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TESTAMENT – THE NEW ORDER – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1988 to the second album by Testament called “The New Order.”

This album showcased Testament’s sound and brought them to the forefront of thrash metal. Produced by Alex Perialas, the album includes a cover of Aerosmith’s “Nobody’s Fault” and features Chuck Billy on vocals, Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson guitars, Greg Christian on bass and Louie Clemente on drums.

The track listing for “The New Order” is as follows:

  • Eerie Inhabitants
  • The New Order
  • Trial by Fire
  • Into the Pit
  • Hypnosis
  • Disciples of the Watch
  • The Preacher
  • Nobody’s Fault
  • A Day of Reckoning
  • Musical Death (A Dirge)

“Hypnosis” and “Musical Death (A Dirge)” are instrumental tracks and “Into the Pit” and “Nobody’s Fault” were released as singles and the band shot videos for the songs as well. “The Preacher” was also released as a single and guitarist Eric Peterson came up with the cover art concept.

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR NOBODY’S FAULT BELOW

 

VIXEN – EDGE OF A BROKEN HEART

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far. Today we’re going back to 1988 to the debut self-titled album by Vixen for the track “Edge of a Broken Heart.”

The song written by Richard Marx and Fee Waybill reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988 and the album was also co-produced by Marx. The success of the album helped Vixen to secure supporting slots on tours with Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions and Bon Jovi, as well as headlining their own shows as well.

Vixen broke up in 1992 due to musical differences but tried reuniting a few times with different members of the original band in each version. In 2012, guitarist Jan Kuehnemund was planning to reunite the original Vixen lineup with singer Janet Gardner, drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross but sadly was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 2013. The remaining members decided to carry on the Vixen name in her honor.

The band is currently planning to release a new album in 2019, however singer Janet Gardner has since left the band and was replaced with Femme Fatale singer Lorraine Lewis along with current members Roxy Petrucci, Share Ross and Britt Lighting.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “EDGE OF A BROKEN HEART”

ANTHRAX – SATAN’S LOUNGE BAND AT L’AMOUR BROOKLYN, NYC – 1989 – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend. If you haven’t had a chance to catch my podcast interview with Alex Kayne from L’amour – The Rock Capital of Brooklyn, then click on the link below to hear all about the early days of heavy metal at one of the world’s most famous metal clubs in the country.

After my conversation with Alex it got me to thinking about Anthrax and their show as Satan’s Lounge Band and how it all came about. So let’s take a trip back to 1989 for  “Satan’s Lounge Band” better known as Anthrax.

Anthrax, who hail from New York City had gotten their start at L’amour’s and several local clubs throughout the NYC area in the early 80’s and in 1984 signed a record deal with Megaforce Records owner Jon Zazula and his wife Marsha. Once the members were finalized, they released a few albums that helped to land tours with Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and Overkill to name a few, throughout the US and Europe.

The band however decided that they wanted to go back to their roots and booked 2 nights back to back at L’amour – The Rock Capital of Brooklyn, the club they frequented in their early days. The show was advertised under the moniker Satan’s Lounge Band – taken from the song “Bud E. Law Bomb and Satan’s Lounge Band” on side B of the “I Am The Law” 12 inch single.  Of course word got out quickly who really was playing the club and it turned out to be a packed house.

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Check out the full set below and the video “Madhouse” Live at L’amour from MetalHead Video Magazine – Vol 1, which includes backstage footage of the band and the band performing Madhouse live. Enjoy!

SATAN’S LOUNGE BAND/ANTHRAX – LIVE AT L’AMOUR’S 1989

MADHOUSE – LIVE AT L’AMOUR – METALHEAD VIDEO MAGAZINE – VOL 1

PETER STEELE – A TRIBUTE

Happy New Year Metalheads and Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying your New Year so far. Today’s blog post is about the one and only,  Peter Thomas Ratajczyk better known as Pete Steele, who would have been 59 years old this past Monday, January 4th.

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Pictures courtesy of Pinterest and QuoteSurf

Pete, who had a towering presence, standing at 6’8 feet tall, began his music career by forming his first band Fallout in 1979. The band split in 1982 and Pete then formed the legendary Carnivore. After releasing two albums, the band broke up in 1987, but staged many reunions over the years up until Pete’s unexpected passing.

After Carnivore, Pete formed Type O Negative and things really took off. Pete, who was the main songwriter and bassist for the band often wrote songs of a very personal nature that dealt with topics of love, loss and addiction.  Steele himself suffered from depression and admitted getting treatment for substance abuse as well as being bipolar.

Type O Negative’s popularity soared after the release of their second album Bloody Kisses. Pete was everywhere, making guest appearances on talk shows including Ricki Lake, Jerry Springer and The Howard Stern Show. He also appeared in an episode of the HBO original show “OZ”. However, his most popular appearance was his nude centerfold for Playgirl in 1995.

Pete had been sober for a few years up until his death and had been working on new music. His death was a shock to the metal world.

I met Pete back at the now defunct L’amour’s in Brooklyn, NYC in the late 90’s and he was such a nice guy. He didn’t have a rock star attitude, he didn’t have bodyguards surrounding him and he was very approachable and easy to talk to. Rest in Peace, Pete. Your music lives on forever!

Below is one of his last interviews before his passing:

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

SCATTERBRAIN – DON’T CALL ME DUDE

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads. Today this track called my name, so let’s take a trip back to 1990 to a track off the debut album called “Here Comes Trouble” by Scatterbrain for the track “Don’t Call Me Dude”.

Scatterbrain, originally known as Ludichrist, formed in New York in 1989 after singer Tommy Christ and guitarist Glen Cummings broke up the band and reformed the rhythm section which included  Paul Nieder – guitars, Guy Brogna – bass and Mike Boyko – drums and released “Here Comes Trouble” via Century Media Records in 1990.

The video for “Don’t Call Me Dude” received substantial airplay on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and was a Top 20 pop single in Australia.  The song was also featured on an episode of MTV’s Beavis and Butthead titled “Blood Drive.”

The band broke up in 1994, but played a reunion show at B.B. Kings in New York City in 2007, without original guitarist, Glen Cummings. Singer Tommy Christ and guitarist Glen Cummings eventually went back to Ludichrist and have been playing together since 2012.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “DON’T CALL ME DUDE”

KING DIAMOND – NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS – METAL REWIND

In honor of the spirit of Christmas, we take a trip back to December 25, 1985 to a song by the one and only King Diamond called “No Presents for Christmas.”

This was the first song released by King Diamond after Mercyful Fate broke up and is one of the most well known King Diamond songs! You can find the track on the “Fatal Portrait” album reissue.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!! Keep it METAL!!!

Check out the King live performing “No Presents for Christmas”

SANCTUARY GUITARIST LENNY RUTLEDGE PODCAST INTERVIEW NOW STREAMING!!!

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week so far. I wanted to reshare the latest episode of The Metal Wire podcast where I interview  Sanctuary guitarist, Lenny Rutledge. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can listen via the link below.

Lenny talks to us about the re-issue of their 1990 album, “Into The Mirror Black” and shares some great stories about his time in Sanctuary, Warrel Dane and updates us on where the band is headed for the future

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

METAL WIRE PODCAST #8 – INTERVIEW WITH SANCTUARY GUITARIST LENNY RUTLEDGE

ANTHRAX – ARMED AND DANGEROUS

Happy Friday Metalheads!! Hope you had a great week For tdoay’s Metal Rewind, we take a trip back to 1985 to the first EP by Anthrax called “Armed and Dangerous”  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!

THE METAL WIRE PODCAST #8 – INTERVIEW WITH SANCTUARY GUITARIST LENNY RUTLEDGE

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week so far. I am very excited to share the latest episode of The Metal Wire podcast where I interview  Sanctuary guitarist, Lenny Rutledge.

Lenny talks to us about the re-issue of their 1990 album, “Into The Mirror Black” and shares some great stories about his time in Sanctuary, Warrel Dane and updates us on where the band is headed for the future

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

METAL WIRE PODCAST #8 – INTERVIEW WITH SANCTUARY GUITARIST LENNY RUTLEDGE