Posts Tagged ‘Shock Rock’

IMG_7714The first time I ever heard the track God’s Gonna Cut You Down, the traditional folk song was by the man in black Johnny Cash who recorded the track for his album American V: A Hundred Highways. It was a different take then the usual versions that were recorded because his was a stripped down version as opposed to the gospel versions that came before it. Apparently during his Heaven Upside Down Tour, Marilyn Manson was performing the Johnny Cash version of the song live, but in fact he recorded a version of the track for the soundtrack to the 2017 film 24 Hours To Live. He talks about the song telling Loudwire, “I enjoyed doing it. I did it in one take and everyone thinks that Johnny Cash wrote it and I looked up the people that covered it and it was great because it’s Elvis, Tom Jones… It’s originally just some soul singer back in I don’t even know what era. The chords that Tyler [Bates] played, it was slightly similar to the version that we’re most familiar with, the one that Tom Jones and Johnny Cash did, most notably.” Check out the track below because Manson does an amazing job morphing his style into the track:


220px-Alice_Cooper_ParanormalSometimes choosing the very next Rock video of the week can be as easy as 1-2-3, but then there are those times when it’s not. This week’s choice for rock video of thew week was not one of those difficult situations because it’s from the original king of shock rock Alice Cooper. After releasing his 27TH studio album Paranormal back in July of 2017, he has been supporting the record and just to let you know it’s one of the first records in a very long time to feature former Alice Cooper Band members like Dennis Dunaway as well as other special guests. Well to keep us entertained through the holidays, Alice has just released a video for the track The Sound Of A and we have it for you right here. The track was originally written by Alice before he even joined the band in 1967. It had been lost in the netherworld until Dennis brought the track to Alice’s attention and that is how it ended up on the record. The video is as eerie as the track as you see different people as they don the iconic make up of Alice Cooper throughout the video. Check out the video below and be on the lookout for the vinly 10″ release of the track in February.

war of the covers copy He's BackLast week, we had an interesting triple threat match that saw Anthrax do battle with Tarot and Godspeed featuring Bruce Dickinson to decide who covered Black Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath better. You voted and decided that ultimately without contest that Anthrax had the best version. I want to let you guys know that coming in the fall will be my fourth Alumni Weekend Takeover at my Alma Mater and by voting, you are deciding what I am going to play because the winners of the War Of The Covers will be played on the show as we do a covers segment this year. With that being said, it is time to move on to this week’s War Of The Covers which features a track from the king of Shock Rock in Alice Cooper. Back in 1986, Alice recorded a track for the Friday The 13TH Part VI: Jason Lives soundtrack called He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) (It was also on the album Constrictor) that was epic with those synths and that cool bass line. This week we have two interesting bands in a European match as Sweden’s One Man Army and The Undead Quartet take on Finland’s Warmen featuring Alexi Laiho. One Man Army… covered the track for their 2007 album Error In Evolution while Warmen covered the song with Alexi of Children Of Bodom on vocals for their 2014 album First Of The Five Elements. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who covered it better and who makes the show this fall. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide.

As a horror or 80’s rock/metal fan, you may recognize the title of the song featured int his article, but you may not recognize the band. Well, I am here to tell you that you need to get acquainted with the name Beasto Blanco because the band features longtime Alice Cooper collaborator and bassist Chuck Garric and Alice’s daughter Calico Cooper on Vocals. The band decided to cover the 80’s Cooper classic Feed My Frankenstein and Chuck talks about the track saying, “I’ve been performing that song with Alice Cooper for years. I talked to Alice and said ‘I’m thinking about covering ‘Feed My Frankenstein’ on the Beasto Blanco record.’ Alice responded with ‘I think that would be a great idea. I think you guys will really knock it out of the ballpark.” The self titled album which comes out November 25TH via Rat Pak Records is a follow up to the bands debut 2013 record Live Fast, Die Loud. and if you are curious about the band’s sound just think of White Zombie and Motorhead. Of course this is your Halloween related Music Video Of The Week and you can check it out below:

mansonFor this week’s album of the week, it simply took me to listen to a mix CD I had made of Marilyn Manson to inspire me to choose one of his albums. The question was obviously which one would I choose from the legendary shock rocker. So for this week’s album of the week, I chose Marilyn Manson’s fourth studio album Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death). The album was the third and final chapter of a trilogy that included 1996’s Antichrist Superstar and 1998’s Mechanical Animals although this one is considered the first chapter. The album once again featured Marilyn Manson (Vocals), John 5 (Guitar), Twiggy Ramirez (Bass), Madonna Wayne Gacy (Samples/Keys), and Ginger Fish (Drums). The album is essentially a concept album about a man from Death Valley named Adam Kadmon (meaning Primal Man) who travels to a place called Holy Wood where death is king and makes you famous. Marilyn commented saying, “Holy Wood”—which isn’t even that great of a hyperbole of America—is a place where an obituary is just another headline. Where if you die and enough people are watching, then you’re famous.” The album definitely came with some controversy as it was released a year after the Columbine shootings for which the media and political heads tried to crucify Marilyn. Like Antichrist Superstar and such, he divides the album into parts A: In the Shadow, D: The Androgyne, A: Of Red Earth and M: The Fallen which help tell Adam’s story. The album had some success as it peaked at number 13 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and it went Gold in the US.

manson 21. GodEatGod– The opening track of the album and it’s very eerie with it’s heavy bass driven flow and the lyrics is apparently about Adam meditating in the desert. 4/5

2. The Love Song– I love the bass riff during the verses of this track before it gets heavy with the guitars in the chorus. The track’s lyrics deal with Holy Wood’s religion Celebritarianism. Manson described the lyrics and his metaphor for guns saying, “I was suggesting with the lyrics that the father is the hand, the mother is the gun, and the children are the bullets. Where you shoot them is your responsibility as parents.” 5/5

3. The Fight Song– This track which is one of my favorites on the album is an all out heavy punk anthem. The track is about Adam’s desire to be a part of Holy Wood and Manson elaborated saying the track is about, “a person who’s grown up all his life thinking that the grass is greener on the other side, but when he finally [gets there], he realises that it’s worse than where he came from and that it’s truly exploitative.” 5/5

4. Disposable Teens– A Manson rock song all the way through and you can hear Gary Glitter’s Rock And Roll Pt. 2 influence on the track. The track’s lyrics deal with the disenfranchised youth of America who have been treated like mistakes. 5/5

5. Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)– This has been said that it is Marilyn’s favorite track on the record that best describes everyone’s dying desire for Self-actualization. 5/5

Manson Tarot6. President Dead– If you didn’t notice, the track is only 3:13 minutes long which is a nod to a frame of film from Zapruder film which is essentially the fatal head shot suffered by John F. Kenendy. According to reports, the band borrowed the riff from Radiohead. 4/5

7.  In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death– According to Wikipedia the track, “is an introspective song with Adam at his most emotionally vulnerable, nearly despairing.” The track is very dark with it’s acoustic riffs mixed with some creepy elements before the band kicks in. 4.5/5

8. Cruci-Fiction in Space– A very cool track with it’s drum machine combined with a machine like riff that continues to explore the death of John F. Kennedy almost comparing him to Christ like he’s a martyr. 4/5

9. A Place in the Dirt– Another personal track on the album for Manson which looks at where Adam feels he is at Holy Wood. The song starts off very slow and eerie during the verses, but the tempo turns up during the choruses. 4/5

10. The Nobodies– This is one of my favorite tracks on the album with the synth intro that kind of looks at the Columbine shootings, but it doesn’t glorify it. It instead looks at a society that is drenched in the blood of it’s children. 5/5

manson 311. The Death Song– This is the turning point in the album where Adam no longer cares. According to a report, Manson described the track as sarcastic and nihilistic saying, “it’s like ‘We have no future and we don’t give a fuck.” It’s an amazing song that has a cool groove to it with the bass before it gets heavy as hell. 5/5

12. Lamb Of God-The tempo is slowed down for this track that uses the ways John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, and Jesus Christ died to throw in his accusers faces. He kind of says that by it being seen on TV, you are instantly made a saint and a martyr by the media and public. 4/5

13. Born Again– An Industrial heavy rock track that sort of brings us back to the old days in track where Manson is sort of mocking false rebels of the world. 4/5

14. Burning Flag– The music reminds me a lot of Minstry in it’s style in a track that is sort of mocking our society and how the law just doesn’t work anymore. 4/5

15. Coma Black– Is this the sequel or prequel to Coma White? A slow tempo track that looks at the loss of love and what is important in a world that sucks. 4/5

holywood cd16. Valentine’s Day– Another one of my favorite tracks on the album that has a cool bass line during the verses. The song’s lyrics could describe a number of things depending on how you look at it. 5/5

17. The Fall Of Adam– A quick two minute track that could be describing the fall of our main character Adam. An acoustic track showing the band’s versatility. 4/5

18. King Kill 33º– An interesting track that serves as our main character lashing back at the people who denied him, ridiculed him for others mistakes. I love the riff to this song which is almost machine like. 4/5/5

19. Count To Six And Die (The Vaccuum Of Infinite Space Encompassing)– The track is the last song on the album and it could signify the end of Adam as he feels there is no other way out. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely not my top Marilyn Manson record, but this was sort of the last really good album he made before the recent two he just dropped. This was also sort of his comeback to the forefront after the media, politicians, and religious nuts tried to bury him for Columbine. This album was a battle cry for artists to not be scapegoats anymore because of their art. I am giving the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

Its that time of the year which means that it’s my favorite time of the year as all month long we celebrate Halloween here on Moshpits And Movies. That means that every post like the Single Of The Week and so on will have a horror or Halloween theme of some sort attached to it. We did it last year and we are continuing it once again this year. Our first cover of the week goes to one of the oldest shock rock bands from the 80’s in Impaler who are still going strong today. In the year 2000, the band released the album One Nation Under Ground which featured the band covering the Alice Cooper classic Teenage Frankenstein which is also one of my favorite 80’s Cooper songs. While the point of a cover is to take the song and make it your own, the band certainly takes my advice on that one. The band speeds up the tempo a little giving it a punk/speed metal feel to the cover which I can definitely dig. If you want to check out more from Impaler, please visit the bands Facebook page here and check out their cover below:

It’s still nice to know that there are artists out there who take the time to create music videos that capture the essence of their song or they are creating works of art to coincide with their song. It’s nice to know that because obviously the MTV days are over and some could say why bother do it at all, but not Marilyn Manson. The modern king of Shock Rock continues to defy the odds as he creates his modern piece of art in the form of the brand new music video for the track Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge which is often credited as the stand out track from The Pale Emperor, the latest effort from Manson. The new wave/blues mix is definitely a track that has caught the attention of many in the music world as it proves that Manson is still prevalent when others were counting him out of the rock scene. Many can listen to the track and imagine what visuals Manson could provide for the song, but in this video it’s a dirty Manson who sort of resembles an actual drug than a person metaphorically speaking. Is he the meth pipe? We could say yes due to the lights and smoke and the ash that covers his face, but one thing is for sure and that the song and video rock. Check it out below and be sure to check out Manson on his co-headlining show with The Smashing Pumpkins. Check out the tour dates below:

Tour Dates with The Smashing Pumpkins

7/10 — Las Vegas, Nev. — The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/11 — Phoenix, Ariz. — Comerica Theatre
7/13 — Morrison, Colo. — Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/15 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/16 — Houston, Texas — NRG Arena
7/18 — San Antonio, Texas — Freeman Coliseum
7/19 — Austin, Texas — Austin City Limits Live
7/20 — New Orleans, La. — Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
7/22 — Miami, Fla. — Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
7/24 — Tampa, Fla. — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/25 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/26 — Raleigh, N.C. — Red Hat Amphitheater
7/28 — Boston, Mass. — Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/29 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center
7/31 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/1 — Mashantucket, Ct. — Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/2 — Camden, N.J. — Susquehanna Bank Center
8/4 — Toronto, Ontario — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/5 — Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/7 — Chicago, Ill. — FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/8 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center