Posts Tagged ‘Ace Of Spades’

13151558_10154142704378866_6527274700022246028_nI have to be honest and say that I was going to lose my lid if the rumors about Scott Stapp, the former Creed singer, joining Stone Temple Pilots. That in my opinion was going to be the worst possible news ever, but it turns out the rumors were wrong about him joining STP, but he is joining a band that had ties with Scott Weiland. Scott Stapp announced via a statement that he was joining Art Of Anarchy which Scott was in for a very short time. Here is his statement:

I wanted to clarify any confusions on Stone Temple Pilots and my comment. First off, Scott Weiland in STP is irreplaceable. I was recently asked what I’m currently working on in an interview and could not reveal details or announce this new project. This led the interviewer to assume it was STP and he eagerly kept asking for more details. Evidently my response caused confusion.
I’m excited to share I’ve been working with Art Of Anarchy band who’s members are Ron “Bumble Foot” Thal, formerly of Guns N Roses, John Moyer of Disturbed and Jon and Vince Votta. Original announcement was slated for July along with our first single and album to follow but happy to share this announcement sooner to clarify.
Art Of Anarchy is the project that I was referring to in the interview not STP. Scott Weiland was a part of Art of Anarchy and that’s the six degrees of separation I was referring to. Always been a fan of STP and I wish them all the best in their search for a new singer.
Allow me to introduce Art Of Anarchy. Stay tuned.

Scott Weiland recorded vocals for the only release that Art Of Anarchy has to date, but when it came time to tour, he proclaimed that he was not the singer for the band and that he wouldn’t record with them. So, having no lead singer was the perfect opportunity for Stapp to join the band considering all the members of Creed are busy with other projects.

Liv-SinSince we are on the topic of people announcing new projects or joining bands, I have some news regarding former Sister Sin vocalist Liv Jagrell. Swedish rock outfit Sister Sin announced that they were no longer going to be a band toward the end of last year which left Liv Jagrell with nothing to do. Well have no fear because she has just announced that she is going to continue her career under the name Liv Sin. For me it has never been an option to stop singing. I live for the stage and for my fans. I still miss Sister Sin, but I am very excited to work on my own project, and I can promise it will not be some soft pop rock. This is going to be metal deluxe, because that’s who I am!” which is what Jagrell said in an interview. In a statement on Facebook, she said, “So guys, here is some news for you, I’m not leaving you. I have a management who believes in me, musicians that I’m making songs with and now I just have to find a label to support me. Stay tuned and have patience! (That goes for me too haha).” Stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available.

1The end of 2015 into where we are now in 2016 has been a very rough year for the music and entertainment world as we mourn the loss of so many greats. One of those greats that we lost was the great Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. That was one of the toughest losses we suffered so far (besides Bowie), but we have something coming out to help us remember him. On June 10TH, UDR is releasing a Live CD/DVD entitled Clean Your Clock which is a live performance recorded back in November during the band’s performance in Munich. The album features classics like Orgasmatron, Overkill, Ace Of Spades, and Bomber which you can actually check out here. According to Loudwire.com, here are some of the different formats it’s available in, “The disc will be available in numerous configurations including a standalone CD, DVD with CD, Blu-ray with CD and colored double vinyl in gatefold with pop-up art. In addition, there will be a box set containing the aforementioned vinyl, DVD, audio CD and Motorhead metal medal along with a limited edition box set with the option of a silver or gold medal and digital download.”

downloadFans of classic rock groups like The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, and The Who have something to drool over as The Desert Trip was officially announced. Now you may be asking what in the hell is The Desert Trip and what do these acts have to do with that. Well, The Desert Trip is a three day festival that is taking place at the same place as Coachella (Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA) and each of the three nights only features two performers. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan headline Friday while Paul McCartney and Neil Young are Saturday while Roger Waters and The Who close out the festival on Sunday. To see all information regarding ticket prices, hotels, and such, please visit the festival website here. This just might be a once in a lifetime kind of show and knowing the way 2016 has been going, I might just have to spend the dough.

The Dimebash is an event that takes place every year the honors the legacy of one of metal’s finest that was taken away too soon. At this years Dimebash which was also the 11TH took place in Hollywood as some of metal’s biggest names came out like Robb Flynn (Machine Head), Dave Lombardo, Phil Anselmo (Down, Ex-Pantera), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Ray Mayorga (Stone Sour), Rex Brown, and so many more. The performance I chose for all of you as the cover of the week comes courtesy of Phil Anselmo on vocals, Dave Grohl on guitar, Robert Trujillo on bass, and Dave Lombardo on drums performing Ace Of Spades as a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister. The audio quality isn’t perfect, but you’ll get the picture as the boys bring the noise. Listen to what Phil says before hand, it’s crazy what comes out of his mouth, but it’s funny.

Lemmy026It is with great sadness that we report that former Motorhead drummer Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor has passed away at the age of 61. Phil was the drummer for Motorhead for a total of 14 years which included two stints with the band. Phil is most notable for anchoring the band’s unique sound that we grew to love with their first five albums which included Motorhead, Overkill, Ace Of Spades, Iron Fist, and Another Perfect Day. He would leave the band in 1984 only to come back three years later until 1992 after playing on the albums Rock ‘n’ Roll and 1916. In order to describe his paying style, it’s best that we eave it up to him to describe. In 1983, he said this about it in a an interview, “Well, once Lemmy starts playing, he’s sort of out there on his own, in a way. It’s something that came naturally; but when Robbo [guitarist Brian Robertson] joined the band, we started working it out a bit more. When Eddie was with the band, I played more with the guitar than I did with Lemmy, because he’s not really a bass player. Lemmy always plays so fast that it’s always been down to the guitarist and me to keep the rhythm and melody going.” Taylor further explained, “Lemmy is just non-stop playing all the time, so for the highs and lows of the numbers, the ups and downs, light and shade — whatever you want to call it — it’s basically down to Robbo and myself. I’d never played much before, so it’s probably a lot more difficult for Robbo than for me. He’d always played in bands that had a proper bass player, so to speak.” Nevertheless, he will go down as one of the originals of Motorhead and an absolute legend. Below are the various tributes from past members of Motorhead and Motorhead as well. R.I.P. Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor (21 September 1954 – 11 November 2015)

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The article title can be a little deceiving, but we are giving you a double shot off what if’s today as we explore What If… Part 6: Metal Goes Jazz. This is one of of my favorite types of What If’s because they take an album cover and they retro it which sometimes looks cooler than the original. Rafael Melandi is a Brazilian designer who is also the Creative Director at the São Paulo agency Opera Communications. He recently did a project on his own that he calls Metazz which sees him take classic metal album covers and he gives the album covers the high modern styled look that was associated with mid century jazz album artwork. To check out some of those on your own, just click here. You are going to be surprised at how some of them actually work really well as I loved the look of some of them. I’m not saying that they could forever replace the original album artwork, but they’re cool looking.

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zombie nightmareI was trying to think of movies to watch for Cheeseball Cinema when I came across a article by Variety on an Rock Doc about 80’s Canadian metal guy Jon Mikl Thor and how he never became big either in his music or the b-movies that he was in. So, I looked up Zombie Nightmare on IMDB and I instantly decided that it was the film to watch for today. Mrs. Washington (Francesca Bonacorsa) has had  it a little rough in her life as she had to raise her son by herself after her husband was killed by a couple of punks trying to rape a young African American woman. After some teens were driving carelessly during the night, they took the life of her overly muscled song Tony (Thor) when they struck him with their car. Not being able to take the news very well, she asks for the help of a Haitian witch doctor to bring her son back from the dead. The only problem is that he returns a zombie and will stop at nothing till he avenges his death against everyone involved much to the dismay as well of the local authorities. The film also stars Adam West (Batman) as Captain Churchman, Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World) as Amy, Frank Dietz (Mulan) as Frank Sorrell, Linda Singer (A Cut Above) as Maggie, Alan Fisler (If Looks Could Kill) as Bob, Hamish McEwan (Amelia) as Peter, Manon E. Turbide (Mind Benders) as Susie, Shawn Levy (Reel Steel) as Jim, and the movie was directed by Jack Bravman (Centerfolds From Hell).

zombie nightmare 2There are always signs when you are watching a film to decide whether it is cheesy enough for Cheeseball Cinema, but one strong element is the corny acting and real bad choreography. The film was fun as hell to watch, but man the kill scenes and the acting in this movie are just flat out laughable. One thing you notice too is that Jon Mikl Thor looks too old and too big to be a high school kid in this movie, but you’ll also notice that the zombie goes from having long hair to a Beatles style haircut as it goes on. Another element that you’ll be bound to notice is all of the errors and goofs you’ll see in the film with one example being the fact that Tony’s clothes change after he gets hit by the car. One thing that I was surprised about was the fact that this was a B-movie horror film with absolutely no T&A other than the quick shot of wet panties in the beginning. One thing that I thought was unfortunate about this film is that Thor does not play the zombie version of Tom, but that is played by stunt man and actor Peewee Piemonte (The Departed) who does a decent job, but the choreography is off as I said before. One of the cool things about the film is the soundtrack especially if you are a fan of 80’s heavy metal like I am. I mean the movie sstarts off in the opening credits with Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades. It doesn’t get much better than that folks. Other than all of that stuff I just mentioned before, the film was fun to watch and it’s available on Youtube as we speak. So, on a scale of one being close to an A-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I would have to grade this one with a 3.9 on the scale.

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Motorhead_-_Ace_Of_Spades-frontTo think that the legendary Motörhead had released three albums prior to the recording of Ace Of Spades, but none of their albums had been released in the United States. Ace Of Spades was the first Motörhead record to ever be released in the US via Mercury Records on November 8, 1980. The band which featured the legendary Lemmy Kilmister (Bass, Vocals), who had once been a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and had played in the band Hawkwind prior to Motörhead. The band also featured the great “Fast” Eddie Clark (Guitars), and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor (Drums) to round out the legendary lineup. The album was produced by Vic Maile, who the band claims that he had made them better musicians and Lemmy has stated that Vic made him sing more on this record than usual. The album peaked at number 4 for Motörhead on the UK charts and has since been re-released a dozen times after that.

342834The album opens up with the iconic overdriven bass line by Lemmy on the title track before the band kicks in on a track all about gambling and card games hence the name Ace Of Spades. Love Me Like A Reptile kicks off with it’s cool rock and roll tone while Lemmy gets pretty sexual with his lyrics. For example, “I like to watch your body sway, I got no choice, I’m gonna twist your tail.” Shoot You In The Back is very similar to Ace Of Spades exploring the wild west theme in the lyrics with it’s in your face heavy rock groove. Live To Win opens with another iconic bass riff from Lemmy while “Fast” Eddie Clark gets his rock and roll Chuck Berry riffs out of his system. Fast And Loose has a rock riff that is very similar to Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent  in the beginning of it, but I bet you can guess what the lyrics are referring to in the track. (We Are) The Roadcrew closes out side one of the record and it’s a song that Lemmy recorded in tribute to all of the little people in the music business that do not get enough recognition in the road crew.

motorhead_-_ace_of_spades_-_backFire Fire kicks off side two of the record with it’s in your face rock and roll approach with some of the best lyrics I have read in a long time. For example, “Fire, Fire! Holocaust, Fire, Fire! Given up for lost, Fire, Fire! Strike one, strike two, Fire, Fire! I’m a match for you.” Jailbait is an all time classic by Motörhead that has been covered by different artists over the years about a young girl that is seen backstage at a show that the person saying the lyrics is looking to get with even though she may be Jailbait. Dance I feel is a tribute to Lemmy’s love of old rock and roll like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and so many others before him. Bite The Bullet is an in your face sonic face melter about someone who is sick and tired of worrying about the significant other so their biting the bullet and taking off. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch is one of those songs that teaches you a valuable life lesson about how sometimes chasing the girl is better than the actual catch and you have to love that driving bass line throughout the song. The Hammer is the last track on the record that makes me believe where people may have mistaken Motörhead for a punk rock band, but it’s just good ol’ fashion rock and roll baby. This is definitely one of the essential albums to own from Motörhead besides every other album in their catalogue, but this is definitely a good first step. I am giving the record 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.