Friday, November 30, 2007

Spotlight: Halford

what is this?? rain? Seriously, it hasn't rained in about 6 months and today it has been pouring all day long. It's funny to watch kids run from class to class trying not to get wet. Then you have the 'cool' kids that don't want to seem like they are freezing so they walk slower than they ever have.

I also noticed that tardies seem to disappear completely on rainy days. Makes me wonder how the tardies are in outdoor high schools in the north west. Would they just adapt after some time? Oh well.

Music this week was Halford and Judas Priest. Now Halford's Crucible is one of my favorite albums of all time. It is solid from start to finish. A lot of people like to focus on his first album Resurrection, but I tend to like Crucible better because it is more of a modern metal album than a power metal album like Resurrection. Don't get me wrong it has it's moments, but Crucible is just a lot better. The music is more varied; you can go from a song like Betrayal or One Will to a song like Trail of Tears or Crystal, and then even a song like Golgatha (which borders on doom metal at times). I honestly can't find one thing wrong with this album. If I had to pick something I would probably say it has that stupid intro...a 40 or so throw away track. Seriously, just put it part of the song!

I should also note not only is the guitar playing incredible, but the drumming is top notch as well. The intro to Betrayal is classic. I would say it rivals Painkiller in terms of speed.

If you are a fan of Painkiller then this is for you, just go get it now!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Well rested

So it's been a few weeks since I posted. So what have I been up to? Nothing much really. Last week was a short week for us and I missed Monday due to our daughter being sick. I didn't have any theme for that week just hit random and let it go. The week before I was only at school for 3 days due to cultural sensitivity training which well was a joke. I had some Limp Bizkit playing that week...censored versions of course.

As for this week, we are listening to some Judas Priest/Halford. I think I will be going with some Nevermore until Christmas break. That's about it. I will post the playlist later this week.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Spotlight: nu-metal

well it was bound to happen. I finally did it though and went ahead with a week of nu-metal. Now I don't have a problem with it anymore because it isn't as blown out of proportion. And I have to admit what I played this week was pretty fun.

I won't go into too much discussion about nu-metal because I just talked about it HERE.

The only thing I did which I am proud of is shown my students that nu-metal started back with bands like Aerosmith, Faith No More, and Anthrax before Korn and Limp Bizkit.

Playlist for the week:
Monday: Walk This Way by Aerosmith w/ Run DMC & Bring the Noise by Anthrax & Public Enemy
Tuesday: Somewhere I Belong, Faint, Numb by Linkin Park
Wednesday: Papercut, One Step Closer, Crawling by Linkin Park
Thursday: Flow Heat, Blind My Eyes, No Light by 3rd Strike
Friday: Alive & Youth of the Nation by P.O.D.

what's next a week of Limp Bizkit?

Monday, November 05, 2007

Missing in Action

So it's been awhile since I have posted. We have been really busy at home with the accident at CJ and losing Charlie. Plus ... well nevermind. So I will try to get back on track this week.

First off the theme for the weeks; two weeks ago was a cover week. For those that don't know, cover songs are songs that are re-recorded by another band. I have a ton, but I picked some favorites. Blue Monday, Take on Me, and Holy Diver (I forgot one song...grrrr!) Anyway let me say this...Killswitch Engage's cover of Holy Diver is definitely as good as Dio's original. I will post a video of both soon.

Last week was my first album of the week. It was Lacuna Coil's Comalies. Now I think we already know how I feel about that album...HERE. I was planning on doing Master of Puppets, Rust in Peace, The Real Thing, Alive or Just Breathing, or something else first, but I went with Comalies because I needed that gothic metal sound after that weekend.