36thchamberThe whole idea of starting Ass Whoopin Wednesdays was to view and review the types of films that I have checked out in the past and the very title that I have for you guys today. No the title above is not the Wu-Tang Clan album, but the very film that inspired it in Shao Lin san shi liu fang otherwise known to the rest of the world as The 36TH Chamber Of Shaolin. Things are not going very well in China especially in the area known as Guangdongas the Manchu clan has taken over and they are ruthless as they kill anyone they think will rebel against them. With no other choice, a man known as Liu Yude (Chia-Hui Liu) is forced to flee to the mountains where he is trained in the art of Kung Fu by the Shaoiln Monks. Now known as San Te, he enters the 35 chambers of training and is quickly one of the fastest rising pupils they have ever had and when asked what chamber he would like to rule, he asks to be able to teach commoners in the country the art of Kung Fu. He is then “banished” where he returns to his old village to try and save the day! The film also stars John Cheung (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story) as Lord Cheng, Lieh Lo (Five Fingers Of Death) as General Tien Ta, Chia Yung Liu (The Legend Of The Drunken Master) as General Yin, Wilson Tong (Dirty Kung Fu) as Tang San-yao, Yue Wong (Dirty Ho) as Miller Six, and the film was directed by Chia-Liang Liu (Dirty Ho). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

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7dd8e37d02d85da5f992Alright let’s go over the stats for San Te, most of the film is spent watching him train through adversity in every chamber to come out as the best student. When it finally gets to the village that is where he begins to kick ass and take names which he does as he defeats 20+ suckers in one fight scene. He doesn’t really have an origin story because we see what happens to him as the film progresses and he does not have a love interest at all. His father and friends are all killed and brutalized by the Manchu clan. The big boss is eventually defeated by San Te or at least the big boss of that area and he is off teaching the people Kung Fu. What is there not to love about this film and I can see why the members of the Wu-Tang Clan were obsessed with it because it truly is one of the best Kung Fu movies out there. The film would be made and released four years after Bruce Lee, but it packs quite the punch and I loved the process of the 35 chambers. I thought that was one of the strong points for the film in where we see someone so desperate to learn fail and then succeed to only let down those who thought would fail. So, it’s kind of inspirational in that sense where it’s telling you to never give up and be better than what you were that day. The action sequences and fight scenes were fantastic while a little over the top at the time especially with the blood splatter, but that is what we love about these films. The acting was great, the makeup department did a great job especially with the bruising and etc. That is why I am going to give this film an A- for a final grade and if you are curious then check it out on Netflix now!

original_441I thought a lot about this week’s album of the week pick because I didn’t want to reach the 500 album milestone without never covering an album by The Beatles. The band which was made up of John Lennon (Vocals/Guitars), George Harrison (Guitars/Vocals), Paul McCartney (Vocals/Bass/Guitars/Piano), and Ringo Starr (Drums/Vocals) is whether you love, like, or hate them is the greatest band to ever live because there is The Beatles and then everyone else. The band released their first album in 1963 and just imagine that on September 26, 1969, the band would release their 11TH studio album and one of my personal favorites in Abbey Road via Apple Records and produced once again by the fifth Beatle George Martin. This was a significant album for the band as it was the last time that all four members had participated in the recording process and while Let It Be was released the following year in 1970, most of that was recorded before Abbey Road. They say that the band had so many disagreements on previous releases that once this album was complete, John had secretly quit the band while Paul went public the following year after the release of Let It Be. The album was one of the most successful releases as it went number one on the Billboard Top 200 as well as number one in Holland, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Spain, and West Germany. Funny enough, the 2019 reissue of the album went number one in the UK, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, and Belgium. The album has also sold over 12 million copies in the United States giving it Diamond status showing how influential the album really is.

abbey-road-back-cover2jpg1. Come Together– The track with that famous drum roll, Lennon saying shoot me (accompanied usually by a hand clap), and and cool as ice guitar riff kicks off this classic Beatles track that was originally written by John and intended as a campaign song for Timothy Leary who was running against Ronald Reagan in California at the time. 5/5

2. Something– Frank Sinatra once said that this was one of the top 50 love songs of all time and it was the song that rose George Harrison to the same status as a songwriter with Lennon and McCarthy. It was a love song written to his first wife Pattie Boyd. 5/5

3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer– This is an example of how an upbeat song can be so dark if you really pay attention to the lyrics. The track is about a student named Maxwell Edison who goes around murdering people with a hammer as his weapon of choice. While I love the inclusion of the Moog synthesizer and Anvil hits, this is often credited as the song responsible for breaking up The Beatles. 5/5

4. Oh! Darling– a sort of r&b styled rock track that saw Paul McCartney sing the song by himself every day until he got the perfect take. He wanted it to sound like he had been singing the song all week in the clubs to get a rough sound. John Lennon once said, “Oh! Darling’ was a great one of Paul’s that he didn’t sing too well. I always thought I could have done it better – it was more my style than his. He wrote it, so what the hell, he’s going to sing it.” 5/5

5. Octopus’s Garden– The world famous Ringo Starr song that we all love and expect to hear live from him. This was the last song recorded by the band that featured Ringo on vocals and it all came because instead of getting his order of Fish & Chips, he received squid instead. The boat’s captain then told him a story of how Octopuses travel along the sea bed collecting rocks to build a garden. 5/5

6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)– An unusual song for the band as it was almost 8 minutes in length and lacked a lot of lyrics. It was John’s love song to Yoko Ono and it’s a track that I think could be credited in helping Black Sabbath finding their sound. 5/5

beatles-abbey-road-label_027. Here Comes The Sun– Another amazing Beatles track that was written by George Harrison who was playing hokey that day as he spent at Eric Clapton’s house instead of with the rest of the band. The lyrics have to do with George’s joy at the sight of spring and how he felt being away from the drama in The Beatles camp. 5/5

8. Because-The track starts off with the cool electric harpsichord sound played by producer George Martin in which John enters and he copies on guitar what the harpsichord is doing. The song is eerie, but musically amazing with the vocal harmonies from Harrison, Lennon, and McCarthy as it ends in the famous diminished triad or the devil’s note. 5/5

9. Medley- The Beatles recorded 8 short tracks for a medley 5/5:

A. You Never Give Me Your Money-The first track written for the medley and it documented all the troubles The Beatles were having financially. It starts off as a piano ballad before it finishes with some amazing guitar work.

B. Sun King-as the song fades in from the harbor sounds of the last track, the vocal harmonies take over in this track that George once claimed was inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross.

C. Mean Mr. Mustard-John based this track which he also said was his least favorite on a mean Scottsman who was cheap with his money.

D. Polythene Pam– Lennon says, “That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England’s answer to Allen Ginsberg … I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. She didn’t wear jack boots and kilts, I just sort of elaborated. Perverted sex in a polythene bag. Just looking for something to write about.”

E. She Came In Through the Bathroom Window– A track McCarthy has said was about their dedicated fans, “We were bored, he was out and so we decided to pay him a visit. We found a ladder in his garden and stuck it up at the bathroom window which he’d left slightly open. I was the one who climbed up and got in.”

F. Golden Slumbers-a track that was based off of a Thomas Dekker lullaby entitled Cradle Song. It was a beautiful written track with pianos, string arrangements, and bass guitars.

G. Carry That Weight-a track that McCarthy wrote that kind of signified what they would go through after The Beatles as nothing they did would have the same impact as this music did.

H. The End– Paul McCartney said, “”I wanted [the medley] to end with a little meaningful couplet, so I followed the Bard and wrote a couplet.” John confirmed saying, “That’s Paul again … He had a line in it, ‘And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give,’ which is a very cosmic, philosophical line. Which again proves that if he wants to, he can think.”[4] Lennon misquoted the line; the actual words are, “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make…”

10. Her Majesty– This was originally a hidden track on the album and the track only featured Paul McCartney written as sort of a music hall styled track and it;s only 26 seconds long. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-For a group that was eventually on their way out following the release of this and Let It Be, they created some of the greatest music ever. As I said before, there’s The Beatles and then there is everyone else after them. The whole entire album is a classic which is why I gave it five stars out of five for a final grade.

pedal cup 2020Two years ago instead of doing the pedal to the metal tournament which was emulating the NCAA basketball tournament, I decided to change it and call it the Pedal Cup. For the first year, we did the world cup edition of the competition and that was won by Japan and Babymetal. That year, we tried our best to get as many bands from different countries as we could and while it sometimes can prove difficult to do, we also plan to do the same for the European edition of the Pedal Cup for this year which will coincide with the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. Returning to this year’s tournament are the third and fourth place finishers from the World Cup edition in Portugal and Poland and they will be joined by Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, England, Ukraine, Holland, Austria, Denmark, and so many more celebrating the best in Death Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, and more. So stay tuned here for more info as the bands will be chosen and all of the countries competing will be revealed.

hqdefaultOver the course of the last thirty years or more, we have seen countless celebrities, athletes, and other form of entertainers enter the music world from Eddie Murphy to Shaquille O’Neal, Juliette Lewis, and even the one and only William Shatner. I am one that believes that only a select few can leave their own domain and be successful in one that people are not familiar with. When I say that they are a select few, I truly mean it because the only ones I can think of are Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) and AEW World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho who in 1999 decided to venture into the world of metal with the rhythm section of Stuck Mojo to form Fozzy. Chris Jericho who is the band’s lead singer has described the band which is made up of Rich Ward (Lead Guitar/Keys), Frank “Bud” Fontsere (Drums), Billy Grey (Rhythm Guitar), and Randy Drake (Bass) saying, “If Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy.” On October 13, 2017, the band would release their seventh studio album Judas which was the band’s third to chart on the Billboard Top 200 peaking at 147 with the lead single and title track being a minor radio hit.

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc50 (1)1. Judas– The lead single off the album and one of my favorite Fozzy songs ever can also be heard as Chris’s current theme song in AEW. I just love the big bass/guitar slam power chord style mixed with the melodic in this track about someone who can’t help but sell people out. He is addicted to success and will do anything to get it. 5/5

2. Drinkin’ With Jesus– A big time Saliva style Nu Metal track here in this song that is all about someone who is addicted to the excesses of life on the road. 4.5/5

3. Painless– Almost the same style as Judas as far as the sound is concerned in this track that is all about how drugs can make death seem painless. 4.5/5

4. Weight of My World– The track almost has an industrial dance rock feel to it in this track that I think is about whether or not you can handle someone who is destructive and unapologetic about it. 3.5/5

5. Wordsworth Way-a track that while it has some heavy elements to it, they mix the keys along with it in this track that is all about someone that Chris must have lost that he was really close with. 4.5/5

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc506. Burn Me Out-a kind of groove metal track with a little bit of a dance flow to it that is all about living life to the fullest because you don’t want to have any regrets. 4.5/5

7.  Three Days in Jail-a Nu metal track all the way through featuring Hyro The Hero rapping on the song as well in a track about he miseries of being locked up. 4/5

8. Elevator-Kind of a funky track that I honestly think is just a track about getting high. I could be wrong, but judge for yourself. 4/5

9. Running with the Bulls-a cool track that I think is talking about how you have to just keep running forward and not in reverse and just ride with the bulls. 4.5/5

10. Capsized-a track that is all about how when we fail at something, we sort of feel capsized because we usually just give up and never continue moving forward. 4.5/5

11. Wolves at Bay– an in your face metal track that ends the album that is all about no matter what, you can not give up and you have to keep those that always trying to push you down at bay. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was a decent album from Jericho and co., but I can definitely see why it didn’t sell as much as the previous album. My favorite songs are Judas and Wolves At Bay while my least favorite is Weight Of My World. So, I am giving the album 4.36 stars out of five for a final grade.

COMIC TITLE: Power Rangers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (2019)
Simone Di Meo– Artist
Ryan Parrott–Writer
December 4, 2019
Boom! Studios/IDW Publishing

IMG_5908This week in my opinion was not a very interesting week for comic books so it wasn’t very hard for me to come up with a decision as to who was going to be this week’s Comic Book of the Week. Back in the late 80’s into the early 90’s there was no other iconic kids TV series than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who swept the nation with their cartoon and merchandise. Then in the early to mid 90’s, their replacement showed up in the form of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers which had not only a catchy title like the other mentioned, but they had five humans (later joined by a sixth) who were given powers. Now what happens when you bring both powerful franchises together? You get Power Rangers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 which was written by Ryan Parrott (Batman: Gates Of Gotham) and illustrated by Simone Di Meo (Venom Annual). In this issue, Tommy has gone missing and everyone is worried as to what has happened to him in Smith’s Grove. Meanwhile in New York City, it looks as if the turtles have met their match in a foot clan member who is not afraid one bit of them. It turns out that Tommy is working for Karai, but why and what has happened to him? What will happen when the Turtles are confronted by the Power Rangers? Check out the comic to find out?

IMG_5907One of the things that has not been explained that I do love and hope is true is that I believe they are handling this one like they are in the same universe. They haven’t explained anything in the first issue, but for them to get Tommy’s scan when he morphs into the Green Ranger must mean they are in the same dimension unlike what happened with the Batman crossover. Although, Alpha did say that he could scan across dimensions so maybe they’ll explain that in future issues. One thing that I will say about the comic is that while I love the artwork as far as the Rangers are concerned, I was not overly impressed with the way the Turtles were drawn. I am not saying that it’s bad per say, but I always dislike the various things they do with the headband/eyewear. It looks a little too goofy to me, but other than minor detail, Simone does a great job with the comic book. As far as the writing is concerned, they don’t get a heck of a long time to full explain the five W’s besides the who and the where, but I am sure that will come with future issues. What they did do with this issue is that they gave you an action packed first issue with some comedy thrown in there along with some troubles in paradise in the Power Rangers end. A little comedy and drama to go with my action? Sounds like a great comic to me and they leave you on a cliffhanger to hook you right in and they did just that with me. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

75602762_10157591626738213_1068101045881667584_oI usually do not like to deal in speculation especially when reporting on News because until it’s proven true then it’s just an opinion. So, I have some speculation news that could be huge for the rock and metal world. Nine hours or so ago, Lizzy Borden posted a picture (to the left of this paragraph) with no caption listing them as the fourth band on a bill that already features Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Poison. The bill is already stacked with some top talent that adding Lizzy Borden to the bill would just be absolutely maniacal and would be sure to conjure up some competition for sure as to who ruled the bill. Then around the same amount of time, the band would post this next picture below asking if their fans would be intrigued to see the show if it actually happened.

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So as far as we know, nothing is set in stone or concrete as to whether this is just wishful thinking on part of Lizzy Borden or if there is any actual truth to this. I have not seen any other rock or metal news sites post anything on this yet, but if I do see anything be sure that we will post the news, but there is one question that remains. Would you want to see Lizzy Borden added to this bill?

kreatorWhen you think of iconic thrash metal bands, you would instantly name the Big Four of Thrash Metal and all of it’s members, but meanwhile in Germany the era of Teutonic Thrash was being born as well called The Big Teutonic Four of Thrash (Sodom, Destruction, Tankard, and Kreator). While all of the bands remain active even to this day, I only know of one releasing a brand new album in 2020 in Sodom, while this week’s Metal Single Of The Week comes from Kreator who are gearing up to release a live album in 2020 entitled London Apocalypticon – Live at the Roundhouse. The band has unleashed a track from the live album and it’s their track Satan Is Real which comes from the band’s previous studio album 2017’s Gods Of Violence. The studio version is fierce and in your face bone crushing metal, but the live track is not far behind as it perfectly catches all of that into a live recording which is amazing. This very London show was the last show on the long trek that featured Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, and Bloodbath. Singer/Lead Guitarist Mike Petrozza said, “Hordes! Welcome to London Apocalypticon’! This is the culmination of a long and epic touring cycle in support of Gods Of Violence’ — over 150 shows, five continents and many amazing memories made! We’re very proud to share this amazing piece of KREATOR history with you; three professionally shot shows, plus professionally mixed and mastered audio; all of which has been meticulously laboured over to produce the best-ever KREATOR live release! But if this is still not enough for you…you can witness the real thing this spring when we embark on the ‘State Of Unrest’ tour with the mighty LAMB OF GOD and POWER TRIP! Respect!” Check out the track below:

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