Diary Of A Madman (1981)
Entries of confusion
Dear diary, I’m here to stay
What can I say, it had to be a Randy Rhoads song. Diary shows the monster that Randy was becoming. Despite being seen as Ozzy’s band, the star of the band is Randy Rhoads.
Diary Of A Madman is the perfect fusion of progressive metal, technical rock and sinister classical all rolled into one potent song. As much as Sharon Osbourne tries to re-write Ozzy’s history, she can never re-write the music that was created. The music comes from the guitar, bass and the keys, all instruments her beloved Ozzy doesn’t play.
Australian Bob Daisley as the lyricist and bassist is the unsung hero in Ozzy’s second coming. He doesn’t even get credited as playing on the album, thanks to a spiteful Sharon Osbourne. He was recruited from the Dio fronted Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. How ironic, that Dio would leave Rainbow to sing for Black Sabbath, and Daisley would leave Rainbow to join the singer that Black Sabbath fired.
Hallowed Be Thy Name (1982)
Mark my words believe my soul lives on
Don’t worry now that I have gone
I’ve gone beyond to seek the truth
When you know that your time is close at hand
Maybe then you’ll begin to understand
Life down there is just a strange illusion
It’s a Steve Harris composition, however the voice of Bruce Dickinson is the savior. It gave Iron Maiden the fire to break away from the New Wave of British Metal image and forge a new direction. It made them relevant.
Iron Maiden became a household name on the back of The Number of The Beast along with it’s anthem Run To The Hills.
However the real star on this album is the closer, Hallowed Be Thy Name. The definitive version is the live version featured on Live After Death (1985). The tempo is increased slightly and Nicko McBrain (who replaced Clive Burr) on the drums, gives the song the fury it needs. The song is about the last moments of a prisoner before the execution.
Who We Are (2011)
We are the young
And young at heart
The strong and the brave that are destined to start
We are the change
The world needs to see
Look in our eyes and see our belief
This is who we are
This is what I am
We have nowhere else to go
Divided we will stand
The mighty Machine Fucken Head. It’s a Robb Flynn composition. He should have changed the Divided We Will Stand to UNITED WE WILL STAND. It would have fit the lyrical message of the song to a tee. The only time we metal heads stand united as a metal show. Apart from that, we are in a elite class of the genres we like. I like Black Veil Brides. Try telling that to my elite Slipknot and Mudvayne friends. Do you get what I mean.
Black sheep of the family, nothing like the rest
Separate from the others, failing all their tests
Can’t they see you’re different, so hungry and so lean
You’re a walking wonder, you’re a metal machine
Look and you’ll see you’re a lot like me
You’re an S.M.F.
Any closing song that abbreviates the term Sick Mutha Fucker has my attention. Twisted Sister was one band, that knew how to write songs for the live show. Put that down to their 9 years of playing the club scenes before they even got a shitty independent deal. Dee Snider was a master.
Of course the Stay Hungry album was known for the smash hits, We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock. However the real star of the album is the ode to all of those Twisted SMF’s who supported the band.
The lyrical theme follows the same theme as We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock. It’s about metal fans versus the system and the family dynamic. This time the band is telling me, it’s okay to be different, it’s okay that I don’t fit a mold made for me. There are others out there, that are experiencing the same and let our love of music, find us a home.
Time has come to face all evil
It’s an epic. The musicianship is excellent. Trivium to me are part of the current Big 5 of metal bands, along with Machine Head (actually Machine Head to me are part of the Nineties Big 4 as well as the 2000’s Big 5), Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and Five Finger Death Punch.
That time to face all evil came to me in 2010, however I should have faced it in 2008. Avoiding it, only made it worse.
If you succeed in this battle
You still will lose so much more
Ain’t that the truth. Winning a battle (albeit a court case, a street fight or a real battle) is one thing, dealing with the aftermath is another thing.
Life is a waterfall
we’re one in the river
and one again after the fall…
life is a waterfall
we drink from the river
then we turn around and put up our walls
System Of A Down nailed it on Aerials. They really captured their European Armenian minor key arrangements and fused it with modern metal. The music is written by guitarist and backing vocalist, Daron Malakian and the lyrics are shared between Serj Tankian and Malakian. I got into SOAD because of the unique vocal style of Serj. In bands, it doesn’t matter how great the music is, if the singer cannot connect with the listeners and deliver, then it’s time to find someone who can.
How true is the statement? We flow into each day, into each routine without any effor and we could flow like that for days. Then one day, it all changes and we are going down the waterfall. It’s quick, it’s crazy and when we come out of it, we will flow again like we did, but we will be different.
The Count Of Tuscany (2009)
Could this be the end?
Is this the way I die?
Sitting here alone
No one by my side
I don’t understand
I don’t feel that I deserve this
What did I do wrong?
I just don’t understand
Dream Theater deserves a mention for this beauty. The lyrics by Petrucci could have been better, however the last section makes up for it. Furthermore, there is no denying the impact of the music. I also have my own edited version, where I cut out that atmospheric 4 minute keyboard and guitar interlude.
The stars of the band have always been the guitarist and the keyboardist for me. John Petrucci and Kevin Moore was Mark 1. John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess is Mark 3.
The great fear in humans. Death. There isn’t a subject on it. Hell, there even isn’t a subject about getting old. I know that the lyric lines quoted above are about how John Petrucci as a child, got lost on a family holiday in Italy and he was fearing for his life, in an Italian cellar with a strange-looking Christopher Lee. The beauty of lyrics done right, means that they can also be taken in a different way.