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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.

There have been countless bands that have always put out performance based videos and videos that contain footage from their live tours. Usually, the audio from the videos are usually never actual live audio, but rather the track laid down in editing. That is definitely not the case when it came to Iron Maiden who for their latest music video for Death Or Glory. The band has been on tour supporting their latest album The Book Of Souls and the band decided to use actual live audio for Death Or Glory and they match it with amazing live footage from the band’s tour. The video features everything you love from Iron Maiden including their high octane stage performances matched with excellent stage props and set up. One o the coolest things is seeing singer Bruce Dickinson flying Ed Force One which is the band’s own jumbo jet. It’s a cool spectacle and this is the band showing the world that this is how you make a performance based video.

Billboard metalThere was a time when Metal dominated the charts all the time so it saddens me to see the world we live in now where so many bands struggle. Although there are those moments when I get very excited at the news of metal bands topping the charts like Motorhead’s Bad Magic debuting at number 35 on the Billboard Top 200 charts last week or Disturbed’s Immortalized debuting at number some weeks back. This week brings more good news for the metal world as two new albums will debut on the charts. Last Friday saw the releases of Five Finger Death Punch’s sixth studio album Got Your Six and Iron Maiden’s epic sixteenth studio album The Book Of Souls. Well, the good news is that both of those albums will debut in the top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with Iron Maiden coming in fourth and Five Finger Death Punch in second. According to Loudwire.com, this is how the charts are measured, “Billboard has a new system in place to determine chart position. In addition to pure album sales, the publication also factors in track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.” So, even though FFDP’s new album finished in 2ND behind The Weeknd’s record, it outsold the Weeknd when it came to Pure Album Sales. For FFDP, this is their third consecutive number 2 finish with their last two records (both volumes of Wrong Side of Heaven) while this is Iron Maiden’s second consecutive fourth place finish as 2010’s The Final Frontier did the same. Just a little fun fact for you Maiden fans out there, this is the highest selling album for Maiden in the first week of release in the US since the return of Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith came back in 1999. Congratulations to both bands and to Metal especially as we all rejoice.

The moment every metal fan has been waiting for has finally arrived and we here at Moshpits and Movies are excited to debut the new music video from Iron Maiden as our Music Video Of The Week. The band announced earlier in the year that they were going to release their first double record The Book Of Souls right after singer Bruce Dickinson had announced that he had beaten cancer. Now the band has released their first single and a music video for the track Speed Of Light which takes our favorite mascot Eddie into the video game world through all the years of development. In an interview with the BBC, Dickinson discussed how the battle with cancer may have affected his singing on the new album, “Well, I mean, speaking voice-wise, everything is fine. I mean, the whole thing is still healing up, so, you can imagine, to get rid of that with radiation has given it… The inside of my head has been cooked, pretty effectively. So, you know, that will all take a while to heal up and it’s coming back. But, I mean, I’ve got… I can sing, I can talk… I haven’t gone out and done the equivalent of trying to run a hundred meters in the same way that I used to sing before. ‘Cause let it all calm down. I only finished coming out of treatment two months ago, for God’s sake, and the doctor said, ‘It’ll take a year for you to be better.’ Well, we’ve beaten that by about six months so far, but I’m not gonna try and push things to prove a point. We’ve got loads of time.” Check out the music video for Speed Of Light below and look out for The Book Of Souls which comes out September 4TH.

Rob-Halford-630x420Judas Priest as we know are currently on tour supporting their latest record Redeemer Of Souls which received a lot of critical acclaim that the band is contemplating making a follow up to the record, but time may not be on their side. Rob Halford in an interview explains why time is the key, “We have such an incredible reaction to Redeemer of Souls that that really motivated us to crack the whip and get on with making the next record pretty quickly. The clock is ticking, you know. We can’t afford to wait three years, or five years now, to make the record. And especially while we’re having this great, kind of vibe with the fans and just this massive Priest family love fest type of deal. Who wants to go home and sit down for a year. And especially while the band is buzzing and the energy’s there creatively. We had so much stuff happening in the studio we had to put blocks on because we were on a time schedule with the label. So we do have some stuff kind of left over from Redeemer of Souls.” According to Halford, Richie Faulkner has been hard at work writing riffs as the band also sifts through left over material from Redeemer. As far as when we can expect a new record, Halford says, “We’ll be heading out for the rest of this tour ’til Christmas time, take a break, and then more than likely in the studio early of 2016 and see how quickly we can turn this around. It won’t be a rush job, because we treasure everything we do, but I think that the mindset is there to make this record efficiently and hopefully have it out there for our Priest family as soon as we can.”

X Japan is one of the biggest rock bands to ever come out of Japan, but the band hasn’t released any material since 1996. The band has just announced that they plan to release a brand new record on March 11, 2016 which would be their first in twenty years which was the Dahlia album. Yoshiki apparently was in the studio in Hollywood where he met up with Toshi, the bands singer. According to Loudwire.com, “A day after the album arrives in stores, X Japan will debut a new documentary film chronicling their music career. The movie will be part of what’s being dubbed as the #XDAY celebrations on March 12 and will screen at London’s SSE Wembley Arena along with a performance by the band. The Stephen Kijak-directed movie includes footage from the band’s 2014 Madison Square Garden Concert as well as the start of their current project. Tickets are now available for the #XDAY celebration via Live Nation.”

Megadeth-Chris-Adler-630x420There have been a lot of people asking bout how Chris Adler of Lamb Of God could be recording with Megadeth and what does that mean for Lamb Of God. Well in an interview with Jamey Jasta on the Hatebreed singer’s podcast, he clarifies that it’s no threat, “The first thing I did after I had that conversation with Dave Mustaine was to get in touch with the other guys and just see, ‘How does everybody feel about this?’ I don’t want it to come across as a threat. I don’t want this to feel like I’m leaving or anything. If ever it came to a point where there was a question of this or that, it’s gonna be Lamb of God. Lamb of God is my baby. Being in Megadeth is kind of like I’m helping babysit somebody else’s kid. I love being there, but it’s not … that’s not where home is to me … Again, if ever a question came up, I’m staying with you guys.” He did however explain that the band was very supportive of his once in a lifetime chance to play with the Thrash Titans and then he talks about the chances of playing live with Megadeth, “We’re both fairly successful, so we have the ability to, kind of, do … hit different spots and different times and keep everyone happy. If it does come to a conflict, I would say to Dave, ‘Hey, I know some great [drummers I can recommend] if you wanna do something.” To listen to the full interview, just go here.

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson went through a lot already in the past year as he had to battle cancer and he is now cancer free thankfully. It as reported to all of us that Dickinson was diagnosed with a tumor under his tounge, but now we find out that he had another one on his neck. He tells the BBC, “I had two actually. One was three and a half centimeters, the size of a golf ball, and the other was two and half centimeters and getting a bit bigger.” He added, “[The doctors] had a poke around and went, ‘You have head and neck cancer.” Now that he is well, Dickinson and Iron Maiden will release their first double album Book Of Souls on September 4TH. The only thing is that the band will not play any shows until 2016.

Jerry-Only-630x420The Misfits recently announced that the band will be touring in the fall as they will play their 1977 classic Static Age in it’s entirety, but they’ll do it without one of the band members. The band has parted ways with guitarist Dez Cadena who has been with the band since 2001 and the band announced that they have replaced him. The band which features Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein now features Jerr’s son Jerry Jr. on guitar as well as the band is writing is new material with this lineup. The band will perform two new songs that they have written together called Zombie Girl and Vampire Girl on the tour as well as the entire Static Age record. Check out the tour dates below:

 

 

Static Age Revisited Tour

8/8 — Nashville, Tenn. — Ink N Iron Festival
8/29 — W. Palm Beach, Fla. — Outdoors At Respectable St
9/26 — Pozo, Calif. — Picnic In Pozo Festival/Pozo Saloon
10/16 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Phoenix Concert Theatre*
10/17 — Detroit, Mich. — Harpos*
10/22 — Baltimore, Md. — Soundstage*
10/23 — Cleveland, Ohio — The Odeon*
10/24 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom, (Static Age)*
10/27 — New York, N.Y. — Best Buy Theater, (Night 2: Wau/Ead)*
10/30 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theater*
11/05 — Dallas, Texas — Gas Monkey Live*
11/07 — Houston, Texas — Outdoors At Concert Pub North*
11/11 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino At Vinyl*
11/12 — Ventura, Calif. — Majestic Ventura Theater*
11/13 — Pomona, Calif. — The Glass House Concert Hall*
11/14 — W. Hollywood, Calif. — The Roxy Theatre, (Static Age)*
11/15 — W. Hollywood, Calif. — The Roxy Theatre, (Wau/Ead)*
11/16 — Santa Cruz, Calif. — Catalyst Club*
11/19 — Seattle, Wash. — The Showbox*
11/21 — San Jose, Calif. — Rockbar Theatre*
11/22 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace Of Spades*
11/24 — Denver, Colo. — The Summit Music Hall*
11/27 — Chicago, Ill. — The Portage Theater*
(* with She Demons)

 

pedalIt s the match that you have all been waiting and voting for since day one in the 2015 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. When I started this tournament back in 2011 while I was doing my radio show, I only dreamed that the tournament would reach the numbers it has today. This year, we are going to crown a new champion because you all voted so that a new champion would be crowned. Motley Crue won the first addition of the tournament and Judas Priest went back to back the next two tournaments after that. Now German Thrash legends and member of The Big Teutonic Four Kreator is looking to win against a tough foe in NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) and power metal legends Iron Maiden. Both of these bands have been going for 30 plus years in the metal world and both have showed no signs of slowing down. Kreator had it’s beginnings in Essen, Germany where they started as Tormentor before changing their name to Kreator as they released their first album Endless Pain and now in 2015 the band is thirteen albums deep with the 2012 bad ass release Phantom Antichrist as the last album to date. Iron Maiden’s road started in the 1970’s when Steve Harris started the band in 1975 in East London. Despite some lineup changes, the band has stayed steadfast in the metal world with their legendary frontman Bruce Dickinson (he joined in 1981) who played on smash records as The Number Of The Beast, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time and so on and so fourth. The rest speaks for itself, but who are you guys going to choose as the next Pedal To The Metal Champions. You have until April 2ND at 4PM ET to decide. (Side Note: I hope everyone votes for whose music they enjoy more and not who is more “Popular” in “Mainstream” terms. This is about the music)

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MashopolosIn the first 100 plus albums that I have reviewed for this blog, I have reviewed various forms of metal, a comedy album, a rap album, and so far a tribute album. I wish I had covered this earlier, but now I am going to add a Mashup record to that list and one from one of the finest in the business. The art of Mashups is taking two opposite songs, mash them together, and create one really awesome product and that is exactly what Wax Audio has done. Wax Audio is a producer named Tom from Australia who started out as a musician in the local scene near Sydney before he started Wax Audio as an Anti-war project. He would later on start to create remixes or mashups of more pop songs and such and I am reviewing the first album Mashopolos which he released in 2007. No one in the metal and pop world is safe from Wax Audio as he mashes everyone from Metallica, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Bee Gees, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Led Zeppelin, and even a Bollywood artist named Sunidhi Chauhan to name a few. There is only one imprtant rule that you must live by when creating Mashups and that is the music has to flow right as if they were the same song and not two different songs in one. If you want more information about Wax Audio like how to download some of the mashup albums, just visit his site here. Let’s check some of these out.

1. Black Zeppelin- Whole Lotta Sabbath– In this beautiful Mashup, he uses the Led Zeppelin track Whole Lotta Love as the base of the track as far as music with some parts from War Pigs, but Ozzy’s vocals are used with some occasional vocals from Robert Plant to War Pigs. This is truly an amazing Mashup. 5/5

ThunderBusters2. Thunder Busters– Another Mashup that blows my mind as Ray Parker Jr.’s Ghostbusters music is used as the base of the track with AC/DC’s Thunderstruck as the vocals of the track. 5/5

3. Stayin’ Alive In The Wall– This is another one of my favorites that follows every rule of Mashups because it molds very wel together as Stayin’ Alive from The Bee Gee is the base of the music while the vocals of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall PT 2. The choruses are always fun as they use both choruses from both songs together. 5/5

4. Hallowed Be Thy Enemy– This one I thought was going to be weird, but it combines both music from Public Enemy’s Public Enemy Number One and Iron Maiden’s Hallowed Be Thy Name as the base of the music at first, but then they just use the vocals from Public Enemy with Iron Maiden’s music. 4/5

5. Full Metal Jackson- This mashup may not seem like it makes sense to you right now, but he uses Metallica’s Eye Of The Beholder as the base of the music and the vocals from Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. It’s pretty awesome, editing at it’s best. 4.5/5

6. Back In Blackened– This one is an interesting track as it uses two tracks from Metallica and one from AC/DC. He uses Metallica’s Harvester Of Sorrow and Blackened as the base of the music and he uses the vocals from AC/DC’s Back In Black. 4/5

7. Mashing Up That Hill– I wasn’t very familiar with Kate Bush before I heard this track and I wasn’t too familiar with Sign ‘O’ The Times by Prince as well. He uses Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill as the base of the music with vocals from Prince. This is actually a really good mashup. I probably would have bought this back in the day if it sounded like this. 4/5

8. Maiden Goes To Bollywood– This is where things get really interesting as far as Mashups are concerned. He uses the music of Sunidhi Chauhan’s Crazy Kiya Re (Dhoom 2) at first on it’s own before it becomes the base of the music while Bruce Dickinson’s vocals from Flight Of Icarus comes in. This is actually really awesome. 5/5

MetallicaGoestoPunjab9. Metallica Goes To Punjab– Another very interesting mashup which takes Metallica and he mashes them with Panjabi MC. He uses both Panjabi MC’s Mundian To Back Ke and Metallica’s The Four Horseman as the base of the music with vocals coming mainly from Panjabi MC. 4.5/5

10. Dissolved by the Water All These Years (Cover Me)– This song sees Wax mashing Björk’s Cover Me with PJ Harvey’s Down By The Water, Tori Amos’s Silent All These Years, and Massive Attack’s Dissolved Girl. 4/5

11. Maiden Goes To Hollywood– This is the way to close out an album and that is do one that is massive. This is the mashing of Iron Maiden with Frankie Goes To Hollywood. He uses Iron Maiden’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Seventh Son of a Seventh SonThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Live), and Only the Good Die Young, and he mashes it with Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Welcome to the PleasuredomeRelax (12″ New York Mix)The World is My Oyster, and Relax. It’s absolutely massive, do you think you can handle all this. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– In my opinion, Wax Audio is definitely one of the best in the business at what he does and this first Mashup album is living proof of it. It’s fun to listen to, but not easy to accomplish. It takes a lot of skill and work to make the tracks flow the right way. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.