Quickies: Under Armour goes metal, a PRO-Ghost petition, LOL Motograter and more

Back to the grind! Another Monday come and gone, and so too another day’s worth of metal news that emerged while Corey and I were doing our day jobs. Sigh. In any case, it’s time for Quickies! Here’s what we missed today:

To be fair to this kid, there’s not a lot that Suicide Silence actually does mix with, so at least he’s got that going for him. But still, shades of “Unholy Confessions Unholy Cover” if ever I’ve seen them. Anyway, that’ll do it for today. Check back tomorrow for a new edition of Just the Tip!

-Dan

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The Horns Up Top Ten: Amon Amarth

It’s officially Wacken Week! Also, that should be pronounced ‘Vacken Veek’, because German. Alright, technically Wacken doesn’t begin until the 31st and my train doesn’t leave for Wacken until the 29th. THAT SAID, I still leave for Germany this coming Friday. So, Wacken Week. Continuing my trend of Wacken related posts, here is a band I feel like covering for a top ten list… that will of course be at Wacken: Amon Amarth.

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Vikings gonna viking

To be fair, I had 123 bands in the Wacken lineup to choose from, but I went with these guys partly because we don’t cover them all that much (and we don’t really need to), but also because I’ve enjoyed their live performances and I anticipated having fun with this list. Yes, I know they can be rather same-sounding, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun sound that generally can kick an ass or two. That said, let’s take a look at some of my popular choices:

10. “Deceiver of the Gods” (From Deceiver of the Gods, 2013)

I actually have two tracks from their most recent release. This is the opener and sounds like classic Amon Amarth (as does everything). It’s on here because it was a great opening song live. It’s also very catchy. I will also note that this album far exceeded Surtur Rising in quality.

9. “Once Sealed In Blood” (From Fate of Norns, 2004)

This is my only track from this album. I excluded “Pursuit of Vikings” because frankly, I’m sick of it. This song is brought to you by tremolo picking. The pace of the track does change quite nicely for the chorus, which I appreciate.

8. “Death in Fire” (From Versus the World, 2002)

We all knew this song would be on here. Not only is it one of the most energetic songs I’ve ever seen live, but it’s got a very tasteful tapping section midway through. This is also the song that got me into these guys. Fun stuff.

7. “Cry of the Black Birds” (From With Oden On Our Side, 2006)

Another one of their favorites to play live. As with all of their songs, it’s very catchy and full of tremolo picking. However, it’s almost a ballad by Amon Amarth standards. It’s as mournful of a sound as you’re gonna get from them, and I can dig it.

6. “Live Without Regrets” (From Surtur Rising, 2011)

I really didn’t care for this album as a whole, but this song stuck out with me a bit. Maybe because it sounds like Amon Amarth. Kidding…kinda. The song does flow nicely and the transitions are generally seamless.

5. “Under the Grey Clouded Winter Sky” (From Sorrow Throughout the Nine Worlds, 1996)

Had to reach back almost 20 years in time for this one. The introduction to this song builds rather well. I actually only recently gained an appreciation for this track. Also, I’m kind of amazed this title somehow doesn’t belong to an Emperor song.

4. “The Fate of Norns” (From Fate of Norns, 2004)

Okay fine, I lied–two songs from this record. I forgot how much I appreciated this one. That main guitar riff is just so damn catchy. It also doesn’t really feel like a 6 minute long song. Which is weird for these guys because I lot of their songs can seem longer than they actually are.

3. “Victorious March” (From Once Sent From The Golden Hall, 1998)

Ok. I actually really like this song. It’s a nice galloping tempo, but just seems darker than modern day Amon Amarth. Plus the variation of guitar techniques within this one track is pretty neat. More sound deviation than you see on full albums they’ve put out.

2. “Runes to My Memory” (From With Oden On Our Side, 2006)

More of the same sound and content. But the incredibly epically cheesy music video for this track moves it up a notch or two. In all fairness, this song does mix it up quite a bit. Plus, the tapping guitar sections that they implement are used quite tastefully.

1. “Warriors of the North” (From Deceiver of the Gods, 2013)

Honestly, I’m not even sure why this song is here. But I really like it. I enjoyed it live. I enjoy the intro. I like the duration. It pumps me up. Plus, I live in the grim white north for ‘Murica standards. So that helps a bit. Go figure. A band that’s generated the same sound for almost two decades and I go for the closing track of the most recent album. So literally, the newest song out of all the same-sounding songs.

The Horns Up Top Ten on Spotify

That’ll wrap up my top ten for the week. Remember… ‘Vikings’ is never the wrong answer. To any question. Ever. More Top 10’s from Dan next week and more Wacken stuff from me later this week.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

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Stage Dive: Best Drinking Partner in Metal?

Well now, we haven’t done one of these for awhile. Must have been at least a week, right? Okay, so it’s been more than that. REGARDLESS, Stage Dive is back and ready to open the floor to only the most imperative topics in the metal world. So a brief recap, I pose a question, provide my input, and you share yours in the comments. It’s not that complicated. Let’s roll.

You know what accompanies aggressive music rather well? Booze. Lots of booze. Booze brings out great times and great memories (or brown/blackouts). Somehow, we have not brought alcohol into this site all that frequently. So I say this is a good time to do just that. So my question to you this week is:

WHICH ARTIST WOULD YOU WANT TO GET DRUNK WITH THE MOST?

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Alcohol (right-center), pictured here with Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth

Now THIS is a loaded question. Let’s confirm one thing: this is very subjective. It could be who you find the most interesting life-ically, who you expect to throw the most ridiculous party, or, quite simply, your favorite musician. The first individual that came to mind for me was Devin Townsend (and he finished as a very close second). The ridiculous variety of music he’s played with Strapping Young Lad and as a solo project on top of his bipolar disorder and past substance use, a ridiculous time is guaranteed. That wasn’t enough though. So I let curiosity take over and fell to Ihsahn. I’ve appreciated just about everything the man has done over the years–both his solo work and obviously Emperor. But frankly what I’m most interested in is his recount of the 90’s in the extreme metal underground in Scandinavia. The church burnings and murders have always fascinated me because I see them as a evidence to constantly need to push the envelope. It’d be incredible to hear a firsthand account. But no, still not enough. I fell to one Adam Darski. Most of you may know him as Nergal.

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I need no words.

This should really not come as a surprise. My feelings toward Behemoth are widely known. Naturally, the figure in metal I would want to get drunk with the most is their legendary frontman. But let’s cover why.

  • Well, I just mentioned my obsession with the band, so that part is obvious. I could talk Behemoth music with the dude for days on end, from their albums to their stage presence. Especially the stage presence. They still hold the title as best live band I’ve seen (not best concert, let’s be clear). I also like booze. So, hand-in-hand much?
  • This man is a very free-thinking, knowledge-seeking heretic. I consider myself similar but in a far lesser light. He has been known to denounce Catholicism and has faced legal conflicts over tearing a bible on stage during a live performance. A+. I am very much looking forward to reading Sacrum Profanus, his autobiography that finally gets an English-language release. It’ll be a fascinating read for me. Sometimes drunken talk gets a little serious. There would none more serious than this.
  • The dude overcame leukemia and then promptly toured Evangelion and then a few years later give us The Satanist. Several months of recovery, not a beat was missed by him or Behemoth and their live performance only got better. Dying to know what he pulled from that experience and what changed because of it.
  • His overall not-give-a-fuck-ery. It seems like half the things he says are in some way controversial. Remember that time he called out American death metal bands? I don’t agree with everything he says, but I’m an adult and understand what difference in opinion means. It’s more about respecting that he speaks his mind regardless of feedback. I can only imagine how alcohol would further enhance this.

So let’s wrap this up. I would imagine a drunken situation with Nergal includes a lot of booze in a dark cellar bar with a lot of in-depth discussion regarding religion and the human race. And ideally, plenty of the infinite stories he’s inevitably built up over the years with Behemoth and otherwise. Plus, the whole not giving a shit thing could lead to some crazy interactions within a bar. Which I would fully appreciate. Hmmm, minus the whole Nergal part, it already kinda sounds like a night out for me in Portsmouth. I’ll accept it. Oh well, this will probably never happen. But at least I can drunkenly read his autobiography soon, close as I’m gonna get I’m sure.

So what say you? Share below. Or don’t.

“Ein bier…bitte”

-Corey

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The Dump: Episode 6

Afternoon, everyone! Gotten your fill of Episode 6 yet? (If not…what are you waiting for?) Either way, welcome to this week’s edition of The Dump, where we amass all of the content we couldn’t physically share on the podcast itself. We’ve got some links, Spotify playlists and images (INCLUDING THE ALLIGATOR WRAPPED IN BACON, BECAUSE z0MG) Again, you’ll want to take a listen to Episode 6 to get the full story on everything you see here, but for now, check out what we’ve got this week:

LINKS: 

IMAGES: 

  • “Only in Australia: Bacon-Wrapped Alligator with a Whole Chicken in its Mouth” (from FoodBeast.com)

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VIDEOS: 

  • Northmen: A Viking Saga (Official Trailer)

PLAYLISTS: 

Fear Factory – Digimortal

Iron Maiden – Fear of the Dark

(For all new-release playlists, check out this week’s edition of Just the Tip)

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Episode 6: May 17, 2014

It’s time for Episode 6 of Horns Up, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, Dan and Corey cover news from Cynic and Cannibal Corpse, discuss their hatred for Samsung Mobile and motorcycles, respectively, and go nuts over Agalloch’s new record, “The Serpent & The Sphere.”

All that and much, much more in this week’s episode–give it a listen! And as a reminder, you can now subscribe to Horns Up on iTunes and YouTube! See the links below the video for details.

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