Monday, August 10, 2009

30 Minutes Over Tokyo - The Metal Edition



I found a had an hour or two spare this afternoon so I decided to hastily put together an idea that had been brewing in my head for a while, which was to do a podcast dedicated entirely to METAL!

Now, I know I may not be the likeliest candidate to attempt such an enterprise and I would never claim to be any kind of authority on the genre (I defer to DsD's, Kalyr's and others' superior knowledge each time) but there are certain strands of metal that I do love (very different strands to that of the aforementioned experts i'm sure!) and I felt it was a bit of an untold story.

So, raise the "devil horn" salute and prepare to wake up tomorrow with a throbbing bangover!!

Enjoy!

p.s. apologies for the rushed nature of the whole thing and the hissing noise in the background, I think it must have been the cicadas outside (seriously!).

p.p.s. Warning!! Contains strong language. Not out of choice of course, just in the reading of band names and song titles.

p.p.p.s. I should have mentioned that I don't approve in any way of the lyrics and sentiment of the last track in part 1, I wanted to play it as an example of how the genre had lost any positive political force and had just become a contest to be the most offensive and extreme.

30 MOT - The Metal Edition Part 1
30MOT - The Metal Edition Part 2

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes!

I'm looking forward to this immensely, Japanther, but my customer's system won't allow me to play anything, so it'll be my Thursday night soundtrack to the UniDond League Player Allocation Squabble!

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SatanKidneyPie said...

Another great podcast, Japanther. *sniff* Now I know how Art Garfunkel felt...

Have you seen Anvil! The Story of Anvil? Certainly a must for any thrash metal fan.

Oh, by the way, the fact that you felt the need to mention that you don't approve of Cannibal Corpse's lyrics worries me more than if you hadn't said anything at all...

Abahachi said...

Cool. The first couple of tracks reminded me of my heavy rock youth - though I was convinced that you were opening with Spinal Tap... - and then, I'm afraid, the rest rather reminded me of why I stopped listening to contemporary metal except in very small doses. Interesting about the loss of any sort of political strand (though there was never much of one in the 1970s or 1980s); presumably that side headed off into hardcore?

Japanther said...

thanks guys!

Well, I didn't want anyone to think I was endorsing those kind of grotesque and morally repugnant lyrics, so I thought it better to be safe than sorry...Good to have you back SKP!

..and Abahachi, the politics haven't completely disappeared and in fact over the last couple of years there has been an interesting developing of bands (mostly American) taking the black metal musical template and setting it to current political themes such as environmental issues, the excellent Wolves In The Throne Room are a good example of just such a band..

I guess some of the tracks are a bit of an acquired taste...

Japanther said...

..and I haven't seen Anvil yet, but I heard an interview with the director and it looks incredible! I just got a new video shop card last week so it's on my list....

Does that make me Paul Simon??

Shoegazer said...

Enjoyed it - but could have used some Motorhead or Discharge.

saneshane said...

ha
my head now hurts!
I don't think I've ever really listened to this much loud and fast guitar based bands... i think the noise side I was into was more electronic.

Good time vibe, wouldn't of been my first turn of phrase for thrash, but I did have the joy of designing a cover for a Some Kind of Fuckers ep (don't know if it got a release- but it was good fast noise)

Cheers for this again japanther, I do like a challenge on a lovely sunny Tuesday afternoon.

Japanther said...

@shane - thanks for persevering! The extremity is part of the appeal for me, but I usually take it in small doses too!

@Shoey - ahh...the other track I was deliberating over when I played 'Priest was a Motorhead/Girlschool tune, maybe I should have gone with that.
I'm a Discharge fan too and see them as a kind of forerunner for Carcass and Napalm Death and the like....so they definitely deserve a place in the chronology......like I said, it was put together in a hurry with a lot glossed over....i'll have to distribute the missing links liberally over forthcoming playlists

Shoegazer said...

Or when you drop-box the mp3's *subtle hints are here again*.

Japanther said...

I couldn't wait for the DVD shop, so I erm....."came across" the Anvil documentary online and watched it this morning.

In these postmodern times of spoofs and "mockumentaries" it's hard to believe it's all true! An incredible tale of determination, failure, friendship and (a tiny bit of) redemption (pat on the back for those Japanese fans). I for one was moved and can now heartily second SKP's recommendation for anyone who hasn't seen it.

Cheers SKP!

http://www.anvilthemovie.com/