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slipknot by slipknotOne of the coolest bands to come out of the late 1990’s Nu Metal scene was none other than the almighty Slipknot, the crushing nine member band from Des Moines, Iowa. The first time I saw the band was on the second stage of Ozzfest 1999 and you just knew that these guys were something very special even back then. On June 29, 1999 via Roadrunner Records, the band would release their self titled debut album and it made quite the impact. The band which was made up of (#8) Corey Taylor (Vocals), (#7) Mick Thomson (Guitars), (#6) Shawn “Clown” Crahan (Percussion), (#5) Craig “133” Jones (Samples/Media), (#4) Jim Root (Guitars), (#3) Chris Fehn (Percussion), (#2) Paul Gray (Bass), (#1) Joey Jordison (Drums), and (#0) Sid Wilson (Turntables) would see their debut album peak at #51 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while it also finished at #98 on The Billboard Top 200 Year End Charts. It was also the number one album on both the Top Heatseekers and Independent albums Charts while also going two times platinum along the way in the US (It also went platinum in Australia, Japan, and the UK). The album also faced some controversy along the way over two tracks that you will read about below, but this album placed the band on the map.

slipknot back cover1. 742617000027– an intro track that kicks off the album with some Charles Manson dialogue and some guitar scratching samples from Craig Jones. 4/5

2. (sic)– The first real track on the album that kicks off with some drum fury and an in your face guitar riff complete with Sid’s signature scratching in a track that is all about getting back at those that wronged you. 5/5

3. Eyeless– kicks off with an industrial dance beat like that you would hear from Prodigy before the band kicks in turning this into an industrial banger in a track about how Corey never knew his father. The Marlon Brando part is apparently what a homeless man in New York was screaming. 4.5/5

4. Wait And Bleed– This was the first single off the album that captured me as a fan of the band that Joey Jordison wrote the music for and Corey Taylor says the song is about, “The song’s about that switch in your head that can go at any moment. You go from being a civilized human being to someone who can commit terrible acts. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact we represent ourselves as civilized when, at any moment, we can become animals.” 5/5

5. Surfacing– This is one of the most ferocious songs to hear live because this is a track that will smash your head in with every beat in a track that is a middle finger to all the people who spread their hate on to you. 5/5

compact-disc-slipknot-5-the-gray-chapter-liner-notes-album-cd-covers6. Spit It Out– a speed metal rap styled song that’s all about having that friend that constantly walks all over you and uses you until you finally decide that your done with it. 5/5

7. Tattered & Torn-a track that M. Shawn Crahan wrote and it makes sense about the clown character. There can be all this hurt and pain behind the makeup, but on the outside it’s masked by a happy face. 4.5/5

8. Frail Limb Nursery– This is the prequel to a story that will be explored in the next track and it’s one of the two tracks that caused controversy. 4/5

9. Purity-The track was about a girl named Purity Knight who was buried alive, but the problem is that the website that reported it claimed that the story was fake while Corey believes it to be true. This track and the previous track were omitted from the reissue of the album. 5/5

10. Liberate-an in your face, go for the throat track that features a little of that Nu-Metal flavor while asking you to Liberate your madness!!! 5/5

11. Prosthetics– This is a cool track that is inspired by the book The Collector by John Fowles about a social awkward man that decides to kidnap a woman in hopes that the longer he has her locked away the closer to loving him she will. 4.5/5

Photo of SLIPKNOT12. No Life-another speed metal rap song about being trapped in a life that is just not healthy for your psyche. 4/5

13. Diluted-a track that is very relatable lyrically because it talks about how confusing life can be and how we can easily get depressed when it seems that things are not going our way. 4/5

14. Only One– a bad ass track about being sick and tired of someone talk sh** about you that you decide enough is enough and you need to break his face. 4.5/5

15. Scissors– The last track on the album that goes for eight minutes before going quiet then at the 13 minute mark it’s a conversation between the band that lasts for three minutes before the bonus track Eeyore finishes it off. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– While Loudwire.com ranked this one at number 48 on their Top 50 Metal Albums Of All Time list, I definitely throw this one a little further because it made an last impression on me as I continue to be a Slipknot fan 19 years later. My favorite tracks on the album are obvious choices like Wait And Bleed, Surfacing, Spit It Out, but throw Liberate and Purity in there as well. My least favorite tracks are Diluted (musically) and No Life. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

all out lifeHalloween is like Christmas for Metal and horror fans all over the world because it’s the one day that we get to celebrate all the things we love about all things that go bump in the night. Slipknot definitely acted like Jack Skellington delivering us a present that we will never forget. For a couple of weeks, we have been told that new Slipknot music is on the horizon for 2019 and that it promised to be heavy like an Iowa kind of heavy which got fans excited for the music. Well on Halloween, Slipknot delivered the track All Out Life on the radio and then followed that up by releasing the music video for the track that was directed by M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). So, we decided that it was only fitting to name this the Metal Video Of The Week this week. I can tell you one thing about the music and that it definitely delivers on the heavy scale, but it does it by taking the best elements of Iowa and mixing it with the best elements of Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and that is exactly what you get with this track. It’s the band’s first piece of music since 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter and this has definitely been well worth the wait.

all out lCorey Taylor spoke about the meaning behind the lyrics to the track saying, “Everybody talks about toxic masculinity and toxic fandom these days. For me, it’s more about this toxic idea that unless something came out 10 minutes ago, it’s not any good, and that bothers me.It’s like, I love new music, but at the same time, don’t turn your back on the music that’s been. Don’t turn your back on the people that worked to make a platform for you to have a platform in the first place, so for me, it’s really about … It’s a rallying cry for everyone. It’s about all of us getting together and saying, “You know what. Let’s not talk about old. Let’s not talk about new. Let’s talk about what is. Let’s talk about what’s good, what’s real, and get behind that and start embracing things that matter because there’s history there and not just because it’s the next best thing.” The music video follows the intensity of the track with a bus full of masked people all wearing the same mask as they mosh and destroy everything in their path in an abandoned hangar that sees them getting soaked with blood like substance. Crahan commented as well saying, “Right now is a very exciting time for Slipknot. We’ve been working on new music for the last two years, and ‘All Out Life,’ the song and the video, is just one of many concepts in the works. It’s a fitting taste to get you to the next thing. Get ready for what’s to come. We challenge you to ‘All Out Life.'” Check out the video below:

Slipknot_-_Iowa-frontThere has not been a band on the American metal scene that has quite the impact on the 21ST century than the nine piece band of madness known as Slipknot. Slipknot which in 2001 featured  (#8) Corey Taylor (Vocals), (#7) Mick Thomson (Guitars), (#6) M. Shawn Crahan (Custom Percussion), (#5) Craig Jones (Samples), (#4) Jim Root (Guitars), (#3) Chris Fehn (Custom Percussion), (#2) Paul Gray (Bass), (#1) Joey Jordison (Drums), and (#0) Sid Wilson (Turntables). On August 28, 2001, the band would release their highly anticipated sophomore release Iowa which was named after the state the band originates from. The album was a dark time for the band because the pressure was on them to produce another hit after the huge success of their debut record. Relationships were scarred during the recording, but it lent a very dark album considering the band considers it very dark times. This was the first album that Jim Root was able to say that he was apart of when it came to writing. He had joined the band too late when it came to the recording of the first album (which only featured two songs he had written). The album was a huge success for the band it went in the top ten in 14 different countries, was number one in the UK, and it peaked at three on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as the album went platinum.

945597427-Slipknot-Iowa-Trasera1.515– is an intro track that features some vocals from Sid Wilson and is named after the state of Iowa’s area code. 4/5

2. People = Shit– This is probably one of the most bad ass songs the band has ever written. It’s fast and aggressive and it describes what people can be sometimes which is sh**. 5/5

3. Disasterpiece– An agressive as hell track that is a dark look at a person who gives there all into a relationship just to not have it reciprocated so he returns the favor. 4/5

4. My Plague– The track features some bad ass playing from Joey and co., but it’s considered one of the more melodic tracks on the album (probably cause of the chorus) in a track that is all about hypocrites . 5/5

5. Everything Ends– Another track that is heavy as hell, but it features some melody in it while he seems to be speaking about all the different stages we go through during a bad break up. 4/5

6. The Heretic Anthem– The sixth song on the album that features that famous countdown from nine to the repeating 6, 6, 6, before it continues to countdown to one when the madness then proceeds to explode out of your speaker. A truly great track from the band. 5/5

7. Gently– The track starts a little differently than most with an ominous bass riff and the hitting of a cymbal before the first guitar riff comes in. It’s a really cool and different track that gets heavy when it needs to. 4.5/5

Slipknot-Iowa-CD8. Left Behind– Another one of my personal favorites from the album that was also the lead single. It was the most successful single of the time and launched the band into the next stratosphere. 5/5

9. The Shape– Corey gets deep with us on this Death Metal influenced track that talks about how sometimes our life can be such a pain in the ass that we just have to separate us from it. 4/5

10. I Am Hated– Corey wears his emotions on his sleeve and he’s pretty straightforward with his lyrics as well so you can pretty much figure out this is their big FU song. 4/5

11. Skin Ticket– An interesting track on the album that could be about how we think we are something, but we might not really be anything on the scale of things. “Zero and zero is nothing but zero.” The track features some deep elements of Nu-Metal within it. 4/5

12. New Abortion– I feel that this headbanger is a track for all of their fans, the maggots who follow the band through thick and thin. 4.5/5

13. Metabolic– A really heavy track that I am not exactly sure what he is talking about in it, but it could be about someone close not being there for him. 4/5

14. Iowa– The last track on the album that starts with some screaming and some cool samples, but it’s dark and ominous and it could be the sequel to the track Purity from the first record. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was definitely an amazing album from the band that you would never get again as their sound started to evolve after this. If you were a fan of the heavy stage of their career then this is a magnum opus, but if you’re like me then this is a step in their evolution. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

sharknado-4It seems to be a tradition every year now on the SYFY channel when a Sharknado movie comes around and it seems to be something we cover for Cheeseball Cinema too. It’s also been a while since the last time we covered a Cheeseball Cinema film so to get us back in the swing of things, we decided to watch Sharknado 4: The 4TH Awakens. To get you up to speed, it has been five years since the last Sharknado attacks and Finn (Ian Ziering) has been living the quite life with his mother (Cheryl Tiegs) and his son Gill (Chris and Nicholas Stone), but no April (Tara Reid). Finn believes that she has passed away after being in a coma for four years, but is surprised to see her when a new Sharknado of sorts decides to touch down in Las Vegas. As it morphs into all different kinds of Tornados (sandnado, bouldernado, Lavanado, etc.) Finn has to try and save his family before it’s too late. The film stars David Hasselhoff (Baywatch) as Col. Gilbert Shepard, Cody Linley (Hoot) as Matt Shepard, Ryan Newman (Monster House) as Claudia Shepard, and Masiela Lusha (George Lopez) as Gemini. The film of course features tons of cameos from the likes of Corey Taylor, Seth Rollins, Gary Busey, Dr. Drew, Wayne Newton, Vince Neil, Carrot Top, Tommy Davidson, Caroline Williams, Dan Yeager, Dog The Bounty Hunter, Steve Guttenberg, and so many more.

sharkando-2This continues to be some of the cheesiest crap that is thrown on TV, but you know what they have are a ton of fun doing it. It has become quite the phenomenon when you try to figure out what insane stunts are they going to pull or who in the hell is going to make a cameo in this film. The material also just gets cheesier and cheesier as the series rolls on with April being put back together, but she can now remove her hand and use the force to summon a lightsaber out of it. Oh yeah, there’s also the fact that they pay homage in this film not only to Star Wars with references, but they also do it with Christine, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and even the Wizard Of Oz. There’s also the fact that this Sharknado changes forms every time it runs into something and they get a tiny bit creative with it. Some of the dramatic attempts for scenes is just too corny and laughable. As I said before though, they look like they are having a ton of fun with it and it is fun to watch as well. The film when it concludes, it sets up the very next film in the series and I will definitely look forward to that. So, if you like over the top action, over achieving on your acting, and just some cheesy wholesome family fun then look no further because Sharknado is here to make your day. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I would have to give this film an 4.5 for a final grade.

You may be wondering to yourself how the staff here at Moshpits and Movies have chosen a track from an album that came out ten years ago has a music video of the week? Well while that is a good and legitimate question, we must also realize that there is a special reason for it. Back in August of 2006, Stone Sour released their critically acclaimed sophomore album Come What(ever) May which contained amazing tracks like 30/30- 150, Through Glass, Sillyworld, and my personal favorite Zzyzx Rd. Now the track which also happens to be the albums closer, never got the music video treatment it deserved and the band is about to release the tenth anniversary edition of the record which will feature bonus never before heard acoustic and b-sides. To help celebrate that, the band unleashed a music video for the song and we have it here. The video doesn’t feature the band at all, but it features various people walking down the same road as they ponder their life choices. I have always found the songs lyrics to be powerful and just absolutely amazing to listen to. Check it out below and you can pre-order the album right now here.

Korn has been hard at work promoting their newest album The Serenity of Suffering already releasing the tracks Rotting In Vain and Insane for all of us to hear. Now the band is back with yet another single for all of us to hear and this time it has a very special guest on the track. The name of the song is A Different World and it’s a track on the album that features Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor who sneaks right into the track after the second chorus. Jonathan Davis talked about the track saying, “We were trying to figure out who we wanted to collaborate with, and I’m like, ‘You know, that’s the one, that’s the guy,’. And I texted him, I’m like, ‘Do you want to be on a new Korn track?’ He’s all, ‘Hell yeah! When and where, what do I do?’ So he did great on the song. I already did my parts, I’m like, ‘Do what you do, man.’ And I like the way he did it, the approach: he starts creeping in underneath the song, you can start slowly hearing his voice under mine, and it crescendos up into the middle part where he sings, and then it’s just full-on at the end, so the song came out great.” Corey Taylor was equally pumped for the effort and he bragged about the album a little saying, “This whole album, and I’m gonna brag now, because I’ve heard 11 songs of this, it is such a great throwback to the first three Korn albums and mixed with that maturity that they have now. Like, it’s, really, really heavy. People are gonna lose their minds. It’s that good.” Check it out below:

 

Sc%C3%A8ne-Molson-Canadian-Stage-Slipknot-2So there was some pretty scary news delivered recently regarding one of the hottest metal bands in the land Slipknot. Slipknot was supposed to start their big summer tour with Marilyn Manson on June 9TH, but apparently that isn’t going to happen at least not by that time. Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has to undergo unplanned spinal surgery. The frontman released a statement explaining, “Regretfully, I’m sending this to our fans to inform you that we will be postponing the first couple of weeks of our upcoming U.S tour. Unfortunately, I had to undergo an unplanned spinal surgery. I am recovering nicely, and all went well! I need a little recovery time before hitting the stage. We will start the summer tour in Nashville on 6/28 and continue as previously scheduled. An update on the rescheduled dates will be available in the next few days. I hope you all understand and thanks for always having my back! Thank you, Corey.” Touring isn’t easy and the physical demands of a Slipknot tour must be high. I have the canceled dates below with the non canceled dates as well:

Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice and Men 2016 North American Tour Dates

Postponed Shows:

6/09 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amphitheatre
6/11 – Auburn, Wash. @ White River Amphitheatre
6/13 – Concord, Calif. @ Concord Pavilion
6/14 – Inglewood, Calif. @ The Forum
6/15 – Chula Vista, Calif. @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
6/17 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
6/18 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
6/19 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
6/21 – Morrison, Colo @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/24 – Austin, Texas @ Austin 360 Amphitheater
6/25 – Dallas, Texas @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
6/26 – The Woodlands, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Shows That Are Still Scheduled on the Original Dates:

6/28 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
6/29 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/01 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
7/02 – Tampa, Fla. @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/06 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/08 – Hartford, Ct. @ Xfinity Theatre
7/09 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/10 – Hershey, Pa. @ GIANT Center
7/12 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
7/13 – Noblesville, Ind. @ Klipsch Music Center
7/15 – Oshkosh, Wis. @ Rock USA
7/16 – Cadott, Wis. @ Rock Fest
7/17 – Bridgeview, Ill. @ Chicago Open Air
7/19 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
7/20 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
7/21 – Québec, Quebec @ Videotron Centre
7/23 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse
7/24 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/26 – Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/27 – Camden, N.J. @ BB&T Pavilion
7/29 – Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30 – Burgettstown, Pa. @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/02 – Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
8/04 – Maryland Heights, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/05 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena

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This next piece of news certainly affects me considering that I have tickets to one of the shows on the Not In This Lifetime Guns N Roses tour. Apparently Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots has barred Guns N Roses from playing past curfew. While Guns N Roses have had a tendency of showing up on stage late in the past, Foxboro selectwoman Ginny Coppola has put her foot down making the curfew 11:15PM and it’s because of “noise issues” according to her. She stated in an interview with The Sun Chronicle, “This is on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. If this was a weekend, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But it’s a work night. This isn’t going to be an acoustic evening. It’s going to be loud.” Apparently Gillette Stadium management tried to push for a 11:40 and even an 11:30 curfew, but those were shot down in flames. I’m not completely surprised by this decision because the curfew at the Xfinity Center which is literally the next town over from Foxboro’s curfew is 11PM and I personally do not want to be at the stadium all night long.

Muhammad-AliIn non music related news, legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. Muhammad Ali was an icon in and out of the boxing ring whether it was beating men in the ring or beating the US government for what he believed in, he was a champion. A lot of rockers expressed their feelings over the death of Muhammad Ali like Dave Mustaine who wrote on Twitter, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of my biggest heroes, the greatest, Muhammad Ali.” There are a lot more that expressed their thoughts and you can check them out by visiting Loudwire here. R.I.P. Muhammad Ali “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”