Any of you metalheads ever start out on one of these back in the day?
It’s hard to believe that something like this can happen to a veteran band like SLAYER. But here it is nonetheless!
So here’s a big F**K YOU to the manager or management team that drafted this [lopsided] touring contract and the weasel entertainment attorney(s) that allowed this to be signed by the band in the first place. Of course I am purely speculating here – based upon what you are about to read, so if it was all legit and or a big cover up to screw over Mr. Lombardo (sic) then lets move the barrel over and set the sights on the remaining three band members.
SLAYER is only SLAYER, when all four original band members are together and firing on all cylinders. SLAYER without Dave Lombardo is a pale imitation. To say that Dave’s stellar groove, sound and power are key integral parts of this power puzzle would be an understatement. I thought they had figured that out the hard way over the decades, but I guess not. It’s really a shame that bad business decisions continue to haunt such insanely talented/legendary bands as SLAYER.
Statement From Dave Lombardo Regarding Slayer Australian Tour 2013
“I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.
So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.
Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split among the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.
I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year’s sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.
Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.
I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
I look forward to seeing you in the future.”
*At press time Slayer confirmed that Jon Dette will drum for the band on its Australian tour.
Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands
20th to 22nd July 2012
Over the years, the Zwarte Cross or “Black Moto-Cross” festival has grown to become the biggest festival in The Netherlands and the largest motor cross festival in the World with over 152,500 visitors in 2011. The festival is a mixture of motocross sports, music, camping and bizarre stunts. This year’s 16th edition of the festival was held from July 20th to 22nd.
The program was full with over one hundred national and international acts performing on twenty stages!
Although there were DJ’s, rock/pop and blues bands, it was the Metal stage that got our attention.
Here is a partial list of the heavier bands.
- Dog Eat Dog
- Suicide Angels
- Lizzy Borden
- Municipal Waste
- Sonata Arctica
- Suicide Tendencies
Please enjoy a selection of pic’s from this years festival.
*Click on any image to view the slide show. Use arrows to navigate. Esc when finished.
All photos ©Bartolomy
This mini documentary tells the story of the “wah-wah” effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically.
The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.
Some of the artists’ take on imitating the sound of the pedal will crack you up! Most non-musicians will know of this sound from “cheesy porn music” [if you were from the 70's], “disco and blaxploitation films” [if you were from the 80's] and in more modern times it is simply known as: chicka-chicka wow-wow or bow-chicka wow-wow!
Produced by Joey Tosi
Directed by Joey Tosi & Max Baloian
Edited by Max Baloian
*All music licensed courtesy of: Concord Music Group; Working Man Music; Bird & Egg Studios; Dan Cantrell; and Hindsight Records.
Images provided courtesy of: Getty Images Archive, Billboard Magazine Archive, Neil Zlozower, National Music Museum-University of South Dakota, and Lynn Wheelwright.
Archival Footage provided courtesy of BuyoutFootage.com, The Welk Music Group Inc., and Oddball Film & Video-San Francisco.
Core Queensrÿche members were recently interviewed by hometown Seattle radio station KISW 99.9 FM on “The Men’s Room” show. I was really anxious to listen to this (I am sure you all were too) to see if they would actually talk about any of the rumors and or elaborate on the future of Queensrÿche and what’s up with their new side project called RISING WEST.
Unfortunately The Men’s Room show was a typical “shock rock” broadcast and their attempt at comedy was so far off the mark it wasn’t even funny (pun intended)! The two DJ’s tagged teamed and never let the band speak and most of their questions were a waste of time. I decided to re-edit and give you some sound bites below so you did not have to sit through the full recording or podcast of the event. Hat’s off to the station for having the guys on though, I appreciate that. If you think you can stomach it; DOWNLOAD the full Podcast.
Michael Wilton stated [about the formation of RISING WEST and the status of QUEENSRŸCHE], “We have some time off this year, so we put a project and this kind of turned into this monumental, epic band. And we’re doing that as kind of a side thing away from QUEENSRŸCHE.” He added, “We still very much are QUEENSRŸCHE, and QUEENSRŸCHE will be continuing on. We want to just have some fun, play some old ‘RŸCHE, bring back some memories and just kick it.”
*click to listen: What’s New?
*Rumors and future of Queensrÿche
Todd LaTorre stated: “Well a lot of people, you know we’ve got tours and some shows coming up in Europe/ coming up in August and we’re [Crimson Glory] writing a new album.
I met Michael at NAMM. We met there, and had dinner and talked and it just kind of morphed from there and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The fans are in for a real treat – we’d love for them to come out. Their gonna’ hear songs that some of these the band has never played before love and it if they have it’s been 20 + years. We’re all having a great time, we crack up, it’s a great time.
It feels you know – even Michael today said, man, you’re taking me way back!”
*The road ahead.
*The fan response thus far?
On Bands First Shows
The band performed rare and classic hits from the first five QUEENSRŸCHE albums — from the 1983 EP through 1990′s “Empire” — as well as a cover version of the IRON MAIDEN staple “Wrathchild.”
*How do you decide what to play?
*Legalities and band advice
*On Rocklahoma incident and Brazil rumors
RISING WEST‘s set list:
01. Queen Of The Reich
03. Walk In The Shadows
04. En Force
05. Child Of Fire
06. The Whisper
08. The Needle Lies
09. Take Hold Of The Flame
11. My Empty Room
12. Eyes Of A Stranger
13. Wrathchild (IRON MAIDEN cover)
14. Roads To Madness
Visit: RISING WEST on Facebook
Rising West features Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren of Queensrÿche, with powerhouse vocalist Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory. The band plan on hitting the studio sometime early summer 2012 to begin recording their first release.
I am sure everyone’s heard all of the rumors, gossip and other goings on in the Queensrÿche camp as of late.
I’m not going to get into all the juicy details (or rumors) surrounding the band but I will say that original members Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson, along with Parker Lundgren and singer Todd La Torre (Crimson Glory) have formed a new band called Rising West (named after a lyric from the Queensrÿche album The Warning).
Much to the delight of some fans they will be playing songs from the first five Queensrÿche albums; many the band has never played live before.
This may or may not come as a surprise to many long time QR fans regarding a stand in for Geoff Tate, however Mr.Tate (and friends) is currently on a solo tour performing select all-acoustic dates. Although he is performing special versions of QR songs for this side project, it’s certainly not Metal or Hard Rock—so that’s got some peeps’ panties tied in a knot I suppose as his solo material is a bit more experimental.
I’ve read many favorable reviews and watched some videos online and I think this more unplugged/acoustic/loungey vibe is pretty interesting and is perhaps a much-needed departure from all things Queensrÿche; whose last few albums have been slightly average. I think the band peaked with Operation Mindcrime and I pretty much lost interest around 94′ with Promised Land. Everything up until that point was definitely stellar though!
“The problem when you’re in a creative environment is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for twenty years, it gets very difficult—You walk into the room, and everybody knows what everybody is going to do,” explains the front man. “There’s no spark of new blood, the chemistry is very tried and true, and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself. What’s nice about doing a side project with new people, is that it’s a whole new breed, and a bunch of new ideas, musical backgrounds, emotional baggage, and whatever else it takes to create. It’s a whole new set of parameters, so it’s all new, everyone has ideas you haven’t heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall. It takes on a whole new life.”
Let me remind all of the online gossipers and media outlets who like to sensationalize and or throw gas on the fire; Queensrÿche still have several dates scheduled throughout the summer on their 30th Anniversary Tour and just came off the heals of two pretty high profile gigs at the recent M3 Festival and Rocklahoma Festival.
|30th Anniversary Tour|
|06/11/12||Queensryche||Valley City, UT||USANA Amphitheater||United States|
|06/11/12||Queensryche||West Valley City, UT||USANA Amphitheatre||United States|
|07/06/12||Queensryche||Holmdel, NJ||PNC Bank Arts Center||United States|
|07/07/12||Queensryche||Wantagh, NY||Jones Beach Amphitheater||United States|
|07/28/12||Queensryche||Royalton, MN||Halfway Jam Festival||United States|
|08/10/12||Queensryche||Roseburg, OR||Douglas County Fair||United States|
Future of Queensrÿche?
Only time will tell, but I think it’s pretty cut n’ dry; Geoff is doing his solo side project (and the above QR dates) and so the remaining members wanted to keep on playing and creating. I am sure they just don’t wanna’ sit around and rest on their laurels. Just as G.T. likes to experiment around with various projects and other business ventures (he has recently introduced his own signature red wine called Insania), the band wants to make some new music and have some fun as well. And what’s wrong with that? More power to them.
So, contrary to popular belief these are merely side projects and “biz as normal” according to band publicist [Jeff Albright]:
“There’s really no ‘situation’ other than the fact that Geoff Tate is concentrating on his acoustic solo performances this summer while the other members of the band have formed a new outfit called Rising West with Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory. Everyone wants to stay busy, try new things and do what they do best . . . and, of course, that’s rock in front of the masses. Queensrÿche are slated to perform select dates throughout the year.”
Even new RISING WEST vocalist Todd La Torre says that despite rumors, he is not leaving Crimson Glory!
“I am embarking on another musical endeavor with the members of Queensrÿche. I am proud and honored to be a part of this!” Todd stated. “Crimson Glory is still writing new material for our record, DO NOT WORRY. This is going to be an amazing new chapter. Thank you for all of your support!”
HISTORY in the making?
Be a part of HISTORY in the making…
“On Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th, the core members of Queensrÿche will debut their new band “Rising West” at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle WA. Rising West features Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, and Parker Lundgren of Queensrÿche, with powerhouse vocalist Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory. The band will be performing rare and classic hits from the first 5 Queensrÿche albums and plan on hitting the studio sometime early summer to begin recording their first release.”
~Scott Rockenfield [QR | RISNG WEST drummer]
*If you enjoyed the article you may like to read the worldwide exclusive interview one of our foreign correspondents conducted for Demolish with Geoff Tate before the first Operation Mindcrime was even released!
Following the massively successful Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11, IRON MAIDEN are back on the road this summer with a series of Arena, Amphitheater and Festival shows in the U.S.A. and Canada, opening in Charlotte, NC, U.S.A. on June 21, and finishing in Houston, TX, on Aug 18 [see below], to be followed by further dates around the World in 2013.
*The MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR will closely mirror, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour”. This opening section of the World Tour is the band’s most extensive visit to North America for many years and includes a number of cities the band have not played in a very long time, such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City.
MAIDEN ENGLAND 2012 TOUR DATES
|Thur||21st June||Charlotte, NC||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|Sat||23rd June||Atlanta, GA||Aarons Amphitheater|
|Tue||26th June||Boston, MA||Comcast Center|
|Wed||27th June||Wantagh, NY||Jones Beach|
|Fri||29th June||Philadelphia, PI||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|Sat||30th June||Washington, DC||Jiffy Lube Live|
|Mon||2nd July||Newark, NJ||Prudential Center|
|Thur||5th July||Chicago, IL||First Midwest Bank|
|Sun||8th July||Quebec, QC||Colisee Pepsi Arena|
|Wed||11th July||Montreal, QC||Bell Center|
|Fri||13th July||Toronto, ON||Molson Amphitheater|
|Sat||14th July||Sarnia, ON||Bayfest|
|Mon||16th July||Buffalo, NY||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
|Wed||18th July||Detroit, MI||DTE Music Theater|
|Thur||19th July||Indianapolis, IN||Klipsch Music Center|
|Tues||24th July||Winnipeg, MB||MTS Center|
|Thur||26th July||Calgary, AB||Scotiabank Saddledome|
|Fri||27th July||Edmonton, AB||Rexall Place|
|Sun||29th July||Vancouver, BC||Pacific Coliseum|
|Mon||30th July||Auburn, WA||White River Amphitheater|
|Wed||1st August||Salt Lake City, UT||USANA Amphitheater|
|Fri||3rd August||San Francisco, CA||Shoreline Amphitheater|
|Mon||6th August||Phoenix, AZ||Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion|
|Thur||9th August||Irvine, CA||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|Sun||12th August||Albuquerque. NM||Hard Rock Pavilion|
|Mon||13th August||Denver, CO||Comfort Dental Amphitheater|
|Wed||15th August||San Antonio, TX||AT&T Center|
|Fri||17th August||Dallas, TX||Gexa Energy Pavilion|
|Sat||18th August||Houston, TX||The Woodlands|
Very Special Guest Alice Cooper to July 21, Coheed and Cambria after July 21.
**Maiden England 1988 Long form Video VHS Track-listing:
Moonchild, The Evil That Men Do, The Prisoner, Still Life, Die With Your Boots On, Infinite Dreams, Killers, Can I Play With Madness, Heaven Can Wait, Wasted Years, The Clairvoyant, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, The Number Of The Beast, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Iron Maiden.
Kick-ass new material from the PRONG camp.
I’ve always been a pretty firm believer in their music over the years. Some LP’s are better than others, some more “metal” than others, but they are always well-produced and arranged tightly (whether you like the specific direction of each release or not). Carved Into Stone is no exception; in fact I feel this is a perfect blend of older Prong [not counting their first 2 albums] and Prong 2012.
Grinding guitars | Trademark Vox | Powerful production | Fists in the air good time!
Check out a sample below: called Keep On Living In Pain
Thanks to Tommy Victor for holding down the fort all these years and for being a musical inspiration for countless bands (I think Prong has influenced way more bands than they get credit for). Tommy is a very underrated guitarist IMO as well. Despite relative lack of widespread success, this dude is super creative, solid and brings it consistently; going on three decades now! And not to mention he sings and plays guitar live.
Very few bands out there [Metal or not] truly have a sound they can call their “own.” When you hear their music, it’s unmistakably Prong. He should be very proud of that.
The track listing for “Carved Into Stone” is as follows:
1. Eternal Heat
2. Keep on Living in Pain
4. Revenge … Best Served Cold
5. State of Rebellion
6. Put Myself to Sleep
7. List of Grievances
8. Carved Into Stone
10. Path of Least Resistance
*Produced by Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die).
Official PRONG video clip for “Revenge…Best Served Cold”.
New album “Carved Into Stone” OUT NOW!
(Long Branch Records/SPV)
Buy or Die!
It seems like all the musical greats are starting to leave this earth. Ronnie was one of the most influential rock guitarists. Thanks for all the great music and guitar riffs/licks.
You will be missed – but not forgotten!
*A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose’s 64th birthday. He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn’t take any of our love for granted.
He passed today. He’d battled cancer, and staved off old age for long enough. And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life. We miss him already, but we’re glad to have shared with him while we could.
(November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012)
“Ronnie Montrose gave me my first break as a songwriter, as a front man, as a recording artist, as a touring artist, and for that I will always be grateful.
I was looking forward to a reunion for my birthday bash in Cabo with Denny, Bill and Ronnie – one of the few bands from that era where all four original members were still able to do it. It’s a shame to lose Ronnie and I’m so sorry for his loved ones. Rest in peace.” ~Sammy Hager
*From the Montrose website.
June 7th 1955 – January 25th 2012
*Our brother Mark Reale went home to be with our Lord this day January 25th 2012 after a long battle and complications from Crohns disease. He is survived by his father Anthony Reale and was precede in death by his mother Frances Reale. Mark was born June 7th 1955 in Brooklyn New York at a time when rock and roll was flourishing with many new sounds. Early in his life, his first interest had been the movies. ever so curiously, he had shown an interest in films. But then, songs he heard on the radio began to change that. He quickly began to love music from the Beatles and Cream. Mark lists George Harrison and Eric Clapton as great influences. When he was 7 years old his grandfather bought him his first basic guitar to practice on and later his father bought him a new guitar and amp, his passion had begun.
In the early to mid 70′s his influences included the likes of Edgar Winter, Ronnie Montrose and Rick Derringer. He also loved a range of bands and artists from Al Di Meola to Deep Purple. In 1975 Mark formed his band RIOT, then at a block party Mark’s father found vocalist Guy Speranza. Mark’s guitar style and his passion for writing songs that told stories that were so deep and moving had made a real connection with those who would become life long fans. The fans felt so connected to Mark because the lyrics in RIOT’s songs were extremely close to the stories of their own lives. His song writing style could weave tales of anything from old lore to battle fields and warriors, personal loss and triumph. And heavy metal anthems that will be with us for decades to come.
With heart-felt thanks to the fans around the world, the United States, Japan, Europe and all points in between. The RIOT army meant everything in the world to Mark—it’s what kept him going. The loyalty and love of the fans fueled his passion and desire to continue making music for as long as possible.
Please keep the memory of Mark alive within you.
Shine on, Mark shine on!
*From Mark’s website
I am sure everyone remembers the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center). If you are too young or were not even walking on this Earth yet, basically the PMRC was a music censorship interest group, known as the “Washington Wives.” That’s right, there was actually a time when highly influential peeps [with ties to Washington] tried to tell us what to listen to, or in this case what not to listen to! This bunch was formed in 1985 by Tipper Gore, Susan Baker, Pam Howar, Nancy Thurmond, and Sally Nevius.
Without any valid scientific basis [and kicking up much dust in the process] they ascribed multiple evils in society to be rooted in popular music—see The PMRC Filthy Fifteen below.
I’ve mentioned this before on this site: hats off to Dee Snider and Frank Zappa as they were surprisingly two of the only musicians/artists who weren’t afraid of this “musical lynch mob” and appeared in court regularly to take them head on with their lofty claims. Where was everyone else though? When the going got tough, most bands ran to the hills; whether they were on the “list” or not… (sic—ed). Honorable mention goes out to Jello Biafra for his many rants as well. Get this, his house was actually raided in response to complaints by the PMRC! Yes, they brought Biafra to trial in Los Angeles for distributing “harmful material to minors” in the Dead Kennedy’s album Frankenchrist.
In reality (lines are blurred here), the dispute was about neither the music nor the lyrics from the album, but rather the print of the H.R. Giger poster Landscape XX that was included with the album. Biafra believes the trial was politically motivated; it was often reported that the PMRC took him to court as a cost-effective way of sending a message out to other musicians with content considered offensive in their music.
As the late, great Zappa said in a 1985 Los Angeles Times interview: “The Recording Industry Association of America didn’t agree to this stickering of albums on moral grounds, but business ones. The industry has a huge financial interest in anti-home taping and piracy legislation. And guess who runs the committee that oversees this legislation? Sen. Strom Thurmond, whose wife is a member of the PMRC. I think the connection’s pretty clear.”
“The record industry is acting like of bunch of cowards. They’re scared to death of the fundamentalist right and want to throw them a bone in hopes that they’ll go away. But this stickering program will just start a precedent— they’ll always want more.” ~Frank Zappa
[quoted in Parents Warn: Take the Sex and Shock out of Rock, Los Angeles Times 1985]
OK, so what were the fifteen songs that were so bad that it was worthy of locking up our daughters and or burning said records? Hold onto your hats, you’re going to get a chuckle out of this one.
After all the dust settled, basically the Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA] eventually added a “Parental Advisory—Explicit Lyrics” sticker to certain products.
Looking back, it seems that sticker only helped the artists in question to sell more albums as the kids wanted to hear those even more with its elevated “bad or evil” status…go figure.
*It’s worth noting that nine out of the fifteen were deemed bad because of sexual references.
Of course they had to throw in some satanic references for good measure:
- Mercyful Fate [i.e. King Diamond]
L.A. rockers Mötley Crüe were also included (everyone knows they are “satanic” haha) since they had just released “Shout At the Devil” on vinyl and cassette. It’s worth noting though, despite the album title and [comically sarcastic] satanic leanings; they ended up with a “violence” label for the song “Bastard.” This list cracks me up, as it was so carefully planned to have a bit of each category of what they deemed offensive.
Lastly, the kings of Heavy Metal—Black Sabbath had to be on the list, but they were trashed [pun intended —ed] for drug and alcohol abuse for their classic from the Born Again LP “Trashed.”
Is it me, or is this list and whole PMRC thing a bit sarcastic? I mean are they really after those fifteen artists/bands? I don’t think so…perhaps it’s just another reaction against the holy grail of “dirty” rock music or the trinity of musical culture that many fear so much [or enjoy, depending on how you look at it]:
Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll!
I receive hundreds of demos at the Demolish HQ every year and most of them suck!
Hate to start off sounding negative like that and or put it that way, but it’s true. Some of these demos are mere band rehearsals, some are “live”, some sound like a 10th generation cassette copy (and some might be just that -ed), but luckily the top 25% I would say are recorded quite well and even look like a real-deal “finished product”.
Enter Demolition Hammer.
These thrash dogs are from New York and what a treat for your ears! Each song unfolds more and more layers of crisp and tasty riffs. I kept thinking, OK when is it going to bomb-out and or throw me into the “disinterested” mood which would in turn prompt a swift ejection and placement into the “crap” pile. Well, I am happy to report that never happened! As a matter of fact I listened to this demo, which is called “Necrology” from start to finish and my ears were thanking me for the extreme pleasure their music provided.
Steve Reynolds – Vocals/Bass
James Reilly – Guitars/Vocals
Derek Sykes – Guitars
Vinny Daze – Drums
What about the sound?
*Listen to Neanderthal
*Listen to Infectious Hospital Waste
They are obviously wearing their SLAYER influence proudly on their sleeves, which is cool. You gotta’ start somewhere right, so why not be influenced by one of the best on the scene?!
The six songs are similar to the speed of Exodus with the standard shout-type background vox that’s popular these days, but Demolition Hammer is headed into more of a “death metal” direction, mostly in the vocal department as the riffage is straight up [underground] Thrash Metal.
Hats off to drummer – Vincent Civitano (aka’ Vinny Daze) who is quite the “sticksmith.” The main beef [being a drummer], is that most of the demo’s we get for review have weak drummers who are just plain “sloppy.” Not the case with Vinny! Check out the tracks “Mercenary Aggression” and “Infectious Hospital Waste” for prime examples of his tight playing and precision double-bass execution.
The demo was engineered by John Rosenberg and recorded at Water Music, Hoboken, N.J. in May 1989.
Cover Art & Logo by Vinny Daze.
I would file this alongside Canada’s Sacrifice, California’s Vio-Lence, Arizona’s Sacred Reich or New Jersey’s Nuclear Assault (four of my favorites). If you like those bands then you will most likely click with “DH.”
~Buy or die!
The band ended up releasing three full-length albums between 1990 and 1994. Century Media Records released a complete anthology back in 2008, which includes every title from their first three albums, two pre-production demos from Time Bomb, and one video clip.
I am sad to learn that drummer Vincent Civitano (a.k.a. Vinny Daze) passed away in 1996. R.I.P. Vinny!
This demo [from 1989] is still considered a rare gem in the Metal Underground. The tape has circulated far and wide and is enjoyed by fans on You Tube and many other popular download sites.
The verdict is pretty much unanimous and everyone who listens seems to agree (for a change) and can attest to the quality of their music. Unfortunately there were many bands such as this that were not able to survive the turn from the late 80′s and into the early 90′s.
- Skull Fracturing Nightmare (1988)
- Necrology (1989)
- Tortured Existence (1990)
- Epidemic of Violence (1992)
- Time Bomb (1994)
- Necrology: A Complete Anthology (2008)