Posts Tagged ‘Crossover Thrash’

R-814640-1361923046-6458.jpegWhen I think of Crossover Thrash which is the combination of Thrash Metal and Hardcore mixed into one, the Stormtroopers Of Death (often stylized as S.O.D.) immediately comes to mind. They were a bad ass band that contained two members of Anthrax in Scott Ian (Guitar) and Charlie Benante (Drums) and mixed it with a former member of Anthrax in Dan Lilker (Bass), and then you throw in Billy Milano (Vocals) and you have S.O.D. which formed in 1985. After Anthrax had finished recording Spreading The Disease, Scott realized that they still had plenty of studio time left so they used the one week to record their first album Speak English or Die which was officially released on August 30, 1985. The album was very influential on the scene and I guarantee that most people don’t know that three of the songs were used for MTV’s Headbangers Ball for a little while. Al Jourgensen of Ministry has claimed that this album was the reason he had thrash guitars into his music and saying that it was, “one of the best records ever.” Revolver Magazine included the album in their 14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own list and it has been re-released twice by Megaforce Records and it has sold one million records worldwide.

71oEROBDjsL._SL1050_1. March Of The S.O.D.- a bad ass opening track with a monstrous hammering opening riff and it’s the perfect instrumental intro to the next track 5/5

2. Sargent D and the S.O.D.-a bass heavy track that kicks your ass as soon as it launches in this track about Sargent D who is not a guy to mess with cause he’ll kick your ass. 5/5

3. Kill Yourself– One thing to remember is not to take the lyrics too seriously, but the track is them telling someone they hate to kill themselves. The lyrics are very literal. 4.5/5

4. Milano Mosh-Another personal favorite of mine on the record and it’s Billy’s song challenging anyone in the moshpits. 5/5

5. Speak English Or Die– Imagine if this song was played today, the backlash these guys would receive would be insane. What do you think the lyrics are about? 5/5

6. United Forces– a cool track that is an anthem of sorts for Crossover Thrash where they are trying to unite both sides to create one bad ass side. 5/5

7. Chromatic Death– this might as well be an instrumental because the music is in your face, lightning fast, and they just say Chromatic Death twice. 4.5/5

8. Pi Alpha Nu– All about partying with a fraternity and the craziness that is involved. 4/5

9. Anti-Procrastination Song– a six second song where he screams out the title of the song followed by a quick riff. 4/5

10. What’s That Noise?-a funny track where they are playing a riff and it sounds like Billy is getting pissed over some noise that he keeps hearing on his headphones. 4/5

11. Freddy Krueger– a track about you know who considering the film was released a year earlier and it describes some of the scenes in the film. 5/5

003f154312. Milk– a cool bass riff by Lilker opens the song in where the narrator is very pissed off because he has no milk to pour into his cereal. 5/5

13. Pre-Menstrual Princess Blues– a track that is sure to piss off any feminist out there about a woman who doesn’t have her maxi pads and complains about how easy men have it. I love the bass heavy riff to this one, reminds me of the opening track. 5/5

14. Pussy Whipped-a great opening riff before the band goes 100 MPH about guys who are too afraid to say no to their loved ones. 4.5/5

15. Fist Banging Mania– This one’s an anthem for the fans that show up to every show and are right in the front row ready to get crazy with the band. 5/5

16. No Turning Back– every album is not complete with the post-apolcayptic track of the 80’s on it and here is S.O.D.’s right here. 4/5

17. Fuck The Middle East– Like I said, do not take their lyrics too seriously because with this one, it may seem like they are racist with their erase the middle east message in this one. 4.5/5

18. Douche Crew– a song where Billy is calling out all the posers who think they can do what S.O.D. does. 4/5

19. Hey Gordy– a six second track of someone saying Hey Gordy give me a shot. 4/5

20. Ballad Of Jimi Hendrix– five seconds of a Jimi Hendrix styled song with it saying he’s dead at the end. 4/5

21. Diamonds And Rust (Extended Version)– a two second track of them saying Diamonds And Rust. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– An unbelievable album that helped jump start a sub-genre of Thrash Metal that would influence other great bands like Municipal Waste, etc. March Of The S.O.D., Sargent D And The S.O.D., and Freddy Krueger are still my favorite tracks. My least favorites are the last three tracks. I am going to give the album 4.5, stars out of five for a final grade.

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ghostbloodIt has been our mission with the Unsigned Band Of The Week post to do two things with one being to try and give some exposure to some deserving bands and the other being to have a band from all 50 states. I think that we have done a pretty good job so far and after covering Michigan last week, we are going all the way to the west coast for our very next band. When most people think of Seattle, Washington, they think of Grunge music, Heart, and Queensryche, but they fail to recognize the diversity in the scene. The band that we chose for today can be best described as, “Gore-splattered ghostly thrash-blackening death-blood music from Seattle! Smash, burn, and eat the dead!” which is a direct quote from the heavy metal power trio GHOSTBLOOD. These guys are the real deal as they mix in punishing elements of thrash metal (maybe even a little Crossover?), Black, and even death metal all in a rage filled harmony on the track I provided for you today in Eviscerama. The track is amazing and is leaving me wanting to listen to more. So, if you want to check out more from the band, pay their Facebook page a visit and give it a like. Otherwise, check out the track below:

driIf you have been a fan of the blog whether it was called Eddie’s Entertainment or under our current name Moshpits and Movies, then you would have noticed that our range and taste in music is very wide and vast. When it comes to the album of the week, we have never shied away from proclaiming our admiration for an artist and an album because we love music in general. While shopping at my local comic book shop, I noticed that GWAR had come out with their own comic book entitled Gwar Orgasmageddon and it made me dig deep in my Spotify to find them. When I was looking through their profile, the name of D.R.I. (which is short for Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) popped out at me and I had to listen. One of my favorite records from the band has always been their fourth album 4 Of A Kind which was the band’s foray into a more Thrash Metal sounding record other than the thrashcore sound they had on the previous three albums. The band was made up of Spike Cassidy (Guitars, Producer), Kurt Brecht (Vocals), Felix Griffin (Drums), and Josh Pappe (Bass).

D.R.I.-4-Of-A-Kind-1-11.All For Nothing– The track fades in Griffin bringing us in before Cassidy takes over with a metal riff before the band turns the tempo up in this track about a person who is always pissed off and likes making others feel worse for nothing. 4/5

2. Manifest Destiny– a track with some cool lyrics that talk about the “spread of Christianity” to the west of the US in the 19TH century when it was really about just finding gold. 5/5

3. Gone Too Long– It starts with a telephone call before Pappe’s sick bass playing takes over in this banger about being gone so long that love grows apart. Not a sappy track at all! 4/5

4. Do the Dream– a track that starts off with a melodic riff in the beginning before the double bass kicks in and the band is off in this anti-government song. 4.5/5

5. Shut-Up!– A lot of their tracks are pretty straightforward and to the point which is something I admire about them like this one that is about that person you can’t stand, but they always insist on talking to you. 4/5

6. Modern World– a real thrash headbanger that sees Brecht blurt out a bunch of words that seem to be about conformist modern world. 4/5

4 of a kind7. Think for Yourself– Another straightforward track about someone who never comes to any of their own conclusions and just adheres to what everyone else is saying or doing. 4.5/5

8. Slumlord– an absolute metal banger in the beginning stages of the track before the band turns the tempo up. You can guess what the track is about.  4.5/5

9. Dead in a Ditch– A quick track which is only 49 seconds long about a girl who drives off a cliff and dies. 4/5

10. Suit and Tie Guy– One of my all time favorite D.R.I. songs that has a hammering riff in the beginning before they launch into overdrive in a track that is about people who are basically corporate assholes. 5/5

11. Man Unkind– a pretty deep track lyrically from the band that explores how humanity or mankind isn’t really that kind at all. Just look at wars for example! 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– An amazing thrash record from the band for sure that came out at a time when Thrash was the hot thing in metal. The band has influenced tons of bands in the wake of what they created and it’s no surprise. Just listen to this album! I am giving the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s favorite crossover thrash metal band Suicidal Tendencies is back and in full effect. The band had a monstrous tour back int he spring of this year with Megadeth which featured founding Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo playing skins for them which ended up making him a full time member. Now, the band has unleashed some details on their brand new album which is the band’s 11Th album and it is being called World Gone Mad. The album hits the stores on September 30TH via the band’s own Suicidal Records, but to keep us occupied the band has unleashed a single off the new album. The title of the song is Clap Like Ozzy and for all of us metal heads that know the prince of darkness, know that he claps on stage a lot and we do it long with him. The song begins with a punk like drum intro before the bass comes in and before you know it the band explodes into their all out chaotic mayhem style that we all know and love from them. Check out the track below and look out for the band on tour in the fall with Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Havok, and Metal Church.

Music Bowl 50 MatchupThe Denver Broncos may have been the big winners of Superbowl 50, but it was a completely different story for Musicbowl 50. This year was the first time that we pinned two bands to represent the two team in the Superbowl. For the Denver Broncos, we had power metal legends Jag Panzer who hail from Colorado Springs. For the Carolina Panthers, we had Stoner Metal/Crossover Thrash legends Corrosion Of Conformity who hailed from Raleigh, North Carolina. We left it up to you the fans to decide who was going to win by voting and after waiting until the 4TH quarter to look to see who won Musicbowl 50, you gave the win to Corrosion Of Conformity. With that win, I am going to review an album from the band for the album of the week as part of winning it all. So, once again, congratulations to Corrosion Of Conformity on winning Musicbowl 50.

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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.

 

suicidalWhen it came to deciding what album I wanted to cover for the album of the week, I took to Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed’s podcast The Jasta Show for some much needed inspiration. That is when I saw that Mike Muir, the legendary singer of Suicidal Tendencies, was the guest for his podcast in one of his episodes and I instantly made my decision right then and there. The only question is what album would I pick and I chose How Will I Laugh Tomorrow If I Can’t Even Smile Today because it was the first record I ever picked up from them. It was a monumental step in a direction the crossover thrash legends were heading at the time as they shed their punk rock roots for a more metal sound. The band at the time was made up of Muir (Vocals), Rocky George (Guitar), Mike Clark (Guitar), R.J. Herrera (Drums), and Bob Heathcote (Bass) who was replaced by Robert Trujillo the very next year. The album was also the debut of Mike Clark who added that metal element to the band as he was in a band with Muir that was supposed to be an all metal project. It also allowed Rocky George the chance to work on more lead guitar duties as well and this also marked their major label debut for Epic Records. The album peaked at number 111 on the Billboard Top 200 charts where it stayed for 11 weeks.

1. Trip At The Brain– This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the record that exemplifies the change over to the more metal sound the band adopted for this one. It has those razor sharp thrash like riffs with some amazing guitar leads and Muir gives it enough of a punk flare to his vocals that it fits perfectly. 5/5

Suicidal_Tendencies-How_Will_I_Laugh_Tomorrow_When_I_Can_t_Even_Smile_Today-Trasera2. Hearing Voices– Another hard charging thrash classic from the cycos as the sing is credited to original bassist Louiche Mayorga and Mike Muir in a track about exactly what the title says. 4/5

3. Pledge Your Allegiance– This is the ultimate song to pledge your allegiance to one of the coolest bands in crossover thrash history. ST!!! The song at one point features a killer bass line followed by a killer guitar solo. 5/5

4. How Will I Laugh Tomorrow– The title track is the perfect anthem for the youth who look at what is going in society and ask the question how will I laugh tomorrow?

5. The Miracle– at some points in the song, the riff sounds very similar to early Metallica thrash riffs while at other times having it’s own flavor. 4/5

6. Suicyco Mania– This track is exclusive to those who own the CD version of this album as this was not featured on the original vinyl or cassette. The riff to the song will melt your face off as it’s razor fast. 4/5

7. Surf And Slam– This is an instrumental track on the album with surf and slam being repeated a bunch of times during parts of the song. 4/5

Suicidal_Tendencies-How_Will_I_Laugh_Tomorrow_When_I_Can_t_Even_Smile_Today-CD8. If I Don’t Wake Up– This is one of those songs that reflects a lot of what we think when we are growing up and going through changes. We are always asking if anyone will care if we die and so on and so forth. 4/5

9. Sorry?!– This has a pretty kick ass straightforward metal sound to it as Muir describes a situation where he meets the one, but she leaves him. When she tries to come back after he plan fails, he is obviously too mad to take her back. 4/5

10. One Too Many Times– Another track that has more of a rock sound to it then a thrash sound as Muir is trying to reach out, but he was let down way to many times. At one point the band even gets a little bluesy for the track. 4/5

11. The Feeling’s Back– This is the last track on the record and it starts off sounding like another straightforward metal tune until they turn it up a notch with a little punk flare. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely the best album in my opinion that the band put out as it demonstrated exactly what the band could do. Out of all the crossover thrash bands of the 80’s they were definitely my favorite and still are today. I would definitely pick up this album if you want to hear some stuff from Suicidal Tendencies. I am giving the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.