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hades band

Happy Friday Metalheads. Hope you all had a great week. For today’s rewind I’m going back to New Jersey to a band that is one of my all time favorite bands called Hades. Formed in 1978 by guitarist Dan Lorenzo, 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.

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.

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.

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.

The first time I heard Hades was about 10 years ago when a friend of mine was playing “Live On Location” and from the minute I heard The Leaders? I was blown away. Check out the video below from a show from 2001 in Erie, PA. A classic indeed.



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 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.





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.



angra secret garden

L to R: Kiko Loureiro, Fabio Lione, Bruno Valverde, Felipe Andreoli and Rafael Bittencourt

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and Pinterest

Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Today we continue our Power Metal Mania series with the eighth studio album by Brazillian metallers, Angra called “Secret Garden”.

angra secret garden album

This is the first album with their new singer, Rhapsody of Fire’s Fabio Lione and new drummer Bruno Valverde. Guitarist Rafael Bittencourt handles some of the vocal duties on this album and the album also includes guest appearances by Simone Simmons from Epica and Doro Pesch.

This is one of my favorite albums by Angra and while the whole album stands out to me, some of my favorite tracks include: Newborn Me, Black Hearted Soul, Final Light and Storm of Emotions. They also do a cover of The Police’s Synchronicity II song which Fabio and Rafael trade vocals on the song.

While Angra did an extensive tour of this album, founding member and guitarist Kiko Loureiro left the band after the tour to join Megadeth and was replaced with Brazilian guitarist Marcelo Barbosa.

Check out the videos below for “Final Light”, “Black Hearted Soul” and “Synchronicity II”: