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DORO – UNHOLY LOVE

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far. Today we’re going back to 1990 to the self-titled album by German vocalist Doro Pesch for the track “Unholy Love.”

Doro, who fronted the band Warlock from 1982 -1989, changed her style for this album going in more of a solo direction than her debut solo album, “Force Majeure.” Produced by Gene Simmons, the record includes a cover of the KISS song “Only You” from their “The Elder” album. Current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who was in Black n’ Blue at the time, not only played guitar on the album but also also co-produced it as well with Pat Regan.

I interviewed Doro a number of years ago and she was one of the sweetest people I have ever spoken to. She was extremely down to earth and I felt like I had known her my whole life. If you haven’t seen her live, make sure to check her out, she is phenomenal.

IN THE MEANTIME, CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “UNHOLY LOVE”

 

MOTLEY CRUE REMINDS US TO CONTINUE TO SHOUT AT THE DEVIL 37 YEARS LATER – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you all had a great week. Today we celebrate the release of one of the most ground breaking metal albums released on September 26, 1983, by the one and only Motley Crue called “Shout at the Devil” on Elektra Records.

This is the album that put Motley Crue on the map and pushed the band to international stardom.  When the album was first released, the band came under fire for not only the use of a pentagram on the cover, but also the album title. Additionally, the band were presumed to be Satan worshipers. Bassist Nikki Sixx  explained in several interviews that the title is “Shout AT the Devil”  not with the devil and was surprised that others seemed to get a different impression. To quell the controversy, when future editions of the album were released, the cover was changed to pictures of the 4 members of the band.

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Shout at the Devil reached #17 on the Billboard 200 chart and the songs “Looks That Kill” and “Too Young to Fall in Love” were chart hits as well. The videos for both songs were extremely popular on Headbanger’s Ball on MTV .

The track listing for “Shout at the Devil” is as follows:

  1. In The Beginning
  2. Shout at the Devil
  3. Looks That Kill
  4. Bastard
  5. God Bless the Children of the Beast (instrumental)
  6. Helter Skelter (Beatles cover)
  7. Red Hot
  8. Too Young to Fall in Love
  9. Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid
  10. Ten Seconds to Love
  11. Danger

“In the Beginning” is narrated by engineer and producer Geoff Workman, who worked with such bands as Queen, Twisted Sister and Journey to name a few.

While the band has vowed and signed a contract that they will never tour as Motley Crue again, band recorded songs for the movie adaptation of their autobiography “The Dirt.” The Crue legacy lives on and this album will NEVER get old!

SO COME NOW CHILDREN OF THE BEAST, 

BE STRONG AND SHOUT AT THE DEVIL

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

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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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!

FATES WARNING – AWAKEN THE GUARDIAN – METAL REWIND

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Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and BraveWords.com

Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the third album by Fates Warning called “Awaken The Guardian” and the last album to feature one of the great vocalists in metal, John Arch.

All of the songs on “Awaken The Guardian” were written by John Arch and guitarist Jim Matheos except for “Giant’s Lore (Heart of Winter)” which Arch wrote with Frank Aresti and “Time Long Past” written solely by Jim Matheos. The album has been re-issued 3 times and the last re-issue in 2005 includes a video of the band playing live at the now defunct Sundance club in Long Island in 1986. The lineup for “Awaken The Guardian” includes: John Arch – Vocals, Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti – guitars, Joe DiBiase – bass and Steve Zimmerman – drums. If you’re a fan of Fates Warning, this is definitely a classic from a band that heavily influenced American power metal.

Check out the Awaken The Guardian album below:

 

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 Poison vs. CinderellaWhile I like both my choice:

CINDERELLA

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Here are this week’s choices:

BON JOVI 

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VS.

GREAT WHITE

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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!

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