Posts Tagged ‘Nu-Metal’

Slipknot_-_Iowa-frontThere has not been a band on the American metal scene that has quite the impact on the 21ST century than the nine piece band of madness known as Slipknot. Slipknot which in 2001 featured  (#8) Corey Taylor (Vocals), (#7) Mick Thomson (Guitars), (#6) M. Shawn Crahan (Custom Percussion), (#5) Craig Jones (Samples), (#4) Jim Root (Guitars), (#3) Chris Fehn (Custom Percussion), (#2) Paul Gray (Bass), (#1) Joey Jordison (Drums), and (#0) Sid Wilson (Turntables). On August 28, 2001, the band would release their highly anticipated sophomore release Iowa which was named after the state the band originates from. The album was a dark time for the band because the pressure was on them to produce another hit after the huge success of their debut record. Relationships were scarred during the recording, but it lent a very dark album considering the band considers it very dark times. This was the first album that Jim Root was able to say that he was apart of when it came to writing. He had joined the band too late when it came to the recording of the first album (which only featured two songs he had written). The album was a huge success for the band it went in the top ten in 14 different countries, was number one in the UK, and it peaked at three on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as the album went platinum.

945597427-Slipknot-Iowa-Trasera1.515– is an intro track that features some vocals from Sid Wilson and is named after the state of Iowa’s area code. 4/5

2. People = Shit– This is probably one of the most bad ass songs the band has ever written. It’s fast and aggressive and it describes what people can be sometimes which is sh**. 5/5

3. Disasterpiece– An agressive as hell track that is a dark look at a person who gives there all into a relationship just to not have it reciprocated so he returns the favor. 4/5

4. My Plague– The track features some bad ass playing from Joey and co., but it’s considered one of the more melodic tracks on the album (probably cause of the chorus) in a track that is all about hypocrites . 5/5

5. Everything Ends– Another track that is heavy as hell, but it features some melody in it while he seems to be speaking about all the different stages we go through during a bad break up. 4/5

6. The Heretic Anthem– The sixth song on the album that features that famous countdown from nine to the repeating 6, 6, 6, before it continues to countdown to one when the madness then proceeds to explode out of your speaker. A truly great track from the band. 5/5

7. Gently– The track starts a little differently than most with an ominous bass riff and the hitting of a cymbal before the first guitar riff comes in. It’s a really cool and different track that gets heavy when it needs to. 4.5/5

Slipknot-Iowa-CD8. Left Behind– Another one of my personal favorites from the album that was also the lead single. It was the most successful single of the time and launched the band into the next stratosphere. 5/5

9. The Shape– Corey gets deep with us on this Death Metal influenced track that talks about how sometimes our life can be such a pain in the ass that we just have to separate us from it. 4/5

10. I Am Hated– Corey wears his emotions on his sleeve and he’s pretty straightforward with his lyrics as well so you can pretty much figure out this is their big FU song. 4/5

11. Skin Ticket– An interesting track on the album that could be about how we think we are something, but we might not really be anything on the scale of things. “Zero and zero is nothing but zero.” The track features some deep elements of Nu-Metal within it. 4/5

12. New Abortion– I feel that this headbanger is a track for all of their fans, the maggots who follow the band through thick and thin. 4.5/5

13. Metabolic– A really heavy track that I am not exactly sure what he is talking about in it, but it could be about someone close not being there for him. 4/5

14. Iowa– The last track on the album that starts with some screaming and some cool samples, but it’s dark and ominous and it could be the sequel to the track Purity from the first record. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was definitely an amazing album from the band that you would never get again as their sound started to evolve after this. If you were a fan of the heavy stage of their career then this is a magnum opus, but if you’re like me then this is a step in their evolution. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

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minutes to midnightI never thought that I was ever going to do an album of the week as a tribute to another fallen rock star with that said person being Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington. When I found out the news today that the 41 year old singer was found dead in his home due to suicide, I was shocked. The band had just released their seventh studio album One More Light and were about to embark on a summer trek to support the record. Nonetheless, I wanted to pay tribute to one of the great voices of the Nu Metal genre by covering the band’s third album Minutes To Midnight from which they go from the doomsday clock. It was the band;s first album since 2003’s Meteora when the band released this on May 14, 2007. The album was a huge success debuting at number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts with the largest opening week of 2007 selling over 600,000 copies that first week before going triple platinum. The album also went number one in 16 other countries which includes the UK. With Chester on vocals, the rest of the band was made up of Mike Shinoda (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Piano), Brad Delson (Lead Guitar), Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (Bass), Joseph Hahn (Turntables, sampling), and Rob Bourdon (Drums) while the album was produced by Rick Rubin.

minutes to midnight back cover1.Wake– an instrumental that is eerie and ominous at first before the band comes in. 4/5

2. Given Up– I love the intro with the clapping and the guitar that comes in because the track gets heavy and it’s awesome. A great bass line carries the verses until the band explodes into your speakers for the choruses. It’s one of those tracks that just screams like what the hell because your sick of feeling a certain way and you just want to shut down. 5/5

3. Leave Out The Rest– A very deep track that is kind of eerie to listen to right now, but it’s basically him saying that no matter what he may have been in the past just forgive him and remember him with love. 5/5

4. Bleed It Out– Another in your face track with Mike Shinoda taking lead with his rapping while Chester sings the chorus. The track is about digging deep and if it doesn’t work then throw it out and keep digging deep till you find what you are looking for. 5/5

5. Shadow Of The Day– This was a track that I immediately connected with on a personal level the first time I heard it. It was definitely a track that helped me through tough times as it talks about nothing is easy in life, but everyone has their day. 5/5

6. What I’ve Done– we first heard the track on the Transformers soundtrack before it made it to the album in a track that is all about feeling guilty for what you have done in the past no matter what it is. 5/5

linkin-park-minutes-to-midnight-cd7. Hands Held High-a very interesting track that is rapped by Mike Shinoda that looks at war from a different perspective. One verse comes from the perspective of a Muslim child who is forced to see the ugliness of war. 5/5

8. No More Sorrow– a very political and heavy track with some cool drum beats to go along with some supercharged metal like riffs. 4.5/5

9. Valentine’s Day– A very mellow track on the album that tells the tale of losing someone you loved in the past. 4/5

10. In Between– Mike and Chester sing on this track about feeling guilty about doing something bad and being with the person you hurt. 4/5

11. In Pieces– a track that is all about making sure that you’re ex knows the relationship ended because of her. 4/5

12. The Little Things That You Give Away– The last track on the album that is a little different than most with the acoustic guitars and Hahn’s sampling whose lyrics talk about Hurricane Katrina. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– It’s sad to think that we will never hear Chester sing any of these songs ever again, but at least we have a whole catalog to listen to. He was the kind of singer that you could hear the pain in his voice when he sang certain songs. I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.  Chester, we will never forget you, R.I.P. Chester Bennington (3/20/1976-7/20/2017)

 

maxresdefaultI recently read an article last week where the writer was pleading with others to not criticize the often criticized genre known as Nu Metal. For many years, most of society had frowned on the 1980’s and the biggest genre of the decade in Hair Metal for being more style over substance and now everyone loves hair metal these days. I believe it takes the conviction of a younger generation to decide whether something old is cool again and hopefully Nu Metal gets the same treatment. With all of that being said, I want to cover an album by a band from my home state of Massachusetts who took over the scene after being signed by one of the scenes biggest names. Of course, I am talking about the band Staind who at one time were signed by Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. The album I am covering by the band is the group’s second major label effort Break The Cycle which was a huge success due to perfect timing. The band was coming off of a highly successful stint on the Family Values Tour when it struck with this album on May 22, 2001. The band consisted of Aaron Lewis (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Mike Mushok (Lead Guitar), Johnny April (Bass), and Jon Wysocki (Drums). The album was such a success that it peaked at number one on the US Billboard Top 200 charts, Canada Album Charts, New Zealand Charts, and the UK Album Charts as well as being certified platinum five times.

break the cycle1.Open Your Eyes– The song opens up with a hammering riff before it gets melodic and the tempo slows down for the verse in a track that is all about speaking the truth before you talk crap. 4.5/5

2. Pressure– Another hammering riff from the band with a cool bass line that was co written with Josh Abraham that talks about pressure and how the narrator can’t take it anymore. 4/5

3. Fade– One of my favorite tracks that starts with an ominous beat and a cool bass line before the heavy guitar comes in. The track talks about relationships and how they can be strained. 5/5

4. It’s Been Awhile– The big hit from the album in the cavalcade of hits the band has had in their career in a track that Lewis has said was about the acknowledgement of his past mistakes and such. 5/5

5. Change– A track that starts off with a heavy riff, but it gets melodic with the verses in a track that is about how eve though his situation has changed, he still can’t find happiness. 4/5

6. Can’t Believe– Wysocki opens up this heavy ass track that features some screaming from Lewis in it. A very Deftones like track for the time period. A very simple track that just talks about disrespect and how he can’t believe that it’s still going on. 4/5

7. Epiphany– A cool acoustic track that is very personal and talks about depression as well as never taking the opportunities to do or say something to someone. 5/5

break-the-cycle-4e8063edc49808. Suffer– A brilliant track about how we all love to suffer because we all need something to bitch about it whether the TV helps us or not. 5/5

9. Warm Safe Place– A very melodic intro with a cool bass line in a track that is all about life on the road and the difficulties of it. 4/5

10. For You– One of my favorite tracks on the album about not being heard by the right people and this is your anthem to them. 5/5

11. Outside– The original version of this was a live track that was featured on The Family Values Tour Live CD and here is the electric/acoustic version. 5/5

12. Waste– A very melodic track that talks about the narrator being confronted by the mother of a friend who had committed suicide and now she wants answers. Apparently that is what the song is about. 4/5

13. Take It– A heavy ass way to end the album on a high note with the ferocious riffs before the bass carries the verses. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was definitely one of my favorite albums from the band besides the first one. This was a major step forward for the band at the time even though Nu Metal was slowly dying out at the time. It would soon become adapt or perish for a lot of bands at the time. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

Dope-GT-960x960There were a lot of bands that emerged from the Nu Metal scene back in the late 1990’s, but there always that one band that just seemed different than everyone else. Dope was one of those bands that just came out and they looked and sounded the part especially with the industrial influence of the first album. I felt with album after album that Edsel Dope, the lead singer of the band Dope was growing as a musician as well and it was evident with the previous effort Life. Edsel definitely kept the ball rolling with the next effort which we are covering this week in Group Therapy which featured Virus (Guitar and keyboards), Sloane “Mosey” Jentry (Bass), and Racci “Sketchy” Shay (Drums). Edsel assumed a lot more responsibilities on this album as he also handled guitars, audio production, engineering, and he produced the album which was also the band’s first effort since leaving Epic. The album garnered a lot of mixed reviews once it was released, but it was an album that had showed that the band had range. The album peaked at number 17 on The Billboard Top Independent records chart and it peaked at number 16 on the Heetseekers chart.

dope 21.Falling Away– A cool bass line drives the verses for the most part before the band kicks back in with the industrial rock styled assault. The track seems to be about no matter how awesome he feels there is always something there to drag him down. 4/5

2. Bitch– I always loved this song because it’s such an in your face, bravado filled track with huge power chords that has balls. It’s about being in a relationship that literally means nothing to you, but the sex is great. 5/5

3. I Am– A cool rock track and one of my favorites that has a bad ass pre-chorus that leads into an epic chorus that makes you want to chant I Am What I Am really loudly along with Edsel. The lyrics are pretty self explanatory. 5/5

4. Motivation– Another in your face track with huge power chords that talks about being in the right state of mind to succeed and if not get the hell out of the way. 4/5

5. Sing– A song that is on the lighter side of things for the band with either an acoustic guitar or the guitars are on a clean channel. It’s a song that just tells you to sing no matter what you may be doing it for or what people think. Just sing! 5/5

6. Now Is The Time– A hard rock track that is ballsy with a big bass riff that is telling you that now is the time to do something so stop wasting time! 4/5

7. Paranoia– a track that has a driving riff that is super charged about being paranoid or are you saying I’m paranoid? 4/5

dope group therapy8. Bring It On– Racci kicks off this track with a cool drum beat before the band comes in for a real hard rocker. Racci is actually one of the stars of this song and it seems to be built around him. 4.5/5

9. Another Day Goes By– One of my favorite tracks on the album that is another example of their lighter side in a track that is about being trapped in the same place all the time. I’ve pondered a lot in life especially while listening to this track. 5/5

10. Today Is The Day– Another track that is driven by Racci’s drum playing and Sloane’s bass playing and it’s awesome when the band comes in full force for the chorus. Today is the day to change your life. 5/5

11. Burn– Sirens and Racci’s amazing playing kick off the sequel to Die MotherF***** Die and it’s intense with razor fast and sledgehammer like riffs. 4.5/5

12. Easier– a very different and cool rock track that is a little bluesy at times about a break up that just needs to happen. It further showcases their “softer” side, but really that they can write anything. 4/5

13. So Low– The band closes the album with an absolute banger that is intense as hell when it needs to be. It’s about a guy who is just fed up with getting the blame when things go wrong in relationships. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Despite all the hate that the record may have received, I think that this is definitely one of the best albums the band has ever recorded. It was the natural progression from Life and they continue to move in the right direction with the next effort after this one. Another Day Goes By is the best track on the album besides the track I Am. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade because it’s that good.

2003-year-of-the-spiderThere was once a time in the world when Nu Metal was a genre that was ruling the airways and video play on MTV with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit competing with the likes of The Backstreet Boys and Nsync. Some say that it was a glorious time to be alive while others are very troubled by it’s mere existence. For me, it was a time when I was discovering my love of the metal sub-genres all over again after a brief falling out period. At one point, Flip/Interscope thought it wise to hire Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit as an A&R man and his signings were hitting it big in the industry like Puddle Of Mudd, Staind, and today’s band of focus in Jacksonville, Florida rock act Cold. Cold was made up of Scooter Ward (Vocals), Terry Balsamo (Guitar), Kelly Hayes (Guitar), Jeremy Marshall (Bass), Howard Benson (Piano/Keys/Produced The Album), and Sam McCandless (Drums). Together in 2003, the band would release their most commercially successful album of their careers in Year Of The Spider which peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts even featuring a top Hot 100 track as well.

cold1.Remedy– A real driving riff starts off the song before this amazing bass riff takes over the verses before the band comes back in. The song seems to be about someone with issues who pushes people away and know this, but doesn’t anyone to really change it. 5/5

2. Suffocate– A clean channel guitar drives the song for the most part before the chorus. The song is about a relationship that is just toxic. The song features former Dollshead/Black Eyed Peas singer Sierra Swan and Sam McCandless’s drum laying is awesome on this track. 5/5

3. Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)– a touching track that Scooter wrote about the struggles his sister went through with her battle against Cancer while the band was recording the album. 4.5/5

4. Stupid Girl– This was the band’s lead single and the only single they ever wrote that cracked the Billboard top 100 that was co-written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. 5/5

5. Don’t Belong– A bass driven track until the band comes in for the chorus about feeling like you just don’t belong or you can’t do anything right. 4/5

6. Wasted Years– a cool track with violins in the beginning and some acoustic guitars that compliment them. It is said that Scooter described the track as, “this song is basically about how I let little things take away the things I needed in life.” 4/5

7. Whatever You Became– A slowered tempo track whose melody/structure reminds me a little of first track Remedy. The track seems to be about how people have changed because of his fame, but he hasn’t changed. 4/5

Cold-Year_Of_The_Spider-CD8. Sad Happy– a very eerie track about a someone who is stuck in a very abusive relationship and cant get out of it. A sad reality that is too true in the world we live in. 4.5/5

9. Rain Song– A cool track about someone close to Scooter who may have harmed herself in some way and when it rains it reminds him of her. 4/5

10. The Day Seattle Died– A great track on the album that is the band’s tribute to Seattle’s music icons Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. 5/5

11. Change The World– The track starts with a drum cadence before the band comes racing in with a killer riff on a track that is basically about relationships. 4/5

12. Black Sunday– A track that starts with some acoustic and clean guitars in a track that is about loss of someone close to Scooter, a reoccurring theme in a lot of songs. 4/5

13. Kill The Music Industry– The bands response to the music industry who were constantly telling them that they were going to fail. It also features the track Gone Away at around the 2:55 mark or so. 4/5

My Final Thoughts: Despite the success of the album, the band would soon go through it’s own troubled times as the label refused to promote any more singles from the album and Terry Balsamo would exit the band in 2004 to replace Ben Moody in Evanescence. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade because it was a kick ass album.

MI0002401703Now that WrestleMania week is over, it’s time to get back into business here at Moshpits and Movies. Traditionally anytime I hold a competition, I always cover an album from the winning band for the Album Of The Week and I have been meaning to cover an album by today’s featured band. I am actually quite surprised that I have never covered an album from Sevendust before especially after 200 plus albums. Sevendust back in February won MusicBowl 51 over Godsmack so traditionally we have to cover one of their albums and I chose the band’s second studio album Home for this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Lajon Witherspoon (Vocals), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums). The album was released on August 24, 1999 via TVT where it would peak at number 19 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and stayed there for three weeks. It also peaked at 16 on The Top Internet Album Charts and number 10 on the Top Independent Album Charts.

MI00027167821. Home– A big bass riff and those drop tuned guitar shreds open up the album in this track that seems to be about someone who is having a rough time at home which is supposed to be the safe place to be. 4/5

2. Denial– One of my favorite tracks on the album that fades in with a cool guitar riff, but when it kicks in it’s heavy as f*** and it grooves like no other. It seems to be about a guy and how he is sick of constantly opening up to a girl who refuses to do the same. My favorite part of the song is right when the 3 minute mark hits. 5/5

3. Headtrip– A very melodic intro starts the song that has a kick ass groove as soon as the music hits and it has a bad ass riff. 4.5/5

4. Insecure– A cool instrumental intro. 4/5

5. Reconnect– The last track leads right into this one which is all about how you feel that you’ve been a slave to all the BS and now you want to break free. 4/5

6. Waffle–  The track starts with a melodic riff before it kicks in with a sledgehammer like riff. It goes back to being melodic during the verses before hammering down with the choruses. The song seems to be about someone who is sick of the same old same old and is looking for something new. 5/5

home7. Rumble Fish– A sick hammering riff with groove kicks off this one about fighting against temptations that drag you down. 4.5/5

8. Licking Cream– A track on the album that features a cool bass riff during the verses and it features an English artist named Skin doing co-vocals. 4.5/5

9. Grasp– The song is about being friends with someone and when they are going through tough times, you go through it with them, but they’re always taking more and more of you. 4/5

10. Crumbled– An interesting intro to the song, but when it kicks off, it shifts into groove overdrive and it’s awesome. Hornsby shines on this track about no matter how many times you go down, you get back up. but if you don’t then you just crumble. 4.5/5

11. Feel So– A little bit of a hip hop groove in the beginning riff, but otherwise a cool track in a song about feeling hopeless. 4/5

12. Grasshopper– a quick intro of the band in the studio 2/5

13. Bender– A cool track to end the album that features Chino Moreno of the Deftones and Troy McLawhorn (of Doubledrive at the time). It’s heavy, it grooves, and it even caters to Moreno’s vocals as well. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– A kick ass album from a kick ass band that obviously avoided the sophomore jinx with this release. I have always held this band and Lajon in the higest regard because I am also a huge fan of Lajon’s vocals. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

suicidesilence2017One of the most controversial subjects in all of metal or deathcore is the brand new album that is going to be released by deathcore giants Suicide Silence. The self titled album comes out this Friday (February 24TH) via Nuclear Blast and it’s garnered a lot of flack because of it’s change in sound and style. I for one am all about artists reaching out to find their creative sides because that is what is all about. Being in a band is all about evolving and according to the band they are just exploring the many influences of deathcore. Nonetheless, earlier in the year, the band released a music video for the first track off the record called Doris and this is definitely a finalist for Metal Music Video Of The Year. The band released a 360 degree video which means that you can mess with what you see from various images of the band performing live to recording in the studio and more. It’s definitely a cool way to get fans introduced to the record and what they have in store for all of you. Check out the video below and mess with the angles a little.