linkinOne of the saddest moments of 2017 was the fact that we not only lost Chris Cornell, but that a short time later we also lost Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. I can remember as a member of Massasoit Community College’s radio station, we were invited to a record release party for Hybrid Theory and at that time I had no idea how huge this band would become. After six amazing studio albums, I wondered what else could this band possibly do and the album One More Light was the answer as it was voted Album Of The Year by you the fans at this years Monster Entertainment Awards. The final lineup on the record was Chester (Vocals), Mike Shinoda (Vocals, Programming, Keyboards), Brad Delson (Guitars), Phoenix (Bass), Joe Hahn (Programming), and Rob Bourdon (Drums). The album was produced by Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda and it was released on May 19, 2017 via Warner Brothers. The album did so well that peaked at number one in 7 different countries while also peaking in the top 5 in 7 different countries. In the year end album charts it finished at number 90 on the US Billboard top 200 too. The album was recorded very differently than usual as they recorded vocals first and then built the music around it. In an interview with Zane Lowe, Shinoda described the record saying, “In terms of the style of the record, it’s one of the most diverse stylistically, there’s more genres mashed into this album than anything we’ve ever put out. You don’t hear a lot of super heavy guitars. There isn’t any screaming on the record. To some extent it is a very polished record. Stylistically we wanted to blend all of the sound and genres together in a way you can’t tell them apart.”

linkin 21. Nobody Can Save Me– The track that kicks off this musical experiment with some electronic elements mixed in with some guitars and I feel this is a very personal song from Chester. It’s like he’s saying that no matter what you tell him, he doesn’t feel he can be saved. 4/5

2. Good Goodbye– The second track that follows the more hip hop element of the band mixed with the guitars and such. The song features Pusha T and Stormzy providing their own verses along with Shinoda who raps the first verse. I feel like this is a track where the band is saying if you’re not with us then goodbye to you. 5/5

3. Talking To Myself– One of my favorite tracks on the album that has more of a rock/pop sound that Chester is talking about a relationship that just isn’t going anywhere. 5/5

4. Battle Symphony– Another amazing song on the album where Chester is telling you that no matter hate is thrown at him, he will always have his guard up, but he’s also pleading to the fans not to give up on him either. 5/5

5. Invisible– One of the tracks that features singing from Shinoda and I was impressed with it. It’s one of those tracks that if something bad happened to you that you no longer have to worry because he is going to be there for you now because he’s not afraid to speak up anymore. 5/5

linkin 36. Heavy– A track that truly took a lot of criticism upon it’s release for being a slow burn pop song, but it’s honestly a great track featuring Kiiara on vocals as well. It’s a very deep track that kind of pinpoints Chester’s depression because the song is a metaphor for when it rains it pours kind of attitude. 5/5

7. Sorry For Now– This is the other track on the album that features Shinoda singing the vocals in a track that is about someone who knows that he messed up because maybe he wasn’t there for the person and he understands that they are mad, but he saying I will try next time. The track in parts has an almost dubstep feel to it. 4.5/5

8. Halfway Right-The song is kind of retrospective lyrically because it’s Chester looking back at how he may have handled things wrong back in the day, but he finally realizes that now. 5/5

9. One More Light-A very personal and amazing track that deal with the idea of loss and how some take it for granted. Another example of how brilliant Chester really was and this is a track to help you with loss. 5/5

10. Sharp Edges– The last track on the album that has a little bit of a folk feel to it ina  track that is all about how you should listen to your elders because they now a thing or two about life, but sometimes you do need to live a little too. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Listening to this album, you realize how brilliant this band is and even though Chester is gone, we have a catalog to remember his brilliance. I think the direction change was ballsy, but I think it paid off in the long run because they’ve always done what they’ve wanted to do. I love every track on this album, but my favorite songs are Invisible and Talking To Myself. This time I am not picking a least favorite track so I am going to go ahead and give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

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Monster Entertainment Awards 7I have hosted this award post for seven years now and I never fails to bring enjoyment to me for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons being that each album that wins gets a review for the album of the week so that will be exciting for the next month. The second reason is that we get to celebrate and vote for what we believe was the best rock album of the previous calendar year and we voted for the best of 2017 and I have the results for you guys. Marilyn Manson seems to always be a big winner as he won album of the year for The Pale Emperor, but this year he takes home the award for Best Rock Album for Heaven Upside Down as well as Rock Single and Rock Video Of The Year as well. There is going to be a lot of arguments over the winner of the album of the year, but Link Park really did put out a solid effort with One More Light. Code Orange came out of nowhere and defeated some giants of metal to take home the Metal Album Of The Year award while Morbid Angel claims their first win in the Extreme Metal Album Of The Year with Kingdoms Disdained. Here are some of the other winners: Rock Single Of The Year: KILL4ME by Marilyn Manson, Rock Video Of The Year: We Know Where You F*cking Live by Marilyn Manson, Metal Single Of The Year: No Lives Matter by Body Count, Metal Video Of The Year: Nuclear Alchemy by Watain.  Check out the rest of the winners below:

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Monster Entertainment Awards 7History was made tonight when every single one of you took the time to vote and you helped a movie make history. Never in the history of the Monster Entertainment Awards has a film won more than two awards. Think about this right now, we have had some of the most amazing films come through here and only two have taken multiple awards home once. At the 3RD annual event, Fast & Furious 6 took home Bad Ass Movie Of The Year and Jason Statham took home Cameo Of The Year. At the 4TH annual event, Guardians Of The Galaxy took home Movie Of The Year and Superhero Movie Of The Year. Well as I said, history was made this year when the film IT won not two, but three awards. That is right, IT is taking home Movie Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, and Remake Of…

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One of the biggest questions moving forward for Linkin Park fans everywhere was what was next? There seemed to be a dark cloud that hovered over the future of it’s remaining band members, but just don’t tell Mike Shinoda that. The Linkin Park/Fort Minor vocalist has been hard at work on a brand new solo album that was frankly born from the death of Chester Bennington. In fact, his first solo album is titled Post Traumatic and it’s going to hit the streets on June 15TH. He has also released a music video for the track Crossing The Line and we have it for you here as this week’s Rock Video Of The Week. Apparently, Miek invited fans to meet him at the old Tower Records parking lot on the Sunset Strip and that was the basis of the video as he spoke to the fans. It also shows him driving around Los Angeles as he speaks to various people. The song itself is a very synth rock like track that features some unique vocals. Shinoda spoke about the album saying, “I had been writing these songs and they were both helping me navigate both emotionally and logically. There wasn’t going to be any clear answers. We’re just going to have to wait and see and go with the flow. It’s a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness. If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone. If they haven’t been through this, I hope they feel grateful.” You can pre-order his new album right on his website here and check out the video below:

sevendustAs I stated a couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite bands besides Korn to come out of the rubble of the Nu-Metal scene is the band Sevendust. The band has soldiered through label changes, lifestyle changes, and has persevered for 24 years as a band which is a huge accomplishment these days. That is why I have decided to cover the band’s third album Animosity for this week’s Album of the Week. The album which featured Lajon Witherspoon (Lead Vocals), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums) was released on November 13, 2001 via TVT Records. The album peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Top 200 charts where it had been for 13 straight weeks. It was certified Gold four months later which was helped by the fact that four singles out of the five all charted. It was also the number one Top Independent album on the charts as well as producing two top 15 mainstream rock charts singles. One cool thing about the album is that the band released five different versions of the album over a two year period and each varied in what it contained. The band had already proven that there was no sophomore slump with Home and they were about to prove that they were here to stay with Animosity.

sevendust 21. T.O.A.B.– The first track on the album and if you were wondering it stands for Tits on A Boar. The track starts fading in with some machine like sounds before it launches into a sledgehammer of a track that talks about that person you know that you don’t like because they are just bad in general. 4/5

2. Praise-One of the singles off the album that grooves with the best of them in a track that could be a track that is talking from Christs perspective about how people may hate him, but they praise him when they need him. Even though the hate is strong though, he still will never deny them. 5/5

3. Trust– The song starts off with a melodic intro before it launches into overdrive. The song I think is about how he had someone, but they went away because he broke their trust. 5/5

4. Crucified– an interesting track that I think is about how he may have stood up for someone and he was vilified for it while they just went on with life. 4.5/5

5. XMas Day-a very cool acoustic track that was written by Clint about his mother and the relationship they had. 5/5

6. Dead Set-A very underrated track that Lajon sounds like gold on this headbanger that is all about struggling with your inner demons. 4.5/5

animosity-4f221747cd41f7. Shine-a cool track that I think Lajon is talking about how he just doesn’t feel like himself in a relationship even though he would love to see it shine. 4/5

8. Follow– This is a track on the album that features Aaron Lewis of Staind doing some vocals as well. It’s a very melodic track, but I have to say that I love Morgan’s playing on this track. 4/5

9. Damaged– This is a very deep track lyrically in this bass driven track that I think is talking about someone who is so damaged that they are suicidal. 4/5

10. Live Again-This was the album’s second single released that I think lyrically is talking about someone who has such a bad sense of self that Lajon is trying to urge them to live again and forget the BS. 4.5/5

11. Beautiful-a track that has those monster bass riffs to go along with the hard driving guitars in a track that Lajon is talking about life on the road becoming so dull that they need something refreshing to look at. 4/5

12. Redefine– a very cool track that Lajon is talking about something that keeps holding him back, but he wants to be free so that he can accomplish the things he wants to do. 4/5

13. Angel’s Son– Probably one of the best tracks that was originally released on the Strait Up CD that was done as a tribute to former Snot singer Lynn Strait. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album at the time was further proof that these guys were far from done and as history will state they are about to release their 12TH album this year. So many awesome tracks on the album that my favorites are Angel’s Son, Praise, Trust, and XMas Day. It’s hard to pick a least favorite track on an album that is this good, but if I had to it would be Beautiful. Check out this album, I am going to give it 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

61_AT3_MAk0j_L_SS500For a very long time, there is nothing any fan of 80’s metal has wanted more than a classic Dokken line up reunion. In 2010, fans of the band thought that they were going to get the reunion when Don Dokken and George Lynch appeared on an episode of VH1’s That Metal Show, but of course it never happened. Hell, Guns N Roses reunited with Slash and Duff before they ever did a reunion. Then it came true very briefly at the end of September and October of 2016 when the band reunited for shows in Japan. In that process, the band managed to record some tracks. In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, George Lynch talked about the track It’s Just Another Day saying, “Don came in and sang it in a very quick session — it was a couple of hours. He had most of the lyrics in his head and he didn’t even write them down. Most of the melodies were kind of prepared, but it just kind of flowed, and we just bounced off of one another and it happened very quickly. I threw the harmonies on and we were done. It was that quick.”

dokkenThe track was recorded and would be included in an upcoming live album release entitled Return To The East Live which will be released on April 20TH. The band made a video for the track that they shot this past January and it’s fun to see. The video starts off right away at a photo shoot where Mick Brown can be heard joking about the fact that Dokken was making a music video. It then launches right into the video which is primarily a performance based video with some flashback scenes into the band’s past. The track has everything you would want from a Dokken song with some kick ass guitar playing from Lynch and the harmonies from Dokken and Co. Jeff Pilson who also served as producer of the live album and the recording had this to say, “I wanted to end up with the best raw energy that we could. When you take a band that hasn’t played together in 20 years, you’re not going to get one of those tight performances that a band has been on the road for a while has. I mean, when I do Foreigner projects, we’ve been playing together a long time and it’s really tight and every little detail is pretty much worked out. There’s a lot of spontaneity in Foreigner as well, but because the basic skeleton of it is so tight, it falls together very easily.” To pre-order the album, you can do so by clicking here for CD, Vinyl, and Digital options. Check out the video below:

satyriconThere are genres in this world that if something in your catalog changes at all during your career it is blasphemous. The band that I chose for today is a band that is constantly suffering from that with every release that they make. Norweigan Black Metal legends Satyricon is a band that since making the conscious decision to change their style after their fourth album has been getting crap for it. They are a kick ass band that has added elements of traditional heavy metal to their repertoire and it has paid off in my opinion. The album that I am covering for today is the band’s sixth studio album Now, Diabolical which was released on April 17, 2006 via Roadrunner Records.  The band at the time was made up of Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Horn Arrangements, Production) and Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad) (Drums) with session players Lars K. Norberg (Bass) and Øivind Westby (Horn Arrangements). The album has never charted on the Billboard Top 200, but the album did peak at number two in Norway. Nonetheless, the band has love from it’s fanbase so it does not need the approval of the Billboard Charts.

71sIPh0gu3L._SL1500_1. Now, Diabolical– The opening track has an amazinfg metal intro before it goes into the blast beat heavy music. I feel like part of the track is Satyr is talking about how advanced he and everyone like him is because they think clearer than the “Christian” world. 5/5

2. K.I.N.G.– This was the first single off the album that talks all regaining power that was once lost and feeling like a king. The track tries to maintain some black metal elements with a more groove oriented sound. 5/5

3. The Pentagram Burns– a pretty cool track from the band that could be about Satan rising to take over the world. I could be wrong, but with lyrics like From the slumber arise/Triumphant beast/Of forgotten times/The pentagram burns/And the clock strikes the hour/The final hour. 4/5

4. A New Enemy– This is a track on the album that also features vocals from John Wozniak (John Woz). This is a definite headbanger that sees those metal beats laid right in their with the black metal force. It could be a track that is talking about war and how it never ends because there is always someone else. 4.5/5

Encartes (10)5. The Rite Of Chaos– This is actually an amazing track that starts off very melodic, but it gets heavy when it needs to be. It has that perfect metal balance to it in a track that is talking about the coming of the apocalypse. 5/5

6. The Darkness Shall Be Eternal– a cool track that seems to talk about how Darkness may seem like it’ll last forever, but the day will soon come to an end. This track kind of reminds me of a Venom styled metal track. 4/5

7. Delirium– The beginning has a little bit of a layer gloom and doom feel to it before it launches into a metal romp. The track seems to be about a man who is at his wits end and someone is just like hey let’s ride it out. 4.5/5

8. To The Mountains– The last track on the album that is all about not giving up and climbing to the top of the mountain in whatever you do. Frost’s playing on this track is absolutely insane! 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There are many that argue that this may be one of the band’s weakest albums in their catalog, but even I think that isn’t bad then because I really like this album. This is essentially the album that introduced me to the band and while it’s easy to pick a favorite track, it’s harder to pick a least favorite track. So, I am going to go with The Rite Of Chaos and K.I.N.G. as my favs while I would pick The Pentagram Burns as my least favorite one. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.