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17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThe Pedal To The Metal tournament has remained one of the most controversial tournaments in history mainly due to certain fan bases arguing over the legitimacy of the tournament. People have always questioned how certain bands have defeated other bands and it always seems to center on Iron Maiden. They have been in the tournament every year and they have never won the tournament yet. We’ve seen Motley Crue, Judas Priest (2X Champs), Kreator, Destruction, and Queensryche claim the title, but never them. The fact of the matter is that I post the article on every band’s Facebook page to try and alert the various fan bases, but it’s up the band to share the posts. If they do not then you obviously do not see it and therefore when you finally catch wind of the tournament, you cry foul that Iron Maiden was eliminated. I changed the tournament up the last couple of years to include newer bands, but this year we are going back to the beginning when things were simpler. First, we have shortened how many bands are in the tournament from 32 to 16 and the last thing we did is that it is only going to involve 1980’s hard rock and heavy metal bands.

queensryche-bannerIn fact, we are only including the bands that could be considered the elite of the list and while it’s up for debate, we have chosen the bands. The following bands will be in the tournament this year: Queensryche (defending champions), Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Motorhead, Def Leppard, and Scorpions are the qualified bands. The last four spots of the tournament will be contested between eight other bands with the top four qualifying for the tournament. The eight bands are Twisted Sister, Skid Row, W.A.S.P., Dokken, Ratt, Accept, Y&T, and King Diamond. The voting will occur in two places: one place you can visit to vote will be on my Twitter page @TheMonsterHour with the second being the blog’s very own Facebook page. We’ll also be hosting the vote on my radio show page for Pedal To The Metal Radio which is what the tournament was named after. You will have 24HRS to cast your vote and the top four bands will move on so choose wisely. Stay tuned for the rest of the tournament news and brackets to follow!


MetalMagicFrontSuperHighResSince I have known that there was a version of Pantera before the Pantera we all grew to love, I wanted to cover their early material for the blog. Before Phil Anselmo joined the band, Pantera was sort of a glam rock/hard rock band that sounded like a mixture of Kiss and Van Halen. Since it’s Dimebag Darrell week here on Moshpits and Movies, I have decided to cover the band’s first release which was called Metal Magic and the album was produced by the band’s father Jerry Abbott. At the time, Terry Glaze was the lead singer and Dimebag went by the name Diamond Darrell (Guitar), Rex Brown was Rex Rocker (Bass), and Vinnie Paul was just Vinnie Paul (Drums). The album was released on June 10, 1983 through the band’s own label which was called Metal Magic Records and you have to love that album cover (as seen above).

1. Ride My Rocket– The track definitely has that Kiss feel to it as the beat is very similar to Detroit Rock City with the Shout At The Devil like intro introducing the band. The guitar solo from Dime is pretty sick, it’s definitely a highlight. 4/5

2. I’ll Be Alright– The song has a harder edge to it than the last track all due to Dime’s guitar playing, but they keep that hard rock edge to it reminding me of Killers era Iron Maiden. But once again the guitar solo is where it’s at and Terry Glaze has a Paul D’Ianno vocal style in this track. 4/5

3. Tell Me If You Want It– This song starts off good, but then it has a real cheesy keyboard piece in it. The song isn’t bad, but you gotta love the whispering of Tell Me If You Want It after Terry Glaze sings that line. 3/5

4. Latest Lover– Another hard rock song that you feel you’ve heard in one of those 80’s teen movies like Summer School, etc. It has some resemblance to Montrose, Y&T, and other hard rock like that. 3/5

5. Biggest Part Of Me– Opens up with some keyboards in a pre-ballad styled song. It’s not that bad cause it fits the times. It sounds like something Hurricane ripped off, but Dime’s solo is actually ripping in this track.  3.5/5

Pantera - Metal Magic - Back6. Metal Magic– The title track ripped off the intro to The Cars Moving In Stereo with the sound effects, but it has that Kiss hard rock feel to it when the music starts. The band absolutely rips on this track as Dime’s playing will melt your face and it’s a definite improvement from the last two tracks. 4/5

7. Widowmaker– This song kicks off with some awesome kick drum beat followed with some ripping guitars, but this is 80’s cheesiness written all over it that I absolutely love it. 4/5

8. Nothin’ On (But The Radio)– Wow I didn’t think it could get any cheesier than the opening bass line, but the guitar riff and solo sort of makes up for the rest of it. 3/5

9. Sad Lover– You would think this was going to be a ballad just from the title, but this song is groovin and it kicks ass. It’s kind of in your face and raunchy with the riff and Terry’s vocals. 4/5

10. Rock Out– This is the last song on the record and it’s Dime at his absolute best at the age of 17 with some squealing riffs with the awesome bass line. The song’s chorus has a Motorhead feel to it which is really cool when they band goes nuts rocking out. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– It’s amazing to hear that Dimebag Darrell was only 17 years old when he recorded this album and what formula did they have to follow at the time. Motley Crue and co. were just releasing their most famous albums by 1983 and these guys absolutely ripped. I can however understand why they never made it as a glam/hard rock band. I definitely think Terry Glaze wasn’t bad as a vocalist, but his voice wasn’t over the top enough for the time especially if he wanted to compete with who was out there. The best was yet to come from Dimebag darrell, but this was a great first start for him. It’s a decent record that if you love 80’s metal then you might enjoy this one. I am giving it 3.8 stars out of five for a final grade.


The results are in as the first round has officially closed and there were some real surprises thrown in the mix. Half of last years final four were eliminated and as usual the first round voter turnout was poor like last years first round. Judas Priest, Motorhead, Twisted Sister, Cinderella, Def Leppard, AC/DC, and Tesla all earned shut outs in the first round with the biggest upset being Metal Church shutting out Megadeth. The other upset in the first round was Jackyl defeating what Vegas called the heavy favorites in Y&T, Quiet Riot defeated Iron Maiden, and Van Halen defeated last years runner up in Dio. Queensryche, Motley Crue, Scorpions, Metallica, and Warrant all earned first round wins. The matches for the round of 16 are set and are ready to be revealed down below. Show your support for your favorite band and vote.

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pedal tourney bracket 2 round of 16

I forgot for a minute how I did this last year and I just realized that it’s easier to do the opening rounds this way. So, I am going to present to you the matches below along with the poll. The matches that are all ready set up are set up, I’ll leave those, but the rest of the first round will look like this. So, you won’t get songs attached until the round of 16.

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The annual march madness style tournament is back and in my opinion it’s bigger and better than the last year. Our defending champion Judas Priest is back to defend their crown as well as the rest of the final four which included the champion of the first tournament Motley Crue as well as Dio and Ozzy Osbourne. There are some familiar faces from last years tourney as well as some newcomers like D-A-D (Disneyland After Dark), Metal Church, The Cult, Van Halen, etc. As usual there are 32 bands that are competing for the crown of champion and there are some things I need to explain before we get into the actual brackets. The one thing that I don’t want you to pay too much attention to is the ranking, it’s just there because in order to create the bracket I need those. What I did do was divide the final four into different sides of the brackets. I made sure that there was no chance last years final four would meet unless it was the finals. So, if Motley Crue had Judas Priest in last years semifinal, then they can’t meet until the final and so on. All the oppenents for each band were randomly selected by placing names into a hat and one by one they were picked. The flip of a coin decided which side of the bracket they ended up on except for the final four (there placement was pre-determined). The matches will begin tomorrow March 10TH with fans having three days to vote as to who wins in each round. When it comes to the finals, everyone will have a week to decide who wins as the winner will be decided by March 31ST. Here are the brackets:

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rattRatt is one of those legendary 80’s Hard Rock bands that had a distinct sound all their own that was different than the rest of the bands at the time of this release. They were the only one’s besides Y&T that had two guitarists instead of one which in my opinion does more for the rhythm side of things. The band made up of Stephen Pearcy (Vocals), Warren DeMartini (Guitar), the late Robbin Crosby (Guitar), Juan Croucier (Bass), and Bobby Blotzer (Drums) had finally gotten a record deal with Atlantic Records after so many rejections. Out Of The Cellar is one of the most legendary Ratt records and it was their debut album on Atlantic. The album was produced by Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Kix) and it was released on March 27, 1984. When you look at the album cover, you’ll notice one of the most famous actresses/models and what VH1 called one of the most infamous groupies of the 80’s Tawny Kitaen on the front cover. She was Robbin Crosby’s long time girlfriend and she even appeared in the music video for the re-recorded version of Back For More (which originally appeared on the Ratt EP). The album has also since been certified Triple Platinum since it’s release.

ratt 2Wanted Man kicks off the track with it’s power chord heavy intro before the verses mix in some clean channel guitars. Then before you know it it absolutely rips back in for the chorus. The song was co-written by Rough Cutt bassist Joey Cristofanilli, who was filling in at the time for Juan. You’re In Trouble starts with some weird sounds and some real grooving bass before the band kicks in with the sonic assault for the chorus. Round And Round is one of the most famous Ratt songs as it was the first single and the video was iconic. Warren DeMartini has one of the best solos in this track and it has a chorus that everyone enjoys singing along to. In Your Direction is a decent track on the record, but the intro is cool with it’s sonic assault on full force. It’s a track that Stephen Pearcy had written in the Mickey Ratt days and he held onto it. She Wants Money is a typical sounding 80’s hard rock song where it has a little bit of a punk edge while remaining sleazy at best. Lack Of Communication is one of my favorite tracks on the record because it’s the heaviest song on the record in my opinion. You can hear Robbin’s deep voice in the background vocals as they scream “Lack Of Communication.” Back For More was always one of my favorites on here with it’s acoustic intro with some distorted guitar coming in like thunder before it goes all distorted.

ratt 3The Morning After was a cool track where the guitar is moving at full sonic assault mode as you can’t help but headbang to the track. The last two tracks on the record are songs that Robbin Crosby had co-written while he was in his previous band Mac Meda. I’m Insane is the first of the two and it’s riffs are razor sharp as Pearcy describes how he’s going insane. The harmonizing in the chorus and the guitar solos (one of the best from DeMartini on the current track) is where its at on all of these tracks. Scene Of The Crime is the last track on the album and it has that epic arena rock sound to it with the beginning where you get to hear Blotzer blast through the toms and snare. It’s not the greatest track on the album, but its decent and I say that because it’s a little cliche. Other than this record, Invasion Of Your Privacy is one of the best Ratt records ever made. I am going to give this album four stars out of five because it’s that awesome and without we wouldn’t have Ratt.