Posts Tagged ‘Ratt’

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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warrantFor this week’s album of the week, we wanted to keep the train moving forward as we flash-backed to 1989 for this week’s album. One of my favorite artists to come out of the late 1980’s glam scene is LA rock band Warrant who was made up of the late Jani Lane (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar), Joey Allen (Guitar), Erik Turner (Guitar), Jerry Dixon (Bass), and Steven Sweet (Drums). After making a name for themselves on the Sunset Strip, the band would record and release their debut album on January 31, 1989 entitled Dirty Rotten Stinking Filthy Rich which was produced by Beau Hill (Ratt). The album was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number 10 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and it even produced a top 5 hit both on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the album as well because Beau Hill claimed he told the band, “songs are really great, but I think we’re a little weak in the solo department and so I like to bring somebody in.” He claims that everyone in the band signed off so he brought in Mike Slamer (ex-Streets) to do all the guitar work and the solos which is his claim as well as Slamer’s and Slamer’s wife too.

750181. 32 Pennies– The band starts off with that rock swagger right from the get go in a song about needing money to impress a girl, but not having much to your name. 5/5

2. Down Boys– This is one of my favorite songs on the album just cause it’s a straightforward rock song about performing oral sex on a woman with those conveniently placed Keyboards during the chorus. 5/5

3. Big Talk– A cool rock track with that awesome bass line about a guy who gets into fights and tells people to basically back up their big talk or just shut up. 5/5

4. Sometime She Cries– This is one of the first ballads on the album that addresses the theme of loneliness. 5/5

5. So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against The Law)– A sleaze rock track that has that driving riff about what else, but sex!!! 4/5

750196. D.R.F.S.R.– Essentially the title track to the album about a business executive who brags about all the things he has because he makes money off of poor musicians. 5/5

7. In The Sticks– a track with a real bluesy feel to the sleaze rock that were chugging out in a track that seems to be about life changing after sex for the couple, but then I feel it’s about a guy who comes back from the city to try and hit on a poor country girl. You be the judge! 4/5

8. Heaven– The other Power ballad on the album that was originally a song written by Jani Lane and Steven Sweet’s previous band, but re-recorded for Warrant. This is one of the best ballads of the 80’s. 5/5

9. Ridin’ High– That sleaze blues rock comes to play in this track that features some unbelievable riffage in a track that is all about enjoying your life before you die. 4/5

10. Cold Sweat– The last track on the album with that signature sleaze blues sound about bringing a girl home and having your way with them. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely an amazing album from the band and an amazing way to make yourselves known on the scene. But as history would have it, we know what follows this one which was even bigger. I am going to give the record 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

Final Four 2015Alright all you metal fans out there, the final four of the 2015 Pedal To The Metal Tournament is finally here and as usual it’s because of you that they are here. With that being said, I want to thank everyone who has participated and voted in the tournament because this is a tournament for you guys where you decide your favorite 80’s Metal band’s fate. The final four matches are set and they are some good ones. In match AC/DC who had to go through Ratt, Motley Crue, and the Scorpions takes on Iron Maiden who beat Manowar, Dio, and Accept to earn a spot in the finals. In the other match, the original member of The Big Four of Thrash in Slayer takes on one of the original members of The Big Teutonic Four in Kreator. Kreator beat out Carcass, Celtic Frost, and Venom to earn a spot in the finals while Slayer went through Exodus, Megadeth, and Testament to be in the final four. The tournament has been interesting to say the least and you metal fans have let your voices be heard loud and clear. You guys have until Monday the 30TH of March at 11:30 AM ET to decide who moves on to the finals for the Pedal To The Metal Championship.

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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.

rattFor today’s soundtrack Saturday track, we are going to one of my all time favorite Keanu Reeves films in Point Break which co-stars Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, and even The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s own Anthony Kiedis in this bad ass surfer/heist movie. The film contains one of my all time favorite Ratt songs that is truly also one of their most bad ass songs in Nobody Rides For Free. The song starts off very melodic with a great guitar riff and a bad ass bass line to go along with it from Juan Croucier. The song has tons of swagger and coolness that just oozes out of it and overall it’s just an amazing rock song that features a kick ass guitar solo from Warren DeMartini. The song actually fits the film perfectly as well in this story of bank robbers who end up being surfers as well as the cool, calm, and collective agent Johnny Utah who is on the case. The soundtrack also featured songs from The Concrete Blondes, Shark Island, Little Caesar, L.A. Guns, and so many more. Check out the song below and check out the film if you never have before you see the remake that is coming out this summer.

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