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SotD: Rage against the machine - Killing in the name

With its distinctive opening, high energy riffs and extremely political lyrics, RATM's Killing in the Name (of) is probably one of the most well known metal songs of the 90s and their albums are seeing a strong resurgence in my playlist considering my general mood nowadays. "Fuck you! I won't do what you tell me" is a sentiment that frequents my clenched brain very often these days and this song suits my demeanour very well during these times.

SotD: Def Leppard - Bringin' on the Heartbreak

The Song of Today is Def Leppard's Bringin' on the Heartbreak off their sophomore release High 'n' Dry. The song was the first hit rock ballad for the band and probably was fit the blueprint for rock ballads of the time - high octave vocals, melodious chorus, harmonies and piercing guitars, a format of which I'm an inveterate admirer / sucker.

SotD: Scorpions - Your Light

Today's Song of the Day is by the legendary German band Scorpions. While I am quite familiar with most of their tracks, I've not listened to many of their earlier albums in their entirety and going by the general popularity of tracks off their later albums, I was quite certain that I'd find some gems out there.

SotD: Marty Friedman - Street Demon

Today's Song of the Day is from Marty Friedman's 2006 album - Loudspeaker - named "Street Demon".

SotD: John Hammond / Tom Waits - Shore Leave

Today's Song Of The Day is a cover version by John Hammond of the Tom Waits song Shore Leave, from the latter's excellent album Swordfishtrombones. The song is off Wicked Grin, a collaboration between Hammond and Waits and is IMHO one of the few songs where the remake has just as much character as the original even though the arrangement is quite drastically different.

United abominations contragolpe from the UN

While checking the link to United abominations in my previous post, I came across a link to a "rebuttal" from the UN to the title track of the album.

The UN blogger, Mark Leon Goldberg, takes the song apart and exposes all of Mustaine's drivel for what it is. An excerpt:

Poverty in their kitchens
Held hostage by oil-for-food
Yet their own plates are full off the fat of their lands
There's no blood on their hands, right Kojo?
They promised to tell the truth
Without leaving a fingerprint, but
They will lose the UN one way or another
The victim, I fear will be us, sisters and brothers.

Assuming the antecedent to the pronoun "they" refers to the UN Secretariat, lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine (whose voice we now hear) seems to be implying that UN staffers are enriching themselves while the poor in their country suffer. His evidence is the alleged corruption in the Oil-for-Food program, which allowed Saddam Hussein's government to sell oil in exchange for humanitarian items. The rarely stated truth about the Oil-for-Food program is that it did what is was intended to do -- prevent a humanitarian crisis in Iraq while exerting economic pressure on Saddam Hussein and keeping weapons of mass destruction out of his hands.

SotD: Megadeth - Black Swan

Today's song of the day is Megadeth's Black Swan, a bonus track from their last album, United Abominations. The song, even though it didn't make it to the album per sé, is one of its strongest tracks and reeks of some vintage Megadeth class.

SotD: Rie fu - Tsukiakari

Today's song of the day is Tsukiakari (moonlight) by a Japanese singer / songwrite named Rie Fu. The song is also the ED for the anime Darker Than Black which is how I came across it.

SotD: Takahashi Naoya: Heavy metal anthem

Today's Song Of The Day is an instrumental from the OST of the anime Kenichi. I'm not sure of the artist's name, but what a killer riff! I've been listening to it non-stop for the past couple of hours and I'm still not tired of it!

SotD: Steve Vai - Brandos Costumes (Gentle Ways)

I've been listening to Steve Vai's latest album - Sound Theories and have fallen in love with the song Brandos Costumes (Gentle Ways), one that I first heard in his Alive in an Ultra World release. The first time I heard it, I thought that it was a good song, but sounded a little flat or even artificial (with respect to the general ambience in the song).

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