The sad loss of the great Eddie Van Halen still resonates hard in the hearts of his millions of fans and that pain is even greater in the heart of his son, Wolfgang Van Halen. Born into a musically gifted family, Wolfie was schooled from infancy by a true master of many instruments and now presents to the world a piece of solo music and a video that will truly find you reaching for a box of Kleenex. Behold “Distance”…
About The Video: “As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him. While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life. I never intended ‘Distance’ to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.” – WVH
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I really don’t have too much to add in terms of my “thoughts” on such a clip because its both heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the very same time. I loved the use of the home movies showing the family arriving home together for the first time and seeing the joy on everyone’s face and also the interaction between father and son. The song itself is a solid number and one that leaves me curious on how the rest of the stuff to come will be. Wolfie has a nice voice as a lead and I can share that he played all of the instruments on the track as well. Nice work and I hope you play this until the very end because the final piece will most likely knock you for a loop. Best of luck to Wolfgang on his continued musical efforts, you now have one of the greatest champions for music rooting for you in the Great Beyond. Stay safe my friends and call your folks if its possible to do so. I know I am….
The Coronavirus Pandemic has really put a dent in everyone’s way of life and often in the most aggregious of ways. Thanks to its infiltration our health, livelihoods and passions that take us away from it all have been placed in jeopardy. It’s during a time like this that people crave new music to remind them of more pleasurable times while we continue to ride the storm. That said, its great to find a new music video coming care of the Deftones and I’ve embedded the clip for “Ohms” down below for your enjoyment. I’ll return with some personal thoughts afterward. Enjoy.
Charlie Benante has been using the quarantine time rather effectively and has offered up a number of rock solid jams over the last couple of months that you’ve most likely seen shared across the Interwebs. This latest one is a Hard Rock/Rap melding that finds the legendary rapper Darryl McDaniels (DMC) joined by Benante and guitarist Robb Caggiano (Volbeat) and Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies) and I’ve embedded the clip for your viewing pleasure down below.
About The Track:
“I always wanted to do a medley of RUN DMC songs, so back in March I decided to put an arrangement together and asked these amazing people to be a part of it. How can you do a RUN DMC medley without the KING of ROCK- Darryl McDaniels DMC. I have been a RUN DMC fan from back when I first heard “It’s Like That/Sucker MCs” they had my attention immediately! It’s no secret that our “I’m the Man” song was inspired by RUN DMC and the Beastie boys…that’s how much we loved them. I asked RA once again because he has the groove and creativity to adapt to any song. I love how he placed a familiar line at the end of the song that Just fit so well. I asked Rob Caggiano because I always loved his style. I love the way he attacks his guitar and plays the tastiest shit. He throws this great Black metal riff in here that raises the tune to another level. We all came together to create this piece of music that makes US move. I hope it YOU move! Maybe it inspires you to make music, play your instrument, write lyrics…
Charlie B 2020
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Clips like this are really just what the doctor has ordered and the levels of creativity and inspiration in them have just been a positive mental balm in a very uncertain time. I’ve loved each and every one of these so far and having seen all of these musicians in concert or at conventions over the last few years, I had to say that I greatly enjoyed this one. You should too and you can help a worthy cause by purchasing the single via the Bandcamp link down below. As Charlie mentions, it would be great to see more musicians rallying to their own creative energy. I swore that I was going to get the practice pads out of the storage container and while I didn’t manage to do that I can safely say that my “air drumming” game has been on point over the last few weeks. See you next time.
The younger generation might not remember this but back in the year 1986, the late great Ronnie James Dio assembled some of the most amazing Heavy Metal names for a hunger relief music project called “Hear N Aid”. The bold track was a stark contrast to the previously released UK relief song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and the US Based “We Are The World”. It shocked the entertainment industry like a bolt of lighting and had a pretty cool video of everyone singing and all the incredible guitar solos. This clip was done under the guidance of singer/instructor Mary Zimmer and recorded at this past years NAMM show. Let’s check it out and then you can learn more about it from their exact words.
About The Clip: Back when we filmed this video, we had no idea how bittersweet it would be just a few months later. This was the last time most of the people in this video were together in one place at a large music event before Covid-19. Filmed and Recorded at NAMM 2020! Right there on the show floor! This Hear ‘N Aid/Dio tribute/cover is a metal version of the song featuring clean and harsh vocals by a bunch of guest metal vocalists! Also this is the first time I’ve been able to introduce you all to the Voicehacks Metal Choir! Voicehacks Soloists: Taylor Washington – Paladin Carlos Zema, Immortal Guardian/Heaven’s Guardian Mary Zimmer, Helion Prime/Voicehacks Cammie Gilbert – Oceans of Slumber, VK Lynne – The Spider Accomplice Bill Hudson – NorthTale Trey Xavier – In Virtue/Gear Gods Alex Nasla – Witherfall/In Virtue/Gear Gods Marc Lopes – Ross The Boss/Let Us Prey Ty Christian – Lords of the Trident Bass Guitar Tracks provided by Josh Lopez (Immortal Guardian/Widowmaker studios) Filming, Recording, Video & Audio Editing – Mary Zimmer Audio Mixing and Mastering – Alex Nasla, Gear Gods Studio Additional Footage provided by: Mel Torres, Chad Bill Anderson, Ty Christian, Eric Quiros
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Very simply put “I loved this”. Well done everyone, you are all to be commended for the fine job of this mind-blowing cover. It was great to find this being posted so close to the 10th Anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s passing. Speaking for me, since I didn’t have much background on a number of the included musicians, I found that this made me more curious about them and has me making notes on their respective bands to look into them in the future for that never ending battle of music journalism that one must continually fight to bring the readers the best in entertainment. Sorry, its pretty late and I am spent but once I saw this I wanted to get it online for you right quick. A lot has changed in the world since they recorded this track only a few short months ago but I am rather hopeful that we will come out of this eventually. Please stay smart and healthy my friends. Until next we meet.
When we last discussed the Finnish sensation known as Nighwish, it was to reveal their very brief US tour dates (seen HERE) which was done not long after our overview of their debut single and video “Noise” (seen HERE) from their upcoming album “Human Nature”. The song is called “Harvest” and is a lyric video as opposed to a regular one but let’s have a look at it down below.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Much like my posts about “teaser trailers”, I don’t really feel there is much to say about lyric videos. I will save my song thoughts for a proper single review which I will attend to shortly for good measure. I did find the presented scenes behind the song to be very nice though and think that most of you will enjoy them. Stay tuned for the song narrative, see you then.