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war of the covers ballroom blitzWe are about to turn things up here on Moshpits and Movies with this week’s War Of The Covers, but before we do that let’s check out last week’s results. Last week we had guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen take on Testament to see who covered the Scorpions The Sails Of Charon and unfortunately the tab was paid and Testament is being sent to Hades in the afterlife as Yngwie held on to win by a vote. 1970’s glam rock act Sweet has been the jam lately for me with their track Fox On The Run being included in the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack and just the other day I was watching Wayne’s World when a cover of their classic The Ballroom Blitz was featured in the film. So for this week’s War Of The Covers, I decided that The Ballroom Blitz would be at the center of attention this week. The only question going in was who were the bands I was going to choose for this and I have the answer for you and it’s another triple threat match. In 1984, Swiss heavy metal act Krokus would release a cover of the song on their album The Blitz. In 1991, thrash metal band Nuclear Assault would record and release the cover on their album Out Of Order. In 1992 as part of the Wayne’s World Soundtrack, Tia Carrere would release a version of the track that featured her “band” Crucial Taunt that featured Marc Ferrari, George Foster, and Anthony Focx. Remember only one version can win this and it’s up to you to decide who wins. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide who wins so choose carefully!

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gQ_phVKiIt has been quite some time since we last did an Unsigned Band Of The Week and we are trying to get back into our groove here with a new band every week. Every once in a while when you are searching for a band to cover for the Unsigned Band Of The Week, one will either stumble right in front of you or somehow they find you. That is definitely the case with this week’s band that found me on my Twitter page (@ERaticWanderer) which is why I chose them. The band I am talking about of course is Phoenix, Arizona’s own The Jasons. The band can be best described (according to them) as music for the zombie apocalypse because let’s face it if you’re still alive and the proverbial sh** has hit the fan in the world then what better music than this while you’re slaying zombies. The thing that attracted me the most besides their cool description for the band is the influences that they listed ranging from Black Label Society to High On Fire, Mastodon, and even The Sword. These are all bad ass bands that started somewhere just like The Jasons. Check the band’s track Seeker below, but if you want more information then be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

war of the covers Sails Of Charon.jpgWe have an interesting battle for you guys this week, but before we get into it we have last week’s results. In a stunning fashion, Cavalera Conspiracy walloped Cannibal Corpse by 14 votes as you voted that they covered Possessed’s The Exorcist better. In this week’s War Of The Covers, we have a battle that pins a guitar maestro against some bay area thrash titans in a match for the ages. Most people in the world know the Scorpions for tracks like No One Like You, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Big City Nights, and their cover of The Who’s I Can’t Explain. What most people do not realize is that there is a whole catalog of great seventies music from the band that at one time featured the great Uli Jon Roth on guitars. In 1977, the Scorpions would release their fifth album Taken By Force which featured this week’s featured song The Sails Of Charon which is a guitar player’s dream track. In 1996, guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen released an all covers album entitled Inspiration which featured the track sung by Mark Boals. In 1997, Bay Area Thrash titans Testament would record and release a cover of the song for their greatest hits album Signs Of Chaos: The Best Of Testament. Now only one track can reign supreme while the other will be sent to Charon with payment for travel past the rivers Styx and Acheron to the land of the dead. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide who is victorious.

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dave.pngThe Foo Fighters have been a band that has always found a way to entertain us with their music and their music videos. The band has had some real memorable videos like Everlong, Learn To Fly, and even Big Me which started it all. Now the band has dropped a surprise track and video for the song Run which is their first new song since the Saint Cecilia EP. The music video was directed by Dave Grohl and features the band as old people in a nursing home who are battling against an evil nurse. The song starts off with a great melody before they turn up the volume and rage out as the mood of the track matches the actions in the video featuring a stage diving old timer. I haven’t seen any information regarding whether their is a full album or anymore tracks are coming, but we’ll have to stay tuned for more info as it comes. For now, check out the video below and enjoy the madness and moth balls.

audioslave-51b7801809abeLast week on May 17, the world lost yet another legend as Chris Cornell died at the age of 52 in Detroit, MI. Chris Cornell left behind a legacy that is full of amazing music ranging from his time in Soundgarden to his solo career and his time in Audioslave. Chris had one of the most amazing voices in all of rock and metal music that will never be matched no matter how hard the music industry tries. For this week’s album of the week, I wanted to pay tribute to Chris by covering one of his albums and after already covering a Soundgarden I decided to cover the debut album from one of the best supergroups ever in Audioslave. The band featured Chris on vocals with the members of Rage Against The Machine in Brad Wilk (Drums), Tom Morello (Guitars), and Tim Commerford (Bass). After the album was almost sabotaged by someone close to the studio, it was finally released on November 19, 2002 (ten years after Rages debut album). The album would shoot to the top of the charts peaking at number seven on the Billboard Top 200 charts with four top five hits on the Modern Rock charts as well as landing at number 100 on the year end charts for the US Billboard top 200. The album would be certified triple platinum meaning 3 million in sales.

Audioslavebsck1.Cochise– A song that was named after Cochise, an Apache Indian starts off with a cool build up with Morello and Wilk before it explodes right into the track that is just an in your face rock anthem in the vein of what Rage sounded like. The lyrics have nothing to do with the actual Cochise, it has a lot of religious themes in it. 5/5

2. Show How Me To Live– The song keeps that Rage funk like guitar and bass riff going with Cornell’s amazing vocals. Towards the end of the song, Cornell hits his throat with the side of his hand to have an effect while he changes the pitch of his vocals. Most people think the song is religious, but I believe the song is referencing Frankenstein and his monster. 5/5

3. Gasoline– The song kind of mixes that grunge sound at first with the Rage sound before it gets a little cool with the effect on Morello’s guitar during the verses. The song seems to be about escaping whatever or where ever your are in your life. 5/5

4. What You Are– The tempo is turned down a little compared to previous tracks and it’s a track that is pretty deep about being in control of someone or something’s power. Chris was always a deep person lyrically. 5/5

5. Like A Stone– One of my favorite tracks on the album and from the band in general. The song has a very cool tempo with a sick bass line from Commerford. Cornell has described the meaning of the song’s lyrics saying, “It’s a song about concentrating on the afterlife you would hope for, rather than the normal monotheistic approach: You work really hard all your life to be a good person and a moral persona and fair and generous, and then you go to hell anyway.” 5/5

6. Set It Off– a return to the bombastic in your face Rage sound that we all love with lyrics that could be stemmed in religion or MLK. 4.5/5

7. Shadow on the Sun– Another favorite of mine from Audioslave period. The tempo is slowed down and Chris’s vocals really shine through on this track. The song’s lyrics are definitely about a relationship, heartache, and maybe even reconciliation (or maybe not). 5/5

Audioslave-Audioslave-Part-1-Cd-Cover-468488. I Am The Highway– A very cool track that also has a mellow melancholic tone to it in a track that seems to be about someone who is just fed up with life and the way that its’ going. 5/5

9. Exploder– A col funky bass line helps drive this track about a man who is going through some sort of psychosis where he is freeing himself of everything. The choruses are cool because Morello comes in with those huge power chords that are bombastic and in your face. 5/5

10. Hypnotize– A very different kind of track for Audioslave that almost has a English dub sound to it, but it features that signature solo from Morello. The song is all about sharing the wealth. 4.5/5

11. Bring Em Back Alive– The track starts with a driving metal like riff with Cornell having some cool effects on his vocals the reminds me of something Ozzy did on a Black Sabbath track. 4/5

12. Light My Way– A cool funky track that has Morello throwing some cool effects with his guitar as Cornell sings about a man who had strayed from God asking for forgiveness. The chorus has that sound you all love from Morello and co. 4.5/5

13. Getaway Car– Another slow tempo track from the band which is all about having to learn to love yourself before you can learn to love others. The track features a very bluesy solo from Morello which is cool. 4/5

14. The Last Remaining Light– The last track on the album from the band and its kind of an eerie track just from Morello’s guitar playing and Cornell’s delivery. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I honestly feel like the first nine tracks are drastically different than the last five and I don’t know if that was done on purpose, but very noticeable. Nonetheless, this was an amazing album from start to finish. It’s just very sad to know that Chris won’t be back to perform these songs or even write new material ever again. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

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led zeppelin led zeppelin_IIThe album that I chose for this week’s album of the week was inspired by the trailer for the new Thor: Ragnarok film which features the track The Immigrant Song. Now before you jump to any conclusions, I know that The Immigrant Song is not on Led Zeppelin II but rather on Led Zeppelin III. It’s just that you can’t review III before II considering we already reviewed one before. That is why for this week we are reviewing the band’s second album which was aptly titled with a II and it once again featured the classic and only line up that matters in Jimmy Page (Guitars), Robert Plant (Vocals), John Paul Jones (Bass), and John Bonham (Drums). The album was probably one of the most successful albums for the band and it helped them avoid the sophomore jinx as it went number one in seven countries that included the UK, United States, West Germany, Australia, Canada, Denmark, and Spain with three other top three finishes as well. The album has been certified platinum in the United States 12 times meaning that it has sold 12 million records (it went 4X platinum in the UK, 9X Platinum in Canada, etc.).

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 2-Back1.Whole Lotta Love– One of the most popular and probably overplayed song on the radio from the band that is about what you think it’s about. Using the AABA formula, Jimmy came up with the track on his houseboat that sees the track go from a blues feel right into a free jazz like break complete with a theramin solo and a bad ass drum solo from Bonham as well. 5/5

2. What Is And What Should Never Be– One of the first tracks that Page recorded with a Gibson Les Paul that contains that cool effect where it pans back and forth on the channels. There is also a cool effect used on Plant’s vocals during the verses. It has that cool effect where it changes in tempo from a cool bluesy tune into a full on rock track. It’s also the first Zeppelin song that Plant received writing credit for in this track that is about a romance he had with his wife’s sister. 5/5

3. The Lemon Song– A very sexual bluesy track in nature, but the song was inspired by Howlin Wolf’s song Killing Floor (Both first verses are indentical). In fact in 1972, the band was sued by the handlers of Howlin Wolf to which they settled out of court and Howlin Wolf is given credit on the track. 4.5/5

4. Thank You– One of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs that was for the first time completely written by Plant. It was the track that showed Page that Plant could handle himself in the lyrics department. A very cool power ballad from the band that everyone should check out. 5/5

5. Heartbreaker– A bad ass bluesy rock track with huge balls is the best way I can describe this track because it has that feel to it. Page told Guitar World in 1998 once that, “The interesting thing about the guitar solo is that it was recorded after we had already finished “Heartbreaker” – it was an afterthought. That whole section was recorded in a different studio and it was sort of slotted in the middle. If you notice, the whole sound of the guitar is different.” 5/5

II6. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)– A cool hard rock track from the band that Page recorded with a Vox 12 string guitar and just to let you know, it’s Page’s least favorite song which is why it has never been played live. I definitely approve of the track. 4.5/5

7. Ramble On– If there was ever a track back in the day that made it cool to read The Lord Of The Rings, it was this track from the band. The song starts off with an acoustic feel which is just Page using regular open chords, but played a little higher on the fret board. It’s also a track that Jones and Bonham shined on showing how unique their relationship was in the band. 5/5

8. Moby Dick– For all the John Bonham lovers in the world, this is definitely your track as it was basically Jimmy Page recording all of Bonham’s jam sessions in the studio. The only thing is that in the beginning and the end, Page and Jones lead the way for him and end the track with him. 5/5

9. Bring It On Home– This is the last track on the record and it’s a cover of blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II’s track that was written by Willie Dixon. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– It is almost the perfect album by the band and one that is considered to be one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Who in their right minds then did not want to be Led Zeppelin. The band’s sound which change however as they went for a more folkier sound with the next album. This is definitely must listen album for any fan off Zeppelin. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

SweetDesolationBoulevardOriginalIn about eight days, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will be hitting the theaters for a Thursday sneak peak. One of the most appealing elements of the series is the soundtrack that accompanies the film and Vol. 2 looks to be just as amazing as the first. The soundtrack will feature artists like Fleetwood Mac, Electric Light Orchestra, Glenn Campbell, Sam Cooke, George Harrison, and so many more. One of the artists on the soundtrack is none other than UK glam rock legends Sweet whose track Fox On The Run is featured on the soundtrack. In 1975, the band which was made up of Brian Connolly (Lead Vocals), Steve Priest (Bass), Andy Scott (Guitars), Mick Tucker (Drums) released their third album Desolation Boulevard whose American version (that we are covering) is a little different than the UK version. The album was successful for the group as it featured two top five hits in Fox On The Run and Ballroom Blitz (which technically was released in 1973). Andy Scott spoke of the band and the album’s influence saying, “Desolation Boulevard album was groundbreaking back in 1974 and proved to be a major influence on soon to be famous rock bands such as KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and many more. The album was a tightly produced collection of power-pop, heavy-rock, radio-friendly tunes that still sound great today.”

MI00026135571.Ballroom Blitz– One of the most recognizable and covered tracks from the band which was actually about an experience the band once had when the crowd started throwing beer bottles at them. 5/5

2. The Six Teens– A cool rock track that features some acoustic guitar mixed with the electric about six teens who had to deal with the social climate changes from the 60’s to the 70’s. 4/5

3. No You Don’t– a bombastic track that just screams swagger right from the start and it has that thunder to it like a Who track. The track seems to be about someone who is being held back by someone and he feels he’s ready to shine. 4/5

4. A.C.D.C.– A real rock and roll track that I am pretty sure is not about the band AC/DC, but rather about a woman who is bi-sexual. 4/5

5. I Wanna Be Committed– A true glam rock song that reminds me of T-Rex about someone who wants to be committed versus the Ramones wanting to be sedated (obviously this was out before that). 4/5

Desolation-Boulevard-3-picture6. Sweet F.A.– In in your face rock track that is all about the band striking back at critics that said that the band would never make it. It has a great sound to it that you can definitely hear who was influenced by this song. 5/5

7. Fox On The Run– Probably the most popular Sweet track ever recorded that recently went to number one on iTunes thanks to the trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. The track apparently is about groupies that the band had encountered. 5/5

8. Set Me Free– A hard driving track that turns up the machismo that has been covered by countless artists like Vince Neil on his solo record. It’s a track about a guy who is trying to be free from a woman that keeps hanging around. 5/5

9. Into The Night– A New York Groove like beginning before Scott comes in shredding along about a guy who felt like a king, but is noticing that he is quickly falling. 4/5

10. Solid Gold Brass– A kind of funky and bluesy track at the same time that has that rock swagger to it and the tempo changes are cool. I think the track is about a guy who believes he is in firm control of a relationship because he is a man and not your mother. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a terrific album that definitely shows you how influential of a band they were on a whole entire decade. Yes, they were a huge inspiration for all of the bands you  loved from the 1980’s Hair Metal/rock scene. Definitely give this one a listen if you get a chance. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.