Slipknot_-_Iowa-frontThere has not been a band on the American metal scene that has quite the impact on the 21ST century than the nine piece band of madness known as Slipknot. Slipknot which in 2001 featured  (#8) Corey Taylor (Vocals), (#7) Mick Thomson (Guitars), (#6) M. Shawn Crahan (Custom Percussion), (#5) Craig Jones (Samples), (#4) Jim Root (Guitars), (#3) Chris Fehn (Custom Percussion), (#2) Paul Gray (Bass), (#1) Joey Jordison (Drums), and (#0) Sid Wilson (Turntables). On August 28, 2001, the band would release their highly anticipated sophomore release Iowa which was named after the state the band originates from. The album was a dark time for the band because the pressure was on them to produce another hit after the huge success of their debut record. Relationships were scarred during the recording, but it lent a very dark album considering the band considers it very dark times. This was the first album that Jim Root was able to say that he was apart of when it came to writing. He had joined the band too late when it came to the recording of the first album (which only featured two songs he had written). The album was a huge success for the band it went in the top ten in 14 different countries, was number one in the UK, and it peaked at three on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as the album went platinum.

945597427-Slipknot-Iowa-Trasera1.515– is an intro track that features some vocals from Sid Wilson and is named after the state of Iowa’s area code. 4/5

2. People = Shit– This is probably one of the most bad ass songs the band has ever written. It’s fast and aggressive and it describes what people can be sometimes which is sh**. 5/5

3. Disasterpiece– An agressive as hell track that is a dark look at a person who gives there all into a relationship just to not have it reciprocated so he returns the favor. 4/5

4. My Plague– The track features some bad ass playing from Joey and co., but it’s considered one of the more melodic tracks on the album (probably cause of the chorus) in a track that is all about hypocrites . 5/5

5. Everything Ends– Another track that is heavy as hell, but it features some melody in it while he seems to be speaking about all the different stages we go through during a bad break up. 4/5

6. The Heretic Anthem– The sixth song on the album that features that famous countdown from nine to the repeating 6, 6, 6, before it continues to countdown to one when the madness then proceeds to explode out of your speaker. A truly great track from the band. 5/5

7. Gently– The track starts a little differently than most with an ominous bass riff and the hitting of a cymbal before the first guitar riff comes in. It’s a really cool and different track that gets heavy when it needs to. 4.5/5

Slipknot-Iowa-CD8. Left Behind– Another one of my personal favorites from the album that was also the lead single. It was the most successful single of the time and launched the band into the next stratosphere. 5/5

9. The Shape– Corey gets deep with us on this Death Metal influenced track that talks about how sometimes our life can be such a pain in the ass that we just have to separate us from it. 4/5

10. I Am Hated– Corey wears his emotions on his sleeve and he’s pretty straightforward with his lyrics as well so you can pretty much figure out this is their big FU song. 4/5

11. Skin Ticket– An interesting track on the album that could be about how we think we are something, but we might not really be anything on the scale of things. “Zero and zero is nothing but zero.” The track features some deep elements of Nu-Metal within it. 4/5

12. New Abortion– I feel that this headbanger is a track for all of their fans, the maggots who follow the band through thick and thin. 4.5/5

13. Metabolic– A really heavy track that I am not exactly sure what he is talking about in it, but it could be about someone close not being there for him. 4/5

14. Iowa– The last track on the album that starts with some screaming and some cool samples, but it’s dark and ominous and it could be the sequel to the track Purity from the first record. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was definitely an amazing album from the band that you would never get again as their sound started to evolve after this. If you were a fan of the heavy stage of their career then this is a magnum opus, but if you’re like me then this is a step in their evolution. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

trivium-silence-in-the-snow_800One of the few bands from the mid-2000’s that has managed to stick around on the scene since their awesome major label debut Ascendancy has been American Heavy Metal band Trivium. In 2015, the band would release their seventh studio album Silence In The Snow which was the first record to feature their third drummer overall in Mat Madiro who subsequently exited the band two months after the release of the record. The rest of the album was rounded out by Matt Heafy (Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar), Corey Beaulieu (Lead Guitar), and Paolo Gregoletto (Bass) while the album was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge/Falling In Reverse). Fans will notice that the album features a different sound because there are no screaming vocals on the album. That is due to the fact that Heafy had been working with vocal coach Ron Anderson to improve his singing style after he blew his vocal cords in 2014. Nonetheless, the album hit with an impact as it peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Top 200 charts as well as number three on both the US Billboard Top Rock and Top Hard Rock album charts. The number 19 spot marked the third time the band had cracked the top 20 (In Waves #13, Vengeance Falls #15).

Trivium-Silence_In_The_Snow-Trasera1.Snøfall– a cool intro track that was composed by Emperor’s Ihsahn. 5/5

2. Silence in the Snow– The title track kicks off the metal mayhem as Paolo lays a sick bass riff as the song seems to talk about warriors which could be Vikings since they mention snow. It definitely has that classic metal sound to it. 4.5/5

3. Blind Leading the Blind– A track where Heafy admits that he is asking whether anyone sees the way people are being mistreated or the atrocities that are being committed in today’s world. 5/5

4. Dead and Gone– A cool metal track that has another sick bass riff from Paolo, but it is more of a modern metal sound. It absolutely crushes when you hear it. 4.5/5

5. The Ghost That’s Haunting You– One of my favorite tracks on the album where Heafy is basically telling you not to allow you fears to haunt you forever. 5/5

6. Pull Me from the Void– A more uptempo track which Corey has admitted that it was the last song written for the album from two different songs. The chorus and intro riff were from one song while the rest of the track was from another. 4.5/5

Trivium-Silence_In_The_Snow-CD7. Until the World Goes Cold– A cool track that is all about the journey to accomplishing your goals. It’s all about no matter how many times you get knocked down, you get back up and keep moving forward. It has some riffs that are very Slipknot like if you listen to some of it. 4.5/5

8. Rise Above the Tides– a track that is not only melodic, but it’s driving as well in a track that seems to be about someone who has given up, but the narrator is asking her to persevere through all the BS of life. 5/5

9. The Thing That’s Killing Me– a track that definitely has a punk attitude to it which makes sense considering Heafy’s first love was punk before he got into metal. The track is about taking a person who tries to hold you down and use them as motivation to keep striving for your goal. 5/5

10. Beneath the Sun– A seven string version of drop d tuning is what drives the song which features some cool playing from Corey and Matt. I have to agree with Corey where the lyrics matched with the song makes you believe you are in Egypt or something like it. Very cool track. 5/5

11. Breathe in the Flames– I love the melodic intro to this track, I think it’s totally bad ass. The best part about it is when the band finally kicks in because its aggressive as hell and in your face. One of the best tracks on the album. I hear Corey Taylors vocal style however. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– The album does have elements of metal in the style of Slipknot and Disturbed, but it has that Trivium sound as well. I thought that it was definitely a kick ass album that has gotten me back into the band. I am going to give the record 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

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BEHEMOTH_-_Ov_Fire_And_The_Void_CDS_artworkI can’t believe that it has been three weeks since I saw Slayer, Lamb Of God, and Behemoth live in Boston. It was definitely one of the best shows of 2017 and it was one of those shows that packed a punch with every band on the bill. We have already covered an album from Slayer (Seasons In The Abyss) and Lamb Of God (Ashes Of The Wake) so it’s only fitting that we end this run by covering the first band on the bill Behemoth. In 2015, you the fans voted The Satanist the Extreme Metal album of the year and I covered the album for the album of the week. So now I had to look to the band’s catalog to cover an album that I hadn’t yet and I chose the band’s ninth studio album Evangelion which was released on August 7, 2009. The band was made up of Adam “Nergal” Darski  (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar), Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski (Bass Guitar), and Zbigniew Robert “Inferno” Promiński (Drums) with Patryk Dominik “Seth” Sztyber (Rhythm Guitar), and Krzysztof “Siegmar” Oloś (Vesania) (Keyboards and arrangements). The album peaked at number 55 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and it went number one in their native Poland.

Behemoth-Evangelion-Trasera1.Daimonos– The album opens up with a hammering track that features some insane drumming in the beginning (and throughout) from Inferno. The band’s razor fast signature not let loose on the throat style with that death metal sound is showcased here. This could be a track about Sodom and Gomorrah, but they talk about Dionysus, the God of the grape harvest. 5/5

2. Shemhamforash– another hellblazer of a track that will rip your face off could be about a war in heaven or on Earth as the non believers of God take over the realm. The very word Shemhamforash used to mean something in Hebrew, but is usually refered to as the Anton LaVey version of Satan. 4/5

3. Ov Fire and The Void– I’ll let Nergal describe my favorite track live and on record as he says, “Whilst listening to the first demo versions of this track I had an irresistible feeling that every single tone is filled with overwhelming spirit of Dionysus; god of ecstatic chaos, source of pure joy which reaches far beyond false boundaries between good and evil, life and death, love and hate. Dionysian rave focuses entirely on Here and Now, experiential knowledge, intuition and passion. All of these are essential factors or components of any form of Art. The world governed by such virtues cannot be corrupted or repressed by an order which every culture or civilization tries to force on. In its nature it is much more primordial and pure. The same can be said about a creative chaos; it goes beyond any sort of intellectual analysis or speculation. It becomes released energy. Potential in action, never in inertia. Let us joy for we are as streams of lava erupting under our oceanic and cosmic Will.” 5/5

4. Transmigrating Beyond Realms ov Amenti– I believe the song is a metaphor for the fact that society is so engulfed by religion that we might as well be dead traveling through the river of the dead because our minds are closed to anything else. 4.5/5

behemoth-nb-23442-2-cd5. He Who Breeds Pestilence– The track starts off with some crows before a melodic riff of sorts opens up before the all out assault begins. The track is about someone who is sick and tired of everything life has to offer in terms of following God that he gives himself up to Baphomet. 4/5

6. The Seed ov I– There is a lot of refrences to Greek and Roman Mythology in this track like Acheron, the God of the Underworld and Lake Of Pain or Neptune, the Roman God of the Water. Not sure what it all means though. 4.5/5

7. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me– I feel like the track is about a renegade or fallen angel who is admitting to the fact that he has seen empires crumble and that he has seen the followers of God (Adonai) crumble while he too has failed to defeat God. The music for this track is absolutely amazing. 5/5

8. Defiling Morality ov Black God– Not sure what is going on lyrically, but this is one of those tracks where they put the pedal to the metal and they do not let go. 4/5

9. Lucifer– The last track on the album that is about guess who? I’m pretty sure you can figure that one out. It starts off very eerie in sound with a huge build up before the band comes in, but it has several tempo changes within it which make for an interesting track. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– If you want death metal taken to a whole new level then you check out these guys because they bring it. It’s a great sounding metal album that translates to the live setting as well. That is why I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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lady bloodfightEvery once in a while, we here at Moshpits and Movies like do something new here called Tuesday Night Fights when the proper film is made available to us. For example, we just recently did Arnold Schwarzenegger against The Predator from the film Predator or a while ago when we did Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris from Way Of The Dragon. So for this week’s special presentation brought to you courtesy of Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, we are ditching the guys and seeing how bad ass the ladies can be when we check out Lady Bloodfight. Two fighters named Shu (Muriel Hofmann) and Wai (Kathy Wu) battled to a draw in the finals of a Kumite. Wai was unhappy with the council calling it a draw so the council made a decision that each one would have to find someone to take their place at the very next Kumite. After nine months of searching, each one stumbles upon a girl they deem is worthy. For Shu, its in the form of American girl Jane Jones (Amy Johnston), who is in search of answers, but wants to participate in the Kumite in hopes of getting it. For Wai, it’s in the form of the cocky thief who has some skills in Ling Chow (Jenny Wu). After months of training they are put to the test. The film also stars Jet Tranter (Thor: Ragnarok) as Cassidy, Mayling Ng (Wonder Woman) as Svietta Chekhov, Kirt Kishita (Ghost In The Shell) as Mr. Sang, and the film was directed by Chris Nahon (Kiss Of The Dragon).

TNF Chekhov vs JonesJane Jones’s (Johnston) road to the finals was a little different than that of her counterpart Ling Chow (Jenny Wu). After a win in the opening round that almost saw her lose, she lost her sensei after she was caught beating up some dudes that had stolen her bag in the beginning of the film. She also witnessed the death of a new friend in Cassidy at the hands of her semifinal opponent, the ruthless Russian Svietta Chekhov. After taking her time coming out, Jane made her way to the mat to face what could be her toughest opponent in Chekhov. Chekhov started the match as the aggressor, but Jones was keeping her cool the whole time as she avoided the initial attack and was able to get a roundhouse kick to the jaw. After some grappling, Chekhov was able to get some elbows to the midsection and had our heroine in a head scissors lock. The damage was done and Jones was dazed and confused. Chekhov took full advantage of it with a full mount on the ground and she started pounding away with some vicious rights and lefts that left Jones out. As the council woman began to announce Chekhov as the winner, she stopped as Jones began showing life. Jones began breaking apart Chekhov with some brutal kicks and even a superman punch that sent her to the mat. She ended the match with a brutal roundhouse kick that knocked Chekhov out for good. Jones was in the finals awaiting her opponent Ling Chow.

TNF Jones Vs ChowThere was a lot of damage done to Jones coming into the final match, but that didn’t stop her or her sensei from showing up to take on Ling Chow who had gone through less damage throughout the tournament. Ling Chow was smart in the opening minutes of the match hitting her with a backhand that opened up a chance to hit her damaged rib cage which she did, but that didn’t deter the American. Ling was trying to force Jones outside of the lines which would mean a win for Ling, but Jones had something to prove. She was still taking some punishment though with some mean hits to the ribs and back as well as some lethal strikes to the head. Jones was trying to fight back as she was able to get a good shot to the stomach with a nice kick, but Ling was merciless and kept on the attack eventually hitting Jones with a shot to the ear that affected her ear drum. It was then that a little bit of inspiration came her way that may deliver a bit of a boost for the match in the form of a vision of her father.

TNF Jones Vs Chow 2Jones would come at Ling hard with three straight round house kicks that found their mark sending the favorite to the mat. Jones was on a roll as every kick and punch was finding their mark on Ling who had no answer for this miraculous comeback that we were witnessing from Jones. Then when we least expected it with Ling toeing the line of being eliminated if she crosses it, she gets hit with a Bruce Lee like thrust kick that launches her way out of the ring and into the water making Jones the winner of the match and the Kumite. After the match, Sang revealed that he had killed Wai’s brother and that he had not committed suicide over Shu as Wai had always thought. They would go on to bring the circle back together and they started a school together and everyone lived happily ever after. I thought that this was actually a pretty decent film even though it sort of follows the formula of Bloodsport, but they do make it their own. The fight scenes are pretty good as you get into the film, but the opening of the film could have been better. I thought the acting was actually pretty good despite not knowing a lot of the women in the film. The one problem I had with it was if you’re trying to make a serious Women’s Kung Fu film, then why have the bathroom scene when all the women first get together? It didn’t make a lot of sense unless you’re trying to target an all male crowd. Nonetheless, I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade because I enjoyed it.

War Of The Covers SacrificeHere we are metal heads for another week of War Of The Covers and we have a good one for you guys this week. Last week, we saw Devo go to war with AFI in a who covered the classic Nine Inch Nails track Head Like A Hole better and you voted and Devo unanimously won. This week we are returning to the more extreme side of metal as we decide who covered legendary black metal band Bathory’s Sacrifice better. Bathory is one of those bands that is often referred to as one of the most influential black metal bands in history alongside Venom. In 1984, the band would release their self titled debut album which featured the amazing track Sacrifice. In 2002, American Extreme Metal band Toxic Holocaust would take a shot at covering the song for their album Critical Mass. In 2007, Swedish Death Metal band Death Breath would cover the track for the EP Let It Stink. So now it’s time for all of you to decide who did the classic Bathory track justice and you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide. The loser’s blood will be drained for the Countess to bath in later.

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lamb of godLast week, I went to an amazing concert in Boston, MA where I witnessed killer sets from all the bands on the bill which were Behemoth, Lamb Of God, and Slayer. Last week, I covered Slayer with Seasons In The Abyss and now this week we are moving on to cover an album from Lamb Of God. Lamb Of God was a band that was billed as part of the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal which also included bands like Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, and many more. Lamb Of God was a little more special than most bands for the fact that they mixed in groove metal along with elements of metalcore and Thrash Metal making them the band that ultimately took over for Pantera. The band which is made up of Randy Blythe (Vocals), Mark Morton (Lead Guitar), Willie Adler (Rhythm Guitar), Chris Adler (Drums), and John Campbell (Bass). On August 31, 2004, the band would release their third studio album and their biggest to date at the time with Ashes Of The Wake which debuted at number 27 on the Billboard Top 200 selling 35,000 copies in it’s first week. The album is very political in nature where it raises awareness and targets the Iraq War which was happening at the time of the release. As of February 2016, the album has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Lamb_Of_God-Ashes_Of_The_Wake-Trasera1.Laid To Rest– The lead single from the album and a hammering track that is able to take the elements of Metalcore and Groove metal and layer them together nicely. The track is about a murder victim who haunts his or her killer. 5/5

2. Hourglass– A hammering track from the get go that is unrelenting in a track that could be from a soldiers point of view as war is hell or it could be talking about the end of the world. 4.5/5

3. Now You’ve Got Something To Die For– A groove heavy track that is bad ass from beginning to end in a track that talks about our system and how we readily send kids to die in the middle east. 4.5/5

4. The Faded Line– A pummeling track that has hints of thrash in it’s DNA in a track that tackles the tough topic of drug addiction. 4/5

5. Omerta– The spoken word part of the beginning of this track is actual text from the actual Sicilian Omerta. A groove heavy track that is more or less about betrayal and not about the mafia. 5/5

6. Blood Of The Scribe– a blazing fast and hammering track that continues to showcase the bands love for thrash metal. 4/5

ashes-of-the-wake-4fad377ec839c7. One Gun– The band’s love for Pantera is evident in this one with the groove metal licks in a track about a sniper who has hit his target knowing that they’ll die a martyr. 4/5

8. Break You– a track that starts right off the bat and doesn’t stop kicking ass as we listen to lyrics that could be talking about a prisoner of sorts who dreams of revenge. 4.5/5

9. What I’ve Become– an interesting track that looks at a soldier who sees others that have been engulfed in war for way too long that you can see it in their faces and eyes. 4/5

10. Ashes Of The Wake– a powerful track which features former Marine Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey and some audio clips of quotes layered into the track. The track features guitar solos from Alex Skolnick of Testament (second solo) and the legendary former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland (third solo). 5/5

11. Remorse Is For The Dead– The last track on the record that starts with a very melodic intro before they launch into overdrive about a person who hasn’t lived life to the fullest yet, but life is too short to dwell on that. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was honestly the first time that I actually sat down and listened to this album in it’s entirety. It was a very great experience that has me wanting to listen to more from the band that has been proudly flying the flag of metal for a very long time now. Check it out for yourself, I am giving the record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

1There just seems to be a plethora of comedy specials that have been coming out lately in 2017 or it might just be the fact that Netflix knows I love stand up comedy. Nonetheless, there is a crap ton of comedy specials that I have to watch before the end of the year to decide who is up for Stand Up Special of the year. One of my all time favorite comedians from the late 90’s into the 2000’s was the legendary Dave Chappelle who disappeared for a while. In 2017, he returned with not one, but two comedy specials that were released together, but from two different locations. I had already covered the first comedy special that he did so it was only logical to tackle the second one which is titled Deep In The Heart Of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live At Austin City Limits. Filmed live from the legendary Austin City Limits, Dave tackles some of the most risque, but interesting topics like Aids and Ebola, Racism, Paula Dean, Donald Sterling, Lil Wayne, Banana incident, Snowball Incident, Ray Rice, the word pussy, male obgyn’s, gay bloggers, Michael Sams, getting extorted through VHS, masturbating and so much more in this hilarious special.

2If you are wondering how real the banana incident is then I want you to check out this article and take a peak at the clown who did it. I didn’t believe that it was real or maybe I just didn’t want to believe it because I figured people were better than that. There is always someone who proves me wrong from time to time. Dave is hilarious in the comedy special as always and he has a certain way of putting a funny twist to serious topics like the Michael Sams topic. He descried how he didn’t like what Ray Rice did, but then asked if Michael Sams assaulted the person he loved, would it be considered domestic violence or two dudes working out their issues? Dave Chappelle is also very socially aware and he sneaks some of that in when talking about certain subjects like AIDS vs Ebola with the quote of (and I am paraphrasing), it’s funny how AIDS comes out in the 80’s and only attacks blacks, gays, and drug addicts. He does have a very interesting point there when he says it, but let’s not forget that he is a comedic genius and it shines through. You have to love him because he also interacts with his crowd very well during the special like asking for a cigarette and getting a bunch tossed his way or just when he tries to explain the premise of his jokes. Check this one out for ssure on Netflix right now as we speak and I am giving the special an A- for a final grade.