Posts Tagged ‘Hard Rock’

manson frontMarilyn Manson is an artist that I have respected since day one of listening to him when I first picked up Smells Like Children. I have considered him to be the last living true rock star on this planet of ours because the man took himself out of obscurity and has reinvented himself. Two years ago, Marilyn Manson took the award for Album Of The Year at the fifth annual Monster Entertainment Awards for The Pale Emperor and this year he cleaned house. Not only did Marilyn take home the rock single and video of the year, but he also took him Rock Album Of The Year for his latest offering Heaven Upside Down. While 2017 may have been a turbulent year for the frontman as he faced injury and the fact that he had to fire longtime member Twiggy Ramirez. At least he can be proud of the album that he put out. Besides Manson, the album once again featured Tyler Bates as the instrumentalist and producer, but it also featured Gil Sharone on drums as well. The album did so well that it finished in the top 10 in 15 different countries with six of those being in the top five. Out of ten albums that Manson has put out, this becomes the 9TH album to finish in the top ten as it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

manson1. Revelation #12– The first track on the album kicks off with a hellraising riff in this industrial styled song that reminds me of Antichrist/Mechanical Animals days. Manson stated that the track is a reference to the Book of Revelations and The Beatles track Revolution No 9 4.5/5

2. Tattooed In Reverse– It’s a grooving track on the album that has a jazzier feel to it from Manson in what seems like a rebellious tone against the religious groups that have bugged him from day one. 4.5/5

3. We Know Where You F**king Live– an idustrial rock song from beginning to end, it was also the first track that Bates and Manson recorded for the album. The track talks about drone warfare, corruption in gov’t, and invasion of our privacy through global surveillance. 5/5

4. SAY10– the song’s overall sound is very reminiscent of the sound found on Mechanical Animals in what I also think is the modern day retelling of the Cain and Abel story. I love that he named Say10 instead of Satan, a very cool play on the word. 5/5

5. KILL4ME-One of my favorite tracks on the album itself that is catchy as hell and if you ask me it’s a song about devotion. It’s Manson telling his lover, how far are you willing to go for me? 5/5

manson cd6. Saturnalia– The album was a tribute to his parents and I truly believe that this one was a tribute that he wrote to his father. It gets as personal as he wants to, but there are some touching moments in the track. 5/5

7. JE$U$ CRI$I$– I feel like this is a track that Manson wrote about the record industry and how it’s a dog eat dog world so you better be ready to fend off vipers and cocaine.  4/5

8. Blood Honey– is a slower track in tempo, but it speaks volumes if you ask me. Manson is basically saying that he sleeps with tons of girls even though he knows there only in it for the money. 4.5/5

9. Heaven Upside Down– an upbeat tempo drives this rock track that looks like it’s talking about someone in the middle of an apocalypse or it could be about someone suffering from a mental illness. I was having a hard time with this track. 4/5

10. Threats Of Romance– While the lyrics are not the same as The Beautiful People, it has that kind of vibe. I say that in the way that he talks about his taste in women. He knows he can have the hottest girl, but he wants the damaged ones because their better and the pretty ones belong behind glass. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I love everything Marilyn has done, but sometimes his songwriting can get a little lazy. He writes some brilliant stuff on this album, but some tracks he get lazy and just repeat verses over and over again like my least favorite track Heaven Upside Down or JE$U$ CRI$I$. My favorite tracks on the album are KILL4ME and Saturnalia which are just highlights. I am going to give the album a 4.6 out of five for a final grade.

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Monster Entertainment Awards 7I have hosted this award post for seven years now and I never fails to bring enjoyment to me for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons being that each album that wins gets a review for the album of the week so that will be exciting for the next month. The second reason is that we get to celebrate and vote for what we believe was the best rock album of the previous calendar year and we voted for the best of 2017 and I have the results for you guys. Marilyn Manson seems to always be a big winner as he won album of the year for The Pale Emperor, but this year he takes home the award for Best Rock Album for Heaven Upside Down as well as Rock Single and Rock Video Of The Year as well. There is going to be a lot of arguments over the winner of the album of the year, but Link Park really did put out a solid effort with One More Light. Code Orange came out of nowhere and defeated some giants of metal to take home the Metal Album Of The Year award while Morbid Angel claims their first win in the Extreme Metal Album Of The Year with Kingdoms Disdained. Here are some of the other winners: Rock Single Of The Year: KILL4ME by Marilyn Manson, Rock Video Of The Year: We Know Where You F*cking Live by Marilyn Manson, Metal Single Of The Year: No Lives Matter by Body Count, Metal Video Of The Year: Nuclear Alchemy by Watain.  Check out the rest of the winners below:

Godsmack Single Of The WeekOne of the best bands from Boston besides Boston, The Cars, or Aerosmith has been Lawrence legends Godsmack. They have been carrying the flag for Boston Hard Rock/Metal since their self titled debut album. These guys whether you like it or not are also one of the best bands to see in a live format and you can take that to the bank. Now the band is getting ready to release their first album 2014’s 1000HP in their seventh overall album entitled When Legends Rise on April 27TH via BMG (Their first with the label). The band has also unleashed the very first single off the album in Bulletproof which is very melodic. The song is actually very different than what we are used to from the band, but the direction of their music should not be a surprise to anyone. Lead singer Sully Erna once said in an interview in 2014, “I’m not that same young, angry kid as I was when I was writing early Godsmack material. And so now Godsmack has become a little bit of a challenge because I go, ‘Okay, what am I gonna write about?’ Cause you can’t write too ‘happy’ when you’re writing for Godsmack, but nothing is really making me super sad or angry. And so it’s gonna be interesting to continue.” I actually like the direction the band is going in and I cannot wait to hear what the rest of the tracks sound like. If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so here.

night songsMarch of 2013 was the very first time I decided to engage in reviewing all my favorite and new rock and metal albums for the album of the week. As of this point in the game, I have reviewed 259 albums and for some strange reason I have never covered one of my all time favorite debut records from a band from Philly. Aerosmith may have won the MusicBowl which for the first time I ran exclusively on Twitter, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl and I want to cover an album from Cinderella. The band was made up of Tom Keifer (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Jeff LaBar (Guitar), Eric Brittingham (Bass), and Fred Coury (Drums, did not play on today’s album). On August 2, 1986, the band would release their debut album Night Songs after Jon Bon Jovi had discovered the band. Earlier I mentioned that Coury did not play drums on the record because that distinction belonged to former Boz Scaggs drumer Jody Cortez who was replaced before the album’s release. The album would have a ton of success as it peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it sold over 3 million copies go triple platinum.

night songs back1. Night Songs– One of the coolest first tracks with it’s eerie brooding wind sound with the bells as the cool guitars of Keifer and LaBar set the tone for this epic blues hard rock song that is all about the grind of being a band. 5/5

2. Shake Me– The lead single off the album that actually failed to chart, but it’s a classic rock track that is all about having a good time with some babes. It’s still a classic live track that Cinderella plays all the time so who cares 5/5

3. Nobody’s Fool– The second single off the album that actually charted for the band, it’s the classic ballad complete with some keys in it. One of my favorite tracks from the band that is all about a girl who recently left them and he’s having trouble with it. 5/5

4. Nothin’ for Nothin’– This blues rock classic about a guy who just doesn’t know when to appreciate everything he has because he just keeps taking, but when it’s all said and done, he has nothing. 5/5

5. Once Around the Ride– a no nonsense hard rock track from the band in a track that is about a guy who doesn’t wait for no one. 4.5/5

cinderella-830-0762-m1-cd6. Hell On Wheels– A hard charging blues tinged track that is all about the band saying that they’re done waiting around cause they’re going to take over your town. 4.5/5

7. Somebody Save Me– The ultimate rock song from the band that just has so much swagger that I wish I could give it a six. It’s one of those balls to the wall track that is just monstrous with every strike of the chords. 5/5

8. In from the Outside– a blues rock track through and through and it seems to be about a guy giving a young buck some advice like before you go looking for hell, be prepared for what comes afterwards. 4.5/5

9. Push Push– A very cool track that has been a live staple for the band in a track that is all about given a little lovin, a push push. 5/5

10. Back Home Again– The last track on the album and the band decided to mix a little metal into the track which gives it a cool sound. I feel like this track could be a little autobiographical for Keifer. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– If you can get past the album cover then you will discover one of the best bands to ever come out of that scene. I am saying right now that while it’s unfortunate that we never got any more Cinderella albums, the evidence is right there in front of us. Every single track on this record can be played in a live setting and I almost heard every track from this live. Check it out for sure, I am giving the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

coverOne of the hardest deaths to deal with in the last two years or so was the passing of the great Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. It signified the true end of an era in the rock and metal world as one of it’s most prolific and battle tested veterans had passed away. The question moving forward from that was what were the remaining members of Motorhead going to do and we have an answer for at least one of them. Phil Campbell who was Motorhead’s guitarist from 1984 all the way to 2015 started a band with his kids and vocalist Neil Starr called Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons. The band is preparing to release their first album together entitled The Age Of Absurdity which will hit the shelves on January 26TH via Nuclear Blast. To hold fans over until then, the band has unleashed the performance based video for Welcome To Hell and fans will not be disappointed. The track is fierce and you can definitely hear the Motorhead influence in the track, but this is more guitar driven than Motorhead was. Starr talked about the album saying, “Writing and recording this album was a lot of fun. We got to record at Rockfield studios where so many great artists had been over the years, it really was inspirational. Hearing the blistering riffs that the Campbell family seem to churn out effortlessly made me ensure I pushed myself to the limits when writing the melodies and lyrics. It’s an album that I, and the rest of the band, are very proud of and can’t wait to share it with the world!” Check out the video below:

vault7Today, we are on quite the adventure where we travel to a state you probably thought I would not be hitting up, but we have quite the band for you. Last week, we were in New Mexico and for this week, we are heading back up north to the state of Idaho for this week’s Unsigned Band Of The Week which is Boise’s own Vault7. Vault7 is one of the hardest working bands on the scene as the band has played shows with the likes of Puddle Of Mudd, Anthrax, Death Angel, Bobaflex, and Like A Storm to name a few. The track that I chose for you guys comes off the bands self titled debut album and it’s called Come To The Deep. The track is hard charging and it reminds me of everything I loved about hard rock as lead vocalist/guitarist Nathan Polnow has this unbelievable way to mix in a little Geoff Tate in his voice, but with a harder edge. This is a killer track from an awesome band that you guys need to check out now. Check out their Facebook page and give them a like and while you’re at it check out their ReverbNation site as well.

album-ACDC-High-VoltageIn 2014, when we found out that AC/DC was continuing on without famed rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, a lot of us were lost for words because for a little bit of time the reason was unknown. When we found out that he was suffering from dementia, we were shocked and saddened at the news that the backbone of the rhythm section would most likely never return. Then on November 18, 2017, we were saddened to learn the news that Malcolm had passed away. After 15 studio albums, it was all over as we mourn the loss of yet another legend and we decided that we would cover an AC/DC album as a tribute to Malcolm. The album we chose is the band’s first international release in High Voltage which was released on April 30, 1976 and was produced by Harry Vanda and the late George Young. The band was made up of Malcolm Young (Rhythm Guitar), Angus Young (Lead Guitar), Bon Scott (Vocals), Mark Evans (Bass), and Phil Rudd (Drums). The album peaked at number 146 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and has since gone three times platinum selling over three million copies.

acdc-high-voltage-14-cd1. It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)– One of the most all time classic AC/DC songs that opens up with that powerful riff and comes complete with a bagpipe solo from Bon Scott. The track is all about the long journey to becoming a rock star that isn’t an easy road to go on. 5/5

2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer– A track that proves the true genius of frontman Bon Scott and how there was no one like him. A great hard driving rock song that is all about knowing what you want to do in which is to become a rock and roll singer. His wit is on display especially in this track and it’s awesome! 5/5

3. The Jack– A very dirty and dingy blues rock classic from the band about a girl they all know with a very bad venereal disease. A very classic track showcasing how amazing the band was and what else they could do. 5/5

4. Live Wire– an amazing bass riff opens up this track that just has way too much rock and roll swagger to it in this track that is talking about a kid who is just a hellraiser. 5/5

acdc-high-voltage-13-ab5. T.N.T.– This is by far one of the tracks in the band’s catalog that is just truly bad ass. It starts with a big power rock chords and some Aussie flavor with the Oi chants. The song is basically about a guy who is one of those bad asses that you just do not mess with. 5/5

6. Can I Sit Next to You Girl– A cool rock and roll track whose lyrics changed from the version Dave Evans sang to this one by Bon. It’s about a guy who hits on a girl and he gets the girl where the other version he doesn’t. I love Malcolm’s playing on this track because it’s unlike anything I have heard him do before. 5/5

7. Little Lover– What an amazing blues rock track this is from the gang in what I heard is a song about Angus according to some sources. I think it’s about a girl he seen in the front row of a show that was into Bon. From this track on, the bass parts are recorded by George Young while the drums are by Tony Currenti. 5/5

8. She’s Got Balls– This is another one of those tracks that is just cool from beginning to end. Bon apparently said that he wrote this song while he was married and that it was about his wife after she asked him to write a track for her. 5/5

9. High Voltage– The last track on the album was a live favorite for Bon back in the day as the crowd would sing along with him. The song is about him defending the way he and his bandmates look saying they are high voltage rock and roll!!!! 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album in my opinion was the perfect first release from the band which means it joins the Five Star Club here on Moshpits and Movies as it receives five stars out of five for a final grade. This was the band at it’s hungriest stage of their careers and they were on fire. Admittingly, this album was sort of a greatest hits of their first two Australian releases which were High Voltage and T.N.T.. Nonetheless, this is one to listen to for sure. R.I.P. Malcolm Young (1953-2017)