The journey into music videos (and other bits) continues its mission to deliver you something worthy of your time, perhaps introducing you to something new along the way.
This week I continue compiling videos and various musical related tidbits for your viewing pleasure. Some will be brand spanking new, while others will just be things I like. I am not great with timeliness, but I hope you’ve been enjoying these video collections.
Katra – “Beast Within”
Katra is a Finnish act named after the band’s singer, Katra Solopuro. The single comes from the band’s English language debut album, which was released the past August on Napalm Records. The song originally appeared on Katra’s solo album in her native Finnish language. I like the song; it has great melody. I may have to check out more from them.
Marilyn Manson – “This is Halloween (live)”
Marilyn Manson has never hid his liking of The Nightmare Before Christmas, going so far as to cover “This is Halloween” on two different releases (although, it may be the same version, I haven’t checked). His adoration has even made its way to the stage with Manson performing the song live, including this 2007 performance on Halloween:
Scarlet Sins – Gydget
Canadian all-female hard rock act has released a gydget with music, video, and purchase links. Before stumbling across this sampler, I had never heard of the band before. After listening to the samples, I am not sure they are worth getting crazy over, but there is no denying the appeal to decently crafted hard rock tunes they produce. They are definitely worth taking a look into, with controlled expectations.
Dokken – “Dream Warriors”
Dokken turned out some great tunes back in the 1980s. I don’t care what anyone says. No, they aren’t my favorite act but the Back for the Attack album was (and is) phenomenal. One of the tunes from that disk was also featured on the soundtrack for Freddy’s third outing. The song bears the film’s subtitle and they even made a video for it:
Unearth – The March Preview
I love Unearth. These guys just flat out rock. Riffs, solos, vocals, they are the whole package. Best of the genre? I don’t know, labels like that can be so subjective and just lead to fights. I will say that I eagerly look forward to the release of The March. Here is a preview clip that the band has posted for it:
Jonathan Davis – “Got Money” Cover
I cannot say that I am a big fan of Lil’ Wayne, not really my scene, but when I see Jonathan Davis of Korn covering a tune, well, I’ll take a peek. The video below is behind the scenes video of the recording of the tune. The song is “Got Money” and Davis has said he got into him some time ago. The song is fun, although I cannot take him seriously. But seriously, not bad.
Two – “Shout”
Shortly after leaving Judas Priest, Rob Halford formed Fight, a solid metal act that would release two albums and a remix/live compilation. The next project he started was Two, an industrial act that released one album produced by Trent Reznor. I cannot say that I was a fan of this project, but definite credit to Halford for trying something different. This is a video of Two performing the song “Shout” back in 1998. The performance features John 5 (Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie) on guitar. Surprisingly, it doesn’t sound nearly as bad as I was expecting.