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Ryan Adams Makes “Metal” Record

Over on Ryan Adamswebsite, the alt-country vet has a fun little piece of news: “We’re going to begin pressing ORION — my most legit METAL record — on vinyl next week. Have a listen to the song below and let us at PAXAM [Adams’ label] know if you’d be interested in purchasing one.”

The “legit” qualifier is in there presumably because Ryan has played around with joke metal before, primarily through his goofy web-only Werewolph side project. But the song streaming at Adams’ site does indeed sound fairly serious, though it probably tilts more toward messy late-80s Pacific Northwest proto-grunge than toward actual metal. There’s no soloing, no bottom-heavy riffage, and no lyrics about dragons, but Adams’ scratchy growl/whine is pretty impressive. (The Soundcloud tag seems to indicate that the song is called “Electrosnake”, which does push us a little further back into “joke” territory.)

Over on the site, there’s also a poll where fans can vote on whether or not they’d buy the record. Whatever our intentions, we should all probably vote “yes,” if only because the world’s a slightly more interesting place when Adams is pulling unabashedly ridiculous moves like this one.

Click below to hear the stream of that new “metal” song.

Over on Ryan Adamswebsite, the alt-country vet has a fun little piece of news: “We’re going to begin pressing ORION — my most legit METAL record — on vinyl next week. Have a listen to the song below and let us at PAXAM [Adams’ label] know if you’d be interested in purchasing one.”

The “legit” qualifier is in there presumably because Ryan has played around with joke metal before, primarily through his goofy web-only Werewolph side project. But the song streaming at Adams’ site does indeed sound fairly serious, though it probably tilts more toward messy late-80s Pacific Northwest proto-grunge than toward actual metal. There’s no soloing, no bottom-heavy riffage, and no lyrics about dragons, but Adams’ scratchy growl/whine is pretty impressive. (The Soundcloud tag seems to indicate that the song is called “Electrosnake”, which does push us a little further back into “joke” territory.)

Over on the site, there’s also a poll where fans can vote on whether or not they’d buy the record. Whatever our intentions, we should all probably vote “yes,” if only because the world’s a slightly more interesting place when Adams is pulling unabashedly ridiculous moves like this one.

Click below to hear the stream of that new “metal” song.