Hey everyone and welcome to a new blog here on www.RoadRunnerRecords.com in association with www.wrestlingnewsworld.com where I will be discussing the week in music in the wrestling world.

Primarily this blog will be focussing on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as they use many artists to produce themes for the wrestlers, TV shows and pay per views, whereas Total Non Stop Action (TNA) tend to use for in house music for their programming.

A little bit about myself to start off. My name is Chris and I have been writing ‘Chris Reviews Smackdown’ for www.wrestlingnewsworld.com for nearly two years now as well as various pay per view review and prediction blogs. I am also a metal DJ in my hometown of Northampton. I have a keen interest in both wrestling and metal, especially the more extreme side such as of the genre and my DJ sets tend to reflect this!

My favourite bands include Lamb of God, Cannibal Corpse, Carnifex, Killswitch Engage, The Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm, Amon Amarth, All Shall Perish, Hatebreed, Slayer, Slipknot, Machine Head and Sacred Mother Tongue to name a few.

Metal and wrestling have been synonymous with each other since the mid nineties with major artists such as Limp Bizkit, P.O.D Saliva and Kid Rock often performing live at WWE events, whilst bands such as Metallica, Sevendust, ACDC and others regularly provide the theme song to WWE pay per views.

This week I would like to focus on WWE Monday Night RAW and WWE Friday Night Smackdown as both have recently received new theme songs. RAW now has Nickelback’s ‘Burn It To The Ground’ and Smackdown has Divide The Day’s ‘Let It Roll’

For each song I review in this blog I will rate it between one and five stars much as we do for wrestling matches

RAW Theme – Nickelback: Burn It To The Ground

This song has replaced the awesome ‘…To Be Loved’ song by Papa Roach which had been the theme to RAW since 2007 so had a lot to live up to. Thankfully Nickelback deliver big time here with a stomping anthem that will soon become synonymous with WWE’s flagship show. A good bouncing beat, grooving riffs and a crazy solo all combine with Chad’s gruff vocals and lyrics to make this an excellent soundtrack to our Monday night viewing. Whilst most people will be familiar with Nickelback’s slower commercial hits such as ‘Rockstar’ and ‘How You Remind Me’, this song is a perfect example of the bouncier and groovier sound found of many of their albums.

Chris’ Star Rating: ****

Smackdown Theme – Divide The Day: Let It Roll

This song has replaced Rise Against’s ‘If You Rock Like Me’ which I found to be incredibly annoying and whiny. Unlike RAW, Smackdown, and ECW (the third brand in WWE) change their theme songs fairly regularly so this was a welcome move. I was not familiar with the South Californian quintet before hearing this song so I have checked out some of their other material and I have to say this is certainly a band that has changed its sound to make themselves more marketable. The band’s early offerings such as 2005’s ‘Pretty Girls with Ugly Boys’ featured some pretty heavy and brutal tunes that I guess could be tagged as Screamo or Metalcore. However with their forthcoming release the band have modified their sound, and become something of a mix between Avenged Sevenfold (they clearly model their image on A7X as well!) and Saliva. This song is the perfect example of that sound and is very comparable to Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘Almost Easy’, just without the crunching riffs. I do not dislike this song, but unlike Nickelback, it does not stand out in any way and sounds fairly generic with a very basic rhythm and simplistic vocals. So whilst this is a hundred times better than Rise Against, I was hoping for something more as a theme song for the show that had previously featured songs from Drowning Pool and Marilyn Manson as its theme tunes.

Chris’ Star Rating: **1/2

Each week I will be compiling an ultimate wrestling music playlist where I will be telling you about the best songs from the past and present in both WWE and TNA and informing you which album (if any) the tracks are located on. This week it is the theme of current WWE mega star CM Punk.

The Ultimate Wrestling Playlist #1 – Killswitch Engage – This Fire Burns (CM Punk’s theme song) – Found on WWE Wreckless Intent (2006, BMG)

If someone asked me to pick my favourite wrestling song of all time, it would without a doubt by ‘This Fire Burns’, not only that but I would say that if you can to pick one song to define the Metalcore genre in general then this would be the perfect sing to do so. Powerful and heavy riffs fluctuate throughout the song and a soaring epic chorus makes this perhaps one of Killswitch’s finest moments and I am very surprised they never committed this song to any of their own albums. There is a funny back story to how this song came in to WWE, Popular heel (this means bad guy in wrestling terms) Randy Orton took this song to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and requested it to be used for his personal music, however after only one appearance with the song, it was taken from Orton and given to debuting ECW star CM Punk which infuriated Orton and apparently he is still bitter about it to this day. This song perfectly suits the character of CM Punk whether he is playing a babyface (this means good guy in wrestling terms) or a heel. I regularly play ‘This Fire Burns’ in my DJ sets and it always gets a great response to the point where many of the Northampton Metal scene are now familiar with it! I urge any Metalcore fans out there to check out this awesome tune and add it to your collection!

That is all for this debut edition of Chris Considers The Week In Wrestling Music. If you have any comments, queries or suggestions feel free to drop me an email to [email protected] Please check us out over at www.wrestlingnewsworld.com for all of your WWE, TNA and ROH news, rumours and spoilers! I shall be back next week probably on Thursday. I hope you all have a metal week and keep headbanging!

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