single veomOne of the most legendary bands from the 80’s that single handedly could be credited with creating the Black Metal genre is England’s Venom. The band released their first album Welcome To Hell in 1981 and have been terrifying parents ever since. Now the band is gearing up to release their fifteenth studio album Storm The Gates which is due out December 14TH via Spinefarm Records. The album is the band’s first since 2015’s From The Very Depths and Cronos is ready to pump you up for it saying, “Get ready for another killer album, packed full of awesome riffs and screaming mayhem. We’ve been hard at work for over two years to make sure this new release raises the bar, to deliver a demonic mix of old and new. Get ready to lay down your souls, legions!” The band that is rounded by Rage (Guitar) and Danté (Drums) bring the fury with the new track Bring Out Your Dead which is the band’s first single off the album and our Metal Single of the Week. The song begins with the typical madness that is Venom before launching into an all out metal assault as they summon the dead. Check out the track below and check out the artwork and track listing below:

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01. Bring Out Your Dead
02. Notorious
03. I Dark Lord
04. 100 Miles to Hell
05. Dark Night (of the Soul)
06. Beaten to a Pulp
07. Destroyer
08. The Mighty Have Fallen
09. Over My Dead Body
10. Suffering Dictates
11. We the Loud
12. Immortal
13. Storm the Gates

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PALE HORSEThe other week while cruising through my Spotify playlists that the app creates for you, I stumbled on a Type O Negative song and began to reflect on how much I missed the band and the music. Then as I am cruising through the web for new music, someone answered my prayers with the band A Pale Horse Named Death who look to bring back that alt goth sound from the 90’s that we love so much. The band which features not one, but two former drummers of Type O Negative in vocalist/guitarist Sal Abruscato and drummer Johnny Kelly. The band who is gearing up to release their third album When The World Becomes Undone (out January 18, 2019) have bestowed us with an awesome gift that is their first single entitled Love The Ones You Hate and the track is everything you would want. Sal talked about the track saying, “Love the Ones You Hate’ is one of my favorite songs. It brings back the early ’90s alternative goth metal that inspired us back then. The song is about moving on from friends that have intentionally hurt or betray you and it’s time to forget them, let go of the grudge and the hate towards them. I wrote this song at my home in upstate New York and finally had the fuel to finish the lyrics this past year.” As I said before, the track kicks ass and I am looking forward to listening to the album when it’s released. Check out the track below and check out some cool pre-order options the band has by clicking here. Also check out the artwork to the album and the track listing below:

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1. As It Begins
2. When the World Becomes Undone
3. Love the Ones You Hate
4. Fell In My Hole
5. Succumbing to the Event Horizon
6. Vultures
7. End of Days
8. The Woods
9. We All Break Down
10. Lay With the Wicked
11. Splinters
12. Dreams of the End
13. Closure

iron maidenWe are continuing our journey through Loudwire.com’s list of the top 50 Metal albums of all time by checking out a true classic and game changer. When I was deciding on what album to choose, it was almost a no brainer because I had not yet covered an Iron Maiden record that featured my favorite singer Paul Di’Anno. He was the original lead singer of New Wave of British Heavy Metal titans Iron Maiden and we are checking out the band’s self titled debut record. The band which was made up of Di’Anno (Lead Vocals), Steve Harris (Bass Guitar), Dennis Stratton (Guitar) in his only appearance, Dave Murray (Guitar), and Clive Burr (Drums). According to some sources, this was the only album that was ever produced by Will Malone as the band expressed he showed no interest in their project. Due to the lack of interest, they claim to have produced most of the album themselves and they completed it in only 13 days. Although the album did not peak in the US on the charts, it did peak at number four in the UK in 1980 and then peaked at number 71 in the UK in 1985 and it has since been certified platinum in the UK. The album is listed at number 45 on Loudwire’s list, it is one of two Iron Maiden albums featured int he book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery (The Number Of The Beast is the other), and it’s number 13 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.

1front1. Prowler– The first track off the album and it’s a classic in this track that is all about a pervert walking around spying on girls, etc. 5/5

2. Remember Tomorrow– a more mellow track from the band in this track that is believed to be about World War II and his grandfather. 4.5/5

3. Running Free– An awesome track and probably one of my favorite Di’Anno sung tracks from Maiden that is all about being 16, rebellious, and free according to Di’Anno. I love the beginning of the track which the drummer kicks off before Harris joins in with his signature bass sound.  5/5

4. Phantom Of The Opera– a seven minute epic that was written by Steve Harris who says that the track is, “the first song I’d written that was a bit more proggy.” It’s a track that has endured time and is still performed live to this day. 5/5

5. Transylvania– An instrumental track that was written by Steve Harris. 5/5

Encartes (16)6. Strange World– a very cool track that is very mellow, but not ballad like. it just has a slower tempo than most tracks and is musically and lyrically amazing. I thin the track is about a vampire getting used to the new world he lives in which is strange and lonely. 5/5

7. Charlotte The Harlot– This was the only track ever written solely by Dave Murray which is about a fictional prostitute named Charlotte even though he claims it’s based on a true story. 4.5/5

8. Iron Maiden– A staple of the band’s live set and it is named after them after all so it’s their signature song. The song is about two things with one being the medieval torture device of the same name and it’s about the band themselves. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a reason these guys are so amazing and that is because of their great writing leader in Steve Harris who has been the x-factor of the band. Check out this classic album because it’s pure brilliance from a band that has a discography full of it. My favorite tracks are all of them, but I have fallen in live with Strange World today. I am giving the album 4.9 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

black frost“Finding the right niche, finding your own place, appreciation and identity can be a rather tedious undertaking especially if you are “just” a German doomy death metal band, and strive for sticking out of a never-ending stream of new bands that usually are as quickly formed as they vanish.” That is a quote from Melodic Death/Doom Metal band Nailed To Obscurity‘s website and it is so true. The band which got their start in 2005 has been hard at work trying to carve their very own niche and I think they have done well in accomplishing that. Now, the band is gearing up to release their fourth studio album, a follow up to 2017’s King Delusion, and the band’s very first release via Nuclear Blast Records in Black Frost which is due out January 11, 2019. To get fans ready for the release, the band has unleashed a music video for the title track and singer Raimund Ennenga describes the track saying, “While we try to route our sanity through daily grind and to skip facing our fears, our darkest emotions are able to create a burden in secrecy – they are able to cause our mind to capsize. We tried to capture this atmosphere in the lyrics and the music of our song ‘Black Frost’. A sinister maelstrom.” The music video is primarily a performance based video and you need to check it out below. You can also pre-order the album by clicking here.

SevendustAlliseeiswarOne of my favorite bands to emerge from the Nu-Metal scene was always the very talented Sevendust who have been soldiering on the scene as road warriors since 1994. 12 studio albums later and the band continues to persevere with a tour announced in 2019 in support of their latest effort All I See Is War. After having already released a single earlier in the year in the track Dirty, the band has now unleashed their latest in music video form for the track Unforgiven and its this week’s Rock Video Of The Week. The band talked about the video saying the concept of it was, “the world is rebuilding and the youth will be the ones to keep mankind going long after the adults are no longer around.” Lajon commented on the experience of working on the video with director Scott Hansen saying, “The ‘Unforgiven’ video was a great experience for me. I loved working with everyone on that shoot. It was like being in a movie for real and I hope we can do something like that again.” Lajon was one of the most sincere individuals I ever had the pleasure of interviewing and it shows when he talks about the band celebrating 25 years together next year saying, “I feel very blessed and fortunate, I could never take this for granted, to still be relevant in the music business. I don’t say fans, I say our family. They’re the reason we’re still here. We have a job to do.” Check out the video below:

MV5BODc1ZGQ4YTYtY2RhNS00ZTNiLTkwODUtYWM5NWZhNmE5NmMyL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzc5MjA3OA@@._V1_I don’t know if sadness has overcome me because of the fact that there are no more Confession of a (Window Cleaner (1974), Pop Performer (1975), and From A Holiday Camp (1977)) films to review. I grew quite a liking to the misadventures of our favorite imbecile Timothy Lea (Robin Askwith) and all the schemes his brother in law Sidney (Anthony Booth) come up. For today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, we are looking at Confessions Of A Driving Instructor which sees our favorite duo buy a driving school. In the film however, we immediately find out that they are going to have competition with another school next door in the Truscott school. The school is hoping that Timmy screws up enough that they’ll lose their business, but when the owner Mr. Truscott (Windsor Davies) figures out that they aren’t, he schemes to have Timmy marry his daughter in order to merge and steal the business. Will Timmy fall for it or will the plan fail? The film also stars Sheila White (Oliver!) as Rosie, Liz Fraser (The Avengers) as Mrs. Chalmers, Irene Handl (The Italian Job) as Mrs. Slenderpants, George Layton (Doctor In Charge) as Tony, Maxine Casson (Paul Temple) as Avril Chalmers, Chrissy Iddon (Prince Regent) as Lady Snoodle, Suzy Mandel (Come Play With Me) as Mrs. Hargreaves, and the film was directed by Norman Cohen (The Blue Max). 

image-w856If you have seen one Confessions film then you definitely know what you are getting yourself into every time and that is sexy hi-jinx. Although, it seems our main character has better luck in this film then he has had in previous films, but he still has to deal with the same old situations every time as well including a mother and daughter who both want him. The best is that the main story line is that he is competing against a rival driving school that is looking to take them out which then sort of becomes a sidebar to all of the hi-jinx. This was a post that was supposed to come out a while ago, but I procrastinated because I lost some files to complete it. As soon as I found them, It was time to finally finish the post because this may have been one of the best films in the whole series if you ask me. Yes there is plenty of T&A to satisfy any fan of sex comedies, but it was just a fun film to watch overall. There was a lot of good acting and the story was pretty well structured in my opinion. The film even has the menacing Sean Connery like villain and his very annoying sidekick to boot. I am kind of sad that this is the last film from the whole series that I will get to review as I had fun watch all of Timothy’s misadventures. On a scale of one being close to an A-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give Confessions of a Driving Instructor an 2.6 for a final grade.

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cannibalcorpse_tombIf there was ever a band that freaked me out as a kid by their album covers, Buffalo’s Cannibal Corpse was definitely the band with their graphic artwork that depicted some of the most grotesque imagery. As a metal and horror fan, the band was a dream come true and now I appreciate the band I first saw in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. After spending a month doing Halloween themed albums, it’s time to get back to work and continue working down the list of albums on Loudwire.com’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time. On their list coming in at number 47 is Cannibal Corpse’s third studio album Tomb of the Mutilated which featured Chris Barnes (Vocals), Bob Rusay (Lead Guitar), Jack Owen (Rhythm Guitar), Alex Webster (Bass), and Paul Mazurkiewicz (Drums). The album was released via Metal Blade Records and was subsequently banned in Germany for the artwork and violent nature of the lyrics. This was also the last album to feature the original lineup of Cannibal Corpse as guitarist Bob Rusay was fired shortly after the album was released.

158817b1. Hammer Smashed Face– One of the most identifiable CC tracks as it was the track they were playing in Ace Ventura. The track is hammering with some metal might mixed with the death metal blast beats and the thrash like bass playing at times. I think the track is about a guy who feels the sudden urge to kill as if it’s someone else controlling him. 5/5

2. I Cum Blood– a track that is as brutal as it’s lyrics which I believe is about necrophilia. 4.5/5

3. Addicted to Vaginal Skin– This intense freight train that borrows elements in the guitar solo from Slayer features “Genesee River Killer” Arthur Shawcross (it’s believed to be him) describing what he did. 4.5/5

4. Split Wide Open-This track is a lesson in Death Metal 101 with the blast beat playing that is faster than what Satan could do on drums and features guitar riffs that will rip your face off in a track that is about a mom who kills her kids. 5/5

5. Necropedophile– another face melter that is all about a guy who likes to have sex with dead kids or as one person suggested to me that it could be about the government constantly screwing us. You be the judge! 4/5

CANNIBAL-CORPSE---TOMB-OF-THE-MUTILATED-2013-PD-LP-26. The Cryptic Stench– I love the beginning of the track because this is some of the most intense metal I have ever heard. This song proves to me how bad ass this band was and still is. I believe it’s about a vampire. 5/5

7. Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s C**t– Chris Barnes once said in an interview that the track, “Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s Cunt was based on two brothers, one of whom was semi-retarded, who were serving life. They captured some girl, and the semi-retarded brother was talked into putting a coat hanger up her pussy to pull out her intestines. That story freaked me out.” 4.5/5

8. Post Mortal Ejaculation– The track I feel starts off with a guy who hangs himself in order to ejaculate, but then if you read the rest of the lyrics, it’s about a zombie who comes back to rape the living. The two minute mark of the track features an amazing riff that plays along with the blast beats 4/5

9. Beyond The Cemetery– The last track on the album follows the same lyrical content from the last track alongside the intense playing. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album proved to me who the best death metal band in the world is because this album featured some of the best playing I have heard and the best sound quality from a death metal band. Unfortunately after the band’s next album, Chris Barnes would exit the band, but they gained George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher to replace him. My favorite tracks on the album are The Cryptic Search and Hammer Smashed Face and my least favorite would be Necropedophile. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.