Thursday, May 20, 2010

Love Signs, Dance Moves & Death

Even if you do not listen to rock music all that much, songs like Holy Diver and Rainbow in the Dark must have passed through your ears at some point of time. Ronnie James Dio was the man behind these rock classics.

Am not a diehard fan of Dio and dont really follow his work but hearing about his death from a tweet made me do a quick Google search to confirm this sad news for rock music fans the world over. I'd actually got
this news from a tweet on a popular technology website which had Twitter feeds embedded in one of its pages. Had to mention this just in case my boss thinks im wasting office time reading music news...

Anyways ... for those who might not know, Ronnie James Dio is credited for popularizing the  \m/ hand sign - the [devil'] horn...or to put it more mildly the 'rock on' sign. Featured here is a photo of a person showing the sign..but  in this case's a little different.. its also used as a Texas Longhorn sign...

Not to be confused with the hand sign for 'I Love You'.

My wife gave me this piece of information and we used to show each other this hand sign while we romanced each other, dancing around the trees in the Victoria Memorial grounds....

Now here is a photo of Barack Obama flashing this 'love sign'....notice the thumb sticks out..

Now, for some piece of information...interesting / amusing ... depending on how you take it.
The person who 'invented' this love hand sign was supposedly an 'occultist' ....meself was smiling ear to ear as i read this line on this site....and headbanging in agreement as i linked it to Dio' devil' horn sign.
Those who 'know' me should not at all be surprised that i read all these kinds of brain draining enligtening subjects with the sincerity of a doctorate research scholar...

Heres my own contribution: .. LOVE ..backwards is EVOL... evol ...evil...get it? the evilution... }:-)

For me it all links up.. the Illuminati - Barack Obama - Love/Devil Horn hand sign ... and of course 'rock music = devil' music....Black Sabbath - Ozzy Osbourne who is  = The Prince of Darkness.. his successor
as vocalist in Black Sabbath = Dio. Dio's last album with the band members of Black Sabbath who 're-grouped' themselves as Heaven & Hell had a song titled Bible Black.....

I've even discussed this music and Lucifer relationship a bit in an old post of mine.. Music Origins: Jubal Cain..

...and recently i came across this video on YouTube.. "Slayer goes to Church" .. a must watch..with audio on for full effect. NOI. In case this video is longer available here on my blog do a search on Google for the same.. hilarious.

Okay im going too far.. I repeat, no offense intended to anyone... In fact back at home folks dance in church.. dancing to frenetic/fast drum beats..I guess it's the drums that really drives people to headbang to heavy music or do amazing back flips in church ... yes on occasions you'll see the dancers performing back-flips/front flips on the church dance floor!!!! and that too mostly middle aged women folk...

I'm still feeling a little sad that i missed the chance to hear and witness Chris Adler playing the drums... and of course the rest of LOG in Bengaluru.....maybe a day will come when i do get to see them..
But not a chance anymore to witness a rock legend who could have probably made it to India... - R.I.P Ronnie James Dio.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Heavy Post

... A heavy post post in a sense because i'm talking about my favourite band that plays heavy music.. and well im embedding a couple videos so it makes this post heavy \m/... For some reason im more comfortable calling this band by their old name: Burn the Priest. They are now [since 1999] called lamb of god. Anyways lets leave the name aside. They are coming to India - Bengaluru. - Summerstorm fest - May 15th. Lucky are the ones who will be there to see this band perform live.

Amongst the many "popular" bands that have come from abroad to play in India LOG is probably {arguably} the only band that is coming while they are at the very top of their game.

Im also very envious of the Indian bands that are going to open for them. Boomarang from Aizawl, Mizoram are one of the bands that gets to share the same stage with them.  Extinct Reflections [B'lore based] are goin to to have a nice time. Bhoomi are a little boring to me.. but lucky them too. I expected a band like Bhayanak Maut to feature in this list. Anyways theres still time and they may get a shot at sharing the stage with LOG.

Above is a log - LEGO stop motion based video made by someone..not one of my favourite songs though...
Below is one of the tracks i like from their latest album....

Anyways to anyone out there who will be going to see the show at Palace Grounds? B'lore prepared for THIS

if log starts playing Black Label... a good chance something as seen in the video will happen.. otherwise a normal calm mosh pit is what you should expect...

{NOTE: LOG is not a Gospel/Christian band. LOG is not a "Satanic" band. They are a band that plays heavy music; period}

UPDATE: okay..i spent last saturday wishing i was in b'lore ~ Palace Grounds..
I asked my brother if he'd gone but he didnt ...his friends who'd gone said it was 'nice but boring'.. what the funk?!!!!

Anyways ..some lines from the Hindustan Times review.."
You would have to be a very dull person — a snob, or a sad cynic — to not enjoy this show." Too bad none of the reviews i've read so far have given insights on the performance of the opening bands...

Here are some reviews of the Concert i have been able to get...