Posts Tagged ‘Run For Your Life’

bc6ee723227e66783247a96206e790c931902ffbWhen I decided to have the category “Rookie Of The Year” in this years Monster Entertainment Awards, I was trying to leave supergroups out of the category because usually they don’t last especially if guys are still in their other projects. Something though seemed a little different about Bad Wolves because they were being marketed much like Five Finger Death Punch, a band of guys who had been in the industry that were banking on themselves. So in the long run, Bad Wolves proved to be a formidable band and they took home the award for their album Disobey. The band which features Tommy Vext (Vocals, Ex-Divine Heresy), Doc Coyle (L. Guitar, Ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (R. Guitar, Ex-Bury Your Dead), Kyle Konkiel (Bass, Ex- In This Moment), and John Boecklin (Drums, Ex-Devildriver) released their first album on May 11, 2018 and it was produced by Boecklin and Vext alongside Mark Lewis, Wzrdbld, and Philip Naslund while it featured cover art by Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory. The album was a big success for the band as it peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as well as number four on the US Top Rock Albums chart.

119195491-21. Officer Down– an intense in your face opening track that talks all about police brutality and it definitely reflects on the times with the social climate on police brutality. 4.5/5

2. Learn To Live– The band has a Slipknot like intensity to this track and it’s no surprise with the caliber of the guys in the band. The track is all about people struggle every day with just life itself, but if you want to survive you better learn how to live. 4.5/5

3. No Masters– This may be one of my favorite tracks on the album because it’s a bad ass riff that has that metal swagger to it in this song that is all about going against the grain and let no man control you. 5/5

4. Zombie– The band was originally supposed to have Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan do the song with the band as a duet, but unfortunately she passed away before they could and the band finished recording the cover in tribute to her. The song was also voted cover song of the year in this years Monster Entertainment Awards. 5/5

5. Run for Your Life– a track with a little more of a commercial feel to it that is all about someone who realizes that they lived as slaves to the grind and now it’s time to escape before it’s too late. 4.5/5

6. Remember When-a more melodic track from the band that is all about reflecting on the past and saying to yourself if you only knew… 4.5/5

7. Better The Devil– Tommy flexes his more melodic singing ability on this track and combines it with the intensity of his vocals on the chorus in this very Nu-Metal like track in this track that I think gives awareness to suicide. 4.5/5

bad-wolves-2018-billboard-15008. Jesus Slaves-a pretty cool track that I believe is talking about Werewolves and that once you’ve been turned into one not even Jesus can save you. 4.5/5

9. Hear Me Now– a very commercial track that is featuring DIAMANTE who sings vocals on the track in the same style that Linkin Park had Kiiara for Heavy and Papa Roach had Skylar Grey for Periscope. It’s not a bad track by any means, but there’s a trend here. 4.5/5

10. Truth Or Dare– The band stays melodic for this track that is all about being daring because life is just a game anyways. 4/5

11. The Conversation– Another track on the album that is looking to be socially aware as it questions the way we’ve been living and that as Americans, we need to start questioning the establishment more. 4.5/5

12. Shape Shifter– I am not a fan of the guitar riff on this track, but the rhythm section definitely helps carry this tune that is all about a woman who is more than men can handle. 4/5

13. Toast To The Ghost– This was the first single released off of the album and it has a build up that leads to an in your face track that is all about how we forget all those that fought and died for our freedom and the very belief of it. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The album has a theme behind as almost every track touches on the idea of not being controlled or freedom and while the music touches upon the best elements of Slipknot, Nu-Metal, and some FFDP, I can see these guys having a future. My favorite track on the album is No Master, that is a song that I would love to hear live. My least favorite track is Shape Shifter just cause I’m not a fan of the guitar riff. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

see you in hellThe album of the week that I chose for today is an interesting choice as far as How it came about on my radar. Thanks to a suggestion from a brother of mine who is still a soldier of Metal, I was introduced to a Youtuber named RazörFist who does almost everything you can imagine on his page, but the one interesting thing is his Metal Mythos show where he breaks down your favorite bands like W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, Motorhead, and so many more. The one episode that I thought was interesting was the last minute episode he did for Grim Reaper. Grim Reaper which featured Steve Grimmett (Vocals), Nick Bowcott (Guitar), Dave Wanklin (Bass), and Marc Simon (Drums) were a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal act that formed in 1979. The band released their first album considerably late in 1985 after the initial run of the NWOBHM had already come and go and made way for the Hair Metal invasion. Nevertheless, their debut album See You In Hell was released through Ebony Records in the UK and RCA worldwide. The album would do OK as it peaked at number 111 on The Billboard Top 200 charts.

grim-reaper-21. See You In Hell– The title track kicks off the album with some driving force as Grimmett belts out, “I’ll see you in hell my friend.” It’s definitely the catchiest track on the record in my opinion and probably the best. 5/5

2. Dead On Arrival– Grimmett’s vocals definitely take center stage on this track that is all about losing people you know so live your life to the fullest. 4/5

3. Liar– An interesting track that si all about a guy who does everything for his woman and then finds out that she is cheating on him. 4/5

4. Wrath Of The Ripper– a barn burner that is all about the UK’s favorite nightmare Jack The Ripper. 4/5

see you in hell 25. Now Or Never– A track that you can definitely hear the band’s influences like Motorhead and Priest in a track about not wasting time and do what you set out to do because it’s now or never. 4/5

6. Run For Your Life-A Game Of Thrones type song about knights, dragons, and everything else cool about the fantasy genre. 4/5

7. The Show Must Go On– A ballad of sorts from the band which just means that the tempo is slowed down and it features some clean guitars in it. The track is obviously about a girl who left him and he’s just like yeah it sucks, but the show must go on. 4.5/5

8. All Hell Let Loose– A definite shredder that ends the album in a track that is about the devil letting hell loose on the earth. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was decent debut for the band especially considering the fact that they sort of came into the game a little late. The band would obviously only get better with age as was evident by Rock You To Hell. That would bode especially true for Steve Grimmett who honed his craft and became a viable force in Metal in my opinion. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.