Acoustic Track Of The Week: Tonight by Def Leppard

Acoustic Track Of The Week or as I like to call it live at the coffee house has officially replaced Mashup Of The Week on this blog because I am trying to keep this blog to strictly rock and metal. Acoustic renditions of songs or songs that were written acoustically is a rare treat in the rock and metal world because we don’t always get to hear what songs would sound like if we unplugged all the instruments. Sometimes, you’re just dying to hear what a song would sound like with acoustic guitars because after all great music translates when the electricity is turned off. What we have for you for the very first Acoustic Track Of The Week is a rare acoustic rendition of Tonight from the band’s 1992 record Adrenalize. The reason I chose Def Leppard was for the fact that the band is currently on tour with Kiss and they are stopping by Massachusetts tomorrow. The video is taken from a TV show that was taped in Stockholm, Sweden back in 1993 and it’s absolutely amazing. I feel like the band is on target with the track and that everyone sounds amazing especially Joe Elliott with his vocals. The video also features Vivian Campbell on guitar alongside Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, and Rick Allen. So, without further ado, check out the video below:

Album Of The Week: 1000HP by Godsmack

1000hpWe decided that we were going to give you another album of the week this week and for the fact that I couldn’t resist reviewing the brand new album from Godsmack. 1000HP is the sixth record from Godsmack and their first since 2010’s gold selling album The Oracle. The usual suspects returned to record the album in Sully Erna (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, and he also produced the record), Tony Rombola (Guitar), Robbie Merrill (Bass), and Shannon Larkin (Drums). For the recording of the album, the band actually leased a warehouse and built a recording studio making it the Godsmack HQ which makes it easier for the band to record and rehearse for tours without having to depend on others. Dave Fortman who was known for working with Superjoint Ritual, Otep, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Evanescence, came back to help produce another record with the band since he produced The Oracle. Rombola had this to say to Guitar World about what it was like to work with Fortman on the album, “He has a lot of ideas and was a lot of fun to work with. He’s also a guitar player and plays drums, so he was able to give us input and bounce ideas off of us.” The album is due to be released on August 5TH wherever music is sold.

godsmackThe band seems to reflect on their past in the song 1000HP addressing how they came from nothing to all of sudden being the biggest band in the world at the time with the music being no nonsense, in your face fury. The song is actually pretty badass, it’s everything you would expect from Godsmack. The next track on the record is called FML (which means F*** My Life), but it starts off melodic then it hits you with a can of whoop ass. The song reminds me a lot of Faceless and the fury that was behind the songwriting on that album (a reason why it’s one of my favs). The next track is called Something Different and it literally is something different for Godsmack as it’s a little more on the melodic side while still packing a definite punch. What’s Next? gets down and dirty with this in your face hard rock classic. The next track is called Generation Day and it’s basically Godsmack opening their musical horizons with this 6 minute plus epic track. The track opens up with everything you could possibly want from Godsmack as they deliver the hard charging guitars, some deep low end bass, and the epic drum build up by Shannon Larkin. That is only the instrumental section in the song, you should definitely pay attention to what Sully is doing in the track as he delivers some of his best vocal work yet.

godsmackLocked & Loaded is a bad ass heavy groove laden in your face ass kicker of a track that is so groovin. So, far this really is the Godsmack we love and have been craving for. Living In The Gray is another track on the album that really lays all the grooves that would make all groove metal fans very proud with song writing that is similar to what we heard on the album IV. I Don’t Belong is a track that just hammers down on you with the rhythm section of the band. It’s full of low and heavy bass riffs and badass drum playing while Sully gives you all the reasons he doesn’t belong. Nothing Comes Easy is the next track on the record and it slowly starts to build up with some badass playing from the band which is the most impressive part of the track cause the track is epic. Some the guitar playing reminds me a lot of Vampire mixed with Realign and a couple other tracks. Turning To Stone is the last track on the record and it’s the perfect way to end an album much like Voodoo did for the first record or what Bleeding Me did for IV. I love this record, I think this is the triumphant return of Godsmack. I am giving the album four stars out of five.

 

All Cheerleaders Die A Must Watch

all cheerleaders dieWhen I first decided to watch All Cheerleaders Die, I wondered to myself what kind of film am I going to be watching today? Is this going to be one of those cheesefest horror films like Sorority House Massacre? Or is this going to be a legit horror flick? Then when I started watching I was asking what kind of film is this going to be? Is this a new age vampire flick? A witch story? I can’t really describe it then saying that it’s a new spin on the spiritual side of horror that involves drinking blood to stay alive and some lesbianism. The movie is about a girl named Maddie (Caitlin Stasey) who wants to get revenge on the cheerleading squad after the death of a friend of hers who was a cheerleader. So, she decides to become a cheerleader to get close to three of the girls. The only problem is one of the psycho boyfriends named Terry (Tom Williamson) decides to take his anger to a whole new level and causes Maddie and three other cheerleaders to die. The jealous ex-girlfriend Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) who just happens to be a witch, brings them back to life using some stones, but the only side effect is they need human blood to keep them alive so they go after the football team. The film also stars Brooke Butler (Retribution) as Tracy, Amanda Grace Cooper (The Bold & The Beautiful) as Hanna, Reanin Johannink (Shortland Street) as Martha, Nicholas S. Morrison (The Last Days Of Summer) as Ben, Chris Petrovski (Live To Tell) as George, and the film was directed by Chris Sivertson (I Know Who Killed Me) and Lucky McKee (May).

all cheerleaders die 2Like I said above at times it was hard to tell what kind of a horror film it was going to be because it bounced around a lot where it seemed like it started as a revenge story turned into where you thought it was about the cheerleaders taking out students with their bloodsucking ways to finally where Terry is the threat. So, it sort of struggles with identity issues at first, but I have to say that after the first 5 minutes, the film becomes very enjoyable to watch. It’s bring it on meets any revenge horror story that is out there. I was going to place this under the Cheeseball Cinema category, but after the first five I changed my mind on that. All of the girls are hot and worth watching and there is always something going on in the movie to keep you interested. The ending leaves the writers a choice where you definitely think a sequel could be coming and I say why not? You’ll definitely find me checking that out. There is one quick nudity scene in the handicap bathroom and one great scene where you see Brooke Butler walking around in her bra and painties. With all of that being said, I am going to give the film a B- for a final grade or a 2 on the Cheeseball Cinema scale if you wondering that.

Album Of The Week: Burials by AFI

burialsA Fire Inside is what AFI stands for and they are band that has been on my radar for a very long time because with every album I feel the band grows stronger and stronger. The band released their ninth studio album entitled Burials last October which was produced by Gil Norton (Echo & The Bunnymen, Foo Fighters) and frontman Davey Havok describes the album as “very layered and very rich” while also saying that it’s “far, far less straightforward than what we did on the last record, which – much like every record we create – was the result of a natural growth, a natural indication of where we are as songwriters now.” The album once again features Jade Puget (Guitars), Hunter Burgan (Bass), and Adam Carson (Drums). All lyrics on the album are by Davey Havok while the music was written by Jade Puget.

afiThe Sinking Night opens up the album with it’s doom like beginning while the track is very reminiscent of The Doors. It’s an excellent way to open up the album which of course leads right into the first single. I Hope You Suffer is that next track and Davey Havok starts the song off singing in a very soft style over some piano and atmospheric sounds before he launches himself into a full on vocal assault that will please fans old and new. A Deep Slow Panic follows and the song displays excellent songwriting and it contains some amazing melodies. It’s not as adrenaline pumping as the last song, but it still packs a punch. No Resurrection starts with a nice bass riff in the beginning before the guitars kick it into overdrive. The harmonies in the track are amazing and it’s proving the band is evolving in the right direction. 17 Crimes in my opinion is pure rock ecstasy because of it’s well written poetic lyrics and the amazing sounds the band produces. The Conductor is a total rock anthem from the start that has heart & soul. The band’s songwriting is very reminiscent of The Cure in the idea of the storytelling that seems to match the sounds. Heart Stops is a very dark Gothic art/rock song that brews slowly, but the chorus will hit you like a steamroller. Rewind reminded me a lot of the pop rock style that The Cure has until the chorus hits and you’re like ah yes here is AFI.

afiThe Embrace is a very dark and ominous rock song with a very cool beat while Wild sounds like industrial/punk mayhem.Greater Than 84 is classic sounding pop/punk AFI from beginning to end while Anxious is more of the goth art/rock sound with Davey flexing his vocal pipes. The Face Beneath The Waves is a great way to end an album cause in my opinion it almost mirrors the mood of the first track on the album. I dare anyone who is a fan of the band to find one bad song on this record. I love how the band has grown and I am on board for the long haul because this album is amazing. I would say that it’s a great contender for album of the year and certainly rock album of the year. Some may be shocked at my final grade for the record, but then again why would you be. I am giving the record 5 stars out of five.

Based On A Tuesday Story: Pain & Gain

based-on-a-true-story-00045 copyThe title of this piece will soon make sense to you when I explain it to you. So, I decided to name this Based On A Tuesday Story because all the films we review here are based on true stories. The first film for this piece is one that I had a little trouble believing was a true story, but look it up. Daniel Lugo and his Sun Gym Gang are all real people and again the movie is based on a true story which means that they can’t get every conversation right word for word, etc. The movie is called Pain & Gain and it’s about a gym rat named Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) who was sick and tired of being societies bitch. All he wanted was to be a doer and not a don’ter. So, Daniel and his two gym buddies Paul Doyle (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) decide that they are going to rob a a millionaire of all his money and kill him in the end. The movie stars Ed Harris (The Rock) as Ed DuBois, Tony Shalhoub (Monk) as Victor Kershaw, Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) as John Mese, Bar Paly (Non-Stop) as Sorina, Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) as Robin Peck, Ken Jeong (The Hangover) as Johnny Wu, and the movie was directed by Michael Bay (Transformers).

pain and gain 2So if you try to look up Kershaw on the internet, you probably won’t get any results other than the fact he is a character in a film because his name was changed to protect himself. The MVP of this movie to me is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson because he plays a massively big guy who is constantly tip toeing his way around the situation. He is always afraid to cross the line even though he has because of his beliefs in God and it makes for a funny and entertaining story. The whole story and how it went down was just ridiculous and they almost got away with it too which makes it even harder to believe. It was listed under action on Netflix even though there is not a super amount of it, but I would call it an action comedy for sure. The whole cast in the film is great from Wilson and her very sexual manner to Anthony Mackie and his erectile dysfunction. There is several different narrations from all the different characters to help tell the story considering the film was based off of magazine articles. It’s a Michael Bay movie which means go big or go home. I am going to give this film an A- for a final grade because it was that awesome.

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Leatherface & Puberty, Tusk, Evil Dead On TV, & More

texas-chainsaw-massacre-animatedIf you have been following this blog for a long time then you know that I am a huge horror movie fan and some of the news at Comic Con in San Diego has gotten me excited especially as we head into our third year of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. We just found out courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.com that there is going to be another Texas Chainsaw Massacre film in the works and it’s a prequel yet again. Millenium Films, the company that made last years Texas Chainsaw 3D has reported that there will be another film and the subject matter is going to be Leatherface in his pubescent years. Apparently, Texas Chainsaw 3D which takes place years after the original Texas Chainsaw film and sees a girl discover that Leatherface is her cousin after a bloody battle. Well, the new film is going to be the prequel to that film and the real sequel to the original 1970’s Tobe Hooper classic. So with that being said, they are saying that Leatherface was a pubescent teenager during the first film and they are going to explore that. Well, an unidentified writer is working on the script as we speak which means filming is a long ways away from commencing. Stay Tuned for more info as we get it.

One of the coolest stories out of San Diego is the fact that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are developing Evil Dead into a TV series that Bruce Campbell will star in. Apparently, it ties into the original trilogy somehow, but there could also be another movie sequel considering the Fede Alvarez 2013 remake of Evil Dead made Columbia Pictures close to 100 Million worldwide.

leprechaun-origins_reveal-image-cleanI don’t know what to think of this picture to the left of us which is the new version of The Leprechaun, a role that was made famous by Warwick Davis. WWE Studios and Lionsgate films have unveiled what The Leprechaun which is played by Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) will look like for the prequel film Leprechaun: Origins which is getting released on VOD August 26 and on DVD/Blu Ray September 30. The film also stars Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason), in a film that was directed by Zach Lipovsky and written by Harris Wilkinson. Here is the description of the film courtesy of Blood-disgusting.com, “Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.”

TuskIf you loved the idea of The Human Centipede films, then you may fall in love with Kevin Smith’s new film about a madman doctor who turns a Podcaster into a human walrus in the new film Tusk. Well, Kevin debuted the trailer for the film which stars Justin Long as the Podcaster, but the only thing is that we don’t get to see him as the transformed Walrus which was a smart move on the part of Kevin Smith. The film also stars Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment and all I can say is that the film looks really awesome. This may be the horror film of the year when it comes out. You definitely need to check out this trailer that was specially released fro Comic Con and remember to #WalrusYes when on Twitter. Check out the trailer for the film here.

ghostface-screamHere is an interview Kevin Williamson, the man who helped pen all of the Scream films with Wes Craven conducted with Cinefilles when he was at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour event where he spoke about Scream 4, 5, and 6. Here is what he had to say, “It’s weird, when I pitched ‘Scream 4′, I pitched ‘Scream 4,’ ’5′ and ’6′,” Williamson explained to a few journalists, including Cinefilles, following a panel for his new TV show ‘Stalker’ at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Thursday. “I pitched a whole new trilogy. I guess Scream 4 never took off in a way they hoped, and so…”  While Williamson went on to confirm what any ‘Scream’ fan already knows–he’s “not involved” in the series development anymore, as Wes Craven and his team are “done with [him]“–he also noted that these original pitches could very well turn into something bigger in the future, if all goes well. “It’s all here [pointing to his head] and my computer … if they wanna buy it from me!” he said with a smirk.  It’s very possible the Craven crew might want to do just that if the ‘Scream’ TV series currently in development at MTV turns into a hit. Williamson is not involved in that in any capacity, not even as a consultant, but tells Cinefilles that he might tune in, as a viewer.  “I’m curious. I’ll watch it. I’ll give it a go,” he said from the TCA stage at the Beverly Hills Hilton. “’Teen Wolf’ turned out to be a fun romp–I enjoy the hell out of that–so maybe MTV’s on a roll and it will be a good, cool thriller.

 

Cover Of The Week: Stand By Your Man by Lemmy And Wendy O Williams

220px-Stand_By_Your_ManI don’t know what the exact details of this bizarre relationship was, but in my opinion it is one that makes sense. Wendy O Williams of The Plasmatics was one of the craziest women in punk rock and Lemmy is God as well as being one of rock and roll’s most notorious frontman/bass players ever. So, it was only natural for the two to collaborate with each other for an EP.  The result was the cover of Tammy Wynette’s Stand By Your Man which wasn’t an easy task considering it was originally a country song. The track featured Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor on Drums, Lemmy providing Bass as well as vocals, and Richie Stotts and Wes Beech of The Plasmatics providing the guitars. The incredible thing about the song is that it sounds like a Motorhead song so fans of the band should feel right at home and Wendy fits in very well with Lemmy. I’m not the biggest Plasmatics or Wendy O Williams fan, but I can definitely dig what they did and definitely this track. Check out the cover below: