1983

While I’m fairly positive that I didn’t see this movie in 1983 (I think I saw it later in the 80’s), ‘Fire and Ice’ captures a spirit of craft and creativity that the 80’s moving pictures were known for. This movie was a collaboration between Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi, and it is apparent. It was painstakingly shot live and then traced & illustrated, using a process known as rotoscoping.

Resulting in one of the coolest animated movies ever. The artwork and execution are beautifully wrought, creating an immersive medieval¬†fantasy realm (I was actually watching the Dungeons and Dragons animated show at this time). One of the Conan (not O’Brien) writers did the script for this movie, which is pretty standard good and evil stuff. But c’mon, it’s Darkwolf vs Nekron. Especially if you like fantasy or heavy metal, ‘Fire and Ice’ is mandatory. Otherwise, still worth checking out unless you hate cool cult classics.

Is it wet? Speaking of heavy metal and cool stuff, here is a bass solo:

Metallica was one of my first favorite bands (y’know, the type of band you listen to almost religiously and manically consume any kind of CD, tape, or copy you could find in the 80s and 90s). While I still debate with myself about which is their best album, …And Justice For All or Master of Puppets of course…. I often go with ‘Justice For All’ because of the sheer monstrosity of it, and because it was the first Metallica album I purchased (Columbia House, heh). The album cover was what sold it for me.

But anyway, this is still 1983, when they had mf’ing Cliff Burton. This is the year the band was truly starting to tear shit up. Doing a tour with Raven, another band with a song called “Seek and Destroy” that had been around a bit longer. They do seem like quite similar songs, but Metallica’s version is clearly more devastating. Another awesome dude that the 1983 Metallica lineup featured was Dave Mustaine. Check him out playing Seek and Destroy as a member of Metallica:

Nothing against Kirk Hammet, but Mustaine is a superhuman beast of a guitarist. 1983 was about the time when metal started to really up the tempo… bands were thrashing like maniacs in greater numbers. The first Metallica album ‘Kill ‘Em All’ gave the movement a lot of momentum, with 1982’s ‘Black Metal’ by Venom one of its only thrashy predecessors. Fall to your knees, for the Phantom Lord.

Sound is ripping through your ears
The deafening sound of metal nears
Your bodies waiting for his whips
The taste of leather on your lips
Hear the cry of War
Louder than before
With his sword in hand
to control the land
Crushing metal strikes
on this frightening night
Fall onto your knees
For the Phantom Lord
Victims falling under chains
You hear them crying death pains
The fists of terrors breaking through
Now there’s nothing you can do
Hear the cry of War
Louder than before
With his sword in ha o
to control the land
Crushing metal strikes
on this frightening night
Fall onto your knees
For the Phantom Lord
The leather armies have prevailed
The Phantom Lord has never failed
Smoke is lifting from the ground
The rising volume metal sound
Hear the cry of War
Louder than before
With his sword in hand
to control the land
Crushing metal strikes
on this frightening night
Fall onto your knees
For the Phantom Lord
Fall to your knees
and bow to the Phantom Lord

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