Friday, October 13, 2017

Fozzy "Judas" album review




 Hey guys. So I just listened to Fozzy's new album "Judas" which was released today, and I am blown away. This album is just outstanding. So I wanted to share a couple things about it. But you should definitely check it out when you're done reading this.

So there were a couple songs that stood out to me because they had a different style to them then what I'm used to when it comes to Fozzy. They definitely experimented with this album, but it still works great. Now taking that into consideration, technically all of the songs stand out. But the ones that stood out to me were Weight of my World, Three Days in Jail, and Elevator.

But listening to this album reminded me of Fozzy's last two albums. It has the dark lyrics of "Sin and bones" mixed with the sort of techno/rock instrumental from "Do You Wanna Start A War". But then they sorted of added a little twist. For example, in Three Days in Jail, they had some rapping mixed in. Was not expecting that, along with Rich's growling. Which was beautiful. But I also noticed they have a bit of a biblical theme going on like they did back in 2010 with "Chasing the Grail". So "Judas" is new but also sort of familiar in a way with these little throwbacks.

But in all, it's a great album with some banging tunes for sure. They are just really catchy and were written well. Fozzy has really outdone themselves with "Judas".
So I say if you haven't picked up this album yet, then go check it out. If you're a Fozzy fan, you're gonna love it. If you're not a Fozzy fan, then I think this album would be a great start. It's already number one on the Itunes metal charts in five countries on its release day, which is outstanding. This is definitely the breakthrough album Fozzy fans have been waiting for.

Thanks for reading. Go check out "Judas" and rock out. Cause Fozzy is taking over the world. Yeah Boyeee!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Band Recommendation: Act Of Defiance





 Hey guys. So my band recommendation today is this band called Act Of Defiance. The band was formed by Ex-Megadeth members Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover. But I must say, this band is really impressive. Their music is a little different from your typical metal bands. Their style is heavy, and honestly that's the only way I can really describe it. If you check out their music, then you might have a better way of describing it. If so then let me know in the comments.

But anyway, If you're into metal and want something a little new, then I definitely recommend this band. Their debut album Birth and the Burial is a mix of thrash metal, with hints of melody here and there. I definitely recommend checking it out, and hopefully it will make you want more because they will be releasing a new album called Old Scars, New Wounds. It comes out September 29th. I got early access to it and it is amazing. I should have an album review up in the next day or so. So keep an eye out for that.

Thanks for reading guys. If you check out Act of Defiance then let me know in the comments or on twitter @Y2_MJ. Be forever metal.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

4 years of being a Jerichoholic






   Hey guys. This post is for you wrestling fans out there. I want to share my 4 year anniversary of being a Chris Jericho fan by sharing how much he means to me.

Chris Jericho has shown me that anything is possible. That you can accomplish anything if you put hard work into it, and believe in yourself. He wanted to be a wrestler and a musician. People told him he was too short to be a wrestler, and couldn't be a wrestler and a musician. He didn't listen to them. Instead, he focused on his dream. He never once gave up. It's this reason that Jericho motivates me.
Whenever I think I can't do something, I think about what all Jericho has accomplished.

It was in 2013 that I started to become a fan. Something about him just clicked with me. I enjoyed him as a wrestler, a musician, and even as a podcaster. I also really enjoy his books. To me, he is MR. Entertainment. To me, there isn't one thing he can't do. He really is the G.O.A.T

I will never stop supporting Jericho and all the stuff he does. The day I stop supporting him is the day I die. He means the world to me, and I hope I get to tell him that one day.

I hope you guys enjoyed this. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sean Delson Interview



Hey guys.
So I had the pleasure of interviewing Ex Fozzy and Stuck Mojo bassist Sean B. Delson. Enjoy.


I first wanted to ask how you got into Fozzy and Stuck Mojo? And I also want to know what your experience with them was like.

"Thanks for taking the time and seeking me out to do this interview. The very short answer is..."Richard Park Ward". I've known him (if memory serves) since either the late 80's or early 90's? We use to work a day job together, and our 2 bands played a lot of the same venues. Years went by and Rich approached me at a Music Conference to play on his solo record. "My Kung Fu is Good". It is a GREAT RECORD!!! I hope that it will be re-released on a proper label and get the credit it deserves."

As you mentioned, you worked on "My Kung Fu is Good" with Rich Ward. Did you enjoy it?

"Of course I very much enjoyed the process. It was amazing working with Rich again and producer Rick Beato on some of those tracks. Once I played on that record, Fozzy and Mojo fell into place."

When did you start Agent Cooper?

"Agent Cooper was an offshoot of our old band, "Salem Ash", which was born in HollyWood, CA(I think) around 1987. Our singer, Doug Busbee formed Agent Cooper years after Salem Ash had run its course after we all moved to Atlanta. Sometime in the mid 90's I think."

Are you enjoying your time with the band?

"I have actually been enjoying a bit of the quiet life after nearly a decade of non stop touring!! I've been taking some time to travel a bit more and go back to those distant lands that I discovered whilst touring. The time has really given me inspiration for my love of music and new ideas are flowing. It's a great feeling that's hard to explain."

Are you currently working on anything?

"Yes. Agent Cooper is trying to tidy up and finish 3 tunes. In fact, Doug is coming up here later today and I hope to get a fair amount of work done (in between a few adult beverages!). I think the last album I played on what just after we finished a 6 week European tour with Tony MacAlpine. He asked me to play on his record. How could I say no?"

What can we expect from Agent Cooper in the future?

"If I had my way...(and I will be talking about this with Doug later on today) I'd like to go back and work with a producer on our body of work, and perhaps get some fresh mixes and production ideas. I'd really like to do that."

I would also like to know what it was like to be in Fozzy and Stuck Mojo, and also just wroking with Rich Ward in general. 

It’s funny that most people use that phrase “working with…” when it comes to music. I will tell you what it felt like “playing with Rich”, because it was much more play than work! Now because I had known Rich for so long before we teamed up, it was like seeing an old friend. Our bands had crossed paths many times before. We even worked an actual day job together way back when… So the history has some real history.

There used to be this big music showcase event in Atlanta called “The Atlantis Music Conference” that was put on by Mark Willis. Its aim was to educate new artists about the industry through information sessions, give them exposure through talent showcases, and connect them with industry professionals through networking events. It ran from around 1998 – 2008. (Mark manages Fozzy, Rich, and Mojo to this day) I guess it must have been around 2003 when Rich was ready to really push his solo record. If memory serves, and as you know, it was going to be a bit of a departure from the “Heavy Metal” that he was known for. At that time, Mark had landed us (Agent Cooper) a good slot at the conference. That night, Rich came out to check us out. Frank Fontsere on Drums, Eric Frampton on Keys, Doug singing, and me, of course…. On bass. After the show Rich walked up and explained his idea for the record and asked if I would be interested in playing on it. I didn’t hesitate for a second to say, “Of course!” Well…. It seems that asking me to play on the solo record more or less “ruffled the feathers” of Fozzy’s then bassist. He upped and quit! So I got another call from Rich saying, “We (Fozzy) have a gig in NY some 48 hours from now. Can you do it?? “Uhhhhh…. YES! Send me the set list ASAP!” The rest, as they say… is History. That gig in NY, lead to the permanent position in Fozzy. Then came “All that Remains”, that lead to the Stuck Mojo revival. And that lead to more tours and more records. Insert about another 10 years of that. I swear it was non stop! It was just natural. We were family. Almost all the members that I mentioned at the Agent Cooper gig above also played on those records. It’s a big family down south and it we were very much interwoven.
Pretty much from moment I played with Rich on The Duke Project, that was it for all the bands. The core band remained the same, and only the singer changed. So it became a “cycle” if you will. We would record a Fozzy album, then a Mojo album. Many times we would also “stack” the tours. For example: Fozzy would do a 3 week run across the UK and then into some other part of Europe. Let’s say the tour ended in Paris. CJ would fly home after the gig to fulfill his WWE obligations, while Lloyd “Lord” [Nelson] would have been flown over to Paris to see the gig, rest, and then a Stuck Mojo tour would begin. It must be said that making all this work out smoothly is largely due to Mark Willis. He’s the man behind the curtain that manages EVERYTHING for the 3 bands. He even helps Agent Cooper, so hats off to Mark. As for my favorite band…that’s very tricky. Talk about 4 totally different bands. From a sheer musical standpoint, I would have to say Agent Cooper and The Duke Project. I can expand on that if you wish. Fozzy was so much FUN! Of course having a world famous superstar celebrity as your lead singer really opened a lot of doors that afforded us many great opportunities that we may not have otherwise been offered. I’m sure you can see that. MOJO was a machine. Plain and simple. The vibe was very different in that band, and the crowds that it drew. Intensity! So they each have their place, you see?

Because you have listened to “My Kung Fu is Good”, you will know that it was a serious departure from Stuck Mojo and Fozzy for Rich. It was his solo record and these songs were so much “from the heart”. The songs came from a “different” place. Not the angry riffs everybody was used to. There is so much musicality on the record and I enjoyed having the freedom to write and create my bass lines on those songs. Even pulling out some fretless bass, which you don’t really get to do that much in metal! Working with the world famous Rick Beato was great as well. He also did “All that Remains” as a result. There’s nothing wrong with riffing, mind you, but this record was nothing like Rich had ever done and I was honored being given the task to play bass on it. Two old friends…. Just doing what we do. A few months ago he called me and asked if I’d like to play a charity concert down in Atlanta. “Of course”…. Always my standard answer. So we played a Taylor Swift song for a children’s charity. Very very cool."

Big thanks to Sean Delson for taking the time to do this interview. It was great getting to chat with him and learn about his time in Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. Hope you guys enjoyed this interview. If you haven't already, go check out Agent Cooper and go give "My Kung Fu is Good" a listen. It's a great album.
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Alice Cooper "Paranormal" Album Review

Alice Cooper is back with his newest album "Paranormal". This album is a masterpiece. I hope you guys check it out if you haven't. I hope this review helps you decide if it's worth checking out, in case you were on the fence about it. 

Paranormal- I love how this is the opening track. It's got this creepy vibe to it. Like I can almost imagine  a scene from a horror movie in my mind, as I listen to the song. It's just great.  

Fireball is definitely the song that sticks out on this album. The reason I say this is because it's different from most Alice Cooper songs. It's got a different vibe, but it's really catchy. Although It's different from most of Alice's songs, it still sounds like a song he would do. It's different but still works, if that makes sense. 

Paranoiac personality was the first single to be released. I automatically fell in love with it and couldn't wait for the rest of the album. After hearing it, I was like: "Yes. Alice Cooper is back." 

I could go on and on about this album. It's definitely a 10/10. The album is a little different from Alice's other albums, yet it doesn't sound totally different to where you're questioning if it really is an Alice Cooper album. 
The second CD with the original members of the band was really good. It was nice to hear them reunited even though it was only for 2 new songs. Then the live songs were also great. All together, definitely worth the purchase. 

So I hope you guys enjoyed this review. The album is definitely worth checking out. So if you haven't listened to it, go check it out. You won't be disappointed. 
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Megadeth albums ranked




Hey guys. So I decided to rank Megadeth's albums. Hope you enjoy.


1.) Rust in Peace
This album started what most would say was Megadeth's best era. The 90's. It paved the way for more great Megadeth albums to come.

2.) Countdown to Extinction
What most would say is Megadeth's greatest masterpiece. It's not my favorite album of their's, but it is great nonetheless. It also helped show metal heads and everyone else what Megadeth is all about.

3.) Dystopia
The latest masterpiece. This album is a great throwback to those that grew up with Megadeth in the 90's. Despite not having Marty Friedman and the late, great Nick Menza, this album still has little hints of the beautiful artwork of "Rust in Peace" and "Countdown to Extinction". With the addition of Kiko Loureiro and Lamb of God's Chris Adler, this album will satisfy not only old school Megadeth fans, but new comers as well.

4.) Killing is my business...and business is good!
The album that started it all. After getting the boot from Metallica, Dace Mustaine formed Megadeth to show that he wasn't giving up. This made a huge impact on the metal community. Which is why  it's still being talked about 34 years later. Megadeth contributed a lot to the metal community starting with this album, and still do to this day.

5.) Peace sells...but who's buying?\
An album that made a statement as far as Dave's political views. Now yes, most Megadeth albums show Dave's political views. But this is the album that started it. The song "Peace Sells" acknowledges the period of time where people were calling Megadeth a anti-religious and anti-political band. How Dave fires back with this song and album is what makes it a masterpiece.

6.) So far, so good...so what!
What makes this album so good is the grittiness of it. It's also what makes it so different. But it has great tunes such as "Set the world afire" and the famous "In my darkest hour".

7.) United Abominations
Named the greatest metal album of 2007, "United Abominations" was the call back to the thrashiness of Megadeth. Dave finally went back to Megadeth's roots, after a long struggle that including the band's short break up.

8.) Cryptic Writings
An album that started to show a little bit of Megadeth's alternative metal side. A little different compared to their albums, which caused it to be not too well received with the fans. But it still worked and did well for the famous thrash metal band.

9.) Youthanasia
Talking about a little different than Megadeth's usual work, "Youthanasia" as I describe it, is a little softer. In the way that's still metal, but not thrashy like "Rust in Peace". But this album changed my life and a lot of other's as well. With it's masterpiece "A Tout le Monde".

10.) The System has Failed
The return album of Megadeth after their short break up. Dave had gotten nerve damage in his hand, and was told he would never play guitar again. Well, eventually it got better. So he was originally going to go solo with this album and his career, but decided to reform Megadeth for this album. It was so well received, that he decided to continue Megadeth.

11.) Thirteen
Megadeth's 13th album. A lot of great songs on this album including "Thirteen"(which has an amazing opening), "Deadly Nightshade", "Public Enemy No 1", among others. This album was a nice return to Megadeth's style after "Endgame" which went in a different direction.

12.) The World Needs a Hero
This album is underrated because it's different. Dave was still trying to find his way after recovering from drugs and also losing Marty Friedman. I think fans were just upset to see the 90's era go, and couldn't accept the change. Though Megadeth got better down the road, and fans started to accept them again.

13.) Super Collider
This album, despite not being thrash metal, is still great. Megadeth was trying different styles with this album and the next two. They are underrated but are still worth listening too. They all have at least a couple great songs.

14.) Endgame
Again, underrated but still good. It's not Megadeth's best. But still has great songs like "The right to go insane" and "The hardest part of letting go../sealed with a kiss".

15. Risk
What most say is Megadeth's worst album, we end the list with "Risk". Now I will admit it's not their best. It should've been a Dave Mustaine solo album. But, it's not as bad as most claim. The band just took a different direction by recommendation of Marty Friedman. I think most people don't like this album because they compare it to "Rust in Peace" and "Countdown to Extinction". Now yes. compared to those two, it's not good. But set those two aside, and it's not that bad.

Honorable Mention: Just wanted to mention Megadeth's EP "Hidden Treasures". It turned 25 today. It includes songs that were from movies and tribute songs. Those include "99 ways to Die", "Paranoid" and "Angry Again".

I hope you enjoyed my ranking. I would love to hear your opinion on this, so leave a comment or hit me up on twitter @MJWesney.
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Struts "One Night Only"




Hey guys.
So today, The Struts released a new song called "One Night Only". If you haven't listened to it yet, I highly recommend it. It literally gave me goosebumps. That's how good it was.
The Struts are literally keeping rock n roll alive with their music, which is a good thing. It's something I've been wanting to see for a long time.
This song also is a great example of the amazing vocals by none other than Luke Spiller. Who is like the new Freddie Mercury. Seriously, this guy doesn't even need auto tune. He's that good.
I never thought someone would ever get on that level, but it happened.

Anyway, if you are fan of Queen, I highly recommend The Struts. Their music will give you a vibe that is a mix of not only Queen, but also The Rolling Stones. I never thought a newer band could sound like an old rock band, but thankfully I was wrong.

So again, you should definitely check this band out and go listen to "One Night Only". You won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't, and now I'm super excited for their new album.
To keep you busy, go check out their first album "Everybody Wants", till their second album comes out. Don't miss out on The Struts. This band is hot right now.

Hope you enjoyed this little review/recommendation. Thanks for reading.