Sometimes, the Internet is a very bad thing. It offers temptations, sometimes temptations that I find irresistible. And I’m not talking about porn. I’m talking about . . . what you’ll find in this post.
The backstory: Amon Amarth was one of the bands on that 70,000 TONS OF METAL cruise that we started making fun of more than a year ago. In fact, in the first of several posts about the cruise, as it was being announced and promoted, we said this on February 2, 2010, imagining what we would be asking a year later as the cruise ship limped back to port:
- Is there anything left of the ship?
- “70,000 Tons of Metal” — but what was the total tonnage of weed smuggled on board?
- How many people went over the side, never to be seen again?
- How many people were hospitalized along the way?
- How many passengers are still in jail on Cozumel?
- How many tourists signed up for this, thinking it was just a normal Caribbean cruise?
- Did Amon Amarth eat any of those tourists?
- Was the bilge big enough to hold all the projectile vomiting?
- Did anyone actually go up on deck into the sunlight?
- Have photos surfaced on the interwebs?
Well, the cruise is now over, and as far as we know, Amon Amarth didn’t eat any wayward tourists. But Johan Hegg did do a karaoke performance of the best song on System Of A Down‘s Toxicity album, “Aerials”. And yes, his performance did surface on YouTube, and it was, and is, a wondrous thing.
So wondrous, in fact, that Amon Amarth is including a cover of the song as an iTunes-exclusive bonus track on the forthcoming Surtur Rising album. Wanna hear it? Stay with us after the jump, then . . .
To do this topic justice, you first need to watch John Hegg’s karaoke performance. Now, either this dude really loves the song, so much so that he could rip this awesome vocal off the top of his head — or, the band was planning this song as a cover for Surtur Rising before the cruise started.
Pretty damned good, huh?
Well, let’s not stop there. Let’s hear the song as it will appear on the iTunes version of Surtur Rising. (Yes, this is where the evil of the Internet comes into the story). This song is so badass I can hardly stand it. I am so looking forward to consuming the rest of this album that I can hardly stand it. Listen:[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/11.-Aerials-Bonus-Track.mp3|titles=Amon Amarth-Aerials (Bonus Track)]
I’m sorry to say that this is likely to be the high point of my day, and yours. Come what may, it’s probably all downhill from here.