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This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig_III_How_the_Gods_Kill6. “Dirty Black Summer”
(Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, 1992)

Released in July 1992 and featuring album art by H. R. Giger, Danzig III: How the Gods Kill is arguably the most complete sounding Danzig recording from start to finish. It’s heavier than the first two Danzig albums, while also possessing an atmosphere of gloom and doom. I was 14 years old at the time of its release and the song “Dirty Black Summer” was my soundtrack for the summer. Hunkered down in my bedroom, I spent many of nights listening to Danzig III. The summertime thunderstorm intro is instantly recognizable.

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig47. “Can’t Speak”
(Danzig 4, 1994)

Danzig had already had a few ballads under its belt, but in 1994 “Can’t Speak” became an MTV hit and only Danzig’s second single to chart. The band has said that the song was originally meant to be “Let It Be Captured” (also on Danzig 4) played backwards (as a ode to those accusing the band of Satanic messages), but it ended up becoming a new song, “Can’t Speak.”

 

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4(1994).

Danzig48. “Until You Call On the Dark”
(Danzig 4, 1994)
Danzig at his most evil, his most occult. “Until You Call on the Dark”‘s sinister guitar riff and chanting chorus are the perfect soundtrack to a ritual. The song is so evil, in fact, that Polish death metal overlords, Behemoth covered the song in 2005. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in the video, nor had I ever seen it until now, but check it out below:

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4(1994).

Danzig49. “Brand New God”
(Danzig 4, 1994)

Though “Brand New God” may or may not be in other fan’s Top 10 lists, I distinctively remember this pummeling opening track of Danzig 4 because it was the first song they played when I saw Danzig live November 29, 1994 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md. Type O Negative and Godflesh were in support.

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig_cover10. “Am I Demon”
(Danzig, 1988)

“Am I Demon”‘s vintage stripped-down sound and John Christ’s Iommi-like guitar riff makes this the most Sabbath-inspired Danzig song. Glenn was largely influenced by Ozzy and co. and later went on to cover the Black Sabbath song “Hand of Doom,” and most recently, “N.I.B.”

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Metal and Hard Rock Musicians pick their favorite Halloween songs for the season

Metal and horror go hand in hand. Since its inception, heavy metal has invoked themes of horror and the occult, starting with the legends themselves, Black Sabbath. Through the years, we’ve seen many legendary rock, metal and punk bands embrace horror, as well, such as the Misfits, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Helloween, and arguably the most popular Halloween-themed band of all-time, Type O Negative. So we figured why not ask the burning question to a whole bunch of rock and metal bands: “What is your favorite Halloween song of all-time?” What we got in response was a bag of trick and treats so big, including the bands I mentioned above and a lot more. Happy Halloween! View the list inside. (more…)

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs from Sepultura to Killer Be Killed

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. So as a follow-up, we have compiled a list of Max’s 10 greatest songs from all of his bands and side-projects throughout his career. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed. 
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This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-refuse-resist#1: Sepultura – “Refuse/Resist”
(Chaos A.D., September 2, 1993, Roadrunner Records)

As the opening track on Sepultura’s 1993 best-selling, fan-favorite, Chaos A.D., “Refuse/Resist” is the band’s signature song. If you were listening to rock and metal in the ’90s, then you’ve heard this track. Chaos A.D. peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Charts and has been certified gold by the RIAA.

 

 

To recap, here is the complete list of the Top 10 Max Cavalera songs:

  1. “Refuse/Resist” (Sepultura)
  2. “Wasting Away” (Nailbomb)
  3. “Beneath the Remains” (Sepultura)
  4. “Arise” (Sepultura”
  5. “Roots Bloody Roots” (Sepultura)
  6. “Dead Embryonic Cells” (Sepultura)
  7. “Eye For An Eye” (Soulfly)
  8. “Back To the Primitive” (Soulfly”
  9. “Sodomites” (Soulfly)
  10. “Wings of Feather and Wax” (Killer Be Killed)
This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

nailbomb_point-blank#2. Nailbomb – “Wasting Away”
(Point Blank, March 8, 1994, Roadrunner Records)

Nailbomb was Max’s first side-project, forming the band with Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel in 1994 (the bands also toured the U.S. together the same year). The band only released one studio album (Point Blank) and played one live show ever (the 1995 Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands), which was later released as Proud To Commit Commercial Suicide (1995, Roadrunner Records). Nailbomb was Minstry meets Dead Kennedys meets Sepultura, and for a time in its existence, reached a cult-like level of popularity. “Wasting Away” is the punk/thrash hybrid which starts this unique album of punk rock angst and industrial experimentation. Just as the band’s t-shirt slogan proudly stated: “Feels good to be a punk loser.” Check out “Wasting Away” live from Dynamo below:

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-beneath#3: Sepultura – “Beneath the Remains”
(Beneath the Remains, April 7, 1989, Roadrunner Records)

The No. 3 slot of this list turned out to be the most difficult. Do I include “Troops of Doom” from Schizophrenia? “Territory” from Chaos A. D., or fan favorite, “Inner Self” (also from Beneath the Remains)? Ultimately, I chose the opening title track, as this was the first song I ever heard from Max Cavalera and Sepultura. I bought the album without ever hearing a lick of Sepultura’s music after reading a review in a magazine called Metal Maniacs (this was the way it used to be done in the early ’90’s). Walking the fine line between thrash and death metal, Beneath the Remains was Sepultura’s third album and first for Roadrunner Records. At the time, the band had to translate its native Portuguese language to compose the lyrics. Beneath the Remains went on to establish the band as one of the leading underground metal acts for years to come.

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-sepultura-arise#3: Sepultura – “Arise”
(Arise, March 25, 1991, Roadrunner Records)

Arise was the first Sepultura record to enter the Billboard charts, at number 119. By 1993, the album had sold 1 million units around the globe. Here is the punishing title track.

“Obliteration of mankind
Under a pale grey sky
We shall arise”

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-roots#5: Sepultura – “Roots Bloody Roots”
(Roots, February 20, 1996, Roadrunner Records)

Roots was Sepultura’s sixth studio album and its last with Max Cavalera. Produced by Ross Robinson and highly influenced by bands like Korn and Deftones, Roots is now one of the pinnacle albums in the nu-metal genre and laid the foundation for Soulfly. The Brazilian tribal rhythms and percussion that began on Chaos A.D., were heavily incorporated into Roots. There’s no better showcase for this than the downtuned lead track, “Roots Bloody Roots.”