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prequelleIf 2017 was a hectic year for Swedish metal band Ghost then 2018 was definitely the year of redemption for the mastermind behind it all in Tobias Forge. 2017 saw lawsuits from past Nameless Ghouls like Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Martin Hjertstedt, and Henrik Palm all sued the singer over royalty disputes. Despite all of the outside noise, Ghost has soldiered on with a new album and a new character in 2018. On June 1, 2018, the band would release their fourth studio album Prequelle and for the first time ever, the band was not fronted by a Papa, but by Cardinal Copia. The album which is themed around Mideval times and the black plague was a huge success for the band upon it’s release as it debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 selling 66,000 copies in it’s first week. Besides the US, the album would peak in the top five in eight different countries with it going number one in Sweden, Finland, Norway, and New Zealand. The album was also nominated for a Grammy (Best Rock Album) as well as a Grammis (The Swedish version) for best Hardrock and Metal album, but it failed to take home any awards. What it did win was the album of the year at the 8TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards which is why I am covering it for this week.

prequelle back cover1. Ashes– The first track on the album is an intro track that features Tobias’s daughter Minou Forge singing the nursery rhyme Ring a Ring o’ Roses which is thought to have been written during the times of the plague. Its perfect for the album because it adds a creepiness to it. 5/5

2. Rats– The first track on the album and the first single with it’s Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads styled tempo and sound in this metaphorical track about the black plague and the spread of disease. 5/5

3. Faith-a doom metal styled track that touches on elements of Heavy Metal as well that just kicks ass about how people are always  afraid to adapt new ways even though we have to be a progressive society and that faith can get in the way. 5/5

4. See The Light– A very cool melancholic like track that some may believe has something to do with the plague, but I think this track is a shot at the bandmates that have sued him in the past. 5/5

5. Miasma-The first instrumental track on the album that is absolutely awesome and even features a saxaphone solo played by Gavin Fitzjohn. It’s the band flexing their prog rock muscle. 5/5

ghost-prequelle6. Dance Macabre-The pop metal disco like sounding track was the second single released off the album and is a track about people partying like they never have before because they know that they are going to die anyways so why not? 5/5

7. Pro Memoria-an interesting ballad that features Davide Rossi providing the orchestration for the track in this song about the devil constantly reminding you that he may have granted you power, but he can easily take it away from you as well. 5/5

8. Witch Image– An awesome track that is all about someone who used witch craft to avoid the plague and dying while others all around them are dying horrible deaths. 5/5

9. Helvetesfönster– The second instrumental track on the album that is absolutely beautiful in composition and features Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt playing the acoustic guitar parts. 5/5

10. Life Eternal– The last track on the album that sees Forge use the piano for the track  while asking the all important question of immortality. If you had the choice to live forever would you take it? 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Ghost has never disappointed me with any of their previous releases and they definitely raised the bar with this one in my opinion. The album shows that Tobias can write classic sounding tracks without making them seem to nostalgic to the point that it’s corny. I love the whole entire album which is why I am giving it five stars out of five for a final grade.

91Kh3SY8mwL._SL1500_During the voting process for the 8TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards, one of the most highly contested contests was the Extreme Metal Album of the Year award which featured bands like Behemoth, Tribulation, Hate Eternal, and the actual winner of the award in Swedish Black Metal band Watain. In 2018, the band which features Erik Danielsson (Vocals/Bass), Håkan Jonsson (Drums), Pelle Forsberg (Guitar) with additional music provided by Alvaro Lillo and Set Teitan (who was fired from the band) released their sixth studio album Trident Wolf Eclipse (on the album as TRIDENT·WOLF·ECLIPSE·) which was produced by Tore Stjerna and released via Century Media. There is a significant change int he band’s sound from their previous album as the band chose to revisit their past and there’s a reason for it. Before the making of the album, the band had to bury one of it’s members in Selim Lemouchi who was a frequent collaborator. Frontman Erik Danielsson spoke to Decibel Magazine about the noticeable shift saying, “there’s no hiding the fact that in between The Wild Hunt and this album we had to bury one of our members and go to his funeral together. […] It perhaps underlines the gravity of the album and that this is not about fucking around. This is not a game. This is life and death. This is what Watain are about.” While the album did not chart in the US, it peaked at number three on the Sverigetopplistan Chart (the Swedish Charts).

119175637-21. Nuclear Alchemy– an intense, in your face, unforgiving track that is all about all out war on the heavens with nuclear alchemy. It could also be about the end of the world through nuclear war. 4.5/5

2. Sacred Damnation– Face melting guitars and machine gun drums lead this track forward in what appears to be a track about the devil reigning supreme. I’m not 100% positive on the meaning, but the track is bad ass. 5/5

3. Teufelsreich– or Devil Reich if you’re looking for the translation for this in your face, but technical at times track. The track seems to be about the search for the devil’s kingdom. 5/5

4. Furor Diabolicus-an intense track that is all out war as Satan tries to reclaim his place in a battle for the ages. 4.5/5

4062665. A Throne Below-a go for the throat track that is just punishing track about the depths of hell and the throne of the master. 4/5

6. Ultra (Pandemonic)– a track whose intensity matches that of the lyrics which is about a unholy beast that is pandemonium and is unleashed. I really dug the guitar solo on this track, I thought it was pretty killer. 4.5/5

7. Towards the Sanctuary– an all out metal assault that kicks ass in a track that is about the life of a satanist and what they do for their beliefs. 4/5

8. The Fire Of Power– The last track on the album that I believe is talking about Apollo, the Greek God who was also known as an archer. I could be wrong, but the track features some amazing moments where they mix some straight up metal with their black metal intensity. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– An intense album from beginning to end that is just relentless in spirit as the intensity never stops. My favorite tracks on the album are Sacred Damnation and Teufelsreich while I don’t dislike any of the tracks, I wish I knew a little more on the meaning of some of them. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

R-2542972-1500984918-1755.jpegIt is Mötley Crüe week here on Moshpits and Movies where we are celebrating the release of the band’s brand new Netflix biopic The Dirt which was released this past Friday (March 22). We figured that we would cap off Mötley Crüe week by covering one of the band’s albums for the Album Of The Week post and we are giving you two albums for the price of one this week. On November 10, 1981, the band which was made up of Vince Neil (Vocals), Nikki Sixx (Bass), Mick Mars (Guitars), and Tommy Lee (Drums) would self release their debut album Too Fast For Love on their own label Leathür Records. Eventually when the band was signed to Elektra Records, the label would remix the album and re-release it in August of 1982. As far as the track lisiting and artwork is concerned, we are giving you the Leathür Records Edition of the album which features ten tracks as opposed to the nine track Elektra Records release. The original pressing of the album was limited to 900 copies to which the band quickly sold and the re-released version  eventually went Platinum while also peaking at 77 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

MOTLEY_CRUE_TOO+FAST+FOR+LOVE+-+1ST+ISSUE+2ND+PRESSING+WINSERT+1-951b1. Live Wire– The fierce and ferocious opener kicks off the show with one of the most popular tracks that band performed throughout their careers. I think the track is about when your young you think you’re unstoppable just because what you think you bring to the table is fresh and new. 5/5

2. Public Enemy #1-an awesome track that takes a look at how amazing just being young, wild, and free is because you break all the rules and everyone wants you. The song was co-written with Nikki’s former London bandmate Lizzie Grey who is credited on the song. 5/5

3. Take Me To The Top– an amazing song that has a slight punk rock feel to it at times that is all about fighting those inner demons and temptations as you go to the top. 5/5

4. Merry-Go-Round– a slow and methodical track that apparently is about something that Nikki witnessed as a kid in Seattle when he saw a man refuse to come off a Merry Go Round and was taken away in a straitjacket. 5/5

5. Piece of Your Action– This is the last track on side A and one of two songs that Vince Neil co-wrote on the album that is the original version of Ten Seconds To Love (not really, but as far as lyrical meaning it is). 5/5

Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love (Leathur) - Back Cover6. Starry Eyes-Another amazing song that is musically in the same style as Merry-Go-Round and it’s all about a girl who you are just memorized by because she can do things no other can. The song features one of my favorite builds up to a guitar solo the band has ever done. 5/5

7. Stick to Your Guns– a very Aerosmith like swagger to the track int he beginning before the band launches into overdrive Mötley Crüe style. The track is all about doing what you think is right for you and screw what everyone else says. 5/5

8. Come on and Dance-a cool, raw hard rock classic that is all about a stripper and what this stripper can do that just hooks all the guys in. You have to love the cowbell playing that Tommy Lee includes in this song. 5/5

9. Too Fast For Love-The second best track on the record that is already amazing to begin with and that punk infused rock is awesome in this track that is all about living that rock star life. 5/5

10. On With The Show– Another amazing song and what an amazing track to end an album with. The track is song is almost autobiographical at the time for the year as it chronicles the death of Frank Feranna Jr. and the birth of Nikki Sixx. This is the second song on the album that was co-written by Vince Neil. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Besides Shout At The Devil, this may be the greatest Mötley Crüe record ever recorded due to the fact of how hungry the band was and how raw their sound was in this track. Shout featured a more polished sound that was provided thanks to Elektra and their resources. I love every single song on this record which is why I am going to give the album 5 stars out of five for a final grade. Welcome to the five star club!!!

bc6ee723227e66783247a96206e790c931902ffbWhen I decided to have the category “Rookie Of The Year” in this years Monster Entertainment Awards, I was trying to leave supergroups out of the category because usually they don’t last especially if guys are still in their other projects. Something though seemed a little different about Bad Wolves because they were being marketed much like Five Finger Death Punch, a band of guys who had been in the industry that were banking on themselves. So in the long run, Bad Wolves proved to be a formidable band and they took home the award for their album Disobey. The band which features Tommy Vext (Vocals, Ex-Divine Heresy), Doc Coyle (L. Guitar, Ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (R. Guitar, Ex-Bury Your Dead), Kyle Konkiel (Bass, Ex- In This Moment), and John Boecklin (Drums, Ex-Devildriver) released their first album on May 11, 2018 and it was produced by Boecklin and Vext alongside Mark Lewis, Wzrdbld, and Philip Naslund while it featured cover art by Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory. The album was a big success for the band as it peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as well as number four on the US Top Rock Albums chart.

119195491-21. Officer Down– an intense in your face opening track that talks all about police brutality and it definitely reflects on the times with the social climate on police brutality. 4.5/5

2. Learn To Live– The band has a Slipknot like intensity to this track and it’s no surprise with the caliber of the guys in the band. The track is all about people struggle every day with just life itself, but if you want to survive you better learn how to live. 4.5/5

3. No Masters– This may be one of my favorite tracks on the album because it’s a bad ass riff that has that metal swagger to it in this song that is all about going against the grain and let no man control you. 5/5

4. Zombie– The band was originally supposed to have Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan do the song with the band as a duet, but unfortunately she passed away before they could and the band finished recording the cover in tribute to her. The song was also voted cover song of the year in this years Monster Entertainment Awards. 5/5

5. Run for Your Life– a track with a little more of a commercial feel to it that is all about someone who realizes that they lived as slaves to the grind and now it’s time to escape before it’s too late. 4.5/5

6. Remember When-a more melodic track from the band that is all about reflecting on the past and saying to yourself if you only knew… 4.5/5

7. Better The Devil– Tommy flexes his more melodic singing ability on this track and combines it with the intensity of his vocals on the chorus in this very Nu-Metal like track in this track that I think gives awareness to suicide. 4.5/5

bad-wolves-2018-billboard-15008. Jesus Slaves-a pretty cool track that I believe is talking about Werewolves and that once you’ve been turned into one not even Jesus can save you. 4.5/5

9. Hear Me Now– a very commercial track that is featuring DIAMANTE who sings vocals on the track in the same style that Linkin Park had Kiiara for Heavy and Papa Roach had Skylar Grey for Periscope. It’s not a bad track by any means, but there’s a trend here. 4.5/5

10. Truth Or Dare– The band stays melodic for this track that is all about being daring because life is just a game anyways. 4/5

11. The Conversation– Another track on the album that is looking to be socially aware as it questions the way we’ve been living and that as Americans, we need to start questioning the establishment more. 4.5/5

12. Shape Shifter– I am not a fan of the guitar riff on this track, but the rhythm section definitely helps carry this tune that is all about a woman who is more than men can handle. 4/5

13. Toast To The Ghost– This was the first single released off of the album and it has a build up that leads to an in your face track that is all about how we forget all those that fought and died for our freedom and the very belief of it. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The album has a theme behind as almost every track touches on the idea of not being controlled or freedom and while the music touches upon the best elements of Slipknot, Nu-Metal, and some FFDP, I can see these guys having a future. My favorite track on the album is No Master, that is a song that I would love to hear live. My least favorite track is Shape Shifter just cause I’m not a fan of the guitar riff. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

shout cover of the weekWe are continuing to celebrate Mötley Crüe week here on Moshpits and Movies thanks to the release of the Netflix biopic The Dirt which was released this past Friday (March 22ND). Mötley Crüe are one of those bands that was very influential as they were the leaders of the pack back in their time so it’s safe to say they influenced a lot of bands. Steel Panther is a band that pays tribute to the decadent days of the 80’s in a very exaggerated way, but that is the fun of it. While on tour in Indianapolis back in December of 2018, Steel Panther were on stage at the Old National Centre and they performed Shout At The Devil live and thanks to Fat Samurai on Youtube, we can watch it and it kicks ass. I am not 100% sure who is playing bass for the band in the video, but he’s doing his best impression of Nikki Sixx which I give him credit for. Satchel does an incredible job shredding on guitar while Michael Starr takes the vocals to a whole other level. Check out the live performance below:

51qMElGc5NL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_It is Motley Crue week here on Moshpits and Movies as we continue to celebrate the release of the new Netflix rock biopic The Dirt which is based off of one of the best selling rock autobiographies The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band that was written by Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee, and Nikki Sixx alongside Neil Stauss and we are covering here for Heavy Metal Book Report. The way the book works is that each member of the band gets their own chapter to tell some wild and insane stories that also features chapters from Doc McGhee and Tom Zutant as well. The book tells the wild and insane story of the one of the 1980’s most decadent and dangerous bands in the world as they take you on a true journey through sex, drugs, and good ole fashioned rock and roll Motley Crue style. You get to travel alongside the band as they describe all their triumphs alongside all the tragedies that made the band notorious all over the world. It’s a one way ticket through hell and back so you better make sure that your strapped in because it’s a journey that you’ll never forget. Hear all the stories that made the film like the story of Bullwinkle, the tragic death of Razzle and everything that happened while Vince was in jail to the night that Nikki Sixx died and came back to life and so much more.

91S8-v4yBBLFor anyone that has read this book, there is so much that I would have loved to have seen make the film, but I understand how screen writing works versus writing a novel. One of the things that is probably going to happen to you is that if you had a favorite member before, it could possible change during this book. That was one of the things that happened to me when I read this book. I was a huge Vince Neil fan growing up because I thought he was the coolest frontman ever, but after reading the book I instantly became a fan of Nikki Sixx who is the unsung hero of the band. You have to read about his journey as a kid to adult that was toned down heavily in the film because it will shock the hell out of you. There is one story that just tugs on your heart strings and it’s about a sister that he never knew he had and the tragedy behind that story will bring a tear to your eye. One of the things that made me laugh at times was how every member had plenty of pages per chapter and then there’s Mick Mars who at times wouldn’t write much. He lived up to his persona even in the book, but he has some pretty interesting info as far as his backstory is concerned. As I said before in the previous paragraph, this book takes you on one hell of a ride and you’ll feel so dirty when it’s done that you’ll need a shower (just kidding, but seriously though). This is probably my favorite rock autobiography of all time that has never been duplicated and with that being said, I am giving the book five stars out of five for a final grade.

the dirtWhile Jordan Peele’s new horror film US may dominate what is on people’s minds this weekend, there was one film that was undeniably on my radar. Back in 2001, the world’s most notorious and decadent group to ever come out of the 1980’s was none other than Mötley Crüe and the band dished on everything with their book The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band which was written by the band and Neil Strauss that helped spark a revolution in rock autobiographies that still dominates to this day. Then back when Mötley Crüe’s retirement tour announcement came in 2013, we found out that Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) was going to direct the film adaptation of the book called The Dirt. The film stars Douglas Booth (Noah) as Nikki Sixx, Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly) as Tommy Lee, Iwan Rheon (Game Of Thrones) as Mick Mars, and Daniel Webber (Thumper) as Vince Neil, the charismatic lead singer as the film follows the journey of their humble beginnings all the way through triumph, tragedy, and rebirth as we navigate through the hairspray filled, spandex covered Sunset Strip via Netflix. The film also stars Pete Davidson (Set It Up) as Tom Zutant, Christian Gehring (The Brink) as David Lee Roth, David Costabile (Breaking Bad) as Doc McGhee, Tony Cavalero (The Duff) as Ozzy Osbourne, Max Milner as Razzle, Rebekah Graf (The Amityville Murders) as Heather Locklear, Vince Mattis (Halloween) as Frank Feranna Jr., and many more.

crueAnyone that asks me how the film was is going to wonder how the film was in comparison to another film by the name of Bohemian Rhapsody, but that just isn’t fair in my book. They are two completely different bands with two completely different outcomes and Mötley Crüe certainly didn’t allow them to hold back in this one with any of the ugly details. I definitely thought that was the key to how great this film was because while it does look like the most extravagant life, it shows you that deep down not everything is what it seems to be after a while. While that film did an amazing job as far as casting was concerned, I think the casting crew did an amazing job with the guys they found for this film because I believed that I was watching Mötley Crüe right in front of my eyes. One of the guys who deserves a lot of credit is Colson Baker who plays the wild man Tommy Lee and with the amount of experience he had in acting as compared to the others, he nailed it in my book from the beginning all the way to his look during Dr. Feelgood and beyond. Obviously, you can’t fit everything that you read from a book into a film so a lot of stuff had to be cut out of the book like the fact that Nikki Sixx was dating Lita Ford during the Shout At The Devil days and they left out Tommy’s relationship with Pamela Anderson from the film.

ozzyThere are a lot of scenes and moments in the film that will just leave quite the impact on you and one of those scenes were the moments Vince had when his late daughter Skylar was sick with stomach cancer. Those were some emotionally tough scenes to watch because it was so real and so many people in the world can relate to the struggle. Another one of those scenes was the death of Nicholas Dingley a.k.a. Razzle of Hanoi Rocks who grew to be a very good friend of the band and his death was a huge turning point for the band that would effect them for years to come as you’ll see and read about in the book. One of the things that was absolutely amazing was how they transformed the Sunset Strip and all of the clubs to look like it’s heyday. The set designers deserve an Oscar for the work they put into this film recreating that as well as recreating all the amazing stage setups that Mötley Crüe had from their original club days all the way through. The costume designers also deserve an Oscar for the amazing job they did as they pulled it off and made me believe I was back in the 1980’s. This film is a work of art that needs to be checked out by Mötley Crüe fans everywhere. I would definitely rank this film right up there with some of my favorite rock biopics ever and if you’ve never read the book, do yourself a favor and check it out. The acting is great, the cinematography was great, the editing was great, and the film just kicked ass. I am going to give The Dirt an A+ for a final grade because I also loved the Goodfellas style narrating that you get from each member.