COMIC TITLE: Negan Lives #1 (2020)
Charlie Adlard– Artist
Robert Kirkman–Writer
July 1, 2020
Image Comics/Skybound

negan-lives-1_d431aea940I have to admit to everyone before I move any further that I am not a huge fan of The Walking Dead. I watched the first two seasons of the show and never understood the phenomena with it so I stopped watching, but I have to admit that I never read the comics either. When I made it to my comic book store for the first time since March all in thanks to the corona virus, the only comic book that looked interesting that was available the title Negan Lives #1 which was written by Eisner Award winner Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and illustrated by Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead). For those of you that have been wondering what has happened to the polarizing Negan since issue #174 of The Walking Dead, Kirkman and co. provide you with that answer in this comic as we follow Negan in isolation. The only problem is that Negan truly isn’t alone as he meets a mysterious girl and he’s about to find that out the hard way that she isn’t what she seems or is she the one that’s about to find out what Negan is all about? For more information on the comic book, you can do so by clicking here to go to Image’s website.

neganOne thing is definitely for sure and that this comic book is intended for mature audiences only so reader discretion be advised. From the writing in the comic book alone, Kirkman definitely has me interested in wanting to learn more about this Walking Dead universe as Negan seems to be a really kick ass character. I think reading the comic books will give me a better understanding and you never know I might actually check out the rest of the series while I am at it, but we are here to talk about this comic book. The comic book follows this idea that Negan is living during the new normal of society and that he is not as crazy as he used to be or at least it appears that way as he copes with how much things have changed and how alone he truly is. I definitely liked the writing a lot which is what I think attracted me the most to keep reading because Kirkman does such an amazing job of building up the suspense and you just need to know what happens on the next page. Now, I am not usually a fan of black and white artwork for a comic book, but for this one I’ll make the exception cause that is there style and I don’t knock them for that too much. The B&W actually kind of suits the style of the comic in some weird way, but for some of the scenes I would have loved to see it in color. After reading this issue, I am definitely going to continue because I need to know what happens next. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

extractionWe are rolling right along with Ass Whoopin Wednesdays and this week we turn to Netflix to help us with some action packed cinema. For weeks and weeks people have been telling me that I had to check out the new film that was adapted by Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) in 2020’s Extraction (based on the book Ciudad by Ande Parks) which was directed by Sam Hargrave in his feature length debut. Chris Hemsworth (Thor/Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) stars as Mercenary for hire Tyler Rake who has been hired to go in to Bangladesh to rescue a Mumbai drug lord’s son from a rival drug lord. The only problem is that when he successfully grabs the kid, all plans go haywire and now he has to try and navigate through a foreign country that was just placed on lockdown. The film also stars Rudhraksh Jaiswal (The Tenet) as Ovi, Pankaj Tripathi (Gangs of Wasseypur) as Ovi Sr., Randeep Hooda (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai) as Saju, Golshifteh Farahani (Body Of Lies) as Nik Khan, Priyanshu Painyuli (Bhavesh Joshi Superhero) as Amir Asif, David Harbour (Brokeback Mountain) as Gaspar, Suraj Rikame in his debut feature as Farhad, Rob Collins (The Wrong Girl) as Rata, and Adam Bessa (Of Sound Mind) as Yaz Kahn. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

extraction stats

extraction-movie-review-2020Alright, we know that Chris Hemsworth is a total bad ass as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but how did he do as a mercenary? Well he has about 64 kills/knockouts in this film (give or take) and he doesn’t really have an origin story other than he’s a drunk with nothing to lose and no family. We only find out that his kid died of cancer and his wife left him. Obviously since his wife left him, I think it’s easy to say that he has no love interest and no one really close to him was hurt at all. The big boss is defeated, but you’ll have to see how it is done for yourself if you want to know how it happens. This was an amazing film that is action packed from beginning all the way to the end and it should be no surprise with Russo adapting the film and Hemsworth producing it. The cinematography and the editing teams deserve some really credit for how amazing this film turned out because they did such an amazing job with it. The action scenes are exciting and they’ll keep you on the edge of your seat with all the explosions, kicks, broken bones, and more. Hemsworth is absolutely captivating as the mercenary who at first is just doing a job until he realizes that he is just a kid who hasn’t had a real chance because of the entire BS in his life so he makes it a personal mission. I do have to say that Randeep Hooa was also a bad ass in this film as a former Special Forces guy who used to protect the kid and also wants to bring him back. I wish I took down his stats, but I didn’t. Anyways, this was an awesome film that you need to check out as I give it five fists out of five for a final grade.

vividWe here at Moshpits and Movies wanted to show our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by celebrating all the great African American musicians that have been in the rock and metal scene. So for this week’s album of the week, we are checking out one of the biggest records of 1988 that took the world by storm in Living Colour’s debut album Vivid. The album was released on May 3, 1988 and it featured Corey Glover (Vocals), Vernon Reid (Guitars), Muzz Skillings (Bass), and Will Calhoun (Drums) while the album was produced by Ed Stasium (Ramones/Talking Heads) and Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones). The album was a huge hit as soon as it dropped in the stores and it was reflected on the Billboard Top 200 charts as it peaked at number six as it went double platinum selling over 2 million copies worldwide and it took home a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for Cult Of Personality. Years later, the album is still immortalized as it’s listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it number 71 on their The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list. Former WWE Superstar CM Punk used it as his entrance music when he was an active wrestler and he even used it while in the UFC.

vivid back cover1. Cult Of Personality– The lead single off the album and a track that defined 1988 with it’s in your face funk metal stylings and hypnotizing guitar riffs. I always believed the track to be very anarchist at heart as it says we follow and listen to too many “leaders” for everything instead of looking within us. 5/5

2. I Want To Know– A track that is a little more on the funk rock side that is all about Corey wanting to know if the girl is into him or not. Just give him a sign!!! 4.5/5

3. Middle Man– A very Sabbathy opening riff that kicks it off before it switches up and the second single off the album is probably one of the best tracks on here. The track is about a guy who just wants to break from the pact to be his own person. 5/5

4. Desperate People– I loved how the track started and I loved Reid’s playing on it, but then it switched and started to resemble Led Zeppelin’s The Ocean. The track is about what you think, desperate people who go to desperate lengths to get their fix or whatever. 4.2/5

5. Open Letter (To a Landlord)– a track that was co-written with poet and musician Tracie Morris and it’s a track that targets owners of houses in slum sections of the cities and how they don’t care about the inhabitants, but rather the dollar signs they see. Corey’s vocals shine truly on this track, he has such an amazing voice. 4.8/5

6. Funny Vibe– a track that features Public Enemy and a track that asks a serious question as it questions racial stereotypes that had plagued black communities for a while. I love the funk playing on this track that gives the Chili Peppers a run for their money. 4.4/5

vivid-4fb71aae83afc7. Memories Can’t Wait– The band’s classic cover of the Talking Heads track 5/5

8. Broken Hearts– a track whose rhythm section deserves a lot of credit as the bass and drum tracks carry this amazing song, but Vernon’s playing is beautiful on this track and different than the record up to this point. The track features Mick Jagger playing harmonica and Dennis Diamond as a Carnival Barker on it as well. 5/5

9. Glamour Boys– A track that was nominated for a Grammy in 1990 for best hard rock performance is a track that explores young men that are obsessed with high society, clothing, cars, etc. This track was produced by Mick Jagger and features him on backing vocals as well. 4.3/5

10. What’s Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)– a funk rock track that I am not exactly sure the meaning of it other than it sounds like it could be the theme song to Living Color the TV Show. 4/5

11. Which Way to America?– I love the bass riff that opens this track and is complimented by Reid’s funk styled playing. I think the track is about how the media tries to paint the picture of America to be fine and everyone living large while outside in reality America really isn’t fine at all. 4.3/5

My Final Thoughts– What an amazing album from beginning to end that was very different than what we were used to at this point in the 1980’s. The album was definitely a welcomed change to the scene and that is why it lives on. Corey Glover’s vocal performance is such a true highlight of this album as he brings soul to his vocal performance as he also brings the edginess as well. That is why I am going to give the album 4.59 stars out of five for a final grade.

toxic avenger III thought for today that I would check out a film from Troma Now for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays and I realized that I had never seen any of the The Toxic Avenger sequels and it was definitely time to start watching them. So for today’s film, we are checking out the 1989 sequel The Toxic Avenger Part II which was once again directed by Lloyd Kaufman (Class Of Nuke ‘Em High) and Michael Herz (Troma War). Things in Tromaville have definitely changed since the events of the first film and not just in the sense that things improved in Tromaville since the arrival of Toxie (Ron Fazio). The only problem is that a lot has changed for Toxie in the sense that he has no evil to fight so he feels like he has no purpose. so as an evil corporation starts to move in , they have his shrink trick him into going to Japan to find his dad while they take over. The film also stars Phoebe Legere (King Of New York) as Claire, Rick Collins (Class Of Nuke ‘Em High) as Apocalypse Inc. Chairman, Rikiya Yasuoka (Black Rain) as Big Mac Bunko, Mayako Katsuragi (Angel To Be Sacrificed) as Masami, Jessica Dublin (Fellini Satyricon) as Mrs. Junko, Erika Schickel (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters ) as the Shrink, Joe Fleishaker (Tromeo & Juliet) as Apocalypse Inc. Employee, Michael Jai White (Spawn) as Apocalypse Inc. Thug, Dan Snow (Return To Nuke Em High Volume 1) as Cigar Face, Paul Borghese (The Family) as Lou Sipher, and Benny Nieves (The Devil’s Advocate) as Apocalypse Inc. Employee. Before we get into the review, let’s check out the stats:

toxie stats

toxicIn the film, Toxie has 42 kills/knockouts and I put the Jai White situation and the assistance he got from another as one. If you want an origin story, go watch the first film cause it explains his origin and his love interest. Everyone he loves in Tromaville is attacked and hurt so that question is a yes and the big boss is definitely defeated in the film. One of the best sequences of the film is the opening fight scene which is just epic in my opinion because it’s literally one guy after another and each one is as interesting as the last. My only problem with it is that I wanted a full fight with Michael Jai White and we never got that through out the whole film. They teased us at the beginning of the film, but they never followed through because the rest of the return to America is spent with him chasing after the motorcyclist. The film has everything you would love about a Toxic Avenger film from the outrageous stunts, kills, and even all of the breasts, but this one kicks up a notch and takes us to Japan. One of the things I loved was seeing the Japanese people and their reactions to Fazio dressed up as Toxie because some of them seemed generally surprised and amused while others were told to act scared, but I feel that not everyone in Japan was aware of him. That was definitely a fun aspect of the film, but I have to be honest in saying that the parts in Japan were cool to have, but it doesn’t top the first film. I am going to give the film 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade.

 

Return_to_Nuke_'Em_High_Volume_1_(2013)_posterOne of the longest active reel independent film companies in the world is none other than Troma Entertainment who has been making films for well over 40 years. After talking briefly to longtime president of the company Lloyd Kaufman, I decided that I would sign up for Troma Now (watch.troma.com) and check out Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 as today’s film which was released in 2013 and was directed and features Kaufman in the film. A lot of time has passed since the disastrous events of Class Of Nuke ‘Em High 3, but has Tromaville really learned since then? A group of students begins investigating things at a local dairy when weird things start happening to students who ate the tacos. The film stars Asta Paredes (Shades Of Blue) as Chrissy Goldberg, Catherine Corcoran (Terrifier) as Lauren, Clay von Carlowitz (The Shadow Scarf) as Eugene, The late Lemmy Kilmister (Tromeo & Juliet) as The President, Zac Amico (Amityville: Vanishing Point) as Zack, Babette Bombshell (Grindsploitation 4: Meltsploitation) as Principal Westly, Tara E. Miller (Cool As Hell) as Rachel Ruysch, Stefan Dezil (Shadow Of A Gun) as Slater, Debbie Rochon (Slime City Massacre) as Coach Kotter, Dan Snow (The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie) as Cigar Face, Mark Quinnette (Battle) as Michelangelo, Reiki Tsuno as Rembrandt, and Jim Sheppard (Battledogs) as Raphael. To check out the rest of the review, please click here.

hatebredd coverWhen I think of hardcore music blended with metal, I do not think of the metalcore genre. No, the first thing that comes to mind is Connecticut hardcore legends Hatebreed who took the genre and brought it right to the forefront. in the early to mid 2000’s.  That is why for today, I have decided that I was going to check out the band’s self titled fifth studio album as this week’s Album of the Week. The album was released on September 29, 2009 via E1 Music and it featured Jamey Jasta (Vocals), Frank Novinec (Rhythm Guitar), Wayne Lozinak (Lead Guitar) for the first time on a studio album, Chris Beattie (Bass), and Matt Byrne (Drums) while the album was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris. When talking about the album Jamey Jasta had this to say, “This is our fifth studio album and it’s a monster! We’ve survived some pretty rough times and the music shows it. There was no reason to change the recipe that our fans know and love but we added a few brutal new ingredients and we’re more than amped on the results. Violence is a given!” The album peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while it peaked at 4 on the US Independent Albums, 8 on the US Top Hard Rock Albums, and 16 on the US Top Rock Albums.

35ce1096578ffb3b6ad9a01e2dc51235.1000x1000x11. Become the Fuse– The track kicks off with a little bit of a punk feel to it while remaining true to their sound especially when the chorus drops in this track that is all about motivating you to be the spark in your life to do something instead of waiting for others to do it for you. 4.5/5

2. Not My Master– True to that Hatebreed sound through and through with the guitar feedback that kicks off the track before they drop the hammer. I think the track is all about fighting substance abuse and how you remind yourself that the addiction is not your master. 5/5

3. Between Hell and a Heartbeat– I love the beginning of this track because it has such a doom (in an apocalyptic way) like metal riff to it before the band absolutely shreds. I think the track is all about how you get to that moment in a relationship where you’ve lost all hope and you can’t take anymore. 4.5/5

4. In Ashes They Shall Reap– One of my favorite tracks of all time when it comes to Hatebreed. I just think the track is all about how no matter what you throw at him he will never give up because he was, “born to bleed, fighting to succeed. Built to endure what the world throws at me.” 5/5

5. Hands of a Dying Man– a bad ass track that in my opinion is all about a man who is not afraid of death because he has accepted his fate and is willing to walk that road. The track has a Slayer like guitar solo thrown in there which was cool. 5/5

6. Everyone Bleeds Now– an in your face track that just makes you want to punch something and I don’t know what the track is about, but it kicks ass. This was also a sick track to see live and see the pits for this one. 5/5

ee1171142818fc39e77b1aaa01d36f96.1000x1000x17. No Halos for the Heartless– a very metal track in the beginning with the gang vocals before it becomes the hardcore track we all knew it would be. It’s all about worthless pieces of crap are ruling the worlds instead of the people that deserve it. 4.5/5

8. Through the Thorns– I love this bass driven track that has that metal riff to it in this song that is all about persevering on no matter how difficult the road. Seriously, Chris Beattie’s playing is on point on this track. 4.5/5

9. Every Lasting Scar– an upbeat hardcore/punk anthem that is all about Jamey  reflecting back on the long hard journey the band has had to get where they are. 4.5/5

10. As Damaged as Me– There is something deep going on in this song that I am not going to try and guess what it is because I am not sure. It has one hell of a breakdown moment during the track. 4.5/5

11. Words Became Untruth– an in your face track that seems to be about suicide and how it can take over our every thought or at least when we get into a downward spiral. 4.5/5

12. Undiminished– an instrumental track on the album. 5/5

Hatebreed13. Merciless Tide– a awesome track that I think is saying that even though it seems like shitty people get away with stuff all the time, they too have a day of reckoning. 4.5/5

14. Pollution of the Soul– a thrash like classic from the band that technically ends some versions of the album depending on what you have. The track is about how it is so easy for the liars of the world to fill your head with lies that you have to be able to fight it. 4.5/5

15. Escape– On some versions you get this amazing cover of a Metallica classic from my favorite album Ride The Lightning. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Hatebreed never disappoints with every album, but besides Perseverance, this is one of my favorite Hatebreed records ever. There are way too many amazing tracks on the album to list, but I have always loved In Ashes They Shall Reap, Hands of a Dying Man, Not My Master, and Everybody Bleeds Now. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

Ozzy-album-1600x1600When you think of English Rock, you can’t help but mention these names The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and Ozzy Osbourne. These names are the names of rock icons that will never die and two of them recently collaborated for a new track. It was revealed by Ozzy Osbourne himself that he collaborated with Sir Elton John for a new track which also happens to be the title track to Ozzy’s upcoming studio release Ordinary Man which is due out February 20, 2020 via Epic. Chad Smith, who played drums on the album recently told Fox News, “It’s f–king epic. These two iconic, legendary, English f–king rockers that have been through it all are singing about the end of their lives: ‘I don’t want to die an ordinary man.’ And it’s f–king great!” The song itself is absolutely amazing as Elton John provides piano for this song that accomplishes the feat of sounding like an Ozzy and Elton John song when needed or I could just say it’s sounds like an edgier Elton song. Ozzy talked about securing Slash and Elton for the track saying it, “just came together. … When I was writing ‘Ordinary Man,’ it reminded me of an old Elton song, and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked and, lo and behold, he agreed, and sings and play piano on the song.” Do yourselves a favor and just listen to the track below and stay tuned here for more info on the album as it becomes available.

COMIC TITLE: Daphne Byrne #1 (2020)
Kelley Jones– Artist
Laura Marks–Writer
January 8, 2020
Hill House Comics/DC Black Label 

IMG_6039We are just into our second week of 2020 and it looks like everything is almost back to normal in the world of comics especially when it has to do with new comic book day. There were a lot of great debuts this week and some great continuations of stories that I am into at the moment, but there was one that I just had to check out. For those of you that do not know who Joe Hill his, he is the son of one Stephen King who has also decided to get into the world of Horror Comics with Hill House Comics as he teams up with DC Comics imprint DC Black Label to create a line of comics like The Low Low Woods and more. This week they came out with a new comic entitled Daphne Byrne #1 and it was written by Laura Marks (TV’s Ray Donovan) and illustrated by Kelley Jones (The Sandman, Batman: Red Rain) who is a legend in the horror art world. Daphne is your typical 19TH Century New York teen who is going through some personal turmoil since her father passed away. One thing is for certain and that is that her mother is being irresponsible and is being taken for a sucker by occultist wannabe’s, but these wannabe’s may have opened a door for Daphne as he is visited by an entity named Brother, but what does he want?

IMG_6038I have to say that I definitely enjoyed Daphne Byrne, but not as much as I did with The Low Low Woods. I definitely enjoyed the last part of the comic because that is when things really started to rock and roll and that is why I believe that I am going to enjoy future issues of the comic. What also has me excited about the future of it is that Joe Hill said on the Adventures In Poor Taste Podcast that the book is about, “a 19th-century feminist Omen. A ghost and gaslight take on the child born to end us all.” Now what is exciting about this comic is the artwork that was done by the legend Kelley Jones who brought out the creepiness of the darkness that surrounds the comic on every single panel. He has this way of making sure that you do not miss the macabre in every panel as he manages to infuse it and Michelle Madsen does an amazing job bringing all of that to light as the colorist of the comic and it’s beautiful. The other element that was smartly infused into the comic was the fact that we got the creepiness factor in well before the macabre show up in the example of this homeless old man who will make your spine tingle. All in all, I am actually excited to see what happens next in the comic especially with the artwork so stay tuned. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

81Before 2005, not too many people knew who Avenged Sevenfold were and if they did it was only because of one track and that was Unholy Confessions. That was all about to change for the band when they sat down to record their third studio album which happened to be their first major label debut. On June 6, 2005, the band would release City Of Evil which saw a lot of changes. The band was still made up of M. Shadows (Vocals), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass), and The Rev (Drums), but the sound of the band would change. The band took more of a rock sound when it came to approaching this one which even included M. Shadows training with a vocal coach Ron Anderson (he worked with Axl Rose). The changes were for the better as it reflected on their album sales as it debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Top 200 seeing the band sell over 2.5 million in a time when a lot of bands were not accomplishing that and this was as of 2015 their best selling album. Guitar World ranked it number 63 on their 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time list as well as appearing on Kerrang‘s 666 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and 50 Albums You Need To Hear Before You Die.

571. Beast And The Harlot– The third single released from the album and the opening =track featuring their sped up version of Guns N’ Roses styled hard rock chaos. The track is about the fall of Babylon, The Great. 5/5

2. Burn It Down– The first single released off of the album and a true highlight in my opinion as it starts off with The Rev’s amazing drum work before the band shows their love for power metal. I think the track is about how he is willing to fight for what is his no matter what you think. 5/5

3. Blinded In Chains-a great track musically that M. Shadows says is about, “Blinded In Chains” is about the philosophical war between Republicans and Democrats. The former are excessively closed-minded.” He also says that politicians are, “a bunch of — idiots where everyone looks at Michael Moore and does what he says.” I can’t argue with him there. 4.5/5

4. Bat Country– One of the biggest singles ever released by the band as the song was heavily influenced by Hunter S. Thompson’s book Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. The song title is actually from a line in the book. 5/5

5. Trashed and Scattered– another in your face, razor sharp guitar drive tracks that is all about the band rejecting all the hate from critics because they don’t play music for them, they play it for the fans. 4.5/5

Avenged Sevenfold - City of Evil (2005) (CD, Album)6. Seize The Day– a ballad of sorts for the band that I would say is the band’s November Rain. The track is about someone who wasted their chance in life at happiness so he is telling you to seize the day and not look back. No more what if’s!!! This is one of the best Avenged Sevenfold tracks ever!!! 5/5

7. Sidewinder– a hard rock classic from the band that has a very Metallica Black Album sound to it. The track also features Synyster Gate’s dad providing a acoustic guitar solo for the song. 4.5/5

8. The Wicked End– I love the bass work from Johnny in the beginning before Gates and co. come in with a shred fest. I think the song is about the end of the world and how we ruined it. 4.5/5

9. Strength of the World– I love the acoustic intro to the track with it’s western flare and the orchestra on the track. It gives the song a very epic feel to it in this track that is about a man who is there to avenge the death of his family. 5/5

10. Betrayed– a very amazing tribute to the death of the great Dimebag Darrell who was taken just the year before. 5/5

11. M.I.A.- an eight minute epic that is all about a soldier who is M.I.A. in war and it could be about the Iraq war considering when the album was released, but it really could be about any war. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– One of their best albums in my opinion as the band showed potential in this one as far as songwriting abilities and it only become greater with every release after this one. This one established them as a heavy hitter on the scene. There really isn’t a bad track on the album, but my favorites I obviously gave a five star rating. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

810j2mCjpZL._SS500_Marilyn Manson has had one heck of a career in my opinion and one that has seen it’s fair shares of ups and downs. He rose to the very top for a long time only to drop off a little bit before reclaiming his place in the world. The album that truly catapulted him into the spotlight was none other than his second studio album Antichrist Superstar which came out on October 8, 1996 via Nothing/Interscope and was produced by Manson, Trent Reznor, Sean Beavan, and Dave Olgilvie. The lineup credited with working on the album are Manson (Lead Vocals, Guitars), Daisy Berkowitz (Guitars), Twiggy Ramirez (Bass/Guitars), Madonna Wayne Gacy (Keys/Loops), Ginger Fish (Drums), and Zim Zum who does live guitar on Dead To The World. While the album was extremely controversial in it’s day, it was also hugely successful as well. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts in the US while peaking at number two in Canada, and number five in New Zealand while the album was certified platinum in the US (almost hitting double status). It also received a crap ton of accolades since it’s release with too many to list, but Rock Sound in France ranked it 11TH on their 150 greatest albums of our lifetime list.

111358511_802156461. Irresponsible Hate Anthem– The first track of the album, cycle I: The Heirophant, and the first track to kick off this rock opera concept album.I believe the track was recorded live as well. It’s in your face with a punk flare to it and features some awesome bass playing from Twiggy. It’s a track lashing back at the identity of America and the idea that we are free. 5/5

2. The Beautiful People– The lead single off the album is this drop d tuned power chord heavy track that kicks ass. On wikipedia, they describe the song’s meaning saying, “Lyrically, it is entwined with the Antichrist Superstar album’s overarching theme, a semi-narrative examination of the Nietzschean Übermensch. Within this context, “The Beautiful People” deals explicitly with the destructive manifestation of the Will to Power (“There’s no time to discriminate / hate every motherfucker that’s in your way”), while also exploring Nietzsche’s view of master-slave morality (“It’s not your fault that you’re always wrong / The weak ones are there to justify the strong”), particularly the concept’s connection with Social Darwinism and its relation to various political and economic systems such as capitalism and fascism (“Capitalism has made it this way/Old-fashioned fascism will take it away.” 5/5

3. Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World– I love this song and always thought it was underrated in this track that is all about the worm’s experiences in the world living among the “Beautriful People” of the world and all of the lies he experiences. The last minute of the track is one of my favorite segments on the whole album. 5/5

4. Tourniquet-The second single off of the album and probably one of the best Marilyn Manson songs ever written. The heavy Alice Cooper influenced track is said to be influenced by dreams that Manson had. He described them saying, “I’ve always had these dreams about making a girl out of all these pieces of prosthetic limbs, and then taking my own hair and teeth that I saved from when I was a kid and very ritualistically creating this companion.” It’s the last step before he becomes the little Horn. 5/5

71QHsV5cIQL._SL1275_5. Little Horn– The first track in Cycle II: Inauguration of the Worm and the in your face death rock track actually has a biblical reference to it. The Little Horn is the last beast of the four beasts that David dreams about that is ruled by 10 kings, but that Little Horn is the scariest one and that is the Antichrist Superstar in our story. 5/5

6. Cryptorchid-a techno like beginning with some bass playing and is the shortest track on the album (and his discography as well).  The song overall is about how society likes to beat down their views into children’s heads before they can form their own opinions. 5/5

7. Deformography-a heavily keys/samples/loops driven track that is all about the worm wishing to get back at the “Beautiful People” of the world. 5/5

8. Wormboy– a crazy sounding track from Manson that mixes the guitars with the programming to give it a unique sound. I believe the song is about the worm being tempted by a being calling himself the Antichrist. He realizes that everything they said about sinning is true and he’s excited because he wants to live the sinful life but he’s not sure either. 5/5

9. Mister Superstar-A great rock track written by Twiggy that sees the worm as a rockstar now as he has evolved. I also think it’s a reflection of fame where no one knows you and wants to be around you until you become this big star. 5/5

10. Angel with the Scabbed Wings– a great track that sees the worm finally evolve into the the angel with the scabbed wings where he has people that worship and people that fear him. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album. 5/5

11. Kinderfeld– I have always loved the beginning and overall sound of this track which always sounded like a laser going off along with that ominous bass riff. I think the track is about the worm asking the Distengrator what it’s like to be that figure. 5/5

imgbin-compact-disc-antichrist-superstar-marilyn-manson-album-smells-like-children-marilyn-manson-TKt7DmzkNNK9w0CH3zCRW0ggU12. Antichrist Superstar– The first track of Cycle III: Disintegrator Rising and Manson says the song is about “I’m satirising the fascism of politics, of religion, and most importantly the fascism of rock’n’roll. Whether people are realising that, or simply buzzing off the spectacle, isn’t my concern. I’m thoroughly entertained by it as a massive piece of performance art because it has so many dimensions, because we’re the polar opposite of Nazism, would be the first to be destroyed by it, and we’re using that imagery against itself … Words and symbolism are only as powerful as you make them. Just looking at fascist imagery doesn’t make it hateful … All there is, is making people think for themselves. That’s it. No answers. You make your choice. Fascism is precisely what I’m out to destroy but if people see our show and see fascism, it’s in them already. It’s a self discovery and that’s what we’re here for, to make people think, enable self-discovery. I ain’t here to condemn or condone. I’m here to go against the grain. I’ve transformed my world so that I am my own work of fiction, with no boundaries to what I can do, no limits. I’m saying anyone can do that. Anyone.” 5/5

13. 1996– a industrial punk like pace on this song that is about being anti everything even anti you, etc. 5/5

14. Minute of Decay– a bass driven track that features some interesting sounds that the band created for the track. It almost seems like the track is sort of an off day for our main character who seems to be depressed about his new role. 5/5

15. The Reflecting God– This is an incredible song to hear live with it’s amazing chorus, but it’s another bass driven track that features some acoustic guitars in it by Danny Lohner as well as a wall of noise. It’s all about making up your own mind about life. 5/5

16. Man That You Fear– One of the eeriest songs ever written by Manson and the last track on the album. Things are different for the worm as he has become the man that everyone fears and there is no much he can do. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was one of the best albums that Manson ever wrote besides Mechanical Animals and one of the best alternative albums of the 90’s. The album was a perfect storm for him as it rose him to ranks that life was imitating art in a way as people feared him more. I gave the album five stars out of five for a final grade.