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aerosmithThis past Sunday, we held MusicBowl 53 where we allowed you the fans to vote as Aerosmith (representing New England) took on Motley Crue (representing LA) to coincide with SuperBowl LIII. After collecting your votes on the blog and on Twitter, Aerosmith was the winner of the MusicBowl. As is tradition on the blog, we cover an album from the winning band for the album of the week post and for this week’s we chose Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith. The bad boys of Boston which was made up of Steven Tyler (Vocals/Keyboards/Harmonica), Joe Perry (Lead Guitar), Brad Whitford (Rhythm Guitar), Tom Hamilton (Bass), and Joey Kramer (Drums) released their third studio album on April 8, 1975 via Columbia Records and was produced by Jack Douglas. The album is the band’s most successful album in the United States selling over 8 million copies while peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Rolling Stone ranked Toys In The Attic 229 on their The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

4DA2205A-7F67-404F-81AC-C65008FA9907_530x1. Toys In The Attic– The title track kicks off the album in style to which Tyler recalls, “Joe was jamming a riff and I started yelling, ‘Toys, toys, toys…’ Organic, immediate, infectious…I just started singing and it fit like chocolate and peanut butter. Joe plays his ass off on that song.” 5/5

2. Uncle Salty– Is kind of a creepy song that Tyler has said that it is about an orphanage where a man named Uncle Salty works at and has his way with a girl there. Tyler said, “Salty worked in a home for lost children and had his way with this little girl. That’s what it’s about. I’m the little girl, the orphaned boy. I put myself in that place. I’m Uncle Salty too.” 4/5

3. Adam’s Apple– a bluesy track where Steven takes the time to use the story of Adam and Eve to explore man’s behavior when it comes to sexuality. 4.5/5

4. Walk This Way-This is the original version of the track before Run DMC came around in a track that is all about a high school kid who loses his virginity. There’s a funny story about the origins of the lyrics. Tyler left the original lyrics inside a cab in New York and had to rewrite them in the studio. 5/5

5. Big Ten Inch Record-This is the band’s cover of Bullmoose Jackson’s track and Aerosmith does a great job with it. 4/5

aerosmith toys6. Sweet Emotion– One of my all time favorite Aerosmith song’s that I first heard when I watched the film Dazed And Confused. The song was written by Tom Hamilton who came up with the bass riff that was played alongside an bass marimba in the beginning. The track also featured a talk box and what Tyler describes, “On ‘Sweet Emotion’, we used these backward handclaps and four of us in the studio chanting, ‘Fuck you, Frank.’ If you play it backward, you can hear this.” 5/5

7. No More No More-a track whose lyrics Tyler describes saying, “On a song like ‘No More No More,’ the lyrics came from my verbal diarrhea, a mishmash that I made up and eventually changed the lyrics to something cool…about life on the road: boredom, disillusion, Holiday Inns, stalemate, jailbait. My diary.” 4/5

8. Round And Round-a bad ass rock song from the band whose sound reminds me of a Kiss like track with the big bass riffs to match with the guitars in a track where Brad Whitford plays lead guitar on. The lyrics seem to be talking about life as a musician and how ti just spins out of control, but it just goes round and round like a vicious cycle. 4.5/5

9. You See Me Crying– The last track on the album that the band has stated was a pain in the ass to record because it took so long due to complex playing. It’s a piano ballad that for a while Tyler didn’t remember recording due to the memory loss from the drug use. 4.5/5

CS625486-01B-BIGMy Final Thoughts– This is definitely up there in the echelon of what is considered a classic Aerosmith record and it’s definitely top five for me, but to be honest I grew up a fan of 80’s Aerosmith. I have a new appreciation over the years for their 70’s material which is why I decided to visit it today. This album really put the band on the charts and it certainly paid off as even producer Jack Douglas saw that the band had matured while being on the road before recording this. My favorite track is Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way, the title track, and even Round And Round. Uncle Salty is my least favorite track on the album. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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musicbowl 53Last year, we skipped doing MusicBowl 52 because I couldn’t find a suitable band from Philadelphia to challenge a band from New England. Well that has all changed thanks to some tweets and some Instagram posts courtesy of Nikki Sixx. Nikki has proclaimed his allegiance to the Los Angeles Rams on several occasions and I have seen Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sing the national anthem while wearing a Patriots jersey. So, I figured the perfect matchup for this year’s MusicBowl was to have to be Motley Crue vs Aerosmith as it is the LA Rams vs the New England Patriots in SuperBowl LIII (53 for those who do not know Roman numerals). It makes the most sense since Aerosmith threw the first shot at Motley Crue in 1987 with Dude Looks Like A Lady, but it didn’t matter much when Motley Crue silenced their critics with 1989’s Dr. Feelgood which happened to be the band’s biggest selling and charted album of their careers with great songs like the title track, Kickstart My Heart, and Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away). One thing you do have to remember is that the original Toxic Twins were in Aerosmith who were making waves in the 1970’s when guys like Tommy Lee and Vince Neil were still in junior high. Both bands have had legendary careers and were the tops of their genre and have had some legendary comeback stories as well. The problem is that only one of them can win MusicBowl LIII much like only team will come up victorious tonight in Atlanta. I am going to run the poll in two areas with this one being one and the second run through Twitter where you will have until 8:30PM ET tonight to decide. Two legendary bands, but only one can win, vote and enjoy!!! Also below the voting poll is also some examples to help you decide.

frank-carter-and-the-rattlesnaked-end-of-sufferingSome of you may be wondering just who is Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes? Frank is the former lead singer of English hardcore bands like Gallows and rock band Pure Love. In 2015, Frank Carter formed this band in 2015 and released the EP Rotten in the same year. Now two full albums later and they are gearing up to release their third record End Of Suffering via International Death Cult on May 3RD. So for this week’s Rock video of the week, we are presenting to you the band’s first single for Crowbar which the band also produced a video for that was directed by Ross Cairns who has directed videos for Queens Of The Stone Age and Biff Cylro. While the track contains some unbelievable energy to it, the video follows suit in this mainly performance based video that takes place inside of a house of some sorts with people in jumpsuits gathering around the various members who are all in different rooms. As I said, the album comes out May 3RD, but you can definitely pre-order the album that also features an appearance from Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. Check out the pre-order here and check out the tracklisting below the video:

End Of Suffering Tracklisting:

1. “Why a Butterfly Can’t Love a Spider”
2. “Tyrant Lizard King” (featuring Tom Morello)
3. “Heartbreaker”
4. “Crowbar”
5. “Love Games”
6. “Anxiety”
7. “Angel Wings”
8. “Supervillain”
9. “Latex Dreams”
10. “Kitty Sucker”
11. “Little Devil”
12. “End Of Suffering”

cross off singleFor this post, I didn’t designate whether it was a rock single or metal single of the week because it transcends the two. This post is such a special one because of how amazing the track is and how weird it will be for some people to comprehend. Did you ever imagine the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park ever working with Mark Morton of Lamb Of God? I never would have thought of it, but then again why not? Mark has a solo album that he will be releasing in 2019 entitled Anesthetic that features collaborations with various artists like Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Chuck Billy, and many more. Last year, we were introduced to the track The Truth Is Dead and now Mark has released the track that every one has waited for in Cross Off that features Chester on Vocals. Mark talked about Chester and his performance saying, “I was really impressed for a guy at his level, at the place in the career he was at, someone of his stature and celebrity, to have that level of humility and commitment to come in there and treat this like it would be a Linkin Park song, or his own song or whatever. I was pretty blown away by that. And it was immediate. Fifteen minutes after we met, we were standing over a table, one on either side, each with scraps of paper and pencil, crossing off words and trying different rhyme schemes and stuff.

linkin-park-lamb-of-god-758x465It’s absolutely an amazing track that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you hear the brilliance of Chester’s vocal abilities. The track also featured Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent of Trivium who handled the bass and drum tracks. The press release also stated, “The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today.” Check out the track below and look for the album out on March 1ST via Spinefarm.

Anesthetic Track Listing:

1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)
2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
3. “Axis” (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)
9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)

 

deadlandAre supergroups still a thing in music? Don’t tell Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol/Ex-Vince Neil), Franky Perez (Apocalyptica), and Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) that as this dynamic and fearsome foursome introduced us to their new project Deadland Ritual which was named by Sorum himself. How did this project come together you ask? The project was started by Sorum who was looking to work with some cats, “Steve and Franky were the first guys I called. We knew we wanted to create a heavier rock sound, but when I contacted Geezer and he agreed to play, I knew this could be a great band.” Steve Stevens talked about the first time he got to work with Butler saying, “There’s a lot of times in the studio as a guitar player, you get a guitar sound and you’re trying to make it work, tweaking it. There was none of that bullshit. It just fit against his bass sound and it was really exciting to me. I get to hear my guitar against a bass guitarist that I’ve idolized forever.” The band to get fans excited released a music video for the track Down In Flames which is this week’s Rock Video Of The Week and it’s a pretty cool performance based video of the guys in the studio. The band plans on playing some gigs in 2019 as they have two festival gigs lined up and they also plan on releasing an LP as well in the future. Check out the video below:

reddragoncartelpatinacdnewOne of my all time favorite guitar players from the 1980’s has always been Ozzy’s second guitarist and former Badlands guitarist Jake E Lee. For a very long time, Jake had been away from the spotlight while many wondered if they would ever see the guitar great ever again. Those questions were answered when Jake formed his new band Red Dragon Cartel and released the band’s self titled first album in 2014. What followed is rather unfortunate for Jake as the band has been a carousel of members, but he is back with a brand new album entitled Patina and some new members in former Skid Row/Saigon Kick drummer Phil Varrone, former Lynch Mob bassist Anthony Esposito, and the return of singer Darren James Smith. Now the band has a brand new video for the track Bitter and it’s a pretty cool video featuring the band in the bar rocking out to the song with the patrons of the bar. The music has a more bluesy rock feel than the previous release and Jake says that’s because, “The first album was more of a piecemeal production with some of the song ideas being 10 years old and never having more than one player in the room at any time. I wanted to do this one from scratch with all the songs originating and worked on with everyone in the room, on their instruments. It felt much more organic, like the way I used to do it for the first 20 years of my career — more honest to my roots.” Check out the video below and check out the record which is out now!

 

PALE HORSEThe other week while cruising through my Spotify playlists that the app creates for you, I stumbled on a Type O Negative song and began to reflect on how much I missed the band and the music. Then as I am cruising through the web for new music, someone answered my prayers with the band A Pale Horse Named Death who look to bring back that alt goth sound from the 90’s that we love so much. The band which features not one, but two former drummers of Type O Negative in vocalist/guitarist Sal Abruscato and drummer Johnny Kelly. The band who is gearing up to release their third album When The World Becomes Undone (out January 18, 2019) have bestowed us with an awesome gift that is their first single entitled Love The Ones You Hate and the track is everything you would want. Sal talked about the track saying, “Love the Ones You Hate’ is one of my favorite songs. It brings back the early ’90s alternative goth metal that inspired us back then. The song is about moving on from friends that have intentionally hurt or betray you and it’s time to forget them, let go of the grudge and the hate towards them. I wrote this song at my home in upstate New York and finally had the fuel to finish the lyrics this past year.” As I said before, the track kicks ass and I am looking forward to listening to the album when it’s released. Check out the track below and check out some cool pre-order options the band has by clicking here. Also check out the artwork to the album and the track listing below:

A-Pale-Horse-Named-Death-When-the-World-Becomes-Undone

1. As It Begins
2. When the World Becomes Undone
3. Love the Ones You Hate
4. Fell In My Hole
5. Succumbing to the Event Horizon
6. Vultures
7. End of Days
8. The Woods
9. We All Break Down
10. Lay With the Wicked
11. Splinters
12. Dreams of the End
13. Closure