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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.

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musicbowl 53Last year, we skipped doing MusicBowl 52 because I couldn’t find a suitable band from Philadelphia to challenge a band from New England. Well that has all changed thanks to some tweets and some Instagram posts courtesy of Nikki Sixx. Nikki has proclaimed his allegiance to the Los Angeles Rams on several occasions and I have seen Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sing the national anthem while wearing a Patriots jersey. So, I figured the perfect matchup for this year’s MusicBowl was to have to be Motley Crue vs Aerosmith as it is the LA Rams vs the New England Patriots in SuperBowl LIII (53 for those who do not know Roman numerals). It makes the most sense since Aerosmith threw the first shot at Motley Crue in 1987 with Dude Looks Like A Lady, but it didn’t matter much when Motley Crue silenced their critics with 1989’s Dr. Feelgood which happened to be the band’s biggest selling and charted album of their careers with great songs like the title track, Kickstart My Heart, and Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away). One thing you do have to remember is that the original Toxic Twins were in Aerosmith who were making waves in the 1970’s when guys like Tommy Lee and Vince Neil were still in junior high. Both bands have had legendary careers and were the tops of their genre and have had some legendary comeback stories as well. The problem is that only one of them can win MusicBowl LIII much like only team will come up victorious tonight in Atlanta. I am going to run the poll in two areas with this one being one and the second run through Twitter where you will have until 8:30PM ET tonight to decide. Two legendary bands, but only one can win, vote and enjoy!!! Also below the voting poll is also some examples to help you decide.

neurosisI want to start off by saying that I wanted to wish every a very Merry Christmas and boy do we have something good for you this week. This week we are checking out another album off of Loudwire.com’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time and we are checking out a band that has had the respect of many of my favorite musicians. The band that I am talking about is Oakland, California’s own Avant-Garde Metal band Neurosis which is made up of Scott Kelly (Vocals/Guitar/Percussion), Steve Von Till (Guitar/Vocals/Percussion), Dave Edwardson (Bass/Moog Synthesizer), Jason Roeder (Drums/Percussion), and Noah Landis (Keyboard/Samples/Synth). The first time I had ever heard of Neurosis was through an Ozzfest 99 sampler that you got for free which featured a track from the album Through Silver In Blood (which is not the album I am covering today). On May 4, 1999, the band would release their sixth studio album Times Of Grace via Relapse Records that Loudwire ranked 42 on that said list. The album was produced by Steve Albini who has gone on to produce every single Neurosis album starting with this one. Loudwire.com also voted this album The Best Metal Album from 40 Subgenres in 2018. It has been said that thanks the production of Albini that the band would create the post metal sound that was found on this album.

neurosis back1. Suspended in Light– The album opens up with the instrumental intro that has some unique sounds. 4/5

2. The Doorway– It leads into this sludge heavy track that showcases where Mastodon got their influence from in this track about a man who is staring at death who is waiting for him. 5/5

3. Under The Surface-I love the bass and drum beat that opens up this track as the guitars slowly come in as it has a lot of ambient and atmospheric sounds projected through the guitars. I think the song is about two men who take two different paths, but one knows that they’ll both go to the same place when they die. 5/5

4. The Last You’ll Know-a big riff opens up this track that is all about the end of the world a.k.a. Armageddon. The track is nine minutes long so enjoy all the tempo changes and just the musical creativity this guys have. 5/5

5. Belief– a very cool track that while it has an eerie melodic tempo to it, it’s another example of a great bass and drum driven track with the guitars creating unique sounds. 4.5/5

6. Exist– another instrumental track on the album that is very melodic. 4/5

1d837c9e3ac77. End of the Harvest– an interesting track that is almost preaching that the things you think you know are lies. It’s almost like it’s telling you that you need to reopen your mind to accept the new knowledge. 4.5/5

8. Descent– The third instrumental track on the album that starts with what sounds like someone hitting a wall before the bagpipes come on complete with a drum cadence. 4/5

9. Away– a very somber mood to the track kicks off this nine plus minute epic that is a track that I believe discusses the thought of depression. It’s not until the seven minute mark that they turn on the electricity. 4.5/5

10. Times Of Grace– The track starts with a very awesome melodic riff that sounds like something Tool would use, but before you know that sonic sludge filled bombastic guitar riff takes over in what I believe is another track about Armageddon. 5/5

11. The Road to Sovereignty– The fourth and final instrumental track ends the album. It’s a culmination of everything the band has done on this album, but this one comes complete with a horn section and maybe some cellos and violins. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– The band’s alter ego a.k.a. their side project Tribes of Neurot created an album called Grace that was meant to accompany this one as you could play them side to side and it would work. My favorite tracks on the album are the title track, The Doorway, Under The Surface, and  The Last You’ll Know. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five because musically it does kick ass.

 

NECROPANTHER SINGLE OF THE WEEKThere are bands in this world that you hear their name and you say to yourself that the name is so bad ass that the band must be as well. Sometimes you are letdown when you finally hear them and then most of the time they live up to their bad ass name like Denver Death Thrash act Necropanther. The minute I saw the name Necropanther I was like why haven’t I heard of these guys before? The band which is made up of former members of Havok have just unleashed their latest EP titled Oppression and it definitely will not disappoint fans of both the Death Metal or Thrash Metal genres. Bassist Marcus Corich spoke to Kerrang about the EP saying, “This EP has been a decade in the making. I wrote these songs between 2008 and 2010, and they’re indicative of my music from that time. The songs feature elements from thrash, death metal, punk, and classical music. After I joined Necropanther last year, the guys and I decided to produce the material as a DIY-style follow-up to [our debut] Eyes of Blue Light, and I couldn’t be more proud of the results.” The track I chose for today’s single is the second track The Camp which combines the swagger of Thrash Metal with the death metal style vocals which absolutely works. Marcus spoke about the track saying “The original concept behind this song was to be a “fuck you” to anyone tainting music I hold dear, especially metal. I wanted a song that was catchy yet heavy, thoughtful but primitive. I melded straight riffing with punk sensibilities, death metal wrinkles, and some nods to composers I enjoy. The story fluctuates between raw suffering and cerebral reflection, united under a banner of “fuck you!” Check out the track below and check out the rest of the EP here. I have just found my new favorite band!!!

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1000x1000This past week, we posted an article where we had discussed that Venom has often been considered the founders of Black Metal music simply because they named an album Black Metal. If there was ever a band in the genre that could take credit as one of the founding fathers of Black Metal, it would be Sweden’s own Bathory who took what Venom had done with the recording quality and they molded the sound that would spawn a generation. The band which was made up of Quorthon (Vocals/Guitars) a.k.a. Thomas Börje Forsberg, Stefan Larsson (Drums), and Rickard Bergman (Bass Guitar) released their self titled debut album in October of 1984 via Tyfon Grammofon originally. The band originally gained notoriety when a band dropped out of a compilation album so the label asked it’s employee who was Quorthon to record a couple of tracks. After it was all said and done, the band’s two songs were the most popular on the album and the label asked Bathory to record a full album. The album artwork was originally released with the yellow look goat known to passionate fans as Gula Geten because it was originally supposed to be in Gold, but that was deemed too expensive. Quorthon asked them to get it as close to Gold as possible, but when he saw the final product, he hated it and after a printing of 1,000 copies, he changed  it to the B&W version we all know today.

MI00021198661. Storm of Damnation (Intro)– an ominous instrumental opens up the album sounding as if you are walking through the depths of hell. 4/5

2. Hades– It leads right into this track that kicks off with that in your face death metal fury in this track about where Hades dwells which is the underworld. 4.5/5

3. Reaper-another facemelting track that is all about the one and only Grim Reaper and what he can do which is taking your soul when he choses. 4.5/5

4. Necromansy– a thrash sounding track that is all about sacrificing in the name of Satan in the art of Necromancy. 4.5/5

5. Sacrifice-a song that is bad ass musically as it’s more of a metal track that is unrelenting and I love it. Another track that is all about sacrificing in the name of the lord of hell. 5/5

40127430101126. In Conspirasy with Satan– The first track on side B or the side titled Evil. The track is an in your face, I will rip your face off track that is all about claiming your allegiance to Satan. 4.5/5

7. Armageddon-a bad ass metal track that has a bad ass bass riff to go along with the guitars in a track that is all about the end of the world from the demons perspective. At the 1:20 minute mark, you can hear Bergman’s bad ass bass playing real well. 5/5

8. Raise The Dead– The church bells kick off this track before more bad ass extreme metal smashes through your speakers in this track about someone coming back from the dead for vengeance. 5/5

9. War– War is officially called for and declared against the heavens in this hellraiser of a track that combines elements of Motörhead with GBH and some extreme metal. 5/5

10. The Winds Of Mayhem-Outro-The sounds of hell see this outro track through to signify the end. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– While Quorthon claims that he was influenced by Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and GBH, a former drummer of the band claims that Venom was a total influence. Nonetheless, you can definitely hear the elements of Venom in this album, but Bathory very much made the sound their own. My favorite tracks on the album are War, Raise The Dead, and Armageddon. I am going to give the album which was voted number 40 on Loudwire’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time an 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

SevendustAlliseeiswarOne of my favorite bands to emerge from the Nu-Metal scene was always the very talented Sevendust who have been soldiering on the scene as road warriors since 1994. 12 studio albums later and the band continues to persevere with a tour announced in 2019 in support of their latest effort All I See Is War. After having already released a single earlier in the year in the track Dirty, the band has now unleashed their latest in music video form for the track Unforgiven and its this week’s Rock Video Of The Week. The band talked about the video saying the concept of it was, “the world is rebuilding and the youth will be the ones to keep mankind going long after the adults are no longer around.” Lajon commented on the experience of working on the video with director Scott Hansen saying, “The ‘Unforgiven’ video was a great experience for me. I loved working with everyone on that shoot. It was like being in a movie for real and I hope we can do something like that again.” Lajon was one of the most sincere individuals I ever had the pleasure of interviewing and it shows when he talks about the band celebrating 25 years together next year saying, “I feel very blessed and fortunate, I could never take this for granted, to still be relevant in the music business. I don’t say fans, I say our family. They’re the reason we’re still here. We have a job to do.” Check out the video below:

all out lifeHalloween is like Christmas for Metal and horror fans all over the world because it’s the one day that we get to celebrate all the things we love about all things that go bump in the night. Slipknot definitely acted like Jack Skellington delivering us a present that we will never forget. For a couple of weeks, we have been told that new Slipknot music is on the horizon for 2019 and that it promised to be heavy like an Iowa kind of heavy which got fans excited for the music. Well on Halloween, Slipknot delivered the track All Out Life on the radio and then followed that up by releasing the music video for the track that was directed by M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). So, we decided that it was only fitting to name this the Metal Video Of The Week this week. I can tell you one thing about the music and that it definitely delivers on the heavy scale, but it does it by taking the best elements of Iowa and mixing it with the best elements of Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and that is exactly what you get with this track. It’s the band’s first piece of music since 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter and this has definitely been well worth the wait.

all out lCorey Taylor spoke about the meaning behind the lyrics to the track saying, “Everybody talks about toxic masculinity and toxic fandom these days. For me, it’s more about this toxic idea that unless something came out 10 minutes ago, it’s not any good, and that bothers me.It’s like, I love new music, but at the same time, don’t turn your back on the music that’s been. Don’t turn your back on the people that worked to make a platform for you to have a platform in the first place, so for me, it’s really about … It’s a rallying cry for everyone. It’s about all of us getting together and saying, “You know what. Let’s not talk about old. Let’s not talk about new. Let’s talk about what is. Let’s talk about what’s good, what’s real, and get behind that and start embracing things that matter because there’s history there and not just because it’s the next best thing.” The music video follows the intensity of the track with a bus full of masked people all wearing the same mask as they mosh and destroy everything in their path in an abandoned hangar that sees them getting soaked with blood like substance. Crahan commented as well saying, “Right now is a very exciting time for Slipknot. We’ve been working on new music for the last two years, and ‘All Out Life,’ the song and the video, is just one of many concepts in the works. It’s a fitting taste to get you to the next thing. Get ready for what’s to come. We challenge you to ‘All Out Life.'” Check out the video below: