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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. 21 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. Four 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 fourth ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. Once again, I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the man 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! One of the cool things about this year’s takeover is that this was the first Alumni Takeover to be held at the new satellite studio for WBIM which was pretty exciting. On the Saturday edition of the Takeover, they were holding a ribbon cutting of the new studio with University President Frederick Clark.

bD05B_B_As far as the idea for this years playlist was concerned, I wanted to do something a little different than I had in the past. The first three years, I just took whatever songs I was in the mood for and I played the tracks on my show. This year, I wanted to start a theme and every year I can do a different theme than the last. So, I decided that this year, I would do all live tracks and I did it in the idea of what if I held a festival called Pedal To The Metal Fest and all these bands showed up to play, this would be the best performances of the day. I will admit that I had a hard time finding live tracks from some of the bands, but the harder part was having to edit all the F-bombs out of the songs. I originally started with having Sepultura, Amon Amarth, Ghost, Rob Zombie, W.A.S.P., etc. But when I arrived at the studio, I changed my mind on what the opener would be so I took out Sepultura and replaced them with Ministry. I had to add Van Halen at the end because I was running out of tracks with plenty of time left and I ended the show with what I called a non-live bonus track from Monster Magnet. Once again though, the best part of the whole event was getting to connect with some amazing people that you don’t always get to see all the time. I had a lot of fun at my fourth ever Alumni Takeover Weekend at Bridgewater State University and I definitely look forward to some more in the future. Check out the playlist below:

Playlist For 10/12/2018

1. Land Of Rape And Honey (Live) by Ministry

2. Twilight Of The Thunder God (Live) by Amon Amarth

3. Con Clavi Con Dio (Live) by Ghost

4. Demonoid Phenomenon (Live) by Rob Zombie

5. Killahead (Live) by W.A.S.P.

6. Kick The Chair (Live) by Megadeth

7. Jawbreaker (Live) by Halford 

8. The Clairvoyant (Live) by Iron Maiden

9. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live) by Metallica

10. Beautiful Girls (Live) by Van Halen 

11. Shot In The Dark (Live) by Ozzy Osbourne 

12. Negasonic Teenage Warhead by Monster Magnet (Non Live Bonus Track)

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Judas_Priest-Defenders_Of_The_Faith-FrontalWhen I think of definitive albums that have stood the test of time or best represent what heavy metal was really all about, Defenders Of The Faith by Judas Priest did just that. In my opinion, it is one of the most iconic records the band ever released in their whole career. If someone were to ask me what my favorite Priest record was, I wouldn’t hesitate to say Defenders Of The Faith. The band was on a role in their career as they released staple records British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance right before Defenders which was their ninth studio album. The album featured the usual suspects Rob Halford (Vocals), Glenn Tipton (Guitars), K.K. Downing (Guitars), Ian Hill (Bass), and Dave Holland (Drums). The album did so well in sales that it finished one spot below Screaming For Vengeance at number 18 on The Billboard Top 200 charts. The album cover was designed by Doug Johnson (he did the cover for Screaming as well) and as wikipedia describes it, “the Metallian, a ram-horned, tiger-like land assault creature with Gatling guns and tank tracks conceptualized by the band.” The back cover of the album had a quote on it that read, “Rising from darkness where Hell hath no mercy and the screams for vengeance echo on forever. Only those who keep the faith shall escape the wrath of the Metallian… Master of all metal.” The album was produced by Tom Allom (Def Leppard, Krokus) and it was recorded in Ibiza, Spain.

1. Freewheel Burning– the face scorcher with Rob Halford spitting the lyrics in the third verse faster than a rapper opens up the album and I warn you do not listen to this while driving 5/5

defenders of the faith back2. Jawbreaker– The hypnotic guitar riffs kick off the track as some suspect that the lyrical content deals with oral sex. one thing is for sure and that is Rob Halfords vocals are put to the test on this track. 5/5

3. Rock Hard Rock Free– This track is my anthem for everything as it tells you to live life to the fullest and do not let anyone take you down. The riff is a little slower, but it’s metal madness at its best. 5/5

4. The Sentinel– This is one of the most iconic tracks that Judas Priest has down in their career about a man trapped in a world that is apocalyptic in nature as he tries to survive. The intro of the track is iconic with the guitar riff before the band comes right in with the sonic assault. 5/5 (if I could give it a 6/5 I would)

5. Love Bites– The song starts with a very eerie bass line as we begin the journey into vampires with this track. 4/5

6. Eat Me Alive– The PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) listed this track at number 3 on their filthy fifteen list declaring the song was inappropriate, but the riff is razor sharp and hammering. 5/5

judas_priest_defenders_of_the_faith_1990_retail_cd-cd7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll– This was one of two tracks written by Bob Halligan Jr. for Judas Priest and it has that prototypical heavy metal riffage that is power chord heaven. The first guitar solo is played by Tipton while Downing does the second one. 5/5

8. Night Comes Down– This is a true gem on the album that is slow and bluesy mid-tempo track that sucks in you into the emotional landscape of the track. 5/5

9. Heavy Duty/Defenders Of The Faith– I combined the two tracks together because that’s what they did live. Heavy Duty is sort of in the same range as Metal God where it’s very machine like in feeling while the title track is more of an outro as we remember to defend our faith in Metal! 4/5

My Final Thoughts– As I said above this is the most iconic Judas Priest album that still stands the test of time. If you want to start anywhere with Priest, this is the perfect place to start and believe you will be hooked. I am giving the album five stars out of five for a final grade.

Marilyn Manson, the antichrist superstar has been busy in a different form of media as Manson tackles acting with a guest spot in the new season of Sons Of Anarchy (which is the last season). We’ve seen Manson play some incredible roles in films like Party Monster, a cameo in Jawbreaker as well as some small acting roles in Calfornication and Eastbound & Down. Before all these TV appearances Marilyn had rejuvenated his music career with the brilliant release of Born Villain back in 2012 and to keep the momentum going from that release, Marilyn announced in a tweet from the set of SOA that a new album was ready to land. That has me excited besides the fact that I cannot wait to see Marilyn in the season of Sons as a white supremacist. For now, we’ll have to wait to see what else Manson tweets out as far as announcements are on the new record and stay tuned for the new season of Sons to premiere on September 9TH on FX.

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