728For this week’s album of the week, I wanted to cover an album by a band who if there was ever a conversation on expanding the Big Four to the Big Five, Exodus would be the band that could argue for that. Exodus is one of the more underrated bands to come out of the Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene who at one time featured Kirk Hammett of Metallica in the band before he left for Metallica. The album that we are covering for today is the band’s debut record Bonded By Blood which was supposed to be released in 1984, but due to issues with their label, it didn’t see the light of day until April 25, 1985. The album featured Paul Baloff (Lead Vocals) in his only album appearance, Gary Holt (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Rick Hunolt (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Rob McKillop (Bass), and Tom Hunting (Drums). It is often believed that because of the delay in the release of the album, that it sounded outdated due to how much further the other bands in the scene had gone especially Metallica whose 1984 album Ride The Lightning featured a guitar riff that originally belonged to Exodus. The track I am talking about is Trapped Under Ice which featured the main riff from an Exodus track called Impaler.

exodus 21. Bonded By Blood– An amazing thrash anthem that kicks off the album which explores the bond that the band feels with it’s fans during live shows. 5/5

2. Exodus– Every band in that era had a song that was named after their band and this track features some pretty intense lyrics to go along with the all out metal assault. Just be aware of the Exodus attack when it comes to your town. 4.5/5

3. And Then There Were None– You have to imagine when this song was written that there was still a fear of nuclear war and all the cold war, 1984 stuff going around. The riff of this track competes with the best of them that were out there at the time. 5/5

4. A Lesson In Violence– The track opens with some laser fast, face melting guitar riffs that drive the song forward and the lyrics of the track are only emphasized by the amazing vocals of Baloff who you believe is pissed off just by listening. 5/5

5. Metal Command– Another thrash classic from the band that is a war cry for all those who believe in Metal and are willing to battle all those who oppose us. 5/5

exodus 36. Piranha– An absolute headbanger that could be a metaphor for the music scene or metal in genre. A warning not to mess with Metal heads or they’ll eat you alive. 4/5

7. No Love– The track starts with some clean acoustic guitars before the most evil and amazing guitar riff takes right over. Not sure exactly what he was talking about with the lyrics, but it’s subject matter lies in the dark occult. 4.5/5

8. Deliver Us To Evil– Another track on the album that deals with dark subject matter, but it has a killer riff that will have you headbanging and playing air guitar in no time. 4.5/5

9. Strike Of The Beast– The last track on the album that has that lightning quick playing from Holt and Hunolt in a track that is about fighting off the temptations of the beast. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– A truly amazing album from an underrated band, but you can definitely see in this record that they were definitely influenced by Venom or at least they were on the same wave length. I’ve seen these things happen when a label holds up a release and it jeopardizes everything the band worked for. It’s a shame that it happens, but what are you going to do? The band was in my Pedal To The Metal Tournament this year and they did pretty well for themselves. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

2017-headerWe can never have a tournament without a little controversy and in reality there is no real controversy. The tournament has always been about a fan base of one band versus the fan base of another. So, if your band was eliminated two rounds ago then sorry for that, but a lot of my favorite bands have been eliminated too. Anyways, we are here to celebrate the fact that if you made it this far it’s because your fan base kicks ass and you belong here. We have some exciting matches for all of you like Queensryche taking on Judas Priest or Amon Amarth taking on German Thrash legends Kreator. We also have Lamb Of God taking on Trivium and Testament taking on Megadeth in a super match for the Thrash division finals. After this, it only gets harder to choose a winner and that will ring especially true in the Dio division finals where Queensryche has to dethrone former two time champion Judas Priest. Does Testament have what it takes to dethrone Megadeth who have been riding the rollercoaster of success lately with a Grammy win and all? All of these questions will be answered as soon as YOU THE FANS VOTE! You have until March 24TH to vote for who you want to see make the final four, so as always choose wisely!

2017 elite 8 round

2017-headerFirst of all I want to start this paragraph by sending so much gratitude and appreciation to all of the bands that shared this page and the tournament. Without the bands, this tournament means absolutely nothing because if the fans can’t see it then they won’t show up. I’m writing this because I noticed that there is a lot of salty fans out there that are pissed off that their “band” didn’t win their match in this tournament. First of all, I created the tournament because it sounded like something that was fun to do and always has been since day one, but you always get the salty fans. I try my best to share the tournament on as many pages as I possibly can, but things are a lot different today then when I first started this tournament. I used to be able to share it on every page that there was, but now I need permission from the bands to be able to post it on their page. If I don’t get approval then there is no sharing on their page which can ultimately result in them being eliminated from a tournament by a band who did share it (For example, click here to go to Accept’s website or here to go to Queensryche’s Facebook Page).

iron maidenI used to allow people to vote as many times as they wanted, but I saw that it got really out of hand especially when fans of a band cried foul over it. So, I changed it to only being allowed to vote once every hour in a day and that seemed to satisfy fans for a long time now. Believe me I know it’s shocking when a band gets eliminated, but one year Death Angel defeated Metallica all due to the fact that their fans showed up and voted. Destruction and Kreator both won the championships solely off the fact that they shared every single round in the tournament every time I shared it with them. Believe me, I have 7 or 8 favorites of mine that have been eliminated already and I am completely fine with that because the fans decided the outcomes and that is all that matters. Here is to the unpredictability of the tournament, may it rock harder than salty tears. Here are the guidelines to making the tournament:

-The band must be active which means they have had to have released music in at least the last four years to the start of the tournament date and/or are actively touring. If a band retires or calls it quits before the start date of the tournament, then they are no longer eligible.

-If a band is eliminated in the first round of the tournament then they are no longer invited to the next years tournament (they have to wait a year). Some exceptions are made based on past tournament performances before that particular hiccup. There are only 32 spots in the tournament so we can’t include everyone, if we missed someone then we apologize. We have that rule and other rules in place to try and include new bands every year, but sometimes we might miss a few. We are listening to you and taking notes.

-While I would love the tournament to be based on merit solely, the tournament is all about a fan base reaching out and voting for the band they love. I can’t fault a fan base for showing up and voting.

-You are only allowed to vote once an hour so if you wait every hour in the day to vote then all the power to you. All matches are chosen at random as well as they are picked out of a hat so if a match seems odd to you then believe me it does to us as well.

– We are nothing if the bands do not share the page. That is as simple as it gets folks. We try to reach as many people as we possibly can, but we can’t reach everyone.

2017-headerWe here at Moshpits and Movies decided to pull the plug early on the round of 16 due to mercy killing rules. We had an unbelievable response to the tournament thanks to the bands that shared the tournament on their pages, but the tournament was getting a little out of hand so we gave mercy to those that were being eaten alive out there. I truly believe that this was the highest amount of people we have ever had vote in one round, but Ill have to check the stats later on. In our very first match, Queensryche who looked to be losing the match at first completely blew the doors off of the competition and the flood of votes poured in as the band defeated the mighty U.D.O. by 1, 114 votes total. In the second match, Judas Priest came back from being completely behind Accept for most of the match and beat them by 1263 votes. Slayer for a while had a strong lead against Megadeth, but then all of a sudden they were left playing catch up. Unfortunately for the mighty Slayer, it was too much and they couldn’t as Megadeth won the match.

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For most of the match, Testament and Exodus were dead even. I mean if Testament went up by 3 one minute, it was tied up the next and vice versa. Then all of a sudden, Testament just took the ball and ran with it and never looked back. Lamb Of God started the match in the lead and never looked back as they easily disposed All That Remains by 1163 votes. The other match in that group was literally dead even for the longest time. It looked like fans couldn’t figure out who they wanted to win the match. In the end though, Trivium had the come from behind win as they beat Killswitch Engage by only 67 votes. It was by far the closest match in the whole sweet sixteen round when it was all said and done. Amon Amarth did the impossible it seemed as they had the heavy task of facing the defending champions Destruction in the sweet sixteen. In the end, Amon Amarth held a comfortable lead over Destruction for the whole entire match and never let go of it. The last match featured the 2015 champion Kreator who is looking to get back in the finals take on Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse. Well After 2459 total votes in the match, they are one step close to reaching the promise land again. The elite 8 round is now set and things are only going to get a lot more exciting and interesting from here on out. Whose fan base is going to lead the charge moving forward? We’ll just have to wait and find out.  Check out the brackets below:

2017 elite 8 round

2017-headerAfter an awesome first round, we are looking for your help to keep the momentum going because without you guys, there is no Pedal To The Metal Tournament. You the fans have always decided the outcome of the tournament as you have crowned champion after champion. So, with that being said, we have some awesome matches for you guys to check out and we are keeping them all in the same post for now for the sweet sixteen. We strongly encourage that you vote for every match up in the tournament because this is all about supporting the metal community no matter what sub-genre it is. In the Dio/Lemmy division, Queensryche looks to keep their luck going as they take on the legend from Germany U.D.O. meanwhile Accept is looking to keep the fight alive as they take on former two time champion Judas Priest. The Hanneman divsion has some great match ups like one mega match that pins Big Four members Megadeth against Slayer. The other match is a good one as well and it features one band that brings a strong argument to the table as to why it should be the Big Five and not the Big Four in Exodus as they take on a band that brings a strong argument as to why that Big Four stuff should be expanded to more in Testament. The Schuldiner division features the defending champion Destruction take on Viking Metal Kings Amon Amarth as well as 2015 winner Kreator taking on the mighty Cannibal Corpse. The last division, the metal to the core division, features Lamb Of God taking on All That Remains while Killswitch Engage does battle with Trivium. You all have until the end of Match 21st to vote for who you want to see move on the Elite 8 round. So, vote carefully and wisely, but have a lot of fun and spread the word.

2017 Bracket sweet sixteen

There was a screw up where the Slayer/Megadeth match closed early, so we have another poll for all of you to keep voting for that one. At the end, we’ll combine both scores together. Sorry for the inconvenience

2017-headerFirst I want to start off by thanking everyone who took the time to vote in the tournament because after all, none of this is possible without your help. The first round of the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament started off with a bang and some upsets along the way. The first division we are looking at is the Dio/Lemmy division which featured some cool match ups and was the late bloomer of the tournament meaning all of a sudden at the last minute, it blew up in votes. The first match up between Queensryche and Ghost seemed like a match that was pretty cut and dry with Ghost winning the match most of the time. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere, Queensryche fans show up and get the band the win by 11 votes. The match was between tournament first timers U.D.O. taking on tournament favorites Primal Fear and while Primal Fear always does it best to promote the tournament, unfortunately they never stood a chance against the legend as he won the match by 28 votes. The third match was much like the first match, it looked like for a while that maybe Saxon was going to pull off the win, but the former two time champions fans showed up when it counted and gave Judas Priest a come from behind win. Accept is one of those bands that you cannot take lightly because they have slayed some giants in their day and they did that in the first round beating last year’s runner up Iron Maiden by 44 votes.

megadeth-2016The trash metal division a.k.a. The Jeff Hanneman division is a very tricky one because you never know what direction fans will head in when the tournament starts. They have done that since day one with them voting the giants out of the tournament (Metallica is a constant victim of that). This year’s first round was a little different than usual with fans going in the direction you thought they would. Megadeth owned their first round match up against newcomers Sepultura winning by 12 votes. Slayer had similar luck as Megadeth beating Death Angel by ten votes setting up a mega match in the next round. The Exodus/Suicidal Tendencies match was a true toss up and that is what I loved about it. You couldn’t really choose a clear winner between the two, but you were fine with what ever result. It was a great match up as well as the voting went back and forth with several lead changes, but in the end Exodus gets to live another day. The last match up features the unlucky Metallica who I believe for the second or third time has now been ousted from the tournament in the first round and Testament did it in convincing fashion beating them by ten votes.

destruction-bandOne of my favorite divisions in the whole tournament is the Chuck Schuldiner division because of the fan participation that the division gets is second to none. Ever since I introduced it, it has been magic from the start and it’s produced our last two winners. Not much has changed as Destruction easily handled Entombed A.D. by a whopping 55 votes. The next match featured tournament newcomers Amon Amarth and Witchery as both were looking to make an impact. Unfortunately for one of them, only one can move on and Amon Amarth easily handled their opponent. The next match featured 2015 winner Kreator taking on newcomers Vader and for a while, it looked as if Vader was going to pull off the upset, but never count out Kreator and it’s fans as they brought the band back to a huge win. Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse entered the tournament last year, made an impact from the start, and they are continuing it this year with a huge come from behind win against Blackened Death Metal legends Behemoth. That was a great match up that kept me on the edge of my seat.

233280The last division that we are going to talk about here is the brand new Metal To The Core division featuring Metalcore, Deathcore, Hardcore, and New Wave Of American Metal bands. This division is an absolute toss up because you don’t know what direction fans are going to be heading in. The first match up featured metalcore acts All That Remains and Upon A Burning Body go head to head. It was a match was heading in different directions as it looked like UABB was going to win, but in the end, All That Remains pulled it together and won. The next match featured New Wave Of American Metal flag bearers Lamb Of God take on Deathcore act Whitechapel in an epic match that was going back and forth. Like I said before, only one can move on and in the end Lamb Of God proved to be the mightier of the two. Trivium pulled off the win against Parkway Drive who led the match for most of the weekend and Killswitch Engage was able to hold off Suicide Silence. Check out the bracket below and get ready for the sweet sixteen.

2017 Bracket sweet sixteen

2017-headerIt is officially here, it is time for everyone’s favorite heavy metal march madness style tournament, the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. The division that we are looking at today is brand spanking new which means that it has a clean slate heading into this tournament. It is called the Metal To The Core division for either it’s metal and hardcore influences that are laced into Deathcore, Metalcore, etc. The first match of the division features New Wave Of American Metal band All That Remains taking on a band whose publicity stunt may have been a bit brash, but it worked for Upon A Burning Body. Deathcore giants Whitechapel look to shred through the competition, but they’ll have to do so against the flag bearers of metal in Lamb Of God. Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive look to make a splash in the tourney, but they’ll have to beat metal veterans Trivium first. The last match of the division pits iconic New Wave Of American Metal giants Killswitch Engage as they take on a band with a lot of heat on them in the Deathcore world Suicide Silence. You have until March 18TH to vote and choose wisely.

all that remains vs upon a burning body

whitechapel vs lamb of god

parkway drive vs trivium

Suicide Silence Vs Killswitch Engage