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HELLOWEEN-Keeper-of-the-Seven-Keys-Part-1-LPWhen you think of European Power Metal, there is instantly one band that should come to mind and that band is Germany’s own Helloween. We chose Helloween for this week’s Halloween inspired Album of the Week because Halloween is in their name and it was voted number 43 on Loudwire’s 50 Greatest Metal Albums. The band that in 1987 was made up of new vocalist Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen (Guitar), Michael Weikath (Guitar), Markus Grosskopf (Bass), and Ingo Schwichtenberg (Drums) released their second and most pivotal album that some experts say spawned the Power Metal genre in Keeper Of The Seven Keys: Part 1. It was the first album for the band that cracked the Billboard Top 200 charts as it peaked at 104 and it was also the first album to not feature Kai Hansen on vocals. The reason for this was for the fact that he was having trouble singing and playing guitar at the same time so they brought in Kiske. While the album did feature Michael Weikath on guitar, it wasn’t much due to an injury he suffered during recording sessions for the album so the album is dominated by Hansen. Originally, the album was part of what the band had planned as a double album, but the label refused and made them separate it as the next part would come in 1988.

HELLOWEEN_KEEPER+OF+THE+SEVEN+KEYS+PART+1-566793b1. Initiation– An instrumental intro that kicks off the album that was written by Kai Hansen. 4/5

2. I’m Alive– A great track that I feel is an amazing anti-suicide song or at least that is the message that I get from the track that shreds through out. You gotta love the gang vocals for the chorus. 4.5/5

3. A Little Time– a great track that features some killer riffs and even some clock sound effects in the is song that is all about chasing your dreams and to aim higher. 4.5/5

4. Twilight Of The Gods– If you want to listen to some insane playing like one of the best solos on the album then check out this track that I think is about how we create Gods just to have war. 4.5/5

61i0nWQMGvL5. A Tale That Wasn’t Right– The track is a ballad type track, but in the sense that is a slower tempo track than the previous on the album. The track could be interpreted as the tale of a relationship that comes to an end or the tale of a backstabbing friend. 4.5/5

6. Future World– The lead single off the album that I feel is about a guy who is visiting this world telling a person about the future world and how great it is, but in reality how great is the world. Another great solo on this track from Hansen and company. 5/5

7. Halloween– This is the 13 minute epic track that was dedicated to the greatest holiday on the planet which is also the song title. It can be pretty cheesy at times, but it’s Halloween!!! 5/5

8. Follow the Sign-The track is more of an outro that you can tell is the bridge between parts one and two. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– While I am more of a fan of part two than one, there is no denying that this was the stepping stone of the band that would launch them into metal stardom. My favorite tracks on the album are Future World and Halloween while my least favorite track would be Follow The Sign. I am going to give the album 4.5 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.

BOX SCORE Arch vs samaelBOX SCORE BABYMETAL VS LENGBOX SCORE BEHEMOTH VS CRADLEBOX SCORE Confess catharsisBOX SCORE DIMMU VS GOJIRABOX SCORE MOON VS CRESBOX SCORE Morbid vs HateBOX SCORE SEP VS KREA

Pedal Cup Bracket 2

 

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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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unnamed-34As you can see above, we are still doing our thing and we now have the Metal Video Of The week for you guys and this is a special one. In 2015, Kreator was able to break the stranglehold that Judas Priest had on the Pedal To The Metal Tournament by winning the whole thing that year and they have been killing it as a band for the last 35 years. Back in January of this year, the band unleashed their monstrous 14TH studio album in Gods Of Violence and have recently announced a US tour planned for spring in 2018 which sees them continuing to sport the album with the help of Sabaton. All of this couldn’t be possible without the continued support of the fans and the band is paying them back with their latest performance based music video for Hail to the Hordes. The video was filmed at a concert the band put on in their hometown of Essen, Germany and it showcases exactly what you are missing or what you will be missing if you do attend one of their shows. Check out the video below and make sure you check out Gods Of Violence. Below the video is the list of tour dates for the North American tour with Sabaton.

North American Tour 2018 with Sabaton

Feb. 8 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Van Buren
Feb. 9 –  Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern
Feb. 10 – Berkeley, Calif. @  The UC Theater
Feb. 12 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
Feb. 13 –  Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox
Feb. 14 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Vogue Theater
Feb. 16 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Union Hall
Feb. 17 – Calgary, Alberta @ The Palace
Feb. 19 – Boise, Idaho @ Revolution
Feb. 21 – Denver, Colo. @ The Gothic Theater
Feb. 22 – Kansas City, Miss. @ The Truman
Feb. 23 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Myth
Feb. 24 – Madison, Wis. @ Orpheum
Feb. 26 –  Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe
Feb. 27 – Chicago, Ill. @ House of Blues
March. 1 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Phoenix
March. 2 – Montreal, Quebec Metropolis
March. 3 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
March. 4 – Huntington, N.Y. @The Paramount Theater
March. 6 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore
March. 7 – Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore
March. 8 – Raleigh, N.C. @The Ritz
March. 9 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Buckhead Theatre
March. 10 – Tampa, Fla. @ Jannus Landing

acceptOne of the most underrated bands from the 80’s German metal scene (as well as the metal scene is general) is the band Accept. Here was a band that has been flying the flag of metal whether it be together or solo, they haven’t stopped yet. The album that I am covering from the band is their seminal 1983 release Balls To The Wall which featured Udo Dirkschneider (Vocals), Wolf Hoffmann (Guitar), Herman Frank (Guitar), Peter Baltes (Bass), and Stefan Kaufmann (Drums). Even though he received credit on the previous release, this album was really Herman Frank’s only appearance with the band on record until 2010’s Blood Of The Nations. The album was a huge success for the band that they were  never able to match afterwards and even to this day is their only album to ever be certified Gold in the US. The album would peak at 74 on the Billboard Top 200 while peaking in the top 10 in Sweden, but not without it’s controversies. The album’s cover and a couple of songs raised some flags as it was accused at the time of being homoerotic to which the band has responded plenty of times regarding the issue (you’ll see below).

accept_-_balls_to_the_wall_back1.Balls To The Wall– The kick ass title track kicks off the album and Hoffmann explains the track saying, “We’ve always been interested in politics and in human rights and things like that, so a lot of the lyrics that we had in those days, and to the end actually, were dealing with human rights, for instance, and that’s really what ‘Balls To The Wall’ is all about. ‘One day the tortured will stand up and kick some ass!” 5/5

2. London Leatherboys– This was one of the tracks that evoked the controversy, but drummer Kaufman said the track was really about bikers and the lack of respect given to them. 4.5/5

3. Fight It Back– A fierce in your face metal track that is all about if you want to change the way things are in society then you have to fight back in order to change things. 4/5

4. Head Over Heels– A cool bass line opens up this track that I think is about the curiosity one has when sex becomes a thing. I don’t know, I’m just guessing with this one. 4/5

5. Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had– It seems like a pretty deep track to me as it follows a guy who may have betrayed a girl to the point that she committed suicide and he feels so much guilt over it. 4.5/5

accept-balls-to-wall-3841296. Love Child– The other track on the album that was accused of being homoerotic is explained by Kaufman again saying, “And ‘Love Child’ was about gays, true, but it’s basically about people who are suppressed.” 4.5/5

7. Turn Me On– I think we can all figure out what this track is about, just start reading the first verse. I love the opening chords to the track, it’s raunchy and just in your face. 4/5

8. Losers and Winners– The track opens with the Judas Priest like duel guitar assault and it’s one of those tracks that has kind of a deep message. It’s basically him giving a guy advice that even though you think she doesn’t want you, just persevere on and don’t give up hope. 4/5

9. Guardian Of The Night– The track starts off with a very folky acoustic intro before the band launches into power chord overdrive in a track that is about a guy who sleeps all day and rocks all night. 4/5

10. Winterdreams– The last track on the album and it’s very folky again with the acoustic guitars and they’ve slowed the tempo down. You gotta love those big power chords in the verses and acoustic guitars in the chorus. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is probably one of the best Udo fronted albums (I don’t mean to stir up controversy) the band ever did. There is some cool guitar work on the album and some deep messages behind some of the tracks. Check it out for yourself and then check out Blood Of The Nations after to see what I was talking about in that first sentence. I am giving the album 4.25 stars out of five for a final grade.

nekroThere are films in the world that gain so much buzz over being controversial that sometimes you just have to see it for yourself. That was definitely the case with today’s film Nekromantik which was banned in seven or maybe even more countries out there in the world, but it’s available on Shudder. Robert Schmadtke (Bernd Daktari Lorenz) is a street sweeper who gets called every time someone dies and they need them to take the bodies away. What his company doesn’t know is that Robert likes to take various bodies and body parts home for his and his girlfriend Betty’s (Beatrice Manowski) own enjoyment if you catch my drift. One day after showing up late to work, Robert gets fired and has to face Betty with the band news. After she walks out on him, everything in Robert’s world turns upside down. The film also stars Harald Lundt (Der Todesking: The Death King) as Bruno, Colloseo Schulzendorf as Joe, Henri Boeck as Joe’s Streetcleaning Agency (J.S.A.) Employee, Volker Hauptvogel (Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer) as Man With Gun, Harald Weis as Dead In Garden, Suza Kohlstedt (The Neverending Story III) as Vera, and the film was written and directed by Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik 2). 

nekro-2This film is everything twisted that you thought it would be just from the title alone. It’s like the German director was unsatisfied with what was out there in the horror world and he was like I can do better and gross you out even worse. How about I take everything society would be too afraid to watch on screen and I’ll film it like bashing a cat until he is dead and then taking his guts and rubbing it on your body. How about we take some shots of a man killing and then skinning a rabbit while we flash back to our main character dissecting a human body on screen too. The director also tries to be artsy at times with close up shots of people urinating (which was annoying) or a caterpillar crawling on the main characters arm. After having to sit through what we had to endure during this film, it’s hard to care about the artistic shots or the create freedom behind them. There is one scene that is really cool and it’s a decapitation scene that comes towards the end of the film. It just looked like something Troma would have shot with the way it was pulled off. I’m not sure that I want to recommend this film to anyone unless you want to sit through it for yourself. It’s definitely NSFW (Not Safe For Work) and it’s definitely not safe for kids either. Viewer discretion is advised. I am going to give the film an C- for a final grade. I just wasn’t a fan of it.