February 25th, 2013
Heavy Metal fans, Mike’s Daily Jukebox has a treat for you today. A guest blog from Big D from the United Kingdom. His website “Assorted Thoughts From An Unsorted Mind” has been looking back at the history of metal including his quest to find every song with “metal” in the title! It’s a must-see site. Today’s post was written and chosen by Big D. Thank you for introducing me to Furyon, love their sound and you can’t go wrong with Halford and Judas Priest.
“SOLAR ANGELS” – JUDAS PRIEST
Nestling in between Heavy Metal classics British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance. Point Of Entry is usually seen as something as a misstep. But once you get used to the idea that Priest are trying something a bit different there’s some gems to be found- this brooding piece of sci-fi for instance. (See a previous post on “Don’t Go” from the Point of Entry album)
“LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH” – SKIN
Formed by four experienced vets of Britain’s rock scene, Skin had a nice line in catchy songs, Neville Macdonald’s voice and a tendency to play with their shirts missing in action. I can personally attest to Skin being a fantastic live act. Unfortunately while reasonably successful, 1994 was not a good time to be an upbeat Hard Rock band and you can only wonder how they would have fared if they had arrived 5 years earlier – and been American. Look But Don’t Touch is Skin’s signature song and contains more use of the word “Baby” than any rock song in recorded history.
“DISAPPEAR AGAIN” – FURYON
A relatively new British band citing Alice In Chains, Alter Bridge and Whitesnake as reference points, I hope to see bigger and better things from these guys. This was taken from their 2012 Gravitas album.
“MAY THE SUNSHINE” – NAZARETH
I first heard this song on a tv documentary and to this day, whenever I hear it I get a mental image of twenty or so bikers sat in a circle, formation headbanging. The Scots rockers briefly enlisted Zal Cleminson – formerly of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – to beef up their sound and his twelve-string guitar is what drives this song.