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2012 MLB Season

I’m trying to be positive about the Blue Jays’ outlook this year. I really want to be excited about the team. But I just can’t do it.

They are having a great spring. There’s no arguing with that. They’ve been playing incredibly well in Grapefruit league play. As I write this, they have an .815 winning percentage. That’s leaps and bounds ahead of their closest competition. But years and years of watching baseball (and pretty much every other professional sport) has shown me that preseason numbers don’t mean shit when it comes to the regular season. In the preseason, you’ve got a bunch of minor league players giving absolutely everything they have in an effort to make the team. Every year, that inflates many teams preseason stats.

In my opinion, it actually benefits the teams that will probably be shitty in the regular season. The perrenial contenders have their rosters pretty well set before spring training ever kicks off. The minor leaguers know they probably aren’t making the team, so they don’t press nearly as hard. If you’re a first base prospect in Boston or New York, why bother? You’re not making the team. But in the weaker teams, the prospects know they’ve got a shot. They play as hard as they possibly can to try and make it. That gives a bump to those team, gives them a competitive advantage over the teams whose own minor league players are just there to fill spots when the major leaguers don’t feel like playing.

Obviously, I know it’s not just that simple. But that’s part of it, and it’s a major factor in why preseason numbers rarely have any relevance on the final standings in the regular season.

Back to the Jays, there are numerous reasons why I doubt they’ll finish higher than fourth in the AL East this year. For one, they are as good as Boston, New York, or Tampa. Personally, I think it’s possible for them to finish as high as third, but only if they have record-setting offensive output and Tampa’s pitching fails them completely. I doubt Boston will meltdown again like they did last year, and despite being old as dirt, the Yankees are the Yankees. They’re better than the Jays.

In the end, it comes down to the on-field product. I don’t think the Jays have done enough to field a competitive team. I think AA did his best to improve the team; I just don’t think it was enough.

From a pitching standpoint, I just don’t think they’re good enough. Romero is a solid pitcher. But he’s not an ace. He’s Shawn Marcum, version 2.0. Ideally, he slots in the two-hole, behind a real ace. Brandow Morrow is similar. He throws heat, but if he’s off, he gets lit up. He’s like a young A.J. Burnett. I know nobody wants to hear that, not even me, but they’re very comparable. Brett Cecil is about as inconsistent as it gets. Alvarez and Drabek have a shitton of potential, but they’re young. And McGowan is trying to come back from injuries that should have ended his career. There’s no way to know how he’ll hold up.

The bullpen is the same. They shored it up a bit, but still. Who’s their closer? Sergio Santos? He blew six saves last year. Cordero’s not getting any younger. The rest of them haven’t been able to do shit up to this point; why should we think they’ll be able to get it done this time?

For the position players, it’s as simple as looking at each position and seeing how the Jays’ stack up against divisional rivals. At catcher, if Arencibia can mirror last year’s performance, I give the Jays’ the edge at that position. At least offensively. Defensively, Arencebia isn’t great. He isn’t the worst, but he’s not the best.

First base, no. With Tex and Gonzalez in the division, they aren’t even close. At the moment, I don’t even know who their fucking first baseman is. Is it Adam Lind? He’s a DH at best. Realistically, the Jays are probably dead last in the division at first. I’m not sure who Tampa and Baltimore have there, but it can’t be much worse than the Jays.

Same thing with second base. Kelly Johnson? Fuck that guy. He can occasionally put up decent numbers, but he’s streaky as hell. And even his best numbers weren’t great. It’s a crapshoot, at best.

And that’s all I really need to say. When you go into a season with no clear-cut first or second basemen, you’re screwed. But I’ll go on, just so I can actually talk about the Jays’ high points.

Yunel Escobar at short is decent. He’s probably not tops in the division, but he’s solid, consistent, and not a defensive liability. I’ll take it.

Third base. Brett Lawrie. A bright spot for the Jays. The kid’s got potential and intensity coming out his ass. Statistically, he’s one of the weakest third basemen in the division, but he could easily be one of the best before too long. Obviously, I’m biased, but watching him play, there’s nothing in his game that I think could hold him back to being equal with Evan Longoria before too long.

The only other bright spot for the Jays is, of course, Jose Bautista. Regardless of where they play him, the guy hits like a fucking truck. I don’t need to say much more about him. Any guy who gives you 40+ HR and 100+ RBI is a good thing.

The rest of the outfielders are a bunch of prospects and guys known for their fielding/base-running. Sure, Thames or Schnieder could have breakout years, offensively, and nail down one of those positions. Or they could do what they’ve been doing and routinely float between the Majors and Triple-A ball. It’s impossible to tell.

And that, in a nutshell, is why I think the Jays are doomed, once again. Too much unknown. They have skilled players, good prospects, but they’d all need to come together at the right time, and in a major way, to make any kind of meaningful impact. There’s too much left to chance, and that rarely, if ever, works out well.

Plus, I think their pitching sucks.

Later.

My Favourite Bands

I was bored, and it’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything on here, so I decided I’d write a little bit about my favourite bands. So I’m going to list my five favourite bands and talk a little bit about why I like them and why you should listen to them.

5. Stone Sour – What can I say about this band? They fucking rock. Definitely more alternative metal/hard rock than my usual thrash/heavy metal, but no less awesome. Corey Taylor is a talented singer and lyricist, which he never gets enough credit for in regards to his more well-known band. I’ve yet to hear a Stone Sour song I dislike; even the slower ones are great. Audio Secrecy was one of the best albums of 2010, by far. Very relatable lyrics, which is a big thing for me. But I could say that about all three of their albums. Come What(ever) May was a solid album, with a lot of quality tunes on it (not just ‘Through Glass’), and their self-titled album will always be a favourite of mine.

Favourite Songs: Orchids, Inhale, Bother, Tumult, Omega, The Wicked, Kill Everybody, Come What(ever) May, Hell & Consequences, Reborn, Socio, Suffer, Say You’ll Haunt Me, Dying, Unfinished, Hate Not Gone, Anna.

4. Megadeth – Despite being one of the Big 4 of thrash metal, Megadeth gets a lot of flak. There are too many metalheads who just dismiss them because of Risk and Cryptic Writings. I’ll agree that those albums were less than satisfying, from a thrash metal perspective. But that doesn’t take away from what they’ve done and some of the fucking great music they’ve given us. Killing Is My Business, Peace Sells, and Rust In Peace are three quintessential thrash albums. Not to mention their last four albums. The System Has Failed, United Abominations, and Endgame were all solid efforts, with a lot of kick-ass tunes on them. And then there’s 13. Top three, maybe top two among 2011 releases, in my opinion. If you’re one of the people who didn’t like it, I suggest listening to it again. And again. And again. Until the all the stupid is blasted out of you.

Aside from all that, the major kick a lot of people seem to have against Megadeth comes down to Dave Mustaine. People complain about his voice, his political and religious views, and his generally asshole-ish personality. To the people who talk about the politics and the douchiness, I say screw that. It’s the music, man. Fuck that other shit. I don’t care how much of a dick an artist is; if the music’s good, that’s all that matters. As for his voice, that’s all down to personal preference. If you don’t like it, that’s fine. I’m not forcing anybody to listen to Mustaine. In my opinion, however, his voice is perfect for metal. For me, metal, especially thrash metal, has always been about chaos. I want it to be rough-edged and guttural, not polished and melodic. There are other genres that provide that sound.

Favourite Songs: Rattlehead, These Boots, Wake Up Dead, Peace Sells, In My Darkest Hour, Five Magics, Poison Was the Cure, Symphony of Destruction, This Was My Life, A Tout le Monde, Blood of Heroes, Family Tree, I Thought I Knew It All, Victory, Trust, Almost Honest, I’ll Get Even, 1000 Times Goodbye, Dread and the Fugitive Mind, Die Dead Enough, The Scorpion, Something That I’m Not, Truth Be Told, Of Mice and Men, Washington Is Next!, Never Walk Alone… A Call to Arms, Play For Blood, 44 Minutes, Bodies, The Hardest Part of Letting Go… Seal With A Kiss, Head Crusher, How the Story Ends, The Right to Go Insane, Sudden Death, Public Enemy No. 1, We the People, Black Swan, Wrecker, Deadly Nightshade, 13.

3. Slayer – I don’t think I have to say much about Slayer. They’ve been one of the most consistently brutal bands over the last 30 years. They are thrash metal. Simple as that. Lyrically, musically, and everything else. Tom Araya is a brilliant singer, and Kerry King is possibly the most metal person who has ever existed. That’s it.

Favourite Songs: Die By the Sword, Show No Mercy, Hell Awaits, At Dawn They Sleep, Angel of Death, Criminally Insane, Raining Blood, South of Heaven, Behind the Crooked Cross, Mandatory Suicide, Spill the Blood, War Ensemble, Spirit In Black, Born of Fire, Seasons In the Abyss, Overt Enemy, Perversions of Pain, Scrum, Disciple, God Send Death, Exile, Here Comes the Pain, Addict, Payback, Eyes of the Insane, Jihad, World Painted Blood, Hate Worldwide, Playing With Dolls.

2. Pantera – And yes, I never thought I’d say that. Pantera has been my favourite band for the better part of a decade now. But they’ve recently been bumped down to number two. It’s only by a hair; more like one a and one b. But still.

Now, many of the reasons I stated with the previous bands ring true for why Pantera is near the top of my list. Lyrically, musically, and in the general attitude department, Pantera is metal. Phil Anselmo is the number one metal singer in my books. That will never change. Dimebag was one of the best guitarists of all time; the solo on Floods is damn near perfect. Rex Brown is one of the best bassists I’ve ever heard. And Vinnie Paul is a monster on the drums. I’m Broken is possibly my favourite song of all time (it’s in a fight with Cemetery Gates and Motorhead’s Ace of Spades).

Favourite Songs: Cowboys From Hell, Cemetery Gates, Domination, The Sleep, Mouth For War, Walk, Fucking Hostile, This Love, Regular People (Conceit), Hollow, Strength Beyond Strength, 5 Minutes Alone, I’m Broken, Good Friends and A Bottle of Pills, 25 Years, Shedding Skin, Drag the Waters, 10’s, 13 Steps to Nowhere, Suicide Note Pt. 1, Floods, Goddamn Electric, Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit, Revolution Is My Name, Death Rattle, I’ll Cast A Shadow.

1. Black Label Society – Great band. I don’t really have much else to say. Zakk Wylde’s credentials as a guitarist speak for themselves. There isn’t a BLS song I don’t like, and every album is better than the last. And considering how fucking awesome the first one was, that’s really saying something. This is a band I recommend everybody listen to. I don’t care what you listen to; Black Label Society should have a spot on your playlist.

Favourite Songs: Bored to Tears, Hey You (Batch of Lies), World of Trouble, All For You, 13 Years of Grief, Rust, Counterfeit God, Ain’t Life Grand, Just Killing Time, Stronger Than Death, Bleed For Me, Bridge to Cross, Graveyard Disciples, Lost Heaven, Stillborn, Funeral Bell, Destruction Overdrive, Blackened Waters, We Live No More, Dead Meadow, Crazy or High, Queen of Sorrow, Steppin’ Stone, Won’t Find It Here, Damage Is Done, Layne, No Other, Once More, Fear, What’s In You, In This River, Say What You Will, Been A Long Time, Dirt On the Grave, Blacked Out World, The Last Goodbye, Hell Is High, Sick of It All, Blood Is Thicker Than Water, Parade of the Dead, Godspeed Hellbound, Time Waits For No One.

So that’s it. My top five favourite bands. There are a shitton of other bands I think kick serious ass, but for this list, there could only be five. Check them out.

Later.

I Don’t Get It

First off, I’d like to explain just what I’m talking about.

Recently, it was discovered that former New Orleans Saints defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams used a bounty system with his defensive players that payed out money for game-ending hits on targeted players (a.k.a. the opposing team’s star players). The whole situation is a little more complex than that, but that’s the basic gist.

Now, I would like to say this: I understand why the NFL is looking into this. It is against the rules for players to be paid for in-game achievements. You can’t pay a guy for intercepting a pass. He’s already paid to play. And you can’t pay a guy for taking Tom Brady’s head off in the second quarter. So, this whole bounty thing is against the rules and I applaud the NFL for sticking to the rulebook. They should enforce the rules, otherwise what’s the point in having them?

What I don’t get is why this has blown up into such a big thing. I know player safety has become a hot topic in recent years, but come on. Are people stupid? This is fucking football, man. All they do is try to hurt each other. Whether a player is getting paid a “bounty” to take somebody out of the game or not, they’re going to try to do it.

You think Ray Lewis goes out on the field thinking “I’m am going to play it safe and make sure nobody gets hurt”? Of course not. He goes out there, looks at whatever quarterback he’s playing against that day and thinks “I’m gonna take this fucker’s head off”. Sure, he doesn’t want to literally kill the guy. But he does want to injure him. He wants his team to win, and if that means giving a guy a concussion or breaking an ankle, that’s what he’ll do. Gladly.

Or Ndamukong Suh. That guy is, in my opinion, the meanest player in the NFL right now. You think he doesn’t go out intending to injure? If you do, you need to check your head, my friend.

It’s the same for all the players. I named two guys who are known as tough, mean dudes, but it goes for pretty much any defensive player. And most of the offensive ones. If you get a chance to really hurt another team’s player, you take it. Because it gives your team a better opportunity to win. And that’s what you’re paid to do. To win.

If you really think about it, most defensive players are paid legitimately for the same thing. Obviously, there’s more to playing defense than just hurting people. But how do the real big name defenders rise to prominence? How do they make a name for themselves? Not by grabbing onto a guy’s jersey and holding him down. That’s for fucking sure. They get the fame, and the huge contracts, for dealing out punishment, punishment that frequently leaves the opposing players with broken bones and concussions. They get reputations as ferocious defenders, which gets them big money on their next contract. And what do you think all that money is going to them for? To be the same player, the same mean guy who wants to take opposing players right the fuck out of the game.

I’m not going to bother going into the fan appreciation angle of this story either. We all know how everybody says they hate to see a player get carried off the field. The fucking announcers say that same line every time it happens. But we all know it’s bullshit. Maybe the fans feel bad when it happens, but that’s just because they were screaming for blood two seconds earlier.

So, I don’t get it. What’s the big deal? That’s what I’m asking. Is everybody really so surprised? Is the idea that players want to hurt each other really so foreign?

Football may be a game, but the players, coaches, and various co-ordinators play to win. They want every advantage, and if they need to break a few rules, spend a few bucks under the table to get them, that’s what they’ll do.

Winning brings glory. Winning brings fame. Winning brings pleasure. Winning brings money. So the players try to hurt each other, bounty or no, because they want. They want it all, and a broken leg here or a dislocated shoulder there can get them a little closer to having it.

It’s not shocking. It’s common fucking sense.

Later.

Song Recommendations

I was bored, so I decided I’d make a little list of song recommendations. I know that doesn’t count as real writing, but it’s something I felt I should do. It’s like public service. Or something.

But anyways, here’s a list of song I think you should listen to. Yeah, I’m talking to you. You. Whoever you are. Youtube these songs, because they are awesome.

Edit: I wrote a short note at the bottom of this. Check it out, even if you don’t feel like reading this too-long song list haha.

Black Label Society – Stillborn
Black Label Society – Blackened Waters
Black Label Society – Steppin’ Stone
Black Label Society – Layne
Black Label Society – Once More
Black Label Society – In This River
Black Label Society – Godspeed Hellbound
Black Label Society – The Last Goodbye
Black Label Society – Bored to Tears
Black Label Society – Rust
Black Label Society – Counterfeit God
Black Label Society – Just Killing Time
Black Label Society – Bleed For Me
Black Label Society – Lost Heaven
(Pretty much anything by BLS, really. Great band)
Apocalyptica f/ Corey Taylor – I’m Not Jesus
Audioslave – What You Are
Avenged Sevenfold – Gunslinger
Avenged Sevenfold – Betrayed
Avenged Sevenfold – Girl I Know
Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
Avenged Sevenfold – Buried Alive
Avenged Sevenfold – Victim
Bad Company – Bad Company
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Bleeding Through – Line In the Sand
Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Blue Oyster Cult – Burnin’ For You
Breaking Benjamin – You
Breaking Benjamin – Dance With the Devil
Breaking Benjamin – Until the End
Breaking Benjamin – Natural Life
Breaking Benjamin – Shallow Bay
Breaking Benjamin – Away
Breaking Benjamin – So Cold
Buckcherry – Everything
Buckcherry – Sorry
Buckcherry – Whiskey In the Morning
Bullet For My Valentine – Waking the Demon
Bullet For My Valentine – The End
Bullet For My Valentine – Hit the Floor
Burn Halo – Saloong Song
Burn Halo – Save Me
Cavo – Champagne
Chevelle – Still Running
Chris Cornell – You Know My Name
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
Cold – It’s All Good
Cold – Suffocate
Cold – Remedy
Cold – Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)
Cold – Stupid Girl
CCR – Bad Moon Rising
Damageplan – Cold Blooded
Damageplan f/ Corey Taylor – Fuck You
Damageplan – Blink of An Eye
Dark New Day – Bare Bones
Default – Comes and Goes
Default – Deny
Default – Sick and Tired
Demon Hunter – Carry Me Down
Demon Hunter – Not Ready to Die
Demon Hunter – Deteriorate
Demon Hunter – Infected
Demon Hunter – Undying
Demon Hunter – One Thousand Apologies
Demon Hunter – The Tide Began to Rise
Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours
DevilDriver – Pray For Villains
DevilDriver – Fate Stepped In
DevilDriver – Resurrection Blvd.
DevilDriver – I’ve Been Sober
Dio – Holy Diver
Dommin – Closure
Dommin – I Still Lost
Dommin – Making the Most
Dope – Survive
Dope f/ The Detroit Hate Choir – Burn
Dope – The Life
Dope – Pig Society
Dope – Everything Sucks
Dope – Sing
Dope – Another Day Goes By
Dope – Easier
Dope – With or Without You
Dope – My Funeral
Down – The Man That Follows Hell
Down – New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
Down – Never Try
Eagles – Hotel California
Finger Eleven – Living In A Dream
Finger Eleven – Slow Chemical
Five Finger Death Punch – Under and Over It
Five Finger Death Punch – Remember Everything
Five Finger Death Punch – Wicked Ways
Five Finger Death Punch – The Tragic Truth
Five Finger Death Punch – If I Fall
Five Finger Death Punch – Hard to See
Five Finger Death Punch – Far From Home
Five Finger Death Punch – Bad Company
Five Finger Death Punch – Walk Away
Five Finger Death Punch – The Bleeding
Five Finger Death Punch – Meet the Monster
Five Finger Death Punch – Never Enough
Five Finger Death Punch – Stranger Than Fiction
Foo Fighters – The Pretender
Fozzy – Enemy
Fozzy – All That Remains
Fozzy – Martyr No More
Fozzy – Let the Madness Begin
Hail the Villain – Glad to Be
Hail the Villain – Runaway
Hail the Villain – Pyro
Hail the Villain – Swan Dive Suicide
Hellyeah – Hellyeah
Hellyeah – Goddamn
Hellyeah – Debt That All Men Pay
Hellyeah – Pole Rider
Hellyeah – Stand or Walk Away
Hinder – 2 Sides of Me
Hinder – What Ya Gonna Do
Hinder – Waking Up the Devil
Hinder – Red Tail Lights
Hinder – Everybody’s Wrong
Hinder – Bliss (I Don’t Wanna Know)
Hinder – Better Than Me
Hinder – Last Kiss Goodbye
Hinder – Far From Home
Hinder – Heartless
Ill Niño – Violent Saint
Ill Niño – How Can I Live
Ill Niño – If You Still Hate Me
Jace Everett – Bad Things
Jace Everett – Damned If I Do
Killswitch Engage – The Reckoning
Killswitch Engage – I Would Do Anything
Kyle Turley – Another Whiskey
Lamb of God – Redneck
Machine Head – Aesthetics of Hate
Mark Collie – In Time
Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction
Megadeth – This Was My Life
Megadeth – Trust
Megadeth – Almost Honest
Megadeth – I’ll Get Even
Megadeth – Bodies
Megadeth – The Hardest Part of Letting Go… Sealed With A Kiss
Megadeth – Head Crusher
Megadeth – How the Story Ends
Megadeth – The Right to Go Insane
Megadeth – These Boots
Megadeth – Peace Sells
Megadeth – Time: The Beginning
Megadeth – Five Magics
Megadeth – In My Darkest Hour
Megadeth – Die Dead Enough
Megadeth – The Scorpion
Megadeth – Something That I’m Not
Megadeth – Truth Be Told
Megadeth – Of Mice and Men
Megadeth – Sudden Death
Megadeth – Public Enemy No. 1
Megadeth – We the People
Megadeth – Wrecker
Megadeth – Deadly Nightshade
Megadeth – 13
Megadeth – Sleepwalker
Megadeth – Washington is Next!
Megadeth – Never Walk Alone… A Call to Arms
Megadeth – Play For Blood
Megadeth – A Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)
Megadeth – 1000 Times Goodbye
Megadeth – Blood of Heroes
Megadeth – Family Tree
Megadeth – I Thought I Knew It All
Megadeth – Victory
Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls
Metallica – Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Metallica – The Unforgiven
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
Motorhead – The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
Motorhead – Jailbait
Motorhead – One Short Life
Motorhead – King of Kings
Mudvayne – World So Cold
Mudvayne – Happy?
Mudvayne – Scream With Me
Mudvayne – A Cinderella Story
Mudvayne – Never Enough
Nine Inch Nails – Every Day Is Exactly the Same
Pantera – Shedding Skin
Pantera – Drag the Waters
Pantera – 13 Steps to Nowhere
Pantera – 10’s
Pantera – Suicide Note Pt. 1
Pantera – Floods
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
Pantera – Domination
Pantera – Cemetery Gates
Pantera – Mouth For War
Pantera – Walk
Pantera – This Love
Pantera – I’m Broken
Pantera – 5 Minutes Alone
Pantera – Revolution Is My Name
Pantera – Goddamn Electric
Pantera – Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit
Pantera – I’ll Cast A Shadow
Pantera – Regular People (Conceit)
Pearl Jam – Even Flow
A Perfect Circle – Passive
A Perfect Circle – Judith
A Perfect Circle – Weak and Powerless
A Perfect Circle – The Package
A Perfect Circle – The Outsider
A Perfect Circle – Pet
Pride & Glory – Hate Your Guts
Pride & Glory – Come Together
Puddle of Mudd – Blurry
Puddle of Mudd – If I Could Love You
Puddle of Mudd – Away From Me
Puddle of Mudd – Hooky
Puscifer – The Undertaker
Puscifer – Rev 22.20
Rev Theory – Dead In A Grave
Rev Theory – Voices
Rev Theory – Hell Yeah
Rev Theory – Wanted Man
Rev Theory – Ten Years
Rev Theory – Far From Over
The Rolling Stones – Laugh, I Nearly Died
Saliva – Always
Saliva – How Could You?
Saliva – Hunt You Down
Saliva – Survival of the Sickest
Saliva – Fuck All Y’All
Saliva – Badass
Saliva – Better Days
Saliva – Hate Me
Seether – FMLYHM
Seether – Walk Away From the Sun
Seether – Breakdown
Seether – Remedy
Seether – Truth
Seether – Given
Seether – Hang On
Seether – Sold Me
Sevendust – Enemy
Shinedown – Better Version
Shinedown – 45
Shinedown – Simple Man
Shinedown – Sound of Madness
Shinedown – Second Chance
Shinedown – If You Only Knew
Shinedown – Sin With A Grin
Shinedown – What A Shame
Shinedown – Breaking Inside
Shinedown – Heroes
Sick Puppies – Asshole Father
Sick Puppies – War
Sick Puppies – I Hate You
Sick Puppies – You’re Going Down
Sick Puppies – So What I Lied
Sick Puppies – In It For Life
Sid Vicious – My Way
Skid Row – 18 and Life
Slayer – Eyes of the Insane
Slayer – Perversions of Pain
Slayer – Disciple
Slayer – Exile
Slayer – Here Comes the Pain
Slayer – Payback
Slayer – Addict
Slayer – Angel of Death
Slayer – Criminally Insane
Slayer – Raining Blood
Slayer – Die By the Sword
Slayer – South of Heaven
Slayer – Hate Worldwide
Slayer – Playing With Dolls
Slipknot – Sulfur
Slipknot – Dead Memories
Slipknot – Vendetta
Slipknot – Snuff
Slipknot – People=Shit
Slipknot – Everything Ends
Slipknot – (sic)
Slipknot – Spit It Out
Slipknot – Wait and Bleed
Slipknot – Purity
Slipknot – Only One
Slipknot – Before I Forget
Slipknot – Vermilion, Pt. 2
Slipknot – The Nameless
Slipknot – The Virus of Life
Slipknot – Danger, Keep Away
Soil – Cross My Heart
Soil – Remember
Soil – Obsession
Staind – It’s Been Awhile
Staind – Waste
Staind – Right Here
Staind – Cross to Bear
Staind – Devil
Staind – Please
Staind – Everything Changes
Staind – Save Me
Staind – Wannabe
Staind – Something to Remind You
Staind – Price to Play
Staind – So Far Away
Staind – Fray
Stereoside – So Long
Stereoside – Tattoo
Stone Sour – Say You’ll Haunt Me
Stone Sour – Dying
Stone Sour – Unfinished
Stone Sour – Hesitate
Stone Sour – The Bitter End
Stone Sour – Threadbare
Stone Sour – Hate Not Gone
Stone Sour – Anna
Stone Sour – Come What(ever) May
Stone Sour – Reborn
Stone Sour – Socio
Stone Sour – Cardiff
Stone Sour – Through Glass
Stone Sour – Suffer
Stone Sour – Wicked Game
Stone Sour – Bother
Superjoint Ritual – The Knife Rises
Superjoint Ritual – Everyone Hates Everyone
Tantric – Breakdown
Three Days Grace – Over and Over
Three Days Grace – Animal I Have Become
Three Days Grace – Just Like You
Three Days Grace – Gone Forever
Tool – Hooker With A Penis
Tool – Schism
Tool – Jerk-Off
Tool – Sober
Tool – Vicarious
Tool – The Pot
Trivium – Throes of Perdition
The Union Underground – Across the Nation
Evile – Cemetery Gates
Story of the Year – Just Close Your Eyes
Sean Jenness – Written In My Face
Zakk Wylde – Suicide Note Pt. 1
Zakk Wylde – Between Heaven and Hell
Zakk Wylde – Sold My Soul
Zakk Wylde – Road Back Home
Zakk Wylde – Throwin’ It All Away
Zakk Wylde – What You’re Look’n For
10 Years – Wasteland

So that’s it. Check out at least a few of those songs. I know there are a shitload; definitely didn’t intend to making the list that long. But it is what it is. All those songs kick ass, so check them out. There’s definitely some variety in there, so go through when you’ve got some time and check some of them out. Get back to me if you like them. Leave a comment on here or Facebook. I like to know when I introduce new music to people.

Later.