Metal Starter Pack

A recent study indicates what Metal fans have known all along: Listening to Metal makes you grow up to be awesome (you can read the details for yourself here: The Metalhead Kids Are All Right).

That being the case, here’s Murfie’s Metal Starter Pack to get you on the road to a happy and successful life (don’t worry if you’re getting started late, most of these musicians are likely older than your parents).

123048-largeBlack SabbathBlack Sabbath

Arguably where it all began, this album is essential classical listening for all headbangers.

AC/DCBack in Black

Black, the staple ingredient of any quality metal band.  AC/DC defined a generation of rock-leaning metal musicians and Back in Black captures their unique ability to be simultaneously condemned by the moral majority and still receive play at wedding receptions.

Iron MaidenNumber of the Beast

Where would the world of metal be without disturbing album art?  Probably on more record store shelves, but that’s not what matters to Eddie and company.

123530-largeMotorheadAce of Spades

Don’t bother reading the lyric sheet, just pound your fist on the dashboard and press the accelerator into the floorboards.

Mercyful FateMelissa/The Beginning (Disc 1 and Disc 2)

Mystical traditions often appear in the the lyrics of metal music.  Mercyful Fate, headed by King Diamond, took this atmosphere to the stage.

MetallicaKill ’em All

What more can you say, “metal” is their first name!  Kill ’em All marks the beginning of a new generation of shredders lifting metal out of its rock roots and elevating it into a new form.

37087-largeMegadethRust in Peace

A counterpoint to Metallica (although the two cross stylistic paths over time, and share an origin story), Rust in Peace shows that metal can be intellectual as well as completely bad-ass.

SlayerSeasons in the Abyss

Taking metal into the darkest recesses of the human experience (at least before 1990), Slayer takes metal to an all new low (which is a good thing).  See “Dead Skin Mask” for a nod to a historical Wisconsinite…

AnthraxSpreading the Disease

Inoculating metal traditions with a stiff shot of Thrash (and the occasional thoughtful reflection), Spreading the Disease keeps it metal while opening doors to future crossover acts and points to the then future (now past) of metal music.

By 1990, metal had fragmented into a wide assortment of hybrid genres which I encourage you to explore once you’ve studied the essentials.  When you’re ready to graduate to the next level, rescue a 1980’s Camaro from it’s cinder-block perch, install a pair of Craig speakers in the rear deck and pick up one of those cassette-deck adapters for your phone…


Jason Gullickson
@jasonatmurfie

Jason makes sure all the electrons flow in the right direction at Murfie. His dream job is to automate himself out of his dream job, then hire his automaton to execute the “master plan.” He enjoys 20% of all musical styles and 35% of metal, punk, electronic and classical.


Album Preview: “Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012” by Ministry

MinistryAlbum
Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012

Artist
Ministry

Release Date
Tuesday, July 8th

Label
UDR

Purchase Link
Purchase album

Preview
When it comes to American metal bands, few have been as influential or dedicated as Ministry. And while Al Jourgensen began the band as a synthpop outfit in 1981, they quickly traded in their synthesizers for guitars and morphed into something a whole lot heavier.

psalm 69Ministry broke through into the mainstream in 1992 with the release of Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs . The record not only cemented the band’s place at the forefront of the industrial metal scene—but it also snagged them a spot at Lollapalooza that very same summer.

While Ministry dealt with steady lineup changes throughout the ‘90s and the early 2000s, they never stopped releasing records until 2008, when Jourgensen declared that the band was finished.

from beer to eternityYet just four short years later, Ministry rode again. Their latest live record, Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012 was recorded during their 2012 reunion, and it shows the band playing old and new hits alike. It also happens to be one of the last Ministry performances of late guitarist Mike Scaccia’s career.

After Scaccia’s death, Jourgensen collected the band’s most recent recordings and churned them into 2013’s From Beer to Eternity, their final studio album. Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012 is another last for the band, as Jourgensen has declared that there won’t be another Ministry live album.

So whether you’re a diehard metal fan or simply someone looking for a spot to dive into a well-established band’s discography, Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012 is an essential record to add to your collection.

A teaser from Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012

Buy your copy of Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012  on Murfie! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC. 

Interview with Witch Mountain [Podcast]

Doom metal band Witch Mountain (how Halloween appropriate?!) is currently on the road with Castle. The group’s drummer, Nathan Carson, was gracious enough to take time from his busy touring schedule and hop on the phone with Murfie.

139440-largeWho: Witch Mountain; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Band member Nathan Carson talks about doom metal, the Portland scene and Witch Mountain’s not-so-secret reference to a Disney movie
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: WAV version

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*Photo credit to Justine Murphy