Posts Tagged ‘Quiet Riot’

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThe Pedal To The Metal tournament has remained one of the most controversial tournaments in history mainly due to certain fan bases arguing over the legitimacy of the tournament. People have always questioned how certain bands have defeated other bands and it always seems to center on Iron Maiden. They have been in the tournament every year and they have never won the tournament yet. We’ve seen Motley Crue, Judas Priest (2X Champs), Kreator, Destruction, and Queensryche claim the title, but never them. The fact of the matter is that I post the article on every band’s Facebook page to try and alert the various fan bases, but it’s up the band to share the posts. If they do not then you obviously do not see it and therefore when you finally catch wind of the tournament, you cry foul that Iron Maiden was eliminated. I changed the tournament up the last couple of years to include newer bands, but this year we are going back to the beginning when things were simpler. First, we have shortened how many bands are in the tournament from 32 to 16 and the last thing we did is that it is only going to involve 1980’s hard rock and heavy metal bands.

queensryche-bannerIn fact, we are only including the bands that could be considered the elite of the list and while it’s up for debate, we have chosen the bands. The following bands will be in the tournament this year: Queensryche (defending champions), Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Motorhead, Def Leppard, and Scorpions are the qualified bands. The last four spots of the tournament will be contested between eight other bands with the top four qualifying for the tournament. The eight bands are Twisted Sister, Skid Row, W.A.S.P., Dokken, Ratt, Accept, Y&T, and King Diamond. The voting will occur in two places: one place you can visit to vote will be on my Twitter page @TheMonsterHour with the second being the blog’s very own Facebook page. We’ll also be hosting the vote on my radio show page for Pedal To The Metal Radio which is what the tournament was named after. You will have 24HRS to cast your vote and the top four bands will move on so choose wisely. Stay tuned for the rest of the tournament news and brackets to follow!

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metal healthThere are still albums in the world that I love and have not covered for this blog and Metal Health by Quiet Riot is one of those albums. For those of you who don’t know who Quiet Riot is, they were one of the original hair bands from the scene in LA that at one time featured the late, great Randy Rhoads on guitar before he left to join Ozzy Osbourne. The band at the time was made up of Kevin DuBrow (Vocals), Frankie Banali (Drums), Carlos Cavazo (Guitars), and Rudy Sarzo (Bass) with Chuck Wright actually recording the bass parts to two tracks on the album. The band was hungry and it showed on their first ever American release even though this was their third album with everyone being a new member except for Kevin. The album is considered a classic amongst metal fans and it’s significant because it’s the first every heavy metal record to hit number one n the Billboard Top 200 charts. The album knocked out The Police’s Synchronicity out of the number one spot with a top 5 single in Cum On Feel The Noize to help. The album would go on to sell six million copies worldwide, but it would remain their top seller.

Quiet Riot - Metal Health (back)1. Metal Health (Bang Your Head)– This was the ultimate 80’s anthem for metal heads every where and by far the best track on the record. It has everything you want from monstrous power chords and the ultimate sing along chorus.It’s one of the tracks that Chuck Wright recorded bass for. 5/5

2. Cum On Feel The Noize– This is the band’s monstrous cover of the Slade classic that helped propel the band to the top of the charts. 5/5

3. Don’t Wanna Let You Go– This is the band’s power ballad like track with the big bass line and slick guitar playing about relationships. This is the other track on the album that features bass playing by Chuck Wright. 4/5

4. Slick Black Cadillac– The band’s hard rock classic about a slick black Cadillac and how it’s a status car. 4/5

5. Love’s a Bitch– Another slowered tempo track about how love can be a real bitch with a killer chorus. 4/5

MetalHealthSideAlarge6. Breathless– a hard charging track about a girl that leaves him absolutely breathless that he can’t function. 4/5

7. Run for Cover– another rocking track from the band with a killer intro by Frankie that kicks off the track. Frankie is an amazing drummer and it shines on this track. 4/5

8. Battle Axe– is a quick guitar instrumental on the album that let’s Carlos channel his inner Eddie Van Halen. 4/5

9. Let’s Get Crazy– The heavy as hell with a killer bass line party anthem about scoring with chicks, you know the rock and roll lifestyle. 4/5

10. Thunderbird– This is the touching tribute that was written for the band’s former guitarist Randy Rhoads who had passed away. The track was actually written while Rhoads was alive, but DuBrow wrote the last verse after the death of Rhoads. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Besides QRIII, this is one of my favorite Quiet Riot records the band ever released. The sad thing about Quiet Riot is that the band should have been bigger than they were, but DuBrow’s alcohol and drug abuse got in the way. The one thing that I can say is that if it wasn’t for them maybe the 80’s Hair Metal scene may have not been as big as it was. Of course that is debatable. I am giving the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

Monsters Of Rock BitEarlier in the year, I was blown away by the presentation of The Big Four in 8-Bit Nintendo style music that I posted it in the What If section (you can see that one here). Now I have another amazing video to show all of you for What If… Part 8: Monsters Of Rock in 8-Bit. Loudwire and Filthy Frackers created the last 8-Bit video that we all enjoyed and they teamed up once again to create another awesome 8-Bit video that features the likes of Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Quiet Riot, and Twisted Sister. The video is so awesome because it blends elements that are so iconic with the song and the band plus with Nintendo/video game characters. You’ll hear the Guns N Roses classic Welcome To The Jungle in 8-bit, Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls in 8-Bit, Twisted Sisters iconic video and song for We’re Not Gonna Take It in 8-bit, as well as Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard), and Metal Health (Bang Your Head) (Quiet Riot) all in 8-bit. You have to check it out below and let’s hope for more 8-bit awesomeness from Loudwire and Filthy Frackers cause this is the video game that never happened.

People are always wondering when did the supergroup craze begin and was this more of a 21ST Century kind of deal? One of the earliest supergroups that I can remember was Asia which was formed in 1981 as it featured members of four different progressive rock groups forming the all star band of Progressive rock. For Wes Craven’s 1989 film Shocker, an all star group of pop rock kind of formed for a one off deal for the horror film’s soundtrack. The band was made up of Paul Stanley of Kiss and Desmond Child on Vocals, Vivian Campbell (at the time he was Ex-Dio and ex-Whitesnake) on guitar, Guy Mann-Dude on Guitar, Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake/Quiet Riot) on bass, Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) on drums, and backing vocals by Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper) which he also makes a cameo in the film as the buff construction worker. If you ask me this is one hell of a supergroup that they had on their hands. The song is actually pretty good even though it sounds so much like the 80’s, but you got to love it. Desmond Child is actually a really good singer as he keeps up with the talented and my favorite member of Kiss in Paul Stanley. Check out the song below and check out the film as well, I thought it was pretty good. The film stars Michael Murphy, Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Cami Cooper, and so many more in this action packed horror flick.

pedalFirst and foremost, I want to take the time to thank everyone who voted because this year’s tournament had a record turnout that this tournament and blog had never seen before. I’ve said many times, if it wasn’t for you, we could not do this. So, I want to say thank you for that and I also want to thank the bands. I saw that some bands shared my status on their Facebook pages which helped attract the people as well, so thank you to the bands that shared the status. If you haven’t checked out the page yet, then you are probably wondering who won. I want to start with the heavy metal division because that alone attracted the most votes I have ever seen with over 15,000 votes coming in one match alone. The match was between King Diamond and Accept and that was truly one of the wildest matches ever. The lead was constantly changing hands between King Diamond and Accept that it caused a little bi of controversy amongst the fans. It has actually lead to us changing the way you can vote in the upcoming rounds because we don’t want to hear people cry because their favorite acts are losing or what not. For while, it looked s if Accept was going to go down to King Diamond as one point, they were only a little less than 300 votes behind, but they finally pulled ahead of King Diamond and they won by 632 votes. The division also saw a major upset occur as the defending two time champions Judas Priest were destroyed by Savatage losing by a total of 2,391 votes. To round out the rest of the heavy metal division, both Dio and Iron Maiden won their respective matches. In the Hard Rock division, Cinderella’s fans proved that they were going to move their band on to the next round as they defeated Quiet Riot. Motley Crue, Scorpions, and AC/DC all scored wins as well.

In the extreme metal division, this was the division with the lowest amount of participation, but nevertheless some fans did show up. Kreator defeated Carcass by a 35% margin while Celtic Frost defeated Obituary. Death proved they were the supreme death metal band by defeating Possessed while Venom easily handled Entombed. The Thrash Metal division was another interesting division because their was one major upset tat occurred that I never saw coming. Metallica was beaten badly by Death Angel who secured 73% of the votes. Megadeth scored a win over Overkill while Slayer beat Exodus out of the Big Four picture. This was definitely a tough match to vote on, but Testament scored a huge win over Anthrax to see them through to the next round. So, their you have it, the results from each of the divisions and what a wild tournament it has been so far. As I said above, we are changing the way you can vote in this competition to avoid any scrutiny or spamming because that would be unfair and we want to be fair to everyone. Stay tuned here as we will provide you with the next round of matches soon.

hard rock divisionAs I had stated in a previous article, I was going to have the actual matches up for you to be able to vote. We are moving on with the Hard Rock division that features some titans of Rock taking on some titans of Hair Metal as well. Last year’s tournament saw Cinderella as the “Cinderella” story (pun intended) as their fans drove the band all the way to the finals where they unfortunately lost to reigning back to back chaps Judas Priest. In their first round match they take on the first heavy metal band to ever score a number one hit on the billboard charts in 1983 in Quiet Riot. In the second match, one of England’s best rock bands to come out of the NWOBHM scene Def Leppard takes on Germany’s legendary rockers The Scorpions. The third match features Australia’s number one rock band of all time in AC/DC taking on one of the original LA Hair bands in Ratt. The final match features 2012’s Pedal To The Metal Tournament winners Motley Crue taking on New Jersey’s finest Skid Row. You have until March 21ST to put in your vote to see who gets to the round of 16 (semifinals in the Hard Rock Division). Vote below:

Cinderella Vs Quiet Riot

Def Leppard Vs Scorpions

ACDC Vs Ratt

Motley Crue Vs Skid Row

So, I have the brackets finally for all of you to check out as far as who will face who in the opening round in each of the four divisions in this years Pedal To The Metal Tournament. The Divisions are the heavy metal division, Thrash Division, Hard Rock Division, and the Extreme Metal Division. As far as voting is concerned the match ups that you will be able to vote on will be put up by tonight and you will have until March 22ND to vote to see who will move on to the round of 16. From that point on, I will set up dates and I will update you guys constantly. So, let’s check out the matches for this years 2015 Pedal To The Metal Tournament.

Pedal To The Metal Tournament 2015 bracket