Posts Tagged ‘Alice Cooper’

ultraspankFor the last two weeks, we have been exploring the Nu-Metal scene which was a scene that I heavily promoted on my early college radio show from 2000-01. One of the bands that I was admittedly obsessed with back in those days was the band Ultraspank which formed in 1995 after the break up of another band. On May 30, 2000, the band would release their most critically acclaimed album Progress which featured Pete Murray (Vocals and Programming), Dan Ogden (Bass), Jerry Oliviera (Guitar), Neil Godfrey (Guitar), and former Snot drummer James “Fed” Carroll. The album was produced by the great Peter Collins who had produced albums for bands such as Alice Cooper, Gary Moore, Rush, Queensrÿche, and so many more. I can’t find much online as far as the band’s chart history or how many albums the band sold, but it is considered by some critics as the best Nu-Metal album that was ever released.

51NZls8K2bL1. Push-An cool industrial like bass riff along with some drums opens up the track and launches into overdrive as soon as the chorus kicks in. I think the track is about that fear of growing old and knowing change is taking over, but you just have to push through it. 4.5/5

2. Crumble– A cool guitar riff leads us in to this track that is about someone who realizes that they are not growing as a person like their counterpart, so they need to change it. 4.5/5

3. Stuck– A ferocious track right from the get go, the song follows someone who feels like they are stuck in a situation that is going nowhere. You can hear elements that are very similar to bands like Taproot in this track. 4.5/5

4. Feed-The opening riff reminds me of Korn’s Shoots and Ladders until the song progresses forward. the song is about someone who constantly feeds you BS and pretends to be your friend, but they prey on you because he thinks you’re weak. 4.5/5

5. Smile-Bass and drums once again open the track with a mellow guitar riff that eventually follows in this track that has a huge similarity in style to Tool especially as Pete channels his inner Maynard James Keenan. 4/5

6. Click-A rockin tune that has a driving riff that will have you grooving to it especially when the chorus hits. The chorus has a flare to it that sounds like Static-X’s Push It. One of the best tracks on the album for sure. 5/5

R-11096097-1509798523-3387.jpeg7. Jackass-A hard driving rock track that slows down the tempo for the verse to the point that it’s only bass and drums with that ominous guitar riff that comes in to signal the chorus is near. This is another amazing track on the album that seems to be talking about someone who thinks they are great, but there really a…. 4.5/5

8. Crack– A track that seems to be talking about someone who is cracking under the pressures of what life brings that they are shutting themselves off to the world. 4/5

9. Invite Yourself In– A 16 second intro to the next track 4/5

10. Thanks-A track that is purely metal and in your face as it may be one of the heaviest tracks on the album for sure. 4.5/5

11. Left-A cool track that starts off heavy, but then it gets very melodic and evil sounding which is pretty cool. It has that Tool influence to it which I think is a cool touch in a track that seems to be about someone who needs to leave the place he is over guilt for something. 4.5/5

12. Where– This is one of the best and my personal favorite Ultraspank track that I played every chance I could on my radio show. It starts off with this cool acoustic side to it then a cool programmed riff comes in before the band launches into overdrive for the chorus. I just think it’s about keeping your head up because somewhere out there is a better place than this. you just have to find it. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The track features so many sounds that would be utilized in the scene right after it’s release and you can definitely hear the similarities with bands on the scene. This was an amazing release and it’s too bad that the band would break up shortly after the release, but those things happen. Check this one out on Spotify, iTunes, and on CD if you can find it. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five.

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220px-Alice_Cooper_ParanormalSometimes choosing the very next Rock video of the week can be as easy as 1-2-3, but then there are those times when it’s not. This week’s choice for rock video of thew week was not one of those difficult situations because it’s from the original king of shock rock Alice Cooper. After releasing his 27TH studio album Paranormal back in July of 2017, he has been supporting the record and just to let you know it’s one of the first records in a very long time to feature former Alice Cooper Band members like Dennis Dunaway as well as other special guests. Well to keep us entertained through the holidays, Alice has just released a video for the track The Sound Of A and we have it for you right here. The track was originally written by Alice before he even joined the band in 1967. It had been lost in the netherworld until Dennis brought the track to Alice’s attention and that is how it ended up on the record. The video is as eerie as the track as you see different people as they don the iconic make up of Alice Cooper throughout the video. Check out the video below and be on the lookout for the vinly 10″ release of the track in February.

war of the covers hallowed be thy nameLast week, we had all of you battle it out to decide who covered Alice Cooper’s He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) for War Of The Covers. You guys voted and you decided that One Man Army and the Undead Quartet had he better version. This week we have a monumental battle between two bands from very different backgrounds in metal united for one simple reason and that is their love of Iron Maiden. The song I chose for you guys to battle it out over has been in the news lately because of a little controversy called a songwriting dispute. In 1982, Iron Maiden released the album The Number Of The Beast which contained a track that would be played in almost every concert since then in the track Hallowed Be Thy Name. If you want to read all about the controversy, then you can do so here at NME.com because it’s no longer being played live. Anyways, there are two bands that have covered the song with one being a black metal band from England and the other being a metal band from Oakland, CA. In 2002, UK Black Metal legends Cradle Of Filth recorded a cover of the track for a compilation album that had two discs in Lovecraft & Witch Hearts. In 2007, Oakland metal outfit Machine Head recorded a cover of the song as part of a bonus disc to their sixth album The Blackening. Now as you know, only one cover can come out triumphant and make to the radio playlist for later this year. So, choose wisely, but most importantly just vote and let your voices be heard. You have until next week to decide!

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war of the covers copy He's BackLast week, we had an interesting triple threat match that saw Anthrax do battle with Tarot and Godspeed featuring Bruce Dickinson to decide who covered Black Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath better. You voted and decided that ultimately without contest that Anthrax had the best version. I want to let you guys know that coming in the fall will be my fourth Alumni Weekend Takeover at my Alma Mater and by voting, you are deciding what I am going to play because the winners of the War Of The Covers will be played on the show as we do a covers segment this year. With that being said, it is time to move on to this week’s War Of The Covers which features a track from the king of Shock Rock in Alice Cooper. Back in 1986, Alice recorded a track for the Friday The 13TH Part VI: Jason Lives soundtrack called He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) (It was also on the album Constrictor) that was epic with those synths and that cool bass line. This week we have two interesting bands in a European match as Sweden’s One Man Army and The Undead Quartet take on Finland’s Warmen featuring Alexi Laiho. One Man Army… covered the track for their 2007 album Error In Evolution while Warmen covered the song with Alexi of Children Of Bodom on vocals for their 2014 album First Of The Five Elements. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who covered it better and who makes the show this fall. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide.

As a horror or 80’s rock/metal fan, you may recognize the title of the song featured int his article, but you may not recognize the band. Well, I am here to tell you that you need to get acquainted with the name Beasto Blanco because the band features longtime Alice Cooper collaborator and bassist Chuck Garric and Alice’s daughter Calico Cooper on Vocals. The band decided to cover the 80’s Cooper classic Feed My Frankenstein and Chuck talks about the track saying, “I’ve been performing that song with Alice Cooper for years. I talked to Alice and said ‘I’m thinking about covering ‘Feed My Frankenstein’ on the Beasto Blanco record.’ Alice responded with ‘I think that would be a great idea. I think you guys will really knock it out of the ballpark.” The self titled album which comes out November 25TH via Rat Pak Records is a follow up to the bands debut 2013 record Live Fast, Die Loud. and if you are curious about the band’s sound just think of White Zombie and Motorhead. Of course this is your Halloween related Music Video Of The Week and you can check it out below:

Every week in October, we give you at least one Halloween related post whether it be the Music Video Of The Week or Single Of The Week. What we have right here is a little different than what we usually do, but it’s your Halloween related music video of the week. There have been tribute bands for as long as I can remember, but there have never been any like Mac Sabbath,a band that combines fast food culture with Black Sabbath music. The band parodies McDonald’s characters in a way that would make GWAR very proud with amazing costumes. The band is made up of Ronald Osbourne (parody of Ronald McDonald and Ozzy Osbourne) on vocals, Slayer MacCheeze (Its Motorhead meets Mayor McCheese) on guitar, Grimalice (Alice Cooper meets Grimace) on Bass, and the Catburglar (Peter Criss meets the Hamburglar) on drums. We grabbed a live video from Consequence of Sound‘s Youtube page for the band’s track Organic Funeral which is a parody of Black Sabbath’s Electric Funeral. The music is awesome and the lyrics are even better so I have to give the guys kudos for the lyrics. You definitely need to check these guys out as they head out on tour. I will have the tour dates for you guys below, but for now check out the video and check them out on Facebook as well.

The Mockstrosity Tour 2017 Tour Dates:
3/8/17 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge
3/9/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
3/10/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue & 7th St Entry
3/11/17 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies (tix: http://bit.ly/2dfxLIb)
3/12/17 – Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME – House Of Music & Entertainment
3/14/17 – Saint Louis, MO @ The Firebird
3/15/17 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
3/16/17 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
3/17/17 – Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
3/18/17 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
3/21/17 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
3/22/17 – Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
3/23/17 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
3/24/17 – Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
3/25/17 – Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium
3/28/17 – Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
3/29/17 – New York City, NY @ (le) poisson rouge
3/30/17 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
3/31/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC
4/1/17 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
4/2/17 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
4/5/17 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick (* without Okilly Dokilly)

pedalHere are your results for the Sweet Sixteen or second round as it was listed or if it helps you any better think of it as the divisional semifinals. We had some match ups in the second round that we thought were going to be good and some of them just ended up being landslide victories all due to fan participation thanks to the bands sharing it with their fans. In the Schuldiner division, the matches were complete blow outs as Destruction defeated Entombed AD by 25 votes and Kreator easily dispatched Cannibal Corpse (who had the best fan participation in the previous round) by 19 votes. That puts Kreator even closer to a chance at repeating as Pedal To The Metal Champion, but they’ll have to defeat fellow Big Four of Teutonic Thrash heavyweight Destruction to do so. In the Hanneman Division, Megadeth gained a big victory over fellow Big Four member Slayer by a single vote. Testament kicks out last years surprise band Death Angel by beating them by 6 votes. In the Dio Division, Iron Maiden has taken a step closer to the championship once again as they defeated two time champion Judas Priest by a vote. Newcomers Primal Fear continue to impress as they defeated the mighty Accept by five votes. Int he Lemmy Kilmister division, the upstarts defeated the legends. Ghost took down Alice Cooper by taking half the votes while Avenged Sevenfold just edges out Guns N Roses. Here are your Elite 8 (or divisional finals) matches:

Elite 8 Bracket