The best year of my life in terms of discovering the music I love so much is coming to an end. On Oct 9th, 2016 I had a serious accident whilst cycling and was extremely fortunate to survive it, sustaining a massive head injury. When I regained consciousness I did not know anything at all, including my name, where I was, who my family were and so on. When I came out of hospital I noticed that I liked heavy metal and could remember the names of songs I once liked. YouTube assisted greatly with this as I continued to convalesce because many videos were stored in its history, and through listening to them I was able to rebuild a picture of who I was. For instance, if I listened to a certain song, it would tell me where I was at the time and what I was doing. Since Faith No More has always been my favourite band I could rebuild much of my past, which was at that point inaccessible. It quickly became the case where I listened to music every night and sometimes for much of the day. Within a month or two I was much better and as it became 2017, I was active on all fronts once more.
The song that set the year on fire…
What a way to start the year off. Kreator, ‘Fallen Brother’. Not only did I get the list of the many deceased musicians within it, I also had the German lines translated. An amazing video and song combo that I found on Jan 16th and had my brain-damaged bonce bouncing about like there was no tomorrow.
The song that awakened me like no other ever has…
I wanted to know exactly who appeared in Kreator’s ‘Fallen brother’, and if I am being honest, there were quite a few I didn’t know. The main one being Pete Steele. I never listened to Type O Negative when I was young and one day I will die not knowing why.
Truly amazing, especially whilst drunk. In exploring Type O Negative, I found this to be fantastic.
A friend sent the following link, which was absolutely mind-blowing. The song and performances are outstanding.
I can’t be so sure what the exact order of the videos that followed is but here they are anyway. So in liking a Japanese band, they sent this on, which has some brilliant guitaring in.
Courtesy of the song title, I found this interesting. The video is funny in many places
Tryptikon again. Although I like the song very much and parts of the video, Tom Fischer is far from his best in the video. Some of his expressions are contrite early on in the video.
Caliban are next up. Great video and really great song. I still recall the first time I listened to it as the 2.43 mark came. Real power and pure class.
Over the summer, I decided to take a closer look at up and coming bands and found IRON REAGAN. Forget IRON ANGEL and IRON MAIDEN, here’s IRON REAGAN. Brilliant videos.
Party thrash extraordinaires. Next video is a true classic. So funny to watch.
There’s a very pretty girl in this vid. Great song also.
Probably the funniest video of the year is from the Dutch punk/hardcore band Vitamin X. So well done and such detail in the animation.
In developing a taste for animation I explored it further and found the following over the summer. Also very funny indeed.
More graphic are the following two.
In relocating to Oman, I found some mind-blowing stuff. Having spent a decade or so not listening to metal, some bands slipped under the radar, the main one being MESHUGGAH. Again it’s a great video.
The following song is also a classic, really great riff.
Rediscovering Carcass has been an absolute pleasure with the following track becoming an instant favourite. With a double-fracture in my skull still recovering, any video with heads being cut open is something I can identify with.
On the more comedic front, I found a few songs that make me laugh, the first coming from MacSabbath.
And better still Okilly Dokilly, which is very funny indeed at the halfway stage.
As the year came to a close I found a few more songs that I really liked. The first being this djent number which I am still trying to get my head around. It’s unlike anything I normally listen to but really comes together in places.
And lastly, around xmas time I found two videos from a British Power Metal band that I will probably watch in August. Here they are.
The videos above are the cream of the crop. I can’t include everything as that would take far too long, these are only the best. Hope you enjoyed some of them. I will add notes and anything I have missed at a later date.