Sunday, June 25, 2017

Eric Frampton Interview




Hey guys.
So I had the pleasure of getting to interview Eric Frampton. A lot of you might not know him, but he did the piano work on the album "My Kung Fu Is Good", which I've mentioned before. Go check it out if you haven't. It's underrated, but really is a beautiful album. He also didn't just play piano, he did the  synthesizers, hammond, and string arrangements. Along with some keyboard stuff. So he did a lot of cool things on that album.   Hope you enjoy the interview.


So first off, thank you for taking the time to chat with me. I really appreciate it. 

"Hi MJ. Thanks for inviting me."


I first wanted to ask, how did you get into music?

"Well, I started playing piano when I was five, and I got into electronic stuff really early on as a kid, so I guess it was just a matter of time before all that came together."


Who were your influences and how have they helped you form your style?


"They’re from kind of all over the place. As a kid it would’ve been The Who, Yes, Rick Wakeman’s solo records, show tunes, and some classical music. Definitely Wendy Carlos’ work in there as well. Then as a teenager I discovered Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, Howard Jones, Thomas Dolby, Lyle Mays, and Pat Metheny. My dad’s a concert pianist and arranger, so I’ve certainly picked up bits and pieces from him too. I’m classically trained, so everything inevitably has to filter through that sieve."


What was your mindset when you got into the music business? Did you know exactly want you wanted to do and accomplish?

"I got into it by default. I really don’t know any better, and every time I start looking for a way out of it I seem to get drawn back in. I’m not one of those folks who’s hyper-driven to a specific goal. Things seem to land in my lap, and I make the best of them that I know how."


I want to talk about Rich Ward. What was your relationship like with him? 


"Rich and I met through a mutual friend, Sean Delson, who played with Rich for many years. Sean kept saying we’d get along famously, and sure enough when we finally got in the same room and started working together it seemed really natural. It was a highly creative time, and a fun hang to boot.
Rich and I ran into each other at the airport last year, each headed out on separate transatlantic flights for separate shows, and it felt like we picked right up where we’d left off the last time we’d seen each other. We hadn’t talked in years. We sat there and talked for so long that we almost missed our flights."

How long did you know Sean Delson? Were you friends/partners at all before you both worked with Rich Ward?


"I know Sean through our band Agent Cooper. Sean was already friends with Doug (singer/songwriter/guitarist in Agent Cooper) from childhood, and he’s a brilliant musician, so it made perfect sense for him to jump in and start making proggy noises with us. We hit it off immediately - his sardonic wit is the stuff of legend. My memory is fuzzy on the exact timeline, so I had to go back to my old calendars: it looks like Sean joined us in 2000 or so, and my first notes about my working with Rich are from January, 2005."




I also want to talk about your work on "My Kung Fu Is Good". I really enjoyed it. What was the process for that album like?

"Thank you! I really don’t remember a whole lot of the specifics about it, but the takeaway is that it was fun, positive, and super creative in a sense of batting ideas around a room and not being afraid to run with them, no matter how ridiculous they might be. I’m really proud of the work we did on that record.


Rich tends to do his production work by himself, so he’d bring a hard disk full of song files to my studio, where I had my collection of vintage keyboards set up, and we’d start listening to the various songs or pieces of songs he was working on. Some of it would be fairly complete and he would have pretty specific ideas of what he wanted to hear, and some of it was still kind of early along, so we’d sit there and work out the ideas together. Very often I’d come up with a keyboard part or sound or something for some unfinished bit, then Rich would use his editing magic and come back with that part dropped into some completely different song in some utterly unexpected spot, and make it work even more effectively than what I was hearing in the first place. So he’d bring these new edits back to me with other things he’d added in the meantime, and we’d build up the layers that way."


Did you enjoy working with Rich?

"I had a brilliant time and would love to work with him again someday."


Have you been working on anything lately? 


"Honestly, not really. My wife and I moved to Charleston, South Carolina back in February, and my studio has been in storage since then. Not having all my cool toys at hand has been a little frustrating. But I’ve been out on the road as a keyboard tech (the other hat I wear) for the past month or so, so I haven’t had a whole lot of time to think about it."

Looking back on all you've done and accomplished, are you satisfied with how your career has gone? Or is there still stuff you want to accomplish?

"You’re very kind to say that because, in my mind, I’m only trying to earn a living the best way I know how and, on the good days, have some fun while I’m at it. When I took the flying leap in 1996 to quit my day job and attempt to make a living by making music (or by fixing broken things), I didn’t really have a goal except to pay my bills and earn enough to occasionally buy new toys. So if that’s one’s definition of success - meeting your responsibilities and enjoying what you while you’re meeting them - then I’ve succeeded, and I guess I ought to be satisfied.
That said, still to accomplish? Well, I’ve never had a high-profile playing gig, like an arena-level act that could keep me on retainer or something, and that would be nice. And I’d like to think I could co-write or produce a hit song or two, and I’ve never done that. Someday I’d like to make enough to buy my own grand piano for the house, and those don’t come cheap. I could go on, but the bottom line is today, I’m still a musician (or sometimes a technician), and I still get to make a living creating notes out of thin air, one way or another."

Again, big thanks to Eric Frampton for taking the time to do this interview. I really enjoyed it and i hope you did too. Again, if you haven't checked out Eric's work on the album "My Kung Fu Is Good", I highly recommend it. Also you can check out Eric's website at  www.ericframpton.com.
Thanks for reading. 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gene Simmons trademarking devil horns?



Yes you read the title right. Rock legend Gene Simmons of Kiss is wanting to trademark the devil horns. The one thing I have to say is, has he not heard of Ronnie James Dio? Because Ronnie is the one that made the devil horns famous. It's his thing. I like Gene and respect him, but sometimes. Also, he's not even doing the gesture right. Instead of doing the devil horns, he's doing the sign for love. Which is the devil horns, but with your thumb sticking out.

Another thing is, why is he wanting to trademark it? He didn't come up with it. He also doesn't do it right, like I mentioned before. From what I've heard, The Beatles are credited with using the devil horns first. All I know is that Ronnie James Dio made them famous, and to me that's all that matters.

What do you think about this? Let me know in the comments, or send me a tweet @MJWesney.
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Why Dean Ambrose is underrated, and why it needs to change


Hey guys.
So I wanted to talk about why WWE superstar Dean Ambrose is underrated. He is underrated because a lot of people don't see his true talent. But that isn't his fault. He just isn't being booked right. But I want to talk about why he should at least get some respect.

First off; there are 3 things that make a wrestler. Those 3 things are: The look, the in ring skill, and the entertainment value. Now Dean has two of these. He's great in the ring, and he is very entertaining. But he doesn't have the look of a wrestler. Now to me, this doesn't matter. I believe that you don't always have to look the part to play the part. But, I think Vince looks for guys that have that wrestler look, and that's how they get a push. Take for example, guys like Roman Reigns and John Cena. Both aren't really that good in the ring, but they have the look. Now this isn't always true. Some guys that don't have the look or physique, get a push. Take Kevin Owens as an example. But hopefully you get my point.

Now I'm not trying to say that Dean should be overrated. He doesn't need all your love and praise. I just think that like him or not, he should at least get some respect. The guy cares about wrestling and is willing to work really hard to get to the top. He doesn't kiss butt to get championships. He works towards them. Which I honestly think that's why a lot of old school wrestling fans, including me, like Dean so much. Because some wrestlers use shortcuts to get to the top. Whereas Dean works to prove he should get a  title shot. I'm not trying to shoot down any of the other talent on the roster. Because believe me, there are a lot of hardworking guys. I'm just trying to prove my point of why Dean should get some respect, and shouldn't be underrated.

I'm not trying to start a debate or anything. You can like or hate Dean, because it's your opinion. I just wanted to share mine, and maybe get people thinking. But I would love to hear your take on this, so leave a comment if you wish. Or you can send me a tweet @MJWesney.
Thanks for reading.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Why Chris Jericho is the G.O.A.T



Hey guys.
So I wanted to tell you guys why I think WWE wrestler Chris Jericho is one of the Great of all time, or G.O.A.T.

I think he is one of the greatest of all time because he has been able to adapt and change over the years. Back when he debuted, he had long hair, with a ponytail on the top of his head. He then had short curly hair around 2005. then finally settled for his famous faux hawk that he is still rocking. He's also been able to change the look of his character and how he approaches being a heel or face. In my opinion, not a lot of wrestlers can do this and make it work. Sometimes when a wrestler does a makeover, whether it be their look or personality, it doesn't always go well. But Jericho was always able to make it work.

Another thing about Jericho is, he can still put on great matches. He's currently 46, but is putting on great matches like he's till in his prime. This is because he takes good care of himself. He does DDP yoga, which has helped him out a lot. But the way he takes care of himself shows you that he is still passionate about wrestling. He wants to do his best and be entertaining. His last run proves that.

He'll be known for his great matches from over the years, but also his catchphrases. Ranging from old ones like "Armbar!", to "I'm from Winnipeg you idiot!", to new ones like "Stupid Idiot!" and "You just made the list!"

So there you go. These are my reasons as to why I think Chris Jericho is the G.O.A.T. What do you guys think? Do you agree or no? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Aeternus Prophet Interview




 Hey guys.
So yesterday I interviewed the death metal band Aeternus Prophet. They are from the Ukraine, so they are not that well known over here in the US. But I listened to their music, and it's really good. So I hope you enjoy this interview, and if you are interested in checking out their music, then you can check out the links to get you started.


When did you first get into music?

"Our band was founded by drummer Dessident and Sergey «Oberon» Voitenko 

in 2010 year.The date of creation Aeternus Prophet is August 14, 2010 (that 

was first perfomance) which were played early versions of songs included in 

the album "ruthlessness".Band's image was first used on the second gig ( called «Black Winter Day», 

same name of Amorphis song ), where the mantle were gray-black, later on 

was changed to black."


What is it about music that made you want to form a band?

"Definitely heavy music, mainly extreme styles."


Were there any specific bands or musicians that you used as an influence?

 "Dessident (drums) started listening to Russian heavy metal and 

Ukrainian alternative stage, thrash metal, but his the biggest impact was 

in teenage years, it was Slipknot, Kreator, but today his inspirations is 

Deathspell Omega, Marduk, Mayhem, Svartidau├░i. Oberon started listening to 

heavy metal music from the band Rammstein, Korn. Today his inspiration is

Black metal and Pagan metal - Marduk, Emperor, Nokturnal Mortum, Ufomamut, 

P.H.O.B.O.S., Crowbar.

Veritas was inspired at an early age by the following bands - Led Zeppelin, 

Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple. Now he listen Belphegor, Behemoth, 

Fear Factory, Entroned."


Do you have any goals?

"Today we have two albums (first was self-released, second on 

"MetalScrap Records"), many gigs in our country (Ukraine), and perfomance 

in Romania at RITES OF THE BLACK MASS in 2016. In future we want to make 

tour in Europe, record third album, and maybe some split with other band."


What can people expect from your music?

 "People can expect a lot of motivation, philosophy in our lyrics, 

powerful drums and guitar parts. We thanks to our fans for support."

Big thanks to Aeternus Prophet for taking the time to do this interview. If you want to check out some of their music, then here are a couple of links. 
Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh0zl6Hbxto
Here: 
https://soundcloud.com/veritasprophet

Hope you guys enjoy the music, and I hope you enjoyed the interview. 
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

10 metal facts you may not know



Hey guys. Here are 10 metal facts you may not know.

1.) Did you know that Dave Mustaine was in a band before Metallica? Well, he was. Before joining Metallica, Dave was in a band called Panic.

2.) The tattoo of the name Ozzy, that Ozzy Osbourne has on his knuckles, was done in pencil. He did it as a teen when he was serving time for petty theft.

3.) Corey Taylor isn't the original singer of the band Slipknot. He replaced the former singer Anders Colsefini in 1997.

4.) There are secret messages on the cover of "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden. Some of the secrets include Mickey Mouse. and phrases like "bollocks" and "Indiana Jones was here".

5.) Megadeth's song 'Countdown to Extinction' won the Human Society's Genesis award back in 1993, because it helped raise awareness about animal rights.

6.) There is a metal band called Hatebeak, whose lead singer is a grey parrot. This is no joke.
Here's a link to one of their songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwXKR9EWhXo

7.) Slash (Guns n Roses) tried to audition for the band Poison, but decided not to join when he was asked about wearing makeup.

8.) The U.S military played Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' for hours to aid in the interrogation and torture of prisoners.

9.) Ronnie James Dio is the one that made the iconic devil horns famous.

10.) Black Sabbath wrote their famous song 'Paranoid' in 20 minutes to fill up the remaining 3 minutes they had left on their album.

Well there you go. 10 metal facts you may not know. I might do another one of these, because there are so many metal facts that I would love to share. So look forward to that. I hope you guys enjoyed this.
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Why the WWE brand split is a bad idea.





Hey guys.
This post is for WWE fans who are aware of the brand split.

Now the brand split was done to give superstars a chance to be on TV weekly, by dividing the roster. Now this has honestly done more harm than good. We're still seeing the same stars every week. while their are some we haven't seen in awhile and have forgotten about. Then, they said it would allow new match ups. Yet, we are still seeing the same matches every week. They seriously did not think this through. Like, this isn't a bad idea if done right.
Another thing is the fact that they did to make Raw and Smackdown watchable. But, all they've really done is made Smackdown watchable. Like they put all the good superstars like Shinsuke Nakamura on Smackdown, and left people like Roman Reigns on Raw. Now I'm not saying that Raw has no talented people, cause they do. But, when they did the superstar shakeup, Raw lost some of their talent in exchange for no talent.

I'm not a fan of how this all turned out. If they had put more thought into it, and maybe moved some different people over, then it wouldn't be so bad.
One thing that really ticked me off was when they said there would be new rivalries after the shakeup. Which there have been, but some superstars are still in the same rivalry they were before. Like for example, Dean Ambrose is still feuding with The Miz, despite them both being moved over to Raw.

This whole thing is just stupid and ridiculous, and I'm sure most of you who know what I'm talking about would agree.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my little opinion piece. I know I enjoyed sharing it.
Thanks for reading.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Top 10 Metal bands




  Hey guys.
So this list is Top 10 Metal bands. As you are reading, please keep in mind that this list is not in any specific order. So like greatest to least, or vice versa. It's just in the order I listed the names. So here we go.

1.) Megadeth
Megadeth is a band that resulted from Dave Mustaine's anger after being fired from Metallica. They have done so much for metal, and continue to. They are a perfect example of what good metal should sound like. Honestly, they are my favorite metal band. But they deserve the number one spot because they are well respected, and legendary. They are also immortal because their music never gets old.

2.) Iron Maiden
What metal fan doesn't up the irons?! Yes, the almighty Iron Maiden is at number 2. I just love air guitaring to classics such as "Number of the Beast" and "Fear of the Dark". Iron Maiden is definitely another perfect example of what a metal band should sound like.

3.) Metallica
Another band from the big 4, we have Metallica. One of the most well known metal bands, even among non metal fans. Metallica has done quite a bit for metal too, though some would disagree. But they've had great albums such as "The Black album"(or Metallica) and "And Justice for All..."

4.) Pantera
Though I am not a fan of Pantera, I am putting them on the list because they are another great metal band. Plus, this is top 10 metal bands. Not, my personal top 10. Anyway, the guitar work of DimeBag Darrel is unlike any other. There will never be another. It just blows my mind how great he is.

5.) Stuck Mojo
A band that is not very well known, but is a great rap/metal band. Stuck Mojo is known as the band that founded rap/metal, and paved the way for other rap/metal bands. I'm not a fan of rap, but I love this band. They put more aspect on the metal, and their music is great. So if you are looking for something new, then check this band out.

6.) Black Sabbath
Ah, a classic band with some really great songs. Black Sabbath. Nuff said.

7.) Judas Priest
Another influential metal band. One that is very loved by most of the metal community. They are well respected.

8.) Motley Crue
Another personal favorite of mine. Was sad that their reign of awesomeness had to end, but at least their music and legacy will live on. If you haven't checked them out, then do yourself a favor. Trust me. They're good.

9.) Anthrax
One of the big 4 of metal alongside Slayer. Megadeth and Metallica. Anthrax is another rap/metal band.

10.) Slayer
The last of the big 4. I'm personally not a fan because I don't like christian metal, but they are part of the big 4. So, nuff said.

I hope you guys enjoyed this list. I enjoyed sharing it with you guys.
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Recommendation: Fozzy





 Hey guys.

So my recommendation today is a band that is taking the world by storm. The band is Fozzy. Fozzy was formed by Stuck Mojo lead guitarist Rich Ward and WWE superstar Chris Jericho. They were a band that know one took seriously, mostly because people thought that Jericho couldn't sing because he's a wrestler. Plus they had gimmicks. Like Jericho was known as Moongoose McQueen and Rich was Duke LaRue. By their third album, they ditched the gimmick of being a cover band and started taking things seriously. They have released some really good albums including "Sin and Bones" and "Do You Wanna Start A War". They also just recently released a music video for the single Judas off of their new album which should be coming out sometime in the fall.
You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqURPBtGJzg

Judas will definitely get stuck in your head, and make you want more. So I recommend checking out Fozzy's last two albums that I mentioned. "Sin and Bones" and "Do You Wanna Start A War". I would also recommend checking out the rest of their discography to hype up for their new album. Their others albums are "Fozzy", "Happenstance", "All That Remains", and Chasing The Grail."

Well, I hope you guys enjoy this recommendation. Fozzy is a great band and one of my favorites. Which is why I want to share their music with you.
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Top 10 Metal Frontmen




Hey guys. So my next list is top 10 metal front men. Now keep in mind, this list is not in any specific order like least to greatest, or vice versa. It's just in the order I wrote the names down. So here you go.

1.) Chris Jericho
WWE superstar Chris Jericho has taken the world by storm with his band Fozzy. More so as of late with the release of their new single Judas. Judas has been number 1 on the rock and metal charts in the US, Canada, the UK, and more. They are also currently on their Judas Rising tour. Now, I've never been to a Fozzy show, but I have looked up performances on a YouTube. The one thing I took from it is the fact that Jericho is good at working a crowd. Though he does have experience from being a wrestler, he knows how to get the crowd into the show. He's definitely one of the best.

2.) Robby J Fonts
Though he hasn't been in the music business very long; Robby J is a good front man. He is currently the front man for Stuck Mojo, and was originally in a band called Hasta La Muerte. But I've seen him perform on YouTube too, and he is so energetic. He's hand banging and bouncing around on stage, which gets the crowd into the show. I feel like you better connect with your audience if you do what they do, which includes hand banging and dancing.

3.) Dave Mustaine
Though Dave has never danced, or done anything super energetic cause he plays guitar, I still call him a great front man. The reason being, he still knows how to keep the audience interested. You have to grab their attention, otherwise they'll get bored and boo. But honestly, his guitar playing is enough to get your attention. The dude can thrash like no other.

4.) Ronnie James Dio
First of all, RIP to the legendary Ronnie James Dio who passed away 7 years ago today. He is not on the list for this reason. He is on the list because he is one of the most legendary front men in metal history. Doing vocal work for both Dio and Black Sabbath, Ronnie stole the hearts of many. He will forever remain in the hearts of metal fans out there.

5.) Bruce Dickenson
Up the ironsssssss!!!!!!! We have the legendary front man Bruce Dickenson of Iron Maiden. Though he wasn't the original front man for Iron Maiden, he is still loved by many and has done well in Iron Maiden.

6.) Ozzy Osbourne
All aboard the crazy train! We have Ozzy Osbourne. The other front man for Black Sabbath, Ozzy has made a huge impact on the metal community. The guy may not be easy to understand when he talks, but man can he sing, I'll never forget hearing Crazy Train for the first time. Go check it out if you haven't.

7.) Lemmy Kilmister
Another RIP to Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister. Another man who made an impact with his music in Motorhead. I'll never forget Ace of Spades, and also his performance at Wrestlemania for WWE superstar Triple H.

8.) David Lee Roth
Might as well jump. David Lee Roth of the might Van Halen. Definitely deserves a spot on this list. He controlled the crowd like no other, He is definitely one of the best in the history. Nuff said.

9.) Brian Johnson
Though not the original front man for AC/DC, Brian Johnson has done much for the band and has become a favorite among the metal fans. When original front man Bon Scott died, Brian took his place. Over the years, AC/DC released classics such as Back in Black, Thunderstruck and You Shook Me All Night Long.

10.) Dee Snider
We're not going to take it...if Dee Snider isn't on this list. Ok, here he is. Dee Snider of the mighty band Twisted Sister. Definitely another favorite when it came to getting the attention of the fans, whether it was on stage, or releasing songs like We're Not Gonna Take It.

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this list.
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Top 10 Metal guitarists



Hey guys. So I decided I want to try something new. I am going to start doing top 10 lists. I'm going to be doing top 10 greatest metal albums, top 10 metal front men, etc. So today I'm doing top 10 metal guitarists. Now, this list is just opinion based. I'm also not ranking it from greatest to worst or vice versa. The names are in the order that pop in my head. Hope you enjoy.

1.) Dave Mustaine
When I think of metal, I think of Megadeth. They have done so much for the metal community over the years, and continue to keep metal alive. But a big part of Megadeth's music is the guitar solos by self taught guitarist, Dave Mustaine. His speed along with the spider chord, are in my opinion, the glue that keeps the instrumental together in every Megadeth song. Their music wouldn't be the same without it.

2.) James Hetfield
When I think of metal, I also think of Metallica. Both them and Megadeth make half of the big four of metal. Now Metallica has also done a great service to metal, and is a big name among the metal community. Their lead guitarist and front man, James Hetfield, is very talented. I mean, singing and playing guitar is no easy task. But he does it so flawlessly, that he's definitely inspiration for anyone wanting to do it for themselves. Like Dave Mustaine, who said in an interview that he used James as an example on how to play guitar and sing.

3.) Rich Ward
A personal favorite guitar player of mine, but not very well known. Rich is the lead guitarist for the bands Stuck Mojo and Fozzy(led by WWE superstar Chris Jericho). Though Rich isn't very well known, he is very talented and respected among his fan and peers. He has also played on more than just his bands, and finding those projects are like cool Easter eggs. If you want to hear his guitar playing, then go check out Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. He does some singing in both bands also, and even has a solo album called "My Kung Fu is Good". So you can check that out too.

4.) Zakk Wylde
Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne. Two big names, and Zakk was a part of both. This is another guitarist who can sing and play the guitar flawlessly. He not only plays the electric guitar well, but he also plays acoustic.

5.) Kiko Loureiro
A name that wasn't very well known, until being brought into Megadeth in 2015. This guy is very talented. His solos will melt your face off. Don't believe me? Then go check out "Dystopia", and enjoy what Kiko can do.

6.) Marty Friedman
Another Megadeth member, though belonging in the alumni section after leaving January of 2000. Marty was the lead and rhythm guitarist for Megadeth in the 90's. Talk about another guy with amazing solos. My favorite solo of his is in Tornado of Souls. He also did a cool solo on Fozzy's album "All that Remains". The song for that is Born of Anger.

7.) Dimebag Darrell
This next guitarist isn't a favorite of mine because I don't like Pantera, but he is still good nonetheless. From what I heard on Pantera's "Vulgar Display of Power", Dimebag definitely had a talent and deserves to be on this list.

8.) Tony Iommi
Black Sabbath.There's a big well known name among the metal community. Tony Iommi was their bassist, and in my opinion is one of the best and most well respected bassists in metal.

9.) Slash
Another personal favorite. Slash plays for Guns n Roses. He is also very talented when it comes to playing. You can hear it in his playing. An example is in one of my favorite Guns n Roses songs, Sweet Child o' Mine. The opening instrumental is just beautiful to me.

10.) Eddie Van Halen
They say save the best for last. So we end our list with the very talented and legendary Eddie Van Halen. The guitarist for the mighty band Van Halen.

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this list.  I hope some of your favorites made it. If not, then let me know. You can hit me up on Twitter @MJWesney.
Thanks for reading guys. Be forever metal.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Dreaded Marco (Feat. Mike Martin)




Hey guys. So my recommendation today is a band called The Dreaded Marco. This is the band that was discussed in my interview with Mike Martin. If you haven't checked that out, then go check it out after you read this, to see what he's working on.

Anyway, this band is really cool. I'm starting to really dig their music. So I want to share it with you all.
So the first album I checked out was "Safe Word". Now in a way, they kind of remind me of a old school band. Which to me makes sense, considering Mike's inspiration. Including his idol, Frank Zappa. (Again, check interview. Simply titled: Mike Martin interview)

If you're looking for a rock band with shades of old school rock, then definitely check out this band. Everything from the vocals to the instrumental just fits smoothly. Honestly, I have nothing more to say. Let's just say the music speaks for itself.

I hope you guys enjoy this recommendation.
Be forever metal.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fozzy Judas music video review




Hey guys.
So I want to talk about the music video for Judas by Fozzy. This video and song are simply amazing.
If you haven't checked it out, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqURPBtGJzg

I want to talk about the song first, because it is seriously amazing. It has the groovy, catchy chorus made famous in the album "Do You Wanna Start A War." It also has the heavy theme from "Chasing the Grail". Which is a beautiful combination. The song is so heavy and catchy, that you will be banging your head all day, cause it will get stuck in your head. The chorus is so catchy, which is what makes it memorable. I seriously love this song more than Sandpaper, and that's saying something. Cause Sandpaper used to be my favorite Fozzy song. But after it was released, I always dared Fozzy to make a song that was better. Judas is this song.

Now about the video. It currently has 205,899 views. By the time you read this, it will be higher. Trust me. The video is entertaining, and a little strange. By strange I mean different from most videos I see. But I can't stop watching it. I've seen it so many times that it plays in my head when I just listen to the song. With all the views it has, I guess I'm not the only one. Which is amazing because it was just put on YouTube yesterday. This really goes to show how hard Fozzy has worked to get where they are at. I have so much respect for this band, and am proud to see how far they've come.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and the music video. I know I enjoyed watching it countless times and sharing it with you guys.
Be forever metal.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Robby J (interview/conversation)



Hey guys. I had a great conversation/interview with Stuck Mojo frontman Robby J. Hope you enjoy it.


So one of the things I wanted to discuss is something I've heard older musicians talking about. It's about young musicians complaining about touring, saying it's too much work and they don't want to do it. So being a young musician yourself, I wanted to get your opinion. Does this mean they're not dedicated?

"I think the thing with young musicians is they're pretty disillusioned to how things actually are. They're expecting getting into the music industry to be one way, when it's actually pretty different. It's a lot of work, especially now for younger artists. Music's gotten to a point where you've kind of, if you're starting from zero, you kind of can't expect to do this as a full time gig. It kind of has to be something you're extremely passionate about, and something that you're willing to invest a lot of your own personal money into. It's kind of more as a hobby, so there's a lot of work to do.
Starting up your own band; and I think another problem is it's very difficult finding band mates who are on the same exact page as you. Cause you all kind of have to have the same mindset going into this moving forward, cause if there's one person in the band who has a different view, there's always going to be this butting of heads going on, and it's going to be very hard to get out there. Because of that clash. So I don't think it's a matter of musicians not being passionate, I think it's just a matter of these younger musicians getting a little disappointed and realizing; oh wow, this is a lot of work. I've got to try to be my own booking agent, i have to figure out how to sell the merch for my band. I have to create music, I have to in a lot of cases, fund my own album. So it's a lot of work and I think now musicians have to do more than simply being musicians.
They have to do everything, they're their own PR people. They have to go out and get their own shows. Find other bands to tour with. So it's just a lot of work. I think that's the main issue. It's probably an overwhelming lot of work. Especially for younger people who aren't used to this because music industry is very similar to; running a band is like running a business. At the end of the day, a lot of people realize that, and that's what I say about that matter."

So what was your mindset, like when you first started the music business? Were you like disappointed, were you ready, did you know what to expect? Like, what was going through your head at that time?

"When I first started, I actually realized very quickly that you need to smarten up. You need to be very serious about these things. It's not something that's going to be handed to you. So right off the beginning, like just for some context; When I was growing up and I was very young and going into college, I was a very actually liberal minded person, and you know I was kind of like living childishly, recklessly for a long time. Up until I stopped going to college, and I started doing my own music stuff and I realized, wow there's a lot of funding that needs to go into this; and I didn't want to have to rely on, ya know there's these government artist funds that give out to new musicians. But how it's set up is, if you take those funds, you actually aren't allowed to work a certain amount of hours.
 You're very limited on the amount you're personally allowed to work, because the government is giving you money just for your art. So I thought that was pretty stupid, and was like, why would any musician want to do this? So I've realized that the best way to go about things, especially if you want to pursue music, is just, I say to: have a job, have a full time job outside of music, save up as much money as possible, that's what I was doing at the time. As soon as I finished school, I had a part time job at the time, while i was still in college, and I just decided to pursue it full time. I saved up a ton of money, I worked all the hours I could, and then every penny that I saved up, it ended up, a lot of it, ended up going into my band Hasta. I told the guys: I was like, hey listen. I know you guys might not have money, but I want to do this so, right now let's agree to for me to front everything in the band, and then you guys just owe me that at a later time when you guys can accumulate your share of the payments we have to make.
 So I feel like as soon as I started taking music seriously, I understood that it's like, it was a lot of work. My guitarist Dave and I, we decided to start finding contacts in the industry. So what we did was, we found a list of a bunch of different journalists, that we could reach out to, so that they could possibly write about us, or get some interest in us at least, and show us to other people in the industry. That's what we did, we made a bunch of lists, stayed up countless hours, sent out a bunch of emails to people, and then luckily for us; Carl, the guy from BraveWords, he actually took interest in us, and then he compared us to Stuck Mojo, and I ended up getting to join Stuck Mojo because of it."

Speaking of Stuck Mojo, I want to ask; when did you first meet Rich Ward? Did you ever meet him before joining Stuck Mojo? Or was it when he brought you in?

"When I first met Rich, it was after. I hadn't met Rich prior to doing anything in the music industry. I don't know if a lot of people know this but, my video with Hasta La Muerte Pour Anotha Shot, that was my first debut of original music ever. Like, I hadn't put out anything before that so that was my real debut to the local scene here in Montreal, and to just the music world in general, cause we got thrown into the spotlight pretty quickly shortly after that. So what happened was, we put out our video around May 5, 2015; and then it was the very next day we put out, my guitarist Dave had just reached out to Rich Ward on Twitter and was like, Hey check us out. We got compared to Stuck Mojo.
This journalist said we sound like Stuck Mojo and then for whatever reason, Rich actually checked that video out and he was like blown away. That very day he's like; Hey Robby, he reached out to me on Twitter; and he was like, here's my number, call me later, and then that very night, I did. I spoke to him for about an hour, and we were just talking about things. I guess he was getting a feel for what kind of person I was, and then about less than a month later, he flew me down to Georgia to start working on some songs for what would end up becoming"Here Come The Infidels"album. So the first time I met him was in person in Georgia, like around, it was June, or the end of May; and yeah it was cool, I met him and it was like, woah it's Rich Ward. At first, the person that picked me up at the airport was our manager Mark Willis's assistant Lee.
She comes out on the road with us, she does a lot of our merch, and she tour manages us when we're doing shows in the U.S., and then shortly after I met Lee, I met my manager Mark Willis; and he was cool, he showed me around the amphitheater  in Atlanta. He actually runs the whole place. He was like the head guy in charge, and he just took me on this tour of one of the main stages in the amphitheater, and he told me; "This is what you want to play on someday. So stay focused on this." He was like, you're going to be playing on this one day; and I was like, blown away and then and bout an hour later, we finally met up with Rich and we had lunch and we all sat down together. It was very cool, we were just , it wasn't just straight to business or anything, we were just talking things through and just getting to know each other, really."

That is pretty cool. I love hearing stories about that because it really proves how much hard work and a little stroke of luck can really get you somewhere. Switching into something a little different, talking about metal, and I know you kind of discussed this on The RANTidote a little; but I wanted to talk about if it's alive or dead. Do you think it's rebellious as it used to be? Like are metal musicians still trying to not be one of the so called "cool kids", trying to stand out? Or do you think they've kind of got sucked into some of the other genres through like politics or whatever?

"I think up to probably up to the last big artists that mattered came from 90's, and I'm talking about artists like Marilyn Manson, bands like Slipknot, the people in Linkin Park or Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit. I think the reason that those people were relevant is because they were counterculture, they were different from what was going on at the time. It was shocking to see. You know, guys in masks like Slipknot, talking about the lyrical content they did and that stuff was becoming mainstream at the time. You were hearing that type of heavy music on the radio, which stuff like Marilyn Manson, it was just constantly thrown out there; and I think the problem with metal today is we don't really have any of these figures who are clashing with the mainstream culture. Cause in the 90's, it was still different to be against that stuff and display those values as like, this is what we're all about, and it was shocking people.
But now, things have gotten to a point where that stuff isn't shocking to people. There are average people out there who live this freakishly and deprived lives to the point where it's like, none of that shocks people. What shocks people now is, just being like hey you know what? I actually don't care about your depressing values like, doing drugs isn't cool. Getting wasted is not cool. You know what's cool is starting a family and taking care of the people around you.
 It's being sober. That's what's being cool cause that's what's being intelligent, and that's what gets people places. That's what makes the world go round, and saying those things, like people seem to get offended. It's like, what are you talking about? We worked all these years to destroy all that mindset and take it all down, and now you're trying to bring that back. So it's like, I feel a lot of these younger artists; they're either too politically correct or afraid to just say these things, or they're actually disillusioned and they think that that's not the way to go about things.
So they think a life of partying is what's cool. I think that's why the only people who I say are kind of like have that rick star image, that are in the industry from younger bands like the past 10 years or so; are maybe the guys in the bands, there are this warped tour bands like Asking Alexandria or The Black Veil Brides. I would say guys like Andy Black and Danny Worsnop are like at the forefront of this rock star image thing. But I find this point, what they're doing is kind of like passe. Because all they're trying to be is like a recreation of guys like Sebastion Bach from Skid Row, and it's like; it's not even cool to get wasted all the time. Act like an idiot on stage, you've got plenty of videos that I'm sure Danny is embarrassed about right now, of him just like freaking out with Asking Alexandria, because he was so wasted he couldn't so his job properly. It's kind of embarrassing to see , it's like, I'm not trying to tear the guy down, though it's pretty much what I'm doing right now.
 But it's kind of sad. But I think a lot of these guys learn from their mistakes and they're getting better, and still putting out great music. But I think that whole, we need to party till we drop, that needs to go. Because it's like, you can see all these countless legends; like guys from Jim Morrison to Jimi Hendrix, to Bon Scott from AC/DC. All they did was party till they couldn't and it's like, man, we're human beings. We are not machines. The human body is not meant or built to withstand all these drugs and alcohol abuse.
Ya know, and it's like, you think after all these instances of famous rock stars dying, that people would get the message. but a lot of these people still don't, and I think that's still a problem with a lot of these younger bands. It's about the partying and ya know, about the fame, hooking up with girls and doing a lot of drugs, and it's really not. Especially now, you need to really smarten up if you want to make it, and you've just got to work really hard. Just be nice to people, really."

So how do you feel about bands that were still around in the 90's, like big metal bands, like Megadeth or Metallica? Those two always come to mind. Do you think they still have that rebellious, metal music that they used to? Or do you think they've kind of like, strayed away from it? 

"I think they'll always have that different edge to them, ya know, they're the forefathers of what came. So I think they're still, ya know anything; the old school bands are the only ones who I feel are putting out quality records still. They're the ones that are passionate about making records and putting out the best they can possibly put out. I think ya know. Megadeth's last album "Dystopia" and Metallica's "Hardwired", was probably some of the best records those two bands have put out in years. So I definitely think that, yeah they still have that rebellious edge to them. Ya know there are guys like James Hetfield who, he might not outwardly speak about what he believes in, but ya know I think he kind of upholds the constitution; and Dave Mustaine from what I know, I think he's pretty much a guy who's not afraid to speak out against like the mainstream of what's going on. So I definitely  and admire and respect both of those guys for that."

How do you feel about metal having so called "acts of satanism"?

"Well as far as satanism goes, I think the only bands that really push that stuff, I think it's a big part of their ethos, like the black metal bands. I think there's like a saying in the black community, it's like you're not even a true black metal band if you don't uphold the thoughts of satanism. I don't know too much about, you know that cult or religion, whatever you want to call it. But from what I understand, I don't think it's a violent thing. I think from what people tell me, it's more of a peaceful mindset. Going on, I think people if they use any satanic imagery in their albums, like especially more of the mainstream artists, like Slayer or Marilyn Manson. I think they were only using that imagery just for shock value, or just to speak up against it.
Like, at a certain point in their lives, I think guys like Tom Morello were speaking out against christian churches because of what was going on with all the scandals and what not. So I think it was used more as like a political statement, more so than the musicians and artists actually believing in satanism. I think it was more just to make a statement, shock people with grotesque imagery than anything else."

Do you have any advice for up and coming young musicians who might be struggling?

"I would say what any new artist should do is: they should have a job, whatever it is, outside of music, or however they make money. Save up as much as possible because you never know when you're going to need an extra wad of cash to get yourself somewhere else. As far as, you know, starting a new band, a brand new band from scratch; I think that is extremely difficult. I think it should only be done with people who are exactly on the same mindset, so that means either people who are already in the industry coming together and making new music. But brand new musicians coming out of the woodwork, I think it's very tough for a brand new band to succeed. So suggestion is like, because really, I'll go back to this.
 It's like, you're band is only as good as the weakest member in it. So whoever the least talented guy or the least motivated guy in your band is, that's as far as your band is going to go. So you really need to be at a high level, and there's like less than probably 1% of all musicians in the world, actually play all these big festivals like Download in the UK, or Bloodstock, or The Brutal Assault. So it's really tough. I said like, if you are serious and you're a young musician, and you want to get yourself out there; you will do whatever it takes, and that means even if you have your own original project; if you get an opportunity to join another band, you have to take it. You have to put yourself out there. You have to take any gigs that put you out there. That means if you need to go out on the road, and some band needs a fill in guitarist, you take it.
 You practice constantly, that's what you have to do. You have to be better than everybody else, and you have to want to be. So I'd say like, put yourself out there. One of my mentors in the industry is actually one of my good buddies. His name is Max Georgia, and I just take after his work ethic. I follow whatever he does. It's like, be like Max Georgia; and what that means is like he's a guitarist but he's willing to play bass for bands.
 He's currently the fill in bassist for the band Escape the Fate, and he just works his ass off. I see this guy, he's constantly playing guitar. he's constantly putting up guitar videos. You can see him in a bunch of videos on YouTube. He's just always putting out work, and he does different styles of music as well. You've got to be open to that. You got to be willing to play rock. You got to be willing to play pop, you know classical music, jazz, heavy metal, whatever.
 He's got the look for it too. He understands that if you want to make it in a certain aspect of the music industry, like a certain genre, you have to look a certain way too. So if you're in heavy metal, you should try to be growing out your hair. You should be trying to get tattoos. It's not to fit in, well, it is and it isn't. Like it's, like working at an office.
 You kind of have to come in and wear a suit and tie, if you're working at one of these higher  office buildings. So it's like the same thing in metal. If you want to be a metal musician or like specifically in like the hardcore scene, or like the death metal scene; you kind of have to have to look a certain way. It's just part of the gig. So just put yourself out there. Try to get whatever opportunities you can, and you can't afraid to let go of being in a band with your friends, just for the sake that they're your friends. You got to understand that, you just have to look after yourself and not everybody has the same mindset as you. So I say it's a lot of hard work, but it's definitely do able. You know, I think the only things stopping people is the idea that they can't do it, and that's a bunch of bullshit. If you want to do anything in life, just got to go out there and do it. Pretty much."

Big thanks to Robby J for answering my questions and giving his opinions. Hope you guys enjoyed this.
Be forever metal.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mike Martin Interview



Hey guys. So I had the pleasure of interviewing Ex-Fozzy and Stuck Mojo guitarist, Mike Martin. Hope you enjoy.

So the first question I have is: When did you realize you wanted to play guitar?

"I think I must have been about 7 or 8 years old. I had started playing violin when I was just about 4 and was always singing in church. Took piano lessons for a time as well but I loved the sound of the guitar I heard on the radio. My parents had taken me and my brother and sister t visit some of their friends and they had an acoustic guitar and I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I knew then I had to play it one day!"

That's really cool. Is there something about playing guitar that you really enjoy? Like maybe experimenting with riffs. 

"Guitar, for me, in every iteration, electric, hollow-body, acoustic, classical, all just speak to me. I feel most expressive with it. Whether I am writing, recording or playing tunes or improvising. Something about it just feels like my voice more than anything else. Like a real extension of myself, ya know? The best is standing in front of my speaker cabinets and feeling the notes moving the air around me. I am absolutely addicted to that feeling!"

I can relate to that. I'm addicted to the sound of a guitar when it's being played right. So I'm aware that you were in Fozzy and Stuck Mojo, so I want to know how you met Rich Ward? Did he discover you? Or did you contact him somehow?

"I actually met Rich way back in 1992 when I had first moved to Atlanta. Stuck Mojo was already one of the best bands to see in town at that point and that was still a few years before they signed with Century Media and put out "Snappin' Necks." There was a point back then when we were all hustling for work and a mutual friend of ours got us jobs doing landscaping with the same company. 

We didn't really know each other back then, I was aware of him because of being a fan of Mojo and I had a band I was trying to break into the scene at the time. Years later, around 2004, that same friend, Sean Delson, was playing bass for Fozzy and Ryan Mallam had just left the band and when Rich asked Sean about guys to audition he recommended me. We met up and I did an audition with the guys and the rest, as they say, is history!"

So did you enjoy your time in Fozzy? Or was there any tension between you and guys? I've never really heard anything about it.

"I loved it! Every tour was a blast. I can honestly say that touring and working with them was more like being around your best friends. Never any drama or stuff like that. Things always go sideways in the music business and Rich and Chris and the guys always have great attitudes about how to best deal with things as they happen. Proof that cooler heads always prevail fore sure. I earned a tremendous education getting the opportunity to work with them for those years that I will always look back fondly on.

My leaving the band after "Chasing The Grail" really had more to do with issues I was having in my personal life that were creeping into my professional life. I felt the need to control my work on the music I had written for the album to a fault as I did not feel I had control of much else in my life at the time and I was definitely over-compensating. I ended up alienating myself at a time when I needed those relationships more than I could estimate. Both professionally and personally. I am proud of the work, though. It came from a real emotional place for me. Definitely a high note for me and I am so glad to see the continued growth and success of the band. I love those guys as people and brothers very much."

I'm sorry you went through that. But I'm glad you enjoyed your time with Fozzy. So now, are you currently working on any music?

"Yes I have a few things I am working on at the moment. My band The Dreaded Marco have just about finished up our follow-up album to "Safe Word". We plan to get to work on full recording production for it later this year.

I have been working for a while now on my next solo instrumental album. It's called "Drive" and it is shaping up to be a double album of about 2 hours of music. Pre-production is still ongoing as it's a bigger project than I had initially anticipated but I plan to start full production and a pre-order / funding campaign this summer. I'm both crazy excited and terrified of this project. It is my most ambitious and emotional work to date. I think I am taxing and challenging just about every facet of myself on this one as a composer, guitarist, producer, recordist and mix engineer.

I also have some singles floating around that I am intending to work in collaboration with some other artists. Some of those may end up coming out before "Drive" and help me fund and promote this new full album."

So what can your fans expect from you in the future? I know in a way you technically answered this, but I was wondering if you have more to add. Like maybe something you want to work on in the future.

"There are several things I am working on and plan to roll out over the coming years including more content on my youtube channel, live stuff, live chats, gear demonstrations and reviews, lesson stuff, etc. I'm also working very hard to be able to tour with my new music and I want to bring that to as many places and countries as I can. Looking into not just traditional venues but home concerts and the like. This industry is in constant flux and I want to be able to perform and tour in a way that makes the most sense both artistically and financially. Live streaming shows is another avenue I am looking into as well. There are lots of ways to do it but I want to makes sure the quality and economics of it make the most sense. Using a platform like Patreon to fund it could be the most simple and direct too.

I plan to spend much more time on my classical composing too. It has been several years since I have premiered any new work and it's long overdue! I have a couple of other projects I am working up as well that will involve me transcribing music for the electric guitar that was originally composed for traditionally orchestral instruments as well as a presenting some of my favorite rock albums in concert as modern literature. Treat the rock band more like a modern ensemble, if you will. I think there is a lot of fun to be had exploring music this way without trying to be a "cover" or "tribute" band."

So when I asked about what Guitarist you would like to jam with, you said Frank Zappa. Was he a idol of yours? And did he influence your guitar work?

"Frank Zappa is my hero! Not only is his guitar playing hugely influential to me, but his style as a composer is out of this world. I have always said that if I had any hope of anyone listening to my guitar playing I would need to write a piece of music that they would have to care about. Then they would have to suffer through my playing! lol

Because I admired Frank so much in this way I majored in Music Theory and Composition in college rather than the guitar. I was fortunate to get to speak with Steve Vai about this and how big of an impact he, Frank and all of the guitarists and musicians that worked with Frank throughout his career have had on me. All of this stuff and Frank was an incredible producer, engineer, recordist and mixer. He was really doing some amazing things and working in a very independent way. I think Frank Zappa is someone that every musician and artist should learn about and consider studying. And not just for his creative processes and work, but his professional ideas and work ethic. Absolutely amazing to think about all of the work he managed to do!"

Final question: Do you have any advice for young up and coming guitarists?

"My advice to any guitarist or musician up and coming is to be open to everything and enjoy the process of discovery. The work we do never really stops. There is always more to learn, see, hear and do. Follow all of the paths that interest you and share your passion for ideas with others. We all need to remember to always be students as well as teachers. Some of my greatest experiences and influences are not necessarily with guitarists or guitar related music either. Music is not just about notes, theory and genres. It's all about life so make sure you go out there and live it!"

Thanks again to Mike Martin for taking the time to do this interview. Hope you guys enjoyed it.
Be forever metal.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fozzy Judas music video (so far)





So today, Chris Jericho announced on twitter that the music video for Judas off of their new album(yet to come out), will be launching on May 2! I am so excited. What made me more excited was watching the 30 second sample video that Jericho posted on Instagram.
You can check it out here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTWTIAbFroi/

It really wetted my appetite for new Fozzy tunes. It's been three years since Do You Wanna Start A  War came out, but we are finally here. I cannot wait. After watching the video, I've had Judas stuck in my head. Nothing works. I can't stop humming it and singing along. It's so heavy and catchy. Which is good. That's something I expect from Fozzy, and it's something they delivered perfectly. I've watched the video 11 times already, and I can't wait to see what happens in the video. You can't really see too much. All you can see in Chris singing, with two women dancing behind him. Then the rest of the band is playing in the background, including Paul Di Leo!

Yep. He's back. Paul left after their last album, for reasons that were never addressed, but he is back and hasn't lost a step. I can't wait to hear more of what him and Fozzy have in store with this album.
I will be doing another post with my thoughts on the music video when it comes out. Will also be doing a review for the album when it comes out, which will hopefully be soon. The wait is killing me.

I do want to let you know that I will be doing an interview on Monday, and will hopefully get it posted that day. If not, then Tuesday. So look forward to that.
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Update (part 2)




Hey guys. So I just wanted to give you an update on what I'm working on. I just got word that I will be interviewing Mike Martin, who used to play with Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. I will be conducting the interview here soon and will have it posted ASAP.
I'm also trying to set up when I'm going to interview Vicky Psarakis of The Agonist.
Another thing coming up are my conversations with Stuck Mojo front man Robby J. We will be discussing music topics. Really looking forward to it.

If you guys have any recommendations on who you want me to interview, or maybe a band you want me to check out and review, then tell me in the comments. I also have a twitter account @MJWesney. I would love for you guys to be able to participate. So if you have anything, then let me know.

Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hasta La Muerte




Hey guys. Sorry for not blogging for awhile. I've been getting stuff set up and I was also working on my other blog. But I have a band recommendation today.

My recommendation is a band called Hasta La Muerte. I discovered them a couple days ago, and I'm glad I did. This band is led by the one and only Robby J Fonts, who is now the front man for Stuck Mojo. This band is energetic and heavy. I honestly don't have words to describe them, because they're that good. All I can say is, I see why Rich Ward hired Robby. After watching one of Hasta La Muerte's music videos, I was blown away. I love Robby's energy.

If you are looking for some new music, then I would definitely check this band out. To help you out, here is a link to one of their music videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRcyr2VKln4

Some might find this video offensive, even though it's not. It has a message. The message is explained on Robby's blog The RANTidote. He explained it because MetalSucks. Net described it as offensive and horrible. Here's the link:
http://therantidote.com/metalsucks-is-fake-news-run-by-pedophiles/

Anyway, I think their music is good. It's not for everyone. So check it out if you want, and if you don't, that's your choice.

Thanks for reading guys. Be forever metal.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wrestlemania 33 weekend thoughts





   So Wrestlemania 33 weekend is over. I've got quite a few things to say.
First off; the Hall of Fame was pretty good. I really enjoyed the speeches by DDP and Beth Phoenix. They both really inspired me that night, and gave me the motivation I needed. All the speeches were pretty good, but those two affected me the most.
Second; NXT Takeover Orlando was really good. If you didn't get a chance to check it out, then head over to the network and watch it when you get the chance. The one thing I love about NXT is even if you don't like the wrestlers that are in the match, you end up watching it anyway because everyone on that roster is really talented and can put on some great matches.The match I really enjoyed was the tag team championship match.

Speaking of tag team championship matches. The one at Wrestlemania 33 was amazing! Only because of two words, Hardy Boyz. Yep, the Hardy Boyz are back. I was as shocked as everyone else. I also got really excited. I love the Hardy Boyz in ladder matches. Their ladder matches with Edge and Christian and the Dudley Boyz back in the day were awesome. Anyway, the Hardys are back and they won the tag team championships. This ought to help shape the tag team division, which was must needed.
Also, The Revival from NXT made their debut on Raw last night. So them plus the Hardys should really help this division out, and give us some really good matches.

The biggest thing I want to talk about is the ending to Wrestlemania 33. Literally, the saddest moment in Wrestlemania history for me. If you don't know, The Undertaker retired. Also, he had his last match that night; losing to Roman Reigns. Yeah. Screw you, Vince. What the heck do you see in this pathetic, poor excuse of a wrestler? He is literally the most talentless, hated wrestler in this era. I would rather root for John Cena, and that's saying something, because I don't like Cena.
Anyway, The Undertaker had to retire because he needs a hip replacement. I knew he was going to have to retire soon, being 52 and all, but I was not looking forward to it. I still feel like a part of me is missing. He was my childhood because he was the first wrestler I was introduced to. I loved his matches, his mind games, his storylines(especially the one with Kane), and of course his iconic entrance. So thank you Taker, for everything. Wrestlemania won't be the same without you.
Hopefully he goes into the Hall of Fame next year.

The last thing I want to mention, is what was announced by Vince McMahon on the Raw after Wrestlemania last night. He said that next week there is going to be a superstar shakeup. So here we go again. It sucks because the Hardy Boyz, Finn Balor, and The Revival just showed up on Raw, and could get moved to Smackdown.I really wish they would just rejoin the two brands. It's not doing any good. It sure didn't the first time, and the same goes for this time too.
The one good thing about Raw was that the new GM is Kurt Angle.  He has decided to be the goofy GM. Hopefully this doesn't change, because right now he's our only hope.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on Wrestlemania weekend. Sorry it was a day late, I was busy setting up my new blog. Plus, I decided I wanted to include Raw from last night in this post. You can follow me on Twitter @MJWesney. Also, if you like dark stories and poetry, you can check out my other blog, here: https://darkpoetrycom.wordpress.com/
Thanks for reading guys.

Friday, March 31, 2017

WWE Hall of Fame 2017




   It's finally here. Wrestlemania weekend. A very exciting time. To start off Wrestlemania weekend, I thought I would give my thoughts on the class of 2017 for the Hall of Fame tonight. I also want to share my favorite Hall of Fame moment.

To start off, I want to talk about the biggest surprise going into the Hall of Fame. Kurt Angle. Kurt Angle is a gold medalist who had a very successful WWE career, but stepped away from the company for 11 years. No one knew what happened, or if he was coming back. (If you want to know why he stepped away, and you have the WWE Network, then check out his interview with Corey Graves.) Anyway, when they were going to announce the first inductee into the Hall of Fame, Kurt Angle was the last person I expected. I just didn't know if he was going to do anything with WWE anymore, because he was in TNA.
But, I'm glad he's going into the Hall of Fame. It's very well deserved.

The next inductee I got excited for was DDP. This is a man who I respect a lot, not just for wrestling but also because of the type of human being he is. DDP saved Jake the Snake and Scott Hall from dying, and helped put them into shape. (Check out the Resurrection of Jake the Snake. Warning: it will make you laugh, cry, yell, and cry some more. But it's a good documentary.) So also well deserved. Another surprise is the fact that Eric Bischoff is inducting him. Yes, you read that correctly. Could this mean Bischoff might do something with WWE? Maybe even be the new RAW GM? Who knows. Guess we'll wait and see. But I'm excited nonetheless.

The other inductees include:
Beth Phoenix
Teddy Long
The Rock N Roll Express
Rick Rude
Erie LeGrand (For the warrior award)

Now to end this, I am going to share my favorite moment from the Hall of Fame. Mick Foley was inducted in the class of 2013. In his speech, he talked about how he never beat Chris Jericho. So during his speech, Jericho(who was in the front row) got up on the stage and lied down. So Foley dropped an elbow on Jericho, and then CM Punk goes on stage and counts 1,2,3. It was a great moment.
Here's the link to the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqQDueIkfDc

Hope you guys enjoyed this, and I hope you enjoy the Hall of Fame on the WWE Network. If you do miss it, USA will be showing a 1 hr version after Raw.
Thanks for reading guys.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why I think Robby J Fonts is perfect for Stuck Mojo




    So today I want to discuss why I think Robby J is the perfect front man for Stuck Mojo. Now before I start, I just want you to know that this is just my opinion. I'm not going to tell you that you have to like him, because you don't. You have the right to like him or hate him. I was just want to give my reasons as to why I think he is perfect in Stuck Mojo.

To start; Robby grew up listening to Stuck Mojo. (If you don't believe me, you can check out my interview with him, right here on my blog. The title is From fan to front man.) Because of this, he knows what Stuck Mojo is all about. So he has knowledge of what Stuck Mojo songs should sound like. It's not like Rich Ward just plucked a random kid off the street. He knew exactly what he was doing when he picked Robby.

Another thing; Robby has passion and energy. A perfect example of this is in Stuck Mojo's music video for Rape Whistle. You can check it out on their YouTube channel. It's a pretty sweet video. Anyway, if you watch Robby perform, you can see the passion in his performance. From the way he moves about the stage like a crazy man, to the way he can grab the attention of the crowd. Now, I've never seen him perform in person(though I hope to some day), I have done some research on YouTube. A perfect example of his performance is from when Stuck Mojo played at Brutal Assault last year.

The last thing I want to touch on, to go along with his passion, is his passion for writing and making music. He works really hard because he cares about the music his makes. In the interview I did with him, he talked about working with Rich Ward in the studio and how they got along. I also asked him about future projects, and he talked about doing some solo stuff since Rich is in Fozzy. So you can tell he is really passionate, cause he doesn't seem like a slacker. He's a hardworking, passionate, intelligent guy.

So these are some reasons as to why I think Robby J is perfect for Stuck Mojo. He gives the music this energy that they really needed, and I think he is going to continue doing great in the future. For those of you who don't like him, I respect your opinion, but I hope that maybe this will make you respect Robby a little bit. He is working hard and doing well in Stuck Mojo. But again, I'm not trying to make you like him.

Thanks for reading guys. Be forever metal.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wrestlemania 33 thoughts




    So in honor of Wrestlemania week; I've decided to share my Wrestelemania thoughts. Most of my thoughts aren't great, and what I mean is, I have nothing good to say about Wrestlemania. Except for one thing. I will say that I am looking forward to the US championship match between Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens. Honestly, out of all the matches on the card, this is the one I'm looking forward to the most. Now on to the rest.

I was really looking forward to the Seth Rollins, Triple H match. Mostly because I wanted this match so bad last year, but it didn't happen because Seth was injured. When Seth got injured again, I was a little upset. Mostly because I feel that caused WWE to come up with bad booking. It wasn't Seth's fault, cause injuries happen. But I feel that the story and build up would have been better, had the injury not happened. I know officials were scrambling, trying to come up with ideas. Which is why it's not as great as it could be, but it's not bad either. The match might still turn out great, hopefully.

Another big match I want to talk about is Undertaker's match against Roman Reigns. I'm calling this match big because I feel that any match with the Undertaker is big. I could care less about Roman Reigns. Now the build up to this to me is meh. Like, they're trying to make Roman look strong and act so tough. Do they really think we're buying this crap? Is it me, or did they just not have any good ideas with this match? Or any on the card for that matter.

I just have a feeling that this Wrestlemania isn't going to be as great as it could be. I could be wrong, and I hope I am. But I have a bad feeling.
Honestly, the things I'm looking forward to are the Hall of Fame, and NXT Takeover Orlando. I will be doing separate posts for those two events, so I can go a little in depth with each one. So keep an eye out for that.
I will also be doing a Wrestlemania after thought. I will be watching the whole pay per view, so I'll give you my thoughts and overall.

Hope you guys enjoyed my thoughts. If you want to share your Wrestlemania thoughts with me, or even discuss the ones I gave, you can leave a comment or send me a tweet @MJWesney.
Thanks for reading guys. Hope you enjoy Wrestlemania week.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Blood Divisions "Cardinal One" (featuring Chris Jericho)





    Hey guys.
    So my recommendation today is the album "Cardinal One" by Blood Divisions. From my understanding, Blood Divisions is a side project by Chris Jericho. Now, if you love Jericho's vocals from Fozzy and you also love heavy music, then this album is for you.
These songs are heavy and will get stuck in your head. Which is great. That's how it should be.

Now just like in Fozzy, Jericho's vocals will blow you away. I was honestly surprised. Cause this isn't Fozzy. This is Chris Jericho along with current and former members of the bands Nasty Savage, Obituary, Testament, Death, Iced Earth, Massacre, and Six Feet Under. I've listened to some other music covers and projects that Jericho has done with people not in Fozzy, and I never liked them. Mostly because I didn't hear good chemistry.

But when you listen to "Cardinal One", you can tell there is good chemistry among these guys. I honestly hope they do more. You should definitely check this out and hear for yourself. It's on YouTube, and I think it's also on ITunes.  
Prepare to be blown away with the amazing beat of the drums, the beautiful guitar playing, along with the amazing vocals of Chris Jericho.

From what I've heard, I would definitely give this album an 8/10.

I hope you enjoy this album. Also, if you want to know what songs are good; I love "Hot N Ready" and "Sympathy"(Which reminds me of the band Extermination, as far as the vocals and instrumental. You can check out my post about them.)

Anyway, enjoy this heavy album. I hope you will love it as much as I do. I'm glad I could share this recommendation with you. Leave a comment if you would like to share your feedback. You can also send me a tweet @MJWesney.
Thanks for reading. Be forever metal.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Update (What to look forward to in April)



           Hey guys. So I want to give you an update on what to expect on my blog in April. First off, I am going to be doing an interview with Vicky Psarakis from The Agonist. I'm hoping to conduct the interview and get it posted in April.
I'm also going to be doing some conversations with Stuck Mojo frontman Robby J. We will be discussing topics such as: Is metal dead?, Young musician complaints(which I will explain in a second), and Does music change us as a person?
I'm looking forward to seeing what Robby J has to say about these topics. I actually might discuss all of these with him and do it like a podcast, instead of doing three separate conversations. I'll keep you updated on that.

So about the young musician complaints. I've heard and read some musicians that have been around for a long time, like Alice Cooper, talk about these young musicians complaining about touring. There are some who are complaining about touring, and it makes me think that young musicians don't have any passion, and that they're just in it for the money and fame. That's just my opinion, and I'm not going to get into it, because I will be discussing it with Robby J. With him being a young musician himself, I'm very curious about what he has to say.

So those are some things to look forward to next month. If I come up with more, I will let you guys know. Like to an update part 2.
If you have some suggestions on what you want to see, maybe some interviews you would like to read, let me know in the comments. I will try to get them set up.
Thanks for reading guys.