STEELER – STEELER – DEBUT ALBUM – FROM THE VAULT

STEELER – STEELER – DEBUT ALBUM – FROM THE VAULT

Support: Today we take a trip back to 1983 and the classic debut studio album released over 30 years ago (September, 1983) by one of my favorite Los Angeles metal bands, STEELER (not to be confused with the German band Steeler). Recorded in Cotati, California at Prarie Sun Studios and produced by Shrapnel Records President, Mike Varney, the creator of the U.S. Metal album guitarist series, which showcased such then-up-and-coming artists like Marty Friedman, Richie Kotzen, Tony Macalpine, Vinnie Moore, Jeff Watson, and a young then-unknown from Sweden, Yngwie J. Malmsteen as well as artists such as Vicious Rumors, Cacophony, Racer X, Apocrypha and many others. The STEELER album was also recorded and mixed by Allen Sudduth at Prarie Sun assisted by Allen Isaacs and Mooka, and mastered by Paul Stubblebine at The Automat, S.F., CA. Additional background vocals were by Peter Marrino. September 2013, marked a significant memory in the annals of Heavy Metal; it marks the Thirty-Year Anniversary of the release of the seminal, cornerstone heavy metal album by STEELER… Many rock and metal bands that have since followed in the wake of STEELER. It doesn’t matter if it is a top line major touring act, a mid-range band or even a beginner band, whether American, European or even Asian, all have all stated openly, beyond a doubt, that the STEELER album was one of their main influences in becoming rock musicians themselves; further proof that that STEELER album not only stands the test of time, but that it forever changed the path of many a young rocker who, now today, have progressed into careers of their...
AND THE 2014 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS SHIT SHOW WINNERS ARE…

AND THE 2014 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS SHIT SHOW WINNERS ARE…

Support: Every year the Revolver Golden Gods Awards comes and makes the industry look ridiculous. From a lack of credible nominees to a not-so-democratic way of picking winners (to put it lightly), this event is simply a show to toot your own horn by those who have weight in the heavy music world. The good thing about the Golden Gods? Heavy music didn’t get any recognition at all in the past and now we actually have something to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. The bad thing? It’s all fake and recognition isn’t going to the right places. We have to take the good with the bad I suppose and that’s why we give it any visibility at all. So with the idea that ‘it’s better than nothing’ in mind, I’ll give you my perspective on the nominees and winners.   Album of the Year Avenged Sevenfold, Hail to the King Black Sabbath, 13 Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 and 2 Korn, The Paradigm Shift Queens of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies Is it wrong for me to say that I actually agree with this one? To be fair, I haven’t listened to the new Volbeat album, but I’m also not a fan of what they do so I think it would be difficult for me to actually change from the mighty Sabbath given this group of candidates. My top ten albums of 2013 had none of these bands on it, and any list that has Five...
MOTLEY CRUE – SHOUT AT THE DEVIL – FROM THE VAULT

MOTLEY CRUE – SHOUT AT THE DEVIL – FROM THE VAULT

Support: Today’s installment of From The Vault takes us back to 1983 and to Motley Crue’s second album “Shout at the Devil.” The album  is often regarded as the heaviest sounding Motley Crue album by both critics and fans with themes including sex, violence, drugs and rebellion. Side one begins with engineer Geoff Workman and Nikki Sixx’s narration for the introduction to Shout at the Devil: In the beginning, good always overpowered the evils of all man’s sins, but in time, the nations grew weak and our cities fell to slums, while evil stood strong. In the dusts of hell, lurked the blackest of hates,  for he whom they feared awaits you. Now many, many life times later lay destroyed, beaten down, only corpses of rebels, ashes of dreams and blood-stained streets. It has been written that those who have the youth, have the future. So come now children of the beast, be strong and Shout at the Devil. Shout at the Devil reached #17 on the 1983 Billboard 200 chart and the album had sold over 4 million copies by 1997. Motley Crue released Looks That Kill and Too Young To Fall In Love as singles in 1984 along with videos for each song that received heavy rotation on MTV. The album is also one of the first albums that contributed to the glam metal movement.     Upon re-release of Shout at the Devil on their own label, Motley Records, the band included some never before heard tracks including demos of Looks That Kill, Shout at the Devil, Hotter Than Hell (which was re-recorded and re-titled Louder Than Hell for Theater of Pain) and...
THE HOTTEST GUYS IN HEAVY METAL: PART 5

THE HOTTEST GUYS IN HEAVY METAL: PART 5

Support: And lo, we end our countdown with Carol’s Freaky Friday picks. It’s been real, and obviously, feel free to post your picks on our Facebook wall and/or Twitter page! 1. Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake) There are so many adjectives I could use to talk about Rudy but even at 63 he is still HOT, HOT, HOT. Brown hair, blonde hair, long or short he does it every time. 2. Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) One of the biggest bad boys but he’s HOT yesterday, today and tomorrow!! 3. Henry Rollins (Black Flag)   He’s a “Liar” but that’s okay he’s hot so it’s forgiveable!! 4. Paul Stanley (KISS) He has a sex appeal that just doesn’t quit…he’s in a class all by himself! 5. Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Vision Divine) Long blonde curly hair, excellent voice, nice Italian looks…sure he makes great sauce/gravy! 6. Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) Very talented, love almost all of his musical endeavors and he’s pretty nice to look at also. 7. Juan Croucier (RATT) The RATT bassist gets better and better with time. 8. Alex Skolnick (Testament) Great guitarist and very much a pleasure on the eyes! 9. Rick Savage (Def Leppard) There seems to be a pattern with long blonde hair, Rick still has it all! 10. Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill) Bobby is crazy and was a pleasure to meet and talk to (even though I was like a deer in headlights, check out the cheesy smile) still hot!! Support: Have you seen these yet? THE HOTTEST GUYS IN HEAVY METAL: PART 4 LAINA DAWES – INTERVIEW (PART 1) IN...
BOBBIE BROWN – DIRTY ROCKER BOYS – BOOK REVIEW

BOBBIE BROWN – DIRTY ROCKER BOYS – BOOK REVIEW

Support: “She’s my cherry pie, cool drink of water, such a sweet surprise, tastes so good, makes a grown man cry, Sweet Cherry Pie In her new book, Dirty Rocker Boys, Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip, Bobbie Brown, who will forever be remembered as the “Cherry Pie” girl gives us an intimate view of her life and shows us that sometimes the lights don’t always shine as bright as they seem and that having it all doesn’t always constitute happiness. Bobbie, who hails from Baton Rouge, LA, talks about her journey from growing up in Louisiana to becoming a model, video star, wife and mother. She talks about her marriage to Warrant singer Jani Lane, her drug use and what eventually caused the marriage to implode. Her relationship/engagement to her teenage crush, Tommy Lee and how their subsequent breakup and his high profile marriage a few days later that led her down a spiraling path of drugs and revenge. Bobbie is very honest about her experiences in her life and on the Sunset Strip and let’s us in on some of the celebrities she has met, hung out with and romanced including Leonardo Di Caprio and Dave Navarro just to name a few. I was very excited to be able to read and review this book. Today so many rock stars have released autobiographies about their debauchery, life on the road, drugs, band/personal struggles and how they got to where they are today. It’s very refreshing to read a book from a woman’s point of view and how she dealt with the challenges life often throws our way. Bobbie talks about her...
STEELER CELEBRATES 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ALBUM RELEASE

STEELER CELEBRATES 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ALBUM RELEASE

Support: Photo Credit:  Neil ‘Zloz’ Zlozower September 2013, marks a significant memory in the annals of Heavy Metal; it marks the Thirty-Year Anniversary of the release of the seminal, cornerstone heavy metal album by STEELER. Many rock and metal bands that have since followed in the wake of STEELER. It doesn’t matter if it is a top line major touring act, a mid-range band or even a beginner band, whether American, European or even Asian, all have all stated openly, beyond a doubt, that the STEELER album was one of their main influences in becoming rock musicians themselves; further proof that that STEELER album not only stands the test of time, but that it forever changed the path of many a young rocker who, now today, has progressed into career’s of their own. Much like the legendary Maltese Falcon, that magical STEELER album is definitely considered ‘the stuff that dreams are made of.’ There is speculation that although the STEELER album was never officially certified by the RIAA, it’s a very good estimation that since 1983, with steady, if with slowed sales, it’s most likely achieved GOLD status by now. Not bad for the highest selling independently released heavy metal album of all time. STEELER fans love their STEELER album today as much as they did upon its first release. Photo Credit: Mark Workman and Liz Kimmel That classic metal STEELER album was responsible for launching the career’s of founder and band leader Ron Keel (KEEL), guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and to some lesser but very promising degree, both, drummer Mark Edwards (LION / THIRD STAGE ALERT) and bassist Rik...
RIK FOX TO PERFORM AT CANCER BENEFIT SHOW

RIK FOX TO PERFORM AT CANCER BENEFIT SHOW

Support: Photo credit: (c) 1986 Michael Richard Sneeberger Former original founding member of W.A.S.P., as well as bassist for the seminal 1980’s heavy metal band STEELER, SIN, SURGICAL STEEL, BURN and others, Rik Fox will be among the featured all-star jam performers at “A Fight For Life – Rockin’ For Dave Brown – A Cancer Benefit” tonight (August 16th) in Los Angeles. Fox confirmed that he will perform two songs with BITCH lead vocalist, Betsy as well as amazing guitarist Chris Cardenas and drummer, Scandall West. Fox most recently performed as a featured guest with his former STEELER bandmate, Ron Keel and the band KEEL at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go club in Hollywood, this past June, to a roaring crowd which devoured the two classic Steeler songs ‘Cold Day in Hell’ and an acoustic version of the ballad ‘Serenade.’ This was the first time the two STEELER band mates shared the stage together in thirty years, making it a heavy metal night of record. Among those also slated to perform at the benefit, are Roy Z. (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford), Mandy Lion (World War III), Armored Saint, and L.A. favorites DC4. Drummer Dave Brown, (who is known for his work with Sound Barrier, another 1980’s metal band) is currently battling colon cancer. While Fox was a member of STEELER, both bands headlined the Los Angeles rock club and metal rock circuit together. Sound Barrier, was a break-though, all-black heavy metal band, that stormed the Los Angeles music scene in 1980 after signing with MCA Records. The band was dropped by their label after low album sales and insufficient...
NIKKI SIXX’S MOTHER PASSES AWAY

NIKKI SIXX’S MOTHER PASSES AWAY

Support:   Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx’s mother Deana Richards passed away yesterday at the age of 74. Sixx posted the news via twitter saying: “RIP Mom 5-5 1939 to 6-8 2013.” No further information is available and our thoughts and condolences go out to Nikki and his family. May she rest in peace.   Support: Have you seen these yet? TOMMY LEE’S MOM PASSES AWAY NIKKI SIXX SPEAKS OUT ABOUT DAVE MUSTAINE’S RANTS MOTLEY CRUE SINGER VINCE NEIL HAS SURGERY MOTLEY CRUE – SHOUT AT THE DEVIL – FROM THE VAULT THE HOTTEST GUYS IN HEAVY METAL: PART...
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