Last 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!
Posts Tagged ‘Gojira’
Tags: Akira Takarada, ゴジラ, Cheeseball Cinema, Fuyuki Murakami, Godzilla, Godzilla 1954, Godzilla Vs Destroyah, Gojira, Gojira (1954), Ikuru, Ishirô Honda, Japan, King Kong Vs Godzilla, King Of The Monsters, Momoko Kôchi, Sachio Sakai, Sanjuro, Seven Samurai, Takashi Shimura
So as you can tell from the title of this post, I am not talking about the brand new Godzilla (ゴジラ) film that has hit the theaters nationwide, but rather we are taking a look at the film that started it all called Gojira (1954). There have been 28 films in total that were made of Godzilla or Gojira as he was originally known in Japan as and produced by Toho Co LTD plus the four American versions of Godzilla (including the new one). Ships are disappearing off the shores of Japan and for a little while the locals are not sure why. They soon discover that the ancient dinosaur like monster named Godzilla was awaken by all the atomic bomb tests and he is out to destroy Japan. A professor, his daughter, and her boyfriend are trying to figure out a way to destroy Godzilla before it’s too late. The movie stars Akira Takarada (Godzilla 2014) as Professor Ogata, Momoko Kôchi (Godzilla Vs Destroyah) as Emiko, Akihiko Hirata (Sanjuro) as Professor Serizawa, Takashi Shimura (Seven Samurai) as Kyohei, Fuyuki Murakami (Ikuru) as Professor Tanabe, Sachio Sakai (Seven Samurai)as Reporter Hagiwara and the film was directed by Ishirô Honda (King Kong Vs Godzilla).
You have to love these old Japanese films because it’s the kind of stuff we joked about in 80’s American films like when Pee Wee Herman has just rescued his bike (Pee Wee Hermans Big Adventure) and they drive through a set where they are filming Godzilla. You see that Godzilla is clearly crushing model houses and toy cars as well as other stuff. You see the jet fighters and the fact that they don’t fly exactly straight because there on strings, but that is what I love about the film. It’s fun to watch and this is as good as it gets. They obviously made Godzilla look better with age, but he still has that iconic roar from this original film which introduced us to the monster we would all love and enjoy. I definitely think that before you go and watch the new Godzilla, you should definitely catch these films because you have to appreciate the beauty behind the original Godzilla and all the films that came after it. I still believe that the Japanese did a better job with Godzilla then we could ever dream of. With all of that being said, On a scale of 1 being close to an A-List Hollywood Film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am giving this a 1.8 due to the fact of what time frame this came from and what resources they had at the time to film with. Check it out!!! Long Live ゴジラ