PETER STEELE – A TRIBUTE – REST IN PEACE – FROM THE VAULT

Support: Today’s From The Vault post is dedicated to Peter Thomas Ratajczyk better known as Pete Steele, who passed away 5 years ago tomorrow of heart failure at the age of 48. His passing left a huge void in the music scene forever and we remember him today. Pete who had a towering presence, standing at 6’8 feet tall, began his music career by forming his first band Fallout in 1979. The band split in 1982 and Pete then formed the legendary Carnivore. After releasing two albums, the band broke up in 1987, but staged many reunions over the years up until Pete’s death in 2010.   After Carnivore, Pete formed Type O Negative and things really took off. Pete who was the main songwriter and bassist for the band often wrote songs of a very personal nature that dealt with topics of love, loss and addiction.  Steele himself suffered from depression and admitted getting treament for substance abuse as well as being bipolar. Type O Negative’s popularity soared after the release of their second album Bloody Kisses. Pete was everywhere, making guest appearances on talk shows including Ricki Lakie, Jerry Springer and The Howard Stern Show. He also appeared in an episode of the HBO original show OZ. However his most popular appearance was his nude centerfold for Playgirl in 1995. Pete had been sober for a few years up until his death and had been working on new music. His death was a shock to the metal world and it’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years since his passing. I met Pete back at the now defunct L’amour’s in Brooklyn, NYC in the late 90’s and he was...
HADES – FROM THE VAULT

HADES – FROM THE VAULT

Support: 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...
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