I got a new comment in my guestbook today. It says,
Hello. I’m writing this because months ago you were one of the first to call out Philippine Star, specifically Mayenne Carmona, for plagiarizing. Well, looks like the great newspaper has done it again- plagiarizing a CD review of Metallica’s new album from Rolling Stone.
I checked the related articles. Oh well, Philippine Star’s version seemed a copycat.
Philippine Star, September 27, 2008 issue. Authored by Jay Ortega:
In the ‘80s, thrash metal wasn’t just a scene, it was an arms race seemingly likened to the Cold War: riffs were speeding up, drum kits got bigger and hair was grown for head-banging. During those days, Metallica was the new king of the metal hill.
With 1991’s “The Black Album,” their most successful one to date, Metallica went for unilateral disarmament, slowing their tempos considerably, shortening their tracks, smelting their crunge guitars and pulverizing drums into chrome-plated pop-rock hooks…
“Death Magnetic” also marks the group’s annulment from producer Bob Rock, who helmed every Metallica album from 1991 to 2004 and pushed them toward succinctness and immediacy — Including “St. Anger,” where his producing magic all but disappeared, added to the fact that the band was on the brink of self-destruction (as evidenced in the Some Kind Of Monster rock-umentary).
Rolling Stones Review, September 18, 2008 issue.
In the Eighties, thrash metal wasn’t a scene, it was an arms race: riffs kept speeding up, drum kits got bigger. But with 1991’s Black Album, Metallica opted for unilateral disarmament, slowing their tempos, shortening their songs and smelting their chugging guitars and piston-powered drums into armor-plated pop hooks.
Death Magnetic marks the group’s split with producer Bob Rock, who helmed every Metallica album from 1991 to 2004 and pushed them toward concision and immediacy — until St. Anger, when he seemed to throw up his hands altogether.
So on… (Click the links to read the full article.)
Ho-hum. Paraphrasing didn’t work. It’s so silly. Like a pupil’s work on synonyms. Let’s see what the editor will do. Another “so-called apology” like what Mayenne Carmona did? Don’t sing the same old tunes. Please.