As always, we give two Music Videos Of The Week with one being on the metal side of things and the other on the rock side. We have our video from the rock side of life and it comes from the Memphis rock band One Less Reason who just released their latest effort The Memories Uninvited on August 19TH. The band recently released the video for their latest track Break Me and we have it here. The video which is an absolutely beautifully shot music video about a girl (played by Kayla Wright) whose home life is suffering. She recently lost her mother and she is essentially estranged from her father. To help cope with everything, she turns to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) as a way to cope. Vocalist Cris Brown (not to be mixed with the douche R&B singer) recently spoke to Loudwire.com about the track saying, “The song is basically about relationships as a whole. It doesn’t have to be husband-wife, boyfriend-girlfriend. It’s just kind of about how sometimes in life we just kind of always end up sharing the same emotions, whether it’s the love-hate thing or not, and the song is about just picking up the pieces that fall behind and having someone to help you do that. We all need a little bit of help picking up the pieces that fall behind.” The incredible thing about this cinematic masterpiece is that bassist Blake Heimach and Brown’s studio partner John Falls, wrote, directed, and produced the video which is just incredible. This is a serious contender for Rock video of the year and you can check it out below:
Tags: Blake Heimach, Break Me, Cris Brown, John Falls, Kayla Wright, MMA, music, Music Video, Music Video Of The Week, One Less Reason, Rock, The Memories Uninvited
Tags: A Day At The Races, A Night At The Opera, Album Of The Week, Brian May, Drowse, Freddie Mercury, Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy, John Deacon, Long Away, Mike Stone, Queen, Rock, Roger Taylor, Roy Thomas Baker, Somebody to Love, Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together), The Millionaire Waltz, Tie Your Mother Down, White Man, You And I, You Take My Breath Away
Earlier in the year, we covered an album from one of the all time greatest rock bands of the 70’s in Queen and their classic A Night At The Opera. For this week’s album of the week, we are checking out the successor to A Night At The Opera in A Day At The Races which was released on December 10, 1976 via Elektra Records. A Day At The Races featured the same crew in Freddie Mercury (Vocals/Piano), Brian May (Electric, Slide, and Acoustic Guitars), Roger Taylor (Drums), and John Deacon (Bass). It was the first album the band ever self produced on their own and it was the first to not feature Roy Thomas Baker as a producer. It was also the fifth Queen album to ship Gold to the United States which was followed by Platinum status rather quickly. The album peaked at number one in the UK, Japan, and the Netherlands while it peaked at number five on the US Billboard Top 200 Charts. It also peaked at four in Canada and three in Norway. In a 2006 BBC poll, the album was voted the 67TH greatest album ever which is huge considering how many albums have been released.
1. Tie Your Mother Down– a fercious and rocking album opener that Freddie Mercury once commented saying, “Well this one in fact is a track written by Brian actually, I dunno why. Maybe he was in one of his vicious moods. I think he’s trying to out do me after Death On Two Legs actually.” 5/5
2. You Take My Breath Away– Not to be mixed up with the Top Gun Berlin track, but his one features some amazing harmonies right from the get go. It features some brilliant Piano work from Mercury who once played the track live at Hyde Park by himself on Piano before it was ever recorded. 5/5
3. Long Away– A track that Brian May wrote with his 12 string electric guitar and he sang in the track as well. This was a track that was released as a single, but it never charted. 4.5/5
4. The Millionaire Waltz– To best describe the style of this track, think of Bohemian Rhapsody as far as the style and structure. It was a track Mercury wrote about John Reid who was their and Elton John’s manager. 4/5
5. You and I– A track in D Major, it was the track that John Deacon wrote on the record. Never released as a single and never played live. 4/5
6. Somebody to Love– A truly amazing track on the album that was the big hit of the album. This was the first time that May, Mercury, and Taylor mltitracked their vocals to create the choir effect on the track. According to Taylor, the track was inspired by Aretha Franklin and her style because Freddie was into it. 5/5
7. White Man-Think of this track from the point of Native Americans as the song explores the suffering they faced at the hands of of European whites. 4/5
8. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy– Another track written by Mercury featuring himself on Piano. The track starts with just himself and the piano before the drums and bass kick in. After the second verse and chorus, they all drop out leaving Mercury by himself again before returning again with a killer solo from May. 4/5
9. Drowse– A track that was written, sung, and peformed by Roger Taylor on the album. Brian May is on the track playing Slide Guitar. 4.5/5
10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)– This was a song that was a tribute to the band’s Japanese fans courtesy of May. The song features two verses sung in Japanese which makes it one of three tracks in the band’s history that features lyrics in other languages. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– This is essential Queen as they knock another one out of the park. By this time the band has already cemented their legacies in rock history. Freddie and co. prove why they were rock geniuses with the magic they possessed. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.
Tags: Action, Andrei Dementiev, Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, Begemot i kompot, Biting Elbows: Bad Motherfucker, Cyrus Arnold, Danila Kozlovsky, Darya Charusha, First Person Shooter, Haley Bennett, Hardcore Henry, Heaven On Earth, Ilya Naishuller, Martin Cooke, Muzhskaya zhenskaya igra, Oleg Poddubnyy, Planet Of The Apes, Red Shoe Diaries 18: The Game, Sharlto Copley, Svetlana Ustinova, The Snow Queen 2, Tim Roth, Will Stewart, Zoolander 2
In my experience watching films, I feel like I have seen just about everything especially in the found footage genre. Well for this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, we have a film shot in a video game style first person shooter view called Hardcore Henry. Henry (Ilya Naishuller) has just awoken on a table and told that he had been severely damaged and that he is a cyborg now by his wife Estelle (Haley Bennett). But when the evil Akan (Danila Kozlovsky) comes looking for Henry, he’ll kidnap Estelle and put Henry through the ultimate test, but Henry has a limited amount of time to not only upgrade himself, but to save Estelle as well. The film also stars Sharlto Copley (The Snow Queen 2) as Jimmy, Andrei Dementiev (Biting Elbows: Bad Motherf**ker) as Slick Dimitry, Svetlana Ustinova (Heaven On Earth) as Olga the Dominatrix, Darya Charusha (Muzhskaya zhenskaya igra) as Katya the Dominatrix, Oleg Poddubnyy (Biting Elbows: Bad Motherf**ker) as Yury, Tim Roth (Planet Of The Apes) as Henry’s Father, Will Stewart (Red Shoe Diaries 18: The Game) as Robbie, Cyrus Arnold (Zoolander 2) as Young Bully 2, Martin Cooke (Begemot i kompot) as Marty, and the film was directed by Ilya Naishuller (Biting Elbows: Bad Motherf**ker). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:
This is record breaking stats as far as what we have already seen on Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. Right now Hardcore Henry owns the record for most kills in a film with 143 and I gave it a +/- of 5 cause it could be five less or five more. It was hard to guess how many people were in the vans. As far as an origin story is concerned, we don’t really know much about him other than that he used to be a full human and that he must of been picked on as a kid. He has a love interest in the film which is his “wife” Estelle and if you see the film you’ll know why I used quotation marks there. His new friend Jimmy keeps dying in almost every encounter and his wife is kidnapped which is why there is a yest there. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see the film to figure out how it happened. The film has plenty of bad ass kill scenes within, but it’s very annoying to watch. You have to remember that this is first person shooter which means lots of shaky cameras and weird angles as if you were playing a video game. If you can get past that then you may be able to enjoy this one. The story itself is OK, but Akan is a very annoying character in my opinion. He doesn’t finish off Henry in all the encounters they have and he’s the only one with super abilities which makes no sense. Sharlto Copley is the real star of this film as he performs in the film in many different forms and personalities. This is simply a take it or leave it kind of situation here so I am going to give it 3 fists out of five for a final grade.
Tags: Alan Wilder, Album Of The Week, Andy Fletcher, Blue Dress, Clean, Dance, Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode, Electronic, Enjoy The Silence, Halo, Martin Gore, music, Personal Jesus, Policy Of Truth, Sweetest Perfection, Synthpop, Violator, Waiting for the Night, World In My Eyes
For a very long time I have been meaning to cover an album from one of my all time favorite Synthpop bands in Depeche Mode for the album of the week. I have put it off for such a long time that now is just as good a time as ever. There are two albums in the band’s catalog that I absolutely love and I am covering one of them in 1990’s Violator. The album featured the key members Martin Gore (Guitars/Vocals/Keys), Andy Fletcher (Bass/Keys), Dave Gahan (Lead Vocals), and Alan Wilder (Keys/Piano/Drums). Violator was the band’s seventh album and the most popular album internationally that the band had ever released. The album went number one in France while going number two in Switzerland, Germany, and the UK. Meanwhile, it was the band’s first album to ever crack the top 10 in the United States by peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The album also finished number 17 on the Billboard’s year end charts and the album went triple platinum selling 3 Million copies.
1. World In My Eyes– One of Andy Flecther’s favorite tracks on the album which is a very erotic story about a man wanting to make love to his virgin partner. 5/5
2. Sweetest Perfection– a hammering bass riff opens the track whose lyrics are talking about some kind of drug addiction. 4/5
3. Personal Jesus– The first Depeche Mode to primarily feature the guitar as an instrument and one of the most popular tracks. The track talks about the TV/phone evangelism gimmick that was popular at the time and still is. 5/5
4. Halo– The track starts off with a simple beat (almost like a click track) before the synths kick in and eventually the track gets a little more upbeat in the tempo. From what I can gather about the lyrics, someone isn’t happy where they are, but they can’t move on because of guilt. 4/5
5. Waiting for the Night– a simple beat drives the song that is a very dark and moody beat about someone waiting for the darkness of death. 4/5
6. Enjoy The Silence– A very upbeat goth dance track about learning that silence is golden otherwise you are bound by your words. 5/5
7. Policy Of Truth– This is one of my favorite tracks on the album and it’s the only Depeche Mode track to chart higher in the US than in the UK. The track is about how sometimes the idea of honesty is the best policy may not be always true. 5/5
8. Blue Dress– A simple beat to the song with some melancholic riffs drive the song which is about just you being you and nothing else. 4/5
9. Clean– The last track on the album that starts with a cool bass riff before ominous beats take over in a track that talks about someone who has finally gotten control of their lives. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– You can clearly see from all of the tracks on here and in their catalog why so many different bands were influenced by these guys. They are brilliant writers and it shows on every record. Definitely give this record a listen, you will not regret it. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.