Archive for March, 2010

Mar
29

Girls in a Boy’s Club

It won’t be a bit of exaggeration to say that the heavy metal music scene is a male dominated one. Right from the inception of heavy metal, when bands like Black Sabbath took music to a darker alley, 90% of the crowd is male. Even today, every metal show you land up on, you are bound to find a much skewed male – female ratio in favor of the male. It was and to some degree, still is a boy’s club, where it is perfectly OK to take off your shirt and get sweaty and eventually, smelly.

But, what is heavy metal if there is no defiance? Before too soon, girls in metal were not just groupies or some rock star’s girlfriend holding his jacket in the pit. Many came out to the stage and took the male dominated audience by storm – and they loved them for it.

We have singled out the five most influential female Metal bands that we have seen so far.

Girlschool

There was no way that the first spot would have gone to anyone else but Girlschool. This all-female British heavy metal band originated as a part the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This was the era of fast guitar playing and operatic vocals popularized by pioneer New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

Band members Enid Williams (bass, vocals) and Kim McAuliffe (rhythm guitar, vocals), used to play for a band named Painted Lady before teaming up with Kelly Johnson and Denise Dufort in 1978 to form Girlschool. Their first single got them an invite to open for legendary Heavy Metal band Motorhead on tours. Girlschool got more success the following year, touring Europe as support band for Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep.

In the following years, they managed to gain a worldwide cult following while performing as support band for groups like Rush, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Twisted Sisters, Alice Cooper and Blue Oyster Cult. Their close association with the band Motorhead earned them the title - Headgirl.

The band has released 12 studio albums till date, 3 live albums and numerous compilations. Girlschool is the longest running female rock band in the world so far.

Doro

During the 1980’s, there were only a few female artists in the heavy metal scene. Doro Pesch was one of them, heading the Germen heavy metal band Warlock. The band started in the traditional metal way in their first album Burning the Witches, drawing inspiration from bands like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Accept.

After their first album, Warlock released two albums – Hellbound and True as Steel, in two consecutive years.  After a few line up change, their fourth studio effort – Triumph and Agony was released in 1987. The band went on their first major US tour, opening for Megadeth. However, after another line up change, Doro Pesch was the only original surviving member of the band. Since she did not have copyrights for the name ‘Warlock’, Doro decided to name the band after herself.

Doro currently is very active in the metal scene, doing what she does best. She recently played live at Magic Circle Festival 2008.

Arch Enemy

Angela Gossow is the reason for Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy to be on the list. The band was originally formed in 1996 mainly due to the effort of Carcass guitarist Michael Amott. Originally, the band was fronted by Johan Liiva, but Angela Gassow joined in as frontwoman for the band in 2001.

The most remarkable thing about the band is its vocal delivery. Deep guttural vocal style has long being a male dominated field. Angela Gossow truly shattered that myth sounding equally ‘brutal’ if not more than her male counterparts. Many new female talents who have started learning and mastering this extreme vocal technique admit to drawing inspiration from Angela Gassow.

Kittie

Anyone who had not heard the band Kittie is in for a surprise. The name Kittie sure doesn’t sound like a metal band. Group members intentionally opted for a weak sounding name to shock people – which they sure did.
Kittie is an all female Canadian metal band based in London. It was formed in 1996. Their shot to fame was propelled by their hit single Brackish in 1999. They played as a support band for Slipknot the following year which helped them to gain a fan following in the metal underground.

Following their initial success with the debut album Spit, Kittie have released three more albums – the most recent one being Funeral for Yesterday in 2007.

Evanescence

Singer, pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody came together in Arkankas, US in 1995 and founded the band Evanescence. Musically, the band was a mix of nu and gothic metal with a hint of symphonic metal. Amy Lee’s powerful and haunting voice together with tight music play by the band was an instant hit in the mainstream. Their first full length album – Fallen – released in 2003, won two Grammy awards and sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. The album spent an unprecedented 43 weeks in the Billboard top 10, going on to become 6 times platinum in the US. A compilation album titled Anywhere but Home was released the next year.

Their third album titled The Open Door was released in 2006. Line up changes in the band has resulted in the change of the band’s music from one album to another. When co-founder Moody left the band in 2003, following the Fallen tour over ‘creative differences’, Terry Belsamo from Cold was called in. Bassist Will Boyd too left the band in 2006 to spend quality time with his family.

Many critics accuse Evanescence to be ‘a pop version of an already diluted brand of metal’. Critic Bill Lamb of About.com tags the group succinctly as “pop-goth”. These accusations became even stronger when lead guitarist Gregor Mackintosh of Paradise Lost, a late 1980s heavy metal band mentioned about a generation gap between his group and Evanescence.

These have not bothered Amy Lee much as she continues to make appearance and sing in many concerts. After all, even Metallica, the biggest metal band in the world have been termed as ‘sell outs’.

RaghuavendraE
http://www.articlesbase.com/movies-articles/girls-in-a-boys-club-735348.html

Mar
18

Slipknot and Nickelback Songs

Slipknot and Nickelback are premier heavy metal bands hailing from United States and Canada respectively. Both have dedicated fan following, release albums periodically and give live performances in world stages. It seems that these bands have turned rock music on its head with varied themes and music styles.

Nickelback has produced six studio albums, one compilation album, twenty-two single songs and seven video albums till now. Although initially the band was country based, they are well known now in different countries including United States and Canada. With such unique songs under its belt, Nickelback has transcended all borders, including political and mental. Initially, it was the youth that got attracted to Nickelback songs, but people from other age groups are also found to be increasingly appreciative to this style of heavy music.

Nickelback discography dates back to the initial album, Curb, released in 1996. The second album, The State came four years later, in 2000. The next three albums were Silver Side Up, The long road and All the Right Reasons released in 2001, 2003 and 2005 respectively. The songs are well admired and have a cult following too. The next one, titled Dark Horse, is in the pipeline and may come out at the fag end of the year 2008. Consisting of eleven tracks, the album is all set to create a flutter, not only in the minds of the avid heavy metal fan, but in the music track industry too.

Slipknot also ranks high up in terms of popularity and exclusivity. The nine member band formed in Iowa plays the heavy metal genre with their own twists and turns. Visually also the band is totally distinctive with every member of the band wearing different masks during live performances and recordings. The debut album, Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat immediately garnered attention, not only because of the songs, but for the title too.

The key musical influences on the band are the death metal, black metal, heavy metal and the nu metal. Its primary influences are Black Sabbath, Slayer, Judas Priest, Beastie Boys etc. They band has also been profoundly influenced by other bands like Head of David, Goldfish, Neurosis and Jungle music. Slipknot is ranked as the path breakers on American new wave heavy metal. The live shows given by the band are well known for the energy flow.

Slipknot music has a unique flow, sometimes in the extreme, and sometimes, a little subdued. Vocal styles range from rapping, singing and growling. However, the later day songs have more melodic singing, but the themes still continue to be aggressive. Darkness, disaffection, anger, psychosis and nihilism are the most preferred themes followed by Slipknot.

Bands like Slipknot and Nickelback are not bubbles formed on the surface of the sea of music. The uniqueness of their themes and unmatchable energy beckons the energetic youth to follow them.

Roberta Groche
http://www.articlesbase.com/music-articles/slipknot-and-nickelback-songs-700591.html

Mar
15

A Rocker’s Guide to Phuket

Fans of rock music will certainly not be disappointed with a trip to Phuket. The island has a vibrant live-music scene that covers most of the bases, from jazz through to good old rock n roll. If you’d rather mosh to rock than bop to dance beats, there are a few clubs and pubs you ought to know about.

Although it’s something of a cliché on the island, Rock City on the beach road in Patong is an established rock club that caters to a primarily tourist clientele. As soon as you see the enormous gorilla above the entrance, you know you’re in for a treat, and Rock City delivers.

Rock City is a fun kind of place with bands comprising of locals, Aussies, Swedes, Filipinos and so on. There are usually three or four bands on per night and each has a different style and character. You won’t hear any original songs at this Phuket club, but you will be able to dance away to the links of Bon Jovi, Metallica, ACDC and Guns n Roses, as well as a few more-modern bands.

As if one Rock City in Patong wasn’t enough, there is now a second venue at the top of Soi Bangla, on the opposite from the beach. It’s much the same as the original Rock City, but the acoustics are a little bit different. Expect to drink and dance until about 2 am.

Although it’s primarily a jazz club, Karma Lounge in Kata is a fun live-music venue where the music sometimes drifts into rock. The vibes are always positive at this Phuket club and people get down until the early hours of the morning.

Of course, no trip to Phuket would be complete without sampling the local rock scene. Although there aren’t many bands in Phuket penning and playing their own songs, there are a lot of decent cover bands playing in local clubs.

9 Richter in Phuket Town is a good place to catch Thai live music. The venue also hosts special events with famous stars from the Thai rock and indie scenes.

Also in Phuket Town is Blue Marina, at the Phuket Merlin Hotel. This is an exciting club popular with young people in Phuket. The music is always fast and fun, plus Blue Marina also hosts special events with popular bands.

The majority of Phuket’s rock clubs can be found in Patong. It usually takes a little stroll around the area to find somewhere playing live music. The quality of the bands varies considerably and there is an unhealthy obsession with the likes of Bon Jovi, but it’s all in the holiday spirit and the drink are cheap and even the Thais seem to have a good time.

Rock on, brothers and sisters.

vanalli
http://www.articlesbase.com/destinations-articles/a-rockers-guide-to-phuket-724168.html

Mar
12

Lights, Camera….lyrics! — Actors in Bands

Parents often tell their kids they can be anything when they grow up.  And then there are the parents who must have told their kids they can be many things when they grow up.  These kids grow up wired with creativity that needs to be plugged into more than one outlet, or they’ll short-circuit.  And that includes actors who cross over into writing music and lyrics, and playing in bands.  Sure, their starpower might initially get them bookings and audiences, but only true talent keeps ‘em.  Here are actors whose tunes and lyrics have solidly established their credibility as musicians:

30 Seconds to Mars

Helmed by Jared Leto (”Panic Room,” “Requiem for a Dream,”), who sings, writes the band’s music and lyrics, and plays guitar, 30 Seconds to Mars is a tight, talented, intense hard rock machine.  Their 2002 debut album scored mixed reviews, but their second album went platinum and spawned the singles, “A Beautiful Lie,” “From Yesterday,” and “The Kill,” featuring Leto’s anguished lyrics, “Look in my eyes/You’re killing me, killing me/All I wanted was you.”

Dogstar

No, you have not entered the Matrix — Keanu Reeves really did play bass in a band called Dogstar from 1991 - 2002.  They released one EP and two indie-label albums filled with music and lyrics ranging from alternative to power-pop.  Although singer Bret Domrose wrote the bulk of the band’s music and lyrics, Reeves wrote a few of Dogstar’s songs, including “Isabelle,” an ode to a friend’s young daughter, and the love song “Round C,” whose title was inspired by — brace yourself — cheese.

Juliette Lewis and the Licks

Actress Juliette Lewis (”Catch and Release,” “Natural Born Killers”) has fronted this hard rock/alternative rock band with her powerful, wild-child interpretation of lyrics and uninhibited gyrations since 2003.  Lewis, who had previously sung in the movie, “Strange Days,” became obsessed with forming a band after seeing a Blondie concert.  Luckily, she had that moment of truth — she and the Licks kick like a double-shot of Jagermeister.  One of their most popular songs, “Hot Kiss,” has lyrics that are as scorching as its music and vocals:  “I’m his favorite toy/Like a beach ball/Bang it up and down/Or throw it against the wall.”

The Bacon Brothers Band

Kevin and his older brother, Michael bring home the Bacon on four albums, as well as live shows, where they really cook.  Both brothers play guitar, and definitely know their way around a fretboard.  Kevin isn’t merely riding on Michael’s coattails — the guy can definitely play.  The siblings both write lyrics and music, as well.  Kevin wrote these introspective lyrics to one of their best-known songs, “Chop Wood (Carry Water)”: “I want to break this legacy/Change this angry history/And plant a brand-new family tree/I guess the rest is up to me.” Playing music together since childhood, the Bacons have officially been sizzling in a band since 1995.

Being a great actor doesn’t necessarily make someone a great musician.  Their fame may give them access to the stage — but their talent for singing, playing, and writing great songs and lyrics will keep them there in a starring role.

Merryl Lentz
http://www.articlesbase.com/music-articles/lights-cameralyrics-actors-in-bands-704259.html

Mar
09

What bands live dvd should i get?

I want to get a music dvd showcasing a bands live performances. I’ve been going back and forth between Nirvana’s Live Tonight Sold Out and one of the Rage against the machine dvds. and if i were to get a ratm dvd which one should it be

I personally like the Battle of Mexico City DVD the best. It is a red hot show, a great set list and the quality is much better than the self-titled. It is also a complete (well Bullet was cut out) show, which I prefer to compilations. Includes a tour of Mexico City and a documentary about the EZLN by Zack. Only annoying thing is an mtv like editing style which cuts every few seconds during songs, but I got used to it quick and barely noticed it after a while.

A beginner may enjoy Live at the Grand Olympic best. A compilation of 2 nights (last shows), both great, containing songs from all 4 albums. Great pic and sound quality; best of all three. Bonus show (most of it, anyway): the DNC 2000, great show, and some music videos.

Self-titled had clips from their 1st and 2nd tours, but mostly 94 and 96. Great clips, quality below the other 2.

Just check out clips from all three on youtube and make your decision from there.

Mar
09

Lights, Camera….lyrics! — Actors in Bands

Parents often tell their kids they can be anything when they grow up.  And then there are the parents who must have told their kids they can be many things when they grow up.  These kids grow up wired with creativity that needs to be plugged into more than one outlet, or they’ll short-circuit.  And that includes actors who cross over into writing music and lyrics, and playing in bands.  Sure, their starpower might initially get them bookings and audiences, but only true talent keeps ‘em.  Here are actors whose tunes and lyrics have solidly established their credibility as musicians:

30 Seconds to Mars

Helmed by Jared Leto (”Panic Room,” “Requiem for a Dream,”), who sings, writes the band’s music and lyrics, and plays guitar, 30 Seconds to Mars is a tight, talented, intense hard rock machine.  Their 2002 debut album scored mixed reviews, but their second album went platinum and spawned the singles, “A Beautiful Lie,” “From Yesterday,” and “The Kill,” featuring Leto’s anguished lyrics, “Look in my eyes/You’re killing me, killing me/All I wanted was you.”

Dogstar

No, you have not entered the Matrix — Keanu Reeves really did play bass in a band called Dogstar from 1991 - 2002.  They released one EP and two indie-label albums filled with music and lyrics ranging from alternative to power-pop.  Although singer Bret Domrose wrote the bulk of the band’s music and lyrics, Reeves wrote a few of Dogstar’s songs, including “Isabelle,” an ode to a friend’s young daughter, and the love song “Round C,” whose title was inspired by — brace yourself — cheese.

Juliette Lewis and the Licks

Actress Juliette Lewis (”Catch and Release,” “Natural Born Killers”) has fronted this hard rock/alternative rock band with her powerful, wild-child interpretation of lyrics and uninhibited gyrations since 2003.  Lewis, who had previously sung in the movie, “Strange Days,” became obsessed with forming a band after seeing a Blondie concert.  Luckily, she had that moment of truth — she and the Licks kick like a double-shot of Jagermeister.  One of their most popular songs, “Hot Kiss,” has lyrics that are as scorching as its music and vocals:  “I’m his favorite toy/Like a beach ball/Bang it up and down/Or throw it against the wall.”

The Bacon Brothers Band

Kevin and his older brother, Michael bring home the Bacon on four albums, as well as live shows, where they really cook.  Both brothers play guitar, and definitely know their way around a fretboard.  Kevin isn’t merely riding on Michael’s coattails — the guy can definitely play.  The siblings both write lyrics and music, as well.  Kevin wrote these introspective lyrics to one of their best-known songs, “Chop Wood (Carry Water)”: “I want to break this legacy/Change this angry history/And plant a brand-new family tree/I guess the rest is up to me.” Playing music together since childhood, the Bacons have officially been sizzling in a band since 1995.

Being a great actor doesn’t necessarily make someone a great musician.  Their fame may give them access to the stage — but their talent for singing, playing, and writing great songs and lyrics will keep them there in a starring role.

Merryl Lentz
http://www.articlesbase.com/music-articles/lights-cameralyrics-actors-in-bands-704259.html