Monday, September 26, 2005

Bootlegs: SOAD, Metallica, Velvet Revolver, Robert Plant

Like many late-'90s metal bands, System of a Down struck a balance between '80s underground thrash metal and metallic early-'90s alternative rockers like Jane's Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic alternative metal earned a cult following in the wake of the popularity of such likeminded bands as Korn and the Deftones.

Metallica was easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s, responsible for bringing the music back to Earth. Instead of playing the usual rock star games of metal stars of the early '80s, the band looked and talked like they were from the street. Metallica expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions.

Metallica - Big Day Out 2004
Metallica - Live Before Death
Metallica - The Bay Area Thrashers

Velvet Revolver began with a spring 2002 jam session that reunited ex-Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums) on-stage. With the discovery that their chemistry was still going strong, the trio began pushing around some new music and auditioning singers for what became known as "The Project." Early entries included ex-Buckcherry shouter Josh Todd, and Neurotica's Kelly Shaefer; both became acquainted with the cutting room floor. By early 2003, "The Project"'s existence -- and its quest for a singer -- was common knowledge, so much so that VH1 sent cameras to document the search. Dave Kushner (Wasted Youth; Dave Navarro) also joined up as second guitarist. Troubled STP-er Scott Weiland came on board next. He and the band clicked immediately, and recorded a hyper piece of glitter metal for the Hulk soundtrack called "Set Me Free." By June, "The Project" had been renamed Velvet Revolver, and Weiland was officially made its lead singer, though possession charges stemming from a May bust were still outstanding.
Velvet Revolver - KROQ Acoustic

In 1968, a naive young singer from the Black Country hills in England named Robert Plant was discovered wailing the blues by veteran session guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones. When Plant recommended his friend John Bonham as the drummer, one of the most successful bands in rock history was born as Led Zeppelin. But the group that started with such force also ended in flames after 12 years, as Bonham's death from alcohol poisoning in 1980 split the band after nine albums.

Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation - Live in France 2005

Rock Albums
Albums: Muse, System Of A Down, Zebrahead, Life Of Agony
Jimmy Eat World - Stay On My Side Tonight EP
The Bloodhound Gang - Hefty Fine
The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites
Albums: Green Day, Simple Plan, Sum41, Jimmy Eat World
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Worlds Apart
Albums: Fear Factory, Rammstein, etc.
Fischerspooner - Odyssey
Misc Music: Maximo Park, Lovers, etc.
Def Cut - Albums


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for putting up that dex with Maximo Park in it, ive discoverd a bunch of songs in there that i like. The Rosebuds one especially. Keep up the good work.

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