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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

August 1, 2013

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In case you didn’t know, the metal festival known as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour rolls into Austin tomorrow. When Ozzfest took a dirt nap back in the mid oughts, it seemed to be a signal of times changing. Huge festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, ACL Fest and Bonnaroo all decided that parking in a city and letting fans come to them was a better business model than trying to make a nationwide summer tour. For dedicated metal fans there are plenty of destination festivals, Maryland Deathfest, New England Metal and Hardcore, and Europe, who are the patriarchs of the metal festival.

In a nutshell, I hate festivals. They are designed for people who sort of like music, but really want to say they went somewhere cool and ate a bunch of funnel cakes. For those of us who darken the door of music venues almost daily some weeks, they can be cumbersome at best. What they do accomplish though, is exposing people on the fringe of music to the center, if just for a short while. Mayhem Fest ends this weekend, but I thought I should acknowledge the effort to bring metal to the mainstream, and give you a song from almost all of the artists this month. Enjoy!

:Rob Zombie – We’re An American Band:
:Amon Amarth – Blood Eagle:
:Mastodon – March Of The Fire Ants:
:Born Of Osiris – Machine:
:Machine Head – Aesthetics Of Hate:
:Butcher Babies – I Smell A Massacre:
:Job For A Cowboy – Entombment Of A Machine:
:Children Of Bodom – Bodom Blue Moon:
:Huntress – I Want To Fuck You To Death:
:Emmure – When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong:
:Five Finger Death Punch – Lift Me Up:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

June 7, 2013

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This month, I started thinking about Summer, not only due to the triple digit heat outside, but this time of year has always held a lot of great times, especially in this part of the country. Texas is all about outdoors, even in the heat of the season blasting you from above, rivers, lakes, boats and beers all bring back some incredible memories and the music I jammed during some of the great times of my life.

When I really think about what kind of metal represents the summertime I go back and start pulling some of the best stoner metal and sludge metal. Top down, Fu Manchu blasting on the stereo, ladies in bikinis and the sweet leaf wafting from every pore, that my friends is June. School’s out, kick back and enjoy some tasty grooves …

:Acid Bath – Bleed Me An Ocean:
:Weedeater – God Luck And Good Speed:
:Acid King – Electric Machine:
:Torche – In Pieces:
:Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf:
:Sleep – The Druid:
:Clutch – Unto The Breach:
:Melvins – Queen:
:Corrosion Of Conformity – Born Again For The Last Time:
:Kyuss – Green Machine:
:Crowbar – High Rate Extinction:
:Kylesa – Unspoken:
:Fu Manchu – King Of The Road:

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