On this date in history, Sept. 17, 1991, Guns N’ Roses released Use You Illusion I and Use You Illusion II, its last studio albums to this date featuring original members Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Slash and Izzy Stradlin (drummer Matt Sorum already had replaced Steven Adler for the recordings). With media outlets recently reporting Slash and Axl are speaking once again, the nonstop chatter of a reunion has picked up yet again. Will it ever happen? It will take millions and millions of dollars and an office building full of attorneys, but, yes, I think it eventually will happen. But first, let’s look back at those classic albums from GNR. (more…)
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Tags: 1992, Body Count, car stereos, Cop Killer, debut, Ernie C., gangsta rap, hardcore, hardcore punk, Ice T, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Manslaughter, Mayhem Fest 2014, MTV, New Jack City, new releases, Official video, punk, rap, Rockstar Energy Drink Festivals, street, Videos, YouTube
With the exciting and unexpected news that a new Body Count album called Manslaughter would be dropping (June 10, 2014, Sumerian Records), once again I find myself in a retro type of mood. For the new generation of rock and metal fans, the band Body Count—led by gangsta-rapper-turned-actor Ice-T—is all but unknown. Ice-T, you say? The same Ice-T that plays a detective on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? The same Ice-T who’s been a star of reality television? Yes, that Ice-T. As unexpected as this may sound as I write about it today, just think about how surprising or even shocking this was more than 20 years ago as I attempt to recount my memory of Body Count’s 1992 self-titled debut album and the chain of events that followed. (more…)
Tags: Antichrist Superstar, Baltimore Arena, Brad Stewart, Daisy Berkowitz, Gidget Gein, Ginger Fish, Madonna Wayne Gacy, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Nothing Records, Portrait of an American Family, revisited, Sara Lee Lucas, Smells Like Children, Sweet Dreams, The Beautiful People, The Downward Spiral, Trent Reznor, Twiggy Ramirez
By Greg Maki
My introduction to Marilyn Manson came Dec. 6, 1994. About two months past my 15th birthday, I was in the company of my dad and older brother Jeff to see Nine Inch Nails at the Baltimore Arena. Remember, this was the year of The Downward Spiral and “Closer,” the year a mud-covered performance stole the show at Woodstock. The fervor surrounding Trent Reznor was never greater—before or after this period. I had no clue who the opening acts were to be that night, and I didn’t care. I was there to see Nine Inch Nails, which had become something of an obsession to me in the months prior. (more…)
Tags: Dream Theater, James LaBrie, John Myung, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, Live Scenes from New York, Metropolis 2000, Metropolis Pt. 2, Mike Portnoy, Scenes from a Memory
A voice. Soft, comforting, yet firm, in control.
“Close your eyes and begin to relax.”
A hypnotherapist. He puts his subject under, leads him back through time to find a girl waiting for him.
And so begins Dream Theater’s concept album, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, a tragic yet life-affirming tale of love, betrayal, murder and reincarnation. (more…)
Tags: Andreas Kisser, Arise, Beneath the Remains, Cavalera Conspiracy, Chaos A.D., Igor Cavalera, Max Cavalera, Paulo Jr., Roadrunner Records, Roots, Sepultura, Soulfly, Territory
Beneath the Remains (1989) was the Brazilian band’s first major breakthrough, a lethal combination of raw and primitive thrash and death metal. Arise (1991) was more straightforward death metal—faster, heavier and even more bleak. But 1993’s Chaos A.D. is the band’s pinnacle album of their career. (more…)