HADES – METAL REWIND

 

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Happy Friday Metalheads. Hope you all had a great week. For today’s rewind I’m going to revisit a post on one of my all time favorite bands called Hades. Formed in 1978 by guitarist Dan Lorenzo, 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.

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.

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.

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.

The first time I heard Hades was about 10 years ago when a friend of mine was playing “Live On Location” and from the minute I heard The Leaders? I was blown away. Check out the video below from a show from 2001 in Erie, PA. A classic indeed.

 

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

Hey Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great Wednesdy! I’m on a bit of a vacation this week as I’m moving so I’m reposting an interview with Vessel of Light guitarist, Dan Lorenzo from The Metallicave Radio show. 

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Jason and Dan talk all about his musical journey including his time with HadesNon-Fiction and The Cursed with Bobby Blitz, as well as his current band Vessel of Light.

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NON FICTION

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THE CURSED

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DAN AT “WORK”

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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 – “The Last Ride” is also available for purchase here. 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!

CINDERELLA – NIGHT SONGS – METAL REWIND

L To R: Fred Coury, Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham and Jeff LaBar

L To R: Fred Coury, Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham and Jeff LaBar

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia

Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the first album by Cinderella called “Night Songs” released on Mercury Records in the US and Vertigo Records in Europe.

Although Cinderella released “Shake Me” as their first single and video, the album didn’t really catch on until the release of “Nobody’s Fool”, which reached #13 on the Billboard Top 20 in 1986. Cinderella also secured an opening slot on Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet tour and the combination propelled the album to triple platinum status.

Cinderella released “Somebody Save Me” as their third single and video with guest stars Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora at the end of the video. The song however, only reached #66 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1987. The band lineup for Night Songs includes: Tom Keifer – vocals and guitar, Jeff LaBar – guitar, Eric Brittingham – bass and although drummer Fred Coury joined the band in 1985, the drum tracks on the album had already been completed by session drummer Jody Cortez. The band also released a video compilation called “Night Songs: The Videos which featured 3 live songs from their 1986 tour, as well as the videos for “Shake Me”, “Nobody’s Fool” and “Somebody Save Me.”

While the band went on hiatus a few times and have played several reunion shows, they stopped playing once again in 2017. Singer Tom Keifer said in an interview that the band at this point has no plans to reunite due to internal differences. Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone!

POISON – TALK DIRTY TO ME

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope your week is going well so far. Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the first album by Poison “Look What The Cat Dragged In” for the track “Talk Dirty to Me”.

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I remember seeing this video on MTV when it first premiered and then happened to see the album cover after and I remember thinking who is this new girl band? Needless to say the song grew on me and it became one of the most popular songs off the album and was in heavy rotation on MTV. Poison are often credited for being one of the first bands to start the glam metal movement. The band has noted in interviews that they were heavily influenced by KISS and Aerosmith for their “glam” image.

The album spawned 3 more hits for the band including “Cry Tough”, “I Want Action” and the ballad “I Won’t Forget You”.

The original 4 members reunited in 1996, when guitarist C.C. DeVille returned to the band after he was fired in 1991 for his excessive drug use. DeVille eventually got clean and the band are still touring together as of last summer with no signs of slowing down. “Nothing But a Good Time” with these boys.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “TALK DIRTY TO ME” BELOW

 

HURRICANE – I’M ON TO YOU – METAL REWIND

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Pictures courtesy of Melodic Hard Rock and Amazon

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1988, to a song by the band Hurricane called “I’m On To You” off their second album, “Over The Edge.”

Comprised of Kelly Hansen on vocals, Robert Sarzo on guitar, Tony Cavazo on bass and Jay Schellen on drums, Hurricane had minor success with the album, “Over The Edge” including hitting #92 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. The album also includes a cover of Alice Cooper’s, “I’m Eighteen” and Sarzo and Cavazo are the younger brothers of Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo respectively.

The band has changed lineups numerous times and singer Kelly Hansen has gone on to become the current frontman for Foreigner. Drummer Jay Schellen currently works with a number of different bands including Asia and Yes and guitarist Robert Sarzo and bassist Tony Cavazo remain active in the music industry today.

Check out the video below with Bobbie Brown from Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” video:

BANG TANGO – SOMEONE LIKE YOU

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1989 to the debut album by Bang Tango called “Psycho Cafe” for the track “Someone Like You.”

The band which formed in 1988, had been playing in clubs around the Sunset Strip. As the band gained popularity several record labels were interested in the band before they signed with MCA Records. “Someone Like You” received substantial airplay on MTV, especially on Headbanger’s Ball and the album reached #58 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1989. The success of the song and album led to tours with Cheap Trick, L.A. Guns and Bulletboys.

After two more albums the band broke up in 1996, but reformed with original members singer, Joe Leste and bassist Kyle Kyle only.  While they collaborated together in different musical projects, the band once again came to a halt in 1999 and Joe Leste went on to form the band Beautiful Creatures in 2001.

Joe started the band up again in 2003, but he is the only original member of the band currently. There has been talk of a new album, but there is no release date as of yet.

In the meantime, check out the video for “Someone Like You” below

 

EXODUS – FABULOUS DISASTER – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads. Today we take a trip back to 1989 to the third album by San Francisco Bay Area thrash band, Exodus called “Fabulous Disaster.”

The album released by Combat Records features the song “Toxic Waltz”, which was often seen on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. The album also includes a cover of the War song “Low Rider.” The band lineup for “Fabulous Disaster” includes:

  • Steve “Zetro” Souza – Vocals
  • Gary Holt  – Guitars, backing vocals
  • Rick Hunolt – Guitars, backing vocals
  • Rob McKillop – Bass, backing vocals
  • Tom Hunting – Drums, percussion

The album reached #82 on The Billboard 200 chart and the album version’s inner sleeve was printed green with the lyrics, photos and credits for the band.  The AC/DC cover of “Overdose” was left out on some issues of the album due to licensing issues.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW AND GET ON YOUR FEET AND DO “THE TOXIC WALTZ”

OZZY OSBOURNE – DIARY OF A MADMAN

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you are all having a great week! Today we take a trip back to 1981 to the second album by Ozzy Osbourne called “Diary of a Madman” released on November 7, 1981.

This is the last album by Ozzy to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads, who sadly passed away several months later while on tour in support of the album. Bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake were originally involved in the recording of the album, with Daisley providing most of the lyrics and music on the record. During the recording however, they were fired and subsequently replaced by Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge, who are also credited on the album liner notes as well.

“Diary of a Madman” entered the Billboard chart at No. 16 and features three singles that also hit the Mainstream Rock Chart: “Flying High Again”, “Over The Mountain” and “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll”.  On May 10, 1982, “Diary of a Madman” was certified platinum by the RIAA and triple platinum on Oct. 26, 1994.

The cover art for the album features Ozzy’s son Louis from his first marriage along with Ozzy in theatrical makeup.

CHECK OUT THE CLASSIC ALBUM TRACKS BELOW:

EXTREME – KID EGO – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we a trip back to 1989 to the self-titled debut album by the band Extreme released on A & M records for the track, “Kid Ego.”

The band including Gary Cherone – vocals, Nuno Bettencourt – guitar, Paul Geary – drums and Pat Badger – bass, sold around 300,000 units of the album but didn’t really hit it big until their next album, “Pornograffitti.” The band released “Kid Ego” as a single and the video received substantial airplay on MTV.

Extreme went on to huge success with the song, “More Than Words”, but after releasing a few more albums, they disbanded in 1996. Nuno went on to pursue a solo career and vocalist, Gary Cherone went on to join Van Halen, but left when the second album he sang on with the band, was sent back by Warner Brothers. Pat Badger went on to other projects and drummer Paul Geary went on to found Global Artist Management and signed the then-unknown Godsmack. The company was acquired in 2005 by Irving Azoff and relocated to Los Angeles.

Extreme reunited after disbanding in 1996, but have taken some time off over the years. They do however continue to tour on and off and recently played some shows over this past year. Almost all of the original band has gotten back together with the exception of Paul Geary who has been replaced by drummer Kevin Figueiredo.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “KID EGO”

QUEENSRYCHE – QUEENSRYCHE (EP) – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Geoff Tate, Scott Rockenfield, Chris DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Michael Wilton

Hey Metalheads, Happy Wednesday. Hope you’re having a great week so far. Today we take a trip back to 1982 to the self-titled EP by Queensrcyhe which was released independently on 206 records and reissued in 1983 by EMI.

When Queensryche, originally called The Mob, were getting ready to go into the studio, they called upon singer Geoff Tate, who was in another band at the time, to sing on their upcoming recording. The band changed their name to Queensryche after “The Mob” was not available and released the EP which received glowing reviews and prompted Tate to leave his current band to join Queensryche full-time.

In support of the EP, Queensryche went out on tour and opened for bands like Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister. They released “Queen of the Reich” as a single and shot a video for the song. The classic lineup for the EP includes Geoff Tate – vocals, Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo – guitars, Eddie Jackson – bass and Scott Rockenfield – drums.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “QUEEN OF THE RYCHE”