Posts Tagged ‘Glenn Danzig’

81GClJcrNAL._SS500_It is so exciting to be kicking off another Halloween season here on Moshpits and Movies and as is tradition every post will be Halloween themed so that we can pay tribute to the best holiday of all. I have covered so many artists in the past from the Murderdolls to Type O Negative and all the different incarnations of Glenn Danzig. So, I wanted to do something a little different to kick off the season and I decided that we would cover Don Hinson & The Rigamorticians 1964 album Monster Dance Party. Bobby “Boris” Pickett kicked off the tradition of making Halloween music with his hit Monster Mash which then sent the record industry into a frenzy and here we insert Las Vegas disc jockey Don Hinson who decided to put his own spin on the novelty music. One of the mysteries to me for some reason is that I can not figure out exactly who in the world The Rigamorticians were exactly as no one online seems to know either, but the album was produced by Gary Paxton who also produced Bobby Pickett’s Monster Mash

don hinson1. Monster Mash-This is probably one of the most famous Halloween songs ever recorded and has been covered by everyone. This version has more of an R&B flavor to it than the Pickett version. 5/5

2. Monster Jerk– The song seems to be sung by Igor as he tells you all about his favorite dance moves. I love the Motown R&B dance feel to it that it has. 4.5/5

3. Do The Rigamortis– Dracula teaches and tells Igor all about a new dance move that he saw at a ball that had Mummies and more at. 4/5

4. Robbin’ Graves-Cool swinging sixties style music as they dig up graves looking for body parts for Frankensteins monster. 4/5

5. Werewolf Watusi– Dracula travels with a she-wolf to a new spot where he witnesses the new dance that 150 werewolves were performing all due to a flea epidemic. 4/5

6. Monster Swim-a very swinging 60’s swing music classic that tells you that the Monster Mash is over and now the Swim is in. 4/5

img279_b1aa4319-6801-44e9-9003-74c18b147f1e_grande7. Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood– This is probably my favorite song by Don Hinson and an original that is all about a alternative that Dracula has come up with for Vampires who didn’t have to be rely on blood. 5/5

8. Phantom Of The A-Go-Go – I love the organs in this track giving it a little bit of a psychadelic rock feel mixed with the R&B and Jazz. A very danceable song at 4/4 time and makes it groovy. 4/5

9. Monster Dance Party– I love this track because it’s more of that organ driven R&B dance flavor that they give you. I can only imagine this music when it was played at clubs. an instrumental track. 4.5/5

10. Monster Surf Stomp-a track that adds a little bit of surf music flavor to it with the guitars on top of what it’s already doing which is very cool. Another instrumental track. 4.5/5

11. That Little Old Graverobber Me– a slower tempo track that is all about a Dean Martin like guy who runs into Igor who is robbing graves. a very cool track. 5/5

12. Home In The Castle East– The last track on the album that is very upbeat in tempo which means it’s danceable with the organs playing as well with the big tuba sounds, etc. another instrumental track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– If you’re looking for fun nostalgic music from 55 years ago then this is the album for you. I have always loved Halloween music because it meant that the best holiday was near. I am giving the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade. 

the-prophecy-2-1998-2They have always been trying new angles and different kinds of stories for horror than the usual conventional stories of slashers, monsters, etc. Last year, I covered a film that was a different kind of idea where an rogue angle comes to Earth to destroy humans in The Prophecy.So for today’s film, I decided to cover the sequel The Prophecy II which sees the return of Gabriel (Christopher Walken). In the sequel, the Earth is still in peril over the war that is happening in Heaven so an Angel by the name of Danyeal (Russell Wong) impregnates a nurse by the name of Valerie (Jennifer Beals) as the child will be the savior. When Gabriel (Walken) learns of this, he comes back to Earth to destroy the woman and the child with the help of a suicidal teen (Brittany Murphy). The film also stars Eric Roberts (Best Of The Best) as Michael, Glenn Danzig (Portlandia) as Samayel, Steve Hytner (In The Line Of Fire) as Joseph, Bruce Abbott (Bride Of Re-Animator) as Thomas Daggett, Renee Victor (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) as Nana, J.G. Hertzler (Zorro) as Father William, Tom Towles (The Devil’s Rejects) as Det. Waltrip, Nicki Micheaux (The Replacement Killers) as Det. Kreibel, and the film was directed by Greg Spence (Children Of The Corn: The Gathering).

jennifer-beals-the-prophecy-ii-1_3Watching this film, I didn’t realize that Jennifer Beals was the main star of Flashdance back in the day. She has a pretty intense sex scene in the beginning of the film with an angel where the relationship movies pretty fast. In fact, the film does not waste any time with anything, it just moves along very quickly which was nice. The film doesn’t really give you a chance to get bored at all. That could also be a bad thing if things are going too quick because it doesn’t leave you time to explain things, but that wasn’t the case with this film. I loved seeing the late Brittany Murphy who plays Izzy, the suicidal teen who is kept alive by Gabriel to do his bidding. The late Tom Towles is also in the film briefly and Glenn Danzig was in the film briefly as well. I wish I had seen more of him in the film cause I wanted to see his acting chops, it was just as soon as he appeared he was gone. There is a final battle scene in what is called Eden, but it doesn’t look like paradise as described, but then again the world has changed since then. I love the idea of this type of religious horror, but the end of this film clearly sets up the third film. The film has that 90’s horror movie look to it which I wish I could describe to you, but if you are a fan of horror then you know exactly what I am talking about (Gothic look to it). With that being said, I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade.

Pasted-image-at-2016_05_12-04_56-PMThere was some very big news that was announced yesterday (May 12) and I have it here for you guys. Since it was kind of hinted that there would be no more Mayhem Fest after last years debacle, the summers were kind of left with nothing leaving metal fan asking the question of what was going to take over? Earlier in the week, it was announced that Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and Ozzy Osbourne had an announcement to make. I immediately thought that it was either going to be about Ozzfest or Knotfest, I never thought that it would actually be about both. Apparently, they are calling it Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and it’s happening on a weekend in September in San Bernardino, CA. Ozzfest happens on September 24 while Knotfest happens on September 25 at the  San Manuel Amphitheater with some real heavy hitters. Ozzfest features bands like Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Goatwhore, and many more. Knotfest features heavyweights like Slipknot and Slayer co-headlining while it also features Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Overkill, Sabaton, Death Angel, and many more. Tickets go on sale May 20TH and for more information on the fest, please go here. I’m going to insert a little bit of my opinion here and say that while it’s cool that this is happening, it doesn’t help anyone that doesn’t live in California. If a metal fan can’t afford to fly out to California to see this then he is left with nothing for the summer. I’m just saying that I hope either one of these becomes a travelling festival next year. Here are the full lineups below:

Ozzfest: Sept. 24

Black Sabbath
Disturbed
Megadeth
Opeth
Black Label Society
Rival Sons
Children of Bodom
Hatebreed
Devildriver
Huntress
Goatwhore
Dead Cross
Municipal Waste
Kataklysm
Nails
The Shrine
Still Rebel

Knotfest: Sept. 25

Slipknot
Slayer
Amon Amarth
Anthrax
Trivium
Sabaton
Suicide Silence
Overkill
Emmure
Butcher Babies
Man With a Mission
Whitechapel
Combichrist
Death Angel
Sim
Oni

MisfitsAdmatRevThe next piece of news that I have is something you should be really excited for especially if you are either a fan of horror punk or Glenn Danzig in general. For the first time since 1983, the original lineup of The Misfits is going to reunite for a couple of gigs. That is right, Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on the same stage at Riot Fest Denver and Chicago. We all know that Doyle has on occasion go on stage with Glenn and so the real issue was between Jerry Only and Glenn. Jerry Only once said this in an interview, “What I feel is that, I’d rather be where I am and be happy and be a positive influence than to be the richest man in the world and miserable and be a scumbag to the kids that follow us. I’m not doing that. I told Doyle that. I told him, ‘Hey look, if Glenn wants to come be a team player and leave that s–t at home, we’re good.’ That’s the name of the game.” I would have loved to be in the room when those two met, but they obviously have broke some ground considering the band is back for a couple of gigs. Tickets for Riot Fest are available as we speak and you can get them by going here.

Out of all the songs I could have chosen from Danzig’s newest album Skeletons (which also happens to be a covers record),  I chose his cover of the Black Sabbath track N.I.B.. Black Sabbath is one of those bands that has been covered countless times by tons of artists and N.I.B. has been covered numerous times by the likes of White Zombie and Primus, but the Danzig version caught my attention. He skips out on having the bass solo introduction to the track and gets right into the nitty gritty and that is the bass heavy track, toned down guitar doom track itself. I do have to say that Tommy Victor’s guitar playing is quite phenomenal as he adds some cool twangy false harmonics to the track. Glenn Danzig does the right thing on the track by sounding like Glenn Danzig interpreting the track in his own way and it’s very cool. He adds a very evil like tone to the track with his voice and I can dig that. The whole point of covering a song is by adding your own unique twist to it to make it your own. Check out the track below and pick up the album wherever records are sold now.

ghostAnytime a cool band that wears make up or masks comes around, we always want to know what they look like especially when they’re hiding their identities. We wanted to know what Kiss looked like without makeup and that was answered years later on MTV. We wanted to know what members of Slipknot looked like without the masks and that was revealed once Joey Jordison and Corey Taylor de-masked themselves for their side projects respectfully. Ever since Swedish Satanic metal band Ghost came around with Papa Emertius, we have wondered who the man behind the makeup or mask (I think he’s wearing a mask) really is. There have always been rumors that it was musician Tobias Forge (he is in the books as a ghostwriter) and now that may just been confirmed thanks to a tweet. Tommy Victor of Prong unveiled a photo from New Orleans that specifically says Superjoint, Danzig, Prong, Ghost,… The man in the picture along with Glenn Danzig, Phil Anselmo, Sean Yseult, and Tommy Victor is Tobias Forge. This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen him considering Nergal of Behemoth unveiled a photo of the two together before. The tweet has since been taken down, but we got it courtesy of Metalinjection.net. Check it out below and ask yourself, is that him?

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samhain 3As you all know we are deep into our observance of the great holiday of Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve as I like to refer to it which means that all posts in October are Halloween related. In the past, I covered albums from Glenn Danzig including one from his solo band and one from the Misfits. It would be silly to do one of these and not include the band he started after he left the Misfits that would eventually turn into Danzig in the band Samhain. In 1986, Samhain would release their second album entitled Samhain III: November-Coming Fire (Via Glenn’s label Plan 9) that James Hetfield of Metallica considers one of his top ten favorite albums of all time. The album featured Glenn doing vocals as well as keyboards and drums on some of the tracks as well as Eerie Von (Bass), Pete “Damien” Marshall (Guitars), and London May (Drums). As you can see in the album cover, there’s the famous Danzig skull that would appear on later Danzig records. The album is often stylized as Deathrock, but it’s a very influential horror punk record that influenced a lot of thrash metal bands as well.

samhain_november-coming-fire_back1. Diabolos 88– right from the start on this instrumental track it has a very goth rock dance feel to it in the beginning and throughout. It reminds me of bands like Bauhaus and what they did and it belongs in a horror film 4/5

2. In My Grip– This song brings back that punk fury that we were all used to from Danzig where it’s hard charging and in your face in a track that I think is about relationships. 4/5

3. Mother Of Mercy– A cool rock track with a real stompin’ riff in a track that I always thought was about a dominatrix. 4/5

4. Birthright– An evil sounding track right from the get go with a metal feel to it that reminds me of Diamond Head. 4/5

5. To Walk The Night– We all know Glenn was a huge fan of the 50’s and this song has that 50’s oldies feel to it, but he gothed it up a little in a track that reminds me of a lonely vampire. 4/5

samhain-november-coming-fire-3038226. Let the Day Begin– a return too that punk/rock sound like in some previous tracks and this is one of my favs and it has melody to it. 5/5

7. Halloween II– A base heavy track that is one of the more famous tracks and a fitting track for the amazing holiday that is Halloween. 5/5

8. November’s Fire– Here is the title track for you guys with that 80’s punk feel to it. This is definitely another highlight of the record in my opinion. 5/5

9. Kiss Of Steel– A track that wastes no time getting right in your face in a track that I think is about owning a Chevy with balls and loving the fast lane. 4/5

10. Unbridled– a track that starts with a really cool drum riff before the guitars come in with the speed like playing in a track that could be about not being satisfied so you turn up the notch on everything you do. 4/5

11. Human Pony Girl– a punk track with a cool bass line about dominating a woman sexually. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– When you listen to this record you can hear early hints of his later work in some of the tracks cause it’s present in his songwriting. When I first started listening to Glenn, I was introduced to his solo work and Samhain which I have always been fond of. This is an amazing record that registers at 28 minutes in length so I say give it a shot. I am giving the record four stars out of five for a final grade.

I was trying to look up original music created specifically for movie soundtracks because that is what I wanted when I created Soundtrack Saturdays. So while on my search I came across an article from a website called Timeout and so I checked it out and stumbled upon an iconic picture in so many ways. The film was called Less Than Zero and it’s infamous because of Robert Downey Jr.’s storied drug abuse problem and it’s believed that he was perfect for his role in the film because he was using drugs at the time (allegedly). The film also starred Andrew McCarthy (Weekend At Bernies), James Spader (Avengers: Age Of Ultron) and Jami Gertz (The Lost Boys) as the film takes a look at the decadent youth of Los Angeles. Just as iconic as the film was the soundtrack that was provided for the film courtesy of Def Jam Recordings. The album featured a mix of Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop, and even R&B with artists like Public Enemy, Roy Orbison, Poison, LL Cool J, Aerosmith, Slayer, and our artist for today’s entry in Glenn Danzig & The Power And The Fury Orchestra. This is one of those rare projects for the former Misfits singer as he teamed up with his initial Danzig lineup which consisted of John Christ (Guitar) and Chuck Biscuits (Drums). Original Danzig bassist Eerie Von opted out of the song because he didn’t like the way Rick Rubin wanted his bass parts to sound like so George Drakoulias played the bass for the track. The song has a very classic sound to it like it was recorded in the 1950’s, but wit that dark gloomy feel of a Danzig track. It’s actually a pretty amazing and underrated track fro Danzig. You definitely need to check out the track below and if you get a chance, watch the film as well.