Gene Willow's Acoustic Metal

Cover of “Nuclear Death/The Third Antichrist” by Nuclear Death from their demo “Wake Me When I’m Dead” 1986 in acoustic death metal and parody manner.

Nuclear Death is one of the earliest death metal bands, and they are not even from Florida, but from Arizona. They have always been a trio: Lori Bravo (bass and vocals), Phil Hampson (guitar) and Joel Whitfield (drums) later replaced by Steve Cowen in 1990. Unfortunately, they aren’t as well-known as Death, Obituary, Morbid Angel and other old school bands, but they are a real classic old school death metal band.

I learned about Nuclear Death when I was about twelve years old, in 2003, from an issue of Dark City—a Russian magazine about heavy metal music. There was a partially humorous article written in the form of a fictional interview: the author wrote that he randomly met Lori Bravo in Moscow and took an interview from her.

There were also short summaries of the lyrics from a few of their songs, and “Bride of Insect” was the most detailed. This made me freak out quite a bit, as I wasn’t used to this kind of lyrics at that time and I didn’t even know well at that age what death metal was.

A few years later, when I was approximately seventeen years old and had the Internet connection, I looked Nuclear Death up online and started to listen to them.

Initially I planned to make this cover song together with Lori Bravo. I reached out to her, and offered her to contribute her vocals. Lori said she was busy with the recording of her next album, but she would try to find the time to try. But when I was working on the recording of the music, Lori’s cat Miso died. Lori was mourning for a few weeks, and of course, that wouldn’t be appropriate to ask her about the vocals when the mix was ready. So I just finished the song myself.

As always, I decided to make the song funny, so I changed the lyrics (except for the last verse) and made the song about Lori’s cats: Lori has six or seven cats (and a dog and also a tortoise)..

Overall, the proto-black metal pioneers Venom are not one of my favorite heavy metal bands, but a few of their songs, particularly Nightmare, are among my favorites. While Venom are known for being among the first speed metal bands who made the speed a priority, I prefer their songs that have a slower tempo. Apart from Nightmare, I also like their songs Stand Up (and Be Counted), To Hell and Back, Buried Alive, Countess Bathory, Don't Burn The Witch, and Warhead. This is actually the full list of the songs by Venom that I like. In my opinion, their slower songs sound more powerful.

Particularly, I enjoy their music video that not only has that cool 80’s heavy metal look, but is also filled with humour and reminds poorly-made exploitation horror films. Especially the scene where Cronos is walking through the garden and is viciously hitting the tree branches with his cane to show how aggressive, nasty and evil person his character is.

The soldier has obviously fake and ridiculous mustache. In the comment section to the video about filming the music video Nightmare ( https://youtu.be/KBac5tNnwkk ), the man who had played the soldier wrote that in the dancing scene he was supposed to say to the girl “your beauty is ageless”, but instead he said “your booty is ageless”. His voice was dubbed anyway, so in the music video we hear “beauty”.
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Compilation of top 60+ sickest death metal (mostly) screams by 12 best extreme metal vocalists:

00:00 My introduction
00:20 Chuck Schuldiner (Death) (Many screams)
02:31 Lori Bravo (Nuclear Death) (Many screams)
04:44 George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) (One scream)
04:57 Udo Dirkschneider (Accept) (One scream)
05:09 John Tardy (Obituary) (Many screams)
06:59 Johan Edlund (Tiamat) (3 screams)
07:27 Wagner “Antichrist” Lamounier (Sarcofago) (Many screams)
09:21 Max Cavalera (Sepultura) (A few screams)
10:05 [No sound for copyright reasons] Chris Barnes (Cannibal Corpse) (One scream)
10:30 Frank “Killjoy” Pucci (Necrophagia) (3 Screams)
10:54 Mille Petrozza (Kreator) (One scream)
11:04 Tom Araya (Slayer) (2 screams)
11:28 My commentary on the singers: Chuck Schuldiner, Lori Bravo (Nuclear Death), George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, Chris Barnes, John Tardy (Obituary), Johan Edlund (Tiamat), Wagner Antichrist (Sarcofago), Frank Pucci (Necrophagia), Tom Araya (Slayer)

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My acoustic cover of “Zombie Apocalypse” by Mortician - one of the heaviest brutal death metal/goregrind bands in the history.

The original song was released in 1998 on the album “Zombie Apocalypse”, published by Relapse Records. In my opinion, it’s the most memorable song of Mortician, because of the catchy riff that sounds extremely primitive, bulky, stupid and superheavy.

I tried to get close to this level of heaviness, and used dissonant chords here, as I often do, instead of simply playing with perfect fifths, as most metal bands usually do. But i think I lost to Mortician because of my tuning: I play in D, while Mortician play in A if I remember correctly. Also, I don’t use distortion and drums, of course. But still, it’s probably the heaviest acoustic death metal cover song I’ve made so far.

In the video I’m showing my damaged thumb - this happened while recording the audio. But it was worth it, as the part where I’m playing the riff in a fingerstyle manner, has an interesting muffled bulky heavy sound. Unfortunately, you can’t play this way for too long, even one complete song, as the skin goes off the thumb very quickly, and it hurts. Unless you are a living dead guitarist metalhead who doesn’t feel pain.

In the scenes of this music video, where I’m watching films, the films were French horrors: “The Grapes of Death” (Les raisins de la mort) and 1978 and “The Living Dead Girl” (La morte vivante), 1982. Both are the works of my favorite director Jean Rollin, who filmed a few exploitation zombie-living dead films apart from a number of movies about pretty female vampires.

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I'm Gene Willow. I record acoustic death metal, heavy metal, black metal and grindcore covers and shoot funny parody music videos for them. This channel has only a small part of all my videos. Visit my YouTube channel for more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5_ncPANna5IyUYBkMp7Ehg
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