So, I’ve decided to do this facebook 30 Day Song Challenge (you can see previous days here) thing and I figured I’d do it here on ninebullets. Feel free to contribute your thoughts in the comments section.


This one is a no brainer. When I’m pissed off I instinctively reach for Pantera’s 1992 masterpiece, Vulgar Display Power. While, naturally, I’ll listen to the entire album when I’m pissed I always start with the same song:

Pantera – Fucking Hostile

What’s your go to “rage tune”?


Ahhh. The guitar riff. Doesn’t matter what kind of music you like or what kind folks hate. Everyone loves the guitar riff. It has the power to make girls take off their clothes and guys beat the shit out of each other. It has been said that God may have created man but Sam Colt made them equal…well, the ability to play signature guitar riffs made them cool.

So today, post your Top 5 favorite guitar riffs.

Here are mine:

Black Sabbath – Sweat Leaf: For me, this riff embodies heavy metal guitar.

Dire Straits – Money For Nothing: There have been plenty of rock gods over the years but none were ever so godly as the 12 year old version of me playing air guitar on my mother’s broom to the opening riffs of this song.

Metallica – Seek and Destroy: Unarguably my favorite guitar riff of all time. I damned near joy juiced my trousers the day I learned how to play it.

Guns and Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine: Remember up above when I said the guitar riff, on occasion, had the power to make women take their clothes off? I present “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. Go to any town where there is a large collection of rednecks and beer and a body of water. Crank “Sweet Child O’ Mine”….I guaran-fucking-tee someone will have their titties out by the second chorus. It’s as reliable as beads in New Orleans. Also, if you were gonna assign hair metal a “signature riff” would there even be another option?

Pantera – Walk: Remember up above when I said the guitar riff, on occasion, had the power to make men beat the shit outta one another? I present “Walk” (or any other Pantera riff). I bet you could play “Walk” over the PA at a Phish concert and a mosh pit would form.


Well, well, well. Hellsongs are about to release a new cd and
I gotta admit, it’s ridiculous but it’s also ridiculously fun. What’s that? You don’t know who Hellsongs are? Well, if you enjoy giving the Richard Cheese discs a spin or two, then you need to keep reading…

Hellsongs fashion themselves as “LoungeMetal” and what they do is reinterpret metal classics as acoustic/electronic songs more fit for coffee shop waifery. Remember when Tori Amos released that cover album which featured a cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood”? Yeah? Well, it’s exactly like that, except that Hellsongs actually make it listenable while making the songs their own, a la Richard Cheese minus the Vegas lounge kitch. Over 10 tracks these Swedes manage to offer their own spin on Slayer, Guns -n- Roses, Skid Row, as well as a mom-approved take on Pantera.

Look, I’m not saying this is something you’ll put in heavy rotation, but it is a fun listen. It also makes for an entertaining album to put on when you have company and watch as they have an internal struggle trying to figure out just what it is they are listening to.

Hellsongs – Youth Gone Wild
Skid Row – Youth Gone Wild
(tell me the Hellsongs version, with that chorus, wouldn’t have been a perfect song for an 80’s movie…maybe the fair scene in Lost Boys)

Hellsongs – Walk
Pantera – Walk

Hellsongs Official Site, Hellsongs on myspace


As I am sure you’ve read 100 times today, this is the day John Lennon was murdered but what you won’t read very much is that it’s also the day Dimebag Darrell was murdered.

As is habit, there will be no lengthy missives and no eulogizing from me. Just an acknowledgment of the day and the man. I don’t care what your opinion of Pantera’s music was when you heard Dimebag play a guitar, you knew exactly who it was. His importance to and affect upon the metal genre is for people much more important that me to discuss but I can honestly say Vulgar Display of Power altered my musical trajectory immediately upon hearing it and it still gets regular play on my iPod.

So later tonight drink some whiskey and listen to a little Pantera at high volume.

Pantera – Mouth For War
Pantera – This Love

Pantera – Becoming
Pantera – I’m Broken

Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
Pantera – Cemetery Gates


Cross Canadian Ragweed – Dimebag

Flashback Friday: Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power

Perhaps one of the most influential metal albums of the 1990s, Vulgar Display of Power is said to have revitalized thrash metal, speeding up the riffs and rhythms and adding a harder-edged, grinding vocal flourish. Several songs from this release have become some of the band’s best known, such as “Fucking Hostile”, “Mouth for War”, “This Love“, and “Walk“, the latter of which reached #35 on the UK Singles Chart.

God damn. This CD hit me like a sack of bricks. Shit, even the CD cover was 100% brutality. Released way back in 1992, I didn’t think anything heavier or more brutal would ever be released, and I’m not sure that there ever has. Vulgar Display of Power was a pre-eminent CD in my life’s soundtrack for a good 5 years… this also happened to be a quite aggro period of my life full of bar fights and other mischief, and it is time to give it mention on this site. There are no cute stories to go with this Flashback Friday because Vulgar kicks the crap outta cute stories. There are only rock fists, blown speakers, bloody knuckles and fat lips to tell. I once saw Biohazard and Pantera together, and it took two months for the bruises to heal.

Pantera followed up Vulgar with Far Beyond Driven, which, for any other band, would have been a crowning achievement … but it just wasn’t Vulgar. Looking back, the heroin was probably already getting the upperhand with Phil. In my opinion they never released another decent album after Far Beyond Driven and over the years a lot of bad shit happened between the band members. In November of 2004 any chance of a reunion was extinguished when some piece of shit (whom I will not immortalize by typing its name) jumped on stage and killed Dimebag. My brother has always said that “good music is fleeting and should be enjoyed while it is there”. More often than not he is proven right.

In July 2004, Vulgar Display of Power went double-platinum.

Pantera – Fucking Hostile
Pantera – Mouth for War
Pantera – Regular People