Judas Rising [Part 2/4]

(continuation of part 1/4: http://wp.me/p2ldeO-7v)

…my second note of appreciation goes to Pedro Lourenço (also an author of Cacophonic Euphony). As you’ve already seen by now in his cacophonic corner, his musical scope goes way beyond the average and maybe someday he’ll share with us some of his own work… *hint hint* 😉

He made me an open-minded music consumer, introducing me to a brand new, black and thrilling world!
Six years ago I asked him for some music suggestions and suddenly I jumped from country/pop/rock music into heavy metal and hard rock.
In the beginning it took me some time to adjust to this new kind of music with all those aggressive riffs, wild solos and screaming lyrics, but soon I let myself go and I’ve never stopped ever since!

Thanks for Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Moonspell, System of a Down, Metallica and all those great bands you once thought I was ready to meet! 😀
Along with all the dark stuff he also introduced me to the best group the Earth has ever seen, The Queen (the entire discography!!).

I reckon this music genre is not well accepted in general so click on the images below at your own will, if you’re in the mood for some aggressive-energetic songs.

I can’t explain my addiction of heavy metal, nor will I try to convince anyone into it, but I believe those who like it understand the rush and thrill that has the power to either pump or ease heart beats that I’m talking about.

But life isn’t just black or white, dark or bright. For more colorful songs wait for the next post: Dreams of a Journey [Part 3/4]
See you soon 😉

PS: Feel the power of the drums in Judas Rising live song here.

Once upon a time, a great riff was born


Today I’m going to speak about one of my favourite old-school bands, Deep Purple! Most of you probably know them for Smoke on the Waters (yes, the track on the header of our blog :D) and its amazing yet simple riff. Who hasn’t heard the “tan-tan-tan, tan-tan-tan-tan”? However, there is much more to them, with a big lot of amazing musicians having played there.

I was fortunate enough to have seen them live two years ago, and what a memorable night it was! Even in their 60’s, the band was very tight, and played all (well, almost) of their classics. It is interesting to be there, along with a lot of people in their 20’s, enjoying awesome music with people in their 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s. I remember seeing an old man, who could be my grandpa, dancing like he was on lsd 😛

The band connects very well with its audience, with the then-keyboardist playing some Portuguese tunes in his classic solo (Cheira bem, cheira a Lisboa was whistled and sung by everyone there). Unfortunately, I couldn’t find satisfactory videos, so I’m posting an awesome version of Perfect Strangers, with an amazing intro by Mr. Jon Lord, the Hammond organ wizard. Check it out:

Finally, not to defraud the audience of this blog, here’s a very good version of Smoke on the Waters by Rainbow, a band that Ritchie Blackmore, one of DP’s founders and the man with the axe, created in the 70’s after leaving Deep Purple. In this version, Ritchie displays all his virtuosity, with a great intro to the song. Worth listening, really.

I’ll probably return to Rainbow later, so I won’t spoil the fun now. by introducing you all to them 😛

You better get out of their way!

By the same year that Phil Collins released his “Easy Lover” single, the German band Scorpions released one of their most successful albums – triple platinum in the USA. Including worldwide known singles like “Still Loving You” and their signature rock songs “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “Big City Nights”.

Enough to make it a great album, one may think. But they did not have the same opinion and decided that they could also include some other great songs – which they did. I leave you with a live performance of a song that, despite not being their best (just my opinion, of course!) and certainly not their most known song, is undoubtedly a quite powerful one!