Posts Tagged ‘AC/DC’

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

ric-ocasek-1200x632

Tchcf

The album cover when you unfold it

There have been countless bands that have copied the formula that AC/DC has thrown down since day one. Many of those bands are barely still around, but there is one band that wants to defy the odds and they have a vocalist that just may help them succeed. While, I love everything that Brian Johnson brought to the band, it was Bon Scott that will always remain the standard for dirty old fashioned, kick in the nuts, rock and roll.The material that he produced with AC/DC is often duplicated, but never imitated. Then there is this band from Kelowna, British Columbia known as The Wild!, who if you close your eyes, you swear to whoever you believe in that it’s Bon on the microphone. It is so uncanny that I am instantly digging what these guys are putting out. Dylan Villain is the man that animates this band to life and it’s evident in our Rock Video Of The Week for the track Best In The West. The video is primarily a performance based video that showcases the chaos that ensues on stage and the just the fun these guys off the stage. Check out the video below:

album-ACDC-High-VoltageIn 2014, when we found out that AC/DC was continuing on without famed rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, a lot of us were lost for words because for a little bit of time the reason was unknown. When we found out that he was suffering from dementia, we were shocked and saddened at the news that the backbone of the rhythm section would most likely never return. Then on November 18, 2017, we were saddened to learn the news that Malcolm had passed away. After 15 studio albums, it was all over as we mourn the loss of yet another legend and we decided that we would cover an AC/DC album as a tribute to Malcolm. The album we chose is the band’s first international release in High Voltage which was released on April 30, 1976 and was produced by Harry Vanda and the late George Young. The band was made up of Malcolm Young (Rhythm Guitar), Angus Young (Lead Guitar), Bon Scott (Vocals), Mark Evans (Bass), and Phil Rudd (Drums). The album peaked at number 146 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and has since gone three times platinum selling over three million copies.

acdc-high-voltage-14-cd1. It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)– One of the most all time classic AC/DC songs that opens up with that powerful riff and comes complete with a bagpipe solo from Bon Scott. The track is all about the long journey to becoming a rock star that isn’t an easy road to go on. 5/5

2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer– A track that proves the true genius of frontman Bon Scott and how there was no one like him. A great hard driving rock song that is all about knowing what you want to do in which is to become a rock and roll singer. His wit is on display especially in this track and it’s awesome! 5/5

3. The Jack– A very dirty and dingy blues rock classic from the band about a girl they all know with a very bad venereal disease. A very classic track showcasing how amazing the band was and what else they could do. 5/5

4. Live Wire– an amazing bass riff opens up this track that just has way too much rock and roll swagger to it in this track that is talking about a kid who is just a hellraiser. 5/5

acdc-high-voltage-13-ab5. T.N.T.– This is by far one of the tracks in the band’s catalog that is just truly bad ass. It starts with a big power rock chords and some Aussie flavor with the Oi chants. The song is basically about a guy who is one of those bad asses that you just do not mess with. 5/5

6. Can I Sit Next to You Girl– A cool rock and roll track whose lyrics changed from the version Dave Evans sang to this one by Bon. It’s about a guy who hits on a girl and he gets the girl where the other version he doesn’t. I love Malcolm’s playing on this track because it’s unlike anything I have heard him do before. 5/5

7. Little Lover– What an amazing blues rock track this is from the gang in what I heard is a song about Angus according to some sources. I think it’s about a girl he seen in the front row of a show that was into Bon. From this track on, the bass parts are recorded by George Young while the drums are by Tony Currenti. 5/5

8. She’s Got Balls– This is another one of those tracks that is just cool from beginning to end. Bon apparently said that he wrote this song while he was married and that it was about his wife after she asked him to write a track for her. 5/5

9. High Voltage– The last track on the album was a live favorite for Bon back in the day as the crowd would sing along with him. The song is about him defending the way he and his bandmates look saying they are high voltage rock and roll!!!! 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album in my opinion was the perfect first release from the band which means it joins the Five Star Club here on Moshpits and Movies as it receives five stars out of five for a final grade. This was the band at it’s hungriest stage of their careers and they were on fire. Admittingly, this album was sort of a greatest hits of their first two Australian releases which were High Voltage and T.N.T.. Nonetheless, this is one to listen to for sure. R.I.P. Malcolm Young (1953-2017)

544907_originalFor today’s entry to Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I was surprised that I hadn’t reviewed more Stephen King films more often than I have. So, today we decided to review a film that was always one of my favorite ones in Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, a film about a renegade comet that the Earth gets stuck in for eight days. Things start going out of whack on Earth like Lawnmowers running over people, a vending machine killing people with it’s soda cans, and tractor trailers driving on their own. For a group of workers and patrons at a truck stop, they don’t completely know what is going on when things start going haywire in Wilmington, North Carolina. For Bill Robinson (Emilio Estevez), a kid with a troubled past is just trying to get through life with his crappy job as a cook until he has to step up to be the hero when all of this craziness is going down. The film also stars Pat Hingle (Batman 1989) as Bubba Hendershot, Laura Harrington (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) as Brett, Yeardly Smith (The Legend Of Billie Jean) as Connie, John Short (Ransom) as Curt, Holter Graham (Fly Away Home) as Deke, Frankie Faison (Silence Of The Lambs) as Handy, Christopher Murney (The Last Dragon) as Camp Loman, Ellen McElduff (JFK) as Wanda, J.C. Quinn (The Abyss) as Duncan, and the film was directed by Stephen King.

green-goblinFirst off, you can never go wrong choosing a film to watch that has a soundtrack completely provided by AC/DC and secondly this was the 80’s which meant that a lot of great horror flicks were coming out. I always loved the idea of tractor trailers trying to kill humans. It’s almost like the Terminator where the machines that man built are getting back at the human race. Some of the scenes can be cheesy, but for the most part this film was awesome. The fact that they had a road roller run over and flatten a kid at the little league field was ballsy in my opinion because you never really saw that in too many films. The kill scenes for the most part were actually really good and the combo of Laura Harrington and Emilio Estevez was a good decision, but they move a little too fast in the film. What I mean by that is the idea that they meet and she’s instantly his. Maybe, it’s because Emilio was a boss back in the day. I think Stephen King did a really good job directing the film and like a lot of other horror greats, he inserts himself in one little scene in the beginning of the movie when he tries to use the ATM. Definitely check out this little treasure from Stephen King as I give the film an B+ for a final grade.

As promised, here is your second single of the week, but this time from the rock side of life. Airbourne have always been one of those bands that I enjoyed listening to because they brought that high octane sweaty styled rock and roll to the table much like the other legendary rock band from Australia in AC/DC. The band is now gearing up to release their fourth album Breakin’ Outta Hell via Spinefarm Records which will also be the band’s first since leaving Roadrunner Records. The album is expected to drop in stores and online on September 23RD to help prepare you for the mayhem, the band has unleashed the title track for all to consume. If you love the fast paced, big riff, arena rock styled music, then you are going to love this track. Joel O’Keeffe talked about the track saying, “We get a lot of feedback from our fans saying how much they love the faster tracks. But when they play them in the car… well, it can be tough on their pocket with all the speeding fines! ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ is definitely one of THOSE numbers… even the guys who filmed the lyric video were stopped by the police and given a fine.” He talked about the lyric video saying, “For us, these visuals really sum up the feeling behind the song and the album, too. The whole message is right there. Put on the single, or the album, and it’s, ‘F–k the boss and f–k all the tax I owe. I’m going out, I’m getting pissed and I’m going to listen to some hard rock ‘n’ roll.’ No ballads, no bulls–t. I’m breaking out of Hell!”

It’s not Tuesday, but we have a comedian as a music video of the week which can only mean one thing and that is we are covering Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy. We’ve already covered them once for the single of the week, but the band has unleashed another new track called Old School which is off of their first album Songs From the Garage that’s currently out in stores and online everywhere right now as we speak. Jim talks about the track saying, “Do you like RIFF driven, catchy hard rock music tunes that will get you out of your chair? Then the song ‘Old School’ is for you. This is my church, this is my temple, this is my therapy.” The video itself is mostly a performance based video with the guys playing in a garage fist before they move to a club to play. One of the funniest things about the video is Jim Breuer’s impressions of Rob Halford, Ozzy Osbourne, Dee Snider, Brian Johnson and many others too. You should definitely check out the video, the lyrics, and the guitar solo because it kicks ass. Check it out below:

I know what you’re thinking right now it’s s that the same Jim Breuer as the in the comedian? The Jim Breuer comedian that is famous for his James Hetfield impressions and the Jim Breuer that did Goat Boy? My answer to you is that if you are thinking that then you are absolutely right, it’s the same guy. Jim Breuer has released his very own rock album with his band the Loud & Rowdy. Jim is releasing his album Songs From The Garage which features some amazing tracks that will fit right alongside hits from bands like Megadeth, AC/DC, etc. The Loud & Rowdy are made up of drummer Mike Tichy, bassist Joe Vigliotti, and guitarist Metal Mike while the album was produced by former Anthrax/current Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano. The track that I present to you guys is kind of bittersweet considering that Brian Johnson is no longer in AC/DC. Nevertheless, the band has released the track Mr. Rock n Roll which features Brian on vocals along with Breuer. It’s so awesome to hear Johnson’s vocals on this kick ass rock track that any AC/DC fan would enjoy listening to. Breuer talked about working with Johnson with Rolling Stone saying, “To me, Brian is the most powerful voice in rock & roll. He is also the funniest and most generous man I have ever known. I am still in awe of how he recorded the song and forever thankful.” Check out the track below and believe me Breuer is actually pretty good!

I used to do this segment on my other blog and I had a heck of a lot of fun with it because Mashups are a very cool art form. Although do not be fooled by what you hear because it’s not very easy to do and pull off. My number one rule when I decide what is worthy of being the Mashup of the Week is whether it flows correctly and properly. The art of a mashup is taking two or more songs and combining them into one, but if it doesn’t flow right then it’s just trash. The first mashup I chose for this week is from a man that I deem a master of the art of Mashups in Wax Audio. Wax Audio is actually the artist that turned me onto Mashups in the first place and he does them right. For this week’s Mashup, he takes the legendary Bee Gees disco hit Stayin’ Alive and he combines it with AC/DC’s comeback hit after Bon Scott’s death Back In Black to create Stayin’ In Black. When you listen to this track, you will know exactly what I am talking about because Wax Audio makes it seem so easy and flawless. Check it out below and check out Wax Audio’s website here.

 

The Deftones have just unveiled a teaser trailer for their upcoming eight album in Gore with a teaser video. The teaser trailer opens up with what looks like either flamingos or flying pink birds as the music starts to build in intensity with some driving riffs and a killer drum beat before it reveals the words Gore. The album I believe will come out in April of this year as Chino teased fans with a picture of the Depeche Mode’s Martin L. Gore with their name on it. To see the image, go here. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter revealed this information during the NAMM conference, “I’m sitting around waiting for the release of our new record. It comes out April 8 and we have some dates in Texas in March and there’s nothing I can remember or recall for April, but May/June off to Europe for some festivals out there..” Get all the official tour dates here and check out the trailer below:

2016-New-England-Metal-FestIf you are a fan of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival then you’ll certainly like this piece of news. The festival which once again returns to the Worcester Palladium April 15 and 16TH will feature Killswitch Engage as a headliner on the April 16TH show. The festival will also feature acts like Bury Your Dead, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth, Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Memphis May Fire, 36 Crazyfists, Zao, Reflections, and so many more. Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday (January 29) and you can get them here. Killswitch Engage is also releasing a new album which will be out just before their appearance as they release Incarnate on March 11TH.

In other touring news, everyone’s favorite industrial rock band Filter has announced that they will be hitting the road this spring on the Make America Hate Tour with special guests Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, and Death Valley High. The tour title is a funny nood to Donald Trumps presidential slogan “Make America Great Again.” The tour will begin on April 15TH at Slims in San Francisco and it runs until May 21ST in Los Angeles. Check out the tour dates below:

unnamed9Filter / Orgy / Vampires Everywhere / Death Valley High 2016 Tour

4/13 — San Francisco, Calif. — Slim’s
4/15 — Portland, Ore. — Dante’s
4/16 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Venue
4/17 — Seattle, Wash. — Studio Seven
4/20 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Mill City Nights
4/21 — Arlington Heights, Ill. — Home Bar
4/22 — Cleveland, Ohio — Agora
4/23 — Pontiac, Mich. — The Crofoot
4/24 — Toronto, Ontario — Opera House
4/26 — Philadelphia, Pa. — TLA
4/27 — Boston, Mass. — Middle East
4/28 — Amityville, N.Y. — Revolution Music Hall
4/29 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Shaka’s (no Orgy)
4/30 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Welcome to Rockville (Filter only)
5/1 — Atlanta, Ga. — Masquerade Hall
5/3 — New York, N.Y. — Gramercy Theater
5/4 — Washington, D.C. — Howard Theater
5/5 — Knoxville, Tenn. — The International
5/6 — Charlotte, N.C. — Carolina Rebellion (Filter only)
5/7 — Athens, Ga. — Georgia Theater
5/8 — Nashville, Tenn. — Exit/In
5/10 — Houston, Texas — House of Blues
5/11 — San Antonio, Texas — Aztec Theater
5/12 — Dallas, Texas — Gas Monkey
5/13 — Tulsa, Okla. — Cains Ballroom
5/14 — Omaha, Neb. — Bourbon Theatre
5/15 — Denver, Colo. — Hermans Hideaway
5/17 — Tempe, Ariz. — Marquee
5/18 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Brooklyn Bowl
5/19 — San Diego, Calif. — House of Blues
5/20 — Pomona, Calif. — Glasshouse
5/21 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Roxy

83472616Have you ever gotten bothered by those guys outside the concert venues all across America that bug you to buy their t-shirts because it’s cheaper than inside and the t-shirts never look any good? Well, everyone’s favorite Aussie rock band AC/DC has decided to do something about it. The band has filed a lawsuit preventing anyone from selling counterfeit shirts at concerts. According to a report from TMZ and Loudwire, “the Australian rock powerhouse has moved forward in filing a lawsuit which will send U.S Marshals and police officers to several cities on their upcoming tour. The first stop will be in Tacoma, Wash. and AC/DC would like these authorities to arrest all offenders and seize all counterfeit merchandise. The band will be out in support of their 2014 release, Rock or Bust and everyone in attendance better rock or get busted!” They’re just like me, I hate crappy knockoffs and fake tour shirts.

Sevendust1In other tour news, Sevendust has just unveiled a spring tour which will see the band headline various gigs across the country with Trivium and Like A Storm. The trek starts on April 26TH in Baton Rouge. LA and heads all the way until May 28TH when the band plays at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK. Singer Lajon Witherspoon had this to say about the tour, “We can’t wait to embark on our first Kill The Flaw headline tour of the States! Looking forward to jamming with our brothers in Trivium and Like A Storm for the first time as well. Can’t wait to see you all on the road!” Check out the tour dates below to see if they are playing new you.

Sevendust / Trivium / Like a Storm 2016 Tour Dates

4/26 — Baton Rouge, La. — Varsity Theatre
4/27 — Birmingham, Ala. — Iron City
4/29 — Atlanta, Ga. — Center Stage
4/30 — Fort Myers, Fla. — Fort Rock
5/1 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Welcome to Rockville
5/3 — New York, N.Y. — Playstation Theater
5/5 — Hartford, Conn. — Webster Theater
5/7 — Charlotte, N.C. — Carolina Rebellion
5/8 — Baltimore, Md. — Rams Head
5/13 — Clear Lake, Iowa — Surf Ballroom
5/15 — Somerset, Iowa — Northern Invasion
5/17 — Sioux Falls, S.D. — The District
5/18 — Arlington Heights, Ill. — Home Bar
5/20 — Columbus, Ohio — Rock on the Range
5/21 — Reading, Pa. — Reverb
5/22 — Albany, N.Y. — Rock Derby
5/24 — Flint, Mich. — Machine Shop
5/25 — Louisville, Ky. — Mercury Ballroom
5/27 — Shreveport, La. — Riverside Warehouse
5/28 — Pryor, Okla. — Rocklahoma

Now is your time to make your voices heard as I open the voting for the 5TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. This particular post is for the movie side and the rest of the awards we are giving out like Superhero TV Show Of The Year (1st Time), Male Wrestler Of The Year, Female Wrestler Of The Year, etc. Some of the awards you can expect from the movie side are some of the usual’s like Movie Of The Year, Bad ass Movie Of The Year, Horror film of the year, Cameo Of The Year, and more. We have some surprises in some of the categories that may throw you off, but we felt that they were the best of the year. Take your time, look over the categories, cast your vote (it’s your civic duty as fans), and share the hell out of this post. You have until January 31ST at 11:59 PM ET to cast your vote