101 Rules for… Power Metal

December 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

1. You have one goal: be epic.
2. Let no sound be lonely. If there’s a guitar solo, harmonize it. If there’s singing, make it a choir.
3. Keyboards offer a way to add thousands of different textures to a song. Find two of those that you like and use them on every song you write.
4. In a power metal world, everything steel is good, and anything good must be compared to steel.
5. You are not bound to sing about Satan, evil, and/or darkness.
6. You are bound to sing about dragons, freedom, and/or power metal.
7. Remember how no sound should be alone? Same goes for albums. Everything can have a sequel!
8. You are allowed to be blonde.
9. Swords enhance your credibility and your performance. Be sure to carry one regardless of whether or not you know anything about using one.
10. Pick a theme and stick to it. Manowar are warriors of true metal, and they don’t get to sing about anything else. Rhapsody has their Algalord chronicles. HammerFall has their steel, hammers, and Templar. Running Wild has pirates. Blind Guardian has Tolkien. None of them are allowed to sing about anything else. « Read the rest of this entry »

Video Game Soundtrack – Diablo III (2011)

November 9, 2014 § 1 Comment

Artist: Video Game Soundtrack
Album: Diablo III
Year: 2011
Type: Soundtrack
Label: Azeroth Music
Genre: Video Game Music, Soundtrack

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Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth (2012)

November 2, 2014 § 1 Comment

Artist: Testament
Album: Dark Roots Of Earth
Year: 2012
Type: Full-Length
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Genre: Thrash Metal
Origin: United States
(Oakland, California)

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Badlands – Badlands (1989)

October 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

Artist: Badlands
Album: Badlands
Year: 1989
Type: Full-Length
Label: Atlantic Records
Genre: Blues Rock / Heavy Metal
Origin: United States
(Los Angeles, California)

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101 250 Rules for… Melodic Death Metal

September 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

1. Metalcore is not melodic death metal.
2. Don’t be Anders Fridén.
3. Claim that you are open to all genres of music, but only listen to melodic death metal.
4. If a band changes their sound, even a little bit, even in the opposite direction of mainstream music, accuse them of being sell-outs.
5. If you’re not Swedish, pretend to be.
6. Pretend that you see the difference between Children Of Bodom, Norther and dozens more Finnish bands.
7. Gothenburg, Sweden was named after the genre (without In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, it would be the nameless place!!!).
8. Opeth is not Gothenburg!!! (if you think otherwise drop yourself to a bottomless pit, you psycho!!).
9. If somebody tells you that At The Gates are the fathers of metalcore, punch him in the face.
10. Although Alexi Laiho paints his fingernails black, if you do the same you will look as gay, not as true Children Of Bodom fan. « Read the rest of this entry »

Metallica – Master Of Puppets (1986)

August 24, 2014 § 1 Comment

Artist: Metallica
Album: Master Of Puppets
Year: 1986
Type: Full-Length
Label: Elektra Records
Genre: Thrash Metal, Hard Rock / Heavy/Thrash Metal
Origin: United States
(Los Angeles / San Francisco, California)

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AC/DC – The Razor’s Edge (1990)

August 17, 2014 § 1 Comment

Artist: AC/DC
Album: The Razor’s Edge
Year: 1990
Type: Full-Length
Label: Atco Records
Genre: Blues Rock / Heavy Metal
Origin: Australia
(Sydney, New South Wales)

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