Metallica has paid tribute to Ennio Morricone, who has passed away at age 91. In addition to being an academy award-winning composer for Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight, Morricone is eternally linked to Metallica lore. He composed the track “The Ecstacy of Gold”, from the soundtrack to “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”, which is the dramatic music that has opened ever Metallica show since 1984. The band also recorded their own full band version of the track for a tribute album, Everybody Loves Ennio Morricone.Continue reading →
A giant of the music world has left us as Italian-born Ennio Morricone has died. He was 91. The news was broken to the media in a statement from Morricone’s lawyer and Variety. Morricone was hospitalized last week after falling and breaking his leg. Best known for scoring Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns such as “The Good The Bad, and The Ugly”, the Oscar winner also produced the sounds and music for ‘Days of Heaven,’ ‘The Mission,’ ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and ‘The Hateful Eight.’. His composition “The Ecstacy of Gold” from “The Good The Bad, and The Ugly” has been the opening music for every Metallica show since 1984, and the band even recorded a full metal band version of it and performs it live every so often, their last being “S & M 2” concerts in September of 2019 Continue reading →
Terrible news has come down today as Horror movie legend, Sid Haig, has died after an illness and after a recent hospitalization. The news was made public by his wife Suzie on social media post, which you can see below. Sid had a huge career in the 1970s in the horror, blaxploitation, sci-fi genres in movies and television, but had a resurgence after being cast in Quentin Tarantino’sJackie Brown (1997) and Kill Bill II (2004) and Rob Zombie’sHouse of a 1000 Corpses (2003). Sid’s last two roles are in Zombie’s upcoming 3 From Hell, and he was also in Slayer’sRepentless Killogy of music videos and mini-movies. We last saw Sid and last fall’s Spooky Empire con. We wish his loved ones, friends, collaborators and fans our sympathies as this time. Continue reading →
For those of you who are unaware (and I dare say there will be a few), Davie Allan is a Californian guitarist probably best known for his work on a variety of biker movies in the 1960s. Taking the traditional surf guitar sound, he twisted it into something entirely different using the newly invented Fuzzbox. Allan’s fuzzed up guitar tracks have been used in many films over the years, most recently in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds.
Joel Grind, on the other hand, comes from a completely different arena. His band Toxic Holocaust have been tearing up the Thrash scene since their inception in 1999. Their (or rather his, as Grind played all the instruments on the band’s first few releases himself) brand of Punk/Thrash relying more on creating sweaty, violent carnage in the moshpit rather than any kind of bizzaro Surf Rock atmosphere. Grind is no stranger to his music being used on soundtracks either though, having ‘Bitch’ from ‘Conjure and Command’ (Relapse) blasting out during a car chase in a Season 5 episode of Sons of Anarchy.
An entirely instrumental affair, this split four track EP (Relapse) consists of some seriously dirty hard rockin’ surf music with a greasy ’60s/early ’70s vibe. From the moment the motorbikes cease their revving at the beginning of Allan’s opening track ‘Recycled Too’ you are immediately thrust into a world of psychedelic, violent biker movies like Devil’s Angels, The Wild Angels or even Werewolves on Wheels where Hell’s Angels smoke weed, drop acid, have hairy, leathery sex, and beat up anyone who looks at them in a funny way. And all this happily continues with his second track ‘Buzz Saw Effect’.
Unsurprisingly, Grind’s contribution is somewhat heavier than Allan’s. ‘Peacekeeper’ kicks off his side of the disc enthusiastically, while second cut ‘The Invisible Landscape’ is driven by a more traditional clean surf guitar tone. Also, being instrumental tracks only, people who aren’t familiar with, or don’t usually care for, Grind’s Dalek-receiving-a-proctological-exam vocals don’t have to worry here.
If Rob Zombie directed a movie about Hell’s Angels on acid fighting a gang of machine gun wielding Go-Go dancers on the back roads of Hell, then this would absolutely be the soundtrack.