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Cock Rock Top 10

Okay, for the uninitiated, Cock Rock was an alternative name for what was known as Hair Metal (erstwhile GLAM - Gay L. A. Music).

Mike Åkerfeldt the lead vocalist of Opeth was asked to list his top cock rock albums, so here's a list. Personally, I don't take this stuff that seriously because the Hair Metal was never considered serious or respectable genre of Metal anyways, but still this list is an interesting one whichever way you look at it. Well back to post du jour...

1. Whitesnake – Whitesnake
(1987 Geffen)

2. Whitesnake – Ready an’ Willing
(1980 Geffen)

3. Whitesnake – Live…in the Heart of the City
(1980 Geffen)

4. Whitesnake – Lovehunter
(1979 Geffen)

5. Whitesnake – Trouble
(1978 Geffen)

6. Badlands – Badlands
(1989 Atlantic)

7. Phenomena II – Dream Runner
(1987 Arista)

8. Blue Murder – Blue Murder
(1989 Geffen)

9. Winger – Winger
(1988 Atlantic)

10. Whitesnake – Slip of the Tongue
(1989 Geffen)

When asked why Whitesnake occupies 60 percent of his Top 10, Åkerfeldt said:
“David Coverdale is a superstar! Whitesnake’s self-titled is the only proper cock rock album ever. It’s a classic. I still put that on whenever we party. Everyone goes insane. Whitesnake is pure party rock with a little metal thrown in. Perfect! I mean if you put on Celtic Frost’s To Mega Therion at a party, it’s OK. But if you put on 1987 Whitesnake, people are going to have a great time. I grew up listening to Whitesnake, Scorpions, and bands like that. You know, Klaus Meine says “Come on, baby!” when he addresses the audience. He stole that from Coverdale.”

via Decibel.

Parting Shot:
I have been listening to the latest Opeth album Watershed for past 2 weeks, it is an interesting album. It is not like Damnation nor is it an extension of their previous Ghost Reveries. What struck me was the fact that Watershed is more like the part 2 of their amazing concept album My Arms, Your Hearse (this album lists below 2 in my Opeth chart). Watershed is more inaccessible, progressive album that they were itching to make. Line-up changes notwithstanding, it is almost like a whole new band since Ghost Reveries. The songs are melodic, brutal and sometimes both at the same time. Perhaps it is an interesting release from the Swedish metallers.

Apart from that I am listening to the latest Cynic promo which is just amazing. More about it later...


Arch Enemy will 'Rise Again'

Well, don't believe the naysayers at Blabbermouth discussion forums, Angela Gossow (screambox, Arch Enemy) can wail and scream like an Orc. And Arch Enemy is not your average band, they have the credentials of Mike Amott (ex-Carcass, ex-Spiritual Beggars) himself bracing the band, these Swedish melodic death metallers are capable of burning the living taste from your little sister's mouth with their sonic assault. Angela Gossow and the likes owe their presence to the unrelenting efforts of someone like Joan Jett (she Rocks and she still is hot after all those, last saw her on Henry Rollins Show episode) who has kept her head high in a male-dominated industry through all these years.

Here’s what Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow has to say to you in sign language if you don’t like her band’s new video for “I Will Live Again.”

The clip was shot in December with director Patric Ullaeus and if it looks like Angela’s burning with rage, it might have something to do with the burns she sustained when she bumped into the stage lights during filming.

This is what Angela Gossow said about this video in an interview:

Lyrically, the song “I Will Live Again” deals with surviving a destructive relationship and leaving the hurt, the chains and the negative past behind. In a nutshell, the message is, “Keep your head high, leave your fears behind – tomorrow is a new day!”

The video is only loosely based on the lyrical message. It is pretty much [director] Patric Ullaeus’ concept because, due to heavy touring (Black Tyranny and The Black Crusade tour), the band was not able to be involved in the story and editing process. But Patric is a talented video producer and he got an interesting little stalker plot going.

We shot the scenes in December 2007, leaving me with a few burns on my arms. I tore the ‘chains’ right out of the wall and crashed into the hot stage lights right in front of me. No pain, no gain, they say.

The song and the video are quite untypical for Arch Enemy and don’t necessarily represent the vicious side of this band. It’s entertaining. Make sure to see the Tyranny & Bloodshred tour [with Dark Traquillity, Divine Heresy and Firewind], where musical brutality will definitely, once again, prevail over the scenery!

via: mtv

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