Archive for the ‘Album Of The Week’ Category

71XIx7ewVjL._SL1200_We are continuing our journey of discovery as we inch closer and closer to the greatest holiday in the world which is Halloween. Every year when I do the Halloween/horror themed Album Of The Week post, I try to look for new bands and I may have found one that might not have heard of, but you definitely need to get acquainted with. The group is called Twin Temple and they are a duo from Los Angeles that also happen to be Satanists who love 1950’s/60’s Doo-Wop Classic Rock And Roll and the beauty is that they mix the two. As they claim from Robert Johnson at the crossroads to Norwegian Black Metal, Satan has long been apart of the musical landscape and vocalist Alexandra James claims, “We’ve always loved rock ‘n’ roll, especially from the golden era of American music, but we’re also Satanists and study the Occult. We both practice magick. It was just a crazy idea– ‘Why can’t you love Roy Orbison and hail Satan at the same time?’ Satanism has been relegated to the metal scene for so long, but we are Satanists and listen to The Platters and Buddy Holly, you know? We love metal too, but this is a reflection of who we are as people. This record was something we wanted to create for ourselves… we were happy to see that it resonated with other people out there, too.” Along with partner Zachary James, they are taking the world by storm as we check out their first album Twin Temple (Bring You Their Signature Sound…. Satanic Doo-Wop).

CS720819-01B-BIG.jpg1. The Devil (Didn’t Make Me Do It)– a cool track that is all about debunking the reasoning’s behind some of the legends of rock infamy saying that we all blame Satan for it, but it’s really just us. 5/5

2. Luicfer, My Love– In this ballad, Alexandra James’s amazing vocals professes her love for the lord of darkness while Zachary’s arrangements are perfect. 5/5

3. Sex Magick-This track has that classic drum intro you hear in tracks like My Boyfriend’s Back as Alexandra sings about the night she met the one for her and how the sex was magical. 4.5/5

4. I Know How To Hex You– Zachary James does a great job capturing the sounds of the 50’s/60’s with the horns mixed with the rockabilly guitar that we would’ve heard in a Bond film. This is Alexandra getting revenge on all the men who have wronged her. 4.5/5

5. I’m Wicked-a slow temple leads this cool as ice and spooky track that is all about the power of a black magick woman. 5/5

d917c0472618207ee4a59d40f9dfcc2d97e4c9386. In Lvx-Organs help light the mood in this 60’s psychedelic rock track instrumental. 5/5

7. Santa Muerte-a doo-wop classic with a bit of a Latin/salsa touch to it in this track that is all about just who is the Santa Muerte? 4.5/5

8. Let’s Hang Together-an interesting take on the idea of till death do us part as he claims that if you die then I’ll die gladly. 4.5/5

9. Femme Fatale-a cool track that is all about what makes her a femme fatale, but you know the kind that men can not resist. 4.5/5

10. In Nox-The last track on the album and another instrumental that showcases Zachary’s talent. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I listen to this album and just for a moment suspend the lyrics and you can definitely feel like you are listening to music that could have been there in the 1950’s/60’s. They do a magnificent job with it like Ghost does with 70’s era rock music and I can dig it. Check this album out if you love a little classic rock and roll. I am giving the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade.

covenEvery year, I try to find new and exciting albums to cover while we do Eddie’s 31 Days of Halloween and I think I found one. I was looking on the world wide web when I came across the term Occult Rock and of course I was curious and so I clicked on it. Apparently there was a band that was Satanic before Black Sabbath could ever be considered that and this band was open about it on their music. The band that I am talking about is  Chicago’s Coven, a band that was made up of Jinx Dawson (Vocals), Jim Donlinger (Guitar), Jim Nyeholt, John Hobbs, and Rick Durrett (Organ, Piano, Keys), Alan Estes and Oz Osborne (Bass), and Steve Ross (Drums) would release their debut album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls in 1969. According to metal and rock historians and fans, they are recognized as the first band to put up the devil horns as was recognized by the album which was produced by Bill Traut. Jim Donlinger whose real name was James Vincent (He was in another band at the time and he was asked to write songs for this by Traut) talked about the album and the process and said, “Bill brought me a large box full of books about witchcraft and related subjects. He told me to read them and start writing some songs … Sometime before the sun came up, I had completely written all the material requested of me for the entire album … Coven also contributed four songs to the project.”

coven back1. Black Sabbath– Not to be confused with the Black Sabbath titular track, this track has more of as psychedelic light rock feel to it as Jinx struts her stuff vocally. a track aboutr witches who sacrifice to the dark prince. 4/5

2. White Witch Of Rosehall– a kind of upbeat tempo track that could be telling the story of a haunting that happened in Jamaica. The story is about the spirit of Annie Palmer who haunts Rose Hall. 4/5

3. Coven in Charing Cross– an interesting track that even features chanting done by the members of the band as they talk about a cult who practices the occult. 4/5

4. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge– is the what the F word means. The origin of the word f**k in Ireland meant that you were arrested “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”. I loved the use of the organs in this track, a fun track overall. 4.5/5

5. Pact with Lucifer– literally a track about a farmer who sold his soul to the devil so that he could get fortune and now the devil has come to collect. 4/5

coven vinyl.jpg6. Choke, Thirst, Die– This must be a track about seances or trying to resurrect the dead otherwise I have no idea. 4/5

7. Wicked Woman– a track about a woman who is devilish and she’ll be the death of you if you’re not careful. 4/5

8. Dignitaries of Hell– an interesting track about all of the demons that accompany Satan in hell as they are all Dignitaries of Hell. 4/5

9. Portrait– an interesting song about a portrait and the power that it has over people who come across it. 4/5

10. Satanic Mass– It is literally what it is, the album ends with a Satanic mass. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– The way the world worked in 1969, this was definitely one of the ballsiest releases of it’s time. You weren’t going to get mainstream fame and success with this albuym, but you definitely did somewhat get infamy with it. I am going to give the album 4 stars out of five for a final grade.

81GClJcrNAL._SS500_It is so exciting to be kicking off another Halloween season here on Moshpits and Movies and as is tradition every post will be Halloween themed so that we can pay tribute to the best holiday of all. I have covered so many artists in the past from the Murderdolls to Type O Negative and all the different incarnations of Glenn Danzig. So, I wanted to do something a little different to kick off the season and I decided that we would cover Don Hinson & The Rigamorticians 1964 album Monster Dance Party. Bobby “Boris” Pickett kicked off the tradition of making Halloween music with his hit Monster Mash which then sent the record industry into a frenzy and here we insert Las Vegas disc jockey Don Hinson who decided to put his own spin on the novelty music. One of the mysteries to me for some reason is that I can not figure out exactly who in the world The Rigamorticians were exactly as no one online seems to know either, but the album was produced by Gary Paxton who also produced Bobby Pickett’s Monster Mash

don hinson1. Monster Mash-This is probably one of the most famous Halloween songs ever recorded and has been covered by everyone. This version has more of an R&B flavor to it than the Pickett version. 5/5

2. Monster Jerk– The song seems to be sung by Igor as he tells you all about his favorite dance moves. I love the Motown R&B dance feel to it that it has. 4.5/5

3. Do The Rigamortis– Dracula teaches and tells Igor all about a new dance move that he saw at a ball that had Mummies and more at. 4/5

4. Robbin’ Graves-Cool swinging sixties style music as they dig up graves looking for body parts for Frankensteins monster. 4/5

5. Werewolf Watusi– Dracula travels with a she-wolf to a new spot where he witnesses the new dance that 150 werewolves were performing all due to a flea epidemic. 4/5

6. Monster Swim-a very swinging 60’s swing music classic that tells you that the Monster Mash is over and now the Swim is in. 4/5

img279_b1aa4319-6801-44e9-9003-74c18b147f1e_grande7. Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood– This is probably my favorite song by Don Hinson and an original that is all about a alternative that Dracula has come up with for Vampires who didn’t have to be rely on blood. 5/5

8. Phantom Of The A-Go-Go – I love the organs in this track giving it a little bit of a psychadelic rock feel mixed with the R&B and Jazz. A very danceable song at 4/4 time and makes it groovy. 4/5

9. Monster Dance Party– I love this track because it’s more of that organ driven R&B dance flavor that they give you. I can only imagine this music when it was played at clubs. an instrumental track. 4.5/5

10. Monster Surf Stomp-a track that adds a little bit of surf music flavor to it with the guitars on top of what it’s already doing which is very cool. Another instrumental track. 4.5/5

11. That Little Old Graverobber Me– a slower tempo track that is all about a Dean Martin like guy who runs into Igor who is robbing graves. a very cool track. 5/5

12. Home In The Castle East– The last track on the album that is very upbeat in tempo which means it’s danceable with the organs playing as well with the big tuba sounds, etc. another instrumental track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– If you’re looking for fun nostalgic music from 55 years ago then this is the album for you. I have always loved Halloween music because it meant that the best holiday was near. I am giving the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade. 

amoUsually, I do not like to cover new albums until after the Monster Entertainment Awards, but I have been pretty pumped about an album that came out in early 2019. Bring Me The Horizon is an English rock band that is made up of Oliver Sykes (Vocals, Producer), Lee Malia (Guitars), Jordan Fish (programming, keyboards, backing vocals, producer), Matt Kean (Bass), Matt Nicholls (Drums) and on January 25, 2019  they released their sixth studio album amo. amo is a fry cry from previous releases as the album is very experimental and according to Sykes is a concept album about love, “amo is a love album that explores every aspect of that most powerful emotion. […] It deals with the good the bad and the ugly, and as a result we’ve created an album that’s more experimental, more varied, weird, and wonderful than anything we’ve done before.” According to several sources here are all the genres this album is described as having, “pop rock, electronic rock, electropop, synth-pop, EDM, alternative rock, electronica, hard rock, and pop, hip hop, and trap.” The album was a success for the guys with many comparing their evolution to that of U2’s and the band peaked at number one on the UK charts (it also went #1 in Scotland and Australia) while peaking at number 14 on the Us Billboard Top 200 Charts.

amo back1. I Apologise If You Feel Something– The opening track on this album that is a journey into love and heartbreak. A very electro pop track that is really an intro for the album as he tells you to not be scared because love is all we have. 4/5

2. MANTRA-a hard rock/elctro rock song that Sykes says was inspired by a documentary he watched about controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. He says, “As I was watching it and trying to write lyrics at the same time, I was drawing these similarities to cults and love. Starting a relationship – especially a marriage – is like starting a cult, a small two-man cult, because you have to give yourself over completely to this person, you have to trust them, you have to love them unconditionally … so that’s where the thinking behind the song came from.” 5/5

download (2)3. Nihilist Blues– Jordan Fish talked about this Synth-pop/EDM inspired track saying, “This is an example of us really going for it on this record. It’s like this dark rave song or something—it’s absolutely mental, and it might be my favourite on the whole album. I’m sure people will hear it and go, “What the fuck?” but whatever. It’s very different in sound for us. We’re big fans of Grimes and she loved the song. She actually sent it back with all these added elements which we weren’t expecting, but she’s super-creative and she’d completely gone to town on it. That elevated the song to a whole new level. She’s someone we respect, and not really someone you’d expect to find working with a metal band. Or a rock band. Or whatever it is we are…” The track features Canadian singer Grimes as well.  5/5

4. In The Dark– This is personally one of my favorite tracks on the album that has more of that Synth-pop mixed a little bit with some electro-rock. The track talks about being left in the dark about things from your significant other even though they don’t care what happens to you. 5/5

hqdefault5. Wonderful Life– a Nu-Metal styled track featuring Cradle Of Filth singer Dani Filth. Sykes talks about the lyrics saying, “The lyrics for ‘Wonderful Life’ were done freestyle in the studio. It’s stream of consciousness-type stuff about getting old and out of touch, being off tour and loving the mundane things in life, I guess because it’s so novel when your life is mainly spent on the road. Things like weekly shops and mowing your lawn are quite nice. People who spend most of their lives away from home can surely relate. I guess on top of that there’s this inner crisis I have of being a boring person but still having a desire to go wild inside me every now and again… But, yeah, all in all, it’s mostly word vomit… but also some of my favourite lyrics. The beginning is 100 percent legit and the irony was just too good, so we left it like that.” 5/5

6. Ouch-an electro-pop/EDM inspired track with his vocals completely changed as well to fit the tempo in this track about how his wife left him for another guy and while he could see it coming, he hoped that it wouldn’t have happened. 4.5/5

7. Medicine– While this Pop rock song may be about Oliver’s messy divorce, Fish has stated that, “It’s about people who are negative influences and how when they leave your life things get much better. It’s a mixture of the electronic and radio-friendly elements of our band, but it’s still got characteristics of some of the bigger songs we’ve done before. You’d need to ask Oli who exactly that’s about, but I can think of a few people it might be about.” 5/5

8. Sugar Honey Ice & Tea-an electro metal song is more like it when it describes this track which is the sixth single I believe off the album. I believe the track is all about we can be delirious when it comes to the way we look at what is exactly going on and who we deal with. 4.5/5

bring-me-the-horizon-2018-supplied-2-671x3779. Why You Gotta Kick Me When I’m Down?– A hip Hop/trap/Synth-pop like track that is all about how society loves it when someone is struggling and int he dumps cause we love to kick them around. 4.5/5

10. Fresh Bruises– The song just repeats the lines Don’t you try to fuck with me,
Don’t you hide your love, but it’s an electro pop song. 4/5

11. Mother Tongue-a pop rock/dance pop track is the spritual successor to the track Drown according to Jordan Fish and has been described by Fish, “Vocal-wise it’s quite a big song. There’s a little bit of Portuguese in there, which is quite unusual. It’s kind of a big, anthemic song. It’s probably as close as we get to something like “Drown” on this album. It’s a love song, so it’s an emotional one.” The track is also believed to be dedicated to Oliver’s wife Alissa Salls. 5/5

12. Heavy Metal– rap rock styled track that features Rahzel of The Roots beatboxing on the track. The track could be about all the negative backlash the band faced for changing their style on the last record with people claiming that it wasn’t heavy metal, but he doesn’t care. 4.5/5

13. I Don’t Know What to Say– The last track on this experimental journey as the track features the Parallax Orchestra in the beginning along with some acoustic guitars. The track seems to be about no matter how painful the break up, he has had to accept it because that is life. In some parts it has a very Evanescence feel with the orchestral rock sound. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I loved this album because I respect bands that need to grow because that is what life is all about. Is the album too pop? Sure, but what is the problem because this seems to be the natural progression for them. The album is also kind of what Linkin Park had done with their last record when they decided to just experiment and do what they wanted to and that was a great album as well.  I am giving the album 4.65 stars out of five for a final grade.

MFSL1-442-2On Sunday September 15, 2019, the rock world and the Boston music scene lost one of it’s greats in Ric Ocasek who was one of the singers and rhythm guitar player of Boston rock band The Cars. The Cars were a very important band to the identity of Classic Rock in the city of Boston and they were a band that I grew up on. For today’s album of the week, I have decided to cover the band’s fifth studio album in Heartbreak City because it was the album that introduced me to the band. The album was released on March 13, 1984 which marks this as the 35TH anniversary of the album’s release and it was produced by famed producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange who was known for producing albums by AC/DC and Def Leppard to name a few. The album once again featured Ocasek (Rhythm Guitar and Vocals), Ben Orr (Bass and Vocals), Elliot Easton (Guitars and Vocals), Greg Hawkes (Keys and Fairlight CMI programming), and David Robinson (Drums). The album was a huge success and it bounced the band back as it peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 Charts making it only the second album to reach this high on the charts (Candy-O also peaked at 3). The album would also chart at number 12 in 1984 and 49 in 1985 on the Billboard Top 200 year end charts as it sold over four million records.

the-cars-heartbeat-city-6-cd1. Hello Again– A new wave rocking hit, but it definitely was experimental as well for the band at the time. I always loved the key and synth opening of the track and we’ve seen the vocal intro effect before with Def Leppard. 5/5

2. Looking For Love– Even though this wasn’t a single, I always thought this was an awesome song for a deep cut on the record. It does a nice job treading on the line of ballad and synth pop single very well as she looks for love. 5/5

3, Magic– The second single released off the album and a number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. You can hear the Fairlight CMI programming being put to use in the beginning before the keys take over. The track has a great charging rock sound to it complete with awesome bass riff from Orr. The track is all about when you find that true love, everything feels like magic, but it doesn’t last forever. 5/5

4. Drive– This is probably my favorite song on the whole entire album and one of the band’s best ballads. This is a track that is sung by Benjamin Orr and his bass riff dominates this great track. The track is all about how anyone can say they love you, but there is one true person who will “drive” to the ends of the earth for you. 5/5

5. Stranger Eyes– I love the intro to this song because it’s so 1980’s with the synth they are using I love it. I could see this song on a soundtrack to an 80’s horror film. A very bass driven track that is once again sang by Orr. 4.5/5

the-cars-602962-2-cd6. You Might Think– The very first single released off of the album that peaked at number one on the US Billboard Top Rock Tracks. I love the balance of it being a rock track with the keyboard playing and the nuances of the synth playing. 5/5

7. It’s Not the Night-a keyboard and synth heavy track that was written by both Orr and Ocasek and it features vocals from the both of them as well. When it comes time for Orr to sing, it turns into more of a rock song with the keys and synths still there. 4/5

8. Why I Can’t Have You– another Keys and Synth drive track whose tempo is a little slower than the other tracks that has that person in distress kind of mode (described as a lush ballad) especially since the song is about a guy who wants this woman, but he can’t have her. 5/5

9. I Refuse– a more upbeat synthpop track from the band in this track about a guy who refuses to be used by someone. 4.5/5

10. Heartbreak City– The last track on the album that was originally titled Jacki on the US cassette release. It’s a synthpop track that is a little bit on the darker side as it has to do with two lovers who can’t seem to be together because Jacki is obsessed with big lights of Hollywood or Heartbreak City. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I love this album and always have since the first time I heard it and that was thanks to MTV who used to play music videos. There’s really only one song on the album that I never really cared for, but other than it’s a solid release. I am giving the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade. R.I.P. Ric Ocasek

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Enslaved-E-SmallWhen one thinks of metal and the country of Norway, the first thing that comes to mind for most is the Black Metal genre that essentially took off from there. Very few realize that Black Metal is not the only genre that breeds bands to the world as we have seen in the 80’s with TNT or even in the last 15 years in Extreme Metal band Enslaved. So, I have decided that for this week I would check out an album from the band and I thought that I would start with E which was released on October 13, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records and the album featured Grutle Kjellson (Vocals/Bass), Ivar Bjørnson (Guitars, FX, synthesizers, Piano), for the last time Cato Bekkevold (Drums),  for the first time Håkon Vinje (Keys, Organ, Vocals), and Ice Dale (Guitars). While it may have failed to chart in the US, the album was a success for the band as they took home the 2017 Spellemann Award for best metal album which is Norway’s equivalent to the Grammy beating out Satyricon. The album may only contain six songs total with two bonus tracks depending on what version you get, but it’s 50 minutes of intensity.

CS663979-01B-BIG1. Storm Son– It’s back to their Viking roots with this track as you hear the chants, the horses, the blowing of the horn, etc before a very melodic riff comes in to this 10 minute epic. Ivar explains to Loudwire that the track, “Storm Son’ deals with the duality of man and nature, how important and basic that relationship is.” The track is incredible especially with all the tempo changes and changes in vocal style.  5/5

2. The River’s Mouth-an in your face double bass smashing track that pays respect to Bathory and kicks ass as Ivar explains, “The theme here is your relationship with the “future”, as we describe it: The sensation of time moving along is a construction of our brains – physics claims all time to already have been “rolled out”; try wrapping our brains around that one!” 5/5

3. Sacred Horse– An 8 minute epic from the band that features one part with the organ playing that makes it sound like a heavier version of Deep Purple. The track is great and it has to be talking about Sleipnir who was an eight legged horse that was ridden by Odin. 5/5

R-10839532-1507817949-3685_jpeg_grande4. Axis Of The Worlds– I feel like this is a track that is referring to the fact that no matter what you do whether in life or death there will always be good and evil. I know they make references to Eihwaz which is kind of like a tree that is considered the passage way to another world through death. 4.5/5

5. Feathers of Eolh– a very entrancing track from the band that is another eight minute epic that takes you on a journey. The last track may have spoken about the Eihwaz and what it is, but I feel like this track talks about the other side. 4.5/5

6. Hiindsiight– I love how they transition from melodies right into doom like metal so easily and it especially is true on this track as they able to bounce back and forth. I love the different instrumentation that is present int his track as well. It was a bold move adding the sax to the track, but it works. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I had honestly never listened to Enslaved before this experience and I have to be in honest in saying that I absolutely loved it because their seems to just be so many layers to this band that makes them more than just an Extreme Metal band. Kick back, relax, and just let the music take you on the journey. I am going to give the album 4.8  stars out of five for a final grade.

satellite-frontOne of the premier bands to ever come out of the Nu-Metal scene has always been the very underrated Christian Nu-Metal group P.O.D. (Payable On Death). This group from San Diego, California had been cutting their teeth on the scene for a little while before they gained recognition for the album The Fundamental Elements of Southtown. But the album that helped define the band’s fourth album Satellite which came out on September 11, 2001. The album once again featured Sonny Sandoval (Vocals), Marcos Curiel (Guitars), Traa Daniels (Bass), and Wuv Bernardo (Drums) while the album was produced by Howard Benson and P.O.D.. Despite the idea of the album coming out on the worst day in American History, the album did very well for the band as it peaked at number six on the Billboard Top 200 charts as it sold over 133,000 copies in the first week and it spent five straight weeks in the top 10. The album sold over seven million records worldwide (3 million in the US) and it placed at 137 on Billboards Top 200 albums of the decade (2000-2009). The album also had three different songs nominated for a Grammy despite not winning any of them and it shows you how amazing the record was.

51huIfSkhJL1. Set It Off– A kick ass way to kick off the album with a track that is so full of energy when it needs and melodic when it needs to be as well. The track is all about getting up and realizing that you have to stick up for yourself and be proud. 5/5

2. Alive– The first track released off the album that helped sooth times during 9/11 in a track that is all about knowing that life is so beautiful that we are lucky to be alive. The track was nominated for a Grammy for Bets Hard Rock Performance in 2002. 5/5

3. Boom– Another high octane, high energy track that bumps in this track that is all about the band’s rise from nothing to the top. 5/5

4. Youth Of A Nation– A very dark and melodic track that was inspired by a tragedy. The band was on their way to rehearsal when they were stuck in traffic. They found out the reason was because their was a school shooting and after the album’s release was delayed they wrote this track. The track was nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2003. 5/5

5. Celestial– a very cool instrumental from the band that segways nicely into the next track. 5/5

6. Satellite– a very cool and inspirational track from the band that is all about God and how he looks down and watches us. It’s like saying to yourself that you know things are good because God is always watching over me. 5/5

7. Ridiculous– a rock track with a more reggae feel to it and that could be because the track features Jamaican reggae artist Eek-a-Mouse. 4.5/5

satellite-4ee2821eb12cd8. The Messenjah-a cool track that is all about how P.O.D. have established that they will always speak the word of Jah no matter what until death so they are the messenjahs. 4.5/5

9. Guitarras de Amor– The track title translates to guitars of love and this is another instrumental track that blends some Latin guitar playing into it. 5/5

10. Anything Right– a very melodic track from the band that features Christian Lindskog of Swedish group Blindside. The verses are very melodic, but the chorus is intense as Sonny claims that no matter what he does, he an’t do anything right. I think the track is basically saying we should show more love because not everyone is like us. 4.5/5

11. Ghetto– Another melodic track that has a lot of hope for the world in it’s lyrics as Sonny believes that the world believes in love. It’s basically preaching that love is basically the answer. 4.5/5

12. Masterpiece Conspiracy– an OK track on the album that is all about how this band is a family and that everything they have they have worked for so no one outside the circle can claim a slice. 4/5

13. Without Jah, Nothin– an in your face punk style track (with a little reggae mixed in too) that features HR of Bad Brains on the track whose lyrics basically says that nothing good comes out of this world with out God. 4/5

14. Thinking About Forever– a track that is semi acoustic in this song that Sonny wrote for his mother who passed away. He hopes that she is proud of him. 4.5/5

15. Portrait– The last track on the album that was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2003. The track is a metal track with a little bit of a punk feel to it that talks about how people have taken a beautiful thing like God and they have distorted his teachings and who he is. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This at the time was the last album that Marcos would be on with the band until 2008’s When Angels & Serpents Dance. This was one heck of a follow up to Fundamental…, but it set the standard for the band moving forward that they have had to top. These are literally some of the nicest guys in the business which is why I love this band and have a lot of respect for them. So, I am going to give this album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.