Monday, June 04, 2007

Heavy Metal Jukebox

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The year was 1992 and metal was struggling due to the rise of grunge. Bill Clinton was voted into office, the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series and Tim Burton's Batman Returns stunk up theaters across the country. Your choices this time are all songs from the year 1992 so here they are.

Dream Theater-Pull me under

***So which one do you choose?


Anonymous Rhodeislandrock said...

I have to go with KISS - 'Unholy' and not because I am a huge KISS fan. I thought HOT IN THE SHADE sucked and I didn't like the 2 new tunes on SMASHES, THRASHES, & HITS. When the boys did REVENGE, they got back to hard, mean Rock'n'Roll. 'Unholy' was Gene's best song in 10 years, you have to go back to '82 and CREATURES OF THE NIGHT for really good Gene tunes.

Close runner-up is Dream Theater. 'Pull Me Under' stills gets a lot of play here in RI/MA area. I remember thinking that Dream Theater was going to be the next huge band.

10:24 PM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

"Pull Me Under" was listenable (unusual for Dream Theatre in my book), but not particularly good. Pantera was always terrible. I never understood the hype around them. I guess that leaves "Unholy" to win by sucking less than the others!

The Heavy Metal Jukebox was the polar opposite of the last one where we had to pick between three really good songs.

11:07 PM  
Blogger Andre du Plessis said...

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12:52 AM  
Blogger Andre du Plessis said...

Don't really know the other 2 songs but Pantera's Walk seriously kicked ass back then. The album it was on was their last listenable album for me, they seemed to go off track afterwards with Beyond Driven.

1:04 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I would go with Dream Theater.

4:25 AM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

I like all three for very different reasons.

I love DT, but "Pull Me Under" is one of my least favorites. I have to consider it, though, because of the kick it gave to progessive metal.

"Walk" is probably Pantera's most approachable song, popular even with non-Pantera fans. A good, simple riff that still is great to play while running.

That all said, "Unholy" wins. As RIR points out, it brought KISS back from their late 80s crap and was good to show that not all the 80s bands (which I see KISS as for the purposes of this discussion) were void of substance.

Good one, Mark.

-- david

4:29 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, it's like I dig DT and I used to like "Walk" a lot, but given the choices, I'm not in the mood, so I too would go with "Unholy"

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Robert Ethier said...

I'm going to go with Unholy for this one. The last KISS song I had paid attention to was Lick It Up, the time in between was pretty dismal, but then Unholy came out and redeemed them for such songs as "Let's Put The X into Sex"...

5:38 AM  
Blogger aXe mAn said...

My favorite out of them is definately "Unholy"!

Followed by "Pull Me Under"

5:40 AM  
Blogger Amy & Charlie said...

Phew.... tough call... I'm going to have to say Dream Theater then Unholy...

7:01 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

Making me choose between KISS 'Unholy' and Pantera's 'Walk' is close to evil. I will pick Pantera because I still find myself singing it to myself at odd moments.

8:50 AM  
Blogger RockDog said...

While Unholy was a cool KISS tune I have to go with Walk. Killer groove!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Hard Rock Hideout said...

I like all three, but give me Dream Theater's Pull Me Under.

I recall driving through Detroit and hearing DT's Pull Me Under on the radio and saying" Holy Shit! Who is this band?!"

Unholy is a cool track too.

I can take or leave the Pantera song.

Rob Rockitt,
Hard Rock Hideout

11:55 AM  
Blogger Allyson said...

I'll go with Dream Theater.


1:43 PM  
Blogger captain corky said...

I'll go with Kiss, but I'm really glad they eventually put the make up back on!

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

Even though I was an actual member of the KISS Army back in the day, I'm going to go with Pantera here. Simply put, I like the song.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Vince Neilstein said...

Gotta go with "Pull Me Under." This was the only Dream Theater song that MTV paid any attention to, and even at that it was only a little. Still it was just enough to launch what has been quite an illustrious career that continued on virtually without any MTV or radio at all. Really a remarkable band from all angles.

10:42 AM  

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