Archive for Heavy Metal

make a contribution, and you’ll get the better seat

Posted in Music with tags , , on August 13, 2017 by phanteana

just when i thought it wasn’t possible to love Ray Burton anymore than i already do, he makes another outstanding contribution to his son‘s legacy. time to break out the Kleenex and dust off that copy of Master Of Puppets.


heavy metal tech branding

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , on June 12, 2017 by phanteana

i have found my new tech hero, as he combines the best of both worlds. inspiration is all around!




as for me, i recently completed General Assembly’s 10-week Web Design Circuit. even though i was familiar with some of the concepts already, this program helped me to better understand what goes into web design so i can continue to make leaps and bounds. that’s pretty Metal right there.

Encyclopedia Metallum

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , on May 23, 2017 by phanteana

we know that computers are smart (ahem, Watson). but can they learn to sound Metal? apparently, they can thanks to the Encyclopedia Metallum. the site provides hundreds of thousands of bands, sub-genres, countries of origin, etc. that have been produced by a neural network. so if you’re in the market for a band name that hasn’t been taken yet, there’s plenty to choose from!


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is this the book that i’ve been searchin’ for?

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on December 23, 2016 by phanteana

how does a library boost morale for its staff and foot traffic among its patrons? by interjecting a little humor into its social media presence. such is the case of the Orkney Library, located in the Orkney Islands of Scotland (citizens of Orkney can take a ferry to Aberdeen if they want to go to the mainland, or vice versa), who decided to have a little fun with its Twitter account. not only does it attract a wider audience through the internet (including library-loving tourists), but it also encourages people to come to the library dressed up like their favorite member of Whitesnake! in short, everybody wins.


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father figure

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on August 15, 2016 by phanteana

earlier this year, the Library of Congress inducted Metallica’s Master Of Puppets into its registry. now, the band has a new book coming out which explores the recording process of the album as well as the tour that followed. the 1986 tour was a major turning point for the group both professionally and personally, and the memories of it remain etched into the minds of music historians and fans alike. but of all the contributors to this book, there is one who stands out the most and that’s Mr. Ray Burton, father of the late Cliff Burton. if there was ever a man who truly loved his family*, it’s him.



*you’re going to want the Kleenex.

silence is deafening

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , on April 6, 2016 by phanteana

Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” is an American classic, by all accounts. for one thing, it’s part of the National Recording Registry. even if you can’t stand the song, its opening melody is instantly recognizable and it’s been covered and parodied in pop culture too many times to count. the theme of the song deals with people’s inability to communicate emotionally with one another, something that is unfortunately true of modern society.

in recent months, a new take on this beloved tune has not only attracted a new generation of fans, but has also changed the public’s perceptions of the artist who has breathed new life into it. that band is Disturbed, commonly known for its loud, aggressive sound, political and socially conscious lyrics, and the foreboding presence of singer David Draiman, whose previous life as a Rabbinical Studies candidate makes him somewhat of an anomaly in the Metal world. the group are also known to include cover songs on several of their albums (including a defiant version of Genesis’ mid-80’s political saga “Land of Confusion“, sans the creepy Reagan puppets). now, the concept of a Metal band putting a spin on an iconic folk ditty might sound strange and even, well…disturbing (no pun intended). but their version has broken barriers and brought tears to the eyes of even the most stoic of Metal fans…and to add to the acclaim, Paul Simon himself even lauded what Draiman and Co. (plus a few very lucky orchestral musicians) have done with his most famous body of work. now that is the ultimate compliment right there!


{author’s note: David Draiman saw me weeping when he performed this live with a small orchestra recently. mission accomplished}






master of registries

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , on March 27, 2016 by phanteana

the Library of Congress is considered to be the Holy Grail for librarians and archivists. each year, 25 lucky winners are selected to be inducted into the LOC’s National Recording Registry to showcase the diversity of American music from a variety of genres. in order to be included, the recordings must be at least 10 years old and highlight a cultural or historical significance. this year, the LOC chose an album that is not only celebrating its 30th anniversary (does anyone feel old yet?), but has the unbelievable honor of being the first Metal album ever to join this widely-praised institution: Metallica’s Master Of Puppets. now that’s heavy!

the album is a watershed among critics and fans, and even those who aren’t necessarily part of the Metal community praised its quality. its significance is not only found in the shift of musical direction (veering away from the Thrash sound of their early 80’s outputs and focusing more on songwriting abilities), but also for the poignancy of being the last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, whose death (he was killed when the band’s bus flipped over while driving through Sweden in September 1986) is widely regarded as one of popular music’s most tragic losses. 30 years later, his memory lives on through his fans, the surviving members of Metallica both past and present, and his devoted father Ray who, at 89 years old, remembers him fondly as both musician and son. even the most die-hard Metal fan gets a little misty-eyed listening to this soft-spoken gentleman recount how much he adored Cliff. if he were alive today, he would certainly be pleased.