Ghost Riders In The Sky

Fire & Ice in Manchester last night was another failure. I woke up yesterday for my first day back at work with a sore throat (not the band I hasten to add!). I’ve been expecting to come down with a bout of man flu all of last week with late nights and early morning along with some aeroplane recycled air. I’ve got four days to exorcise it from my body, I don’t really fancy sniffling and my throat hurting when I gulp my pints of Trooper over the weekend.  

Continuing with random iPod shuffling, today’s gold medal goes to a Finnish melodic death metal band who haven’t been featured in the blog since November 2015 and not long after I started this collection of inane ramblings. I almost spun on to the silver track, but I didn’t fancy listening to U2 either. 

I think I have four versions of this 1948 Stan Jones country and western song in my iTunes library, but today gave me the Children of Bodom version, which appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese release of the band’s 2008 album Blooddrunk, not their finest thirty seven minutes. 

I’ve never knowingly heard the original and it has been covered over fifty times in its almost seventy year history. I’m more familiar with versions by Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s on their country inspired album, a cover by Australian rockers Spiderbait that featured in the Ghost Rider film from 2007 and finally the Johnny Cash interpretation from his 1979 album Silver. 

Never released as a single, but on YouTube there are several live versions to pick from. Hopefully I’ve chosen a half decent video for your perusal. This version was filmed during their performance at the Tuska Festival last year. 

Needled 24/7

Thursday evening is the warm up for this weekends shenanigans!

Megadeth are doing a few UK dates and they’ve assembled quite a line up as support. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a major difference in audience size between Lamb Of God and Megadeth – but more of that at a later date!

Second on the bill are Children Of Bodom, hailing from Espoo, Finland. A melodic death metal band with a slightly symphonic tinge to their sound.

It’s scary how fast time seems to be going, the band have been going 22 years already but they feel like relative newcomers. They released their ninth studio album, I Worship Chaos, in October so it’ll be the first chance for UK audiences to hear some new stuff.

The first time I saw them was 2004, yet another new band introduction for me at the indoor Bloodstock festival. I’ve been a bit hit and miss with the band over the years, at times I feel they over complicate things just because they can. Main man Alexi Laiho is such a talented guitarist it’s scary.

The band got their name from Lake Bodom in their home town where three teenagers were killed in 1960. It’s still unsolved to this day.

The track Needled 24/7 is taken from the bands oddly titled 2003 album Hate Crew Deathroll, the bands fourth and slightly more mainstream release, or as mainstream as death metal can get!

The Live Arena 3

Next week is a four day week at work then I “should” be off for 10 whole days, but things never seem to work out that way with the people I work for! Also, I hope I’m clear of this niggly cold and sore throat.

Thursday – Manchester Apollo.

Megadeth roll into town on their Dystopia tour. Quite a package has been put together for the UK leg. Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler will be pulling double duty and Children of Bodom from Finland and the UK’s own Sylosis will all be treading the boards.

Friday & Saturday – Haven Holiday Camp, Pwllheli.

Two long days of metal and free flowing alcohol is looming. Forty odd bands over three days, but I’m only there for two. From 80’s New Wave of British Heavy Metal to Los Angeles sleaze via German power metal and some of the UK’s best up and coming rock bands, there is quite a choice for your viewing pleasure.