Posts Tagged ‘Rock’

Godsmack Single Of The WeekOne of the best bands from Boston besides Boston, The Cars, or Aerosmith has been Lawrence legends Godsmack. They have been carrying the flag for Boston Hard Rock/Metal since their self titled debut album. These guys whether you like it or not are also one of the best bands to see in a live format and you can take that to the bank. Now the band is getting ready to release their first album 2014’s 1000HP in their seventh overall album entitled When Legends Rise on April 27TH via BMG (Their first with the label). The band has also unleashed the very first single off the album in Bulletproof which is very melodic. The song is actually very different than what we are used to from the band, but the direction of their music should not be a surprise to anyone. Lead singer Sully Erna once said in an interview in 2014, “I’m not that same young, angry kid as I was when I was writing early Godsmack material. And so now Godsmack has become a little bit of a challenge because I go, ‘Okay, what am I gonna write about?’ Cause you can’t write too ‘happy’ when you’re writing for Godsmack, but nothing is really making me super sad or angry. And so it’s gonna be interesting to continue.” I actually like the direction the band is going in and I cannot wait to hear what the rest of the tracks sound like. If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so here.


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!

There have been countless bands that have copied the formula that AC/DC has thrown down since day one. Many of those bands are barely still around, but there is one band that wants to defy the odds and they have a vocalist that just may help them succeed. While, I love everything that Brian Johnson brought to the band, it was Bon Scott that will always remain the standard for dirty old fashioned, kick in the nuts, rock and roll.The material that he produced with AC/DC is often duplicated, but never imitated. Then there is this band from Kelowna, British Columbia known as The Wild!, who if you close your eyes, you swear to whoever you believe in that it’s Bon on the microphone. It is so uncanny that I am instantly digging what these guys are putting out. Dylan Villain is the man that animates this band to life and it’s evident in our Rock Video Of The Week for the track Best In The West. The video is primarily a performance based video that showcases the chaos that ensues on stage and the just the fun these guys off the stage. Check out the video below:

dopes to infinityBack in the 1990’s there were a lot of bands that complained about having fame and fortune even though it didn’t stop them from making music. The grunge scene had made it sort of uncool to be a rock band that enjoyed the spotlight until one band from New Jersey decided to come along and make it cool to rock again. The band that I am talking about is the stoner/psychedelic rock band known as Monster Magnet. In 1995, the band was made up of Dave Wyndorf (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, theremin, organ, bells, and mellotron), Ed Mundell (Bass, Guitar), Joe Calandra (Guitar, Bass), and Jon Kleiman (Drums). On March 21, 1995, the band would release their third album (first through A&M Records) entitled Dopes To Infinity that was produced by Wyndorf himself. Powertrip may have been the album that broke through the mainstream, but Dopes is the album that proved their were a rock dynamo. I don’t have figures on whether it charted on the Billbaord Top 200, but it did land at 22 on the US Top Heatseekers Chart while hitting 51 in the UK. The album itself was ranked 406 on Rock Hard magazine’s The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time book.

dopes to infinity back cover1.Dopes To Infinity– The title track kicks off the album and I read that the main guitar riff was “Lifted” from Woman Tamer by Sir Lord Baltimore. 5/5

2. Negasonic Teenage Warhead– A very cool track that Marvel Comics writer Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly used for a character (she’s in Deadpool and Deadpool 2). The song is the band’s response to all the grunge acts that reject fame. 5/5

3. Look to Your Orb for the Warning– A shorter version of this melodic and dark track appeared on the soundtrack to The Matrix. The song is very bare bones in nature, but it’s effective in a track that could be about tripping. 5/5

4. All Friends and Kingdom Come– A very cool and psychedelic riff takes over in this track that is about someone who is showing their dominance over another like a patient in a hospital being told by the orderly that he is in control. One of the coolest things is hearing the Theremin being played on the track. It reminded me of a White Zombie track 5/5

5. Ego, The Living Planet– The next track on the record that is all about the Marvel Comics character of the same name that appeared in Fantastic Four comics. 5/5

6. Blow ‘Em Off– A semi acoustic track like Space Lord that makes me think the lyrics are talking about someone who is finally leaving the nest and never looks back. 4.5/5

dopes to infinity CD7. Third Alternative– A track that many think is about a contingent plan involving Mars and the Moon, but I think the track is about a relationship that is toxic, but you just can’t get out of it. 4/5

8. I Control, I Fly– a bad ass rock song that is supercharged about a guy who doesn’t have a care in a world because he’s in control and he tells everyone to be original and not followers. 4.5/5

9. King Of Mars– a sludge driven track that that is about guys saying that the rock scene is up in the air for everyone to claim so he claims to be the king of the scene. I thinkt hat is what the lyrics are talking about. 4/5

10. Dead Christmas– a dark semi acoustic track and I have to be honest that I am not sure what the lyrics mean or what they have to do with Christmas, but this could be a loss of innocence track. There’s some bongo drums thrown into the track for fun once it goes electric. 4/5

11. Theme from “Masterburner”– A very cool instrumental track from the band that is full of high octane moments and just some kick ass rock music. 5/5

12. Vertigo– The last track on the album and it feels like starts right back where Theme ended, but this one is sludgy in nature as it’s a slow burn and I once again have no idea what he is talking about. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a superb release that really showcased what the band was capable of and what would we get to see later on in their careers as well. Favorite track on the album is a tough one, but I really enjoyed All Friends and Kingdom Come. Just the creativity that went in to that track is phenomenal. My least favorite track on the album goes to Third Alternative and I am not saying that I hated the track, just not one of my favs. I ma going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

monster mIt’s a pretty ballsy move in the industry to name a song that will not only be the album title, but the lead single when it’s called Mindf**ker. That is exactly what legendary stoner/sludge rock band Monster Magnet has done with their upcoming tenth studio album which is due out March 23RD via Napalm Records. I give the band a lot of credit for doing it because it’s all about the music anyways and Monster Magnet has always brought the goods. Vocalist/guitarist Dave Wyndorf talked about the album to Decibel Magazine saying, “I just thought I wanna do something we could play live. Theoretically, we could play like 90 percent of this record live and it would work as a set. That was the angle on this: If I was a new band and nobody had ever heard of us before and nobody heard a record, what would be the best way to kick somebody in the ass right off the bat? What would a cool set be? So most of this record was written like that. I didn’t even know what the lyrics would be about except it’s fucking rocking music, so I figured it would be ‘Hey, maybe this is a good time record. Yeah, it’s one of those good time records. Rock, rock, rock!’ Why not? We haven’t done it in a while.” The video itself is mainly a performance based video with trippy backgrounds and what not that remind you of 70’s music videos. Check it out below:

M75502_1500Black Stone Cherry are one of those bands that you always hear about in the music industry that no matter what happens they hang around where most would give up. No matter if a label decides to push them or not, they continue to be road warriors and they continue to do what they love doing which is write new music. From their beginning days at Roadrunner to their current home at Mascot, the band is soldier on with their sixth studio album in Family Tree. Drummer John Fred Young talked about the album saying, “Family Tree showcases all of our collective musical influences and how we have taken those to create something that is truly our own unique Southern American rock ‘n roll sound.” The band has also unleashed the first single off the album in Burnin’ which sees the band flex their rock muscles with the track as vocalist Chris Robertson goes all out vocally. The band has also released some cool packages for you everyone as you can pre-order the album before it hits the stores on April 20TH. Check out the track below:

night songsMarch of 2013 was the very first time I decided to engage in reviewing all my favorite and new rock and metal albums for the album of the week. As of this point in the game, I have reviewed 259 albums and for some strange reason I have never covered one of my all time favorite debut records from a band from Philly. Aerosmith may have won the MusicBowl which for the first time I ran exclusively on Twitter, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl and I want to cover an album from Cinderella. The band was made up of Tom Keifer (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Jeff LaBar (Guitar), Eric Brittingham (Bass), and Fred Coury (Drums, did not play on today’s album). On August 2, 1986, the band would release their debut album Night Songs after Jon Bon Jovi had discovered the band. Earlier I mentioned that Coury did not play drums on the record because that distinction belonged to former Boz Scaggs drumer Jody Cortez who was replaced before the album’s release. The album would have a ton of success as it peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it sold over 3 million copies go triple platinum.

night songs back1. Night Songs– One of the coolest first tracks with it’s eerie brooding wind sound with the bells as the cool guitars of Keifer and LaBar set the tone for this epic blues hard rock song that is all about the grind of being a band. 5/5

2. Shake Me– The lead single off the album that actually failed to chart, but it’s a classic rock track that is all about having a good time with some babes. It’s still a classic live track that Cinderella plays all the time so who cares 5/5

3. Nobody’s Fool– The second single off the album that actually charted for the band, it’s the classic ballad complete with some keys in it. One of my favorite tracks from the band that is all about a girl who recently left them and he’s having trouble with it. 5/5

4. Nothin’ for Nothin’– This blues rock classic about a guy who just doesn’t know when to appreciate everything he has because he just keeps taking, but when it’s all said and done, he has nothing. 5/5

5. Once Around the Ride– a no nonsense hard rock track from the band in a track that is about a guy who doesn’t wait for no one. 4.5/5

cinderella-830-0762-m1-cd6. Hell On Wheels– A hard charging blues tinged track that is all about the band saying that they’re done waiting around cause they’re going to take over your town. 4.5/5

7. Somebody Save Me– The ultimate rock song from the band that just has so much swagger that I wish I could give it a six. It’s one of those balls to the wall track that is just monstrous with every strike of the chords. 5/5

8. In from the Outside– a blues rock track through and through and it seems to be about a guy giving a young buck some advice like before you go looking for hell, be prepared for what comes afterwards. 4.5/5

9. Push Push– A very cool track that has been a live staple for the band in a track that is all about given a little lovin, a push push. 5/5

10. Back Home Again– The last track on the album and the band decided to mix a little metal into the track which gives it a cool sound. I feel like this track could be a little autobiographical for Keifer. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– If you can get past the album cover then you will discover one of the best bands to ever come out of that scene. I am saying right now that while it’s unfortunate that we never got any more Cinderella albums, the evidence is right there in front of us. Every single track on this record can be played in a live setting and I almost heard every track from this live. Check it out for sure, I am giving the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.