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MI0002401703Now that WrestleMania week is over, it’s time to get back into business here at Moshpits and Movies. Traditionally anytime I hold a competition, I always cover an album from the winning band for the Album Of The Week and I have been meaning to cover an album by today’s featured band. I am actually quite surprised that I have never covered an album from Sevendust before especially after 200 plus albums. Sevendust back in February won MusicBowl 51 over Godsmack so traditionally we have to cover one of their albums and I chose the band’s second studio album Home for this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Lajon Witherspoon (Vocals), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums). The album was released on August 24, 1999 via TVT where it would peak at number 19 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and stayed there for three weeks. It also peaked at 16 on The Top Internet Album Charts and number 10 on the Top Independent Album Charts.

MI00027167821. Home– A big bass riff and those drop tuned guitar shreds open up the album in this track that seems to be about someone who is having a rough time at home which is supposed to be the safe place to be. 4/5

2. Denial– One of my favorite tracks on the album that fades in with a cool guitar riff, but when it kicks in it’s heavy as f*** and it grooves like no other. It seems to be about a guy and how he is sick of constantly opening up to a girl who refuses to do the same. My favorite part of the song is right when the 3 minute mark hits. 5/5

3. Headtrip– A very melodic intro starts the song that has a kick ass groove as soon as the music hits and it has a bad ass riff. 4.5/5

4. Insecure– A cool instrumental intro. 4/5

5. Reconnect– The last track leads right into this one which is all about how you feel that you’ve been a slave to all the BS and now you want to break free. 4/5

6. Waffle–  The track starts with a melodic riff before it kicks in with a sledgehammer like riff. It goes back to being melodic during the verses before hammering down with the choruses. The song seems to be about someone who is sick of the same old same old and is looking for something new. 5/5

home7. Rumble Fish– A sick hammering riff with groove kicks off this one about fighting against temptations that drag you down. 4.5/5

8. Licking Cream– A track on the album that features a cool bass riff during the verses and it features an English artist named Skin doing co-vocals. 4.5/5

9. Grasp– The song is about being friends with someone and when they are going through tough times, you go through it with them, but they’re always taking more and more of you. 4/5

10. Crumbled– An interesting intro to the song, but when it kicks off, it shifts into groove overdrive and it’s awesome. Hornsby shines on this track about no matter how many times you go down, you get back up. but if you don’t then you just crumble. 4.5/5

11. Feel So– A little bit of a hip hop groove in the beginning riff, but otherwise a cool track in a song about feeling hopeless. 4/5

12. Grasshopper– a quick intro of the band in the studio 2/5

13. Bender– A cool track to end the album that features Chino Moreno of the Deftones and Troy McLawhorn (of Doubledrive at the time). It’s heavy, it grooves, and it even caters to Moreno’s vocals as well. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– A kick ass album from a kick ass band that obviously avoided the sophomore jinx with this release. I have always held this band and Lajon in the higest regard because I am also a huge fan of Lajon’s vocals. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

music-bowl-51It must be a blessing and a curse to be in the MusicBowl because this is the third one that we have done and it seems to me that whoever has won this has lost the SuperBowl. Last year, Corrosion Of Conformity won MusicBowl 50, but the Carolina Panthers lost SuperBowl 50. This year in record breaking numbers, Sevendust won MusicBowl 51 by getting 89% of the vote which was beating your opponent (Godsmack) by 142 votes total. Maybe it’s the curse of the MusicBowl that has happened or maybe the Russians interfered in the game which is why they lost. No matter the reason for it, Sevendust is your MusicBowl 51 winners and what that means is that I am going to cover a Sevendust record for the album of the week. So stay tuned for that when it comes, but for now enjoy this win.

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music-bowl-51This is the third time that we are doing the MusicBowl here on Moshpits and Movies, but once again we are just calling it Musicbowl 51 to go along with the SuperBowl. SuperBowl 51 is tomorrow night which means that the New England Patriots are taking on the Atlanta Falcons with one team hoping to taste glory for the first time while the other wants to be on top of the mountain for a fifth time in 15 years. For this years edition of MusicBowl 51, we are once again selecting a band that represents each team and it’s region and we are pinning them against each other with you deciding the winner. On one end, we have one of the hardest working bands from a hard working city in Godsmack who hail from Boston, MA as they take on one of Alt Metal/Nu Metal’s hardest working acts that has persevered through triumph and heartache in Atlanta’s Sevendust. Both bands have been around the scene now for more than 20 years having taken two completely different roads to where they are, but only one can come out of this contest triumphant. Is it going to be the New England Patriots and Godsmack that walk out winners or is it going to be the Atlanta Falcons and Sevendust that taste glory. You have until the start of the fourth quarter of SuperBowl 51 to decide who the winner is and let your voices be heard.

Nikki vs sullyI have been waiting a long time to do this special report for all of you as we have covered some pretty famous fights. Some of my favorites have been inner turmoil between bands for the most part, but what happens when guys from two different bands go at it. Back in the summer of 2009, Motley Crue was in the second year of their own touring festival that the dubbed Cruefest (makes sense). On the bill for Cruefest 2 besides Motley Crue was Theory Of A Deadman, Drowning Pool, Charm City Devils, and the mighty Godsmack. Apparently during the tour, Sully Erna had a lot to complain about when it came to the way his band was treated by Nikki Sixx. All of the noise eventually led to the two sides throwing insults back and forth at each other on Twitter, but Godsmack stepped it up a notch when they wrote the track Cryin’ Like A Bitch. which appeared on the bands record The Oracle.

Godsmack_cryin_like_a_bitchThat track might have been the biggest stone thrown during this whole entire ordeal. For a long time Sully was denying that the track was about Nikki Sixx, but in a 2009 interview with the Artisan News Service, he made these comments about the track, “I will tell you, it’s been the most dramatic tour we’ve ever been on. I mean, talk about just craziness, man. Sometimes egos run high, man, and there’s definitely been some rock-star garbage on this tour that just have never seen in our career. Every band — from Black Sabbath to Aerosmith, Rush, Metallica… you name it… They’ve always… I don’t think there was ever a threat, you know what I mean?! Like who’s gonna dwarf Metallica anyways? But there’s always just been this mutual kind of like, ‘We wanna put on a great show, so bring your bells and whistles, bring your show, so between you guys and us, we can make these people get a bang for their buck.’ And that’s really what entertainment has always been about. And so, I’ve never been in a position before where we felt we had to really protect this thing; it’s kind of like a dog with a bone — you put us up against a wall and we’re gonna come out swinging.”

sullySully goes on to say, “I don’t know who needs to live up to whose reputations and I don’t know why some people consider music as a competition, but I will tell you that I have never been in a situation where I felt like I was out for blood, and honestly, this was the first time that I felt like, ‘You know what?! If there’s gonna be some people that are gonna treat other people a certain way, then I’m gonna go out there every night and fucking crush you on stage — make sure that we make you look old and fat, and go home with a nice big fat paycheck. You can sit in your world and I’ll sit in mine, and I’ll see you at the top again, I guess, somewhere…’ I don’t know. All I care about, really, is playing music and enjoying myself on the road. I’m not here to compete. Everybody has their fans, everybody has their own music, and it’s supposed to be more like a brotherhood, but… I don’t know. It’s been a good time for us out here, but in other situations, there’s definitely been some uncomfortable moments.”

nikki sixxNevertheless, Nikki Sixx would essentially never fire back as far as music was concerned almost like he was taking the high road until he lashed out on Twitter and interviews several times. In one interview he said, “Every person — from road crew, fans and even all the bands on the tour (including [Sully’s] band) — was so happy, but [Erna] just seems to be crying like a bitch. Funny, even his manager told me he’s an a—hole. Maybe the problem is just in HIS head… I got no problem with him.” Nikki even took to Twitter when it was concerning his show The Sixx Sense. Apparently according to Nikki, Sully tried to get in contact with someone about promoting a record and here is what Nikki had to say on Twitter, “So @godsmack begged to be on @Sixxsense to promote their s–t new album. Good luck touring phonebooths. Who’s crying like a bitch now?” Those are some pretty harsh words coming from the legendary bassist, but Nikki has never been one to mince his words.

sullyernaIt has been awhile since anything has gone down in this feud, but that was until Sully visited The Jasta Show which is hosted by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed. Here is the latest venom that Sully has spit out at Nikki Sixx when asked about the situation, “I’ll say it straight out: I’ve never met a bigger f—ing dick in my life than Nikki Sixx. He’s a douchebag. He’s straight-up a f—ing douche, and I don’t give a f–k what he says. He knows exactly where I am, and he knows exactly how he can find me anytime that motherf—er has the balls to come and look me up. And I’ll say it straight out on your podcast. He’s a dick, man. He just treats people like s–t.” Sully would continue by saying, “I don’t know what his deal is, man, but I can just tell you that he is the most… I don’t even know what the word is for it. I’ve never met anyone like that. He’s just so pompous and egotistical and he feels like he’s still on top of the world. He just thinks he’s so relevant, and he’s just an old, fat washed-up has-been. He annoys me, and I don’t even deal with it anymore. It’s lame.” It remains to be seen if Nikki Sixx responds to the latest, but I think we can let the numbers do the talking for the both of them. After all, money and numbers speak volumes in that industry.

foo fighters fenwayUsually during a very hot and sweaty day, I would not be looking all that forward to it, but the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, and his broken leg were at the legendary Fenway Park for night two of their two night stay. What has been dubbed as the Broken Leg Tour due to an injury he suffered in Sweden brought a different dynamic to the show because he was confined to a throne of sorts. That didn’t damper the mood of any of the fans who were there to rock out no matter what condition Grohl was in and it’s admirable that he has even done. I say that because most bands would have packed it up and called it a day, but not Dave Grohl. Day two of the tour once again featured Royal Blood, a band made up of a bassist and a drummer and local Irish punk heroes The Dropkick Murphy’s. So, it definitely promised to be one heck of an evening filled with rock music and the Fenway Faithful.

foo fightersThe Foo Fighters kicked off their set with a bang playing the very popular and classic Everlong and following that with Monkey Wrench which were obviously crowd favorites by the sounds of the crowd eruption. The band continued to deliver hit after hit, but the real fun of the show began during the playing of Up In Arms as Dave began to tell the story of how he broke his leg in Sweden and how he came up with the moving throne. That wouldn’t be the only moment of fun or unique moments of the night that Dave would provide because he had a whole bag of tricks. During the band introductions, he would play snippets of Let It Go by The Cars which was to evoke emotion from the local Boston crowd, I’m The One by Van Halen, and a special performance of The White Stripes Seven Nation Army that was sung by Dave’s own orthopedic doctor Dr. Lew C. Schon, MD. While I could have been OK with a snippet of the song, they did the whole thing and it actually wasn’t too bad. The show featured acoustic performances of songs like My Hero and Times Like These as well as some cool covers of songs like Under Pressure and a special performance of School’s Out by Alice Cooper with Sully Erna of Godsmack on vocals to give the crowd another local celebrity.

foo fighters 2One of the things that Dave Grohl does best is that he is able to get the best out of a crowd no matter what night it is or what city it is. He was able to get the crowd to sing as loud as the crowd possibly could like a true master of their craft could. The crowd gave it their all in return for Dave Grohl giving it his all that night. One of the funnier re-occurring moments of the show was when they would finish a song, the crowd would chant out Foo and if you don’t know it, it sounds like they are booing him, but they weren’t and he acknowledged it a couple of times saying that i freaked him out. One statement that I will make right now is that Dave Grohl with one leg was ten times better than most of your acts that are out there today because this was definitely one of my all time favorite performances. I can only imagine what the man can do when he use of both legs. The Dropkick Murphy’s were definitely another highlight of the night for me as the band blazed through some of the classics that got the crowd going like Tessie, State Of Massachusetts, and I’m Shipping Up To Boston. Overall, it truly was a fun night of rock and overpriced hot dogs, but a night I will never forget.

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I could have chose this song for the Cover Of The Week, but this was a song that was specially recorded for a soundtrack and that is why it was used for Soundtrack Saturday. Well, actually two versions of the song were recorded, but this was a special version and I will explain. On May 9, 2000, they released the soundtrack to the film Mission: Impossible 2 which featured the likes of Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Chris Cornell, Godsmack, and many others with a mix of original songs recorded for the soundtrack and songs that were from albums already released by the artist. For this soundtrack, the Foo Fighters decided to cover a famous Pink Floyd track with the help of Queen guitarist Brian May. On the original version of Have A Cigar by Pink Floyd, Roy Harper who was not a member of the band sang lead vocals for the track. The Foo Fighters decided to do the same thing, but they had drummer Taylor Hawkins sing lead vocals on the track to keep up the tradition of the track. What can I say about the track other than the fact that just as great as the original was, I truly believe the Foo Fighters did a great job with the cover. It’s an absolute rocker that proved the brilliance of Pink Floyd still lives on. Check out the song below:

godsmackWe already know that Godsmack’s album 1000HP kicks total ass as is evident by my album of the week review which you can view here. The reason I chose 1000HP as the Music Video Of The Week for this week is because the song kicks ass and the band recently announced a spring tour. Godsmack has announced some tour dates that the band will embark on in the spring that starts in Arizona and ends with a performance at Rocklahoma in Oklahoma. The band of course is still promoting  1000HP and they will hit the road with various acts like Papa Roach, Hellyeah, In This Moment, and Within Reason. Tickets are already on sale for the tour and you can check out the tour dates below the video. The music video itself is very nostalgic at times showing old footage matched with a performance based footage with the band rocking out to the title track. Some of the footage they show is real old and it’s awesome to check out as Sully narrates you through the years with awesome concert footage and backstage footage as well. The thing the video does is show you how amazing of a live band Godsmack really is because there shows are high octane fueled rock and roll extravaganzas that you never want to miss. If you’ve never seen them live then you are truly missing out on a great live experience done the good ole fashioned way. Check out the video below and don’t forget to check out the tour dates below the video.

Tour Dates

3/17 — Tempe, Ariz. — Pot Of Gold Festival
4/17 — Dallas, Texas — South Side Ballroom~ [Pre-sale live 2/4]
4/25 — Ft. Myers, Fla. — Fort Rock
4/26 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Welcome to Rockville
4/28 — Atlanta, Ga. — Tabernacle [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/1 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Farm Bureau Live [Pre-sale live 2/10]
5/2 — Reading, Pa. — Santander Arena* [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/3 — Concord, N.C. — Carolina Rebellion
5/5 — Syracuse, N.Y. — Oncenter *^ [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/6 — Glen Falls, N.Y. — Glen Falls Civic Center*^ [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/8 — Worcester, Mass. — DCU Center^ [Pre-sale live 2/4]
5/9 — Bangor, Maine — Rise Above Festival
5/10 — Uncasville, Conn. — Mohegan Sun [Pre-sale live 2/4]
5/12 — Montclair, N.J. — The Wellmont Theater [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/13 — Rochester, N.Y. — Main Street Armory*^ [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/15 — Saginaw, Mich. — Dow Event Center^ [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/16 — Columbus, Ohio — Rock on the Range
5/17 — Chicago, Ill. — Aragon Ballroom# [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/19 — Moline, Ill. — iWireless Center^# [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/20 — Brookings, S.D. — Swiftel Center^# [Pre-sale live 2/4]
5/22 — Pryor, Okla. — Rocklahoma

*w/HELLYEAH
^w/Papa Roach
#w/In This Moment
~w/Within Reason