Riff of the Day 09/02/15 Pantera – Revolution is My Name

Pantera – Revolution Is My Name (from the album Reinventing The Steele, EastWest 2000)  Absolutely one of the most revered metal bands in the history of music, and one of the most tragic at the same time. When these guys were at their apex, no one could touch them. Dimebag Darrell Abbot was heavy metal, and one of the best guitar players of the modern era of metal. I firmly believe that if Dime were alive today, the members of Pantera would have buried the hatchet and made some new music. I was lucky enough to travel to Vancouver in 1996 to see Pantera with White Zombie. It was one of the loudest shows, and best times I have had in my life. Where ever Dimebag is, I hope he is making ears bleed. Turn this one up!

Kill of the Day – 09/01/15

Blood Bath! – Glen’s Gruesome Demise (A Nightmare on Elm Street, directed by Wes Craven, 1984)  When are we most vulnerable? When we are asleep. This is what makes Freddy Krueger unique and different from other slashers. He lost his ability to terrorize the kids of Elm Street in the living physical world when he was lynched and burned to death by the parents of Springwood. What do you do when you are a vengeful ghost looking fora measure of retribution? Attack and butcher your victims in their dreams, of course. Glen (a young Johnny Depp) is trying his hardest to stay awake so he can help protect his girlfriend and neighbor Nancy from the nightmare known as Freddy Krueger. Remember; if you fall asleep, chances are you are not waking up. Unfortunately, Mr. Sandman gets the best of Glen and he succumbs to exhaustion. Enter Freddy. Glen is immediately pulled inside his bed. We are not really sure what happens while Glen is in Freddy’s clutches, but we do see the aftermath. Freddy decorates Glen’s bedroom with a rather large stream of blood that does not want to end. The original A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic tale of fantasy terror, crafted by a master, Wes Craven. Sadly, Mr. Craven passed away a few days ago, but his legacy will never be forgotten. His spirit and legacy will live forever through his amazing films like A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Cool Fact – A Nightmare on Elm Street is Johnny Depp’s first film role. He was only at the auditions because he accompanied a friend who was interested in a role. In a weird twist of fate, that friend, Jackie Earle Haley, went on to play Freddy Krueger in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Riff of the Day 08/31/15 Clutch – The Soapmakers

Clutch – The Soapmakers (from the album The Elephant Riders, Columbia 1998)  It is hard to believe that these Maryland rockers have been around for twenty plus years. What is even more amazing is that Clutch have had the same line up for the duration of those years. I have had the pleasure of seeing the band perform on three different occasions, and I will continue to check them out whenever I get the chance. The band has transformed their sound over the years into a tight heavy blues powerhouse that just keeps getting better. Clutch’s new album, Psychic Warfare, releases on October 2nd via their own label, Weathermaker Music.

Cool Fact – Clutch have a sibling project called The Bakerton Group. It is composed of all four members of Clutch, and is an instrumental jam band.