Posts Tagged ‘France’

pedal cup 2020Two years ago instead of doing the pedal to the metal tournament which was emulating the NCAA basketball tournament, I decided to change it and call it the Pedal Cup. For the first year, we did the world cup edition of the competition and that was won by Japan and Babymetal. That year, we tried our best to get as many bands from different countries as we could and while it sometimes can prove difficult to do, we also plan to do the same for the European edition of the Pedal Cup for this year which will coincide with the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. Returning to this year’s tournament are the third and fourth place finishers from the World Cup edition in Portugal and Poland and they will be joined by Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, England, Ukraine, Holland, Austria, Denmark, and so many more celebrating the best in Death Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, and more. So stay tuned here for more info as the bands will be chosen and all of the countries competing will be revealed.

magmaFour years ago, I covered an album from Rammstein because Germany had won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. So to try and keep the tradition going, I am going to do the same for this week considering that France is officially the 2018 FIFA World Cup Champions and the band that I chose is an absolute no brainer. Gojira (the Japanese name for Godzilla) is one of those bands that stormed onto the metal scene and has just made an impact with every album making them the real deal. The band made up of brothers Joe Duplantier (Vocals/Guitar/Producer), Mario Duplantier (Drums), Christian Andreu (Guitars), and Jean-Michel Labadie (Bass) together have recorded six studio albums with the band’s last effort in 2016’s Magma being this week’s Album of the Week. It was released on June 17, 2016 and it sold 17,000 copies in its first week landing itself at number 24 on the Billboard Top 200 charts which is the highest charted album int he band’s history. The album also landed in the top 10 in five different countries (France, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, and Norway) as well as the top 20 in four others. The album was also voted as the album of the year for Metal Hammer Magazine and it was voted the number one album on WhatCulture’s 20 Best Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Albums Of 2016 and that is why it was a successful album.

magma back cover1. The Shooting Star– A very cool track that is just atmospheric in my opinion and it bodes true with the lyrics which could be about two things. It could be interpreted as the loss of a loved one or about breaking out of the illusions the world throws up at us. 5/5

2. Silvera– an in your face track that shows off the thunder that the band brings to the table along with the amazing intricate notes. I think the track is about shedding your former self and becoming a new and more enlightened you. 5/5

3. The Cell– If you thought they brought the thunder in the last track, then check this one out. The track is apparently about the band’s dislike of how technology like cell phones have taken over society. I can’t say that I blame them. 5/5

4. Stranded– This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, I just love the riff, it has this rumble to it that is bad ass. I’ve read reports that the Duplantier brother’s mother had passed away before the making of the album and I believe this song has something to do with her. 5/5

5. Yellow Stone– This is the first of two instrumentals that is on the album that has a sludge metal feel to it. 4/5

6. Magma-A very eerie sounding track that I believe is about the death of their mother with lyrics like The poison slowly spreads/Through the body and the mind/Close your eyes and drop your things. It’s easy to see it could be about her sickness. 4.5/5

Gojira-Magma-CD7. Pray– An interesting track that touches a bit on the Djent side of metal with the chanting like vocals in this song about someone who has lost faith in the world and wants to leave. 4.5/5

8. Only Pain– A track that has the feel of Stranded with the guitar riffs that talks about someone who wanted it all despite all the people that he might hurt on the way. 4.5/5

9. Low Lands– A very cool track lyrically that might be them speaking to their mom who is on the other side now. It’s almost like they are trying to talk to her spirit because their curious as to what she see’s now. 5/5

10. Liberation– The second and last instrumental on the album that just showcases the brilliance of this band. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– Lyrically, these guys really make you think and that is what I love about this band. I know a lot of people admire their musical abilities much like I do, but they are also lyrically amazing. My favorite tracks on the album are the opening four tracks plus Low Lands. I don’t really have a least favorite track, but I guess I’ll put Yellow Stone as the track. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThe results of the first round of the knockout stage of the Pedal Cup are here and if you still don’t know what this is, it’s our equivalent of the FIFA World Cup, but for Metal. We had some great matches in the first round with some surprise results. Normally in every tournament with Kreator as a competitor, the fans usually come in droves causing everyone in the world to cry foul, but this time around they have been bounced out of the cup like their fellow countrymen. The fans of Japan’s own BABYMETAL showed up for sure giving us the biggest vote count of the tournament so far. Now to figure out who won what match, we broke it down and you’ll see in the box score that we tallied the votes from this site, Facebook, and Twitter and totaled them up to give you the final result sort of like A+B+C= D. Check out the results below and stay tuned for the next round.


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Alright Metal heads, today is a day to be excited because the first half of the knockout stage round of the Pedal Cup has commenced. The Pedal Cup is our alternative to the Pedal To The Metal Tournament this year as it is our World Cup styled tournament. The matches for today are Portugal (represented by Moonspell) taking on Egypt (Crescent), France (Rep. by Gojira) taking on Norway (rep. by Dimmu Borgir), Brazil (rep. by Sepultura) taking on Germany (rep. by Kreator), and Belgium (rep by Leng Tch’e) taking on Japan (rep. by BABYMETAL). We have given you guys several options as far as ways to vote in this tournament with one by visiting the Facebook page and the second by visiting my twitter page @Themonsterhour. Now you can go ahead and do it that way or you can also vote here, but you only have 24 hours to do so. So support your favorite metal bands and let the best bands win. Phase two of the first round matches will come tomorrow.

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThis year, we didn’t do a Pedal To The Metal March madness styled tournament and that was my decision based on how busy I was with various other projects and lack of participation at the time. Although with the 2018 FIFA World Cup happening right now in Russia, I thought now was the perfect time to introduce a new tournament. The only difference between the Pedal Cup (short for Pedal To The Metal) and the World Cup is that we have 16 bands from all over the world instead of their 32 teams. If any country was left out of this tournament, hopefully in four years we’ll see you in it the tournament then. The way I chose what countries would be represented here was basically based on who had made it to the knock out stage of the world cup. Now there were some countries I had to sub out because I couldn’t find bands for those countries so I either added a country that wasn’t in the real world cup or chose some teams from the group stage. The countries (and their bands in parenthesis) are England (Cradle Of Filth), Portugal (Moonspell), Belgium (Leng Thc’e), United States (Morbid Angel), Germany (Kreator), Sweden (Arch Enemy), Norway (Dimmu Borgir), Japan (Babymetal), France (Gojira), Denamrk (Hatesphere), Poland (Behemoth), Brazil (Sepultura), Switzerland (Samael), Russia (Catharsis), Iran (Confess), and Egypt (Crescent).

pedal cup bracketfirst roundThe bands that I am most excited about seeing how well they do are the Middle Eastern bands in Confess who we support their right to creative freedom and Crescent who have been throwing it down for quite some time. The way the brackets are going to be done is exactly the same as the world cup with the teas that are obviously not in the tournament or who did not make the knock out stage placed in the spots that we couldn’t finds for. There is also going to be a new way for all of you guys to vote on this. One way is to visit the Facebook page for Moshpits and Movies and you can vote there (we are going to be setting up the matches there very soon). The other way is that you can click on the article on this page and vote there as well.The matches are only going to last 24 hours which means you only have 24 hours to vote for the band/country that you want to see move on to the finals. Check out the bands and their flags down below and stayed tuned here for more info as it comes.

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mediaOne of the things that I always try to do for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween is that I always try to watch some foreign horror because they get it. The film I chose for today had a lot of hype surrounding it for just how different of a horror film that it was. The film that I am talking about is the French/Belgian co-production known as Raw (original title was Grave). Justine (Garance Marillier) is your typical teenage girl who is about to go to a prestigious veterinarian school , but the only problem is that she is a vegetarian. During the school’s rush week, she is forced to taste some raw meat and something happens to her that she can’t explain. Her body is going through some changes and she just starts to crave more meat and this could pose a problem for others at her school. The film also stars Ella Rumpf (The Divine Order) as Alexia, Rabah Nait Oufella (The Class) as Adrien, Laurent Lucas (With A Friend Like Harry…) as Le père, Joana Preiss (Paris, je t’aime) as La mère, Bouli Lanners (Rust And Bone) as Le routier, Marion Vernoux (Bright Days Ahead) as L’Infirmière, Jean-Louis Sbille (This Is Our Land) as Professeur évaluations, and the film was written and directed by Julia Ducournau (Mange).

Raw-Movie-2016.jpgFirst things first and I have to say that this is visually a very beautiful film even though there are some real graphic images in the film. The colors and the way she sets up certain shots, it’s just visually stunning of a film even though it can be a little uncomfortable at times. I have to give Julia Ducournau a lot of credit considering this was her first feature film that she directed and it came out looking amazing. Did I mention that she also wrote the screenplay for the film making her a true auteur of cinema. We have heard of coming of age films and what not, but this is a coming of cannibal as one reviewer mentioned on IMDB and he is absolutely right. We are literally watching her turn into a cannibal right before our very eyes as the film moves on and we notice that she isn’t the only one in the family either. There is a big reveal at the end of the film as to why they are vegetarians to begin with and I just thought that was an awesome touch to end the film. You’re sitting there wondering why this girl is turning into one because it can’t simply be just because she tasted meat for the first time. Hell, I love eating meat, but I have no desire to eat humans. The cinematography is amazing, the story is amazing, and you won’t be able to stop watching this so check it out for yourselves. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade. I also want to remind you that the film is entirely in French with English subtitles.


WOTC PanteraIt was once known as the cover of the week where we celebrated our favorite covers of the week before it morphed into the cover battle. In cover battle, we took the same song covered by two different bands and asked you to vote as to which one was better is now being called War Of The Covers. Now that we are doing this again, the same rules apply, you have one week to vote as to what version you like better and that version is king. Of course, we all have different opinions and tastes so if you’re version loses then remember to grab some cheese and wine because you’ll need it. This week’s War of the Covers centers around one of my favorite tracks from the chart topping album from Pantera entitled Far Beyond Driven. It was the album that put a band that was already on the map on the map again, but really all it did was cement the fact that they didn’t need radio play to validate them. In 2010, British heavy metal band Malefice covered the track I’m Broken for the Metal Hammer Magazine tribute album Getcha’ Pull: A tribute to Dimebag Darrell. In 2012, French groove/death metal band Trepalium covered the track for their album H.N.P. and now you will decide whose cover was better.