Posts Tagged ‘Gothic Metal’

81ZLmPVUVXL._SL1500_When you think of metal and the country of Italy, there are only two bands that immediately come to mind with one being Fleshgod Apocalypse and the other being Venice’s own gothic metal act Lacuna Coil. The band which was made up of Cristina Scabbia (Vocals), Andrea Ferro (Vocals), Marco “Maus” Biazzi (Lead Guitar), Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore (Rhythm Guitar), Marco Coti Zelati (Bass/Keyboards), and Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati (Drums) first appeared on the scene in 1999, but it was until their third album Comalies was released that I began to take notice and pay attention. It was released on October 29, 2002 via Century Media and Cristina talked about the album saying, “[During the album’s recording], we had a sort of creative explosion. We were working in a coma, sort of like in a different dimension. First of all we just wanted to use the word ‘coma’ but there was something missing so we played with the two words coma and lies.” The album would peak at number 178 on the Billboard Top 200 charts as well as peaking at number nine on the Top Heatseekers and Independent Albums charts too as the album has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies in the US. Rock Hard Magazine ranked the album #415 in their The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All TimeĀ book and Metal Hammer ranked it 59th on their greatest album of the 21st century chart as well.

114595227_838803151. Swamped– I love the effect in the beginning of the track, but what I really love is the heavy guitars mixed with the orchestral string backing track. The second and final single released from the album features both Andrea and Cristina sharing vocals in this track about having so much potential that you are swamped trying to get their. 5/5

2. Heaven’s A Lie– The first track I ever heard from the band and this is still my all time favorite track from them about how the perfect life or anything is a lie. It’s about what happens when people try to force their opinions on you, it doesn’t mean that they are right. 5/5

3. Daylight Dancer-a cool track that is all about someone who is always trying to mask what the answer to their problems are even though they know the truth. 4.5/5

4. Humane-a very cool intro with the keys before the band kicks in to take over in this track that is all about following your heart and what it tells you. 4.5/5

5. Self Deception– A kick ass track about a man who takes the fall for another when he really didn’t commit the crime. 4.5/5

6. Aeon-A short track that is less than two minutes that is all about someone that they acre about that every time they hold them they steal their love complete with acoustic/clean channel guitars. 4/5

119028662-37. Tight Rope-a track that I think they are talking about someone that they care about, but the problem is that they are always walking on a tight rope when they are near them. 5/5

8. The Ghost Woman and the Hunter-a very excellent track on the album that I believe is all about a relationship they has ended, but one fears that the other has forgotten all about them. 5/5

9. Unspoken-A little more energy in this track that is all about being away from that person who may not be physically abusive, but they are mentally abusive. 4.5/5

10. Entwined– a track that once again visits that feeling of being trapped in a relationship that is not going anywhere. 4/5

11. The Prophet Said– I saw an interesting take on this track where the song could be bout how one partner tells the other one that she couldn’t get anyone ans she believes it and in turn tries to always make him feel better. 4/5

12. Angel’s Punishment-The song is all about war and how it is usually created through lies. 4/5

13. Comalies– The last song on the album, the title track, and I believe Cristina and her interpretation of the album title. Sometimes, we are just living with a lie and we can’t get out of it like we are in a coma. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– An amazing album from beginning to end, I remember seeing the band tour on this album at Ozzfest and just being amazed how well the songs translated live. If you’re looking to get into them, this is definitely a good starting point. Then travel backwards to see the progression to here and then how they grew musically to right now. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 FINALS CHAMPIONThe dust has finally cleared and we have a clear cut winner by a mile and there is nothing controversial about the win. BABYMETAL won the match fair and square with the power of their fan base. I’ve seen this happen over the years during the Pedal To The Metal Tournaments when the fan bases of Kreator, Destruction, and Queensryche all led them to be winners. I post a link of the tournament to every single band’s page giving everyone a equal shot at winning and they did just that beating Behemoth 334 to 80. I gave everyone three options on how to vote and the fan base killed it and showed up in style for sure. It was definitely one heck of a win for the Japanese Kawaii Metal band, but that wasn’t the only match you could vote on. We also had the third place match that saw the final four runner ups Moonspell take on Morbid Angel. Moonspell jumped out to an early lead and believe me they never looked back earning them a third place finish. It’s sad that this is over for now and it won’t be until 2022 until we do another one, but we have the Euros coming up in two years so we’ll see you there. Once again, Congratulations to BABYMETAL!

BABYMETAL CHAMPIONS

BOX SCORE BABY VS BEHEMOTHBOX SCORE MOON VS MORBID

pedalcup trophyThat is right metal heads, the finals of the first ever Pedal Cup (the World Cup of Metal) is here and this is the moment you have been voting for. You the fans, took two bands in Behemoth (Poland) and BABYMETAL (Japan) and you voted them all the way to the finals and it was quite the run for both bands. Unfortunately, only one of them will walk away from the tournament as the first ever Pedal Cup champion. We also have the third place match which is traditionally played in the FIFA World Cup and we are going to keep that tradition as Portugals’ Moonspell take son US Death Metal legends Morbid Angel for the right to Bronze. Today, we are also revealing the Pedal Cup trophy which we dedicated and designed some specifics of it to honor the legacy of one of music and Metal’s greatest inspirations in the late Motorhead Frontman/bassist Lemmy Kilmister. There is a Spade from the Ace Of Spades on the top of the trophy along with a coin of Lemmy on the bottom and the Pedal To The Metal logo beneath that. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog. You have 24 Hours to decide who is the first ever Pedal Cup Champion and the third place band. Good luck!!!!

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 FINALS

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nHere is the moment you have all been waiting for, it is the semifinals of the Pedal Cup in case you didn’t know is the World Cup of Metal. You guys came to play in the knockout stage, once again in the quarterfinals, and I want to thank every single one of you guys for that because without you none of this is possible. Now we have some interesting matches moving forward as the final four was set last night. We have Moonspell (Portugal), BABYMETAL (Japan), Morbid Angel (USA), and Behemoth (Poland) all eyeing to be the world champions of Metal. Moonspell has done pretty well for themselves as they easily defeated Egypt’s Crescent before holding the edge against Dimmu Borgir in the Quarterfinals. Now, they are tasked with trying to defeat the band who has recorded the most amount of votes in the tourney in Japan’s BABYMETAL. BABYMETAL scored a record amount of votes in their first match against Belgium’s Leng Tch’e (44 votes total) before surviving one heck of a match against Brazil’s own Sepultura (34 votes combined). The other match features two powerhouses of their respective subgenres. In one corner, you have Death Metal legends Morbid Angel who is the only band to record two straight shut out wins going against Blackened Death Metal act Behemoth who took care of business against Cradle Of Filth and Arch Enemy. It’s anyone’s ball game, but remember you guys have 24 HRS to vote, so vote for the bands you love and have some fun with it. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog.

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 SEMIFINALS

 

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nI just wanted to take the time once again to thank everyone who has gotten involved in the voting process because without you this is not possible. The Pedal Cup which is our metal version of the World Cup has had some surprising results since the first round and the quarterfinals went without a hitch. As usual, we gave you three ways to cast a vote in the tourney with one being the Facebook page, the second being my Twitter page, and the third being right here on the blog site. One of the matches that took advantage of most of the ways I gave you was the BABYMETAL vs Sepultura match and what a weird outcome it turned out to be as all BABYMETAL needed was the Twitter count to win. Morbid Angel’s win was the most lopsided of the tournament as Confess was the only band that failed to gain a vote. The semifinals are now set, but you’ll have to wait until later to be able to participate and vote for the two teams that will move on tot he championship. Check out the box scores down below:

BOX SCORE BABYM VS SEPULBOX SCORE BEHEM VS ARCHBOX SCORE MOON VS DIMMUBOX SCORE MORBID VS CONFESS

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october rustWhen you think of Goth Metal, there is usually only one band that I find synonymous with those words and that is Type O Negative. They were the band that brought the brand to the mainstream and made it cool to buy and bands like Him can thank them for that. Besides the band’s breakthrough record Bloody Kisses, one of my all time favorite Type O Negative records is October Rust which was also their fourth studio album and the first to not incorporate so much of the doom metal sound they were known for. Instead, they settled for more ballads and one heck of a cover song to boot. The album once again featured the late and great Peter Steele (Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar), Kenny Hickey (Guitar), Josh Silver (Keyboards), and for the first time Johnny Kelly (Drums). The album was released on August 20, 1996 and it was produced by Steele and Silver and it featured some new techniques never employed before (like joke intros and abrupt endings). The album peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while finishing in the top 10 in Sweden, Germany, Finland, and Austria as well being certified Gold for selling 500,000 copies.

october rust back1. Bad Ground– This is the first time that the band employed a joke intro into one of their albums. It basically contains just low level buzzing to make you think that your speakers are not plugged in correctly. 4/5

2. Untitled- It’s basically the real intro to the album where the band asks if you enjoyed their joke 4/5

3. Love You To Death– One of my favorite Type O Negative songs that opens up with a cool piano track before the comes in with their distorted attack in this gothic love song about a guy who is in love with a girl more than she is him. 5/5

4. Be My Druidess– Type O was the best at getting a point across with so few words and they do in this song about love in the gothic/black sense. The track is like a heavier version of post punk like Joy Division. 5/5

5. Green Man-a very cool track lyrically where he is talking about an ancient diety that pre-dates Christianity. He is sort of symbolic of nature in the sense that he dies when winter comes only to be reborn in spring. 4.5/5

6. Red Water (Christmas Mourning)– a kind of sad song about someone who has lost some loved ones and it’s Christmas morning and he is drowning in his sorrows. 4/5

7. My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend-This track is another one of my favorites where it sort of has that 70’s psychedelic sound with the keys mixed with the distorted instruments. The track is basically about Peter wanting to bang his bi-curious girlfriend’s girlfriend. 5/5

october rust cd8. Die With Me– The track starts off like they are in an airport when all of a sudden the clean channel guitars kick in and Peter sings about the one that got away. 4/5

9. Burnt Flowers Fallen– Another track where with the least amount of words, he manages to say a lot in this track about how he has come to grips with the fact that the girl he loves is no longer his. 4.5/5

10. In Praise Of Bacchus-Bacchus is the Roman equivalent to the Greek God of wine in Dionysus, but in this track he is drowning in his sorrows with the help of wine. 4.5/5

11. Cinnamon Girl-The band’s heavy and awesome cover of the Neil Young classic. 5/5

12. The Glorious Liberation of the People’s Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa– an intro track of sorts with a really long title that sounds like it’s a liberating day in this fictitious country. 4/5

13. Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)– This is a track that is certifiably love making music done Type O Negative style. There are a lot of metaphors in this track and I think the werewolf element is just symbolism for power. 5/5

14. Haunted– a track whose lyrics are profound in what they are about. The song is about being haunted by visions of a love that maybe you lost or can’t have and when you try to sleep at night, you have trouble cause you are thinking of her. 5/5

15. Untitled– an Outro to the album where the band downplays the making of the record. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– An amazing record by an amazing band that decided to take a chance with this record and it paid off. This was actually the first album I had ever heard from the band before I dug any deeper into their catalog. My favorite tracks besides the obvious two are Wolf Moon and Haunted. My least favorite tracks are the intro tracks especially The Glorious Liberation of the People’s Technocratic… I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

depeche-vs-lacunaLast week, we unveiled a new segment here on Moshpits and Movies titled Original Vs The Cover where we take a cover and pin it against the original track. This replaced our Cover Of The Week segment that we did and we started this whole thing out with Dead Or Alive taking on Dope with the song You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) at the center of it all. As promised, I have the results from last week and you all picked Dead Or Alive’s version as the best one. Now we move on to this week’s challenge and we have English Synthpop legends Depeche Mode’s version of Enjoy The Silence taking on Lacuna Coil’s 2006 cover of the track. Let’s check out the versions:

Depeche Mode– Depeche Mode were a British Synthpop group that by 1990 were already veterans with six albums already under their belts. In 1990, Depeche Mode would release their hit seventh album Violator to the world and it was an album that featured amazing tracks like Policy Of Truth, Personal Jesus, World In My Eyes, and our featured track for today. The track was a hit with fans as it rose to number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks as well as going number one in Spain and Denmark with various top five spots around the world too. Depeche Mode’s version of this track is legendary soaked in it’s synth driven dance beats with David Gahan’s amazing vocals on top of it to give it that goth dance flavor.

Lacuna Coil– An Italian Gothic Metal band that was already seasoned veterans with three albums under their belt when they released their fourth album Karmacode. Karmacode featured tracks like Our Truth, Closer, Within Me, and the band’s cover of the track Enjoy The SilenceĀ as it peaked at number 28 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. If there was ever a way to make the song more Gothic, it was definitely by making a metal version of it which is what Lacuna Coil did adding the distortion and a Bass player to the track. I loved that Cristina Scabbia took command of the vocals on the track while Andrea Ferro handled the background vocals. I also enjoyed the crunch they gave the song with the dual guitars and the drums.

Once again, it is up to you guys to decide whose version of Enjoy The Silence do you enjoy listening to. You have until the next post to decide, so choose wisely and vote!!!