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One of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time is none other than Birmingham, England’s own Judas Priest. Judas Priest is a band that deserves so much credit as far as the metal world is concerned and the fact that they were snubbed by the rock and roll hall of fame is ludicrous. Nonetheless, the band took all of 2017 off to ensure that they would deliver a brand new album that was co-produced by Tom Allom (his first since 1988’s Ram It Down) and Andy Sneap (his first effort) called Firepower.  Rob Halford talked about the pairing of the two saying, “Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing and Andy [Sneap] is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.” The first track that was unleashed off the album is the song Lightning Strike and upon first listen you can hear old school Judas Priest all over the track. The track has me excited for what Firepower will offer when it comes out March 9TH via Epic. You can pre-order the album now by going here, but for now check out the track below:

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sanctuaryI am always looking for new bands to cover, but there is always that unfortunate circumstance when a member of a band passes away and I cover the band’s album as a tribute. Warrel Dane, the lead singer of the bands Sanctuary and Nevermore passed away this morning in Brazil of a heart attack. He was in Brazil recording his second solo album when the incident happened where he was staying. So, I wanted to pay tribute to Warrel Dane by covering an album from the band that introduced me to him in Sanctuary. The album that I chose for you guys is the band’s 1988 debut record Refuge Denied which was produced by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and Paul Lani. You may be asking how in the world did they get Mustaine to produce the album? Apparently, after they recorded a demo, they approached Mustaine who had just performed with Megadeth in their area and they handed it to him. Mustaine was impressed enough with the band that he agreed to produce the album. The album featured Dane, Lenny Rutledge (Guitar), Sean Blosl (Guitar), Jim Sheppard (Bass), and Dave Budbill (Drums). Initially, the album had sold 7,000 copies on Vinyl, but has since sold over 200,000 worldwide.

sanctuary-refuge-denied-1988-japan-back1. Battle Angels– The band launches into overdrive with some chugging riffs right from the get go in a track that has some amazing battle fantasy lyrics. 4/5

2. Termination Force– The track starts off with that typical 80’s thrash melodic sound that is a little eerie with the guitars made to stand out the most before the rest of the band launches in and the song features some cool bass playing from Sheppard. It seems to be a song about rebelling against your government and the need to feel like you have to before it’s too late. 4/5

3. Die For My Sins– This is a kick ass song that has that trash metal sound with the power metal vocals in a track that is about someone who doesn’t have the will to live, but wants you to have fun for him. That is what it seems like anyways to me because I am not picking up a religious tone. 4/5

4. Soldiers of Steel-A track that has that Megadeth/Mercyful Fate to it with some killer guitar work with more of those fantasy inspired lyrics. 4/5

refuge-denied-515ccee9558bb5.  Sanctuary– Every great band has a song named after them right? Well, Iron Maiden did and so does Sanctuary. The track helps kick off side two of the vinyl and it does with this melodic riff that fades in and at first I was worried because of the intro, but the band turns up the tempo and they save the song. 4/5

6. White Rabbit– I wonder how much of an influence Dave was when the band decided to cover this Grace Slick written Jefferson Airplane track. Nonetheless, I have to say that this is a pretty decent cover, it’s better than Megadeth’s cover of These Boots. 4.5/5

7. Ascension To Destiny– This might musically be the best track on the whole record in my opinion. The band is on fire as the duel guitarists get it right on this one and it fits with Dane’s powerful vocals. 5/5

8. The Third War– It’s an all out metal assault on this track which is about, you guessed it, the possibility of World War III which is nuclear war. 4.5/5

9. Veil Of Disguise– I love the clean guitar channel, slow tempo’d track that this is because it just has that evil feel to it. I think lyrically, we are in ancient Egypt maybe just from the nature of the lyrics. Don’t fret because the distortion does come back at some point in the track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a pretty decent debut for the band, but it was their next album that would top this one’s sales. Nevertheless, I love the mixture of thrash with power metal because it was something a little different even though you can hear the Mercyful Fate influence in it. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

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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. 20 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. Three 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 third ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the main 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!

 

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As far as the playlist was concerned for the show, I had three different playlists that I was going with for the show. The 1st one primarily featured almost the same exact lineup as the one that was actually played. The second playlist featured bands from every era of metal whether it be the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. The third and final playlist that I created was similar to the first one, but the song selection was different. I wanted to pick nine solid songs for the show with one present that I would present to people with a just in case I still had more time track. Last year, I presented everyone with a Black Sabbath medley that featured I believe three different Sabbath singers doing the same track. This year, I decided to do another medley, but this time it would be Ozzy solo and it would feature five different guitarists doing the same track. It was quite the difficult task, but I got the job done and you will see below what the result was. I made one minor adjustment to the playlist twenty minutes to my show because a good friend of my mine in Doc Rock found a vinyl that I just couldn’t resist playing and I opened the show with it. One minor note, I had originally scrapped a Motley Crue track, but I reintroduced it when the Kiss track I chose suddenly stopped due to technical difficulties. So without further ado, check out the playlist below and once again thanks to everyone that tuned in and a big thank you to the WBIM Alumni Association for having me yet again.

 

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Playlist for 10/20/2017 edition of Pedal To The Metal Radio

1. Addiction by The Almighty (Vinyl Of The Week)

2. Unholy by Kiss

3. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue

4. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden (Mandatory Maiden)

5. A Touch Of Evil by Judas Priest

6. The Lady Wore Black by Queensryche

7. Among The Living by Anthrax

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8. The Conjuring by Megadeth

9. Hello From The Gutter by Overkill

10. Suicide Solution (Guitarist Medley) by Ozzy Osbourne featuring Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Joe Holmes

11. Rock And Roll by Motorhead

king_diamond_abigail_1500x1504px_100326093214_2Every October since 2012, we here at Moshpits and Movies have celebrated the great holiday known as Halloween by dedicating the whole site to the month. One of the things we love doing for the month of October is Horror/Halloween related posts for our Album Of The Weeks. So, our very first one this year belongs to a man that needs no introduction in the master of the macabre King Diamond. In 1987, King Diamond would release what is considered by most to be a pure masterpiece in his concept album Abigail. The album featured Diamond (Vocals/Producer), Andy LaRocque (Guitar), Mikkey Dee (Drums), Michael Denner (Guitar/Assistant Producer), Timi Hansen (Bass), and Roberto Falcao (Engineer/Keyboards). Here is part of the plot of the story, “Abigail tells the story of a young couple, Miriam Natias and Jonathan La’Fey, who move into an old mansion that La’Fey inherited. It takes place in the summer of 1845. At their arrival they are warned by seven horsemen not to move into the house because if they do “18 will become 9.” They do not heed the warning and proceed to move into the mansion. During their first night, Jonathan meets with Count de La’Fey, the Family Ghost, who is a deceased relative. The ghost shows him a casket in which a corpse of a stillborn child, Abigail, rests. The ghost informs him that Miriam is carrying the spirit of Abigail and that the child will soon be reborn. He insists that Jonathan must kill Miriam at once to prevent the rebirth.” To read the rest of the plot, click here.

king diamond1.Funeral– The intro to the album that narrates what happened to the countess and her unborn child Abigail who was a bastard child which was considered evil so when she laid to rest she was nailed down. 4/5

2. The Arrival– The twin guitar attack of King Diamond kick off this track that is all about Jonathan and his wife’s arrival to the mansion which he inherited. They are visited by the four horseman and told to turn around and leave because she is pregnant with a child that is Abigail. 5/5

3. A Mansion In Darkness– The next track kicks off and it follows the story as they enter the house and Miriam becomes possessed by the spirit. I love the overall riff of this track, it’s a headbanger for sure and Diamond’s vocal range is insane. 4.5/5

4. The Family Ghost– The story continues as Count de la Fey shows up and talks to Jonathan and shows him the crypt below where Abigail lies and he proceeds to tell him the story of what happened. The track has a really cool guitar solo in it. 4.5/5

5. The 7TH Day of July 1777– The track is about the very day that Count de la Fey killed his wife and her bastard child. The track starts out with Andy playing the acoustic guitar before the band kicks in and turns it up a notch. 4/5

king-diamond-abigail-18083206. Omens– An amazing track in which Jonathan is starting to see things that shouldn’t be happening coming to life like a rocking cradle, etc. Maybe the count was right after all. I love the duel solos by Denner and LaRocque. 4.5/5

7. The Possession– The story takes a dark turn in this track as Jonathan figures out that his wife really is possessed by the spirit of Abigail. 4/5

8. Abigail– The title track is one of my all time favorite King Diamond tracks just because it kicks that much ass. The track is Jonathan pleaing to Abigail to let get of her possession of his wife, but she refuses. 5/5

9. Black Horsemen– The ending of the story where Miriam pushes Jonathan down the stairs where he dies, but she dies during the childbirth. The horseman arrive to try and kill the baby by putting it back in the coffin. I love the acoustic intro, it’s very dark and helps set the mood. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– If you’re into power metal and metal with a horror concept story then this is one to check out for sure. The musicianship alone on this album is top notch and worth the listen. 15 years later, he would release the sequel to this album, but we’ll cover that for another time. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

2017-headerWe can never have a tournament without a little controversy and in reality there is no real controversy. The tournament has always been about a fan base of one band versus the fan base of another. So, if your band was eliminated two rounds ago then sorry for that, but a lot of my favorite bands have been eliminated too. Anyways, we are here to celebrate the fact that if you made it this far it’s because your fan base kicks ass and you belong here. We have some exciting matches for all of you like Queensryche taking on Judas Priest or Amon Amarth taking on German Thrash legends Kreator. We also have Lamb Of God taking on Trivium and Testament taking on Megadeth in a super match for the Thrash division finals. After this, it only gets harder to choose a winner and that will ring especially true in the Dio division finals where Queensryche has to dethrone former two time champion Judas Priest. Does Testament have what it takes to dethrone Megadeth who have been riding the rollercoaster of success lately with a Grammy win and all? All of these questions will be answered as soon as YOU THE FANS VOTE! You have until March 24TH to vote for who you want to see make the final four, so as always choose wisely!

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2017-headerWe here at Moshpits and Movies decided to pull the plug early on the round of 16 due to mercy killing rules. We had an unbelievable response to the tournament thanks to the bands that shared the tournament on their pages, but the tournament was getting a little out of hand so we gave mercy to those that were being eaten alive out there. I truly believe that this was the highest amount of people we have ever had vote in one round, but Ill have to check the stats later on. In our very first match, Queensryche who looked to be losing the match at first completely blew the doors off of the competition and the flood of votes poured in as the band defeated the mighty U.D.O. by 1, 114 votes total. In the second match, Judas Priest came back from being completely behind Accept for most of the match and beat them by 1263 votes. Slayer for a while had a strong lead against Megadeth, but then all of a sudden they were left playing catch up. Unfortunately for the mighty Slayer, it was too much and they couldn’t as Megadeth won the match.

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For most of the match, Testament and Exodus were dead even. I mean if Testament went up by 3 one minute, it was tied up the next and vice versa. Then all of a sudden, Testament just took the ball and ran with it and never looked back. Lamb Of God started the match in the lead and never looked back as they easily disposed All That Remains by 1163 votes. The other match in that group was literally dead even for the longest time. It looked like fans couldn’t figure out who they wanted to win the match. In the end though, Trivium had the come from behind win as they beat Killswitch Engage by only 67 votes. It was by far the closest match in the whole sweet sixteen round when it was all said and done. Amon Amarth did the impossible it seemed as they had the heavy task of facing the defending champions Destruction in the sweet sixteen. In the end, Amon Amarth held a comfortable lead over Destruction for the whole entire match and never let go of it. The last match featured the 2015 champion Kreator who is looking to get back in the finals take on Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse. Well After 2459 total votes in the match, they are one step close to reaching the promise land again. The elite 8 round is now set and things are only going to get a lot more exciting and interesting from here on out. Whose fan base is going to lead the charge moving forward? We’ll just have to wait and find out.  Check out the brackets below:

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2017-headerAfter an awesome first round, we are looking for your help to keep the momentum going because without you guys, there is no Pedal To The Metal Tournament. You the fans have always decided the outcome of the tournament as you have crowned champion after champion. So, with that being said, we have some awesome matches for you guys to check out and we are keeping them all in the same post for now for the sweet sixteen. We strongly encourage that you vote for every match up in the tournament because this is all about supporting the metal community no matter what sub-genre it is. In the Dio/Lemmy division, Queensryche looks to keep their luck going as they take on the legend from Germany U.D.O. meanwhile Accept is looking to keep the fight alive as they take on former two time champion Judas Priest. The Hanneman divsion has some great match ups like one mega match that pins Big Four members Megadeth against Slayer. The other match is a good one as well and it features one band that brings a strong argument to the table as to why it should be the Big Five and not the Big Four in Exodus as they take on a band that brings a strong argument as to why that Big Four stuff should be expanded to more in Testament. The Schuldiner division features the defending champion Destruction take on Viking Metal Kings Amon Amarth as well as 2015 winner Kreator taking on the mighty Cannibal Corpse. The last division, the metal to the core division, features Lamb Of God taking on All That Remains while Killswitch Engage does battle with Trivium. You all have until the end of Match 21st to vote for who you want to see move on the Elite 8 round. So, vote carefully and wisely, but have a lot of fun and spread the word.

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There was a screw up where the Slayer/Megadeth match closed early, so we have another poll for all of you to keep voting for that one. At the end, we’ll combine both scores together. Sorry for the inconvenience