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Modern Love

Posted in Music, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Slayer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. ”
-Jackson Pollock

Biffy Clyro, Scottish alternative band, recently produced a cover version of David Bowie’s song ‘Modern Love’ for The Howard Stern David Bowie Tribute Album. The transformation is radical, and no doubt confronting for those who remember the original. Continue reading

A Eulogy for the Scariest Spectacle in Rock

Posted in Music, Observation, Real Men, Slayer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2016 by Jarrod Boyle

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“I had moved past the casual carnage that was so prevalent in the books I’d conceived in my twenties, past the severed heads and the soup made of blood and the woman vaginally penetrated with her own rib.

“Exploring that kind of violence had been “interesting” and “exciting” and it was all “metaphorical” anyway – at least to me at that moment in my life, when I was young and pissed off and had not yet grasped my own mortality, a time when physical pain and real suffering held no meaning for me.”

– Bret Easton Ellis,

Lunar Park. Continue reading

A Eulogy For the Scariest Spectacle in Rock

Posted in Music, Observation, Real Men, Slayer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2016 by Jarrod Boyle

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“…The scariest spectacle in rock is Slayer, the Rolling Stones of the new American metal.”

– Los Angeles Times, 1991

Every real band has done a classic album tour. While limited to North America, Slayer did a series of dates playing their seminal thrash album, Reign in Blood, in its entirety. The performance reached its climax when the stage and musicians were immersed in a torrential downpour of blood. Continue reading

Jeff Hanneman: RIP

Posted in Obituary, Real Men, Slayer with tags , on May 2, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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One year on today.

Still Reigning.

RIP JEFF HANNEMAN – 1964-2013

Posted in Music, Real Men, Slayer with tags , , , on May 3, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle

 

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Jeff Hanneman, guitarist of the magnificent, soaring, crushing, excoriating speed metal band Slayer, has died aged 49.

One of the high points of my kickboxing career was walking out to the song ‘Dissident Aggressor’ from South of Heaven.

I trained to it this morning.

The Devil’s Music

Posted in Reading, Slayer with tags , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

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One of my absolute favourite pieces of writing – ever – is William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Please check it out at the link – the text has been  reproduced with some of Blake’s actual illustrations. Continue reading

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