Category Archives: METAL

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 Overkill vs. Anthrax. While I really love both my choice:

OVERKILL

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Here are this week’s choices

POISON

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VS.

CINDERELLA

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e 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!

LEATHERWOLF – HIDEAWAY – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you all had a great week. Today we take a trip back to 1989 to the third album by Leatherwolf called “Street Ready” for the track “Hideaway.”

The album which was recorded in the Bahamas was produced by Kevin Beamish but mixed by German producer Michael Wagener, who has worked with such acts as Dokken, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and White Lion to name a few. The band released “Hideaway” as the first single and video and made guest appearances in Europe, Germany and Japan in support of the album.

Unfortunately the band did not receive much support from their label at the time and disbanded in 1993. The original members however returned in 1999 for a reunion show at the Galaxy Theater in California. Throughout the years the band has had several lineup changes but they are still playing and are planning to release a new album in 2020.

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “HIDEAWAY” BELOW

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE BAND TO SEE LIVE?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. This month it’s all about 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 Slayer vs. Megadeth  While I really love both my choice:

SLAYER

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Here are this week’s choices:

OVERKILL

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VS.

ANTHRAX

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e 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!

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”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE BAND TO SEE LIVE?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. This month it’s all about 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 KISS vs. Van Halen.  While I love both my choice:

KISS

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Here are this week’s choices:

SLAYER

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VS.

MEGADETH

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e 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!

RATT – YOU THINK YOU’RE TOUGH – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1983 to the second track off Ratt’s self-titled EP, “You Think You’re Tough”.

The EP was remixed and re-released after the success of “Out Of The Cellar” and the video features several guest appearances including Ozzy Osbourne and members of Motley Crue. The lineup includes: Stephen Pearcy – vocals, Warren De Martini and Robbin Crosby – guitars, Juan Croucier – bass and Bobby Blotzer – drums. The legs on the cover of the album belong to Crosby’s then girlfriend, Tawny Kitaen.

Ratt have gone through several lineup changes over the years and splintered off into two groups at one point. The current Ratt lineup includes original members  Stephen Pearcy and Juan Croucier along with former Black ‘N Blue drummer Pete Holmes along with guitarists Chris Sanders and Jordan Ziff. Sadly original guitarist Robbin Crosby died in June 2002 of a heroin overdose, not AIDS as had been previously rumored, after he was diagnosed to be HIV positive in 1994.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “YOU THINK YOU’RE TOUGH”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE BAND TO SEE LIVE?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. This month it’s all about 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 Scorpions vs. Queensryche. My choice:

SCORPIONS

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Here are this week’s choices:

KISS

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VS.

VAN HALEN

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e 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!

QUEENSRYCHE – QUEENSRYCHE (EP) – METAL REWIND

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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 CLASSIC VIDEO FOR “QUEEN OF THE RYCHE”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE BAND TO SEE LIVE?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. This month it’s all about 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 Judas Priest vs. Iron Maiden. My choice:

JUDAS PRIEST

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Here are this week’s choices:

SCORPIONS

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VS.

QUEENSRYCHE

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I look forward to your responses. 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!

HADES – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads. Hope you all had a great week. Yesterday I posted a blog about a new interview with Dan Lorenzo on “It’s All About the Riff” which you can re-read here.

For today’s Metal Rewind I’ve resurrected the post I did last year on one of my all-time favorite bands called Hades founded by Dan.  Formed in 1978, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Currently, Dan and Jimmy Schulman are in Vessel of Light along with Ron Lipnicki and Nathan Opposition. Alan Tecchio is working on several solo projects and the rest of the band are working on several different projects on their own.

The first time I heard Hades was about 10 years ago when a friend was playing “Live On Location” and from the minute I heard “The Leaders?” I was blown away. Check out the links below including a live show from Erie, PA. Classic indeed.

HADES SHOW FROM 2001 – ERIE, PA

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CHECK OUT DAN’S INTERVIEW ON “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RIFF” BELOW

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dan+lorenzo+its+all+about+the+riff