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METALLICA – KILL’EM ALL – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1983 to the classic first album by Metallica called “Kill ‘Em All” released on Megaforce Records.

The band was planning to name the album “Metal Up Your Ass” with the cover art featuring a toilet bowl and a hand clutching a dagger but was changed after suggestions from Megaforce Records. The new title came about after Cliff Burton said in response to the situation: “Why don’t we just kill ’em all?”

The lineup for “Kill “Em All” includes James Hetfield, Kirk Hammettt, Lars Ulrich and the late Cliff Burton. Dave Mustaine, who was the original guitarist in Metallica received writing credits on four of the songs on the album (“The Four Horsemen” (originally titled “The Mechanix”), “Jump In The Fire”, “Phantom Lord” and “Metal Militia”). The album was ranked number 35 on Rolling Stone’s 1989 list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the ’80s and was listed by Kerrang! magazine at number 29 among the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”.

What more can you say but Hit The Lights and Jump In The Fire!!

OVERKILL – UNDER THE INFLUENCE – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we’re going to take a trip back to 1988 to the third studio album by Overkill called “Under the Influence” released on Megaforce Records.

Produced by Alex Perialas, “Under the Influence” reached #142 on the Billboard 200 chart and remained there for 12 weeks. The track “Hello From The Gutter” was released as a single and the video was played in heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball while the band toured constantly in support of the album. The lineup for “Under the Influence” includes: Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth – vocals, Bobby Gustafson – guitars, D.D. Verni – bass and Sid Falck – drums. The track listing is as follows:

1) Shred
2) Never Say Never
3) Hello from the Gutter
4) Mad Gone World
5) Brainfade
6) Drunken Wisdom
7) End of the Line
8) Head First
9) Overkill III (Under the Influence)

Overkill has gone through several lineup changes and singer Bobby ‘Blitz’ has had a few health issues over the years but has rebounded from them.  The band released their 19th album this past week called “The Wings of War” and will be headlining the 2019 Killfest Tour as well as a tour of North America with Death Angel and Act of Defiance in the spring.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “HELLO FROM THE GUTTER”

 

 

ANTHRAX – MADHOUSE – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz and Scott Ian

Today we take a trip back to 1985, to the second album, the first to feature singer Joey Belladonna, by Anthrax,”Spreading The Disease” for the track “Madhouse”.

The album, produced by Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records, was the last album that former singer Neil Turbin contributed any song writing credits to and “Madhouse” was the only track released off the album. The video was banned by MTV, who felt that the song may be considered offensive to some. The song however, has become a staple for the band at their live shows and was covered by Pantera in 1987.

The band lineup for “Spreading The Disease” includes: Joey Belladona – vocals, Scott Ian and Dan Spitz – guitars, Frank Bello – bass and Charlie Benante – drums. The track was ranked at #46 on VH1’s 2009 Best Hard Rock Song countdown.

It’s a Madhouse or so they claim…it’s a Madhouse, Am I Insane?

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “MADHOUSE” BELOW