Sad people from old bands making themselves look bad

I love the White Zombie record, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1. It’s a unique, groovy, catchy, fun, smart, and slightly unsettling album.

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Fuck yeah.

A big part of what I like about this record is the drumming of Ivan De Prume. I’m not technically proficient enough with drumming to be able to explain what about his playing is so amazing, but I can sum it up and say that he has an inimitable groove. Like a lot of my other favourite drummers, he can play a simple beat but right away, it’s distinctive and stands out — his playing is extremely recognizable to me, and I love it. There’s a certain swagger and confidence to it.

So I was really bummed when he left the band, and every few years I look him up to see what he’s been doing. Today I found something really sad. It’s a clip where he talks about White Zombie and his contribution to the band with an inflated ego. Here it is.

Yeah, WZ was a big deal…25 years ago. Of course there are some aging cats like myself who still love a few of the records but I don’t think that justifies the tone De Prume takes in the above vid. Actually, I don’t think there is any accomplishment that justifies an egotistical tone, ever. I admire humble people, and am instantly put off by braggarts, regardless of what they’ve done. Bragging is annoying.

I also didn’t like how he disparages WZ’s output after he left. He merely says it doesn’t have the groove that he injected into things, and I agree with that statement 100%, but the way he says it makes it sound like more bragging. It feels like he’s implying, “Johnny Tempesta is a good drummer in his own right but I’M BETTER.”

On top of those things, I also find it sad when people clutch desperately to their accomplishments from long ago. I mean, he’s had 27 years to let go of this but it sounds like he’s still bitter about how things went down, and the success the band continued to enjoy after he left. That’s a long time to hold onto negativity.

Yet another miserable aspect to this is that the video states it contains “big news” and came out just a few weeks ago, yet it has only 22 views currently. That speaks volumes about how much the world cares about De Prume’s big news.

It’s all so embarrassing, and it sucks because this guy has had a huge positive impact on my life up until this point, but this is going to taint my memories and feelings associated with him. Bummer.

I feel similarly about David Silveria from Korn, who has a remarkably similar story: groovy, talented drummer with a distinct style who was kicked out of a big band way back when, and still gripes about it to this day, making himself look bad. It’s such a shame. I guess it must be tough to climb such mountains, only to tumble off of them and into obscurity for the rest of your life. Great highs can lead to some great lows, it seems.

Moral of the story: never succeed at anything. Intentionally hamstring and sabotage everything you do so that you avoid success. Jk, real moral of the story: I want to stay humble, no matter how many millions of records I sell and how many fans swamp me on a daily basis. I’m just a dude like you, except I’ve got an amazing blog that dictates world events. NBD. Jk again, my blog actually dictates universal events.

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heavy metal top 5

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fuck yeah

this is bloody tough to do but i think every true super elite metal nerd relishes this task: listing their top 5 metal albums and songs. i know i’ve probably done this several times even just in recent years, and i’m sure my list never changes much, but i still love revisiting it. basically the approach i use is this:

    • what albums have i listened to over and over yet continue to listen to over and over and still be awed by them?
    • do those albums have any real weak points? if so, how bad and how many?
    • do those albums touch me emotionally at some point? (sounds lame but it’s actually a good thing)

so without further ado, here are my top 5 metal albums of all time (in no particular order):

  1. amorphis – elegy
  2. type o negative – life is killing me
  3. megadeth – countdown to extinction
  4. akercocke – antichrist
  5. white zombie – la sexorcisto

fuck, that was tough. there are so many other contenders: metallica’s ‘and justice for all’, dream theater’s ‘awake’, dismember’s ‘indecent and obscene’, voivod’s ‘nothingface’, danzig’s ‘4’, morbid angel’s ‘covenant’, napalm death’s ‘utopia banished’, amorphis’s ‘tales from the thousand lakes’, neurosis’s ‘through silver in blood’, minstry’s ‘psalm 69’…FUCK, there’s too much awesome metal to whittle it down to just 5!! why do i do this to myself!!!

next, my top 5 metal songs of all time, again in no order. i find this one much, much harder.

  1. megadeth – ashes in your mouth
  2. amorphis – song of the troubled one
  3. renaissance – the death of art
  4. type o negative – an ode to locksmiths
  5. type o negative – paranoid (black sabbath cover)

fuuuccccckkkkkkk that was impossible and i totally feel like that list is lacking so much. but honestly, those are the songs that touch me the most when i hear them, that make me want to both bang my head and weep simultaneously. there were about 3 other type o songs and 2 other amorphis songs shortlisted.