Posts Tagged ‘Denial’

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.

ozzmosisI have decided to be nice to all of you out there and I have decided that I am going to give you a second album of the week this week. 1995 was a very weird time for the wild man Ozzy Osbourne as he was supposedly retired from the business, but he changed his mind and came back with a brand new album entitled Ozzmosis. The album featured regular Zakk Wylde (Guitars) and it featured the return of Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler (Bass) as well as Rick Wakeman (Keys), and Deen Castronovo (Drums). When the album was recorded, they intially had Michael Wagener produce the record and it featured a different lineup with Randy Castillo and Mike Inez. When Epic heard the demos, they immediately replaced Wagener with Michael Beinhorn and Castillo and Inez were also out because it sounded too much like No More Tears. This is also the only Ozzy record to feature Castronovo, Butler, and Wakeman and it did fairly well as it peaked at Number four on the Billboard Top 200 charts (which is the highest charted Ozzy album ever) and it went 2x platinum.

ozzy_osbourne_ozzmosis_back1. Perry Mason– Amazing Key section from Wakeman starts off the track with the killer bass that makes you think it’s a murder mystery as they pay tribute to the legendary detective. 5/5

2. I Just Want You– I have always loved the intro keys and the way Zakk comes in with the guitar as he is just wailing away, but this is also an amazing track that has Ozzy questioning everything in Logic in the lyrics. This is a Ozzy Masterpiece. 5/5

3. Ghost Behind My Eyes– A slower tempo track (Not a ballad!) from Ozzy that explores that voice in your head known as your conscious. 4.5/5

4. Thunder Underground– This is one of the most badass tracks on the record that features a killer bass line from Geezer and some bad ass chugging from Wylde as the song just sound monstrous coming out of your speakers. It’s a track about someone who is so full of themselves they can’t see it. 5/5

5. See You on the Other Side– an amazing track on the album that I thought for a while that Ozzy had written about Randy Rhodes, but it could be paying tribute to anyone lost. Fun fact: Lemmy Kilmister helped write this song. 5/5

ozzy_osbourne-ozzmosis-cd6. Tomorrow– The track begins with a cool bass line and a slowed down tempo that is almost eerie before it explodes in the chorus in a track that seems to be about a person who is just inhabiting the earth and not doing anything. 4.5/5

7. Denial– I really like the overall message of this song besides the fact that I love the mid-tempo feel to it. It’s a track about believing in yourself and never deny the truth. So many great lines in this song. 5/5

8. My Little Man– This is the only track on the album of the two Steve Vai written tracks (Lemmy also helped write this one) that made the final cut for Ozzmosis. It has a very Arabic feel to the beginning of the track which is cool and it continues on for most of the track. 4/5

9. My Jekyll Doesn’t Hide– A bad ass riff right from the get go opens this hellraiser about how Ozzy doesnt hide his personality. 4/5

10. Old LA Tonight– a ballad of sorts with a nice piano part that drives the song forward as Ozzy is addressing the time he separated from Sharon (that is what I assume). 4/5

My Final Thoughts– For a record that never really gets enough recognition, this was truly an amazing record that outranks all Ozzy albums that came out after it. It was definitely a different time that the Ozzman was in as he was trying to save Metal. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.