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Shnate McDuanus

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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0XLKcMoXRE
  2. Really? It smells more like ladyboy to me.
  3. And if you happen to be Damian, you can't play much of anything!
  4. I'm fond of "ate" and "eight." "He ate eight tamales."
  5. Desert tamales? You mean with sand and cactus and stuff like that? Sounds gross. OH YOU MEANT DESSERT TAMALES. Whoops. I guess spelling doesn't count for much anymore.
  6. I dunno. It just sounds way too slick to me. Bizarrely, it feels a lot more "soulless" to me than almost all of the metal that I listen to. I will say, I dig his voice, and I still like the songs "Crossfire" and "Empty Arms," even though I still have the same problems with those two tracks as I do with the rest of his material: his style is just too slick and refined for me. It sounds like more of a parody of blues than actual blues. It just feels very dumbed-down to me. Sorry.
  7. Thanks for reminding me that I REALLY dislike SRV. Sorry. I know I'm supposed to worship him but he just does nothing for me. For that matter, the "three kings" of blues (Freddie, Albert and B.B.) likewise do nothing for me. When I want blues I listen to John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, etc. Anything raw. I also like when blues is more than just a showcase for a guitarist's ability to play rehashed pentatonic licks. I love hearing pianos and horns in blues. I also love the creative playing of guys like Hubert Sumlin, and the raw, driving energy of John Lee Hooker's rhythm style.
  8. Well, I'm glad you made it through five seconds. Give it another shot. Maybe it'll grow on ya?
  9. Solo starts at around 2:49. It might not be your thing. But it is my thing.
  10. Great job man. Can't beat an act of generosity towards someone who needs it.
  11. Has nothing to do with death metal. Thanks for the laughs.
  12. Let me be the voice of disagreement here yet again and say that, while Jimi's solo was fantastic and can never be beaten, all three guitarists did an admirable job of making the solos their own, making creative note choices, and, overall, really doing the song justice. To me, Orianthi's solo was really the weakest. Her phrasing was dull and one-dimensional, and her licks were fairly generic compared to the other two, although not obnoxiously so. I've never been a huge fan of Orianthi, though, and seeing this clip reminded me exactly why this is the case. To her credit, though, her technique is very good. Big whoop. Vai's solo sounded pretty good to me, especially in the beginning. I happen to enjoy his style and his take on melody--to me it's very different and unique, and so for me listening to Vai is always a real treat. His note choices were great, his phrasing was solid and effective, and, IMO, he put in plenty of "soul" (whatever the fxck that means.) In the end it got a little fast for a Hendrix song, but I still think his note choices were creative and that the speed of his playing didn't diminish its effectiveness in any way. Satch's solo really gave me the most pleasure, though. It was clearly pretty heartfelt, and it was the most melodically interesting of the three. His tone, also, was very smooth and really made his solo stand out from the other two. Again, Satch is fun to listen to for me because his notions on melody are relatively creative and his phrasing is smooth and purposeful. As far as melody, he did a great thing by referencing the melody of the song, which is certainly something that the other two could have done, which, I think, would have definitely improved their solos.
  13. No game. I was just curious because nobody who's ever said that to me has given me a straight answer. By "one of those guys," I mean exactly that--one of those guys who doesn't like themes that appear "hateful" or "demonic" in their music. But if we take the music as art and nothing else, then what exactly is so wrong about those themes? I consider songs about them to be just as interesting, if not more interesting, than songs about love, life, and so on, and if it's strictly a matter of taste, then I can understand it perfectly. It was just out of curiosity, as to why those themes in particular seem to repulse so many, whereas songs written about sex, drugs, alcohol, and excess (and let's not lie--a massive volume of music written since the 1960s and well into today involves those themes rather explicitly) seem completely acceptable? I'm not trying to inspire any anger in you or to insult your personal beliefs, I'm just asking a simple question of aesthetics. If this isn't the proper place to discuss it then we can take it elsewhere.
  14. Wait, are we referring to guitars that we own, or guitars that we want? If it's guitars that we own, it would be my SG, hands down. Although I am considering swapping the pups for DiMarzios, specifically the Crunch Lab and LiquiFire--John Petrucci's signature pickups. I'm not a big John Petrucci fan, but those are some of the best pickups I've ever heard in my life. If it's guitars that we want, then it would be an Ibanez Iceman with an Original Floyd Rose. I'd probably also swap the pups for the John Petrucci DiMarzios. And I really want a red Iceman, although it's not currently a production color.
  15. I may be misinterpreting your post, but there was much more to the 80s than hair bands. Besides, being the dad-rocker that you are, I'd think that you would love Van Halen! Oh, you're one of those guys. Just out of curiosity, what is it about hateful or demonic sentiments that turns you off from certain styles of music? As someone who seeks out music that is hateful, demonic or misanthropic, I see it as an interesting point of view that contrasts with the vast majority of popular music, and although I'm not exactly a hateful person, and I don't worship demons (although I do worship dem00n,) I find that these themes generally tend to do more for me emotionally and intellectually than more accessible or "wholesome" themes.
  16. Catharsis: purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art. You KNOW that's what I meant!
  17. #1 for me: Red Hot Chili Peppers. I HATE that band. Also: -The Eagles -Boston -AC/DC -Guns 'n' Roses -Smashing Pumpkins I know there are more. They'll come to me.
  18. I feel that--the vocals are definitely the weak link in this band, but the instrumentation and song structures are just outstanding. I mean, they're definitely one of the most flat-out powerful DM bands I've heard. They manage to do the high-speed thing without sounding stupid like some modern bands, because they actually care about memorability and musical interest, as opposed to just technicality and dissonance. They also manage to be melodic in places without ever really sounding watered-down or becoming self-indulgent, like how a lot of the Gothenburg bands strike me. But yeah, Glen Benton, who did the vocals on Icons of Evil (oh, and all the vocals for Deicide, who I never really cared much for,) never really struck me as that interesting. I mean, he gets the job done, but his vocals are really nothing special.
  19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts0tB9I0LY8&feature=related Crushing, brutal, revelatory, cathartic, awe-inspiring--in a word: powerful. Hear for yourself.
  20. Dire Straits was one of the bands my dad raised me on. I can't NOT like them.
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