imonolithHaven’t you ever wondered what happens to certain band members of a band when it’s leader and patriarch declares the project is on hiatus? Well, the answer is simple and that is they form their own band to keep themselves busy and to keep the creative juices flowing. That is exactly what Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen and Brian Waddell of The Devin Townsend Project decided to do when their leader claimed the project would be on hiatus. They decided to start a new band called Imonolith which is rounded out by Jon Howard (Threat Signal), Kai Huppunen (Methods Of Mayhem, Noise Therapy), and Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory). They’re a heavy metal band with a little bit of hard rock thrown in there to create a unique blend of kick ass music. The band unleashed their first single and video for the track Hollow which RVP says, “is a song about the personal battles we all can face internally. Social pressures and self expectation can drive you to a point of feeling hollow inside if you don’t meet specific standards in your mind. The song itself actually has a positive message built into it. It’s not about feeling hollow, it’s more about preventing that hollow feeling that any one of us can develop through negative thinking and limited beliefs.” The band has not released any details as of yet on when their first record will be released, but definitely stay tuned for more when it comes. Check out the video below:

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frank-carter-and-the-rattlesnaked-end-of-sufferingSome of you may be wondering just who is Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes? Frank is the former lead singer of English hardcore bands like Gallows and rock band Pure Love. In 2015, Frank Carter formed this band in 2015 and released the EP Rotten in the same year. Now two full albums later and they are gearing up to release their third record End Of Suffering via International Death Cult on May 3RD. So for this week’s Rock video of the week, we are presenting to you the band’s first single for Crowbar which the band also produced a video for that was directed by Ross Cairns who has directed videos for Queens Of The Stone Age and Biff Cylro. While the track contains some unbelievable energy to it, the video follows suit in this mainly performance based video that takes place inside of a house of some sorts with people in jumpsuits gathering around the various members who are all in different rooms. As I said, the album comes out May 3RD, but you can definitely pre-order the album that also features an appearance from Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. Check out the pre-order here and check out the tracklisting below the video:

End Of Suffering Tracklisting:

1. “Why a Butterfly Can’t Love a Spider”
2. “Tyrant Lizard King” (featuring Tom Morello)
3. “Heartbreaker”
4. “Crowbar”
5. “Love Games”
6. “Anxiety”
7. “Angel Wings”
8. “Supervillain”
9. “Latex Dreams”
10. “Kitty Sucker”
11. “Little Devil”
12. “End Of Suffering”

human by deathFor this week’s album of the week, we are looking at an album that from one of the founding fathers of the Death Metal genre in Florida’s Death. The band that featured the late and great Chuck Schuldiner (Guitars/Vocals), Paul Masvidal (Guitar), Steve Di Giorgio (Bass), and Sean Reinert (Drums). On October 21, 1991, the band would release their fourth album Human which Loudwire ranked 34Th on their Top 50 Metal Albums Of All Time list. The album was a huge change for the band as they decided to focus more on being more progressive and technically sound than they had been on their previous three albums and the lyrics were a lot more introspective than before where the lyrics focused on more gore related topics. This was also the last and only album to feature Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert while it was the first appearance of Steve Di Giorgio. Funny enough, Steve would leave the band right after the recording of the album only to return to record the next album. This album was very instrumental in the birth of the technical death metal genre and the extreme metal genre in general. It peaked at number 34 on the heatseekers chart on Billboard, but it didn’t crack the top 200 charts.

human back cover by death1. Flattening of Emotions– Reinert’s drum playing starts off the track as it fades in before the band follows suit in this absolute headbanger in this track that is about a man who is just unraveling in insanity. Incredible guitar work and solo in this track from both Schuldiner and Masvidal. 5/5

2. Suicide Machine– Another track that just flattens you like a bulldozer that Di Giorgio shines in as well with his incredible bass work in this track that is about euthanasia and the suffering someone goes through before going through with euthanasia. 5/5

3. Together as One– a pummeling track that is all about Siamese twins that are looked at differently by society even as they live life together as one. More incredible guitar work and solo from Schuldiner. 5/5

4. Secret Face-a thrash like track that is all about how no matter who you meet in life, they all put up a facade that protects them from you until you break through that mask. The incredible aspect of the song truly is Chuck’s solo. 4.5/5

human-4de0d979669115. Lack of Comprehension– A very melodic intro starts off the song before the band explodes onto your speakers. The track is very interesting lyrically because it’s about the insecurities of some. It’s about those people who are so insecure about themselves that they put down others to make themselves feel good. 4.5/5

6. See Through Dreams– an incredible face shredding track that is all about a person who is born blind, but can make up images just by the sound of them in his head. This track features an amazing guitar solo. 5/5

7. Cosmic Sea– an instrumental track whose bass parts were mostly recorded by Di Giorgio’s replacement Scott Carino. I usually don’t give instrumentals a good grade other than four, but this instrumental kicks ass. 4.5/5

8. Vacant Planets– The last track on the album that just absolutely shreds as this might have been the best metal album of that year. The track is about how humanity can be stupid as we are ruining the planet to a point that it could be vacant one day. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– As I said, this might be one of the best metal albums of 1991 besides the commercially obvious ones. I loved every single track on the album as it never took it’s foot off the pedal at all. I love all the tracks, check this album out for yourself. I am giving the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

51fhehoazvl._sx331_bo1,204,203,200_It has been quite a long time since the last Heavy Metal Book Report was done on the blog, but we are promising more of these for 2019. The book that we are profiling for you guys today is none other than the autobiography of one of the most polarizing and controversial figures in thrash metal. I am talking about Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir that was written by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Joseph Layden that was released August of 2011. All anyone had known about Dave before this point is that he was booted out of Metallica and has been trying to escape their shadow ever since. Dave was definitely fulfilling the purpose of explaining at least his side of the story so that we know the whole truth or at least one side of it. We get the whole story starting right from the beginning of his days growing up in two different religious house holds with one focused on Christianity and the other a Jehovah’s Witness way of life. We learn of the events that Dave always felt led up to his dismissal in New York, but we hear his side which was a very lonely trip back to California on that bus ride home. We read about the start of Megadeth through a very funny chance encounter with the second longest reigning member of Megadeth in David Ellefson who Dave lovingly called Junior. We also read about all the successes and failures that would follow for Dave all the way up to the point of this book being released.

91tksfippnlOne of the things I loved about the book is that you really do get to read the struggle that Dave went through always being the guy who was booted out of Metallica. It seemed that all Dave wanted was just a chance to talk with the guys, but something always happens that sets him back. In Chapter 13, he talks about his newfound sobriety and the birth of his first child Justis. Eventually when it became time to tour, he had a Monsters Of Rock tour to do with Metallica and Diamondhead to which he made every member of his band sign a sobriety pack. He talks about how he saw James and all he wanted to do was talk to him, but here is where it gets a little rough for Dave. He recounts, “The nice guys in Metallica had a twisted sense of humor. They invited me into their dressing room, where a big plate of what appeared to be cocaine sat beckoning and unattended.” Obviously, this crushed Dave to great extents because he said they knew what lengths he went to to stay sober, but they didn’t care. One of the things that always astonished me in this book is that no matter what current or past member he discusses, he treats them with respect in the book and he explains their exit. The best story is how every drummer would replace his predecessor beginning with the late Gar Samuelson. There are a lot of great stories in the book that he tells like how he almost dated Belinda Carlisle to his every day struggle with addiction as well as all the different managers he has gone through over the years. I am definitely going to give the book 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade. It never disappointed me at any point in the book.

TV isolated vintageI once again tried to follow a certain formula in choosing this week’s Cheeseball Cinema film which is when searching for a film that is going to be cheesy enough for Cheeseball Cinema usually you are looking for whether or not the film has bad acting in it. Sometimes a lot of T&A in a film is usually a good sign of a cheesy film. Sometimes, a horror, a comedy, or a combination of both is a good sign of one as well. So, I thought I would turn to the TromaNow App for today’s film which is entitled Rana: The Legend Of Shadow Lake (original title: Croaked: The Monster From Frog Lake). The film follows Kelly (Glenn Scherer) who tells his girlfriend  about an experience he had at Shadow Lake when he was a child that involved a creature from the sea. The film also stars Brad Ellingson as Kelly Jr., Karen McDiarmid (Shining Spirit: The Musical Journey of Jamyang Yeshi) as Elli, Alan Ross (The Demons Of Ludlow) as John, Julie Wheaton as Susan, Jerry Gregoris (Bozo) as Charlie, Bruno Alexander (Red Heat) as Cal, Jim Iaquinta (The Game) as Burley, Michael Skewes (The Fugitive) as Mike, Paul Callaway and Richard Lange as The Rana, and the film was directed by Bill Rebane (Monster a-Go Go).

TV isolated vintageBesides the fact that this film was an obvious tribute to The Creature From The Black Lagoon, it was a actually one heck of an awesome grade Z film. Was the film’s story well written? Well no, but that is the point of it being a grade z film that even though it’s not an academy award worthy film, it was still entertaining. It had a classiness that the original Creature film had that was absolutely no T&A in the film at all other than the fact that Kelly’s girlfriend teases you throughout. Nonetheless, some of the acting in the film is pretty terrible and the Rana looks like the dollar store version of the Creature costume. Like if you your mom asked what do you want to be for Halloween and you said the Creature From The Black Lagoon and she looked at this and said it’s good enough. I dug the costume anyways even if it’s not the Ben Cooper version.  I just wish that we saw more of him then we did because even when he did reveal himself it was brief. Spoiler Alert: turn away if you don’t want to know these next details. The only thing I also did understand is how in the hell did the baby Rana stay in that egg embryo ooze looking thing as long as he did if Kelly killed the original Rana when he was 12? That is a very long time to be incubating especially when the mama is dead from a gun shot wound that happened at least twenty years (or less) before. Other than that, it was actually a good watch even if it is only once. 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 it a 3.5 for a final grade.

cross off singleFor this post, I didn’t designate whether it was a rock single or metal single of the week because it transcends the two. This post is such a special one because of how amazing the track is and how weird it will be for some people to comprehend. Did you ever imagine the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park ever working with Mark Morton of Lamb Of God? I never would have thought of it, but then again why not? Mark has a solo album that he will be releasing in 2019 entitled Anesthetic that features collaborations with various artists like Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Chuck Billy, and many more. Last year, we were introduced to the track The Truth Is Dead and now Mark has released the track that every one has waited for in Cross Off that features Chester on Vocals. Mark talked about Chester and his performance saying, “I was really impressed for a guy at his level, at the place in the career he was at, someone of his stature and celebrity, to have that level of humility and commitment to come in there and treat this like it would be a Linkin Park song, or his own song or whatever. I was pretty blown away by that. And it was immediate. Fifteen minutes after we met, we were standing over a table, one on either side, each with scraps of paper and pencil, crossing off words and trying different rhyme schemes and stuff.

linkin-park-lamb-of-god-758x465It’s absolutely an amazing track that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you hear the brilliance of Chester’s vocal abilities. The track also featured Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent of Trivium who handled the bass and drum tracks. The press release also stated, “The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today.” Check out the track below and look for the album out on March 1ST via Spinefarm.

Anesthetic Track Listing:

1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)
2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
3. “Axis” (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)
9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)

 

megadeth-rust-in-peaceWhile everyone waits for the brand new track that Dave Mustaine has promised Megadeth fans, I figured we would check out one of the seminal Megadeth releases from 1990. Loudwire.com ranked Megadeth’s fourth album Rust In Peace at number 33 on their Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time list which beats out Metallica’s biggest release ever (The Black Album). Rust In Peace which was released on September 24, 1990 was a very special record for Frontman/Rhythm Guitarist Dave Mustaine because it was the first album to feature the line up of Nick Menza on Drums and Marty Friedman on Lead Guitar as well as original member David Ellefson on Bass. Dave found Nick Menza who was previous drummer Chuck Behler’s drum tech and replaced him exactly the same way Behler had replaced predecessor Gar Samuelson. Marty Friedman was found when he dropped a record off to Dave’s manager at the time requesting a shot at the job which he eventually won. The album has often been described by critics as one of the greatest Thrash Metal albums of all time that helped set the tone for metal in the 1990’s. It was Megadeth’s highest selling album at that point as it shipped one million copies going platinum as it peaked at number 23 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts.

51mhcxl9rxl1. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due– This absolute shredder was a song that was written due to an incident that occurred at a show in Northern Ireland. Dave had a little too much to drink and right before he sang Anarchy In The UK, he dedicated the track to the cause and a riot between Protestants and Catholics broke out. This was Dave’s apology for what had happened. 5/5

2. Hangar 18– Another shredder that hits a 1000 right from the start on a lyrical subject matter that was presented by Nick Menza discussing the idea of UFO’s and Area 51 and this is the result. 5/5

3. Take No Prisoners– Another shredder on the album that really showcases what Nick Menza brought to the table playing along David Ellefson. The track is about Prisoners of War. 5/5

4. Five Magics– an in your face track featuring some amazing bass playing from David Ellefson whose lyrics take on a different subject matter in more of a fantasy sense. 5/5

5. Poison Was The Cure-An amazing track driven by Ellefson’s bass playing, it’s a track that takes on a more personal tone as Dave talks about his personal drug use and the stranglehold it had. 5/5

megadeth-rust-in-peace-2-cd6. Lucretia– One of the best opening riffs on the album as they shred through the intro and into this track that is all about a ghost that lives in Dave’s attic. 5/5

7. Tornado Of Souls– One of my favorite tracks on the album that was written after Dave had to break off a relationship with a long time girlfriend and how he did it out of necessity because the relationship was too toxic. 5/5

8. Dawn Patrol– a different kind of track on the album that starts and is driven with an excellent bass riff from David Ellefson playing alongside his rhythm partner Nick Menza. The song is all about global warming and how we are destroying the planet. 5/5

9. Rust In Peace…  Polaris– Nick Menza flexes his stuff much like how Judas Priest’s Painkiller starts off before the band comes in for a track that is all about nuclear war hence the name Polaris at the end which is the cold war era Lockheed UGM-27 Polaris intercontinental ballistic missile. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The way Dave thought of the album title is a little funny as it was a bumper sticker he saw while on the road one day. He liked the imagery that popped into his head and he used it. This is one of the most complete albums that Megadeth had ever recorded which shouldn’t surprise people that it’s featured on the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and why it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. That is why I gave the album five stars out of five for a final grade.