badwolveszombiecoverThis past week, the alternative/rock world took another huge hit when Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries passed away at the age of 46. Dolores and her amazing vocals were as iconic as the music she put out with the group and one band has decided to pay tribute to her. Dolores was in London where she was supposed to enter the studio to lend her vocals to her own track Zombie that was being covered by the band Bad Wolves. Unfortunately, she never made it to the studio and the band was left with the track, but nonetheless they finished the track. The band has gone the extra step with the track as they released it with all proceeds from the track going to Dolores’s three children. The cover is absolutely amazing and it may be one of the best covers of the year so far as Tommy Vext went all out sounding amazing. Tommy talks about the track and why Dolores wanted to be on it saying, “It was the greatest honor to know she liked our version and wanted to sing on it. We’re deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dolores and by the fact that she’s leaving behind three children so we are donating the proceeds from the song to her kids.”

badwolvesband2017_638Tommy went on to talk about the track saying, “It’s such a powerful song and the themes are still so relevant, we wanted to release it in her memory,” he continues. “The original lyrics include the line ‘It’s the same old theme / Since nineteen-sixteen. In your head, in your head, they’re still fighting.’ It’s a reference to the IRA bombings during the Irish Rebellion. We changed that lyric to say ‘2018’ and she was really excited about that because the nations may have changed but we’re still fighting the same battles today. Humanity is still fighting to assert itself despite all the conflicts.” It’s an amazing track that you definitely need to check out and it’s right below. R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan

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streetIt has been a very long time since the last Tuesday Night Fights was done and I have been itching to get back in the game. We didn’t want this one to be an every week ordeal just to keep it special when it does happen. So, needless to say this is a very special edition of TNF because for today only, it’s Thursday Night Fights. The film we are looking at is an independent film by the name of Street. Casper Smart (Dirty Dancing) plays our title character Remo Street, a kid who has been down on his luck. One day after saving a guy, it becomes a double edged sword where it sees him get mixed up with the wrong people, but it also helps find him an in at a gym where he’ll go from the maintenance guy to a fighter. After a mix up sends one of the star fighters to the hospital, Remo will step in to take on his greatest challenge in Donan Manta (Uriah Hall) with everything on the line for the gym. The film also stars John Hennigan (Sharknado 5) as Monstrovia, Kate Miner (Fired Up!) as Jasmine, Quincy Brown (Dope) as Dante, Shashawnee Hall (Friend Request) as Coach Oz, John Brickner (W.M.D.) as Greg, and the film was directed by Bradford May (Favorite Son).

Smart Vs HallNow Street has been involved in some serious brawls before entering the Commerce Casino Ballroom for his fight against Manta. Manta obviously being the more experienced man in the Octagon was going to be the favorite in the fight. That was deterring Street though from stepping in and giving it his all. In the opening round, Street was doing a decent job trying to evade the strikes from Manta, but Manta was too good and he was landing the shots that counted and you could tell with the bloody nose Street received. Coach Oz seemed confident in his fighter as he kept reinforcing that he had to remember everything they worked on in training. The second round featured a better effort from Street as he remained wise while also delivering some nice shots of his own that sent Manta to the canvas at one point. Both men were giving it all as if their life depended on it. You have to admire that kind of tenacity from these fighters. Nonetheless, there was definitely more work to be done cause this fight was far from over.

Smart Vs Hall 2The third round started in a very ferocious way as both men were just going at it. They were throwing everything they had at each other, but at some points it looked like Street had the advantage with his punches and knees to the gut. That was until he took a vicious straight right right to the face that sent him to the mat. Manta began to pounce on him throwing some vicious kicks until Street was able to create enough separation as he went back on the attack. He started throwing everything at Manta and for the most part Manta was taking every shot until Street connected with a superman punch. Manta hit the mat like a sack of wet noodles and Street took advantage placing Manta in a cross arm breaker. The whole venue watched as Street struggled to lock it in fully, but as soon as he was able to do it, Manta tapped out. That was all she wrote as Remo Street was your new champion! This was a pretty decent film that had everything that fighting movies have, but the final fight was too quick. The final fight should be the fight that we all get excited for, but it was just too quick. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

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R-1259237-1377112122-2012.jpegIf you have been following my blog for quite some time then you will have learned that I like paying tribute to artists that I respect in the industry. Today’s album of the week is one of those tributes to another artist that we lost, but right in the beginning of 2018.  Dolores O’Riordan was the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries who on January 15TH was discovered and pronounced dead at her hotel room in London. There are no details on the cause of death, but I wanted to pay tribute to her by covering Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? for this week’s album of the week. The album was released on March 1, 1993 and it featured O’Riordan (Vocals), Noel Hogan (Guitars), Mike Hogan (Bass), and Fergal Lawler (Drums). The album was a huge success for the band as it went number one in the UK and Ireland while peaking at number 18 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album sold over 5 million in the US making it five times platinum while being certified two times platinum in the UK (selling 600,000 units).

MI00021791721. I Still Do– The very melodic and brooding opening track starts and Dolores amazing voice carries you through. This is a track about Dolores having to make a tough choice because she knows she is not going to be around and long distance relationships don’t always work, but she loves him and can’t leave him. 4.5/5

2. Dreams– One of my favorite Cranberries songs ever with it’s upbeat tempo that reminds me of the glory days of 80’s post punk music. I think the track is about how things always change in one’s life, but one thing is for sure and that is she’s in love. 5/5

3. Sunday– The beginning of the track makes me think we are in a dream state at first, but when it kicks in it’s a pretty good mid tempo track. The track is about a guy coming into her life, but she couldn’t muster up the words to say that she needed him. 4/5

4. Pretty– The tempo is slowed down while Dolores just takes over the track vocally while she talks about the same thing saying we know you’re pretty, but there’s no need to act like your better. 4/5

5. Waltzing Back– A track that has some acoustic elements to it with some cool yodeling from Dolores in the track. I’m not really sure what the track is about, but it could be about the wife of a soldier who is mad that he husband is being taken to fight in the cause. 4.5/5

6. Not Sorry– A cool track that starts with some piano before some clean channel guitars come in in this brooding track that is about a girl basically saying that the way you treated me you shouldn’t be mad that I hate you. 4.5/5

everybody-else-is-doing-it-so-why-cant-we-56e9f3c411d647. Linger– An amazing track on the album that Riordan once said is about her first kiss with a soldier that she once fell in love with. The track has that element of regret in the lyrics which puts it into perspective. 5/5

8. Wanted– A more upbeat tempo track about a relationship in which she feels like she likes them, but they don’t like her. 4.5/5

9. Still Can’t …– The element of post punk in this track is incredible and it sounds great too in this track that is about a guy who did wrong, but he hasn’t done anything to fix it. 5/5

10. I Will Always– a very beautiful track musically that is yet so tragic in lyrics because it’s about how she holds on to a relationship even though it’s bad for her. 5/5

11. How– Another cool track on the album that is once again about a relationship gone wrong and how both parties pretend like the other isn’t there except she knows. 4.5/5

12. Put Me Down– The last track on the album which is very haunting especially with Dolores’s breathy vocals. If you guessed it, I think it’s another track about a relationship that is just no good. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Dolores is an incredible vocalist that I feel is extremely underrated and deserved more than what she had. One thing is for certain and that is her fans know how incredible she is. Check out the album for yourselves, I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

SHARKNADO 5We have a tradition here at Cheeseball Cinema and that is we never miss an opportunity to review a Sharknado film. We have at one point reviewed every single Sharknado movie up to date except for one. Every time this film airs, I manage to not be anywhere near a television to catch it when it premieres so that is why I rely on Netflix to give it to me so that I can review it. In this one, Fin (Ian Ziering), April (Tara Reid), and now a little older Gil (Billy Barratt) are in the UK for a meeting on how to better prepared for another attack. Unfortunately, Finn gets called to Stonehenge thanks to Nova (Cassandra Scerbo) where they discover that these attacks have happened before in history, but after stealing a stone from it’s hiding spot, it causes one of the most deadliest Sharknados ever and it engulfs poor little Gil who they have to attempt to rescue before it’s too late. The film also stars Chris Kattan (A Night At The Roxbury) as Prime Minister, Samantha Fox (Three Kinds Of Heat) as Ms Moore, but you can’t forget the special cameos made by Charo as the Queen, Fabio as the pope, Downtown Julie Brown, Bret Michaels, Olivia Newton-John, Tony Hawk, Greg Louganis, Tiffany Pollard, John Morrison, Bai Ling, Geraldo Rivera, The Today Show, Good Morning Britain, and the film was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante (Boo).

Sharknado theater sceneNothing much changes from film to film because it’s the same old overacting from some of them and more bad acting from the now almost completely robotic Tara Reid. Hwer character is practically just a cyborg which might explain why she’s not good at showing emotion. She has the same look on her face when Thomas Ian Nichols was explaining how much he loved her in American Pie as to losing her son in this one. I thought making Fabio the pope was a little ballsy while Bret Michaels looked like he was having fun being stuck to a bus while also getting eaten by a shark eventually. Cassandra Scerbo is the only one that showed some acting skills towards the end of the film as they were starting to (SPOILER ALERT) kill everyone off. Then we get a surprise at the end of the film that could mean more Sharknado films as they mocked Back To The Future as well as Bond films, Godzilla, and even Indiana Jones. Listen we all know that the film is all about having fun we cause we know that its a cheesy film and nothing else. So you have to go into this just to sit back, relax, and have fun because it’s going to be one interesting ride.  They went all out with this one where we travel the globe from London to Australia, Japan, Egypt, and even Brazil. It’s awesome having an imagination. On a scale of one ebing close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this one an 4.6 for a final grade.

One of my favorite non metal related acts has always been New Wave kings Duran Duran. Duran Duran wrote a lot of catchy songs that you couldn’t help, but love and so did so many other bands as well. We have seen covers of Duran Duran tracks from the likes of the Deftones, My Darkest Days, Reel Big Fish, Red, and today’s band Eagles Of Death Metal. In 2015, the band covered the song for their fourth studio album Zipper Down. However, the song became popular right after the attacks that happened at a club the band was performing at in Paris. Duran Duran agreed to donate all of the royalties from the track to charity. Fans in England tried to get the song to climb to number one on the UK charts right after the attack to show solidarity and compassion. The cover of the track itself is a very interesting one as Eagles take the track and they make it their own adding a desert rock vibe to it which is super cool as they made the track their own. Jesse Hughes vocals on the track are very incredible as well as he stayed true to the original while adding his own flare to it. Check out the track below:

taprootWe are continuing down that road in the history of one of my favorite genres when I was in my latter years of high school and into college known as Nu-Metal. The band that I chose for today had a little bit of a controversial way of how they were signed or at least what happened after they signed made headlines in the Nu-Metal world. Apparently, the band which was made up of Stephen Richards (Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Phil Lipscomb (Bass), Mike DeWolf (Lead Guitar), and Jarrod Montague (Drums) were apparently on target to get signed by Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst. Fred apparently was taking too long to make a deal go through so the band went ahead and signed with Atlantic Records. Fred in a fit of rage left this on Stephen’s answering machine, “Hey man, you fucked up. You don’t ever bite the hand that feeds in this business, bro . . . Took you under my wing, brought you to my house, talked about you on FM radio and in the press, and you embarrassed me and the Interscope family. Your association with Limp Bizkit doesn’t exist. Your manager slings our name around, he’s going to be blackballed and probably erased, and you will, too. You need to be associated with someone, and now you got enemies. You just fucked yourself. Don’t fucking show up at my shows. If you do, you’re gonna be fucked. You’re learning exactly right now how to ruin your career. All the luck, brother, fuck you.” The rest is history as they said because this may have given the band the publicity they needed as the album Gift sold over 250,000 copies and it peaked at number 160 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

gift by taproot1. Smile-The track opens up with an in your face riff in a track that is all about being yourself and not what people want you to be. 4/5

2. Again & Again– One of the lead tracks off the album and my favorite track that is about someone who just needs to take a step back to get back to the point when they were in control and above the noise. 5/5

3. Emotional Times– Not a favorite of mine lyrically because it just about how life sucks and not having control of feelings, but musically it’s fierce and Nu-Metal at it’s best. 3.5/5

4. Now– I love the clean channel playing of the intro to this track and it drives most of the song until you get to the all out madness of the chorus. It’s about the narrator needing his significant other or someone he is infatuated with because he feels he can’t go on. 4/5

5. 1 Nite Stand– You would think this song is about one night stands, but it’s not. It’s more about doing something that surprises you cause you never thought you could. 4/5

6. Believed– A very interesting track that starts with some cool pedal effects on the guitars before it kicks into the track and Stephen starts rapping the verse. It has an Incubus feel to it when the chorus hits. It’s lyrically the most interesting track on the record. 4/5

gift-4e9a348e8eb457. Mentobe– Some heavy riffs open the track before it calms for the chorus in a track that looks like it’s about fearing the person that you are meant to be. 4/5

8. I– One of the other amazing tracks on the album that the music is dark in nature with the melodic guitar riffs right into the distorted playing. The track is about all the sorrows that one holds deep inside about the past. 5/5

9. Mirror’s Reflection-an interesting track that is about someone who hates what they see in the mirror so they take it out on others. Insecurities can make someone do awful things. 4/5

10. Dragged Down-The track starts off like a rocket flying into space before it gets melodic for the verses in a track that is about someone who is an relationship where things are one sided but they don’t leave. 4/5

11. Comeback– Musically the song is cool, they try to sound like Korn at times in this track, but sometimes the lyrics don’t work for me. Some of them just seem forced. Otherwise, it’s a cool track when they turn it up. 3.5/5

12. Impact– The last track on the album that just steamrolls through in a track that is about someone who believes that they are making a positive impact on people. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was a decent album from a band that I believed was growing musically with every release after this one. Unfortunately for Fred Durst, he was not the reason for the demise of any band because time was ultimately that for the short lived genre. Nonetheless, this was a strong debut for the band that made a statement and I commend them for it. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

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It’s 2018 which means it’s a new year and we still have a ton of states to visit to accomplish our goal of 50 bands from 50 states for the Unsigned Band Of The Week post. We have already visited 32 states which by my calculations means that we only have 18 states left to go and the one that we chose for this week has been my most desired state to visit. We are travelling all the way to the City Of Sin in Las Vegas for a band that has been soldiering on for sometime in Bipolar. Bipolar is a band that epitomizes the ideals of being a DIY (Do It Yourself) band as they first formed in 2003 in Sacramento, California. After some years together in the band, Charlie and Brian Hanks decided to relocate the band to Las Vegas in 2008 for a fresh start. They soon added Jaisen Hinds and Kevin Lemus on guitars respectively, and the final piece to the puzzle in bassist Chris Kmit. The band has since been hard at work as they recorded five EP’s and one full length album giving them quite the catalog. The track we are checking out from them is also a music video that the band produced for their song Callow from their Amor Fati disc. The track starts off sounding like a lot of their influences from the Nu-Metal world, but when it kicks in, holy shit does this song kick ass. It’s intense in your face, and Charlie’s vocals are kick ass. That girl can scream and she can hang with the best of them. Check them out on Facebook, Spotify, Youtube, and even Twitter. Check out the video below!