If you have been following me for a while you may have noticed that I like dark and gloomy metal, but that I also really enjoy some good old 70s rock. Especially the obvious classics like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, but also German Krautrock and modern bands inspired by that music.
If you also like that kind of music, I think I have found a new(ish) treat. Wucan is a fresh band based in eastern Germany that does some stuff which is heavily inspired by Krautrock and also international classics of that 70s era.
The following is an official live set (about 58 minutes) uploaded once again by WDR Rockpalast, which is a classic in it’s own. I’m not sure if it is available in all countries, but there are other uploads to be found on youtube (which I’m not going to link to, but they are easily found).
Every now and then I can’t hold myself back and I start to ramble about some of my recent purchases. With this one I could either begin with how my love for the electric guitar dates back to the mid 1980s but I could also get right to the point.
The latest guitar that I bought is an Ibanez JEM 7VH. It is the posh version of the Steve Vai signature model featuring plain white color, signature vine inlay and gold hardware. I just love that look, but then I am also very fond of white Gibson Les Paul Customs which also have that white/gold thing going for them. I can see how this is not everybody´s cup of tea though.
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In 1984 Deep Purple released the “Perfect Strangers” album. Some may say Deep Purple was on a steep decline back then, but I somehow like that album and especially the title track “Perfect Strangers”. The song also has been a “modern” staple in Deep Purple live shows since the 1980s.
Dimmu Borgir, a black metal band from Norway, has taken that song and created a slightly darker and heavier cover version. The added dark overtones fit the song and the lyrics very much. This is clearly one of the better offerings in the “metal band plays classic” range.
The Lovepedal website describes the HSR-3 as follows: “[The HSR-3 is a] reverb device that implements 3 different machines to cover all of your needs. [It] is easy to use and understand compared to a handful of reverb units on the market and it just sounds BETTER!!!”
I enjoy looking for cool covers by metal bands and cool covers of metal songs. Beginning today I will try to share some of the things that I did come across.
The first cover in the series takes us back almost 20 years, to “Colony” by In Flames. The video below features Synlakross, a melodic death metal band from Spain, covering the title track “Colony” of that very album. The cover version is very true to the original, but it has a refreshing brighter and clearer sound that I enjoy very much.
Mind Abuse is a high gain distortion pedal manufactured by the Turkish effects builder Rock Fabrik Effects. According to the manufacturer the pedal is “designed to create high gain distortion tones with very low noise level […] for every hard rock and extreme metal music genre”.