Musical enigmas

Hello yet again!

It’s hard to compete with the last two posts: sex and boobs are pretty much the most searched things in the internet (and rightfully so, I’m not contesting that :P). However I’ll try to bring something interesting today and no, this time I have a shorter post (I promise I won’t post 2 hours of music again haha).

Probably most of you have heard about subliminal messages in music, hidden meanings, unraveled when played backwards – mostly satanic stuff and whatever. I must tell you I’m pretty skeptical with those things, most of the times people extract meanings they want to hear, or that vaguely sound like reality (in the vein of misheard lyrics). Who hasn’t heard the backwards version of Stairway to Heaven and all that stuff about loving Satan?

If you really believe in subliminal messages here’s a real one (taken from the movie Little Nicky with the great Adam Sandler posing as one of Beelzebub’s sons):

(If you like hard rock/metal and you love to laugh, I definitely recommend watching this movie – even Ozzy appears! :P)

Ok, that one’s a spoof, I know.. In the early 80’s, Iron Maiden were also accused of satanism (with songs like The Number Of The Beast, I wonder why…). To show people that it was all a lie, they intentionally recorded a phrase backwards on their album Piece of Mind. When you hear the song properly, it doesn’t mean anything (except for the burp, that’s recognizable even backwards), but try playing it backwards! You’ll hear Nicko McBrain imitating the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin saying “What ho said the t’ing with the three ‘bonce’, do not meddle with things you don’t understand…

I think you get my point: most of the times there’s nothing there to extract, when there is, it’s a joke!

Unless you’re Tool! Tool is a alternative/progressive metal band who use odd tempos, complex sounds and also incorporates visual experimentation on their videos (see Parabola and you’ll get what I mean). Someone once said that they’re “the thinking person’s metal band. Cerebral and visceral, soft and heavy, melodic and abrasive, tender and brutal, familiar and strange, western and eastern, beautiful and ugly, taut yet sprawling and epic, they are a tangle of contradictions.”

Their connection with this topic is because they do leave enigmas for the fans! Their song Lateralus is based on the Fibonacci sequence, both rhythmically and in the verses length. The first time Maynard sings is also at 1.618 minutes, which is the golden ratio, also related to the Fibonacci sequence. Do watch this video if you doubt me:

But that’s not the only thing. You probably have heard about hidden tracks in cds, no? Usually the album is advertised as having X songs and when you play it you notice there’s X+1 instead. Big deal! Tool also have a hidden track in their 10,000 days album, but it’s not a regular hidden track. You have to build it! If you take the song Wings For Marie (Part 1) and put it in front of Viginti Tres, you’ll see that together they have 11:17 minutes, which is exactly the duration of the song 10,000 days (Wings Part 2)! Furthermore, overlap them and they sync together! Isn’t that amazing? Here’s the total overlapped version of the 3 songs (notice the doubled riff at 9:14 – 9+14=23 – viginti tres in latin):

I’ll leave you appreciating the awesomeness that is Tool with this playlist (for the playlist of the post click here).

Judas Rising [Part 2/4]

(continuation of part 1/4:

…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.