WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ALBUM?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite album. Each week I’ll chose two classic albums and please let me know in the comments below which one you’d pick.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite album. Last week it was Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil vs. Def Leppard – Pyromania. This was a tough choice but my pick came down to:

MOTLEY CRUE – SHOUT AT THE DEVIL

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Here are this week’s choices:

MEGADETH – PEACE SELLS…BUT WHO’S BUYING?

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VS.

METALLICA – RIDE THE LIGHTNING

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I look forward to reading your responses and 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!

 

RONNIE JAMES DIO – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you are having a great week after the long holiday weekend. Today we’re going to remember the life and career of Ronnie James Dio who would have been 77 this past Wednesday, July 10th.

Ronald Padavona began his music career in 1957 with a band called The Vegas Kings playing bass. Eventually, he began singing and changed the band name, as well as his name to Ronnie Dio after mobster Johnny Dio. In 1967, after his previous band disbanded, Ronnie formed Electric Elves, later shortened to Elf and recorded three studio albums while securing the opening act slot with Deep Purple. Ronnie caught the ear of Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and recruited Ronnie for his new band Rainbow after splitting with Deep Purple. Rainbow released their debut album in 1975 called “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.” However after releasing two more albums as well as a live album, Dio and Blackmore split due to creative differences, as Blackmore was looking to take Rainbow in a more commercial direction. In 1979, Ronnie replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and the band subsequently released “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” which put Sabbath back on the map. During the mixing of “Live Evil,” tensions erupted causing Dio to quit and form his own band, Dio. The band released their debut album “Holy Diver” in 1983. Dio went on to subsequently release 10 albums and although members changed over the years, Ronnie was always touring and recording.

In 2006, Ronnie joined Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice for the “Heaven and Hell tour” and had been touring with Heaven and Hell up until it was announced that he had cancer in 2009. Heaven and Hell cancelled their upcoming summer tour and Ronnie fought to get back to what he loved, however his health deteriorated and he passed away on May 16, 2010 at 7:45AM. His wife, Wendy Dio formed  The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, a non-profit charitable fund dedicated to support cancer prevention research, raise awareness and educate the public about early detection in Ronnie’s honor.

Rest In Peace Ronnie!

Check out some of Ronnie’s best work during his long career:

NEON NIGHTS

LAST IN LINE

HEAVEN AND HELL

HOLY DIVER

MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ALBUM?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite album. Each week I’ll chose two classic albums and please let me know in the comments below which one you’d pick.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite album. Last week it was Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance vs. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast. This was really tough for me because I love both albums but my choice came down to:

 

JUDAS PRIEST – SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE

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Here are this week’s choices:

MOTLEY CRUE – SHOUT AT THE DEVIL

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VS.

DEF LEPPARD – PYROMANIA

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I look forward to reading your responses and 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!

 

WHITESNAKE – STILL OF THE NIGHT – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1987 to a track from the seventh self -titled album by Whitesnake called “Still of the Night.”

The song written by David Coverdale and John Sykes hit #16 on the UK Billboard Chart and #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 U.S. chart when it was released in March of 1987 and combines the blues origins of the band with a more distorted, harder sound driving the song, making it a classic.

The video was the first of many Whitesnake videos to include David’s then wife, Tawny Kitaen and ended up being the most requested video the first week of it’s release. The lineup for the song included David Coverdale – vocals, John Skykes and Adrian Vandenberg – guitars, Neil Murray – bass, Aynsley Dunbar – drums and Don Airey on keyboards. Since the band had changed personnel from the time the song was written until it was recorded, the lineup had changed to Vivian Campbell on guitar along with Adrian Vandenberg, Rudy Sarzo on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

The song and band were often compared to Led Zeppelin, especially Adrian’s bowing guitar technique in the video, however while considering Zeppelin an influence, Coverdale felt that the song stood on it’s own merit. The song still stands the test of time and is one of my all-time favorite metal songs from the 80’s.

CHECK OUT THE CLASSIC VIDEO BELOW:

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ALBUM?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite album. Each week I’ll chose two classic albums and please let me know in the comments below which one you’d pick.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite band. Last week it was Anthrax with Neil Turbin vs. Anthrax with Joey Belladonna vs. Anthrax with John Bush. While it was tough my choice:

ANTHRAX WITH JOEY BELLADONNA

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Now onto this month’s choices:

 

JUDAS PRIEST – SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE

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VS.

IRON MAIDEN – THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

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I look forward to reading your responses and 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!

 

THE METAL WIRE PODCAST – EPISODE #2

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Happy Monday everyone! I am excited to share our episode of The Metal Wire podcast with special guest Dan Lorenzo from Vessel of Light!

I look forward to reading all your comments on this episode and any suggestions on what you’d like to hear in the future.

Thank you to everyone for your support and very special thanks to Dan Lorenzo for a great interview. Enjoy!

METAL WIRE PODCAST #2 – INTERVIEW WITH DAN LORENZO

ACCEPT – FAST AS A SHARK – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1982 for a classic by German metallers Accept from their fourth album “Restless and Wild” for the track “Fast As A Shark.”

The song which begins with a crackly old children’s recording of a traditional German tune titled “Ein Heller und ein Batzen” (A Farthing and a Penny) ended up causing the band some controversy as the song had been a popular marching song during the Nazi era, which the band was unaware of at the time. The song is ranked at #33 in Martin Popoff’s book, The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time.

The album lineup includes: Udo Dirkschneider – vocals, Wolf Hoffmann – all guitars, Stefan Kaufmann – drums, Peter Baltes – bass and Herman Frank – guitar (although credited he didn’t actually perform) and the song is often credited as one of the first speed metal songs.

Accept took a few hiatuses but are still touring today with former TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo after original singer Udo had announced in 2009, that he would not return to the band. Currently guitarist Wolf Hoffman is the only remaining original member of the band and Accept recently appeared at this year’s 70000 Tons of Metal cruise.

ACCEPT – FAST AS A SHARK