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take what you wantI know that this is going to be a highly contested entry due to the backlash the track is already getting online. The worst part about the backlash is not about how good or bad the actual song is, but due to the lack of knowledge on his fan base. I want to first start out by giving Post Malone a lot of credit for putting the Godfather of Heavy Metal Ozzy Osbourne on his track and while it’s not a new concept, it still deserves a lot of props. The song that I am referring to is the track Take What You Want which is featured on Post Malone’s newest album Hollywood’s Bleeding. The track not only features Ozzy Osbourne, but it also features one of hip hop’s hottest artists in Travis Scott as well. The track starts off with that semi-acoustic, clean channel guitar playing that is very similar to Ozzy’s Mama, I’m Coming Home, but it is definitely not. I meant more in the way the track starts, but Ozzy kicks off the song singing the chorus before Post Malone takes over with the verse and then it’s forward from there. The track itself is very catchy and Ozzy does an amazing job lending his vocals to the track. The one thing that I am wondering though is who is the guitar player at the end that shreds an amazing guitar solo because it sounds like Zakk Wylde’s playing. Anyways, I am sure we will find out soon enough who the guitar player is, but I do know that Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is playing drums on the track. I wanted to end this article by saying that even though most of his fans do not know who Ozzy is, this is a good opportunity for them to learn just who he is. So, check out the track below and enjoy.

skillet singleA band that has always impressed me with the material they have put out is none other than Christian rock band Skillet. The track that got me hooked into the band was none other than their 2009 mega hit Monster and the track certainly brought them into the mainstream for sure and they have not looked back since. Now 10 years later and the band is gearing up to release their tenth studio album in Victorious which comes out August 2ND via Atlantic Records. To get the fans ready for the album, the band has released a track that may sound a little familiar to fans in the track Legendary which the band has played live. The anthemic track was described by singer John Cooper, “It’s actually a little different for Skillet as well. That opening guitar riff isn’t like anything we’ve ever done on guitar. It’s a little bit bluesy, a little bit rock. I thought it was cool.” He continues to say, “It’s the first time that me and Korey [Cooper] produced most of the record ourselves. When I was looking at what we did well on Unleashed, I thought it was a real energizing and fun record to listen to. That’s what a great Skillet record is — songs that make people want to put their fists up in the air at a concert or get them through a run or drive or whatever they are doing. So we set out to make a record that had a lot of emotion to it.” The band will be on the road this summer with Sevendust so be sure to check out that tour, but in the meantime check out the lyric video below:

While Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers play The Sinclair tonight (April 21ST) in Boston, MA, there is a city that is not going to be enjoy Laura’s new infectious anthemic Punk like track and video for I Hate Chicago. Hopefully Chicago has a sense of humor because it comes from a good place. The track comes off Laura’s (Against Me!) debut solo album Bought To Rot and the music video for the track is equally interesting as they parody the classic early 90’s comedy Wayne’s World which was based out of Chicago. In the video, it’s known as Jane’s World and the characters Laura and Jane are played by Abby Pierce and Christine Vrem-Ydstie respectfully and it’s hilarious as they nail the parody to a T as they remind me of how much I miss the real duo. They include everything in their from the Bohemian Rhapsody car ride scene to the famous No Stairway To Heaven Allowed scene. Check out the video below and make sure you check out Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers.

COMIC TITLE: Gunning For Hits #3 (2019)
Moritat– Artist
Jeff Rougvie–Writer
March 13, 2019
Image Comics

gunningThis week was a pretty average week with some exciting new titles, but a lot of continuations of other titles that have been just as exciting and maybe right up our alley here at Moshpits & Movies like today’s title. Gunning For Hits is a first time title that comes from the mind of Jeff Rougvie, who used to work in the recording industry and was best known for signing David Bowie in the later years of his career. Now he has put all that into his very first comic book which features artwork from Moritat (Batman: Night of the Owls) and the comic book features it’s very own Spotify playlist as well that you can check out here. In the previous issues, we see that Marty Mills has signed a band to a record deal even though it cost a lot of money to do so, but now Marty may have the chance to sign the one and only Brian Slade who is looking for a record deal to get himself back in the game. In this issue, Marty is getting ready to meet with Brian Slade, but there are obstacles that are being thrown in his way that could prove to be a hinderer to his plans like Slade’s very curious bodyguard Goldstone. For more information on the comic, check out Image’s website right here and be sure to check out their other titles.

gunning for hitsOne of my favorite factors about this comic besides all of the awesome behind the scenes knowledge you get is the fact that it has it’s own Spotify playlist which is clutch. You can hear tracks from Bowie (who is Brian Slade in the comic), Duran Duran, The Replacements, Sisters Of Mercy, and so many more artists. The cool thing is seeing how deals work out and Marty always lets you in on how as an A&R man he has the upper hand on the bands which while it is true is also why it’s sad, but it’s called a business for a reason. For a little while, I was thinking that things were coming too easy for Marty because he always seemed to have an answer for everything, but this is the first issue to feature any real conflict and it ends on that kind of a note. We definitely needed that to keep us hooked into this comic book for sure. The artwork from Moritat is awesome as usual and I love how he sets up his panels where he’ll have one long panel one page where the rest of the panels sort of run along it. I definitely think David Bowie would proud of how he looks in the comic book, but when your done with the comic book, stick around and read the notes at the end of the comic book from the author. Check it out everywhere today and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

8th annual me awardsIt is that time of the year where we begin celebrating all the best of the previous year and as usual, we here at Moshpits and Movies are once again handling the music and movie side of the awards. We are unfortunately not working together with 365 Movies Challenge blog any longer, but we have reacquired Mr. X’s Punch Out who will handle the wrestling side of things. For right now though, we are looking at the music side of the awards which is now in it’s eighth year and we are pretty excited. Besides the usual awards for Album of the Year, Metal Album of the Year, etc., we have added a couple of new categories to the awards which are Cover of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Every year, there are plenty of bands that record covers of famous songs they love from bands and we want to celebrate by voting for the best one. Much like cover of the year, there are always new bands that pop onto our radar and we want to celebrate them as well. We tried our best to not include supergroups, but rather if it’s their current and only focus then they are allowed. So, now we just want to hear from YOU guys and see who you pick to win each award. You have until March 13TH to decide so choose wisely and just have some fun.

The Dirt SingleThe film that you all have been waiting for since the rumors some years ago and the announcement during their retirement tour press conference is going to drop on Netflix this month. That’s right, I am talking about the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt which stars Machine Gun Kelly a.k.a. Colson Baker as Tommy Lee, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, and Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx. To celebrate the film, the band returned to the studio to record four tracks together which includes a cover of Madonnas Like A Virgin and the track we chose for today’s Rock Single of the Week in The Dirt (Est. 1981) featuring Machine Gun Kelly. The track at first has a very Shout At The Devil feel with the intro, but when the band comes in, it’s very Saints Of Los Angeles sounding which is cool because it’s the natural evolution of the Crüe. If you wondering what it sounds like with Machine Gun Kelly, I have to say that his part is not overwhelming as it fits the track perfectly and it doesn’t overtake it. One of the other common questions asked is how is the band getting back in the studio without wanting to reunite and tour? Nikki answered that question in an interview with Classic Rock saying, “Yeah, I miss the guys, and I miss playing with them, and playing that music, but everyone’s fairly busy with their own thing. That’s a whole conversation that we haven’t even had at that point.” He however did not deny nor confirm the rumors, but simple said, “I don’t know if we ever will.” Check out the film on Netflix and check out the single below:

aerosmithThis past Sunday, we held MusicBowl 53 where we allowed you the fans to vote as Aerosmith (representing New England) took on Motley Crue (representing LA) to coincide with SuperBowl LIII. After collecting your votes on the blog and on Twitter, Aerosmith was the winner of the MusicBowl. As is tradition on the blog, we cover an album from the winning band for the album of the week post and for this week’s we chose Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith. The bad boys of Boston which was made up of Steven Tyler (Vocals/Keyboards/Harmonica), Joe Perry (Lead Guitar), Brad Whitford (Rhythm Guitar), Tom Hamilton (Bass), and Joey Kramer (Drums) released their third studio album on April 8, 1975 via Columbia Records and was produced by Jack Douglas. The album is the band’s most successful album in the United States selling over 8 million copies while peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Rolling Stone ranked Toys In The Attic 229 on their The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

4DA2205A-7F67-404F-81AC-C65008FA9907_530x1. Toys In The Attic– The title track kicks off the album in style to which Tyler recalls, “Joe was jamming a riff and I started yelling, ‘Toys, toys, toys…’ Organic, immediate, infectious…I just started singing and it fit like chocolate and peanut butter. Joe plays his ass off on that song.” 5/5

2. Uncle Salty– Is kind of a creepy song that Tyler has said that it is about an orphanage where a man named Uncle Salty works at and has his way with a girl there. Tyler said, “Salty worked in a home for lost children and had his way with this little girl. That’s what it’s about. I’m the little girl, the orphaned boy. I put myself in that place. I’m Uncle Salty too.” 4/5

3. Adam’s Apple– a bluesy track where Steven takes the time to use the story of Adam and Eve to explore man’s behavior when it comes to sexuality. 4.5/5

4. Walk This Way-This is the original version of the track before Run DMC came around in a track that is all about a high school kid who loses his virginity. There’s a funny story about the origins of the lyrics. Tyler left the original lyrics inside a cab in New York and had to rewrite them in the studio. 5/5

5. Big Ten Inch Record-This is the band’s cover of Bullmoose Jackson’s track and Aerosmith does a great job with it. 4/5

aerosmith toys6. Sweet Emotion– One of my all time favorite Aerosmith song’s that I first heard when I watched the film Dazed And Confused. The song was written by Tom Hamilton who came up with the bass riff that was played alongside an bass marimba in the beginning. The track also featured a talk box and what Tyler describes, “On ‘Sweet Emotion’, we used these backward handclaps and four of us in the studio chanting, ‘Fuck you, Frank.’ If you play it backward, you can hear this.” 5/5

7. No More No More-a track whose lyrics Tyler describes saying, “On a song like ‘No More No More,’ the lyrics came from my verbal diarrhea, a mishmash that I made up and eventually changed the lyrics to something cool…about life on the road: boredom, disillusion, Holiday Inns, stalemate, jailbait. My diary.” 4/5

8. Round And Round-a bad ass rock song from the band whose sound reminds me of a Kiss like track with the big bass riffs to match with the guitars in a track where Brad Whitford plays lead guitar on. The lyrics seem to be talking about life as a musician and how ti just spins out of control, but it just goes round and round like a vicious cycle. 4.5/5

9. You See Me Crying– The last track on the album that the band has stated was a pain in the ass to record because it took so long due to complex playing. It’s a piano ballad that for a while Tyler didn’t remember recording due to the memory loss from the drug use. 4.5/5

CS625486-01B-BIGMy Final Thoughts– This is definitely up there in the echelon of what is considered a classic Aerosmith record and it’s definitely top five for me, but to be honest I grew up a fan of 80’s Aerosmith. I have a new appreciation over the years for their 70’s material which is why I decided to visit it today. This album really put the band on the charts and it certainly paid off as even producer Jack Douglas saw that the band had matured while being on the road before recording this. My favorite track is Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way, the title track, and even Round And Round. Uncle Salty is my least favorite track on the album. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.