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crow soundtrackI honestly believe that if you were to ask me what were some of the greatest movie soundtracks of the 1990’s, one of them would definitely be the original soundtrack to the 1994 film The Crow. The Crow was a film that starred the late Brandon Lee that was based off of a comic book created by James O’Barr about a man who comes back from the grave thanks to a crow to have vengeance against those who killed him and his fiance. The soundtrack featured some of the best 90’s alternative acts like The Cure, The Jesus and The Mary Chain along with some really awesome up and comers in the Industrial rock scene like Machines Of Loving Grace, My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult, and the Nine Inch Nails. The soundtrack also featured some bands that were either already on the rise like Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, or about to make a huge splash like Rage Against The Machine . It was definitely the album that made a splash on us because it made the film come to life and helped bring out the raw emotions of the characters. It did well on the charts as it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and it has been certified platinum three times.

crowost1. Burn by The Cure- This is my favorite song on the whole album that made me fall in love with Simon Gallup and his bass playing abilities as he drives the song forward while Robert Smith does his best invoking the spirit of the Crow in his lyrics. 5/5

2. Golgotha Tenement Blues by Machines Of Loving Grace- Machines bring the industrial rock sexiness with this blues tinged goth classic. Golgotha is the place that Jesus was crucified so the track could be their way of saying that this is where Eric Draven was “crucified” if you want to use those terms. It’s an awesome track. 5/5

3. Big Empty by Stone Temple Pilots- This is a classic STP track, but it’s not the original track intended for the soundtrack. Apparently, they had written one song called Only Dying, but management thought it wasn’t a good idea to release since the death of Brandon Lee had happened. This was definitely a great substitute as this is an STP classic. 5/5

4. Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails- Trent Reznor went all out with this cover of Joy Division’s Dead Souls which is amazing. This is a very haunting track lyrically and Trent does a great job adding his flair to it while trying to remain true. 5/5

5. Darkness by Rage Against The Machine- A very young Rage brings this track to you with all the in your face, boombastic sound that we are used to while Zach De La Rocha spits that gospel. Zach is talking mostly about how AIDS was an epidemic in Africa and America was barely doing anything about it. 5/5

6. Color Me Once by Violent Femmes- Life can be cruel and tough and that is the message that legendary folk rock act Violent Femmes brings to you on the soundtrack. The track features a very cool bluesy guitar solo that is a true highlight. 4.5/5

7. Ghostrider by The Rollins Band- Henry Rollins reverting back to his punk roots as he covers Suicide’s Ghostrider for the soundtrack. This was always a surprise track for me because the music is just infectious with those big bass riffs. 5/5

BSO_El_Cuervo_(The_Crow)--CD8. Milktoast by Helmet- this is an alternate version of the band’s track Milquetoast where this one was mixed by Butch Vig as it features a distorted outro and some feedback loops that weren’t there before. This track also features some bad ass bass playing by Henry Bogdan. 5/5

9. The Badge by Pantera- Any soundtrack that features the late and great Dimebag Darrell is a winner in my book. This is Pantera’s cover of Poison Idea’s The Badge. It’s heavy and fast and it showcases some of Phil’s other influences. 5/5

10. Slip Slide Melting by For Love Not Lisa- I had never heard of this group, but the song has quite the kick to it cause the track drives. 4.5/5

11. After The Flash by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult- an industrial banger that is bound to get the inner goth out of you with it’s Ministry/Electric Hellfire Club like industrial dance beats. This track kicks ass and you can’t help but groove to it. 5/5

12. Snakedriver by The Jesus and The Mary Chain- an alternative rock track that is a little different than the rest of the songs on here and it’s a good change as the singer talks about how life can be just as we thought it would be. 4.5/5

13. Time Baby III by Medicine- I think this is a very underappreciated song on the soundtrack because her voice is hypnotic. The band makes a cameo in the film playing the club. 5/5

14. It Can’t Rain All The Time by Jane Siberry- This is the actual version of the track that Eric Draven’s band’s song that appears on the soundtrack. The track is about no matter how tough or bad things get, it can’t be that bad all the time. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of the greatest soundtracks of it’s time and it will live on in the hearts of all those that loved the film and soundtrack. My favorite tracks on the record are Burn by The Cure and Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails. My least favorite track is probably Color Me Once by Violent Femmes. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

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morbid-angel-kingdoms-disdainedI think I described this memory before when I last reviewed a Morbid Angel album, but one of my all time favorite concert memories involves an interaction with Steve Tucker. You see, Steve Tucker is back in Morbid Angel and he told me at a concert to get off the bar top where I was sitting because no one sits down at a Morbid Angel show. I may have been disgruntled a little over his choice of words when referring to me, but I can’t blame the guy he didn’t know my name. Anyways, in 2017 Morbid Angel released their ninth studio album in Kingdoms Disdained which was their first album with Steve Tucker (Bass/Vocals) since 2003’s Heretic and it’s the first album to feature Annihilated drummer Scott Fuller with Trey Azagthoth on Guitars. The album has gained some critical acclaim since it’s release as it was voted number 9 on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums of 2017, number 14 on Revolver’s 20 Best Albums of 2017, number 19 on The Quietus’s The Best Metal Albums of 2017, and it took home the award for Extreme Metal Album Of The Year on this blog’s 7TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Steve Tucker talked about the mindset heading into the record saying, “The first thing Trey said to me was, ‘I want to make killer music with killer people.’ To go into any more detail than that, honestly, I don’t even remember, but it was really just about, ‘Hey, man, I want this to be MORBID ANGEL. I don’t want this to be what it was being changed to be.”

morbid angel back cover1. Piles Of Little Arms– The track opens right out of the gate at you going 200 MPH with that fierce double bass playing and the face melting guitar shredding. The track is an attack on religions being forced upon the people. We’ve seen this countless times before in society. 5/5

2. D.E.A.D. [Department of Eradication and Disposal]-An in your track that explores the idea of Machines taking over the world and their being nothing humans can do to stop it. 4.5/5

3. Garden of Disdain– The track talks about God and any other being that is disgusted over what humanity has done so they want to eradicate the Earth of us. The track has your typical death metal sound to it, but when it comes to the chorus, it turns into one heck of a metal track. 5/5

4. The Righteous Voice– Another track that deals with the fact that humans kill one another for the love of their God and how we have been doing it for a very long time now. A fierce track that smashes like a sledgehammer at first before launching into death metal mayhem. 5/5

5. Architect and Iconoclast– This is a track that kind of grooves with some real heavy elements like the double bass and shredding guitars in a track that I think they are talking about Satan. I am not sure because they reference the keeper of the soil which could be Cain from the Cain and Abel story. 4/5

6. Paradigms Warped-Another in your face metal track that is just unrelenting as smashes through your ear drums. The track seems to be told in the view of a God who is sick and tired of humanity and what it has turned in to that he is ok with eliminating it. 4.5/5

19554804_10155438277872748_6482179096562658997_n7. The Pillars Crumbling– It may not seem like a track that is declaring social awareness, but it is in my opinion. They talk about how we are being led by false prophets, we value personal possession more than life, and we have fallen into a society that is fighting addiction. Check out the lyrics for yourselves. 5/5

8. For No Master– This is a track all about being free my which that enslaves us from being totally free in mind which is religion. This is more of a traditional death metal track than previous tracks. 4/5

9. Declaring New Law (Secret Hell)– My version of the album did not contain this track for some reason as you can see above, but here it is. This might be one of my favorite tracks on the album musically as it just kills. It’s a sledgehammer like track that smashes your ear drums like a death machine. This track seems to be about any dictator that takes over, he wants total control or you die. 5/5

10. From the Hand of Kings– A track that breaks down the fact that these leaders your fear are not larger than life, they are just mere men like yourself who have been able to fool you. My favorite lines: “Caesars were men not gods/Idols change as needed through time
Generals are irrelevant without war/Kings mean nothing without fools” 4.5/5

11. The Fall Of Idols– The last track on the album that talks about taking down regimes or empires and how they will be erased from the minds as if they mean nothing. The track does not disappoint as it hammers away. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts-This is an amazing record from the guys that is just solid from track one all the way to number 11. The band sounded like they had never lost a step even with losing so many members. I just want to send props to Scott Fuller who just killed it on the record. My favorite tracks are Declaring New Law (Secret Hell), The Pillars Crumbling, and Garden Of Disdain. My least favorite track on the album would be Architect and Iconoclast. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

Monster Entertainment Awards 7I have hosted this award post for seven years now and I never fails to bring enjoyment to me for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons being that each album that wins gets a review for the album of the week so that will be exciting for the next month. The second reason is that we get to celebrate and vote for what we believe was the best rock album of the previous calendar year and we voted for the best of 2017 and I have the results for you guys. Marilyn Manson seems to always be a big winner as he won album of the year for The Pale Emperor, but this year he takes home the award for Best Rock Album for Heaven Upside Down as well as Rock Single and Rock Video Of The Year as well. There is going to be a lot of arguments over the winner of the album of the year, but Link Park really did put out a solid effort with One More Light. Code Orange came out of nowhere and defeated some giants of metal to take home the Metal Album Of The Year award while Morbid Angel claims their first win in the Extreme Metal Album Of The Year with Kingdoms Disdained. Here are some of the other winners: Rock Single Of The Year: KILL4ME by Marilyn Manson, Rock Video Of The Year: We Know Where You F*cking Live by Marilyn Manson, Metal Single Of The Year: No Lives Matter by Body Count, Metal Video Of The Year: Nuclear Alchemy by Watain.  Check out the rest of the winners below:

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.

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:

62832bf2b09acaf22004efd916863b2eBack in November of 2014, the world lost Industrial/Nu Metal titan Wayne Static who was known as the King of Evil Disco. Wayne was know for having that iconic hair style very reminiscent of Legion of the X-Men.  He was also known for his unique vocal delivery style that was infectious to try and imitate. I don’t know why I haven’t covered a single album, but there is a reason I chose the one I did. I could have chosen Wisconsin Death Trip as this week’s album, but Machine was the very first Static-X album that I purchased myself. The album was released on May 22, 2001 and it was produced by Ulrich Wild. The band was made up of Wayne Static (Lead Vocals/Guitars), Tony Campos (Bass), Ken Jay (Drums), Tripp Eisen (Lead Guitar, but never recorded a note for the record), and Koichi Fukuda (Keyboards/Programming). The album was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it the highest charted album for the band (Cult Of Static was the second highest).

51W49reL+2L1. Bien Venidos– Just an intro track of people clapping as some music starts and it leads into the next track. 4/5

2. Get To The Gone– Some insane growling open up this monster of a track that reminds me of the track The Great Southern Trendkill in how it opens. Campos amazing bass playing is present in this track that seems to be about how things have changed since their early days. 5/5

3. Permanence– An industrial dance beat very reminiscent of Ministry opens up this track that talks about how the band hates the current mainstream scene. 4/5

4. Black And White– One of the coolest tracks on the album that just grooves as he talks about how there is no middle ground in life, everything just ends up black and white. 5/5

5. This Is Not– The very first single released off the album that is just a sledgehammer of a track and very in your face as he screams This Is Not!!! I can only assume that he is talking about things can change and you just feel like nothing is the same. 5/5

6. Otsego Undead– The industrial metal dance song that would Al Jourgensen happy in a track that he could be talking about the undead, but then again thic could be about a town in Michigan that Wayne attended college near. 4.5/5

machine-526b60c4ea6217. Cold– One of my favorite tracks on the album that is very sludgey in nature with the bass and guitar riffs in a track that is associated with vampires and such. 5/5

8. Structural Defect– A supercharged track that talks about someone who is just trying to be themselves in a world where every one forces drugs on to you. 4.5/5

9. …In A Bag– A cool track that is actually about being on a tour bus and not being able to take a shit. Write what you know and experience. 4/5

10. Burn To Burn– a cool track that I think is talking about life and what it gives you may not always work out in your favor. 4/5

11. Machine– The title track on the album opens up with some cool industrial beats that remind me a little of what Fear Factory has done. The vocal approach is definitely different for Wayne on this track as well as it sounds like he whispers the verses. The song could be about their previous guitar player, but I’m not sure. 4/5

12. A Dios Alma Perdida– The last track on the album that starts really slow and sludgy with some sound clips included in this instrumental track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of my favorite releases from the band that showed that no sophomore slump existed for them. The album also saw them venture out a little more musically than in the previous album as well. My favorite track on the album is definitely Cold followed by Black And White. My least favorite track on the album would probably be the title track, but that isn’t me condemning the song either. Anyways, I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

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at the gates single of the weekOne of the most legendary Swedish death metal bands of all time in At The Gates is about to release their first new album since 2014’s At War With Reality. When you think of the Death Metal scene from Gothenburg, At The Gates is immediately one of the first bands that I think of instantly as well as their legendary Slaughter Of The Soul album. Nonetheless, the band is back with a new album in To Drink From the Night Itself which comes out May 18TH via Century Media. To keep us occupied until then, the band has unleashed the title track as the first single from the album. When asked why the title track as the first single, vocalist Tomas Lindberg said, “So, for the first song to present to the public, we chose the title track of the album. Which is also the opening track of the record. To us, this gives a presentation of the attitude of the album: raw, hungry and desperate. It also gives an introduction to the whole concept of the record.”

To_Drink_from_the_Night_Itself_cover_artHe then continues to say, “We live through our art, and the whole album deals with the concept of art. Art as a tool either for revolution, or suppression. To drink from the night itself is just that, a metaphor for living and breathing through art. Of course the concept goes deeper than that, but this song is the heart of the concept, the fierce call to arms so to say. We are still at war, but this time we are fighting the abyss, the abyss of apathy and oppression. It is an aggressive song, but also contains a lot of the other elements of the band´s sound on this record. Melancholia, desperation and struggle. For the first video we chose to use Patric Ullaeus again, as he is good at capturing the raw energy of the band playing live. In the video you can also see glimpses of the art used for the cover, so it binds it all together nicely. Enjoy.” The song contains everything you would want from an At The Gates track and it even contains some melodic parts to show you how much depth the band has. To pre-order the album right now, click here.