Thursday, May 26, 2016

Song Lyric Dissection: Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit


Ok, the grunge anthem. The song that killed metal. The song that had the Generation Y crowd learning to play guitar, strumming 3 chords, and thinking they were guitar gods. You know, I was in a music store in the 90's trying out an effects rack that I was considering buying. There was this kid who came up and asked if he could try out a guitar...it was one of those weird looking grunge special guitars. The guy at the music store plugged it up for him. He starts playing Smells Like Teen Spirit...badly if that is possible. I couldn't hear what I was doing, so I turned the amp that I was playing through up. Gen Y guy took that as a challenge. He turned his up again and does a very bad version of the guitar solo in that song, looks at me and nods his head, like he was something special. I looked at the salesman, winked, turned the amp up even louder, and proceeded to shred. I jammed. I played an un accompanied guitar solo worthy of an arena, and just shredded for about 30 seconds. The kid looked at me in astonishment, and said "Dude, you wanna be in my band?" (imagine a pimply faced teenager saying that with the typical teen nasal sneer with a puberty break thrown in) I said "No, but I would like to hear what I'm doing because I'm thinking about buying this effects rack. Think you could help me out with that?" The kid put his guitar back on the wall, and went back outside, grabbed his bike and pedaled away.

Now, on to the dissection. I think I'll use a rusty scalpel on this song.




Verse: Load up on guns
Bring your friends
It's fun to lose and to pretend
 

Sounds like an angry right wing militia as described by CNN. However, this is Nirvana, who is completely against the establishment, so that can't be it. The last line I think sums up what would be 'nirvana' for Kobain and company. They wanted to be unsuccessful losers, and they pretended to play guitar.


Verse: She's overborne and self-assured
Oh no, I know a dirty word

Smells like a certain California politician if you ask me...and I do know a few dirty words that would describe that woman. But, if Nirvana was so against normalcy, why not just SAY the dirty word. 


What a dirty filthy...word!

Chorus-
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low? -Hi...I can hear you.
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low? -Yes..I...I can hear you, Kurt! 
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low? -Kur- Hey! I can hear you!
Hello, hello, hello ,hello 
Maybe you should get a new cell phone. I can hear you just fine. 

Chorus: With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us

How so? With the blast shield down, I can't see. How am I supposed to rock? Ok...Sorry for the Star Wars reference, but it fit. I'm not above the movie references. But, how can it be less dangerous with the lights out? I mean you could fall off the stage and break your neck!

Chorus: I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mulatto an albino
A mosquito my libido
yay

Stupidity is contagious. Just ask the Gen-Y crowd anything about American history. Not sure where you were going with the mulatto to albino line. They are not opposites...unless you were trying to rhyme. That's ok. Not like this song made any sense anyway. And why would you compare your libido to a mosquito? That's not the image I want to portray about my sexual prowess. 


I'm .00003 inches, and will rock you for
the best half second of your damn life!

Verse 2-
I'm worse at what I do best...
And for this gift I feel blessed.

It shows in your guitar playing. You say you feel blessed now, but once you made it big, you started whining like a little bitch. No one felt sorry for you anymore. So you married Courtenay Love. I felt sorry for you then...in fact if I married her, I'd probably take a similar approach to getting out of the marriage as you did.




Verse: Our little group has always been
And always will until the end

Been what? Blessed? If that's the case, your drummer got the best end of that deal. He's now in a VERY good band, and showed that there was actually one talented member of Nirvana.

Chorus-
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello

Dude, get a new cell phone already! Or call me from a land line...or borrow the drummer's cell! Stop wasting MY minutes because your phone sucks!

Chorus: With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mulatto an albino
A mosquito my libido
yay
Bridge-

Verse 3-
And I forget just why I taste
Oh yeah I guess it makes me smile



All these things combine to give you
the ability to taste.
Taste what? Or are you asking why people taste? Well, its because of those little taste buds on the tongue. Its so that you can differentiate what you are eating from one thing to another. And what exactly makes you smile? The fact that you can own apartment buildings, shopping centers, condooo-miniums...and you only know 3 chords??

Verse: I found it hard it's hard to find
Oh well whatever nevermind

What is hard to find? Oh well I'm not going to finish this dissection. Whatever, nevermind. If you don't care, neither do I.

Chorus-
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello
With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mullato an albino
A mosquito my libido
A denial
A denial
A denial

Yeah...You're in denial. You think you have a good cell phone, and that its everyone else's phone that
sucks.


You know, this is the first time I actually read the lyrics to this song. Weird Al was right to do his parody of it. We all know, its hard to zwarg bargle zous with all these marbles in my mouth!


HELLO?????

Sunday, May 15, 2016

My Take on Voting For Donald Trump


It really isn't that
hard to figure out.

I don't do a lot of political posts because I don't see how I could possibly say anything that hasn't already been said. But, whether what I am about to say has been said already or not, I feel it needs to be said in my words. At least, I'll be able to post a link on Facebook rather than getting into an endless game of back and forth.

All the people who are out there saying they will never vote for Donald Trump because they are mad because their guy didn't get the nomination are nothing short of suicidal.  Its mostly the so called conservative right wingers who are saying this. The same people who out of principle didn't vote for Mitt Romney in 2012. You know, the people who enabled Barack Hussein 0bama to be elected a second time. Thanks, guys!

I am a Tea Party conservative myself, and I voted for Ted Cruz in Florida's primary. But, let's face it...People are sick and tired of politicians. The Republicans ran on defeating 0bama's policies, and were elected in landslides that gave them control of both the house and senate. And instead of DOING what they PROMISED to do, they bent over, and let 0bama ram whatever monstrosity he dreamed up in that wannabe dictator brain of his right up our collective asses, with no lubrication, no dinner, no kiss, no nothing. So, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and any other conservative candidate who likely would have made a good president were swept (unfairly) away and lumped in with all the other lying politicians who only care about their power and paychecks once another option presented itself. Enter Donald Trump. 

Like it or not, Trump's success is the result of the frustration and anger of the US citizens.  He is someone who is not a 'business as usual' politician. He will not be able to be bought like every other Washington DC office occupier. Say what you want to about him, but he is the nominee. He has more votes than any other Republican in decades...and he accomplished this with 16 other candidates collecting votes as well. This was not the result of collusion, dirty deals, or any other shady political tactic. This was simply the will of the people.  



Now, I get it. He isn't a conservative. You have your principles But, now is NOT the time to stay home and have your principles like you did in 2008 and 2012. Granted, McCain was a poor candidate, but he got the nomination due to dirty deals! But Romney losing the election to 0bama was the result of millions of Republicans who stayed home. You standing up for your principles got us another 4 years of 0bama, and they will get us 4 to 8 years of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. MY principles will not let me sit out, or vote for some third party candidate. That will guarantee another communist liberal wannabe dictator becomes president, and will also result in the House and Senate being lost to them as well. You know what else? The Supreme Court will be lost forever because there will likely be at least 4 justices retiring or dying over the next 4 to 8 years. Let's take a look at what will be made the law of the land if that happens:

  • The second amendment will be repealed.
  • So will the first, as it us heavily under assault now.
  • We will be taxed into oblivion, and the cost of everything will go through the roof.
  • Fringe minority agendas will be imposed on everyone (Like trans gender men using the ladies room) and any opposition to it will be deemed 'hate speech'
  • 0bamacare will not be repealed. It will be be expanded.
  • Illegals will continue to flood into the country
And, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Look at what is happening in Venezuela right now...That country was a wealthy nation not even 20 years ago. A socialist tyrannical government came in, and now, people are starving in the streets. THAT is what the liberals have in mind when they say they want to "fundamentally change" the United States. Sorry, but that's not a country that I want to live in. I'm already a criminal because I can't afford health insurance.


The fact of the matter is, you don't know what kind of president Donald Trump will be. He might be a dud, or he might turn out to be a great president. I think one thing that signals that he may be a great president is the fact that BOTH the liberals AND the Republican establishment hate him. One thing is certain...We DO know what to expect from Hillary or Bernie. Hillary has even said she is going to continue the policies of 0bama if elected. We've seen their vision over the last 7.5 years, and I've had enough of that bullshit. I think you have too. So, unless you would be okay with 4-8 more years of this super destructive regime, I suggest you support the Republican nominee. And, if Hillary (who is FAR more corrupt than 0bama) wins due to you principled angels staying home, you will have NO right to complain about the further destruction of this country. Because YOU will have enabled it. Support the nominee. Support Donald Trump!
#Trump2016 
....You know, speaking of the bathroom issue, I thought liberals were all for a woman's right to privacy. Guess not. 

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

17 Year Old Blues Guitar Wizard, Jimmy Bez



 "In fact, if guitarist Jimmy Bezreh sticks
 with it, he could have the title 'Guitar God' 
attached to him by the time he is 25."
...Prophetic words from Yours Truly

....And, he is doing just that.

In early 2014, I reviewed a great band from Boston called 21st Century Fugitives. At the time, the oldest member was 17, I believe. Maybe younger. I was very impressed by them as a whole, but I was particularly blown away by guitarist, Jimmy Bezreh, who was 14 or 15 years old at the time. His skill on their album was better than many guitarists twice his age. The band is still together, and playing shows, but Jimmy Bez has branched out on his own, leading an incredible blues band, called simply 'The Jimmy Bez Blues Band.' 

Jimmy has stunned audiences in Boston with his incredible talent. His stage presence, ability, and even his lead vocal ability would make you swear that he was a grandson of one of the Allman Brothers. Except, his brand of blues is a little bit different. There is a guitar shredder in his soul as well. Listening to the lead guitar riffs and solos on his EP, Lies of a Sinner, you'd also swear that maybe he took lessons from Paul Gilbert. 'Shred' is an appropriate term to use for his brand of soloing. Its a very unique blend of the blues, combined with virtuoso. 

This pic reminds me of something cool. Not sure what though.


He started winning awards at age 12, and has been gaining recognition and respect ever since. He's been played on the radio, and gotten rave reviews from everyone who hears him play. In fact earlier this year, he was chosen to represent all of Boston in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, where he tore it up!

This isn't your stereotypical blues music where the band plays the same overused blues lick over and over again. I'm not much of a blues fan, and I would never go see that. However, I would go see different sounding songs with a genuine axe slinger and skilled song writer. Jimmy Bez is both. I'd go see his show in a heartbeat. I've listened to his EP at least 10 times so far, and will likely keep jamming it.
The first song on the EP, Don't Let Me Die in Vain starts off with a slow blues jam, then punches into a powerful lick. His scratchy voice comes in, and you honestly wonder how this one young man managed to get so much gift crammed into his soul. This 5 song EP consists of 4 original songs that he wrote all the parts and lyrics to, and an amazing cover of Have You Ever Loved A Woman. Track 2, I Don't Belong is more upbeat, and catchy. He doesn't belong in empty bars playing for free. He belongs in a packed house! Track 3, Keep Me Back is a little on the funky side. Keeping him back would be a crime. Ok, I'm done with my lame word play, I promise. Track 4 is the title track. Lies of a Sinner. Its more of a heavy groove. Of course, it would be a bit redundant to say that the guitar is incredible. The whole EP is full of WOW.


Making that Les Paul Scream!

I can't stress enough how much I want Jimmy Bez to hit it big. Like I said in my review of his other band, he is light years ahead of where I was as a guitarist at 17 years old. Hell, he's probably better than I am now at 42! So, if you get a chance, go see the Jimmy Bez Blues Band in concert. And, purchase their EP when it comes available.

Genuine prodigies don't come around very often. Catch Jimmy Bez while he still is one!

Soundcloud (Previw the EP)
Facebook
Reverbnation
Jimmy Bez Blues Band's Website
YouTube

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Double D BBQ: Best Pulled Pork I've Ever Had.


Best pulled pork I've 
ever had. Period!

And, that's saying a lot. I don't usually do this on my blog. I don't endorse local businesses mainly because the majority of my readers are nowhere near Florida. That being said, I am making an exception for Double D BBQ in Rockledge, Florida. Why? Just read, dammit!

I come from a BBQ family. My dad was the greatest BBQ cook on the planet. He worked at Fat Boy's in Merritt Island for years, and he helped open the BBQ restaurant in Indian Harbor Beach on the left side of the causeway if you're heading east, next to the Circle K. 

I grew up eating sliced pork that was cooked for hours, then basted and cooked even longer. I know the process, and I've cooked it that way on my own for years. My brother, Paul also knows this style of BBQ. My perfect BBQ plate is sliced pork, with baked beans, cole slaw, a potato of some sort, and garlic bread. That's FLORIDA BBQ! My uncle Bob is an award winning BBQ cook. His way of cooking BBQ is similar, but comes out much different. BOTH are awesome.

But, I left Florida in 2000, and moved back in 2015. During the time I was gone, I was exposed to pulled pork BBQ. I liked it, but it wasn't the same. Nothing is like sliced BBQ pork that's pink in the middle, dipped in BBQ sauce. Nothing will ever top that for me, but I have had some great pulled pork in restaurants in the Carolinas. The Smoke House on Hilton Head Island, SC for example. That was the best pulled pork I'd ever had...until today.

Today, I was driving home after a very long day at work. I wanted some BBQ. I was STARVING! I did NOT want some of the same BBQ that I've had from chains, or even the restaurant my dad helped open. I wanted something different. I was actually looking for one of the roadside stand BBQ places. I couldn't find any, so I decided to get some BBQ from one of the restaurants in Melbourne. I turned off I-95 onto Barnes Blvd, and despite the horrendous road construction, I saw s sign for Double D BBQ. I decided THAT was the place.

I went in, and despite the modern strip mall that the place is in, it looked like what you'd expect a BBQ restaurant to look. Kind of dark with wooden trim. I was impressed already. Next, the waitress guided me to my seat. THEY HAVE PEANUTS!! Between the time I sat down and the time I got my food, I probably ate 100 peanuts. Like I said, I was STARVING! 

The waitress was very friendly, and I looked over the menu. I ordered "This Little Piggy" which the word "little" is an under exaggeration. Its a HALF POUND of pulled pork, along with their home made mac and cheese. It also comes with fried sausage rings that were awesome. 

The mac and cheese is served around the pork, with the sausage rings on top. This is a HUGE plate. I also ordered a side of garlic bread. I like to put my pork sliced or pulled on garlic bread, douse it with sauce, and go to town. Let me tell you...It's the best pulled pork I've ever had. Period. THIS pulled pork had a twinge of bite to it. Cayenne pepper added. It gave the pork a little punch in the mouth. I LOVE spicy food, and while I've had hot BBQ sauce before, this was better because it was added to the meat! Everything about this meal was incredible/ I'm 6'4" 225 pounds, and I honestly couldn't finish all of it. (I ate the majority of it though) The kicker? This enormous plate of food was $10.95! I've eaten BBQ plates from other restaurants the same price and left hungry. You're not leaving this place hungry, and you're not going to break your wallet coming here either.

Next, as I was driving home, my wife called me and asked about dinner. I told her that I had already eaten, and I told here where, and what I had. She wanted the same thing. She called in the order and had me turn around and go pick it up for her. Which I did because I try to be a good husband. Her reaction was similar to mine. GREAT FREAKING BBQ!

Not me but I had a similar reaction when I got my food.


THIS IS THE BEST PULLED PORK I'VE EVER HAD!!!! And, I will be back to try other dishes!

I know that the majority of my readers live out of state and out of country, but if any of you do come here, you owe it to yourself to come try this restaurant. And if you are a reader of mine and live here, GO EAT THERE! 

The address, phone number, Website and Facebook page:

634 Barnes Blvd, ST #110
Rockledge, FL 32955

(321) 298-6995

Monday, March 28, 2016

Album Review: Apocalyptic Lovers- Redemption, Volume 1


 One day you will be
Wrapped inside me...
But for right now,
I just changed frequency!

 And, you will too, once you hear this band! They need to be on EVERY frequency!

I've been slacking again. For that, I apologize. Damn real life issues! But, I've been jamming this album good and loud ever since the band sent it to me. We had the band on the show a while back, and they were among the best guests we've ever had, and their music kicks ass. 

Originally from Youngstown, OH, Apocalyptic Lovers formed in 1991 and gained success playing regionally, but they also took a trip out to the City of Angels. That earned them a writeup in Entertainment Weekly, which led to overseas distribution of their music. Now, the band has reformed and plans on releasing a 10 volume collection of EPs featuring new material and updated classics. The first will be released on April 16, 2016. Its a bold move, but they have assembled a crew of heavy hitters in order to put this venture together and have it be as big and bold sounding as the move itself. The 8 tracks on Volume 1, Redemption was produced by legendary producer, Michael Wagener. You might remember him from his work with Ozzy, Megadeth, Metallica, Dokken, Extreme, Motley Crue and more. 

And, it shows. The album explodes to start, kicking you in the face with Better Days. A heavy technical onslaught that shows influence from classic Ozzy albums among others. You are greeted by brutal guitar and powerful backup vocals right off the bat. It takes you back to the days when the music was not only fun to listen to, but it was also made you feel good, and musical talent was respected and expected. Another song that puts things into perspective is the slow and heavy groove, Who The Hell Are You. Something I'd like to ask the record executives that didn't sign these guys in the 90's. They are so much better than the cookie cutter glam bands that were forced on us at the tail end of the glam metal era. We won't even talk about grunge. Unfortunately, the band and the fans who would have loved them were Left in the Cold, (Another badass song) by these idiot record companies.

The musical skill on display here is top notch. Each member is a master at their instruments. Singer, Robert Kane has a very powerful and broad vocal range. Guitarist, Sean Magee is an axe slinger who could duel with anyone. Drummer, Dave Hope has the strength of Thor in his arms and legs. But the most unique thing about Apocalyptic Lovers is that they have TWO bass players. Mike Nagy and George Allen both play bass, and rhythm guitar, and they alternate on stage. And, all 5 members of the band can sing. 5 part harmonies are constantly on display on the album.

Like I said, all of the talent is showcased on all the songs, but one is particularly showcased. A song with a brutal groove, called simply The Groove. The band has commercial appeal too, and even in today's dark ages of rock and metal. 

If you like good metal from an extremely talented band, you owe it to yourself to pick up this album when its released. This band would have dominated the arenas and stadiums in the 80's, and they can do it again. You'll want to pay attention to them. 

Buy the album!


Follow them here:


They even have a very good looking video for their song Change of Frequency. Click here for the YouTube page. 

I'm going back to listen to the album again. It ROCKS!

Mike Nagy, Bass/Guitar/Vocals- George Allen, Bass/Guitar, Vocals- Rob Kane, Lead Vocals- Dave Hope, Drums/Vocals- Sean Magee, Guitars/Vocals

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Song Lyric Dissection: Closing Time by Semisonic

Here we go with one of the LAMEST songs ever written. In the early 90's, rock musicians who didn't want to play grunge turned to annoying whiny pop songs. One of the worst pop songs that plagued so called "rock" radio stations was 'Closing Time' by Semisonic. Soon, bars all around the country had either a really lame bartender, patron, or karaoke host that would play this stupid song at the end of the night. 

One of the things I have with alot of issues on with country music is that alot of artists will take an old cliche and make a song out of it, such as "Oceanfront Property in Arizona" or "That's my Story and I'm Sticking To It" by Colin Raye. It just doesnt seem very original to me. (Just an opinion, Country fans! I happen to like some of the songs! Calm down! ;) )

But, this stupid song is FULL of cliches. 


Verse: Closing time, Open all the doors and let you out into the world
Closing time, Turn all the lights on over every boy and every girl
Closing Time, One last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer
Closing time, You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here

The singer's whiny voice and this song with music that is supposed to sound spiritual or inspirational make this an even more annoying song. How many times have you heard a bartender say 'Last call for alcohol!' Yes. We all know what time it is. We don't need an annoying pre emo wussy boy singing it to us.

Chorus: I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

Uh oh. I know who you WANT to take YOU home. Its the hottie at the pool table with the tight pants and big boobs. But, the person who WILL take YOU home, she's all right. A 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, still kind of pretty. But of course, when you wake up in the morning, she will weigh about 300 pounds, with a wart on her nose, with yellow teeth. Why? Because this band just isn't cool enough to score with the hotties. 

Verse: Closing time, Time for you to go out to the places you will be from
Closing time, This room won't be open till your brothers or sisters come
So gather all your jackets, move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend
Closing time, Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end


MY jackets. I brought them ALL!!!

So, let me get this straight...After you leave the bar, you're now "From" wherever you go? So, if someone asks you where you're from, you'll have to say "From 300 pound Bertha's house???" That makes no sense. Ask me where I'm from, and I'll tell you I'm from Florida. And, what room are you talking about being open? You've been whining that its closing time through this whole song! And, I'm not sure what to make of the brother and sister line. Is it a weak filler line? Or does your bar not open until someone's brother or sister gets there? What if they go somewhere else? Is the bar not going to open? Or, is it some strange reference to incest? No idea on that one. Why would you care if I found a friend? I don't believe you. Oh, and doesn't everyone tell their single friends that a good relationship will NEVER start in a bar? 

Hi. I'm Bertha. Its Closing Time, and
I'm a Hooters girl!

Chorus: I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

The guitar solo in this song could be really sweet. It starts off grand, but STOPS. Premature ejaculation on the guitar solo. It ends, leaving you wanting more...Kind of like how Big Bertha must have felt when you were finished with her.

Verse: Closing time, Time for you to go out to the places you will be from

I'll call Bertha and tell her you're on the way so she can clean up the trailer for you. She slipped me her phone number while I was hitting on the hottie at the pool table.

Chorus: I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

Verse: Closing time, Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

You know, I bet you guys thought that line was soooo deep when you came up with it. The whole song is an attempt to sound deep. But, so what. Bars close. Its the law. Most people would like to stay longer, but the law says they have to close. No need to write a song about it, and try to make people feel good about it. This song is part of what was wrong with the music of the 90's. I'd bet there is NO ONE who has ever considered this song to be their favorite song. And, what ever happened to old Semisonic? Are they still around? I havent (thankfully) heard from them since.


How sweet. A lame filler line from a lame emo song turned into a DEEP meme.
Somewhere, there is a teenager who has never heard this song, seeing this meme online
and thinking that is the most profound thing he has ever read.
By the way, if I were a bar owner, every night at closing time, I would play THIS song


 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Megadeth Vs Metallica: The Punishment Due


You will do what I say; 
when I say...
...If there's a new way, 
I'll be the first in line!

This post is something that I've been thinking about posting for a couple years now. I finally decided to do it after reviewing the new Megadeth album, Dystopia. I haven't reviewed any Metallica albums because they haven't released a new one since before I started blogging. Hard to believe they haven't released anything new since 2008, isn't it? Although, I did review their movie Through the Never. Anyway, let's answer that  'who's better' question, and go Into the Arena. 


If you've been living under a rock for 30+ years, or aren't that big of a metal fan, you might not know that Dave Mustaine of Megadeth was the Metallica guitarist prior to Kirk Hammett's arrival. He was kicked out of the band prior to their debut album, Kill Em All. Mustaine then met bassist, Dave Ellefson and Megadeth was born. Shortly after that, their debut album, Killing is My Business, and Business is Good was released. And, a war between the two rival thrash metal bands began, and its still going. If you want to know more about the back story, Google it. 

First of all, Dave Mustaine was co-writer of 4 songs on Kill Em All, as well as 2 tracks (including the title track) of Ride The Lightning. Both albums were released before Killing is My Business was released. So, regardless of how much of the songs were actually written by Mustaine, Megadeth had to start from scratch. And, they had a long way to go...

Metallica's first 3 albums, Kill Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets are thrash metal icons. Master of Puppets is the greatest thrash album of all time. However, they lost a step when they released their fourth album, And Justice For All. Many metal fans, myself included felt that album was a let down after Master of Puppets. After all, topping that album has proven to be a hard feat to accomplish. Nobody (Including Metallica) has been able to top it. 

Megadeth's first 3 releases, Killing is my Business, Peace Sells but Who's Buying, and So Far So Good, So What were also wildly accepted by thrash metal fans as well, with each album getting better and better. But Megadeth's fourth and fifth albums, Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction destroyed Metallica's fourth and fifth albums. Metallica's first ever video for their song, One introduced millions of new fans to the band, and their fifth 'Black Album' was a golden goose, where Metallica went mainstream with the radio hits, Enter Sandman, Sad But True, and the ballad, Nothing Else Matters. But Megadeth also got noticed by the masses, and even scored a couple radio hits of their own. Rust in Peace had Holy Wars..The Punishment Due on the radio while the iconic video and musical skill of Hangar 18 dominated MTV. Countdown to Extinction had the radio hit, Symphony of Destruction and MTV hit, Sweating Bullets. Both bands were taking similar paths, but Metallica had the backing of the masses. But, with the release of Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction, people started noticing what Megadeth fans had known all along: Megadeth's music was better. The songs were better written, the guitar work was better, and over all, Megadeth was a more talented band. Solos sounded different. The songs flowed better. Most of this was due to the arrival of guitar god, Marty Friedman and drummer, Nick Menza, although if you listen to the first three albums, the skill of the guitarists has always been superior to James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett's efforts. Not to mention, original drummer, Gar Samuelson (RIP) was far superior to Lars Ulrich. 

Gar Samuelson. I hung out with him once.

Next came grunge. <gag> Metallica released Load and Reload. Megadeth released Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings, and Risk. (And, you can probably include The World Needs A Hero in this group) All these albums were departures from their thrash roots, but were part of the band's evolution. Some diehard thrash metal fans hate those albums, but I don't. Both bands did what they needed to do to survive. Although, Metallica only put out one more album before Death Magnetic in 2008, which was St. Anger in 2003, which we won't talk about by name anymore, Megadeth released the ones I mentioned and two more before 2008. But while Metallica was writing simplistic radio hits, Megadeth was growing as a band musically, and had several radio hits of their own like Trust, Secret Place, Almost Honest, Use The Man, Breadline, and more. Did these songs blow up the bank account like Metallica's? No, but once again, musically, the Megadeth songs were superior. Some of the best guitar work I've ever heard is on the albums that lots of people overlook. In fact, one of my all time favorite songs, A Tout le Monde is on Youthanasia. Megadeth re recorded that song as a duet with Christina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, introducing the band to an even broader base of new fans.  

Mustaine and Scabbia

Still, Megadeth didn't stop. While Metallica was touring all over creation, and not releasing a new album in 8 years and counting, Megadeth kept releasing albums. Since Metallica's last album, Megadeth has released four albums. And, while some of the albums may not be as good as their best ones, their latest album, Dystopia as I mentioned in my review is the best since Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction. After Metallica's debacle 2003 album (the one we aren't mentioning by name) everyone was begging for a 'return to form' album from them. The result was Death Magnetic. An album where they attempted to make a good thrash album, but it proved they had forgotten how. The songs are unnecessarily long, and guitar riffs are just thrown together. Plus, honestly, James Hetfield just doesn't have the aggression in his voice anymore. Dave Mustaine, however does. In fact, his voice sounds better than ever. To be fair, the fans were wanting a 'return to form' album from Megadeth too. Megadeth delivered. Several times, with The System Has Failed, United Abominations, Endgame, TH1RT3EN, and of course, the new juggernaut, Dystopia.

One of the main criticisms about Megadeth I've heard is that the lineup has changed so many times. Your point? Have you heard Metallica's stuff? Maybe its time for them to change up. Mustaine has said that he will only bring in a guitarist that is better than he is. Those are some pretty heavy shoes to fill, but he's brought in greats such as Marty Friedman, Al Pitrelli, and newcomer, Kiko Loureiro, among others. Kirk Hammett wouldn't make it into Megadeth, and that's a fact. I can't think of a better way to challenge yourself to improve. And, this new album proves it. Actually, if you go back and listen to 2 songs from each album back to back and in order, you'll see how each album features something new, different, and better than before. You can't say that about Metallica

The age old adage: "When the history books are written, ______."  applies here. Because while Metallica reigned supreme being the greatest marketing band in the history of the world other than Kiss, Megadeth kept putting out good albums, with great songs. Ask any metal musician which is the better band, you will get Megadeth 9 out of 10 times. History has been written, and slowly but surely, more and more people are realizing it. Megadeth gets the last laugh, and is the superior band. Still doubt me? Ask the Metal God Himself, Rob Halford: 



And, don't come away from this thinking I don't like Metallica. I do. I love Master of Puppets and Ride The Lightning. I like Kill Em All. Black, Load, and Reload are okay. The rest, not so much.