Posts Tagged ‘Metal’

king_diamond_abigail_1500x1504px_100326093214_2Every October since 2012, we here at Moshpits and Movies have celebrated the great holiday known as Halloween by dedicating the whole site to the month. One of the things we love doing for the month of October is Horror/Halloween related posts for our Album Of The Weeks. So, our very first one this year belongs to a man that needs no introduction in the master of the macabre King Diamond. In 1987, King Diamond would release what is considered by most to be a pure masterpiece in his concept album Abigail. The album featured Diamond (Vocals/Producer), Andy LaRocque (Guitar), Mikkey Dee (Drums), Michael Denner (Guitar/Assistant Producer), Timi Hansen (Bass), and Roberto Falcao (Engineer/Keyboards). Here is part of the plot of the story, “Abigail tells the story of a young couple, Miriam Natias and Jonathan La’Fey, who move into an old mansion that La’Fey inherited. It takes place in the summer of 1845. At their arrival they are warned by seven horsemen not to move into the house because if they do “18 will become 9.” They do not heed the warning and proceed to move into the mansion. During their first night, Jonathan meets with Count de La’Fey, the Family Ghost, who is a deceased relative. The ghost shows him a casket in which a corpse of a stillborn child, Abigail, rests. The ghost informs him that Miriam is carrying the spirit of Abigail and that the child will soon be reborn. He insists that Jonathan must kill Miriam at once to prevent the rebirth.” To read the rest of the plot, click here.

king diamond1.Funeral– The intro to the album that narrates what happened to the countess and her unborn child Abigail who was a bastard child which was considered evil so when she laid to rest she was nailed down. 4/5

2. The Arrival– The twin guitar attack of King Diamond kick off this track that is all about Jonathan and his wife’s arrival to the mansion which he inherited. They are visited by the four horseman and told to turn around and leave because she is pregnant with a child that is Abigail. 5/5

3. A Mansion In Darkness– The next track kicks off and it follows the story as they enter the house and Miriam becomes possessed by the spirit. I love the overall riff of this track, it’s a headbanger for sure and Diamond’s vocal range is insane. 4.5/5

4. The Family Ghost– The story continues as Count de la Fey shows up and talks to Jonathan and shows him the crypt below where Abigail lies and he proceeds to tell him the story of what happened. The track has a really cool guitar solo in it. 4.5/5

5. The 7TH Day of July 1777– The track is about the very day that Count de la Fey killed his wife and her bastard child. The track starts out with Andy playing the acoustic guitar before the band kicks in and turns it up a notch. 4/5

king-diamond-abigail-18083206. Omens– An amazing track in which Jonathan is starting to see things that shouldn’t be happening coming to life like a rocking cradle, etc. Maybe the count was right after all. I love the duel solos by Denner and LaRocque. 4.5/5

7. The Possession– The story takes a dark turn in this track as Jonathan figures out that his wife really is possessed by the spirit of Abigail. 4/5

8. Abigail– The title track is one of my all time favorite King Diamond tracks just because it kicks that much ass. The track is Jonathan pleaing to Abigail to let get of her possession of his wife, but she refuses. 5/5

9. Black Horsemen– The ending of the story where Miriam pushes Jonathan down the stairs where he dies, but she dies during the childbirth. The horseman arrive to try and kill the baby by putting it back in the coffin. I love the acoustic intro, it’s very dark and helps set the mood. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– If you’re into power metal and metal with a horror concept story then this is one to check out for sure. The musicianship alone on this album is top notch and worth the listen. 15 years later, he would release the sequel to this album, but we’ll cover that for another time. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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who is that guyIt has been quite some time since since I had watched or even reviewed a Rock Doc so I figured there was no better time than now to start. Normally when I am trying to decide what documentary to watch, I usually do not pick one unless I know the subject matter. That was definitely not the case with today’s choice for Rock Docs entitled Who The Fuck Is That Guy’? The Fabulous Journey Of Michael Alago. To put it in simple terms, the reason I chose to watch this documentary was for the simple fact that it had the word Metallica in the description. The documentary follows the life of a gay Puerto Rican New Yorker who would end up being one of the most important people in the metal industry simply for the fact that he signed Metallica. Watch the documentary as you get testimony straight from the source himself Michael Alago as well as James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Cyndi Lauper, Mina Caputo, Cherry Vanilla, Cheetah Chrome, Rob Zombie, John Lydon, Eric Bogosian, Mike Gitter, Phil Caivano, Phil Anselmo, Sean Yseult, John Joseph, Joe Sib, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, and so many more in this amazing doc.

who is that guy 2You may still be wondering just who in the hell Michael Alago is, but he truly is such an important figure for heavy metal because he signed so many acts from Metallica, Metal Church, White Zombie, and so many more. You find out that he was a guy that truly loved music back in the 70’s and 80’s as he describes the night life in New York City and all the legendary clubs that hosted shows back in the day from the L’amour, The Ritz, CBGBs, and so many more. You figure out that all of the names I mentioned above have a huge amount of respect for Michael Alago. He’s a guy who broke down a lot of barriers in the business being a gay man tackling an over-testosteroned genre and he made people understand that it was all about the music. The documentary features interviews, some animation for certain stories he or someone else tells, and a lot of great photos that Michael has had in his collection. You also learn about the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80’s firsthand from someone who survived it in Michael Alago. Check it out on Netflix right now as we speak and I am going to give it an A- for a final grade.

coup de graceI am one of those guys who always loves to discover new music (music that is new to me, not necessarily you) that catches my attention. While listening to Corrosion of Conformity on Spotify, one of the suggested bands to listen to was an English Stoner Metal band by the name of Orange Goblin. Now with a name like that, I just had to check them out for myself and I was blown away by what I heard from the group because I love stoner metal/rock like Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, and so many more. Now the real question was what album was I going to chose from the band and the one I chose to cover was based on the album cover itself because it reminded me of the cover art for the film Creepshow. Now the album I am referring to is the bands fourth studio album Coup De Grace which was released on June 25, 2002 via Rise Above Records. The album featured Ben Ward (Vocals), Pete O’Malley (Guitar), Joe Hoare (Guitar), Martyn Millard (Bass), and Chris Turner (Drums) with some very cool special guests. As far as I know, the band didn’t have an album on the charts until 2014.

Orange_Goblin-Coup_De_Grace-Trasera1.Your World Will Hate This– The track starts off with a little bit of a punk influence to it as it’s fast paced in a track that is about when you get big the wrong kind of people start to show up. 4/5

2. Monkey Panic– A cool drum beat starts off the track before the band joins in for some fun in a track that is all about avoiding addiction. The track features backing vocals by Tom Davies of Nebula. 4/5

3. Rage Of Angels– A heavy bluesy rock track that is a sort of call and response with the singer (he sings there’s no guitar and when he’s done the guitar comes in). The track has a cool sludge part towards the back end with some cool Sabbath like playing. 5/5

4. Made Of Rats– A cool stoner track that features John Garcia of Kyuss on lead vocals in a track that is about being down on your luck. 4.5/5

5. Whiskey Leach– A cool mid tempo track that seems to be talking about how alcohol can take over and make you do things you normally wouldn’t. 4/5

6. Getting High on the Bad Times– I love the opening bass riff cause it just reminds me os stoner metal, but this is cool track with a nice bluesy feel to it. I do love how the band can just stop then pick up with a cool riff with a swagger to it right after. I think the title is pretty self explanatory. 4.5/5

Orange_Goblin-Coup_De_Grace_(2011)-CD7. Graviton– an instrumental track that just takes you on a musical journey that is absolutely awesome from beginning to end. 5/5

8. Red Web-a very intense track right from the starts with an intro of a man saying that the dead are coming back to life. Safe to say this is about zombies. 4.5/5

9. Born With Big Hands– At first I could have sworn that he’s singing about thee X-Men’s Wolverine with lyrics like “There’s adamantium in those bones. He’s got a jaw that’s made of stone. With his barbarian beliefs, It’s no surprise that he can’t be beat.” You judge it for yourself. 4/5

10. Jesus Beater– This is the other track on the album that features lead vocals by John Garcia that has some swagger to it with the bluesy guitar riff in a track that is about a guy who is happy to be in hell cause he can do whatever he wants. 4.5/5

11. We Bite– The band’s super cool cover of The Misfits track. 5/5

12. Stinkin’ o’ Gin-The intro is about as bluesy as you can get which shows this band has some chops behind them and you can guess what this track is about. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– The band gives you the best of all world from having that blues influence to match with their stoner metal sound and on occasion you get some punk thrown in there too. After listening to this record, I’m definitely interested in the rest of their catalog. I am going to give the album 4.45 stars out of five for a final grade.

War Of The Covers Immigrant SongLast week, we had one of the best battles that we have ever had even though it was a blowout. The band that recorded the best version of The Sound Of Silence according to you that voted is Bobaflex. That is all you have to is just click and vote so that the version you love wins. This week we have another good one for all of you guys to decide on. It is absolutely no secret that I am a huge fan of a particular Led Zeppelin track that has been attached to the trailer of the brand new Thor: Ragnarok film in the classic The Immigrant Song. Led Zeppelin recorded and released the track on their Led Zeppelin III album in 1970. There are dozens of different covers of the track, but I chose two tracks from two distinctly different rock bands from two different eras. Stryper was a christian metal band that got their start in the 1980’s with powerful releases like Soldiers Under Command and To Hell With The Devil. For Swiss rock titans Gotthard, their journey began in 1992 with their self titled debut. Unfortunately for Gotthard, they would lose their beloved lead singer Steve Lee in 2010 to a motorcycle accident, but the band has soldiered on. In 1996, on the Asian release of their third studio album G., Gotthard would record a cover of the track for the album. In 2011, Stryper would record a cover of the song for their all covers album The Covering. As always you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide and as always just have fun with it.

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metal church the darkThis week we are once again giving you two albums of the week instead of just one because we feel nice. I am trying to cover as many classic metal albums as I can because I realized after 300 plus records that I may have left some out (I know I did). One of those bands is the very underrated Washington state metal band Metal Church who over the years has had it’s issues with keeping a steady lineup. One of my favorite albums the band ever made was their 1986 sophomore release The Dark. The Dark was released on October 6, 1986 and it was the last album to feature the classic lineup of David Wayne (Vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Guitar), Craig Wells (Guitar), Duke Erickson (Bass), and Kirk Arrington (Drums). The album was a huge success for the band as it entered and peaked at number 92 on the Billboard Charts, but it remained on the charts for 23 weeks and it helped that the band was on tour with Metallica (who also urged Elektra to sign the band). It was ranked 389 on Rock Hard Magazine’s The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time list.

metal-church-the-dark-1986-back1.Ton Of Bricks– Arrington kicks off the album before the band kicks in for a sonic assault on your ear drums in this track in a track about a guy who is an ass kicking machine. 4.5/5

2. Start The Fire– an interesting track from the band that I think is one of those nuclear nightmare paranoia tracks. This is more of a heavy metal track than thrash where the tempo isn’t too fast. 4/5

3. Method to Your Madness– an interesting track that looks at a guy who is a veteran as he observes all the young bucks who are eager to go to war and die for their country and he’s more of I need to get out of here because I have fought enough. 4.5/5

4. Watch The Children Pray– One of my favorite tracks on the album that I believe is about people that live in a land that is constantly under distress and war so things there seem hopeless. I love how the tempo starts off slow before it launches into an awesome metal riff for the chorus. 5/5

5. Over My Dead Body– a metal scorcher that I believe the singer is addressing drug addiction in the track and how if you don’t kick it you might as well kiss your ass goodbye. 4/5

Metal_Church-The_Dark-CD6. The Dark– The title track which is a great horror like track about a guy who is trapped inside a house as he is being chased by a demonic force that is trying to swallow him into hell. 5/5

7. Psycho-an in your face sonic assault about you guessed it, a psycho! 4/5

8. Line Of Death-An in your face thrash classic that tackles the current events (at the time) about the Libyan hostilities in the Gulf of Sidra which was a hostile situation. 4.5/5

9. Burial At Sea– I love the build up for this track in the intro with that classic 80’s like metal scream as the track opens up. The track I believe is talking about a ship’s captain who is leading his men to death. 4/5

10. Western Alliance– The last track on the album is a hellraiser of a track that I believe is touching on the subject of war once again as it deals with the west which is the US and every other ally we have. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– If you want to hear some cool ass metal from the 80’s, then is definitely an album to check out. I think this line up could have done so much even though it did unite once with the exception of the drummer, but line up problems plagued the band. This is definitely an important record in my opinion in the history of metal, so cheeck it out. I am going to give it 4.35 stars out of five for a final grade.

acceptOne of the most underrated bands from the 80’s German metal scene (as well as the metal scene is general) is the band Accept. Here was a band that has been flying the flag of metal whether it be together or solo, they haven’t stopped yet. The album that I am covering from the band is their seminal 1983 release Balls To The Wall which featured Udo Dirkschneider (Vocals), Wolf Hoffmann (Guitar), Herman Frank (Guitar), Peter Baltes (Bass), and Stefan Kaufmann (Drums). Even though he received credit on the previous release, this album was really Herman Frank’s only appearance with the band on record until 2010’s Blood Of The Nations. The album was a huge success for the band that they were¬† never able to match afterwards and even to this day is their only album to ever be certified Gold in the US. The album would peak at 74 on the Billboard Top 200 while peaking in the top 10 in Sweden, but not without it’s controversies. The album’s cover and a couple of songs raised some flags as it was accused at the time of being homoerotic to which the band has responded plenty of times regarding the issue (you’ll see below).

accept_-_balls_to_the_wall_back1.Balls To The Wall– The kick ass title track kicks off the album and Hoffmann explains the track saying, “We’ve always been interested in politics and in human rights and things like that, so a lot of the lyrics that we had in those days, and to the end actually, were dealing with human rights, for instance, and that’s really what ‘Balls To The Wall’ is all about. ‘One day the tortured will stand up and kick some ass!” 5/5

2. London Leatherboys– This was one of the tracks that evoked the controversy, but drummer Kaufman said the track was really about bikers and the lack of respect given to them. 4.5/5

3. Fight It Back– A fierce in your face metal track that is all about if you want to change the way things are in society then you have to fight back in order to change things. 4/5

4. Head Over Heels– A cool bass line opens up this track that I think is about the curiosity one has when sex becomes a thing. I don’t know, I’m just guessing with this one. 4/5

5. Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had– It seems like a pretty deep track to me as it follows a guy who may have betrayed a girl to the point that she committed suicide and he feels so much guilt over it. 4.5/5

accept-balls-to-wall-3841296. Love Child– The other track on the album that was accused of being homoerotic is explained by Kaufman again saying, “And ‘Love Child’ was about gays, true, but it’s basically about people who are suppressed.” 4.5/5

7. Turn Me On– I think we can all figure out what this track is about, just start reading the first verse. I love the opening chords to the track, it’s raunchy and just in your face. 4/5

8. Losers and Winners– The track opens with the Judas Priest like duel guitar assault and it’s one of those tracks that has kind of a deep message. It’s basically him giving a guy advice that even though you think she doesn’t want you, just persevere on and don’t give up hope. 4/5

9. Guardian Of The Night– The track starts off with a very folky acoustic intro before the band launches into power chord overdrive in a track that is about a guy who sleeps all day and rocks all night. 4/5

10. Winterdreams– The last track on the album and it’s very folky again with the acoustic guitars and they’ve slowed the tempo down. You gotta love those big power chords in the verses and acoustic guitars in the chorus. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is probably one of the best Udo fronted albums (I don’t mean to stir up controversy) the band ever did. There is some cool guitar work on the album and some deep messages behind some of the tracks. Check it out for yourself and then check out Blood Of The Nations after to see what I was talking about in that first sentence. I am giving the album 4.25 stars out of five for a final grade.

War Of The Covers Sound Of SilenceIt’s been a couple of week since the last War Of The Covers that we did, but we are returning with a very good one this week. At one point, I did a cover of the week post here on the blog that got a lot of buzz because of the fact that it was a great cover by a great and underrated band. The cover was that of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1964 hit The Sound Of Silence by West Virginia rock band Bobaflex who covered the track for their 2011 album Hell In My Heart. One of the things I noticed that fans were saying was that they were comparing it to a version done by another band that goes by the name of Disturbed who released it on their 2015 Immortalized album. It always lingered in the back of my mind as to which version was better and who knew a folk song was going to garner so much buzz in the rock and metal world? Both versions of the song are amazing, but only one can come out of this as a winner and it’s up to you to decide and this is the place to do it. As always, you have until the next War of The Covers to decide on whose version you fancy more and have fun with it.

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