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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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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”

MEGADETH – IN MY DARKEST HOUR – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1988 to a song by Megadeth off their third album “So Far, So Good…So What!” called “In My Darkest Hour.”  Dave Mustaine has stated in various interviews that the song was inspired after hearing about Cliff Burton’s death. According to liner notes on the album, Dave and bassist David Ellefson wrote the song in one sitting.  While inspired by Cliff’s death, it’s really about Mustaine’s breakup with his girlfriend, Diana.

The song was released as a single, but never ended up on the charts and the video was initially banned from MTV, because it was believed the lyrics were about suicide. The band was also highlighted in the movie “The Decline of The Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years” and ends with Megadeth performing the song live. The video has since aired on various music outlets and remains a fan favorite.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “IN MY DARKEST HOUR”

 

CINDERELLA – NIGHT SONGS – METAL REWIND

L To R: Fred Coury, Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham and Jeff LaBar

L To R: Fred Coury, Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham and Jeff LaBar

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Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the first album by Cinderella called “Night Songs” released on Mercury Records in the US and Vertigo Records in Europe.

Although Cinderella released “Shake Me” as their first single and video, the album didn’t really catch on until the release of “Nobody’s Fool”, which reached #13 on the Billboard Top 20 in 1986. Cinderella also secured an opening slot on Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet tour and the combination propelled the album to triple platinum status.

Cinderella released “Somebody Save Me” as their third single and video with guest stars Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora at the end of the video. The song however, only reached #66 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1987. The band lineup for Night Songs includes: Tom Keifer – vocals and guitar, Jeff LaBar – guitar, Eric Brittingham – bass and although drummer Fred Coury joined the band in 1985, the drum tracks on the album had already been completed by session drummer Jody Cortez. The band also released a video compilation called “Night Songs: The Videos which featured 3 live songs from their 1986 tour, as well as the videos for “Shake Me”, “Nobody’s Fool” and “Somebody Save Me.”

While the band went on hiatus a few times and have played several reunion shows, they stopped playing once again in 2017. Singer Tom Keifer said in an interview that the band at this point has no plans to reunite due to internal differences. Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone!

EXODUS – FABULOUS DISASTER – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads. Today we take a trip back to 1989 to the third album by San Francisco Bay Area thrash band, Exodus called “Fabulous Disaster.”

The album released by Combat Records features the song “Toxic Waltz”, which was often seen on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. The album also includes a cover of the War song “Low Rider.” The band lineup for “Fabulous Disaster” includes:

  • Steve “Zetro” Souza – Vocals
  • Gary Holt  – Guitars, backing vocals
  • Rick Hunolt – Guitars, backing vocals
  • Rob McKillop – Bass, backing vocals
  • Tom Hunting – Drums, percussion

The album reached #82 on The Billboard 200 chart and the album version’s inner sleeve was printed green with the lyrics, photos and credits for the band.  The AC/DC cover of “Overdose” was left out on some issues of the album due to licensing issues.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW AND GET ON YOUR FEET AND DO “THE TOXIC WALTZ”

OZZY OSBOURNE – DIARY OF A MADMAN

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you are all having a great week! Today we take a trip back to 1981 to the second album by Ozzy Osbourne called “Diary of a Madman” released on November 7, 1981.

This is the last album by Ozzy to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads, who sadly passed away several months later while on tour in support of the album. Bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake were originally involved in the recording of the album, with Daisley providing most of the lyrics and music on the record. During the recording however, they were fired and subsequently replaced by Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge, who are also credited on the album liner notes as well.

“Diary of a Madman” entered the Billboard chart at No. 16 and features three singles that also hit the Mainstream Rock Chart: “Flying High Again”, “Over The Mountain” and “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll”.  On May 10, 1982, “Diary of a Madman” was certified platinum by the RIAA and triple platinum on Oct. 26, 1994.

The cover art for the album features Ozzy’s son Louis from his first marriage along with Ozzy in theatrical makeup.

CHECK OUT THE CLASSIC ALBUM TRACKS BELOW: