Posts Tagged ‘2018 FIFA World Cup’

magmaFour years ago, I covered an album from Rammstein because Germany had won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. So to try and keep the tradition going, I am going to do the same for this week considering that France is officially the 2018 FIFA World Cup Champions and the band that I chose is an absolute no brainer. Gojira (the Japanese name for Godzilla) is one of those bands that stormed onto the metal scene and has just made an impact with every album making them the real deal. The band made up of brothers Joe Duplantier (Vocals/Guitar/Producer), Mario Duplantier (Drums), Christian Andreu (Guitars), and Jean-Michel Labadie (Bass) together have recorded six studio albums with the band’s last effort in 2016’s Magma being this week’s Album of the Week. It was released on June 17, 2016 and it sold 17,000 copies in its first week landing itself at number 24 on the Billboard Top 200 charts which is the highest charted album int he band’s history. The album also landed in the top 10 in five different countries (France, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, and Norway) as well as the top 20 in four others. The album was also voted as the album of the year for Metal Hammer Magazine and it was voted the number one album on WhatCulture’s 20 Best Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Albums Of 2016 and that is why it was a successful album.

magma back cover1. The Shooting Star– A very cool track that is just atmospheric in my opinion and it bodes true with the lyrics which could be about two things. It could be interpreted as the loss of a loved one or about breaking out of the illusions the world throws up at us. 5/5

2. Silvera– an in your face track that shows off the thunder that the band brings to the table along with the amazing intricate notes. I think the track is about shedding your former self and becoming a new and more enlightened you. 5/5

3. The Cell– If you thought they brought the thunder in the last track, then check this one out. The track is apparently about the band’s dislike of how technology like cell phones have taken over society. I can’t say that I blame them. 5/5

4. Stranded– This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, I just love the riff, it has this rumble to it that is bad ass. I’ve read reports that the Duplantier brother’s mother had passed away before the making of the album and I believe this song has something to do with her. 5/5

5. Yellow Stone– This is the first of two instrumentals that is on the album that has a sludge metal feel to it. 4/5

6. Magma-A very eerie sounding track that I believe is about the death of their mother with lyrics like The poison slowly spreads/Through the body and the mind/Close your eyes and drop your things. It’s easy to see it could be about her sickness. 4.5/5

Gojira-Magma-CD7. Pray– An interesting track that touches a bit on the Djent side of metal with the chanting like vocals in this song about someone who has lost faith in the world and wants to leave. 4.5/5

8. Only Pain– A track that has the feel of Stranded with the guitar riffs that talks about someone who wanted it all despite all the people that he might hurt on the way. 4.5/5

9. Low Lands– A very cool track lyrically that might be them speaking to their mom who is on the other side now. It’s almost like they are trying to talk to her spirit because their curious as to what she see’s now. 5/5

10. Liberation– The second and last instrumental on the album that just showcases the brilliance of this band. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– Lyrically, these guys really make you think and that is what I love about this band. I know a lot of people admire their musical abilities much like I do, but they are also lyrically amazing. My favorite tracks on the album are the opening four tracks plus Low Lands. I don’t really have a least favorite track, but I guess I’ll put Yellow Stone as the track. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

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Pedal Cup Bracket 2 FINALS CHAMPIONThe dust has finally cleared and we have a clear cut winner by a mile and there is nothing controversial about the win. BABYMETAL won the match fair and square with the power of their fan base. I’ve seen this happen over the years during the Pedal To The Metal Tournaments when the fan bases of Kreator, Destruction, and Queensryche all led them to be winners. I post a link of the tournament to every single band’s page giving everyone a equal shot at winning and they did just that beating Behemoth 334 to 80. I gave everyone three options on how to vote and the fan base killed it and showed up in style for sure. It was definitely one heck of a win for the Japanese Kawaii Metal band, but that wasn’t the only match you could vote on. We also had the third place match that saw the final four runner ups Moonspell take on Morbid Angel. Moonspell jumped out to an early lead and believe me they never looked back earning them a third place finish. It’s sad that this is over for now and it won’t be until 2022 until we do another one, but we have the Euros coming up in two years so we’ll see you there. Once again, Congratulations to BABYMETAL!

BABYMETAL CHAMPIONS

BOX SCORE BABY VS BEHEMOTHBOX SCORE MOON VS MORBID

pedalcup trophyThat is right metal heads, the finals of the first ever Pedal Cup (the World Cup of Metal) is here and this is the moment you have been voting for. You the fans, took two bands in Behemoth (Poland) and BABYMETAL (Japan) and you voted them all the way to the finals and it was quite the run for both bands. Unfortunately, only one of them will walk away from the tournament as the first ever Pedal Cup champion. We also have the third place match which is traditionally played in the FIFA World Cup and we are going to keep that tradition as Portugals’ Moonspell take son US Death Metal legends Morbid Angel for the right to Bronze. Today, we are also revealing the Pedal Cup trophy which we dedicated and designed some specifics of it to honor the legacy of one of music and Metal’s greatest inspirations in the late Motorhead Frontman/bassist Lemmy Kilmister. There is a Spade from the Ace Of Spades on the top of the trophy along with a coin of Lemmy on the bottom and the Pedal To The Metal logo beneath that. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog. You have 24 Hours to decide who is the first ever Pedal Cup Champion and the third place band. Good luck!!!!

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 FINALS

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nWhat a semifinals that we just had and while it didn’t set records as compared to some numbers from the Pedal To The Metal March Madness Tournament, it definitely set Pedal Cup records considering this is the first tournament. The most talked about match was the one between Japan’s BABYMETAL who had been blazing a path through the tournament taking on surprise semifinalist Moonspell of Portugal. Moonspell for the most part had been leading the match for maybe half of it until BABYMETAL’s fans showed up when it counted and took the match decisively. The other semifinal match featured two titans of their respective sub-genre’s of Metal in Poland’s Behemoth and Florida’s own Morbid Angel. Behemoth took the early decisive lead and just never looked back on their way to victory. Now, Behemoth has a tough task on hand as they challenge BABYMETAL for the first ever Pedal Cup crown, but with fan voting it’s anyone’s ball game. Also in the third place match, Moonspell will take on Morbid Angel because that is traditionally what the World Cup does. Check out he box scores below:

BOX SCORE MOON VS BABYBOX SCORE BEHEM VS MORBID

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 FINALS

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nHere is the moment you have all been waiting for, it is the semifinals of the Pedal Cup in case you didn’t know is the World Cup of Metal. You guys came to play in the knockout stage, once again in the quarterfinals, and I want to thank every single one of you guys for that because without you none of this is possible. Now we have some interesting matches moving forward as the final four was set last night. We have Moonspell (Portugal), BABYMETAL (Japan), Morbid Angel (USA), and Behemoth (Poland) all eyeing to be the world champions of Metal. Moonspell has done pretty well for themselves as they easily defeated Egypt’s Crescent before holding the edge against Dimmu Borgir in the Quarterfinals. Now, they are tasked with trying to defeat the band who has recorded the most amount of votes in the tourney in Japan’s BABYMETAL. BABYMETAL scored a record amount of votes in their first match against Belgium’s Leng Tch’e (44 votes total) before surviving one heck of a match against Brazil’s own Sepultura (34 votes combined). The other match features two powerhouses of their respective subgenres. In one corner, you have Death Metal legends Morbid Angel who is the only band to record two straight shut out wins going against Blackened Death Metal act Behemoth who took care of business against Cradle Of Filth and Arch Enemy. It’s anyone’s ball game, but remember you guys have 24 HRS to vote, so vote for the bands you love and have some fun with it. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog.

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 SEMIFINALS

 

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nI just wanted to take the time once again to thank everyone who has gotten involved in the voting process because without you this is not possible. The Pedal Cup which is our metal version of the World Cup has had some surprising results since the first round and the quarterfinals went without a hitch. As usual, we gave you three ways to cast a vote in the tourney with one being the Facebook page, the second being my Twitter page, and the third being right here on the blog site. One of the matches that took advantage of most of the ways I gave you was the BABYMETAL vs Sepultura match and what a weird outcome it turned out to be as all BABYMETAL needed was the Twitter count to win. Morbid Angel’s win was the most lopsided of the tournament as Confess was the only band that failed to gain a vote. The semifinals are now set, but you’ll have to wait until later to be able to participate and vote for the two teams that will move on tot he championship. Check out the box scores down below:

BOX SCORE BABYM VS SEPULBOX SCORE BEHEM VS ARCHBOX SCORE MOON VS DIMMUBOX SCORE MORBID VS CONFESS

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17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nHere is the moment you have all been waiting for, it is the quarterfinals of the Pedal Cup which is the World Cup of Metal. You guys came to play in the knockout stage and I want to thank every single one of you guys for that because without you none of this is possible. Now we have some interesting matches moving forward like Morbid Angel (rep. USA) taking on Confess (of Iran) and while our cultures may be different from each other, there is one thing they have in common and that is they live and breath metal. Literally they do because Confess are in Jail for playing “Satanic music” and there is nothing more metal than that. Arch Enemy (Rep. Sweden) look to repeat the same success they had in the previous round, but they have one heck of a challenge ahead of them in Behemoth (rep. Poland). The legends of Brazil in Sepultura are going to need all the votes they can get when they take on BABYMETAL who scored the highest amount of votes in the last round. Last, but certainly not least Portugal’s own Moonspell face a heavy task as they take on Norwegian legends Dimmu Borgir in what should be one heck of a clash. You guys have 24 HRS to vote so vote for the bands you love and have some fun with it. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog.

Pedal Cup Bracket 2