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sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. What we have for you right here is the music side of the awards so check out all the categories, vote wisely, and you have until January 29TH to do so.

Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards: The Nominees

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sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. So, here are all the nominees for the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards:

The Music Side:

Album Of The Year

1. Starboy by The Weeknd

2. The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers

3. Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop

4. Hardwired… To Self Destruct by Metallica

5. Blackstar by David Bowie

6. Joanne by Lady Gaga

Rock Album Of The Year

1. Gore by Deftones

2. The Last Hero by Alter Bridge

3. Aggressive by Beartooth

4. Bad Vibrations by A Day To Remember

5. The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser by Rob Zombie

6. Unleashed by Skillet

Metal Album Of The Year

1. Hardwired… To Self Destruct by Metallica

2. Dystopia by Megadeth

3. The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold

4. Incarnate by Killswitch Engage

5. For All Kings by Anthrax

6. Transcendence by Devin Townsend Project

Extreme Metal Album Of The Year

1. King by Fleshgod Apocalypse

2. Varahtelija by Oranssi Pazuzu

3. Wildfire by Destroyer 666

4. Terminal Redux by Vektor

5. Rituals by Rotting Crist

6. In His Majesty’s Infernal Service by Witchery

Rap/Hip Hop Album Of The Year

1. The Life Of Pablo by Kayne West

2.1992 by The Game

3. Untitled Unmastered by Kendrick Lamar

4. Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper

5. Bobby Tarantino by Logic

6. Views by Drake

Metal Music Video Of The Year

1. Square Hammer by Ghost

2. The Black Pot by High On Fire

3. Shadows by Red Fang

4. Pride In Prejudice by Slayer

5. Embers By Lamb Of God

6. Insane by Korn

Rock Music Video Of The Year

1. Breaking Me Down by Escape The Fate

2. This Light I Hold by Memphis May Fire

3. 333 by Against Me!

4. Break Me by One Less Reason

5. A Quick Death In Texas by Clutch

6. A Spider In The Dark by Bobaflex

Rock Single Of The Year

1. Dark Necessities by Red Hot Chili Peppers

2. Bored To Death by Blink-182

3. Prayers/Triangles by Deftones

4. Paranoia by A Day To Remember

5. Sleeping Dogs by Zakk Wylde

6. You Have Come To The Right Place by Sixx AM

Metal Single Of The Year

1. Raise Your Horns by Amon Amarth

2. The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold

3. Blood Eagle Wings by Anthrax

4. Seal The Deal by Volbeat

5. Moth Into Flames by Metallica

6. Stormbending by Devin Townsend Project

Soundtrack Of The Year

1. Deadpool

2. Suicide Squad

3. Ghostbusters

4. Stranger Things Vol. 1

5. Trolls

6. Straight Outta Compton Soundtrack

Tour Of The Year

1. Not In This Lifetime by Guns N Roses

2. Black Sabbath The End Tour

3. Heart/Cheap Trick/Joan Jett

4. AC/DC with Axl Rose

5. Bruce Springsteen

6. Book Of Souls Tour by Iron Maiden

The Movie/TV Side

Movie Of The Year

1. Nocturnal Animals

2. Manchester By The Sea

3. Hell Or Highwater

4. Fences

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

6. Deadpool

Horror Film Of The Year

1. Ouija: Origin Of Evil

2. The Conjuring 2

3. Lights Out

4. 10 Cloverfield Lane

5. Don’t Breathe

6. 31

Bad Ass Movie Of The Year

1. Jason Bourne

2. The Accountant

3. Star Trek Beyond

4. Jack Reacher

5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers…

6. The Magnificent Seven

Comedy Of The Year

1. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

2. Sausage Party

3. Dirty Grandpa

4. Why Him?

5. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

6. Keanu

Superhero Film Of The Year

1. Deadpool

2. Captain America: Civil War

3. Suicide Squad

4. Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice

5. X-Men: Apocalypse

6. Doctor Strange

Animated Film Of The Year

1. Zootopia

2. Sing

3. Kubo And The Two Strings

4. The Secret Life Of Pets

5. Moana

6. Trolls

Remake Of The Year

1. Ghostbusters

2. Ben Hur

3. The Magnificent Seven

4. Pete’s Dragon

5. Cabin Fever

6. Kickboxer: Vengeance

Cameo Of The Year

1. Bill Murray (Ghostbusters)

2. Keanu Reeves (Keanu)

3. Johnny Depp (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them)

4. Chris Hemsworth (Doctor Strange)

5. Dolph Lundgren (Hail Caesar!)

6. Sigourney Weaver (Finding Dory)

Netflix Show Of The Year

1. Stranger Things

2. Luke Cage

3. Daredevil

4. Fuller House

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

6. BoJack Horseman

Superhero Show Of The Year

1. Daredevil

2. Luke Cage

3. Arrow

4. The Flash

5. Supergirl

6. Gotham

Stand Up Comedy Special Of The Year

1. Hannibal Buress- Comedy Camisado

2. Theo Von- No Offense

3. Iliza Schlesinger- Confirmed Kills

4. Jim Jefferies- Freedumb

5. Russell Peters- Almost Famous

6. Kevin Hart- What Now?

 

 

 

pedal-2016-promoLast night was Alumni Takeover Weekend over at Bridgewater State University’s radio station WBIM 91.5FM. The reason it’s special and why I did a show is because that is my Alma Mater and I was a DJ at the radio station where I hosted the show Pedal To The Metal. It’s a tradition that has been going on for some time at the school during Homecoming weekend where alumni of the station will come and take over the station for a weekend. It’s an awesome tradition that I wish was more than just one weekend a year because it’s so nice to run into some familiar faces and hear some stories from some of the guys that came before you. I want to go ahead and thank John Coombs for putting this together once again and I hope he feels better, it wasn’t the same without him there. I also want to thank the school for allowing us to do this and the current staff at WBIM for allowing us to come and takeover the station from them. Here is my playlist from that featured a special Black Sabbath medley (of sorts).

1. Inside The Fire by Disturbed

2. The Threat Is Real by Megadeth

3. Square Hammer by Ghost

4. Room 24 by Volbeat

5. One Of Us Is The Killer by The Dillinger Escape Plan

6. Turn Off The Radio by A Day To Remember

7. Babylon’s Burning by W.A.S.P.

8. Brotherhood Of Man by Motorhead

9. On With The Show by Motley Crue

10. Children Of The Grave (Vocalist Medley) by Black Sabbath*

11. Sail Away by Deep Purple

12. Metal Gods by Judas Priest

* Vocalist Medley featured Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Martin, and Ronnie James Dio on the same track.

For those of you out there that have been patiently awaiting a new album from A Day To Remember, the band has given you something to pass the time between now and then. The band recently released a music video for a new track called Paranoia and the video looks at the idea of thinking that you’re being followed. In the video, the band is being followed by some kind of demonic smoke monster and singer Jeremy McKinnon spends time on the couch telling his shrink all about it.  The video also features the band performing and the video is as intense as the track. During the verses, the song is a fast paced, in your face punk rock song before the choruses mix all of the elements of pop punk/metalcore that we love from the band. Now there isn’t any word on whether this track is going to be on the new album and rather that it’s just a song that the band decided to create and release. As far as a new album is concerned, McKinnon said this, “We just take it as it comes. We write all the time.” So stay tuned for more info as it becomes available and check out some of the band’s tour dates here.

A_Day_to_Remember,_Common_Courtesy_2013_albumI’m taking another break from reviewing metal albums this week to focus on some music outside of the metal genre, but never fear because we will return to Metal as soon as the tournament is over and done with (I am going to review an album from the winning band). The first time I saw A Day To Remember (referred to by fans on occasion as ADTR) was on the 2014 Revolver Golden God Awards when they performed live. I have to be honest and say that I do have a softer side to myself and I actually enjoyed listening to them that night. The album that I chose for the album of the week is their latest record Common Courtesy which was released digitally on October 13, 2013 and psychically on November 13 of the same year. The band is made up of Jeremy McKinnon (Vocals), Josh Woodard (Bass), Neil Westfall (Guitar), Alex Shelnutt (Drums), and Kevin Skaff (Lead Guitar and Vocals) and this was the Pop Punk/Metalcore band’s fifth album that they released and it was their first self released album. You have to give it to them for doing that because it’s a bold move, but the band was in a law suit with their former label Victory Records. The band had released this statement back in 2013 saying to Alt-Press, “A Day To Remember would like to make it clear that they did not announce nor seek any attention regarding their ongoing suit with Victory Records. This information has been public record since May of 2011 and they have no intention of speaking publicly or disparagingly regarding their disagreement with Victory. A Day To Remember will continue to release music for their fans.” Nevertheless, the band released it to critical acclaim as the album peaked at #37 on The Billboard Top 200, #5 On The Billboard Alternative Albums, #1 on the US Billboard Hard Rock Albums, #4 on the Billboard Independent Albums, and #8 on The Billboard Rock Albums.

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1. City Of Ocala– The band does a great job of mixing that pop punk sound with the metalcore double bass riffs as they sing about their hometown of Ocala, Florida and all the memories and not forgetting where you came from. 4/5

2. Right Back At It Again– This was the band’s first single off the record and  it was almost excluded off the record. The song in the beginning showcases the band’s metalcore sound while the rest of the song is all pop punk. 4/5

3. Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail– This was the last song the band wrote for the record in a track that I feel is about overcoming situations while also realizing that not everything goes your way. The song has the typical metalcore breakdowns with the screaming vocals, but it’s pretty bad ass and also has the softer vocals during the chorus. 4/5

4. Dead & Buried– This is a track that the band says needed minimal adjustments when they heard it. This track continues in the metalcore sound with a bad ass guitar riff. 4/5

5. Best Of Me– The band described this track as having a Foo Fighters feel to it and I have to agree as far as the song structure and the vocals on the chorus are concerned. 4/5

ADayToRemember20136. I’m Already Gone– This is a cool track that has a mix of acoustic with a a touch of electric in a track about a relationship that ended the wrong way. Once one of the partners (boy or girl) gets back on their feet, the other says no that they’ve already moved on. 5/5

7. Violence (Enough Is Enough)– McKinnon once said in a interview that the track was, “about different perspectives from the world and why people do terrible things to each other.” The band definitely turns the volume up from the last track to this one as they return to their metalcore roots. 4/5

8. Life @ 11– The band returns to a more pop punk sound for this track about not being afraid of your past and just move on. 4/5

9. I Surrender– A very cool track that was written four years ago, but McKinnon was never happy with some of the verses he had originally written, but he fixed it up for this record. The track is about surrendering to someone that you loved from your past because you realize that you do love them. 4/5

10. Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way– This is one of the heavier tracks on the record which the band admitted that they wanted. It’s pretty badass, but it’s a song about targeting the bullies who cause hurt to people. 4.5/5

CS513003-01B-BIG11. End Of Me– This is one of my favorite tracks on the record which has pop sensibility and the track is infectious. The track is about a relationship that the narrator realizes that he has probably lost the best thing he ever had. 5/5

12. The Document Speaks for Itself– This is a track about the lawsuit the band was going through with Victory Records. 4/5

13. I Remember– This is a track about all the crazy memories the band has gone through over the years while on the road over some pop punk sounds. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This has a great mix of metalcore with pop punk that is infectious when you listen to it. As I said, I discovered them performing live at The Golden God Awards last year and I had to look them up and I have a lot of respect for a band that goes out on there own and releases their own album. I really enjoyed listening to the record and so I am going to give it four stars out of five for a final grade.

aaEveryone was looking forward to performances from A Day To Remember, Guns N Roses, and even Zakk Wylde’s, but nobody saw this coming at the 2014 Revolver Golden God Awards which was Slayer opening the show as the surprise performer. One of the things people expect at this particular awards show is to see who the surprise guest performer will be, but Slayer didn’t need it as the bulldozed their way through classics South Of Heaven, War Ensemble, and the premiere of a brand new track Implode. It was especially cool to see Marilyn Manson intro the band in. Right after Slayer was done with their set, it was time to meet this year’s hosts of the show since Chris Jericho wasn’t doing it this year. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine of VH1 Classics That Metal Show were the hosts and their intro was horrible. Then it was off to the first presenters of the show as Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park came out to present The Best Vocalist Award (see below for complete list of winners), then that was followed by Dave Navarro and Jill Janus of Huntress presenting the Best Live Band Award.

a dayFrankie Palmeri of Emmure came out next to present the next live band of the night which was A Day To Remember who brought something completely different than Slayer, but they pleased the crowd as the band performed hit songs such as Right Back At It Again, End Of Me, and their closer All I Want. They were the second band to perform and still no surprise guest on stage with which is unusual at this point in the show. Then there was some technical difficulties as we waited for the cameras to show us Tony Hawk and Carmen Electra who were presenting the best live band award which was won by Avenged Sevenfold. They weren’t at The Nokia Theater, but they were brought in via satellite from a gig in Minneapolis where they gave the award away to a fan from the crowd. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and a couple of members from Memphis May Fire came out next to present the best new band award.

maxThen the legendary Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein along with the sexy brand new lead singer of Arch Enemy Alissa White-Gluz to intro The Pretty Reckless who were the next band to perform that night. Taylor Momsen is beautiful and very sexual on stage as most of you may know, but she has an amazing band that backs her up as they had one heck of a performance. The band performed their tracks Fucked Up World, Heaven Knows, and Going To Hell. Zakk Wylde would eventually come out to do a special Piano performance of In This River to pay tribute to all that have fallen over the years, but who was working the special video screwed up saying that Jani Lane was the singer for Motorhead. Then more technical difficulties plagued the show as we waited for Suicide Silence to take the stage to perform for the first time with their brand new singer Eddie Hermida. The band would play the tracks You Only Live Once and No Pity For A Coward, but it was their last song that was amazing. The band brought out Max Cavalera of Soulfly/Sepultura fame and they performed Roots on stage together that had me saying thank God someone finally had a guest on stage.

joan jettAlice Cooper presented The Golden God Award to Joan Jett who mentioned The Runaways. After her speech, she wanted to perform, but they nixed it so that Alice could introduce the performance. She opened up her performance with a rocking version of Bad Reputation which was tearing up the house. The next track she performed was a track that she had written with Dave Grohl called Any Weather which captured the spirit of the Blackhearts. Then Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were on fire with the next song I Hate Myself For Loving You for which she was joined onstage by Taylor Momsen. What I didn’t understand is that after the performance was done they performed it again to which Billy Gibbons would join them on stage to be the cheerleader. It was one heck of a performance anyways, but I believe they may have been shooting a version for television.

gnrAndrew Dice Clay came out to present the video montage for Axl Rose while Nicolas Cage presented Axl Rose of  Guns N Rose with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Of course from that point on, we were wondering how long it was going to take for the band to actual perform. The crowd was definitely anxiously awaiting the band to hit the stage as we also knew that Duff McKagan would be performing with the band. The band eventually came out and started rocking right away with It’s So Easy. The band would blaze through one of my all time favorite tracks Welcome To The Jungle with a killer intro by DJ Ashba. One thing I will admit is that Axl’s vocals were a little off tonight when it came to his high notes. Then for the third track of the night they would dig into their latest album Chinese Democracy with the Better. The band would then perform This I Love from Chinese Democracy. Then the band kicked into the kickass Use Your Illusion II track You Could Be Mine. The band would continue with Sweet Child Of Mine and a Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/November Rain medley after Axl introduced the whole band to the crowd. My final thoughts on the show is that I thought it could have been executed a little bit better than it had been in the past. I certainly miss having Chris Jericho hosting the show, but after a while the boys from That Metal Show did fine.

Awards:

Best Vocalist- Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Live Band- Rob Zombie

Most Dedicated Fans- Avenged Sevenfold

Best New Talent- Twelve Foot Ninja

Paul Gray Best Bassist- Chris Kael

Best Drummer- Arin Ilejay

Comeback Of The Year- Deep Purple

Best Film & Video- This Is A Wasteland by Pierce The Veil

Song Of The Year- Lift Me Up by Five Finger Death Punch

Most Metal Athlete- Josh Barnett

Golden God Award- Joan Jett

Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist- Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates

Album Of The Year- 13 by Black Sabbath

Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award- Axl Rose of Guns N Roses

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I have some news for all of you regarding this years Revolver Golden God awards, the one award show that celebrates metal the right way. If you thought the previous Golden God Awards shows were cool, this year is going to blow your mind. Joan Jett is going to be receiving the Golden God Award which will presented to her by 2011 winner Alice Cooper. When he was asked about Jett, Cooper said, “No one deserves this award MORE than Joan Jett. She’s never compromised who she is — she’s a rocker through and through. I wish some of the younger bands had the balls that Joan Jett does!” Guns ‘N Roses frontman Axl Rose is going to be presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The next piece of the news that absolutely rocks is the fact that Guns ‘N Roses, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Korn, Black Label Society, The Pretty Reckless, and A Day To Remember are the performers at this years event. Fans will also have a chance to vote for all the categories including the newly renamed Best Guitarist award which is being renamed The Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist Award. Vinnie Paul had this to say about the name changing of the award, “I am very honored that Revolver is renaming the Best Guitarist Award after Dime! He was and always will be what heavy-metal guitar playing is all about. This award is given to the person with those special skills that sets them apart from others. Dime always went for it and I know he would be proud of the winner of this award. So go for it and may the best shredder win! Getcha pull!!” Here are all the categories that fans will get to vote for and if fans want to vote you can do that here.

Album of the Year
Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Hail to the King’
Black Sabbath, ’13′
Five Finger Death Punch, ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 and 2′
Korn, ‘The Paradigm Shift’
Queens of the Stone Age, ‘…Like Clockwork’
Volbeat, ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies’

Best Vocalist
Jeremy McKinnon (A Day to Remember)
M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)
Papa Emeritus II (Ghost B.C.)
Jonathan Davis (Korn)
Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age)

Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist(s)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains)
Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
Munky & Head (Korn)

Paul Gray Best Bassist
Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold)
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
Fieldy (Korn)
Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies)

Best Drummer presented by Razor & Tie
Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold)
Brad Wilk (for his work with Black Sabbath)
Vinnie Appice (Kill Devil Hill)
Matt Halpern (Periphery)
Chris Adler (for his work with Protest the Hero)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs)

Best Live Band
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Gojira
Lamb of God
Mötley Crüe
Slayer
Rob Zombie

Song of the Year presented by Randall Amplifiers
Alice in Chains, ‘Hollow’
Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Hail to the King’
Bring Me the Horizon, ‘Shadow Moses’
Five Finger Death Punch, ‘Lift Me Up’
Of Mice & Men, ‘You’re Not Alone’
The Pretty Reckless, ‘Going to Hell’

Best Film & Video presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
Behemoth, ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’
Huntress, ‘Zenith’
Lamb of God, ‘As the Palaces Burn’
Metallica, ‘Metallica Through the Never’
Motionless in White, ‘America’
Pierce the Veil, ‘This Is a Wasteland’

Best New Talent presented by Victory Records
Deafheaven
Heaven’s Basement
Issues
Scar the Martyr
Twelve Foot Ninja
††† (Crosses)

Comeback of the Year
Black Sabbath
Carcass
Deep Purple
Nine Inch Nails
Queens of the Stone Age
Suicidal Tendencies

Most Metal Athlete
Tony Alva (skateboarder)
Grant Balfour (MLB)
Josh Barnett (mixed martial artist, UFC)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors, NBA)
Derek Garland (Metal Mulisha, motocross)
Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins, NHL)

Most Dedicated Fans
A Day to Remember
Avenged Sevenfold
Five Finger Death Punch
Of Mice & Men
The Pretty Reckless
Slayer