METAL MONDAY

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     The Shepherd of Fire Tour went on sale today at 10AM Eastern Time.  This Tour will span the United States and Canada as Avenged Sevenfold will promote their latest release “Hail to the King.”  I have reviewed this album numerous times in past posts and every time I listen to this album it gets better and better.  The Tour will include 20 Shows at many big venues throughout Canada and the US.  Avenged Sevenfold will kickoff the tour in British Columbia, Canada at the EnCana Events Centre on April 12th.  They will then proceed to the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia.  The tour will also visit Saskacthewan, Winnepeg, Minneapolis Minnesota, Huntsville Alabama, Tampa Florida, Jacksonville Florida, Lafayette Louisiana, Hollywood Florida, Virginia Beach, Charlotte North Carolina, Knoxville Tennessee, Hershey Pennsylvania, Bangor Maine, Montreal Quebec, Syracuse New York, and will end in Columbus Ohio on May 17th.

     For those of you that have never saw Avenged Sevenfold, I strongly suggest you purchase tickets to one of these shows.  Sevenfold, otherwise known as AX7, has been a band on the rise for the past ten years and this latest album, Hail to the King is by far their best material to date.  Synester Gates is like the modern day “Slash.”  He plays the same kind of guitar style as the former Guns N Roses standout and matches his intensity.  Johnny Christ on the Bass guitar is equally ferocious.  M. Shadows has become quite a vocalist and has raised his game.  Zacky Vengeance compliments Synester Gates and together they are like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest combined.  By that, I mean they share the heaviness of Priest and the dual guitar melody of Maiden.  The band rounds out with new comer Arin llejay who takes over for “The Rev”, who was AX7’s world class drummer.  The Rev died in 2009, however his legacy lives on and his talent still influences the Band.  Hail to the King reached #1 on the Billboard 200 in both the United States and the U.K.  To date, AX7 has sold over 8 Million Albums world wide.  This tour should be special, as the band has stepped up its game.

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    In other Metal news, Motley Crue Drummer Tommy Lee has gotten engaged to his girlfriend Sofia Toufa.  He announced the news to 430,000 of his Twitter followers.  This is the fourth time that the Rock Star will be married.  The 51 Year old Lee has been previously married to Elaine Starchuk, Heather Locklear, and Pamela Anderson.  Lee insists that this is finally his life partner.  This news comes amidst the Crue’s latest news that they will be doing a farewell tour and album.  I don’t know about you, but I put the over/under on the length of this marriage at Five Years.  Tommy Lee has always been outspoken and is probably second to Vince Neil in female attraction.  

     It was also announced that former Megadeth Guitarist will be releasing a new album called “Inferno.”  This should be interesting as Friedman had lost interest in Metal when he left Megadeth.  AC/DC will also be releasing a new studio album and going back out on the road.  I love Angus Young.  He is like the energizer bunny.  He just keeps going and going and going.  Brian Johnson has lost some of his vocal power, but he can still sing with the best of them.  There is a DIO tribute album being released in March that will include covers from Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera and others.  Sebastian Bach is ready for the release of his new album, which should be KICK ASS!!!!!

     Finally, we will play This or That:

1) Black Sabbath w DIO vs Black Sabbath w Ozzy.

2) Ride the Lightning or Master of Puppets.

3) Cowboys from Hell or Vulgar Display of Power.

4) Deep Purple or Thin Lizzy.

5) Bon Scott or Brian Johnson.

6) Cinderella or RATT.

7) Testament or Overkill.

8) Bad Company or Foreigner.

9) Dave Mustaine or Kirk Hammett.

10) Alice In Chains or Soundgarden.

OK….Now for my answers.  1) Black Sabbath w DIO, 2) Master of Puppets, 3) Cowboys from Hell, 4) Thin Lizzy, 5) Brian Johnson, 6) RATT, 7) Overkill, 8) Bad Company, 9) Dave Mustaine, 10) Alice In Chains.  So what were your picks??  Anyways, rock on mates.  Stay tuned for more Metal Mania.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE: Dr. FeelGood or Shout at the Devil?

So I thought I would do something I haven’t done in awhile. I have picked one of my favorite Bands and we will analyze two of their albums to see which one was a better hit. Today’s band is Mötley Crüe. Mötley Crüe has long been one of my favorite bands and are definitely at the top if not the top Glam/Hair Heavy Metal band of all-time. Yes, Lead Vocalist Vince Neil did leave the band for a short time, during which The Crüe released self titled album Mötley Crüe behind John Corabi. However, besides for this brief hiatus, Mötley Crüe has been rocking this planet year after year.
Mötley Crüe may be considered the World’s Most Dangerous Band and this has been well chronicled in the Best Seller Mötley Crüe: The Dirt. The Dirt is a line by line account of the lustrious, Drug addicted, Sex riddled, Extreme Concert, crazy history of the band told by each Band Member’s perspective. After reading The Dirt, one would wonder how any of these guys are still alive! Seriously, this Band did it all and they were dangerous. They definitely lived life on the Wild Side, no pun intended. Mötley Crüe has released numerous Top Hit albums, but today we will focus on two of their best: Shout at the Devil and Dr FeelGood. If course, Shout at the Devil was released in 1983, while Dr FeelGood was released in 1989. Both of these albums portray Mötley Crüe at the Top of Their Game.
First we will look at Shout at the Devil, Mötley Crüe Second Studio album release. Shout at the Devil reached Number 17 on the Top 200 Billboard Rankings. Shout at the Devil has sold over 4 million copies in the United States and has been one of their most popular albums produced. The album starts off with a quick intro called “In the Beginning”. The album then kicks into the title track “Shout at the Devil”, which pits Nikki Six and Mick Mars at their best along with an incredible Drum rendition by Tommy Lee.
Looks that Kill is a fast speed metal song with a killer message. Bastard and God Bless the Children of the Beast although they did not receive much airplay, are also hit songs in their own right. Of course, Helter Skelter was a cover song of the Beatles Former hit and Mötley nailed it perfectly. Even the solo was a heavier version of Paul McCartney’s Thriller. This song is followed by another speed anthem of Red Hot and then To Young to Fall in Love which pretty much describes the state of the band at the time as far as relationships go. Knock Em Dead Kid is another hit followed by Ten Seconds To Love. The album closes with “Danger”.
Shout at the Devil was only Mötley Crüe second studio album but it remains right at the top of their catalog. Even though the band was still fairly young in their career, the music was well written and scripted and they had a good producer along with sound quality. When you pop this album into your CD player you would never be able to tell that this was one if their first albums.

Ok, fast forward to 1989. Mötley Crüe was well on their way to Rock Stardom and had two more albums under their belt at this point. When Dr FeelGood was released it hit Number 1 on the Billboard 200. This was an amazing achievement and milestone for the band. Dr FeelGood was released after an iconic attempt from the band at sobriety and drug rehabilitation.
Dr FeelGood has now sold over 6 Million Copies in the United States alone and is regarded as one of their most all around Musically Acclaimed albums. It begins with another pounding intro in Terror in Tinseltown. The Intro dives right into the Second and also title track Dr FeelGood. Dr FeelGood is a very powerful song that had a theme of drugs and the enormity of the drug trade at this time. The Hit Title Track is followed by 2 more classics in “Slice of Your Pie” and “Rattlesnake Shake”. These two tuned were also well written and musically put together. The next track, Kick Start My Heart may very well be Mötley Crue’s best and heaviest anthem. Kick Start My Heart is a heavy fast thrill ride with excellent guitar work and heart pounding drum beats. Vince Neil has the perfect voice for this band. KickStart My Heart and Dr FeelGood were both nominated for Grammy Awards but lost.
Without You is one if The Crue’s more serious ballads and is followed by the hit Same Ol Situation, which is about the bands quest for multiple women and conquests. “Sticky Sweet and She Goes Down”are two more tracks that chronicle the dark side of females. Then the album shifts to the ballad Don’t Go Away (Mad) which may be their best all around song ever released in my opinion. The song carries a good message and provides the listener with excellent arousal. The album closes with the song “Time For Changes” which shows a more humble side of Mötley Crüe.

Ok, this was a very tough pick. I mean, I am a tremendous fan of both albums and they both represent important soundtracks to my life. If you look at the stats, Dr FeelGood has better numbers having sold more albums, producing more Top 10 Hits, and the awards that this album was nominated for. However, Shout at The Devil is no slouch and was an awesome album nonetheless. I purchased Dr FeelGood before Shout at the Devil as I became a late bloomer as far as Mötley Crüe goes. The more I listen to Shout at the Devil though, the more this album grows in you. In a photo finish, I am taking Dr FeelGood as the better of the two albums but not by much.
If you are not a fan of Mötley Crüe, you need to own these two albums as an essential part of being a fan. Both of these albums are classics in my mind and I can listen to both of them over and over again and not get sick of either. When I listen to these albums…I feel like I am in Los Angeles living the same lifestyle as Mötley Crüe. I also highly recommend buying the Best Seller “Dirt”. Stay Tuned for more Album reviews.

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Halloween 1989: WES CRAVEN’S SHOCKER…..THE FORGOTTEN HORROR FILM WITH AN AWESOME SOUNDTRACK

When Wes Craven released his horror thriller SHOCKER in 1989, I was just Thirteen Years Old.  I remember the day the movie was released though like it was yesterday.  It was a cold October day when the movie was released and I can remember all of the hype leading up to it’s path to the Theater.  Wes Craven had done horror films before, most notably the Friday The 13th Series with Freddy Krueger.  Shocker had an awesome plot as the main character Horace Pinker, a convicted felon was set to be put to death.  He was sentenced to die by way of the electric chair….except for when he was going through the execution he did not die.  But he came back to life as an evil spirit to torment those people good and bad in his life.  Wes Craven did an awesome job producing the thriller, the movie starred Michael Murphy, Peter Berg, Cami Cooper, and Mitch Pileggi as Horace Pinker.  Not only was the movie a hit, but Wes was able to assemble one of the greatest movie soundtracks ever produced.  

In order for Wes to get the right balance of Sound for his movie, it was agreed that a Heavy Metal based musical soundtrack would be the best sound.  Wes hired William Goldberg, famous for numerous other famous soundtracks.  Upon getting the nod, William teamed up with Metal Producer Desmond Child, Rock Star Michael Anthony, and Goldberg’s brother Sheldon Goldberg.  These three producers brought together some of the most influential talent of the day to make, as I said, one of the greatest soundtracks ever released.

The First Track on the album was the Title Track, “Shocker.”  Shocker was written by Desmond Child, Guy-Man Dude, and Jean Beuvour.  It was performed by “The Dudes of Wrath which was compromised of Paul Stanley (KISS) and Desmond Child alternating lead vocals, Guy-Man Dude and Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) on guitars, Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake) on Bass, and Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) on Drums.  The song also had Desmond Child, Kane Roberts (Queensryche) and Michael Anthony (Van Halen) singing background vocals.  Shocker is the title track of the movie and basically chronicles how Shocker is born and is “man’s creation” that we as humans by putting an innocent man to death created a “Monster.”  The first line goes, “See the Shadow of a Stranger….Turn Around and your life’s in Danger…This Crazy World’s in a Grave Situation…Check the Children are they sleeping…Will they wake from the sirens screaming…Don’t blame the Heaven’s this is Man’s Creation…..Ahhhh.  The tune was a huge hit and received significant radio airplay.

The second track was performed by Iggy Pop.  The track was called “Love Transfusion,” and was written by Desmond Child, Alice Cooper, and Vladimir Matesek.  Iggy Pop was featureed on Vocals with John McMurry and Ron Mancuso on Guitar, Guy-Man Dude on Lead Guitar (Solos), Hugh McDonald on Bass, and Bobby Chouinard on Drums.  Desmond Child and Louis Merlino sang background vocals.  The song was about the execution of Horace Pinker.

The Third track was the famous “No More Mister Nice Guy,” an Alice Cooper Greatest Hit.  The song was performed by Megadeth with Dave Mustaine on Lead Vocals, Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman on Guitar, David Elleffson on Bass Guitar, and Nick Menza on Drums.  Desmond Child and Michael Anthony sang background vocals.  The track was actually featured on a VH1 Documentary: The Decline of Western Civilization: Heavy Metal.  Dave Mustaine was so high on drugs during the taping of the video, the song almost had to be left off the Soundtrack.  Megadeth pulled off a great rendition at the end of the day and No More MR. Nice Guy became the theme song for Horace “Shocker”. 

The Fourth Track was “Sword and Stone.”  This track was written by Desmond Child and Paul Stanley (KISS), and performed by VoodooX.  Claus Lessmann was on Lead Vocals, Angel Sheifer on Guitar, George Dessinger on Bass, and Edgar Patrick on Drums.

“Timeless Love” was the fifth track which was performed by Saraya.  The song which was solely written by Desmond Child, and Sandi Saraya was on Lead Vocals, Steve Lukather on Guitar, Myron Ghrombacker on Bass, and John Pierce was on Drums.  Saraya did an excellent job with this song, which probably was the high point for this underrated band.

“ShockDance” was written by Desmond Child, Guy-Man Dude and Vivian Campbell.  The song was performed by The Dudes of Wrath with Alice Cooper rapping (Horace Pinker), Guy-Man Dude and Vivian Campbell on Guitar, Cornelius Mims and Rudy Sarzo on Bass with Paul Stanley, Desmond Child and Michael Anthony on Background Vocals and a host of other guests.  This son was sung from the perspective of Horace Pinker as Shocker.

The sixth track was performed by Dangerous Toys and was called “Demon Bell” The Ballad of Horace Pinker.  Pretty Boy Floyd also made a guest appearance on this track.

The final two tracks were “The Awakening,” performed by Voodoo X and “Different Breed'” performed by Dead On.  As mentioned earlier…this was a forgotten movie and anyone who cares to relieve the experience should surely rent it some time.  In my opinion it was a great horror flick and an even better Soundtrack.  Desmond Child was brilliant and they picked a wide assortment of talent that brought the soundtrack together in an artistic way.  I highly suggest the movie and soundtrack for all of those classic 80’s fans.  And I Honor it’s memory on Halloween 2012, 23 Years Later!!!!!!!!

LONG LIVE METAL>>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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