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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

 

HADES – METAL REWIND

 

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Happy Friday Metalheads. Hope you all had a great week. For today’s rewind I’m going to revisit a post on 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.

 

FORBIDDEN – STEP BY STEP – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1988 to the second album by San Francisco’s Forbidden called “Twisted Into Form” for the track “Step By Step.”

The video was in constant rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and with the addition of guitarist Tim Calvert, the album turned out to be more melodic from their first album. The lineup includes Russ Anderson – vocals, Tim Calvert and Craig Locicero – guitars, Matt Camacho – bass and Paul Bostaph (Testament, Slayer, Exodus)  – drums. The band released two more albums before disbanding in 1997 with Bostaph joining Slayer. They reunited in 2001 under their original name Forbidden Evil for Thrash of the Titans, the benefit concert for Chuck Billy and Chuck Schuldiner from the band Death (who sadly passed away from cancer, a few months after the concert) and again in 2007.

Forbidden has not performed or released any new material since 2012, however guitarist Craig Locicero stated in an interview that they are still under contract with Nuclear Blast, however, while there are no plans to do anything, never say never.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “STEP BY STEP”

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

 

HADES – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads. Hope you all had a great week. Yesterday I posted a blog about a new interview with Dan Lorenzo on “It’s All About the Riff” which you can re-read here.

For today’s Metal Rewind I’ve resurrected the post I did last year on one of my all-time favorite bands called Hades founded by Dan.  Formed in 1978, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Currently, Dan and Jimmy Schulman are in Vessel of Light along with Ron Lipnicki and Nathan Opposition. Alan Tecchio is working on several solo projects and the rest of the band are working on several different projects on their own.

The first time I heard Hades was about 10 years ago when a friend was playing “Live On Location” and from the minute I heard “The Leaders?” I was blown away. Check out the links below including a live show from Erie, PA. Classic indeed.

HADES SHOW FROM 2001 – ERIE, PA

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CHECK OUT DAN’S INTERVIEW ON “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RIFF” BELOW

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dan+lorenzo+its+all+about+the+riff

HEAVY METAL BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DAY!

Happy Tuesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week. Today’s post is a little different since a few metallers are celebrating birthdays today. Check out the list below:

CHUCK BILLY

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The Testament and Dublin Death Patrol vocalist celebrates his 58th birthday today, June 23rd. Chuck, who replaced Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza in Testament in 1986, has been an integral part of what makes them one of the greatest bands to come out of the Bay Area. Chuck, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and underwent chemotherapy treatments has since been given a clean bill of health.  The band are currently working on their next album and are scheduled to tour in 2020.

TESTAMENT – NATIVE BLOOD

LIZZY BORDEN

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The Me Against The World singer also celebrates his 60th birthday today. Lizzy, (born Gregory Harges) who named the band after the axe murderess Lizzie Borden has been the frontman since 1983. He was also the vocalist for a side project called Starwood and got his start singing for a band called Diamond Dogs, prior to forming Lizzy Borden. The band went on tour with their “30 years of American Metal” show across the country in 2013 and released their first album in 11 years called “My Midnight Things” last June.

LIZZIE BORDEN – UNDER YOUR SKIN

GLENN DANZIG

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Glenn Danzig who founded the Misfits, Samhain and Danzig turns 65 today as well. Glenn born in New Jersey is also an avid fan of horror, gore and the occult and founded an adult oriented comic book company called Verotik. Glenn has often been compared to Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley as far as his vocal style goes but has also written songs for Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Danzig released their eleventh studio album “Black Laden Crown in 2017.

DANZIG – HER BLACK WINGS

CHRIS HOLMES

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The former W.A.S.P. guitarist turns 62 today. Chris, who was the lead guitar player in W.A.S.P., left the band in 1990  but rejoined in 1996 staying until 2001. He released his solo album, Nothing To Lose, in 2012 in which he teamed up with Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor from Motorhead. His second album, Shitting Bricks was released in 2015 and he has a new album “Under The Influence” coming out at the end of the year.

CHRIS HOLMES  – BORN WORK DIE

W.A.S.P. – WILD CHILD

Happy Birthday boys!!

METAL WIRE PODCAST #7 – WE’RE BACK!

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Happy Saturday Metalheads! We’ve been gone for a little bit but WE’RE BACK! Check out the latest Metal Wire Podcast streaming NOW!!

Thanks for all your support and I look forward to your comments, suggestions and as always, Keep it Hard, Keep it Heavy and Keep it METAL!!

VERY SPECIAL THANKS: A huge THANK YOU to a very talented artist and special friend Jerry Gonzalez for all your help and hard work on this podcast. You can check out his work at: jerrygonzalezart.com
Very special thanks to Dan Lorenzo and Vessel of Light for the use of the track “Rush of Blood” from their new album “Thy Serpent Rise” for the podcast!

CHECK OUT PODCAST #7 BELOW:

METAL WIRE PODCAST #7 – WE’RE BACK!

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Happy Saturday Metalheads! We’ve been gone for a little bit but WE’RE BACK! Check out the latest Metal Wire Podcast streaming NOW!!

Thanks for all your support and I look forward to your comments, suggestions and as always, Keep it Hard, Keep it Heavy and Keep it METAL!!

VERY SPECIAL THANKS: A huge THANK YOU to a very talented artist and special friend Jerry Gonzalez for all your help and hard work on this podcast. You can check out his work at: jerrygonzalezart.com
Very special thanks to Dan Lorenzo and Vessel of Light for the use of the track “Rush of Blood” from their new album “Thy Serpent Rise” for the podcast!

CHECK OUT PODCAST #7 BELOW:

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DEBUT ALBUM?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. Last month it was all about drummers. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite debut album. Each week I’ll choose two classic albums and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite drummer last week. Last week it was Exodus – Bonded By Blood vs. Testament – The Legacy. My choice:

TESTAMENT – THE LEGACY

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Here are this week’s choices:

 

SANCTUARY – REFUGE DENIED

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VS.

OVERKILL – FEEL THE FIRE

OVERKILL FEEL THE FIRE

I look forward to your responses. Let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DEBUT ALBUM?

Hey Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far. Last month it was all about drummers. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite debut album. Each week I’ll choose two classic albums and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite drummer last week. Last week it was Megadeth – Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good vs. Metallica – Kill ‘Em All. My choice:

MEGADETH – KILLING IS MY BUSINESS…AND BUSINESS IS GOOD

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Here are this week’s choices:

EXODUS – BONDED BY BLOOD

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VS.

TESTAMENT – THE LEGACY

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I look forward to your responses. Let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!