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8th annual me awardsIt is that time of the year where we begin celebrating all the best of the previous year and as usual, we here at Moshpits and Movies are once again handling the music and movie side of the awards. We are unfortunately not working together with 365 Movies Challenge blog any longer, but we have reacquired Mr. X’s Punch Out who will handle the wrestling side of things. For right now though, we are looking at the music side of the awards which is now in it’s eighth year and we are pretty excited. Besides the usual awards for Album of the Year, Metal Album of the Year, etc., we have added a couple of new categories to the awards which are Cover of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Every year, there are plenty of bands that record covers of famous songs they love from bands and we want to celebrate by voting for the best one. Much like cover of the year, there are always new bands that pop onto our radar and we want to celebrate them as well. We tried our best to not include supergroups, but rather if it’s their current and only focus then they are allowed. So, now we just want to hear from YOU guys and see who you pick to win each award. You have until March 13TH to decide so choose wisely and just have some fun.

aI want to remind everyone that the Grammy’s do not make a band legitimate or not even though they have tried cleaning up mistake after mistake. The Grammy’s tend to drop the ball when the nods come in for Best rock song, etc. In past years, we have seen the committee get lazy and pick only bands that had been around for decades with cover songs as the songs they have chosen for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental to Jethro Tull instead of Metallica. One of the biggest embarrassments for the academy was the 1989 awarding of Best Metal Performance We have also seen them drop the ball as far as what deserves to be considered for Best Rock Album, but all of that has changed with this years nominees. This year, it seems like things have gotten better with the academy and that they actually woke up. Bands like August Burns Red, Body Count, Code Orange, Mastodon, and Meshuggah were nominated for Best Metal Performance. Metallica received two nods at the show as they were nominated for Best Best Rock Album (Hardwired… To Self Destruct) and Best Rock Song (Atlas, Rise!). Other bands that received multiple nods were Nothing More (Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Performance), Mastodon (Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Album),  and the Foo Fighters (Best Rock Song, Performance). This could be a sign of things to come, but then again this is the academy we are talking about here. The award show airs live on January 28, 2018 on CBS and check out the nods below:

Best Metal Performance
August Burns Red – Invisible Enemy
Body Count – Black Hoodie
Code Orange – Forever
Mastodon – Sultan’s Curse
Meshuggah – Clockworks

Best Rock Album:
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Best Rock Song:
Metallica – Atlas, Rise!
K.Flay – Blood in the Cut
Nothing More – Go to War
Foo Fighters – Run
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Best Rock Performance:
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Chris Cornell – The Promise
Foo Fighters – Run
Kaelo – No Good
Nothing More – Go To War

megadeth-dystopia_japan_edition-frontalJust as we have done for the last couple of weeks, we are covering albums by bands that won at the 6TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. We have already covered the album of the year (Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop) and the rock album of the year (Gore by Deftones). So, it’s only natural that we move down the line to the next which is the metal album of the year which was taken home by Megadeth for their 15TH studio album Dystopia. In a way Dystopia was a return to form for Megadeth after lackluster sales plagued their previous album. The band had some new players for the album in Kiko Loureiro (Guitars) and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler (who recorded the record with the band, but is not a permanent member). Together they joined Dave Mustaine (Lead Vocals/Guitars) and David Ellefson (Bass) in recording what was a huge step in the right direction as the album debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it the second highest charted album in the band’s history (Countdown To Extinction debuted at number two). The album also peaked in the top 5 in six other countries and the title track earned the band their first Grammy after 11 failed attempts for Best Metal Performance.

megadeth-dystopia_japan_edition-trasera1. The Threat Is Real– The song is everything you would want to hear from Megadeth as it’s fierce, in your face, and reminds of me of Rust In Peace era Megadeth. Dave Mustaine is still writing his fierce politically driven lyrics of world destruction and it still sounds fresh. 5/5

2. Dystopia– The title track that won the band the Grammy for Best Metal Performance features some really amazing guitar work from Loureiro and Mustaine that sort of reminds me again of Rust In Peace. The song is about a world that is not ok in any way shape or form. 5/5

3. Fatal Illusion– I have always been a huge fan of Dave Mustaine and the lyrics that he writes as in this one about a prisoner so evil and against society that nothing can kill the evil inside him even the lethal injection. There is a cool bass section in the track that showcases Ellefson’s amazing abilities. 5/5

4. Death From Within– A cool track on the album about an enemy that is constantly is under attack in war that he waits for the perfect moment to enact revenge. 4.5/5

5. Bullet To The Brain– A cool drum cadence starts off the track with some acoustic guitars before the band kicks into overdrive. The track is an interesting take on relationships about how man give in easily to sex when they think they are winning, but they are really losing. 4/5

6. Post American World– an interesting commentary on the way the world is today. We all complain about what is happening in America even though we feel safe, but what if all of that changes and America falls? What will we look like in Post American World? The music reminds me a lot of The World Needs A Hero era Megadeth. 5/5

megadeth-dystopia_japan_edition-cd7. Poisonous Shadows– The track opens more with the clean/acoustic guitar playing before the band turns up the energy in a track about someone who holds some sort of guilt inside of them and they let it manifest. I love hearing Farah Siraj’s vocals in the background, it adds to the track. 5/5

8. Conquer Or Die– A very cool instrumental track on the album that showcases what these guys can do. I think Kiko adds some of that Brazilian flavor to this track and it’s very cool. 5/5

9. Lying In State– An in your face track right from the get go that is hammering and is classic Megadeth. The track is about the government and how they distract you fromt he real issues that are going on as our society is in decline. 5/5

10. The Emperor– The track has more of a hard rock flavor to it then the rest of the album and it may be the band showcasing their influences in a track about a president who thinks he is King, but doesn’t realize he is a joke. 4/5

11. Foreign Policy– This is the band’s cover of California punk band Fear’s track that is actually pretty kick ass. Check it out cause it sounds like something Suicidal Tendencies should have covered. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– Sadly I do not know if Chris Adler will return to the fold for future albums, but this was truly an amazing record. It was definitely Megadeth moving in the right direction and they deserved the Grammy and the win here. Kiko Loureiro is an amazing edition to the band and I can not wait to here what else he brings to the table. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.


ghostFor years, we have bantering and bickering about just how the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences just didn’t get rock or metal. For years, they have fumbled the award and shamelessly given it out to acts who didn’t deserve like Tenacious D or even Jethro Tull. It’s not that I do not respect those bands, they just didn’t deserve the award over some of the acts that were nominated. This year, it looked as if the Grammy’s were finally getting it right when they nominated some heavy hitters for Best Metal Performance. They nominated Ghost (Cirice), August Burns Red (Identity), Lamb Of God (512), Sevendust (Thank You), and Slipknot (Custer). The other thing that bothered me the most about the award is that they never televised it, so it was always a why bother watch the show if they do not respect your genre. This year that all temporarily changed as the award was not only given to a deserving band, but it was also televised. Ghost won the award for their track Cirice which is off of their amazing album Meloira (read the review here) and they accepted the award on stage.

ghost 2The only sad thing that I saw all night was the awful interviewers on the red carpet that asked the dumbest questions. “What is your band’s overall image about?” was one of the dumb questions asked by someone who has no idea who the band is. CBS needs to hire better interviewers for their red carpet who are more diverse in music which makes it better for everyone. The Grammy’s can be an opportunity for a band to expand on their fan base, a platform so to speak. Nevertheless, congratulations are in order for Ghost on the big win. Some of the other bands that didnt fair as well were the Foo Fighters who were nominated for Best Rock Performance and didn’t win and Slipknot for Best Rock Album which they also didn’t win. Check out Ghost accepting the award below and check them out giving thanks as well.

11eef4d754e0a82c687234b6deaf31f1I was in absolute shock when I read the news that a true rock and metal icon passed away today. Lemmy Kilmister is such a legend of the rock and metal business that they’ll never be anyone like him ever again. Motorhead confirmed today that the legendary bassist/vocalist passed away from “a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.” Here is what Motorhead posted on their Facebook page:

There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.
We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.
We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.
Share stories.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
1945 -2015
Born to lose, lived to win.

20140630-lemmy-x624-1404142842Lemmy is one of the most legendary figures who was able to gain respect from all sorts of genres. Punk/hardcore kids liked Motorhead, Metal heads loved Motorhead, and rockers loved the band as well. Name a band that is able to do that these days. He was once a roadie for Jimi Hendrix beforee he went on to join Hawkwind in 1972 before he left to star a band called Bastard in 1975. After being told by his manager that there was no way a band called Bastard would ever make the Top Of The Pops, he changed the band’s name to Motorhead where he would stay for the next 40 years. He would release 22 albums with the band Motorhead and they won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for a cover of Metallica’s Whiplash in 2004 and was nominated three other times as well. I was only able to ever see Motorhead live once in my lifetime and I am happy that I can say that I did considering the fact that Lemmy went through some health setbacks the last couple of years. Lemmy was also an amazing songwriter who wrote brilliant tracks like Mama I’m Coming Home, Hellraiser, Desire, I Don’t Want To Change The World all for Ozzy Osbourne and his album No More Tears. He also made several appearances in films like Airheads, Tromeo And Juliet,  Eat The Rich, Terror Firmer, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and many more. There will never be another like Lemmy Kilmister. R.I.P. Lemmy (12/24/1945-12/28/2015)

no grammys 2In an article that I posted before, I wasn’t planning on talking about the Grammys too much because I don’t respect them for the fact that they either don’t respect the metal genre enough to have it announced on the show live or they get it wrong by handing off to the wrong band when it comes to best metal performance. In 1988, they did it to Metallica by giving it to Jethro Tull and now in 2015 at the 57TH Annual Grammy awards they did it again by handing it to Tenacious D instead of either Mastodon (High Road) or Slipknot (The Negative One). I thought Slipknot was going to be a sure lock considering the band came back with their first album post Paul Gray and it was amazing. Mastodon also recorded an amazing record and they too were snubbed. Tenacious D records a cover of a Ronnie James Dio song and they win the award. The last time I checked these guys were a comedic duo who are not to be taken seriously as a metal band, but do you think the Academy knows that? The comedic duo also beat out Motorhead (Heartbreaker) and Anthrax’s cover of Neon Knights. This is why I thank Revolver Magazine for creating The Golden God Awards because the Academy behind the Grammy’s does not respect the Metal genre and they haven’t for years.

no grammys 2There is a reason that I do not care about the 57TH annual Grammy Awards and that is because they do not have any respect for rock or metal music and they never will. in 1988, the Grammy’s finally recognized the Metal genre by starting The best hard rock/metal performance category with AC/DC (Blow Up Your Video), Metallica (…And Justice For All), Iggy Pop (Cold Metal), Jethro Tull (Crest Of A Knave), and Jane’s Addiction (Nothing’s Shocking) being the first nominees. Of course in a bit of controversy, Jethro Tull walked away with the award pissing off all of the metal community. Ever since then, they have seemed to either get it right or they mess it up somehow, but my problem isn’t with the award choices, it’s the fact that it’s not even televised. This year, Anthrax (Neon Knights), Tenacious D (The Last In Line), Mastodon (High Road), Motorhead (Heartbreaker), and Slipknot (The Negative One) were u for the award this year and if you guessed it, then you know they didn’t televise it because Tenacious D is the winner. That is why I say screw the Grammy’s if your a metal fan cause they don’t care about us much the same the Academy Awards do for Horror movies. I was personally pulling for either Slipknot or Mastodon to win the award because those were masterful performances, but the committee saw differently. Anyways, here is another award show that sucks as there to busy filling the airwaves with EDM music, Pop, and Hip Hop to care about anything else. Well, AC/DC is performing so I guess that makes it right, doesn’t it?

No Grammys

File:Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears.JPGNo More Tears was definitely one of my favorite albums from Ozzy that featured Zakk Wylde on guitar. It was Ozzy’s sixth studio album that was released on September 17, 1991 that has some interesting facts about it. I was always under the impression that Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) had performed the bass tracks on the record as you see him in the music videos, but longtime collaborator and bassist Bob Daisley recorded all the bass tracks. It was the last record to feature him on bass and the album also featured four tracks written by Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. Mike Inez, however, did compose the music for the title track No More Tears. The album spawned five singles with four of them hitting the top ten and I Don’t Want To Change The World winning a Grammy. The album to date has sold over 5 million and debuted at number 7 when it was released. It was one of two of Ozzy’s biggest selling albums with the other one being The Blizzard Of Ozz. This was also one of the last albums to feature the late and great Randy Castillo on the drums.

bMr. Tinkertrain opens up the album and it has to be one of the most twisted songs on the record as it deals with the topic of child kidnappers. With lines like, “the kind of toys you’ve never seen, man-made and a bit obscene!”  and when the song kicks off you can hear Ozzy say, “Would you like some sweeties, little girl?” The riff is just amazingly awesome as it is one of Zakk’s best because the riff has some big balls and swagger. I Don’t Want To Change The World is the next track on the record and it is one of the tracks written by Lemmy Kilmister. It opens up with a monster riff by the lord of the ping Zakk and some monster bass playing from Daisley in a song about defiant because Ozzy was going through some big changes at the time. Mama, I’m Coming Home is one of the highlights of the record with it’s clean acoustic guitars as Lemmy helped pen this song which is an apology from Ozzy to Sharon. Don’t worry cause the song has some electric to it as it’s another track that demonstrates that Zakk can play and that he is a riff lord. Mama is actually the only solo Ozzy single to ever crack the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. The other being his duet with Lita Ford (Close My Eyes Forever).

File:OzzyOsbourne MamaImComingHome Single 1991.jpgDesire is the next track on the record and another track penned by Lemmy. The opening monster bass riff sounds like a steam engine coming down the track before Zakk absolutely rips it, just check out the solo. The title track comes up next with it’s recognizable opening bass riff and the keyboards that make the track eerie before Zakk comes in with his guitar playing while the hand slides up and down the neck playing the same riff, but with the sound getting heavier and lighter depending on where his hands are positioned on the neck. Ozzy’s nasally styled vocals are some of the best on this track as he describes the song as being about a serial killer.  The track also has an art-rock styled bridge that I think is perfect because I miss that part when it’s cut out of the radio single. S.I.N. opens with a blues styled riff from Zakk before it kicks in like a freight train going a 1000. Hellraiser is the last track on the record that features Lemmy as a writer and it’s a track that Ozzy should have released as a single because it rips especially with the call and response between the rhythm section and Zakk Wylde.

abcdTime After Time is just simply an amazing track with Zakk playing the clean guitar in the beginning, but with one click of the pedal it’s off to power chord heaven. Zombie Stomp is another track on the album that starts with a cool bass riff and some sound effects. After a few minutes of the ominous beginning, the band finally kicks it into overdrive as Ozzy tells you to do the Zombie Stomp. A.V.H. has that southern drawl to it with Zakk and his slide guitar in the beginning of the track before they start playing the blues driven hard rock. Road To Nowhere is one of my all time favorite tracks on this record because at one time I thought it described my life. It’s a classic in the same vein as Mama, I’m Coming Home and Time After Time with it’s ballad like intro and heavy rock mixed together. This is an album that definitely put Zakk Wylde on the map and it definitely made people believe that he actually wasn’t the Randy Rhoads clone that they were pinning him for. I am giving this album 4 stars out of five.