Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

b223926466145523090ae092b42c83f49a8efc44The album that I chose to check out for today is one that I have always wanted to because I have always respected Opeth as artists. I have always heard tracks from the Swedish Progressive Metal band, but I have never checked out full albums until today as we check out what Loudwire.com ranked 15TH on their 50 Best Metal Albums of All Time list in the band’s fifth studio album Blackwater Park. The band which was made up of Mikael Åkerfeldt (Vocals/Guitars), Peter Lindgren (Guitar), Martín Méndez (Bass), and Martin Lopez (Drums) collaborated with Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree for the first time as he was picked to produce the album. The album was considered a critical success for the band with some calling it their coming of age album, but unfortunately despite spawning two singles in the US, it failed to chart on the Billboard Top 200, but it peaked at number 10 in Poland. In 2007, IGN ranked it 18TH on their top metal albums list while Rolling Stone ranked the album 28TH on their Greatest Prog Rock Albums of all time list and 55TH on their The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list as well. Åkerfeldt talked about making the album and how he felt like they were ameteurs compared to Soilwork who were int he studio around the same time saying, “They were working all the time. When they came into the kitchen for a break, we’re still there, on the same break we took 3 hours ago. We don’t want this to become a ‘job’, or something you do because you have to. We wanna have a good time, and thus we only work when it feels right.”

bL6cCUZ1. The Leper Affinity-The 10 plus minute opening track has a slow and eerie buildup with what sounds like an organ before the band comes all guns a blazing in this track that is about a man who is a rapist and a murderer. The guitar work on the track is absolutely amazing. 4.5/5

2. Bleak– an absolute eargasm is the best way to describe this nine minute track that I believe touches upon the theme of a character dealing with loss of a loved one. 5/5

3. Harvest– The next tracks lyrics are powerful and can be left to interpretation by anyone, but I believe the track is about someone who is dying and they have accepted what they have done and feel everyone should too. 4.5/5

4. The Drapery Falls– another almost 11 minute banger that starts out very beautifully with some great acoustic guitars matched with the electric before it changes into a metal track five minutes in as they start the track with clean vocals and go right into the death metal vocals. 5/5

blackwater-park-4f220b8bd721c5. Dirge for November– an eight minute track that takes a journey into the topic of suicide that is very real in this modern day. I love how it starts off with the acoustic guitars before going electric which is a very nice transition. 5/5

6. The Funeral Portrait-I think the track is literally about a man who has a secret that no one else knows and that is that he is a serial killer and the people he kills are his canvas. 4.5/5

7. Patterns in the Ivy-An instrumental track on the album that is almost two minutes in length that leads into the next track. 4/5

8. Blackwater Park-Even though the 12 minute title track was named after a German rock band who went by the name, we will pretend that Blackwater Park is a real place and that everyone around our narrator is dying, but it could be a metaphor for all the corruption and death that happens in the world. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-If you want to expand your horizons musically then this is an album that is worth picking up because it kicks a lot of ass. Musically, the album is definitely one of the best I have heard to come out of that Swedish scene. I am definitely glad I listened to it because I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

earache-entombed-wolverine-blues-lpWe started on a journey where we looked at Loudwire.com’s list of 50 Best Heavy Metal Albums and we started covering them week after week. We have done almost every single album from 50 to 30, but today, we are traveling into the 20’s to check out an album by Swedish Death Metal outfit Entombed. In 1993, the band made up of Lars-Göran Petrov (Vocals), Uffe Cederlund (Guitar/Tambourine), Lars Rosenberg (Bass), Alex Hellid (Guitar), and Nicke Andersson (Drummer) would create what Loudwire ranked number 27 on that list in Wolverine Blues. The album was an epic boom for the band as they had started incorporating more of a groove metal oriented sound like what Pantera was doing and match that with a commercial attempt by their label Earache in changing some of the album covers was huge. The label had scored a deal with Marvel Comics in allowing them to use the Wolverine character to try and boost them into the mainstream despite the band not wanting that. The edition of the album with the artwork featured a mini comic and a heavily edited album that even left out a track. In Rock Hard Magazine’s book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time the album was ranked 494 while Guitar World stated, “1994’s best death metal effort and quite possibly the finest death metal album of this decade.”

entombed1. Eyemaster– Some guitar feedback and some groove oriented kick off the album before the death metal fury takes over for the verses in this track that I think is about a man that feels he is the master of his own domain and that he is not afraid to question things that have been in place. 4.5/5

2. Rotten Soil– I think this in your face metal track is about a man that has chosen to walk with hell so now he pays the toll of his decision. 4/5

3. Wolverine Blues– a cool sludging track that I believe is entirely about the actual wolverine animal which is a vicious animal. 4.5/5

4. Demon-another in your face track whose lyrics are actually pretty interesting in a horror kind of way. The person in the track has obviously lost their mind as he wants to be possessed by a demon. 5/5

5. Contempt– Some bomb droppings kick off this doom inspired track that looks at how society has been destroying the world as we know it. 4.5/5

6. Full Of Hell-a bad ass song that is all about a man who is just one bad dude that you do not want to mess with because he has no care for human life. 5/5

wolverine-blues-by-entombed7. Blood Song-The opening drum riff to this track is identical to Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper, but right when the music kicks in it changes. The track’s subject matter is all about vampires. 4.5/5

8. Hollowman– I feel the track is about someone who is void of any real feelings towards anyone as he goes through the end of times, but he has faith in what he is doing. 4/5

9. Heaven’s Die– I’m not 100% positive on the meaning of the track, but I think this groove heavy track is about drug use. I could be wrong. 4/5

10. Out Of Hand– The last track is a thrash/groove inspired track that looks at all the religious freaks and how they have taken one’s mans words to heart and that sickens them. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was actually a pretty decent listen especially if you love that early 90’s metal sound. It’s not my favorite album that I have checked out on the list, but it’s definitely up there as I appreciate what Entombed brought. Full Of Hell and Demon are my favorite tracks on the album while Heaven’s Die and Hollowman were not bad, but not my favorite. I am giving the album 4.45 stars out of five for a final grade.

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