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I Show You My Stubs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2013 by Lightning Slim

…from my concert tickets. A lot of metalheads save up their gig tix for trophy value. Especially in the days before cellphone cameras, they were a great way to say “I was there!” Back then, bands and venues would confiscate pocket cameras and recording devices; now of course everybody wants you to tweet their names far and wide.

I’ve never been very organized, so I’ve lost a lot of my stubs over the years. Recently I was cleaning house and found a stack of them which were very faded, so I decided to throw them on the scanner before consigning them to the circular file. Check it out:

Concert Tix

A fun walk down memory lane. What do you do with your old stubs?

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Classic Album Review – Sepultura “Chaos A.D.” 1993

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2011 by Lightning Slim

  After touring for a year on Arise, Sepultura had proved everything that needed proving about their ability to provide world-class technical thrash metal. To follow this up, they decided to say less about what they could do  and more about who they really were, which at the time meant multicultural anarchists with a decidedly political axe to grind. If Arise was an assault rifle of riffs, Chaos A.D. is a pipe-bomb explosion of punk aggression.

Good bands inhabit their genres, great ones invent their own. In the tribal drumming of “Refuse/Resist”, the acoustic loneliness of “Kaiowas” and the raw protest music of “Manifest” Sepultura helped to forge a global metal movement well away from the concerns of elite white culture. They brought producer Andy Wallace along with them, and one of the best decisions he’s ever made was to let them run with it. To experience this record is to be invited into a world of pain, poverty and oppression tempered by a powerful tribal solidarity with no interest whatsoever in papering over anyone’s cultural complicity. Chaos A.D. is a record that hates your guts for needing to hear it. It will stare you in the face and you will look away, only to follow in its wake. 

Why? Because it shows the brilliance of the musicians behind it; it’s heavy and groovy as hell. Because it looks ahead to the tribal freak-out that is Roots; without this album as a primer you could not even handle the raw power of the next. Because the best punk album of the 90’s was by a Brazilian thrash metal band. 9 out of 10 

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