Friday, June 4, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Acid rock got its name because it served as "background" music for acid trips in underground parties in the 1960s (e.g. the Merry Pranksters' "Acid Tests"). ("Acid" is a slang term for LSD.) In an interview with Rolling Stone Jerry Garcia quoted Grateful Dead band member Phil Lesh stating, "acid rock is what you listen to when you are high on acid." Garcia further stated there is no real psychedelic rock and that it is Indian classical music and some Tibetan music that are examples of music "designed to expand consciousness."The term "acid rock" is generally equivalent to psychedelic rock. Rolling Stone magazine includes early Pink Floyd as "acid-rock". In June 1967 wrote "From and transistors across the nation pulses the turned-on sound of acid-rock groups: the Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Moby Grape". In 1968 Life magazine referred to as the "Kings of Acid Rock".
The term was much used in its heyday of the late 1960s and early 1970s, but has fallen into disuse; it is now only used as a means of putting this music into historical perspective.
When hard rock and heavy metal became prominent in the early and mid 1970s, the phrase "acid rock" was sometimes generically and erroneously applied to these genres. Over time, the common use of the term "heavy metal" replaced "acid rock" for these styles of music. Examples of hard rock bands once commonly called "acid rock" are: Alice Cooper, Vanilla Fudge, and Deep Purple.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Technical death metal (sometimes called tech death) is a subgenreof death metal that focuses on complex rhythms, riffs and song structures. As death metal bands evolved, some experimented with elements from a variety of genres. As a result of such experimentation, exemplified by Suffocation, Cryptopsy and Gorguts, the subgenre of technical death metal established itself as a complex and varied musical style. Phil Freeman, ex-editor of Metal Edge, has described it as "the hidden side of its genre, having more in common with prog-rock and jazz fusion than with the mechanistic, Satan-obsessed grinding that’s the music’s dominant public image.
Technical experimentations in death metal began in the late 1980s and early 1990s by bands such as Death, Atheist and Cynic. In 1989 Atheist's debut album Piece of Time was released, followed by Nocturnus's The Key, in 1990. In 1991, Death released Human. This and later Death albums have proven influential on 1990s technical death metal bands. Other early technical death metal albums include Considered Dead(1991) by and (1993) by Cynic.
Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is characterized by its fast tempo and aggression. Thrash metal songs typically use fast, percussive and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. Thrash metal lyrics often deal with social issues using direct and denunciatory language, an approach which partially overlaps with the hardcore genre. The "Big Four" bands of thrash metal are Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer, who simultaneously created and popularized the genre in the early 1980s.
The term "garage rock" comes from the perception that many such performers were young and amateurish, and often rehearsed in a family garage. Some bands were made up of middle-class teenagers from the suburbs, but some were from rural or urban areas, while others were composed of professional musicians in their twenties.
The performances were often amateurish or naïve, with typical themes revolving around the traumas of high school life and songs about "lying girls" being particularly common. The lyrics and delivery were notably more aggressive than was common at the time, often with growled or shouted vocals that dissolved into incoherent screaming. Instrumentation was often characterised by the use of guitars distorted through a fuzzbox. Nevertheless, garage rock acts were diverse in both musical ability and in style, ranging from crude one-chord music (like the Seeds and the Keggs) to near-studio musician quality (including the Knickerbockers, the Remains, and the Fifth Estate). There were also regional variations in many parts of the country with flourishing scenes particularly in California and Texas. The Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon had perhaps the most defined regional sound.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Former soldier, Wattie Buchan formed the band in Edinburgh, then the band signed with Secret Records in March of 1981.
Members of the band:
Wattie Buchan - Vocals
Irish Rob - Bass
Willie Buchan - Drums
Matt McGuire - Guitar