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LOUDNESS – LET IT GO – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the sixth album by the Japanese band Loudness called “Lightning Strikes” for the track “Let It Go.”

“Let It Go” is the opening track on “Lightning Strikes” and the video for the song received substantial airplay on MTV and Headbanger’s Ball. The album produced by Max Norman, who has also produced albums for Ozzy Osbourne and Megadeth peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200 chart and stayed on the chart for 15 weeks. Norman also wrote some of the lyrics for the album but was not credited.

The album is known as “Shadows of War” in Japan and has a different track order as well as a difference in some of the vocals and melodies on the album.

Although the band has has it’s ups and downs over the years and some lineup changes, they released their 27th studio album “Rise to Glory” in 2018 and toured in support of the album.

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR LET IT GO

RONNIE JAMES DIO – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you had a great week and a great holiday weekend. Today we’re going to remember the life and career of Ronnie James Dio who passed away in 2010 from cancer.

Ronald Padavona began his music career in 1957 with a band called The Vegas Kings playing bass. Eventually, he began singing and changed the band name, as well as his name to Ronnie Dio after mobster Johnny Dio. In 1967, after his previous band disbanded, Ronnie formed Electric Elves, later shortened to Elf and recorded three studio albums while securing the opening act slot with Deep Purple. Ronnie caught the ear of Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and recruited Ronnie for his new band Rainbow after splitting with Deep Purple. Rainbow released their debut album in 1975 called “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.” However after releasing two more albums as well as a live album, Dio and Blackmore split due to creative differences, as Blackmore was looking to take Rainbow in a more commercial direction. In 1979, Ronnie replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and the band subsequently released “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” which put Sabbath back on the map. During the mixing of “Live Evil,” tensions erupted causing Dio to quit and form his own band, Dio. The band released their debut album “Holy Diver” in 1983. Dio went on to subsequently release 10 albums and although members changed over the years, Ronnie was always touring and recording.

In 2006, Ronnie joined Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice for the “Heaven and Hell tour” and had been touring with Heaven and Hell up until it was announced that he had cancer in 2009. Heaven and Hell cancelled their upcoming summer tour and Ronnie fought to get back to what he loved, however his health deteriorated and he passed away on May 16, 2010 at 7:45AM. His wife, Wendy Dio formed  The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, a non-profit charitable fund dedicated to support cancer prevention research, raise awareness and educate the public about early detection in Ronnie’s honor.

Rest In Peace Ronnie!

Check out some of Ronnie’s best work during his long career:

NEON NIGHTS

LAST IN LINE

HEAVEN AND HELL

HOLY DIVER

MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN

RATT – YOU THINK YOU’RE TOUGH – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1983 to the second track off Ratt’s self-titled EP, “You Think You’re Tough”.

The EP was remixed and re-released after the success of “Out Of The Cellar” and the video features several guest appearances including Ozzy Osbourne and members of Motley Crue. The lineup includes: Stephen Pearcy – vocals, Warren De Martini and Robbin Crosby – guitars, Juan Croucier – bass and Bobby Blotzer – drums. The legs on the cover of the album belong to Crosby’s then girlfriend, Tawny Kitaen.

Ratt have gone through several lineup changes over the years and splintered off into two groups at one point. The current Ratt lineup includes original members  Stephen Pearcy and Juan Croucier along with former Black ‘N Blue drummer Pete Holmes along with guitarists Chris Sanders and Jordan Ziff. Sadly original guitarist Robbin Crosby died in June 2002 of a heroin overdose, not AIDS as had been previously rumored, after he was diagnosed to be HIV positive in 1994.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “YOU THINK YOU’RE TOUGH”

VIXEN – EDGE OF A BROKEN HEART

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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.

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “EDGE OF A BROKEN HEART”

LITA FORD – LITA

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads. This month it’s all about the ladies who rock in honor of National Women’s Month. Today let’s start with a trip back to 1988 to the self titled- album by a woman who always rocks as hard as the boys, “Lita.”

The album became one of Lita’s most successful albums and produced the hit singles “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever”, her duet with Ozzy Osbourne. Produced by Mike Chapman (Blondie, The Knack), the track listing is as follows:

  • Back to the Cave
  • Can’t Catch Me
  • Blueberry
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Falling in and Out of Love
  • Fatal Passion
  • Under the Gun
  • Broken Dreams
  • Close My Eyes Forever

“Can’t Catch Me” was co-written with Lemmy Kilmister and keyboardist, David Erzin, while “Falling In And Out Of Love” was co-written with Nikki Sixx. “Close My Eyes Forever” is Lita’s most successful song to date reaching #8 on the Billboard Top 100.

Lita went on hiatus for many years to tend to her family with former Nitro singer, Jim Gillette. She released her comeback album, “Wicked Wonderland” in 2009, her collaborative effort with Gillette. In 2011, Lita went back to her roots for her next album, “Living Like a Runaway”, which reflected on her split with Gillette, her children and her truce with her former Runaways bandmates. She followed up in 2016 with her next album “Time Capsule” which was a compilation of recordings she had done in the 80’s with a few notable musicians including Gene Simmons, Bruce Kulick and Dave Navarro to name a few.

IN THE MEANTIME CHECK OUT THE VIDEO

BELOW FOR “KISS ME DEADLY”

 

80’s HONORABLE MENTIONS

Happy Wednesday Metalheads, hope you’re having a great week. To finish of this month’s Top 5 lists of my favorite 80’s bands, albums and videos, I wanted to mention some of the bands, songs and videos that didn’t make the Top 5 but definitely rank right up there with my favorites. I’ll pick one artist, band, album, video and song from each category that I never get tired of and if I was stranded on a desert island I’d have to have these with me.

OZZY OSBOURNE

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One of my all-time favorites, my metal collection wouldn’t be complete without the Ozzman.

DOKKEN

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The first song I heard by Dokken was “Breakin’ The Chains” and I was hooked. Each album just got better and better and I never get tired of listening to them

QUEENSRYCHE – OPERATION: MINDCRIME

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A perfect concept album from start to finish and no disputing definitely a classic

QUIET RIOT – METAL HEALTH

This was one of the very first metal videos I had ever seen and no matter how many times I see this video I’m still hooked

Let me know what some of your 80’s honorable mentions are in the comments below! I look forward to reading your responses!

PAGAN’S MIND – INFINITY DIVINE – AT THE GRAVES – KING DIAMOND COVER

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Pictures courtesy of myrevelations.de and Discogs

Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you all are having a great holiday season and Santa was good to everyone. Today we’re going to step back to 2004 to a track off Pagan’s Mind debut album “Infinity Divine” originally recorded in 2000 and re-recorded in 2004, for the track, a cover of King Diamond’s “At The Graves”  from his 1989 “Conspiracy” album.

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Vocalist Nils K. Rue who hails from Norway has stated in interviews that upon hearing Mercyful Fate and Dio, he was hooked and wanted to be involved with music from that day forward. Guitarist Glen Drover, who played with King Diamond on his two of his North American tours and guitarist Gus G., who has played with several bands including Arch Enemy, Mystic Prophecy and Ozzy Osbourne to name a few, make guest appearances on the track as well.

The first time I heard this song, I thought I was listening to King Diamond, which shows me what great a job Nils did with this cover. Check the track out for yourself below and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

PAGAN’S MIND – AT THE GRAVES