the their most epic and intense. It has a classic and serious feel to it too, being all in black and white too. The theme is about a boy born in captivity, and as the video progresses he turns into an old man...and no this isn't a pun about the theatrical cut being 11 and a half minutes long! The unfortunate character featured, spends his life carving into stone to create window, whilst always grasping his prized possession in his withered hand, a locket. This is thought provoking and sorrowful portrayal of the struggle with life. The powerful imagery fits the immense song.






I Disappear 

The video premiered in 2000 and was filmed in Monument Valley, Arizona on the cliffs. The song itself was for the movie soundtrack, Mission: Impossible II. So they created a heart pumping adventurous video to go with theme which depicts the members in scenes that reference the film! Such as jumping through buildings, planes, fast driving, explosions and aggressive pushing through crowds! The Chevrolet Camaro James Hetfield drives in the video, was gifted to him after filming (I bet he was told after filming, as wouldn't have driven like a maniac otherwise!). This was actually the last video to feature bassist, Jason Newsted, so a bit of Metallica history for you!





Until It Sleeps

This was the first video from 2006s Load album. It has a dark and eerie feel, being very surreal and mad, by portraying concepts from various paintings by Hieronymus Bosch. Apart from the general forms inspired from Bosch's paintings, like the integral human-eating monster from The Garden Of Earthly Delights, the fall of Adam and Even from Haywain and Christ in the Crucifige Eum scene of Ecce Homo...bet you didn't know there was actual logical sense and meaning behind all this weird activity! As you can imagine with such concepts, there is some powerful imagery and perhaps controversial scenes to go with it, making for a compelling and slightly uncomfortable viewing!









Memory Remains 


This is first song from 1997's Reload. It portrays a almost dream like state, using an anti-gravity concept, where the band perform on a suspended moving platform, and just to make it even stranger Marianne Faithfull sings in a dark corridor and plays an organ loudly. The video reportedly cost $400,000 to film, with the large platform costing around $100,000 of that. Who have thought this simple idea and a platform that actually stayed stationary the whole time, along with the band, would be so costly?! Still it makes for some interesting if not bizarre visuals! Priceless!







All Nightmare Long


This was unleashed in 2008, and is perhaps their strangest video to date! It actually doesn't feature the band, and takes us to some weird alternate history done in a sketchy documentary style, depicting a series of fictional events following the 1908 historic Tunguska Event, where Soviet scientists discover strange organisms...they also reanimate dead tissue, leading to a small zombie apocalypse before seeking help from military forces! Come on, in this zombie obsessed day in age, who wouldn't want to watch that?!







No Leaf Clover 


This is the eighth song on the live album S&M featuring the San Franciso Symphony, and although its a fairly straightforward video, this is ultimate Metallica, living it large and seeping with style, proving just how incredible they are in a grand fashion. Not many bands can pull off metal and orchestra collaborations! The song carries the video and mighty performance, ending in a dramatic crescendo which is captured wonderfully in the settings and backdrop of the live performance.






What is your favourite Metallica video?! Leave you comments below.


Like this list? Want some more, feel free to hit me up with suggestions of other bands to feature! 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Theodolites - Code Purple Review Feature




The Theodolites are a pretty unique concept band who formed in Derbyshire, UK in February 2016. The band consists of multi-instrumentalist Nicky, lyricist Bereek Tha Capricorn, singer/songwriter Marie Red and vocalist Shine. They are a virtual band, who are free of musical constraints and are able to provide a platform for music, graphics and artists for a broad range of genres and audiences. The three songs they have released, demonstrate this perfectly, with each song having the video and visuals matching the tone and feel of the music 

in a wonderful and powerful way. 



Artwork for single, Code Purple


Their latest and hardest hitting single is, Code Purple which acts as a tribute to hard rock heroes, AC/DC, influenced by their classic hit, Thunderstruck. The video depicts various cityscapes, which is beautifully constructed; the imagery that unfolds in the lively cities flows in harmony with melodic bouncy licks and riffs, which have an obvious AC/DC sound, which is of course a compliment. The Theodolites have hit the nail on the head and should be proud of their musical appreciation to what is one of the most highly regarded and well known rock acts.

As they create music to fit the feel of a video, they have an enormous amount of freedom that other musicians simply can't apply. This is a brilliant musical notion which will be fascinating to watch and listen too as they continue to expand musically and creatively through future virtual releases, making them a band to certainly keep an eye on!







Let me know what you think of the video/song in comments box!









http://www.thetheodolites.com/


Monday, 2 May 2016

Metal Band Abhorrent Decimation & Comedian Bernie Clifton Meet Up After Comical CD Blunder!





Strange & Hilarious Post Alert!


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Bernie Clifton on left and Abhorrent Decimation Album Artwork for Miasmic Mutation on right



Veteran British comedian and entertainer Bernie Clifton was recently left "fuming" when his new album To Dream the Impossible Dream went to press with the track listing for Abhorrent Decimation's Miasmic Mutation.

Inspired by the public reaction to his recent performance on BBC’s The Voice, where he sang a moving rendition of ‘The Impossible Dream’, the impossible to extinguish Bernie Clifton has released a collection of his favourite songs. But it was only when the singer was packing orders that he noticed the printing bungle. “What a cock-up. It has been a nightmare to sort out and has cost me a fortune to reprint the 1,000 CDs. My act has never been described as an Abhorrent Decimation and I’m too scared to even listen to their songs."

However, despite his initial reaction Bernie has taken it light heartedly telling a BBC reporter, “We could go on the road, me and the lads. We could do To Dream the Impossible Miasmic Mutation.” Abhorrent Decimation vocalist Ashley Scott was then heard saying, “I definitely want to talk to Bernie about working together on something... it would be amazing.”

Bernie has since invited the band to his home in Sheffield for tea and bacon butties, to have a laugh about the whole thing and both parties were happy to pose for some pictures. Copies of the misprinted CD have also been signed and will be auctioned off in due course to raise money for a charity.

"What a wonderful blunder," Ashley said. "We can't control many things in this weird and wonderful life; fancy a Death Metal band getting such exposure from a national treasure in an ostrich suit." Bernie commented, ''Suddenly I feel my life is changing. If only my Auntie Nora was still around to see it."




Death Metal Band Abhorrent Decimation



I caught up with Abhorrent Decimation front-man, Ashley Scott to find out a bit more about their view on the mishap!...


What was your initial reaction?


I first found out on the Monday morning, one the guys that works in my warehouse came up to my office and slapped a copy of the paper on my desk. “I never thought I would see you on page 3!!!” hahaha!


Are you a fan of Bernie?

I had only really seen Bernie on The Voice, so I knew a little about him from the back story they show on the show, I knew a little about him but not a great deal. We have a lovely day at his home earlier this week. A really nice guy. 

Is there anything you would like to say to Bernie about this incident?

We covered it all face to face but basically we just shared stories and had a good laugh at it all. Very inspiring chap, the fella is 80. Sharp as a pin and has a gag for everything. I guess if I had to say anything now, it would be “thanks for the bacon butties”. 

Are you enjoying the extra if not bizarre exposure?

‘Enjoying’ is a strange word in this case. Let’s just say I am working with it. For a death metal band, it feels like we have limited opportunities for such exposure, it can be a little disheartening actually. Knowing that you work your arse off on a record and a release campaigns but a geezer in an ostrich suit can surpass all that in one move hahaha! 

For anyone wondering about your songs and titles, how would you describe your sound?

Our album actually shares a positive message, the record is about life and it’s journey and how we can’t control its mysteries. Quite fitting for this situation really. We’re a Death Metal band.









Listen to Miasmic Mutation in full here: https://abhorrentdecimation.bandcamp.com/

Catch Abhorrent Decimation LIVE at one of the following dates!
27/05 The Fire House | Southampton
16/06 The Scream Lounge | Croydon
17/06 Maguires | Liverpool
18/06 Club 85 | Hitchin


The Voice of Bernie Clifton: The Impossible Dream’ is only available to buy from www.bernieclifton.co.uk. £9.99 (+£2 p+p)
www.abhorrentdecimation.com
www.bernieclifton.co.uk