After the overwhelming response we received from the first Metal Fanzine Gallery feature, I thought I would put together another super rare set of fanzine cover scans.
Please enjoy a few scans below from some of the great Metal Fanzines & magazines from all over the world. There are many more available and we will be adding more in the future. Please feel free to send any Metal Fanzine scans if you have any that should be included. I am only looking for issues from around 1980 – 1990.
*to enjoy the slide show gallery, click on any image. Use arrows to navigate
*If you published a fanzine within these years and would like to be included, then please get in touch by all means. If you are still “alive and kicking” in 2012 then I may be interested in doing an interview with you!
May 18, 2012 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: 80′s Fanzine Gallery, 80′s Metal, 80′s Metal Fanzine Gallery, Fanzine Gallery, Heavy Metal Magazines, Metal, metal magazine scans, Music, News | 3 Comments »
by Curt “Crusher” King
Man, I’ll tell ya’, I sure didn’t expect this band to quit playing hardcore Speed/Thrash Metal and wimp out, but I have the evidence right in my hands! I mean, they are one of the “Gods” of Death Metal for sure, but this stuff is completely shocking!
Well now, does that REALLY sound like a thing that a band called DEATH would do? You don’t think that I would stretch the truth a little do ya’? Ha – not I said the liar!
OK, DEATH fans, wipe that disgusted look off your face because everything I just said is true, except for the fact that they “wimped-out” (besides, you’ve probably already heard this by now as I created this when I received their advance tape -ed). Sorry, I didn’t mean to give you a heart attack folks but I did want to make you a bit angry so that you could prepare yourself for this devastating slab of gore! It doesn’t really matter how much anger you can muster up while listening though because DEATH will out-do you with intensity every time.
1. “Leprosy” 6:19
2. “Born Dead” 3:25
3. “Forgotten Past” 4:33
4. “Left to Die” 4:35
5. “Pull the Plug” 4:25
6. “Open Casket” 4:53
7. “Primitive Ways” 4:20
8. “Choke on It”
All eight songs are pretty much in the same mold as their last album Scream Bloody Gore (1987), meaning, they still sing about death, play deadly songs and do it in the most disgusting [to some] way possible! Every track on this album will terrorize you —but in a good way of course.
People who hate this relatively “new” style of extreme/speed Metal will probably continue to turn their nose up at it, while this will easily [and instantly I might add] satisfy all worldwide Metal fans who are into REAL savage Metal!
This new album [and my opening statements] should scare you too…
Lineup + Info
Chuck Schuldiner – Guitar, Bass and Vocals
Rick Rozz – Guitar
Bill Andrews – Drums
* Terry Butler – (did not play BASS on the album, but was credited for it)
Recorded at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida, USA
Produced by Dan Johnson
Engineered by Scott Burns
Mastered by Michael Fuller at Fullersound, Miami, Florida, USA
Edward Repka – Artwork
Many [myself included] consider this one of the most important DEATH Metal albums ever released. It’s definitely in the top ten. Back when kiddos, you did not have a band such as this on every street corner or parents basement recording such brutal, yet accomplished Metal compositions! Kudos to Chuck (who died of brain cancer in 2001) for putting this style of music on the map and inspiring countless bands for the last several decades. A true unsung hero in the music world. He was very humble and always down-played his part in the Metal history books by stating:
“I don’t think I should take the credits for this death metal stuff. I’m just a guy from a band, and I think Death is a metal band.”
- Chuck Schuldiner
May 13, 1967 – December 13, 2001
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So what is it?
by Curt King
It’s time to talk Metal Riffs folks. What I have in mind specifically today is to bring forth a special riff. A riff that has stood the test of time, a riff that almost every band has managed to play in some way, shape or form throughout their career. If you are in a band and somehow you did not have a song that included this riff, then you will most likely have played it (or a variation of it) as a cover tune and or subconsciously played this “universal riff” whether you were aware of it or not.
We’ve all heard this “Metal Staple” many, many times before and also in many variations as well. For the sake of discussion I will bring out the two main variations of this monster riff, which tend to be older (to me) Metal riffs from the mid 80′s. Later, in the late 80′s, a gazillion bands turned this into a kind of “standard” riff to base almost any type of Metal (Hair Metal, Glam Metal, Hard Rock or Commercial AOR Rock + Metal etc.) song on.
When I first thought of this idea, I intended on trying to trace this back to the original source and find out who actually played it first. Once I started digging around for songs to edit then it became increasingly clear that this was going to be a tough task. First, when you hear this riff (while casually listening to some Metal) then it pops out immediately and it’s very easy to jot down the title and artist. But, trying to remember these songs and then pinpoint when and how they used this riff proved to more of a challenge!
I have a fairly extensive music collection that I can pull from but as I started to figure out (rather quickly I might add) that I might never find the originator of this killer riff. Why? Well mainly due to my age. I did have several bands in mind that had their version of it, but just as they had their versions, I was pretty sure that meant that several other bands surely had an even earlier version of it as well perhaps. I also thought it might be fun to make this post and to invite reader participation and let you guys scour your collections to see if we can’t track this “beast” of a riff down.
So instead of making this the Metal equivalent of a deep archeological dig, I will bring forth the first section of this article and bust out some the earliest known versions of this: “the most popular Metal riff of all time”!
I remember hearing this waaaaay back in 1983 folks. So this is surely an early runner for this discussion. Even though this is a variation of what I am going to attempt to audibly illustrate, if you listen close then it’s all there. So maybe this was a blue-print for this riff? Maybe they too copied it from someone else in the 70′s (possibly the great Ritchie Blackmore) or even back in the late 60′s with the greatest ever – one Jimi Hendrix.
“Curse of the Pharaohs” by MERCYFUL FATE
Ah yes, the excellent riffage of the King and crew. I wonder who wrote this classic riff from 1983? Was it Michael Denner, or could it be the great Hank Sherman on guitar? It might even be the King himself as he sometimes writes guitar parts as well. Either way this is a fine example of this classic Metal riff that has stood the test of time.
*Play it again and you will notice just how slow this baby is!
Up next the (much faster) riff from the great German band ACCEPT. Technically this was released in Europe a year earlier than the above but it did not make it’s way onto these shores as a domestic release until 1983. Either way, Restless & Wild is an awesome LP and this is still a staple of their live show and no one seems to tire of this riff.
“Flash Rockin’ Man” - by ACCEPT
*Excellent riffage by one of my favorite Metal guitarists – Wolf Hoffmann!
Now the battle heats up a bit…
Anyone remember the rockin’ American band called RIOT? Who could forget their classic riffage! Let’s go all the way back to 1981 from their Fire Down Under LP. Yes, you read that correct and this next classic riff pre-dates the above ACCEPT tuneage. So without further ado, check this one out and pay special attention to how and when the drums come in. Then go back and re-listen to “Flash Rockin’ Man” again and or alternate a few times.
“Swords And Tequila” by RIOT
Wow, that was pretty heavy for 81′! As a matter of fact, rumor has it that Capitol Records even dropped the band because they were too heavy. Go figure…Luckily someone over at Elektra Records wised up and released it.
*So what do you think – a mere “metal” coincidence or like me, do you thinks it’s eerily close? I wonder what guitarist Mark Reale and Rick Ventura would have to say about it. Remember there was no internet back then and some of these records would have to be purchased as an expensive (for the time) Import, so not a lot of fans were able to get the early versions of these gems.
So have you heard this riff before?
I’ll bet a lot of you out there in Metal-Land thought the next band came up with that riff! Ha ha…at first I did too. But on further investigation, this proved to be blatantly incorrect.
Next up, IRON MAIDEN‘s massive “Two Minutes to Midnight” from one of their best LP’s of all time: Powerslave from 1984.
Whoa, did you hear how fast that was? Great work from Mr. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith.! I thought the ACCEPT version was fast. Did you notice the similarities in the riff and also when and how the drums came in? I am not sure who copied who, or how this came about but all I know is that the earlier RIOT version is almost identical to this, while the actual guitar tone and sound is more akin to the slower MERCYFUL FATE version.
So which version do you guys like best?
Even though they ALL jam -I think I like IRON MAIDEN‘s version for the sheer power + amazing groove from Nicko McBrain.
So there you have it, what I consider to be one of the most popular Metal riffs of all time. Go back and listen back and forth a few times and see for yourself. If anyone can come up with any earlier versions of this riff, then please get in touch with me and I will do a part II.
*When I listen to the above riffs, I cannot imagine JUDAS PRIEST or SABBATH not making a similar riff, but off the top of my head I could not remember it.
The Saga Continues…
Ok, so those were earlier versions of that riff. What came next? Well, enter the burgeoning 80′s L.A. Metal scene. A lot of these American bands were either influenced by IRON MAIDEN or JUDAS PRIEST but they put a slightly more commercial spin on things. The next three were favorites of mine at the time.
*Notice the slight change of the riff, but the basics are still there. It was mostly a rhythm change, and with this “new and improved” version, I am sure you could squeak out hundreds of variations on this new theme.
“Can U Deliver” by ARMORED SAINT
Love this song and this long intro with accompanied riff! This just = excellent Metal from 1984. This was hot on the heels of the above-mentioned Powerslave release from the MAIDEN boys too.
Hats off to Dave Prichard (R.I.P.) and Phil Sandoval for their twin guitar attack on this opus.
*You could tell around this time that American bands (in general) were kicking it up a notch as far as guitar tone, crunch and heaviness was concerned.
*This picture was taken on the “Hell on Wheels Tour” in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was Dave’s birthday, so the band decided to throw a pie in his face (but it landed on his head!). You can see the remnants from the pie – what a fun show! – CK
Slowing things down a bit, but just as grinding and crunchy is another West Coast Metal band named WARRIOR. Although they were actually made up of San Diego transplants, the band called L.A. their “home” in the mid 80′s.
“Fighting for the Earth” by WARRIOR
Kudos to Joe Floyd and Tommy Asakawa for this prime slab of Metal from their 1985 début Fighting for the Earth.
Along the same lines was another cool left-coast American Metal band named MALICE.
“Stellar Masters” – MALICE
*After listening to these riffs over and over, I’ll be the first to admit that the above riff (from their 1985 début LP entitled In the Beginning) is not 100% identical to the others but it’s in the same realm and is a damn fine riff anyway! Good work Jay Reynolds and Mick Zane. Enjoy…
Another West coast band at the time that was coming up through the ranks and invariably influencing some of the above bands (whether they will admit it) was none other than RATT. With the talented Robin Crosby and main axeman Warren DeMartini on board, it was only a matter of time before they laid claim to their own version of that riff.
“In Your Direction” by RATT off their 1984 release Out of the Cellar.
*So this has a “lighter” feel to the riff and was one of the new offshoots to this sound. Kudos to MOTLEY CRUE, GREAT WHITE and DOKKEN who were also great bands in the early 80′s scene and had a similar guitar sound + style.
Speaking of MOTLEY CRUE, I might as well drop this next tune for the fact that I think they (i.e. Mick Mars) may have encapsulated perhaps the finest form of this riff ever with their excellent hit “Looks that Kill” from 1983′s Shout at the Devil album.
“Looks that Kill” by MOTLEY CRUE
This song was wildly popular at the time and after all these years remains a staple of their live show to this date as well. So I tried to rack my brain to try to figure out what this song sounded like and or a decent influence on them. I know for a fact that VAN HALEN was a major influence on the CRUE and I am sure sir Eddie has played this riff (maybe when he was 5 years old) at some point in his career.
*What I did find was an older PRIEST track, which (in my mind) is what I think spawned this classic CRUE song.
“You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise” by JUDAS PRIEST
Off their massive + ground-breaking British Steel LP from 1980. As a matter of fact, this was recorded in early January of 80′, so that probably means it was older than that even! If you switch between the two clips, you will hear the drum sound is similar and the main part on the PRIEST sample when they all come in together. The beat, the bass and everything.
The CRUE version is obviously more aggressive (playing-wise) though due to being released a few years later perhaps. When (and if) you heard Halford and Co. do this live, then I am 100% sure you will remember how the PRIEST “beefed” it up a bit and was much more aggressive in front of 5,000 or more screaming fans.
BTW you owe it to yourself to check out their newly re-mastered special 30th anniversary/2010 version of British Steel. They have several versions, including a bonus live DVD and special edition CD. Buy or Die! This is a very influential and important Metal album kiddos.
So what’s next?
After hearing many versions of this riff maybe you are asking yourself what else can they do with it and or how else can it be twisted into yet another form? Well, when in “Metal doubt”, you can always play faster! Right? Read on…
Playing this riff faster and meaner is exactly what the following bands decided to do:
“Dirty Girls” by MADAM X
*I used to love this rather oddball-looking conglomeration from the Midwest. An excellent female drummer (Roxy Petrucci) and her sister/lead guitarist (Maxine Petrucci) were founding members of this Pop/Glam Metal band.
“Bad Boys (Like To Rock N’ Roll)“ by SAXON from their excellent Crusader LP from 1984.
“Metal Thrashing Mad” by ANTHRAX
*I detect a heavy MAIDEN influence on their Fistful of Metal début album from 1984 (this was actually recorded in 83′).
Speaking of East Coast Thrash + Metal:
“Hello From the Gutter” by OVERKILL from their third LP entitled Under The Influence.
*Possibly the fastest riff of the lot from original guitarist Bobby Gustafson circa’ 1988.
Enter the Third-Wave
What in the hell is the “third-wave”? Well, I think it’s when the riff finally crossed over into more mainstream bands. Although some of these bands were still considered “Metal”, the riff started to be used pretty extensively in bands with a main shredder guitar hero dude (ala’ TNT, LION, DIO etc.) or more flashy, visually oriented groups I should say.
After this last group of shredders did their damage, then it became so mainstream and watered-down that it was hardly a credible or classic Metal riff anymore and was so assimilated into the minds of all guitarists that it’s almost considered a cliché.
Here are a few examples of the “shredder-era”:
“Stand Up and Shout” by DIO
Man I do love this song + tight version of this riff. Vivian Campbell rocked!
“Deadly Metal” by TNT
TNT was an under rated Norwegian melodic Hard Rock/Metal band from the 80′s.
*If you ever get tired of worshiping Eddie Van Halen then give guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø a listen on Knights of the New Thunder from 1984.
Unfortunately (after their 1st & 2nd LP) they too fell into the “this riff is over-used and watered down now” Pop Metal trap that a lot of bands got caught in.
Here are a couple of examples of the “this riff is over-used and watered down now” Pop era”:
“Never Surrender” - by LION
circa’ 1987 era.
“Love Is A Lie” by LION
circa’ 1984 era.
Not to rip on LION (as they had a few decent songs IMO), but I needed some examples to audibly illustrate what I think happened to this (in)famous Metal riff. If you’ve heard these two songs once, you’ve heard them hundreds of times since. It’s just the way it is!
With the risk of going out on a sour note (as it seems I unintentionally went from great riffs to mediocre riffs) lets just insert what I still consider the BEST and most famous version of this riff and call it a day.
*This version is also quite possibly the version that birthed all the water-down copycats for decades later. It’s not CRUE’s fault, so don’t hate on them. It’s still great song!
I hope you enjoyed my song selections, riff selections/edits and overall concept!?
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June 16, 2010 | Categories: Most Popular Metal Riff (Of All Time)! | Tags: 80's Metal Riffs, 90's Metal Riffs, entertainment, Famous riffs, Heavy Metall Riffs, Metal, Metal Guitar Riffs, Metal Riff, Most popular Metal riff of all Time, Music | 40 Comments »
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June 9, 2010 | Categories: Praise:Is A Powerful Motivator | Tags: 80's metal fanzine, Demolish Fanzine, Demolish Magazine, Demolish Praise, entertainment, Heavy Metal Magazine Plugs, Metal, Music, News, Quotes from Metal Industry Peers | 6 Comments »
As the old adage says: “A picture is worth a thousand words” & refers to the idea that an image may be more influential than a substantial amount of text. No one or any amount of words will ever fill the massive void that Ronnie left!
Please enjoy these additional images in tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio (and band).
Bart is a pro London photographer who used to publish a great Metal fanzine in the 80′s called:Headbanger (Holland) and was also an early Demolish contributor. After that he shot for about a year and a half doing military service. Then onto to advertising photography, to fashion, music, portraits and flowers + other projects. Be on the lookout for Bart’s upcoming photo book of old school Metal pics (The Heavy Metal Years ’82-’87). You can get a sneak peek at the web link above…have a look in the Archive section for a killer slide show.
Richard is a great photographer from Oklahoma. As a long-time fan of rock and a resident of Enid, Oklahoma, Richard Galbraith has attended countless concerts since the early ‘70s, and documented most of them with his photography. In his first-ever photo book, ‘Richard Galbraith Photography Presents KISS,’ the reader is offered a glimpse of almost every single major concert the masked quartet played in Oklahoma from 1976 through 1986 (close to 100 never-before-seen pix), along with notes from Richard.
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May 20, 2010 | Categories: Ronnie James Dio - A Photographic Tribute | Tags: Bart Kamp, Bartolomy, Concert Photography, Craig Goldie, Dio, entertainment, Garry Sharpe Young, Headbanger, Headbanger Fanzine, Jimmy Bain, Martin Popoff, Metal, Music Photos, Richard Galbraith, Rock Photography, Ronnie James Dio, Vinnie Appice, Vivian Campbell | 5 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 »
* Artwork by Luetke 1987
Among my favorite Thrash Metal bands (and certainly one of Germany’s best) is the appropriately titled DESTRUCTION. I was really eager to hear this (much-anticipated) release to judge for myself if their two newest members could keep the bands reputation for being one of the most popular bands involved within the worldwide Thrash Metal scene. Being one of the founders of the German Thrash sound (along with KREATOR & SODOM) all eyes are on these guys to see if they can deliver the goods this time around on their third full-length slab of vinyl.
Right out of the gate, the production is much better on this release and the lyrical content has improved a bit. New recruit Olli (aka Oliver Kaiser) fits in well behind the drum kit as he pounds furiously with these eight songs. Along with Harry Wilkens (Guitar) and the addition of new axeman Mikey (aka Mike Sifringer), DESTRUCTION are taking Thrash into new territory.
Let me just tell you this new GTR wizard is an advanced player as well! Check into monstrous tracks like “Dissatisfied Existence”, the excellent title track Release from Agony and “Sign of Fear”, which are infested with lightning fast guitar leads, classical runs and numerous tasty acoustic guitar themes. You can tell Mikey has many fresh ideas and unique ways of approaching this (often-samey) genre of music. When these ideas/riffs are mixed with main stayer Harry’s riffage, these newer songs are very peculiar and downright weird at times (but in a good way)!
Technically, this opus is leap years ahead of most run-of-the-mill Thrash bands and easily proves that this type of Metal isn’t confined to two or three chords and or note structures per song. This is thinking-man’s Metal and with all the time signature changes and abrupt, twisty turns, it also reminds me of another great progressive German band called MEKONG DELTA.
Of course when any band changes their sound slightly and or adds fresh blood to their lineup then the critics start sharpening their harpoons and die-hard fans start holding their first two releases dearly to their chest hoping they do not change their “signature” sound much. I am not sure why either, as change is a good thing. You have to have an open mind when it comes to innovation and or going out on a limb and trying something new, exciting and or different.
Release from Agony – Then:
Don’t worry folks, they haven’t totally changed their direction, the songs “Incriminated” and “Our Oppression” are very similar to the older DESTRUCTION and Schmier’s (aka Marcel Schirmer) vocals are once again a draw -you either love em’ or you hate em’! Personally, I think his eclectic growling vox style fits the music perfectly and lays rather nicely right on top of their equally unique + original guitar tone (or “crunchy” distortion).
Whether or not the previous DESTRUCTION Metal hordes will continue to support their “new” sound remains a toss-up. But I can say its all up to them to just give it a good honest listen. It may even take a few spins to comprehend these oddly structured songs, but once you become familiar with them, the more they will intrigue you and you will never be able to get some of these killer riffs out of your (Metal) head!
The release of this album should put this band where they belong, and that’s somewhere near the top of the Thrash Metal heap.
Absolutely essential…buy on site!
Release from Agony was Produced, Recorded, Engineered & Mixed by Kalle Trapp.
All songs were written & arranged by Destruction.
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Release from Agony - Now:
May 15, 2010 | Categories: Vinyl Analysis | Tags: 80's metal review, Destruction, Destruction - Release from Agony, entertainment, German Thrash, Harry Wilkens, Marcel 'Schmier' Schirmer, Metal, Mike Sifringer, Music, Music Reviews, Oliver 'Olli' Kaiser, Profile Records, Rock Hotel Records, SPV Records, thrash metal review | 2 Comments »
Our regular readers out there already know that I am a big fan of Thrash/Power Metal. And I especially love the American west coast varieties! HEATHEN is yet another excellent San Francisco Bay Area based Power Metal band that deserves more ink. Their sound borders on Thrash Metal (in the traditional style of the “Bay Area” sound) but also has a firm foot rooted in melodic vocals, quality arrangements and of course the “crunchy” guitars, which creates quite a powerful sound!
The band is comprised of: David Godfrey (vocals), Lee Altus (guitar), Doug Piercy (ex-Anvil Chorus – guitar), Mike “Yaz” Jastremski (bass) and Darren Minter (drums) and were formed between 1984-1986. Of course there were a few lineup changes here and there but I am not going to bore you with the details. I will though, throw in a credit for original drummer Carl Sacco (ex-Metal Church) who played on the demo and album. Carl is pictured above, top left.
With mucho exposure in the Bay Area underground Metal scene, the band has managed to garner the respect of hordes of headbanging fans everywhere. Add in a respectable number of albums sold to date and radio airplay on at least 103 radio stations nationwide. This is a pretty impressive feat for a relatively “unknown” band.
The radio airplay was mainly due to the very successful single, a cover of SWEET‘s “Set Me Free”, which seems like an odd choice for a Metal band, but it was a good choice and turned out to be very popular. They also made a video for the single, which garnered heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball.
HEATHEN first rose to prominence with their killer début demo called “Pray for Death” in 1986. This demo was legendary in the underground trading circuit and was one of the best tapes we received here at Demolish. I’ve played this demo many times with standout tracks such as “Goblin’s Blade” and “Open the Grave”. And no one has the “crunch-fest” guitar sound and precision back-picking that this band exudes (except maybe EXODUS).
*Check out the “Goblin’s Blade” track from the above demo tape.
After the demo was well-circulated, they were offered a record deal with Combat Records on the strength of these heavy + high quality recordings.
Let’s fast-forward to March of 87′, when their excellent début album “Breaking the Silence” was released and has since received abundant national and international press and more radio support.
The album was produced by none other than Ronnie Montrose (who also produced Chicago Thrashers WRATH -ed) and engineered by Roger Wiersema at the Music Annex in Menlo Park, CA.
Curt King and Demolish Mag. was able to track them down on the road as the band was in the midst of a major tour in support of the album. Please join us as we chat with Doug Piercy and Darren Minter before their headlining show at Bogart’s (in Cinci, Ohio).
Curt King: So how’s the tour going so far?
Doug Piercy: “It’s going pretty good, we’re getting to meet a lot of people. It’s like the fourth or fifth day, and it’s going pretty well.”
Where did the tour begin?
DP: “It started around the Chicago-area in a place called Aurora, which is a little town to the West of Chicago.”
That’s cool, what band did you play with at that show?
DP: “We played with Zoetrope.”
Ah, another great Chicago band! Why did you start there VS maybe starting on the West Coast and working your way East?
DP: “I don’t know. That’s like a good, expensive question! It cost a lot of time and money to get there. It seems like we should have started in Marino, Salt Lake City or somewhere like that.”
Yeah, I was just curious about why you stared there, seems unlikely but…
DP: “Yeah, we just wanted to get out East (where we have a lot more supporters) where everyone likes the music.”
So how big is this tour and how many dates will you be doing?
DP: “It’s going to be around thirty dates. It’s probably going to be around thirty, but I’m not 100% sure as they keep adding more dates!”
So have you made it to the East coast yet, where your biggest supporters are?
DP: “Yeah, we’ve played in Washington DC and that was a great show! And we’ve played in Pittsburgh and now we’re supposed to play in Connecticut. We’re also going to New Jersey for two shows and from there, we go to Texas.”
So how is Zoetrope, and are you guys getting along on the tour thus far?
DP: “Yeah, those guys are great.”
Is there any chance that you guys might get a larger arena tour, say with a larger band as an opening act perhaps?
DP: “Probably the closest thing to that would be a show we are doing in Arizona, which is with EXODUS, M.O.D., PAUL DIANNO and ZOETROPE. There will be some other bands there too. It will be in a giant place!”
Great, that is a cool lineup – is EXODUS headlining the show maybe?
DP: “Yes, EXODUS will be headlining and the playing order is about how I told you.”
What band(s) would you love to go out and tour with given the chance?
DP: “Oh God, I don’t know -probably METALLICA, MEGADETH, IRON MAIDEN or JUDAS PRIEST. And if you’re talking about arenas, then we’ve got the equipment.”
The début album “Breaking the Silence” has been out since last summer correct?
DP: “Yeah, but the single, the “Set Me Free” thing, came out first. Then the LP came out in August.”
How has the album been doing so far? I know a lot of people were waiting for a long time for it, ever since the demo came out!
DP: “We’ve sold around fifty to sixty thousand copies so far.”
I heard that you parted ways with your management, what’s the story with that and are you currently looking for a replacement?!
DP: “Yeah, we did. Oh yeah, like right now we’re screwed up and on tour, so we really can’t shop for one. But, we’ve had some bites already and we’re still looking cause’, you never know.”
How did you guys hook up with guitar great RONNIE MONTROSE to produce the LP?
DP: “Actually that’s Steve’s thing (Clausie Productions, their previous manager -ed), he set that up and at the time it was pretty good. Steve set it up and our attorney helped out.”
So what was it like to work with Ronnie?
DP: “He’s crazy! One thing I must compliment him on, he kept the budget happening. The next album we are going to co-produce though as we know what we want. The demo (“Pray for Death” – ed), we co-produced and the demo, in some ways -is more classic!”
Drummer Darrin Minter has a seat at the table and joins in…
Ronnie Montrose is not really known for producing Thrash or the heavier stuff is he?
Darren Minter: “No, but he did another band called WRATH and it was really well produced.”
Was it his idea to remake the “Set Me Free” song or what made you decide to add that to the album and make the video?
Doug: “It was like, fun…we played it a little bit and we’d been playing around with cover tunes trying to find a cool cover to do. Our management heard it and decided we should try to push it as a single. Which in some ways is good, because it got us on MTV, but conversely, it screwed us with the heavier audience because they thought we were that kind of band. Actually, it’s still debatable, but I think it’s great we’re on MTV! It went over good and we made a cool video from it. But, at the same time I’m really pissed off, the band, you know, with the death/thrash shi** -we would have had no problem had it not been for that song. We just do what we do, that’s the bottom line. If they like us, fine, if they don’t, fu** em’! We have that side to us and can do things like that.”
I like the cover and your version of “Set Me Free” really caught my ear. I know it’s hard to do a cover song that sounds better than the original, but your version really does!
DP: “It caught a lot of peoples ear. It also gave us a real shot at doing better things.”
DP: “That “Desolation Boulevard” album (by SWEET -ed), I got that when I was real young. I just went off on “Sweet F.A.”, you know like “Set Me Free” was on that album too, we need to do “Sweet F.A.” too, you know, just to play it.”
Darren: “You really think it does sound better? That’s the second time I’ve heard that today!”
MTV picked up the video and that had to really help out, but I was just curious to why it was shot in black and white? Was this a conscious choice to “stand out”, or was it a creative decision perhaps?
DP: “It was cheap, and the way we did it was cool. It worked out good. The way it was set up was cool, with a good contrasting set and location.”
You have a new drummer with Darren here, tell us what happened with your other drummer?
DP: “You know, personal problems…how do I explain it?”
Darren: “He had his thing, but the band had theirs. His life changed.”
DP: “He wanted to stay close to his family. They were moving down to San Diego.”
So tell us, how did you hook up with Darren?
DP: “That’s due to “Clausie” (band manager -ed), he got us Darren. If it weren’t for him, we might not have found Darren that fast.”
Darren: “He was my old bands manager as well as HEATHEN‘s.”
Is your old band still together now that you left?
Darren: “No, they broke up after I left.”
DP: “I’ll never forget the phone call. Darren was saying “no problem, sure I already know all the songs”, and they were like in the background crying. I couldn’t believe it! You know, like what a dick! The other band was right in the same with him, he was like “I’m in another band right now, but I’ll leave right now.”
So tell us, are you having a lot of fun now with these guys and how is everything working out?
Darren: “Sure, their great.”
Did you do any shows in California to warm up before going on tour or did you come straight on out?
Darren: “We played a show at the Omni -it’s this big club in the San Francisco area. We’ve been touring up and down the West coast and practicing a lot.”
So what have you got planned for tonight’s show in the way of a song list?
DP: “We’ll do the whole album, plus we’ll play a song called by RAINBOW called “Kill the King”, and we’ve got a new song called “Killing Once Again”.”
How long is this our going to last…any idea since they are adding more dates?
DP: “It’s supposed to last until the end of March, then we are going to go home and start rehearsing for the new album in April. And hopefully start recordings as early as May. But we’re not really sure. But we want to get it out so we can start again in the summer.”
What’s in store for any future projects?
DP: “After this tour we’re going to start rehearsing all the new material for the new album, which is about 80% complete.”
Will the new album be released on Combat Records again and how many more albums are you contracted to them for (if you don’t mind me asking)?
DP: “Yes, it will be out on Combat. And we’re contracted for three more albums.”
You have a pretty heavy, but melodic sound on the album, tell us -is that what separates you from all the other bands out there (esp. the Bay Area)?
DP: “Yes, definitely, it’s by design. All the way from the beginning like that.”
“Yeah, we love fast shit! It get’s you going. It gets the audience violent, you know “gory”, like a friendly knife attack.” - Doug Piercy
What do you think of all the classifications in Metal these days and or where do you see yourself fitting in?
DP: “Heavy Metal. Fu** the classifications. Call it butt fu** metal, whatever you want to call it!”
So, like myself – it appears you think classifications suck too then?
DP: “Yeah, they suck!”
OK, getting back to the beginning of the band, what are some of the bands that had a major impact on you?
DP: “When I was little I got cardboard guitars because I wanted to play. In those days it was THE WHO, HENDRIX and HUMBLE PIE. I was like nine years old then. Then I discovered JUDAS PRIEST. Lee was into DEEP PURPLE.”
Lee Altus decides to wake up and chime in…
DP: “Alright, everybody, he IS into PURPLE! Lee was able to get DEEP PURPLE albums on the black market in Russia. Lee, did you ever get JUDAS PRIEST there too? Yo, Ivan, hey Boris, did you ever get PRIEST in Odessa too?”
DP: “Fu** you, you got PURPLE albums in Russia, that’s all I am saying.”
Lee: “You said I WAS into PURPLE.”
DP: “He got SWEET there too, which is cool. Solo-wise I like Schenker, Lee likes Blackmore and Sykes. I like anyone whose good. I don’t care about personality or if there a clone or a rip-off, if their good then I like them.”
DP: “Did you ever get SWEET there too?”
One of my favorite questions to ask is: some of your songs are pretty damn fast, is speed that important to you?
DP: “Yeah, we love fast shit! It get’s you going. It gets the audience violent, you know “gory”, like a friendly knife attack. We like tempo changes a lot too, the new album coming out has lots of tempo changes…lots. I mean, it’s almost to the point of being ridiculous. But it’s cool though, cause’ that’s exciting you know.”
So, to wrap things up, what direction do you see yourselves going in as far as the next album?
DP: “Less commercial, definitely less commercial -to make everybody who was “unsold” by the “Set Me Free” song. The new shit will be even heavier, we have a couple of new songs that by design are not as heavy, but it’s much more crunching and the tones are going to be much better.”
Ok, cool – I love the crunchy guitar sound…the more the better for me! I want to thank you guys for the interview and inviting me to tonight’s show. I am really looking forward to it.
One last question before your sound check: So what’s in the future for you guys?
DP: “The next album is definitely on our minds. And touring this summer as well”.
I wish you guys all the best on tour and I cannot wait to hear the new material! I am sure HEATHEN will be heading up the second big wave of Thrash Metal dominance (along with Metal Church, Flotsam & Jetsam, Overkill, Death Angel and Testament etc.) and should be a household name by time you read this!
*in order to transport you directly back to 1988 we will continue to keep the language in the posts “present tense” even though this is 2010.
Sometime after the tour bassist Mike “Yaz” Jastremski (R.I.P.) left the band and it seems the band went through several bass players and vocalists between 1988 and 1991. Then back in 1989 David Godfrey decided to leave the band due to personal and or musical differences. I think for a few months even Paul Baloff (ex-Exodus screamer R.I.P.) filled in for the vocal spot as there were some demos floating around with him.
The band also enlisted the late Metal Church and Reverend vocalist David Wayne (R.I.P.). But ultimately, in 1990 David Godfrey returned to HEATHEN, except under the name David White this time.
So it’s time for their second LP “Victim of Deception” to be released finally and the band grabbed Marc Biedermann from BLIND ILLUSION to help out on bass duties in the studio. This time around the album was released via Roadrunner Records.
“Victim of Deception” was a lot more technical and featured the bands signature odd time signatures and tempo changes. The album did well and received favorable press and reviews, but ultimately was not as successful as their début album. The band included a RAINBOW cover this time called “Kill the King” and also released the track “Prisoners of Fate” as a single, which garnered some decent rock radio airplay as well.
*Have a listen to “Prisoner of Fate”. Crank it!
*That year Heathen found a permanent bassist in Randy Laire and toured extensively until the untimely death of Laire and his girlfriend in a car accident. The band replaced him with Jason Viebrooks. Doug Piercy departed from the band in 1992 and was replaced by Ira Black. The band planned to record a covers EP dedicated to Laire and his girlfriend as well as White’s deceased brother Jeffery. But the band went on hiatus in 1992.
*In 2001, Heathen reunited with David White, Lee Altus, Ira Black, Mike Jastremski and Darren Minter, to play the Thrash of the Titans concert to help Chuck Billy and Chuck Schuldiner raise funds for Billy’s throat cancer treatment and Schuldiner’s brain cancer treatment. The concert was a huge success, but in 2004, Mike “Yaz” Jastremski left the band again, and was replaced by Ulysses Siren bassist Jon Torres. A full-length album, Recovered was released on Relentless Metal Records, consisting of re-recorded old material and cover songs. A new demo was released in August 2005, containing three new songs.
*check out the THIN LIZZY cover “The Holy War”
*In 2005, Heathen recruited Terry Lauderdale to be the second guitarist and toured across Europe. Also in 2005, Lee Altus joined Bay Area thrashers Exodus but remained on Heathen’s lineup.
*In November 2007, the band recruited Prototype guitarist Kragen Lum and Mark Hernandez to replace Minter and Piecy. In addition, drummer Darren Minter returned to the band. They released The Evolution of Chaos on King Records in Japan Dec 23, 2009, Mascot Records Europe Jan. 25, 2010 and Mascot Records USA in Feb 2010.
*Heathen played at the Rock Hard Festival in Germany 2009, and later supported Testament, Exodus, and Kreator at Thrash Domination in Kawasaki, Japan, where they were voted best band by the fans on the Thrash Domination forum. In support of Heathen’s first original album since 1991, “Evolution Of Chaos”, Heathen will tour sometime in 2010 after having to cancel their planned March dates.
*according to Wiki
April 10, 2010 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1, HEATHEN-Breaking the Silence | Tags: 80's metal, Bay Area Thrash, Combat Records, Darren Minter, David Godfrey, Doug Piercy, entertainment, Headbangers Ball Video, HEATHEN, Lee Altus, Metal, Mike "Yaz" Jastremski, Music, Set Me Free MTV video, West Coast Metal Scene | 10 Comments »
Being a “Metal-Head” and growing up in the Midwest was interesting. Let me just focus the lens a bit, Midwest, meaning… Southern Indiana. And to most, that means kinda’ out in the middle-of-nowhere. Well, I have to admit that sometimes I felt the same way. I have lived in Chicago for over 15 years now and I am sure 99.9% of “Chicagoans” do not know that there are actually PEOPLE and TOWNS south of Indianapolis! And of course “Indy” (as it’s commonly referred to) probably only exists in their eyes because of the world-famous Indianapolis 500.
For starters, (way) more than half of the population listened to Country Music. Whether that be the “real” hardcore/old school twanger stuff like Hank Williams Sr. (not Hank Jr. or let alone Hank III), or more modern country (which is not really country to me per say, as it sounds more like commercial 80′s rock, except they throw on some cowboy hats and call it a day). There are also a few “bible-thumpers” in those parts (nothing against them), so naturally there are lots of gospel-flavored Country listeners and such as well. To get right down to it -all forms of Country & Western music are supported 24/7, 365 days a year.
Was there a “Metal scene” around there? Not really.
Yes of course there was (and still are) some great local bands but most of them settled on playing cover tunes and were satisfied to play all the many bars as opposed to working on their own original music. Since this post is about concert ads (or advertisements) I will not turn this into a Indiana 80′s Music Scene Report and cut this short. I am sure one of those will be posted one day!
We did have a few rock radio stations that played Hard Rock, AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) and of course the staples of “Classic” Rock and Southern Rock (or “Southern Fried Rock” as I used to call it). Luckily I could tune into WYER FM 94.9 and as a result was fed a steady diet of Led Zeppelin, Styx, Head East, Foreigner, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Foghat, ZZ Top, Van Halen, BTO, E.L.O, Steve Miller Band, Boston, Allman Brothers and finally Lynyrd Skynyrd!
And hey, I liked those bands then and I STILL do. Listening to these bands (among 100′s of others) was a major factor in my developing an acquired taste for all things HEAVY!
The only stations that were playing anything remotely close to HEAVY METAL were the local college stations. I have already posted some stuff here from the “vaults” for nostalgia purposes. So needless to say, when a hard rock or Metal band did actually come to Evansville, Indiana it was usually a pretty big major act and or a regional up n’ coming band. You know like: AC/DC, KISS, VAN HALEN, JUDAS PRIEST etc.
What was cool when the “big-boys” made their way to the Stadium, was that they usually picked somewhat decent opening acts and that’s where you started to hear more music “outside of the box” and a bit more aggressive.
I always liked when the Dinosaur Metal Bands (as one fellow youngster blogger recently called it) took a chance and picked the latest bad-boys on the scene and were astonished when said band(s) were proceeding to blow them off the stage!
For example: when VAN HALEN opened for an aging BLACK SABBATH. No contest, at the time. When OZZY took out a super-young group called MOTLEY CRUE (that didn’t last long), and the madmen himself even took out freakin’ METALLICA (though they did not end up playing due to an interesting accident), who were MUCH heavier than the OZ. They too moved on to bigger and better things and turned into an arena-worthy headliner pretty fast.
In this section you will find a few old newspaper scans of some of the many great shows that I attended while growing up in Indiana. Consider this an online [digital] scrapbook if-you-will. I am still digging deep in the Demolish Vaults for many shows that I got to see. I know I have the ticket stubs from most of them somewhere!
Most of these shows were at Robert’s Stadium and some of the summer shows were held at Mesker Amphitheatre.
*If anyone has any newspaper clips or pics from the 80′s then please send them on over to DEMOLISH HQ and we will update this post. We’re making every attempt to find live concert shots from the same tour year for the following shows. Also looking for ticket scans (contact me for missing shows please or to update/posted info)!
*This is when Sammy Hagar rocked. Not that “5150″ Van Halen crap.
I remember Sammy having a platform nearly at the top of the stadium.
KROKUS was still in their prime as well!
QUIET RIOT + SAGA + GIRLSCHOOL
Weird choice of opening acts but I was there. I still have that jailbird shirt. haha
Q.R. was the #1 band on the charts in 83′. A “metal” band. 6× Platinum!
*Look at that ticket price!
*Still love R.E.O.‘s “Ridin’ the Storm Out”!
Come on – it was the early 80′s. ZEBRA had some decent songs.
First RATT show (outdoors) with Y&T & Mama’s Boys.
*a local source claims Bon Jovi did not perform.*I guess he was starting to get too big to open up for the rodents any longer! I don’t remember.
RATT, Y&T, TWISTED SISTER, FASTWAY & MAMA’s BOYS
*”Invasion of Your Privacy” Tour -I think!?
Another great “rodent” show.
Robbin Crosby [R.I.P.]
August 4, 1959 – June 6, 2002
*RATT + newcomers POISON on the same bill.
click for a larger view.
*These are crappy camera/audience shots, but nostalgic none-the-less. Maybe you will see the back of your head in one of these shots or finger-less black leather gloves!
*WTF 3 songs only? Oh well!!
*Whitesnake was the opening act. They might have been better than the Crue that night!
It was around this time that I “gave-up” on the Crue anyway.
1985 Motley Crue “Theatre of Pain” Tour.
This tour was not as “evil” as the previous year, but good nonetheless.
Y&T was good too.
1984 Motley Crue Show w/ SAXON on their “Crusader” Tour.
Saxon was great too!
*Love that pic Richard…thanks!
Yup, I used to like some of the early Loverboy “rockers”…don’t really remember Joan Jett.
*Local sources tell me DOKKEN rocked the opening slot in 1987.
1984 KISS “Animalize” Tour with new guitarist Mark St. John.
Queensryche supporting for “The Warning” Tour.
*This is Queensryche in their prime!
1984/85′ Iron Maiden -“World Slavery Tour” with Accept and local band Why On Earth (6/8/85).
*Derek Riggs – artwork, design & sleeve illustration
One of the best shows to ever come to Evansville (even though Accept‘s lead singer.
Udo took a dive on stage, but he recovered nicely)!
Great 1984 DIO “Last in Line” Tour show+ Dokken during their best “Tooth & nail” era’.
1942 – 2010
*Illustration by Barry Jackson
Yes, this is Ronnie James DIO… rock legend and THE “dungeons and dragons” master!
1983 AC/DC “Flick of the Switch” Tour. Special guest was Fastway.
This was a big show. Rumor has it that AC/DC “guns” tore up the stadium ceiling!
Some of us made custom silk-screened T-shirts/sweatshirts in high school. I still have it.
Fast Eddy Clarke [ex-Motörhead ] was great as well!
Sorry, Dave “King” is no relation.
He sings for Flogging Molly in recent times.
*Sadly, this marked the “beginning of the end” for this great VAN HALEN lineup!
The VELCROS (a lame “rockabilly” band) was the opening act.
*OZZY OSBOURNE + Metallica (who were supposed to be the opening act) but they canceled after James had a skateboard accident earlier that day!
READ what Lar’s had to say about it.
I guess OZZY and band tried to make the best of the situation. Pretty decent (albeit short) performance.
Jake E. Lee was killer as usual though!
*Another KISS show! This time around they had new guitarist Bruce Kulick.
Openers were KING KOBRA with drum legend Carmine Appice!
DAVID LEE ROTH – “Eat em’ & Smile” Tour 1986. Opening act was CINDERELLA.
Crowd shot taken dead center @ Robert’s Stadium.
We’re you there?!
*click on the above pic’s to enlarge
David Lee Roth (vox/jokes)
Steve Vai (Guitar), Bill Sheehan (Bass) & Greg Bissonette (Drums)
Judas Priest (Turbo Lover) at Roberts Stadium Fuel For Life Tour 1986
*Than goodness this was a short-lived direction for the band!
*DEF LEPPARD in “the round” in E’ville…
Not as good as their prev. two LP’s but they still put on a good live show!
TESLA was the opening act.
*Another year, another KISS tour. Can you tell I was a big KISS fan?!
The Motor-City Madman himself opened the show.
I never managed to get any guitar pic’s or drum sticks – thanks Troy!
Ted Nugent blew Aerosmith away on this summer night on June 1st, 1986.
It appeared that Mr. Tyler was a bit too intoxicated to sing…sad but TRUE!
Triumph “Thunder Seven” 1984 Tour!
A young Yngwie Malmsteen opened.
Crowd expectations were high, but Rick Emmett pretty much erased Yngwie‘s name from our memory and fast!
Triumph with Golden Earring at Roberts Stadium 3/13.
1983 “Never Surrender” Tour
*Early VAN HALEN (esp. their début LP) were some of my records.
This was the “5150″ Tour with none other than B.T.O. opening. 4/19/86′
1988 with CHEAP TRICK and JOAN JETT back again to open.
Alice Cooper and Armored Saint in 1988.
Not a big turn out but it was a great show.
I got to interview John Bush (of Armored Saint) at this show.
One day I will actually transcribe from cassette and post.
Alice Cooper put on his usual amazing theatrical stage performance.
*This is a great shot (one of my best) and looks fab. blown up to 8X10 and framed.
Contact me if you’d like to purchase a framed copy.
Yes, Metallica did in fact make it back to Evansville (after canceling in 1986)! This show was moved to Robert’s Stadium because of rain.
THE CULT put on a decent show.
*As found on the floors from Indiana concerts, to huge German Festivals & ultimately the grounds at the massive Moscow Music & “Peace” Festival (Monsters of Rock Tour).
Opening act was LOVE/HATE
*Metal Hammer Festival in 1990. Cool ticket stub!
*What an interesting lineup…@ this Monster of Rock show in Sept. 7, 1991.
Mr. Tate and the QUEENSRYCHE boys ALWAYS put on a classy show!
Queensrÿche backstage (w/Alex Gernandt) Munich/Germany (1993)
Yes, finally more HEAVY bands back @ the Stadium! WHITE ZOMBIE + PANTERA…
MEGADETH “killed” Metallica’s show!
An the best for last = most coveted:
*Ah, the memories. I wouldn’t trade those for anything!
*Special thanks to Pat M., Troy P., Sherri R., Keith Brame, Mark Peerman and Jeff V. for some of those scans (until I unearth my full collection).
And to the main local promoter Larry Aiken for Aiken Management who was ultimately responsible for bringing most of the acts to town (along w/Sunshine Promotions & local radio stations).
“Aiken was formed in 1963 with his brother Kevin and reportedly produced 1,700 shows over the last 38 years, including events with Frank Sinatra, the Harlem Globetrotters, Larry Bird, Elton John, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Barry Manilow. It’s also worth noting that “The company, which Aiken sold in 1999, ultimately became the second-largest presenter of touring Broadway shows in the United States. Aiken still serves as a consultant to the buyer, Jam Theatricals of Chicago.” Excerpt from the Evansville Courier & Press.
**Unfortunately with this update I have to be the bearer of bad news, Larry just passed away this Feb. R.I.P. 1940-2010
Robert’s Stadium is quite popular in more recent times when TAYLOR SWIFT decided to kick-off her Fearless Tour there last April in 09′. Hey at least she reportedly played 5 different guitars!
And last summer the “Music As A Weapon” tour came to town to assault all the neighbors!
“Guitarist Chris Garza of the band Suicide Silence performs on the auxiliary stage outside Roberts Stadium in Evansville as part of the band Disturbed‘s “Music As a Weapon IV” tour on Wednesday. The bands Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil and Chimaira appeared onstage, as well. Numerous other bands performed on the auxiliary stage in the parking lot, which also featured a tattoo convention.”
**excerpt + pic JASON CLARK/Courier & Press.
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Here is another Top 25 of 1988 list. This time from another main staff writer: Scott F.
Scott is a very gifted songwriter and melodic guitarist (hence the lean towards “guitar-centric” releases).
He is also 1/4 of the Indiana Metal band SLEEPY TRIP.
*We will post some of their demos later.
25. JUDAS PRIEST – Ram it Down
24. JASON BECKER – Perpetual Burn
23. ACID REIGN - Moshkinstein (EP)
22. DOOM – Killing Field (EP)
21. CHASTAIN – The Voice of the Cult
20. INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND – The Visitor
19. SACRED REICH – Surf Nicaragua (EP)
18. SANCTUARY – Refuge Denied
17. FATES WARNING – No Exit
16. TOXIK – World Circus
15. SLAYER – South of Heaven
14. DEATH ANGEL – Frolic Through the Park
13. OVER KILL – Under the Influence
12. OZZY OSBOURNE – No Rest for the Wicked
11. JANES ADDICTION – Nothings Shocking
10. JOE SATRIANI – Surfing With the Alien
09. VOIVOD – Dimension Hatross
08. FLOTSAM & JETSAM – No Place for Disgrace
07. CRUMBSUCKERS – Beast on My Back
06. TESTAMENT – The New Order
05. MEKONG DELTA – The Music of Erich Zann
04. QUEENSRYCHE – Operation: Mindcrime
03. MEGADETH – So Far, So Good, So What
02. KING DIAMOND – Them
01. METALLICA – …And Justice For All