When I was in my early to mid teens, I began to become acquainted with examples of the musical style that can be considered doom metal’s (and to a lesser extent black metal’s) baby brother: death metal. Death metal can, stylistically, be regarded as a lighter, less intense form of black or doom metal, but this is not the only dissimilarity. Whereas doom metal emphasises slow, crushing, even whining rhythms with an emphasis on bizarre and/or unusual harmonics, death metal tends to have a far greater tempo, for starters. Continue Reading
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I have devoted a lot of words, more than I am willing to admit, to the fact that Black Sabbath are awesome beyond words. For the simple reason that they codified and set an ISO-like standard for the art form that would eventually be known as doom metal. But whilst they took this art and made it mainstream, they were far from the only or first example of music that was designed from the get-go to disturb the listener. So, in the interests of providing wholeness to my represented view of history, today I am going to talk about one of the other great influences upon my visual art, my limited forays in music, and most importantly my writing. Anyone who has heard the sagas of characters like Kronisk and Linula already know the person I am talking about. Today, we are going to discuss a few points in the musical career of one Vincent Damon Furnier, or as he has been signing things since shortly after he achieved fame under this alias, Alice Cooper.
You cannot keep a good, awesome, or even irrepressible performer down. Exhibit A is the ageing performer known as William Shatner. As of March 22 in 2012, William Shatner is eighty-one years old. But as Henry Rollins said during a speech about his own work with Shatner on a musical project, the man still has an enthusiasm and energy that a man half his age would be proud of. In fact, I can tell you that if I live to be half of Shatner‘s present age, I am unlikely to have a tenth of the energy that he reputedly performs with today. But enough about comparisons. In this entry, the subject is William Shatner and his side-career in the field of music. Essentially, Shatner has released three albums during different phases of his career. The first, The Transformed Man, was released whilst he was still starring in the original Star Trek television series. The second album Shatner released, Has Been, was released in 2004. But the album that inspired me to write about Shatner‘s music today, Seeking Major Tom, was released late in 2011, and Odin and I can both tell you that it is awesome beyond words. Continue Reading