Posts Tagged ‘Heavy Metal’

hqdefaultOver the course of the last thirty years or more, we have seen countless celebrities, athletes, and other form of entertainers enter the music world from Eddie Murphy to Shaquille O’Neal, Juliette Lewis, and even the one and only William Shatner. I am one that believes that only a select few can leave their own domain and be successful in one that people are not familiar with. When I say that they are a select few, I truly mean it because the only ones I can think of are Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) and AEW World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho who in 1999 decided to venture into the world of metal with the rhythm section of Stuck Mojo to form Fozzy. Chris Jericho who is the band’s lead singer has described the band which is made up of Rich Ward (Lead Guitar/Keys), Frank “Bud” Fontsere (Drums), Billy Grey (Rhythm Guitar), and Randy Drake (Bass) saying, “If Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy.” On October 13, 2017, the band would release their seventh studio album Judas which was the band’s third to chart on the Billboard Top 200 peaking at 147 with the lead single and title track being a minor radio hit.

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc50 (1)1. Judas– The lead single off the album and one of my favorite Fozzy songs ever can also be heard as Chris’s current theme song in AEW. I just love the big bass/guitar slam power chord style mixed with the melodic in this track about someone who can’t help but sell people out. He is addicted to success and will do anything to get it. 5/5

2. Drinkin’ With Jesus– A big time Saliva style Nu Metal track here in this song that is all about someone who is addicted to the excesses of life on the road. 4.5/5

3. Painless– Almost the same style as Judas as far as the sound is concerned in this track that is all about how drugs can make death seem painless. 4.5/5

4. Weight of My World– The track almost has an industrial dance rock feel to it in this track that I think is about whether or not you can handle someone who is destructive and unapologetic about it. 3.5/5

5. Wordsworth Way-a track that while it has some heavy elements to it, they mix the keys along with it in this track that is all about someone that Chris must have lost that he was really close with. 4.5/5

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc506. Burn Me Out-a kind of groove metal track with a little bit of a dance flow to it that is all about living life to the fullest because you don’t want to have any regrets. 4.5/5

7.  Three Days in Jail-a Nu metal track all the way through featuring Hyro The Hero rapping on the song as well in a track about he miseries of being locked up. 4/5

8. Elevator-Kind of a funky track that I honestly think is just a track about getting high. I could be wrong, but judge for yourself. 4/5

9. Running with the Bulls-a cool track that I think is talking about how you have to just keep running forward and not in reverse and just ride with the bulls. 4.5/5

10. Capsized-a track that is all about how when we fail at something, we sort of feel capsized because we usually just give up and never continue moving forward. 4.5/5

11. Wolves at Bay– an in your face metal track that ends the album that is all about no matter what, you can not give up and you have to keep those that always trying to push you down at bay. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was a decent album from Jericho and co., but I can definitely see why it didn’t sell as much as the previous album. My favorite songs are Judas and Wolves At Bay while my least favorite is Weight Of My World. So, I am giving the album 4.36 stars out of five for a final grade.

pedal to the metal 6 posterI have been doing the Alumni Takeover Weekend at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM for the last five years and every year I generally played the same material as I did when I was a full time DJ at the station back in 2012 with Pedal To The Metal Radio. This year I wanted to do something a little different than usual and it was I wanted to showcase my love for music that is a little more extreme than what rock radio stations are playing. So that is exactly what I decided to do with my sixth appearance at the station when I hit the airwaves last night at 9PM to close out night one of two after following the longest running radio show in non commercial college radio history in The Basement. Right now, I want to thank the Alumni Association for putting together the Alumni Takeover event because the man behind the scenes in Peter Q does an absolute terrific job putting this together. Without him and the help of other alums, this wouldn’t be possible. I also want to thank all of the current DJ’s who were so courteous to give up their shifts for one weekend so that all of us could relive our glory days for one night. I also want to thank fellow Metalhead Matt Rau who usually has his radio show on Fridays from 7PM ET to 10PM ET for giving up his spot so that I could do my show. I appreciate it a lot and thank you. It was a fun show to do even though I had a little bit of a hiccup with the wrong song playing at the wrong time a couple of times, but other than that I thought it went pretty well. Also I want to add that below you will see Radio Premiere next to a track by the band Sodom and that is because I think I’m the only DJ in America to play that on the radio. It definitely got the blood going and the idea of wanting to get back into the game, but that is a discussion for another day. I definitely look forward to this every year and I ope that it continues happening for another 100 years and beyond. Check out the playlist and some of the artwork below:

PLAYLIST for 10/18/2019

1. Delusions of Saviour/Repentless by Slayer

2. No More Room In Hell by Possessed

3. Night Of The Shears by Axeslasher

4. The Eagle Flies Alone by Arch Enemy 

5. Layers Of Time by Lacuna Coil

6. Needled 24/7 by Children Of Bodom

7. Down On Your Knees by Sodom (Radio Premiere)

8. Head Of A Pin by Overkill

9. Rats by Ghost

10. Blood Eagle Wings by Anthrax

11. The Pale King by Testament

12. Twilight Of The Thunder Gods by Amon Amarth

13. In Waves by Trivium

14. Count The Dead by Abbath

15. Third Depth by Whitechapel

16. March Of The Norse by Demonaz

17. Iron Man (Live Vocal Medley) by Black Sabbath featuring Tony Martin, Dio, & Ozzy Osbourne

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amoUsually, I do not like to cover new albums until after the Monster Entertainment Awards, but I have been pretty pumped about an album that came out in early 2019. Bring Me The Horizon is an English rock band that is made up of Oliver Sykes (Vocals, Producer), Lee Malia (Guitars), Jordan Fish (programming, keyboards, backing vocals, producer), Matt Kean (Bass), Matt Nicholls (Drums) and on January 25, 2019  they released their sixth studio album amo. amo is a fry cry from previous releases as the album is very experimental and according to Sykes is a concept album about love, “amo is a love album that explores every aspect of that most powerful emotion. […] It deals with the good the bad and the ugly, and as a result we’ve created an album that’s more experimental, more varied, weird, and wonderful than anything we’ve done before.” According to several sources here are all the genres this album is described as having, “pop rock, electronic rock, electropop, synth-pop, EDM, alternative rock, electronica, hard rock, and pop, hip hop, and trap.” The album was a success for the guys with many comparing their evolution to that of U2’s and the band peaked at number one on the UK charts (it also went #1 in Scotland and Australia) while peaking at number 14 on the Us Billboard Top 200 Charts.

amo back1. I Apologise If You Feel Something– The opening track on this album that is a journey into love and heartbreak. A very electro pop track that is really an intro for the album as he tells you to not be scared because love is all we have. 4/5

2. MANTRA-a hard rock/elctro rock song that Sykes says was inspired by a documentary he watched about controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. He says, “As I was watching it and trying to write lyrics at the same time, I was drawing these similarities to cults and love. Starting a relationship – especially a marriage – is like starting a cult, a small two-man cult, because you have to give yourself over completely to this person, you have to trust them, you have to love them unconditionally … so that’s where the thinking behind the song came from.” 5/5

download (2)3. Nihilist Blues– Jordan Fish talked about this Synth-pop/EDM inspired track saying, “This is an example of us really going for it on this record. It’s like this dark rave song or something—it’s absolutely mental, and it might be my favourite on the whole album. I’m sure people will hear it and go, “What the fuck?” but whatever. It’s very different in sound for us. We’re big fans of Grimes and she loved the song. She actually sent it back with all these added elements which we weren’t expecting, but she’s super-creative and she’d completely gone to town on it. That elevated the song to a whole new level. She’s someone we respect, and not really someone you’d expect to find working with a metal band. Or a rock band. Or whatever it is we are…” The track features Canadian singer Grimes as well.  5/5

4. In The Dark– This is personally one of my favorite tracks on the album that has more of that Synth-pop mixed a little bit with some electro-rock. The track talks about being left in the dark about things from your significant other even though they don’t care what happens to you. 5/5

hqdefault5. Wonderful Life– a Nu-Metal styled track featuring Cradle Of Filth singer Dani Filth. Sykes talks about the lyrics saying, “The lyrics for ‘Wonderful Life’ were done freestyle in the studio. It’s stream of consciousness-type stuff about getting old and out of touch, being off tour and loving the mundane things in life, I guess because it’s so novel when your life is mainly spent on the road. Things like weekly shops and mowing your lawn are quite nice. People who spend most of their lives away from home can surely relate. I guess on top of that there’s this inner crisis I have of being a boring person but still having a desire to go wild inside me every now and again… But, yeah, all in all, it’s mostly word vomit… but also some of my favourite lyrics. The beginning is 100 percent legit and the irony was just too good, so we left it like that.” 5/5

6. Ouch-an electro-pop/EDM inspired track with his vocals completely changed as well to fit the tempo in this track about how his wife left him for another guy and while he could see it coming, he hoped that it wouldn’t have happened. 4.5/5

7. Medicine– While this Pop rock song may be about Oliver’s messy divorce, Fish has stated that, “It’s about people who are negative influences and how when they leave your life things get much better. It’s a mixture of the electronic and radio-friendly elements of our band, but it’s still got characteristics of some of the bigger songs we’ve done before. You’d need to ask Oli who exactly that’s about, but I can think of a few people it might be about.” 5/5

8. Sugar Honey Ice & Tea-an electro metal song is more like it when it describes this track which is the sixth single I believe off the album. I believe the track is all about we can be delirious when it comes to the way we look at what is exactly going on and who we deal with. 4.5/5

bring-me-the-horizon-2018-supplied-2-671x3779. Why You Gotta Kick Me When I’m Down?– A hip Hop/trap/Synth-pop like track that is all about how society loves it when someone is struggling and int he dumps cause we love to kick them around. 4.5/5

10. Fresh Bruises– The song just repeats the lines Don’t you try to fuck with me,
Don’t you hide your love, but it’s an electro pop song. 4/5

11. Mother Tongue-a pop rock/dance pop track is the spritual successor to the track Drown according to Jordan Fish and has been described by Fish, “Vocal-wise it’s quite a big song. There’s a little bit of Portuguese in there, which is quite unusual. It’s kind of a big, anthemic song. It’s probably as close as we get to something like “Drown” on this album. It’s a love song, so it’s an emotional one.” The track is also believed to be dedicated to Oliver’s wife Alissa Salls. 5/5

12. Heavy Metal– rap rock styled track that features Rahzel of The Roots beatboxing on the track. The track could be about all the negative backlash the band faced for changing their style on the last record with people claiming that it wasn’t heavy metal, but he doesn’t care. 4.5/5

13. I Don’t Know What to Say– The last track on this experimental journey as the track features the Parallax Orchestra in the beginning along with some acoustic guitars. The track seems to be about no matter how painful the break up, he has had to accept it because that is life. In some parts it has a very Evanescence feel with the orchestral rock sound. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I loved this album because I respect bands that need to grow because that is what life is all about. Is the album too pop? Sure, but what is the problem because this seems to be the natural progression for them. The album is also kind of what Linkin Park had done with their last record when they decided to just experiment and do what they wanted to and that was a great album as well.  I am giving the album 4.65 stars out of five for a final grade.

Number-of-the-beast-album-coverBack in September of 2018, we started a journey covering all the albums that were listed on Loudwire’s 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list. Before we started, we had already covered 14 albums which meant there were 36 albums to discover and explore and now we are down to two. By 1982, Iron Maiden was already a pretty established band having already released two albums (Self Titled & Killers), but the band had just released their singer and now were embarking on a new journey with a new lead singer who would sweep the metal world off it’s feet. Bruce Dickinson was the new lead singer of Iron Maiden and he was joined by Steve Harris (Bass), Dave Murray (Guitars), Adrian Smith (Guitars), and for the very last time Clive Burr (Drums). On March 22, 1982, the band would release their epic third album The Number Of The Beast and it was a huge success for the band as it established Bruce as the leading frontman of Heavy Metal. The album was such a success that it was the first Iron Maiden record to go number one in the UK and it peaked at 33 in the US Billboard Top 200 Charts as it went platinum selling over 1 million copies.

number-of-the-beast-album-cover-back1. Invaders– Burr and Harris kick off the track before the band kicks into overdrive for the opening track that is all about the Viking’s Norman conquest of 1066. Harris believes that the band could have chosen a better track than this for the album. 4.5/5

2. Children Of The Damned-a very melodic intro and pretty mellow track that Dickinson has admitted was based off of Black Sabbath’s Children Of The Sea track. The lyrics were based on the films Village Of The Damned and Children Of The Damned. 5/5

3. The Prisoner-a cool track that is based off of the television series of the same name and even features an audio clip from the show that the manager of Maiden Ron Smallwood said he had to call Patrick McGoohan just to get permission to use it to which McGoohan agreed. 4.5/5

4. 22 Acacia Avenue– This is the second track in the Charlotte The Harlot saga and how she shouldn’t continue her life of prostitution because of the things that could happen to her if she continues. 5/5

the-number-of-the-beast-ltd-1a-600x6005. The Number Of The Beast– The most famous title track and a live staple for many years in this track that was inspired by a bad dream that Harris had after watching Damien: The Omen II and he has also stated that the track was also inspired by Tam o’ Shanter by Robert Burns. The spoken word in the beginning of the track was from The Book Of Revelations and was read by Barry Clayton because the band refused to pay Vincent Price asking price of £25,000. 5/5

6. Run To The Hills– This is probably the most famous and overplayed Iron Maiden track of all time in this track that is all about European white males who started invading the land that would later be known as the United States of America and what they did to Native Americans. 5/5

7. Gangland– This is probably the weakest track on the whole album and it’s even agreed by Steve Harris who said the choice was made in a rush in this track that I believe is about a man who leaves the gang life behind, but it never really leaves him as it haunts him. 4/5

8. Hallowed Be Thy Name– One of the most legendary tracks in all of Iron Maiden’s catalog as it is the most covered Maiden track. The track is about a prisoner who is about to be hanged. There is a little bit of controversy surrounding the track as the band was sued for songwriting credits. For more info on that, just click here. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is not my favorite Iron Maiden record ever, but it is definitely up there. It’s that album to Maiden that Back In Black was to AC/DC or Blizzard Of Ozz was for Ozzy, it’s just the standard. A track to avoid on here is definitely Gangland while the rest of the album is more than listenable so rock out with your… well you know what I am saying. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five.

COMIC TITLE: Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast- Night City #2 (2019)
Kevin West – Artist
Llexi Leon & Ian Edginton–Writer
July 24, 2019
Heavy Metal Comics

MAR191800So when it comes to choosing what comic books to read, I am usually a sucker for anything horror related and anything having to do with Heavy Metal. If there is any comic book coming out that week that involves any of those two things, I am probably picking it up. Last month, Heavy Metal Comics decided to pick up where they left off last year when they had released Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast. Now here comes the sequel and aftermath of that comic in Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast- Night City and we have issue two for you today. In the previous issue, Eddie was once again summoned by the Alchemist because the Beast is back and he is wreaking havoc in 1981 London by turning people into minions to cause destruction. One of the Beasts more fiercest picks has cornered a girl in a store when he murders her in front of Eddie, The Alchemist, and her friend Charlotte The Harlot. In this issue, she gives them no choice, but to team up with her because she wants revenge, but this fierce minion of the beast may just be suckering our heroes with what could be some bait. For more information on the comic and more, just click here to go to Heavy Metal’s site.

miaden comicThe fun thing about the comic is seeing all of the characters that are named after Maiden songs like Charlotte The Harlot, Wrathchild, etc. The one thing I wish I had done was read the first series that came out because maybe I would know a little more of what was going on in this series, but it’s not impossible to understand. They explain in the first issue a little bit of a recap of what happened in the previous series which was nice, but the main issue for me is explaining why this particular human changes into Eddie. That is where all of my questions lie as far as the backdrop and I hope the first series explains that. The story is actually an interesting one and I love how Eddie sort of becomes a lot like Groot in the sense that he doesn’t really utter words, but the Alchemist understands him. The story definitely takes an interesting turn towards the end that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. The artwork in this comic needed to be top notch and Kevin West is doing a really good job. That is par for the course when you do an Iron Maiden comic and that is the artwork better be bad ass. It definitely is and if you’re a fan of Iron Maiden and comic books then give this one a shot and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

jpriest-screamingveng-coverThe album that I chose for today’s Album of the Week always held a special place in my heart because one of it’s lead singles was my introduction to the band and every time I hear it I still can’t stop rocking out to it. The other reason being that Judas Priest’s Screaming For Vengeance was released on July 17, 1982 which was the year I was born. Screaming For Vengeance was the band’s eighth studio album and it once again featured Rob Halford (Vocals), K.K. Downing (Guitars), Glenn Tipton (Guitars), Ian Hill (Bass), and Dave Holland (Drums) while the album was produced by Tom Allom which this was his fourth time with the band. British Steel was always considered the band’s marquee record, but the truth of the matter is that they didn’t sell well in the US until the release of this album which rose all the way up to two times platinum which made it the first Priest record to do so. It was a huge commercial success here in the US as it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Top 200 charts as well as peaking at number 11 in the UK. The album has received numerous accolades over the years including being listed number 7 on Loudwire.com’s 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list.

judas-priest-screaming-vengeance-2-cd1. The Hellion– One of the greatest opening instrumental tracks to an album that when I would play it on my college station I would accompany it with the next track. 5/5

2. Electric Eye– Picking up right where the last track took off, this classic track about big brother and the paranoia that went with the idea of the government watching you. Played in E minor the track is based off George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four book. 5/5

3. Riding On The Wind-I love how the track opens with the drums before it goes to the answer/call effect by the twin guitar attack in the beginning in what I believe to be a motorcycle track as far as the lyrics are concerned. 5/5

4. Bloodstone– The guitar riff is slowed don a bit before the track kicks off in this song that I think is about all the blood that has been spilled in the world and how it seems like it’s never ending. 5/5

5. (Take These) Chains– One of my favorite power ballads that I think has a deeper meaning than just about love. I think it was Halford crying out that he just wanted to be free and not have to hide his true feelings. 5/5

6. Pain And Pleasure– a slowed down tempo leads this track that has the same kind of sound as Metal Gods as far as drums are concerned in this track that is all about S&M and how even though it hurts that is what is enjoyable about it. 4.5/5

judas-priest-screaming-for-vengeance-columbia-38160-lp-vg--2_442943527. Screaming For Vengeance– The title track is next and it hard charging/chugging riff in this song that is all about injustice and how the man always tries to keep you down. 4.5/5

8. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’– This is the one track that every time I hear it I can not stop playing air guitar to. The very first single off the record written in F-sharp minor is the only Priest track to ever chart in America. The track is about doing what you want to do no matter what others say! 5/5

9. Fever– A very melodic track much like (Take These) Chains, in this track that is all about two lovers who become re-acquainted. The real highlight of this track is Rob Halford’s vocals in this song and how he smoothly fits right in with the music so effortlessly. The guitar solo in the track is pretty bad ass too. 5/5

10. Devil’s Child– The last track on the album is an absolute banger in the same sense as any of their other popular tracks. It’s about being in a relationship/friendship with someone that you know is bad, but it’s very much a necessary evil. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of my top Judas Priest albums ever and that is why it holds such a special place in my heart. The only unfortunate thing is that 8 out of the 10 tracks is a 5, but that they are not too far behind because the album gets 4.9 stars out of five for a final grade.

1000x1000In the heavy metal and rock world, the late and great Ronnie James Dio was quite the journeyman having first appeared with Elf before joining Rainbow for most of the mid to late 70’s before replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath. It was this journey that brought Ronnie the recognition in the music business so when he was done with his first stint with Sabbath, it was time to unleash everything he had that would change the metal world forever. Along with Vinny Appice (Drums), Dio would create his solo band with former Rainbow bandmate Jimmy Bain (Bass), and with former NWOBHM Sweet Savage guitarist Vivian Campbell (Guitar). On May 25, 1983, the band would unleash what would be wildely considered Dio’s greatest album and what Loudwire.com ranked 17TH on their 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list in Dio’s debut solo album Holy Diver. This album was Ronnie fully unleashing what he had started in Black Sabbath lyrically with all of the fantasy themes and it worked because the people loved it. The album was certified platinum by 1989 selling over a million and it peaked at 56 on The Billboard Top 200 charts.

holy diver1. Stand Up And Shout– an all guns blazing track that kicks ass and is basically about standing up for what you believe in and make sure they hear it. 5/5

2. Holy Diver– The first single off the album and probably one of the most recognizable tracks Dio ever recorded is according to him about a Christ like figure on another planet that sacrifices himself in order to save his people, but when they find out they selfishly want him to stay. 5/5

3. Gypsy– a track that to me is about a gypsy that has the ability to fool anyone and you have to believe that considering he used a lot of fantasy-esque stories for lyrics. 4/5

4. Caught In The Middle-a rock track that is Dio telling yourself that you need to believe in yourself and free yourself from the dull zombie like life that you’re living. 4/5

5. Don’t Talk To Strangers– I always loved the clean channel guitars in the beginning of this track before it launches itself into heavy metal overdrive. The track seems to be him telling you to truly find what brings true meaning into your life and not instant gratification. 5/5

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA6. Straight Through The Heart-Big Sabbath like riffs kick off this track into style as he talks about how sometimes people sugar coat what life is all about until you get kicked in the mouth figuratively by reality. 4.5/5

7. Invisible-a reality check of a track whose lyrics deal with people who felt invisible to the world because of the problems they had and the situation they were in. A very 70’s like sound to the track with it’s Nazareth Love Bites like guitar riff and weird effect on Dio’s vocals before the track goes into Sabbath like heavy metal mode. 4.5/5

8. Rainbow In The Dark-The second most popular Dio solo track ever and the second single off the album complete with keyboard parts. I think it’s a track that is all about being stuck in a place where you feel nothing is going right and so you search for that Rainbow In The Dark or ray of hope. 5/5

9. Shame On The Night-The last track on the album and certainly an interesting one which I think is about how devious the night can be and I think you know what I mean. I love the bass riff during the verses and how it’s the main instrument. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-This is probably one of the greatest Dio albums and I think a lot of it has to be with the fact that you can hear a lot of Heaven & Hell by Black Sabbath in this album. I definitely find that it’s certainly the strong point of the album besides the lyrics and his vocals. I wasn’t a huge fan of Gypsy and Caught In The Middle if I am being honest and Shame On The Night was out of nowhere for me as far as how really awesome the track was. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.