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Suicide Silence: ‘Engine no.9 (Deftones cover)

You might’ve heard of Suicide Silence. Unfairly painted by death metal purists as being “too scene” (what does that mean?) because they committed the cardinal sin of playing to audiences of younger, more MySpace-using fans than the usual truck of bearded beer-bellies that show up to death metal shows. The LA deathcore-types have been on tour with lots of big names as part of the Rockstar Mayhem tour in the US, and when I saw them headline the Summer Slaughter tour in the UK I could see why there’s such a fuss about them: they were blinding.

You’ve definitely heard of Deftones. By far the best band to arrive during that 1990s belch that goes by the name ‘nu-metal’. They were one of the bands – if not the band – that got me into metal at the tender age of 14. I could go on but I’m saving it for another blog, another time.

Well, the former has gone and covered the latter. A big, stonking heavy screaching bastard cover of ‘Engine no.9’, to be precise. I’m sure there are plenty of people who’ll consider this cover sacrilege, but anyone who’s had to hear Deftones cover Weezer, right when they should be tearing ‘7 Words’ apart, knows that they’re hardly without sin in the covers game.


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Amon Amarth: ‘Twilight Of The Thunder God’

It’s true – when the internet was meme-bickering the whole Pirates Vs Ninjas bollocks, I was firmly in the ‘Vikings Are Better Than Both’ camp. 1) Horned helmets are cooler than tricorner hats and scarves wrapped round your face. 2) Big fuck-off axes are cooler than cutlesses and katanas. 3) While some pirates might have beards, not all of them do, and facial hair is strictly a no-no for ninjas. You’ve pretty much got to be a God among Vikings to get away without having a beard. And beard’s are Metal. Viking Metal is also infinitely superior to Pirate Metal, which never quite gets away from being a joke. I don’t think there’s such a thing as Ninja Metal, but someone bloody ought to invent it if there isn’t.

It’s taken Amon Amarth seven studio albums (discounting EPs and self-releases) to hit the metal big time. Obviously Viking Metal has been around in various forms since the late 80s, but it took the relatively-recent mainstream surge of Battle Metal to drag Viking Metal along as a hairer, altogether more Norse sidekick. Twilight Of The Thunder God, of which the above is the title-track, is about the Thor’s final battle during the Norse apocalypse, Ragnarök, againt Jörmungandr, the world serpent. Who said metal couldn’t be educational?

In other recent Thor-news, it’s strongly rumoured that Kenneth-bleeding-Brannagh might be on board to direct Marvel’s film adaption of Thor. Heavy Metal Haiku really, really, REALLY wants this to be true. It sounds amazing.

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