The album “Wildhoney” (1994) by Tiamat was one of those albums of the early 90s that really changed everything for me. It won't be an exaggeration if I tell you it was a little sonic revolution for me back then because I've never heard anything like that. I used to think all doom metal was something like Candlemess but Tiamat was something completely different. It had no epicness, only pure cosmic-size progressive almost liquid decay and depression caught on tape.
Arguably the oddest song on the KISS classic album “Destroyer”... and I love it. I've no doubt that it's rather a Bob Ezrin's song than a KISS song but who cares? Were you offended when KISS played it with a real children's choir in Sydney during their “Kiss Symphony” performance? I wasn't. In fact, I was rather thrilled. And it has a nice bass line. Really, just listen to it! Pure Gene with his melody-first approach I love so much! It's a real pleasure to play it.
Mercyful Fate is probably of the most underrated metal bands ever. They've practically invented progressive and black metal and all they got for that is a couple of “yeah, “Come To The Sabbath” was a nice song”. I just can't wrap my head around it, srsly. Well, however, in my book Mercyful Fate was a legendary band, way ahead of its time with all their classic albums. The reunited 90's Mercyful Fate was great too, though I've always preferred the originals. And Timi Hansen, my sweet...
“Skeletons In The Closet” is one of the most obscure songs from one of the most obscure albums by Mr. Alice Cooper, though for some reason almost anyone who listens to "Special Forces" for the first time tends to remember this particular song.
Gene Simmons has tons of demos (95% of them were actually released on his “Vault” box set) but this one is probably my favorite one. “Promise The Moon” was one of Gene's songs for the “Crazy Nights” album and this fact is damn hard to swallow... I mean “Sword And Stone” and “Promise The Moon” were not good enough for the album but “No, No, No” was? *sigh*
Going back to '80s with “Sunglasses At Night” by Corey Hart, a very special song with lots of little things from different genres mixed together. New wave, rock, pop, maybe even a little of early goth vibe can be found here too.
Last year I started some sort of a tradition – in April I cover one of the songs my mom used to like. She's not with us anymore but I find it nice to celebrate her life with something she liked. This time it's an absolute classic “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley (originally by Big Mama Thornton).
There were times when Crematory was very popular among goth/doom people, especially in Europe and especially in the middle of the '90s. “Tears Of Time” was released on the band's arguably the most popular album “Illusions” and the song itself became – again arguably – their most popular song ever. Well, at least I've seen Crematory two times live, and “Tears Of Time” was always the right song to close their gigs.
Some would say it's an obvious choice but you know what... Sometimes you stop listening to a song just because you've heard it way too many times, and it slowly becomes a habit to exclude it from your playlists because come on, it's freaking everywhere + on every freaking compilation! And then suddenly you realize that you haven't listened to this song for like 10 years already and you miss it terribly! Get it? If so, you do understand what “Rock And Roll All Nite” is for me now :) A...
Ok, I guess sometimes I have the right to play something really special that I'm sure not so many people are aware of. Even though I know this cover won't have thousands of views, I really don't care. If I love a band I don't give a shit if it's known worldwide or not, I just can't help myself, I have to cover it! And maybe recruit someone else to their fan army, who knows :)