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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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a0750464161_16We are getting back into the tour bus once again to complete our goal of 50 bands from 50 states and we only have 17 states left to visit. So to knock one of those states off the list, we are traveling to the great state of Maryland to check out our latest act. The band that we have for you guys are veterans of the metal scene as ZFL who hail from the Aberdeen/Belcamp area are a brutal groove metal band that formed in 1996. The band endlessly toured their butts off playing show after show with the likes of bands like Mastodon before imploding. The band would come right back to life in 2012 with a revived lineup that is out to share their brand of metal with the world. In 2015, the band released their latest effort in Rumors Of War and the track that I want to share with you guys is melodic and heavy effort That Which Is Unnameable. The track starts off very dark and melodic before the band comes in with ferocious punch that reminds me of Lamb Of God and Pantera. These guys are not signed to a label and it’s a shame because they should be. Check them out on Facebook, Bandcamp, and on Reverbnation as well. Check out the track below:

war of the covers escapeA couple of weeks ago, we had our very first War Of The Covers which pinned UK Metal band Malefice against French groove/death metal band Trepalium as we decided who covered Pantera’s I’m Broken better. Unfortunately for Malefice, everyone overwhelmingly thought that Trepalium’s version of the track was better. For this week’s War Of The Covers, we are exploring a cover from a band that is in the news right now for all the wrong reasons after the way they opened the year up. Apparently, Metallica is in the news right now because they are being accused of stealing a riff from an 80’s death metal band named Incubus on one of the tracks on their latest effort Hardwired… To Self Destruct. Whether that fact is true or not, there is no denying that Metallica is one of the greatest metal bands of all time (I said one of, not the). They have written some iconic material in albums like Kill Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All. As a fan of music and metal, there is no denying that fact and the fact that they have influenced countless metal bands over the years. That is why I chose them because some amazing bands have covered Metallica over the years and I think we have a good one here. In 2005, if you had the Japanese version of Gojira’s amazing album From Mars To Sirius, then you noticed that the band covered the Ride The Lightning track Escape. Fast forward to 2009, hardcore metal giants Hatebreed released an all covers album entitled For The Lions which featured them covering the Lightning gem Escape as well. Now it is up to you guys to decide who covered it better? You have until the next post to decide.

WOTC PanteraIt was once known as the cover of the week where we celebrated our favorite covers of the week before it morphed into the cover battle. In cover battle, we took the same song covered by two different bands and asked you to vote as to which one was better is now being called War Of The Covers. Now that we are doing this again, the same rules apply, you have one week to vote as to what version you like better and that version is king. Of course, we all have different opinions and tastes so if you’re version loses then remember to grab some cheese and wine because you’ll need it. This week’s War of the Covers centers around one of my favorite tracks from the chart topping album from Pantera entitled Far Beyond Driven. It was the album that put a band that was already on the map on the map again, but really all it did was cement the fact that they didn’t need radio play to validate them. In 2010, British heavy metal band Malefice covered the track I’m Broken for the Metal Hammer Magazine tribute album Getcha’ Pull: A tribute to Dimebag Darrell. In 2012, French groove/death metal band Trepalium covered the track for their album H.N.P. and now you will decide whose cover was better.

 

cowboysOn December 8TH, it will be 12 years since one of the greatest guitarists in Metal history passed away from a senseless crime. I am talking about the one and only Dimebag Darrell Abbott who was shot and killed while performing on stage in Columbus, Ohio. While the metal scene has persevered forward, it has truly never been the same since. To honor his memory, we are covering the major label debut and fifth studio album overall from his first band Pantera in Cowboys From Hell. The album which also featured Phil Anselmo (Vocals), Rex Brown (Bass), and Vinnie Paul (Drums) was one of the hottest debuts that made the step forward in saving metal. After being rejected 28 times by major labels everywhere, the band finally found a home at ATCO Records and released the record on July 24, 1990. The album would peak at number 117 on The billboard Top 200 as well as eight on the Catalog albums chart. It would go Gold in 1993 and eventually it would go platinum by July 1997. It’s an album that is often overlooked due to the follow ups, but this is an important record in the band’s history.

pantera-cowboysfromhell-back1. Cowboys From Hell– Probably one of the most famous album openers, the hard charging bass line that opens the track followed by Dime giving us some of his guitar licks before Phil helps the band slam it into overdrive. The track is a tongue in cheek as far as the lyrics are concerned because most bands come from LA or New York and these boys are outsiders from Texas. 5/5

2. Primal Concrete Sledge– The track starts with hammering drums from Vinnie with a bad ass bass line from Rex when Dime comes in on a track that could be about breaking down the walls of a government that shuts you out. 4.5/5

3. Psycho Holiday– The track starts off with Vinnie’s drumming that sounds like a machine gun going off and then the music kicks in with the low sounding draw of the guitar. The track seems to be about a man in a mental institution. 5/5

4. Heresy–  Dime’s riffing opens up this absolute headbanger in a track that explores all that is wrong with humanity. Check out the lyrics and tell me different. 5/5

5. Cemetery Gates– This is probably the greatest Pantera song ever in the history of the band. This is the song that captured me and made me interested in finding out more about them. 5/5 (if I could go higher I would).

6. Domination– Definitely one of the most bad ass Pantera tracks that makes you want to bat your chest and get your frustrations out. The end of the song is the absolute shit!!! 5/5

cowboys-27. Shattered– A killer drum riff and guitar riff open the track that features more of Phil’s high vocals. The track could be about war or Armageddon. It features a killer guitar solo too. 4.5/5

8. Clash with Reality– A track that may not be the best on the album, but it’s bad ass and it’s about that time when you finally have to face reality. 4.5/5

9. Medicine Man– an amazing guitar riff fades in on a track that is about you know what, that’s right a drug dealer. I love how the track is mellow during the verses before it launches into overdrive on the chorus. 4.5/5

10. Message in Blood– an insane track that talks about someone as diabolical as Charles Manson. This track and all the others prove what kind of a genius Dimebag really was. 4.5/5

11. The Sleep-The beginning opens with amazing clean channel playing from Dime before Rex helps them move forward. 4.5/5

12. The Art of Shredding– A killer track about banding together and kicking ass through the greatest art form which is Heavy Metal. A killer bass line from Rex opens the track before Dime does his best shredding. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a record that should not be taken fro granted because it is one of the best Pantera records of all time which is a hard thing to choose with Pantera. If you want to get to know the boys, start with this and move forward. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

One of my all time favorite frontman in metal will always be ex-Pantera/current Down and Superjoint legend Phil Anselmo. He will always be an icon in my opinion and that is why when I see he has a new release, I usually pay attention to it which is why for this week’s metal music video of the week, I chose the new track from the rebranded and reformed Superjoint called Caught Up In The Gears Of Application. This is the title track off the band’s latest disc which came out a couple of weeks ago and it’s like any other Superjoint track where it is punishing and chaotic at the same time. The music video the band presents is definitely unique in where it has that old time silent film feel and look to it while switching back and forth to the frontman singing the lyrics. Anselmo described the video very well saying, “The video is supposed to be as ridiculously abstract as the song itself. But regardless, it makes its ridiculous point(s) dreadfully well.” I couldn’t have said it better myself as you see the band dressed in old time clothing handing out flyers in New Orleans to people who look uninterested. Check out the video below:

ScourBandYou are probably wondering just who in the world is Scour and why do I have them as the single of the week this week. Scour is a new supergroup of sorts from troubled former Pantera/current Down singer Phil Anselmo. The band also features John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer) on Bass, Chase Fraser (Animosity, Continuum) on Guitar, Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation) on Guitar and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) on Drums. The best way to describe the band can only be answered by one man and that is Phil himself, “The Scour thing was something that just popped up, and it’s something that I think I can kill, something I can lay it out. They’re short songs. It’s a short EP, and that’s something I can knock out… I think (there’s) one of the fellows from Cattle Decapitation, but it’s predominantly, in my ear, modern-ish black metal-sounding, thrashy black metal type stuff. I’m going to put my own spin on it. I don’t have to sound like your boy from Gorgoroth [laughing] to get the point across, man. There’s other ways of singing over that style of music, and I shall employ many styles.” That is essentially why I chose it for the single of the week. Check it out below: