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vividWe here at Moshpits and Movies wanted to show our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by celebrating all the great African American musicians that have been in the rock and metal scene. So for this week’s album of the week, we are checking out one of the biggest records of 1988 that took the world by storm in Living Colour’s debut album Vivid. The album was released on May 3, 1988 and it featured Corey Glover (Vocals), Vernon Reid (Guitars), Muzz Skillings (Bass), and Will Calhoun (Drums) while the album was produced by Ed Stasium (Ramones/Talking Heads) and Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones). The album was a huge hit as soon as it dropped in the stores and it was reflected on the Billboard Top 200 charts as it peaked at number six as it went double platinum selling over 2 million copies worldwide and it took home a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for Cult Of Personality. Years later, the album is still immortalized as it’s listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it number 71 on their The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list. Former WWE Superstar CM Punk used it as his entrance music when he was an active wrestler and he even used it while in the UFC.

vivid back cover1. Cult Of Personality– The lead single off the album and a track that defined 1988 with it’s in your face funk metal stylings and hypnotizing guitar riffs. I always believed the track to be very anarchist at heart as it says we follow and listen to too many “leaders” for everything instead of looking within us. 5/5

2. I Want To Know– A track that is a little more on the funk rock side that is all about Corey wanting to know if the girl is into him or not. Just give him a sign!!! 4.5/5

3. Middle Man– A very Sabbathy opening riff that kicks it off before it switches up and the second single off the album is probably one of the best tracks on here. The track is about a guy who just wants to break from the pact to be his own person. 5/5

4. Desperate People– I loved how the track started and I loved Reid’s playing on it, but then it switched and started to resemble Led Zeppelin’s The Ocean. The track is about what you think, desperate people who go to desperate lengths to get their fix or whatever. 4.2/5

5. Open Letter (To a Landlord)– a track that was co-written with poet and musician Tracie Morris and it’s a track that targets owners of houses in slum sections of the cities and how they don’t care about the inhabitants, but rather the dollar signs they see. Corey’s vocals shine truly on this track, he has such an amazing voice. 4.8/5

6. Funny Vibe– a track that features Public Enemy and a track that asks a serious question as it questions racial stereotypes that had plagued black communities for a while. I love the funk playing on this track that gives the Chili Peppers a run for their money. 4.4/5

vivid-4fb71aae83afc7. Memories Can’t Wait– The band’s classic cover of the Talking Heads track 5/5

8. Broken Hearts– a track whose rhythm section deserves a lot of credit as the bass and drum tracks carry this amazing song, but Vernon’s playing is beautiful on this track and different than the record up to this point. The track features Mick Jagger playing harmonica and Dennis Diamond as a Carnival Barker on it as well. 5/5

9. Glamour Boys– A track that was nominated for a Grammy in 1990 for best hard rock performance is a track that explores young men that are obsessed with high society, clothing, cars, etc. This track was produced by Mick Jagger and features him on backing vocals as well. 4.3/5

10. What’s Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)– a funk rock track that I am not exactly sure the meaning of it other than it sounds like it could be the theme song to Living Color the TV Show. 4/5

11. Which Way to America?– I love the bass riff that opens this track and is complimented by Reid’s funk styled playing. I think the track is about how the media tries to paint the picture of America to be fine and everyone living large while outside in reality America really isn’t fine at all. 4.3/5

My Final Thoughts– What an amazing album from beginning to end that was very different than what we were used to at this point in the 1980’s. The album was definitely a welcomed change to the scene and that is why it lives on. Corey Glover’s vocal performance is such a true highlight of this album as he brings soul to his vocal performance as he also brings the edginess as well. That is why I am going to give the album 4.59 stars out of five for a final grade.

hatebredd coverWhen I think of hardcore music blended with metal, I do not think of the metalcore genre. No, the first thing that comes to mind is Connecticut hardcore legends Hatebreed who took the genre and brought it right to the forefront. in the early to mid 2000’s.  That is why for today, I have decided that I was going to check out the band’s self titled fifth studio album as this week’s Album of the Week. The album was released on September 29, 2009 via E1 Music and it featured Jamey Jasta (Vocals), Frank Novinec (Rhythm Guitar), Wayne Lozinak (Lead Guitar) for the first time on a studio album, Chris Beattie (Bass), and Matt Byrne (Drums) while the album was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris. When talking about the album Jamey Jasta had this to say, “This is our fifth studio album and it’s a monster! We’ve survived some pretty rough times and the music shows it. There was no reason to change the recipe that our fans know and love but we added a few brutal new ingredients and we’re more than amped on the results. Violence is a given!” The album peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while it peaked at 4 on the US Independent Albums, 8 on the US Top Hard Rock Albums, and 16 on the US Top Rock Albums.

35ce1096578ffb3b6ad9a01e2dc51235.1000x1000x11. Become the Fuse– The track kicks off with a little bit of a punk feel to it while remaining true to their sound especially when the chorus drops in this track that is all about motivating you to be the spark in your life to do something instead of waiting for others to do it for you. 4.5/5

2. Not My Master– True to that Hatebreed sound through and through with the guitar feedback that kicks off the track before they drop the hammer. I think the track is all about fighting substance abuse and how you remind yourself that the addiction is not your master. 5/5

3. Between Hell and a Heartbeat– I love the beginning of this track because it has such a doom (in an apocalyptic way) like metal riff to it before the band absolutely shreds. I think the track is all about how you get to that moment in a relationship where you’ve lost all hope and you can’t take anymore. 4.5/5

4. In Ashes They Shall Reap– One of my favorite tracks of all time when it comes to Hatebreed. I just think the track is all about how no matter what you throw at him he will never give up because he was, “born to bleed, fighting to succeed. Built to endure what the world throws at me.” 5/5

5. Hands of a Dying Man– a bad ass track that in my opinion is all about a man who is not afraid of death because he has accepted his fate and is willing to walk that road. The track has a Slayer like guitar solo thrown in there which was cool. 5/5

6. Everyone Bleeds Now– an in your face track that just makes you want to punch something and I don’t know what the track is about, but it kicks ass. This was also a sick track to see live and see the pits for this one. 5/5

ee1171142818fc39e77b1aaa01d36f96.1000x1000x17. No Halos for the Heartless– a very metal track in the beginning with the gang vocals before it becomes the hardcore track we all knew it would be. It’s all about worthless pieces of crap are ruling the worlds instead of the people that deserve it. 4.5/5

8. Through the Thorns– I love this bass driven track that has that metal riff to it in this song that is all about persevering on no matter how difficult the road. Seriously, Chris Beattie’s playing is on point on this track. 4.5/5

9. Every Lasting Scar– an upbeat hardcore/punk anthem that is all about Jamey  reflecting back on the long hard journey the band has had to get where they are. 4.5/5

10. As Damaged as Me– There is something deep going on in this song that I am not going to try and guess what it is because I am not sure. It has one hell of a breakdown moment during the track. 4.5/5

11. Words Became Untruth– an in your face track that seems to be about suicide and how it can take over our every thought or at least when we get into a downward spiral. 4.5/5

12. Undiminished– an instrumental track on the album. 5/5

Hatebreed13. Merciless Tide– a awesome track that I think is saying that even though it seems like shitty people get away with stuff all the time, they too have a day of reckoning. 4.5/5

14. Pollution of the Soul– a thrash like classic from the band that technically ends some versions of the album depending on what you have. The track is about how it is so easy for the liars of the world to fill your head with lies that you have to be able to fight it. 4.5/5

15. Escape– On some versions you get this amazing cover of a Metallica classic from my favorite album Ride The Lightning. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Hatebreed never disappoints with every album, but besides Perseverance, this is one of my favorite Hatebreed records ever. There are way too many amazing tracks on the album to list, but I have always loved In Ashes They Shall Reap, Hands of a Dying Man, Not My Master, and Everybody Bleeds Now. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

81Before 2005, not too many people knew who Avenged Sevenfold were and if they did it was only because of one track and that was Unholy Confessions. That was all about to change for the band when they sat down to record their third studio album which happened to be their first major label debut. On June 6, 2005, the band would release City Of Evil which saw a lot of changes. The band was still made up of M. Shadows (Vocals), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass), and The Rev (Drums), but the sound of the band would change. The band took more of a rock sound when it came to approaching this one which even included M. Shadows training with a vocal coach Ron Anderson (he worked with Axl Rose). The changes were for the better as it reflected on their album sales as it debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Top 200 seeing the band sell over 2.5 million in a time when a lot of bands were not accomplishing that and this was as of 2015 their best selling album. Guitar World ranked it number 63 on their 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time list as well as appearing on Kerrang‘s 666 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and 50 Albums You Need To Hear Before You Die.

571. Beast And The Harlot– The third single released from the album and the opening =track featuring their sped up version of Guns N’ Roses styled hard rock chaos. The track is about the fall of Babylon, The Great. 5/5

2. Burn It Down– The first single released off of the album and a true highlight in my opinion as it starts off with The Rev’s amazing drum work before the band shows their love for power metal. I think the track is about how he is willing to fight for what is his no matter what you think. 5/5

3. Blinded In Chains-a great track musically that M. Shadows says is about, “Blinded In Chains” is about the philosophical war between Republicans and Democrats. The former are excessively closed-minded.” He also says that politicians are, “a bunch of — idiots where everyone looks at Michael Moore and does what he says.” I can’t argue with him there. 4.5/5

4. Bat Country– One of the biggest singles ever released by the band as the song was heavily influenced by Hunter S. Thompson’s book Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. The song title is actually from a line in the book. 5/5

5. Trashed and Scattered– another in your face, razor sharp guitar drive tracks that is all about the band rejecting all the hate from critics because they don’t play music for them, they play it for the fans. 4.5/5

Avenged Sevenfold - City of Evil (2005) (CD, Album)6. Seize The Day– a ballad of sorts for the band that I would say is the band’s November Rain. The track is about someone who wasted their chance in life at happiness so he is telling you to seize the day and not look back. No more what if’s!!! This is one of the best Avenged Sevenfold tracks ever!!! 5/5

7. Sidewinder– a hard rock classic from the band that has a very Metallica Black Album sound to it. The track also features Synyster Gate’s dad providing a acoustic guitar solo for the song. 4.5/5

8. The Wicked End– I love the bass work from Johnny in the beginning before Gates and co. come in with a shred fest. I think the song is about the end of the world and how we ruined it. 4.5/5

9. Strength of the World– I love the acoustic intro to the track with it’s western flare and the orchestra on the track. It gives the song a very epic feel to it in this track that is about a man who is there to avenge the death of his family. 5/5

10. Betrayed– a very amazing tribute to the death of the great Dimebag Darrell who was taken just the year before. 5/5

11. M.I.A.- an eight minute epic that is all about a soldier who is M.I.A. in war and it could be about the Iraq war considering when the album was released, but it really could be about any war. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– One of their best albums in my opinion as the band showed potential in this one as far as songwriting abilities and it only become greater with every release after this one. This one established them as a heavy hitter on the scene. There really isn’t a bad track on the album, but my favorites I obviously gave a five star rating. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

810j2mCjpZL._SS500_Marilyn Manson has had one heck of a career in my opinion and one that has seen it’s fair shares of ups and downs. He rose to the very top for a long time only to drop off a little bit before reclaiming his place in the world. The album that truly catapulted him into the spotlight was none other than his second studio album Antichrist Superstar which came out on October 8, 1996 via Nothing/Interscope and was produced by Manson, Trent Reznor, Sean Beavan, and Dave Olgilvie. The lineup credited with working on the album are Manson (Lead Vocals, Guitars), Daisy Berkowitz (Guitars), Twiggy Ramirez (Bass/Guitars), Madonna Wayne Gacy (Keys/Loops), Ginger Fish (Drums), and Zim Zum who does live guitar on Dead To The World. While the album was extremely controversial in it’s day, it was also hugely successful as well. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts in the US while peaking at number two in Canada, and number five in New Zealand while the album was certified platinum in the US (almost hitting double status). It also received a crap ton of accolades since it’s release with too many to list, but Rock Sound in France ranked it 11TH on their 150 greatest albums of our lifetime list.

111358511_802156461. Irresponsible Hate Anthem– The first track of the album, cycle I: The Heirophant, and the first track to kick off this rock opera concept album.I believe the track was recorded live as well. It’s in your face with a punk flare to it and features some awesome bass playing from Twiggy. It’s a track lashing back at the identity of America and the idea that we are free. 5/5

2. The Beautiful People– The lead single off the album is this drop d tuned power chord heavy track that kicks ass. On wikipedia, they describe the song’s meaning saying, “Lyrically, it is entwined with the Antichrist Superstar album’s overarching theme, a semi-narrative examination of the Nietzschean Übermensch. Within this context, “The Beautiful People” deals explicitly with the destructive manifestation of the Will to Power (“There’s no time to discriminate / hate every motherfucker that’s in your way”), while also exploring Nietzsche’s view of master-slave morality (“It’s not your fault that you’re always wrong / The weak ones are there to justify the strong”), particularly the concept’s connection with Social Darwinism and its relation to various political and economic systems such as capitalism and fascism (“Capitalism has made it this way/Old-fashioned fascism will take it away.” 5/5

3. Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World– I love this song and always thought it was underrated in this track that is all about the worm’s experiences in the world living among the “Beautriful People” of the world and all of the lies he experiences. The last minute of the track is one of my favorite segments on the whole album. 5/5

4. Tourniquet-The second single off of the album and probably one of the best Marilyn Manson songs ever written. The heavy Alice Cooper influenced track is said to be influenced by dreams that Manson had. He described them saying, “I’ve always had these dreams about making a girl out of all these pieces of prosthetic limbs, and then taking my own hair and teeth that I saved from when I was a kid and very ritualistically creating this companion.” It’s the last step before he becomes the little Horn. 5/5

71QHsV5cIQL._SL1275_5. Little Horn– The first track in Cycle II: Inauguration of the Worm and the in your face death rock track actually has a biblical reference to it. The Little Horn is the last beast of the four beasts that David dreams about that is ruled by 10 kings, but that Little Horn is the scariest one and that is the Antichrist Superstar in our story. 5/5

6. Cryptorchid-a techno like beginning with some bass playing and is the shortest track on the album (and his discography as well).  The song overall is about how society likes to beat down their views into children’s heads before they can form their own opinions. 5/5

7. Deformography-a heavily keys/samples/loops driven track that is all about the worm wishing to get back at the “Beautiful People” of the world. 5/5

8. Wormboy– a crazy sounding track from Manson that mixes the guitars with the programming to give it a unique sound. I believe the song is about the worm being tempted by a being calling himself the Antichrist. He realizes that everything they said about sinning is true and he’s excited because he wants to live the sinful life but he’s not sure either. 5/5

9. Mister Superstar-A great rock track written by Twiggy that sees the worm as a rockstar now as he has evolved. I also think it’s a reflection of fame where no one knows you and wants to be around you until you become this big star. 5/5

10. Angel with the Scabbed Wings– a great track that sees the worm finally evolve into the the angel with the scabbed wings where he has people that worship and people that fear him. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album. 5/5

11. Kinderfeld– I have always loved the beginning and overall sound of this track which always sounded like a laser going off along with that ominous bass riff. I think the track is about the worm asking the Distengrator what it’s like to be that figure. 5/5

imgbin-compact-disc-antichrist-superstar-marilyn-manson-album-smells-like-children-marilyn-manson-TKt7DmzkNNK9w0CH3zCRW0ggU12. Antichrist Superstar– The first track of Cycle III: Disintegrator Rising and Manson says the song is about “I’m satirising the fascism of politics, of religion, and most importantly the fascism of rock’n’roll. Whether people are realising that, or simply buzzing off the spectacle, isn’t my concern. I’m thoroughly entertained by it as a massive piece of performance art because it has so many dimensions, because we’re the polar opposite of Nazism, would be the first to be destroyed by it, and we’re using that imagery against itself … Words and symbolism are only as powerful as you make them. Just looking at fascist imagery doesn’t make it hateful … All there is, is making people think for themselves. That’s it. No answers. You make your choice. Fascism is precisely what I’m out to destroy but if people see our show and see fascism, it’s in them already. It’s a self discovery and that’s what we’re here for, to make people think, enable self-discovery. I ain’t here to condemn or condone. I’m here to go against the grain. I’ve transformed my world so that I am my own work of fiction, with no boundaries to what I can do, no limits. I’m saying anyone can do that. Anyone.” 5/5

13. 1996– a industrial punk like pace on this song that is about being anti everything even anti you, etc. 5/5

14. Minute of Decay– a bass driven track that features some interesting sounds that the band created for the track. It almost seems like the track is sort of an off day for our main character who seems to be depressed about his new role. 5/5

15. The Reflecting God– This is an incredible song to hear live with it’s amazing chorus, but it’s another bass driven track that features some acoustic guitars in it by Danny Lohner as well as a wall of noise. It’s all about making up your own mind about life. 5/5

16. Man That You Fear– One of the eeriest songs ever written by Manson and the last track on the album. Things are different for the worm as he has become the man that everyone fears and there is no much he can do. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was one of the best albums that Manson ever wrote besides Mechanical Animals and one of the best alternative albums of the 90’s. The album was a perfect storm for him as it rose him to ranks that life was imitating art in a way as people feared him more. I gave the album five stars out of five for a final grade.

s-l640In 1985, one of rock and rolls most iconic voices took and chance and he left one of the premiere rock bands of the time. David Lee Roth decided to take a chance on himself when he left Van Halen to start his solo career with the 1985 EP Crazy From The Heat which was a re-envisioning of old lounge standards. The EP was so successful that he decided to record a full length debut album because if that did well with the audience then they obviously still wanted him. So, David aligned himself with some real deal musicians like Steve Vai (Lead Guitar) of Zappa fame, Billy Sheehan (Bass) later of Mr. Big, and Gregg Bissonette (Drums) who would go on to work with Elton John and Ringo Starr. The ending result with the caliber of musicians at his disposal resulted in the album Eat ‘Em and Smile which was released on July 7, 1986 via Warner Bros and was produced by Ted Templeman who had worked with Roth on Van Halen’s 1984. The album was a huge success for Roth as it peaked at Number four on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it featured two top 10 hits on the Mainstream Rock Track Chart.

David-Lee-Roth-Eat-Em-Smile-0021. Yankee Rose– I always loved the call and response sequence in the beginning of the track where Vai makes the guitar literally talk to Roth as they have a conversation in this track that is all about the Statue of Liberty. 5/5

2. Shyboy– a true gem on the album that features some sweet playing from Vai with some speed metal qualities especially with Bissonette. The track is all about a guy who is confident on stage with the band, but can’t get girls off the stage. 5/5

3. I’m Easy– a cover of the blues classic by Billy Field that showcases Roth’s love for the blues. 4.5/5

4. Ladies’ Nite In Buffalo?–  a slow paced blues track that is bass driven for most of the song and it seems to be about a guy who can’t get laid when it’s ladies night in Buffalo. 4/5

5. Goin’ Crazy!– The second single released off of the album that features some cool arrangements including the synth sounds we enjoyed from 1984, but with more guitar. Apparently, this was meant for a soundtrack to the film version of Crazy From The Heat that never happened. 5/5

eat-em-and-smile-51c71a0805b576. Tobacco Road– A very cool cover of the blues classic that was written by John D. Loudermilk and re-imagined for the time. 5/5

7. Elephant Gun– a hard charging hard rock track that I believe that David is singing about a transvestite. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that is what is about. 4/5

8. Big Trouble– He sort of raps on this song at least during the verses before he unleashes his signature wails. 4/5

9. Bump And Grind– If you can’t tell by the title what this song is about then you are naive in this dirty blues rock classic. 4/5

10. That’s Life– The last track on the album and it’s David covering this Fran Sinatra classic and making it his own. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was definitely one of my favorite full length releases from David as every other album was a hit or miss for me. I decided to cover this album right when I heard David was going to fly solo for the first time in 13 years to tour with Kiss. Besides my obvious favorites, Shyboy is definitely a track to check out and I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

original_441I thought a lot about this week’s album of the week pick because I didn’t want to reach the 500 album milestone without never covering an album by The Beatles. The band which was made up of John Lennon (Vocals/Guitars), George Harrison (Guitars/Vocals), Paul McCartney (Vocals/Bass/Guitars/Piano), and Ringo Starr (Drums/Vocals) is whether you love, like, or hate them is the greatest band to ever live because there is The Beatles and then everyone else. The band released their first album in 1963 and just imagine that on September 26, 1969, the band would release their 11TH studio album and one of my personal favorites in Abbey Road via Apple Records and produced once again by the fifth Beatle George Martin. This was a significant album for the band as it was the last time that all four members had participated in the recording process and while Let It Be was released the following year in 1970, most of that was recorded before Abbey Road. They say that the band had so many disagreements on previous releases that once this album was complete, John had secretly quit the band while Paul went public the following year after the release of Let It Be. The album was one of the most successful releases as it went number one on the Billboard Top 200 as well as number one in Holland, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Spain, and West Germany. Funny enough, the 2019 reissue of the album went number one in the UK, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, and Belgium. The album has also sold over 12 million copies in the United States giving it Diamond status showing how influential the album really is.

abbey-road-back-cover2jpg1. Come Together– The track with that famous drum roll, Lennon saying shoot me (accompanied usually by a hand clap), and and cool as ice guitar riff kicks off this classic Beatles track that was originally written by John and intended as a campaign song for Timothy Leary who was running against Ronald Reagan in California at the time. 5/5

2. Something– Frank Sinatra once said that this was one of the top 50 love songs of all time and it was the song that rose George Harrison to the same status as a songwriter with Lennon and McCarthy. It was a love song written to his first wife Pattie Boyd. 5/5

3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer– This is an example of how an upbeat song can be so dark if you really pay attention to the lyrics. The track is about a student named Maxwell Edison who goes around murdering people with a hammer as his weapon of choice. While I love the inclusion of the Moog synthesizer and Anvil hits, this is often credited as the song responsible for breaking up The Beatles. 5/5

4. Oh! Darling– a sort of r&b styled rock track that saw Paul McCartney sing the song by himself every day until he got the perfect take. He wanted it to sound like he had been singing the song all week in the clubs to get a rough sound. John Lennon once said, “Oh! Darling’ was a great one of Paul’s that he didn’t sing too well. I always thought I could have done it better – it was more my style than his. He wrote it, so what the hell, he’s going to sing it.” 5/5

5. Octopus’s Garden– The world famous Ringo Starr song that we all love and expect to hear live from him. This was the last song recorded by the band that featured Ringo on vocals and it all came because instead of getting his order of Fish & Chips, he received squid instead. The boat’s captain then told him a story of how Octopuses travel along the sea bed collecting rocks to build a garden. 5/5

6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)– An unusual song for the band as it was almost 8 minutes in length and lacked a lot of lyrics. It was John’s love song to Yoko Ono and it’s a track that I think could be credited in helping Black Sabbath finding their sound. 5/5

beatles-abbey-road-label_027. Here Comes The Sun– Another amazing Beatles track that was written by George Harrison who was playing hokey that day as he spent at Eric Clapton’s house instead of with the rest of the band. The lyrics have to do with George’s joy at the sight of spring and how he felt being away from the drama in The Beatles camp. 5/5

8. Because-The track starts off with the cool electric harpsichord sound played by producer George Martin in which John enters and he copies on guitar what the harpsichord is doing. The song is eerie, but musically amazing with the vocal harmonies from Harrison, Lennon, and McCarthy as it ends in the famous diminished triad or the devil’s note. 5/5

9. Medley- The Beatles recorded 8 short tracks for a medley 5/5:

A. You Never Give Me Your Money-The first track written for the medley and it documented all the troubles The Beatles were having financially. It starts off as a piano ballad before it finishes with some amazing guitar work.

B. Sun King-as the song fades in from the harbor sounds of the last track, the vocal harmonies take over in this track that George once claimed was inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross.

C. Mean Mr. Mustard-John based this track which he also said was his least favorite on a mean Scottsman who was cheap with his money.

D. Polythene Pam– Lennon says, “That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England’s answer to Allen Ginsberg … I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. She didn’t wear jack boots and kilts, I just sort of elaborated. Perverted sex in a polythene bag. Just looking for something to write about.”

E. She Came In Through the Bathroom Window– A track McCarthy has said was about their dedicated fans, “We were bored, he was out and so we decided to pay him a visit. We found a ladder in his garden and stuck it up at the bathroom window which he’d left slightly open. I was the one who climbed up and got in.”

F. Golden Slumbers-a track that was based off of a Thomas Dekker lullaby entitled Cradle Song. It was a beautiful written track with pianos, string arrangements, and bass guitars.

G. Carry That Weight-a track that McCarthy wrote that kind of signified what they would go through after The Beatles as nothing they did would have the same impact as this music did.

H. The End– Paul McCartney said, “”I wanted [the medley] to end with a little meaningful couplet, so I followed the Bard and wrote a couplet.” John confirmed saying, “That’s Paul again … He had a line in it, ‘And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give,’ which is a very cosmic, philosophical line. Which again proves that if he wants to, he can think.”[4] Lennon misquoted the line; the actual words are, “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make…”

10. Her Majesty– This was originally a hidden track on the album and the track only featured Paul McCartney written as sort of a music hall styled track and it;s only 26 seconds long. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-For a group that was eventually on their way out following the release of this and Let It Be, they created some of the greatest music ever. As I said before, there’s The Beatles and then there is everyone else after them. The whole entire album is a classic which is why I gave it five stars out of five for a final grade.

hqdefaultOver the course of the last thirty years or more, we have seen countless celebrities, athletes, and other form of entertainers enter the music world from Eddie Murphy to Shaquille O’Neal, Juliette Lewis, and even the one and only William Shatner. I am one that believes that only a select few can leave their own domain and be successful in one that people are not familiar with. When I say that they are a select few, I truly mean it because the only ones I can think of are Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) and AEW World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho who in 1999 decided to venture into the world of metal with the rhythm section of Stuck Mojo to form Fozzy. Chris Jericho who is the band’s lead singer has described the band which is made up of Rich Ward (Lead Guitar/Keys), Frank “Bud” Fontsere (Drums), Billy Grey (Rhythm Guitar), and Randy Drake (Bass) saying, “If Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy.” On October 13, 2017, the band would release their seventh studio album Judas which was the band’s third to chart on the Billboard Top 200 peaking at 147 with the lead single and title track being a minor radio hit.

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc50 (1)1. Judas– The lead single off the album and one of my favorite Fozzy songs ever can also be heard as Chris’s current theme song in AEW. I just love the big bass/guitar slam power chord style mixed with the melodic in this track about someone who can’t help but sell people out. He is addicted to success and will do anything to get it. 5/5

2. Drinkin’ With Jesus– A big time Saliva style Nu Metal track here in this song that is all about someone who is addicted to the excesses of life on the road. 4.5/5

3. Painless– Almost the same style as Judas as far as the sound is concerned in this track that is all about how drugs can make death seem painless. 4.5/5

4. Weight of My World– The track almost has an industrial dance rock feel to it in this track that I think is about whether or not you can handle someone who is destructive and unapologetic about it. 3.5/5

5. Wordsworth Way-a track that while it has some heavy elements to it, they mix the keys along with it in this track that is all about someone that Chris must have lost that he was really close with. 4.5/5

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc506. Burn Me Out-a kind of groove metal track with a little bit of a dance flow to it that is all about living life to the fullest because you don’t want to have any regrets. 4.5/5

7.  Three Days in Jail-a Nu metal track all the way through featuring Hyro The Hero rapping on the song as well in a track about he miseries of being locked up. 4/5

8. Elevator-Kind of a funky track that I honestly think is just a track about getting high. I could be wrong, but judge for yourself. 4/5

9. Running with the Bulls-a cool track that I think is talking about how you have to just keep running forward and not in reverse and just ride with the bulls. 4.5/5

10. Capsized-a track that is all about how when we fail at something, we sort of feel capsized because we usually just give up and never continue moving forward. 4.5/5

11. Wolves at Bay– an in your face metal track that ends the album that is all about no matter what, you can not give up and you have to keep those that always trying to push you down at bay. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was a decent album from Jericho and co., but I can definitely see why it didn’t sell as much as the previous album. My favorite songs are Judas and Wolves At Bay while my least favorite is Weight Of My World. So, I am giving the album 4.36 stars out of five for a final grade.

R-3389224-1377464743-7582.jpegI couldn’t believe in all the years that I have been reviewing albums that I never did one on one of my favorite albums from not just the 1980’s, but from the band Ratt. The LA Sunset Strip heavies featuring Stephen Pearcy (Vocals), Warren DeMartini (Lead Guitar), Robbin Crosby (Lead Guitar), Juan Croucier (Bass), and Bobby Blotzer (Drums) would release their second album Invasion Of Your Privacy on June 13, 1985 via Atlantic Records and was produced by Beau Hill (Alice Cooper/Europe). Much like the band’s debut album Out Of The Cellar, the album would peak at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts with two tracks out of the three singles released charting on the Billboard Hot 100 while one single (Lay It Down) charted in the top 20 on the mainstream rock charts. The album which featured Playboy Playmate Marianne Gravatte on the cover and in the video for Lay It Down would go on to sell over 2 million copies certifying it double platinum making it a very successful album for the band and is the last album the band would make that would sell as many copies as it did and this was the last to chart as high as it did. 

ratt-812571-ab1. You’re In Love– The first track on the album that just rips right from the beginning in this song that is all about a girl that’s used to getting what she wants until she meets her match and falls in love with him. 5/5

2. Never Use Love– Another amazing guitar riff starts off this track written by Pearcy that is all about someone who doesn’t want their partner using love as a tool or weapon. 5/5

3. Lay It Down– Ratt’s last top 40 hit is next on the deck and it is absolutely amazing. I think the track is pretty deep in that it’s sung from a women’s perspective as they don’t always know what they want whether it’s to be pleased or be the pleaser. 5/5

4. Give It All– A great song that I think is about escapades with various women while on tour if you ask me. 5/5

5. Closer To My Heart– Much like Wanted Man on the previous record, this one starts with acoustics before Juan takes over with his bass riff before the comes in eventually in this track about being betrayed. 4.5/5

ratt-invasion-of-your-privacy-back6. Between the Eyes– This track could be the sequel to the previous track in where this is about someone who has cheated on you, but still wants to have sex with you. 4.5/5

7. What You Give Is What You Get– The third and final single off the album that was written by Juan Croucier. It has that power chord heavy intro with the guitar solo and the amazing playing from the band throughout in this track whose meaning is in the same vein as my way or the highway and it’s true because what you put in and is exactly what you get. 5/5

8. Got Me on the Line– A great track musically and lyrically. It’s about a guy who thinks that a women on the other line of a sex chat hotline is the real deal. 5/5

9. You Should Know by Now– A deep cut on the record that is all about someone who is going to enjoy life and not miss out on it. 4.5/5

10. Dangerous but Worth the Risk– an amazing deep cut on the record that also happens to be the last track and one of the best guitar tracks too. I think the track is all about the risks the guys take when they go on the road with groupies and drugs. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is one of the greatest albums the band ever did throughout their whole career. Almost every single track on this album is just absolutely amazing and worth listening to. That is why I am giving the album 4.85 stars out of five for a final grade.

dokkenOne of the most underrated bands to ever come out of the sunset strip metal scene will always be Dokken. They were musically different despite the overall look of the band that was made up of Don Dokken (Lead Vocals), George Lynch (Guitars), Jeff Pilson (Bass), and Wild Mick Brown (Drums). They may have shared the same area code as bands like Motley Crue, Ratt, etc., but they were definitely more melodic and more in the metal sphere then their peers. On November 22, 1985, the band would release their third studio album in Under Lock and Key via Elektra Records and was produced by Neil Kernon (Autograph/Queensrÿche) and Michael Wagener (Accept/Skid Row). The album was pretty successful for the band as it peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts (higher than Tooth & Nail which was 49) and it included two singles that would hit the charts as well. The album was certified Gold by 1986 and it was certified platinum by 1987 and it was well received by most critics who thought it was a more complete album from the bunch while also realizing that heavy metal purists would likely choose Tooth & Nail as a good introductory album.

13885296_f4961. Unchain The Night– The opening track on the album and I love the intro which is brooding and eerie with the bell ringing along with George’s clean channel playing before they turn it up to 11. I think the track is about a couple that is on the brink of breaking up and Don is optimistic that it isn’t done yet. 5/5

2. The Hunter-Another mid paced rock from the band that just absolutely rips as Lynch’s guitar roars in this track. I think the track is about how even though he has someone at home, the life of a rockstar just takes over and it’s excess on the road. The guitar solo on here is absolutely amazing. 5/5

3. In My Dreams– This is one of my favorite Dokken songs with the great harmonizing in the beginning to the roar of Lynch’s guitar to Don’s amazing vocals in this song about a lost love that still runs through his dreams. 5/5

4. Slippin’ Away– as one critic called this, a “saccharine ballad” and that is what it is and not exactly my favorite either from the band. 4/5

5. Lightnin’ Strikes Again– a return back to form with this track that actually sounds like a left over from Tooth & Nail as far as it’s tone and pacing. I think the song is all about performing on stage and everything that comes with it. 4.5/5

under-lock-and-key-4fc0571ab24c56. It’s Not Love– This may be the coolest Dokken song ever written with it’s cool bluesy guitar riff and harmonized gang vocal chants of It’s Not Love! 5/5

7. Jaded Heart– Another ballad on the album that I definitely like a lot better than the previous one. It’s about someone whose been through so much that they have a hard time seeing love. 4.5/5

8. Don’t Lie to Me– a rocker that is all about being sick and tired of loved ones lying to you constantly. 4.5/5

9. Will the Sun Rise– a deep cut on the record that I don’t think gets enough credit cause it has some great harmonies and a cool guitar riff. 4.5/5

10. Til the Livin’ End– The last track on the album and it’s a barn burner in this track that is all about a guy who is telling his girlfriend that he’s just in it for what he can get and nothing more, but she still keeps coming back. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album (which came out 34 years ago today) is definitely not as strong musically as Tooth & Nail, but it was a great follow up that doesn’t get enough credit. I loved Unchain The Night, The Hunter, In My Dreams, and It’s Not Love while Slippin’ Away is my least favorite track. I am going to give the album 4.65 stars out of five for a final grade.

angstOne of the genres that has always intrigued me is that of the industrial rock scene like Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and the band that I chose to review for today in KMFDM. I’ve been intrigued by the genre because it helped spawn a new genre in the 1990’s which was the industrial metal genre with bands mixing elements of industrial into their music like Fear Factory or even White Zombie. So, I have decided to look back at a band that I discovered one night thanks to Beavis And Butt-head when they played the video for the song A Drug Against War. It was then and in that moment that i was hooked and wanted to know more about KMFDM. For instance their name stands for Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid which loosely translates to No Pity For The Majority in German. The group at this time was made up of Sascha Konietzko (Vocals/Bass/Synth/Arrangements/Production), En Esch (Vocals/Guitar) who was back since quitting during the recording of the previous album, Svet Am (Guitar/Piano), making his first appearance with the band Mark Durante (Guitar) with additional help from Dorona Alberti on vocals. On October 13, 1993, the band would release their seventh album Angst via Wax Trax! Records and is considered by many critics to be their best album.

angst back cover1. Light- The first track on the album that also features vocals from Dorona Alberti with it’s industrial dance rock elements helps kick things off. 4.5/5

2. A Drug Against War– The first track i had ever heard from the band and it’s an all out Industrial Metal assault with the razor fast guitars and the Ministry like electronic drum kit. I think it’s a track about how we need to stop letting those in charge determine what is good or bad for us. 5/5

3. Blood (Evil Mix)– an Industrial rock banger in this track that is all about telling you that there will be times when you have to just look the other way as far as morality if you want to move ahead. 4/5

4. Lust-Another Industrial rock/dance like track that is all in German. It’s all about desiring someone that you know you can’t have. 4/5

5. Glory– I love the mixing of heavy guitars with the industrial dance element in this track. The track is all about how corrupt our society is and how the rich and government can get away with anything. 4.5/5

images (1)6. Move On-what a track musically first of all, unbelievable guitar riff helps drive this track that I think is all about moving on from what we have known before 1993. Like society starting fresh. 5/5

7. No Peace– You can definitely hear where Marilyn Manson got some of his influence from with this track that is all about no matter how hard we try, we ill never have peace in this world. 4.5/5

8. A Hole in the Wall– an industrial metal track that is a weird kind of love song. It’s all about one man’s encounter with a dominatrix (at least in my opinion) and how he loves it. 5/5

9. Sucks– For years people have speculated what KMFDM has stood for and this according to Wikipedia is, “a tongue-in-cheek reference to the various (false) interpretations of the initialism “KMFDM” at the time, including “Kill Mother-Fucking Depeche Mode”, “Kidnap Madonna For Drug Money” and “Kylie Minogue Fans Don’t Masturbate.”” 4.5/5

10. The Problem– The last track on the album is all about how when someone is different or they don’t quite fit in that we automatically say that there is something wrong with them and that the system is broken even though it’s just them being themselves. Dorona Alberti  has a larger presence in this track as she sings a lot of the song. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is considered by many to be the starter kit for anyone looking to get into KMFDM and it makes sense seeing as it is their seventh album. There is a great mixture of Industrial Metal and the Industrial Dance element which made it a fun record to listen to. My favorite tracks are A Hole In The Wall, A Drug Against War, and Move On. I am going to give the album 4.55 stars out of five for a final grade.