Welcome. You've got blog. I'll be honest with you, this week I've kind of hit a creative wall and I'm having a hard time putting the words on the page. After several whirlwind weeks of feeling overworked and stressed, yet mostly inspired and "on", I've come to a point today where writing seems forced and I don't really feel on my A-game. At least just for this week.
Perhaps you've experienced a similar block with whatever it is you do. One week, what may come easy and fun to you can seem contrived and a struggle the next. I know this is definitely the case with creative work, and certainly the case with guitar playing and music. The best way to get through those creative bumps in the road is to drive right over them and bust through, even if you're not inspired.
So bear with my while I bang my head against my keyboalkrhdkjfk#$%## and write this week's post. It's gotta happen. As tempting as it is to say "f--k it"m go to Vegas, spend all my money and have a lost weekend, I need to write this so you have something to read in class or work come Friday morning. It's all for your morning distraction.
So diving into music news, I'd like to take a look at a series of stories that have been bugging the hell out of me (and probably most of you) over the past few months.
As is the case with pretty much any week in music news, we've read pretentious words spewed forth by band frontmen far and wide. For the most part, these egotistical and often illogical rants are nice for a chuckle, but these lead singers' respective bands are bands we actually to care about, thus we keep talking about them. Lately though, a certain lead singer's antics surround a band that hardly anyone in here gives two sh-ts about. Yes - Queensryche.
I admittedly don't know much about Queensryche's music, save maybe having seen a 10-second clip of "Silent Lucidity" from a "Monster Ballads" compilation CD commercial in the late 90s. Based on your comments, not many of you really care for this band either, but watching the drama unfold (by UG's standards) is intriguing to say the least.
Adopting the first "Idiot of the Week" award for this blog series goes to Queensryche's singer and drama queen(...sryche), Geoff Tate.
So what's up with The Ryche you may ask if you haven't perused this site as of late? Well, in a nutshell, the band feud involves hissy fits, spitting, firings and lawsuits, in a battle between the entire band vs. Tate. The band basically told Tate to go f--k himself, but the singer is back this week with some hilarious announcements and meme-worthy content.
Earlier this month Tate apparently tried to legally prevent his former bandmates from touring under the name Queensryche, taking them to court. Unimpressed, the judge was all, "Dude, not that anyone goes to see your shows anyway, but there's no reason why there can't be two Queensryches, so do whatever... I don't give a sh-t."
And Tate got busy and created a new Queensryche, and announced the lineup this week. The "super group" of sorts will consist of bassist Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake fame, Bobby Blotzer from Ratt and Glenn Drover from Megadeth.
Strange right? That'd be like if Steven Tyler was kicked out of Aerosmith and started a new band with members of Journey and Slayer and toured as "Aerosmith". Confusing, yes. Important? Not really. The real reason this issue remains to be so comical is mostly due to Geoff Tate's antics as a Prima Donna.
"My Name is Geoff Tate... mmmm"
Now, if my TMZ-like reporting couldn't get even more absurd, and if there was any doubt who the loose cannon was in this whole Queensryche situation, I direct you to Geoff Tate's latest EPK in which he does nothing but brag about himself for six minutes straight and strokes the long shaft of his egoslowly. I'm not kidding it's ridiculous.
He's seriously spankin' it while doing his voice over. Wonderful FlipCam footage too. I expect many Geoff Tate jokes to come from this video. He makes Axl Rose seem like a down to earth guy. Clearly, the guy has a serious case of "lead singer syndrome", something that as guitarists we may be familiar with. The "voice" of the band, the lead singer can have the tendency to come off as pompous, egotistical, and an all around D-bag. It's definitely not the case with every lead singer though - the likes of Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, or Dave Grohl for example seem like standup gentlemen. But often, the lead singers who can't keep their mouths shut end up alienating their bands and become infamous more for their acid tongues than their contributions to the music world.
Going off this, here are a few prompts to spark discussion this weekend:
Have you experienced lead singer syndrome within your own bands? Are you the lead singer and feel like your contributions to the band outweigh the others?
Aside from Tate, who would you agree are among the most egotistical singers of all time? Of course there's Liam Gallagher, Dave Mustaine, Billy Corgan, Axl Rose, and Gene Simmons to name a few, but who else can you name?
Pick Of The Week: Nekrogoblikon - "No One Survives"
We're back with the Pick of the Week, this time not focusing on a full album, as is tradition. This week we have an impressive music video that'll brighten your weekend and convert you fully to a specific subset of metal. Well maybe not, but it's a great video regardless.
Here's how I got stoked on this: a little over a year ago, my buddy's metal band was playing a local show in the Valley, supposedly opening up for a group called Nekrogoblikon, a band described as "goblin metal". Goblin metal? That sure sounded intriguing and good for entertainment value. But unfortunately Nekrogoblikon ended up dropping off the show that night, but the name stuck with me. I had always wondered if the brand of "goblin metal" would be an embarrassing so-bad-it's-hilarious execution of metal, or if it would flat-out rule.
To my delight, this week my roommate showed me a music video I had to see: Nekrogoblikon's latest well-produced music video, "No One Survives".
"No One Survives" is one of the most entertaining music videos I've seen in a long time. Fantastic use of visual humor, and due to the brilliant narrative throughout the vid, you can't help but root for that goddamn goblin. Well shot, humorous acting, pornstar Kayden Kross I'll let the video speak for itself. It's highly worth the watch.
And that's that. Looks like I got to the end of the post with a decent amount of sentences strung together. Now I'll hit up Vegas and try to sharpen my writing inspiration à la Hunter S. Thompson. See ya next week with a pickled liver.
On The Next It's The End Of The Week As We Know It:
Inspired by Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin's latest drunken plane arrest, director Michael Bay starts production on his next film, "Wes On A Plane", starring Samuel L. Jackson and Shia Le Beouf as Scantlin.
Going off a new scientific study that proved pop music has become more depressing, Norwegian scientists predict pop music will become more "metal" over the next 50 years.
After being arrested four times by authorities for repeatedly blasting AC/DC's "Highway To Hell", the New Hampshire woman retaliates by blaring Nekrogoblikon during weekly AM hours.
By Zach Pino Twitter: @zachpino