Posts Tagged ‘Escape’

war of the covers war machineLast week, we had a battle between Hatebreed and Gojira as to who covered Metallica’s Ride The Lightning track Escape better. You voted, the results are in, and the winner of that battle is Hatebreed by two votes which means it was a closer match than the first one. This week we have an interesting battle for all of you as we feature two titans of their respective metal sub-genres covering one common track between them. In one corner, we have Floridian death metal act Six Feet Under who have been destroying everyone in their paths since 1993 when they signed with Metal Blade Records. In the other corner is their label mates who come from across the ocean from deep in the heart of Europe in Swedish melodic death metal (often credited as Viking Metal) band Amon Amarth. What could be the common thread between the two of them besides the fact that they are on the same label and almost the same genre? Well, if you are observant, then you would see that it is the fact that they both covered War Machine, a cool track from Kiss’s tenth studio album Creatures Of The Night. It’s not surprising that they covered a Kiss track as Kiss had influenced a lot of different metal bands, but who did the song better? Six Feet Under covered the track on their third album, 1999’s Maximum Violence while Amon Amarth had it as a bonus track to their eighth studio album Surtur Rising. Unfortunately, only one of them can win and you are going to decide who by voting. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide. So, vote wisely and carefully!

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war of the covers escapeA couple of weeks ago, we had our very first War Of The Covers which pinned UK Metal band Malefice against French groove/death metal band Trepalium as we decided who covered Pantera’s I’m Broken better. Unfortunately for Malefice, everyone overwhelmingly thought that Trepalium’s version of the track was better. For this week’s War Of The Covers, we are exploring a cover from a band that is in the news right now for all the wrong reasons after the way they opened the year up. Apparently, Metallica is in the news right now because they are being accused of stealing a riff from an 80’s death metal band named Incubus on one of the tracks on their latest effort Hardwired… To Self Destruct. Whether that fact is true or not, there is no denying that Metallica is one of the greatest metal bands of all time (I said one of, not the). They have written some iconic material in albums like Kill Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All. As a fan of music and metal, there is no denying that fact and the fact that they have influenced countless metal bands over the years. That is why I chose them because some amazing bands have covered Metallica over the years and I think we have a good one here. In 2005, if you had the Japanese version of Gojira’s amazing album From Mars To Sirius, then you noticed that the band covered the Ride The Lightning track Escape. Fast forward to 2009, hardcore metal giants Hatebreed released an all covers album entitled For The Lions which featured them covering the Lightning gem Escape as well. Now it is up to you guys to decide who covered it better? You have until the next post to decide.

unnamedThe 8TH annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival came through Mansfield, MA as Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, and more stopped at the Xfinity Center. The only problem for Mayhem this year is the attendance numbers for all of the shows including a lackluster amount for the Mansfield stop. You knew it was troubling when the minute you walked in, the ticket takers told you to go to guest services to upgrade your tickets to better ones which is exactly what I did as I went from section 8 to section 3. The second sign that things were bad was when you walked to the second stage area which was usually held in a section of the parking lot, but due to numbers was held at the old second stage which hadn’t been used for a metal festival there since 1999. Unfortunately, I didn’t show up for most of the second stage acts, but I was able to catch Jungle Rot, Thy Art Is Murder, and one of my personal favorites in Whitechapel before I moved on to the main stage. While I was surprised that I enjoyed Jungle Rot and their style of death metal, I was a little discouraged at Thy Art Is Murder whose singer was more focused on the amount of “Hot Chicks” as he put it that were in attendance. Whitechapel came out firing with The Saw Is The Law and never looked back as they absolutely crushed it.

devil wearsAs far as the Main Stage was concerned, it was business as usual, but a sad site to see as there were thousands of empty seats all throughout the legendary amphitheater which could be the kiss of death. The Devil Wears Prada kicked things off for the main stage opening with Escape from their Zombie EP. The only problem for me for most of their set was that I couldn’t tell at times when a song finished and where a new one started. The one thing I can say for them is that they bring a hell of a lot of energy along with them. The band covered most of their bases as they touched upon almost every release giving you a history lesson on them and something to check out later on if you enjoyed the band. They also played a brand new track before they closed their set called Supernova which is off the bands upcoming Space EP. The Devil Wears Prada are definitely flying the flag for Metalcore as they made what I believe is their second appearance on Mayhem Fest.

hellyeahThe second band of the night to hit the stage was a very familiar one of the heavy metal scene as Hellyeah were in town. The band which boasted Vinnie Paul (Ex-Pantera), Chad Gray (Ex-Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (who was playing injured as he was wearing a boot), Christian Brady (Magna-Fi), and Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple). I believe that Chad Gray was trying to save heavy metal last night as he preached throughout their set that heavy metal was very important to them in their lives. It was almost like a plea that we need to keep the scene going and a notion that I welcomed with open arms. The band was crushing it as they went through almost every track off of Blood For Blood opening with Soul Killer, Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood), and many more. The only criticism I have for the band is I wish they had played more from their first two records, but they under time constraints which I understand.

king diamondI was looking forward to seeing King Diamond as it was my first time seeing the master of the dark arts and music. The man and his high falsetto voice is legendary in the metals scene and we were about to be graced with his presence. King Diamond had the more elaborate set design than any other band on the tour and it came complete with all the theatrics that he could fit into his setlist which included a visit from grandma. King opened with crowd favorites The Candle and continued on with Sleepless Nights (a personal favorite of mine), Eye Of The Witch, and so many more. One of the biggest highlights from the set besides the backup singer, the actress on tour with them, was the appearence of Kerry King who came on to perform a blazing rendition of the Mercyful Fate classic Evil. It was evident through out the whole night that despite open heart surgery a couple of years back, the man did not lose a step whatsoever as he commanded the crowd in Mansfield. He closed the set with Black Horseman from the legendary Abigail album and it was definitely the perfect ending to his amazing set, but it meant one thing that the legendary Slayer was about to hit the stage.

slayerWhen the lights came down for Slayer, the crowd was pumped and ready to go on this cool evening, but Slayers pyro was about to heat the place up. The band crushed it immediately hitting the stage with the track Repentless which is off of the album of the same name. For the first half of their set the band went through the best of their later years like Hate Worldwide, Jihad, Disciple, God Send Death, and they even threw in new tracks When The Stillness Comes and Implode, The highlight for me is when the second half of the set arrived and the band went through classics like Mandatory Suicide, Chemical Warfare, Ghosts Of War, but it was during the intro to Dead Skin Mask that I enjoyed. Tom Araya known for finding chilling and interesting ways to intro various tracks told the crowd that it was a love song even though it’s about famous serial killer Ed Gein. The band closed out the rest of their set playing hellish classics like Hell Awaits, South Of Heaven, Raining Blood, and Angel Of Death. Overall, it was a great night, but this could be the end of Mayhem Fest as we know it. It’s  sad thing because Ozzfest is gone and now Mayhem could be joining the ranks. What will replace it if this is indeed true? Only time will tell my fellow Metalheads.

The 2014 Monster Entertainment Awards- You Vote!!!

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Awards
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Here is your chance to let your voices be heard as you vote in each and every category that is provided that covers music, movies, and other fun categories. You will have from now until May 1ST to decide who wins. Choose wisely and have fun with it and spread the word. You may also want to remember that we are celebrating all the best of 2013 with the Monster Entertainment Awards.

The 3RD Annual Monster Awards Nominations

Posted: January 3, 2014 in Awards
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The 3RD Annual Monster Awards is back and we are ready to crown the best of 2013. As always, the awards are decided based on the participation of everyone which means it is up to you to crown the winners of each category. I’ve decided to get rid of some categories, but I have also added some brand new categories to the list. The category I have gotten rid of is the sports category because we don’t cover sports here, but we have kept one category and that is Wrestler Of The Year because it is sports entertainment after all. So, here are the categories and the nominees.

Music Categories:

Album Of The Year:

1. The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

2. Stars Dance by Selena Gomez

3. Artpop by Lady Gaga

4. Random Access Memories by Daft Punk

5. Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend

6. …Like Clockwork by Queens Of The Stone Age

Rap Album Of The Year

1. I’m A Human Being II by Lil Wayne

2. Wolf by Tyler, The Creator

3. Hotel California by Tyga

4. Yeezus by Kayne West

5. Magna Carter Holy Grail by Jay-Z

6. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem

Rock Album Of The Year

1. Wretched And Divine by Black Veil Brides

2. Notes From The Underground by Hollywood Undead

3. Earth Rocker by Clutch

4. House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 by Stone Sour

5. Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies by Volbeat

6. Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor by Rob Zombie

Metal Album Of The Year

1. Aftershock by Motorhead

2. Disarm The Descent by Killswitch Engage

3. Infestissumam by Ghost

4. Hail To The King by Avenged Sevenfold

5. Super Collider by Megadeth

6. 13 by Black Sabbath

Tour Of The Year

1. Mayhem fest 2013

2. Black Sabbath

3. Bon Jovi

4. Fleetwood Mac

5. Kid Rock

Movie Category:

Movie Of The Year

1. Prisoners

2. Captain Phillips

3. American Hustle

4. Gangster Squad

5. The Hobbit 2

6. The Wolf Of Wall Street

Horror Film Of The Year

1. Carrie

2. You’re Next

3. Evil Dead

4. The Conjuring

5. Insidious: Chapter 2

6. Texas Chainsaw 3D

Comedy Of The Year

1. This Is The End

2. The World’s End

3. Anchorman 2

4. The Heat

5. We’re The Millers

6. A Haunted House

Badass Movie Of The Year

1. Machete Kills

2. Homefront

3. Fast & Furious 6

4. Pacific Rim

5. Escape

6. The Grandmaster

Remake Of The Year

1. Maniac

2. Evil Dead

3. Oldboy

4. Lone Ranger

5. The Great Gatsby

Superhero Movie Of The Year

1. Man Of Steel

2. The Wolverine

3. Thor: The Dark World

4. Iron Man 3

5. Kick Ass 2

Animated Films Of The Year

1. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

2. Planes

3. Frozen

4. Despicable Me 2

5. Monsters University

6. Turbo

Misc Categories 

Wrestler Of The Year

1. Daniel Bryan

2. Golddust

3. CM Punk

4. AJ Styles

5. Bobby Roode

6. Randy Orton

Twitter/#FriskyFriday Model Of The Year

1. Ashley Alexiss

2. Elle Johnson

3. Ashley Heinrichs

4. Chelsie Farah

5. Taryn Maria

6. Audrey Allen

Babe Of The Year

1. Scarlett Johansson

2. Amy Adams

3. Jennifer Lawrence

4. Mila Kunis

5. Teresa Palmer

6. Kate Upton