Today we take a trip back to 1989 to a thrash band from Hoboken, New Jersey called Gothic Slam. Formed in 1984, Gothic Slam released two albums, Killer Instinct on Torrid Records in 1988 and 1989’s Just A Face In The Crowd album on Epic records which included the song “Who Died And Made You God.”
“Who Died And Made You God” was played regularly on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and the band often played the New York/New Jersey area club circuit at many now defunct classic metal clubs including Studio One in NJ, Streets in New Rochelle, NY and L’amour’s in Brooklyn, NY. The lineup included Daniel Gomez (Vocals), Klaude Ryker (Guitar), Billy Genese (Guitar), J.T. (Bass) and Dave Chavarri (Drums). Gothic Slam had gained respect of many of their peers and fans because they considered themselves kids in the crowd. Although the band broke up, drummer Dave Chavarri who spent time in M.O.D. and Laaz Rockit went on to form Ill Nino in 1998. Singer Daniel Gomez also had a stint in Ill Nino.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “WHO DIED AND MADE YOU GOD”
Today we take a trip back to 1987 to the third album by Grim Reaper for the title track called “Rock You To Hell.”
The band lineup for “Rock You To Hell” includes: Steve Grimmett – vocals, Nick Bowcott – guitar, Dave Wanklin – bass and Marc Simon – drums and includes the following tracks:
Rock You to Hell
Night of the Vampire
Lust for Freedom
When Heaven Comes Down
Suck It and See
Rock Me Til I Die
You’ll Wish That You Were Never Born
I Want More
The band released a video for the song “Rock You To Hell” and while the band had some success with the album, record labels had begun to pursue more speed and thrash metal bands to sign during that time. While the band had songs for a fourth album, legal battles forced them to shelve the album and they broke up in 1988. They have since reunited with many of the original members and released their fourth album in 2016 called “Walking In The Shadows” to favorable reviews. Singer Steve Grimmett was hospitalized in 2017 for an infection that caused him to have part of his leg amputated but he has since had a prosthetic attached and continues to play out at shows and festivals.
Today we take a trip back to 1982 to the eighth album by the Scorpions called “Blackout” released on EMI Records in Germany and Mercury Records in the USA.
During the recording of the album, vocalist Klaus Meine had lost his voice and had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords. Unsure if he would be able to complete the recording of the album, the band recorded demos with Don Dokken but the tracks didn’t end up being used. The album cover which depicts Rudolf Schenker portraying artist Gottfried Helnwein’s self portrait of a screaming bandaged man blinded by forks has made this one of the more popular Scorpions t-shirts to date.
The lineup for the Blackout album includes: Klaus Meine – vocals, Matthias Jabs and Rudolf Schenker – guitars, Francis Buchholz – bass and Herman Rarebell – drums. The album has been certified both gold and platinum and reached #10 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1982.
Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far! Today we wrap up our “Metal Women Who Rock” series with a trip back to 1988 to the sixth album by Joan Jett called “Up Your Alley” for the track “I Hate Myself For Loving You.”
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor played guitar on the track and the song was played in heavy rotation on MTV and Headbanger’s Ball. The song charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at #8 and earned Joan Jett and The Blackhearts a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Jett, who turns 61 this year shows no signs of slowing down and is not only still making music, but she has also made guest appearances in several TV shows and films. She is also currently active in the sports world and is a huge supporter of the US Armed Forces touring across the world for United Service Organizations, Inc. for over 20 years.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “I HATE MYSELF FOR LOVING YOU”
Today we take a trip back in time to 1987 and a song that never gets tired, Me Against The World by Lizzy Borden from their Visual Lies album. Formed in 1983 in Los Angeles, Lizzy Borden who specialize in “shock rock” were one of the prominent bands featured in “The Decline of the Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years” movie by Penelope Spheeris .
This song is a personal favorite of mine and every single time I listen to it, I get pumped up to fight against any adversity that happens in my life. If I have to fight, then as Lizzy sings “my strength is in my will.” Check out the video for the song and the definite 80’s throwback style.
Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far. To continue our “Metal Women Who Rock” series 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.