Posts Tagged ‘Black Sabbath’

war of the covers sabbath bloody sabbathLast week we had Symphonic Death Metal legends Dimmu Borgir battle it out with Prog metal giants Dream Theater to see who covered Deep Purple’s classic 1984 title track Perfect Strangers. You voted and Dimmu Borgir were the winners of that battle and now we have another one for all of you. This week instead of just two bands battling for supremacy, we have a triple threat match for all of you out there with some serious contenders. Black Sabbath has often been credited as the godfathers of Heavy Metal and there have been a lot of metal bands since them that have covered their music. So, this week, we are going to decide who covered the title track to their seminal fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. In one corner, we have the most underrated member of Thrash Metal’s Big Four in New York Thrash legends Anthrax who covered the track for their 1987 EP I’m The Man. In another corner, we have American metal band Godspeed who teamed up with legendary NWOBHM vocalist Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity In Black. Lastly in 2006, Finnish Metal band Tarot covered the track for their fifth album For The Glory Of Nothing.

1600Everyone’s favorite McDonalds infused Black Sabbath parody band Mac Sabbath is back in the limelight and for very good reason. The band is unleashing a music video for their Paranoid parody track Pair-a-Buns and we have it here as this weeks Music Video Of The Week. The video is cool as flashes back and forth from live action to claymation, but the claymation is what is the cool part of the video. In the claymation, Ronald Osbourne battles all of the fast food chain mascots like KFC’s Colonel Sanders, Hardees star, Jack In The Box, The Burger King, and even the Wendy’s girl in the claymation that was done by Brad Uyeda while the video was directed by Jesus Rivera. While the band may be a joke to some out there in the metal world, there is no denying how clever the band is. People have a tendency to forget that GWAR started out as a joke band and they are still around to this day. Nonetheless, check out the cool video to find out who wins the war. You can also pick up the band’s flexi-disc release of Pair-a-Buns that is featured inside a coloring book here.

beastie-boysThere was some terrible news on the tele the other day about some people desecrating the Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn, New York. While I am severely disappointed in humanity over that, I thought we would celebrate his life and work on the blog by covering the band’s debut album License To Ill for our album of the week this week. The Beasties Boys were made up of Adam “MCA” Yauch, Mike “Mike D” Diamond, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz. The group would release License To Ill on November 15, 1986 and the album would literally skyrocket to the top of the charts as it peaked at Number One on The Billboard Charts and it was the first rap LP to top the charts. It’s also one of Columbia’s fastest selling debut records in history and it eventually sold over ten million records worldwide. After the death of Adam Yauch, the album re-entered the Billboard charts at number 18 and it reached number one on Billboard’s Catalog Albums chart.

1. Rhymin & Stealin– The track opens with the sample of Led Zeppelin’s When The Levee Breaks before the sample of Black Sabbath’s Sweet Leaf drives the song. 5/5

beastie-boys-licensed-to-ill-insert2. The New Style– The track features a cool guitar/drum sample and features one of the most famous lines in “Ummm Dropppp!”4.5/5

3. She’s Crafty– A very educational track on the kind of girls the group likes which sees the band sample The Ocean by Led Zeppelin. 5/5

4. Posse in Effect– a track that showcases the groups talents as MC’s in the business. They sample Catch a Groove by Juice, Pee-Wee’s Dance by Joeski Love, and Change the Beat (Female Version) by Beside. 4.5/5

5. Slow Ride– The track starts off with the band sampling Low Rider by War before it just goes with a hi hat beat during the verses. 4/5

6. Girls-a simple and great track that features a keyboard beat and they sing about Girls. 5/5

7. Fight For Your Right– an amazing track that was written as a parody to all the party songs on the scene like I Wanna Rock or even Smokin In The Boys Room. This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the record. 5/5

_18. No Sleep Till Brooklyn– A track that was a play on Motorhead’s No Sleep Till Hammersmith and features Kerry King of Slayer playing the guitar parts and solo. 5/5

9. Paul Revere– a track that was inspired by Run from Run-DMC where the music sounds like it’s being played in reverse. 4.5/5

10. Hold It Now, Hit It– The song contains a ton of samples in, but there have been lines from the track that have been sampled by Eric B & Rakim and even Eazy-E. 4/5

11. Brass Monkey– a track that is about a certain brand of alcohol that the group raps about in the track that samples Bring It Here by Wild Sugar. 5/5

12. Slow and Low– a track that samples 8th Wonder by the Sugarhill Gang and Flick Of The Switch by AC/DC. 4.5/5

13. Time To Get Ill– The last track on the album that samples a laundry list of groups ranging from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Steve Miller Band and even Kool & The Gang. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of my all time favorite records, but the group would take the ultimate risk with their next album. They wanted to get away from what they called the frat party scene and they wanted to be serious rappers. They wanted to be respected for their craft and they would ultimately leave Def Jam after this record. Nevertheless this is a classic and that is why I am giving the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

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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)

pedal-2016-promoLast night was Alumni Takeover Weekend over at Bridgewater State University’s radio station WBIM 91.5FM. The reason it’s special and why I did a show is because that is my Alma Mater and I was a DJ at the radio station where I hosted the show Pedal To The Metal. It’s a tradition that has been going on for some time at the school during Homecoming weekend where alumni of the station will come and take over the station for a weekend. It’s an awesome tradition that I wish was more than just one weekend a year because it’s so nice to run into some familiar faces and hear some stories from some of the guys that came before you. I want to go ahead and thank John Coombs for putting this together once again and I hope he feels better, it wasn’t the same without him there. I also want to thank the school for allowing us to do this and the current staff at WBIM for allowing us to come and takeover the station from them. Here is my playlist from that featured a special Black Sabbath medley (of sorts).

1. Inside The Fire by Disturbed

2. The Threat Is Real by Megadeth

3. Square Hammer by Ghost

4. Room 24 by Volbeat

5. One Of Us Is The Killer by The Dillinger Escape Plan

6. Turn Off The Radio by A Day To Remember

7. Babylon’s Burning by W.A.S.P.

8. Brotherhood Of Man by Motorhead

9. On With The Show by Motley Crue

10. Children Of The Grave (Vocalist Medley) by Black Sabbath*

11. Sail Away by Deep Purple

12. Metal Gods by Judas Priest

* Vocalist Medley featured Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Martin, and Ronnie James Dio on the same track.

It’s crazy because it hasn’t been that long for me as a fan of Doom Metal and why it took so long I don’t know. There is something so primal, evil,  and apocalyptic sounding about the genre that has attracted me to it over the years. That is where Cardinals Folly falls into place thanks to Loudwire.com for introducing me to them. Cardinals Folly is a doom metal band from Finland that has been around since 2007 with two albums under their belts with the latest Holocaust of Ecstasy and Freedom coming out very soon. The track I chose from the album as this week’s single of the week is their track Her Twins Of Evil.  The band channels the best of Pentragram with that deep fuzzy bass sound that boroughs in your gut. The music reminds us why Black Sabbath was so brilliant in pioneering the genre and why Pentagram refined it as you hear the influence in the music. Check out the band on Facebook, give them a like, and check out the track below:

Pasted-image-at-2016_05_12-04_56-PMThere was some very big news that was announced yesterday (May 12) and I have it here for you guys. Since it was kind of hinted that there would be no more Mayhem Fest after last years debacle, the summers were kind of left with nothing leaving metal fan asking the question of what was going to take over? Earlier in the week, it was announced that Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and Ozzy Osbourne had an announcement to make. I immediately thought that it was either going to be about Ozzfest or Knotfest, I never thought that it would actually be about both. Apparently, they are calling it Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and it’s happening on a weekend in September in San Bernardino, CA. Ozzfest happens on September 24 while Knotfest happens on September 25 at the  San Manuel Amphitheater with some real heavy hitters. Ozzfest features bands like Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Goatwhore, and many more. Knotfest features heavyweights like Slipknot and Slayer co-headlining while it also features Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Overkill, Sabaton, Death Angel, and many more. Tickets go on sale May 20TH and for more information on the fest, please go here. I’m going to insert a little bit of my opinion here and say that while it’s cool that this is happening, it doesn’t help anyone that doesn’t live in California. If a metal fan can’t afford to fly out to California to see this then he is left with nothing for the summer. I’m just saying that I hope either one of these becomes a travelling festival next year. Here are the full lineups below:

Ozzfest: Sept. 24

Black Sabbath
Disturbed
Megadeth
Opeth
Black Label Society
Rival Sons
Children of Bodom
Hatebreed
Devildriver
Huntress
Goatwhore
Dead Cross
Municipal Waste
Kataklysm
Nails
The Shrine
Still Rebel

Knotfest: Sept. 25

Slipknot
Slayer
Amon Amarth
Anthrax
Trivium
Sabaton
Suicide Silence
Overkill
Emmure
Butcher Babies
Man With a Mission
Whitechapel
Combichrist
Death Angel
Sim
Oni

MisfitsAdmatRevThe next piece of news that I have is something you should be really excited for especially if you are either a fan of horror punk or Glenn Danzig in general. For the first time since 1983, the original lineup of The Misfits is going to reunite for a couple of gigs. That is right, Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on the same stage at Riot Fest Denver and Chicago. We all know that Doyle has on occasion go on stage with Glenn and so the real issue was between Jerry Only and Glenn. Jerry Only once said this in an interview, “What I feel is that, I’d rather be where I am and be happy and be a positive influence than to be the richest man in the world and miserable and be a scumbag to the kids that follow us. I’m not doing that. I told Doyle that. I told him, ‘Hey look, if Glenn wants to come be a team player and leave that s–t at home, we’re good.’ That’s the name of the game.” I would have loved to be in the room when those two met, but they obviously have broke some ground considering the band is back for a couple of gigs. Tickets for Riot Fest are available as we speak and you can get them by going here.