Saturday, June 1, 2013

Saturday Shuffle: Van Halen, Chrome Division, White Zombie, Slayer, Jackson Taylor

A few all-time favorites in this bunch ...

Van Halen, “Jump.” From the album 1984 (1984). Keyboards often overpowered guitars, and fans were left scratching their heads at some of the material on this record, but I still have to admit that this song has one of the catchiest synth lines around, and that’s coming from a guy who, for the most part, hates keyboard.

Chrome Division, “Satisfy My Soul.” From the album Third Round Knockout (2011). Chrome Division, to me, was the best of the “group of black metal guys playing hard rock” bands that have come out over the last several years. This tune is an uncharacteristically glammish ode to partying that will certainly bring to mind visions of the 1980s.

White Zombie, “Super-Charger Heaven.” From the album Astro-Creep 2000 (1995). Probably my favorite song from Astro-Creep, this one never fails to get me going. For the most part, I didn’t like the industrial-style vocal effects Rob Zombie used on this album, but this is one case when they worked. Especially when he roars “devil man” on the chorus in the voice we were more used to.

Slayer, “Angel of Death.” From the album Reign in Blood (1986). In the poetic words of Tom Araya: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

ackson Taylor and the Sinners, “Highway 101.” From the album Aces ‘n’ Eights (2009). Jackson Taylor delivers a slightly twangier version of the Social Distortion tune and handles it well.

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