Posts Tagged ‘Stryper’

War Of The Covers Immigrant SongLast week, we had one of the best battles that we have ever had even though it was a blowout. The band that recorded the best version of The Sound Of Silence according to you that voted is Bobaflex. That is all you have to is just click and vote so that the version you love wins. This week we have another good one for all of you guys to decide on. It is absolutely no secret that I am a huge fan of a particular Led Zeppelin track that has been attached to the trailer of the brand new Thor: Ragnarok film in the classic The Immigrant Song. Led Zeppelin recorded and released the track on their Led Zeppelin III album in 1970. There are dozens of different covers of the track, but I chose two tracks from two distinctly different rock bands from two different eras. Stryper was a christian metal band that got their start in the 1980’s with powerful releases like Soldiers Under Command and To Hell With The Devil. For Swiss rock titans Gotthard, their journey began in 1992 with their self titled debut. Unfortunately for Gotthard, they would lose their beloved lead singer Steve Lee in 2010 to a motorcycle accident, but the band has soldiered on. In 1996, on the Asian release of their third studio album G., Gotthard would record a cover of the track for the album. In 2011, Stryper would record a cover of the song for their all covers album The Covering. As always you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide and as always just have fun with it.

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kansas-vs-gwar-vs-stryperWe took a week off from Original vs The Cover, but we are back with a fury this week and a special edition. First I wanted to let you guys know about the results of our last Original Vs The Cover which featured Depeche Mode taking on Lacuna Coil in a battle of what version was better and of course Depeche Mode ended that one on top. As I said, we have a very special one for all of you because not only are there two bands competing, but we added a third band this week because why the hell not? So the song we have for you guys today is the classic rock track Carry On Wayward Son which was originally done by the band Kansas. Well, Kansas’s version of the song is going to take on two bands that happened to cover the track as well in GWAR and Stryper. Two drastically different bands who covered a track from a band you would never expect them to. Let’s check out the versions below:

Kansas– By time the album Leftoverture was released in 1976, the band had already released three albums and were still looking for that big hit. Well, the band’s prayers were answered when the track was released. The track entitled Carry On Wayward Son peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the band’s very first top 40 hit of their careers. The track with its classic guitar thunder and amazing vocal harmonies during the chorus took the world by storm with it’s amazing lyrics about a son who goes off and has to discover who he truly is (it’s up for interpretation).

GWAR– In 2012, everybody’s favorite alien Hardcore Metal band GWAR had covered the song as part of a series on Youtube called The AV Club. 25 different bands were asked to cover a song and GWAR’s was this one. The band at first doesn’t seem to take it serious or at least vocalist and fearless leader, the late Oderus Urungus doesn’t. When they finally get into it though, the band churns out a ruckus in your face version of the song which depending on your taste is a good or bad thing.

Stryper– Christian Heavy Metal giants who were one of the most unique bands during their time. After a ten year hiatus the band returned to reclaim their place on the scene and after two albums they decided to release an all covers album entitled The Covering. On the record the band covers everyone from the Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, and the very track at question here in Carry On Wayward Son. Stryper’s version of the track may be the one closest and more faithful to the original, but just a little heavier and more of the twin guitar sonic attack. Not to mention that Michael Sweet has an amazing voice and the harmonies on the track are just as great as the original.

Now it’s time for you guys to vote on whose version you enjoy better, but you’re also going to vote on which cover was better as well. As always, you have until the next post to vote for whose version you enjoy the most.

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Pale Emperor Album Artwork Courtesy of Cooking Vinyl

This is something that I used to do on my old blog called Rock And Metal News where I gave you summaries of news stories that involve rock and metal bands. For our first news story, we are taking a look at one of my favorite shock rockers and some new album news. You can credit iTunes New Zealand with unveiling the new album title, track listing, and album cover for Marilyn Manson’s new album which is apparently titled The Pale Emperor. According to that iTunes, the album is due out in January, but we have to remember that nothing has been confirmed from Marilyn Manson’s camp yet. So, the regular version features ten tracks while the deluxe version of the album has thirteen tracks. Here is the track listing below and if you want to check out the first single Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge, just click here.

The Pale Emperor Track Listing:

1. Killing Strangers
2. Deep Six
3. Third Day of a Seven Day Binge
4. The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles
5. Warship My Wreck
6. Slave Only Dreams To Be King
7. The Devil Beneath My Feet
8. Birds of Hell Awaiting
9. Cupid Carries a Gun
10. Odds of Even
11. Day 3 (Deluxe Edition Only)
12. Fated, Faithful, Fatal (Deluxe Edition Only)
13. Fall of the House of Death (Deluxe Edition Only)

Black-Tusk-630x420 In other news, Black Tusk bassist Jonathan Athon has died yesterday (November 9, 2014) in a motorcycle accident. I guess he was out cruising with his girlfriend Emily Boutwell when they crashed on November 7 as they hit the side door of an Acura that was driven by an 85 year old man. For most of the weekend, he remained in critical condition, but he unfortunately passed away at the age of 32. The band’s publicist released a statement that read:

It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.

Machine-Head-Robb-Flynn-630x420Machine Head’s Robb Flynn is starting to become one of the most controversial figures in metal whether he was attacking Avenged Sevenfold or his latest blog post where he says no more festivals. When it comes to touring Robb Flynn has said that his band is putting off all of the festivals and here is why, “We’re going to stop doing festivals. As it stands now, we have passed on a headline slot on Wacken, Soundwave Festival in Australia, Download U.K., Sonisphere U.K., Knotfest, Hellfest and a plethora of other festivals throughout the world. In fact, we have made a decision to not do ANY festivals for the entire ‘Bloodstones & Diamonds’ album cycle. In 2012, we did three months straight of ‘summer’ festivals in Europe, but summer in Europe doesn’t really start until September, so for the most part, we were playing outdoors to a lot of people, yes, no doubt, but these people are watching Machine Head at 5PM in the freezing rain with bitter winds ripping across the festival grounds and don’t forget the fatal lightning strike too. Half the time, both the band and the audience are in cold/wet survival mode and to be honest, when it’s like that, no matter how awesome the first Black Sabbath album starts, it’s the lamest environment for a heavy metal show.” He goes on to explain that while the money is good, the expenses end up outweighing what they might have taken in as he explains, “On that 2012 tour we earned more money than we had ever made, some shows were great, a lot were kinda “meh”, but because of fly-dates galore, days-off galore, and some mind-bogglingly bad budgeting we spent all the money we made. Imagine working your ass off for 3 months and not coming home with anything to show for it?” The idea behidn dooing festivals was believe that by throwing a great show, it would open up doors for you as far as new fans are concerned, but Robb doesn’t seem to believe it anymore. He says, “It used to be delivering a killer festival set could be a game changer. But I haven’t seen that happen in a while,” says the vocalist. “For most bands it used to mean, slaying the huddled masses would pack ‘em in next time the band headlined. And ya know what? Maybe it does happen for some bands (though I haven’t heard that recently) but it just isn’t working for us anymore.” So, don’t expect to see them on any festivals in the near future!

barberianpostershop2014I’ve heard of guys doing all sorts of stuff when they retire, but this seems to be something out of You Don’t Mess With The Zohan metal style. In that film, Adam Sandler plays an Israeli secret service agent who just wants to cut hair for a living and not fight anymore. Nergal of Polish Blackened Metal band Behemoth is a singer who likes to defile religious passages with his music that just wants to cut hair for a living at an affordable price. That is correct my fellow metalheads, Nergal opened up a barbershop called Barberian Academy & Barber Shop and it’s strictly for men. Unfortunately, you have to live in Warsaw, Poland if you want to visit the shop that offers hair cuts, beard trims, manicure’s, and other stuff. The reason for opening the shop is that Nergal wanted a new challenge as he opened it with business partner Małgorzatą Marczewską. If you want to find out more about the shop, visit their Facebook page here.

The Osbournes have apparently decided that they want to return for a limited run on Television once again after 13 years since they had been off the air. Apparently, Ozzy wants to do it once again for certain reasons that Sharon explains, “It’s been 13 years since we first did it. He said for the three years we did it he was drunk the whole time and he’d like to be sober. As I say, it’s not forever. No more than eight episodes. It’s a kind of catch-up, what they’re doing now.” Well, I for one am not sure if this is something I will venture to watch, but who knows. Filming will commence in January.

Here is an article courtesy of The House Of Hair Online:

Wanna own a piece of Queensrÿche? The band has made the unusual move of offering fans a chance at buying an ownership stake in a company that, according to Billboard.com, entitles them to a “fixed percentage” of future revenue made through sales of Queensrÿche albums and merchandise. The band hopes to raise a total of $2 million with the offering, that requires a minimum buy-in of $50,000.

Attorney Marc LoPresti says Queensrÿche is “hoping that [this move] will engage more people instead of less, because for the guys, it’s about the music and it’s about the fans.” The money raised through the deal will give the group “the flexibility to do a lot of things,” comments drummer Scott Rockenfield. Check out this YouTube video announcing the campaign, and check out the “Building An Empire” site for all the particulars.

So, apparently Michael Sweet Of Stryper and George Lynch of Dokken have a new project together called Sweet & Lynch which will have a debut disc out in January of 2015 called Only To Rise and I have the album cover for you to check out below:

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dendropsophus-ozzyi-407f7de-pedro-peloso_85673_990x742There are a lot of creatures that we probably haven’t discovered in the Amazon in Brazil, but a group of metalhead scientists have discovered a new one who was named after Ozzy Osbourne. A group of scientists who were on a month long expedition in the Amazon discovered a frog like creature that can produce bat like sounds that they have named Dendropsophus ozzyi. Pedro Peloso, one of the scientists who discovered the species back in 2009 told National Geographic, “As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it.” The group collected about 21 of the specimen that is brown and orange with long delicate fingers and toes and Pedro says, “the male frogs also have an unusually large vocal sac, a nearly transparent piece of skin that inflates to produce its unique high-pitched chirping sound. Male tree frogs in general make loud calls to communicate with females in distant treetops, but the new species is the first known to sound like a bat.” The group came up with it’s name after they discovered  that they had a mutual love for Black Sabbath and Ozzy. Check it out with the pic directly to the left of this paragraph.

rudd 3Ever since Phil Rudd was arrested for the murder for hire (charges have been dropped and now faces threatening to kill charges), stories have been coming out of the word work about his partying habits. Apparently some prostitutes have come out to speak about Phil’s wild sex escapades with one escort claiming, “There were up to four girls when I’ve been there. He sort of separates the girls. On his boat, he’d have one in his main room, one in the lounge area and one in the smaller room. He’d go to different rooms randomly.” Another woman has come out and stated that she once charged Rudd $1,500 for 8 to 10 hours of fun and she continues, “If he wants a girl he’ll pay top dollar and he’ll have sex with girls in front of whoever is there, right there in the same room. A lot of the girls will do whatever he wants because he’s a big player – whether or not they feel comfortable.” Another prostitute claims that Rudd had stiffed her on a bill and owes her lots of money stating, “I was there for five days straight. It’s not freaking easy because he’s hard work. He was pissed off because I wanted to go home. He booked a lot of girls through my boss, so it was good money. Instead of my boss chasing him up, he let it go because it would ruin future business.” Befoe I continue with another quote from the last girl, it should be noted that prostitution is legal in New Zealand. The woman continues, “It’s hard enough to hang out with him because you can’t understand him. No personality at all. All you do is follow him around and he gets sidetracked. Then he bloody loses his keys and he’s a mess of a person. If he doesn’t eat, you don’t eat, if he doesn’t shower, you don’t shower. That’s what it’s like being with him. I would never go there again even if you paid me a million dollars a week.” Rudd’s son Thomas has come out and defended his father saying he is good man and as we all know no one is perfect. What do you think of this story?

Metallica recently played a gaming convention in Anaheim called BlizzCon with an amazing 70 minute set that featured classics like Fade To Black, Master Of Puppets, Creeping Death, and so much more. If you want to check out the band’s full set, just go here.

For the first Cover Of The Week post on this blog, I wanted to promote an artist that has been around plus another artist that deserves some attention. It also helps that the cover song has been covered by others like Zakk Wylde and it’s from a man that is a well respected and gifted songwriter in Neil Young. Michael Sweet is the lead singer of famed 80’s Christian metal band Stryper who decided earlier in 2014 that he would release another solo album titled I’m Not Your Suicide. When it came to recording the Neil Young cover of Heart Of Gold, he decided to have a guest sing harmony on the track. That someone is the daughter of one of the icons of Thrash Metal in Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine. Her name is Electra Mustaine and she has an amazing voice as you’ll hear in the track. Apparently, Sweet and Mustaine were friends and Michael felt she added another much need element to the track and thank God (no pun intended) that he did because the track actually came out amazing. This is what covers are supposed to be like when one artist takes another artists song and he interprets it in his way. Check out the cover below and check out Electra Mustaine if you can.