4 Years Ago (2017)
I was busy writing my EOY lists during this week.
8 Years Ago (2013)
From “I Am Giant”, released in 2010.
It has this bass intro that reminds me of the song “Comedown” from Bush and the drum beat makes me think of “When The Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin. If you want an introduction into the band, then this is the song to start with.
“Are we living?
Or merely killing time?
Then the distorted guitars crash, mimicking the bass riff.
Check it out
The Buick stage design was a great concept.
It was fitting that they opened up with “That’s What the Water Made Me”, the best song from the “What About Now” album.
And they then went back to 1986 with two classics “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Raise Your Hands” from the “Slippery When Wet” album.
And the 50,000 plus crowd enjoyed every note as the band went through their catalogue of songs.
The story of the Bon Jovi “Greatest Hits” album goes back to 2007. At that time, Jon was very interested in developing the country rock sound that he experimented with on the unexpected hit single, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” which was featured on the 2005 album, “Have A Nice Day”.
The label, Universal Music wasn’t interested in allowing Jon to follow his muse, and instead wanted a “Greatest Hits” package from the band.
In the end, Universal couldn’t stop Jon from going ahead with the album; however the label believed that they would lose a lot of money on it.
So the label made Jon promise that once the country rock album bombs, Jon will deliver a “Greatest Hits” album.
But the“Lost Highway” album and world tour was successful.
After the “Lost Highway” tour, Jon and Richie got together and started writing five songs for the promised “Greatest Hits” package that was to come next.
Then the global financial crisis happened, and according to Richie Sambora, he and Jon just continued writing more than the required amount of songs needed for the “Greatest Hits” package.
Another argument was put forward to the label to release a new album, which in turn would postpone the “Greatest Hits” release again.
From the songs written, most of them would end up on “The Circle” album, with five songs left over for the “Greatest Hits” package.
The “Greatest Hits” was finally released in October 2010, while the band was still touring on “The Circle” album and it gave the band further momentum to hit the road again in 2011.
And I wrote 7000 plus words about the “Greatest Hits” package and the story behind it.
If you want to read about a Swedish band called Blowsight, then read on.
It is a well-known fact that Led Zeppelin has borrowed (or stolen depending on how people view this) bits and pieces from other artists however Zeppelin’s influence and reach is vast and if there was no Led Zeppelin, a lot of bands that we love and like today would have not have existed in the form that we know them.
One such band is Whitesnake.
For a lot of people, their first hearing of Whitesnake was in 1987 and a song called “Still of the Night”.
The song is written by lead singer David Coverdale and guitarist John Sykes.
The Led Zeppelin influence is unmistakable.
The vocal delivery over the F#5 power chord in the intro reminds me of Robert Plant from “Black Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” from Elvis Presley.
When the riff kicks in straight after, the ears are treated to a combination riff based on “Black Dog” and “Immigrant Song”.
Even though it is derivative, it is hard to burn out on the song because it doesn’t sound like anything else.
It’s hard to believe that “Black Waltz” was Avatar’s fourth release. Another band from Sweden and the famous Gothenburg melodic death metal scene.
I was interested to check this band out after the guys from Five Finger Death Punch mentioned in an interview that Avatar’s new album is doing the rounds while they are on tour and that it is influencing them in the riff department.
Avatar has just so many elements in their music.
Industrial rhythms (like Rammstein) – check
Old Time Rock N Roll boogie – check
Swedish melodic death metal scene (like In Flames) – check
Hyperactive metal (like System of A Down) – check
Modern Metal elements (like Disturbed) – check
Technical Metal elements (like Meshuggah, Sikth) – check
Melodic, arena sized choruses – check
And that is what I got from listening to Black Waltz. A bizarre, melodic, psychotic freakshow.
Check em out.
And that’s another wrap for another week.