4 Years Ago (2018)
I have no issues with lyrics of any kind. I also have no issue with artists taking a stance and commenting on what they see is the state of the world. Opinions are important whether I agree or disagree with them.
So it’s no surprise that on “Catharsis”, Robb Flynn is giving his take on the world. It’s not pretty, but no one said the six o’clock news is pretty.
Check out my review of the album.
Seriously you can’t make up the madness that Copyright comes up.
The labels get richer as they keep making licensing deals with techies. Facebook was another techie who made a deal back then.
None of the licensing fee goes back to the musicians, even though it’s the musicians works the labels used in the negotiations. So far Universal and Sony have made the deal and Warner Music Group is in conversation.
And music creators believe a government bill increasing the royalty rate services that play music need to pay, will increase the payments get back. Umm, it won’t. The record labels and publishers will have more money in their bank account and the creators will still get the payments they always get based on their publishing and label contract.
You see, this is what happens when you create a law that creates a monopoly, which in turn gives rise to corporations who become powerful entities. They are all about their own pockets. People who have created no value and no art are living high, from the hard work of artists.
8 Years Ago (2014)
I was listening to their self-titled EP from 2011.
They had a song on it called “This Is Why” which is a derivative version of “Soldier of Fortune” from the David Coverdale era of Deep Purple.
“This Is Why” is a great song and no one has even heard it. By the way, it features Doogie White and it actually made me call up “Soldier Of Fortune” on Spotify. Yep, “This Is Why” made me want to revisit the Coverdale era of Purple. I even set up a playlist with both of the songs. It is also their most played song on Spotify, however at 60,000 streams it’s virtually unknown.
Roadway does Seventies hard rock vibe. They have it down and it is so refreshing to hear a current band be influenced by that era, especially when the main songwriter Ross McEwen was born in 1988.
And in 2013, they released another EP called “Set In Stone”.
Check em out on Spotify. You will not be disappointed.
So without further delay, here is The Metal Manifesto;
- Metal music is a way to belong. We wear the patches/colours of our favourite bands on t-shirts.
- Metal heads question everything, as we strive to find our own place in society and our own road to walk on.
- Metal music is a lifestyle. We live it and we breathe it.
- Metal music is empowerment. It is freedom. It is release.
- Metal music has its own heavy metal salute, a call to arms, in which the pinkie and forefinger are raised over a clenched fist. Credit Ronnie James Dio for the salute.
- Metal music is confrontational. Deal with it.
- Metal music is diversity. It doesn’t matter what colour, religion or country you are from. We are all one.
- Metal will never fade into obscurity. It is always there, a survivor of the times.
What kind of musical history would we have if Randy Rhoads didn’t get on that plane?
The “Bark At The Moon” album would still have been written as Ozzy Osbourne had the song titles already and lyricist Bob Daisley was on board to write lyrics again. The big difference would be the music. Instead of hearing the Jake E Lee riff we would be hearing a Randy Rhoads riff instead.
It is pretty clear from all interviews that Randy Rhoads was growing tired with the touring and the Osbourne camp. And that he would leave Ozzy.
So if Randy Rhoads walks away from Ozzy after the “Bark At The Moon” album, Jake E Lee could still be a candidate for the Ozzy job, as Rough Cutt was nowhere near the level of a platinum selling act.
But Dio might have picked him up after Vivian Campbell left. So how different would the “Dream Evil” album be if Jake E Lee brought the riffs that made up the Ozzy BATM album.
But would the Badlands project have existed if Jake E Lee didn’t get a guitarist gig with a high profile act?
And that’s another wrap for another week.