Friday 5: What Full Metal Albums Should Be Performed In Concert?
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Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you?). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting.
Today, let’s talk about the rare albums that would sound great in concert!
Five Metal Albums That Should Be Performed Live In Their Entirety
Anso DF, MetalSucks senior editor
1. Around The Fur | Deftones
Maverick | 1997
This week, Quebec’s Amnesia Rockfest rolled out the roster for its tenth anniversary weekend in June. If you squinted at that line-up poster, you might’ve spotted the Deftones — and not just a usual set, oh my no — they’re slated to perform their sophomore album Around The Fur. That is sweet titties, my friends, cuz it’s a hall-of-fame jam and cuz here in 2015, Fur is a snapshot of the Deftones in transition from “great band” to “band for the ages.” Not their peak nor a bad fit for their 40-something selves, it’s a fascinating idea. So it got me thinking.
2. The Years Of Decay | Overkill
Megaforce/Atlantic | 1989
Only a certain breed of album works when performed start to finish in concert. It must have zip and tons of it. It must flow like a live set, with a big start, a build-up to a mini-climax at the mid-point, then a new ramp-up to the big finale. It probably has aged well and must not sound retarded coming from the authors, older and wiser as they now are. The Overkill guys haven’t changed a bit — though their line-up has — but The Years Of Decay would sound awesome. I have some ideas for production too, guys call me!
3. Dealing With It! | D.R.I.
Metal Blade | 1985
Recall Queensryche’s tours around 1988 for the Operation: Mindcrime cycle. In opening slots for Metallica and Guns ‘N Roses, they played only pieces of the epic concept album — and how unfulfilling that must’ve been for fans, like viewing only a few scenes of The Godfather. (Maybe that’s flattery. Let’s say Goodfellas.) Anyway: It’s tough for a band to perform a full album if their profile doesn’t permit enough set time. For D.R.I., however, it’s no problemo cuz their flawless, concert-ready classic clocks in at a zippy 35 minutes. Though that doesn’t account for all the pauses required to order me to stop humping monitors.
4. Persistence Of Time | Anthrax
Island | 1990
In Scott Ian’s memoirs (shudder), the Anthrax guitarist really goes to bat for their then-final album with singer Joey Belladonna. At that time, Ian and crew had shed the jam shorts, funny raps, and neon-colored hijinks. But, as Ian observes, the sudden loss of their ability to crack a smile didn’t harm the follow-up to their two biggest records, nor did its big hit single “Got The Time” or its many riveting solos by that weird fucker Dan Spitz. If the rest of Anthrax feels like Ian and I do, then in concert they’d hammer these jams into our eye sockets just on principle. It would never sound better.
5. Sabotage | Black Sabbath
Warner Bros | 1975
The men of Black Sabbath and I disagree once in a while. Drummer Bill Ward respects the Foo Fighters. Bassist Geezer Butler doesn’t use profanity. Guitarist Tony Iommi has a moustache. And Ozzy … well, our differences will be saved for their own Friday 5. But my beef with all four of them is their tireless slagging of Sabotage, a late Ozzy-era gem created inside a decade-long blackout. I love that shit! It is the JAM! Best of all, fans aren’t sick of its every note and the band probably hasn’t listened to it ever. Unspool that shit at a monster concert event and it’ll be a revelation for all!
Your turn! Have a great wknd!