Posts Tagged ‘Rock’

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.

war of the covers rolling stonesAnother week has passed and another war is finished as all of you came by and you voted as to who covered Kiss’s War Machine better. Was it Amon Amarth or was it Six Feet Under? Well, you voted and Amon Amarth came out on top by one vote. When it came to deciding this week’s War Of The Covers, I wanted to go on the hard rock side of things and find a track that some legendary 80’s bands have covered. I found it int he form of the classic 1968 Rolling Stones classic Street Fighting Man which was off of the band’s legendary album Beggar’s Banquet. The two bands we chose for you guys to fight over is none other than 80’s Hair Metal giants Mötley Crüe and a band that should have never been looped in that conversation in Sacramento hard rock legends Tesla. In 2005, Mötley Crüe covered the track for their 2005 greatest hits album Red, White, and Crüe as part of three unreleased never before heard tracks. In 2007, Tesla would include a cover of the song as part of an all covers album entitled Real To Real which also included covers of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Guess Who, and many more. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who you think did the better cover of Street Fighting Man, is it the bad boys from Hollywood Mötley Crüe or is it Tesla? You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

post-pop-depressionAs per custom (or at least we try to), we always cover the albums that have won album of the year, rock album of the year, etc. at the Monster Entertainment Awards. Last year, we didn’t cover a lot of them because I had already covered them before hand so I made a rule that I will not cover new albums until after the award show is done. There were definitely some interesting albums that were up for Album Of The Year, but the one at the end of the day that you chose as the winner is none other than the legendary Iggy Pop and his latest album Post Pop Depression. The special thing about this album is that not only is the 17TH album overall that Iggy Pop has recorded, but it features an all star lineup from bands like Queens Of The Stone Age and the Arctic Monkeys. The band is made up of Josh Homme (vocals, guitar, bass, piano, synthesizers, mellotron, production, percussion), Dean Fertita (Guitar, Piano, Synth, and Bass Guitar), and Matt Helders (drums, percussion, tom-toms, shaker, backing vocals). The album did very well for Iggy Pop as it went placed in the top 20 in 18 different countries including that it peaked at number 17 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts.

2016_iggypopgardenia_press_2201161. Break Into Your Heart– I love the intro of the track that has that Arabic feel to it like a sitar is playing. The song has a Queens/Desert rock sound to it. I feel like it’s Iggy saying that he’s going to break into your heart so that we all love him again. 5/5

2. Gardenia– A more poppy sound to it then the last track that reminds me of 80’s pop/Bowie with it sound and killer bass line. I often wonder if this is a response to The Passenger which is also by Pop. 5/5

3. American Valhalla– a cool and different intro opens the track before the killer bass line from Fertita drives the song forward. The song could be commentary on fame and that all musicians are driving for that place where you are immortalized forever. 5/5

4. In the Lobby– A track that is more in the style of Pop that has that garage rock sense to it while also having the Homme touch to it. 4.5/5

5. Sunday– A very hip track that has a disco touch to it as far as the overall sound and I want to say that the track is about the joys having to do nothing cause it’s Sunday, but I’m not sure. 4.5/5

iggy-josh-preess-26. Vulture– The track starts with an acoustic guitar before a western style bell and music comes along and it’s all about Vultures (maybe literal or metaphorically). 5/5

7. German Days– A cool bluesy garage rock track that has many other layers as well with the music. 4/5

8. Chocolate Drops– A Steely Dan esque track that seems to be about when the going gets rough, it just rains shit. 4.5/5

9. Paraguay– The last track on the album that is smooth in it’s delivery with it’s surf rock melodies entwined into it. The track contains a huge rant from Pop that could be directed towards his skeptics and the internet trolls everywhere. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I think the band does a pretty terrific job of trying to recapture the sound that was contained in the Bowie/Pop collaborations. This is definitely an album to check out, I am giving it 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

music-bowl-51This is the third time that we are doing the MusicBowl here on Moshpits and Movies, but once again we are just calling it Musicbowl 51 to go along with the SuperBowl. SuperBowl 51 is tomorrow night which means that the New England Patriots are taking on the Atlanta Falcons with one team hoping to taste glory for the first time while the other wants to be on top of the mountain for a fifth time in 15 years. For this years edition of MusicBowl 51, we are once again selecting a band that represents each team and it’s region and we are pinning them against each other with you deciding the winner. On one end, we have one of the hardest working bands from a hard working city in Godsmack who hail from Boston, MA as they take on one of Alt Metal/Nu Metal’s hardest working acts that has persevered through triumph and heartache in Atlanta’s Sevendust. Both bands have been around the scene now for more than 20 years having taken two completely different roads to where they are, but only one can come out of this contest triumphant. Is it going to be the New England Patriots and Godsmack that walk out winners or is it going to be the Atlanta Falcons and Sevendust that taste glory. You have until the start of the fourth quarter of SuperBowl 51 to decide who the winner is and let your voices be heard.

sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. What we have for you right here is the music side of the awards so check out all the categories, vote wisely, and you have until January 29TH to do so.

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.