Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Random Thoughts: Decibel, Rob Halford

A couple things I have been thinking about tonight.

1. A recent comment I made on Full Metal Attorney here, made me think about who would be the best person to be an ambassador for metal. Now that Ronnie James Dio has died, I really believe the answer should be Rob Halford. Here's why: Halford is one person who has really embraced the heavy metal label. He has also expressed enjoyment of a variety of metal styles, including going so far as to say he would like to do a project with members of Emperor. Lemmy Kilmister has never really warmed up to the metal label, instead classifying his band simply as "rock & roll". Halford has also been around a long time and is universally respected in the metal genre.

2. Decibel shorted me on a flexi disc this month. Of course it's the Enslaved one, and I am a huge fan of Enslaved. I have contacted them and thus far not received a response.

3. After having read an interview with Tom "Angelripper" Such in Decibel, I have a huge amount of respect for him. Sodom has been one of my favorite bands for awhile, now even moreso.

4. I have read the last three issues of Decibel in the last week. I find myself becoming a bit disenchanted with it. They cover an awful lot of hardcore, grindcore, and noise rock. They also seem to prefer those albums to the metal albums. Metal albums seem to have lower overall ratings than those of the other three genres mentioned above. Anyone else notice this?

5. I tried listening to Converge's Jane Doe last night after re-reading some of my posts. I cannot stand it. I just do not get it. And for Decibel to choose that as the album of the decade last year bothers me.

6. Wedding plans are coming along. It still feels like there is a lot to do, but I am looking forward to getting married to my fiancee this year.

7. Still have not officially opened my law firm, hopefully within the next couple of weeks.

8. My fiancee and I are moving to an acreage in the next couple of weeks. Looking forward to that.


  1. Mrs. MetallattorneyJanuary 4, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    YEA!!!!! HORSES!!!!! And... MORE HORSES!!!!! :P

  2. 1. Not a bad choice, and as far as I can tell he's the best one due to the factors you mentioned as well as his fame. There are probably others out there who would do well, but for the lower fame.

    2. The same thing happened with mine. I haven't contacted them yet since I don't have a turntable to even play it on, so I'm not sure whether I care.

    3. I have the utmost respect for him after reading that too.

    4. I don't think it's quite that bad, but I'm just trying to take care not to buy an album before I'm sure it's metal. Their top 5 albums of the year were very good choices (I think Dawnbringer may be a bit overrated, but still). For the price of a subscription, though, I'd say it's worth it. If price was no issue Terrorizer would be the obvious choice (if you had to pick).

    5. I haven't listened to that album. Not sure whether I will, but I am a big fan of tDEP, and I've liked some Coalesce, so maybe. I agree that they should have chosen something undeniably metal for the #1 spot, though.

    6/7/8. Good luck!

  3. I did get an email back from someone with Decibel who said there was some sort of a glitch and that they have mailed my replacement. Hopefully within the next few days I will get it and let you know.

  4. It seems like Halford, Lemmy, or Ozzy would be the obvious choices. As you said, though, Lemmy doesn't consider himself "metal" (though his refusal to adopt the label others try to stick on him in many ways makes him even more metal). And as for Ozzy, it seems like many people have a pretty hard time taking him seriously these days, so Halford is probably the best choice of the three. I suppose Dickinson, Iommi, or Hetfield could be okish choices too.

  5. On second thought, Hetfield would be safe to scratch off that list.

  6. I seriously considered Dickinson and Iommi when I thought of this actually. I lean more towards Halford because he is a lot more vocal and willing to be in the public eye. At least that's my perception, though I may be wrong. Iommi and Dickinson did both do the Headbanger's Journey documentary.

  7. I can see your point. Iommi in particular has almost had a 'behind the scenes' type career, what with Ozzy and Dio as frontmen. He's probably more important to the development of the genre than anybody else, but I guess that doesn't necessarily equate to ambassador.