Since I’m snowed in in a hotel in the middle of nowhere, I may as well debut my new 20 song Heavy Metal album a week early!! I put it together over the Christmas break and am excited to break into a new genre. I say “heavy metal” but it’s really my version of that term, meaning lots of funny songs and things get a little funky from time to time.
I’m playing all of the instruments, mostly in one take, which is my excuse for the sloppiness on occasion. “The Best Offense is a Bad Defense” is the first song on the album and sets the tone for the rocking 20 song onslaught that continues thereafter virtually without a break.
The album is available at my Chris Cates CDBaby Artist Page for now and songs are up on iTunes but the complete album is not up yet. It will all be on iTunes, spotify, rhapsody etc. very soon.
Well back to the heavy metal comedy songs again I guess. As soon as I heard this riff with the drums and the synth I thought “I try to be a gangsta but I’m a heavy metal nice guy”.
That’s how it was born. I speak from experience on this one as well. I used to be a heavy metal guy through my teens and even had hair down to my waist for a while. However, my tastes for music have always been all over the place. Which led me to be a rap producer in Athens, Georgia for about five years.
Welcome to Chris Cates.com. I'm an old school independent artist with lots of albums, songs, solar panels etc. This site tries to encapsulate what it is I've been doing since I played my first professional gig at 13. I post a song of the day occasionally from my somewhat excessive original song catalogue and I'm constantly recording new material when I'm not building solar farms, trying to play golf or tennis or taking care of my new twin girls.