movie-john-wick-chapter-2-latino-audio-bigOne of my favorite action movies over the last couple of years was the out of nowhere John Wick which starred Keanu Reeves (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) as the title character. It has been quite some time since the last Ass Whoopin Wednesday post and I figured the best film to transition back into it is none other than the sequel John Wick: Chapter 2. We all know that int he last film, John Wick’s dog which was a present from his dead wife was killed and that his car was stolen. He took care of the problem in the last film, but he still needs to get his car back and he does. The only problem for John is that he thinks things are finally over until an Italian mob boss (Riccardo Scamarcio) suckers him back into the game by blowing up his house. Now the only problem is that he believes that if he does this job for him that all will be over until the mob turns the tables and double crosses him by putting a seven million dollar bounty on his head. The film also stars Ian McShane (Death Race) as Winston, Ruby Rose (Orange Is The New Black) as Ares, Common (Smokin’ Aces) as Cassian, Lance Reddick (John Wick) as Charon, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as The Bowery King, Claudia Gerini (The Passion Of The Christ) as Gianna D’Antonio, and the film was directed by Chad Stahelski (John Wick). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

John Wick 2john-wick-chapter-2-10These series of films are becoming my favorite franchise and they definitely turn the ante up for this one. The first film he only had 78 kills and in this film he almost doubled it with 127 kills total. I am not sure if that is the most we’ve recorded here on Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, but it’s definitely a lot. There is still no origin story because we don’t find out much about his past other than the usual oh the boogeyman is here. There is no love interest because his wife is still dead, but he has a new dog though that has no name. The big boss was definitely defeated, but there is more trouble coming for poor John Wick. I honestly thought that when Laurence Fishburne showed up that we were going to get a Neo/Morpheus encounter, it just seemed like it was going to go there. The action sequences in the film are awesome and pretty intense plus there is some really cool kills that John has. One of the things I love about the film are the various characters that we see like the mute assassin/bodyguard, Common’s character, and the homeless beggars. It makes you believe that just about anyone could be an assassin like the random sumo wrestling looking guy. It keeps you hooked in and ready to see who shows up next. There is nothing Oscar worthy about this film, but it’s fun and that is all some of us want in our action films. I am going to give this one 4.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

frontiersWe here at Moshpits and Movies have covered a wide arrange of rock and metal music and all of it’s subgenres to the point that we feel we are pretty diverse. We want to keep the diversity going by checking out one of the best classic rock bands to come from the 70’s and through the 80’s in San Fransisco rock band Journey. The album that we are reviewing from the band is one of my personal favorites in their eight studio album 1983’s Frontiers. The album featured Steve Perry (Lead Vocals), Neal Schon (Lead Guitar), Jonathan Cain (Keyboards and Rhythm Guitar), Ross Valory (Bass), and Steve Smith (Drums) and it was produced by Mike Stone and Kevin Elson. The album was Ross Valory’s last album with the band at the time until he returned for 1996’s Trial By Fire. Going into recording this album, Journey had quite the daunting task of outdoing their last record Escape which went to number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts. Unfortunately as great as the album was, it peaked at number two on the charts, but it was the highest charted album from the band in the UK at number 6. Since the release of the album, it has been certified platinum six times selling over six million albums.

journey-frontiers-j2919c1.Separate Ways (World’s Apart)– The track features that classic keyboard riff matched with the charging guitar riff that drives the song forward. The song talks about a guy who even though he is heartbroken, he will always be there for the girl he lost. 5/5

2. Send Her My Love– A haunting ballad from the band that talks about the power of love and the effect it can have on a person who is always on the road. 5/5

3. Chain Reaction– A driving rock song that features that chugging playing from Schon in a track that is all about being careful about falling in love because the chain reaction can be hell. 4/5

4. After The Fall– A keyboard/guitar driven song that features bass playing from Randy Jackson (yeah the American Idol judge) in a track that is about when you want to tell someone you love them, but it’s too late. 4/5

5. Faithfully– One of the more famous ballads from the band that feels like it should be played in a stadium. It just has that big time ballad feel to it with the cool piano playing from Cain. The track is about no matter how hard life can be, love will always carry you through. End of side one! 5/5

COL_00019_011476. Edge Of The Blade– A cool guitar riff from Schon kicks off the track that could be about how cutthroat the industry can be. 4/5

7. Troubled Child– A very bluesy riff from Schon and some keys from Cain kick off what is a little bit of a darker track for the band that features the melodies we love from them. 4/5

8. Back Talk– a big drum beat from Smith kicks things off as both Cain and Schon come in with some monster power chords giving it a big rock track feel. The song’s lyrics are pretty self explanatory. 4/5

9. Frontiers– The title track on the album is an OK one that mixes in some carribean beats to it if you listen close in the intro (sounds like the steel drum). 4/5

10. Rubicon– A big rock riff kicks off the final track on the album in a track that is all about realizing your fate and crossing the point of no return. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys are pretty legendary and that is why they are in the rock and roll hall of fame and deservedly so. They have provided the world with so many great tracks and this album has some of those. My only wish is that they’ll tour with Steve Perry again. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

 

a4202439289_10It’s been a few since the last Unsigned Band Of The Week post here on the blog so for this week I wanted to return with a bang. Sometimes when I am searching for music, I am always looking for something new to me, something that is going to grab my attention and draw me to it. I honestly believe that I may have found that with this week’s featured Unsigned band in Charleston, South Carolina’s own darkened hardcore/noise band Plagues. I literally discovered the band with a search of all the metal/hardcore scenes all across the country. I am trying to cover a different band from a different state every week and I am going to be honest their name and the description/label of their music is what caught my attention. Then you listen to the band’s music and it’s pure unadulterated mayhem from beginning to end and it sounds fresh and new for me. If I was in South Carolina right now, I would be checking these guys out in a New York minute. The band just released a new EP last week called Far From The Tree and I have it for you to check out down below. Check it out and download it. If you want to know more about the band like when they are playing, etc then click here for their Facebook profile.

War Of The Covers Silent ScreamOn last week’s War Of The Covers, we had you guys engage in a triple threat match to decide who covered Black Sabbath’s The Mob Rules better and you overwhelmingly decided that Adrenaline Mob had the best version as they had a huge lead and never looked back. For this week’s War Of The Covers, we are looking to one of the most legendary and bad ass thrash metal bands of all time in the mighty Slayer. After releasing one of the most epic extreme metal albums of all time in 1986’s Reign In Blood, Slayer wanted to prove that they could be just as evil while being more melodic with 1988’s South Of Heaven. The featured track that you will all be battling over is the punishing track Silent Scream and we have two intense bands that have covered the track. In 1998, Vader recorded a version of the track for the Slayer tribute album Slatanic Slaughter, Vol. 2. In 1998, Children Of Bodom released their debut album Something Wild, but when the album was reissued, it featured the band’s cover of the track. Now it is up to you guys to decide whose version is better and as usual you have until next week’s War Of The Covers posts to decide.

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asiaWhen you think of supergroups, most people think of bands like Audioslave, Velvet Revolver, Fantômas, A Perfect Circle, and so many more. What people sometimes fail to remember that the 80’s featured one of the greatest supergroups of all time in English Progressive Rock band Asia. Asia was a band that was made up of a collection of English prog rock bands and the members were John Wetton (Lead Vocals and Bass) from King Crimson, Steve Howe (Guitarist) of Yes, Geoff Downes (Keyboards) of Yes and The Buggles, and Carl Palmer (Drums) of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. In 1982, the band would come together and release the biggest album of 1982 in the self titled debut and I literally mean the biggest because it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and it was named the number one album of 1982. It has sold over four million albums all time and it’s the 95TH ranked album on the all time Billboard Top 200 Charts.

asia-asia-back-cd1.Heat Of The Moment– Literally one of the biggest tracks from the band that is synonymous with the 80’s in a track that is about how things sometimes happen because it was the heat of the moment. 5/5

2. Only Time Will Tell– A truly bad ass song from the band that opens with the cool keyboard intro from Downes. I think the track is about someone who is starting to realize what is wrong in his life and it could be the relationship he’s in. 5/5

3. Sole Survivor– Another track where Downes flexes his keyboard skills in the beginning as it molds nicely further in the track with Howe’s playing. The song is about someone who survives some horrific crash. 5/5

4. One Step Closer– A track that is sort of on the lighter side with it’s keyboard driven riff and great bass playing from Wetton. It seems to be about a guy who sees a girl from his window hoping that he’ll catch her eye and they’ll be on step closer. 4/5

5. Time Again– Wetton opens up the track with a monster bass riff and some cool playing from Howe and Palmer. The track seems to be about a guy who time and time agan gives into a girl’s demands. 4/5

ASIA_ASIA+-+24KT+GOLD+DISC+-+SEALED-5126746. Wildest Dreams– an interesting track on the album that seems to be talking about how society is falling apart before our very eyes. 4/5

7. Without You– Not a ballad by definition, but an amazing song with so many cool tempo changes and just some great lyrics. It’s about how life is not the same without that special person. 5/5

8. Cutting It Fine– A very folky clean channel guitar intro to the track that is driven by Downes and features some cool playing from Howe.  4/5

9. Here Comes The Feeling– a classic rock track from the band that features great playing from everyone. It’s an all around great track with some great lyrics as well. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– There shouldn’t be any doubt in your heads as to why this was number one in 1982. The 80’s Hair Metal scene was yet to take over and New Wave was just getting started. Nonetheless, it is definitely a very polished record from some of the best in the Prog rock game in England. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

War Of The Covers New The Mob RulesLast week, we had one heck of a triple threat match that saw Krokus come from behind to win by two votes in who covered Sweet’s The Ballroom Blitz better. Well now for this week’s War Of The Covers, we have another epic triple threat match that features some real titans of metal covering one of the greatest voices in Metal. In 2010, the world lost one of the greats in Ronnie James Dio in a battle with cancer. Ronnie left behind an epic legacy that included music with Rainbow, solo material, and his time with Black Sabbath which we are looking at today. In 1981, Black Sabbath would release their second album with Dio in The Mob Rules which featured the epic title track which is our focus today. In 2002, heavy metal band Fozzy which features members of Stuck Mojo with wrestler Chris Jericho released a cover of the song on their album Happenstance. In 2011, Iced Earth would release their tenth album Dystopia with Stu Block on vocals that featured a cover of the track. In 2013, Adrenaline Mob, the band that featured John Moyer of Disturbed and Mike Portnoy formerly of Dream Theater would release a covers EP called Covertà that featured a cover of the track as well. Now only one cover of The Mob Rules can reign supreme and you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide so choose wisely and have fun with it.

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Dope-GT-960x960There were a lot of bands that emerged from the Nu Metal scene back in the late 1990’s, but there always that one band that just seemed different than everyone else. Dope was one of those bands that just came out and they looked and sounded the part especially with the industrial influence of the first album. I felt with album after album that Edsel Dope, the lead singer of the band Dope was growing as a musician as well and it was evident with the previous effort Life. Edsel definitely kept the ball rolling with the next effort which we are covering this week in Group Therapy which featured Virus (Guitar and keyboards), Sloane “Mosey” Jentry (Bass), and Racci “Sketchy” Shay (Drums). Edsel assumed a lot more responsibilities on this album as he also handled guitars, audio production, engineering, and he produced the album which was also the band’s first effort since leaving Epic. The album garnered a lot of mixed reviews once it was released, but it was an album that had showed that the band had range. The album peaked at number 17 on The Billboard Top Independent records chart and it peaked at number 16 on the Heetseekers chart.

dope 21.Falling Away– A cool bass line drives the verses for the most part before the band kicks back in with the industrial rock styled assault. The track seems to be about no matter how awesome he feels there is always something there to drag him down. 4/5

2. Bitch– I always loved this song because it’s such an in your face, bravado filled track with huge power chords that has balls. It’s about being in a relationship that literally means nothing to you, but the sex is great. 5/5

3. I Am– A cool rock track and one of my favorites that has a bad ass pre-chorus that leads into an epic chorus that makes you want to chant I Am What I Am really loudly along with Edsel. The lyrics are pretty self explanatory. 5/5

4. Motivation– Another in your face track with huge power chords that talks about being in the right state of mind to succeed and if not get the hell out of the way. 4/5

5. Sing– A song that is on the lighter side of things for the band with either an acoustic guitar or the guitars are on a clean channel. It’s a song that just tells you to sing no matter what you may be doing it for or what people think. Just sing! 5/5

6. Now Is The Time– A hard rock track that is ballsy with a big bass riff that is telling you that now is the time to do something so stop wasting time! 4/5

7. Paranoia– a track that has a driving riff that is super charged about being paranoid or are you saying I’m paranoid? 4/5

dope group therapy8. Bring It On– Racci kicks off this track with a cool drum beat before the band comes in for a real hard rocker. Racci is actually one of the stars of this song and it seems to be built around him. 4.5/5

9. Another Day Goes By– One of my favorite tracks on the album that is another example of their lighter side in a track that is about being trapped in the same place all the time. I’ve pondered a lot in life especially while listening to this track. 5/5

10. Today Is The Day– Another track that is driven by Racci’s drum playing and Sloane’s bass playing and it’s awesome when the band comes in full force for the chorus. Today is the day to change your life. 5/5

11. Burn– Sirens and Racci’s amazing playing kick off the sequel to Die MotherF***** Die and it’s intense with razor fast and sledgehammer like riffs. 4.5/5

12. Easier– a very different and cool rock track that is a little bluesy at times about a break up that just needs to happen. It further showcases their “softer” side, but really that they can write anything. 4/5

13. So Low– The band closes the album with an absolute banger that is intense as hell when it needs to be. It’s about a guy who is just fed up with getting the blame when things go wrong in relationships. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Despite all the hate that the record may have received, I think that this is definitely one of the best albums the band has ever recorded. It was the natural progression from Life and they continue to move in the right direction with the next effort after this one. Another Day Goes By is the best track on the album besides the track I Am. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade because it’s that good.