Metal Monday–We Are the Fallen


We all know a good band that, to use the euphemism, “Went in different creative directions…”  Fans of Evanescence may remember just such an event splintered the group when Ben Moody punched out mid-tour.  Without picking a side in that fight, I’ll simply point out that today’s Metal Monday group was the offshoot of that particular disintegration.  We Are the Fallen wrote one album, got dismissed as “Evanescence Lite,” and basically dropped off the music map.  Tear the World Down is a pretty solid hard rock / metal album, with “St. John” one of the better songs off it.


Metal Monday–Lacuna Coil


Today’s “Metal Monday” group hails from Milan, Italy.  Lacuna Coil’s a pretty big deal in Europe, not so much here in the States.  Which is a shame, as they’re a really good group with a long back catalog.

The better half  (whose “bare bones” blog is now here) and I have a long-standing debate on whether this song is dealing with a murder or suicide.  You be the judge, but in either case go check out the rest of Lacuna Coil’s songs if you like metal at all.

Metal Monday–“When Two Worlds Collide”


I’ve mentioned it in interviews, but I’m a huge fan of When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide.  Apparently, judging from the lyrics, so is Iron Maiden.



If there’s ever an old sci-fi movie I want to see redone with modern technology, it’s this one.  But only if they get someone competent to helm the thing.  I don’t want a repeat of “The Luckiest Limo Driver In California,’ a.k.a. 2012.

When Worlds Collide will be referenced in a couple of Vergassy Universe short stories.  I’m all about homage to the fiction of my youth, and I read the hell out of these two books.

Metal Monday–Concerts


So last Tuesday (18 October), Korn and Breaking Benjamin came to town.   I took the better half to the concert for her birthday.  Sound problems were all over the place at the Kansas Expocentre, to the point we couldn’t understand the first act (Silver Snakes) over their drums, could only understand the plethora of F-bombs dropped by the lead singer of Motionless In White, and really think the Breaking Benjamin fans got screwed out of what sounded like an awesome concert.  Of course, it was partially made up for by Breaking Benjamin playing The Imperial March:

“But JY, you didn’t copy the whole…”

“Sorry man, had to headbang.  Have this in apology…”

Anyway, as you can hear, not the best sound–and it was worst in person.  So I was a little worried when Korn came out.  Indeed, I even texted a friend, “Jon Davis is going to smite the sound man halfway through ‘Right Now.'”


Well, I guessed the opening song right.  However, there is no video of it.  Why?  Because about 30 seconds into the set, as Korn starts playing and I’m almost levitating in my seat, AY said, “Why don’t you just get up–you know you want to.”  Yep, that’s right, I guessed the opening song AND they fixed the sound system (or Jonathan Davis knew how to deal with it).  Ergo, you’re just going to have to deal with the vid from another concert, as thankfully my spouse is a goodie two shoes who didn’t record me headbanging like I was 25 again.  (AY thought about it.  Good and hard apparently.)


Yeah, if there’s ever a time when I’m “storming a castle,” “Right Now” is making the track list.

As part of “Deaf Week,” we also went to Shinedown / Five Finger Death Punch (with Sixx AM as one of the opening acts) in Wichita on the 22nd. Now, if you’d told me on Friday in a three-way concert rumble between Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, and Shinedown I’d be picking the them in reverse order, I’d have wondered if someone had brained you.  For those of you who may not recall the third Metal Monday, this is Five Finger Death Punch:

This is Shinedown:

Well, friends, let me tell ya…Shinedown brought it.  I mean, they BROUGHT. IT.  Don’t get me wrong–Jon Davis was just as energetic as he looks in the above video.  However, Brent Smith (Shinedown’s lead) opened up with telling everyone to get out of their chair…and no one sat down for the next hour.  It wasn’t just the pyrotechnics…it was pretty much the back catalog gave Shinedown plenty of ammo to work with.  Just an amazing show…that left Five Finger Death Punch with a tired crowd.

I can’t say it enough–if you like rock, go see Shinedown in concert.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Metal Monday–When Terror Struck the Land


Gettysburg.  The name alone brings forth historical visions of desperate fights in wheat fields, bodies heaped before stone walls, and that poor bastard Pickett writing an after action report so incendiary in its rhetoric that General Lee literally had it burned. Whether one thinks that the Union was saved on this day or that Northern numbers and industrial capacity would have made a Southern victory Pyrrhic, the sheer magnitude of this fight cannot be denied.

So hey, what better thing to do than make heavy metal songs about it?!

Today’s offering comes from Civil War (not to be confused with The Civil Wars).  I found this song through an I-tunes recommendation, and it has grown on me the last couple of weeks:


Still, if I had to choose songs to commemorate the battle, I’m rolling with Iced Earth’s trilogy from their album The Glorious Burden.

Day 1

Day 2

Let the record show this begins with what I call “A Hancock Pledge.”  Don’t make a pledge asking deities to strike you down if you have to attack your best friend’s position–it can have a bad outcome.

Day 3

No seriously, a bad outcome.


Out of the three, I play “Hold At All Cost” the most often.  I have a couple playlists used for desperate scenes or times in my books.  No bayonet charges (yet), but I’m sure fans can guess at least a couple of points where I had this blaring in the background.  Feel free to put guesses in the comments section.