Good morrow, Hearers of Evil! It’s Throwback Thursday, and you know what that means, don’t you? In the immortal words of Overkill, here’s to the old school!
Mercyful Fate, “A Dangerous Meeting”
Witchfinder General, “Burning A Sinner”
Black Sabbath, “Sweet Leaf”
Testament, “Alone In The Dark”
Znowhite, “War Machine”
Overkill, “Electro Violence”
Diamond Head, “Lightning To The Nations”
Warlock, “All We Are”
Saxon, “20,000 Feet”
Motörhead will not be performing tonight in Milan as scheduled, as legendary frontman Lemmy Kilmister has been sidelined with a hematoma for the past few days. Kilmister was recently fitted for a defibrillator for an unspecified heart ailment as well, leading us to believe that perhaps the 67-year old whiskey-swigging hard-rocking NWOBHM pioneer is not as invincible as we once thought.
The band has kept mum about Kilmister’s condition, so there’s no need to worry just yet. There’s also no word yet on how Kilmister’s health will affect the remainder of Motörhead’s European tour dates, which are as follows:
06/28 – Germany, Roitzschora
07/04 – Sweden, Gothenburg Metaltown
07/06 – Germany, Sulingen Reload
07/09 – France, Argeles Sur Mer Festival Les Deferlantes
07/14 – Finland, Joensuu Ilossarirock
07/26 – Russia, Moscow Crocus City Hall
07/28 – Ukraine, Kiev Sports Palace
08/02 – Germany Wacken Open Air
08/04 – Belgium, Lokerse
Let’s remember Lemmy in better spirits, shall we?
In Today’s From The Vault, we highlight the birthdays of 4 musicians who celebrated birthdays yesterday (June 23):
The Testament and Dublin Death Patrol vocalist turned 51 yesterday. 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 is currently on tour in support of their Dark Roots of Earth album.
The Me Against The World singer also celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday. 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 is slated to perform at Sweden’s Skogsröjet Festival 2013, this July.
Glenn Danzig who founded the Misfits, Samhain and Danzig turned 58 yesterday. Glenn born in New Jersey is also an avid fan of horror, gore and the occult and owns his own record label called Evilive and 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.
The former W.A.S.P. guitarist turned 55 yesterday. Chris, who was the lead guitar player in W.A.S.P., left the band in 1990 and rejoined in 1996 until 2001. He released his solo album, Nothing To Lose, late last year in which he teamed up with Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor from Motorhead.
Happy Birthday Guys!! Thanks for some great music!
While I attend local shows very often, it’s rare that I go to a show in which all of the openers are fantastic. I went to see an Iron Maiden tribute show last week, and due to my compulsive punctuality, I arrived in time to see every second of every band. It was a struggle to pick a band to write about this week, but ultimately the aging biker in me chose Sunlord. Old school sounding music charms me half to death, and Sunlord are experts on capturing the late ’70s/early ’80s heavy sound.
Sunlord started out as a Slayer/Pantera tribute band in 2004, and when their fans understandably started rocking out to the original songs in their set, they shifted focus. They released their debut album The First One in 2005 and have been gigging around the NYC Tri-State area ever since. Vocalist/guitarist Alfonso Ferrazza is obviously heavily influenced by Lemmy Kilmister, but the band’s influences include Venom, Black Sabbath, and Rolling Stones as well. Basically, Sunlord is a welcome reminder of a simpler time.
Below is “Asteroids,” performed at the show I was at. I picked “Asteroids” not only because it’s awesome, but also because when they were introducing the song, my friend and I thought that the title was going to be way more badass than it was. Ah, memories.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have some alarming news for you. While browsing DarkLyrics.com, I discovered a terrifying fact: that approximately 100% of metal songs made in the ’80s are about rape. That percentage might seem high, but I assure you it is only mildly exaggerated. Whereas nowadays bands who write songs about rape tend to depict it as brutal and unpleasant (all the while expecting us to revel in its brutality and unpleasantness, which is a huge problem in and of itself), bands of the ’80s seemed to take a lighthearted, “boys will be boys” approach to it. I honestly can’t tell which is more gross.
Take for example, Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight” from their 1980 album Women And Children First. And I quote,
Can’t take it anymore
I’m takin’ whiskey to the party tonight, and I’m looking for somebody to squeeze.
I ain’t looking for somebody to fight
Baby, don’t get uptight
The rabbit hole goes much deeper than “Romeo Delight,” of course. While the, uh, “protagonist” of the song sounds like a pushy asshole, he doesn’t appear to make any outwardly rapey overtures. Telling an apparently reluctant/unwilling woman not to be uptight gives me some serious pause though.
Poison’s “I Want Action” (form their 1986 debut Look What The Cat Dragged In) is a lot more direct.
These girls hit me where it hurts
I can’t wait to get my hands on them
I won’t give up until they give in
Now, first of all, the long-legged short-skirted people in this song are schoolgirls, as is explicitly stated in the first verse. Second of all, someone needs to go back in time and hose Bret Michaels down.
If I can’t have her, I’ll take her and make her
Don’t even get me started on Mötley Crüe’s “All In The Name Of…” from their 1987 classic Girls, Girls, Girls.
She’s the reason, the reason that I can’t sleep
You say illegal
I say legal’s never been my scene
So right off the bat, you have a protagonist who knows that what he’s doing is wrong but doesn’t care. Excellent. The rest of the song implies that the 15-year old actively entices him later on, so at least he’s not forcing her to do anything, right? Wrong, you sick fucks. A quick Wikipedia search shows that Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil wrote “All In The Name Of…” together — Sixx was 29 and Neil was 26 at the time of the album’s release. Two grown ass men sat down together and wrote a song about a 15-year old seductress.
Curiously, “All In The Name Of…” is just the tip of the ephebophilic iceberg. “Statutory Date” by Twisted Sister is exactly what you’d expect from the title.
She’s every inch a woman but there’s years to go
Someone help me, make me forget
Or I’ll do something that I’ll regret
The age of this “heart stoppin’” girl is never stated, but she’s referred to as a “little girl,” “statutory date,” and “jailbait” throughout the song, so your guess is as good as mine. I can’t seem to figure out who wrote this little ditty but all the band members were in their 30s when it was released.
Speaking of “jailbait,” have an excerpt of “Jailbait” by Motörhead, written by yet another team of adult men:
Still tied to momma’s apron strings
I don’t even want to know your age
I’m just happy you’re backstage
I’m beginning to think the headline should be “Why Was Everyone In The ’80s A Pedophile?” instead.
In today’s From The Vault their are quite a few metal birthdays being celebrated this week: Continue reading
Today we take a trip back to 1982 to a band from Massapequa, Long Island, New York better known as Twisted Sister and their debut album Under The Blade released on Secret Records. Continue reading
Devilhaus is interesting — despite the fact that they don’t appear to consider themselves metal (they describe themselves as punk, rockabilly, and rock), they are CLEARLY holding down the doom/trad fort here in New York City. They are an embodiment of everything I’m a sucker for, and it’s no surprise that they cite Motorhead and Danzig-era Misfits as their two primary influences. Anyone who likes mellow, heavy, ’70s-sounding stuff could easily fall in love with these guys (and lady).
I wish I had found out about Devilhaus under better circumstances. They’ll be performing at a benefit show for a buddy of mine, Jonny Kooklyn, who was hit by a car earlier this year and has no health insurance. Martyrd will be performing there too, as well as several other bands from the NYC area. Good bands, a good cause, good people, and (probably) good beer — what more could you want in an event? Here’s a taste of their live performance below, but if you want to see them in action, go down (or up, or sideways) to Jersey this Sunday — more details on Facebook.
Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DEVILHAUS/246907715324719
Official ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/devilhaus
Anthrax, who will be performing at this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival were presented with the option to play either the main stage or the festival’s Jagermeister Stage. The band decided that headlining a special set on the Jagermeister Stage would be the way to go. Charlie Benante said of the upcoming shows: Continue reading
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away today at the age of 47. Yauch who went by the stage name MCA as well as Nathanial Hörnblowér formed the Beastie Boys with friends Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horowitz (Ad-Roc). Continue reading