Archive | May 2014

Heavy Metal Starts Young

Heavy Metal Starts Young

My son Damien and a friend head banging at a metal concert. We were at a small venue at Music Head in Medford Oregon, listening to the jam of our friends in Negative Zen a band from Portland Oregon. My son is 10 and has been listening to heavy metal since birth (my husband picked the music, Dream Theater), saw his first metal concert at 2 months old, wrote his first lyrics for a metal song at four called Bloody Toe, learned to play the drums at five, and since he got his first stereo has been blasting Metallica, Mega Death, and Slayer along with dream Theater. Please close your door or turn down the volume, so he closes the door. I am not going to hinder his creative side, and if he wants to sing and play along with the songs I wont hinder his artistic nature. Even though I still am on a journey to understanding heavy metal.

Understanding Metal Music thru Alice Cooper


This is very important part of understanding metal music.  Why the gore, why the costumes, the dark and sinister lyrics that drew together tens of thousands of people to concerts?  Then I was watching an episode of Top Gear BBC and Alice Cooper was the guest in their reasonably priced car to race around their test track.  The host asked why he changed his name to Alice.  And it was put simply, they were wanting to create a reaction, for the parents to hate them and the kids to love them.  They were speaking out about the oppression that was being felt through society at that time. The gore and sinister costumes he wore was because he was playing the villain.  Like the theater and actors, someone is the good guy and someone is the bad guy, Alice Cooper chose to be the bad guy. And he song about that. He accomplished his goal of getting a reaction and in a big way.  Out of Europe to America he was one of the original bands that helped bring about the heavy metal revolution.  He said he was killed four times in his last show when he retired.  I’m gonna have to see if I can find that on you-tube. 

Finding A Starting Point

How do I start? Where do I start? Who do I talk to? What tools do I need? When will I see results? Why am I doing this? These are the question’s that have been going through my head over the last few months. I have been searching the internet for information on how to do this successfully. There is so so so much information on the web, its like a research project from high school, sorting through and finding what is important, easy to follow, and finding a starting point.  

Well, the project is to get one million listeners to listen to Slater’s Metal Show every week. That took a year to figure out. I got my lap top a year ago and began my research.  I was blinded by the promise of internet riches, and how easy it could be.  I even signed up for one and let them set it all up, called and talked with someone a few times, I never made any money.  As I realized that I was chasing a ‘pipe dream’  I changed my direction.  The answer came to me after praying one day.  Get more involved with your husbands project.  But God, I don’t like heavy metal music.  He told me to find a way..

I tried helping him out with the show itself.  That didn’t work because he does it at night after the kid goes to bed and he won’t be disturbed.  I am not a night person.   I was going to blog about the show for each week, but I didn’t just want to talk about the stats of the band or basic info from Wikipedia.  I looked up history of metal and found that interesting and blogged once about it.  I wrote a draft on genres of metal music.  Then I saw a you tube video of a heavy metal guitarist who’s fingers were blurry as they worked their way up an down the fret board.  I decided that skill was an essential element to good metal music. The leads and solo’s are more than just simple chords and trills creating a false skill and speed.  Next I was listening to a friends band from Portland, and realized what it was about his heavy metal that made it more that just noise. The next element of good metal music is dynamic changes in rhythm and sound building up to the climax of the song and then bring the song back around to tie it back with the beginning theme. The next element I decided is meaningful lyrics.  I prefer a nice voice but in heavy meal that is not always the case. It really grates on my nerves to hear just the growling and throaty vocals that are non comprehended, If that is not the case, then the lyrics are drown out by the music. So if I can find the lyrics or an article about the meaning of the song and it has relevance then I can appreciate the music a little more.  So far I have identified three things that make good heavy metal music, skill, dynamic music elements, and meaningful lyrics.

My husband, Slater, always picks good music for his show.  He provides information about a band especially if its a local band.  There are even some interviews with bands after a couple concerts at Music Head. Slater puts in funny quotes and clips from cartoons into his show.  And plays heavy metal music from here in the US and from Europe and Australia, he hopes to reach all over the world with heavy metal music.  He has been on the Radio for two years come July.  I am happy for him.  He is trying to develop his website as well.  He wants to advertise to get more visitors. I can see how I can help with that.  I like to write so I will practice writing with this blog and develop thoughts about heavy metal music. I will find places to post information and links to his website and this blog. I will get a million visitors to listen to Slater’s Metal Show.  


Changes for the Better

So I changed the title to the blog.  Putting the silence to death just wasn’t conveying the message of the blog.  I am trying to promote Slater’s Metal Show, which is now in the title of the blog.  Making adds the other dimensions of creation and development.  Follow along as Slater’s Metal Show gains fans, becomes syndicated,  and begins to make a profit.  Learn about heavy metal music, history, bands, genre’s, lyrics, and probably a lot more as I delve into the world of heavy metal music.

Post Regularly for One Million

One Million is the goal right now.   One million fans listening to Slater’s Metal Show every week.  They say for people to be interested in what you have to say that one needs to blog regularly.  Its hard to commit to regular posts when you have limited time.  You need to be a presence online to be seen.   Then one million fans and Read More…

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