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600x600bfWhen you think of the grunge scene from Seattle of the early 1990’s, one of the first bands that comes to mind for me was always Alice In Chains. They were always the heavier band of the scene and their songs just kicked ass. After Layne Staley’s death in 2002, the future of Alice In Chains looked as good as dead, but that all changed when Jerry Cantrell (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Mike Inez (Bass), and Sean Kinney (Drums) reunited with William DuVall (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar) taking over Layne’s spot. In 2009, the band released Black Gives Way To Blue and they haven’t looked back since. We fast forward to 2018 and the band releases their sixth studio album Rainier Fog which was named after a Volcano that overlooks Seattle named Mount Rainier. The album also marked the first time the band had recorded an album in their hometown of Seattle since 1995’s self titled album (part of it was recorded in Seattle) and the album was once again produced by Nick Raskulinecz who produced the previous two. The album was voted Rock album of the year by you the readers at the 8TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards and it’s no surprise because the album peaked at 12 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as well as being the band’s first top ten hit in the UK and it debuted at number one on three different charts (Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts). You guys loved it and here it is!

CS699271-01B-BIG1. The One You Know– Apparently the track was inspired by David Bowie’s hit track Fame as Cantrell had explained that he wrote the track around the time of his death so it could have been an underlying influence. You can definitely hear the influence in the main riff. 5/5

2. Rainier Fog– The track that was named after a volcano is the band’s tribute to the Seattle grunge scene that spawned Alice In Chains and bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, etc. Cantrell told Classic Rock Magazine that the lyrics, “Left me he so all alone, only for me to find. Hear your voice on waves we rode, echoes inside my mind. Disembodied just a trace of what it was like then. With you here we shared a space that’s always half-empty” are about Layne Staley and Mike Starr. 5/5

3. Red Giant– A vintage styled Alice In Chains track that has some amazing melodies provided by both Cantrell and DuVall in a track that is all about how stardom can get to a persons head. 4.5/5

4. Fly-a very melodic track that starts off lyrically like how it’s telling you that you are going to fall and fail, but it reminds you never to give up and rise up and fly from the ashes. The track has an amazing guitar solo from Cantrell. 4.5/5

5. Drone-a bad ass track on the album that has a very Sabbath like sound to it that kicks ass and it features former Queensrÿche  guitarist Chris DeGarmo who provides the guitar solo for the track that during the recording of it, Cantrell just could nail it. 5/5

IMG_35476. Deaf Ears Blind Eyes-a track that reminds us that while we are blinded by rage or the untruths that are told to us, we also ignore what really is important to us when we dwell. 4/5

7. Maybe– a very melancholic and melodic track that seems to be Jerry questioning why he still continues on with music as so many of his peers have fallen over the years. It’s a pretty deep track on the album. 4.5/5

8. So Far Under– “It’s about feeling completely up against it – outnumbered, surrounded, facing seemingly unbeatable odds and being really pissed off about it. It was inspired by personal circumstances, as well as events in the wider world.” is what Duvall explained was the meaning of the track as he also plays the guitar solo on the track. 5/5

9. Never Fade-My favorite track on the album that DuVall wrote about the passing of his Grandma and the death of Chris Cornell that their memories will never fade. The track was voted Rock Single Of The Year by you the fans as well. 5/5

10. All I Am– Rolling Stone Magazine described the track as, “a swirling hard-rock tune that takes a long look backward, with sweeping guitar and echoes of Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin.” and I can’t say that I blame them. It’s a deep track that explores in my belief a song about someone who is so disconnected from others that he is lost from even himself. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was definitely a return to form for the band, but I have to say that they never really lost it to begin with. This album proves to us why Alice In Chains is needed in this world with so many amazing tracks on the album. Never Fade, So Far Under, Rainier Fog, The One You Know, and Drone are my favorites. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars for a final grade.

8th annual me awards2018 was definitely an interesting year for music and movies and we were proud to celebrate the year while we look forward to what 2019 may bring. We did things a little differently this year with the 8TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards as we had you guys take a quick survey to decide who you wanted to win Rock album of the year, rookie of the year (which was a new category) as well as movie of the year, actor of the year and many more. One of the other reasons why we decided to do things in a survey style is because we wanted the winners to be a total surprise to all of you out there. That way you can sit in anticipation to see if the album or film that you voted for won and if not I’m sure a film or album you like will win next year. Here are the winners below and here are the winners not pictured Rock Single Of The Year was Never Fade by Alice In Chains, Metal Single Of The Year was Bartzabel by Behemoth, Rock Video Of The Year was Mindf**ker by Monster Magnet, and Metal Video Of The Year was Interdimensional Summit by Dimmu Borgir :

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8th annual me awardsIt is that time of the year where we begin celebrating all the best of the previous year and as usual, we here at Moshpits and Movies are once again handling the music and movie side of the awards. We are unfortunately not working together with 365 Movies Challenge blog any longer, but we have reacquired Mr. X’s Punch Out who will handle the wrestling side of things. For right now though, we are looking at the music side of the awards which is now in it’s eighth year and we are pretty excited. Besides the usual awards for Album of the Year, Metal Album of the Year, etc., we have added a couple of new categories to the awards which are Cover of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Every year, there are plenty of bands that record covers of famous songs they love from bands and we want to celebrate by voting for the best one. Much like cover of the year, there are always new bands that pop onto our radar and we want to celebrate them as well. We tried our best to not include supergroups, but rather if it’s their current and only focus then they are allowed. So, now we just want to hear from YOU guys and see who you pick to win each award. You have until March 13TH to decide so choose wisely and just have some fun.

8th annual me awardsIt is that time of the year where we begin celebrating all the best of the previous year and as usual, we here at Moshpits and Movies are once again handling the music and movie side of the awards. We are unfortunately not working together with 365 Movies Challenge blog any longer, but we have reacquired Mr. X’s Punch Out who will handle the wrestling side of things. For right now though, we are looking at the music side of the awards which is now in it’s eighth year and we are pretty excited. Besides the usual awards for Album of the Year, Metal Album of the Year, etc., we have added a couple of new categories to the awards which are Cover of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Every year, there are plenty of bands that record covers of famous songs they love from bands and we want to celebrate by voting for the best one. Much like cover of the year, there are always new bands that pop onto our radar and we want to celebrate them as well. We tried our best to not include supergroups, but rather if it’s their current and only focus then they are allowed. For right now, check out the awards below and be on the look out as always for the next post that will allow YOU the fans to vote for what you loved from 2018.

Album Of The Year

1. Rainier Fog by Alice In Chains

2. Year Of The Tiger by Myles Kennedy

3. Prequelle by Ghost

4. I Loved You At Your Darkest by Behemoth

5. Eat The Elephant by A Perfect Circle

6. Vicious by Halestorm

Rock Album Of The Year

1. Rainier Fog by Alice In Chains

2. Evolution by Disturbed

3. When Legends Rise by Godsmack

4. Vicious by Halestorm

5. Thread by Red Sun Rising

6. Year Of The Tiger by Myles Kennedy

Metal Album Of The Year

1. Conqueror’s Death by Visigoth

2. Electric Messiah by High On Fire

3. Our Raw Heart by YOB

4. Firepower by Judas Priest

5. The Sciences by Sleep

6. Prequelle by Ghost

Extreme Metal Album Of The Year

1. I Loved You At Your Darkest by Behemoth

2. Golden Serpent God by Akhenaten

3. Down Below by Tribulation

4. Stranger Fruit by Zeal & Ardor

5. Trident Wolf Eclipse by Watain

6. Upon Desolate Sands by Hate Eternal

Rock Single Of The Year

1. Uncomfortable by Halestorm

2. When Bad Does Good by Chris Cornell

3. Dance Macabre by Ghost

4. Never Fade by Alice In Chains

5. Bulletproof by Godsmack

6. Disillusioned by A Perfect Circle

Metal Single Of The Year

1. All Out Life by Slipknot

2. My Own Grave by As I Lay Dying

3. Devonian: Nascent by The Ocean

4. Bartzabel by Behemoth

5. Giza Butler by The Sleep

6. Lightning Strike by Judas Priest

Metal Video Of The Year

1. Rats by Ghost

2. Black Wedding by In This Moment

3. All Out Life by Slipknot

4. God=Dog by Behemoth

5. Interdimensional Summit by Dimmu Borgir

6. Lying In State by Megadeth

Rock Video Of The Year

1. Mindf**ker by Monster Magnet

2. Dirty by Sevendust

3. Actual Pain by Good Charlotte

4. Crossing A Line by Mike Shinoda

5. Down In Flames by Deadland Ritual

6. It’s So Easy by Guns N Roses

Rookie Of The Year

1. Jord by Mol

2. Legend of the Seagullmen by Legend of the Seagullmen

3. Errorzone by Vein

4. Made an America by The Fever 333

5. The Judge by Scott Sellers

6. Disobey by Bad Wolves

Cover Of The Year

1. Zombie by Bad Wolves

2. Cry Little Sister by Marilyn Manson

3. I Don’t Wanna Be Me by Trivium

4. Helter Skelter by Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson

5. It’s A Sin by Ghost

6. Shout by Arch Enemy

aliceinchains faceliftOne of the greatest bands to come out of the Seattle grunge scene in the early 1990’s was hands down Alice In Chains and I still to this day believe that they are not a grunge band by any means. Alice In Chains was your new wave of great American rock from the Pacific Northwest and the world was ready for a change at the time in the form of Layne Staley (Vocals), Jerry Cantrell (Guitars), the late Mike Starr (Bass), and Sean Kinney (Drums). On August 21, 1990, the band would release their debut album Facelift via Columbia Records with the record produced by Dave Jerden who had produced records by the Talking Heads and Frank Zappa to name a few. The album’s title could be symbolic for what was about to happen to the music scene once the people discovered this album. The album did pretty well on the Billboard Top 200 charts as it peaked at number 42 and it sold two million copies and all of it done with hard work. The band was given an opening slot on the Clash Of The Titans tour which was Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax as the other bands on the bill. The band dealt with a lot of heckling from the crowd, but according to the bands on the bill they earned a lot of respect. Frank Bello commented once about it saying, “If there was a guy starting shit, Layne would jump into the audience and beat the FUCK outta that guy!”

aliceinchains facelift 21. We Die Young– A fericous riff opens up this track that Jerrry Cantrell says is about, “I’d just temporarily moved in with Susan Silver because Sean and I had just had a fight. So I was riding the bus to rehearsal and I saw all these 9, 10, 11 year old kids with beepers dealing drugs. The sight of a 10 year old kid with a beeper and a cell phone dealing drugs equaled “We Die Young” to me.” 5/5

2. Man In The Box– The bass heavy track was the second and most powerful single released off the record that besides being stoned while he wrote it, Layne says it was about “censorship in the mass media”. I love the use of the talkbox by Jerry in this track because I feel it adds to the track. The track was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Vocal Performance too. 5/5

3. Sea Of Sorrow-The track starts off with a bluesy riff by Cantrell before launching into the track that is about a guy who knows he’s in a toxic relationship, but needs to get out of it. 5/5

4. Bleed The Freak– A track that would be an anthem for all those that felt they were different and battling against those who didn’t like the fact that they were different. 5/5

5. I Can’t Remember– Jerry Cantrell has defined this as the track that helped develop the Alice In Chains sound. The track starts off with an eerie riff and it continues forward along with some great bass playing from Starr. The track seems to be about being mixed up in too much crap that you start forgetting what is important. 4.5/5

6. Love, Hate, Love– Jerry Cantrell has called this number the masterpiece of the whole record and he also says that the guitar solo in this track is his favorite of his career. It starts off much like the previous track with a very brooding/ominous riff in this track about a guy who gets cheated on and is shocked because he thought he owned her. Layne’s vocals on this track are haunting and beautiful at the same time, the man had an uncanny voice for such a dark bluesy track. 5/5

alice-in-chains-facelift-10-cd7. It Ain’t Like That– The riff to this track Jerry Cantrell admitted was a mistake, but in the end it was a very good mistake to make. It’s actually a very cool riff that has that sludgy chug like riff to it that we would grow to love from the band. The track is about suffering and then overcoming it. 5/5

8. Sunshine– A very bluesy track that is actually a tribute that Cantrell wrote too his mother who passed away some time before. He commented saying, “When I was a little kid, I’d always tell her, “I’ll be famous and buy you a house and you’ll never have to work again. I’ll take care of you like you took care of me.’ When she passed away, it was a really shitty time for me. I didn’t know how to deal with it then, and I still don’t. But it gave me the impetus to do what I’m doing.” 4.5/5

9. Put You Down– This one is more of a bluesy rocker from the band that could compete with anything out at the time. I think the song is about someone struggling with addiction. 4.5/5

10. Confusion-The track starts off with some clean channel guitars before Jerry turns it up a notch in this track that has a sort of dreamy effect especially with Layne’s vocals. The track has elements in it that remind me of Rooster in a way. The track is about how men and women are constantly hurting each other, playing mind games, etc. 4.5/5

11. I Know Somethin (Bout You)– A track that has elements of funk in the opening guitar riff that reminds me of the Chili Peppers to be honest. The track is about having so much info on someone you don’t like that you are going to royally f**k up their day. 4.5/5

12. Real Thing-a dark and brooding track with a blues twist that is all about drug use which is a cautionary tale of sorts for this band. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Ozzy Osbourne once said that this album was number two on his top 10 Metal albums list. Facelift was the perfect name for an album that was describing what was about to happen to the music scene overall. This was rock’s much needed Facelift that it needed at the time. My favorite tracks are the first four tracks plus Love, Hate, Love. My least favorite track is Real Thing even though I don’t really hate the track either. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

First of all I just want to say that bands are being very creative these days when it comes to naming their side projects. So, I also want to say that I absolutely love the name of this side project called Giraffe Tongue Orchestra which is made up of Alice In Chains vocalist William DuVall, Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pete Griffin (Dethklok), and Thomas Prigden (Mars Volta). The band’s debut album Broken Lines is due to come out September 23RD. The band for the time being has unleashed the single Blood Moon for all to hear and it’s interesting to say the least. To be perfectly honest, I would call the music dance rock cause that is the vibe that it has in my opinion. Hinds talks about the origin of the band;s name saying, “During the time Mastodon was there for Soundwave, I was at the zoo in Sydney, Australia and was checking out the giraffes. [Giraffes] are amazing animals – one just grabbed a bunch of bananas from my hand with its tongue and peeled them with it as well – by the time the bananas got to its mouth, they were ready to be eaten.  I saw Ben and said ‘Man I think I found the name for our band.”

For this week’s soundtrack Saturday track, we are jumping from the 80’s and heading into the 1990’s which was a musical blender. In the early 1990’s, Grunge had taken over and bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam were the new kids on the block. Hollywood of course jumped on the chance to capitalize on the scene so they made the film Singles which starred Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon, and it was written and directed by Cameron Crowe. While the film is described mainly as a film that focuses on the trials and tribulations of some 20-somethings and love, the film definitely had a kick ass soundtrack that featured the likes of Chris Cornell, Alice In Chains, The Smashing Pumpkins, Screaming Trees, The Lovemongers (Nancy & Ann Wilson of Heart), and our featured band today Pearl Jam. The song Breath was originally written during the time of Ten, but was left out and eventually re-recorded for the Singles Soundtrack. Mike McCready talked about the track saying, “That was a really old song of Stone’s from his days in Mother Love Bone. It was just another chance for me to do a lot of leads. The song was kind of cool at the time because it reminded me of performing. For me, it was about playing live.” Check out the track below: