NEW: BLACK SABBATH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND 2012 WORLD TOUR!
November 11, 2011
“Well, after all the rumours and having to keep plans quiet for so long, I can finally stop dodging questions. The truth is it has only come together properly in the last few days! Look forward to seeing you all in 2012. All the best.”
November 11, 2011 | Categories: Demolish A.D. | Tags: 11:11:11 Sabbath returns, Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath invented heavy metal, Black Sabbath reunites 2012, did Black Sabbath invent heavy metal?, heavy metal news, Music News, Sabbath back together, Sabbath to headline shows in summer of 2012 | 3 Comments »
Guitar legend Tony Iommi [Black Sabbath] talks to Stuart Jeffries at the Home of Metal exhibitions in Wolverhampton and Birmingham, celebrating the origins of heavy metal and grindcore in Birmingham and the Black Country, the crucible of the industrial revolution.
Check out the video here:
Currently taking over art spaces in the West Midlands, the Home of Metal celebration of the loud kicked off with 40 Years of Heavy Metal and Its Unique Birthplace in Birmingham, and You Should Be Living in Wolverhampton. To celebrate, here’s a selection of art works, objects and memorabilia that showcase creativity at the heart of the movement.
Peep a cool photo gallery of the exhibit:
July 11, 2011 | Categories: Demolish A.D. | Tags: 40 Years of Heavy Metal and Its Unique Birthplace, 80's metal memorabilia, Black Sabbath, Guitar legend Tony Iommi, Home of Metal, Home of Metal exhibitions, Metal memorabilia, Stuart Jeffries, the Home of Metal celebration, You Should Be Living | Leave A Comment »
This will be the very debut post for the massive Vinyl Swarm section.
As previously mentioned, this secondary Vinyl review section was started due to the fact that there were so many releases coming out in the 80′s and we could not keep up — let alone cover all the promo product in Issue #1 of Demolish. The news spread like wildfire throughout the Demolish camp that the Editor in Chief was going crazy and slashing all said reviews in half (sometimes more).
This was especially troublesome to some of our writers (esp. for the fact that I took great pride in featuring rather large, in-depth reviews and encouraging them to “make em’ long”).
First writer “up to the plate” is Philip Cerreta Jr. from New York, who waxes poetically on a handful of 80′s Metal releases. Yes, this is the same cool guy who contributed lots of killer+ intricate fantasy-type drawings for our Artwork section here.
I especially like his full-on rant about a certain growling “death” Metal singer. That’s right folks, we are not going to “sugar-coat” any reviews around here. I am posting all reviews as-is, regardless of who wrote them and whether they loved them or hated them!
*I will try to dig up some rare promo pics and such to make the reviews more interesting.
ALICE COOPER – Raise Your Fist and Yell
(MCA Records) 1987
If Constrictor was Alice Cooper‘s return to supremacy, then Raise Your Fist and Yell only fortifies his stature as Metal’s “Reigning Splatter King”. Vocally sarcastic, lyrically twisted, tracks like “Freedom”, “Lock Me Up”, “Prince of Darkness” and the hauntingly superb trilogy of “Chop Chop Chop”, “Gail” and “Rose On The White Lace” fall into a division that is both anthemic and surging in intensity.
Perhaps even described as a hybrid of 80′s Metal, Raise Your Fist and Yell is a great record from and even greater legend —don’t miss this on tour!
LIZZY BORDEN – Visual Lies
(ENIGMA/METAL BLADE Records) 1987
Venturing within a realm that is a bit more commercial, Lizzy’s sixth release is one ripe with killer vocals, crunching rhythms, choruses that explode and well-written lyrics while complimented by a production that is both crisp and vibrant.
The albums best cuts include “Eyes of A Stranger”, “Shock” and the soon-to-be classic “Me Against the World” —a song, which if not Lizzy’s best, then certainly one of his top three! Track for track Love You To Pieces still ranks as Lizzy’s best LP, followed by 1986′s Menace to Society. But make no mistakes, Visual Lies is a fine record from a talent who is capable of nothing less.
BLACK SABBATH - The Eternal Idol
(Vertigo/Warner Brothers Records) 1987
Talk about your welcomed surprises! Unleashing what has to be the “comeback album of ’87″, Tony Iommi has somehow re-kindled the fire long-lost. Now fronted by Tony Martin, who’s vocals are nothing short of superb, Black Sabbath sojourn through nine epic tracks —including the likes of “Lost Forever”, a spell binding cut and one which weaves a web of both power and fury, “The Shining”, “Ancient Warrior” and the glorious title track.
Sound-wise, the LP is massive (digitally recorded) and truly beckons for increased volume. Classic Metal in every sense of the word, The Eternal Idol is an album even Ozzy would’ve been proud to be a part of.
CRIMSON GLORY – Crimson Glory
(PAR Records) 1986
Though originally released over a year ago, Crimson’s début is still one worth raving about. Fueled by Midnight’s Geoffe Tate-like vocals, Crimson Glory conjures images of grandeur. From the “Divinity of Azrael” to the eeriness of “Lost Reflection” and back again through cuts like “Valhalla”, “Heart of Steel” and “Dragon Lady”, the band’s début is one synonymous with class.
Musically the album is both well-executed and imaginative. Lyrically it is brilliant, touching upon themes ranging from insanity and deception to seduction and Norse mythology. Behold the power and majesty that is Crimson Glory —raise high the chalice in commendation!
*”On July 8th, 2009, founding member and original Crimson Glory front man Midnight passed away from long-term health complications with his family by his side. He was 47 years old. Despite the various issues and conflicts between Midnight and the rest of the band, it was a devastating loss in its truest form.”
BLESSED DEATH – Destined for Extinction (Roadracer Records) 1987
So you say you’re into Death Metal? Well, Blessed Death‘s break neck assault aims to deliver. The only problem (as is often the case), lies in the vocals. Larry Portelli’s “abrasive” voice just doesn’t cut it for me. If a “poser” is in fact one who pretends to be what one is not (in this case a vocalist), then Larry —along with Thrash Metal’s majority, should stand trial for crimes of crude impersonation and be found guilty in the third degree! In terms of talent, I’d say he’s a step above Tom G. Warrior and several staircases below David Defeis (Virgin Steele). Now, I’ll admit some of his screams rip, but they’re used far too often and in the end, they only serve to defeat their intended purpose.
As far as the lyrics go, the band has chosen to explore some interesting, yet heavily charted territory. From the horrors of nuclear annihilation, to war and death itself, but the track that caught my attention was one entitled “Alien Impregnation”, which takes a different outlook on man’s evolution but without the lyric sheet you’re lost. There is a glimmer of hope for Blessed Death but until they realize the importance of a singer —as opposed to a “screamer”, they may only be destined to remain shackled in the confines of obscurity.
**Can you tell Phillip was not a fan of Thrash or Death Metal -haha?
Phillip is one of our staff writers whose Metal taste revolves around great vocals and or melodic songs and well-written lyrics. Unfortunately his Top 25 for 1988 list is still missing. As a matter of fact, so is Phillip. So, if/when you read this please contact us – we miss you!
LEATHERWOLF – Leatherwolf
(Island Records) 1987
All those who own a copy of Leatherwolf‘s first LP (a re-issue of their ’84 EP with extra tracks) signify by raising your fist…just as I suspected —not a lot. That’s a shame (a damn shame) cause’ that record ripped with some of the “catchiest” Power Metal imaginable!
Well, this 1987 disk, also entitled Leatherwolf is equally powerful, equally lethal and equally as contagious. Though musically heavier, Leatherwolf remind me a lot of Kiss, for both bands really excel in their use of vocal harmonies and their ability to pen song upon killer song. Through the use of keyboards, Leatherwolf (also like Kiss), have really enhanced their sound while retaining their razor-like edge.
Also worth noting are the outstanding vocals of Michael Olivieri, who’s capable of almost any extreme. His voice should carry this pack far with songs like “Rise or Fall”, “Gypsies and Thieves”, “Rule the Night” and “The Calling”. Michael Olivieri (vocals), Carey Howe, (guitars), Geoffrey Gayner (guitars), Dean Roberts (drums), Richard Gibbs (keyboards) and Paul Carman (bass) prove and prove again that Metal can be forceful as well as commercial —savage as well as graceful. Visually exciting (as well as musically) Leatherwolf are indeed among the rare breed.
Give this band the chance they deserve!
Some of the “catchiest” Metal imaginable?
*This album is self-titled just like the band’s début but it is a completely different album.
*to transport you directly back to the 80′s (when these reviews were written -ed), we will continue to keep the language in the posts & reviews “present tense” even though this is 2010.
July 27, 2010 | Categories: Vinyl Swarm | Tags: 80's Metal reviews, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Blessed Death, Crimson Glory, entertainment, Leatherwolf, Metal Music Reviews, Midnight (R.I.P.), Music, Old School Metal Vinyl Reviews, Philip Cerreta Jr., Philip Cerreta Jr. New York, Vinyl Swarm, Vinyl Swarm Review Section | 4 Comments »
Ronnie James DIO
1942 – 2010
Reflections on A Metal Legend
Well, if you have not heard the sad news yet, yes our dear friend Ronnie James Dio (aka’ Ronald James Padavona) passed away this morning. Ronnie, who was a true Metal Trooper and music icon, lost his battle with cancer at age 67. All of us at Demolish Magazine want to send our heart-felt condolences to Wendy Dio and all of Ronnie James Dio’s family.
Upon awakening and reading the bad news from my email in box, my heart skipped a beat and I jumped up and immediately started frantically searching all over the internet to confirm that it wasn’t so! I have felt rather “blue” all day long when it was definitely confirmed that we did indeed lose our beloved hero.
Dio was blessed with one of Metals most distinctive voices and was one of the greatest dynamic stage performers I ever saw. I have been a Metal fan all of my life and I truly respect what Ronnie shared with us (all of his dedicated fans worldwide).
It’s really hard to put into words how hard this hit me and how much this stings. It is strange and yet so hard to watch your heroes die. One of my best Metalhead buddies and Metal Odyssey Blog owner said it best HERE with his most eloquent & heartfelt post today.
I am sure there will be many retrospectives and all sorts of articles in the coming hours and days but I feel the need to throw in my perspective. I am not really sure to begin but I just wanted to post my thoughts and reflections about his well-respected career and what DIO meant to me.
So what is the international hand “sign” or #1 pose/ gesture for every Metal fan in the world, in any local on the planet? Hint: \m/ <– and what in the world does that stand for?
Well, if you have to ask then forget it, since you have obviously been living under a rock and or have failed miserably to listen to something other than Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Lawrence Welk, Kenny G and or Michael Bolton & Barry Manilow. Nothing wrong with those fine folks but we’re talking METAL here and who fronted the biggest, baddest, heaviest “Metal” band of all time? The one and only Ronnie James Dio that’s who and that band is BLACK SABBATH (otherwise known in more recent times as HEAVEN & HELL).
Although Ronnie did not invent the “Metal-Horns” as some like to call it, he did help to popularize it throughout the years by flashing it on stage and in hundreds of photo shoots. Ronnie said he actually learned it from his Italian grandmother and was used to ward off evil or bad luck (pronounced malocchio or maloik by most Metal fans).
Whatever its origins, it continues to live on in the legacy of all Metal bands worldwide since the 80′s (regardless of specific genre or locale) and I am giving full credit to sir Dio for this cultural phenomenon!
Ronnie started out professionally in 1967 (about the time I was born) singing in a band called ELF and after releasing three albums and a few years later having impressed Ritchie Blackmore countless times on the road (while opening for the mighty DEEP PURPLE), Dio ended up fronting some of the most legendary rock bands of all time.
First with RAINBOW (a wildly successful Deep Purple -Ritchie Blackmore offshoot), then with the legendary second coming of BLACK SABBATH and ultimately his solo career and band with his (last) namesake – DIO.
And then finally with the most excellent HEAVEN & HELL group, which featured original Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler plus his long time drummer in his solo band Vinnie Appice.
Appice, Dio, Butler & Iommi
No matter what group or band Dio fronted, he was able to bring his own unique voice to the forefront and really add that extra something to make it sparkle. In reality, Dio was a rather short fellow, but he sure made up for that with such a powerful throat and onstage presence didn’t he!
Wow, I am so thankful that I was able to see him live in concert several times. The first time was on the début “Holy Diver” era + tour. I was a pimply faced freshman in High School rockin’ my cassette copy of the stellar Holy Diver release in 1983! Man, that LP was just great as DIO was on fire as he injected so many catchy melodies with the classic Metal riffage of a young axe-slinger known as Vivian Campbell. Team that with veteran bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinnie Appice and you have quite the power- house lineup.
Ronnie and Jimmy played keyboards (which is something I like in my music) in the studio, but later Claude Schnell was added to perform keys for their live shows. Sadly, if I recall correctly, Claude was either hidden and or off to the side in the dark. Perhaps he was just chillin’ back by “Murray” (their evil mascot) on the large stage backdrop tapestry.
*I also remember watching early videos on MTV for “Holy Diver” & “Rainbow in the Dark”. They didn’t know quite what to do for a video, but you have to give them credit for trying something and getting it out there.
My second DIO live show extravaganza came with their excellent “The Last in Line” LP and later tour. This time they had a bit more p.a. equipment (i.e. speakers, amplifiers, pyro etc.) + an excellent lighting rig complete with some of the earliest lasers available! They opened the show with the uptempo “We Rock” and boy did they ever. My young ears (now a Sophomore in High School) were bleeding but lovin’ every minute of it.
One of the best $10 I ever spent!
Other standouts included the title track The Last in Line and “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”. The show highlighted drummer Vinnie Appice who turned in a notable solo, while playing 360 degrees around his massive kit and bangin’ those four large (Japanese Taiko drum-like) Ludwig toms!
“It was a good time to be in that band. It was perfect for us. Everything just fell into place. The ethic in rehearsal was amazing. The effort in the recording was just as good. Everybody wanted it to be great. We really believed in what we were doing and couldn’t wait to get that product out and have people hear it.” - Ronnie James Dio
Then it was Vivian’s turn to rip it up with his blistering guitar solo. This displayed his creative playing and excellent technique.
Third times a charm right? Correct. The third time I got to see the master of dragons and rainbows was in Nashville, TN. in 1988 with Savatage and Megadeth opening the show.
Those are two powerful acts to follow, but even though I love both of them, by the time DIO was into his second or third song, I forgot all about them! This time around the band featured new guitarist Craig Goldy (ex-Rough Cutt/Giuffria).
Even though Dio put out another six albums, this would mark the last time I got to see perform live in concert. Sadly, this will be the last time forever…thank you Ronnie for giving my life so much joy listening to your music and watching you do your magic! I will continue to listen to your music until I perish.
“RIP RJD. Horns at half mast. Such a huge loss” – Anthrax’s Scott Ian
“We are filled with great sadness at the terrible news about our friend Ronnie James Dio – our condolences and love go to Wendy and Ronnie’s family – Ronnie was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.” – JUDAS PRIEST
Everyone please raise one last “devil horn” in tribute for the man, the myth…the LEGEND!
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May 17, 2010 | Categories: DIO (R.I.P.) - Reflections on a Metal Legend | Tags: Black Sabbath, Blackmore's RAINBOW, Dio, ELF, entertainment, Heaven & Hell, Heavy Metal, heavy metal music, Metal, Music News, Rainbow, Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio | 12 Comments »