Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Shuffle: Sabbath, III, Queensryche, Hellbound Glory, Soilwork

The "triumphant" return of the Saturday Shuffle? A nice mix of heavy and hick anyway ... 

"Hand of Doom," Black Sabbath. From the album Paranoid (1970). This dark song about drug use is one of the oft-overlooked gems from Black Sabbath's most famous album. Geezer Butler delivers a mesmerizing bass line that's just perfect for the tone and subject matter of the song.

"Drinkin' Over Mama," Hank III. From the album Rebel Within (2010). Rebel Within remains one of the weakest albums in the III catalog. It was the final album of his contentious Curb Records contract, and it was really lost between worlds. "Drinkin' Over Mama," though, is one of the better tunes -- hilarious despite its somber tone.

"Deliverance," Queensryche. From the album Unplugged and Other Stories (1992). This bootleg combines the band's MTV Unplugged performance with a fully electric live show from 1985. This tune comes from the electric set, and is a scorching version of the tune from The Warning, one of the early albums that was largely ignored in the last few years of the Geoff Tate regime.

"Another Bender Might Break Me," Hellbound Glory. From the album Old Highs & New Lows (2010). Hellbound Glory is criminally underrated, and this 2010 record is far and away the best of their three studio albums. "Another Bender Might Break Me" opens it up and sets the tone for a boozy celebration of life, love and loss in all its glory and sadness.

"Tongue," Soilwork. From the album The Living Infinite (2013). Ah, the rare double album that's worthy of being a double album. "Tongue" is one of the more typical Soilwork tunes on a very varied record, with drums and guitars blazing, Bjorn Strid screaming and a huge, melodic chorus that shows off Strid's vocal abilities.

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