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state of euphoriaFor this week’s album of the week, I was inspired by the new hit horror film IT which has broken box office numbers when it came to this week’s record. One of the characters in the film is wearing an Anthrax shirt and one of the scenes features the track Antisocial which is off of this week’s album State Of Euphoria which was released on September 19, 1988. The album featured Joey Belladonna (Vocals), Dan Spitz (Lead Guitar), Scott Ian (Rhythm Guitar), Frank Bello (Bass), and Charlie Benante (Drums) and it was produced by Mark Dodson and the band. The album’s back cover is pretty cool because it was designed by famed caricaturist artist and Mad magazine artist Mort Drucker who drew the band. After the release of the album, it peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it was certified Gold selling over 500,000 albums even though critics were not warm to the album. A lot of critics felt that the album didn’t live up to the name of the previous albums even though it contained some amazing tracks.

state1.Be All, End All– The song kicks off with cellist Carol Freedman before the band comes in with a monster riff in a track that is all about controlling your own destiny. 4.5/5

2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind– Another in your face track with a monster bass riff from Bello runs this track that is about bands ripping off other bands. 4.5/5

3. Make Me Laugh– an interesting track on the album where the band attacks TV evangelists like Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker who were targets of a lot of thrash bands at the time. 5/5

4. Antisocial– This is the band’s amazing cover of French band Trust’s classic track, but the thing is the band had to do their best to convert the lyrics from French to English to make it work 5/5

5. Who Cares Wins– The track starts very melodic before it gets heavy in this track that is all about the homeless and their struggle to live. 5/5

state-of-euphoria-50008585db5756. Now It’s Dark– The track starts off with someone breathing before Bello and Spitz lead you right in to this track that is about Dennis Hoppers character in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet. 4.5/5

7. Schism– The drums fade right in as the track kicks off with some punk laden metal riff where the lyrics talk about if you peel all the layers of labels that society has for us, we are all the same. 4/5

8. Misery Loves Company– This is a track the band wrote based on the novel by Stephen King in Misery. 4/5

9. 13– an instrumental track on the album that the band recorded that was an intro to the next track. 4/5

10. Fīnalē– The aptly titled last track on the record and it features some razor sharp riffs with that insane bass playing from Bello in a track that is all about marrying the wrong person. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I thought that this was a really good record from the band despite what the critics thought at the time. It features some really amazing tracks that are essential to who Anthrax is. Check it out for yourself, I am giving the record 4.45 stars out of five for a final grade.

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afiAFI (A Fire Inside) is one of my favorite bands out there in the punk scene so when I saw the headline AFI and No Doubt plus the word Supergroup, I was like what? So, apparently since AFI are done with their touring cycle for the 2013 amazing album Burials, Davey Havok has foudn a way to keep himself busy as he teams with the remaining members of No Doubt in Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young. The members of No Doubt are not doing anything considering that Gwen Stefani is busy doing The Voice and she is also busy with her new solo album which comes out in March. So, I am wondering exactly what in the world is this going to sound like as you take a punk rocker and mix him with some Ska Punks. I am definitely going to be paying attention to this, but as of right now the band is searching for a label to shop their already written record. So, stay tuned for more information as it becomes available to us.

Scott-Ian-Phil-Anselmo1Last month we saw a huge backlash after disgraced vocalist Phil Anselmo made some anti-Semitic gestures during Dimebash 2016 which include a 11 minute scolding from Machine Head’s Robb Flynn, being kicked off of several festivals, and even a backlash from the metal community as well. Phil even wrote a letter telling the members of Down to continue on without him as he was ashamed for what he did. Well, now longtime Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has commented on the situation basically saying that Phil deserves to be forgiven “if he proves that he deserves to be.” He went on to say, “Just asking to be forgiven doesn’t mean you should be forgiven. And I’ve had a running dialogue with Phil since this happened. It’s not like I just posted something online without actually speaking to my friend. I’ve been having a dialogue back and forth with him. ‘Cause if I didn’t care, I wouldn’t have contacted him at all. But I cared. Phil, I’ve known the dude almost thirty years. He’s like a brother; he’s family. And when someone in your family has a problem, you discuss it and you try and find a solution.” Ian elaborates even further, “My attitude towards the whole thing was, to me, silence is complicity. If you don’t say something about something like this, then you’re condoning it, and I can’t condone that in any way, shape or form. It’s not okay in any world, let alone the metal world, to do these kind of things in any type of context, because words are too powerful, especially Phil Anselmo’s words, because there’s too many impressionable people out there who listen to every f—ing thing that dude says.” What do you think, is Scott Ian right? You be the judge!

original_demandheaderNow that Nikki Sixx is no longer with Motley Crue, he has a lot of free time, but don’t worry because he already has something going. Sixx: A.M. has new music in the works and the band plans to tour in 2016, but there’s a catch with that. You see the band posted a bunch of cities that they can stop through and it’s up to you the fans to decide where they will stop. The cities with the most votes will more likely be added to the tour queue. Here are the cities:

Memphis, Tenn.
Chicago, Ill.
Louisville, Ky.
Bethlehem, Pa.
Charleston, W.V.
Hartford, Conn.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Norfolk, Va.
Nashville, Tenn.
Madison, Wis.
Little Rock, Ark.
Richmond, Va.
Baltimore, Md.
Raleigh, N.C.
Lansing, Mich.
Des Moines, Iowa
Knoxville, Tenn.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Columbia, S.C.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Sayreville, N.J.
Rochester, N.Y.
Mobile, Ala.
Baton Rouge, La.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Buffalo, N.Y.
Jackson, Miss.
Providence, R.I.
Springfield, Mo

To vote for your city, please visit this site.

ad5726b8-121e-48fa-8497-ce6cb10dc21d1This next piece of news is one that I do not know how to interpret. If you are a fan of rock group Kiss, the one thing you want to see more than anything else is a reunion of the original members of the band. Well, there is news out there will make you think as Ace Frehley, the Spaceman announced that he is releasing a new album which is a covers record. Where’s the part that makes you think you ask? Well, Paul Stanley, the starchild is on this album as he sings a track. Boom, are you thinking now? The album is called Origins Vol. 1 and Stanley plays on the cover of Free’s Fire And Water. The album also features Slash (Thin Lizzy’s Emerald), Lita Ford (The Troggs Wild Thing), John 5 (Jimi Hendrix’s Spanish Castle Magic and Kiss’s Parasite), and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready (Kiss’s Cold Gin). Ace will be heading out on tour soon, so check out some tour dates here and check out the full track listing below:

Ace Frehley, ‘Origins Vol. 1′ Track Listing:

1. “White Room” (Cream)
2. “Street Fighting Man” (Rolling Stones)
3. “Spanish Castle Magic” (Jimi Hendrix) feat. John 5
4. “Fire and Water” (Free) feat. Paul Stanley
5. “Emerald” (Thin Lizzy) feat. Slash
6. “Bring It On Home” (Led Zeppelin)
7. “Wild Thing” (The Troggs) feat. Lita Ford
8. “Parasite” (KISS) feat. John 5
9. “Magic Carpet Ride” (Steppenwolf)
10. “Cold Gin” (KISS) feat. Mike McCready
11. “Till The End of the Day” (Kinks)
12. “Rock and Roll Hell” (KISS)

You may be asking just who is Motor Sister and I don’t blame you, but if you watched VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show a couple of weeks ago you would know. The band formed as a birthday wish from Scott Ian of Anthrax where Jim Wilson of the band Mother Superior performed songs from his with Ian along with Joey Vera (Armored Saint/Fates Warning), Pearl Aday (Scott’s wife), and John Tempesta (The Cult/White Zombie). I believe that the show went so well that they decided to form the band as a supergroup and they named it after the Mother Superior song Little Motor Sister. The band also recorded an album called Ride that is all Mother Superior tracks and they have just unveiled a music video for the song A Hole. The video itself is a performance based video, but the music is pretty bad ass. It’s blues based metal with a singer who is as amazing at vocals as he is on the guitar. Jim Wilson has some rhythm and blues with some soul sprinkled in there for a voice. You can pick up the album Ride now via Metal Blade Records and who knows if they’ll tour. Check out the video below and rock out.

amongthelivingThis is one of those albums that I wish I covered in the first 100 of these albums of the week, but as I have stated before here’s to the next 100. The next album I am covering comes from one of the members of The Big Four of Thrash Metal in Anthrax and there is a significance to it besides the fact that it’s my favorite Anthrax record. Among The Living came out in March of 1987 and it was one of the albums to complete the stellar line up of albums that were released by what people would eventually coin The Big Four. It’s the album that really put the band which was made up of Joey Belladonna (Vocals), Scott Ian (Guitar), Frank Bello (Bass), Dan Spitz (Guitar), and Charlie Benante (Drums) on the map in the metal world. The album was produced by legendary producer Eddie Kramer (Kiss, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton) and it was recorded both in the Bahamas (it did the trick for AC/DC) and in Florida. The album cover has Rev. Henry Kane from The Poltergeist films on it which is what Benante claims was the inspiration. The album itself peaked at number 62 on The Billboard Top 200 which was a big deal then and it still is today if a metal band cracks the 100 mark.

Anthrax_1987_Among the living_21. Among The Living– This is one of the most famous tracks that starts off with a very dark and eerie riff that makes you feel like you are entering the depths of hell. The song’s lyrics deal with the character Randall Flagg from Stephen King’s The Stand. 5/5

2. Caught In A Mosh– The ultimate mosh anthem with the hard charging bass line that is in your face. This is still one of my favorite Anthrax songs to hear live. 5/5

3. I Am The Law– This sledgehammer like riff attack is the band’s ode to their favorite comic book character in Judge Dredd. This was also one of the final songs credited to old bassist Danny Lilker. 4/5

4. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)– or Nise Fukin Life’s lyrics deal with the life and death of Jon Belushi. I love’s the band ability to go superfast and then get melodic out of nowhere which is evident in this track. 4/5

5. A Skeleton in the Closet– The band must have been obsessed with Stephen King because this track’s lyrical content deals with the Stephen King novella Apt. Pupil. This track is more of the in your face thrash metal that Anthrax was known for. 4/5

indians6. Indians– This is another one of those tracks that was just absolutely huge for the band as it’s named as one of their most famous tracks. It’s starts with it’s stereotypical Indians War Dance music in a track that get’s social conscious about the mistreatment of the Native Americans. 5/5

7. One World– This is one of my favorite less famous tracks on the record with that bass line that is punchy and in your face with amazing guitar playing from Ian and Spitz before they kick into a new riff that will melt your face off. 4/5

8. A.D.I./Horror of It All– Apparently, the A.D.I. in the title stands for either Arabian Douche Intro or Arabian Douchebag Inro. The song starts off with some clean acoustic guitar playing that is eerie and dark before it absolutely rips into some sledgehammer like metal madness. 4/5

9. Imitation of Life– This is a remake of Scott Ian’s other band S.O.D.’s (Stormtroopers Of Death)’s track Aren’t You Hungry? 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of my favorite Anthrax records and one that proves that Joey Belladonna was the right singer for the job and always will be. Every track on the record is phenomenal and to let all of you know the album was dedicated to the memory of Cliff Burton which I forgot to mention in the beginning. If you want to get to know The Big Four, this is definitely an album to start with. Ca you imagine getting Master Of Puppets (Metallica), Reign In Blood (Slayer), Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? (Megadeth), and this album all in a one year period. Oh my lord! I am giving this record 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

stanger2015It’s been a while since I did one of these and so I figured I would do one today as there are some noteworthy news stories out there. I just wanted to mention real quick that Today is Black Label Society vocalist/axeman Zakk Wylde’s birthday which I already wished here. One of the coolest news stories out today though is the fact that a band actually took time out of their schedule to re-record Metallica’s St. Anger. You have to admit that all of us hated the recording quality of the record especially with Lar’s drum sound which it was apparently turned off while they recorded. We do not know the name of the band, but they are a group of friends. They are Daryl G. & Chris D. of the band Grace The Skies and Dave C. of the band Adjust. Here is what the band said about why they decided to take the time to re-record what they are calling #STANGER2015:

Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.

To listen to the re-recording of the track, just click here. The new version is mo much more tolerable, but I have to admit that I am still not a fan of some of the lyrics.

five fFive Finger Death Punch fans are probably rejoicing at some news that has dropped courtesy of Jeremy Spencer. The band released two volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell back in 2013 and the band is apparently ready to release some new music. Here is what Drummer Jeremy Spencer had to say, “I’m not sure. We always try to do things a little differently than the time before, but without being drastically different. We are who we are and I don’t see us doing something so left turn that people are going, What is that? I just don’t see that. We sound like what we sound like and I’m excited to see where it goes, honestly. I love making new records, and feeling the energy, seeing how everyone has grown and all that. We do try to push ourselves and experiment a little here and there. We have to keep it fresh for ourselves.”

hell gateMotley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard have all down Vegas residencies and the next logical person to do one would be none other than the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne told The Sun, “I’m working right now on a Vegas production for Ozzy. It’ll be in time for Halloween and be called ‘Hell Gate’” One source was quoted saying, “Ozzy has never done a stand-alone show in Vegas and there has been huge interest in what he has to offer. Vegas is an amazing spot, which has been a huge hit with the rock crowd. Ozzy would be a top draw and really do something unique.” As I said, this is the next logical step for Vegas and residencies. It will also give fans of his solo career to see him live once again.

tntIn heartbreaking and unfortunate news, TNT have once again parted ways with Tony Harnell. So, there goes any chance of seeing the band tour the US with the only singer that mattered. Tony spoke out in a statement on Facebook that said, “Sadly, it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…It’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul…My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys.”

In better news than the last article, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler gave fans an update on his condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery for an aneurysm he suffered last month. Meanwhile, Udo Dirkschneider’s son Sven Dirkschneider will be taking over drum duties for Saxon’s upcoming tour. The video with Nigel can be seen here.

I also wanted to take the time to wish the former voice of Queensryche Geoff Tate a very Happy 56TH Birthday today (January 14TH). I also wanted to wish White Lion frontman Mike Tramp a very Happy 54TH birthday today as well. Tomorrow (January 15TH) is Saxon frontman Biff Byford’s 64TH Birthday so Happy Birthday to him as well.

unnamedRex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down/Kill Devil Hill) and Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) have joined The Metal Allegiance show which takes place at The House Of Blues in Anaheim on January 21ST. Here is the complete lineup of all the people participating, “Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult).” The show will stream live for all to see on the internet at this website. Here is what Rex had to say, “What better way to kick the new year in the fucking ass than with a Metal Allegiance show? House of Blues in Anaheim barely survived the last time! GET IT LOUD AND TEAR IT DOWN!!! If you can’t get your ass out to Anaheim, get it in front of a computer and head over to The Music Zoo’s website to watch it all go down.” Check it out or be lame and don’t unless you have a perfectly acceptable excuse.

111The Rock In Rio Festival is coming to the United States for the first time in May and we have some incredible lineups to announce. On May 8TH, this is more like the Alternative day with No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless, Foster the People, Gary Clark, Jr., Bleachers and Saints of Valory. Now if you’re like me then you are looking forward to day 2 on May 9TH which features the likes of Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Sepultura, Coheed & Cambria, and Of Mice And Men. There is a whole other weekend that I am not interested in, but if you want to get your hands on some tickets, just go here.

To continue our theme of observing the great holiday of Halloween, we offer you a special single of the week from one of thrash metals pioneering members. If you follow Scott Ian on Twitter (@Scott_Ian), you will be able to tell that the man is a fan of the zombie and horror genre and in particular he is a fan of The Walking Dead (the greatest Zombie TV show around). In 2011, the band released their highly anticipated comeback album with Joey Belladonna called Worship Music and on that record was a cool and bad ass track called Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t. The song starts off with what sounds like a public service announcement on the radio telling everyone that the bodies of the dead had risen from their graves and were attacking the living. Then the song kicks off and it’s heavy metal mayhem from their and it serves as the perfect soundtrack for a zombie apocalypse. Joey Belladonna still sounds as amazing as ever and to be honest I cannot wait for new music from the New York Thrash legends. For now check out the song while you battle some Zombies before they get you.