Thank You Metallica ¦

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We ordinarily stay out of most pop-culture news stories, unless of course they contain a metal twist or theme (we have been known to run stories on Spiderman and new web-making capabilities or IronMan and a need for a metal sourcing professional to reduce costume prototype costs and the like and finally a piece on real-life Transformers), so suffice it to say, I never thought we’d have anything to say about the death of Michael Jackson.

But then again, I would not have expected Metallica to pay tribute to the King of Pop. The tribute starts at about 1:30 in this 1:50 YouTube Clip:

Metallica YouTube Video

(Hat Tip: Jason Busch)

Now mind you, I have nothing against Metallica. In fact, I have to admit I’ve seen them in concert (though this was in their early days when they used to throw equipment and what-not across the stage) which was highly entertaining I must add. And when I think of heavy metal (though my first thought is of steel of course), Metallica certainly comes to mind. I like this description of what heavy metal is from Wikipedia, historian Ian Christe describes what the components of the term mean in “hippiespeak”: “heavy” is roughly synonymous with “potent” or “profound,” and “metal” designates a certain type of mood, grinding and weighted as with metal. Another description in the same link describes it as follows, With roots in blues-rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are generally associated with masculinity and machismo.

Hmm…and I suppose titanium and aluminum reminds us of Barry Manilow and Celine Dion?

–Lisa Reisman

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