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MI0002401703Now that WrestleMania week is over, it’s time to get back into business here at Moshpits and Movies. Traditionally anytime I hold a competition, I always cover an album from the winning band for the Album Of The Week and I have been meaning to cover an album by today’s featured band. I am actually quite surprised that I have never covered an album from Sevendust before especially after 200 plus albums. Sevendust back in February won MusicBowl 51 over Godsmack so traditionally we have to cover one of their albums and I chose the band’s second studio album Home for this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Lajon Witherspoon (Vocals), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums). The album was released on August 24, 1999 via TVT where it would peak at number 19 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and stayed there for three weeks. It also peaked at 16 on The Top Internet Album Charts and number 10 on the Top Independent Album Charts.

MI00027167821. Home– A big bass riff and those drop tuned guitar shreds open up the album in this track that seems to be about someone who is having a rough time at home which is supposed to be the safe place to be. 4/5

2. Denial– One of my favorite tracks on the album that fades in with a cool guitar riff, but when it kicks in it’s heavy as f*** and it grooves like no other. It seems to be about a guy and how he is sick of constantly opening up to a girl who refuses to do the same. My favorite part of the song is right when the 3 minute mark hits. 5/5

3. Headtrip– A very melodic intro starts the song that has a kick ass groove as soon as the music hits and it has a bad ass riff. 4.5/5

4. Insecure– A cool instrumental intro. 4/5

5. Reconnect– The last track leads right into this one which is all about how you feel that you’ve been a slave to all the BS and now you want to break free. 4/5

6. Waffle–  The track starts with a melodic riff before it kicks in with a sledgehammer like riff. It goes back to being melodic during the verses before hammering down with the choruses. The song seems to be about someone who is sick of the same old same old and is looking for something new. 5/5

home7. Rumble Fish– A sick hammering riff with groove kicks off this one about fighting against temptations that drag you down. 4.5/5

8. Licking Cream– A track on the album that features a cool bass riff during the verses and it features an English artist named Skin doing co-vocals. 4.5/5

9. Grasp– The song is about being friends with someone and when they are going through tough times, you go through it with them, but they’re always taking more and more of you. 4/5

10. Crumbled– An interesting intro to the song, but when it kicks off, it shifts into groove overdrive and it’s awesome. Hornsby shines on this track about no matter how many times you go down, you get back up. but if you don’t then you just crumble. 4.5/5

11. Feel So– A little bit of a hip hop groove in the beginning riff, but otherwise a cool track in a song about feeling hopeless. 4/5

12. Grasshopper– a quick intro of the band in the studio 2/5

13. Bender– A cool track to end the album that features Chino Moreno of the Deftones and Troy McLawhorn (of Doubledrive at the time). It’s heavy, it grooves, and it even caters to Moreno’s vocals as well. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– A kick ass album from a kick ass band that obviously avoided the sophomore jinx with this release. I have always held this band and Lajon in the higest regard because I am also a huge fan of Lajon’s vocals. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

goreJust as we did last week when we covered the album of the year for the album of the week, we are continuing it by cover the Rock album of the year as voted by you the fans. At the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards, the Deftones took him the rock album of the year award for their eight studio album Gore. The album featured the usual suspects in Chino Moreno (Vocals/Guitar), Stephen Carpenter (Guitars), Abe Cunningham (Drums), Sergio Vega (Bass), and Frank Delgado (Samples/Keyboard) and it was produced by Matt Hyde (Hatebreed, Parkway Drive) as well as the Deftones. When released, the album charted at number two on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it the highest charted album from the band since 2003’s self titled album and it was also their highest amount of albums sold in the first week (69,000) since 2006’s Saturday Night Wrist (76,000). It’s also the first Deftones record to hit number one in Australia and New Zealand.

img_20170215_0006_new1. Prayers/Triangles– The very first track on the album that kicks things off in the right direction. The song starts off very atmospheric especially with the guitars and the band lays it down during the chorus. I feel like the track is talking about someone who wakes up one day, but realizes that he is trapped inside this hell. 5/5

2. Acid Hologram– The track picks up right where the last left off with it’s post punk laced rhythms. The track could be talking about how he is trying to be close to someone and they push him away, but that will soon change. 4.5/5

3.  Doomed User– This is more of a traditional sounding Deftones track with the big bass riff and the in your face groove laden guitar track and amazing vocals from Moreno. 4/5

4. Geometric Headdress– The experimental side of Deftones is alive in this intense math rock track that tests Cunningham’s abilities to which he shines. 4.5/5

5. Hearts/Wires– starts off very space rock like thanks to the samples Delgado provides in the beginning. The track starts off more mellow than previous tracks, but don’t worry t has it’s moments of heaviness. It seems to be about some one is distraught over not being able to connect with someone who has passed or gone away. 5/5

6. Pittura Infamante– I believe the title itself means infamous painting, but I’m not sure that is what they are talking about here in this track. It seems to be a song about worshiping someone and the lengths we go to do so. 4.5/5

img_20170215_0007_new7. Xenon– Another track that has a little bit of a classic Deftones feel to the guitar track while have that New Wave flavor to it. Like Xenon which lives undetected, he is talking about being that thing inside you that makes you do what you do. 5/5

8. (L)MIRL– A track that takes you deeper into that world that Deftones are painting with the experimental elements. The song is definitely dark in nature as far as the gloomy guitar riff in the beginning and progresses with a cool metal guitar riff later on. 4/5

9. Gore– A real hard charging metal riff starts off the track that reminds us of what the band had accomplished on the last two records. 4/5

10. Phantom Bride– a pretty cool track on the album that features Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains providing the guitar solo. 4.5/5

11. Rubicon– The last song on the album that is a genuine riff fest for Carpenter and company, but an amazing way to close out the album. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– You can definitely tell that the band was heavily influenced by Moreno’s side projects as they’ve all adopted that atmospheric sound. I think it pushes the band forward as far as what they are capable of producing even though Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan are considered masterpieces. I am giving the record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

Lamb_of_God_-_VII_Sturm_und_DrangAs always, we are giving you two of everything with one in the rock division already down which leaves us with the metal division to go. One of the coolest metal albums released last year was Lamb Of God’s VII: Sturm und Drang. The album garnered tons of critical acclaim after it’s release and deservedly so. One of my personal favorite tracks from the album is the song Embers which featured Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno offering guest vocals to the track. The band has now unleashed a music video for the amazing song, but there is such a message to the track that was revealed by the bands guitarist Mark Morton. The guitarist talked to Noisey about the meaning behind the track in essay form. It’s a truly riveting story to read and that I can kind of relate to, but only to a certain extent (obviously, I’m not a professional musician). He talks about a time when he and his wife had lost their first child and how it affected him so much. Check out the story below:

Mark-Morton“Six weeks after I handed my dead daughter over to a nurse, I found myself walking on to the stage at Madison Square Garden to ‘entertain’ people. I was by no means ready to re-enter that world, but the music industry is vicious and unforgiving… and somehow, there I was.One doesn’t ‘heal’ from the loss of a child. You don’t ever “get over it,” but time passes. New experiences put a sort of distance between what is now and what was then. Still, the trauma of child loss leaves deep scars. Wounded people isolate themselves for protection. People in pain lash out in fear. Resentments and regrets fester. It becomes seemingly impossible to navigate a conflict that has an endless array of wrong answers but no apparent right ones. People you expected to be there for you disappear. People you barely even know hold you up. Relationships strain and crack under this type of pressure. Grief changes people.I described our shared pain and made references to places and events that only she would understand and recognize. I promised her that there was ‘still light to find our way.’ I hoped I was right.A year after Madalyn died, my wife and I were blessed with a healthy, living baby girl. She is the light of both of our lives. A light to find our way.”

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I am such a huge fan of what The Cure has done in their career for the music world because they’ve brought so much beauty from the dark with their instruments. I like to believe that the Deftones are a band that does a little of the same, but for this day and age. A couple of weeks ago, the band released their latest disc Gore and that is why I chose them for this week’s cover of the week. Back in 2004, for a series called MTV Icon, the band paid tribute to the legendary English group by performing the track If Only Tonight We Could Sleep which was off of The Cure’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me album. The track was taken from the special and it was included on the B-Sides and Rarities disc that the Deftones put out in 2005. The first part of the song is all instrumental and it sounds incredible and Chino Moreno does an amazing job vocally with the track as he channels his best Robert Smith vocals. The song also includes Chi Cheng on the track and it’s kind of sad listening knowing that he’s no longer here, but at least we have these recordings to remember him by. Check it out below:

koi no yokanFor this week’s album of the week, I turned to former Nu Metal giants Deftones for some inspiration. I said former Nu Metal because the band quickly dropped the style and really came into their own with a unique style that is there own. The album we are covering for you guys is the band’s seventh album Koi No Yokan (which is Japanese for premonition of love). The album featured Chino Moreno (Vocals, Guitar), Abe Cunningham (Drums), Stephen Carpenter (Guitar), Frank Delgado (Keyboards, Samples), and Sergio Vega (Bass). When the album was released, it sold 65,000 copies in it’s first week of release landing it at number 11 on The Billboard Charts which is where it peaked. To date, the album has only sold over 200,000 copies in the US, but it peaked at Number five on the US Rock Albums and US Alternative charts while peaking at number two on the US Hard Rock charts. According to Wikipedia, the band recorded their album differently than their previous albums because they used, “Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx preamp/effects processor, which creates the sound of multiple outboard amps and pedals and allowed for different tones.” Koi No Yokan has also been described as having elements of Alt-Metal mixed with Dream Pop, Shoegazing, Alt-Rock, and metal in its writing.

koi no yokan back1. Swerve City– An amazing way to start an album when you go loud and intense combined with some strong lyrics. The lyrics talk about a woman who tames her horses (Men) so essentially it’s about a woman who is beautiful and uses it to her advantage. 4.5/5

2. Romantic Dreams– The song has a really great sound to it that showcases how far the band has come. The only thing that I wonder is if this song is a prequel to the White Pony track Digital Bath only because it seems that it’s about someone who is obsessed with a female that just mesmerizes him. 4.5/5

3. Leathers– This was the first single released off the album when it was offered as a free download. The song starts off very dream like before it explodes into a massive wall of sound and passion. I love the lyrics to the track because it’s basically telling you to be you (be strong like leather). 5/5

4. Poltergeist– I like the sampling in the beginning from Delgado, but man the band comes in with a cool rumble of the guitars. The track is called Poltergeist which is an entity that plays sick and cruel games out of pure enjoyment, but I don’t think that is what he is talking about exactly here. It’s more about a woman who plays games out of pure enjoyment. 4.5/5

5. Entombed– I’m not 100% positive about the lyrics of the track, but I think it’s about Chi who was in a coma at the time of recording. R.I.P. Chi Cheng 5/5

6. Graphic Nature– A quality track whose lyrics touch on a subject of a person creating a persona that is deceptive to others and himself. 4/5

koi no yokan CD7. Tempest– a track that starts slow and it has a nice build up and then when it happens the band comes in and it’s an explosion of sound that rumbles the earth and is just intoxicating. This is by far one of my favorite tracks on the record that deals with the end of the world. 5/5

8. Gauze– This track has a bombastic sound (if that makes sense) and I say that because it’s the best I can describe it. It has a driving sound during certain parts and the melodies during the chorus is pure bliss because I am a huge fan of Moreno’s vocals. 5/5

9. Rosemary– a track that starts off very slow and with a cool melody before a driving bass line comes in and helps. Then out of nowhere a sick metal riff comes in and drives the song forward in a track whose lyrics deal with time travel. 4.5/5

10. Goon Squad– Another track that starts off in the dreamlike state before it wakes up and gets loud the way we like it. The lyrics look like they deal with the band itself and how they are improving all the time. 4/5

11. What Happened To You?– An alt-rock flavored track that officially closes out the album. Some fans believe the track is about Chi, but I don’t think so cause it could be about relationships. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– The Deftones are one of those bands that every time they release an album, you can’t help but think that they are getting better and better. I thought the band couldn’t do any better than Diamond Eyes, but I was wrong when I heard this one. They are definitely one of those bands that I am glad that they distanced themselves from the Nu-Metal scene cause they were so much better than that. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

One of my favorite acts out of the Nu Metal scene in the Deftones is back with a brand new album which we announced earlier in the month when they released a 30 second trailer. While fans have been patiently waiting to hear anything from the record and now the Deftones have answered the call with the first piece of music posted on the band’s website. The track is called Prayers/Triangles and it’s our single of the week and the track is off of the band’s upcoming release Gore which comes out April 8TH. The single is everything you would expect from a Deftones track and while i can be very mellow at times, but it changes during the choruses as they turn up the heat. We know that Chino is a big fan of groups like the Depeche Mode, The Cure, and so many more and this track definitely shows the band’s influence. Chino commented on the track saying, “I feel like it’s just one of those songs that’s very ‘Deftones-esque,’ where that dynamic is there as far as that ebb and flow and that dynamic of just those, parts that go at your throat. But you know, it also has a soothing quality to it as well, and that dichotomy is what makes us who were are in a way. It’s sort of our DNA. So I feel like it’s a good representation of where we’re at right now and where we’ve been in the past as well”Check it out below:

Deftones_-_White_Pony-greycoverartSince we missed a week at one point with the album of the week posts, we have decided to give you a second album of the week this week to make up for it. The Deftones are currently on tour right now with Incubus and they are about to play in my home state of Massachusetts on Friday. Out of all the bands that came out of the Nu-Metal scene, the Deftones were by far one of my favorites from the scene just because they were different. While the band was known to have some hard hitting material at times, they were times where you could see Chino’s other influences which bands like Depeche Mode and even The Cure being put into their material. At the point of the release of this record, the scene was changing and the Deftones wanted to separate themselves from the Nu-Metal scene as much as they could and this album White Pony would help launch them further into their careers. The band which was made up of the late and great Chi Cheng (Bass), Chino Moreno (Vocals), Stephen Carpenter (Guitars), Abe Cunningham (Drums), and the newest member of the band at the time Frank Delgado (Sampling, electronics). This album was huge for the band as it peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts as it was certified platinum.

1. Feiticeira- Chino describes the track saying, “The name Feiticeira is some Portuguese name that I read in a magazine and just liked. It’s based on the scenario of being taken captive. It’s completely fictional. I want that people who listen to it feel like they are the ones in the situation. Because of that I sing it in first person. It’s up to people to figure out if i’m having fun (with them) or not, even though it sounds a bit eerie.” 4/5

deftones_-_white_pony_-_cd2. Digital Bath– The track has a trip hop sound from the drums with some warm and inviting guitars about a man who kills a girl while she is bathing by electrifying her. 5/5

3. Elite– this is an in your face track reminiscent of music from the first album with some hardcore signing from Chino. Moreno once described the song saying that it, “is laughing at everybody trying to become what they already are. If you want to be one of the elite, you are.” 45

4. Rx Queen– a touching and “most futuristic song in the album” according to Chino with some cool percussion effects o a track that is about a guy who falls in love with a girl despite her being sick. 5/5

5. Street Carp– Much like the track Elite, the song is very aggressive and in your face. Moreno has said, “It’s a classic Deftones song, with a rolling riff and some really interesting chords in the chorus. the vocals are kinda crazy – I’m singing out loud over the top of the music, like (The Smiths front man) Morrissey or something, a cool contrast.” 4/5

6. Teenager– the track starts with some real atmospheric beats over that Trip hop sound about a young romance coming to an end. Chino has said that he wrote the song when he was 15 and that it was originally meant for Team Sleep. 4/5

deftones_-_white_pony_(2000)-back7. Knife Prty– This is an excellent track on the record from the band that is really atmospheric as Moreno described it, “It’s a seductive song with a lot of violent imagery. People don’t tend to like sex mixed with violence. The mid section has amazing vocals from a girl called Rodleen who worked next door to our studio.” 5/5

8. Korea–  According to the guys, this was the first song written for the record which is pretty heavy and Moreno says its about, “the white pony, strippers, and drugs.” 4/5

9. Passenger– This is one of the coolest songs on the record that features guest vocals from Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and it’s one of the grooviest tracks on the record. 5/5

10. Change (In The House Of Flies)– This was one of my favorite tracks on the record that reminded me a lot of Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) and it was also the first single from the record. 5/5

11. Pink Maggit– Moreno describes this moody track saying, “The title comes from a Kool Keith song. We just thought it was some funny stuff. The song is meant to be triumphant. I’m trying to spread a little confidence. Lots of artists try to make songs for the kids who are tormented in school, telling them it’s okay to be tormented. But it’s not okay. Don’t be ridiculed. Become the leader of your surroundings. Confidence is one of the most important things in life. If you are confident, you can do whatever you want.” 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was definitely the break out album for the band that made you pay attention to them if you hdn’t already before. I remember that this album was being pushed as far as the date of release was concerned because everyone in my high school (not everyone, just the metalheads)was salivating to buy this when it came out. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade. While you’re at it, like the official Facebook page for Moshpits & Movies here