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100755We continue on our road of discovery as we check out albums that were ranked on Loudwire.com’s 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list and we are checking out another album from the almighty Black Sabbath. The album we are checking out this week is the fourth Black Sabbath record to be featured on the list (Paranoid, Black Sabbath, and Heaven And Hell are the other three) and Loudwire ranked Master Of Reality, the band’s third album overall tenth on their list. The album once again featured Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar), Geezer Butler (Bass), and Bill Ward (Drums) with Rodger Bain returning for the third album in a row as the band’s producer. The album was released on July 21, 1971 and is the album that is widely considered the album that helped start the genre’s of Doom Metal, Stoner Rock, and Sludge Metal. The album for a long time was a huge success for the band as it went double platinum and was the only Sabbath record to crack the top 10 in the US as it peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Top 200. It was the only album for 42 years until 13 came out in 2013 which peaked at number one on the Billboard top 200.

black-sabbath-master-of-reality-17-cd1. Sweet Leaf-The track that begins with the coughing and the big riffs is one of the all time classics from Sabbath. That coughing loop is actually Tony Iommi coughing from a joint he was smoking with Ozzy which is what the track is about. 5/5

2. After Forever-A pretty cool track that was written by Iommi featuring lyrics written by self proclaimed catholic Geezer Butler which the lyrics center on various Christian themes like belief in Christ and the Pope. 5/5

3. Embryo-a :28 second instrumental which helps set up the very next track 5/5

4. Children Of The Grave– This bass heavy super charged track is my all time favorite Black Sabbath with it’s prominent drum beats to match. The track is another anti-war track from the band that is along the same lines as War Pigs and Electric Funeral. 5/5

d6dd99c4-0b8c-11e5-90ff-a60d138ab2b75. Orchid-another instrumental track on the album that is a nice segway into the next track. 5/5

6. Lord Of This World-a great track that looks at Satan and how he claims to be Lord of our world due to the fact that we do so much sinning that it allows him to be. 5/5

7. Solitude– a slow track in the same vein as Planet Caravan that is sung so beautifully by Ozzy that we can’t believe it’s him singing. The track is about losing someone that you were in love with and they left you with nothing. 5/5

8. Into The Void– a track that is widely loved by so many including Eddie Van Halen and James Hetfield due to how bad ass the main riff is. It truly is an awesome song that was written in C# Minor in a song that is all about how man is destroying the earth. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is one of the most bad ass Black Sabbath records ever made. It’s an album that you can truly listen from beginning to end and it flows together nicely. Again, my all time favorite track is Children Of The Grave, but I love all the songs on this one which is why I am giving it five stars out of five for a final grade.

51qMElGc5NL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_It is Motley Crue week here on Moshpits and Movies as we continue to celebrate the release of the new Netflix rock biopic The Dirt which is based off of one of the best selling rock autobiographies The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band that was written by Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee, and Nikki Sixx alongside Neil Stauss and we are covering here for Heavy Metal Book Report. The way the book works is that each member of the band gets their own chapter to tell some wild and insane stories that also features chapters from Doc McGhee and Tom Zutant as well. The book tells the wild and insane story of the one of the 1980’s most decadent and dangerous bands in the world as they take you on a true journey through sex, drugs, and good ole fashioned rock and roll Motley Crue style. You get to travel alongside the band as they describe all their triumphs alongside all the tragedies that made the band notorious all over the world. It’s a one way ticket through hell and back so you better make sure that your strapped in because it’s a journey that you’ll never forget. Hear all the stories that made the film like the story of Bullwinkle, the tragic death of Razzle and everything that happened while Vince was in jail to the night that Nikki Sixx died and came back to life and so much more.

91S8-v4yBBLFor anyone that has read this book, there is so much that I would have loved to have seen make the film, but I understand how screen writing works versus writing a novel. One of the things that is probably going to happen to you is that if you had a favorite member before, it could possible change during this book. That was one of the things that happened to me when I read this book. I was a huge Vince Neil fan growing up because I thought he was the coolest frontman ever, but after reading the book I instantly became a fan of Nikki Sixx who is the unsung hero of the band. You have to read about his journey as a kid to adult that was toned down heavily in the film because it will shock the hell out of you. There is one story that just tugs on your heart strings and it’s about a sister that he never knew he had and the tragedy behind that story will bring a tear to your eye. One of the things that made me laugh at times was how every member had plenty of pages per chapter and then there’s Mick Mars who at times wouldn’t write much. He lived up to his persona even in the book, but he has some pretty interesting info as far as his backstory is concerned. As I said before in the previous paragraph, this book takes you on one hell of a ride and you’ll feel so dirty when it’s done that you’ll need a shower (just kidding, but seriously though). This is probably my favorite rock autobiography of all time that has never been duplicated and with that being said, I am giving the book five stars out of five for a final grade.

the dirtWhile Jordan Peele’s new horror film US may dominate what is on people’s minds this weekend, there was one film that was undeniably on my radar. Back in 2001, the world’s most notorious and decadent group to ever come out of the 1980’s was none other than Mötley Crüe and the band dished on everything with their book The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band which was written by the band and Neil Strauss that helped spark a revolution in rock autobiographies that still dominates to this day. Then back when Mötley Crüe’s retirement tour announcement came in 2013, we found out that Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) was going to direct the film adaptation of the book called The Dirt. The film stars Douglas Booth (Noah) as Nikki Sixx, Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly) as Tommy Lee, Iwan Rheon (Game Of Thrones) as Mick Mars, and Daniel Webber (Thumper) as Vince Neil, the charismatic lead singer as the film follows the journey of their humble beginnings all the way through triumph, tragedy, and rebirth as we navigate through the hairspray filled, spandex covered Sunset Strip via Netflix. The film also stars Pete Davidson (Set It Up) as Tom Zutant, Christian Gehring (The Brink) as David Lee Roth, David Costabile (Breaking Bad) as Doc McGhee, Tony Cavalero (The Duff) as Ozzy Osbourne, Max Milner as Razzle, Rebekah Graf (The Amityville Murders) as Heather Locklear, Vince Mattis (Halloween) as Frank Feranna Jr., and many more.

crueAnyone that asks me how the film was is going to wonder how the film was in comparison to another film by the name of Bohemian Rhapsody, but that just isn’t fair in my book. They are two completely different bands with two completely different outcomes and Mötley Crüe certainly didn’t allow them to hold back in this one with any of the ugly details. I definitely thought that was the key to how great this film was because while it does look like the most extravagant life, it shows you that deep down not everything is what it seems to be after a while. While that film did an amazing job as far as casting was concerned, I think the casting crew did an amazing job with the guys they found for this film because I believed that I was watching Mötley Crüe right in front of my eyes. One of the guys who deserves a lot of credit is Colson Baker who plays the wild man Tommy Lee and with the amount of experience he had in acting as compared to the others, he nailed it in my book from the beginning all the way to his look during Dr. Feelgood and beyond. Obviously, you can’t fit everything that you read from a book into a film so a lot of stuff had to be cut out of the book like the fact that Nikki Sixx was dating Lita Ford during the Shout At The Devil days and they left out Tommy’s relationship with Pamela Anderson from the film.

ozzyThere are a lot of scenes and moments in the film that will just leave quite the impact on you and one of those scenes were the moments Vince had when his late daughter Skylar was sick with stomach cancer. Those were some emotionally tough scenes to watch because it was so real and so many people in the world can relate to the struggle. Another one of those scenes was the death of Nicholas Dingley a.k.a. Razzle of Hanoi Rocks who grew to be a very good friend of the band and his death was a huge turning point for the band that would effect them for years to come as you’ll see and read about in the book. One of the things that was absolutely amazing was how they transformed the Sunset Strip and all of the clubs to look like it’s heyday. The set designers deserve an Oscar for the work they put into this film recreating that as well as recreating all the amazing stage setups that Mötley Crüe had from their original club days all the way through. The costume designers also deserve an Oscar for the amazing job they did as they pulled it off and made me believe I was back in the 1980’s. This film is a work of art that needs to be checked out by Mötley Crüe fans everywhere. I would definitely rank this film right up there with some of my favorite rock biopics ever and if you’ve never read the book, do yourself a favor and check it out. The acting is great, the cinematography was great, the editing was great, and the film just kicked ass. I am going to give The Dirt an A+ for a final grade because I also loved the Goodfellas style narrating that you get from each member.

heaven and hellIf you were to ask me what were the most legendary Black Sabbath records to not feature Ozzy Osbourne on Vocals, I would literally say Heaven And Hell and Born Again without thinking twice. Born Again was an album that featured former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan while Heaven And Hell, the band’s ninth studio album was the first to feature former Rainbow frontman Ronnie James Dio on vocals. It was the band’s first album without original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and the first album to not feature a long of songwriting from Geezer Butler who had written a lot of the previous material. The band still featured Tony Iommi (Guitar), Butler (Bass), and Bill Ward (Drums) as well as Geoff Nichols making his first appearance on keyboards. While the album is controversial to a lot of Sabbath faithfuls, it was a very successful record as it peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and was certified platinum in the US alone. Iommi commented on the difference between Ozzy and Dio saying, “Ozzy would sing with the riff. Just listen to ‘Iron Man’ and you’ll catch my drift: his vocal melody line copies the melody of the music. There was nothing wrong with that, but Ronnie liked singing across the riff instead of with it, come up with a melody that was different from that of the music, which musically opens a lot more doors. I don’t want to sound like I’m knocking Ozzy, but Ronnie’s approach opened up a new way for me to think …”

heaven and hell back cover1. Neon Knights– The hard charging in your face opening track kicks the album off into overdrive was subsequently the last track written for the record as a filler for the first side. 5/5

2. Children Of The Sea– A very melodic track that was originally written when Ozzy was still the singer of the band. Iommi played the riff for the track and Dio instantly wrote lyrics for the track and Children Of The Sea was born. I think the track has something to do with mankind sort of ruining the earth. 5/5

3. Lady Evil– I love the opening bass riff that goes with the raunchy rock riff that Iommi provides and honestly I think it’s about ladies of the night. I could be wrong, but women can mystifying. 4.5/5

4. Heaven And Hell– The title track is one of the greatest Dio led Sabbath songs ever written and it ranks right up there with the rest of Sabbath’s catalog. Dio has said that the song is about choosing the right path that leads you to be the better you. 5/5

black-sabbath-heaven-and-hell-deluxe-edition-4-cd5. Wishing Well– an awesome track that is just rocks from beginning to end about how you can’t buy happiness no matter how much you try. You have to learn to love to be happy. 4.5/5

6. Die Young-a very cool into by Geoff Nichols helps kick off the track as Iommi comes in with a cool riff in stereo as Dio sings that you have to live to the fullest everyday because here today gone tomorrow. 4.5/5

7. Walk Away– A riff that sort of reminds me of something AC/DC would write just in the beginning though because as soon as it kicks off, it’s pretty cool in this track about staying away from women that are troubled. 4.5/5

8. Lonely Is The Word– The last track on the album has a bad ass riff that drives the song throughout which showcases the amazing teamwork of Iommi and Butler in this track about how being at the very top can be lonely especially if you crash. A very underrated track by the band with a very cool instrumental section. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was a completely different Black Sabbath then what we were used to with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals. Loudwire ranked it 23RD on their Best 50 Metal Albums Of All Time. While I agree with Zakk Wylde on one point that Black Sabbath is Ozzy Osbourne, Tony and Ronnie did make one hell of a record. My favorite tracks on the album are Lady Evil, the title track, Lonely Is The World, and Children Of The Sea. I would love to hear the Ozzy version of Children Of The Sea especially if Tony still has it. I am giving the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade.

reddragoncartelpatinacdnewOne of my all time favorite guitar players from the 1980’s has always been Ozzy’s second guitarist and former Badlands guitarist Jake E Lee. For a very long time, Jake had been away from the spotlight while many wondered if they would ever see the guitar great ever again. Those questions were answered when Jake formed his new band Red Dragon Cartel and released the band’s self titled first album in 2014. What followed is rather unfortunate for Jake as the band has been a carousel of members, but he is back with a brand new album entitled Patina and some new members in former Skid Row/Saigon Kick drummer Phil Varrone, former Lynch Mob bassist Anthony Esposito, and the return of singer Darren James Smith. Now the band has a brand new video for the track Bitter and it’s a pretty cool video featuring the band in the bar rocking out to the song with the patrons of the bar. The music has a more bluesy rock feel than the previous release and Jake says that’s because, “The first album was more of a piecemeal production with some of the song ideas being 10 years old and never having more than one player in the room at any time. I wanted to do this one from scratch with all the songs originating and worked on with everyone in the room, on their instruments. It felt much more organic, like the way I used to do it for the first 20 years of my career — more honest to my roots.” Check out the video below and check out the record which is out now!

 

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When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 21 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Four years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the fourth ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. Once again, I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the man who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated! One of the cool things about this year’s takeover is that this was the first Alumni Takeover to be held at the new satellite studio for WBIM which was pretty exciting. On the Saturday edition of the Takeover, they were holding a ribbon cutting of the new studio with University President Frederick Clark.

bD05B_B_As far as the idea for this years playlist was concerned, I wanted to do something a little different than I had in the past. The first three years, I just took whatever songs I was in the mood for and I played the tracks on my show. This year, I wanted to start a theme and every year I can do a different theme than the last. So, I decided that this year, I would do all live tracks and I did it in the idea of what if I held a festival called Pedal To The Metal Fest and all these bands showed up to play, this would be the best performances of the day. I will admit that I had a hard time finding live tracks from some of the bands, but the harder part was having to edit all the F-bombs out of the songs. I originally started with having Sepultura, Amon Amarth, Ghost, Rob Zombie, W.A.S.P., etc. But when I arrived at the studio, I changed my mind on what the opener would be so I took out Sepultura and replaced them with Ministry. I had to add Van Halen at the end because I was running out of tracks with plenty of time left and I ended the show with what I called a non-live bonus track from Monster Magnet. Once again though, the best part of the whole event was getting to connect with some amazing people that you don’t always get to see all the time. I had a lot of fun at my fourth ever Alumni Takeover Weekend at Bridgewater State University and I definitely look forward to some more in the future. Check out the playlist below:

Playlist For 10/12/2018

1. Land Of Rape And Honey (Live) by Ministry

2. Twilight Of The Thunder God (Live) by Amon Amarth

3. Con Clavi Con Dio (Live) by Ghost

4. Demonoid Phenomenon (Live) by Rob Zombie

5. Killahead (Live) by W.A.S.P.

6. Kick The Chair (Live) by Megadeth

7. Jawbreaker (Live) by Halford 

8. The Clairvoyant (Live) by Iron Maiden

9. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live) by Metallica

10. Beautiful Girls (Live) by Van Halen 

11. Shot In The Dark (Live) by Ozzy Osbourne 

12. Negasonic Teenage Warhead by Monster Magnet (Non Live Bonus Track)

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5f17d88bc7bf44d6ab2f357020a541ebThe late 90’s/early 200’s Nu Metal scene did produce a lot of bands that we shall not talk about, but it did also produce some bands that are worthy of a conversation. One of those bands that is worth talking about is Chicago based Alt-Metal (fancier word for Nu-Metal) band Soil who was made up of Ryan McCombs (Lead Singer), Shaun Glass (Guitar), Adam Zadel (Guitar), Tim King (Bass), and Tom Schofield (Drums). The first time I saw the band or heard them was on Ozzy’s 2001 Winter arena tour that he did with Rob Zombie and Mudvayne. I was completely blown away by the band and I had to buy their second studio album Scars which was officially released September 11, 2001 (of all days to be released) via J Records. Despite the misfortunes of the release date, the album was actually pretty successful and that was due to the promoting of two key singles for the band that performed well on the charts in Halo and Unreal. Their success could also be attributed to Clive Davis who signed the band to his label J Records saying, “you’re gonna be my only rock band for now. You’re going to be a priority, and I want to break this band.” The album peaked at number 193 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as well as number ten on the heatseekers charts.

51Fz4Q73-FL1. Breaking Me Down– The song starts off with an explosion of pure hard rock metal grooves before Ryan McCombs showcases his vocal abilities in a fast pace. I think the track is about how a guy keeps trying to change for his girl, but its not enough. 4.5/5

2. Halo– The first single off the record that has this killer hook that is just infectious from the start in this track that is all about the inner war of a man and all the things he has to deal with while trying to remain a man. 5/5

3. Need To Feel– This is a pretty awesome rock song if you ask me where Glass and Zadel showcase their talents. The track is about a person wanting more from their relationship because they need to feel more from it. 5/5

4. Wide Open– an in your face , freight train of a track that packs one hell of a punch while adding a melodic twist to it at times. I think the track is about someone who knows their partner is vulnerable and takes advantage of it. 5/5

5. Understanding Me– a groove crushing track that is all about someone who is finally telling their bully or their hater that you may think you will never understand what they truly are. 4.5/5

6. My Own– A melodic intro opens up the track before the band crushes it with the groove as it sounds like Ryan is singing into a megaphone during the verses. I love the guitar sound on this track, it reminds me of the beginning of Wherever I May Roam. 4.5/5

7. Unreal– Ryan described the track saying, “the amount of control, or better, the lack of control one seems to have over his/her own life at times… and the feeling that maybe there is a higher power out there and if there is, he clearly doesn’t give a fuck about me now or the times you seem to need a little help the most.” 5/5

scars-4fb428d53228e8. Inside– A groove heavy track where he sings part of the track in a very low talking tone before flexing his pipes in a track that I believe talks about him reaching out saying that he is all you need. 4/5

9. Two Skins– An interesting track that talks about how man can have two skins which is basically the classic tale of the demon and angle on the shoulders. 4/5

10. The One– an up-tempo rock track that is all about mending an old friendship that could have ended for any number of reasons. 4/5

11. New Faith– a melodic track that talks about how people may be losing faith in religion and they are looking for something new. 4/5

12. Why– a bass driven track that just rips through your speaker in a track that is just about someone who is questioning why things have happened the way they have in his life. 4/5

13. Black 7– a very ominous track that ends the album and I am not quite sure what black 7 means, but it could refer to the seven deadly sins. I just feel it has something to do with that kind of world for some reason. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Musically this is one amazing album, but lyrically the album could get lazy at times and it certainly drops off for me towards the end. My favorite tracks are Unreal, Halo, Wide Open, and Need To Feel. My least favorite tracks are Two Skins and The One. I am giving the album 4.42 stars out of five for a final grade.