Archive for the ‘Album Of The Week’ Category

hqdefaultOver the course of the last thirty years or more, we have seen countless celebrities, athletes, and other form of entertainers enter the music world from Eddie Murphy to Shaquille O’Neal, Juliette Lewis, and even the one and only William Shatner. I am one that believes that only a select few can leave their own domain and be successful in one that people are not familiar with. When I say that they are a select few, I truly mean it because the only ones I can think of are Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) and AEW World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho who in 1999 decided to venture into the world of metal with the rhythm section of Stuck Mojo to form Fozzy. Chris Jericho who is the band’s lead singer has described the band which is made up of Rich Ward (Lead Guitar/Keys), Frank “Bud” Fontsere (Drums), Billy Grey (Rhythm Guitar), and Randy Drake (Bass) saying, “If Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy.” On October 13, 2017, the band would release their seventh studio album Judas which was the band’s third to chart on the Billboard Top 200 peaking at 147 with the lead single and title track being a minor radio hit.

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc50 (1)1. Judas– The lead single off the album and one of my favorite Fozzy songs ever can also be heard as Chris’s current theme song in AEW. I just love the big bass/guitar slam power chord style mixed with the melodic in this track about someone who can’t help but sell people out. He is addicted to success and will do anything to get it. 5/5

2. Drinkin’ With Jesus– A big time Saliva style Nu Metal track here in this song that is all about someone who is addicted to the excesses of life on the road. 4.5/5

3. Painless– Almost the same style as Judas as far as the sound is concerned in this track that is all about how drugs can make death seem painless. 4.5/5

4. Weight of My World– The track almost has an industrial dance rock feel to it in this track that I think is about whether or not you can handle someone who is destructive and unapologetic about it. 3.5/5

5. Wordsworth Way-a track that while it has some heavy elements to it, they mix the keys along with it in this track that is all about someone that Chris must have lost that he was really close with. 4.5/5

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc506. Burn Me Out-a kind of groove metal track with a little bit of a dance flow to it that is all about living life to the fullest because you don’t want to have any regrets. 4.5/5

7.  Three Days in Jail-a Nu metal track all the way through featuring Hyro The Hero rapping on the song as well in a track about he miseries of being locked up. 4/5

8. Elevator-Kind of a funky track that I honestly think is just a track about getting high. I could be wrong, but judge for yourself. 4/5

9. Running with the Bulls-a cool track that I think is talking about how you have to just keep running forward and not in reverse and just ride with the bulls. 4.5/5

10. Capsized-a track that is all about how when we fail at something, we sort of feel capsized because we usually just give up and never continue moving forward. 4.5/5

11. Wolves at Bay– an in your face metal track that ends the album that is all about no matter what, you can not give up and you have to keep those that always trying to push you down at bay. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was a decent album from Jericho and co., but I can definitely see why it didn’t sell as much as the previous album. My favorite songs are Judas and Wolves At Bay while my least favorite is Weight Of My World. So, I am giving the album 4.36 stars out of five for a final grade.

R-3389224-1377464743-7582.jpegI couldn’t believe in all the years that I have been reviewing albums that I never did one on one of my favorite albums from not just the 1980’s, but from the band Ratt. The LA Sunset Strip heavies featuring Stephen Pearcy (Vocals), Warren DeMartini (Lead Guitar), Robbin Crosby (Lead Guitar), Juan Croucier (Bass), and Bobby Blotzer (Drums) would release their second album Invasion Of Your Privacy on June 13, 1985 via Atlantic Records and was produced by Beau Hill (Alice Cooper/Europe). Much like the band’s debut album Out Of The Cellar, the album would peak at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts with two tracks out of the three singles released charting on the Billboard Hot 100 while one single (Lay It Down) charted in the top 20 on the mainstream rock charts. The album which featured Playboy Playmate Marianne Gravatte on the cover and in the video for Lay It Down would go on to sell over 2 million copies certifying it double platinum making it a very successful album for the band and is the last album the band would make that would sell as many copies as it did and this was the last to chart as high as it did. 

ratt-812571-ab1. You’re In Love– The first track on the album that just rips right from the beginning in this song that is all about a girl that’s used to getting what she wants until she meets her match and falls in love with him. 5/5

2. Never Use Love– Another amazing guitar riff starts off this track written by Pearcy that is all about someone who doesn’t want their partner using love as a tool or weapon. 5/5

3. Lay It Down– Ratt’s last top 40 hit is next on the deck and it is absolutely amazing. I think the track is pretty deep in that it’s sung from a women’s perspective as they don’t always know what they want whether it’s to be pleased or be the pleaser. 5/5

4. Give It All– A great song that I think is about escapades with various women while on tour if you ask me. 5/5

5. Closer To My Heart– Much like Wanted Man on the previous record, this one starts with acoustics before Juan takes over with his bass riff before the comes in eventually in this track about being betrayed. 4.5/5

ratt-invasion-of-your-privacy-back6. Between the Eyes– This track could be the sequel to the previous track in where this is about someone who has cheated on you, but still wants to have sex with you. 4.5/5

7. What You Give Is What You Get– The third and final single off the album that was written by Juan Croucier. It has that power chord heavy intro with the guitar solo and the amazing playing from the band throughout in this track whose meaning is in the same vein as my way or the highway and it’s true because what you put in and is exactly what you get. 5/5

8. Got Me on the Line– A great track musically and lyrically. It’s about a guy who thinks that a women on the other line of a sex chat hotline is the real deal. 5/5

9. You Should Know by Now– A deep cut on the record that is all about someone who is going to enjoy life and not miss out on it. 4.5/5

10. Dangerous but Worth the Risk– an amazing deep cut on the record that also happens to be the last track and one of the best guitar tracks too. I think the track is all about the risks the guys take when they go on the road with groupies and drugs. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is one of the greatest albums the band ever did throughout their whole career. Almost every single track on this album is just absolutely amazing and worth listening to. That is why I am giving the album 4.85 stars out of five for a final grade.

dokkenOne of the most underrated bands to ever come out of the sunset strip metal scene will always be Dokken. They were musically different despite the overall look of the band that was made up of Don Dokken (Lead Vocals), George Lynch (Guitars), Jeff Pilson (Bass), and Wild Mick Brown (Drums). They may have shared the same area code as bands like Motley Crue, Ratt, etc., but they were definitely more melodic and more in the metal sphere then their peers. On November 22, 1985, the band would release their third studio album in Under Lock and Key via Elektra Records and was produced by Neil Kernon (Autograph/Queensrÿche) and Michael Wagener (Accept/Skid Row). The album was pretty successful for the band as it peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts (higher than Tooth & Nail which was 49) and it included two singles that would hit the charts as well. The album was certified Gold by 1986 and it was certified platinum by 1987 and it was well received by most critics who thought it was a more complete album from the bunch while also realizing that heavy metal purists would likely choose Tooth & Nail as a good introductory album.

13885296_f4961. Unchain The Night– The opening track on the album and I love the intro which is brooding and eerie with the bell ringing along with George’s clean channel playing before they turn it up to 11. I think the track is about a couple that is on the brink of breaking up and Don is optimistic that it isn’t done yet. 5/5

2. The Hunter-Another mid paced rock from the band that just absolutely rips as Lynch’s guitar roars in this track. I think the track is about how even though he has someone at home, the life of a rockstar just takes over and it’s excess on the road. The guitar solo on here is absolutely amazing. 5/5

3. In My Dreams– This is one of my favorite Dokken songs with the great harmonizing in the beginning to the roar of Lynch’s guitar to Don’s amazing vocals in this song about a lost love that still runs through his dreams. 5/5

4. Slippin’ Away– as one critic called this, a “saccharine ballad” and that is what it is and not exactly my favorite either from the band. 4/5

5. Lightnin’ Strikes Again– a return back to form with this track that actually sounds like a left over from Tooth & Nail as far as it’s tone and pacing. I think the song is all about performing on stage and everything that comes with it. 4.5/5

under-lock-and-key-4fc0571ab24c56. It’s Not Love– This may be the coolest Dokken song ever written with it’s cool bluesy guitar riff and harmonized gang vocal chants of It’s Not Love! 5/5

7. Jaded Heart– Another ballad on the album that I definitely like a lot better than the previous one. It’s about someone whose been through so much that they have a hard time seeing love. 4.5/5

8. Don’t Lie to Me– a rocker that is all about being sick and tired of loved ones lying to you constantly. 4.5/5

9. Will the Sun Rise– a deep cut on the record that I don’t think gets enough credit cause it has some great harmonies and a cool guitar riff. 4.5/5

10. Til the Livin’ End– The last track on the album and it’s a barn burner in this track that is all about a guy who is telling his girlfriend that he’s just in it for what he can get and nothing more, but she still keeps coming back. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album (which came out 34 years ago today) is definitely not as strong musically as Tooth & Nail, but it was a great follow up that doesn’t get enough credit. I loved Unchain The Night, The Hunter, In My Dreams, and It’s Not Love while Slippin’ Away is my least favorite track. I am going to give the album 4.65 stars out of five for a final grade.

angstOne of the genres that has always intrigued me is that of the industrial rock scene like Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and the band that I chose to review for today in KMFDM. I’ve been intrigued by the genre because it helped spawn a new genre in the 1990’s which was the industrial metal genre with bands mixing elements of industrial into their music like Fear Factory or even White Zombie. So, I have decided to look back at a band that I discovered one night thanks to Beavis And Butt-head when they played the video for the song A Drug Against War. It was then and in that moment that i was hooked and wanted to know more about KMFDM. For instance their name stands for Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid which loosely translates to No Pity For The Majority in German. The group at this time was made up of Sascha Konietzko (Vocals/Bass/Synth/Arrangements/Production), En Esch (Vocals/Guitar) who was back since quitting during the recording of the previous album, Svet Am (Guitar/Piano), making his first appearance with the band Mark Durante (Guitar) with additional help from Dorona Alberti on vocals. On October 13, 1993, the band would release their seventh album Angst via Wax Trax! Records and is considered by many critics to be their best album.

angst back cover1. Light- The first track on the album that also features vocals from Dorona Alberti with it’s industrial dance rock elements helps kick things off. 4.5/5

2. A Drug Against War– The first track i had ever heard from the band and it’s an all out Industrial Metal assault with the razor fast guitars and the Ministry like electronic drum kit. I think it’s a track about how we need to stop letting those in charge determine what is good or bad for us. 5/5

3. Blood (Evil Mix)– an Industrial rock banger in this track that is all about telling you that there will be times when you have to just look the other way as far as morality if you want to move ahead. 4/5

4. Lust-Another Industrial rock/dance like track that is all in German. It’s all about desiring someone that you know you can’t have. 4/5

5. Glory– I love the mixing of heavy guitars with the industrial dance element in this track. The track is all about how corrupt our society is and how the rich and government can get away with anything. 4.5/5

images (1)6. Move On-what a track musically first of all, unbelievable guitar riff helps drive this track that I think is all about moving on from what we have known before 1993. Like society starting fresh. 5/5

7. No Peace– You can definitely hear where Marilyn Manson got some of his influence from with this track that is all about no matter how hard we try, we ill never have peace in this world. 4.5/5

8. A Hole in the Wall– an industrial metal track that is a weird kind of love song. It’s all about one man’s encounter with a dominatrix (at least in my opinion) and how he loves it. 5/5

9. Sucks– For years people have speculated what KMFDM has stood for and this according to Wikipedia is, “a tongue-in-cheek reference to the various (false) interpretations of the initialism “KMFDM” at the time, including “Kill Mother-Fucking Depeche Mode”, “Kidnap Madonna For Drug Money” and “Kylie Minogue Fans Don’t Masturbate.”” 4.5/5

10. The Problem– The last track on the album is all about how when someone is different or they don’t quite fit in that we automatically say that there is something wrong with them and that the system is broken even though it’s just them being themselves. Dorona Alberti  has a larger presence in this track as she sings a lot of the song. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is considered by many to be the starter kit for anyone looking to get into KMFDM and it makes sense seeing as it is their seventh album. There is a great mixture of Industrial Metal and the Industrial Dance element which made it a fun record to listen to. My favorite tracks are A Hole In The Wall, A Drug Against War, and Move On. I am going to give the album 4.55 stars out of five for a final grade.

81ZLmPVUVXL._SL1500_When you think of metal and the country of Italy, there are only two bands that immediately come to mind with one being Fleshgod Apocalypse and the other being Venice’s own gothic metal act Lacuna Coil. The band which was made up of Cristina Scabbia (Vocals), Andrea Ferro (Vocals), Marco “Maus” Biazzi (Lead Guitar), Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore (Rhythm Guitar), Marco Coti Zelati (Bass/Keyboards), and Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati (Drums) first appeared on the scene in 1999, but it was until their third album Comalies was released that I began to take notice and pay attention. It was released on October 29, 2002 via Century Media and Cristina talked about the album saying, “[During the album’s recording], we had a sort of creative explosion. We were working in a coma, sort of like in a different dimension. First of all we just wanted to use the word ‘coma’ but there was something missing so we played with the two words coma and lies.” The album would peak at number 178 on the Billboard Top 200 charts as well as peaking at number nine on the Top Heatseekers and Independent Albums charts too as the album has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies in the US. Rock Hard Magazine ranked the album #415 in their The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time book and Metal Hammer ranked it 59th on their greatest album of the 21st century chart as well.

114595227_838803151. Swamped– I love the effect in the beginning of the track, but what I really love is the heavy guitars mixed with the orchestral string backing track. The second and final single released from the album features both Andrea and Cristina sharing vocals in this track about having so much potential that you are swamped trying to get their. 5/5

2. Heaven’s A Lie– The first track I ever heard from the band and this is still my all time favorite track from them about how the perfect life or anything is a lie. It’s about what happens when people try to force their opinions on you, it doesn’t mean that they are right. 5/5

3. Daylight Dancer-a cool track that is all about someone who is always trying to mask what the answer to their problems are even though they know the truth. 4.5/5

4. Humane-a very cool intro with the keys before the band kicks in to take over in this track that is all about following your heart and what it tells you. 4.5/5

5. Self Deception– A kick ass track about a man who takes the fall for another when he really didn’t commit the crime. 4.5/5

6. Aeon-A short track that is less than two minutes that is all about someone that they acre about that every time they hold them they steal their love complete with acoustic/clean channel guitars. 4/5

119028662-37. Tight Rope-a track that I think they are talking about someone that they care about, but the problem is that they are always walking on a tight rope when they are near them. 5/5

8. The Ghost Woman and the Hunter-a very excellent track on the album that I believe is all about a relationship they has ended, but one fears that the other has forgotten all about them. 5/5

9. Unspoken-A little more energy in this track that is all about being away from that person who may not be physically abusive, but they are mentally abusive. 4.5/5

10. Entwined– a track that once again visits that feeling of being trapped in a relationship that is not going anywhere. 4/5

11. The Prophet Said– I saw an interesting take on this track where the song could be bout how one partner tells the other one that she couldn’t get anyone ans she believes it and in turn tries to always make him feel better. 4/5

12. Angel’s Punishment-The song is all about war and how it is usually created through lies. 4/5

13. Comalies– The last song on the album, the title track, and I believe Cristina and her interpretation of the album title. Sometimes, we are just living with a lie and we can’t get out of it like we are in a coma. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– An amazing album from beginning to end, I remember seeing the band tour on this album at Ozzfest and just being amazed how well the songs translated live. If you’re looking to get into them, this is definitely a good starting point. Then travel backwards to see the progression to here and then how they grew musically to right now. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

fe6a3358I can’t believe that Halloween is tomorrow which means that Eddie’s 31 Days of Halloween officially comes to an end. So for the whole month of October, I wanted to keep things fresh with different artists and I thought we did a great job of that, but now it’s time to introduce some fresh blood to the blog. The group that I chose for today comes all the way from New Jersey and they have toured The US and Europe with the likes of Alice In Chains, Korn, Underoath, Prophets Of Rage, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, The Dillinger Escape Plan, 3Teeth, and so many more. I am talking about Hardcore Hip Hop, Horrorcore, Trap Metal, geniuses Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror). The group is made up of theOGM, Eaddy, and Brandon Pertzborn who formed the group in 2012 who has cited DMX, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and White Zombie (Rob Zombie) as some of their influences when it comes to music. After one mixtape and two EP’s, the band would release their debut album United States Of Horror on May 5, 2017 via Deathkult Records. I discovered the group all thanks to Corey Taylor of Slipknot and his Halloween playlist as he included the group on the list among others. The album was listed at number 38 on Loud & Quiet’s Top 40 Albums of 2017 list while Kerrang! listed it at number 40 on their Kerrang!’s Albums of 2017 list.

5264041. U.S.H.- An intro track that is basically a little girl saying the groups version of the Pledge Of Allegiance. 4/5

2. War Is Hell– a techno like trap music that is all about how the group go against the grain and establishment and they are unapologetic about it. 4.5/5

3. Street Power– a track that mixes elements of Punk Rock along with the trap/hip hop sound and it works very well in this song all about the people taking the streets back. 4.5/5

4. Face Tatt– a track that would make The Prodigy with it’s Firestarter like sound and the songs is as chaotic as the lyrics are. 4/5

5. When Death Calls– an interlude or intro that is just weird with a woman I think saying the title of the track. 4/5

6. Bleed War– a bad ass track that has a little bit of Nu Metal feel to it with a little bit of an industrial/punk feel. I think the track is all about how politicians sell your soul for war. 5/5

Ho99o9-United-States-of-Horror-Exclusive-Cassette-2253440-1_1024x10247. Moneymachine– The track is very eerie in the beginning and it carries an element of that throughout the track with that electronic hip hop sound in this track about how money talks. 4/5

8. Splash– a horrorcore track at heart through and through in this song that is all about living it up and don’t worry about the other stuff. 4.5/5

9. Knuckle Up– another industrial rap/rock track that is one of my favorite tracks on this album cause it’s high energy and packs a hell of a punch in this pump up track. 5/5

10. Dekay-another industrial electronic punk track that I have no idea what he is saying in this track 4/5

11. Sub-Zer0– a punk rock track that showcases how different these guys can be if they want to and how broad their music horizons are. 5/5

12. Feels Like…– Another interlude on the record 4/5

13. City Rejects– Another punk rock song that kicks ass on the album that has a little of a Sex Pistols flair to it attitude wise. I think it’s a track about the underground scene. 4.5/5

Ho99o9-620x30014. Hydrolics-a trap song and all he wants is hydraulics on his ride. 4/5

15. New Jersey Devil-a Motorhead like punk song that all of a sudden slows down during the verse before it picks up again with some fury. I believe he’s talking about the streets of Jersey and how it can be war on the streets. There is this intense moment with some heavy drums and bass that kicks ass. 5/5

16. United States of Horror– The title track is more of a industrial rap/metal track in this track all about the bad boys rising up and taking over. 4.5/5

17. Blaqq Hole-The last track on the album and it starts off very weirdly almost like you are in a horror film. It’s more of a long outro that ends the album. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys are super creative and I love how they mix so many styles that we already know work well with each other. I love the infusion of Industrial, Punk, Metal, Trap, Electronic, and so many more. They have since released two more EP’s, but I am definitely looking forward to a second album. Check out this album, I am giving it 4.4 stars out of 5 for a final grade.

blue-oyster-cult_agents_bIf you were to take the time to look on any Halloween playlist that is out there that involves having classic rock on it then I guarantee you will at least find one song by American Hard Rock/Occult Rock band Blue Öyster Cult. The band which was made up of Eric Bloom (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Allen Lanier (Keyboards/Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Joe Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), and Albert Bouchard (Drums/Vocals) were known for mixing elements of the occult and horror into their music which is why I decided to cover their fourth studio album Agents Of Fortune as this week’s album of the week. It was a unique album for the band as it was the last album to feature every member having vocal duties on some of the tracks, the only album to not feature writing credits from Eric Bloom, and thanks to one lead single, this album made them a huge concert draw as well. The platinum selling album would peak at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, 28 in Canada, and 26 in the UK. Kerrang! Magazine voted the album 62 on their The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time list while Q magazine said it was one of “The Greatest Classic Rock Albums Ever!”

blue-oyster-cult-agent-of-fortune-2-cd1. This Ain’t the Summer of Love– a monster opener that is all about how the promoters were exposed for being frauds with their Summer Of Love campaigns. 4.5/5

2. True Confessions-a piano driven bluesy rock track that is all about love in the 70’s in the eyes of someone who lived it then. 4/5

3. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper-a classic track from the band that put them on the map and established them as a live force. The track is all about we fear death when we shouldn’t and how we should just be living. 5/5

4. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)– a bad ass 70’s rock song with swagger that I think is all about The Men In Black and UFO’s. 5/5

5. The Revenge of Vera Gemini– a track that undoubtedly inspired the Marvel character that features vocals by Patti Smith as well as Albert, but rumor has it that it’s about her relationship with Bob Dylan. 4.5/5

3365286259_da7ae4fcc1_z6. Sinful Love– a cool rock track that once again features Albert on vocals and is about drug addiction in my opinion and he is trying to kick it, but he loves it too much. 4/5

7. Tattooed Vampire– an upbeat hard rock track about a tattooed Asian girl at a tattoo parlor? 4/5

8. Morning Final– According to one report that I saw online that the track is about a murder that took place at a famous place in New York City that Joe Bouchard used to like going to. 4/5

9. Tenderloin– Eric Bloom sings this cool as ice rock song about a prostitute (basically) 4/5

10. Debbie Denise– The last track on the album and it’s a track based on a song written by Patti Smith where one line was changed about a girl who patiently waits for her man to come back from tour because she loves him. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I can definitely understand why this is a band that is so polarizing in a way. I saw that because there are people who live and die by Blue Öyster Cult and some that thought they were cheesy. I liked the album overall, but in reality there were only two songs that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.