SweetDesolationBoulevardOriginalIn about eight days, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will be hitting the theaters for a Thursday sneak peak. One of the most appealing elements of the series is the soundtrack that accompanies the film and Vol. 2 looks to be just as amazing as the first. The soundtrack will feature artists like Fleetwood Mac, Electric Light Orchestra, Glenn Campbell, Sam Cooke, George Harrison, and so many more. One of the artists on the soundtrack is none other than UK glam rock legends Sweet whose track Fox On The Run is featured on the soundtrack. In 1975, the band which was made up of Brian Connolly (Lead Vocals), Steve Priest (Bass), Andy Scott (Guitars), Mick Tucker (Drums) released their third album Desolation Boulevard whose American version (that we are covering) is a little different than the UK version. The album was successful for the group as it featured two top five hits in Fox On The Run and Ballroom Blitz (which technically was released in 1973). Andy Scott spoke of the band and the album’s influence saying, “Desolation Boulevard album was groundbreaking back in 1974 and proved to be a major influence on soon to be famous rock bands such as KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and many more. The album was a tightly produced collection of power-pop, heavy-rock, radio-friendly tunes that still sound great today.”

MI00026135571.Ballroom Blitz– One of the most recognizable and covered tracks from the band which was actually about an experience the band once had when the crowd started throwing beer bottles at them. 5/5

2. The Six Teens– A cool rock track that features some acoustic guitar mixed with the electric about six teens who had to deal with the social climate changes from the 60’s to the 70’s. 4/5

3. No You Don’t– a bombastic track that just screams swagger right from the start and it has that thunder to it like a Who track. The track seems to be about someone who is being held back by someone and he feels he’s ready to shine. 4/5

4. A.C.D.C.– A real rock and roll track that I am pretty sure is not about the band AC/DC, but rather about a woman who is bi-sexual. 4/5

5. I Wanna Be Committed– A true glam rock song that reminds me of T-Rex about someone who wants to be committed versus the Ramones wanting to be sedated (obviously this was out before that). 4/5

Desolation-Boulevard-3-picture6. Sweet F.A.– In in your face rock track that is all about the band striking back at critics that said that the band would never make it. It has a great sound to it that you can definitely hear who was influenced by this song. 5/5

7. Fox On The Run– Probably the most popular Sweet track ever recorded that recently went to number one on iTunes thanks to the trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. The track apparently is about groupies that the band had encountered. 5/5

8. Set Me Free– A hard driving track that turns up the machismo that has been covered by countless artists like Vince Neil on his solo record. It’s a track about a guy who is trying to be free from a woman that keeps hanging around. 5/5

9. Into The Night– A New York Groove like beginning before Scott comes in shredding along about a guy who felt like a king, but is noticing that he is quickly falling. 4/5

10. Solid Gold Brass– A kind of funky and bluesy track at the same time that has that rock swagger to it and the tempo changes are cool. I think the track is about a guy who believes he is in firm control of a relationship because he is a man and not your mother. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a terrific album that definitely shows you how influential of a band they were on a whole entire decade. Yes, they were a huge inspiration for all of the bands you  loved from the 1980’s Hair Metal/rock scene. Definitely give this one a listen if you get a chance. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

paranormal whacktivityIt’s been a couple of weeks since we last had a cheeseball cinema film and I was cruising through Netflix when I came across a film that peaked my interest. Actually in all honesty, the film that I watched for today is one that I have been putting off watching for a while, but I decided that today was the day to watch the spoof film Paranormal Whacktivity. The film is about a young couple named Michael (William Patrick Riley) and Kasey (Sasha Formoso) who just move into a brand new house to get their relationship going, but there is just one major problem. You see all Michael wants to do is film himself pleasuring Kasey to the fullest, but a demon named David (Mighty Mike Murga) stands in his way as he wants Michael’s girl for himself. Now the couple have to figure out a way to get rid of him before it is too late. The film also stars Jeremy Walker (The Identical) as Tiger Woods, Chris Pentzell (Last Call At Murray’s) as the Psychic, Damatri Crayton (Domestic Doug) as Demonbuster, Melinda Cohen (Shameless) as The Professional, and the film was directed by Roger Roth (Shot).

Paranormal Whactivity 2I really thought that going into this film that it was going to be a big pile of crap, but it actually wasn’t half bad. It’s not the greatest spoof film in the world, but it had it’s moments and I think it was well written. The film had a lot of potential going for it, but i just had a hard time connecting where the spoofs were at times. I mean it’s a no brainer that the film is a giant Paranormal Activity spoof, but where the spoofs of other films. I mean definitely saw spoofs of The Hangover, Avatar, and Ouija but it was hard at times to identify any others. I think the main two stars of the film were perfect for it, but every one else in the film was a hit or miss and comedy is tough to do. They tried to make a sex offender funny (which was a stupid character), but the Demonhunter (Ghostbusters parody) was a great addition to the cast. I don’t know why, but every time I looked at Michael, I just kept thinking he looked like Kirk Cameron if he decided to not be so religious. He just had that vibe about him, but his co-star Sasha Formoso was very hot and very good on screen. The film definitely has some T&A in it for those of you that crave it, but not from Formoso who gets down to just bra and panties. Sorry guys, but it must of not been in her contract. Like I said, it’s not the greatest spoof in the world, but it’s a decent one to check out if you’re bored one day. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I would give it a 2.8 for a final grade.

war of the covers rolling stonesAnother week has passed and another war is finished as all of you came by and you voted as to who covered Kiss’s War Machine better. Was it Amon Amarth or was it Six Feet Under? Well, you voted and Amon Amarth came out on top by one vote. When it came to deciding this week’s War Of The Covers, I wanted to go on the hard rock side of things and find a track that some legendary 80’s bands have covered. I found it int he form of the classic 1968 Rolling Stones classic Street Fighting Man which was off of the band’s legendary album Beggar’s Banquet. The two bands we chose for you guys to fight over is none other than 80’s Hair Metal giants Mötley Crüe and a band that should have never been looped in that conversation in Sacramento hard rock legends Tesla. In 2005, Mötley Crüe covered the track for their 2005 greatest hits album Red, White, and Crüe as part of three unreleased never before heard tracks. In 2007, Tesla would include a cover of the song as part of an all covers album entitled Real To Real which also included covers of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Guess Who, and many more. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who you think did the better cover of Street Fighting Man, is it the bad boys from Hollywood Mötley Crüe or is it Tesla? You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

war of the covers war machineLast week, we had a battle between Hatebreed and Gojira as to who covered Metallica’s Ride The Lightning track Escape better. You voted, the results are in, and the winner of that battle is Hatebreed by two votes which means it was a closer match than the first one. This week we have an interesting battle for all of you as we feature two titans of their respective metal sub-genres covering one common track between them. In one corner, we have Floridian death metal act Six Feet Under who have been destroying everyone in their paths since 1993 when they signed with Metal Blade Records. In the other corner is their label mates who come from across the ocean from deep in the heart of Europe in Swedish melodic death metal (often credited as Viking Metal) band Amon Amarth. What could be the common thread between the two of them besides the fact that they are on the same label and almost the same genre? Well, if you are observant, then you would see that it is the fact that they both covered War Machine, a cool track from Kiss’s tenth studio album Creatures Of The Night. It’s not surprising that they covered a Kiss track as Kiss had influenced a lot of different metal bands, but who did the song better? Six Feet Under covered the track on their third album, 1999’s Maximum Violence while Amon Amarth had it as a bonus track to their eighth studio album Surtur Rising. Unfortunately, only one of them can win and you are going to decide who by voting. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide. So, vote wisely and carefully!

condition-humanAs is tradition, we here at Moshpits and Movies cover an album by the winning band of the Pedal To The Metal tournament. So with that being said, we are covering an album from Washington progressive metal band Queensrÿche who are the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament winners as they defeated the mighty Amon Amarth with the help of an incredible fan base. Queensrÿche who is now made up of Todd La Torre (Lead Vocals), Michael Wilton (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Parker Lundgren (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Eddie Jackson (Bass), and Scott Rockenfield (Drums) released their second album with La Torre called Condition Hüman back on October 2, 2015. It was stated that the album featured demos from the band’s previous self titled album sessions that had never made the cut along with brand new tracks that they were writing at the time. Michael Wilton described the record saying, “We’re taking the songs in the classic Queensrÿche direction but maybe a little more progressive and heavier at times.” When the album was finally released, it was met with great praise from critics and it even peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and number five on the Billboard Top Rock Album charts as well.

QUEENSRYCHE - Condition Human [Japan Edition] back1. Arrow Of Time– The first track of the album opens with that singature sound we love from the band with the dueling leads and amazing bass playing by Jackson that we loved from albums like Mindcrime or Empire. Todd of course sounds amazing as he belts out the lyrics to the track that talk about fighting against societies inability to avoid repeating past mistakes 5/5

2. Guardian– A definite Empire-esque track on the album that is about rising against the strangelehold of the government. 4.5/5

3. Hellfire– I love the acoustic intro of the track with the cadence like drum playing from Rockenfield. The track is heavy, hammering, and it has a cool groove to it which I definitely like. 5/5

4. Toxic Remedy– A cool track that I believe talks about how people drown themselves in toxic ways. 4.5/5

5. Selfish Lives– A very Mindcrime like track that at first the music fades in before the band launches it into overdrive with that sledge like guitar riff. 4.5/5

6. Eye9– Jackson starts off the song with a cool bass riff with La Torre coming in with a mystical sounding vocals before the band comes in smashing in. The track features a very cool guitar riff towards the end that rivals some of their best. 4.5/5

Queensryche-Condition_Human_(Limited_Edition)-CD7. Bulletproof– There’s some choir like chanting in the beginning which is followed by some clean channel playing before they turn it up for the chorus in a track that is all about relationships that are struggling. 4/5

8. Hourglass– Rockenfield kicks off the track before the band comes charging in with some ferocity in a track that is all about how time is precious in life especially as you get older. 4/5

9. Just Us– Acoustic playing opens up this mid-tempo track that is ballad like, but definitely not a ballad like what we would get in the 80’s. The track seems to be about a child that maybe is a newborn or at least a child where the narrator is reflecting that no matter what happens, he will always love them. 4.5/5

10. All There Was– A very cool track that has a rockin riff that gets your blood moving that is talking about someone going through a one sided relationship where they put in and never get anything back. 5/5

11. The Aftermath– An acoustic intro track that leads into the next one. 4/5

12. Condition Hüman– The last track on the album which also clocks in as the longest track on the album at almost 8 minutes. It starts off as a mid tempo track until after the first chorus when the band turns it up with an epic metal sound. It’s a classic metal epic in the structure, etc. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album is exactly what Queensrÿche fans ordered as far as what we wanted from a Queensrÿche album. Todd La Torre is doing an excellent job at the helm after what is now two amazing records with the band. I can only hope that this continues to move forward and we experience more of what these guys can offer. While I would still love to see Chris DeGarmo come back and make it a three guitar band like Maiden, I think the band is doing quite fine as it is. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five.

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hooking upIt has been quite sometime since the last Cheeseball Cinema post, but in all honesty when you watch 366 movies in 366 days, you’re not too keen on seeing anymore films for a while. So, now plenty of rest from that, I think it’s time to start exploring again. So for today’s cheeseball cinema film, I thought I would be adventurous in seeing a film that starred Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys) who was famed member of The Two Coreys (Corey Haim was the other). The film is called Hooking Up and it follows three girls April Winters (Allyson Muñoz), Caroline (Alison Whitney), Michelle (Leah Viens-Gordon) and four guys Colin Winters (Jim deProphetis), John Johnson (Parker Croft), Tyler (Ted Sangalis), and Ryan (Feldman) as we journey through a week with them in this sex crazed comedy of discovery, love, and the power of hooking up. The film also stars Brian O’Halloran (Clerks 2) as Principal Jordan, Bronson Pinchot (Beverly Hills Cop) as Mr. Kimball, Burt Brooks (Without You) as Tim, and the film was directed by Vincent Scordia (The Girl By The Side Of The Road). 

Hooking Up 2I had a hard time at first trying to figure out just what in the hell this film was about because it just went all over the place. The main plot in my opinion is very fuzzy to me while all of the subplots in the film are very good like Caroline and the dilemma she has with her older boyfriend Ryan (Feldman) who uses her for sex when he is high on cocaine or the guy in the group who is having a hard time figuring out his identity sexually so he tries everything over the course of the film. The dialogue is decent, but the situations are very cheesy and the film is just a giant excuse for seeing people obsess over blow jobs. The film is such a double edged sword for me because in one way I hated it when Feldman was on screen and on the other hand I loved the dynamics with the guy group and anytime Bronson Pinchot and Brian O’Halloran were on screen together. The film should have been called the Taboos of Hooking Up because they explored all of it in the film from teacher/student situations, glory-holes, and all different types of crazy sex schemes like seagulling (I don’t know if it’s made up or true and I don’t care). It’s like they decided to let Steel Panther write the film. This is actually one of the worst films I have ever seen, but it had it’s moments where it looked like it was going to go in the right direction. It’s available on Netflix right now as we speak, but watch it if you dare. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I would give this film an 4.5 out of five for a final grade cause I have seen worse.