Tom Morello is 49 years old today. Well done, Tom! Please stop playing as The Nightwatchman and get back together with Zack and the boys to make a new Rage Against The Machine album before it’s too late, yeah?
December 31st, 2012
It’s the last day of the year, and as far as 2012 is concerned, we are done and dusted. And unless you’re a moron of truly terminal proportions, you’ll also be aware that it’s New Year’s Eve today. While there’s plenty of Christmas-themed metal out there, there’s precious little when it comes to New Year-themed rock. Basically there are crap covers of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and this – ‘The Ice Of Boston’.
April 14th, 2012
On 14 April 1980, Iron Maiden released their self-titled debut album. It was an album that marked the start of a career that would go on to change – and in some ways define – the very firmament of what we call heavy metal. Since it’s now 14 April 2012, we’re going to use this handy-if-irrelevant anniversary as an excuse to go back and watch the band playing a single from the album on the now-departed BBC institution that was Top Of The Pops.
March 10th, 2012
As far as we’re aware, March 10 (that’s the day we’re publishing this, for anyone who’s late to this particular party) isn’t a particularly important date in the calendar for any of the four members of Slayer. It isn’t any of their birthdays. It isn’t the anniversary of the release of any of their records. As far as we’re aware, it isn’t the date of their wedding anniversaries, or their children’s birthdays, or the anniversary of the first time Kerry King realised that it’s better to shave your head entirely once you start going bald, rather than suffer through the ignominy of trying to maintain the long-hair look once male pattern baldness takes hold.
It is, however, the birthday of producer Rick Rubin, arguably Slayer’s most influential (and in their early days, most frequent) studio collaborator. Which from our perspective makes it the perfect opportunity* to look back at the video to one of Slayer’s more overlooked numbers.