A certain loud-mouthed Irishman thinks that rock is dead. So I'm wasting an entire blog to illustrate how wrong he is.
In Ireland there is a couple who have taken metal songs and turned them into something that is unique, beautiful, very intelligent, and interesting. They hail from Mexico originally and then inexplicably moved to Dublin. They have a long history in metal.
How can you listen to that and say rock is dead? It's an evolution, a re-birth of rock.
Now Metallica has pissed me off ever since they came out with Load, their aptly named piece of crap CD. But Death Magnetic, their new CD has some strains that hearken back to their glory days. Referring to: And Justice For All, Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, and Kill 'em All. No, it isn't as amazing as those albums, but it's note worthy.
All Nightmare Long
Guns 'N' Roses. 'Nuff said. Okay, Chinese Democracy is amazing, but controversial. Probably the most adult album that Axel has ever made, but it's experimental and not every song is a hit. That's what happens with true art. Some people take issue with it because Slash isn't on there. Who gives a rat's ass about Slash? Sure he's a great guitarist, but what has Velvet Revolver done? It's nothing without Axel. I digress...my top picks off of Chinese Democracy are as follows:
This I love, for the artistic quality, the contrast of Axel's weathered voice and the intensity of the music. It's beautiful in it's simplicity and the lyrics are soulful.
Shackler's Revenge, for it's demented qualities and rockin' sound (not the clip I wanted, but close enough).
There's more, Sorry, Madagascar, but Youtube's copyright b.s. is really getting on my nerves. GNR's website is linked on my blog you can hear more there. The point is, that Axel's lyrics are amazing and the music compensates for what may or may not be lacking in his vocals.
To list kick ass bands who exhibit intelligence in their music: Seether, any band with Jack White, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Jet, The Killers, The Bravery, etc.
I think that's enough for today. ;)