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  CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
METAL EVILUTION

1st January 2012

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It's about this time of the calendar when we look forward to a new year of Metal and also look back on Metal from preceding years. Like most of us, I believe that Metal evolved in a natural path from rock and blues, through the Gods Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, as described in the Gospel of Bon Scott (Let There Be Rock, verses i-iii).

I believe that the earlier prophets of rock 'n roll such as Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles also played their part which is to be respected but not necessarily worshipped.

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Everyone has their own beliefs and that's fine by me (sort of). My beliefs are pretty orthodox and standard I think, but I have met some crazies with out-there beliefs such as the Metal-Came-From-The-Moon Cult and several varieties of Creationists.

For example, my friend Jay Graham (drummer for Ravens Creed and that death Metal session I mentioned last year (click here), is a form of Creationist. More specifically, he is a Post-Puppeteer.

Post-Puppeteers believe that Metal was spontaneously formed during the recording of 'Master Of Puppets' and that it had never existed before then.

Showing a Port-Puppeteer a copy of 'Ace Of Spades', 'Restless And Wild' or even 'Ride The Lightening' is a bit like showing dinosaur bones to a Christian Creationist. They can see they're there but will deny the proof before their eyes till their dying breath.

Now, I'm not saying Christian Creationists or Post-Puppeteers are mad. Jay is a nice normal chap (actually there was one time he was thrown out of Metal club on the bus for his extreme beliefs. On that occasion he denied that 'Van Halen I' was the greatest debut of all time. In fairness, that kind of blasphemy will lose you friends anywhere but most of the time Jay and others like him are alright.

In the same way that a Christian Creationist will sometimes point at holes in Darwin's Theory Of Evolution, Metal Creationists and Post-Puppeteers will sometimes find fault in the theory of Metal evolution. There are admittedly some unexplained missing links in the theory.

One such missing link that Creationists use to prove their case is the so called 'Mutt Lange Mystery'. For those of you who don't know, Robert 'Mutt' Lange is a very successful record producer who has worked with Bryan Adams, Foreigner, Def Leppard, AC/DC and many others. It is his work with those last two bands that give Metal theologians such a hard time.

While his AC/DC albums like 'Back In Black' are awesome slabs of rock, clearly created by a live band rocking out in a room together as the Gods intended, with the backing vocals done in a similar manner, all round a mic gang-style, no doubt with a couple of beers to hand, other albums he's done such as Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' are the complete opposite.

Hysteria sounds like it was recorded with a programmed drum machine (fair enough their drummer, Rick Allen had just lost an arm in a car crash), programmed bass (no excuse there for the fully limbed Rick Savage), layered guitars (rumour has it they recorded string by string rather than playing whole chords at a time even) and backing vocals which sound suspiciously like they're sung by the same one or two people again and again layered up in harmony many times over then drenched in reverb. "Pour some reverb on me", as they say.

Metal Creationists leap on chance incidents like this to prove their case that rock does not evolve gradually but rather takes leaps and bounds caused by divine intervention from the Gods of rock, be they good or evil, for good or for bad.

Metal evolutionists are generally at a loss as to how to explain anomalies such as these beyond unsatisfactorily shrugging them off as co-incidence.

Recent research by evolutionist expert 'Hot' Stevie Firth has however thrown up a direct link between the two. By tracking both bands back to their earlier albums with Mr Lange (respectively 'Highway to Hell' and 'Pyromania') a link has indeed been spotted. Have a listen to AC/DC's 'Touch Too Much'...



We can clearly hear the band in a very similar style to how they had always played and indeed continued to play on the follow up 'Back In Black', albeit with Brian Johnson replacing the late Bon Scott on lead vocals. This was Mutt and AC/DC's shot at a chart hit. It didn't chart too well in the end, just about scraping the top 40 in the UK but not even denting the top 100 in the US, through no fault of the song or performance as it is clearly awesome.

Note the backing vocals. While they're not the same as 'Hysteria''s multi-tracked harmonies they are a step aside from the usual AC/DC gang shout-along vocal. They are high-register, layered, sung in harmony and given a fair bit of reverb while still retaining AC/DC's gang vibe. Nice touch, Mutt!

Now listen to Def Leppard's 'Photograph' from 'Pyromania', the predecessor to 'Hysteria'.



At this point Def Leppard still have a quadrupedal drummer and are recording more or less as a live band. Now listen to those backing vocals. They not the one man layered 'Hysteria' vocals, they're the same trick Mutt used with AC/DC a couple of years before - high register, harmonies, gang vibe and reverb.

Examine the two tracks further if you like. Note after the first chorus both songs have a pause and a similar guitar lick before entering verse two. Note the similar guitar and vocal play during the first verses building up to open chords and pumping bass for verse two. The songs are not the same at all, the bands are not the same, what is the same is the arrangement and production styles - Mutt's missing link!

The Mutt Lange Mystery is solved, the missing link between both later albums 'Back In Back' and 'Hysteria' was there all along! Like Cro-Magnon man and the Neaderthals, the two styles and bands clearly co-existsed in Mutt's vision at one time.

Now this has clearly been proven as a case of evolution, Creationists like Jay will still just shrug and say; "Def Leppard aren't Metal anyway." There's no helping some people.

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The new video features additional guitars and vocals from David Gilmour and piano from Richard Wright...

british lion A MESSAGE FROM STEVE HARRIS AS BRITISH LION EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ARE ANNOUNCED
"We'll be looking to record some more shows on this tour to add to the recordings we already have for an upcoming live album..."

lords of bvlack LORDS OF BLACK FEATURING RAINBOW SINGER RONNIE ROMERO ARE HERE IN DECEMBER
Kicking off at the Underworld in London, the tour includes dates in Glasgow, Newcastle, Stoke, Swansea and Grimsby...

quartz QUARTZ FINALLY SET THE TIME FOR NEW ALBUM
"'Fear No Evil' is a straight Heavy Metal rock album, delivered with enthusiasm,” says Quartz guitarist Mick Hopkins.

alter bridge ALTER BRIDGE RELEASE NEW VIDEO AHEAD OF UK TOUR: WATCH IT HERE
Special guests on the tour include Danish rockers Volbeat, French progressive Metallers Gojira and up-and-comers, Like A Storm...

purson PURSON ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
The band will also make bill-topping appearances at Norwich Sound + Vision Festival and the Brain Freeze Festival...

black star riders WAS BREAKING NEWS: BLACK STAR RIDERS UK TOUR DATES FOR MARCH 2017 ARE HERE
Black Star Riders will release their new album, 'Heavy Fire', in early 2017 and will be hitting the road in support of this in March...

pink floyd THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS AT THE V&A IS UNPRECEDENTED AND INNOVATIVE
The Exhibition offers a unique insight into a group of world-class musicians who have always defied artistic boundaries...

ac dc phil rudd UK EXCLUSIVE: AC/DC'S PHIL RUDD SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK BUT IS NOW READY TO ROCK AGAIN. BUT NOT WITH AXL
"I sneaked out to the shop to get some cigarettes, then I realised I had no car, so I walked home to get the Ferrari, and drove back to the hospital..."

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK 2017 IS GO! DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE HERE NOW
This price will not be available for long so grab your now before they sell out...

clutch CLUTCH DECEMBER UK HEADLINE DATES ARE HERE
A sure fire way to brighten up your holiday season, Clutch will be bringing the festive cheer to four UK cities...

sos festival SOS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST NINE BANDS FOR ITS' 10TH EDITION IN 2017
"It's great for us that another Manchester band has the kudos to headline, just as Absolva did us proud on our Friday in 2016..."

tyr TÝR EUROPEAN TOUR UNDER THREAT OVER WHALE CONTROVERSY
Animal rights sympathisers, supporters and activists are in overdrive over this one with some pretty nasty comments being directed towards Heri and the band...

fm FM ANNOUNCE 'INDISCREET 30' NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR DATES
"We have been asked many times if we would consider re-recording some of these tracks using today's modern technology..."

red hot chili peppers WAS BREAKING NEWS: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ANNOUNCE FIRST UK TOUR FOR FIVE YEARS
This exciting run kicks off with two nights at London's O2 on 5th and 6th December and takes in dates in Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD IMMORTALISED IN WEST HOLLYWOOD AS THE IRON MAIDENS HEAD STAR-STUDDED ULTIMATE JAM
"I think it looks a lot like him. It's a compelling image. I think it will offer some closure. I think Lemmy is finally home."

korn KORN UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR 'INSANE': DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
'Insane' appears on Korn's latest and twelfth studio album 'The Serenity Of Suffering' which you can pre-order here...

status quo STATUS QUO REVEAL ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR 'AQUOSTIC II - THAT'S A FACT!'
This is the sound of a band living in the present, embracing the future, whilst cherishing their past...

bruce dickinson EXCLUSIVE: SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO FEATURING BRUCE DICKINSON SCOOPS SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
The audience surveyed rated the film 4.98 out of a total of 5.00 while Al Jazeera awarded it the Best Documentary out of twenty two entrants...

wakrat WATCH RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE'S TIM COMMERFORD START NEW NATION IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE ON VIDEO HERE
"The current system is oppressive and elitist, promoting racist ideologies in order to push a self-serving agenda..."

led zeppelin LED ZEPPELIN GIVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK AT 'THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS' SUPER DELUXE
Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans...

saxon SAXON PRESENT A HOARD OF LIVE GLORY IN A BOX OF VINYL GOLD
"This is not going to be around again and with exclusive art work too. Bring it on - I think we'll play some of these tracks on tour in the Autumn."

journey toto JOURNEY AND TOTO LIVE SPECTACULARS ON THE WAY IN SEPTEMBER
"When I first listened back, the thought omnipresent in my mind was simply, 'That's that raw, sizzling energy we had in high school!'"

titanfest SKYCLAD, OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR TITANFEST
It's the 30th anniversary of Onslaught's 'The Force' and they requested that Titanfest be scheduled for November so that the album could be celebrated in style.

geoff tate GEOFF TATE'S OPERATION MINDCRIME UNVEIL TWO NEW TRACKS
"With the key finally in his possession, "H" has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called The New Reality. Or does he..."

big country BIG COUNTRY HEADING OUT ON 'THE SEER' 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Big Country will be performing 'The Seer' in its entirety when tbey hit the road for a 24-date UK tour starting on September 14th...

metallica UK EXCLUSIVE: METALLICA RELEASE 'HARDWIRED' - NEW VIDEO RIGHT HERE
"Has it really been eight years? Doesn't feel like it! We’re obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there via MetalTalk...

manowar WAS BREAKING NEWS: MANOWAR TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE FINAL BATTLE WORLD TOUR
The Kings Of Metal are abdicating and our very last Call To Arms is coming...

opeth OPETH DETAIL WEMBLEY ARENA SHOW
"We'll only play this set list three times on the whole world tour so if you miss it, you'll have missed it..."

tank UPDATED: TANK RELEASE DIGITAL DELUXE VERSIONS OF 'WAR MACHINE' AND 'WAR NATION'
"Doogies vocals were exactly suited to this period of Tank and we're extremely proud of what we created in these two albums."

pete way PETE WAY LEAVES HOSPITAL AFTER HEART ATTACK
"Pete Way and I would like to thank you all for your messages, kind thoughts and prayers..."

vader WAS BREAKING NEWS: VADER ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER LONDON GIG
Vader will be touring in support of their recently announced new studio album 'The Empire' which is due for release this autumn...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'JOIN TOGETHER' AS 'MAKE SOME NOISE' CRASHES INTO WORLDWIDE CHARTS
"We want to thank all of our fans and friends around the world for the amazing support of our new record 'Make Some Noise'!"

bloodstock POLICE APPEAL FOR INFORMATION REGARDING SEXUAL ASSAULT AT BLOODSTOCK
"Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch and are asking people to share this appeal..."

guns n roses EXCLUSIVE: GUNS N' ROSES DOWNLOAD ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE WAY WITH AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE DATES CONFIRMED
Other possibles for the remaining two headline slots are Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Metallica...

roger dean URIAH HEEP, BUDGIE AND ATOMIC ROOSTER ARTISTS WORK TO BE IMMORTALISED ON STAMPS
Roger Dean has designed over 100 album covers for artists including Yes, Asia, London Symphony Orchestra, Nightwing, It Bites and Snafu.

evil scarecrow WAS BREAKING NEWS: EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCE 'ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANADO' TOUR
"We'll be bringing our biggest, silliest show yet along with some brand new, probably never heard before, music 'genius'..."

blaze bayley BLAZE BAYLEY TO BE FEATURED IN MULTI-PART CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY
"I'm excited to be returning to Canada and I look forward to meeting my fans, with the opportunity for them to be a part of the documentary."

last in line LAST IN LINE ADDED TO WINTER STORM LINE-UP
Winter Storm, the festival that will take place over the weekend of 25th and 26th November in Troon, South Ayrshire, have already announced an exciting line-up...

tony iommi GREAT NEWS FROM TONY IOMMI: CANCER IS IN REMISSION
"The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick — but I'm aware that it could come back one day."

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2016 UK TOUR
"Hold on to your butts cause we will be headbanging our way through your town! Bring your A game cause we will be bringing ours..."

ac dc AC/DC IN FULL FLIGHT: QUALITY LIMITED EDITION BOOK IS A MUST FOR COLLECTORS
All of the photographs have been carefully processed and digitally restored to optimise reproduction quality.

ozzy osbourne BOB DAISLEY FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST OZZY OSBOURNE, WHO RESPONDS
"We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr Osbourne's success."

70 tons of metal 70000 TONS OF METAL: SIXTY BANDS, BARS THAT NEVER CLOSE AND MUCH MORE
Heavy Metal bands from around the globe playing concerts on four different stages...

lamb of god WAS BREAKING NEWS: LAMB OF GOD REVEAL NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'EMBERS': MARK MORTON HAS SOME DEEPLY PERSONAL WORDS
"Nearly a decade after 'Walk With Me In Hell' it was happening yet again. Art was imitating life..."

iron maiden WAS BREAKING NEWS: IRON MAIDEN RELEASE "THANK YOU" VIDEO - WATCH IT HERE
Now it's break time for Iron Maiden but they will be back for a full scale UK Tour in 2017...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF RELEASES SECOND TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM WITH JIM STEINMAN - LISTEN HERE
"Now psychologist and psychiatrists all over America are giving it to their patients..."

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