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WARLOCK – TRIUMPH AND AGONY – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1987 to the final album by the German band Warlock, “Triumph and Agony.”

Warlock released 3 albums prior to “Triumph and Agony.”  When getting ready to record the album, singer Doro Pesch gave up her day job and took charge of  all band business. The album recorded in New York and Philadelphia, became the most successful album by Warlock, going gold in Germany and reaching #80 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US. The tracks “All We Are” and “Für Immer” (Forever) were released as singles and the video for “All We Are” was played in heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, which led to Warlock opening for Dio in Europe and supporting Megadeth in the US. This was their only US tour however, due to a legal battle Doro had with her former manager to retain the use of the name Warlock. The record label insisted she record and publish music under Doro moving forward. She never gave up her fight and in 2011 won the right to use the Warlock name.

The track listing for “Triumph and Agony” is as follows:

1) All We Are
2) Three Minute Warning
3) I Rule The Ruins
4) Kiss of Death
5) Make Time for Love
6) East Meets West
7) Touch of Evil
8) Metal Tango
9) Cold, Cold World
10) Für Immer

Doro has been on the metal scene for over 30 years and is constantly touring throughout the world.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “ALL WE ARE” BELOW

80’s HONORABLE MENTIONS

Happy Wednesday Metalheads, hope you’re having a great week. To finish of this month’s Top 5 lists of my favorite 80’s bands, albums and videos, I wanted to mention some of the bands, songs and videos that didn’t make the Top 5 but definitely rank right up there with my favorites. I’ll pick one artist, band, album, video and song from each category that I never get tired of and if I was stranded on a desert island I’d have to have these with me.

OZZY OSBOURNE

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One of my all-time favorites, my metal collection wouldn’t be complete without the Ozzman.

DOKKEN

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The first song I heard by Dokken was “Breakin’ The Chains” and I was hooked. Each album just got better and better and I never get tired of listening to them

QUEENSRYCHE – OPERATION: MINDCRIME

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A perfect concept album from start to finish and no disputing definitely a classic

QUIET RIOT – METAL HEALTH

This was one of the very first metal videos I had ever seen and no matter how many times I see this video I’m still hooked

Let me know what some of your 80’s honorable mentions are in the comments below! I look forward to reading your responses!

KING DIAMOND – ABIGAIL – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Andy LaRoque, Timi Hansen, King Diamond, Mikkey Dee, Michael Denner

Pictures courtesy of High Roller Records and Indy Metal Vault

Happy Friday Metalheads. Today we take a trip back to 1987 to the second album from King Diamond called “Abigail”, released on Roadrunner Records.

This was the first concept album by King Diamond, which tells the story of a young couple, Miriam Natias and Jonathan La’Fey, who move into a mansion that La’Fey inherited in the summer of 1845. As they arrive, they are warned by seven horsemen not to move into the house, but they ignore the warning and move in. During the first night, Jonathan meets with his deceased relative, Count La’Fey, a.k.a. the Family Ghost. The ghost shows him a casket where the corpse of stillborn child, Abigail, rests and informs him that Miriam is carrying the spirit of Abigail inside her. The Count tells Jonathan that Abigail will soon be reborn and wants Jonathan to kill Miriam to prevent the rebirth. As the story unfolds we learn more about the Count and his wife. Abigail was born on the 7th day of the seventh month, July in 1777. The Count threw his wife down the stairs, causing her neck to break and in turn also killed Abigail, who was his illegitimate daughter.

The next day, we find out that Miriam is pregnant and as the fetus develops quickly, Jonathan contemplates throwing her down the stairs. Miriam, instead throws Jonathan down the stairs and soon after gives birth to Abigail. Miriam does not survive the birth, and Abigail is left all alone. The seven horsemen once again return, planning to kill Abigail.

“Abigail” has been reissued several times and has sold over 175,000 copies in North America alone. The lineup for Abigail includes: King Diamond – vocals, Andy La Rocque and Michael Denner – guitars, Timi Hansen – bass and Mikkey Dee – drums. The track listing for Abigail is as follows:

1) Funeral
2) Arrival
3) A Mansion in Darkness
4) The Family Ghost
5) The 7th Day of July 1777
6) Omens
7) The Possession
8) Abigail
9) Black Horsemen

The remaster includes 4 bonus tracks: “Shrine”, “A Mansion In Darkness” (Rough Mix), “The Family Ghost” (Rough Mix) and “The Possession” (Rough Mix) and King released a video for the track, “The Family Ghost”.

King Diamond had some health issues in recent years including several heart attacks and had to have triple bypass surgery in 2010. After his health scare, King quit smoking and lives a healthier lifestyle as of late, but continues to prove that the King will live on forever.

CHECK OUT THE SONG “ABIGAIL” BELOW

MY 80’s HEAVY METAL SUPERGROUP

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well. I was thinking about today’s blog post and thought to myself, if I could make a supergroup of musicians from some of my favorite bands from the 80’s who would I choose. Below are my choices for my ultimate 80’s supergroup:

 

DAVE LOMBARDO – DRUMS

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ALEX SKOLNICK – GUITAR

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DAVE MUSTAINE – GUITAR

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STEVE HARRIS – BASS

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ROB HALFORD – VOCALS

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Who would you pick for your 80’s super group? What would you name the band? Let me know in the comments below!

BLACK N’BLUE – HOLD ON TO 18 – METAL REWIND

Today we take a trip back to 1984 to the self-titled debut album by Black ‘n Blue for the song “Hold on to 18.”

Originally formed in Portland, Oregon by childhood friends Jamie St. James and future KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. “Hold on to 18” received substantial airplay on the radio and MTV and led Black ‘n Blue to release 3 additional albums, before their break-up in 1989. The albums, “Nasty, Nasty” and “In Heat” were produced by Gene Simmons.

Black ‘n Blue reunited a few times and the band is still on the scene today. They released their 5th studio album, “Hell Yeah” in 2011 and have more plans for touring in the future.

Check out the classic video below for the song “Hold on to 18”

MY TOP 5 VIDEOS FROM THE 80’s

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week! In keeping with my Top 5 of the 80’s today I wanted to focus on my favorite videos from the 80’s. There were so many I could think of but was able to narrow it down to the following videos ranked from 5 to 1. Enjoy!

 

ARMORED SAINT – CAN YOU DELIVER?

 

MOTLEY CRUE – LOOKS THAT KILL

 

OVERKILL – ELIMINATION

 

IRON MAIDEN – WASTED YEARS

 

JUDAS PRIEST – YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMIN’

 

What are some of your favorite 80’s videos? Let me know in the comments 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: