Posts Tagged ‘Album Of The Week’

62832bf2b09acaf22004efd916863b2eBack in November of 2014, the world lost Industrial/Nu Metal titan Wayne Static who was known as the King of Evil Disco. Wayne was know for having that iconic hair style very reminiscent of Legion of the X-Men.  He was also known for his unique vocal delivery style that was infectious to try and imitate. I don’t know why I haven’t covered a single album, but there is a reason I chose the one I did. I could have chosen Wisconsin Death Trip as this week’s album, but Machine was the very first Static-X album that I purchased myself. The album was released on May 22, 2001 and it was produced by Ulrich Wild. The band was made up of Wayne Static (Lead Vocals/Guitars), Tony Campos (Bass), Ken Jay (Drums), Tripp Eisen (Lead Guitar, but never recorded a note for the record), and Koichi Fukuda (Keyboards/Programming). The album was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it the highest charted album for the band (Cult Of Static was the second highest).

51W49reL+2L1. Bien Venidos– Just an intro track of people clapping as some music starts and it leads into the next track. 4/5

2. Get To The Gone– Some insane growling open up this monster of a track that reminds me of the track The Great Southern Trendkill in how it opens. Campos amazing bass playing is present in this track that seems to be about how things have changed since their early days. 5/5

3. Permanence– An industrial dance beat very reminiscent of Ministry opens up this track that talks about how the band hates the current mainstream scene. 4/5

4. Black And White– One of the coolest tracks on the album that just grooves as he talks about how there is no middle ground in life, everything just ends up black and white. 5/5

5. This Is Not– The very first single released off the album that is just a sledgehammer of a track and very in your face as he screams This Is Not!!! I can only assume that he is talking about things can change and you just feel like nothing is the same. 5/5

6. Otsego Undead– The industrial metal dance song that would Al Jourgensen happy in a track that he could be talking about the undead, but then again thic could be about a town in Michigan that Wayne attended college near. 4.5/5

machine-526b60c4ea6217. Cold– One of my favorite tracks on the album that is very sludgey in nature with the bass and guitar riffs in a track that is associated with vampires and such. 5/5

8. Structural Defect– A supercharged track that talks about someone who is just trying to be themselves in a world where every one forces drugs on to you. 4.5/5

9. …In A Bag– A cool track that is actually about being on a tour bus and not being able to take a shit. Write what you know and experience. 4/5

10. Burn To Burn– a cool track that I think is talking about life and what it gives you may not always work out in your favor. 4/5

11. Machine– The title track on the album opens up with some cool industrial beats that remind me a little of what Fear Factory has done. The vocal approach is definitely different for Wayne on this track as well as it sounds like he whispers the verses. The song could be about their previous guitar player, but I’m not sure. 4/5

12. A Dios Alma Perdida– The last track on the album that starts really slow and sludgy with some sound clips included in this instrumental track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of my favorite releases from the band that showed that no sophomore slump existed for them. The album also saw them venture out a little more musically than in the previous album as well. My favorite track on the album is definitely Cold followed by Black And White. My least favorite track on the album would probably be the title track, but that isn’t me condemning the song either. Anyways, I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

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dead boysEvery once in a while when deciding on an album to cover for the Album Of The Week, I will venture off into different genres like Pop, Hip Hop, Mashups, and even punk rock music. Well, I am not sure if I have covered a punk album, but this week’s band is one that I remember from the CBGB‘s film that was directed by Randall Miller and released in 2013. The Dead Boys were a band from Cleveland, Ohio that were depicted to be this band that were just 100LL octane (Jet Fuel) energy and one of the most dangerous bands around. The band essentially only released two studio albums while they were an active unit and I am going to cover one of them in 1978’s We Have Come For Your Children which was released in June of 1978 which means the album is having it’s 40TH Anniversary this year. The album was produced by Mountain vocalist/Bassist Felix Pappalardi and the album featured Stiv Bators (Lead Vocals), Cheetah Chrome (Guitar), Jimmy Zero (Guitar), Jeff Magnum (Bass), and Johnny Blitz (Drums) for the very last time. Stiv Bator would pass away in 1990 leaving no chance for another album.

wehavecome_lp_us_side11. 3rd Generation Nation– A cool build up opens up this rock track that is basically an anthem for the band telling everyone we could conform, but we are not going to and you’re going to pay for it. 4.5/5

2. I Won’t Look Back– A cool track written by Jimmy Zero that is all about even though he may not have been popular before, but now in his life he’s not worried about it so he’s not looking back. 4/5

3. I Don’t Wanna Be No Catholic Boy– A col track that features Dee Dee Ramone and Joey Ramone on background vocals. It’s a track basically saying f*** the rules of society, we here to have a good time. 4/5

4. Flame Thrower Love– It’s high octane rock and roll right here as Stiv Bator sings about just wanting to do whatever the hell he wants to. 4/5

5. Son Of Sam– Complete with dog barking in the beginning of the track it’s a very dark track that is Stiv singing in the perspectuve of the famous New York Blackouts serial killer of 1976. 5/5

IMG_88786. Tell Me– This is the band’s high octane cover of The Rolling Stones track from their self titled album. 4/5

7. Big City– A track that has to be Stiv or whoever talking about their experience coming from Cleveland to New York and everything that has happened leading to that. 4/5

8. Calling On You– A track that showcases the fact that these guys can get melodic, just listen to the opening of it. Then it’s high energy from then on out. 4/5

9. Dead And Alive– A pure rock and roll track that sees our hardened members of New York City and what they were going through in those times. 4.5/5

10. Ain’t It Fun-This is the last track on the album and it may be one of the greatest punk songs ever that was covered by Guns N Roses. It seems to be a true punk song in the lyrics as well as it’s just let me go against everything that is the norm because after all ain’t it fun. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I don’t understand how this band was considered just a punk band because they featured so many of the great elements of rock and roll. It’s no wonder that Guns N Roses paid tribute to them, you can hear elements of them in their music. My favorite track on the album is Ain’t It Fun and Son Of Sam. It’s tough to pick a least favorite track because all the music is great, but lyrically Calling On You makes no sense to me. I am going to give the album a 4.3 out of five for a final grade.


bleachAs I get older, you start to realize that maybe you didn’t fully appreciate what you had in front of you when you were in the age of discovery. The 90’s was that age of discovery for myself and I had largely ignored a lot of bands, but I certainly acknowledge and always have the impact that one band had on a whole entire scene. By 1992, the world was still listening to pop music and hair metal while a band in Seattle was getting ready to wake everyone up with their major label debut. The band was Nirvana and Nevermind was about to change the way we thought about music and it got us away from the mechanical stuff that Labels had been throwing at us for years. I’m not saying that the grunge scene wouldn’t become saturated with bands because that is what labels do. I for today however want to backtrack a little with Nirvana’s career to check out an album that was raw and fresh. Nirvana’s first album Bleach which was released in 1989 and it was the calm before the storm that the LA scene had no idea was coming. The band was made up of Kurt Cobain (Vocals/Guitar), Krist Novoselic (Bass Guitar), and Chad Channing (Drums). I didn’t name Jason Everman even though he was credited, but in reality he didn’t play a single note. In 1992, the album peaked at 89 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts while in 1994, it went number one on the Billboard US Top Catalog Albums charts. The 20TH anniversary release peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200.

bleach back cover1. Blew– Krist shines on this song in the beginning with his cool bass riff in this song about someone who just doesn’t live up to people’s expectations. It has the distinction of being one of the only songs the band continued to play throughout the time they were together and it was the second to last Nirvana song ever performed on stage together. 5/5

2. Floyd The Barber– The song has a very metal tinge to it which may have been thanks to a Celtic Frost tape that Krist admitted that the band listened to. The song’s lyrics talk about Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show, but it’s about a town that seems so perfect can have it’s dark secrets. This track features Dale Crover on Drums. 4.5/5

3. About A Girl– One of my favorite songs on the record that has a very melodic pop riff to it and that could be because Kurt spent a whole evening listening to Meet The Beatles!. 5/5

4. School– Distortion opens up this bass heavy track in Kurt’s love letter to school in which he actually hated. An amazing song on the record that has that punk flare to it mixed in with elements of rock. 5/5

5. Love Buzz– This is the band’s cover of the Shocking Blue track and it’s a perfect track for Krist to shine on. 5/5

6. Paper Cuts– Another track that has that metal feel to it especially in the beginning with the big drum beats, bass riffs matched with the distortion of the guitars. A very tortured track that seems to lead us to a point of Nirvana. You can see the similarities in this song with what Alice In Chains did with their careers. 4/5

sp34black7. Negative Creep– This is probably one of the most bad ass Nirvana songs ever recorded in history about an antisocial person in his perspective. 5/5

8. Scoff– a cool track that sees Kurt fire back at all the people that scoffed at him and didn’t believe he’d make it. 4/5

9. Swap Meet– A track that can be interpreted as a track about the Swap Meets that maybe Kurt was used to going to and a combo of a sorta love song too.  4/5

10. Mr. Moustache– This was a punk driven track that is all about Kurt distaste for racist bigoted jerks out there in the world. 4/5

11. Sifting– The last song on the record that is metal as hell in nature with some cool riffs from Kurt and a killer bass line from Krist. The track is about Kurt’s distaste for authority figures. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is an amazing record if you actually take the time to listen to it. The seeds in this band’s rise are planted on this record and obviously perfected with the next album. My favorite tracks on the record for sure are Negative Creep and About A Girl with my least favorite track being Swap Meet even though I didn’t hate it. Just on the scale of things, it would be my least favorite. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.


pink floydWhen you look at the amount of great musical groups that have transcended the test of time that come from England, it’s insane. You have The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd just to name a few. Those bands all have releases that are still analyzed, marveled, and worshiped to this very day. Today, we are going to marvel and analyze an album from a band that has never been to experiment with the way music is heard and listened to in Pink Floyd. The album that we are going to cover from them is one of their most legendary albums that sold over 45 million copies worldwide to be labeled the greatest selling record of all time in The Dark Side Of The Moon. The band at the time was made up of David Gilmour (vocals, guitars, Synthi AKS), Nick Mason (drums, percussion, tape effects), Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals, VCS 3, Synthi AKS), and Roger Waters (bass guitar, vocals, VCS 3, tape effects). ASs I said before, they sold a lot of albums and not surprising that it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it stayed on the charts for 741 weeks (From 1973 to 1988). Let’s just put it this way, every song on the album has been covered by various artists at one point or another.

dark side1. Speak To Me– The track is essentially an intro to what is tome come on the record as some would call it a sound collage. It does feature various sound effects and sound clips that will be featured in later tracks on the album. 5/5

2. Breathe (In The Air)– The first performance track of the album with it’s melancholic sound, but it is very rich in the texture as you listen in. I love the steel guitar sound that Gilmour uses for the track, it just adds to the texture. 5/5

3. On The Run– It’s just incredible how they created this instrumental track. They programmed a note sequence into a Synthi AKS and they sped it up and added a white noise generator to give that hi-hat sound that you hear. Then they do this thing with the guitars where they play it backwards by dragging a microphone down the fretboard. 5/5

4. Time– One of the most iconic songs on the album that features the clocks go off in the beginning of the track. Just to let you know each clock was recorded separately. I love the beginning of the track cause it sounds like something you’d hear at a gunfight in a spaghetti western. This is one of the greatest Pink Floyd songs in my opinion and one of the coolest rock songs ever. The track is great commentary on life and how we waste too much time and before you know, it’s too late. 5/5

5. The Great Gig In The Sky– Wright commented on the track saying, “Great Gig in the Sky? It was just me playing in the studio, playing some chords, and probably Dave or Roger saying “Hmm… that sounds nice. Maybe we could use that for this part of the album.” And then, me going away and trying to develop it. So then I wrote the music for that, and then there was a middle bit, with Clare Torry singing, that fantastic voice. We wanted something for that bit, and she came in and sang on it.” 5/5

dark side record6. Money– The track with the cash register sounds and the incredible opening bass riff by Waters made this the band’s first ever hit in the US. The track was recorded in a 7/4–4/4 time signature in a track that is all about what Money can do for you especially when you first get a taste for it. 5/5

7. Us And Them– The track comes in quietly with the Hammond playing from Wright and has more a jazz influence to it with the saxophone solos, etc. The time signatures for this track are very unique and too much to list. 5/5

8. Any Colour You Like– another instrumental track on the album that features synthesizers and a guitar solo as well as some scat vocals at one point. It’s one of the three songs that Roger Waters does not get writing credit for. 5/5

9. Brain Damage– With it’s very simple melody, Roger Waters wrote this song about former band member Syd Barrett’s mental state. 5/5

10. Eclipse– the last track on the album and it has that epic sound of a closing track. After you’ve absorbed the whole album, Eclipse feels like that point in the story when you say all is done and good. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The album is one of the greatest albums ever recorded and I am just going to let you know that it’s in the five star club cause it gets five out of five for a final grade. The album took the band to a whole new level that had never been seen by them ever before and rightfully so. My favorite track on the album is definitely Time and is followed by Brain Damage. It’s hard to pick a least favorite track on this album cause they are all great, but if I had to pick one it would be Speak To Me. Check this album out if you have not.

dopes to infinityBack in the 1990’s there were a lot of bands that complained about having fame and fortune even though it didn’t stop them from making music. The grunge scene had made it sort of uncool to be a rock band that enjoyed the spotlight until one band from New Jersey decided to come along and make it cool to rock again. The band that I am talking about is the stoner/psychedelic rock band known as Monster Magnet. In 1995, the band was made up of Dave Wyndorf (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, theremin, organ, bells, and mellotron), Ed Mundell (Bass, Guitar), Joe Calandra (Guitar, Bass), and Jon Kleiman (Drums). On March 21, 1995, the band would release their third album (first through A&M Records) entitled Dopes To Infinity that was produced by Wyndorf himself. Powertrip may have been the album that broke through the mainstream, but Dopes is the album that proved their were a rock dynamo. I don’t have figures on whether it charted on the Billbaord Top 200, but it did land at 22 on the US Top Heatseekers Chart while hitting 51 in the UK. The album itself was ranked 406 on Rock Hard magazine’s The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time book.

dopes to infinity back cover1.Dopes To Infinity– The title track kicks off the album and I read that the main guitar riff was “Lifted” from Woman Tamer by Sir Lord Baltimore. 5/5

2. Negasonic Teenage Warhead– A very cool track that Marvel Comics writer Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly used for a character (she’s in Deadpool and Deadpool 2). The song is the band’s response to all the grunge acts that reject fame. 5/5

3. Look to Your Orb for the Warning– A shorter version of this melodic and dark track appeared on the soundtrack to The Matrix. The song is very bare bones in nature, but it’s effective in a track that could be about tripping. 5/5

4. All Friends and Kingdom Come– A very cool and psychedelic riff takes over in this track that is about someone who is showing their dominance over another like a patient in a hospital being told by the orderly that he is in control. One of the coolest things is hearing the Theremin being played on the track. It reminded me of a White Zombie track 5/5

5. Ego, The Living Planet– The next track on the record that is all about the Marvel Comics character of the same name that appeared in Fantastic Four comics. 5/5

6. Blow ‘Em Off– A semi acoustic track like Space Lord that makes me think the lyrics are talking about someone who is finally leaving the nest and never looks back. 4.5/5

dopes to infinity CD7. Third Alternative– A track that many think is about a contingent plan involving Mars and the Moon, but I think the track is about a relationship that is toxic, but you just can’t get out of it. 4/5

8. I Control, I Fly– a bad ass rock song that is supercharged about a guy who doesn’t have a care in a world because he’s in control and he tells everyone to be original and not followers. 4.5/5

9. King Of Mars– a sludge driven track that that is about guys saying that the rock scene is up in the air for everyone to claim so he claims to be the king of the scene. I thinkt hat is what the lyrics are talking about. 4/5

10. Dead Christmas– a dark semi acoustic track and I have to be honest that I am not sure what the lyrics mean or what they have to do with Christmas, but this could be a loss of innocence track. There’s some bongo drums thrown into the track for fun once it goes electric. 4/5

11. Theme from “Masterburner”– A very cool instrumental track from the band that is full of high octane moments and just some kick ass rock music. 5/5

12. Vertigo– The last track on the album and it feels like starts right back where Theme ended, but this one is sludgy in nature as it’s a slow burn and I once again have no idea what he is talking about. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a superb release that really showcased what the band was capable of and what would we get to see later on in their careers as well. Favorite track on the album is a tough one, but I really enjoyed All Friends and Kingdom Come. Just the creativity that went in to that track is phenomenal. My least favorite track on the album goes to Third Alternative and I am not saying that I hated the track, just not one of my favs. I ma going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

night songsMarch of 2013 was the very first time I decided to engage in reviewing all my favorite and new rock and metal albums for the album of the week. As of this point in the game, I have reviewed 259 albums and for some strange reason I have never covered one of my all time favorite debut records from a band from Philly. Aerosmith may have won the MusicBowl which for the first time I ran exclusively on Twitter, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl and I want to cover an album from Cinderella. The band was made up of Tom Keifer (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Jeff LaBar (Guitar), Eric Brittingham (Bass), and Fred Coury (Drums, did not play on today’s album). On August 2, 1986, the band would release their debut album Night Songs after Jon Bon Jovi had discovered the band. Earlier I mentioned that Coury did not play drums on the record because that distinction belonged to former Boz Scaggs drumer Jody Cortez who was replaced before the album’s release. The album would have a ton of success as it peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it sold over 3 million copies go triple platinum.

night songs back1. Night Songs– One of the coolest first tracks with it’s eerie brooding wind sound with the bells as the cool guitars of Keifer and LaBar set the tone for this epic blues hard rock song that is all about the grind of being a band. 5/5

2. Shake Me– The lead single off the album that actually failed to chart, but it’s a classic rock track that is all about having a good time with some babes. It’s still a classic live track that Cinderella plays all the time so who cares 5/5

3. Nobody’s Fool– The second single off the album that actually charted for the band, it’s the classic ballad complete with some keys in it. One of my favorite tracks from the band that is all about a girl who recently left them and he’s having trouble with it. 5/5

4. Nothin’ for Nothin’– This blues rock classic about a guy who just doesn’t know when to appreciate everything he has because he just keeps taking, but when it’s all said and done, he has nothing. 5/5

5. Once Around the Ride– a no nonsense hard rock track from the band in a track that is about a guy who doesn’t wait for no one. 4.5/5

cinderella-830-0762-m1-cd6. Hell On Wheels– A hard charging blues tinged track that is all about the band saying that they’re done waiting around cause they’re going to take over your town. 4.5/5

7. Somebody Save Me– The ultimate rock song from the band that just has so much swagger that I wish I could give it a six. It’s one of those balls to the wall track that is just monstrous with every strike of the chords. 5/5

8. In from the Outside– a blues rock track through and through and it seems to be about a guy giving a young buck some advice like before you go looking for hell, be prepared for what comes afterwards. 4.5/5

9. Push Push– A very cool track that has been a live staple for the band in a track that is all about given a little lovin, a push push. 5/5

10. Back Home Again– The last track on the album and the band decided to mix a little metal into the track which gives it a cool sound. I feel like this track could be a little autobiographical for Keifer. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– If you can get past the album cover then you will discover one of the best bands to ever come out of that scene. I am saying right now that while it’s unfortunate that we never got any more Cinderella albums, the evidence is right there in front of us. Every single track on this record can be played in a live setting and I almost heard every track from this live. Check it out for sure, I am giving the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

see you in hellThe album of the week that I chose for today is an interesting choice as far as How it came about on my radar. Thanks to a suggestion from a brother of mine who is still a soldier of Metal, I was introduced to a Youtuber named RazörFist who does almost everything you can imagine on his page, but the one interesting thing is his Metal Mythos show where he breaks down your favorite bands like W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, Motorhead, and so many more. The one episode that I thought was interesting was the last minute episode he did for Grim Reaper. Grim Reaper which featured Steve Grimmett (Vocals), Nick Bowcott (Guitar), Dave Wanklin (Bass), and Marc Simon (Drums) were a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal act that formed in 1979. The band released their first album considerably late in 1985 after the initial run of the NWOBHM had already come and go and made way for the Hair Metal invasion. Nevertheless, their debut album See You In Hell was released through Ebony Records in the UK and RCA worldwide. The album would do OK as it peaked at number 111 on The Billboard Top 200 charts.

grim-reaper-21. See You In Hell– The title track kicks off the album with some driving force as Grimmett belts out, “I’ll see you in hell my friend.” It’s definitely the catchiest track on the record in my opinion and probably the best. 5/5

2. Dead On Arrival– Grimmett’s vocals definitely take center stage on this track that is all about losing people you know so live your life to the fullest. 4/5

3. Liar– An interesting track that si all about a guy who does everything for his woman and then finds out that she is cheating on him. 4/5

4. Wrath Of The Ripper– a barn burner that is all about the UK’s favorite nightmare Jack The Ripper. 4/5

see you in hell 25. Now Or Never– A track that you can definitely hear the band’s influences like Motorhead and Priest in a track about not wasting time and do what you set out to do because it’s now or never. 4/5

6. Run For Your Life-A Game Of Thrones type song about knights, dragons, and everything else cool about the fantasy genre. 4/5

7. The Show Must Go On– A ballad of sorts from the band which just means that the tempo is slowed down and it features some clean guitars in it. The track is obviously about a girl who left him and he’s just like yeah it sucks, but the show must go on. 4.5/5

8. All Hell Let Loose– A definite shredder that ends the album in a track that is about the devil letting hell loose on the earth. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was decent debut for the band especially considering the fact that they sort of came into the game a little late. The band would obviously only get better with age as was evident by Rock You To Hell. That would bode especially true for Steve Grimmett who honed his craft and became a viable force in Metal in my opinion. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.