Sunday Jun 29, 2008

I Love German Metal

There is something I just love about German heavy metal. American heavy metal tends to be a little much for me. It just comes off overwrought and corny. Metallica's Black Album is my favorite of the lot. But there's just something hopelessly charming about German metal. Rammstein is a good example. You may remember them, as they caught some airtime in the US around 2000 with Du Hast. (It was the only song on alternative radio in German, so it was kinda hard to miss.) There's just something about the tone of the music that makes it so much more palatable to me than the American equivalent. It probably also help that I speak German.

Last time I was in Regensburg, my colleagues took me out to a metal bar, and I found a new favorite song: Wir Werden Alle Sterben by Knorkator. If you love heavy metal, it's definitely worth the $0.99 to download. The gist of the lyrics is that the singer had a conversation with his manager, in which his manager suggested that he needed to write a song to uplift the spirits of his fans. This song is the result of that conversation. The title and first line of the chorus translates to "We're all going to die." Quaint, eh? The juxtaposition of song's super heavy metal riffs with an upbeat, bouncy chorus singing that we're all going to die is just too much to resist. Go check it out!

Tuesday Jul 17, 2007

Great Fragging Song

I'm listening to Peter Gabriel's live Blood of Eden track from the Secret World Live double album. It's been a while since I last listened to that album, and I had forgotten what a freaking amazing song that is. I remember now. Just thought I'd share.

Tuesday Apr 03, 2007

Flooding the System

Holy cow! I just happened across the Universal Music Group's channel on YouTube. Apparently over the last month they've dumped about 2500 music videos into the system, and it looks like they're not done. That's definitely one way to deal with all the illegally posted videos. What's the point when the real thing is already there? How's that for corporate endorsement! Looks like this plan was announced last fall.

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