Yeah, that’s right, Megadeth. Part of the first “Vodun” on the Abrahma record was reminding me of this all day, and it’s the most honest ending to this week I could think of. Plus, as much of a hackneyed “I’m gonna replace my drug addiction with my addiction to god” piece of shit as Dave Mustaine has become over the last several years, and as deplorable and reactionary as his too-loudly-presented views are on any number of issues, there’s no denying that early Megadeth was visceral in ways few bands have ever been. I said in a Judas Priest live review a while back that classic metal belonged to doomers anyway, so if I want to dig into some of this stuff every now and again, I feel like it’s fair game. We’ll get to Dark Angel yet.
It was a wild kind of week. I’ve been trying for the last two weeks to start the “The Canon of Heavy” series with a post about Master of Reality, but I just haven’t had the time to do it yet. Hopefully this coming week I’ll get there. And I know it took me being super late on one interview and waking up at 6:30 this morning on another to make it happen, but it’s awesome to have two interviews on the frontpage of this site at the same time. I feel like it’s been since before I started working again full-time that that happened, and it’s more of a personal thing, but I think those are two pretty good interviews, and I hope they were as interesting to read as they were for me to conduct. Next week I hope to add Bible of the Devil to that mix. I got in a good phoner with Candlemass bassist Leif Edling yesterday as well, so that’ll be up shortly.
I’ve also decided to — not this week coming, but the one after — to dedicate an entire week’s worth of reviews to friends’ bands. Acts like Mos Generator, Trippy Wicked, Mighty High all have albums out, and while it’s kind of a gray area otherwise, if I’m up front about it, I think it can be a really fun thing to dedicate some time to bands and artists I’ve become close with over the last couple years. So that’s coming up, but there’s a bunch of stuff I need to get to next week before I do that, so I’ll take care of business first.
Also, I’m in Connecticut tonight owing to a familial obligation (minor incident, all thing considered, nothing to worry about long-term, but enough to get The Patient Mrs. and I to sit for four-plus hours on what’s normally a two-hour drive to get here), but tomorrow, I’m headed to Brooklyn come the proverbial hell or high water to see Pallbearer at the St. Vitus Bar, and that’ll be fun. I have to drive back to Jersey to get it, but the plan is to grab the camera and make that happen live review-style. It’s been since Roadburn and I’m itching at this point to make that happen, even if it calls for some road time. Fuck it, at this point that just makes it better.
Some other stuff next week too. Columns are a little up in the air — okay, more than a little — but I hope to get all that sorted out over the next week as well as a few personal issues. Fair warning, I may put up a Kickstarter in the coming weeks to help fund a personal project (I might be trying to buy a bar in Newark). It’s all pretty up in the air right now, but if I start using NPR-style guilt tactics to get pledges, don’t be surprised. Just advance notice that it may come to that, but there’s still a lot that needs to happen before we get there.
In the meantime, enjoy Megadeth and have a fantastic, safe weekend. See you on the forum, at Pallbearer tomorrow and back here Monday for yet another bunch of riffy shenanigans.