Songs I grew up with

Hello guys and girls!

This time of the year always makes me a bit nostalgic, and being back from a month in the East after having finished my masters degree after 5 years of a lot of work did help me enter that state of mind. That said, it’s no wonder that I went digging on my old CDs and started listening to some songs that I listened throughout my childhood/youth. That’s what I’m going to share with you today 🙂

When I was a kid (long before I turned into metal, we’ll get there later), I mostly listened to the stuff that my parents liked or the CDs peopled offered me as gifts (no internet in those times…). Either way, I don’t really know what led me to the greatest band ever: Queen, but I sure am glad I became almost obsessed with their music! One song that I always loved was Machines (Back to Humans) from their Works album. Probably not that well known, most people dislike it because of the electronic effects they used, but the energy, the riffing and the strange vocals always grabbed my atention. Here ’tis:

Another band that I listened to a lot in those times was The Police, this time by my mother’s hand. I really liked songs like Synchronicity II, Roxanne, Invisible Sun, within others. Here’s my favourite back then, Message in a Bottle:

In my 7th grade (I was 12 then), I started to think that I should listen to what other kids were listening, so I borrowed an Eminem album from a cousin and started to listen to songs like The Real Slim Shady, but that didn’t last long. A friend of mine, (thanks David!), lent me one of the best metal albums of all time: The Black Album by Metallica, and I got so hooked up, that for almost 6 years I only listened to metal. This is the song that showed me my darker side… So much for what the other kids liked 😛

How I got into progressive stuff is a completely different story, so I’ll leave that to another post 😛

Happy New Year!

Pull the plug!

As I said in my previous post, I’ll pull the electricity plug and present some acoustic sounds today. Everybody knows a big rock band that has played an acoustic set sometime. Well, I know at least 5 😀

One of the interesting things in the so-called unplugged concerts is the way bands reinvent themselves in order not to lose the touch of the songs that only overdrive/distortion offers.

There are two bands that really transformed their songs while playing acoustic: Metallica and Nirvana

Amazing, huh? The last song is a cover of a David Bowie‘s song. Other acoustic concerts worth mentioning are Scorpions’ Acoustica or Moonspell’s Sombra.

Astounding Songs, Amazing Covers

With Pedro’s last few posts containing covers by himself or his friends (and also David’s), I decided to show him what real covers are like. No, I’m not making them myself, maybe another time 😛

It is obvious that I’m just messing with him, the covers he posted are very well done, especially considering that they’re home-made. But, when I listen to a cover by a proven artist, I expect to hear something of his own in the version. So, don’t expect to hear here copies note by note, but rather very personal interpretations of some good songs. Some are even better than the originals! But I’ll leave that assessment to you..

I’ll start with a song I thought no one could or would cover, Starless by King Crimson. I came across this version by the Unthanks in Pete Sinfield’s (KC’s old lyricist) facebook page, and I was instantly blown away.
(Covers on the left, originals or most known version on the right) Enjoy 🙂

   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

If any of you wants more information regarding the bands on the left, just leave a comment! Most of them have more amazing covers 🙂

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.