Hats off to Machine Head for putting in a solid 20+ years of heavy music!
So how did MACHINE HEAD come about?
Robb Flynn: At “Day On The Green” [#19—featuring Metallica, Queensrÿche, Faith No More, Soundgarden], I started Machine Head.
Well, sort of… it was more of a figurative thought as I didn’t have a band yet, but after watching [being blown away by] Metallica for the umpteenth time, I decided that I was going to start a side project, as I was unhappy in my then-current band Vio-Lence. Later that night backstage (or maybe while Metallica was still playing and we were watching from the stage-right backstage bleachers?) I turned to my friend, partner-in-crime and long time Vio-Lence fan Adam Duce, and said I was going to start a then-unnamed side project and asked if he would like to play bass. He eagerly agreed!
I had two songs written by then, the heavily Godflesh-inspired “Death Church”, and “Blood For Blood” (both songs that I had already brought to Vio-Lence, but they were not interested in jamming either of them). Vio-Lence had gone through numerous label changes, were unsigned again, thrash was dead, and the vibe in the band at the time was that the new tunes were going to take a more heavy rock/grunge approach—which seemed a bit crazy to me. Though I wasn’t thrilled with our new direction, I said I would stay on, and though no one seemed happy about me doing it; starting a side project seemed fairly reasonable considering our circumstances.
Four months later following a [thoroughly documented] AM/PM gas station brawl after an Unjust/Deftones show at the Omni in Oakland, I quit Vio-Lence and focused on Machine Head full time…Although that was still four months away, and for now, it was just a thought, an idea, a dream—that metal could be taken to a different, heavier place.
- Did I think that 21 years later Machine Head would be a Top 25, Top 10 or Top 5 charting band throughout the world? Hell no.
- Did I think Machine Head would even be going 21 years later? God no!
- Did I think that we could become one of the best American metal bands on the planet? Yes.
21 years ago, Machine Head was born!
*Machine Head‘s music crosses several genres such as thrash metal, groove metal, and heavy metal. The band is influenced by Bay Area thrash metal bands such as: Metallica, Exodus, Slayer, Testament, and perhaps 90′s “groove-metal kings” Pantera.
Their early albums Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change show a more thrash-inspired approach and feature some kick-ass drumming by Chris Kontos and Dave McClain. The band changed their musical direction a bit for the albums The Burning Red and Supercharger, which resulted in some criticism because of the popularity of “nu-metal” at the time. However, they returned to form with the album Through the Ashes of Empires, which proved to be more popular with fans.
The band increased the complexity and technicality in their sound for the next album, The Blackening, which feature similar styles to the earlier albums, with complex song structures and guitar riffs. Their latest, Unto the Locust features heavier and faster riffs by both Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel supported by some faster drum patterns [blast beats] by Dave Mclain.
“[MACHINE HEAD] was just a thought, an idea, a dream—that metal could be taken to a different, heavier place.”
Official MACHINE HEAD Website
*above diary entry reprinted by permission
June 3, 2012 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: Adam Duce, Dave Mclain, ex-Vio-Lence, MACHINE HEAD, metallica, Phil Demmel, Robb Flynn, The Blackening, Unto the Locust, Vio-Lence | Leave A Comment »
Typically the “Frozen in Time” series covers old school photos and rare memorabilia, however I thought I would highlight a recent event that took place at the Fillmore in San Francisco. In case you haven’t heard, METALLICA played four special 30th Anniversary shows with a stellar line up of guest musicians. Most notably were original guitarist Lloyd Grant (who was the guitarist on the Metal Massacre compilation), original bassist Ron McGovney (Hetfield’s childhood friend and roomie) and even guitarist Hugh Tanner who had never been on stage together.
Lloyd has never played live with the band, Ron (who was replaced by Cliff B.) hadn’t played with them for 29 years and Hugh was the peep who actually introduced James to Lars.
Jason Newsted was also invited [and showed up] to scream lead vox and thrash the bass on “Whiplash” and others. The main man himself — Dave Mustaine tore the place apart and hopefully buried the hatchet once and for all with the band.
And get this, the above icons (if that weren’t cool enough already) were not the only ones who participated. Here’s a run down of the other guests:
- Bob Rock (of course he had to be invited, and played bass on some St.Anger era music)
- Geezer Butler
- Mark Osegueda (Death Angel)
- Soul Rebels
- Kid Rock (whatever)
- Lou Reed (shoe in)
- Rob Halford
- John Bush (now you know what it would’ve sounded like)
- Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
- Jim Martin (Faith No More)
- Pepper Keenan (Down and Corrosion of Conformity)
- Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
- Animal (Anti-Nowhere League)
*Sorry if I missed anybody, I am sure there were many others.
Robert Trujillo was probably the luckiest one of all. Can you imagine being in his shoes and getting to share the stage and jam with those legends?!
I am glad that METALLICA finally removed their head out of the sand and did something worthy for a change. Most of what they did at these shows was amazing! For example they played 77 different songs in the four set lists/nights.
Finally, they acknowledged their roots, their friends, and some their idols. It was reported that Lääz Rockit and Armored Saint were the opening bands even! Talk about a kick-ass “blast from the past.”
The only one missing was the late Cliff Burton, however there was a huge pic of Cliff on the screen at various times throughout the week when some of his friends reminisced and shared stories —I thought it was grand that the band finally played “To Live is To Die” and “Orion.”
Thank you Metallica for this truly amazing retrospective showcase.
Click on any image to view the slide show. Use arrows to navigate
*All stills created from Mathias Nielsen’s You Tube footage.
December 19, 2011 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: Armored Saint, Cliff Burton, Dave Mustaine, Hugh Tanner, Jason Newsted, Lääz Rockit, Lloyd Grant, Mathias Nielson, Metal Massacre compilation, metallica, METALLICA 30th Anniversary show, Robert Trujillo, Ron McGovney | 1 Comment »
by Ray Burton
This was very heartfelt and unexpected!
The Father of Cliff Burton, Ray Burton (at the age of 86) thanks all of Cliff’s fans for the support they have given him since his death. Sept. 27th marks the 25th Anniversary of Cliffs tragic death.
May he live forever in our hearts.
October 28, 2011 | Categories: Demolish A.D. | Tags: Cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home, Cliff Burton Memorial, Cliff Burton R.I.P., ex-Metallica, metallica, Metallica bassist, Ray Burton, Ray Burton (cliff's father) | 3 Comments »
by Andrew Flanagan
After staging concerts in Europe over the last year, Metallica finally brought the “Big Four” of Metal (Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth and the ‘Ca) to Indio, California.
But why’d it take so long?
Maybe they’re just not that into us. It wouldn’t be the first time Metallica hated something.
Below, an illustrated timeline:
*We thought this was too funny!
Orig. source from MTV Hive Blog.
Worth noting: this is the same Danish studio where METALLICA recorded their legendary “Ride the Lightening” and “Master of Puppets” albums. Flemming produced both of those as well.
Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark is a recording studio originally built by Danish engineers Freddy Hansson, Stig Kreutzfeldt, and Flemming Rasmussen in February 1976.
*click to enlarge
Here is a cool slideshow gallery from the original hand-written notes from the ”Master of Puppets” session.
Recording started 03 September 1985.
Personally I think some of the riffage on ARTILLERY‘s “Terror Squad” LP from 86′/87′ was just as good as what was on “Ride the Lightning”. They also had a rather unique crunchy guitar “tone” for the time! Their overall sound was much more akin’ to Metal Church in my opinion though.
*We hope you’ve enjoyed this Metal Moment….Frozen in Time series post from 1985!
August 19, 2011 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: Artillery, Danish Metal, Danish Metal 80's, Flemming Rasmussen, Frozen in Time (Metal Moment), Metal Frozen in Times Articles, metallica, Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen, Sweet Silence Studios | 2 Comments »
(Indestructible Noise Command)
Dennis Gergely Bass / Vocals
Tony Fabrizi Guitars
Erik Barath Guitars
Gary Duguay Drums
Although home to Liege Lord, Obsession & Fates Warning, Connecticut was never known to be home base for that many Metal bands — let alone Thrash Metal. Well, that’s about to change — watch out New York or New Jersey, there’s a deserving young thrash outfit lurking in your shadows and their “command” is Indestructible (pun-intended)!
Please join us as Curt King has a chat with guitarist Erik Barath about all things Thrash and a song about aliens attempting to take over [and destroy] the human race while few rebels come back and kick their ass and save the earth!
DEMOLISH: To start off, can you please give us a brief history of the band.
ERIK BARATH: It started out as me and Dennis Gergely (Vocalist/Bassist) way back in grammar school. We just kinda’ started screwing around ya’ know. We rented some equipment and stuff and started out as a joke! We just jammed out and it started sounding pretty decent, so we played for a couple of years while having numerous drummers come and go. Then we finally found Gary Duguay (Drums) and the three of us sounded pretty cool like that. We had a bunch of singers but they weren’t what we wanted so we asked Dennis if he wanted to sing. He was like : “eh!”, and so he sang a couple of tunes and he sounded like sh** [laughs]! We thought if he really practiced that he would sound pretty decent after a while. He shaped up and he sounded pretty good after all.
We wanted a thicker [real HEAVY] “crunchier” sound, so we got another guitar player in Tony. He completed the band and we’ve been I.N.C — the way we are now, for about four years now. However, we’re looking for a new drummer because we are parting ways with Gary. He’s gonna’ stay until we find a replacement. He’s just not into it anymore and wants to go back to school.
You released your début LP entitled “Razorback” on Giant Records last year [Recorded and mixed at Audio West, West Haven, CT.], while not ground-breaking it certainly includes some fine moments and shows much promise — congrats. Has it done what you expected and what are some of the trials of being a newcomer on the East Coast scene?
ERIK: A lot of stores re-ordered, but the unfortunate thing with a new band like us, is the record stores are kinda’ conservative and they’ll only buy 1-2 copies at a time. They will put it out there and someone will pick it up and say: “this looks interesting” and buy it…then they will order more.
We’ve been doing surprisingly well for the position we’re in [i.e. a “new” band]. Everything was kinda’ slow at first. We could have done better but we didn’t tour.
The new material should be on it’s way by now, I received an advanced copy a while ago and was really impressed. The sound is more powerful and slightly heavier and or more “catchy” if-you-will. I guess I would say it’s all-around tighter in all departments.
ERIK: We’ve just released our new LP called “The Visitor” (Giant Records) and it came out really incredible. It blows away “Razorback”! We’ve made a video for the song “Hypo-Dermic Coastline” as well. We got a manager and we’ve also got a booking agency that’s gonna’ set us out on the road. So, I think things will really pick up and this new record is going to do really well.
I am sure you’ve been busy promoting the new material. Has the label locked you in a room yet with unlimited interviews/press scheduled [laughs]?
ERIK: Yes, we’ve done a lot of press lately. I’ve done tons of interviews, plus we were in Kerrang!, Creem and lots of other cool magazines such as Demolish.
What’s your overall impression with the label thus far? They are not really known for indie Metal bands per say are they?
ERIK: As far as promo, I think they are doing as good as any other independent label. They are a fairly new label but they definitely have the right people working for them. The thing with Giant is that we’re the first band that’s not hardcore. It’s kind of like Megaforce starting out with Metallica. All they did was push them because that was the only band they had. We’re the only band that Giant has like us, so we knew they were going to push us if we signed to them because they have no other bands to really worry about except us. If we didn’t sell, they were gonna’ go on. It’s sorta’ like we’re the label — and the label is us!
For those who haven’t heard the new album yet, it kicks ass! It’s certainly a step up in the performance and sound quality aspects. I’ll let you fill in the finer details here Erik — hit it…
ERIK: First of all, the sound is nothing less than incredible! We did it at Pyramid Studios and Rob “Wacko” Hunter produced and engineered it with us. The sound is very, very HEAVY with a big drum sound; the sound is very good.
How does it differ from your début from last year?
ERIK: It’s more technical and original than “Razorback” that’s for sure. Some people said: “you sound like Metallica”, well, this new stuff sounds a lot different from Metallica. It’s very much us. Dennis’ voice is a lot higher now, so he doesn’t sound like a “growler” anymore.
What about the subject matter for the lyrics this time?
ERIK: The songs are more realistic in our lyrics. It’s more about life, things that piss us off, things to laugh at and a couple of science fiction songs! Most of them are just down-to-earth lyrics. The songs aren’t as long now, plus this time the album, cassette and CD will actually be released at the same time.
I understand you pretty much write most of the lyrics and music yourself. Do you get much input from the other band members?
ERIK: Everyone else in the band has problems writing. Dennis writes lyrics but his rhythms are really hardcore. That’s cool, but we’re not hardcore. Everyone in the band has tried writing but it’s just something you’ve got to get the hang of. I’ve got a certain style and we like it a lot, so we want to keep it the way we’re going.
I wrote all the music on “The Visitor” and Dennis wrote a bit more of the lyrics than I did. He wrote like 60% and I wrote 40%. I like to write about things that are happening in life. Like, I’ll read the newspaper and pick the real sh**ty things and express my feelings about it; a couple of my songs are like that. I grew up with horror movies so I probably write about bad things. I just write about things that pop into my head — things that really happen and not fairy tales.
What’s the story behind the new album title – “The Visitor”?
ERIK: That’s one of the science fiction songs. Dennis wrote that one and it’s about aliens taking over and destroying the human race and a few rebels come back and kick their ass and save the earth!
You guys definitely have somewhat of your own thing going on and I would say that you have a style + sound that mixes high-energy riffs with lots of timing changes, which are complimented by slower, unique grinding riffs that could be influenced a bit by bands such as Megadeth, Metallica and more so Anthrax [mosh parts].
What would your description of I.N.C’s music be?
ERIK: I think that’s cool. Everybody’s got so many different opinions – it’s weird. We’re a mix of everything and it reflects on the music we listen too. You basically named a couple of our favorite groups! We also like Exodus and Slayer but we don’t rip them off…I don’t think; but we are influenced by them. I like hardcore music and I like skank and mosh parts too — I think they are cool. I think it’s really heavy when you slow the beat down.
We like to mix the speeds up. Like, we will start playing fast and all-of-a-sudden slow it down. If we’re playing live, all the skinheads would think “ah — this is pretty cool” and they’ll be into it [laughs].
There seems to be some cross-pollenization going on between the hardcore and [thrash/speed] Metal scenes these days. I detect that feel/style in some of your songs — how important is that to you and or is that a conscious decision to merge these styles?
ERIK: Some of us are into hardcore, so we try to get a bit of hardcore influence in it. It also appeals to more people if you mix it up. It get’s boring if you have an album that’s all fast. We’re going our own way. I think our vocalist sounds different to any of Thrash vocalists’. I’m not saying he’s totally original, but you listen to his voice and there are not that many people who sound like that.
You mentioned that you will be touring soon, who are some of the bands that you’ve already played shows with and what are your live shows like? You seem to have fun while onstage VS just standing there like statues.
ERIK: We’ve played with: Exodus, Flotsam & Jetsam, Nuclear Assault, Liege Lord, Post Mortem and Hades. We did shows here and there. We basically played within 500 miles of home — we didn’t go out that far, but we had fun!
Our live show is different and a lot of fun. A lot of Metal bands get up there and look cool but we jump up there in our jeans and thrash a lot. We run around and try to get the crowd really into it. We do moshing onstage and we even had silly string that we sprayed into the crowd. It’s really something you gotta’ see.
I’ll be playing my guitar and Dennis will come up behind me and smash into me and fu** the whole song up [laughing]! We do care, but you also have to have fun. I think people will enjoy our shows. People really get into it if they stage dive and stuff.
Speaking of mosh pits and stage diving — this is a sore topic for some venues or bands these days. Do you mind stage-diving and has anyone gotten hurt at any of your shows?
ERIK: We like the stage diving as long as they know what they are doing and no one gets hurt. No one has got hurt yet. As long as the fans get on stage and jump right off it’s cool. But when they start steppin’ on wires and going all over the stage — it’s bullsh**!
I envision you guys carrying the Thrash torch and blazing the path along with the bands in the “Second Wave of Thrash”. I’d like to wish you the best of luck with everything and I hope to see you on the road. Thanks again for the interview and do you have any last comment(s) you would like to add before we wrap this up?
ERIK: Yeah, to everybody reading this, if you’re not sure what we’re about — basically we’re a Thrash band. If you’re into: Testament, Metallica, Exodus, Anthrax etc. then you’ll probably get into us. So please give us a shot and buy the album!
Agreed and well put – support the Metal underground folks and go out and get their music. ~Curt King
*In order to transport you directly back to the 80′s we will continue to keep the language in the posts “present tense” and left as-is [even though this is 2011].
This interview has never been published and was conducted for the first issue of Demolish in 1988. We hope you enjoyed yet another rare piece of Metal history plucked from our Vaults.
Now based in New York City, the band is writing and recording a new album (to be mixed by Fredrik Nordström), via the U.K.-based label Rising Records.
INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND:
Erik Barath – Guitar
Tony Fabrizi – Guitar
Dennis Gergely – Vocals
Dennis Leeflang – Drums
Samuel J. Roon- Bass
June 29, 2011 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: Anthrax, Connecticut Metal, Connecticut Metal band, Dennis Gergely, Erik Barath, Exodus, Gary Duguay, Giant Records, Hardcore music, Hypo-Dermic Coastline, I.N.C. - Razorback, I.N.C. - The Visitor, Indestructible Noise Command, megaforce, metallica, mosh, mosh parts, mosh pit, Razorback, skank, Testament, The Visitor, Tony Fabrizi | 1 Comment »
“Big Four” THRASH TITANS
(Same Night On The Same Stage)
The Egos Have Landed
I know every single Metal blog (and website) will be reporting on this and as much as I tried to resist, I decided to cave-in and make a post about this historic worldwide event as well. The reason for my change of heart? Well, it was when I read this post from the great Non But My Own blog. Of course I knew about the famous get together and all but I did not expect to see them all together on the SAME stage! Wow, now that was cool as I was impressed and at the same time intrigued by this.
So what was the hoopla all about?
Last December (09′) Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and Metallica announced they would come together for the first time at the Sonisphere Festival. There was a lot of skepticism if they could pull this off and if it would ever become a reality. I am sure lots of debates and arguments immediately ensued over the lineup, what could happen and all the other “what if’s”.
For example: what if, Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich duke it out on stage or backstage one night? What if, the bands in general could not get along. Would one band or another pull out mid tour? I agree, all that was silly banter and nonsense, but you can’t help but wonder about some of those things and a zillion other silly things that “could” happen.
So what is the real reason for all of these intense debates from the comment trolls that patrol the various Metal blogs?
It’s no secret that Dave Mustaine has had a beef with 3/4 (Lars, James & Kirk) of Metallica, 1/4 (Kerry King) of Slayer and a slight “mini-feud” with 1/4 (Scott Ian) of Anthrax last year. That puts him in a unique position compared to the other bands and various members.
Dave Mustaine initially approached the tour with skepticism. When asked about the tour rumors in a September 2009 radio interview with Eddie Trunk. Mustaine stated, “It would be foolish of me as a businessman to not take that opportunity, and it would be dumb of me as a band leader to not do that for the guys in my group and for the fans of the band.”
Could this be the biggest ego clash ever for Megadeth and Metallica?
Immediate thoughts of METALLICA and MEGADETH finally burying the hatchet (for good) after 3 decades popped into my head! I for one would really like to see this as I am tired of reading about it and besides, it’s not healthy for them to constantly go at each other in the press and behind-the-scenes like that. It’s just not worth it. Life is too short guys!
Fast forward to 2010 and it started to seem like this event really was going to happen as planned.
Says Lars Ulrich (Metallica) of this historic tour announcement: “Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, Thrash Metal’s Big 4 would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time…!”
Enter the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria (of all places! – ed) June 22, 2010.
*image from thebigfourlive.com
The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, was presented by NCM Fathom and BY Experience and included nearly 4 hours of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage. When you watch those countless new movie previews on TV, did you ever think you would see something of this magnitude and hear the announcer say “The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax is coming to a theater near you”?
Turns out this event was presented in high-definition in over 450 movie theaters nationwide by NCM Fathom. What a cool idea, especially since it was in freakin’ Bulgaria right! I am not sure why it happened there as these bands are from America. Either way, it was a great night and although everyone expected them to appear the same night, I’m sure no one realistically expected to see them all on the same stage and at the same time! Yikes, now I wish I was there in person. Check out this historic video that’s been making the rounds:
As you can see, this was an all-star lineup playing the great “Am I Evil” by DIAMOND HEAD. What did you expect them to sing? “We are the World” or something (ha ha -ed)? I just wish they would have played the entire song —now that would have amazed.
Better yet, they should have at least switched instruments and maybe let Dave Lombardo from SLAYER or Charlie Benante (Anthrax) get behind Lars’ drum kit. Whoa, think about that one; Lombardo kickin’ it up a notch with the Metallica boys on a special Speed Metal version of “Am I Evil”. Dream on, as it did not happen.
What did happen (if you did not watch the above vid -ed) was the drummers for the “other 3″ bands were set up off to the side of Lars’ drum kit and were bangin’ away like a crazy retro/futuristic tribal beat down (ala’ SEPULTURA). They looked genuinely stoked to be there and pounded away, but I am sure this was awkward for these three very talented drummers to essentially be “playing second fiddle” to Lars (who doesn’t even come close to Lombardo, Benate and Shawn Drover in the skills department). I did enjoy the part at the end when they did in fact start hitting cymbals and drums on Lars’ drum kit.
Did anyone see Mustaine hug it out with Lars and James before they started?
Everyone seemed to know what was going on except for Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna. Maybe they did not tell him what was to go down —maybe they didn’t tell anyone what the grand finale was going to be, as Hetfield, Mustaine and Belladonna all took turns singing. I am sure they just assumed everyone involved knew that legendary Metallica song (ahhh-hmmm) Diamond Head song! Other than that blip, it seemed to be a very cool show.
“After 29 years of doing this to reach this apex is just so fucking cool,” Tweeted Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian moments after the performance. “It was a monumental moment of epic proportions. I’m so high from the experience I can’t sleep.“
*The last time Mustaine performed with Metallica was on April 9, 1983 at the legendary Brooklyn, New York club L’Amour.
Some other cool spins on the epic onstage madness (that would have been cool):
Metallica doing “The Four Horsemen” with maybe James and Dave tag-teaming the vox and with Kirk on the lead guitar solos.
Having Megadeth do “The Mechanix” but with Kerry King sitting in on guitar. That would be hella-cool. Yup.
Or having Metallica set up on one side of the stage and Megadeth directly on the other side. Have each band bang out their respective version of the track and then join together as one and rip it to shreds! That would make long time fans just lose it I am sure. So if you guys need some ideas for if/when you bring this show to the states then this is it! You read about it here first folks…
*what I wouldn’t give to have taken these historical shots!
Now tell me this is not a truly awesome photo. At the beginning of their festival run, the Big 4 of Thrash united for this photo shoot.
In this next group shot, it kinda’ looks like everyone was a little apprehensive during this photo-op or perhaps a little unsure of what to do. I see a lot of horns and black sneakers!
These pics make me happy and beside these bands pretty much paved the way for Metal.
I will admit though that I think if this happened twenty years ago it would have been more interesting. The bands were much younger and at the top of their game.
“The closest the world has got to having the “Big Four” tour together came in 1991 when Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax were joined on tour by newcomers Alice In Chains (who stepped in for Bay Area thrashers Death Angel) on the Clash Of The Titans tour. The tour also went to Europe where Megadeth and Slayer performed without Anthrax and Alice In Chains but with Suicidal Tendencies and Testament.”
The only ones that are in top form (in my humble opinion -ed) are Megadeth and company.
The new Slayer isn’t bad but they are not as stellar as they used to be. I will give them credit for not jumping ship and for sticking to what they do from the beginning.
Metallica tried to come back with their latest effort but I basically wrote them off after And Justice and for All. I tolerated the Black album (and respected it for what it was) but after that —forget it.
The on going Anthrax drama is a bit long in the tooth and perhaps the band too. I am glad to see Joey back as I prefer that lineup. NO disrespect to the John Bush-era lineup but that just never seemed to be the right replacement for them. They made some great music together but all I can say is that it was just a “different” Anthrax. Not bad but certainly not great either.
I read a lot of complaints online about whether Anthrax should even be on this bill because they have haven’t done anything for years. But I suppose back in the day they were the sh** and I don’t have a problem with it.
Some other names were thrown around in the forums such as Testament, Exodus and OverKill. Apparently Anthrax sold more records than those bands and garnered more exposure around the same time as the other three, so they’re in the ‘Big Four’.
According to Slayer guitarist Kerry King, while speaking to Britain’s Metal Hammer magazine, King stated: “Maybe us, Metallica, Megadeth (and), I think he (Lars) even threw in Anthrax and I said in this day and age, I know we had that time together but how do you leave out Machine Head? There’s better options than Anthrax and that’s nothing against Anthrax, but they’ve just been in pieces for quite some time and that doesn’t make as much sense to me.”
At the end of the day it was an awesome night with such a nostalgic vibe. Everyone seemed to behave and “play well” together. I am down for The BIG 4 sharing the stage here in America for a repeat performance folks!
Yes indeed Metal fans, for now it seems that “the egos have landed”.
July 2, 2010 | Categories: "Big Four" THRASH TITANS (Same Night On The Same Stage) | Tags: "Big Four" THRASH TITANS, Anthrax, Clash of the Titans 2010, Dave Mustaine + James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine + Lars Ulrich, entertainment, Megadeth, metallica, Music News, News, Slayer, Sonisphere Festival 2010, Thrash History, THRASH TITANS | 9 Comments »
“Another Hetfield crash n’ Burn”
By Curt “crusher” King
Demolish Metal Fanzine has a News section, which is where this should go, but I am going to post all the Worldwide Metal News and the hundreds of press releases that I have received over the years last. So this is a personal “Metal Story” of mine that I would like to share with the masses.
Before we get into my heavy metal history (and to put this headline into perspective), let’s rewind the tape a bit if-you-will to 1983. This is, of course the year that the mighty début of METALLICA‘s excellent “Kill Em’ All” (Megaforce) album surfaced from the underground and this is still one of my favorite METALLICA albums.
I remember when I first heard the name METALLICA. It just had that “ring” to it. To me it best represented their crunchy “metallic” guitar sound. Which was something I had never heard before. It was so damn heavy!
Of course, history tells us that other bands such as EXODUS, TROUBLE, RAVEN, MERCYFUL FATE and maybe ANTHRAX had a similar “crunchy” tone. Let’s not get ahead and “Jump In Fire” yet, but let it be known that out of all of Metallica’s albums, this is the one that blew open the doors and when the doors were open, I soon discovered all the above mentioned bands. This album was my “gateway” drug (to make a Metal analogy).
I immediately took to the Metallica art and logo as well. I am a sucker for all things minimal. Great job James for the design of this logo!
So what was going on in the Metal scene in the “lovely” 80′s? Well, to put things into better perspective, at that time I was listening to the standard Heavy Metal albums by Heavy Metal bands like: Motley Crue‘s “Shout at The Devil”, DEF LEPPARD‘s “Pyromania”, ACCEPT‘s “Balls to the Wall” and DIO‘s “Holy Diver” (probably my favorite) and last but not least, IRON MAIDEN‘s killer “Piece of Mind”.
Things were looking up for Heavy Metal Music and it seemed as though I was seeking heavier and more aggressive Metal releases to devour -only I just didn’t know it yet. I mean, when you jump from the oh-so-radio-friendly chorus in “Photograph” and the cheeky “Ten Seconds to Love”, and then on to more energetic songs like “Stand Up and Shout” from Ronnie James DIO and the boys and “Die with Your Boots On” from Bruce and the MAIDEN crew, your blood starts pumping and your fists are clenching VS the sing-along “pop Metal-ish” melodies with a somewhat “heavy” (Metal) guitar.
Let me also just toss in the fact that MTV was alive and trying to figure out what to do, and so we were starting to see a Heavy Metal Video here and there. The other new metal video show was on USA NETWORK called “Night Flight”.
Looking back, I realize now that there were a whole slew of great Heavy Metal albums out there by bands that I had not yet heard of in 83′. There were so many amazing bands releasing great albums, such as MERCYFUL FATE (“Melissa”), RAVEN (“All for One”) and SAVATAGE (“Sirens”) for an example.
While we are on the subject of 1982, let me spotlight some other rather notable releases that were still on heavy vinyl rotation at the house. IRON MAIDEN released arguable their BEST LP with “Number of the Beast”, MOTORHEAD contributed “Iron Fist” and the SCORPIONS put out the smokin’ “Blackout” LP and classic artwork (who could forget the crazy dude with forks in his eyes)…good stuff.
*I once drew this amazing cover artwork in a High School Art Class. Freaked out the teacher I think but I got a good grade on it and it was better than drawing some boring “still-life” crappola.
Unbeknownst to me was the new wave of underground molten Metal releases that were steadily bubbling towards the top by the likes of: VENOM (“Black Metal”), another RAVEN (“Wiped Out”), TANK (“Filth Hounds of Hades”) and MANOWAR, who made their “strong-arm” METAL début with “Battle Hymns”.
Wow, looking back – that was some rather choice “new” music just waiting to be had. What a time for Hard Rock and Metal!
OK, let’s get back to the topic at hand…METALLICA‘s “Kill Em’ All”
After plopping the record on the platter, I was instantly blown-away with what I heard come rushing out of my Pioneer, Technics & Teac stereo system. By the time “Hit the Lights”, “The Four Horseman” and “Motorbreath” were over, it felt like a locomotive just blasted through the house and ran over me! By the time “Jump in the Fire” rolled around, I was in need of a break from the shock and the current puzzled, but excited state I was in.
So I was thinking to myself, man how were they able to play that fast for so long and there is no way they will continue this madness for the rest of the entire LP. And then the (now classic) “Anesthesia/Pulling Teeth” instrumental came on from straight out of left-field. What the hell is that? A guitar, no way, it’s a bass guitar loaded up with some nasty efx with killer solo/instrumental material by the great Cliff Burton (R.I.P). Lars jumps in later and adds what could only be described as “heavy metal/thrash funk” but with METAL bass and not some funky plucking ala’ Funk music.
And then, wait, what’s that sound I hear, oh boy, it’s the sound of that freight train coming around the tracks to run us over again, only this time with a speed metal masterpiece they simple call “Whiplash”. That’s it, with my eyes bugged outta’ my head, I got up and put the needle back into the groove for a re-start and proceeded to play “Whiplash” a second time, you know, just to confirm what my ears just heard! Wow…
So now what’s a 16-year old pimply faced kid to do? Of course, put that record back in its sleeve and case and head on over to your buddies house and let them witness firsthand what you just had the aural pleasure to experience. So, of course my friends basically freaked out when I played it over at their house. Especially since they were coming from a more hard rock/rock background and they probably had just finished listening to AC/DC‘s “Flick of the Switch” album before I stormed the gates with my newly found gem.
After a good 2-3 more spins of Side A (I am not kidding), we finally braved side B. and were greeted with four more thrashin’ Metal tracks — my favorite being “Seek and Destroy”. At this point, METALLICA managed to slide their way to the very top of my personal favorite Metal band list, knocking out the number one spot, which was held by none other than KISS for the longest (well, at least until I progressed into all things Heavy Metal that is).
*I proceeded to make cassette tapes of this album for all of my friends and I would say about 90% were “converted” and ran out and bought their own copy on vinyl within the first few months of its release.
So there you have it, my first METALLICA experience, perfectly encapsulated in Metal history on this blog for your reading pleasure.
For the sake of space and this long-winded post, let’s fast-forward “the tape” to the following year: 1984.
METALLICA is back with yet another slice of sonic mayhem, this time with “Ride the Lightning”. So with expectations running high from my favorite band, I fell in love with their latest “metallic” effort pretty much instantly and it was at this time I think that their guitar “crunch” was definitely considered “metallic” by most Metal folks.
They start with a somewhat (classically inspired) guitar intro and then right into “Fight Fire With Fire”, holy crap! Just when you thought “Whiplash” will be their all-time fastest and or heaviest, these guys are back faster and on-point with a better production (albeit drenched in reverb), much heavier guitar sound and boy am I happy! Next up is the title track “Ride the Lightning”, which displays a much more mature band and it shows their song writing skills have grown and that they are not all about speed or how fast they can play.
This is also evident with the great solo Mr. Kirk Hammett plays on this one. It starts off very melodic and majestic and then moves on to what will later be called “anthem-like” and then out of nowhere, right when you think it’s ending, he comes back and rips your head off! As a matter of fact the entire bands kicks it down at this point for the rest of the track, along with noteworthy double-bass beats from Lars. Then, they loop back around to the first part of the song. Love it! I could listen to that main riff on repeat and never tire. So this release moves them a step closer to their upcoming worldwide dominance.
I am not going to do a track-by-track rundown of this masterpiece as we all know (or you should by now) that every damn song is great. As a matter of fact, this album was able to knock out my favorite #1 album (i.e. “Kill Em’ All”) with relative ease.
Moving forward to the beginning of 1986 (March 3rd to be exact) and we have the highly, highly anticipated third release from the boys: “Master of Puppets”. So I slap the record on and we’re off to the races with yet another “trademark” METALLICA acoustic guitar intro. This time it’s a bit more Spanish-influenced. Then without much pause, the more technical riffage and drumbeat of “Battery” is upon us! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwe P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Well worth the wait and I am delighted to hear what I will just call “state-of-the-art thrash metal” for now from the title track “Master of Puppets”, as the middle break just oozes with class and musicianship. This is by far the most accomplished METALLICA recording and or track from this era. Totally original (well there is a hint of an EXODUS-ish riff running throughout the track), but if you check the credits for this song Kirk Hammett’s name is listed and all well-studied Heavy Metal Kiddos know that Kirk was in fact an early member of that GREAT band as well.
This time around Jame’s vocals have also improved and are sounding more authoritative than ever!
Up next is the slow-grinder “The Thing That Should Not Be” complete with its low-slung grinding as it just chugs along like a METALLICA “death-train”. I think this is one their best/simple arrangements and for such a “catchy” metal song this is just simply HEAVY as hades! Cool drum parts by Lars too and this is one of my favorite METALLICA songs to bang out on thy drums. Oh yeah, Kirk incorporates a unique “whammy-bar” solo as well that fits like a glove.
“Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” (with its obvious “Fade to Black” nod) is pure epic METALLICA class. It’s songs like this that made all the Metal bands at the time crap their pants. Yes, folks -it’s that good. It was also at this time that they were influencing an entire generation of kids to play guitars, bass and drums just like their new-found Metal idols! And they did this with sheer talent, drive and best of all no commercial radio airplay, flashy MTV video (or even dolls like KISS eventually resorted too). This album also single-handedly raised the bar several notches higher in terms of over-all quality and playing in the genre of all things Metal.
So with such a killer album and a near perfect Metal track-record, for their three releases thus far, what’s next on the horizon for METALLICA? Well, thanks to one OZZY OSBOURNE it was time to take this beast out on the road and straight to the Metal masses that’s what. METALLICA did embark on some tour dates earlier but nothing like the exposure and number of dates that a major concert of this size could bring.
In 1986 on “The Ultimate Sin” album/tour Sharon, Ozzy and Metallica headed out to rock their many fans in the U.S. Included in Ozzy’s camp was guitarist Jake E. Lee, drummer Randy Castillo (R.I.P.), bassist Phil Soussan and ex-Uriah Heep keyboardist John Sinclair.
1986 turned out to be a pain-in-the-butt year for Osbourne, as he was the target in the first of a series of U.S. lawsuits brought against him about lyrics in the song “Suicide Solution”.
You can probably guess that I was stoked that I was finally going to get to see my favorite band in the world and when I learned they were coming to my hometown (at the time) Evansville, Indiana—I was ecstatic! So I got my ticket, started to count down the days and began my plot as to how I was going to get to maybe meet the guys before or after the show.
The place where they were booked to play was called Mesker, which is an outdoor amphitheater that holds around 8,500 screaming fans.
You might not be able to tell from the pic, but you can get pretty close to the stage compared to most venues. Better yet, the bands have to load in their equipment to the left of the stage and to get there they have to drive in right at the front gates and then they have to proceed down a hill to get to stage left. So the “plan” was to do some partying with my fellow Metalhead com padre’s and then head on over to the venue earlier in the day and catch them during their load-in and or sound check.
METALLICA was pretty young in these days so I figured they would get bored rather quickly while having to stomach Ozzy’s road crew and having to wait for them to set up in the hot, hot July sun in the middle of the day. And there is nothing to do around that venue, so the way I looked at it was that we had them “trapped” if-you-will.
If you have a look at the ticket above you will see that show time was 8PM, so we thought they would start their set up between like 10am – 4pm probably. By the way, did you see how much the show cost us? Yes, that’s right only $14.50 in-advance for OZZY and METALLICA. Amazing how thing’s change!
Saturday morning rolls around and my buddy and I (Troy was that you?) head on over to Mesker Park to try to “stumble-upon (har’ har’)” our metal idols and when we get there the usual concert set up was in-progress. Semi trucks pulling in and out. Several tour buses were parked stage left and of course, it was July so it was hotter than hell outside. All sorts of banging, hammering and stage building was going on but what was odd was the fact that all we could see was Ozzy’s band equipment. No METALLICA amps, no METALLICA road crew running around and what puzzled us the most was no drum-riser for Lars and no drum rig in site?… hmmmn.
Perhaps we were too early? So we hung out for a while, left and then got some breakfast (i.e. “brunch” for metal heads, as we stay up all night and sleep most of the day ya’ know) and then came back to an fully set up Ultimate Sin stage. This time the METALLICA M.O.P. crosses were onstage (thanks Brad -ed) as well as Lar’s “chrome” kit and the usual back line of amps were sitting around waiting to be pounded into Metal oblivion later. What we did hear was Randy Castillo (or someone on his kit) banging the bass drum beat to the intro from “The Ultimate Sin”, you know the boom, boom, boom…boom/boom/boom beat!
Knowing that it was starting to get late in the day, we decided to head on back home to get ready for the show and besides, we had to meet up with some other fellow Metalheads that were going with us for what (in our minds) was going to be the BEST damn show we’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing!
So it’s finally time to head on out to the show, with expectations high and butterflies in our stomach (well at least mine) as the countdown to METALLICA‘s set was starting to “tick”. When we arrived the place was the usual madhouse with people hanging out in the parking lots, kid’s running across the main street and lines starting to form around the ticket booth/entrance, however I detected a weird aura that was in the air. I could not explain it, but something was up and not quite “right”.
*When we finally made our way up to the gate and got our tickets ready, we were hearing “rumors” that James Hetfield was skating down the large hill beside the stage and broke his arm or wrist earlier and that METALLICA was NOT going to play tonight!!
Arrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhh! WHAT? Your kidding me? All sorts of emotions danced all over me, but the only thing that we could do was to stay in line and keep moving forward. So we made it inside and I immediately ran down to the front of the stage (like I always do) to stake my claim of prime front-row real estate.
After what seemed like ages, Lars and Cliff finally came out and they announced that METALLICA were in fact not going to be able to play but OZZY was going to play and extra long set to make up for it. Well, guess what…of course no one told OZZY that or he didn’t care and they didn’t play any more than their regular set.
Yikes, I guess my worst nightmare is now playing out right before my very eyes.
Some fans were starting to get rowdy and there were definitely A LOT of upset fans. I would say probably 70% or more were there to see Hetfield and Co. Lots of Metallica fans didn’t even stick around for OZZY’s set.
Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, OZZY took the stage and they jammed and their performance was great -esp. Jake E. Lee as that guy can shred on guitar!
I kinda’ felt sorry for OZZY for a bit as it was not their fault but I do recall a lot of “M-ETALLICA”, “ME-TALL-ICA” chants earlier and during their set. I guess the “Oz” was finally able to calm (and or “cool” I should say) everyone down by throwing buckets of cold water on the packed crowd on this “almost-perfect” hot summer night in Evansville, Indiana.
Looking back after all of these years, I am not quite sure why METALLICA just didn’t suck it up and play with Kirk on guitar and James just singing? I am not exact on the time-frame of the events leading up to this since I am sure he went to a local hospital (only about 10 minutes away from the venue). Of course he was probably in some pain, but come on, it was not life-threatening by any means (and I am sure they gave him some strong pain-killers). We’re talkin’ a broken wrist folks! Maybe James or Lars were too pig-headed and or wouldn’t allow the show to go on if one of them was not at the top of their game and or perhaps their ego’s would not allow it at this stage in their careers? Who knows…maybe someone close to the band will eventually read this blog post (and maybe even a member of METALLICA themselves — I’m dreaming now) and share their comments!
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After this date on the OZZY tour, I think they were forced to cancel a handful of dates and they later recruited their guitar tech John Marshall (METAL CHURCH). I am not 100% but I heard that he was asked to play on the SIDE of the stage on most of the dates he filled in for. I guess after he passed the “Live METALLICA test” then he was allowed to actually roam the main stage a bit (albeit in the background with Jame’s white Gibson guitar). I am sure it did not take that long as Marshall is a really good guitar player and later joined METAL CHURCH -a great Power-Metal band in their own right. As a matter of fact, they were signed to Metallica‘s label at the time Elektra for several releases.
I would love to hear any comments from readers on this interesting topic at hand here.
METALLICA hanging out one month prior to the (in)famous skateboarding accident in Indiana. Listen to what they say they like to do in their “spare time”. Hilarious!
*And a few months earlier on the “The Ultimate Sin” tour with OZZY.
*interesting excerpt from: http://www.ilikethat.com/metallica/history85-86.cfm
July 26, 1986
James breaks his wrist skateboarding down a hill in Evansville, Indiana, before a gig, but continues the tour singing. The band’s guitar tech, John Marshall, fills in. (Marshall later becomes a member of Metal Church).
James: “We told the management, ‘Hey, look we’re thinking about taking boards out on tour’…I thought he was going to go, ‘Oh shit, no way, you can’t.’ He just said, ‘Well, you break something, you still play.’”
Kirk: “Yeah, he said, ‘You break a leg on your skateboard, you play on stage with a broken leg.’”—Thrasher Magazine, 1986
“John Marshall has been our savior quite a few times. It pays if you’re a roadie to learn the bands songs, you could end up on stage.”—James, VH1 Behind the Music
“James would run around the stage, just singing, with guitar parts mysteriously coming from nowhere. So after the first two songs, James would announce: ‘Obviously, I’m not playing; we’ve got this guy down here who’s playing guitar.’ I’d walk out and wave, then go back to my little hidden corner. [One night] Cliff would look over at me and go, ‘Get the fuck out here! Come out and play!’ Four gigs into the tour I was basically on the stage.”—John Marshall, Metallica Unbound
“The hard part was trying to match the vibe and intensity of James’s guitar playing. I knew how to play the riffs and song arrangements OK, but getting the feel right was difficult. It was also hard because the rest of the band follows his voice and guitar onstage. I think I was more worried about what the rest of the band thought, than what the audience thought.”— John Marshall, Justice For All. The Truth About Metallica
James with a broken wrist. Click to enlarge.
Metallica 1986 “Damage-Inc.” Tour Dates
Date City, State Venue
27/03/86 Wichita, Kansas Kansas Coliseum
29/03/86 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Fairgrounds Arena
01/04/86 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
02/04/86 St. Louis, Missouri Keil Auditorium
04/04/86 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
05/04/86 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Pavilion
06/04/86 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mecca Arena
08/04/86 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
09/04/86 Cleveland, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
10/04/86 Erie, Pennsylvania Civic Center
12/04/86 Johnstown, Pennsylvania War Memorial
13/04/86 Syracuse, New York War Memorial
14/04/86 Rochester, New York War Memorial
16/04/86 Landover, Maryland Capital Theater
17/04/86 Binghamton, New York Broome County Arena
18/04/86 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Stabler Arena
20/04/86 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
21/04/86 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena
23/04/86 Providence, Rhode Island Civic Center
24/04/86 New Haven, Connecticut Coliseum
25/04/86 Worcester, Massachusetts Centrum
27/04/86 Glenns Falls, New York Civic Center
28/04/86 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
02/05/86 Charlotte, North Carolina Coliseum
03/05/86 Johnson City, Tennessee Freedom Hall
04/05/86 Memphis, Tennessee Mid South Coliseum
06/05/86 New Orleans, Louisiana Lakefront Arena
08/05/86 Austin, Texas Erwin Events Center
09/05/86 Houston, Texas The Summit
10/05/86 Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Coliseum
12/05/86 El Paso, Texas Coliseum
13/05/86 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
15/05/86 Denver, Colorado McNichols Arena
17/05/86 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace Arena
19/05/86 Tucson, Arizona Community Center Arena
20/05/86 Phoenix, Arizona Coliseum
23/05/86 Tulsa, Oklahoma Cain’s Ballroom
24/05/86 Cape Girardeau, Missouri Arena Building
25/05/86 Chicago, Illinois Aragon Ballroom
26/05/86 Des Moines, Iowa Iowa State Fair
28/05/86 Minneapolis, Minnesota Orpheum Theatre
29/05/86 Eau Clair, Wisconsin Old Mill Expo
30/05/86 Davenport, Iowa Coliseum Ballroom
31/05/86 Decatur, Illinois Civic Arena
01/06/86 Omaha, Nebraska Peony Park
03/06/86 Dallas, Texas Bronco Bowl
04/06/86 Corpus Christi, Texas Coliseum
05/06/86 McAllen, Texas Villa Real
06/06/86 San Antonio, Texas Majestic Theatre
07/06/86 Odessa, Texas Ector County Coliseum
10/06/86 San Diego, California Sports Arena
11/06/86 Las Vegas, Nevada Thomas & Mack Arena
12/06/86 San Francisco, California Spastic Children
13/06/86 Long Beach, California Long Beach Arena
14/06/86 Long Beach, California Long Beach Arena
15/06/86 Long Beach, California Long Beach Arena
16/06/86 San Francisco, California Cow Palace
17/06/86 San Francisco, California Cow Palace
18/06/86 Sacramento, California Californian Expo Amphitheatre
21/06/86 San Francisco, California Ruthie’s (Spastic Children)
22/06/86 Seattle, Washington Coliseum
05/07/86 Pihtipudas, Finland Saapasjalkarock festival
06/07/86 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
11/07/86 Green Bay, Wisconsin Brown County Arena
12/07/86 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley
13/07/86 Hoffmann Estates, Illinois Poplar Creek
15/07/86 Peoria, Illinois Civic Center
16/07/86 Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Wayne Coliseum
17/07/86 Columbus, Ohio Ohio Center
19/07/86 Battlecreek, Michigan Wendler Arena
20/07/86 Saginaw, Michigan Wendler Arena
21/07/86 Clarkston, Michigan Pineknob Music Theatre
24/07/86 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend
25/07/86 Louisville, Kentucky Kentucky Fairgrounds Stadium
*26/07/86 Evansville, Indiana Mesker Theatre
(James breaks arm before the show skateboarding. This show is cancelled!)
27/07/86 Nashville, Tennessee Municiple Auditorium
29/07/86 Chattanoga, Tennessee UTC Arena
30/07/86 Knoxville, Tennessee Civic Coliseum
01/08/86 Charleston, West Virginia Civic Center
02/08/86 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion
03/08/86 Hampton, Virginia Coliseum
29/08/86 San Francisco, California The Rock (Spastic Children)
John Marshall Rehearses with METALLICA
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These lists were compiled in order for you to get a better understanding of why we (as in the main Demolish staff writers) say the things we do about bands — whether it be in reviews and or feature articles.
By reviewing these lists, you can plainly see who and what we (as in individuals) favor and hopefully you will get a general idea of our journalistic personalities.
Here is my Top 25 Releases for 1988
25. OZZY OSBOURNE – No Rest for the Wicked
24. NUCLEAR ASSAULT – Survive
23. ASSASSIN - Interstellar Experience
22. KING’S X – Out of the Silent Planet
21. CANDLEMASS – Ancient Dreams
20. HITTMAN- Hittman
19. WARGASM – Why Play Around
18. THE ACCUSED - Martha Splatterhead’s Maddest Stories Ever Told
17. FATES WARNING – No Exit
16. TOXIK – World Circus
15. JOE SATRIANI - Surfing With the Alien
14. MEGADETH – So Far, So Good, So What
13. KING DIAMOND – Them
12. SANCTUARY – Refuge Denied
11. VIO-LENCE – Eternal Nightmare
10. JANE’S ADDICTION – Nothings Shocking (*don’t complain -ed)
09. DEATH ANGEL – Frolic Through the Park
08. FLOTSAM & JETSAM – No Place for Disgrace
07. SACRED REICH – Surf Nicaragua (EP)
06. HADES – If At First You Don’t Succeed
05. RIOT – Thundersteel
04. VOIVOD – Dimension Hatross
03. DESTRUCTION – Release from Agony
Number TWO Ended up Being a 4-Way TIE!
02. MEKONG DELTA – The Music of Erich Zann
02. CRUMBSUCKERS – Beast on My Back
02. TESTAMENT – The New Order
02. SLAYER – South of Heaven
01. METALLICA - And Justice For All
INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND, NUM SKULL, OVER KILL, HOBB’S ANGEL OF DEATH, UNCLE SLAM, ACID REIGN, AT WAR, HALLOWS EVE & ANTHRAX.
See other Staff Picks Top 25 for 88′ Post.
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