Written By Braddon S. Williams

Foo Fighters: Echos, Silence, Patience & Grace

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) by Foo Fighters is a piece of work that pretty well sums up a lot of what makes them such a great band.

It has the big, loud rockers and it has some really nice melodic quiet stuff, too.

They even included their first instrumental song on this album. Dave Grohl and company worked with the same producer who helped them create The Colour And The Shape, which is my favorite album of theirs.

Gil Norton seems to be the guy who gets the best work out of them, because Echoes is totally solid from start to finish.

The Pretender, Let It Die, Home, Statues, Long Road To Ruin, and Erase/Replace are all killer tracks, some of which are designed to blow audiences out of their seats in concert.

https://youtu.be/Nw_vtN1w-cM

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Written By Braddon S. Williams

Red Fang: Murder The Mountains

Red Fang are listed in Wikipedia as a stoner metal band.

I don’t know how some bands get classified, but that label seems plausible.

I hear elements of Clutch and Mastodon in their sound, which is a good thing. I saw them on one of the second stages at Mayhem one year and they are terrific live.

They were smart enough to hire Brian Posehn to be in their Wires video, and he has one of the best one liners in the history of rock videos, so they score points on that!

Oh yes, this all relates to their most excellent 2011 release, titled Murder The Mountains.

Red Fang have put out 2 more albums since that one, but it is the one I am most familiar with.

I highly recommend listening to Red Fang (either high or not high, not sure if the stoner metal tag specifies that one has to be high to enjoy stoner metal, but either way, I like ’em and I’m as straight as can be).

Red Fang hails from Portland, Oregon, which appears to be a pretty hip place to call home. Go out and buy some Red Fang and make sure to play it LOUD!!!

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Music legend Tom Petty, who died unexpectedly in late 2017, was legendary songwriter and fighter for artist’s rights. Behind the sweet melodies of songs such as “Free Fallin'” and “American Girl,” Petty fought many battles over the course of his career to protect his music and sell it to fans at a reasonable price.

There are lots of aspects of Petty’s life that are out in the open, but some things about the southern rocker that might surprise you – including a shocking addiction and a little-known acting career. Here are some fascinating facts about Tom Petty that might shine a new light on one of rock’s most treasured artists.

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Tom Petty fought many battles to protect his music

Written By Bryson Hubbard

Queens of The Stone Age

“Someone’s In The Wolf” by Queens Of The Stone Age

“Once you’re lost in the taillight’s blue, You don’t find your way, The way finds you…”

You know how a song has that cool part to it? This whole song IS the cool part. Haha. This is easily one of my top 3 favorite songs from QOTSA. Fuckin love how it sounds. Dope ass music to drive to… Haha. 🤘😎🤘

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Written By Braddon S. Williams

Strapping Young Lad: 1994-2006 Chaos Years

To anyone who has been paying even slight attention to my musical tastes, Devin Townsend is a name I hold in extremely high reverence.

He got his big break singing with the mighty Steve Vai, then went on to front one of the best extreme metal outfits in the history of forever, the absolutely stellar Strapping Young Lad. Devin disbanded that unit in 2007 and embarked on a solo career that has taken on myriad shapes and styles to the present day.

But let’s talk about Strapping Young Lad for right now.

In 2008, Hevy Devy released 1994 – 2006 Chaos Years, a fantastic retrospective of that units best material.

It also contained a bonus dvd with a full set of insanity filmed in front of a huge crowd at the Download festival, plus other assorted live and video clips. All in all, a great introduction to the band and to the genius of Devin Townsend.

I highly recommend the tracks In The Rainy Season, Love?, Aftermath, S.Y.L., Relentless, Shitstorm, Oh My Fucking God, Almost Again, and of course, Satan’s Ice Cream Truck!

Get it…crank it…live it!

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

RUSH: A Farewell To Kings

This one required a certain amount of thinking, because Rush has so many high quality studio albums to choose from, but I decided to pick 1977’s A Farewell To Kings, and I’m here to tell you why!

First of all, A Farewell To Kings represented a bold step forward in the band’s composing skills, continuing the path of longer songs, and the addition of more keyboards into the mix.

Later down the road the keyboards kind of put the guitars into a lesser role, but at this point, Alex Lifeson still sounded like a real guitar hero (which he is!) and Geddy Lee was still primarily a super power on bass and vocals.

The Professor (Neil Peart) was expanding his drum and percussion arsenal, and digging deep into his bag of literary tricks to pen some of the deepest lyrics in progressive rock music.

For all this maturity and growth, I still hold A Farewell To Kings near and dear to my heart, because, quite frankly, it ROCKS my face off.

Xanadu is simply mind boggling, a work of cosmic genius, and firmly in my top 3 Rush tunes of all time. Such an epic track, topped off with a completely incendiary solo by Sir Alex. Cygnus X-1 Book 1:

The Voyage, is another chapter in Rush’s science fiction saga, and Closer To The Heart demonstrated that the boys still knew how to keep a song short and sweet when they wanted to.

A Farewell To Kings was Rush discovering just how powerful a power trio could be.

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