Posts Tagged ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’

see you in hellThe album of the week that I chose for today is an interesting choice as far as How it came about on my radar. Thanks to a suggestion from a brother of mine who is still a soldier of Metal, I was introduced to a Youtuber named RazörFist who does almost everything you can imagine on his page, but the one interesting thing is his Metal Mythos show where he breaks down your favorite bands like W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, Motorhead, and so many more. The one episode that I thought was interesting was the last minute episode he did for Grim Reaper. Grim Reaper which featured Steve Grimmett (Vocals), Nick Bowcott (Guitar), Dave Wanklin (Bass), and Marc Simon (Drums) were a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal act that formed in 1979. The band released their first album considerably late in 1985 after the initial run of the NWOBHM had already come and go and made way for the Hair Metal invasion. Nevertheless, their debut album See You In Hell was released through Ebony Records in the UK and RCA worldwide. The album would do OK as it peaked at number 111 on The Billboard Top 200 charts.

grim-reaper-21. See You In Hell– The title track kicks off the album with some driving force as Grimmett belts out, “I’ll see you in hell my friend.” It’s definitely the catchiest track on the record in my opinion and probably the best. 5/5

2. Dead On Arrival– Grimmett’s vocals definitely take center stage on this track that is all about losing people you know so live your life to the fullest. 4/5

3. Liar– An interesting track that si all about a guy who does everything for his woman and then finds out that she is cheating on him. 4/5

4. Wrath Of The Ripper– a barn burner that is all about the UK’s favorite nightmare Jack The Ripper. 4/5

see you in hell 25. Now Or Never– A track that you can definitely hear the band’s influences like Motorhead and Priest in a track about not wasting time and do what you set out to do because it’s now or never. 4/5

6. Run For Your Life-A Game Of Thrones type song about knights, dragons, and everything else cool about the fantasy genre. 4/5

7. The Show Must Go On– A ballad of sorts from the band which just means that the tempo is slowed down and it features some clean guitars in it. The track is obviously about a girl who left him and he’s just like yeah it sucks, but the show must go on. 4.5/5

8. All Hell Let Loose– A definite shredder that ends the album in a track that is about the devil letting hell loose on the earth. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was decent debut for the band especially considering the fact that they sort of came into the game a little late. The band would obviously only get better with age as was evident by Rock You To Hell. That would bode especially true for Steve Grimmett who honed his craft and became a viable force in Metal in my opinion. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.


saxonWe are feeling generous here at Moshpits and Movies considering there hasn’t been that many posts lately. So, we figured that we would give you a second album of the week and we wanted to cover a band that we hadn’t done before and they had to be a classic metal band. So, we looked no further than New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Saxon who in October of 1981 would release the last of what fans have called a part of a trilogy in Denim and Leather (Wheels Of Steel and Strong Arm Of The Law came before it). The band which was made up of Biff Byford (Vocals), Graham Oliver (Guitar), Paul Quinn (Guitar), Steve Dawson (Bass), and Pete Gill (Drums) who subsequently this would be his last album as he would break his hand and then join Motorhead right after. As far as I can see the album went gold while it peaked on the Billboard charts at number nine. The album spawned two hit singles while remaining one of the most legendary albums the band ever produced with it’s classic lineup.

saxon 31.Princess of the Night– The opening track on the album that deals with the narrators love and obsession with a steam locomotive of the LMS Princess Royal Class. 5/5

2. Never Surrender– a groovin track that features some fierce playing in a track that is all about standing up for yourself and pushing forward through adversity. 4/5

3. Out Of Control– a good rock track that I believe he is talking about alcohol and not a woman. It’s just the feeling I get with it. 4/5

4. Rough and Ready– a rock track about a man who is from the streets and does whatever the hell he wants to do and if you wanna why just try to stop him. 4/5

5. Play It Loud– I feel that this is an interesting track because it’s a battle cry for metal as it always never got it’s fair shake in the world. This is an anthem for all metal heads. 5/5

saxon 26. And the Bands Played On– A track that the band wrote in tribute to a show they did on the 1980 Monster Of Rock festival as they name check every band on the bill. 5/5

7. Midnight Rider– a great track about the troubles the band went through on a tour of the states thanks to their tour manager. The track features a really cool guitar solo in it. 4.5/5

8. Fire in the Sky– A hell raising track that talks about war and the fear of missiles hitting the earth and destroying us all. 4/5

9. Denim And Leather– An amazing anthem that is a tribute from the band to it’s fans and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-A classic album from a band that is so underrated in the metal scene that they deserve their due. If you want to hear a classic metal album then do yourself a favor and check this one out. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

war of the covers sabbath bloody sabbathLast week we had Symphonic Death Metal legends Dimmu Borgir battle it out with Prog metal giants Dream Theater to see who covered Deep Purple’s classic 1984 title track Perfect Strangers. You voted and Dimmu Borgir were the winners of that battle and now we have another one for all of you. This week instead of just two bands battling for supremacy, we have a triple threat match for all of you out there with some serious contenders. Black Sabbath has often been credited as the godfathers of Heavy Metal and there have been a lot of metal bands since them that have covered their music. So, this week, we are going to decide who covered the title track to their seminal fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. In one corner, we have the most underrated member of Thrash Metal’s Big Four in New York Thrash legends Anthrax who covered the track for their 1987 EP I’m The Man. In another corner, we have American metal band Godspeed who teamed up with legendary NWOBHM vocalist Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity In Black. Lastly in 2006, Finnish Metal band Tarot covered the track for their fifth album For The Glory Of Nothing.

pttm finals 1Like I stated last night, we started off this tournament with 32 bands who were all vying to be the absolute best. Unfortunately, 30 of those bands had to be sent packing leaving two bands to battle it out for ultimate supremacy and bragging rights. How did our two bands Iron Maiden and Destruction get to this point? Well, let’s check it out! Iron Maiden started off in the Dio Division by edging King Diamond out in the first round before just narrowly beating Judas Priest in the next match. They won the Dio Division crown by thoroughly defeating Primal Fear in the elite 8 round before stopping a huge comeback from Kilmister Division champion Ghost to get into the finals. For Destruction, the road to the championship was a little different as they laid a path of Destruction (pun intended) all the way to the championship.  They even defeated last years Champion Kreator for the Schuldiner Division crown before beating Testament to get into the finals. I want to remind all of you out there that it is up to you to vote for your favorite of the two in order to crown the 2016 Pedal To The Metal Champion. You have until April 4TH to decide. Vote now!!!!

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header_dB2015Tour_siteIn the history of metal, we remember certain scenes that made a huge impact on the genre like the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal that started in England, the hair metal explosion in Los Angeles, or even the invention of Thrash Metal in the Bay Area of California. Not too many people realize that your New Wave Of American Metal scene that exploded out of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts was thanks in large part to a movement known in Sweden as the Gothenburg scene which gave birth to bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquility, and At The Gates who performed last night (April 6TH) in Chicago at the House Of Blues as a part of The Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre, and other assorted regional acts. At The Gates helped pioneer a scene that combined elements of Death Metal with elements of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene that just caught on with all of the guys from the scene like The Black Dahlia Murder. The concert was broadcast live for free on Yahoo Live (which replays all night) and promised to be a good one and a lesson in metal for all the youngsters in the crowd.

at the gatesAfter the intro track El Altar del Dios Desconocido played over the speakers, the band exploded right into their set with the big guns in the track Slaughter Of The Soul from the legendary album of the same name. The band took very little breaks to talk to the crowd as they went right into one song after another through out the whole entire set playing classics and brand new material from their 2014 release At War With Reality which they were supporting on the tour. When they did take a break to talk to the crowd, lead singer Tomas Lindberg took the time to remind the crowd that the band was back and it sure as heck seemed like it as the band sounded like they never lost a step and that they were here to claim their rightful place with some of the legends of metal. Some of my favorite tracks of the night included songs like Terminal Spirit Disease, The Circular Ruins, Windows, City Of Mirrors, Eater Of Gods, and the last two songs of the night which were Kingdom Gone and The Night Eternal. The band was amazing and they sounded tight all concert long which is all you can ask for and the crowd was certainly thankful for it as they showed their support all show long. They even caught the band by surprise during some breals to chant out the bands name to them and the band would acknowledge it. It truly was an amazing show that the band put on as Anders Björler and Martin Larsson were blazing on the guitar shredding away while the rhythm section of Jonas Björler and Adrian Erlandsson kept the band in check. Check out some photos below from the show and also the complete setlist.

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