Monday, October 29, 2012

100 Greatest Rock Drummers


What do you think of this list?

  1. Neil Peart (Rush)
  2. John Bonham* (Led Zeppelin)
  3. Keith Moon* (The Who)
  4. Carl Palmer (ELP)
  5. Ginger Baker (Cream)
  6. Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa)
  7. Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
  8. Hal Blaine (Session man)
  9. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
10. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
11. Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
12. Danny Carey (Tool)
13. Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
14. Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
15. Earl Palmer (Session man)
16. Benny Benjamin* (Funk Brothers)
17. Jeff Porcaro* (Toto)
18. Stewart Copeland (The Police)
19. Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne)
20. Bernard Purdie (Session)
21. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
22. Steve Smith (Journey)
23. Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)
24. David Garabaldi (Tower Of Power)
25. Mike Shrieve (Santana)
26. Ainsley Dunbar (Jeff Beck)
27. Cozy Powell* (Rainbow)
28. Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
29. Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews)
30. Tim Alexander (Primus)
31. Roger Taylor (Queen)
32. Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam)
33. Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters)
34. Phil Collins (Genesis)
35. Al Jackson* (The MGs)
36. Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
37. Topper Headon (The Clash)
38. Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
39. Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins)
40. Bobby Jarzombeck (Rob Halford, Iced Earth)
41. Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger)
42. Gene Holgan (Death, Strapping Young Lad)
43. Martin Lopez (Opeth)
44. Simon Phillips (Toto)
45. Mike Giles (King Crimson, Giles, Giles & Fripp )
46. Max Weinberg (Springsteen)
47. Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
48. Jon Theodore (Mars Volta, One Day As A Lion)
49. Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
50. Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, session man)
51. Alan White (Yes)
52. Nick Menza (Megadeth)
53. Phil Ehart (Kansas)
54. Mark Zonder (Fate's Warning)
55. Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
56. Jaki Liebezeit (CAN)
57. Scott Travis (Judas Priest)
58. Virgil Donati (Planet X)
59. Jim Gordon (Derek And The Dominoes)
60. Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly)
61. Richard Allen (Funk Brothers)
62. BJ Wilson* Procul Harum)
63. Chad Wackerman (Zappa)
64. Ralph Humphrey (Mothers Of Invention)
65. Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Desert Sessions)
66. Jojo Mayer (Nerve, session man)
67. Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
68. Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
69. Christian Vander (Magma)
70. Dennis Thompson (MC5)
71. John French (Captain Beefheart)
72. John Weathers (Gentle Giant)
73. Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth)
74. Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
75. Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, session man)
76. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)
77. Mike Mangini (Extreme)
78. Larry Mullen Jr. (U2)
79. Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
80. Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
81. Jabo Starks (James Brown, session man)
82. Brian Mantia (Primus)
83. Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche)
84. Phil Taylor (Motörhead)
85. Vinnie Appice (Dio, session man)
86. Fred Coury (Cinderella)
87. Travis Barker (Blink 182)
88. Phil Selway (Radiohead)
89. Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne)
90. Zak Starkey (The Who, Oasis)
91. Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)
92. Dave Grohl (Nirvana)
93. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)
94. Jose Pasillas (Incubus)
95. Ron Wilson* (Surfaris)
96. John Densmore (The Doors)
97. Chester Thompson (Santana)
98. Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley)
99. Van Romaine (Steve Morse)
100. Sandy Nelson (solo)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Underrated but great metal bands vol. 1

We're starting with great underrated metal bands, so if you haven't heard these bands before you were missing a lot...

This time it's Riot, Savatage and Tygers of Pan Tang

Riot's sound initially started out as straightforward heavy metal, but since their 1988 release Thundersteel their musical direction has been more along the lines of power metal. The band was founded in New York City in 1975. by guitarist Mark Reale. Reaching a peak in popularity in the early 80s, the band has continued a long-running successful career, but always remained somehow underrated.

Savatage is founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida. In 1987, they released their first commercially successful album, Hall of the Mountain King, which became the base for the band being catapulted into a more mainstream arena. Great progressive/heavy stuff \m/

Tygers of Pan Tang are  formed in 1978 and originating from Whitley Bay, England and they are a notable band of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Fans of Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake that it's the first band of John Sykes who played on their first albums. One of the best NWOBHM bands in my opinion. Check them out if you haven't already...

enjoy and discuss

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Heavy metal anthems Vol. 2

Another three anthems of heavy metal!

 This time it's Accept, Saxon and Black Sabbath

 "Balls to the Wall" was the lead single from Accept's fifth studio album with the same name. The album's best known song, which became Accept's signature tune, is the anthemic title track, for which a music video was shot that received American airplay on MTV.

Very powerful song with great classic heavy riffs.
Asked about the meaning of the song, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann (the guitarist) replied:
"We've always been interested in politics and in human rights and things like that, so a lot of the lyrics that we had in those days, and to the end actually, were dealing with human rights, for instance, and that's really what "Balls To The Wall" is all about. "One day the tortured will stand up and kick some ass!"

Denim and Leather is from Saxon's fourth studio album of the same name. The name of the album and song was inspired by the popular attire of metalheads in the early 1980s, defined by denim pants and leather jackets. The song is seen as a tribute from the band to their fans while describing the history of the sub-culture and the rise of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM).

Enjoy this live version from Wacken!

Iron man from Sabbath's second album Paranoid is instantly recognizable for it's signature guitar riff.
Upon hearing the main guitar riff for the first time, Osbourne remarked that it sounded "like a big iron bloke walking about". It is interesting that the song was originally entitled "Iron Bloke"

enough of talking now... Listen and enjoy!!!
Discuss your favourite \m/

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Great live performances vol 2.

Here we go again!

First we have Deep Purple with young David Coverdale (what a voice!) performing Burn Live at the California Jam on 6th April 1974., then it's Kiss with Going Blind in unplugged version , which, in my opinion sound far better then on the studio album. And at the end it's someting relatively new- The Darkness live at Reading from 2004., with Growing on me, also a great live show, great energy on stage.

enjoy and discuss \m/


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Heavy metal anthems

Now something for all you metalheads out there... We're starting with essential songs of heavy metal. Judas Priest are one of the first heavy metal bands, that's for sure, Iron Maiden took it to the next level, while Metallica fluctuated from heavy, to thrash and speed metal, and eventually even to hard rock. Personally, I've always favoutited Maiden's "The Prisoner" to hits like Run to the Hills and The Number of the beast, it's really a great passionate song, especially in this live version.OK Metallica and Priest's stuff here are pretty well know, but never out of date \m/

Three songs this time...

Which one do you like the most and why?
enjoy and discuss \m/