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MI0002401703Now that WrestleMania week is over, it’s time to get back into business here at Moshpits and Movies. Traditionally anytime I hold a competition, I always cover an album from the winning band for the Album Of The Week and I have been meaning to cover an album by today’s featured band. I am actually quite surprised that I have never covered an album from Sevendust before especially after 200 plus albums. Sevendust back in February won MusicBowl 51 over Godsmack so traditionally we have to cover one of their albums and I chose the band’s second studio album Home for this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Lajon Witherspoon (Vocals), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums). The album was released on August 24, 1999 via TVT where it would peak at number 19 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and stayed there for three weeks. It also peaked at 16 on The Top Internet Album Charts and number 10 on the Top Independent Album Charts.

MI00027167821. Home– A big bass riff and those drop tuned guitar shreds open up the album in this track that seems to be about someone who is having a rough time at home which is supposed to be the safe place to be. 4/5

2. Denial– One of my favorite tracks on the album that fades in with a cool guitar riff, but when it kicks in it’s heavy as f*** and it grooves like no other. It seems to be about a guy and how he is sick of constantly opening up to a girl who refuses to do the same. My favorite part of the song is right when the 3 minute mark hits. 5/5

3. Headtrip– A very melodic intro starts the song that has a kick ass groove as soon as the music hits and it has a bad ass riff. 4.5/5

4. Insecure– A cool instrumental intro. 4/5

5. Reconnect– The last track leads right into this one which is all about how you feel that you’ve been a slave to all the BS and now you want to break free. 4/5

6. Waffle–  The track starts with a melodic riff before it kicks in with a sledgehammer like riff. It goes back to being melodic during the verses before hammering down with the choruses. The song seems to be about someone who is sick of the same old same old and is looking for something new. 5/5

home7. Rumble Fish– A sick hammering riff with groove kicks off this one about fighting against temptations that drag you down. 4.5/5

8. Licking Cream– A track on the album that features a cool bass riff during the verses and it features an English artist named Skin doing co-vocals. 4.5/5

9. Grasp– The song is about being friends with someone and when they are going through tough times, you go through it with them, but they’re always taking more and more of you. 4/5

10. Crumbled– An interesting intro to the song, but when it kicks off, it shifts into groove overdrive and it’s awesome. Hornsby shines on this track about no matter how many times you go down, you get back up. but if you don’t then you just crumble. 4.5/5

11. Feel So– A little bit of a hip hop groove in the beginning riff, but otherwise a cool track in a song about feeling hopeless. 4/5

12. Grasshopper– a quick intro of the band in the studio 2/5

13. Bender– A cool track to end the album that features Chino Moreno of the Deftones and Troy McLawhorn (of Doubledrive at the time). It’s heavy, it grooves, and it even caters to Moreno’s vocals as well. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– A kick ass album from a kick ass band that obviously avoided the sophomore jinx with this release. I have always held this band and Lajon in the higest regard because I am also a huge fan of Lajon’s vocals. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

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blackmassheader2It has been a while since the last time I did a Based On A Truesday Story (a play on the words Tuesday and True Story), but I had to bring it back for a special movie. This past Friday, Black Mass, the film about one of South Boston’s most notorious gangsters in James “Whitey” Bulger was released into theaters. The film stars Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco) stars as the notorious gangster himself as it looks at how Whitey got the push he needed in the game thanks to corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton).  It takes you deep into South Boston as Bulger goes on a rampage as he becomes one of the most powerful gangsters and second on the list of the FBI’s most wanted men behind Osama Bin Laden. The film is based on the book of the same name by former Boston Globe writers Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill and it looks at what Kevin Weeks, Steve Flemmi, and John Martorano had to say about Bulger. The film also stars Dakota Johnson (50 Shades Of Grey) as Lindsey Cyr, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as Billy Bulger, Kevin Bacon (Footloose) as Charles McGuire, Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead) as Brian Halloran, Rory Cochrane (Dazed And Confused) as Steve Flemmi, David Harbour (The Equalizer) as John Morris, Adam Scott (Step Brothers) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick, Corey Stroll (This Is Where I Leave You) as Fred Wyshak, Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) as Marianne Connolly, W. Earl Brown (Scream) as John Martorano, Jesse Plemons (Observe And Report) as Kevin Weeks, Juno Temple (Killer Joe) as Deborah Hussey, and the film was directed by Scott Cooper (Out Of The Furnace).

black massAs with every film that is based on a true story, there are always those who doubt how true each event is and whether or not Hollywood expressed their creative liberty with some of the film. Kevin Weeks, one of the men depicted in the film recently spoke out on the film calling it fiction. He commented on Johnny Depp’s performance of Bulger and how it was written saying, “The only resemblance to Whitey’s character was the hairline. The funny thing is, Whitey’s look didn’t really change at all, just his clothes. It’s like we were stuck in a time warp. And the mannerisms—the way that Whitey talked to us—he never swore at us. In all the years I was with that man, he never swore at me once.” He later commented on a scene in the film that was depicted in Miami when a deal was being made to take out an important figure. Weeks says, “That never happened. In fact, I didn’t know about Roger Wheeler’s death until the Callahan murder. So just by having me be there giving Halloran the money, they have involved me in a conspiracy to kill Roger Wheeler. I’ve been libeled. I wasn’t involved in that at all, so I have a big problem with that. I just don’t know where they get the right to put events in there that did not happen.” There is also a very cool article from Time Magazine that describes what was fact or fiction about some important events in the film. In the film, they claim that the violence increased once Bulger’s son died. While it’s true that his son did die, they claim that he had ordered several hits before then with Weeks telling The Daily Beast, “Whitey was violent long before his son’s death.” Nevertheless, I thought Johnny Depp’s performance was masterful and that he was the best part of the film. I do feel that they made Flemmi and Weeks minor characters in the film than what they probably were in real life. The film itself was good, but Edgerton and Depp absolutely steal the show. One of my favorite elements of the film was the cinematography because they take some amazing shots of the city of Boston and Southie. Overall, my final grade for the film is a B=+