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”
Today we celebrate the birth of two metal icons who continue to add so much to the metal world. The birthday drumroll please:
KERRY KING – SLAYER
Today marks the 49th birthday of the Slayer guitarist. Born Kerry Ray King in Los Angeles, CA, King who formed Slayer with Jeff Hanneman, began his career in a Pat Boone cover band. Needless to say after meeting Hanneman, the rest is history and King along with Slayer, has made several guest appearances with many bands including the Beastie Boys, Megadeth, Anthrax and Metallica to name a few. Kerry continues to be an unstoppable force in the metal world.
Today also marks the 49th birthday of Dorothee Pesch, better known as Doro Pesch. Doro born in Düsseldorf, Germany, had always been interested in music since she was a little girl. After recovering from a life threatening form of tuberculosis, she decided to dedicate her life to singing and formed Warlock in 1981. While the band put out 4 albums during their tenure, she eventually ended up losing the rights to the name Warlock and was forced by the record label to record under the Doro name. Doro however has not let anything stop her and she continues to record and tour and perform duets with many artists including Lemmy, Udo Dirkschneider, Saxon and Twisted Sister to name a few. She released her latest album, Raise Your Fist in 2012.
Happy Birthday Kerry and Doro!! Thanks for all the great music!!
German metallers, Helloween are getting ready to release their fourteenth studio album titled, Straight Out of Hell, this coming January and this is definitely an album you will want to add to your collection. I first became a fan of Helloween back when Keeper Of The Seven Keys albums were released and fell in love with the songs, melodies and dynamics of their music. While the band lineup has changed over the years, they have consistently kept the sound they are well known for.
Straight Out Of Hell opens with the track Nabataea which tells the story about the culture of the legendary kingdom, located in today’s Middle Eastern region, where the first real democracy existed over 3000 years ago. The secret Nabataean city, Petra, hidden behind cliff scenery and only discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, is the origin of many myths and legends. Nabataea is the perfect track to open Straight Out of Hell, as it grabs your interest from the very beginning and showcases the different realms of melody that Helloween are famous for and create a perfect balance throughout the album. The ballad Hold Me In Your Arms is catchy, Wanna Be God and Asshole made me laugh because at one point or another, we all know an Asshole in our lives or someone who wants to be more than they are being offered ( I don’t want to be an angel, I wanna be God). The track Burning Sun is dedicated to Deep Purple organist Jon Lord, who passed away this past July from pancreatic cancer. A Hammond organ version of the song will be included as a bonus track on the limited edition pressing of the album.
The album produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Angra, Hammerfall, Blind Guardian, Saxon) track listing is as follows:
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far From the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
12. Make Fire Catch The Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
Helloween have just finished filming the video for Nabataea and you can preview the track below. For more on the new album and the band, visit their official website or via Facebook and don’t forget to pick up your copy of Straight Out Of Hell.
Doro Pesch, who has been on the metal scene for almost 30 years, is back with a new album and upcoming tour. She took the time out of her busy schedule to talk to HearEvil about all her exciting projects, her new album, the tour and so much more. Continue reading
One day, when I was sitting in my room listening to old school metal, I realized that there are quite a few songs from that era that are about how awesome metal is. Granted, metal WAS extreeeeemely awesome back then, so I can see why a bunch of people would be inspired by the environment around them, even if it’s kind of masturbatory to write odes to your own greatness. At any rate, I decided to compile a top ten list of all my favorite heavy metal anthems, partly because I love writing op-eds but mostly so that I had an excuse to sit around and listen to a bunch of old school metal all day.
You’ve heard it all before — “I resolve to lose those last 10 pounds,” “I resolve to eat right,” “I resolve to be kind to my fellow man,” and so on and so forth. Well, I started losing weight before 2012, I already have a taste for healthy food, and being kind is for losers. What’s left for a surly metalhead like me? I didn’t want to be left out of this New Year’s resolution ritual, so I decided I’d come up with a nice short list of the metal-est goals I want to accomplish this year. Here goes: