HADES – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads. Hope you all had a great week. Yesterday I posted a blog about a new interview with Dan Lorenzo on “It’s All About the Riff” which you can re-read here.

For today’s Metal Rewind I’ve resurrected the post I did last year on one of my all-time favorite bands called Hades founded by Dan.  Formed in 1978, Hades began playing the circuit and released their 7″ EP “Deliver Us From Evil” in 1982. After a few lineup changes, the band handed out some demos and rehearsal tapes throughout the underground scene and interviewed with some local fanzines in the NY/NJ area to get their name out.

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Hades was then soon heard on the Megaforce compilation “Born To Metalize” and Metal Blade’s “Metal Massacre VI.” This led to Torrid Records signing the band and the label released their first full-length album “Resisting Success” in 1987. The album recorded in New Jersey showcases Hades talent, great vocals, blistering guitars and songs that keep you hooked in from the first track “The Leaders?” all the way to the 3 part “Masque of the Red Death. In 1988, they released their second full-length album “If At First You Don’t Succeed” which led to opening slots on tours with Slayer, Anthrax, Overkill, Megadeth and Testament to name a few as well as shows at different venues including the now-defunct L’amour Brooklyn and The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Hades left for their first European tour in 1989, but unfortunately, it was to be their last. Tensions between the band members caused the band to break up and members Dan Lorenzo and Alan Tecchio formed Non Fiction while drummer Tom Coombs ended up joining Doro Pesch’s band. Jimmy Schulman went on to lend his services to a few bands and Ed Fuhrman became involved with martial arts but eventually decided to return to music.

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In 1991, Hades released “Live On Location” which was taped at the now-defunct Studio One in New Jersey for their first reunion show. The band went on to release “Exist to Resist” in 1996 which contained a mix of old and new songs. Metal Blade quickly signed Hades and consequently released “$avior Self” in 1998. This led to a performance at Wacken Open Air in 2000 where they were joined by Jimmy Schulman on bass and Ron Lipinicki on drums. However, after the release of “Damnation” in 2001, Hades once again broke up and the members went on to various musical projects.

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In 2004, Mausoleum Records re-released the first two Hades albums and Cruz Del Sur released the DVD “Bootlegged in Boston 1988” in 2009. Several reunion shows have since taken place in their native New Jersey, and a second DVD “Hades: Re-United and Re-Ignited” of their reunion show at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey was released in 2010. Currently, Dan and Jimmy Schulman are in Vessel of Light along with Ron Lipnicki and Nathan Opposition. Alan Tecchio is working on several solo projects and the rest of the band are working on several different projects on their own.

The first time I heard Hades was about 10 years ago when a friend was playing “Live On Location” and from the minute I heard “The Leaders?” I was blown away. Check out the links below including a live show from Erie, PA. Classic indeed.

HADES SHOW FROM 2001 – ERIE, PA

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CHECK OUT DAN’S INTERVIEW ON “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RIFF” BELOW

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dan+lorenzo+its+all+about+the+riff

CHECK OUT VESSEL OF LIGHT GUITARIST DAN LORENZO’S DOCUMENTARY ON THE DEBUT EPISODE OF “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RIFF”

Hey Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great Thursday! In case you missed it the other day, check out The Metallicave Radio Show interview with Vessel of Light guitarist, Dan Lorenzo. Below is the press release Dan wrote regarding his appearance on the show.

ALL ABOUT THE RIFF/DAN LORENZO DOCUMENTARY

Back in early March, Vessel of Light played three shows in NY/NJ. Jason Stewart did a video interview with our singer Nathan Opposition. Nathan commented that he’d be flying back to NJ in June to do a five day run with Vessel of Light. We were supposed to be playing at the Maryland Doom Fest plus four other shows last week. Before the corona-virus shutdown, we had plans to release our 4th album in 2021.

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A few days after our last show in March Jason Stewart came to my house to film a lengthy interview with me, guitar in hand. I discussed my times with HadesNon-Fiction and The Cursed with Bobby Blitz.

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THE CURSED

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Due to the stay-at-home orders, we are way ahead with our next record. I wrote and recorded my guitar parts to sixteen new songs and drummer Ron Lipnicki has tracked fourteen of those. I told Ron to “go off” on this record and I doubt many drummers could pull off the intricate rhythms Ron has laid down. Jimmy Schulman and Nathan will be tracking their parts in July and August so we could have a new single out in September and a brand new full-length album/CD in late September or October. A California label Nomad Eel Records will be releasing the CD first and then vinyl in early 2021.

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Now, I mentioned Ron recorded some complicated drum tracks for our new album. My riffs are still very simple. Pretty much anybody who has played guitar for a few months could probably play most of these songs. For some reason Jason has chosen me to debut his new video series It’s All About The Riff. Jason has spent countless hours these last three months editing my (musical) life story.

CHECK OUT THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE INTERVIEW

It’s All About the Riff featuring Dan Lorenzo

Don’t forget to check out Vessel of Light, Hades, Non-Fiction and The Cursed and the latest album by Vessel of Light – “Thy Serpent Rise” is also available on all streaming services. Check out Dan’s website here for all the latest news and updates on ALL his musical endeavors!! Great interview Dan! Rock on and thanks for some awesome music over the years!

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE BAND TO SEE LIVE?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. This month it’s all about your FAVORITE BAND LIVE and I want to hear from you. Each week I’ll choose two bands and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite Female musician. Last week it was Lizzy Hale – Halestorm vs. Simone Simmons – Epica. My choice:

SIMONE SIMMONS – EPICA

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Here are this week’s choices:

JUDAS PRIEST

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VS.

IRON MAIDEN

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I look forward to your responses. Let me know in the comments below who your favorite is. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – INSTITUTIONALIZED – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you had a great week! Today we’re stepping back in time to 1983 to the self-titled debut album by Suicidal Tendencies for the track “Institutionalized.”

This was the only single to be released off this album, but it is one of their most popular songs and is always on the setlist for their shows. The video depicts Mike being misunderstood by his parents and friends and while his parents decide to take matters into their own hands to get him help, he assures us that he’s okay and he’ll figure it out, he just wants a Pepsi.

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Mike’s parents are portrayed by actors Jack Nance known for his roles in many of David Lynch’s movies including Eraserhead, Dune and Blue Velvet to name a few and Mary Woronov, a renowned actress, author and painter, who has appeared in several movies and television shows and worked with the late Andy Warhol.

Suicial Tendencies started out as a punk band but crossed over to thrash metal in the mid 80’s. The song “Institutionalized” has been used in several movies and video games and has been covered by several bands including Ice T’s Body Count on their 2014 album “Manslaughter” billed as “Institutionalized 2014.” Check out the original video below and  if you look at the video closely, you’ll see a guest appearance by a member of Slayer.  Let me know in comments below who you see.

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – INSTITUTIONALIZED

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE MUSICIAN?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. This month it’s all about the LADIES WHO ROCK and I want to hear from you guys on your favorite. Each week I’ll choose two ladies and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite Female musician. Last week it was Kim McAuliffe – Girlschool vs. Betsy Bitch – Bitch. My choice:

BETSY BITCH – BITCH

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Here are this week’s choices:

LIZZY HALE – HALESTORM

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VS.

SIMONE SIMMONS – EPICA

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I look forward to your responses. Let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

HEAVY METAL BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DAY!

Happy Tuesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week. Today’s post is a little different since a few metallers are celebrating birthdays today. Check out the list below:

CHUCK BILLY

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The Testament and Dublin Death Patrol vocalist celebrates his 58th birthday today, June 23rd. Chuck, who replaced Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza in Testament in 1986, has been an integral part of what makes them one of the greatest bands to come out of the Bay Area. Chuck, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and underwent chemotherapy treatments has since been given a clean bill of health.  The band are currently working on their next album and are scheduled to tour in 2020.

TESTAMENT – NATIVE BLOOD

LIZZY BORDEN

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The Me Against The World singer also celebrates his 60th birthday today. Lizzy, (born Gregory Harges) who named the band after the axe murderess Lizzie Borden has been the frontman since 1983. He was also the vocalist for a side project called Starwood and got his start singing for a band called Diamond Dogs, prior to forming Lizzy Borden. The band went on tour with their “30 years of American Metal” show across the country in 2013 and released their first album in 11 years called “My Midnight Things” last June.

LIZZIE BORDEN – UNDER YOUR SKIN

GLENN DANZIG

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Glenn Danzig who founded the Misfits, Samhain and Danzig turns 65 today as well. Glenn born in New Jersey is also an avid fan of horror, gore and the occult and founded an adult oriented comic book company called Verotik. Glenn has often been compared to Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley as far as his vocal style goes but has also written songs for Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Danzig released their eleventh studio album “Black Laden Crown in 2017.

DANZIG – HER BLACK WINGS

CHRIS HOLMES

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The former W.A.S.P. guitarist turns 62 today. Chris, who was the lead guitar player in W.A.S.P., left the band in 1990  but rejoined in 1996 staying until 2001. He released his solo album, Nothing To Lose, in 2012 in which he teamed up with Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor from Motorhead. His second album, Shitting Bricks was released in 2015 and he has a new album “Under The Influence” coming out at the end of the year.

CHRIS HOLMES  – BORN WORK DIE

W.A.S.P. – WILD CHILD

Happy Birthday boys!!

GOTHIC SLAM – WHO DIED AND MADE YOU GOD – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1989 to a thrash band from Hoboken, New Jersey called Gothic Slam. Formed in 1984, Gothic Slam released two albums, Killer Instinct on Torrid Records in 1988 and 1989’s Just A Face In The Crowd album on Epic records which included the song “Who Died And Made You God.”

“Who Died And Made You God” was played regularly on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and the band often played the New York/New Jersey area club circuit at many now defunct classic metal clubs including Studio One in NJ,  Streets in New Rochelle, NY and L’amour’s in Brooklyn, NY. The lineup included Daniel Gomez (Vocals), Klaude Ryker (Guitar), Billy Genese (Guitar), J.T. (Bass) and Dave Chavarri (Drums). Gothic Slam had gained respect of many of their peers and fans because they considered themselves kids in the crowd. Although the band broke up, drummer Dave Chavarri who spent time in M.O.D. and Laaz Rockit went on to form Ill Nino in 1998. Singer Daniel Gomez also had a stint in Ill Nino.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “WHO DIED AND MADE YOU GOD”

 

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE MUSICIAN?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. This month it’s all about the LADIES WHO ROCK and I want to hear from you guys on your favorite. Each week I’ll choose two ladies and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite Female musician. Last week it was Lee Aaron vs. Lorraine Lewis. This was a really tough choice but my choice:

LEE AARON

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Here are this week’s choices:

KIM MCAULIFFE – GIRLSCHOOL

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VS.

BETSY BITCH – BITCH

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I look forward to your responses. Let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

KREATOR – BETRAYER -METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1989 to a song from the fourth album by the German band Kreator called “Extreme Aggression” for the song “Betrayer.”

Kreator released a video for the song which was heavily featured on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and “Extreme Aggression” was the first album by the band to be released on Epic Records in the United States. While the band had gained a large fan base from touring with D.R.I. in 1987, the video helped to put them on the map and secure a spot on tours with Suicidal Tendencies and Coroner throughout North America.

Although the lineup has changed over the years, their current lineup has been the same since 2001 and in 2010 signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast. To date the band has released 14 albums, including the album “Gods of Violence” in 2017. In an interview with “Guitar Interactive” in 2018, singer/guitarist Mille Petrozza said that the band plans to take 2019 off to record their new album with an anticipated summer 2020 release date.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “BETRAYER”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE MUSICIAN?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. This month it’s all about the LADIES WHO ROCK and I want to hear from you guys on your favorite. Each week I’ll choose two ladies and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite Female musician. Last week it was Lita Ford vs. Doro Pesch. This was a really tough choice but my choice:

DORO PESCH

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Here are this week’s choices:

 

LEE AARON

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VS.

LORRAINE LEWIS

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I look forward to your responses. Let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!