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Postby banana samurai » Tue May 06, 2008 4:13 am

Good day to you gelatinous folks & welcome to the first of hopefully many articles I would like to call “The Savage Bard”, what you may ask is the Savage Bard?

I sat thinking one day that there were many existing members that have similar & great tastes in music, then I took a look at the seldom used thread for music on our site & thought wouldn’t it be great if someone were to do a music review… Well that’s where the Savage Bard comes in.

In the Savage Bard I will be taking a look at music old & new & as most of you know here on the boards I am an unrepentant metal head. So there will be lots of that reviewed, but I also have other tastes wide & arrayed so expect the unexpected. Here we go folks the first installment of …

The Savage Bard.

I’ll be taking a look at two very similar but quite differently distinct bands, each of these bands have musical roots planted deeply in the metal scene. While both bear a resemblance to bands such as Mastodon, Motorhead & Sleep neither take queues directly & instead forge their own trail of mayhem.

Band: High on Fire
Album: "Death Is This Communion" on (Relapse Records 2007)
Featured Video: “Rumors of War” http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=89h-X-tZa_w

Current members
• Matt Pike - guitars, vocals
• Jeff Matz - bass
• Des Kensel – drums

Anyone remembering the afore mentioned Sleep will recognize singer/guitarist Matt Pike, as he previously played guitar for the pioneering stoner metal band Sleep.
“Death is Communion” is the fourth LP release for this Oakland, California band & by far the greatest to date. It features a wall of sound that at times leaves a listener saying “this is a three piece band?!?” with song titles that seem familiar to an old D&D’er like myself, such as the “Waste of Tiamat” which is whirlwind of bone crushing riff’s.
Other notable tracks include “Turk” which opens with a fury of drums & guitar that will have you throw’n up the horns & bang’n that head, “Return to NOD” a brooding metal opus & a non-vocal track “Khanrad’s Wall” a mystical ride of foreign tainted riffs.

More Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_on_Fire


Band: Baroness
Album: “Red Album” on (Relapse Records 2007)
Featured Video: “Wanderlust” http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb3ep6YW0JI

Current members
• Allen Blickle - drums
• Summer Welch - bass
• John Baizley - guitar, vocals
• Brian Blickle - guitar

The “Red Album” the first full length LP from this Savannah, Georgia band is very promising; already it has climbed above the status quo & has earned the band respect amongst its peer’s. Baroness represents a more cerebral type of metal, at times very Mastodon like in their heaviness but at the same time a much more layered sound that brings to mind the epic instrumentals of the band Pelican.

Notable tracks include “The Birthing” a straight laced riffing delight, that pauses long enough to show space & melody belongs as much in metal as any other genre. “Cockroach en Fleur” shows their guitar skills at playing an acoustic jam while “O’Appalachia” gets down to business & gives your head something to flail too.

More Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroness_%28band%29

This Savage Bard is looking forward to what will hopefully be a blistering career for each of these promising acts.
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Postby Rubberman » Wed May 07, 2008 1:34 pm

excellent article B.S. This deserves it's own sticky.
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Postby bonelock » Wed May 07, 2008 2:48 pm

Rubberman wrote:excellent article B.S. This deserves it's own sticky.


Certainly does. I always like when people take the time to provide original content :) . Say the word BS and I'll make you yer own sticked thread. Would also like to post on front page.
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Postby Zuran_Alda » Wed May 07, 2008 2:52 pm

bonelock wrote:
Rubberman wrote:excellent article B.S. This deserves it's own sticky.


Certainly does. I always like when people take the time to provide original content :) . Say the word BS and I'll make you yer own sticked thread. Would also like to post on front page.


BS

.... oh ... you were talking about something else.

Great article, banana!!
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Postby banana samurai » Wed May 07, 2008 8:23 pm

bonelock wrote:
Rubberman wrote:excellent article B.S. This deserves it's own sticky.


Certainly does. I always like when people take the time to provide original content :) . Say the word BS and I'll make you yer own sticked thread. Would also like to post on front page.


I would definitely like a sticky applied to this as I plan to do more of these in the month’s to come. As for the front page I put that forward earlier in another thread & had little response, I’m not sure if it’s really the type of content appropriate for the front page. Regardless I don’t mind it going to the front page as long as everyone is cool with it.
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Postby Rubberman » Fri May 09, 2008 1:22 pm

yeah it's cool. I voiced my opinion verbally on this.
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Postby Caldorna » Fri May 09, 2008 3:25 pm

Right on Banana, great writeup.

I gota say it's great for me as I enjoy listening to the metal, but just haven't been keeping up with new bands for some time now. This will be a great way for me to expand my noise collection and continue melting my brain every chance I get.
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Postby banana samurai » Fri May 09, 2008 7:48 pm

Caldorna wrote:Right on Banana, great writeup.

I gota say it's great for me as I enjoy listening to the metal, but just haven't been keeping up with new bands for some time now. This will be a great way for me to expand my noise collection and continue melting my brain every chance I get.


The Savage Bard will raise his glass of frenzy water in cheers to melting brains; next installment is on the horizon.
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Postby banana samurai » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:59 pm

All right folk's I know the last thing I mentioned in this thread was that a new article was in the works, long story short it still is. As some of you may know I'm in the middle of a relocation to the Valley-O due to family issues.

This also means most of my time has been spent working on getting that move accomplished, the remainder of my time has been dedicated to finding a new job, after all a savage bard needs to eat too! So once things are more settled on the home front I hope to finish my next installment, I also hope to be getting the Savage Bard into full swing with a regular article for all my metal loving friends.

In the meantime here’s a video to see how metal you really are!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfdqV_sqal0


Until next time, keep thrashing!
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Postby banana samurai » Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:22 am

After many, many moons the Savage Bard is pleased to present another savage band! :twisted:

One of the newer breeds of metal band that has made a name for itself in the recent years is the thrash outfit Lamb of God, past albums such as Ashes in the Wake showed a ferocity that set these boy’s apart from the crowd, the newest release "Wrath" (produced by Josh Wilbur & put out on Epic, Roadrunner) follows suit with some punishing tunes to say the least.

Some songs such as “In your words” will remind you instantly of older Lamb of God offerings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qnpx-Xi ... re=related

While others show maturity of a band that has toured some serious metal circuits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES1dEQfG ... re=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAKfKf9U ... re=related

Long story short if you have enjoyed past offerings from this band this album won’t disappoint, it’s packed with more chops than a pork salesman’s suit case!

For more info on Lamb of God:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamb_of_god_band

http://www.lamb-of-god.com/

Enjoy!
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Re: The Savage Bard

Postby Zuran_Alda » Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:17 pm

Anyone else looking for to the Monster Magnet album?

http://www.zodiaclung.com/2013/07/monst ... -new-song/
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Re: The Savage Bard

Postby banana samurai » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:31 pm

Well a savage year calls for another instalment of the savage bard, the fairly infrequent musically musings of a bard on the outskirts of wit & wisdom... Nevertheless here I be, pondering the train wreck of year 2016 has been... But from each & every wreckage you look for the survivors & carry on, in 2016 I've sifted through the chaotic soup, right wing insanity & seriously crazy events, as always Metal was there for me!

To my surprise it was the bands of years gone by that arose out of the ashes of 2016 to show the metal world that grey hair doesn't mean you're not ready to throw horns!

So with no further ado here is this savage bard's 12 Months of Metal for that train wreck of year 2016.

JANUARY

Band: Megadeth
Album: Dystopia


Say what you will about Mustaine, and you could say a lot, he's done a bang up job in the studio!

Flanked by long time band mate David Ellefson on bass, they've inlisted Kiko Loureiro on Lead, rhythm guitars and backing vocals, and Chris Adler (yes Lamb of God drummer extraordinaire) on the drums. Together they have crafted a solid offering that has pleased the Vic Rattlehead in my heart!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dystopia_(Megadeth_album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK95lWHl7js

Honourable mentions for January goes to...

Band: Prong
Album: X (No Absolutes)


FEBRUARY

Band: Anthrax
Album: For All Kings


With a return to the “Among the Living” years Joey Belladonna is in fine form fronting the mic, Scott Ian as always is shredding the rythm guitar & backing vocals, Jon Donais has taken over lead guitar from Rob Caggiano on this one, filling out the bottom end we have Frank Bello on bass and Charlie Benante on drums. Together they thrashed the month making it Thrax-uary!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_All_Kings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuLvfm5 ... swHeo3ogxv

Honourable mentions for January goes to...

Band: Textures
Album: Phenotype

MARCH

Band: Amon Amarth
Album: Jomsviking


A band that takes it's name sake from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom & performs songs firmly planted in the Viking heritage & history (I won't hold it against them for being Swedish), the group unleashes their tenth studio album upon the world.

Johan Hegg vocals, Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg share guitar duties, while Ted Lundström provides the low thunder of the bass guitar, the band pulls in session musician Tobias Gustafsson on drums, the band even gets Doro Pesch in the studio to perform guest vocals on "A Dream That Cannot Be", not a bad offering from a bunch of lads from the land of ikea!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jomsviking_(album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOXo1_sCSXE


Honourable mentions for March (although not metal) goes to...

Band: Iggy Pop
Album: Post Pop Depression


APRIL

Band: Deftones
Album: Gore


These Sacromento boys have been on the scene since 1988 but really started breaking ground with 1994's album “Adrenaline”, many lumped them in with the down tuned rap rock of Korn & Limp Biscuit, but years later Deftones define & redefine their sound never losing their essence. With the events leading to their friend & bass players death (Chi Cheng), there were doubts that the band could go on... But with the addition of Sergio Vega to fill out the bass role they have proven that they still have chops to endure!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore_(album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxE6kaN ... NuNB8#t=12

Honourable mentions for April goes to...

Band: Discharge
Album: End of Times


MAY

Band: Death Angel
Album: The Evil Devide


Kicking off their hair flailing career in 1982 things drew to a close for these Daly City, Cali boys in 1991, taking a 10 year hiatus from the metal world Rob Cavestany (guitarist) & Mark Osegueda (vocals since '84) started the band back up in 2001, although many line up changes have revolved around these two members, 2016's offering “The Evil Devide” is a solid offering!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Evil_Divide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WXBob7a9go

Honourable mentions for May is tied as I couldn't make up my mind...

Band: Devil Drive
Album: Trust No One

&

Band: Kvelertak
Album: Nattesferd


JUNE

Band: Gojira
Album: Magma


Hailing from Bayonne: France, Gojira have been on the overseas metal scene since 1996 under the name Godzilla, wisely changing their name to the current Gojira in 2001. The precision rhythm playing, intricate guitar work & hard as a hammer riffs have brought them to the fore front of the metal world placing them on bills with the likes of Lamb of God & other heavy weights... Well deserved in my opinion & proving that not all excellent European metal needs to be Scandinavian.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magma_(Gojira_album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QPWyFBP6WU

Honourable mentions for June goes to...

Band: Whitechapel
Album: Mark of the Blade

JULY

Band: Chevelle
Album: The North Corridor


Chicago suburb rockers Chevelle have been on the scene since 1995 formed by three brothers Pete, Sam & Joe Loeffler, Joe left the band in 2005 & was eventually replaced by current bassist Dean Bernardini. Although the band have always channelled elements of Tool in their sound they still retain a distinct sound of their own that this listener appreciates.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_North_Corridor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mBLdvSUH9g

Honourable mentions for July goes to...

Band: Periphery
Album: Periphery III: Select Difficulty


August

Band: Soilwork
Album: Death Resonance


Formed in 1995-96 these Swede's have always been able to blend scorching guitars & rasping vocals with melodic verses & harmony laden vocals, although this is technically a compilation album that doesn't mean it shouldn't grace the metal fold of 2016. All in all a great recap to a solid band.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soilwork# ... .282016.29

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5VGQueLuqM

Honrable mentions to...

Band: Russian Circles
Album: Guidance



September

Band: Suicidal Tendencies
Album: World Gone Mad

So... guilty as charged I am a Suicidal fan, have been for a very long time. In fact there was a time when these guys were coined as “skater” tunes & metal heads were to avoid & denounce, well to be honest I have never been one to listen to what labels have to say about a subject, person or band.

Suicidal Tendencies have been thrashing the scene since 1980, although there have been many line ups in the band Mike Muir has kept the hand on the wheel (“asleep at the wheel” hardly) since day one, Muir has the honour of the title as one of “the fathers of crossover thrash”... World Gone Mad proves why! SUICIDAL FOR LIFE!!!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Gone_Mad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxda3lSRTQE

Honourable mentions in September...

Band: Opeth
Album: Sorceress


October

Band: Testament
Album: Brotherhood of the Snake


Oh what to say of the Halloween month other than “wow”, perhaps it is the Hallows eve that brings out the crazies, so it would be no coincidence that this month was a power house for all things heavy. Many offerings from many metal genre's the likes of which include Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Helmet, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold & others, all releasing solid offerings... But the one gem (and little did I know I'd be writing gem in association with this band) that outshone the rest was Testament's “Brotherhood...”, the only thing to say about this is it is a beast of an album for the Berkley shredders, on the scene since 1986 (existing as Legacy prior to this) Testament have had some lineup changes but little has this done to change their sound, not so with this their 11th studio album which hit the Billboard 200 at number 20... Not to shabby for a 3+ decade old band thrash band.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brotherhood_of_the_Snake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkHT86Ei7DY

Honourable mentions in October...

Band: The Dillinger Escape Plan
Album: Dissociation

November

Band: Metallica
Album: Hardwired... To Self-Destruct


So what to say about the Los-Angeles crew, formed in 1981 they crashed upon the hair metal scene showing the world a new fury of beer fuelled insanity, shredding the live scene in their wake. Becoming a truly global force with their first video release “One” forever changing popular opinion of the metal genre... Then they met Bob Rock, those who know me know of my disdain for the corporate culture wiener known as Bob Rock, putting an indelible stamp upon the band from their self titled album “Metallica” to the their last project together “St. Anger”.

The band picked up long time producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin for 2008's “Death Magnetic”, where they met Greg Fidelman the then engineer/mixer for “Death Magnetic” who became producer for the bands best album in years “Hardwired... To Self Destruct”!

If you're like me & enjoyed these gentlemen back in the day when crappy bands like Faster Pussycat sold out arenas, then you'll find this album to be as close a return to that era as possible.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardwired ... f-Destruct

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m46Z0-HXySo

Honourable mentions for November...

Band: Animals as Leaders
Album: The Madness of Many

December

Band: Nine Inch Nails
Album: Not the Actual Events


Although technically in the Industrial scene more so than that of metal I would be remiss not to mention them, Trent Reznor formed the band back in 1988 & through the decades that followed has plotted a career that has held true to his vision, releasing album after album of metal edged, dark & quite frankly beautiful songs.

Although this is only an EP it still provides a window into the inner workings of a non conformists mind & makes this listener look forward to what it may offer next.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_the_Actual_Events

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvyywDE67tY

No honourable mentions for this un-metal month.

Well folks that's a wrap for 2016... I'm sure with the new President elect coming into office & global events turning upside down in 2016 & continuing their upside down course in 2017 there will be more than enough dark inspiration for the metal world to sink it's fangs into!

Until next time I'll be singing my savage songs in true bardic style, throwing the horns on natural D20's & casting thrashing pit of rage upon the crowd!

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