Skip to comments.Weekend Vanity: Heavy Metal Conversion Experience
Posted on 09/03/2011 10:03:44 PM PDT by dagogo redux
With Labor Day coming up, I find myself again reflecting on the wisdom of our elected leaders, who, in years past, had the insight to offer a holy day of celebration in honor of the American Labor Movement and its Marxist underpinnings.
But thats not all I found myself doing this fine weekend. No, I was on the road for an extended drive in my fairly new, reliable as hell, non-union-built Toyota Tacoma, which came equipped with Sirius Satellite Radio reception. Our single local conservative talk station, in typical lame fashion, had again bumped Rushs Weekend in Review for some stupid ball game, so I was dialing through the Sirius options.
Then suddenly it happened.
Some backstory (Ill make it mercifully brief, I hope). I grew up listening to my mothers old 78s of classical music, and eventually studied such things formally, and have always been in love with such music. But, as a youngster I also grew up with the Rock & Roll of the 50s, the British Invasion of the 60s and the whole sweep of the folk era. I loved it all.
Musical fads come and go, and some since then seemed more appealing to me than others, but, except for a fond affection for Bevis and Butthead, I never thought Heavy Metal would have enough appeal for me to even bother giving it a listen. I dont think I ever actually heard a single recording of it. Until today.
It happened as I dialed to the Sirius Heavy Metal station in the opening moments of some song (never caught the name), and my LED display said Holy Grail was the name of the artist. The music was simply amazing, like nothing I had ever heard before. The ferocity of the energy and the ecstatic angst of the raw emotional turmoil battered my psyche into submission in a matter of seconds. But the musical bludgeoning then went on and on at this breakneck, unrelenting intensity for what seemed like hours, and when it finally did end, I found myself a convert to this new object of worship.
And to satisfy my longing for that hit of the Divine, an announcer said this was Beyond the Throne: an entire weekend devoted to the greatest drummers in the history of Heavy Metal. And then the music started again, another group, another song, but that same sublime, raw, heavenly energy going on and on. Glorious.
The next few hours of the trip home were beyond my ability to describe, or even to assimilate, or recall clearly. I had been born again in my musical tastes, washed clean with the pounding beat and strident riffs descending from a tortured Heaven. Hallelujah!
So why am I posting this Vanity on Free Republic, using up precious bandwidth when the Republic is going to hell in a hand basket, and the bandwidth of FR one of our few lifelines?
Just this. In the midst of the second hour of this dark, high-energy torrent, a stunning insight came to me with the force of a nuclear shock wave of Truth: A people who could conceive, create and enjoy this sort of maniacal musical maelstrom would be a people invincible in the event of an upcoming race war such as many believe we are headed for. A people merely capable of Rap, or whatever angry music the Hispanics listen to, would never be a match for people capable of the sort of controlled mayhem found in Heavy Metal.
I recall, I think, a poll where combat soldiers of our current wars were asked what music they liked to go into battle with, and I seem to recall some Heavy Metal songs among them. It made no sense to me back then, because I had never heard the stuff, but now I have. The perfect energy for facing death. The prefect energy for righteous, even celebratory killing.
My hats off to all you fellow FReepers who love this music, and of whom I would have thought lessor until today. I hope you guys are by my side when the SHTF. You guys rock!
Speaking of Heavy Metal...
Classic live show in Moscow by Metalica
I think being armed plays a difference too. I’d take a gun-toting Beethoven-loving friend over a liberal Slayer fan any day. :O)
Heavy Metal Ping!!!
Heavy Metal Ping!!!
Personally, I prefer Alt Nation. I will confess though, that after 9/11, I used to listen to Sandstorm and imagine it being blasted from helicopters as they swept through Iraq or Iran or wherever. It got me through.
You are correct... it is the perfect music for killing, raping and pillaging
It drives me insane in seconds. Can’t stand it.
You cannot consider metal until you’ve gone through Iron Maiden’s whole back catalog. And that spans from 1980 through to 2010 so far. 30 years of some of literally the best metal to be had in the world.
Go through their music, from starting in 1980 through to their current work, in 2010. It’ll only develop a deeper love for the music.
You’ve always struck me as a “Barbara Steisand” kinda of guy, not that there’s anything wrong with that...
I don’t really listen to music anyways. I use to listen to some “Mix” station with regular “rock” music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s though.
I’m on it! Gonna be doing a whole heck of lot of listening!
It could be 2 or 3 songs off of each album. Doesn’t have to be the whole thing at one time.
Our soldiers listen to the gamut of music, and Hispanics aint into rap.
A lot of metal artists have a classical background. If you really want to hear some wild stuff, try Judas Priest. They have two guitarists, K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton. One is trained in Classical and the other in Blues.
Really? Race war is what you think of? The whole classically trained with a newfound appreciation of heavey metal thing, I get. But you think of race war?
That Holy Grail is really good. Nice to get some real heavy thrash metal these days... Have you listened to Gama Bomb?
I think the Holy Grail piece I heard was My Last Attack. Just caught a You Tube of the Released Version, but what I heard went on, it seemed, a whole heck of a lot longer than 6 minutes.
When I heard that poll about the songs the soldiers liked going into battle, I always thought Hendrix All Along the Watch Tower would do it for me. Probably dates me a bit. :)
Not the right time to talk about stuff like that. Been drinking for a few hours and my mind is on ‘metal’ itself, not background.
But I know exactly what you mean.
Great minds don’t always think alike. :)
Many things went through my mind during those several hours, but yes, that was one of them, and one I found interesting. Sorry if you don’t.
Time to dig out the yngvei malmstein (I know spelling...) tapes
A Metal enthusiast is drinking on a Saturday night? Shouldn’t you be involved in some sort of pagan worship service? /Mega-SARC!
It might be that on some level you’re responding to the fact that many metal writers and musicians are themselves classically trained. It shows in so many ways, once you embrace or at least accept the typically primal, raw nature of the sound, that intense, screaming energy. There are actually any number of orchestral arrangements of popular metal songs, the Russians are especially fond of doing so with Metallica. Along those lines, you might enjoy Apocalyptica.
The warlike strain that so struck you is particularly vivid with groups out of northern Europe, if lyrics sung in a language other than English doesn’t disturb you. Those old Viking genes welling up I suppose.
Fortunately, Yngvei Malmstein changed his name to Yngvei J. Malmstein. That helps us discern him from all the other Ynvei Malmsteins.
Well there’s always the Great Kat....
I have my Strat and MP3 player to worship.
Race war poster alert.
Check out “The Trooper” and “Sunlight And Steel” by Iron Maiden. Also “Screaming For Vengeance” and “Electric Eye” by Judas Priest. You won’t be sorry.
Check out Dream Theater. They are in transition now due to their drummer leaving but a solid band known for very heavy, complex sounds.
“A people who could conceive, create and enjoy this sort of maniacal musical maelstrom would be a people invincible in the event of an upcoming race war such as many believe we are headed for.”
People who believe themselves to be rational and who also seem to want to start shooting at a differing skin color drive me insane in seconds.
Welcome to the fold of Heavy Metal. Here is few for the road. Enjoy Glad you found Heavy Metal which will lead to blues, progressive, thrash, death, growling, Hair, boogie metal, and all types of hard rock. So enjoy a whole new world. Here is just a sample of some of the greats.
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Judas Priest - You Got Another Thing Coming
Judas Priest - Hellbent For Leather
Metallica - Whiplash
Metallica - Ride The Lighting
Iron Maiden - Wrathchild
Iron Maiden - Where Eagles Dare
Diamond Head - Am I Evil
Motorhead - Motorhead
Motorhead - Overkill
Budgie - Breadfan
Blue Oyster Cult - Hot Rails To Hell
Blue Oyster Cult - ME-262
The Godz - Gotta Keep On Runnin’
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
Def Leppard - High-N-Dry
The Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane
Dio - Stand Up And Shout
Black Sabbath with Dio - Heaven and Hell
Led Zeppelin - Communicaton Breakdown
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Alice Cooper - Devil’s Food/Black Widow
Alice Cooper - I’m Eighteen
Alice Cooper - School’s Out
Iced Earth - Decalration Day
Iced Earth - When The Eagle Cries
Fu Manchu - Mongoose
Fu Manchu - The Falcon Has Landed
Rainbow - Stargazer
Rainbow - 16th Century Greensleeves
Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever
Ted Nugent - Free For All
Sammy Hagar - Heavy Metal
Saxon - Wheels Of Steel
AC/DC - Walk All Over You
AC/DC - Rock-n-Roll Damnation
AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
Starz - Boys In Action
Blue Oyster Cult - Heavy Metal & The Black and Silver
Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline
Alice In Chains - Rooster
Pearl Jam - Alive
Shinedown - Sound of Mandness
The Four Horsemen - Back In Business Again
The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It was Easy
Orange Goblin - Time Traveling Blues
Orange Goblin - Solarisphere
Kyuss - Supa Scoopa and the Mighty Scoop
Kyuss - 100 Degrees
Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
Foghat - Slowride
Foghat - I Just Want to Make Love to You
Captain Beyond - Raging River of Fear
Captain Beyond - Mesmerization Eclipse
Wolfmother - Woman
Wolfmother - White Unicorn
AC/DC - It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Want To Rock-n-Roll
Bachman Turner Overdrive - Sledgehammer
Bachman Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile
Rush - Working Man
Rush - What Your’re Doing
Rush - 2112
Judas Priest - Living After Midnight
Try some new metal, google Dead Earth Politics has just released their first full album Weight of Poseidon. Give it a listen.
Awesome. Welcome to my church. I’ve been a diehard member since I was nine years old, been too at hundreds (if not at least a thousand) concerts, and life my life with rock n roll in my blood. Its a great way to be.
I highly recommend you watch last years movie “Lemmy”, as Motörhead are the anchor of the heavy metal genre.
Enjoy your new-found freedom, and let rockin’ FReepers know if you have any questions. You are now on a never ending lifetime journey.
BTW: what did you listen to before? It’s OK to enjoy other styles of music, especially blues, jazz classical and jazz.
The powers-that-were had split off the logistics trains from the combat trains as we advanced into Iraq in 1991. Travelling a corridor between the 6th French Foreign Legion on our left and our own artillery (towed and MLRS) on our right, we crawled at "convoy speed" (20-30 MPH) for dull drab hours.
Several in the convoy had stereo gear of various types-- mine a portable cassette player, for which I had at most four tapes-- some of them the larger boom box variety.
Military radio traffic was minimal. Once in a while someone would report on something or other, or do a radio chack, and the convoy commander (a field-grade office whose name escapes me) was good about calling "comfort" halts from time to time.
At one point someone called out something, probably a radio check, and there was msic in the background. The following approximates what happened next:
Convoy Commander: Last calling station, what is that you're listening to?
Last Calling Station: Uh, Sir, that's AC/DC, "Highway to Hell".
CC: Well, rewind it and put it on the net!"
LCC: Yes Sir!
And so it was, we drove a few minutes on what had seemed like a "highway to hell", cheered somewhat by the song of that name.
(Yes, AC/DC is British, but I think it supports your point. And no, I'm not a big fan of HM music-- Wagner and Rachmaninov are more my speed-- but thanks for revivng the memory.)
Here’s some ugly for you. Stupid racist comments towards the end.
well...you have a point
I have actually heard with my own ears...
Christian Identity folks...seriously dangerous smart people who have wandered off the reservation of the reasonable
say that Heavy Metal is the only truly White Man’s music
Country sorta qualifies there too...imho
Listen to Hank III and you got all bases covered...as a serious thinking cracker with an axe to grind
Metal for me begins with Sabbath and ends with Black Sabbath IV
though I do like Metallica..more from Sandman forward..so shoot me I know but I like it better..a wee ballad never hurt...their version of Whiskey in the Jar is great
first metal I recall was Beck work on Yardbirds or maybe he or Page on Kinks
A small bit of commentary up with which to put :)
I like it for the Sturm und Drang of the immolation (includes the Leitmotif of the "Ride") followed by the last peaceful notes, which together sound to me like a vicious battle fought through the night followed by the dawn of victory.
The “dawn” begins at 7:10 in the youtube clip. It is my own interpretation.
>> would be a people invincible in the event of an upcoming race war
Do you yourself a favor and pickup a guitar. You need to understand the musicians perspective of the music that’s inspiring you.
Music should provide for common ground, not inspiration for bloodshed.
BTW, the contributions Blacks have made to American music is immeasurable. Any R&R that’s worth listening to was inevitably inspired by the work of Black hands.
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