Today we take a trip back to New Jersey and visit a band that is a personal favorite of mine, 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 rehersal tapes throughout the underground scene and interviewed with some fanzines in the NY/NJ area. Hades was soon heard on the Megaforce compilation “Born To Metalize” and Metal Blade’s “Metal Massacre VI.” This led to Torrid Records signing Hades and releasing 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.” 1988 saw the release of their second full length album “If At First You Don’t Succeed” which again showcased the band who were now opening for Slayer, Anthrax, Overkill, Megadeth and Testament to name a few and playing at many 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 and 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 and eventually returned to music.
In 1991, Hades released “Live On Location” which was taped at the first of many reunion shows to follow at Studio One in New Jersey. The band went on to release “Exist to Resist” in 1996 which was a mix of old and new songs. Metal Blade signed Hades and consequently released “$avior Self” in 1998. Hades then got the opportunity to perform at Wacken Open Air in in 2000 and 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 through Cruz Del Sur, Hades released “Bootlegged in Boston 1988” in 2009. Hades has played a number of reunion shows in their native New Jersey at Dingbatz in Clifton and released “Hades: Re-United and Re-Ignited” this past year.
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. The lead vocals were amazing, the ripping guitars blew me away and the songs are well structured and get your energy going that I ran out and bought their albums and became an instant fan. Due to prior commitments, I missed their reunion show and the DVD “Hades: Re-United and Re-Ignited” reminds me that I missed a great show. Defintely check out their stuff, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
For more on Hades, visit their Myspace page here
To get your copy of “Bootlegged in Boston” or any of Hades albums, visit Dan’s merchandise page here
You can also visit Dan Lorenzo’s webpage for more on Hades and all his music projects here
Check out The Leaders? and Resist Success live from the China Club in Hillside, NJ in 1987 below. You can also visit SteppinOutMag on YouTube for more Hades videos