Saturday, December 7, 2013


Today I received the following message within an email:
Hi! I see you like metal, I think it will be interesting for you)))
So I gave it (the link) a chance. I was stunned by the powerful sound, and the performance of the artist. The song was a cover of Emigrate's Resolution, and the name of the artist is Roman Varashev.

Below are both the original and its cover. Enjoy! I really did!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Circus Full of Freaks and Clowns

You have to see the world for what it is:
a circus full of freaks and clowns
and you'll never please everybody,
it's a well established fact',
he said, 'I recommend a fifth of Jack
and a bottle of Prozac.'

Friday, October 4, 2013


I've received the other day an email related to a certain situation in my country. This situation is presented as new each time it comes into discussion. It is always about changes, but those kind of changes seems to be perpetual, and every time they start from the very same spot they've previously started...

Speaking of changes, here are two versions of Black Sabbath's song: the one played by the band, and another one performed by Ozzy Osbourne and his daughter Kelly Osbourne. You might want to listen to them on a rainy day...

Considering that Ozzy is the main voice in both versions, which is your favorite one?


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Child in Time

There were LPs, then cassettes and video tapes. A major change in sound quality was brought to us by compact discs (Philips and SONY), the famous CDs!

The very first song that I was listening to, played on a CD player, and using headphones, was Deep Purple's Child in Time. It was, and will be an everlasting experience!

Do you remember your similar experience?

Many of my posts on this rock blog bring together different performances of the same song, and this is no different. You'll find, below the original, Yngwie Malmsteen's cover with a homonym name in a characteristic (guitar) interpretation. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Avantgarde Acoustic

In order to experience at home a concert alike feeling, one may need some speakers. Well, not any speakers! Some Avantgarde speakers, where purity meets performance!
My mind is blown by this unique horn design, and as soon as my thinking was restored, I was willing to share this information with you!
Read more about Avantgarde Acoustic ™ Hornloudspeaker GMBH. You'll be surely amazed!

PURITY – Our mindset
PERFORMANCE – Our passion

Saturday, August 24, 2013

To France

Years ago, a colleague of mine used to listen to Mike Oldfield.
Nowadays, listening to Blind Guardian, I came across one of Oldfield's songs, To France, played by this German power/heavy metal band.
Mike Oldfield's version was interpreted by Maggie Reilly, and Blind Guardian's one by Hansi Kürsch (Demons & Wizards).
Usually the original is far better than the remake, only this case is some sort of a new interpretation, so I would say that both versions worth attention!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Demons and Wizards

Demons and Wizards is a power metal band, formed by the vocalist Hansi Kürsch from Blind Guardian and the guitarist Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth.

I have reached their song Fiddler on the Green while searching something related to folk metal.

Blind Guardian - The Bard's Song

Iced Earth - Anthem

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dropkick Murphys

I "discovered" the powerful sound of Dropkick Murphys while watching Martin Scorsese's "The Departed".

At first, Dropkick Murphys reminded me about Skyclad, then, some of their songs, about The Clash. Being from Quincy, MA, so Americans, results quite a mix: American Celtic punk!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Beauty and the Beat, Bucharest - postponed

We've received that sad news about Tarja's severe case of laryngitis in front of Sala Palatului, Bucharest, when we expected to enter to the show. Now we have a video confirmation from Mike Terrana. Fortunately this illness is temporary! I am glad that the show was postponed and not cancelled!

We are barely wait for The Beauty and The Beat, so get well soon, Tarja!

See you on the 7th of May!

Best health wishes to both of you!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Politicians vs. Musicians: 1 - 0

No matter how powerful musicians' messages are, the politicians' ones seem to resonate better with the masses. Ronnie James Dio and Ozzy Osbourne duet along with Black Sabbath are performing War Pigs with such kind of message.

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that all to the poor

I also posted A Powerful Message a week ago, the one sent by Motörhead to politicians:
Just 'Cause You Got The Power, that don't mean you got the right!

Useless to translate it, just pass it on! \\m//

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Powerful Message

You think that life's all dollars,
Greed and lust and spite,
But I wasn't born to follow,
Like to get my sleep at night,
Just 'Cos You Got The Power,
That don't mean you got the right

Artist: Motörhead

Monday, February 18, 2013

High Hopes

Pink Floyd (without Roger Waters) released "The Division Bell" back in 1994. The album is David Gilmour's version of some sort of battle between Gilmour and Waters, a battle of lyrics, a battle of musical notes and guitar tabs. It is a new version of Us and Them: Me and You, where "me" is Gilmour and "you" is Waters...

High Hopes is one of the tracks of this album, a track played in their own style by Nightwish some 11 years after. Both interpretations are shown below.

Chose the one you like, or play both and compare them. The choice is all yours!

As for me... I have tickets both for Roger Waters' The Wall (28th of Aug. 2013) and Tarja Turunen's Beauty and the Beat (11th of Apr. 2013)!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Strange World

The other day I was told by a mate that he doesn't listen to a certain kind of (foreign) music because he doesn't understand the lyrics. I think it was his excuse for not liking hard rock or heavy metal. I did not wanted, and I did not ask for, an apologize simply because I do not care what music my mates love or hate (as long as it is quality music), and they don't have to listen to the same kind of music I am listening to.

Anyway, even so, if one wants to understand the lyrics prior to feel the sounds of music, well then, he/she needs poetry, not music. Music is a particular feeling, no matter if supported by lyrics or not. Great lyrics behind the music gives even more power to the music, but the sound is the one which creates the music, not the lyrics!

Listening to Iron Maiden's homonymous album (1980), the sounds of Strange World captured my attention. This song sounds very psychedelic to me. There is another song with a very similar approach on this album: Remember Tomorrow.

More than lyrics, when a song is linked to a good movie, the inner feeling is complete. Searching for an appropriate video for Strange World, I have found one with scenes from Ladyhawke.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

History of The Eagles

The new two-part documentary, HISTORY OF THE EAGLES - The Story of an American Band, will make its television debut on Showtime.

Part One: Friday, February 15, at 8 PM ET/PT.
Part Two: Saturday, February 16, at 8pm ET/PT.

A documentary by Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning producer, Alex Gibney.


Alice Cooper's original Poison is now covered by the brightest star of the Finnish rock scene (as mentioned in Metal from Finland), the soprano singer Tarja Turunen.

When there's a duel between two men, well then, let the best win! Only when we are talking about a man - woman contest, one should be a gentleman!

I must say that this is not a contest. It is rather a different approach, a different sound, a different style! Have your say!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Jumping My Shadow

Recently I was listening to a Skyclad playlist on, and Jumping My Shadow seems to catch my attention. Although the idea of this song is not an original one, it starts with a nice Kahlil Gibran quote which I am posting right now:
And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Why am I telling you that this is not an original idea? Because it reminds me of Cinderella's Don't Know What You Got ('Till It's Gone).

Searching the web for Skyclad I've found this meaning on Encyclopaedia MetallumSkyclad is a pagan term for ritual nudity, meaning literally that the practitioners are clad only by the sky, due to their highly nature-oriented beliefs.

Below are the above two great love songs, and I hope you'll appreciate to their fair value!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bowie vs. Helloween - Space Oddity

Helloween's version is quite a perfect remake of David Bowie's Space Oddity!
What do you think?

Artist Album
David Bowie Man of Words/Man of Music
Helloween Metal Jukebox

Where Are We Now - 2013

On January 8, 2013, quite without fanfare and out of the blue, David Bowie did something nobody really expected. He released a new single entitled 'Where Are We Now' and announced the release of a new album in March. The album, 'The Next Day' is Bowie's 30th studio album and his first new album in 10 years.

There are many great Bowie songs, but my all time favorite is Space Oddity. I wonder which is yours?

Friday, January 4, 2013


Tonight another "battle", a battle called: "Dreamer Deceiver".
He said in the cosmos is a single sonic sound
That is vibrating constantly
By chance, a few years ago, I've came over Dreamer Deceiver, a Judas Priest's cover (the third song from the album Sad Wings of Destiny) performed by Skyclad. The original sound of Skyclad, turned the original song into a much more powerful one. It is one of that few situations in which the cover is (way much) better than the original. Judas Priest's (and even metal ballads) fans might argue with my point of view. I am not questioning the undoubted value of Judas Priest, I am only put into the balance two version of the same song!