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crow soundtrackI honestly believe that if you were to ask me what were some of the greatest movie soundtracks of the 1990’s, one of them would definitely be the original soundtrack to the 1994 film The Crow. The Crow was a film that starred the late Brandon Lee that was based off of a comic book created by James O’Barr about a man who comes back from the grave thanks to a crow to have vengeance against those who killed him and his fiance. The soundtrack featured some of the best 90’s alternative acts like The Cure, The Jesus and The Mary Chain along with some really awesome up and comers in the Industrial rock scene like Machines Of Loving Grace, My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult, and the Nine Inch Nails. The soundtrack also featured some bands that were either already on the rise like Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, or about to make a huge splash like Rage Against The Machine . It was definitely the album that made a splash on us because it made the film come to life and helped bring out the raw emotions of the characters. It did well on the charts as it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and it has been certified platinum three times.

crowost1. Burn by The Cure- This is my favorite song on the whole album that made me fall in love with Simon Gallup and his bass playing abilities as he drives the song forward while Robert Smith does his best invoking the spirit of the Crow in his lyrics. 5/5

2. Golgotha Tenement Blues by Machines Of Loving Grace- Machines bring the industrial rock sexiness with this blues tinged goth classic. Golgotha is the place that Jesus was crucified so the track could be their way of saying that this is where Eric Draven was “crucified” if you want to use those terms. It’s an awesome track. 5/5

3. Big Empty by Stone Temple Pilots- This is a classic STP track, but it’s not the original track intended for the soundtrack. Apparently, they had written one song called Only Dying, but management thought it wasn’t a good idea to release since the death of Brandon Lee had happened. This was definitely a great substitute as this is an STP classic. 5/5

4. Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails- Trent Reznor went all out with this cover of Joy Division’s Dead Souls which is amazing. This is a very haunting track lyrically and Trent does a great job adding his flair to it while trying to remain true. 5/5

5. Darkness by Rage Against The Machine- A very young Rage brings this track to you with all the in your face, boombastic sound that we are used to while Zach De La Rocha spits that gospel. Zach is talking mostly about how AIDS was an epidemic in Africa and America was barely doing anything about it. 5/5

6. Color Me Once by Violent Femmes- Life can be cruel and tough and that is the message that legendary folk rock act Violent Femmes brings to you on the soundtrack. The track features a very cool bluesy guitar solo that is a true highlight. 4.5/5

7. Ghostrider by The Rollins Band- Henry Rollins reverting back to his punk roots as he covers Suicide’s Ghostrider for the soundtrack. This was always a surprise track for me because the music is just infectious with those big bass riffs. 5/5

BSO_El_Cuervo_(The_Crow)--CD8. Milktoast by Helmet- this is an alternate version of the band’s track Milquetoast where this one was mixed by Butch Vig as it features a distorted outro and some feedback loops that weren’t there before. This track also features some bad ass bass playing by Henry Bogdan. 5/5

9. The Badge by Pantera- Any soundtrack that features the late and great Dimebag Darrell is a winner in my book. This is Pantera’s cover of Poison Idea’s The Badge. It’s heavy and fast and it showcases some of Phil’s other influences. 5/5

10. Slip Slide Melting by For Love Not Lisa- I had never heard of this group, but the song has quite the kick to it cause the track drives. 4.5/5

11. After The Flash by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult- an industrial banger that is bound to get the inner goth out of you with it’s Ministry/Electric Hellfire Club like industrial dance beats. This track kicks ass and you can’t help but groove to it. 5/5

12. Snakedriver by The Jesus and The Mary Chain- an alternative rock track that is a little different than the rest of the songs on here and it’s a good change as the singer talks about how life can be just as we thought it would be. 4.5/5

13. Time Baby III by Medicine- I think this is a very underappreciated song on the soundtrack because her voice is hypnotic. The band makes a cameo in the film playing the club. 5/5

14. It Can’t Rain All The Time by Jane Siberry- This is the actual version of the track that Eric Draven’s band’s song that appears on the soundtrack. The track is about no matter how tough or bad things get, it can’t be that bad all the time. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of the greatest soundtracks of it’s time and it will live on in the hearts of all those that loved the film and soundtrack. My favorite tracks on the record are Burn by The Cure and Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails. My least favorite track is probably Color Me Once by Violent Femmes. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

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War Of The Covers SacrificeHere we are metal heads for another week of War Of The Covers and we have a good one for you guys this week. Last week, we saw Devo go to war with AFI in a who covered the classic Nine Inch Nails track Head Like A Hole better and you voted and Devo unanimously won. This week we are returning to the more extreme side of metal as we decide who covered legendary black metal band Bathory’s Sacrifice better. Bathory is one of those bands that is often referred to as one of the most influential black metal bands in history alongside Venom. In 1984, the band would release their self titled debut album which featured the amazing track Sacrifice. In 2002, American Extreme Metal band Toxic Holocaust would take a shot at covering the song for their album Critical Mass. In 2007, Swedish Death Metal band Death Breath would cover the track for the EP Let It Stink. So now it’s time for all of you to decide who did the classic Bathory track justice and you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide. The loser’s blood will be drained for the Countess to bath in later.

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War Of The Covers Head Like A HoleWe apologize for the length of time that we’ve had between posts, but we’re back with another one and hopefully you’ll find this one an interesting one. The last War Of The Covers we had, we saw that Dope was ultimately the winner of that fatal four way match making their version of Rebel Yell by Billy Idol the better one according to you. This week we have a match up that is definitely an interesting match up because it features two bands from two completely different walks of life in the music business covering a band that is the halfway point in the timeline of pop music culture between the two of them. In one corner, you have 80’s new wave legends Devo going up against post hardcore/rock band AFI as both bands attempted to cover the Nine Inch Nails track Head Like A Hole from their legendary album Pretty Hate Machine. In 1996, Devo would take a crack at the track for the 1996 soundtrack to the film Supercop that starred Jackie Chan and also featured eclectic mix of music from bands like No Doubt, the late Dimebag Darrell, and the late 2Pac. In 2006, AFI would record a version of the track for an edition of Decemberunderground that was only released in Europe, Australia, and Japan as well as the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now only one version of the track can survive and as usual it’s up to you the fans to decide. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

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father-john-mistyHere on Moshpits and Movies, we have already reviewed 200 albums spanning all sorts of genres and sub-genres from Metal, Rock, Death Metal, Gangsta Rap, Hip Hop, Pop, Classic Rock, Soundtracks, and so much more. I am a deep lover of music and I love all sorts of different kinds which is why I started doing the Album Of The Week. It’s 2017 which means new year to start reviewing old classics and discovering new artists as we move ahead with our first album of 2017. Ever since I saw Josh Tillman a.k.a Father John Misty cover the Nine Inch Nails classic Closer, I have become more and more interested in just who this guy is. I discovered that he is a Folk rock/Indie Rock artist and I have decided to cover his first album under the name Father John Misty in Fear Fun. The album was released on April 30, 2012 and it debuted number 43 on the Top Rock Albums charts and number 123 on The Billboard Top 200 charts, but as of 2015 it has only sold 83,000 copies total. The album features Father John Misty (vocals, guitar, drums, percussion), Jonathan Wilson (Guitar, Bass, Piano, Organ, Mandolin, Wurlitzer), Keefus Green (Piano, Synth), Gabriel Noel (Strings), Casey Wescott (Bass), Wylie Gelber (Bass), Zach Tillman (Bass), Ben Peeler (Pedal Steel), and various others on certain tracks.

father-john-misty-fear-fun-lp-21. Funtimes in Babylon– The track starts with the acoustic guitar in a very melancholic mood as he begins to sing and the rest of the band joins in. The track looks to be talking about doing all the indulgent things you can do before time is up. 4.5/5

2. Nancy from Now On– Another mellow track with more piano that talks about destroying everything in your life. I love his vocals on this track, very soulful at times. 5/5

3. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings– A more upbeat track with a killer drum beat and more electric guitar than the previous tracks in a rack that you would think was about the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, but it’s really about liking sex. 5/5

4. I’m Writing a Novel– an upbeat acoustic/electric track that has a little Jerry Lee Lewis flavor to it and I feel its a track that talks about how we shut ourselves out to the obvious. That is what I think with a line like “Now everywhere I go in West Hollywood
It’s filled with people pretending they don’t see the actress and the actress wishing that they could.” 4.5/5

5. O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me– Very gospel like beginning to the track with the organs, but it also drives the song forward as Tillman sings with soul. 5/5

6. Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2– A classic sounding doo wop era track (only in the beginning) that talks about his worst nightmares. 4/5

fear-fun7. Only Son of the Ladiesman– This is probably my favorite track on the whole album and it’s one that kind of talks of how one thing dies only to give way to something else. Check out the lyrics. 5/5

8. This Is Sally Hatchet– A cool Beatles sounding track at times that I think he is addressing tobacco or something you smoke. 4/5

9. Well, You Can Do It Without Me– An upbeat CCR like song that I think that Tillman is talking about his former singer from Fleet Foxes in Robin Pecknold. 5/5

10. Now I’m Learning to Love the War– Another melancholic like sound that gets upbeat at times. The track seems to be talking about how we value things that essentially don’t really mean much to us in the end. 4/5

11. Tee Pees 1–12– A country like song that has that Hank Williams sound to it and whose lyrics could be going in any direction. 4/5

12. Everyman Needs a Companion– A very cool track on the album that has a really cool riff with the pedal steel, Mandolin, and 12 string guitar. It’s a straight forward track about how every man needs a companion. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-This is definitely different than what I am used to covering, but I like it because he mixes so many styles into his music.  I am definitely interested in listening to more from him and I want to take the time to thank Spotify for being cool and having his music. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

Earlier in the year, Rob Zombie released the album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Dispenser and it’s a kick ass one. A sort of return to form for Rob and Co. even though they’ve been kicking ass for years. Rob has unleashed a new music video for all of you to enjoy and the first thought that popped into my head when I watched the video for Medication For The Melancholy was the Nine Inch Nails video for March of the Pigs. You know what I am talking about, the band in a plain room rocking out to the track which is what you get in this video combined with occasional shaky camera work that helps emphasize the chaos in the track. The album has gotten the proper attention that it rightfully deserves with tracks like In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire, Well Everybody’s F***ing In A UFO, We All Get HighThe Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God, and The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore. Rob is also on tour right now with Korn and you can catch this summer by clicking here to see all the tour dates. Check out the video below:

 

nincoverEvery week, I get into certain moods when it comes to music where I consistently listen to the same bands until I change it up a week later. That was definitely the case this week as for some reason I was in the mood to listen to some Nine Inch Nails. So for this week’s album of the week, I chose the album Pretty Hate Machine. The album was released on October 20, 1989 and it was the debut album from the band that at the time featured Trent Reznor (vocals, arranger, programming, production, engineering), Chris Vrenna (programming, digital editing), and Richard Patrick (Guitar). The album was very successfu for the band as it peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Top 200 charts (it spent 115 weeks on the charts) and it went 3X platinum. According to one report, it was the first independent record to achieve platinum status ever. A lot of it sounds immature to me now. At first it totally sucked. I became completely withdrawn. I couldn’t function in society very well. And the LP became a product of that. It’s quite small scale, introverted, claustrophobic – that’s the feel I went for.” That is what Trent said in 1991 when he reflected on the album.

nineinchnails-prettyhatemachine(3)1. Head Like A Hole– A track that starts off sounding like your prototypical industrial song before it kicks in to a perfect marriage of drum machine beats and angst. This was the second single off the album and one of the more popular tunes. 5/5

2. Terrible Lie– One of my favorite tracks off the record that sounds a machine press with synths and cool electronic beats in a track about a man who is losing his faith in God due to his universe crumbling. 5/5

3. Down In It– A cool industrial dance track that reminds me a little of Ministry with the sound in a track that could be about Bipolar disorder. 5/5

4. Sanctified– that industrial beat with a cool ass bass line that always catches my attention in a track about a woman who has complete control over him. 5/5

5. Something I Can Never Have– a brilliantly eerie track with that ominous piano playing with the machine like drum beat in a track that talks about unreciprocated love. 5/5

722466. Kinda I Want To– The track has such an 80’s dance beat to it in a track that is about a man struggling with a tabooish (devilish) temptation. 4/5

7. Sin– a very industrialized Depeche Mode like track that talks about sexual temptations once again. 4/5

8. That’s What I Get– Another synth heavy track with effects in a track about being heartbroken. 4/5

9. The Only Time– a bass driven track with the synth beats in a track about the infatuation with a new girl. 4/5

10. Ringfinger– This track contains samples of Prince’s Alphabet St and Jane’s Addiction’s Had A Dad in it and its lyrics deal with not being able to please your loved one. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I have to be honest and say that I am a huge fan of the first half of the album over the second half as you can see from my grades. Nevertheless, I still think this is one of my top three Nine Inch Nails records of all time. He literally opened the doors to industrial in mainstream America with this record. There are so many classic tracks on this album that it’s very hard to dismiss it’s importance. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

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You might be asking yourself, who in the heck is Father John Misty and why is he covering one of the coolest and dirtiest Nine Inch Nails tracks? Those are all great questions and I will attempt to answer them for you right now. J. Tillman is a very talented multi-instrumentalist who had been on the scene for quite some time until he decided to front his own band called Father John Misty. Apparently, Father John Misty has taken the indie rock scene by storm and they have dominated. During a recent performance at the Riviera Theater in Chicago, he told fans in the audience, “It’s a little sappy, but I would like to play my favorite love song for you” and then they started playing Closer by the Nine Inch Nails. Closer is one of my favorite Nine Inch Nails songs and Father John Misty does a tremendous job covering the track. He even sets the mood in typical Nine Inch Nails fashion with the green lights and the silhouettes. Check out the amazing performance below and check out Father John Misty.