Washington Think Tank with W.: Call and Response?

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Did you miss me last week? I apologize for the absence of a Think Tank post, but after working tirelessly to keep this toilet bowl safe and secure, I needed a little mental vacation. But never fear! W. will always be here to watch over you, wherever you may be. I’ve got your back like a butt crack.

Today’s Question: Best use of call and response in metal?

We’ve done a whole lot of thinkin’ here in the Tank, and some of my favorite discussions have centered on what y’all perceive are pristine examples of porcelain greatness within the genre we all know and love. This week, I’m pitching a new topic from a similar thread. Toilet friends, let’s talk about call and response. You know, that vocal (or musical) technique derived from blues and gospel music wherein a lead voice utters some sort of prompt (the call), and a choir or backing vocalists offer a retort (the response). Sounds simple, right? Well, in expert hands, it can prove most effective for hooking the listener and providing an interesting and dynamic vocal delivery. Below are five exhibits displaying some of my favorite examples of call and response.

Exhibit A: Lamb of God – Blacken the Cursed Sun

Exhibit B: Municipal Waste – Born to Party

Exhibit C: Accept – Blood of the Nations

Exhibit D: Turisas – In the Court of Jarisleif

Exhibit D: Doomsword – Heathen Assault

Well, what example of call and response hurts so good? Sound off in the comments below.

Don’t know what the Washington Think Tank is? This is a weekly column where your former President poses a pressing question and allows the top minds at the Toilet ov Hell to investigate his query.

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  • MUNICIPAL WASTE IS GONNA

  • Tyree
  • Stockhausen

    Will listen through all later. Not metal, but Tom Waits is awesome at call and response.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Tom Waits is love. Tom Waits is life. Just bought Rain Dogs

  • BURN! ENGLAND TO THE GROUND!
    BURN! JORVIK TO THE GROUND!
    HEATHEN ASSAULT!

  • I CAN ONLY HEAR CALL AND RESPONSE’s IN MY DREAMS (@2:56, dont skip blistering solo, kthanks)

    GL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OiMboi7wgE

  • Tyree

    Try to stop us, it’s no use. Rise above! Rise above1 Rise above!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHR-rzUjCzU

  • We’re gonna have a TV party tonight.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6otjCKg594

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    Here’s one. The calling and responding work very well together.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn1IjyrdeXc

    • W.

      I rather enjoyed this album. Throne of Thorns is easily the best track.

  • Tyree

    In your eyes, the light the heat, in your eyes. I am complete, in your eyes. I see the doorway to a thousand churches, in your eyes, the resolution of all the fruitless searches, in your eyes. I see the light and the heat, in your eyes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3kFPBtc9BE

    • win.rar

    • W.

      In your eyes

    • (っ◕‿◕)っ

      • W.

        (´・ω・`)

    • Guacamole Jim

      FUCK.YES

    • Guacamole Jim

      We should do an article where we all just jizz about how awesome Peter Gabriel is. I have a preposterous hardon for this man.

      • W.

        PREPOSTEROUS AMOUNTS OF TESTOSTERONE! PREPOSTERONE!

        • 8/10, points for originality

        • Guacamole Jim

          IT’S THE ENERGY DRINK FOR MEN!! MENERGY!!

          • W.

            MADE WITH LIGHTENING! REAL LIGHTENING!

          • Cock ov Steele

            If I drink this, will I be able to coal roll with my mind?

          • W.

            YOU’LL COAL ROLL SO HARD YOU’LL GET DEPORTED BACK TO COALISTAN!

          • Cock ov Steele

            SIQQ BRAH! HOLD ON LEMME DRINK THIS STUFF (sip) I FEEL LIKE I COULD EAT SOME F-350s AND DRIVE A BDUBS!

          • W.

            She’s nuilt like a steakhouse, but he handles like a bistro.

          • Cock ov Steele

            YOU WIN AGAIN GRAVITY!

          • i miss COAL ROLL FROM THE TOILET BOWL!!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I wonder whatever happened to him. He just seems to have disappear.

      • Tyree

        Hail!

      • yes. tyree and i share this sentiment!!

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        Red Rain is an amazing song and don’t even get me started on his work with Genesis. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is the best prog concept album ever, yes even better than Mindcrime and Scenes From A Memory.

    • W.

      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH, that’s such a good one. can’t believe I forgot it.

    • Howard Dean

      I’m not a huge fan of Ensiferum, but their song “Deathbringer From The Sky” off of Victory Songs once got stuck in my head for like 2 months. It happens.

  • GARGOYLES! FLY!

    GARGOYLES! RISE!

    GARGOYLES! FLY HIIIIIIIGH!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC5FMDjG6Mg

      • My parents never let me watch that show

        • W.

          I watched it, but they has issues with the Smurfs and Freakazoid.

      • Guacamole Jim

        This show was awesome!! Though now that I’m older I’m really suspicious of the inter-species relationship between Goliath and Elisa…

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          What’s wrong with a little interspecies Hubba-Hubba? You’re not a racist are you?

          • Guacamole Jim

            Naw, just a speciesict. Is that a thing?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It is now

          • Cock ov Steele

            WHOA THERE YOU GOT A GOLD CARD WITH THE PATRIARCHY CLUB? CHECK UR PRIVILEGE!

          • Death

            You shall never crush the Patriarchy! Phallus is control!

          • Cock ov Steele

            Phallus is love, eh you get the drift.

  • W.

    HEARTS ON FIRE! HEARTS ON FIRE!

    Burning, burning with desire!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htKY2oD85rs

  • Gurp

    Exhibit B was one of my favorite moments in a live show.

    • W.

      I hope you were crowd-surfing.

      • Gurp

        Hell yeah! Some older gentleman in a Cannibal Corpse t-shirt was giving people a boost up non-stop that night.

  • Tyree
    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      In life we encounter that not everything is fair. Every now and then someone is given a better possibility than the rest. An example of such behavior is this.

      BUT IN FINLAND WE MAKE LAWS AGAINST ANYTHING UNFAIR; THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE

      • Death

        That’s bullshit and you know it.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          What part. Laws or unfairness

          • Death

            Everything! When Stubb is in control, it’s all shit!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            “It’s not unfair or shit if I keep smiling”
            -Alexi Stybben

            I wish he’d learn to lie and once make me believe his job is more important to him than marathons and selfies

          • Death

            SKP needs to win! Lololol

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Confession: I voted for them, more than once

          • Death

            I don’t blame you, fellow comrade

      • Howard Dean

        I’m pretty sure the politically correct “feel-goodness” of Finland would blow most of our ruggedly individualistic minds. And not in a good way.

        ‘merica.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          I’d be happy if our politicians minds were blown. I wouldn’t mind if they were crippled by the explosion.

          • Howard Dean

            Replace “our” with “all” in your statement about politicians, and we’re cooking with gas!

    • Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide no escape from reality….

  • The Battle Born NDN

    I thought of this song off the top of my head.

    CORONER, CORONER!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXxDMsXTjzs

  • Tyree

    Change, nothin’ stays the same, Unchained, and ya hit the ground runnin’!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx86CxKYtg0

    • curious: are you anti-Hagar?

      • Tyree

        Eh, not really but I really can’t get excited about him or his music.

        • Aftershock (from Balance) is one of my fav. VH songs!!! m/

          • Tyree

            You know, I actually enjoyed For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. Crazy!

          • Tyree

            I guess this would count as a call and response song. My dad loves this song, ehhhhh.

            too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMV-fenGP1g

      • Scrimm

        YES

      • Sponge Of Mystery

        I is

    • KJM

      From their best album.

  • Tyree

    Take on me (take on me), Take me on (take on me) I’ll be gone In a day or two.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914

    • W.

      I legit love this song.

      • So marry it then

        • W.

          THAT WOULD BE POLYGAMY

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            You could always become an amish

          • W.

            PRETTY SURE THEY ONLY MARRY ONE PARTNER TOO!

          • Death

            Mormon?

          • W.

            I’m pretty sure LDS no longer practices polygamy. Some branches of Islam do, though.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Is that due to doctrinal changes, or legal restrictions?

          • W.

            I think it was more of a matter of practicality, but since polygamy is illegal in the US, I’m sure that has something to do with it.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            MORMON I MEANT. OR LESTADIOAN, THEY’RE ALMOST THE SAME

    • Pretty sure this is the first music video I ever saw.

      • Tyree

        This is the first one I remember ever watching.

        • Next…. Guns n Roses – Paradise City.

          • Tyree

            Ha! I remember pop up videos back in the 90’s. Every morning I’d watch cheesy, awful, yet awesome music videos. That show was the shit!

          • I enjoyed the days of actual music videos! It was a good time, long gone but never forgotten.

      • pretty sure this is the first music video ever made.

  • Cock ov Steele

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHTLVz83Pk4 I consider a part of this song to fit the “call and response” theme.

    • Tyree

      Fucking yes! These dudes rule!

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Indeed. Do not miss them live.

        • Tyree

          Agreed.

      • Cock ov Steele

        I’m so pissed I missed em with Skeletonwitch, the first time I saw em was with Iron Reagan and another awesome band of whose name I cannot pinpoint at the moment (chick singer if anyone can elaborate).

        • Tyree

          I saw them at MDF years back. I was front row and got drenched in blood. I walked around Baltimore looking like I just murdered someone. I got a lot of funny and disgusted looks from people.

          • Cock ov Steele

            I just found it funny how they set up on stage, thought they were more secretive of their identities.

          • Tyree

            Haha, yeah. Don’t mind us, we aren’t setting up for our show.

          • Cock ov Steele

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQAX7JLgfqQ I’ve been searching more call and responses, can’t believe I forgot about Warfare.

        • CONANtheMotherFuckin’KING

          just saw skeletonwich open a AA show last sunday, blew me away, bought all their stuff soon as i got home. The singer reminds me of otis from the devils rejects and the bassist was playing an old school geddy lee rickenbacker. A lot of pretty young girls there but no one was more beautiful than that bass.

        • crazytaco_12

          Voetsek?

          • Cock ov Steele

            Occultist! That was it. Just did some digging to figure it out.

          • crazytaco_12

            Nice man, Occultist are pretty badace. Funnily enough, I think they sound a lot like Voetsek

    • Scrimm

      Ghoul was pretty much the reason I started my Phantasm inspired side project. Along with Engorged and Frightmare.

      • Cock ov Steele

        I’ve been tempted to get Frightmare and the Accused off iTunes Store, provided I can’t find any reasonably priced CDs first.

        • Scrimm

          I prefer the first Frightmare to the second, but only slightly.

  • Cock ov Steele

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdTgI2D08mk This whole album is a pretty good example of call and response. I know Conan will agree.

    • you get my vote, sir…. if we were voting.

      • Cock ov Steele

        We are now, your vote was delicious.

        • CONANtheMotherFuckin’KING

          If you cut out the turd……..er……..i mean bush years, anthrax have never made a bad album. What other big 4 band can say that ?

          • JamesGrimm

            Joey is terrible.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    HELL YEA, YOU FUCKING SUCK!!
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=cFpqbHUiabc

    • Tyree

      EVEN YOUR GIRLFRIEND FUCKING SUCKS!

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        HELL YEA, SHE FUCKING SUCKS!

        • Tyree

          I DON’T GIVE A FUCK YOU FUCKIN FUCK!

          • Drewcifer

            HELL YEAH WE FUCKIN SUCK!

    • damn, GREAT choice! i think you just beat @CockofSteele:disqus

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Haha I beat Cock! …wait… wut?..

  • Cock ov Steele

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBKFv_6CGD4 I think this also counts, sorta

  • do we have any lifeloving CAKE FANS in here???
    This is my second favorite song of all, after “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel.
    ~CyrollanFacts~

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p99a6K81zqM

  • Leif Bearikson

    This reminds of a thought I had earlier today whilst listening to the new Exodus: I really wish gang vocals were more prevalent. Anyone else?

    • Scrimm

      Exodus are masters at that when they want to be.

  • Brutal Truth did this to perfection on the 1st 2 albums with the high/low screams. I’d post a specific song but I’m supposed to be working and my mobile device sucks!

    • Death

      +10000000000 for Brutal Truth

      • you will surprise a brother.

        • Death

          What do you mean?

          • wouldn’t have assumed you to like BT, nonetheless give it that many upvotes. you seem to have a very complex palate in music. but then again, BT is pretty complex stuff…

          • Death

            I thought that my love of grind was more clear. Grind and Black Metal are pretty much the only sub-genres of metal that I listen to these days. Otherwise I listen to music outside of metal.

  • Sponge Of Mystery

    at teh moment, I’m really diggin the call and response in the middle of this song, it starts around 1:20
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XJTl96VXxE

  • Lacertilian

    Born To Party all the way

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    I miss Sgt D

  • AnthrallicA

    Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity by Type O Negative