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condition-humanAs is tradition, we here at Moshpits and Movies cover an album by the winning band of the Pedal To The Metal tournament. So with that being said, we are covering an album from Washington progressive metal band Queensrÿche who are the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament winners as they defeated the mighty Amon Amarth with the help of an incredible fan base. Queensrÿche who is now made up of Todd La Torre (Lead Vocals), Michael Wilton (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Parker Lundgren (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Eddie Jackson (Bass), and Scott Rockenfield (Drums) released their second album with La Torre called Condition Hüman back on October 2, 2015. It was stated that the album featured demos from the band’s previous self titled album sessions that had never made the cut along with brand new tracks that they were writing at the time. Michael Wilton described the record saying, “We’re taking the songs in the classic Queensrÿche direction but maybe a little more progressive and heavier at times.” When the album was finally released, it was met with great praise from critics and it even peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and number five on the Billboard Top Rock Album charts as well.

QUEENSRYCHE - Condition Human [Japan Edition] back1. Arrow Of Time– The first track of the album opens with that singature sound we love from the band with the dueling leads and amazing bass playing by Jackson that we loved from albums like Mindcrime or Empire. Todd of course sounds amazing as he belts out the lyrics to the track that talk about fighting against societies inability to avoid repeating past mistakes 5/5

2. Guardian– A definite Empire-esque track on the album that is about rising against the strangelehold of the government. 4.5/5

3. Hellfire– I love the acoustic intro of the track with the cadence like drum playing from Rockenfield. The track is heavy, hammering, and it has a cool groove to it which I definitely like. 5/5

4. Toxic Remedy– A cool track that I believe talks about how people drown themselves in toxic ways. 4.5/5

5. Selfish Lives– A very Mindcrime like track that at first the music fades in before the band launches it into overdrive with that sledge like guitar riff. 4.5/5

6. Eye9– Jackson starts off the song with a cool bass riff with La Torre coming in with a mystical sounding vocals before the band comes in smashing in. The track features a very cool guitar riff towards the end that rivals some of their best. 4.5/5

Queensryche-Condition_Human_(Limited_Edition)-CD7. Bulletproof– There’s some choir like chanting in the beginning which is followed by some clean channel playing before they turn it up for the chorus in a track that is all about relationships that are struggling. 4/5

8. Hourglass– Rockenfield kicks off the track before the band comes charging in with some ferocity in a track that is all about how time is precious in life especially as you get older. 4/5

9. Just Us– Acoustic playing opens up this mid-tempo track that is ballad like, but definitely not a ballad like what we would get in the 80’s. The track seems to be about a child that maybe is a newborn or at least a child where the narrator is reflecting that no matter what happens, he will always love them. 4.5/5

10. All There Was– A very cool track that has a rockin riff that gets your blood moving that is talking about someone going through a one sided relationship where they put in and never get anything back. 5/5

11. The Aftermath– An acoustic intro track that leads into the next one. 4/5

12. Condition Hüman– The last track on the album which also clocks in as the longest track on the album at almost 8 minutes. It starts off as a mid tempo track until after the first chorus when the band turns it up with an epic metal sound. It’s a classic metal epic in the structure, etc. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album is exactly what Queensrÿche fans ordered as far as what we wanted from a Queensrÿche album. Todd La Torre is doing an excellent job at the helm after what is now two amazing records with the band. I can only hope that this continues to move forward and we experience more of what these guys can offer. While I would still love to see Chris DeGarmo come back and make it a three guitar band like Maiden, I think the band is doing quite fine as it is. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five.

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thesentinelI had an idea for a scholarly article that I want to write about and I came upon a list of the 50 best satanic films of all time according to the person. There on the list was the film The Sentinel which quickly grabbed my attention due to the heavy future star power in the film. The film is about a model named Alison (Cristina Raines) who seems to have everything going for her. That is until she moves into a nice apartment in Brooklyn Heights and meets some pretty strange neighbors. The only thing is that Alison begins to see things and apparently the neighbors don’t exist. What is happening to Alison and who is the strange priest on the top floor? All that is answered in this film, but you’ll have to watch and find out. The film also stars Chris Sarandon (Child’s Play), Jeff Goldbloom (The Fly), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Christopher Walken (The Dead Zone), Jerry Orbach (Law & Order), Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon Vacation), Sylvia Miles (Midnight Cowboy), Eli Wallach (The Godfather Part III), Ava Gardner (The Killers), John Carradine (The Grapes Of Wrath), and Martin Balsam (Tora Tora Tora).

I was shocked every time I recognized an actor in this film and then I would wonder why I hadn’t heard of the film before. The film basically takes what The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby do in their films and they amp it up with a different type of story. The Sentinel in this film is someone who is there to protect the gates of hell to make sure they stay closed. The demons will tempt the chosen the one with suicide that way when the current Sentinel passes, the gates will remain open. There is a interesting scene in the beginning with Beverly D’Angelo and her lesbian lover played by Sylvia Miles. Sylvia leaves the room and Beverly begins to play with herself in front of Alison and it’s kind of a weird and awkward scene. Other than that, the film tries to build suspense through confusion and I mean that by saying that we think these people are real, but they’re not. I didn’t understand the angle with the church for a while until the last twenty minutes of the film, but don’t let that sway you away because this is an amazing film. I am going to give a A- for a final grade.