Posts Tagged ‘Hard Rock’

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:

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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)

It has been quite a long time since the last time we did an Unsigned Band Of The Week on the blog and we are going to try and change that. We are not going to stop here until we’ve listened to a band from all 50 states in the United States Of America. We have already heard bands from New England (all six states), Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, and much more. So, we got back on the tour bus and today we were on our way to Indianapolis, Indiana to check out the rock band American Bombshell. I have always said that there isn’t enough great rock bands in the world right now and that is what American Bombshell is trying to do. They are trying to bring back legitimacy to the scene and get it rockin again like the good ol’ days. Why did these five individuals decide to band together, they claim, “it was the love of pure unadulterated, unfiltered, bad ass, bad attitude, dirty, broke, drunken, sexy Rock N Roll that got them to band together.” The song that we are checking out today from them is the track entitled My Drug which is exactly what the doctor ordered if you’re looking for that dirty, swagger filled rock and roll. This is definitely a band that should be headlining across America and you need to check them out. Check them out on ReverbNation, Facebook, or through their website. Check out the track below:

war of the covers Sails Of Charon.jpgWe have an interesting battle for you guys this week, but before we get into it we have last week’s results. In a stunning fashion, Cavalera Conspiracy walloped Cannibal Corpse by 14 votes as you voted that they covered Possessed’s The Exorcist better. In this week’s War Of The Covers, we have a battle that pins a guitar maestro against some bay area thrash titans in a match for the ages. Most people in the world know the Scorpions for tracks like No One Like You, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Big City Nights, and their cover of The Who’s I Can’t Explain. What most people do not realize is that there is a whole catalog of great seventies music from the band that at one time featured the great Uli Jon Roth on guitars. In 1977, the Scorpions would release their fifth album Taken By Force which featured this week’s featured song The Sails Of Charon which is a guitar player’s dream track. In 1996, guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen released an all covers album entitled Inspiration which featured the track sung by Mark Boals. In 1997, Bay Area Thrash titans Testament would record and release a cover of the song for their greatest hits album Signs Of Chaos: The Best Of Testament. Now only one track can reign supreme while the other will be sent to Charon with payment for travel past the rivers Styx and Acheron to the land of the dead. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide who is victorious.

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led zeppelin led zeppelin_IIThe album that I chose for this week’s album of the week was inspired by the trailer for the new Thor: Ragnarok film which features the track The Immigrant Song. Now before you jump to any conclusions, I know that The Immigrant Song is not on Led Zeppelin II but rather on Led Zeppelin III. It’s just that you can’t review III before II considering we already reviewed one before. That is why for this week we are reviewing the band’s second album which was aptly titled with a II and it once again featured the classic and only line up that matters in Jimmy Page (Guitars), Robert Plant (Vocals), John Paul Jones (Bass), and John Bonham (Drums). The album was probably one of the most successful albums for the band and it helped them avoid the sophomore jinx as it went number one in seven countries that included the UK, United States, West Germany, Australia, Canada, Denmark, and Spain with three other top three finishes as well. The album has been certified platinum in the United States 12 times meaning that it has sold 12 million records (it went 4X platinum in the UK, 9X Platinum in Canada, etc.).

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 2-Back1.Whole Lotta Love– One of the most popular and probably overplayed song on the radio from the band that is about what you think it’s about. Using the AABA formula, Jimmy came up with the track on his houseboat that sees the track go from a blues feel right into a free jazz like break complete with a theramin solo and a bad ass drum solo from Bonham as well. 5/5

2. What Is And What Should Never Be– One of the first tracks that Page recorded with a Gibson Les Paul that contains that cool effect where it pans back and forth on the channels. There is also a cool effect used on Plant’s vocals during the verses. It has that cool effect where it changes in tempo from a cool bluesy tune into a full on rock track. It’s also the first Zeppelin song that Plant received writing credit for in this track that is about a romance he had with his wife’s sister. 5/5

3. The Lemon Song– A very sexual bluesy track in nature, but the song was inspired by Howlin Wolf’s song Killing Floor (Both first verses are indentical). In fact in 1972, the band was sued by the handlers of Howlin Wolf to which they settled out of court and Howlin Wolf is given credit on the track. 4.5/5

4. Thank You– One of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs that was for the first time completely written by Plant. It was the track that showed Page that Plant could handle himself in the lyrics department. A very cool power ballad from the band that everyone should check out. 5/5

5. Heartbreaker– A bad ass bluesy rock track with huge balls is the best way I can describe this track because it has that feel to it. Page told Guitar World in 1998 once that, “The interesting thing about the guitar solo is that it was recorded after we had already finished “Heartbreaker” – it was an afterthought. That whole section was recorded in a different studio and it was sort of slotted in the middle. If you notice, the whole sound of the guitar is different.” 5/5

II6. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)– A cool hard rock track from the band that Page recorded with a Vox 12 string guitar and just to let you know, it’s Page’s least favorite song which is why it has never been played live. I definitely approve of the track. 4.5/5

7. Ramble On– If there was ever a track back in the day that made it cool to read The Lord Of The Rings, it was this track from the band. The song starts off with an acoustic feel which is just Page using regular open chords, but played a little higher on the fret board. It’s also a track that Jones and Bonham shined on showing how unique their relationship was in the band. 5/5

8. Moby Dick– For all the John Bonham lovers in the world, this is definitely your track as it was basically Jimmy Page recording all of Bonham’s jam sessions in the studio. The only thing is that in the beginning and the end, Page and Jones lead the way for him and end the track with him. 5/5

9. Bring It On Home– This is the last track on the record and it’s a cover of blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II’s track that was written by Willie Dixon. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– It is almost the perfect album by the band and one that is considered to be one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Who in their right minds then did not want to be Led Zeppelin. The band’s sound which change however as they went for a more folkier sound with the next album. This is definitely must listen album for any fan off Zeppelin. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

2003-year-of-the-spiderThere was once a time in the world when Nu Metal was a genre that was ruling the airways and video play on MTV with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit competing with the likes of The Backstreet Boys and Nsync. Some say that it was a glorious time to be alive while others are very troubled by it’s mere existence. For me, it was a time when I was discovering my love of the metal sub-genres all over again after a brief falling out period. At one point, Flip/Interscope thought it wise to hire Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit as an A&R man and his signings were hitting it big in the industry like Puddle Of Mudd, Staind, and today’s band of focus in Jacksonville, Florida rock act Cold. Cold was made up of Scooter Ward (Vocals), Terry Balsamo (Guitar), Kelly Hayes (Guitar), Jeremy Marshall (Bass), Howard Benson (Piano/Keys/Produced The Album), and Sam McCandless (Drums). Together in 2003, the band would release their most commercially successful album of their careers in Year Of The Spider which peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts even featuring a top Hot 100 track as well.

cold1.Remedy– A real driving riff starts off the song before this amazing bass riff takes over the verses before the band comes back in. The song seems to be about someone with issues who pushes people away and know this, but doesn’t anyone to really change it. 5/5

2. Suffocate– A clean channel guitar drives the song for the most part before the chorus. The song is about a relationship that is just toxic. The song features former Dollshead/Black Eyed Peas singer Sierra Swan and Sam McCandless’s drum laying is awesome on this track. 5/5

3. Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)– a touching track that Scooter wrote about the struggles his sister went through with her battle against Cancer while the band was recording the album. 4.5/5

4. Stupid Girl– This was the band’s lead single and the only single they ever wrote that cracked the Billboard top 100 that was co-written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. 5/5

5. Don’t Belong– A bass driven track until the band comes in for the chorus about feeling like you just don’t belong or you can’t do anything right. 4/5

6. Wasted Years– a cool track with violins in the beginning and some acoustic guitars that compliment them. It is said that Scooter described the track as, “this song is basically about how I let little things take away the things I needed in life.” 4/5

7. Whatever You Became– A slowered tempo track whose melody/structure reminds me a little of first track Remedy. The track seems to be about how people have changed because of his fame, but he hasn’t changed. 4/5

Cold-Year_Of_The_Spider-CD8. Sad Happy– a very eerie track about a someone who is stuck in a very abusive relationship and cant get out of it. A sad reality that is too true in the world we live in. 4.5/5

9. Rain Song– A cool track about someone close to Scooter who may have harmed herself in some way and when it rains it reminds him of her. 4/5

10. The Day Seattle Died– A great track on the album that is the band’s tribute to Seattle’s music icons Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. 5/5

11. Change The World– The track starts with a drum cadence before the band comes racing in with a killer riff on a track that is basically about relationships. 4/5

12. Black Sunday– A track that starts with some acoustic and clean guitars in a track that is about loss of someone close to Scooter, a reoccurring theme in a lot of songs. 4/5

13. Kill The Music Industry– The bands response to the music industry who were constantly telling them that they were going to fail. It also features the track Gone Away at around the 2:55 mark or so. 4/5

My Final Thoughts: Despite the success of the album, the band would soon go through it’s own troubled times as the label refused to promote any more singles from the album and Terry Balsamo would exit the band in 2004 to replace Ben Moody in Evanescence. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade because it was a kick ass album.