August 19, 1996 |
For almost two decades, the Misfits have been one of rock's great oddities. Their mutant music combined early punk and rudimentary metal with a dramatic horror/sci-fi obsession that surpassed even the creepiest Goths--a potent blend that continued to influence young bands from Metallica to Korn after the group broke up in the early '80s.
November 3, 1994 |
Glenn Danzig has wondered in print lately why he isn't a first-magnitude star in the heavy metal firmament. Playing to about 10,000 believers on Monday at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the would-be dark lord, whose band goes by his last name, answered his own question with an inconsistent performance that had its persuasive moments but lacked vocal power and the aura of diabolical, titanic potency that he hopes to sell.
May 26, 2004 |
Why have new wave-ish indie bands and emotive pop-punkers become so prominent on the airwaves? Maybe because aggressive metal and hard-core haven't tendered much worth making space for lately. Heavy music needs a hungry new savior, and if its sold-out show the House of Blues Anaheim on Monday was any sign, Orange County's Avenged Sevenfold is primed for the role.
July 30, 1990 |
If a band gets played on metal stations, flashes its chests in metal fanzines, has its T-shirts worn by Metallica and its videos played on "Headbangers' Ball," you might logically assume that the band in question plays metal. But a whole lot of punk and alternative bands have decided that shaggy locks and guitar solos aren't so bad after all--ask Top-20 "metal" band Faith No More. Hey, metal's just a marketing niche, man.
April 16, 1989 |
Slayer is the biggest selling and most controversial of Rubin's Def American bands. One of the first speed-metal bands to emerge in the early '80s, its lyrics are often gore-filled and also touch on Satanism and Nazism in ways that provoke horror and disgust. All this suits the L.A.-based group just fine: The aim is to shock. While parents cringe at song titles such as "Spill the Blood" and "Necrophiliac," most Slayer fanatics view them the same way they do the latest gruesomely entertaining and amusing Freddie Krueger flick.
March 29, 2009 |
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears "Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!" Lost Highway *** 1/2 There are plenty of gritty, explicit songs about jealous, violence-prone lovers and horny-but-clueless boyfriends on the riveting debut album from Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, and its fierce, rich amalgam of primal blues, soul, R&B and funk feels simply incendiary.