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17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nI just wanted to take the time once again to thank everyone who has gotten involved in the voting process because without you this is not possible. The Pedal Cup which is our metal version of the World Cup has had some surprising results since the first round and the quarterfinals went without a hitch. As usual, we gave you three ways to cast a vote in the tourney with one being the Facebook page, the second being my Twitter page, and the third being right here on the blog site. One of the matches that took advantage of most of the ways I gave you was the BABYMETAL vs Sepultura match and what a weird outcome it turned out to be as all BABYMETAL needed was the Twitter count to win. Morbid Angel’s win was the most lopsided of the tournament as Confess was the only band that failed to gain a vote. The semifinals are now set, but you’ll have to wait until later to be able to participate and vote for the two teams that will move on tot he championship. Check out the box scores down below:

BOX SCORE BABYM VS SEPULBOX SCORE BEHEM VS ARCHBOX SCORE MOON VS DIMMUBOX SCORE MORBID VS CONFESS

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17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nHere is the moment you have all been waiting for, it is the quarterfinals of the Pedal Cup which is the World Cup of Metal. You guys came to play in the knockout stage and I want to thank every single one of you guys for that because without you none of this is possible. Now we have some interesting matches moving forward like Morbid Angel (rep. USA) taking on Confess (of Iran) and while our cultures may be different from each other, there is one thing they have in common and that is they live and breath metal. Literally they do because Confess are in Jail for playing “Satanic music” and there is nothing more metal than that. Arch Enemy (Rep. Sweden) look to repeat the same success they had in the previous round, but they have one heck of a challenge ahead of them in Behemoth (rep. Poland). The legends of Brazil in Sepultura are going to need all the votes they can get when they take on BABYMETAL who scored the highest amount of votes in the last round. Last, but certainly not least Portugal’s own Moonspell face a heavy task as they take on Norwegian legends Dimmu Borgir in what should be one heck of a clash. You guys have 24 HRS to vote so vote for the bands you love and have some fun with it. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog.

Pedal Cup Bracket 2

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThe results of the first round of the knockout stage of the Pedal Cup are here and if you still don’t know what this is, it’s our equivalent of the FIFA World Cup, but for Metal. We had some great matches in the first round with some surprise results. Normally in every tournament with Kreator as a competitor, the fans usually come in droves causing everyone in the world to cry foul, but this time around they have been bounced out of the cup like their fellow countrymen. The fans of Japan’s own BABYMETAL showed up for sure giving us the biggest vote count of the tournament so far. Now to figure out who won what match, we broke it down and you’ll see in the box score that we tallied the votes from this site, Facebook, and Twitter and totaled them up to give you the final result sort of like A+B+C= D. Check out the results below and stay tuned for the next round.

BOX SCORE Arch vs samaelBOX SCORE BABYMETAL VS LENGBOX SCORE BEHEMOTH VS CRADLEBOX SCORE Confess catharsisBOX SCORE DIMMU VS GOJIRABOX SCORE MOON VS CRESBOX SCORE Morbid vs HateBOX SCORE SEP VS KREA

Pedal Cup Bracket 2

 

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I am happy and thankful for all the people that showed up to vote for the first half of the bracket and as promised, we now have the second half of the bracket. There were some interesting matches in that first bracket, but I think there are some equally interesting matches on this side of the bracket with the focus on Iran vs Russia. Its interesting because on one side you have the Russian powerhouse in Catharsis who have been cutting their teeth in the business since 1996 taking on Iran’s own Confess who were arrested in their own country for writing “Satanic Material” as well as speaking to foreign radio stations. The band at one time faced the possibility of execution, but now they could just face strict penalties and punishment. We just wanted to show our support to fellow metal musicians and wish them luck in both life and in this tournament. This side of the bracket also boasts matches like England (rep. by Cradle Of Filth) taking on Poland (rep. by Behemoth), United States (rep. by Morbid Angel) taking on Denmark (rep. by Hatesphere), and Sweden (rep. by Arch Enemy) vs Switzerland (rep. by Samael). As I said yesterday, you have several options as far as ways to vote in this tournament with one by visiting the Facebook page and the second by visiting my twitter page @Themonsterhour. Now you can go ahead and do it that way or you can also vote here, but you only have 24 hours to do so. So support your favorite metal bands and let the best bands win.

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThis year, we didn’t do a Pedal To The Metal March madness styled tournament and that was my decision based on how busy I was with various other projects and lack of participation at the time. Although with the 2018 FIFA World Cup happening right now in Russia, I thought now was the perfect time to introduce a new tournament. The only difference between the Pedal Cup (short for Pedal To The Metal) and the World Cup is that we have 16 bands from all over the world instead of their 32 teams. If any country was left out of this tournament, hopefully in four years we’ll see you in it the tournament then. The way I chose what countries would be represented here was basically based on who had made it to the knock out stage of the world cup. Now there were some countries I had to sub out because I couldn’t find bands for those countries so I either added a country that wasn’t in the real world cup or chose some teams from the group stage. The countries (and their bands in parenthesis) are England (Cradle Of Filth), Portugal (Moonspell), Belgium (Leng Thc’e), United States (Morbid Angel), Germany (Kreator), Sweden (Arch Enemy), Norway (Dimmu Borgir), Japan (Babymetal), France (Gojira), Denamrk (Hatesphere), Poland (Behemoth), Brazil (Sepultura), Switzerland (Samael), Russia (Catharsis), Iran (Confess), and Egypt (Crescent).

pedal cup bracketfirst roundThe bands that I am most excited about seeing how well they do are the Middle Eastern bands in Confess who we support their right to creative freedom and Crescent who have been throwing it down for quite some time. The way the brackets are going to be done is exactly the same as the world cup with the teas that are obviously not in the tournament or who did not make the knock out stage placed in the spots that we couldn’t finds for. There is also going to be a new way for all of you guys to vote on this. One way is to visit the Facebook page for Moshpits and Movies and you can vote there (we are going to be setting up the matches there very soon). The other way is that you can click on the article on this page and vote there as well.The matches are only going to last 24 hours which means you only have 24 hours to vote for the band/country that you want to see move on to the finals. Check out the bands and their flags down below and stayed tuned here for more info as it comes.

belgium leng tch edenmark hatesphereegypt crescentengland cradleFrance Gojiragermany kreatorIran Confessjapan babymetalnorway dimmu borgirpoland behemothportugal moonspellrussia catharsissepultura brazilsweden arch enemyswiss samaelUSA Morbid Angel

archenemy_willtopower_2017For a couple of weeks, I have been trying to figure out what bands do I love that I have yet to cover for Album Of The Week? Then it dawned on me when I was looking back at some of my favorite albums of 2017 that I have yet to cover Arch Enemy. Arch Enemy was a band at one point that was considered a supergroup, but they’ve earned enough respect over the years to be known as a Swedish Melodic Death Metal band. The album that I chose for all of you today is the band’s tenth studio Will To Power which once again features Alissa White-Gluz (Lead Vocals) for her second album with the band, Daniel Erlandsson (Drums, Co-Producer), Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass), Jeff Loomis  (Guitars) in his first official full length album with the band, and Michael Amott (Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Co-Producer). The album becomes just the fifth album to ever hit the Billboard Top 200 charts as it peaked at 90 (Doomsday Machine #87, Rise Of The Tyrant #84, Khaos Legions #78, and War Eternal #44). The album also peaked at #3 on the Billboard US Top Hard Rock Albums and #15 on the Billboard US Top Rock Albums charts as well.

archenemy2017promonew2_6381. Set Flame to the Night– An instrumental that showcases the guitar work complete with sirens and police chatter that help set up the next track. 4/5

2. The Race– An all out blitzkrieg of metal fury launches into overdrive when Alissa takes control vocally. The track contains elements of thrash with just pure heavy metal and the lyrics are deep as Alissa talks about Race and how it has affected mankind. 5/5

3. Blood In The Water– Another track that is just pure heavy metal from start to finish and Alissa does a good job balancing semi-clean vocals with her distinct death metal growl. The track features an insane guitar solo that is a true highlight of the track. Alissa is singing about the current climate of the world that is just engulfed in hate and war. 5/5

4. The World Is Yours– a sonic face melter right riff starts off the track in a track that is all about seizing the day because no one else is going to do it for you. 4.5/5

5. The Eagle Flies Alone– The track starts off with a cool melodic riff before it turns into a straight up metal track reminding me a little of 90’s Megadeth in a track that is all about someone who is just an outsider and lives by their own rules. 5/5

6. Reason To Believe– This is one of my favorite tracks on the record and I love if because it feels like it has a very Scorpion-esque sound to it. It’s very melodic and melancholic with a cool guitar riff from Amott and Loomis. I also love the fact that we get some clean vocals from Alissa to go with the screams. This is also the only track to have been written and featuring Michael’s brother Christopher. 5/5

arch enemy7. Murder Scene- A bass driven track to start before the all out double bass peddle madness begins complete with some amazing guitar solos. The track’s lyrics are very interesting because it could be about someone who faced trauma or the fact that a relationship is over makes it hard for a person to deal with. 4/5

8. First Day In Hell– A very dark track that chronicles the horrors of going to a concentration camp back in the late 1930’s/early 40’s. 4.5/5

9. Saturnine– An instrumental track featuring a keyboard or piano before the guiatrists come in as it leads to the next track. 4/5

10. Dreams Of Retribution– With the power and fierceness of Judas Priest, the band blazes through your speakers in a track that is about someone that is locked away in an asylum because of someone and they are plotting their revenge for the day they leave. 4.5/5

11. My Shadow And I– The all out assault on your ear drums continues in this one that seems to be about your conscious tormenting you for ever decision you make, but I could be wrong. 4/5

12. A Fight I Must Win– The last track on the album that talks about no matter what you face in life, you have to overcome it or you’ll be sucked into the agony of whatever it is. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I think Alissa has done an amazing job with the band as she fits in perfectly with the bunch. I know the band is listed as Melodic Death Metal band, but let’s be honest their only link is the vocal style. This is a metal band right here that deserves to be in convos with other greats. My favorite tracks on the album are Reason To Believe, Blood In The Water, and The Race. My least favorite track(s) are My Shadow And I and Murder Scene.I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade. Be sure to check them on tour right now and in the fall.

at the gates single of the weekOne of the most legendary Swedish death metal bands of all time in At The Gates is about to release their first new album since 2014’s At War With Reality. When you think of the Death Metal scene from Gothenburg, At The Gates is immediately one of the first bands that I think of instantly as well as their legendary Slaughter Of The Soul album. Nonetheless, the band is back with a new album in To Drink From the Night Itself which comes out May 18TH via Century Media. To keep us occupied until then, the band has unleashed the title track as the first single from the album. When asked why the title track as the first single, vocalist Tomas Lindberg said, “So, for the first song to present to the public, we chose the title track of the album. Which is also the opening track of the record. To us, this gives a presentation of the attitude of the album: raw, hungry and desperate. It also gives an introduction to the whole concept of the record.”

To_Drink_from_the_Night_Itself_cover_artHe then continues to say, “We live through our art, and the whole album deals with the concept of art. Art as a tool either for revolution, or suppression. To drink from the night itself is just that, a metaphor for living and breathing through art. Of course the concept goes deeper than that, but this song is the heart of the concept, the fierce call to arms so to say. We are still at war, but this time we are fighting the abyss, the abyss of apathy and oppression. It is an aggressive song, but also contains a lot of the other elements of the band´s sound on this record. Melancholia, desperation and struggle. For the first video we chose to use Patric Ullaeus again, as he is good at capturing the raw energy of the band playing live. In the video you can also see glimpses of the art used for the cover, so it binds it all together nicely. Enjoy.” The song contains everything you would want from an At The Gates track and it even contains some melodic parts to show you how much depth the band has. To pre-order the album right now, click here.