Posts Tagged ‘Depeche Mode’

in-flames-2017After a lot of thinking and observing, we decided that we were no longer going to do our War Of The Covers segment on the blog. There was just too much evidence to support the decision and we made it in favor of bringing back the Cover Of The Week post. So, I was trying to figure out who to bring back for our first Cover Of The Week post in over a year and it just so happens that In Flames is releasing an all covers EP titled Down, Wicked, and No Good which is available for streaming right now through Spotify. The track that I am spotlighting today is a track from a legendary synth pop band from the 80’s in Depeche Mode who have seen the likes of Marilyn Manson, Dope, Lacuna Coil, and so many more cover their tracks. Well, now you can add In Flames to the list as the band covers It’s No Good which is off Depeche Mode’s 1997 album Ultra.

InFlames_DWNGCoversEP_ArtworkIn Flames does an amazing job taking the synth pop heavy track and turning it into their own with the heavy guitars, but more importantly it’s Anders Friden who is a true highlight on the track. The band commented on the choosing of the track saying, “We’ve been fans of Depeche Mode since we were as young as 10. Getting to do our rendition of ‘It’s No Good’ showed us a different side of the song – it brought new meanings to us. We relate to the lyrics and power of the song so heavily that it almost feels as if we could have written it ourselves. They’re a band that we’ve always looked up to. Growing up, you either listened to Pop, Synths or Rock and even though we are a metal band, Depeche Mode inspired a lot of the electronic elements we use in our music today.” The band also covers Alice In Chains (Down In A Hole), Chris Issac (Wicked Game), and the Nine Inch Nails (a live cover of Hurt). Do yourself a favor and check out the track for yourselves, it showcases how In Flames has grown over the years. Check out the cool lyric video below:

depeche-vs-lacunaLast week, we unveiled a new segment here on Moshpits and Movies titled Original Vs The Cover where we take a cover and pin it against the original track. This replaced our Cover Of The Week segment that we did and we started this whole thing out with Dead Or Alive taking on Dope with the song You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) at the center of it all. As promised, I have the results from last week and you all picked Dead Or Alive’s version as the best one. Now we move on to this week’s challenge and we have English Synthpop legends Depeche Mode’s version of Enjoy The Silence taking on Lacuna Coil’s 2006 cover of the track. Let’s check out the versions:

Depeche Mode– Depeche Mode were a British Synthpop group that by 1990 were already veterans with six albums already under their belts. In 1990, Depeche Mode would release their hit seventh album Violator to the world and it was an album that featured amazing tracks like Policy Of Truth, Personal Jesus, World In My Eyes, and our featured track for today. The track was a hit with fans as it rose to number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks as well as going number one in Spain and Denmark with various top five spots around the world too. Depeche Mode’s version of this track is legendary soaked in it’s synth driven dance beats with David Gahan’s amazing vocals on top of it to give it that goth dance flavor.

Lacuna Coil– An Italian Gothic Metal band that was already seasoned veterans with three albums under their belt when they released their fourth album Karmacode. Karmacode featured tracks like Our Truth, Closer, Within Me, and the band’s cover of the track Enjoy The Silence as it peaked at number 28 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. If there was ever a way to make the song more Gothic, it was definitely by making a metal version of it which is what Lacuna Coil did adding the distortion and a Bass player to the track. I loved that Cristina Scabbia took command of the vocals on the track while Andrea Ferro handled the background vocals. I also enjoyed the crunch they gave the song with the dual guitars and the drums.

Once again, it is up to you guys to decide whose version of Enjoy The Silence do you enjoy listening to. You have until the next post to decide, so choose wisely and vote!!!

depeche-mode-violatorFor a very long time I have been meaning to cover an album from one of my all time favorite Synthpop bands in Depeche Mode for the album of the week. I have put it off for such a long time that now is just as good a time as ever. There are two albums in the band’s catalog that I absolutely love and I am covering one of them in 1990’s Violator. The album featured the key members Martin Gore (Guitars/Vocals/Keys), Andy Fletcher (Bass/Keys), Dave Gahan (Lead Vocals), and Alan Wilder (Keys/Piano/Drums). Violator was the band’s seventh album and the most popular album internationally that the band had ever released. The album went number one in France while going number two in Switzerland, Germany, and the UK. Meanwhile, it was the band’s first album to ever crack the top 10 in the United States by peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The album also finished number 17 on the Billboard’s year end charts and the album went triple platinum selling 3 Million copies.

MI00012404821. World In My Eyes– One of Andy Flecther’s favorite tracks on the album which is a very erotic story about a man wanting to make love to his virgin partner. 5/5

2. Sweetest Perfection– a hammering bass riff opens the track whose lyrics are talking about some kind of drug addiction. 4/5

3. Personal Jesus– The first Depeche Mode to primarily feature the guitar as an instrument and one of the most popular tracks. The track talks about the TV/phone evangelism gimmick that was popular at the time and still is. 5/5

4. Halo– The track starts off with a simple beat (almost like a click track) before the synths kick in and eventually the track gets a little more upbeat in the tempo. From what I can gather about the lyrics, someone isn’t happy where they are, but they can’t move on because of guilt. 4/5

5. Waiting for the Night– a simple beat drives the song that is a very dark and moody beat about someone waiting for the darkness of death. 4/5

Depeche Mode – Violator 36. Enjoy The Silence– A very upbeat goth dance track about learning that silence is golden otherwise you are bound by your words. 5/5

7. Policy Of Truth– This is one of my favorite tracks on the album and it’s the only Depeche Mode track to chart higher in the US than in the UK. The track is about how sometimes the idea of honesty is the best policy may not be always true. 5/5

8. Blue Dress– A simple beat to the song with some melancholic riffs drive the song which is about just you being you and nothing else. 4/5

9. Clean– The last track on the album that starts with a cool bass riff before ominous beats take over in a track that talks about someone who has finally gotten control of their lives. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– You can clearly see from all of the tracks on here and in their catalog why so many different bands were influenced by these guys. They are brilliant writers and it shows on every record. Definitely give this record a listen, you will not regret it. I am going to give the album 4.5 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:

The Deftones have just unveiled a teaser trailer for their upcoming eight album in Gore with a teaser video. The teaser trailer opens up with what looks like either flamingos or flying pink birds as the music starts to build in intensity with some driving riffs and a killer drum beat before it reveals the words Gore. The album I believe will come out in April of this year as Chino teased fans with a picture of the Depeche Mode’s Martin L. Gore with their name on it. To see the image, go here. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter revealed this information during the NAMM conference, “I’m sitting around waiting for the release of our new record. It comes out April 8 and we have some dates in Texas in March and there’s nothing I can remember or recall for April, but May/June off to Europe for some festivals out there..” Get all the official tour dates here and check out the trailer below:

2016-New-England-Metal-FestIf you are a fan of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival then you’ll certainly like this piece of news. The festival which once again returns to the Worcester Palladium April 15 and 16TH will feature Killswitch Engage as a headliner on the April 16TH show. The festival will also feature acts like Bury Your Dead, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth, Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Memphis May Fire, 36 Crazyfists, Zao, Reflections, and so many more. Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday (January 29) and you can get them here. Killswitch Engage is also releasing a new album which will be out just before their appearance as they release Incarnate on March 11TH.

In other touring news, everyone’s favorite industrial rock band Filter has announced that they will be hitting the road this spring on the Make America Hate Tour with special guests Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, and Death Valley High. The tour title is a funny nood to Donald Trumps presidential slogan “Make America Great Again.” The tour will begin on April 15TH at Slims in San Francisco and it runs until May 21ST in Los Angeles. Check out the tour dates below:

unnamed9Filter / Orgy / Vampires Everywhere / Death Valley High 2016 Tour

4/13 — San Francisco, Calif. — Slim’s
4/15 — Portland, Ore. — Dante’s
4/16 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Venue
4/17 — Seattle, Wash. — Studio Seven
4/20 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Mill City Nights
4/21 — Arlington Heights, Ill. — Home Bar
4/22 — Cleveland, Ohio — Agora
4/23 — Pontiac, Mich. — The Crofoot
4/24 — Toronto, Ontario — Opera House
4/26 — Philadelphia, Pa. — TLA
4/27 — Boston, Mass. — Middle East
4/28 — Amityville, N.Y. — Revolution Music Hall
4/29 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Shaka’s (no Orgy)
4/30 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Welcome to Rockville (Filter only)
5/1 — Atlanta, Ga. — Masquerade Hall
5/3 — New York, N.Y. — Gramercy Theater
5/4 — Washington, D.C. — Howard Theater
5/5 — Knoxville, Tenn. — The International
5/6 — Charlotte, N.C. — Carolina Rebellion (Filter only)
5/7 — Athens, Ga. — Georgia Theater
5/8 — Nashville, Tenn. — Exit/In
5/10 — Houston, Texas — House of Blues
5/11 — San Antonio, Texas — Aztec Theater
5/12 — Dallas, Texas — Gas Monkey
5/13 — Tulsa, Okla. — Cains Ballroom
5/14 — Omaha, Neb. — Bourbon Theatre
5/15 — Denver, Colo. — Hermans Hideaway
5/17 — Tempe, Ariz. — Marquee
5/18 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Brooklyn Bowl
5/19 — San Diego, Calif. — House of Blues
5/20 — Pomona, Calif. — Glasshouse
5/21 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Roxy

83472616Have you ever gotten bothered by those guys outside the concert venues all across America that bug you to buy their t-shirts because it’s cheaper than inside and the t-shirts never look any good? Well, everyone’s favorite Aussie rock band AC/DC has decided to do something about it. The band has filed a lawsuit preventing anyone from selling counterfeit shirts at concerts. According to a report from TMZ and Loudwire, “the Australian rock powerhouse has moved forward in filing a lawsuit which will send U.S Marshals and police officers to several cities on their upcoming tour. The first stop will be in Tacoma, Wash. and AC/DC would like these authorities to arrest all offenders and seize all counterfeit merchandise. The band will be out in support of their 2014 release, Rock or Bust and everyone in attendance better rock or get busted!” They’re just like me, I hate crappy knockoffs and fake tour shirts.

Sevendust1In other tour news, Sevendust has just unveiled a spring tour which will see the band headline various gigs across the country with Trivium and Like A Storm. The trek starts on April 26TH in Baton Rouge. LA and heads all the way until May 28TH when the band plays at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK. Singer Lajon Witherspoon had this to say about the tour, “We can’t wait to embark on our first Kill The Flaw headline tour of the States! Looking forward to jamming with our brothers in Trivium and Like A Storm for the first time as well. Can’t wait to see you all on the road!” Check out the tour dates below to see if they are playing new you.

Sevendust / Trivium / Like a Storm 2016 Tour Dates

4/26 — Baton Rouge, La. — Varsity Theatre
4/27 — Birmingham, Ala. — Iron City
4/29 — Atlanta, Ga. — Center Stage
4/30 — Fort Myers, Fla. — Fort Rock
5/1 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Welcome to Rockville
5/3 — New York, N.Y. — Playstation Theater
5/5 — Hartford, Conn. — Webster Theater
5/7 — Charlotte, N.C. — Carolina Rebellion
5/8 — Baltimore, Md. — Rams Head
5/13 — Clear Lake, Iowa — Surf Ballroom
5/15 — Somerset, Iowa — Northern Invasion
5/17 — Sioux Falls, S.D. — The District
5/18 — Arlington Heights, Ill. — Home Bar
5/20 — Columbus, Ohio — Rock on the Range
5/21 — Reading, Pa. — Reverb
5/22 — Albany, N.Y. — Rock Derby
5/24 — Flint, Mich. — Machine Shop
5/25 — Louisville, Ky. — Mercury Ballroom
5/27 — Shreveport, La. — Riverside Warehouse
5/28 — Pryor, Okla. — Rocklahoma

I bask at the chance to look back in the past to a time when music videos were relevant on television and the chance to play a classic song for Throwback Thursday. So, you are probably wondering why in the hell did I choose Depeche Mode for my Throwback Thursday Music Video of The Week? It’s quite simple besides the fact that they write really amazing music, they are well respected by musicians all across the sphere. Dope covered People Are People, Lacuna Coil covered Enjoy The Silence, and I watched Chino Moreno and The Dillinger Escape Plan covered Behind The Wheel at The 2013 Revolver Golden God Awards show. That is why I chose Policy Of Truth which also happens to be one of my favorite songs from the band. The video is a little dark in nature, but it’s mostly them driving through what I believe is New York and then various images playing on a green screen with various band members in front of it. The song is a personal favorite of mine and definitely one to check out.

720x405-HOFThis year, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has unveiled what I think is a controversial list for the class of 2015 all because of one name. The class of 2015 is Lou Reed, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Green Day. Ringo Starr is going to be receiving the award for musical excellence. Now let’s soak this in for a minute and understand that in order to be eligible for the rock and roll hall of fame, your first album had to have come out 25 years ago. Also, let’s soak in the fact that Joan Baez, Harry Nilsson, Dolly Parton, Deep Purple, Yes, Warren Zevon, The Cure, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, Slayer, Bon Jovi, and so many more have still not been inducted into the hall of fame, but you decide to induct Green Day on their first year of eligibility? I get their first record 1000 Hours EP was released 25 years ago, but no one knew who they were until Dookie was released. I would have made the band wait a little longer, but they make the calls, not us. Let’s be honest, I would love to see Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Slayer get inducted into the hall, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.I also can’t believe that they continue to ignore Deep Purple, it’s astonishing. I essentially do not have a problem with Green Day being in the hall of fame itself because after all my generation’s first compact disc purchase was Dookie (or at least everyone I meet says it was their first record they bought with their own money). Again, I just would have made them wait a little longer.I think it’s about damn time that Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble get inducted cause that was a given and I understand them putting Lou Reed in considering he died not too long ago. I’m just saying the hall has absolutely no clue.