EonianIt has been seven long years since we last heard anything new from Symphonic Black Metal kings Dimmu Borgir. In fact the last album was 2010’s Abrahadabra and I think it’s time for something new. The band agreed and they are slated to release their tenth album Eonian on May 4TH via Nuclear Blast Records.  To get all of their fans back into the game, the band has unleashed a music video today for all of you to check out in the new track Interdimensional Summit which is also being released as a 7 inch vinyl in April. The video is primarily a performance based video that showcases the mystique behind the band. The track itself is a masterpiece that showcases everything you would expect from the band in excellent keyboard playing giving it that symphonic feel along with the blast beats and shredding guitars. One thing they also do in the track is they also flex their metal muscle around the 1:50-2:00 minute mark. The song showcases the natural evolution that they are going through and I am excited to hear the record. If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so by clicking here.

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20479994_1139189879558610_2094935528623702243_nIf you are like me then you are always trying to find that band that gets you pumped up about the future of Metal n metal what sub-genre it could be. That is one of the big reasons that I started doing the Unsigned Band of the Week and I have to say that it’s worked because I have discovered some great bands. That is definitely the case when it comes to this week’s Unsigned Band which comes to us from the Windy City, Chicago, IL in Beyond Deth. If you love your Thrash Metal served up with a nice healthy dose of Death, Black, and a hint of melodic metal then these guys are what you are looking for. The band started in 2006 when Jon Corston found the inspiration to start writing music. The band officially formed towards the end of 2012 and into 2013 and they have been going strong ever since writing and recording some demos. Earlier this month, the band recorded a full length album entitled The Age Of Darkness and our feature track this week from it is The Cold. The track is everything you would expect from a band that describes themselves as Thrash/Black/Death and Melodic metal. The track is absolutely incredible as it incorporates all of those elements. I don’t understand for the life of me how these guys are unsigned because they are the total package. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, and Reverbnation. Check out the track below:

pink floydWhen you look at the amount of great musical groups that have transcended the test of time that come from England, it’s insane. You have The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd just to name a few. Those bands all have releases that are still analyzed, marveled, and worshiped to this very day. Today, we are going to marvel and analyze an album from a band that has never been to experiment with the way music is heard and listened to in Pink Floyd. The album that we are going to cover from them is one of their most legendary albums that sold over 45 million copies worldwide to be labeled the greatest selling record of all time in The Dark Side Of The Moon. The band at the time was made up of David Gilmour (vocals, guitars, Synthi AKS), Nick Mason (drums, percussion, tape effects), Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals, VCS 3, Synthi AKS), and Roger Waters (bass guitar, vocals, VCS 3, tape effects). ASs I said before, they sold a lot of albums and not surprising that it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it stayed on the charts for 741 weeks (From 1973 to 1988). Let’s just put it this way, every song on the album has been covered by various artists at one point or another.

dark side1. Speak To Me– The track is essentially an intro to what is tome come on the record as some would call it a sound collage. It does feature various sound effects and sound clips that will be featured in later tracks on the album. 5/5

2. Breathe (In The Air)– The first performance track of the album with it’s melancholic sound, but it is very rich in the texture as you listen in. I love the steel guitar sound that Gilmour uses for the track, it just adds to the texture. 5/5

3. On The Run– It’s just incredible how they created this instrumental track. They programmed a note sequence into a Synthi AKS and they sped it up and added a white noise generator to give that hi-hat sound that you hear. Then they do this thing with the guitars where they play it backwards by dragging a microphone down the fretboard. 5/5

4. Time– One of the most iconic songs on the album that features the clocks go off in the beginning of the track. Just to let you know each clock was recorded separately. I love the beginning of the track cause it sounds like something you’d hear at a gunfight in a spaghetti western. This is one of the greatest Pink Floyd songs in my opinion and one of the coolest rock songs ever. The track is great commentary on life and how we waste too much time and before you know, it’s too late. 5/5

5. The Great Gig In The Sky– Wright commented on the track saying, “Great Gig in the Sky? It was just me playing in the studio, playing some chords, and probably Dave or Roger saying “Hmm… that sounds nice. Maybe we could use that for this part of the album.” And then, me going away and trying to develop it. So then I wrote the music for that, and then there was a middle bit, with Clare Torry singing, that fantastic voice. We wanted something for that bit, and she came in and sang on it.” 5/5

dark side record6. Money– The track with the cash register sounds and the incredible opening bass riff by Waters made this the band’s first ever hit in the US. The track was recorded in a 7/4–4/4 time signature in a track that is all about what Money can do for you especially when you first get a taste for it. 5/5

7. Us And Them– The track comes in quietly with the Hammond playing from Wright and has more a jazz influence to it with the saxophone solos, etc. The time signatures for this track are very unique and too much to list. 5/5

8. Any Colour You Like– another instrumental track on the album that features synthesizers and a guitar solo as well as some scat vocals at one point. It’s one of the three songs that Roger Waters does not get writing credit for. 5/5

9. Brain Damage– With it’s very simple melody, Roger Waters wrote this song about former band member Syd Barrett’s mental state. 5/5

10. Eclipse– the last track on the album and it has that epic sound of a closing track. After you’ve absorbed the whole album, Eclipse feels like that point in the story when you say all is done and good. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The album is one of the greatest albums ever recorded and I am just going to let you know that it’s in the five star club cause it gets five out of five for a final grade. The album took the band to a whole new level that had never been seen by them ever before and rightfully so. My favorite track on the album is definitely Time and is followed by Brain Damage. It’s hard to pick a least favorite track on this album cause they are all great, but if I had to pick one it would be Speak To Me. Check this album out if you have not.

My Tutor TheaterSometimes, you check out certain films because they look like they have the potential to be cheesy films based on the fact that it came from the 1980’s. That was definitely the case when I chose to watch today’s film My Tutor which was directed by George Bowers (Private Resort) and it was written by Joe Roberts. The film follows California rich kid Bobby Chrystal (Matt Lattanzi) who has just happened to flunk French on the last day of school. You see, Bobby’s father (Kevin McCarthy) wants his son to follow in his footsteps and attend Yale in the fall. The only problem is that Bobby needed to pass that French test so he decides to hire a French tutor named Terry (Caren Kaye) who will change Bobby’s life for the better, but it’ll be a challenge especially with a kid who has sex and the stars on his mind. The film also stars Crispin Glover (Back To The Future) as Jack, Clark Brandon (Fast Food) as Billy, Bruce Bauer (NYPD Blue) as Don Sylvester, Arlene Golonka (Hang ‘Em High) as Mrs. Chrystal, Amber Denyse Austin (Hunter) as Bonnie, Kitten Natividad (Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens) as Ana Maria, Graem McGavin (Weekend Pass) as Sylvia, John Vargas (Primary Colors) as Manuel, and Maria Melendez (And Baby Makes Six) as Maria.

My Tutor Theater ScreenOne of the obvious selling points of the film is that its an 80’s teen sex comedy that involves scenes where teens are trying to have sex during the film, but they fail causing some funny hi-jinx. The only issue with this film is that it’s actually very well written and very well executed as far as the acting is concerned. It was really hard trying to find something negative about the film to critique for this, but I’ll try my best. There are a lot of beautiful women in this film which can only mean one thing and that is there is plenty of T&A to go around for all of you out there that are fans of that. Believe me I get it, isn’t that why we watch 1980’s American sex comedies and what not. One of the other great things about this film is actually the cinematography as they capture some great shots of the Pacific Coast Highway as well as other spots of California. I will admit that at first, Bobby’s character can be a little annoying, but after a while you just get it. They also give away a certain scenario that will happen at the end of the film involving a girl named Bonnie. It was just a little obvious that she would appear after Bobby gets his mack on and she looks more impressed with him every time. I actually think this is a movie worth checking out so watch it where ever you can find it. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film an 1.3 for a final grade.

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From Top To Bottom Row 1: Kitten Natividad Row 2: Jewel Sheppard & Katt Shea Row 3: Graem McGavin Rows 4 and 5: Caren Kaye

Monster Entertainment Awards 7I want to take the time to apologize to everyone for the wait, but we have been hard at work at some things for you guys which includes our March Madness style tournament. It’s hard to believe that we have been doing this awards thing known as The Monster Entertainment Awards for seven years now as 2018 marks the seventh annual presentation. A couple of things have changed however and you’ll notice that below, but each category will be handled by a different blog as we are working with the 365 Movies in 365 Days Challenge blog and Mr. X’s Punch Out blog. We here at Moshpits and movies will be handling the music side of things while 365 handles the films and Mr. X handles the wrestling side. As always, you are going to have a certain amount of time to vote for what album you loved more, what movie you thought was film of the year, and what wrestler you thought kicked ass. When all the votes are tallied up, we will present to you all of the winners that YOU chose because it’s all about the people. This award post has always been about you getting involved and deciding who is the best of the year and that is the way we intend to keep it. You will have until March 13Th at 10PM Eastern time to decide what is best so get involved and voice your opinion.

Album Of The Year

1. Emperor Of Sand by Mastodon

2. Concrete And Gold by Foo Fighters

3. One More Light by Linkin Park

4. Carry Fire by Robert Plant

5. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

6.Villains by Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Side Project/Supergroup Album

1. Echolocation by Gone Is Gone

2. Dead Cross by Dead Cross

3. Hydrograd by Stone Sour

4. Psychosis by Cavalera Conspiracy

5. Where Is Duke Lion? He’s Dead… by Big Dumb Face

Best Metal Album

1. Gods Of Violence by Kreator

2. The Grinding Wheel by Overkill

3. Forever by Code Orange

4. Conformicide by Havok

5. Emperor Of Sand by Mastodon

6. Incorruptible by Iced Earth

Best Rock Album

1. Villains by Queens Of The Stone Age

2. Heaven Upside Down by Marilyn Manson

3. The Desaturating Seven by Primus

4. Concrete And Gold by Foo Fighters

5. One More Light by Linkin Park

6. The Stories We Tell Ourselves by Nothing More

Best Extreme Metal Album

1. Codex Omega by Septicflesh

2. Red Before Black by Cannibal Corpse

3. Evil Sound Screamers by Acid Witch

4. Kingdoms Disdained by Morbid Angel

5. Totenritual by Belphegor

6. Of the Dark Light by Suffocation

Rock Music Video Of The Year

1. Already Dead by I Prevail

2. Ain’t Much Loving by Me And That Man

3. Run by Foo Fighters

4. The Way You Used To Do by Queens Of The Stone Age

5. Spray Paint Love by Frank Carter

6. We Know Where You F**king Live by Marilyn Manson

Metal Music Video Of The Year

1. Nuclear Alchemy by Watain

2. Intention To Deceive by Havok

3. Doris by Suicide Silence

4. To Your Brethren In The Dark by Satyricon

5. The King Wants You by Avatar

6. Show Yourself by Mastodon

Rock Single Of The Year 

1. Go To War by Nothing More

2. Monster by Starset

3. Alone by I Prevail

4. Talking To Myself by Linkin Park

5. The Promise by Chris Cornell

6. KILL4ME by Marilyn Manson

Metal Single Of The Year

1. Forever by Code Orange

2. Sultan’s Curse by Mastodon

3. No Lives Matter by Body Count

4. Remain Violent by Warbringer

5. Kiss Of Death by Mutoid Man

6. I’ll Be Your Monster by GWAR

dopes to infinityBack in the 1990’s there were a lot of bands that complained about having fame and fortune even though it didn’t stop them from making music. The grunge scene had made it sort of uncool to be a rock band that enjoyed the spotlight until one band from New Jersey decided to come along and make it cool to rock again. The band that I am talking about is the stoner/psychedelic rock band known as Monster Magnet. In 1995, the band was made up of Dave Wyndorf (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, theremin, organ, bells, and mellotron), Ed Mundell (Bass, Guitar), Joe Calandra (Guitar, Bass), and Jon Kleiman (Drums). On March 21, 1995, the band would release their third album (first through A&M Records) entitled Dopes To Infinity that was produced by Wyndorf himself. Powertrip may have been the album that broke through the mainstream, but Dopes is the album that proved their were a rock dynamo. I don’t have figures on whether it charted on the Billbaord Top 200, but it did land at 22 on the US Top Heatseekers Chart while hitting 51 in the UK. The album itself was ranked 406 on Rock Hard magazine’s The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time book.

dopes to infinity back cover1.Dopes To Infinity– The title track kicks off the album and I read that the main guitar riff was “Lifted” from Woman Tamer by Sir Lord Baltimore. 5/5

2. Negasonic Teenage Warhead– A very cool track that Marvel Comics writer Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly used for a character (she’s in Deadpool and Deadpool 2). The song is the band’s response to all the grunge acts that reject fame. 5/5

3. Look to Your Orb for the Warning– A shorter version of this melodic and dark track appeared on the soundtrack to The Matrix. The song is very bare bones in nature, but it’s effective in a track that could be about tripping. 5/5

4. All Friends and Kingdom Come– A very cool and psychedelic riff takes over in this track that is about someone who is showing their dominance over another like a patient in a hospital being told by the orderly that he is in control. One of the coolest things is hearing the Theremin being played on the track. It reminded me of a White Zombie track 5/5

5. Ego, The Living Planet– The next track on the record that is all about the Marvel Comics character of the same name that appeared in Fantastic Four comics. 5/5

6. Blow ‘Em Off– A semi acoustic track like Space Lord that makes me think the lyrics are talking about someone who is finally leaving the nest and never looks back. 4.5/5

dopes to infinity CD7. Third Alternative– A track that many think is about a contingent plan involving Mars and the Moon, but I think the track is about a relationship that is toxic, but you just can’t get out of it. 4/5

8. I Control, I Fly– a bad ass rock song that is supercharged about a guy who doesn’t have a care in a world because he’s in control and he tells everyone to be original and not followers. 4.5/5

9. King Of Mars– a sludge driven track that that is about guys saying that the rock scene is up in the air for everyone to claim so he claims to be the king of the scene. I thinkt hat is what the lyrics are talking about. 4/5

10. Dead Christmas– a dark semi acoustic track and I have to be honest that I am not sure what the lyrics mean or what they have to do with Christmas, but this could be a loss of innocence track. There’s some bongo drums thrown into the track for fun once it goes electric. 4/5

11. Theme from “Masterburner”– A very cool instrumental track from the band that is full of high octane moments and just some kick ass rock music. 5/5

12. Vertigo– The last track on the album and it feels like starts right back where Theme ended, but this one is sludgy in nature as it’s a slow burn and I once again have no idea what he is talking about. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a superb release that really showcased what the band was capable of and what would we get to see later on in their careers as well. Favorite track on the album is a tough one, but I really enjoyed All Friends and Kingdom Come. Just the creativity that went in to that track is phenomenal. My least favorite track on the album goes to Third Alternative and I am not saying that I hated the track, just not one of my favs. I ma going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

a0750464161_16We are getting back into the tour bus once again to complete our goal of 50 bands from 50 states and we only have 17 states left to visit. So to knock one of those states off the list, we are traveling to the great state of Maryland to check out our latest act. The band that we have for you guys are veterans of the metal scene as ZFL who hail from the Aberdeen/Belcamp area are a brutal groove metal band that formed in 1996. The band endlessly toured their butts off playing show after show with the likes of bands like Mastodon before imploding. The band would come right back to life in 2012 with a revived lineup that is out to share their brand of metal with the world. In 2015, the band released their latest effort in Rumors Of War and the track that I want to share with you guys is melodic and heavy effort That Which Is Unnameable. The track starts off very dark and melodic before the band comes in with ferocious punch that reminds me of Lamb Of God and Pantera. These guys are not signed to a label and it’s a shame because they should be. Check them out on Facebook, Bandcamp, and on Reverbnation as well. Check out the track below: