Throwback Thursday: Rush Things!


So I’ll be honest, today’s #tbt post was totally going to be about something completely different. For once, I’d come across a tweet from @ThisDayInMetal that *gasp* actually described something that happened in the past: the premiere of Metallica’s infamous video for “One” on MTV, which happened 26 years ago today. That’s kind of a cool anniversary, I’ll admit. Plus, I was super into the song as a kid—I still am, but what I mean here is that it was one of…probably my five most formative listens as a budding metalhead—so going back and revisiting it would surely give me all the feels.

But in the end, I decided to scrap it, because RUSH ANNOUNCED TOUR DATES FOR THEIR UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN TREK. And really, nothing Metallica related could ever trump the holy triumvirate from up north in my book. So with that in mind, let’s do Rush things! Continue reading

Monday Merriment: Metal in Inappropriate Places


Bleh, Monday. And not just any Monday, but the first Monday back at work after a week off for the holidays. The struggle couldn’t be much realer if it tried right now. Fortunately, we’ve found a little Merriment to ease that headache. Check out this week’s edition—the YouTube video “Metal in Inappropriate Places”—after the jump:

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Monday Merriment: That time Black Veil Brides were mistaken for girls

Metal Monday, everyone! You may have noticed the lack of a Sunday Side-Splitter post this past weekend, and for once, this was not due to Corey or myself getting tied up with other commitments in our schedules. As we mentioned in Episode 26, we’re making some changes to try and streamline the Horns Up experience, both online and on the podcast. One of our strategies on that front? No more weekend content. Because who wants to sit at their computer and look at a blog post over the weekend? Henceforth, we’ll be posting new episodes of the podcast every FRIDAY (except in extreme circumstances) and, more to the point for this particular post, have moved our Sunday Side-Splitter series to Monday and renamed it “Monday Merriment.” It’ll be exactly the same idea, just a different alliteration and day on the calendar.

That being said, for this week’s edition of Monday Merriment, we’re going to revisit a story that, yes, we already Quickie’d earlier this year, but that’s also hilarious enough to bear repeating in full. Let’s talk about that time Black Veil Brides almost drowned, and then were mistaken for ladies by the lifeguards that saved them!

Thankfully, the incident (which starts about 2:30 into the video above) was documented on an episode of the Australian reality TV show Bondi Rescue, because I for one feel the world is a better place for having this opportunity to make fun of Black Veil Brides. I’m not going to play the masculine/feminine card to describe certain types of music, because that’s a can of worms best left unopened. However, the idea of an incredibly image-conscious band (from album to album, they’ve gone from looking like characters from a Tim Burton anime wet dream to looking like a poor man’s Avenged Sevenfold) having so poorly-defined a real-life image as to be mistaken for the opposite gender…it’s pretty damn hilarious. Also, look at the second promo photo–I’d probably mistake the two band members on the right hand side for ladies 8 times out of 10.

People may criticize my choice here because it could have involved someone drowning, and it’s never fun to make fun of death, blah blah blah. To that, I say: “almost.” They almost drowned, presumably because they went out into the ocean despite an apparent inability to swim. They did not, however, drown. So therefore this is stupid and hilarious. Also, one of the band members calls himself Jinxx, so he deserves all of the laughter.

Anyway, that’ll do it for this week’s Monday Merriment. Check back for Quickies later on!


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Throwback Thursday: June 19, 2014

What’s this–an actual, non-Quickies post during the week? Yes, friends, it’s been a busy stretch for both of us at our real jobs lately, and while Corey’s stuck doing Boston work-things again, I couldn’t possibly say no to a new installment of Throwback Thursday. So let’s not waste any time–my #tbt for this week is as follows:


Since I chose “Cowboys from Hell” as the U.S. representative in our World Cup of Metal playlist last week, I’ve actually stayed on a bit of a Pantera kick. So I chose the following YouTube clip–concert footage from one of their shows on Ozzfest in 2000. Check it out:

Once you’ve stopped wondering how the fuck Pantera were only allocated 21 minutes of stage time as the direct lead-in to Ozzy Osbourne (I still don’t get it. Oh wait, I do–it’s because Ozzfest sucked a fuck), you start to notice a few things. Things like: “wow, Pantera really was something live!” And things like “how dare they try and reform Pantera without Dimebag?” That guitar performance? Just unreal. Phil Anselmo, no real surprise, doesn’t sound all that great–though it’s probably a side effect of having too much energy on stage, which…fourteen years and probably 25 pounds later, you no longer see from him on a consistent basis. Also, his “god damn we’re great. Let’s hear it, we’re awesome!” rant toward the end of the set is pretty hilarious.

More than anything, though, this video really makes me wish I’d been able to catch these guys live even once. Not their side projects–be it Down, Hellyeah, Damageplan, or any of the others–fucking Pantera. And with the 10th anniversary of Dime’s death coming up later this year (10th!), you can be I’ll be ruminating a lot more about having missed them over the next few months. In any case, take a look back at this ass-kicker and enjoy.

Make sure to share your #tbt‘s with us in the comments section, or on Facebook or Twitter!


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