The Grammy’s are here and there is not much for a metal head as usual. But on the bright side the category they do have is a good one. Best Metal Performance. Since we know metal heads don’t make videos, have new artists, or write real songs. But at least they can perform. So the nominees for best metal performance are: Iron Madien for El Darado off of Final Frontier. Let the Guilt Go, by Korn. Off the Remember who you are CD. Lamb of God for In Your Words, off of Wrath. Megadeth Nominated for their Rockband Contribution, Sudden Death. And Finally World Painted Blood, By SLAYER.
If you take the time to review the “performances” you will find yourself critiquing the performance too. I used a scale of 1-5 in 5 categories. Overall Metal Feel, Song writing, Live Stage performance, Stage Presence, and finally the Rock Value. (How much you bang your head.)
With this Framework shakily constructed, Proceed to watch all 5 performances. In order I gave Ironmaiden a 2 in Overall metal. Only because their sound is almost screamo by today’s standards and the guitars are still tinny. As for song writing, writing songs for decades has worked it’s tragic magic on this once fresh band and now get only2 here. When it come to performing IronMaiden works hard on stage but the practiced stunts and choreography are wasted on the flat boring stage. What happened to the stadium theatrics of Eddie’s Hay day. Stage presence with IronMaiden is a comfortable 3 so comfortable I thought about a rocking chair on the porch and a glass of lemonade. Finally Rock Value, a disappointing 2 ,listeners are left wondering why would the nomination committee choose IronMaiden over other huge performances this year like Zakk, or Halestorm. Overall IronMaiden crawls in with 12 out of 25.
Korn, has a hit on their hands in the song let the guilt go. In the classic Korn sound, they pull off an emotional metal song with all the elements us metal heads are looking for. As for the Overall Metal Value, the number needs to be high. This song takes over and drives you hard through the experience, and lands you home in the pit. 4 out of 5. Song writing in Korn has always been good and fresh. 5 out of 5. Korn in concert is a spectacle itself. Not the drama like Alice Cooper or Gwar but the Action Like Judas Priest or Rush. 4 out of 5. Stage presence with Korn is funny. I’ve never seen more confidence on stage. It’s like their second home. They are almost a direct outlet of the crowd itself. 5 out of 5. Talking about he overall Rock Value and how the song makes you move and feel and think. A great storyline to the music but the listen-ability goes down when you know the story. 4 out of 5. This gave Korn, a solid 22 out of 25.
Next up the legendary metal band, Lamb of God. Constantly touring, this band shows up every night with the Diggs. Overall metal vibe is solid and unmistakeably 5 out of 5. The song itself is well crafted and brings the pain you expect from Lamb of God. 5 out of 5. The performance itself is like I said unforgiving. With all the members giving it up, throughout the entire set at all the shows I’ve ever heard of. Thats a lot of shows since Ozzfest 2001, when I was introduced to them. 5 out of 5. The stage presence of these metal aficionados is legendary. Solid and thrilling but age is creeping up like in every other band and takes it’s toll directly on performance. 4 out of 5. The Rock Value of In Your Words is good. The listener takes the twists, turns, and shots to the face, like a trooper, in this song. 4 out of 5. This gave Lamb of God a slight edge in the overall competition. 23 out of 25.
Megadeth up for a Grammy? Yes! Yes! Yes!, The metal gods shine down on Megadeth once again. This time for their work on the new Rock Band video game, Metal or Guitar edition. This Song is well… “NOT METAL” …This song tries too hard, works too hard, and changes more than anything I’ve ever heard. Although a real challenge to a gamer, and has a residual practice taste left in the listeners mouth. It’s like a bad haircut before prom It stinks but it will grow out. Overall Metal Value is 5 due to the guitars million different riffs will be copied analyzed and listened too for ages. Song writing, Because they wrote this specifically for this gamer challenge and they succeeded on every possible level I had to give them another 5. Performance. We are talking about the metal Gods and the top 4 of all time… 5 out of 5 again. So then it comes to stage presence and with this song I am unable to separate the thought of millions of freckled face kids playing that goofy mini guitar with buttons and lights. 2 out of 5. Rock Value is a confused rush in all directions like a bullet shot out of a blind mans gun. Have you seen the Barn? 3 out of 5. This gives the big band a big Sukka fish and get 20 out of 25.
Trying not to be biased is not easy when you are as narcissistic as myself and most writers are. Slayer’s new Performance hits the ball out of the park. I’m not sure if it was the riffs, the song writing, the performance, or that I couldn’t stop trying to shake the brain cells out of my head. Overall Metal Value is a solid 5 out of 5 Have you ever heard them? Song writing is fantastic the whole song is put together like a Swiss watch. 5 out of 5. Performance is deep and full of energy strikingly mixed and powerfully done. 5 out of 5. Stage presence is overwhelming. Pressing, harping, haunting, and did I mention Oppressing. 5 out of 5. Rock value of this song is one of those things. You are either in or you are out. Surprising this is, how the number who are “in” has risen to boiling levels this year. 5 out of 5.
So this was just a simple comparison but if I had to make my pick for The Best Metal Performance at the Grammy’s this year. I would pick SLAYER! World Painted Blood! to win it all! and send everyone else home bleeding.