IRON MAIDEN – HALLOWED BE THY NAME – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week. Today we take a trip back to one of the most classic songs by Iron Maiden from their third studio album called “The Number of the Beast’ for the track “Hallowed Be Thy Name.”

The track written by Steve Harris documents a prisoner being hanged for his crimes. This is one of Iron Maiden’s most popular songs and a concert staple because it’s one of the band’s favorite songs to play live. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” is also one of the most covered songs in their catalog with versions by Cradle of Filth, Iced Earth and Dream Theater to name a few.

The band were sued twice over a section of the lyrics that were taken from the British band Beckett’s 1973 song “Life’s Shadow.” Both cases were settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

The song reached #9 on the UK music chart and #16 on the Irish music chart. Iron Maiden also re-recorded it for use in the UK on Channel 4’s 2007 series “Live From Abbey Road” as well as a version for BBC Radio which was used as a B side on the single of “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg” from the “A Matter of Life and Death” album released in 2014.

Check out the original album track as well as a live version at Hammersmith Odeon in the UK from 1982 while the band were on the “Beast on the Road” tour for the album.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME  – ALBUM VERSION

HALLOWED BE THY NAME – LIVE IN THE UK 1982

KREATOR – BETRAYER

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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”

MEGADETH – ALICE COOPER – NO MORE MR. NICEGUY – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1989 to the movie “Shocker” for the track “No More Mr. Niceguy” by Megadeth, as well as the original by Alice Cooper released in 1973.

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The original track by the Alice Cooper Band originally appeared on the band’s sixth album “Billion Dollar Babies.” In the song Cooper details the reactions of his mother’s church group about Cooper’s stage performances.  Cooper felt that if they wanted to complain, well then the gloves were off and he was ready.

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Megadeth covered the song for the “Shocker” movie soundtrack and released it as a single in January 1990 and the track did really well on the music charts in Ireland, Finland and the U.K. The video for the song features new band members at that time, Marty Friedman and Nick Menza, who had been chosen to join the Megadeth fold after the departures of drummer Chuck Behler and guitarist Jeff Young. The song was also included on their 1995 B-side album called “Hidden Treasures.”

CHECK OUT THE VIDEOS BELOW FOR “NO MORE MR. NICEGUY”

ALICE COOPER – LIVE CAPITOL THEATER – 1981

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ANTHRAX – ARMED AND DANGEROUS

It’s Wednesday and today we go back to 1985 to the first EP by Anthrax called Armed and Dangerous and the first to feature singer Joey Belladonna.

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L to R: Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna and Dan Spitz

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and Geeks of Doom

The last two songs on the  EP, “Soldiers of Metal” and “Howling Furies” were recorded with the previous lineup of  Anthrax which included: Neil Turbin – vocals, Scott Ian and Dan Spitz – guitars, Greg D’Angelo – drums and Dan Lilker – bass.  Charlie Benate who joined Anthrax in 1983 re-recorded many of the drum tracks for the EP, while Dan Lilker went on to join Nuclear Assault and was replaced by Charlie’s nephew, Frank Bello.

The song “Armed and Dangerous”  which also appears on Spreading The Disease is similar to the EP version, however it was remixed to include a fade-in intro leading into the acoustic guitar melody. The song “Raise Hell” was an original recording for the EP, and the band did a cover version of the Sex Pistols song “God Save the Queen.” Definitely a classic!

LOUDNESS – CRAZY NIGHTS – METAL REWIND

Today we take a trip back to 1985 to the song “Crazy Nights” off the fifth album by Loudness called Thunder In the East. They are the first Japanese band to have an album on the Billboard 200 chart and have it remain on the chart for 23 consecutive weeks.

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L to R:  Masayoshi Yamashita, Akira Takasaki, Minoru Niihara  & Munetaka Higuchi

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and Discogs

Loudness who hail from Osaka, Japan formed in 1980 after guitarist Akira Takasaki, former bassist bassist Hiroyuki Tanaka and drummer Munetaka Higuchi left their previous band due to creative differences. However soon after Tanaka decided not to be part of the new group so Takasaki recruited his childhood friend, Masayoshi Yamashita on bass to replace him. Singer Minoru Niihara was hired and Loudness was born. Their first four albums were sung in Japanese, however for this album all the songs were sung in English. Their contract with their label, Atco Records made them the first Japanese metal band in history to sign an international record deal.

Crazy Nights is catchy tune that showcases some great guitar and vocal work especially for a singer who only spoke Japanese at the time. For years people would ask the band: “What do the letters M-Z-A mean?” In an interview, Minoru Niihara said that it actually means nothing. While doing pre-production on the Thunder In The East album, the producer asked Niihara to sing something for an unfinished part of the song and out came M-Z-A which ended up in the final track after the band could not find a line to replace it! Niihara has also said that in past interviews he would tell people it means My Zebra’s Ass.

Loudness have had a long career and have released over 30 albums, various singles and videos. The band has undergone several lineup changes and sadly original drummer Munetaka Higuchi passed away from cancer in 2009 at age 49.

For more on Loudness, visit their website here or visit their official Facebook page

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PANTERA – PROUD TO BE LOUD

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Happy Wednesday and Happy September Metalheads. Hope you’re all having a great week so far. recently I was watching videos on a channel on my Roku player called “Metal Mania” and came across a video from Pantera during their early “glam” days. Since I wasn’t really much of a fan of theirs back then, I figured let’s go back in time today to 1988 to their fourth album, the first with singer Phil Anselmo called “Power Metal” for the track “Proud to be Loud.” 

The album released on Metal Magic Records has more of a thrash sound to it than their earlier releases and includes the track, “Proud to be Loud” which was produced by Keel guitarist, Marc Ferrari. The album itself was produced by Jerry Abbott, Dimebag Darrell and Vinny Paul’s father.  Jerry who is also a country music songwriter and producer had worked on the production of some of Pantera’s earlier albums early in their career.

Check out the live video below for “Proud to be Loud”

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.

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WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE BAND TO SEE LIVE?

Hey Metalheads! Happy August! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I’ve decided to extend last month’s who’s 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 band live. Last week it was Dokken vs. RATTWhile I really like both my choice:

DOKKEN

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Here are this week’s choices:

MOTLEY CRUE

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VS.

W.A.S.P.

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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!

FORBIDDEN – STEP BY STEP – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1988 to the second album by San Francisco’s Forbidden called “Twisted Into Form” for the track “Step By Step.”

The video was in constant rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and with the addition of guitarist Tim Calvert, the album turned out to be more melodic from their first album. The lineup includes Russ Anderson – vocals, Tim Calvert and Craig Locicero – guitars, Matt Camacho – bass and Paul Bostaph (Testament, Slayer, Exodus)  – drums. The band released two more albums before disbanding in 1997 with Bostaph joining Slayer. They reunited in 2001 under their original name Forbidden Evil for Thrash of the Titans, the benefit concert for Chuck Billy and Chuck Schuldiner from the band Death (who sadly passed away from cancer, a few months after the concert) and again in 2007.

Forbidden has not performed or released any new material since 2012, however guitarist Craig Locicero stated in an interview that they are still under contract with Nuclear Blast, however, while there are no plans to do anything, never say never.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “STEP BY STEP”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE BAND TO SEE LIVE?

Hey Metalheads! Happy August! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I’ve decided to extend last month’s who’s 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 band live. Last week it was Bon Jovi vs. Gret WhiteWhile I like both my choice:

BON JOVI 

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Here are this week’s choices:

DOKKEN

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VS.

RATT

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UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 01: Photo of RATT (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

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!