Posts Tagged ‘Heavy Metal’

satyriconThere are genres in this world that if something in your catalog changes at all during your career it is blasphemous. The band that I chose for today is a band that is constantly suffering from that with every release that they make. Norweigan Black Metal legends Satyricon is a band that since making the conscious decision to change their style after their fourth album has been getting crap for it. They are a kick ass band that has added elements of traditional heavy metal to their repertoire and it has paid off in my opinion. The album that I am covering for today is the band’s sixth studio album Now, Diabolical which was released on April 17, 2006 via Roadrunner Records.  The band at the time was made up of Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Horn Arrangements, Production) and Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad) (Drums) with session players Lars K. Norberg (Bass) and Øivind Westby (Horn Arrangements). The album has never charted on the Billboard Top 200, but the album did peak at number two in Norway. Nonetheless, the band has love from it’s fanbase so it does not need the approval of the Billboard Charts.

71sIPh0gu3L._SL1500_1. Now, Diabolical– The opening track has an amazinfg metal intro before it goes into the blast beat heavy music. I feel like part of the track is Satyr is talking about how advanced he and everyone like him is because they think clearer than the “Christian” world. 5/5

2. K.I.N.G.– This was the first single off the album that talks all regaining power that was once lost and feeling like a king. The track tries to maintain some black metal elements with a more groove oriented sound. 5/5

3. The Pentagram Burns– a pretty cool track from the band that could be about Satan rising to take over the world. I could be wrong, but with lyrics like From the slumber arise/Triumphant beast/Of forgotten times/The pentagram burns/And the clock strikes the hour/The final hour. 4/5

4. A New Enemy– This is a track on the album that also features vocals from John Wozniak (John Woz). This is a definite headbanger that sees those metal beats laid right in their with the black metal force. It could be a track that is talking about war and how it never ends because there is always someone else. 4.5/5

Encartes (10)5. The Rite Of Chaos– This is actually an amazing track that starts off very melodic, but it gets heavy when it needs to be. It has that perfect metal balance to it in a track that is talking about the coming of the apocalypse. 5/5

6. The Darkness Shall Be Eternal– a cool track that seems to talk about how Darkness may seem like it’ll last forever, but the day will soon come to an end. This track kind of reminds me of a Venom styled metal track. 4/5

7. Delirium– The beginning has a little bit of a layer gloom and doom feel to it before it launches into a metal romp. The track seems to be about a man who is at his wits end and someone is just like hey let’s ride it out. 4.5/5

8. To The Mountains– The last track on the album that is all about not giving up and climbing to the top of the mountain in whatever you do. Frost’s playing on this track is absolutely insane! 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There are many that argue that this may be one of the band’s weakest albums in their catalog, but even I think that isn’t bad then because I really like this album. This is essentially the album that introduced me to the band and while it’s easy to pick a favorite track, it’s harder to pick a least favorite track. So, I am going to go with The Rite Of Chaos and K.I.N.G. as my favs while I would pick The Pentagram Burns as my least favorite one. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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unnamed-3I am probably going against popular belief here as to what genre Australian band Parkway Drive falls into, but I consider them a metal band. They started off in the metalcore genre and have sneaked in heavy metal styled riffs and I have just the song to prove it. The band is getting ready to release their sixth studio album in The Reverence which will be out May 4TH via Epitaph and it;s the band’s first album since 2015’s Ire. To get the fans pumped up and ready for the release, they have unleashed the first single and music video for the album in the track The Void. It is here that you can hear all the elements of Heavy Metal that are drenched into this track which has an interesting take on performance based videos. The band is performing in different rooms in what we can only think is a bomb shelter or just a house where they are trying to get away from what is on the outside. The track and video kick total ass and Parkway Drive may be the band to fill the void in heavy metal that we need right now. If you want, you can pre-order the album with some cool packages right here, but for now check out the video below:

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThe Pedal To The Metal tournament has remained one of the most controversial tournaments in history mainly due to certain fan bases arguing over the legitimacy of the tournament. People have always questioned how certain bands have defeated other bands and it always seems to center on Iron Maiden. They have been in the tournament every year and they have never won the tournament yet. We’ve seen Motley Crue, Judas Priest (2X Champs), Kreator, Destruction, and Queensryche claim the title, but never them. The fact of the matter is that I post the article on every band’s Facebook page to try and alert the various fan bases, but it’s up the band to share the posts. If they do not then you obviously do not see it and therefore when you finally catch wind of the tournament, you cry foul that Iron Maiden was eliminated. I changed the tournament up the last couple of years to include newer bands, but this year we are going back to the beginning when things were simpler. First, we have shortened how many bands are in the tournament from 32 to 16 and the last thing we did is that it is only going to involve 1980’s hard rock and heavy metal bands.

queensryche-bannerIn fact, we are only including the bands that could be considered the elite of the list and while it’s up for debate, we have chosen the bands. The following bands will be in the tournament this year: Queensryche (defending champions), Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Motorhead, Def Leppard, and Scorpions are the qualified bands. The last four spots of the tournament will be contested between eight other bands with the top four qualifying for the tournament. The eight bands are Twisted Sister, Skid Row, W.A.S.P., Dokken, Ratt, Accept, Y&T, and King Diamond. The voting will occur in two places: one place you can visit to vote will be on my Twitter page @TheMonsterHour with the second being the blog’s very own Facebook page. We’ll also be hosting the vote on my radio show page for Pedal To The Metal Radio which is what the tournament was named after. You will have 24HRS to cast your vote and the top four bands will move on so choose wisely. Stay tuned for the rest of the tournament news and brackets to follow!

see you in hellThe album of the week that I chose for today is an interesting choice as far as How it came about on my radar. Thanks to a suggestion from a brother of mine who is still a soldier of Metal, I was introduced to a Youtuber named RazörFist who does almost everything you can imagine on his page, but the one interesting thing is his Metal Mythos show where he breaks down your favorite bands like W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, Motorhead, and so many more. The one episode that I thought was interesting was the last minute episode he did for Grim Reaper. Grim Reaper which featured Steve Grimmett (Vocals), Nick Bowcott (Guitar), Dave Wanklin (Bass), and Marc Simon (Drums) were a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal act that formed in 1979. The band released their first album considerably late in 1985 after the initial run of the NWOBHM had already come and go and made way for the Hair Metal invasion. Nevertheless, their debut album See You In Hell was released through Ebony Records in the UK and RCA worldwide. The album would do OK as it peaked at number 111 on The Billboard Top 200 charts.

grim-reaper-21. See You In Hell– The title track kicks off the album with some driving force as Grimmett belts out, “I’ll see you in hell my friend.” It’s definitely the catchiest track on the record in my opinion and probably the best. 5/5

2. Dead On Arrival– Grimmett’s vocals definitely take center stage on this track that is all about losing people you know so live your life to the fullest. 4/5

3. Liar– An interesting track that si all about a guy who does everything for his woman and then finds out that she is cheating on him. 4/5

4. Wrath Of The Ripper– a barn burner that is all about the UK’s favorite nightmare Jack The Ripper. 4/5

see you in hell 25. Now Or Never– A track that you can definitely hear the band’s influences like Motorhead and Priest in a track about not wasting time and do what you set out to do because it’s now or never. 4/5

6. Run For Your Life-A Game Of Thrones type song about knights, dragons, and everything else cool about the fantasy genre. 4/5

7. The Show Must Go On– A ballad of sorts from the band which just means that the tempo is slowed down and it features some clean guitars in it. The track is obviously about a girl who left him and he’s just like yeah it sucks, but the show must go on. 4.5/5

8. All Hell Let Loose– A definite shredder that ends the album in a track that is about the devil letting hell loose on the earth. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was decent debut for the band especially considering the fact that they sort of came into the game a little late. The band would obviously only get better with age as was evident by Rock You To Hell. That would bode especially true for Steve Grimmett who honed his craft and became a viable force in Metal in my opinion. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

waspOne of the most controversial, but bad ass bands of the 1980’s has to be the criminally underrated W.A.S.P.  which some have suspected stood for We Are Sexual Perverts, but that would be too easy. The band would have some huge success with the self titled first album, but on November 9, 1985, the band would release an album that I consider one of the best in The Last Command which once again featured Blackie Lawless (Bass/Lead Vocals), Chris Holmes (Lead Guitar), Randy Piper (R. Guitar), and for the first time ever future LA Guns founder Steve Riley (Drums). Unfortunately for Randy Piper, this would be the last time that W.A.S.P. fans would see him record with the band. The album was a huge success for the band as it was their very first album to sell over one million copies as it went platinum. The album also peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Top 200 charts which is their fourth highest charted album in the band’s history (Live In The Raw, The Crimson Idol, and The Headless Children charted higher).

71d86zYteNL._SL1274_1. Wild Child– The very first single off the album and the highest charted single on the album features that iconic guitar intro that leads into this iconic track that is all about being a free spirit with your motorcycle and nothing but the highways in front of you. 5/5

2. Ball Crusher– An awesome straight up rock track that seems to be about a very tough butch woman known as the ball crusher. This is obviously someone you don’t want to mess with. 5/5

3. Fistful Of Diamonds– The sounds of a ticket machine and the news of the stock market play over this hellraiser of a track that is about how money can make people very greedy as they are never satisfied with what they have. 4.5/5

4. Jack Action– A hard charging song that Steve Riley co-wrote with Blackie abioiut a man looking for revenge against someone named Jack Action. The track could be about drugs, but I am not sure. 4.5/5

5. Widowmaker– The track starts with this brooding eerie sound effect before the band comes in with a very melodic and dark track about Death and all the damage he can do. 5/5

R-2108893-1427696266-1384.jpeg_grande6. Blind In Texas– A live anthem for sure that this track would become for years to come as W.A.S.P. tells you about some drunken adventures in the state of Texas. 5/5

7. Cries In The Night– Of all the tracks that were not singles this is definitely one of my favorite ones on the album. Another melodic track that fades in from nothing when it starts in this track that is about how life changes when you get famous. 5/5

8. The Last Command– The title track and another track on the album that truly kicks ass in this track that is really a rally cry for anything in life that you need motivation. 5/5

9. Running Wild in the Streets– Another anthem for all the metalheads out there, but instead of complaining about fame, this is Blackie telling you about the legion of fans they have and how they will fight for metal. 4/5

10. Sex Drive– The last track on the album that I always felt was a little out of place considering the majority of the subject matter on the album. If you read the title of the track and you can’t figure out what it’s about then you are hopeless. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I thought the first 8 songs on the album were solid with great melodies when needed and fist pumping, adrenaline shots that keep you headbanging. Then there’s the last two tracks on the album that are in the OK category. That is kind of what the follow up would represent before the band got it back under control for The Headless Children. This is one of the greatest W.A.S.P. records ever recorded and with that I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

ghostbloodIt has been our mission with the Unsigned Band Of The Week post to do two things with one being to try and give some exposure to some deserving bands and the other being to have a band from all 50 states. I think that we have done a pretty good job so far and after covering Michigan last week, we are going all the way to the west coast for our very next band. When most people think of Seattle, Washington, they think of Grunge music, Heart, and Queensryche, but they fail to recognize the diversity in the scene. The band that we chose for today can be best described as, “Gore-splattered ghostly thrash-blackening death-blood music from Seattle! Smash, burn, and eat the dead!” which is a direct quote from the heavy metal power trio GHOSTBLOOD. These guys are the real deal as they mix in punishing elements of thrash metal (maybe even a little Crossover?), Black, and even death metal all in a rage filled harmony on the track I provided for you today in Eviscerama. The track is amazing and is leaving me wanting to listen to more. So, if you want to check out more from the band, pay their Facebook page a visit and give it a like. Otherwise, check out the track below:

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When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 20 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Three years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the third ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the main who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated!

 

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As far as the playlist was concerned for the show, I had three different playlists that I was going with for the show. The 1st one primarily featured almost the same exact lineup as the one that was actually played. The second playlist featured bands from every era of metal whether it be the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. The third and final playlist that I created was similar to the first one, but the song selection was different. I wanted to pick nine solid songs for the show with one present that I would present to people with a just in case I still had more time track. Last year, I presented everyone with a Black Sabbath medley that featured I believe three different Sabbath singers doing the same track. This year, I decided to do another medley, but this time it would be Ozzy solo and it would feature five different guitarists doing the same track. It was quite the difficult task, but I got the job done and you will see below what the result was. I made one minor adjustment to the playlist twenty minutes to my show because a good friend of my mine in Doc Rock found a vinyl that I just couldn’t resist playing and I opened the show with it. One minor note, I had originally scrapped a Motley Crue track, but I reintroduced it when the Kiss track I chose suddenly stopped due to technical difficulties. So without further ado, check out the playlist below and once again thanks to everyone that tuned in and a big thank you to the WBIM Alumni Association for having me yet again.

 

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Playlist for 10/20/2017 edition of Pedal To The Metal Radio

1. Addiction by The Almighty (Vinyl Of The Week)

2. Unholy by Kiss

3. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue

4. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden (Mandatory Maiden)

5. A Touch Of Evil by Judas Priest

6. The Lady Wore Black by Queensryche

7. Among The Living by Anthrax

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8. The Conjuring by Megadeth

9. Hello From The Gutter by Overkill

10. Suicide Solution (Guitarist Medley) by Ozzy Osbourne featuring Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Joe Holmes

11. Rock And Roll by Motorhead