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driIf you have been a fan of the blog whether it was called Eddie’s Entertainment or under our current name Moshpits and Movies, then you would have noticed that our range and taste in music is very wide and vast. When it comes to the album of the week, we have never shied away from proclaiming our admiration for an artist and an album because we love music in general. While shopping at my local comic book shop, I noticed that GWAR had come out with their own comic book entitled Gwar Orgasmageddon and it made me dig deep in my Spotify to find them. When I was looking through their profile, the name of D.R.I. (which is short for Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) popped out at me and I had to listen. One of my favorite records from the band has always been their fourth album 4 Of A Kind which was the band’s foray into a more Thrash Metal sounding record other than the thrashcore sound they had on the previous three albums. The band was made up of Spike Cassidy (Guitars, Producer), Kurt Brecht (Vocals), Felix Griffin (Drums), and Josh Pappe (Bass).

D.R.I.-4-Of-A-Kind-1-11.All For Nothing– The track fades in Griffin bringing us in before Cassidy takes over with a metal riff before the band turns the tempo up in this track about a person who is always pissed off and likes making others feel worse for nothing. 4/5

2. Manifest Destiny– a track with some cool lyrics that talk about the “spread of Christianity” to the west of the US in the 19TH century when it was really about just finding gold. 5/5

3. Gone Too Long– It starts with a telephone call before Pappe’s sick bass playing takes over in this banger about being gone so long that love grows apart. Not a sappy track at all! 4/5

4. Do the Dream– a track that starts off with a melodic riff in the beginning before the double bass kicks in and the band is off in this anti-government song. 4.5/5

5. Shut-Up!– A lot of their tracks are pretty straightforward and to the point which is something I admire about them like this one that is about that person you can’t stand, but they always insist on talking to you. 4/5

6. Modern World– a real thrash headbanger that sees Brecht blurt out a bunch of words that seem to be about conformist modern world. 4/5

4 of a kind7. Think for Yourself– Another straightforward track about someone who never comes to any of their own conclusions and just adheres to what everyone else is saying or doing. 4.5/5

8. Slumlord– an absolute metal banger in the beginning stages of the track before the band turns the tempo up. You can guess what the track is about.  4.5/5

9. Dead in a Ditch– A quick track which is only 49 seconds long about a girl who drives off a cliff and dies. 4/5

10. Suit and Tie Guy– One of my all time favorite D.R.I. songs that has a hammering riff in the beginning before they launch into overdrive in a track that is about people who are basically corporate assholes. 5/5

11. Man Unkind– a pretty deep track lyrically from the band that explores how humanity or mankind isn’t really that kind at all. Just look at wars for example! 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– An amazing thrash record from the band for sure that came out at a time when Thrash was the hot thing in metal. The band has influenced tons of bands in the wake of what they created and it’s no surprise. Just listen to this album! I am giving the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

cypress-hill-black-sundayWe are changing things up a bit here on Moshpits and Movies because not only are we a fan of metal and rock and the sub-genres in between, but we are a fan of old school 90’s hip hop and Gangsta Rap. I was watching a documentary on TV about the LA Riots of 1992 (Burn Motherf***er Burn!) and I was reminded of one of the coolest acts out of Southern California in Cypress Hill. Cypress Hill was made up of B-Real, Sen Dog, and DJ Muggs and they were the first Latino American Hip Hop group to have a number one Rap album in history and they also recorded the highest soundscan for a rap group at the time as well. The album Black Sunday (which we are covering this week) debuted at number one on The Billboard Top 200 charts selling 261,000 copies in it’s first week with the help of crossover hit Insane In The Brain (was also a Top 20 track on the Billboard Hot 100) which attracted a rock audience. The album would eventually go triple platinum as it sold about 3.4 million records and I believe that is to date. The same week it debuted at number one, it did the same thing on the Top R&B/Hip Hop charts as well.

Cypress Hill - Black Sunday - Back1.I Wanna Get High– A pretty self explanatory track that samples Taxman by Little Junior Parker and Get Outta My Life Woman by The New Apocalypse. 5/5

2. I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That– The third single from the album that samples The Wizard by Black Sabbath for the basis of the track while mixing in Galaxy Around Olodumare by Alice Coltrane and Rainmaker by Harry Nilsson. The track always seemed like a statement from the group that they were here to stay and the wannabes will fade away. 5/5

3. Insane In The Brain– The song that launched the band into the mainstream world was actually a diss track aimed at Chubb Rock. DJ Muggs had produced House Of Pain’s Jump Around and he used as the basis of the track with some real obvious changes with tons of samples. 5/5

4. When the Shit Goes Down– A bluesy sample from DJ Muggs drives the song about being ready to go when the sh** goes down. 4/5

5. Lick A ShotEpistrophy by Richard Davis and Sweat Pea by Tommy Roe help drive this Gangsta Rap track. 4/5

6. Cock The Hammer– A killer bass line drives the song with samples from Uri (The Wind) by Flora Purim and Blind Alley by The Emotions. The song is about being ready to go to battle and it touches a little upon how the Latinos in LA have just as many problems as others. 4/5

7. Lock Down– an interlude that samples Is It Because I’m Black by Syl Johnson. 4/5

black-sunday-4dd1b01105a0c8. 3 Lil’ Putos– A bunch of samples drive this bare bones drum driven track about life on the streets. 4/5

9. Legalize It– an intro track that samples Hallelujah, I Love Her So by Gene Chandler with a bunch of different sound clips of people giving the benefits of Marijuana. 4/5

10. Hits From The Bong– One of the most bad ass Cypress Hill songs that heavily samples Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield as the basis of the track. I think you can guess what this song is about. 5/5

11. What Go Around Come Around, KidGet Out of My Life Woman by Grassella Oliphant drives the track which is essentially about being careful because what goes around comes around. 4/5

12. A To The K– The track actually samples A to the K by Wild Style in another track about life on the streets. 4/5

13. Hand on the Glock– The track samples Oh, Pretty Woman by Albert King for the basis while every know and then they inject another sample in between like Midnight Theme by Manzel or You’re A Customer by EMPD. 4/5

14. Break ‘Em Off Some-The last track on the album that samples Money In The Pocket by Joe Zawinul as the basis of the track while interjecting samples from Critical Beatdown by Ultramagnetic MC’s and Kool Is Back by Funk, Inc. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– One of the best albums from a hip hop/Rap group like Cypress Hill that at a point in time made it easy to like rap music because it was fresh, new, and it sounded dangerous. That is why I am giving Black Sunday which had an amazing cover to boot, 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

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condition-humanAs is tradition, we here at Moshpits and Movies cover an album by the winning band of the Pedal To The Metal tournament. So with that being said, we are covering an album from Washington progressive metal band Queensrÿche who are the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament winners as they defeated the mighty Amon Amarth with the help of an incredible fan base. Queensrÿche who is now made up of Todd La Torre (Lead Vocals), Michael Wilton (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Parker Lundgren (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Eddie Jackson (Bass), and Scott Rockenfield (Drums) released their second album with La Torre called Condition Hüman back on October 2, 2015. It was stated that the album featured demos from the band’s previous self titled album sessions that had never made the cut along with brand new tracks that they were writing at the time. Michael Wilton described the record saying, “We’re taking the songs in the classic Queensrÿche direction but maybe a little more progressive and heavier at times.” When the album was finally released, it was met with great praise from critics and it even peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and number five on the Billboard Top Rock Album charts as well.

QUEENSRYCHE - Condition Human [Japan Edition] back1. Arrow Of Time– The first track of the album opens with that singature sound we love from the band with the dueling leads and amazing bass playing by Jackson that we loved from albums like Mindcrime or Empire. Todd of course sounds amazing as he belts out the lyrics to the track that talk about fighting against societies inability to avoid repeating past mistakes 5/5

2. Guardian– A definite Empire-esque track on the album that is about rising against the strangelehold of the government. 4.5/5

3. Hellfire– I love the acoustic intro of the track with the cadence like drum playing from Rockenfield. The track is heavy, hammering, and it has a cool groove to it which I definitely like. 5/5

4. Toxic Remedy– A cool track that I believe talks about how people drown themselves in toxic ways. 4.5/5

5. Selfish Lives– A very Mindcrime like track that at first the music fades in before the band launches it into overdrive with that sledge like guitar riff. 4.5/5

6. Eye9– Jackson starts off the song with a cool bass riff with La Torre coming in with a mystical sounding vocals before the band comes in smashing in. The track features a very cool guitar riff towards the end that rivals some of their best. 4.5/5

Queensryche-Condition_Human_(Limited_Edition)-CD7. Bulletproof– There’s some choir like chanting in the beginning which is followed by some clean channel playing before they turn it up for the chorus in a track that is all about relationships that are struggling. 4/5

8. Hourglass– Rockenfield kicks off the track before the band comes charging in with some ferocity in a track that is all about how time is precious in life especially as you get older. 4/5

9. Just Us– Acoustic playing opens up this mid-tempo track that is ballad like, but definitely not a ballad like what we would get in the 80’s. The track seems to be about a child that maybe is a newborn or at least a child where the narrator is reflecting that no matter what happens, he will always love them. 4.5/5

10. All There Was– A very cool track that has a rockin riff that gets your blood moving that is talking about someone going through a one sided relationship where they put in and never get anything back. 5/5

11. The Aftermath– An acoustic intro track that leads into the next one. 4/5

12. Condition Hüman– The last track on the album which also clocks in as the longest track on the album at almost 8 minutes. It starts off as a mid tempo track until after the first chorus when the band turns it up with an epic metal sound. It’s a classic metal epic in the structure, etc. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album is exactly what Queensrÿche fans ordered as far as what we wanted from a Queensrÿche album. Todd La Torre is doing an excellent job at the helm after what is now two amazing records with the band. I can only hope that this continues to move forward and we experience more of what these guys can offer. While I would still love to see Chris DeGarmo come back and make it a three guitar band like Maiden, I think the band is doing quite fine as it is. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five.

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MI0002401703Now that WrestleMania week is over, it’s time to get back into business here at Moshpits and Movies. Traditionally anytime I hold a competition, I always cover an album from the winning band for the Album Of The Week and I have been meaning to cover an album by today’s featured band. I am actually quite surprised that I have never covered an album from Sevendust before especially after 200 plus albums. Sevendust back in February won MusicBowl 51 over Godsmack so traditionally we have to cover one of their albums and I chose the band’s second studio album Home for this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Lajon Witherspoon (Vocals), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums). The album was released on August 24, 1999 via TVT where it would peak at number 19 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and stayed there for three weeks. It also peaked at 16 on The Top Internet Album Charts and number 10 on the Top Independent Album Charts.

MI00027167821. Home– A big bass riff and those drop tuned guitar shreds open up the album in this track that seems to be about someone who is having a rough time at home which is supposed to be the safe place to be. 4/5

2. Denial– One of my favorite tracks on the album that fades in with a cool guitar riff, but when it kicks in it’s heavy as f*** and it grooves like no other. It seems to be about a guy and how he is sick of constantly opening up to a girl who refuses to do the same. My favorite part of the song is right when the 3 minute mark hits. 5/5

3. Headtrip– A very melodic intro starts the song that has a kick ass groove as soon as the music hits and it has a bad ass riff. 4.5/5

4. Insecure– A cool instrumental intro. 4/5

5. Reconnect– The last track leads right into this one which is all about how you feel that you’ve been a slave to all the BS and now you want to break free. 4/5

6. Waffle–  The track starts with a melodic riff before it kicks in with a sledgehammer like riff. It goes back to being melodic during the verses before hammering down with the choruses. The song seems to be about someone who is sick of the same old same old and is looking for something new. 5/5

home7. Rumble Fish– A sick hammering riff with groove kicks off this one about fighting against temptations that drag you down. 4.5/5

8. Licking Cream– A track on the album that features a cool bass riff during the verses and it features an English artist named Skin doing co-vocals. 4.5/5

9. Grasp– The song is about being friends with someone and when they are going through tough times, you go through it with them, but they’re always taking more and more of you. 4/5

10. Crumbled– An interesting intro to the song, but when it kicks off, it shifts into groove overdrive and it’s awesome. Hornsby shines on this track about no matter how many times you go down, you get back up. but if you don’t then you just crumble. 4.5/5

11. Feel So– A little bit of a hip hop groove in the beginning riff, but otherwise a cool track in a song about feeling hopeless. 4/5

12. Grasshopper– a quick intro of the band in the studio 2/5

13. Bender– A cool track to end the album that features Chino Moreno of the Deftones and Troy McLawhorn (of Doubledrive at the time). It’s heavy, it grooves, and it even caters to Moreno’s vocals as well. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– A kick ass album from a kick ass band that obviously avoided the sophomore jinx with this release. I have always held this band and Lajon in the higest regard because I am also a huge fan of Lajon’s vocals. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

728For this week’s album of the week, I wanted to cover an album by a band who if there was ever a conversation on expanding the Big Four to the Big Five, Exodus would be the band that could argue for that. Exodus is one of the more underrated bands to come out of the Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene who at one time featured Kirk Hammett of Metallica in the band before he left for Metallica. The album that we are covering for today is the band’s debut record Bonded By Blood which was supposed to be released in 1984, but due to issues with their label, it didn’t see the light of day until April 25, 1985. The album featured Paul Baloff (Lead Vocals) in his only album appearance, Gary Holt (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Rick Hunolt (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Rob McKillop (Bass), and Tom Hunting (Drums). It is often believed that because of the delay in the release of the album, that it sounded outdated due to how much further the other bands in the scene had gone especially Metallica whose 1984 album Ride The Lightning featured a guitar riff that originally belonged to Exodus. The track I am talking about is Trapped Under Ice which featured the main riff from an Exodus track called Impaler.

exodus 21. Bonded By Blood– An amazing thrash anthem that kicks off the album which explores the bond that the band feels with it’s fans during live shows. 5/5

2. Exodus– Every band in that era had a song that was named after their band and this track features some pretty intense lyrics to go along with the all out metal assault. Just be aware of the Exodus attack when it comes to your town. 4.5/5

3. And Then There Were None– You have to imagine when this song was written that there was still a fear of nuclear war and all the cold war, 1984 stuff going around. The riff of this track competes with the best of them that were out there at the time. 5/5

4. A Lesson In Violence– The track opens with some laser fast, face melting guitar riffs that drive the song forward and the lyrics of the track are only emphasized by the amazing vocals of Baloff who you believe is pissed off just by listening. 5/5

5. Metal Command– Another thrash classic from the band that is a war cry for all those who believe in Metal and are willing to battle all those who oppose us. 5/5

exodus 36. Piranha– An absolute headbanger that could be a metaphor for the music scene or metal in genre. A warning not to mess with Metal heads or they’ll eat you alive. 4/5

7. No Love– The track starts with some clean acoustic guitars before the most evil and amazing guitar riff takes right over. Not sure exactly what he was talking about with the lyrics, but it’s subject matter lies in the dark occult. 4.5/5

8. Deliver Us To Evil– Another track on the album that deals with dark subject matter, but it has a killer riff that will have you headbanging and playing air guitar in no time. 4.5/5

9. Strike Of The Beast– The last track on the album that has that lightning quick playing from Holt and Hunolt in a track that is about fighting off the temptations of the beast. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– A truly amazing album from an underrated band, but you can definitely see in this record that they were definitely influenced by Venom or at least they were on the same wave length. I’ve seen these things happen when a label holds up a release and it jeopardizes everything the band worked for. It’s a shame that it happens, but what are you going to do? The band was in my Pedal To The Metal Tournament this year and they did pretty well for themselves. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

suicidesilenceyoucantstopcdFor this week’s album of the week, we are looking to a band that has been the center of a hot topic in metal and I am talking about deathcore artist Suicide Silence. The band which is made up of Hernan “Eddie” Hermida (Vocals), Mark Heylmun (Lead Guitar), Chris Garza (Rhythm Guitar), Dan Kenny (Bass), and Alex Lopez (Drums) have been the center of attention thanks to their new self titled album. In the past I interviewed guitarist Mark Heylmun and respected him and the band after that interview which is why I have decided that I would cover the band’s previous effort, 2014’s You Can’t Stop Me. The album was the band’s first effort with previous singer Mitch Lucker and their first with former All Shall Perish vocalist Hermida. The band’s fourth album was a success for the band as it peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it the band’s highest charted effort as it spent five weeks on the charts. According to a source, the album’s title came from a set of lyrics that were left behind by Mitch before he passed away.

SUICIDE-SILENCE---YOU-CANT-STOP-ME-2014-White-21. M.A.L.– A cool instrumental intro that leads us to the next track on the album. 4/5

2. Inherit The Crown– The song kicks off like a bullet from a gun and the track seems fitting with the opening lines “I’ll wear the mask if I have to,I will inherit the crown” which seems to be Hermida telling the crowd that he’ll inherit the spot that Lucker left behind to keep the band rolling. 5/5

3. Cease To Exist– The track starts with the razor fast shredding from Heylmun and Garza and the insane thrash like drumming from Lopez as Hermida sings about his distaste for pedophiles. The song features those typical metalcore breakdowns tuned down to death metal standards with a sick guitar solo. 4.5/5

4. Sacred Words– I absolutely love this track on the album because it makes you believe that it’s going to be more melodic than most tracks until it actually kicks in to overdrive with the hardcore like riffs. The song seems to be about someone who questions the existence of faith and how it has never helped him. 5/5

5. Control– a more death metal like track on the album with the blast beats and fasster than lightning playing that also features vocals from Cannibal Corpse singer George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. 5/5

6. Warrior– A call and response between the rhythm section and Heylmun set up the beginning of the track as they fiercely blast away in a track about a warrior’s journey. There’s a cool part in the track where all the music stops except for the bass and drums and it’s a kick ass section. 4.5/5

max1408706601-potlaccd-cover7. You Can’t Stop Me– The title track on the album which is also one of two songs to feature lyrics by Mitch Lucker. The track seems to be about stepping up the plate and not letting anyone deter you from being what you want to be. It’s a kick ass section that is a definite sing along with fans. 5/5

8. Monster Within– An in your face unrelenting track that is gets the blood boiling with every note and chord that also features vocals from The Dillinger Escape Plan singer Greg Puciato. 5/5

9. We Have All Had Enough– The track starts with some nice clean guitars and some sound effects like a storm is brewing and it is in the form of some kick ass metal that explodes through your speakers. I think the track is about someone who is trying to fool the public even though it’s written all over his face and we have all had enough. 4.5/5

10. Ending Is the Beginning– This is the other track on the album that features lyrics by Lucker, but that is because this is a re-recording of the track from the band’s Suicide Silence EP. 4.5/5

11. Don’t Die– I feel like this track is a tribute to Mitch and all of his fans like in saying let’s not let his legacy die and let’s keep it moving forward. 4/5

12.  Ouroboros– I had to look up what the title meant and it’s this, “a circular symbol depicting a snake, or less commonly a dragon, swallowing its tail, as an emblem of wholeness or infinity.” The track more or less is them coming to grips with the fact that the world is f**ked and there is nothing we can do, but be one with ourselves. It’s another track that features clean guitars and is a lot slower in tempo, but don’t let their musical abilities fool you because they turn it up in the track as well. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The bonus tracks on the album feature the track Blue Haze and a cover of an Hatebreed song in Last Breath. From a standpoint of traditional Suicide Silence records, I think this is a pretty kick ass record and a great debut for Hermida on vocals who had huge shoes to fill. You can see the band’s change of direction in the last track on the album so it’s almost foreshadowed. Anyways, I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

witchery_in-his-infernal-majesty-serviceAs promised here on Moshpits and Movies, we have covered the album of the year (Post Pop Depression), the rock album of the year (Gore by Deftones), and the metal album of the year (Dystopia by Megadeth) from the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Now we are tasked with covering the last album from the awards show and it’s one of our favorites in the Extreme Metal Album of the Year and it’s from an artist we feel is extremely underrated. Swedish Thrash Metal band Witchery won the award for Extreme Metal Album of the Year for their record In His Infernal Majesty’s Service which is also the band’s sixth album to date. The album is also the first to feature Angus Norder (Vocals) and Chris Barkensjö (Drums) as they replaced Emperor Magus Caligula (Never recorded an album with the band) and Martin Axenrot respectively. The rest of the band is rounded out by Patrik Jensen (R. Guitar), Rille Rimfält (Rhythm and Lead Guitar), and Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass). The album was released on November 25, 2016 and was produced by the band themselves.

witchery-in-his-infernal-majestys-service-2016-eu-red-lp-21. Lavey-athan– The track is an all out metal assault that gives you the best of both worlds with the fierce thrash metal with a touch of black metal. This is what thrash bands should sound like today. 5/5

2. Zoroast– a thrash track with a little more of a punk attitude in the beginning, but that fierceness is still there with an amazing guitar solo towards the end. The track sort of sounds like what would happen if Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir sang thrash metal. 4.5/5

3. Netherworld Emperor– a kick ass trash track that sounds like a tribute to German thrash and Slayer. This would definitely be Satan’s theme song if he marched with troops. 4/5

4. Nosferatu– A clear tribute to Late 80’s Slayer (it has a flow like Mandatory Suicide) on this one about the famous silent era vampire that does kick ass. 4/5

5. The Burning Of Salem– A face melting thrash track with a little speed/death metal influence on the track that is about the village of Salem. 4.5/5

6. Gilded Fang– Another in your face speed metal track that reminds me of Slayer’s Jesus Saves because it doesn’t waste time and it cuts out the fat. 5/5

max1481450599-potlaccd-cover7. Empty Tombs– a straight up thrash metal track with a little groove metal in it that reminds me of early Sodom, but I love Norder’s vocals in this track because he gives it that black metal feel to it. 5/5

8. In Warm Blood– A cool trash track that has a little Mercyful Fate mixed into it as far as the metal feel to the track. 4.5/5

9. Escape from Dunwich Valley– I love the intro to this track with the creepy organs before the band hits the red button and explodes into your speakers. 4/5

10. Feed The Gun– A hard charging supercharged thrash track that is guaranteed to start a moshpit and be a live anthem for the band. This may be my favorite track on the album or at least one of them because it makes you want to slam dance and the solos kick ass. 5/5

11. Oath Breaker– The last track on the album that that competes with the best out of Germany as far as modern day thrash is concerned. It has the fast double bass playing of death metal with the thrash guitars and the Slayer esque solos. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys are one of the most kick ass bands on the scene who have definitely done their homework on Thrash metal and German Thrash metal. As I said, this album sounds like what would happen if Dimmu Borgir had a baby with every thrash metal band in the world. I say that because the vocals are black metal esque with the thrash metal sounds. This was definitely a pleasure to listen to, lovers of Thrash should check it out. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.