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Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God (2008).jpgOne of the coolest bands on the metal scene that is repping Viking Metal is none other than the mighty Amon Amarth. I was looking for an album to review for this week’s Album Of The Week and I came across the Swedish Melodic Death Metal kings. I decided that I wanted to cover the band’s seventh studio album Twilight Of The Thunder God which was released on September 30, 2008. The album featured Johan Hegg (Vocals), Olavi Mikkonen (Guitar), Johan Söderberg (Guitar), Ted Lundström (Bass), and Fredrik Andersson (Drums) while the album was produced by Jens Bogren (Moonspell, Kreator). It is said that the album is based on the story of Thor’s slaying of the serpent Jörmungandr. When the album was released it peaked at number 50 on the Billboard Top 200 charts which marked the first time that the band had charted in America while the album peaked at 11 in Sweden which was the band’s highest chart spot there in their native country. The album was also ranked at number six on Metal Hammer Magazine’s Top 50 albums of 2008 marking the band finally making a stamp in the scene with Metal Blade Records on their side.

Twilight-Of-The-Thunder-God-2-picture1.Twilight Of The Thunder God– The title track kicks off the album and it kicks off with one heck of a metal riff before blasting into overdrive. The track is about Thor having to battle Jörmungandr at Ragnarok. The track features one of the best guitar solos I’ve ever heard and it features Roope Latavala doing the solo. 5/5

2. Free Will Sacrifice– A fierce riff opens up the track that is all about the soldiers of Asgard who are willing to die for Asgard in order to reach Valhalla. 4.5/5

3. Guardians Of Asgard– I love the riffage in these tracks because this is another example of a track that has classic metal written all over it in a track that is all about the men that protect Asgard (the einherjar). The track also features Lars Göran Petrov of Entombed on vocals. 5/5

4. Where Is Your God?– Another thunderous metal riff drives this track that seems to be about when the Vikings raided a land, they would ask where is your God now to protect you from them. I think that is what they are talking about. The track bounces from that metal riff to a more traditional death metal riff with the sonic face melting fast guitar playing. 4.5/5

5. Varyags of Miklagaard– A cool track that is all about the Varangian Guard who were sent to protect the Emperor to the east. 4.5/5

twilight-of-the-thunder-god-4df64327444cb6. Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags– The song starts with a battle like drum and guitar riff in this track that is all about the final battle between the Gods in Ragnarok. You want to hear some bad ass playing then check out this track and that double bass fury. 5/5

7. No Fear For The Setting Sun– Another bad ass metal riff from the band that is hard charging and in your face. The track is about a soldier who realizes that today could be his last day as he is in the middle of battle, but he is ready to make his final stand. 4.5/5

8. The Hero– A very interesting track that seems to be about a man who is a mercenary that is asked to protect a town and he dies doing it. He is then dubbed a hero by the people just because of this one act, but he doesn’t feel that he is because of his past. 5/5

9. Live for the Kill- This has a Judas Priest feel to it at first with the guitar riff which is pretty cool and the track even features Apocalyptica playing cello on it. 4.5/5

10. Embrace of the Endless Ocean– The last track on the album which is a tragic way to end the album not because of whether it’s a good track or not, but because it has an unfortunate ending. The track is about a slave who has finally gained his freedom, but n his way home his ship is struck and he drowns. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– If you are a fan of unbelievable guitar riffs and the technical abilities that Mikkonen and Söderberg possess then this is the album for you. These guys are amazing and they prove it with every album, but this one is special. This is one of my favorite albums from the band who are also great story tellers. Check it out for yourselves and prepare to be blown away. I am giving the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade.

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2017 final fourIt is here, the moment you have all been waiting for when we separate the men from the boys. Two bands are one step closer to realizing their goal of winning the pedal to the metal championship which has seen the likes of Motley Crue, Judas Priest (2013 & 2014), Kreator, and Destruction (defeated Iron Maiden to win championship) all win the pedal to the metal championship. I was wondering heading into this tournament if we would finally see someone other than Judas Priest go back to back, but after three rounds of fan voting, we are going to once again have a brand new champion. In fact, all four bands in the final four have never been this far in the tournament which makes it even more exciting and this is also the first time in three years that not a single member of the Big Teutonic Four are in the final four. For Lamb Of God and Amon Amarth, this is the first time these two bands have been in the tournament so it’s a win no matter the result for both these bands. For tournament veterans Queensryche and Megadeth, this is a chance for both bands to finally win the championship that has been alluding them both since 2011 when the tournament started. You have until March 28 at 11PM ET to vote for who you want to see in the finals. I want to remind people that without the bands sharing the tournament, there is no tournament. This is a fan base vs fan base tournament so vote for the band you love and show your unity. If you forget how it works then follow this link.

2017 final fourI am hoping that at this point in the game that you understand how the tournament works and that you stop crying about Iron Maiden not being in the tournament anymore. We have an interesting scenario this year and one is that this is the first year that Iron Maiden is not in the final four and that there will completely be a new champion when it is all said and done. This tournament has always been about one fan base versus another and if a band does not share the tournament on their Facebook page, then I cannot be held responsible for them not winning. I am not Loudwire or Metalinjection.net, I don’t have their kind of pull. I am just a guy who loves metal and tries his best to promote it when he can. Anyways, one fan base that showed up to the tournament for sure was Queensryche’s fan base as they without a doubt sent their band through to the final four by 753 votes. Megadeth’s fan base also came to bat as they destroyed Testament by 728 votes setting up a match with Queensryche. The next match featured two newcomers with something to prove as Lamb Of God took on Trivium. The match was close for the most part, but in the end Lamb Of God distanced themselves winning by 316 votes.

Pedal Is WorldwideOur last match of the Elite 8 round was the most interesting one because it was so darn close right up until the end. Tournament newcomer, Amon Amarth took on 2015 champion (who defeated Iron Maiden to win the championship) Kreator in our last match of the elite 8 round. These two bands were separated by a couple of votes for almost the whole entire round. It was quite an amazing site to see, but in the end Amon Amarth pulled off the win by only seven votes (710-703). I will be setting up the matches real soon so stay tuned. I also wanted to express how excited I was at the turn out for the tournament and where you guys are coming from because we have reached nations like Singapore, Mexico, Netherlands, Finland, Argentina, Bulgaria, Thailand, Israel, Peru, Lithuania, Taiwan, Cayman Islands, Faroe Islands, Vietnam, Macedonia, and an island named Jersey just to name a few. There were way too many nations to list, but to me that is exciting and that is what this is all about. I just hope that we can get more and more countries involved in this tournament and that Iron Maiden fans stop being so salty over this.

2017-headerWe can never have a tournament without a little controversy and in reality there is no real controversy. The tournament has always been about a fan base of one band versus the fan base of another. So, if your band was eliminated two rounds ago then sorry for that, but a lot of my favorite bands have been eliminated too. Anyways, we are here to celebrate the fact that if you made it this far it’s because your fan base kicks ass and you belong here. We have some exciting matches for all of you like Queensryche taking on Judas Priest or Amon Amarth taking on German Thrash legends Kreator. We also have Lamb Of God taking on Trivium and Testament taking on Megadeth in a super match for the Thrash division finals. After this, it only gets harder to choose a winner and that will ring especially true in the Dio division finals where Queensryche has to dethrone former two time champion Judas Priest. Does Testament have what it takes to dethrone Megadeth who have been riding the rollercoaster of success lately with a Grammy win and all? All of these questions will be answered as soon as YOU THE FANS VOTE! You have until March 24TH to vote for who you want to see make the final four, so as always choose wisely!

2017 elite 8 round

2017-headerFirst of all I want to start this paragraph by sending so much gratitude and appreciation to all of the bands that shared this page and the tournament. Without the bands, this tournament means absolutely nothing because if the fans can’t see it then they won’t show up. I’m writing this because I noticed that there is a lot of salty fans out there that are pissed off that their “band” didn’t win their match in this tournament. First of all, I created the tournament because it sounded like something that was fun to do and always has been since day one, but you always get the salty fans. I try my best to share the tournament on as many pages as I possibly can, but things are a lot different today then when I first started this tournament. I used to be able to share it on every page that there was, but now I need permission from the bands to be able to post it on their page. If I don’t get approval then there is no sharing on their page which can ultimately result in them being eliminated from a tournament by a band who did share it (For example, click here to go to Accept’s website or here to go to Queensryche’s Facebook Page).

iron maidenI used to allow people to vote as many times as they wanted, but I saw that it got really out of hand especially when fans of a band cried foul over it. So, I changed it to only being allowed to vote once every hour in a day and that seemed to satisfy fans for a long time now. Believe me I know it’s shocking when a band gets eliminated, but one year Death Angel defeated Metallica all due to the fact that their fans showed up and voted. Destruction and Kreator both won the championships solely off the fact that they shared every single round in the tournament every time I shared it with them. Believe me, I have 7 or 8 favorites of mine that have been eliminated already and I am completely fine with that because the fans decided the outcomes and that is all that matters. Here is to the unpredictability of the tournament, may it rock harder than salty tears. Here are the guidelines to making the tournament:

-The band must be active which means they have had to have released music in at least the last four years to the start of the tournament date and/or are actively touring. If a band retires or calls it quits before the start date of the tournament, then they are no longer eligible.

-If a band is eliminated in the first round of the tournament then they are no longer invited to the next years tournament (they have to wait a year). Some exceptions are made based on past tournament performances before that particular hiccup. There are only 32 spots in the tournament so we can’t include everyone, if we missed someone then we apologize. We have that rule and other rules in place to try and include new bands every year, but sometimes we might miss a few. We are listening to you and taking notes.

-While I would love the tournament to be based on merit solely, the tournament is all about a fan base reaching out and voting for the band they love. I can’t fault a fan base for showing up and voting.

-You are only allowed to vote once an hour so if you wait every hour in the day to vote then all the power to you. All matches are chosen at random as well as they are picked out of a hat so if a match seems odd to you then believe me it does to us as well.

– We are nothing if the bands do not share the page. That is as simple as it gets folks. We try to reach as many people as we possibly can, but we can’t reach everyone.

2017-headerWe here at Moshpits and Movies decided to pull the plug early on the round of 16 due to mercy killing rules. We had an unbelievable response to the tournament thanks to the bands that shared the tournament on their pages, but the tournament was getting a little out of hand so we gave mercy to those that were being eaten alive out there. I truly believe that this was the highest amount of people we have ever had vote in one round, but Ill have to check the stats later on. In our very first match, Queensryche who looked to be losing the match at first completely blew the doors off of the competition and the flood of votes poured in as the band defeated the mighty U.D.O. by 1, 114 votes total. In the second match, Judas Priest came back from being completely behind Accept for most of the match and beat them by 1263 votes. Slayer for a while had a strong lead against Megadeth, but then all of a sudden they were left playing catch up. Unfortunately for the mighty Slayer, it was too much and they couldn’t as Megadeth won the match.

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For most of the match, Testament and Exodus were dead even. I mean if Testament went up by 3 one minute, it was tied up the next and vice versa. Then all of a sudden, Testament just took the ball and ran with it and never looked back. Lamb Of God started the match in the lead and never looked back as they easily disposed All That Remains by 1163 votes. The other match in that group was literally dead even for the longest time. It looked like fans couldn’t figure out who they wanted to win the match. In the end though, Trivium had the come from behind win as they beat Killswitch Engage by only 67 votes. It was by far the closest match in the whole sweet sixteen round when it was all said and done. Amon Amarth did the impossible it seemed as they had the heavy task of facing the defending champions Destruction in the sweet sixteen. In the end, Amon Amarth held a comfortable lead over Destruction for the whole entire match and never let go of it. The last match featured the 2015 champion Kreator who is looking to get back in the finals take on Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse. Well After 2459 total votes in the match, they are one step close to reaching the promise land again. The elite 8 round is now set and things are only going to get a lot more exciting and interesting from here on out. Whose fan base is going to lead the charge moving forward? We’ll just have to wait and find out.  Check out the brackets below:

2017 elite 8 round

2017-headerAfter an awesome first round, we are looking for your help to keep the momentum going because without you guys, there is no Pedal To The Metal Tournament. You the fans have always decided the outcome of the tournament as you have crowned champion after champion. So, with that being said, we have some awesome matches for you guys to check out and we are keeping them all in the same post for now for the sweet sixteen. We strongly encourage that you vote for every match up in the tournament because this is all about supporting the metal community no matter what sub-genre it is. In the Dio/Lemmy division, Queensryche looks to keep their luck going as they take on the legend from Germany U.D.O. meanwhile Accept is looking to keep the fight alive as they take on former two time champion Judas Priest. The Hanneman divsion has some great match ups like one mega match that pins Big Four members Megadeth against Slayer. The other match is a good one as well and it features one band that brings a strong argument to the table as to why it should be the Big Five and not the Big Four in Exodus as they take on a band that brings a strong argument as to why that Big Four stuff should be expanded to more in Testament. The Schuldiner division features the defending champion Destruction take on Viking Metal Kings Amon Amarth as well as 2015 winner Kreator taking on the mighty Cannibal Corpse. The last division, the metal to the core division, features Lamb Of God taking on All That Remains while Killswitch Engage does battle with Trivium. You all have until the end of Match 21st to vote for who you want to see move on the Elite 8 round. So, vote carefully and wisely, but have a lot of fun and spread the word.

2017 Bracket sweet sixteen

There was a screw up where the Slayer/Megadeth match closed early, so we have another poll for all of you to keep voting for that one. At the end, we’ll combine both scores together. Sorry for the inconvenience