Today (11/11) is National Metal Day and for today’s From The Vault here are my top 11 choices from the 80′s: Continue reading
Even as I’m writing this, I can’t believe it. I’m eulogizing my concert buddy/drinking partner/friend Nightcrawler, who passed away after an unfortunate accident on Monday. Steve left behind a wife and children, so please donate to them by clicking HERE even if you don’t want to read my little tribute. Continue reading
In today’s From The Vault, it’s time to wish some of our favorite metal gods a very Happy Birthday. The metal world was full of birthday this past weekend and the roll call is as follows: Continue reading
My mission for the second day of Tuska would have been to see as many supporting bands as possible, if I hadn’t gotten a message the day before about my precious baggage. I woke up “early” (as early as one can wake up after drinking all night with one’s Rastila friends) and headed straight there, but my trip was delayed by some Helsinki Pride festivities. Did I want gay people to have rights more than I wanted myself to have a fresh change of underwear? Um, in that particular moment…no comment.
Changing clothes in an airport bathroom is harder than it looks, but felt better than I could have possibly imagined. With my Priest shirt on, some jeans, and (most importantly) comfy sneakers, I went back to Suvilahti to catch whatever bands I could. Going back to the hostel to drop off my things was not an option, considering I’d already missed like half the bands already.
When I arrived at Suvilahti, I heard two distinct noises: We Butter The Bread With Butter, who were exactly as awful as their band name would suggest but I think that’s their thing so I can’t fault them too much, and some old dude on a megaphone yelling about Jesus. I honestly don’t know which was worse.
My first band of the day was Kreator, a band I’d enjoyed once when they came to New York with Accept and Swallow The Sun. They were a lot of fun, but the audience knew their work far better than I did so I felt a little left out. Plenty of good pictures though!
Testament is an old favorite of mine, probably my most anticipated band of the entire festival, and they did not disappoint. There are no weak links in this band — every single member is a talented genius. Alex Skolnick’s ridiculous guitarwork is unrivaled. Given how highly I regard Testament, it’s only natural that my camera’s batteries would run out during their set. Murphy’s Law.
Thankfully, I was at least able to hear their set on the way to and from the little Alepa trailer at the back of the venue, but ugh — the walk of shame on the way out of the photo pit was embarrassing. Not nearly as embarrassing, however, as Chuck Billy’s inconsistent pronunciation of “Tuska” (it’s “TOO-ska,” not “TUSK-uh!”). When an American’s pronunciation of a Finnish word is the only complaint I’ve got a set, chances are it’s a pretty great set altogether. That said, if by any chance any of the members of Testament read this, I am formally requesting that you play “Electric Crown” and/or “Perilous Nation” the next time you’re in New York. PLEASE.
On Tuska Day 2, I learned some lessons of questionable value, and they are as follows:
-Lost Society, Soul Thrower, Baltimor, Black City, Ratface, Soilwork, and Bloodred Hourglass, combined, are not as important to me as changing my underwear.
-Seriously, do not underestimate how great it feels to change into a new pair of underwear.
-ALWAYS CARRY A SHITLOAD OF FRESH BATTERIES AROUND WHEN YOU ARE TASKED WITH USING BATTERY-OPERATED EQUIPMENT ALL DAY.
-Finnish Jesus loves me.
-When you have express written permission to be in a certain area, doing any given thing, by all means go into that area, do that thing, and don’t be shy about it!
Coming soon — the finale…
Last Thursday the metal world was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman who passed away at the age of 49 due to liver failure. Continue reading
Earlier this week, Abrams Publishing released The Merciless Book of Metal Lists written by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins and this definitely a book you will want to add to your collection. Continue reading
Vicious Rumors who have been on the metal scene since 1979 are back with their new album, Electric Punishment which will be released via Steamhammer/SPV records this April/May, following up their recent, Live You To Death album released this past November.
The album contains 10 tracks of straight ahead metal that Vicious Rumors is famous for. Throughout the album I could hear so many different influences including Testament and Judas Priest to name a few and they did a great job of capturing the “anthem” and “ballad” sounding songs that became a staple in the 80′s. Some of my favorites off Electric Punishment include D-Block, Dime Store Prophet, Eternally and the album’s title track, Electric Punishment. The album ends with a great cover of Strange Ways by KISS.
The lineup for Electric Punishment includes Brian Allen – vocals, Geoff Thorpe and Thean Rasmussen – guitars, Stephen Goodwin – bass and Larry Howe – drums and the band will be touring in support of the album internationally with more dates to be added in the future, along with an appearance at The Headbanger’s Open Air Festival in July.
HearEvil.com had the pleasure of interviewing guitarist Mathieu St-Amour, of the band Chariots of the Gods, who just released their new album, Tides of War. Below Mathieu talks about the album, the band and so much more. Continue reading
In today’s From The Vault, I wanted to add a Top 10 list of the albums I would consider my Top 10 albums of the 80′s. This wasn’t easy because there are so many albums that I wanted to include and when I asked many of my friends what their Top 10 would be, I heard so many different answers. After thinking about it for awhile, I finally settled on the albums below:
10. Shout at the Devil – Motley Crue
Released in 1986, Shout at the Devil is the second album by Motley Crue that really put them on the map. From the opening track, In The Beginning, I was instantly hooked and never tire of listening to this album from start to finish.
9. Spreading The Disease – Anthrax
Released in 1985, this is the second album from Anthax and the first with singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello. The album features the classic Madhouse, A.I.R. and my personal favorite, Armed and Dangerous.
8. The New Order – Testament
Released in 1988, The New Order is the second album by Testament that made me an instant fan. The album features such great songs as Trial By Fire, Into The Pit and the Aerosmith cover Nobody’s Fault.
7. Ride The Lightning – Metallica
Released in 1984, this is the second album by Metallica that features such great classics as For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death and Fade To Black. This is the last album Dave Mustaine receives song credit on and the first to feature guitarist Kirk Hammett.
6. Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? – Megadeth
Released in 1986, this album is the second album by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine and his band Megadeth. From the opening track, Wake Up Dead to Peace Sells to The Conjuring, Megadeth covers a range of topics from cheating boyfriends/husbands to witchraft and devil worship to politics.
5. Operation Mindcrime – Queensryche
Released in 1988, this the third album by Queensryche which tells the story of a recovering drug addict. Nikki had become disillusioned with society and got involved with a group headed by Doctor X who manipulates him into becoming a political assassin and controls his mind with the word mindcrime. The story shows the struggle the main character goes through to remember exactly what happened while he was an addict and how he struggles to deal with his internal demons and “mindcrimes.”
4. The Ultimate Sin - Ozzy Osbourne
Released in 1986, The Ultimate Sin once again showcases guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first album with drummer Randy Castillo. This is the fourth studio album released by Ozzy Osbourne after his split with Black Sabbath and includes the classic tracks, Shot In The Dark, Killer of Giants, Secret Loser and the title track, The Ultimate Sin.
3. Pyromania – Def Leppard
Released in 1983, Pyromania is the third album by Def Leppard and the first album with guitarist Phil Collen. The album includes so many great classics including Photograph, Too Late For Love, Rock of Ages and Foolin’. Def Leppard has shown their strength with all of the challenges they have faced in their career and have proved they can Rock Rock but won’t drop.
2. Back In Black – AC/DC
Released in 1980, Back In Black is the seventh album by AC/DC and the first with new singer Brian Johnson, after the sudden passing of Bon Scott. The album’s black cover was first rejected by the record company and the band compromised and placed a grey outline around the band’s logo. Dedicated to Bon’s memory, the album is AC/DC’s biggest selling album to date.
1. Screaming For Vengeance – Judas Priest
Released in 1982, Screaming for Vengeance is the eighth studio album by Judas Priest and my all-time favorite Priest album. The most successful track on the album, You Got Another Thing Comin’ was a last minute addition that pushed the album over the top.
I look forward to hearing your comments and your picks for the Top 10 albums from the 1980′s. From all of us at HearEvil.com we want to wish you a Happy and Healthy and Prosperous New Year and look forward to your feedback for the coming year! Thank you for all your support.