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VIO-LENCE – BODIES ON BODIES – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1988 to a song by the San Francisco Bay Area band Vio-lence off their debut album “Eternal Nightmare” for the song “Bodies on Bodies.”

The lineup for Vio-lence for this album includes Sean Killian – vocals, Rob Flynn and Phil Demmel – guitars, Dean Dell – bass and Perry Strickland – drums.

Vio-lence broke up in 1993, but the band reunited to play the Thrash of the Titans Benefit for Chuck Billy and Chuck Schuldiner in 2001 and re-released “Eternal Nightmare” as a two disc set with rare tracks as well as a live concert. The reunion was short-lived and after playing a few shows, the band disbanded in 2003. Recently they have reunited with some original as well as new members and are currently planning shows for later this year in New York City.  There are also some shows planned in their native San Francisco with Testament and Death Angel in the near future.

 

CHECK OUT THE “BODIES ON BODIES” DEMO TRACK

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE METAL BAND?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month we’re going to continue with your favorite metal band. I want to hear from you guys about your favorites. Each week I’ll post two bands to choose from and I”ll also reveal my favorites as well.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite. Last week it was Testament vs. Exodus My choice:

TESTAMENT

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This week we have:

 

BLACK SABBATH

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VS.

ALICE COOPER

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I look forward to reading your responses. Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

 

HADES – METAL REWIND

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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.

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE METAL BAND?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month we’re going to continue with your favorite metal band. I want to hear from you guys about your favorites. Each week I’ll post two bands to choose from and I”ll also reveal my favorites as well.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite. Last week it was Anthrax vs. Overkill. My choice:

OVERKILL

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This week our two choices are:

 

TESTAMENT

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VS.

EXODUS

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I look forward to reading your responses. Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

 

MY TOP 5 SONGS OF THE 80’S

Happy New Year Metalheads! Hope you had a great holiday season. 2019 has arrived and we’re looking forward to some great things to come over the next few months.

While we’re beginning a New Year, I wanted to take a trip back to the 80’s to my Top 5 songs of the era. This was a hard list to choose from because there are so many songs that could easily be on the list, but I’ve narrowed it down to the following in order from 5 to 1 below:

 

WAKE UP DEAD – MEGADETH

CHEMICAL WARFARE – SLAYER

HELLO FROM THE GUTTER – OVERKILL

TRIAL BY FIRE – TESTAMENT

LOVE BITES – JUDAS PRIEST

What are your top 5? Let me know yours in the comments below!

MY TOP 5 METAL BANDS COUNTDOWN

One step closer to #1 but first let’s take a look at #2:

 SLAYER

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Dave Lombardo, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, and Tom Araya

Formed in 1981, Slayer is one of the greatest thrash bands to come on the scene. Slayer have released 12 studio albums, including selling over 5 million albums in the US and winning a grammy in 2007 for “Eyes of the Insane” and one in 2008 for “The Final Six” both from their Christ Illusion album.

Slayer has been credited with being very influential in the death and black metal genres  and their 1986 album “Reign in Blood” is considered to have set the bar for death metal. Slayer has come under controversy for the topics of their songs which include murder, Satanism, war  and terrorism to name a few.

The band which has gone through several lineup changes including the unexpected death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013, announced their farewell tour currently in North America with Lamb of God, Anthrax., Napalm Death and Testament. The band which includes original members Tom Araya and Kerry King is rounded out by drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt, who does double duty in both Slayer and Exodus.

 

Don’t forget to stop by for Friday’s Metal Rewind and I’ll reveal my #1 favorite next Wednesday!! Keep it METAL!!!

MY TOP 5 METAL BANDS COUNTDOWN

Continuing the countdown of my Top 5 metal bands of all time, next up is my #4 all time favorite band:

TESTAMENT

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l to r: Louie Clemente, Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Alex Skolnick and Greg Christian

Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Formed in 1983 and originally known as Legacy, Testament is considered one of the most influential bands of the thrash scene and still continue to prove they have what it takes to cement their place in metal history. They have released eleven albums to date and are planning for a new studio album in 2019.

Hailing from the Bay Area in California, Testament has had their share of ups and downs over the years including singer Chuck Billy’s diagnosis with a rare type of testicular cancer.  His diagnosis inspired Chuck’s friends to create a Thrash of the Titans benefit which featured many Bay Area thrash bands including Vio-Lence, Death Angel and Exodus to name a few. Chuck made a successful recovery and came back stronger than ever.

While most of the original classic lineup including Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson are in the band, drummer Gene Hoglan and bassist Steve Di Giorgio round out the rest of the band without missing a beat. Guitarist Alex Skolnick left Testament in 1992 to pursue other musical avenues including a jazz project, before returning to the Testament fold in 2005.

Check out the video below for the song “Trial By Fire” off the band’s second album “The New Order”  This was the first song I ever heard by Testament and instantly I was hooked. What’s your favorite Testament song? Let me know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to stop by for Friday’s Metal Rewind and I’ll reveal my #3 favorite next Wednesday!! Keep it METAL!!!