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896b858eI have decided to cover an album for the album of the week that was a but controversial when it came out. The album that I chose for you guys is the last Guns N Roses record to be released to date in their sixth studio album Chinese Democracy. The very album that fans waited 13 years for Guns N Roses to release when it finally came out in November of 2008. The reason I chose the album is because of the fact that I bought the Axl Rose Funko Pop and I went on my Spotify that day and decided to listen to the album once again. The album besides Axl Rose (Vocals) features an army of musicians that worked on it like Robin Finck (Guitars), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guitars), Buckethead (Guitars), Paul Tobias (Guitars), Richard Fortus (Guitars), Tommy Stinson (Bass), Bryan “Brain” Mantia (Drums), Frank Ferrer (Drums), Dizzy Reed (Keyboards), Chris Pitman (Keyboards), and Josh Freese (arrangements). The album was successful around the world as it went number one in eight different countries and it went number one in the European Top 100 charts as well as peaking at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The album also went platinum and sold over a million worldwide.

bknation_Chinese_Democracy1. Chinese Democracy– The opening track on the album that was inspired by the film Kundun which was about the Dalai Lama. This track and the words contained in it is the reason the album is banned in China as we speak. 5/5

2. Shackler’s Revenge– A track dipped heavily into Industrial metal which is about all of the school shootings in America and how the media tried to pin one on Guns N Roses and their song Mr. Brownstone. 4.5/5

3. Better-An amazing electronic rock track that sees Axl singing in a falsetto style. There’s this one part in the song at the 2:30 mark that is absolutely killer and heavy. The song also contains a killer solo in it too.  5/5

4. Street Of Dreams– the track was originally titled The Blues before the name change and it’s a straight up pop piano rock song that definitely has some Elton John influence in it. 5/5

5. If The World– This is a very sexy song that features Buckethead playing the Flamenco guitar in the beginning with the funk and neo soul influences in it combined with some Nu Metal. 5/5

6. There Was A Time– An epic track on the album that is personally one of my favorties with the heavy orchestral sound with the mellotron, violins, etc. I feel the song is about how we change because we may grow distant with someone. 5/5

7. Catcher In The Rye– A song that Axl Rose wrote in tribute to John Lennon after watching a documentary on Mark David Chapman where Rose criticizes the book in the song. 4.5/5

2FF8. Scraped– The track takes us to that Industrial Rock sound that a lot of people were talking about when it came to this record. With lyrics like, “Don’t you try to stop us now” and “All things are possible, I am unstoppable.” Rose is telling you, he is here to stay. 4/5

9. Riad N’The Bedouins– Axl talked about the track saying, “Riad is the name my one time momentary brother-in-law of Erin Everly went by when I knew him. Of part Lebanese descent and a former student of Pepperdine University, he claims to be an international arms dealer.” 4/5

10. Sorry– Sebastian Bach described the song saying, “There’s this one song called ‘Sorry’ that’s almost like doom metal with Axl singing really clean over this grinding, slow beat that is fucking mean, I cannot get it out of my head.” Rose said the track is about, “anyone talking nonsense at mine and the public’s expense.” 4.5/5

11. I.R.S.– The song starts off a little bluesy before some cool heavy guitars come in during the chorus. 4/5

12. Madagascar– Another track on the album that is one of my favorites. It kind of has the same kind of message as Civil War as it features quotes from films like Mississippi Burning, Casualties of War, Cool Hand Luke, Braveheart, and Seven as well as some excerpts from speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. over some Trip Hop styled sound.  5/5

13. This I Love– Supposedly the song dates all the way back to 1992 as it was a piano ballad written by Rose to one of his former loves. 4.5/5

14. Prostitute– A power ballad with that is actually a cool track that is not about actual prostitutes, but rather him telling you that he wouldn’t pimp the band out just for money to have in his pocket. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– In my opinion, this was an excellent release from Axl even though it took forever to come out. The question that was on everyone’s mind then was whether the wait for the new record was worth it. You have to listen to it yourself and just be the judge for yourself, but I love the album. I am going to give the record 4.6 star out of five for a final grade.

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6309For this weeks Album Of The Week, I wanted to go back and cover a record from a band that I always thought were underrated and if they reunited, all holy hell will be unleashed. The band I am talking about is Skid Row of course and the album I am covering is their third studio album Subhuman Race. The album featured Sebastian Bach (Vocals), Dave “The Snake” Sabo (Guitar) Scotti Hill (Guitar), Rachel Bolan (Bass), and Rob Affuso (Drums). This was the last full length studio album Skid Row would ever record with both Sebastian Bach and Rob Affuso as the band would eventually break up. It was produced by Bob Rock (Motley Crue/Metallica) and even though it would go Gold, it wasn’t their best selling album at the time. The album even peaked at number 35 on The Billboard Top 200 charts as well as going five in Australia, six in Japan, and eight in the UK. After the release of the record the band had been criticized for every little change they made in their sound. In an interview with Circus Magazine in 1995 Bach said, “Heavy metal and hard rock have always beaten up. When I was selling four million copies of a record in ‘88-‘89, all I heard was, ‘Hey, pretty boy, blah blah,’ so that was no good. Then when Slave to the Grind debuted at No. 1, ‘Oh, that’s too heavy,’ so that was no good. It’s always something. I think hard rock stands the test of time more than any other genre.” Rachel remembers the time period a little differently and all the differences within the band saying in an interview with Metal Exiles, “That record was a nightmare. Internally the band had fallen apart, but we were forced to go in and do another record.”

mi00000704671. My Enemy– A track with a killer groove that reminds me a little of Vulgar era Pantera in a track about people hating, but you don’t care enough to let it bother you. 5/5

2. Firesign– Another in your face track with a cool bass riff that drives the song from Bolan are key in this track about having a fire inside you that drives you through no matter what life brings. 4/5

3. Bonehead– The track has a punk feel to it courtesy of Bolan I can imagine, but it’s a hard charger. The lyrics could be about TV evangelists that were popping up every where back in the 90’s. 4/5

4. Beat Yourself Blind– A big and thick bass riff opens up this sledgehammering track that Bach has said it’s one of his favs live. 4.5/5

5. Eileen– a very eerie mid-tempo track whose lyrics seem to be speaking about someone who can see the dead (I hate to be cliche with that, but take a better guess). 4/5

6. Remains to be Seen– A cool drum riff opens this track that showed the kind of promise these guys had for the heavy metal scene. 4.5/5

5deb5bd32936ae91564e638e11ff8242_full7. Subhuman Race– The title track is the band diving head first into the metal genre with all guns a blazing double bass beats and all. 4/5

8. Frozen– An Alice In Chains sounding like track with a very heavy bass riff before it bounces back and forth with a melodic riff. 5/5

9. Into Another– One of my favorite tracks on this record, a power ballad that showcases the amazing voice of Sebastian Bach. 5/5

10. Face Against My Soul– Another cool drum beat opens the track before we get the chugging guitar and bass riffs from the band in a track that seems to be about a guy trying to convince a woman to let him in. 4/5

11. Medicine Jar–  An awesome sledgehammering metal riff from the band that will definitely have you headbanging in a track about drug use. 4/5

12. Breakin’ Down– A very melodic track about Sebastian wanting a girl to let him in because he feels he can protect her. 4/5

13. Iron Will– What a way to close out the album with the bass heavy, groove laden metal track that is absolutely slammin. The bass riff during the verses is so thick sounding it’s awesome. It’s why I love Rachel Bolan’s playing. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This may not be Rachel Bolan’s favorite Skid Row record, but I really enjoy this more than any album that has come out after this. Slave To The Grind is still number one in my book, but this has some kick ass tracks. It was Skid Row continuing to move in the right direction. Unfortunately as history will have it, we will never know what else they could have done with at least Sebastian Bach. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

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Slash-ft-Myles-Kennedy-and-the-Conspirators-61If you are a fan of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators then you are going to be excited about this piece of news that was announced today. Slash and his band are going to be heading out on tour to continue supporting their album World On Fire with a fall North American tour that will start at Lupos Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI on September 18TH. The tour features several headlining dates as well as some festival appearances along the way. Besides the recorrd, the band is also supporting the recent DVD release of Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 which saw the band perform at the legendary club on the Sunset Strip. Besides the tour, Slash is once again producing another Horror film titled The Hell Within and you can get some cool stuff when you donate to their Fanbacked page here. Check out the tour dates below:

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators Fall 2015 North American Tour

9/18 — Providence, R.I. — Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
9/19 — Clark, N.J. — Food Truck and Rock Carnival -festival
9/21 — Hamilton, Ontario — Hamilton Place Theatre
9/23 — Toronto, Ontario — Sound Academy
9/24 — Montreal, Quebec — Metropolis
9/26 — Northfield, Ohio — Hard Rock Live
9/27 — Detroit, Mich. — The Fillmore
9/29 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Intersection
9/30 — Fort Wayne, Ind. — Piere’s Entertainment Center
10/2 — Marksville, La. — Paragon Casino – Mari Center
10/4 — Louisville, Ky. — Louder than Life Festival
10/7 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Mill City Nights
10/9 — Calgary, Alberta — Grey Eagle Resort and Casino
10/10 — Edmonton, Alberta — Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10/12 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/13 — Seattle, Wash. — Moore Theater
10/15 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Depot
10/16 — Denver, Colo. — Fillmore Auditorium
10/18 — San Francisco, Calif. — Warfield Theater
10/20 — Chandler, Ariz. — Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
10/21 — Anaheim, Calif. — House of Blues
10/23 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Hollywood Palladium
10/24 — Temecula, Calif. — Pechanga Resort & Casino

Bach-WeddingHave you ever wanted to attend a rock star’s wedding? Well, now you have the chance to if you live in the San Jose area as you can buy tickets to attend the wedding reception of Sebastian Bach and his bride to be Suzanne Le. The reception will be held on August 22ND at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose with the bachelor party to be held on August 21ST. The cost of the whole affair which promises to feature rock stars and film stars is only $300 and you can get more information by heading to Rockbar’s official website here. When asked about the wedding by Loudwire.com Bach said, “She’s my girl and my best friend. I’m very happy. I’m very lucky to have found true love.”

Industrialist-Graphic-NovelWhile Fear Factory gears up to release their new disc Genexus on August 7TH, Burton C. Bell is getting ready to release his own book. Well, he is releasing a graphic novel called The Industrialist which is based off of the band’s 2012 album of the same name.  Bell talks about the novel saying, “That album is the soundtrack to this novel, and it follows the story within these pages. Noel Guard has accurately rendered the characters and scenes, and he captured the images as I saw them in my own mind. I foresee a great future for Mr. Guard.” As far as where he got his inspiration and love for Sci-Fi, Bell says, “As far as I can remember I have been a a fan of science fiction. Watching episodes of Twilight Zone and Star Trek lead me to read Robert A. Heinlein by the time I was 8. I started writing concepts for Fear Factory during the Demanufacture writing process. The sci­-fi element integrated itself into the band’s philosophy and concepts This early influence has directed my path of creativity to enjoy science and the future of humanity. I am fortunate to be able to write my ideas into music that I love.” If you want to pre-order the novel which is limited to only 500 copies, you can do so by going here.

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It is with great pleasure to report some awesome information for fans of Alt-Metal pioneers Faith No More because Billboard.com released some awesome news that leaves me hopeful for the rock and metal genre. Faith No More released their first album since 1997’s Album of The Year in Sol Invictus and they now have a number one album with it. According to Billboard.com, the band’s album debuts at number one on the hard rock albums chart, number two on the Top Rock rock albums charts, and number 15 on the Billboard Top 200 with 31,000 sold in the first week. This is an amazing thing for the band as they return to the scene on top of the game. I did a review of the album for the album of the week which you can find by going here. Otherwise, go to the store and pick up this album because you will not regret it.

papaghostlivefrance2014_638If you are a fan of the spooky atmospheric rock band Ghost (Ghost BC here in America) then we have some good news for you. The clergy recently released a video announcing that they had fired Papa Emeritus II after a lackluster job in their opinion even though their last album Infestissumam debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The clergy announces that the Nameless Ghouls will all wear new masks, Papa Emeritus III will be revealed on June 3RD, and the title of the new record which is called Meliora. To watch the scolding the clergy gives, then you should check it out here. I do however have the album artwork for you and the track listing for the new record. The album will be released on August 21ST via Loma Vista Recordings and it was produced by Klas Åhlund. The albums first single Cirice can be expected anytime in the upcoming month. Check out the artwork and track listing below and stay tune here for the first single.

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Track Listing for Meliora:

01. Spirit
02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
03. Cirice
04. Spöksonat
05. He Is
06. Mummy Dust
07. Majesty
08. Devil Church
09. Absolution
10. Deus In Absentia

Produced by Klas Åhlund of Swedish band Teddybears and the album was mixed by Andy Wallace (Slayer, Nirvana, Sepultura, etc.). Get it August 21ST everywhere.

“In this uncensored, unfiltered memoir, the musician and former frontman for Skid Row tells the story of how a choir boy became a mega-successful hair metal god, rode the wave of fame in heavy metal’s heyday, and came out alive on the other side when glam rock went the way of the cassette tape and the Walkman.” That is the official description for the newest addition to your rock autobiography collection as Sebastian Bach recently announced that he will be releasing his official memoir titled 18 and Life on Skid Row. The book will be officially released on January 19. 2016 which is also yours truly’s birthday. I now know what to get for my birthday and I can add this to the Heavy Metal Book Report as soon as I get to read it. Recently Bach offered this insight into what he believes is the reason for the reunion not happening in the form of Rachel Bolan, “I’ve talked to all of those guys except the bass player, and he is the one that has it in for me. But I haven’t given that guy any reason to dislike me in 19 years.”

unnamedFormer Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno has struggled over the years with drug addiction, but the man perservered and got sober. The only thing is he had a little motivation to do as he credits his family with helping him with that decision. He says, “As much as what harm drugs cause you, what they do to your family is worse. I have seen a lot of people lose everything they had money, a home and even their family because of drugs and feel it’s not worth it. The reality is that you can never be completely cured of them. Even today, I am in recovery. There are moments I slip too, but then feel twice as guilty later. It is my children who have pushed me to stay off drugs and I will do it for them.” The only thing I can say to Paul is good luck in the future and take it one day at a time.

Children-of-BodomIn some other shocking news, Children Of Bodom made a big announcement regarding their line up as they had to let go of someone in the band. Children Of Bodom, the Finnish metal band announced that they let go of guitarist Roope Latvala as the band made the announcement on their Facebook page. They said, “As we parted ways with no bad blood, we wish him nothing but the best and thank him for allowing us to share the last twelve years of our lives with him. [We] hope [the fans] know that this will not affect the upcoming shows or the new album as we recorded it as a four-piece and it is already mixed, mastered, heavy as s–t and ready to go!” I don’t think the band has announced who will officially replace him, but they are currently working on a new record and they head out on tour in June which you can see here.

Check out the current teaser trailer for a new project from Avenged Sevenfold called This Is Bat Country which may be a new concert DVD they release. Check it out here

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rrrRandy Rhoads was one of those rare finds in rock and metal history that came and went too soon. He was one of those rare talents that don’t always come around very often so you cherish the years that he was around and all the music he had created in such a short time. Well, Brian Tichy, a veteran of rock and metal has created the group Randy Rhoads Remembered which is a group that is here to honor the memory and legacy of the great, late Randy Rhoads. The album features so many great guests on the record like Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Tracii Guns (LA Guns), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), and so many more. A press release revealed that Tichy was given the blessing from the Rhoads family to pursue this project and the drummer speaks about it here, “RRR VOL. 1′ is a great representation of the spirit of the RRR shows. This first show was so successful that five more were held in June 2014 on the East Coast with another amazing cast of players. ‘RRR VOL. 1′ is also a true representation of the spirit of the musicians who gave their time.” He goes on to say, “It’s just real players playing their instruments! Guitars are plugged into amps and cranked up with a microphone in front of them! Singers are not auto-tuned! In the spirit of how ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’ were recorded, ‘Randy Rhoads Remembered, VOL. 1′ was approached the same way.” If you cannot make the 2ND Annual Randy Rhoads Remembered show in Santa Ana, California at The Observatory on January 23RD where the disc will be handed out, you can pre-order the disc here. Check out the track listing below:

1. ‘Sato’
Guitar: Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach/ Vince Neil)
Vocals: Sebastian Bach
Bass: James LoMenzo (John Fogerty, BLS, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, White Lion)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

2. ‘Flying High Again’
Guitar: Kiko Loureiro (Angra)
Vocals: Robert Mason (Warrant)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

3. ‘Mr. Crowley’
Guitar: Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns N’ Roses)
Vocals: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Bass: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Keys: Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham Led Zep Exp.)

4. ‘No Bone Movies’
Guitar: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Vocals: Chas West (Bonham/ Lynch Mob)
Bass: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Drums: Ray Luzier (Korn, David Lee Roth)

5. Suicide Solution’ (Live ’82 version with “Ode To Tommy” drum solo)
Guitar: Rowan Robertson (Dio/ DC4)
Vocals: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Bass: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Keys: Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham Led Zep Exp.)

6. ‘Goodbye to Romance’
Guitar: Alex Skolnick (Alex Skolnick Trio/ Testament)
Vocals: Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

7. ‘Steal Away the Night’
Guitar: Phil X (Bon Jovi/ The Drills)
Vocals: Whit Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)
Bass: David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

8. ‘Iron Children’ (Randy’s version of “Iron Man” and “Children Of The Grave”)
Guitar: Tracii Guns (Devil City Angels/ LA Guns)
Vocals: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

9. ‘I Don’t Know’
Guitar: Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto (Jeff Scott Soto Band/ Journey)
Bass: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR Creator)

10. “Diary of a Madman”
Guitar: Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob)
Vocals: Sebastian Bach
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Keys: Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience)

11. ‘Dee’ (all guitarists together)

12. ‘Winding Rhoads’ (an original song with words and music written by Brian Tichy featuring Phil Soussan on bass and all RRR Vol. I guitar gods)

13. ‘Kelle Rhoads Track’ (an emotional instrumental piano piece written and performed by Kelle Rhoads)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Vocals: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Rhythm Guitar: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Guitar Solos: All guitarists
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

14. Kelle Rhoads Piano Bonus Track

We are celebrating Dimebag Darrell Week here on Moshpits and Movies because it is the ten year anniversary of the tragic death of one of metal’s greatest guitar players in Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Dimebag did a lot of colaborations back in the day and he performed with various artists besides the ones we know in Pantera, Damageplan, and Rebel Meets Rebel. He also did some covers with other artists for tribute albums and the song I chose was a cover of Believer he did with Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) for a Randy Rhoads tribute record. The song also features Kane Roberts (ex-Alice Cooper) on Rhythm Guitar, Mike Brignardello (Giant) on bass, and Michael Cartellone (ex-Damn Yankees) on Drums for this kick ass cover of the week track. Dimebag and company sound absolutely awesome on the track as does Sebastian Bach with the vocals. This is as good as it gets when it comes to covers and the solo by Dime is absolutely nuts in how close to the original it is with a Dime twist to it. Check it out below and remember Dimebag Forever!!!

There are songs in the Skid Row catalog that are probably the easiest to cover unplugged like I Remember You, In A Darkened Room, 18 & Life, etc. Then there are songs that you wonder if the person playing the acoustic cover is really going to pull it off liek what Ben Owen does here with Skid Row’s fiercest song and title track from their sophomore album Slave To The Grind. The song is absolutely intense on electric, but Ben Owen makes it work as he translates it acoustically and not only does he play the song well, but he is actually a really damn good singer too. At times, you can hear him pull off Sebastian Bach like vocal ranges, but he also manages to infuse his own voice in there as well. This is definitely worth checking out if you have the time so without further ado, here is Ben Owen covering Skid Row’s Slave To The Grind: