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War Of The Covers Rebel YellWe didn’t have a War Of The Covers last week and we apologize for that as we kind of took a Vacation last week. Nevertheless, we have the results of the previous one with Fallen Man easily defeating Fozzy in who covered L.O.V.E. Machine by W.A.S.P. better. Well this week we have an interesting battle for all of you out there as we have a fatal four way match to decide who covered Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell better. In 2007, Nu Metal act Drowning Pool released a cover of the track for their first record with Ryan McCombs of Soil entitled Full Circle. In 2009, Children Of Bodom released a cover of the track for an all covers album called Skeletons In The Closet. Also in 2009, Hard Rock/Metal act Dope would release a cover of the song on their fifth album No Regrets. In 2011, rock act Black Veil Brides released an their Rebels EP which featured a cover of the track as well as a cover of a Kiss song. Now only one version can reign supreme here and it’s up to you guys to decide who recorded the best version. All four tracks are worthy, but only one will make it out alive. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide.

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war of the covers love machineI have always had the motto that if at first you don’t succeed then you try and try again which is definitely the case this week. Before we get into this week’s War Of The Covers, we are here to inform you that Vader won last week’s challenge by gaining 78% of the votes making their version of Slayer’s Silent Scream the king. This week we have an interesting battle for all of you out there as we attempt something we have never done before. This week we have an unsigned/independent band taking on a nationally signed act in this week’s War Of The Covers. For this week’s battle, we are looking at legendary LA metal act W.A.S.P. whose seminal hit from their self titled 1984 debut L.O.V.E. Machine which is the subject of our battle this week. In 2002, metal act Fozzy which features WWE wrestler Chris Jericho released a cover of the song for their second studio album Happenstance. In 2007, legendary Unsigned/Independent act Fallen Man released their 3RD full length album Reborn which featured a cover of the track. Now only one of these versions can reign supreme and it’s totally up to you guys to decide so choose wisely and just have fun doing it.

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pedal-2016-promoLast night was Alumni Takeover Weekend over at Bridgewater State University’s radio station WBIM 91.5FM. The reason it’s special and why I did a show is because that is my Alma Mater and I was a DJ at the radio station where I hosted the show Pedal To The Metal. It’s a tradition that has been going on for some time at the school during Homecoming weekend where alumni of the station will come and take over the station for a weekend. It’s an awesome tradition that I wish was more than just one weekend a year because it’s so nice to run into some familiar faces and hear some stories from some of the guys that came before you. I want to go ahead and thank John Coombs for putting this together once again and I hope he feels better, it wasn’t the same without him there. I also want to thank the school for allowing us to do this and the current staff at WBIM for allowing us to come and takeover the station from them. Here is my playlist from that featured a special Black Sabbath medley (of sorts).

1. Inside The Fire by Disturbed

2. The Threat Is Real by Megadeth

3. Square Hammer by Ghost

4. Room 24 by Volbeat

5. One Of Us Is The Killer by The Dillinger Escape Plan

6. Turn Off The Radio by A Day To Remember

7. Babylon’s Burning by W.A.S.P.

8. Brotherhood Of Man by Motorhead

9. On With The Show by Motley Crue

10. Children Of The Grave (Vocalist Medley) by Black Sabbath*

11. Sail Away by Deep Purple

12. Metal Gods by Judas Priest

* Vocalist Medley featured Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Martin, and Ronnie James Dio on the same track.

W.A.S.P. was definitely one of my favorite metal bands to come out of the 80’s so since I thought up of Soundtrack Saturdays, I have been dying to post this article. As you all know, in October, we are in observance of the great holiday Halloween and Scream Until You Like It by W.A.S.P. was a track that I’ve been dying to use. The song first appeared in the film Ghoulies II which sees the Ghoulies in a carnival setting as they continue to cause mayhem and murder. The song contains everything you would want from a W.A.S.P. which means high octane fueled metal with those signature screams from Blackie Lawless. It’ actually one of my favorite songs from the band who would eventually include the track on their Live… In The Raw live album as a bonus track. I provided you guys with the music video as well which sees Blackie and company with the actual Ghoulies as well as footage from the film too. Check out the track below and don’t forget to scream until you like it.

W.A.S.P._(альбом)I was trying to think up of albums that I hadn’t reviewed yet that I absolutely loved and then it came to my attention that I had never covered W.A.S.P. before. W.A.S.P. at the time was a heavy metal band from Los Angeles that according to vocalist/bassist Blackie Lawless predated all the hair bands. The rest of the band who were known for their crazy visual show was well as their heavy sound were rounded out by Chris Holmes (Lead Guitar), Randy Piper (R. Guitar), and Tony Richards (Drums). Previously before the release of their 1984 self titled debut (which is the album we are covering), the band had released the single Animal (F**k Like A Beast) and after it made the filthy 15, it was deleted from the album before it was released. The album since it’s release was certified gold and it peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. It is one of the band’s quintessential records and one regarded by fans as one of the best besides the follow up The Last Command. It was also one of the two records that Blackie played bass guitar on before he switched to Rhythm Guitar for Inside The Electric Circus and all of the albums after that one. This was also the last album to feature all oft he members in the band on the album cover as the rest either feature artwork or just Blackie Lawless himself.

W.A.S.P._I_Wanna_Be_Somebody1. I Wanna Be Somebody– The quintessential song about wanting to rise up and make something of yourself. It’s the anthem for all metalheads who want to succeed in life. 5/5

2. L.O.V.E. Machine– I always loved how the song faded in with the rolling drum beat and it has a killer bass line that keeps the song moving. The song is about a man who is clearly a stud as he leaves a trail of women behind him that have felt the love machine. 5/5

3. The Flame– a very underrated hard charging rock song which is basically about male testosterone. 4.5/5

4. B.A.D.– A slower tempo track than previous songs about how women can really screw over guys. 4/5

5. School Daze– The song starts off with kids saying the pledge of allegiance before it rages into a pure metal classic that s super charged. I feel like this was the School’s Out for the 80’s generation. 5/5

WASP_lineup6. Hellion– a track whose music just matches the title so well as the tempo is once again slowered until the verse kicks off and Chris Holmes tendency of loving speed metal kicks in. 4/5

7. Sleeping (In the Fire)– This is a ballad like song from W.A.S.P. which is one of my favorite tracks on the record cause it showcases their abilities. It’s a track about sadism and masochism. A sex fantasy song from Blackie which he had a tendency to write about back then. 5/5

8. On Your Knees– a hellraiser about a girl who flaunts her sexuality in order to have a good time or at least that is what I got out of it. For example, “Dancing with danger right until dawn. The sin that you buy and you sell. Mom and daddy said “the life that you’ve led, You’ll party you’re way straight to hell”.” 5/5

9. Tormentor– The song starts off with chains rattling and it sounds like their being pulled. So you can imagine by the title what the track is about. 4/5

10. The Torture Never Stops– This is the last track on he record and one of my other favorites on the album which I think is about how life can get tough where it seems like there is no hope. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is my favorite W.A.S.P. record that the band ever recorded because it was so raw and in your face. It’s pure metal madness at it is finest. One thing I left out about their name is that it is one of the most debated topics because does it stand for We Are Sexual Perverts or White Anglo Saxon Protestant (I doubt it). Anyways I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

wasp2015promo_638Here is the second of two Singles of thew week for today as I promised you. One of my all time favorite bands from the 80’s was metal band W.A.S.P. which features Blackie Lawless (the only surviving member of the band). The band is gearing up to release a brand new record in Golgotha which also happens to be the band’s fifteenth studio record via Napalm Records on October 2ND. The band has unleashed their first single to get fans ready for the release in the track Scream and here is what Blackie Lawless had to say about the track, “Scream was the track we felt really opened the album with the kick we were looking for. The animation on the video is outstanding and truly takes you on a trip. ‘You’re gonna cry if you want me, You’re gonna lie if you love me!’ It’s enough to make you wanna scream!” The track is amazing from beginning to end and it’s the typical songwriting quality that would expect from Blackie as it drives you from beginning to end. Blackie back at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2014 talked about the origin of the album title Golgotha saying, “Golgotha’ is Hebrew for place of the skull, and it’s the hill where Christ was crucified. And it’s interesting, when you see a lot of bands going around using Satanic images or images of death and things like that, and I’m thinking, all they need to do is look at the source, ’cause it’s right there. I mean, if you want death, there’s enough to go around there.” Drummer Mike Dupke recently left the band, but never fear because he has been replaced by Yngwie Malmsteen drummer Patrick Johansson.

ghoulies 2The film Ghoulies II takes place right after the first film, but this time things are a little different. The group of demons known as Ghoulies find themselves as stowaways on a travelling amusement park. The amusement park has been failing to make real money for a long time, but their about to get a surprise. Larry (Damon Martin) has been trying to help his alcoholic Uncle Ned (Royal Dano) with their attraction The Devil’s Den, but it hasn’t been making money and one of the principle owners of the sponsoring company (J. Downing) has been threatening to shut them down if they don’t pull off a miracle. That is where the Ghoulies come in with their devilish fun, they attract tons of people until Larry and Co. figure out that they are bad for business. The movie also stars Phil Fondacaro (Willow) as Sir Nigel Penneyweight, Kerry Remsen (A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge) as Nicole, Sasha Jenson (Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers) as Teddy, Jon Pennell (The Program) as Bobby, and Starr Andreeff (Amityville: Dollhouse) as Alice.

ghouliesThis movie is the 1980’s at it’s best and cheesiest even though I love all the Ghoulies movies. I love the design of the demons, but they definitely need to work on the way they moved on the screen cause some of them looked as if they were walking in place. The acting was pretty decent where Royal Dano shines of course as well as Phil Fondacaro who gets the shaft playing a Shakespearean midget working on a carnival ride. The role couldn’t have gotten any cheesier for that poor man. One of the things I like about this movie was that heavy metal band W.A.S.P. had a really awesome song on the soundtrack called Scream Until You Like It which back in those times almost every metal band was contributing a song to a horror soundtrack. I also believed that they could have picked a hotter girl to play Nicole, but Remsen did a good job after all. It’s not the greatest horror movie ever, but it’s a fun film to watch. I am giving it a C+/B- It’s somewhere in that range.