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Love Me To DeathSuicide Silence is one of those bands that took a lot of crap over the sound and clean singing that was on an album that I personally loved in the self titled fifth album that came out in 2017. Now, we fast forward two years later and the band is ready to shut their haters the f**k up as they turn the volume and the intensity up in this week’s Metal Single Of The Week and the band’s brand new single Love Me To Death. The track is the fourth song on the band’s upcoming sixth album Become The Hunter and it goes right back to the band’s Deathcore roots which means it’s going to deliver some blunt force trauma to all the naysayers. The album comes out on February 14, 2020 via Nuclear Blast Records and the album was produced by the great Steve Evetts who has produced albums by Hatebreed, Sepultura, and more while the album was mixed by Josh Wilbur (Trivium/Gojira) and mastered by the one and only Ted Jensen (Pantera/Slipknot). Believe me as soon as you hit play on the player below, you will be a fan of the track so check it out and check out the artwork below and the track listing too.

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Become The Hunter Tracklisting:

1. Meltdown
2. Two Steps
3. Feel Alive
4. Love Me to Death
5. In Hiding
6. Death’s Anxiety
7. Skin Tight
8. The Scythe
9. Serene Obscene
10. Disaster Valley
11. Become the Hunter

king diam masquerade singleFor the last 40 years, there has been no one better in the world of conceptual horror and metal music then Denmark’s King Diamond. Whether it was in Mercyful Fate or on his own, King Diamond has delivered some of the most amazing stories through his music and he has always stayed true to his style since day one. Now it has been 12 years since the last time we heard new music from King Diamond which was 2007’s Give Me Your Soul…Please and a lot has happened since then, but he has back now with brand new music in the track Masquerade of Madness which is classic King Diamond to the core from the eerie feeling to the mixture of high pitched wails and low growls, and the monstrous guitar riffs that shake you to your very core. The track is the first single off the forthcoming 2020 release The Institute which if it’s anything like this track then it promises to be an absolute banger. As of right now, King Diamond is currently on tour, but in 2020, he promises to be apart of the Mercyful Fate reunion that is slated to happen. So stay tuned here for more information as it becomes available to us including the release date of the new album. Otherwise, check out the track below and bang those heads.

ozzy under the grave yardIt has been ten long years since the last time we had a single from the Prince Of Darkness, the Godfather of Metal himself Ozzy Osbourne. In 2010, he had released the album Scream with Guitarist Gus G and the album’s success was short lived. Fast forward ten years later and Ozzy has already recorded an album with Black Sabbath (13), did a farewell tour with them, and recorded a single with Rap artist Post Malone (Take What You Want). Ozzy has also had some downs to go with he ups as he had to cancel the rest of his farewell tour in 2018 due to some complications to pneumonia that sidelined the legend, but it was the recording with Post Malone that gave Ozzy hope again as he had a blast working with Post’s produce Andrew Watt. He had so much fun with Andrew Watt that he decided to record a solo album with him playing guitar and rounding out the band was Duff McKagan (GNR) on Bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. There are reports that are saying that even Ozzy is calling this new album the best work he has ever done and when you listen to Under The Graveyard (This week’s rock single of the week) which is the latest single, you are hopeful for the rest of the album. Ozzy himself sounds absolutely amazing on the track that isn’t your prototypical ozzy song. There is a lot of alt-rock influence in it and you can hear the inspiration for Post Malone’s track in this one. My only problem with the song is the initial guitar solo which is way too fuzzy for my liking, but we’ll see how Zakk Wylde (who had nothing to do with the album) interprets it live. Check out the single below:

81ZLmPVUVXL._SL1500_When you think of metal and the country of Italy, there are only two bands that immediately come to mind with one being Fleshgod Apocalypse and the other being Venice’s own gothic metal act Lacuna Coil. The band which was made up of Cristina Scabbia (Vocals), Andrea Ferro (Vocals), Marco “Maus” Biazzi (Lead Guitar), Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore (Rhythm Guitar), Marco Coti Zelati (Bass/Keyboards), and Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati (Drums) first appeared on the scene in 1999, but it was until their third album Comalies was released that I began to take notice and pay attention. It was released on October 29, 2002 via Century Media and Cristina talked about the album saying, “[During the album’s recording], we had a sort of creative explosion. We were working in a coma, sort of like in a different dimension. First of all we just wanted to use the word ‘coma’ but there was something missing so we played with the two words coma and lies.” The album would peak at number 178 on the Billboard Top 200 charts as well as peaking at number nine on the Top Heatseekers and Independent Albums charts too as the album has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies in the US. Rock Hard Magazine ranked the album #415 in their The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time book and Metal Hammer ranked it 59th on their greatest album of the 21st century chart as well.

114595227_838803151. Swamped– I love the effect in the beginning of the track, but what I really love is the heavy guitars mixed with the orchestral string backing track. The second and final single released from the album features both Andrea and Cristina sharing vocals in this track about having so much potential that you are swamped trying to get their. 5/5

2. Heaven’s A Lie– The first track I ever heard from the band and this is still my all time favorite track from them about how the perfect life or anything is a lie. It’s about what happens when people try to force their opinions on you, it doesn’t mean that they are right. 5/5

3. Daylight Dancer-a cool track that is all about someone who is always trying to mask what the answer to their problems are even though they know the truth. 4.5/5

4. Humane-a very cool intro with the keys before the band kicks in to take over in this track that is all about following your heart and what it tells you. 4.5/5

5. Self Deception– A kick ass track about a man who takes the fall for another when he really didn’t commit the crime. 4.5/5

6. Aeon-A short track that is less than two minutes that is all about someone that they acre about that every time they hold them they steal their love complete with acoustic/clean channel guitars. 4/5

119028662-37. Tight Rope-a track that I think they are talking about someone that they care about, but the problem is that they are always walking on a tight rope when they are near them. 5/5

8. The Ghost Woman and the Hunter-a very excellent track on the album that I believe is all about a relationship they has ended, but one fears that the other has forgotten all about them. 5/5

9. Unspoken-A little more energy in this track that is all about being away from that person who may not be physically abusive, but they are mentally abusive. 4.5/5

10. Entwined– a track that once again visits that feeling of being trapped in a relationship that is not going anywhere. 4/5

11. The Prophet Said– I saw an interesting take on this track where the song could be bout how one partner tells the other one that she couldn’t get anyone ans she believes it and in turn tries to always make him feel better. 4/5

12. Angel’s Punishment-The song is all about war and how it is usually created through lies. 4/5

13. Comalies– The last song on the album, the title track, and I believe Cristina and her interpretation of the album title. Sometimes, we are just living with a lie and we can’t get out of it like we are in a coma. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– An amazing album from beginning to end, I remember seeing the band tour on this album at Ozzfest and just being amazed how well the songs translated live. If you’re looking to get into them, this is definitely a good starting point. Then travel backwards to see the progression to here and then how they grew musically to right now. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

blue-oyster-cult_agents_bIf you were to take the time to look on any Halloween playlist that is out there that involves having classic rock on it then I guarantee you will at least find one song by American Hard Rock/Occult Rock band Blue Öyster Cult. The band which was made up of Eric Bloom (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Allen Lanier (Keyboards/Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Joe Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), and Albert Bouchard (Drums/Vocals) were known for mixing elements of the occult and horror into their music which is why I decided to cover their fourth studio album Agents Of Fortune as this week’s album of the week. It was a unique album for the band as it was the last album to feature every member having vocal duties on some of the tracks, the only album to not feature writing credits from Eric Bloom, and thanks to one lead single, this album made them a huge concert draw as well. The platinum selling album would peak at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, 28 in Canada, and 26 in the UK. Kerrang! Magazine voted the album 62 on their The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time list while Q magazine said it was one of “The Greatest Classic Rock Albums Ever!”

blue-oyster-cult-agent-of-fortune-2-cd1. This Ain’t the Summer of Love– a monster opener that is all about how the promoters were exposed for being frauds with their Summer Of Love campaigns. 4.5/5

2. True Confessions-a piano driven bluesy rock track that is all about love in the 70’s in the eyes of someone who lived it then. 4/5

3. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper-a classic track from the band that put them on the map and established them as a live force. The track is all about we fear death when we shouldn’t and how we should just be living. 5/5

4. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)– a bad ass 70’s rock song with swagger that I think is all about The Men In Black and UFO’s. 5/5

5. The Revenge of Vera Gemini– a track that undoubtedly inspired the Marvel character that features vocals by Patti Smith as well as Albert, but rumor has it that it’s about her relationship with Bob Dylan. 4.5/5

3365286259_da7ae4fcc1_z6. Sinful Love– a cool rock track that once again features Albert on vocals and is about drug addiction in my opinion and he is trying to kick it, but he loves it too much. 4/5

7. Tattooed Vampire– an upbeat hard rock track about a tattooed Asian girl at a tattoo parlor? 4/5

8. Morning Final– According to one report that I saw online that the track is about a murder that took place at a famous place in New York City that Joe Bouchard used to like going to. 4/5

9. Tenderloin– Eric Bloom sings this cool as ice rock song about a prostitute (basically) 4/5

10. Debbie Denise– The last track on the album and it’s a track based on a song written by Patti Smith where one line was changed about a girl who patiently waits for her man to come back from tour because she loves him. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I can definitely understand why this is a band that is so polarizing in a way. I saw that because there are people who live and die by Blue Öyster Cult and some that thought they were cheesy. I liked the album overall, but in reality there were only two songs that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

IMG_7714The first time I ever heard the track God’s Gonna Cut You Down, the traditional folk song was by the man in black Johnny Cash who recorded the track for his album American V: A Hundred Highways. It was a different take then the usual versions that were recorded because his was a stripped down version as opposed to the gospel versions that came before it. Apparently during his Heaven Upside Down Tour, Marilyn Manson was performing the Johnny Cash version of the song live, but in fact he recorded a version of the track for the soundtrack to the 2017 film 24 Hours To Live. He talks about the song telling Loudwire, “I enjoyed doing it. I did it in one take and everyone thinks that Johnny Cash wrote it and I looked up the people that covered it and it was great because it’s Elvis, Tom Jones… It’s originally just some soul singer back in I don’t even know what era. The chords that Tyler [Bates] played, it was slightly similar to the version that we’re most familiar with, the one that Tom Jones and Johnny Cash did, most notably.” Check out the track below because Manson does an amazing job morphing his style into the track:

 

81GClJcrNAL._SS500_It is so exciting to be kicking off another Halloween season here on Moshpits and Movies and as is tradition every post will be Halloween themed so that we can pay tribute to the best holiday of all. I have covered so many artists in the past from the Murderdolls to Type O Negative and all the different incarnations of Glenn Danzig. So, I wanted to do something a little different to kick off the season and I decided that we would cover Don Hinson & The Rigamorticians 1964 album Monster Dance Party. Bobby “Boris” Pickett kicked off the tradition of making Halloween music with his hit Monster Mash which then sent the record industry into a frenzy and here we insert Las Vegas disc jockey Don Hinson who decided to put his own spin on the novelty music. One of the mysteries to me for some reason is that I can not figure out exactly who in the world The Rigamorticians were exactly as no one online seems to know either, but the album was produced by Gary Paxton who also produced Bobby Pickett’s Monster Mash

don hinson1. Monster Mash-This is probably one of the most famous Halloween songs ever recorded and has been covered by everyone. This version has more of an R&B flavor to it than the Pickett version. 5/5

2. Monster Jerk– The song seems to be sung by Igor as he tells you all about his favorite dance moves. I love the Motown R&B dance feel to it that it has. 4.5/5

3. Do The Rigamortis– Dracula teaches and tells Igor all about a new dance move that he saw at a ball that had Mummies and more at. 4/5

4. Robbin’ Graves-Cool swinging sixties style music as they dig up graves looking for body parts for Frankensteins monster. 4/5

5. Werewolf Watusi– Dracula travels with a she-wolf to a new spot where he witnesses the new dance that 150 werewolves were performing all due to a flea epidemic. 4/5

6. Monster Swim-a very swinging 60’s swing music classic that tells you that the Monster Mash is over and now the Swim is in. 4/5

img279_b1aa4319-6801-44e9-9003-74c18b147f1e_grande7. Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood– This is probably my favorite song by Don Hinson and an original that is all about a alternative that Dracula has come up with for Vampires who didn’t have to be rely on blood. 5/5

8. Phantom Of The A-Go-Go – I love the organs in this track giving it a little bit of a psychadelic rock feel mixed with the R&B and Jazz. A very danceable song at 4/4 time and makes it groovy. 4/5

9. Monster Dance Party– I love this track because it’s more of that organ driven R&B dance flavor that they give you. I can only imagine this music when it was played at clubs. an instrumental track. 4.5/5

10. Monster Surf Stomp-a track that adds a little bit of surf music flavor to it with the guitars on top of what it’s already doing which is very cool. Another instrumental track. 4.5/5

11. That Little Old Graverobber Me– a slower tempo track that is all about a Dean Martin like guy who runs into Igor who is robbing graves. a very cool track. 5/5

12. Home In The Castle East– The last track on the album that is very upbeat in tempo which means it’s danceable with the organs playing as well with the big tuba sounds, etc. another instrumental track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– If you’re looking for fun nostalgic music from 55 years ago then this is the album for you. I have always loved Halloween music because it meant that the best holiday was near. I am giving the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.