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Music Bowl 50 MatchupThis is the second time that we are doing the Musicbowl here on Moshpits and Movies, but we just call it Musicbowl 50 to go along with the Superbowl. Superbowl 50 is tonight which means that the Carolina Panthers are taking on the Denver Broncos with one team hoping to taste glory for the first time while the other wants to be on top of the mountain one more time. For this years edition of Musicbowl 50, we are changing it up a little by selecting a band from each teams area. We are pinning them together and you will vote as to who the winner of Musicbowl 50 is going to be. On one end, we have a legendary southern metal/crossover thrash/stoner metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina in Corrosion Of Conformity. In the other corner we have a legendary power metal outfit from Colorado Springs, Colorado in Jag Panzer. Both bands have been around for a very long time, but only one can be winner of Musicbowl 50. Both of the bands have endured lineup changes over the years, but both have spawned some legendary guitarist like Pepper Kennan (C.O.C.) and Chris Broderick (ex-Jag Panzer, ex-Megadeth). Who are you going to vote for? You have until the start of the 4th quarter of the Superbowl game to decide.


ActOfDefiance-BirthAndTheBurialYou may just be wondering exactly who in the heck Act Of Defiance is, but if you are a true metal head then you already know who they are. Back in February of 2015, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover shocked the metal community when both men exited thrash metal legends Megadeth. The two immediately announced that they had a new venture called Act of Defiance which also featured former Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand (Bass) and former Scar The Martyr vocalist Henry Derrick Bonner. Together the four of them would record their debut album Birth And The Burial which is being released everywhere August 21, 2015 via Metal Blade Records. The band unleashed the album online for fans to hear early of it’s release and Drover comments, “We are all so proud for everybody to finally be able to hear Birth and the Burial streaming in its entirety. We worked extremely hard to make the best heavy metal record we could and we are all beyond excited for you to sink your teeth into this record. We said from the get-go, this record is 100 percent uncompromising heavy metal, and now you can hear for yourselves!” Chris Broderick added to the conversation saying, “We spent a lot of time and effort on Birth and the Burial to get it to sound as good as it possibly could, and we are not only excited for it’s release this Friday Aug. 21 and the fact that everyone can stream it, but also to announce that we will be heading out on tour to support it in October!!! It’s one thing to get a CD to sound great, but now we have to live up to that sound live as well, and I know from talking to Shawn, Henry, and Matt that we are going to bring it!!!”

Act-of-Defiance-630x4201. Throwback- This was the first track the band unleashed off of the record and it’s fierce. Drover commented on the track saying, “Throwback’ is not your average speed/thrash metal tune. The song is also pretty progressive at times with a lot of stopping and starting going into the bridge and they are all at different times, so we really had to memorize the count. I was really impressed with the way Chris wanted to write a little bit out of the box, shall we say. Chris also wrote all of the lyrics for the song, which were also impressive to me.” 5/5

2. Legion Of Lies– This is an all out heavy metal assault on the masses as the band gives you a clinic what Metal is. The track is both heavy and melodic at times, it’s crushing. This track has a black metal feel to it at times. 4.5/5

3. Thy Lord Belial– A fast and in your face track about the one and only Satan, but it’s the demon that appears in the Hebrew Bible. 4/5

4. Refrain And Refracture– A very clever track from the band that starts off with acoustic guitars, but don’t worry because they bring the energy as they raise the tempo. Drover told, “Refrain and Re-Fracture’ is a great example of using musical dynamics in a heavy metal song. All of us in Act of Defiance have always been fans of cool acoustic/classical song intros before the metal assault kicks in, so when Chris presented this song to me I immediately loved the tune.” 5/5

5. Dead Stare– An absolute in your face thrash like song that would make Exodus proud as the sound is similar. You can also hear the familiar later years Megadeth guitar solo sound in the solo for this song. 4/5

act6. Disastrophe– I love Bonner’s vocals on this track as he kind of reminds me of a combination of Phil Anselmo and the Damageplan vocalist there. The song has more of that crushing, in your face metal sound we’ve been hearing all album long. 4/5

7. Poison Dream– The track begins with string arrangements and piano playing which is a little different before the band brings the thunder. This track is absolutely brutal, I cannot wait to hear this one live. 5/5

8. Obey The Fallen– The track begins with an eerie riff before the band kicks the tempo up. A rare track that features some clean singing by Bonner who sounds like Dave Mustaine at times. 4/5

9. Crimson Psalm– This track returns to the sonically fast paced, blazing metal that we love from a band of this caliber. This is metal at it’s best. 5/5

10. Birth And The Burial– The title track is the last track on the record and it starts off with one of my favorite things in the whole world and that is a sick bass line before the band comes in. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I am super excited for a band like this to be releasing an album that teaches fans everywhere what real metal is all about. You should also be exicted that they are taking this metal madness on the road in the fall because I am ready for it. I am giving the album four stars out of five for a final grade. Check out the tour dates below:

Tour Dates with Allegaeon

10/22 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Count’s Vamp’d
10/23 — Phoenix, Ariz. — Club Red
10/24 — San Diego, Calif. — Brick By Brick
10/25 — Pomona, Calif. — Glass House
10/28 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Area 51
10/30 — Denver, Colo. — Marquis Theater
10/31 — Merriam, Kan. — Aftershock
11/1 — St. Louis, Mo. — Fubar
11/3 — Danville, Ill. — Vintage Villains
11/4 — Chicago, Ill. — Double Door
11/5 — Westland, Mich. — Token Lounge
11/6 — Lakefield, Ohio — The Foundry
11/8 — Rochester, N.Y. — Montage
11/9 — Toronto, Ontario — Mod Club
11/11 — Montreal, Quebec — Petit Campus
11/13 — New York, N.Y. — Saint Vitus
11/14 — Holyoke, Mass. — Waterfront Tavern
11/15 — Providence, R.I. — Providence Metal Fest

Back in February of this year, the metal world was shocked when all of a sudden, two members of Megadeth had called it quits. Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover who were apart of one of my favorite line ups of Megadeth called it quits and together they formed a new band called Act Of Defiance alongside Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand and former Scar The Martyr vocalist Henry Derrick Bonner. Together the band unleashed a teaser of one of their tracks called Throwback off their upcoming debut album Birth and the Burial which comes out August 21ST via Metal Blade Records. As far as the track is concerned Shawn Drover stated, “Throwback’ is not your average speed/thrash metal tune. The song is also pretty progressive at times with a lot of stopping and starting going into the bridge and they are all at different times, so we really had to memorize the count. I was really impressed with the way Chris wanted to write a little bit out of the box, shall we say. Chris also wrote all of the lyrics for the song, which were also impressive to me. They are certainly dark in the subject matter, as they should be to fit the aggressiveness of the song. Quite a nice fit if you ask me.” As far as the music video was concerned, he added, “Making the video in LA for ‘Throwback’ with Corey was the easiest and most focused video shoot I have ever been a part of. The concept was very ‘old school metal’ In nature with just smoke, lights, the band and METAL! What a concept. We all shared the common vision of just being a metal band captured on film and Corey got it right away. Corey and his entire crew were a sheer joy to work with.

I think it’s safe to say that Throwback is sort of a tribute to some of the early thrash players that Chris Broderick grew to love when he started playing guitar. Broderick states, “Throwback’ came about through the influence of great thrash players such as Kerry King (Slayer) and Rob Cavestany (Death Angel). They gave me the inspiration to write a tear your head off, insanely fast rhythm. From there it progressed as I wrote, into a song that doesn’t only have elements of thrash but everything in between with elements of progressive, and groove. I never expected ‘Throwback’ to be the first release off the CD, as it’s not commercial, doesn’t follow a typical verse, chorus, solo scheme, and is almost six minutes long. However, when you hear the fire, emotion and brutality of the song, it becomes very clear that it was a contender to show people what Act of Defiance is really about.” Check out the video below and stay tuned here for more info on the band when it becomes available. I am hoping they go out on tour very soon, we’ll have to wait and see.

actYou have probably wondering what former Megadeth members drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick have been up to lately since they left. Well, the guys have just unveiled the name of the new project which also features former Scar The Martyr vocalist Henry Derrick Bonner and Shadow’s Fall guitarist Matt Bachand is also involved in Act Of Defiance. The band also announced that they had signed a deal with Metal Blade Records and they are currently working with producer Zeuss to hopefully have the album ready for the fans by the summer. To keep fans occupied for the moment, the band has unveiled a teaser of their track Throwback and I have it for you here. So, check it out below and stay tuned for more info as we have it. Below the video are some statements from members of the band.

Chris Broderick:

I am so excited to finally be able to announce ACT OF DEFIANCE to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Zeuss.

I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to METAL! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it.

Shawn Drover: 

Having our new band, ACT OF DEFIANCE, sign with Metal Blade Records is a real thrill for me. I started my musical career with Brian Slagel and the Metal Blade family many years ago, so to come full circle at this point is a real musical home-coming, of sorts. I couldn’t be happier about that.

What thrills me the most is the fact that myself, Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and Matt Bachand all have in common is that from the get-go, we wanted this band to be 100% PURE Heavy Metal! No compromises, no ulterior motives other than making the best HEAVY METAL music we can. Metal Blade shares this vision, which really puts us all on the same page, musically.

Matt Bachand:

I couldn’t be more excited to begin this new adventure with ACT OF DEFIANCE. The positive energy that has collected between the four of us in such a little amount of time has been nothing short of incredible. Writing bass lines is something new for me as well, and I am looking forward to the challenge. All the songs are coming together great and I can’t wait for the world to hear this.

Henry Derrick Bonner:

I’m extremely honored and excited to be a part of AOD. Everyone has been super cool and supportive, which is always a huge plus. I know this is going to be an awesome musical experience and the fact that I’m embarking on this journey with good people means everything. Cheers.

Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records:

I am super excited to welcome ACT OF DEFIANCE to the Metal Blade family. I have known Chris and Shawn over the years and really admired their work. I am honored to be able to work with these two legendary musicians. Really excited to work with all the guys on this exciting new band!

stanger2015It’s been a while since I did one of these and so I figured I would do one today as there are some noteworthy news stories out there. I just wanted to mention real quick that Today is Black Label Society vocalist/axeman Zakk Wylde’s birthday which I already wished here. One of the coolest news stories out today though is the fact that a band actually took time out of their schedule to re-record Metallica’s St. Anger. You have to admit that all of us hated the recording quality of the record especially with Lar’s drum sound which it was apparently turned off while they recorded. We do not know the name of the band, but they are a group of friends. They are Daryl G. & Chris D. of the band Grace The Skies and Dave C. of the band Adjust. Here is what the band said about why they decided to take the time to re-record what they are calling #STANGER2015:

Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.

To listen to the re-recording of the track, just click here. The new version is mo much more tolerable, but I have to admit that I am still not a fan of some of the lyrics.

five fFive Finger Death Punch fans are probably rejoicing at some news that has dropped courtesy of Jeremy Spencer. The band released two volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell back in 2013 and the band is apparently ready to release some new music. Here is what Drummer Jeremy Spencer had to say, “I’m not sure. We always try to do things a little differently than the time before, but without being drastically different. We are who we are and I don’t see us doing something so left turn that people are going, What is that? I just don’t see that. We sound like what we sound like and I’m excited to see where it goes, honestly. I love making new records, and feeling the energy, seeing how everyone has grown and all that. We do try to push ourselves and experiment a little here and there. We have to keep it fresh for ourselves.”

hell gateMotley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard have all down Vegas residencies and the next logical person to do one would be none other than the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne told The Sun, “I’m working right now on a Vegas production for Ozzy. It’ll be in time for Halloween and be called ‘Hell Gate’” One source was quoted saying, “Ozzy has never done a stand-alone show in Vegas and there has been huge interest in what he has to offer. Vegas is an amazing spot, which has been a huge hit with the rock crowd. Ozzy would be a top draw and really do something unique.” As I said, this is the next logical step for Vegas and residencies. It will also give fans of his solo career to see him live once again.

tntIn heartbreaking and unfortunate news, TNT have once again parted ways with Tony Harnell. So, there goes any chance of seeing the band tour the US with the only singer that mattered. Tony spoke out in a statement on Facebook that said, “Sadly, it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…It’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul…My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys.”

In better news than the last article, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler gave fans an update on his condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery for an aneurysm he suffered last month. Meanwhile, Udo Dirkschneider’s son Sven Dirkschneider will be taking over drum duties for Saxon’s upcoming tour. The video with Nigel can be seen here.

I also wanted to take the time to wish the former voice of Queensryche Geoff Tate a very Happy 56TH Birthday today (January 14TH). I also wanted to wish White Lion frontman Mike Tramp a very Happy 54TH birthday today as well. Tomorrow (January 15TH) is Saxon frontman Biff Byford’s 64TH Birthday so Happy Birthday to him as well.

unnamedRex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down/Kill Devil Hill) and Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) have joined The Metal Allegiance show which takes place at The House Of Blues in Anaheim on January 21ST. Here is the complete lineup of all the people participating, “Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult).” The show will stream live for all to see on the internet at this website. Here is what Rex had to say, “What better way to kick the new year in the fucking ass than with a Metal Allegiance show? House of Blues in Anaheim barely survived the last time! GET IT LOUD AND TEAR IT DOWN!!! If you can’t get your ass out to Anaheim, get it in front of a computer and head over to The Music Zoo’s website to watch it all go down.” Check it out or be lame and don’t unless you have a perfectly acceptable excuse.

111The Rock In Rio Festival is coming to the United States for the first time in May and we have some incredible lineups to announce. On May 8TH, this is more like the Alternative day with No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless, Foster the People, Gary Clark, Jr., Bleachers and Saints of Valory. Now if you’re like me then you are looking forward to day 2 on May 9TH which features the likes of Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Sepultura, Coheed & Cambria, and Of Mice And Men. There is a whole other weekend that I am not interested in, but if you want to get your hands on some tickets, just go here.

Considering that Today is Thanksgiving and this is probably the only post that you are going to get from me today because I plan to eat food, drink beer, and relax. So, with that being said, I do want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hopefully it’s a safe one for everyone. Here is some news for all of you:

Megadeth-1-630x420A couple of days ago, things didn’t look too rough for the Megadeth camp when Drummer Shawn Drover announced that he had quit the legendary Thrash Metal band who is definitely no stranger to lineup changes. Only hours after that announcement, things looked like they were going from bad to worse for Megadeth. As I said, hours after Drover announced his exit, Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick announced that he too was leaving the band. He released the following statement on his official website:

Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it.

Until then,
Chris. \m/

As of right now, it’s pretty obvious that we don’t know who is going to replace Drover and Broderick in the band, but what we do know is that Megadeth has been working on a new album for release in 2015. Stay Tuned here for more info as it becomes available to us.

venomFrom the Very Depths is the title of Extreme/Black Metal pioneers Venom’s 14TH studio album that is going to be released via Spinefarm Records on January 27, 2015. It’s the follow up to 2011’s Fallen Angels and it features 14 brand new tracks and if you’re into vinyl then never fear because the album will get a double LP release after January 27TH. Frontman Chronos spoke about the album saying, “This album is perfect, all three members are totally over-the-top confident with the new songs and the production. We had a great atmosphere in the studio while we were recording. Dante created pure thunder from his drums, while Rage tears the flesh off your face with his riffs, making everything fall into place so well. It’s a strong release and really shows the band maturing into an unstoppable force of pure Black Metal. We can’t wait to play the new songs live for the Legions… Hell Yeah!”

Ozzy-Kevin-Winter-Getty-Images-630x420There is a good possibility that there is still one honor out there that Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t received that he very well could. There was an online petition started to get Ozzy Knighted and while chatting with Time Out Dubai, the legend commented on it, “I’ve heard about that. Getting knighted? I can’t imagine anything better. And my wife would become a Lady, which would be pretty cool. But I’m not gonna get upset if it doesn’t happen. I never thought I’d get further than [my childhood hometown of] Aston.” I for one hope that this does happen for the legendary rocker who has had the most amazing time of his life this past couple of years with the success of the last Black Sabbath record and the Memoirs Of A Madman release that spans all of his solo career. Good luck Ozzman cause Sir Ozzy Osbourne has a good ring to it.

aIt’s the second entry this week for the album of the week in a week that already featured a release from The Queens Of The Stone Age and my review of Amon Amarth’s Deceiver Of The Gods. So, we got the fourteenth album from thrash metal titans Megadeth called Super Collider. The album’s line up consists of Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Chris Broderick, and Shawn Drover and is produced by Johnny K. The album also features a guest appearance from Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman and it’s the first album to be released on Dave’s own label Tradecraft via Universal.

a2Kingmaker is the first track and it opens up with a very dark bass line from bass master Dave Ellefson over a helicopter. Then before you know it, Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick came all guns a blazing with the sonic guitar assault. The track is amazing as it talks about wanting everything now and Dave acting like he wants to be the King S*** (hence Kingmaker). The title track is next and it feels like more of a hard rock song than a thrash metal song.  I’m not saying the track is bad, but it seems Dave has gone back to the days of Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings (which are some of my favorite albums) for inspiration with this track. Burn! opens up with the guitar master flexing his muscles before breaking into the track. The song is a great hard rock track, but the lyrics are a little weak (Burn baby burn cause it feels so good?) Built For War is them getting back into Megadeth mode with the double bass drum assault with the sonic assault from their fearless leader and his guitar partner in a Rust In Peace kind of style. Off The Edge is the next track on the record and it starts with some riffing before the song breaks in and as much of the album so far it explores a hard rock feel like Cryptic Writings. Dance In The Rain features Dave talking through the music as if he is telling a story to you which talks of big brother and a storm brewing so I hope you can dance in the rain. The track also features David Draiman on vocals.

a3Beginning Of Sorrow opens up with a killer bass riff from arguably my favorite bassist. It’s a track that is a little different for Megadeth with his daughter Electra adding background vocals to the track. The Blackest Crow is the next track and it has a bluegrass country feel to it that is dominant in the beginning and remains a part of the song throughout. It seems that Megadeth is expanding their horizons and I like it. As I said the bluegrass in prominent in the beginning before a cadence like drum beat starts to take over before Dave sings. Forget To Remember is the next track on the album and it’s a complete hard rock song with the power chords. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome track, but if you were expecting Endgame or United Abominations by this point then your out of luck. Don’t Turn Your Back… starts off with a blues like riff before that track everybody was expecting kicks in. It hits you like a freight train with the double bass assault and that typical Megadeth like riffing. The last track on the record is a cover of Thin Lizzy’s Cold Sweat which was an amazing song to begin with. The album isn’t that bad, but it’s a little bit of a departure for Megadeth sort of like what Risk was at the time except this is ten times better than Risk. I am going to give this record 3.5 stars out of five.