NEW: BLACK SABBATH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND 2012 WORLD TOUR!
November 11, 2011
“Well, after all the rumours and having to keep plans quiet for so long, I can finally stop dodging questions. The truth is it has only come together properly in the last few days! Look forward to seeing you all in 2012. All the best.”
November 11, 2011 | Categories: Demolish A.D. | Tags: 11:11:11 Sabbath returns, Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath invented heavy metal, Black Sabbath reunites 2012, did Black Sabbath invent heavy metal?, heavy metal news, Music News, Sabbath back together, Sabbath to headline shows in summer of 2012 | 3 Comments »
Now this is something I did not expect to see. I accidentally ran into the website for their distro company this morning and was quite surprised to see this. I guess every band is coming out of the wood work and releasing material and touring. Not to sound negative – I think that’s great, but I am just wondering how many peeps out there were anxiously awaiting their “return”…as the site claimed.
I know this infamous band has released some decent material over the years, but I would suspect it’s their live “show” that is the main attraction here —especially since that includes the very fine and bizarrely interesting front woman GEN.
Originating in Orlando, Florida, the band was founded by lead singer Gen while attending pre-med. school. The Genitorturers made their début and progressed in the early 90′s Florida “hardcore” music scene, with other contemporary bands such as Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids (who would also become a success in later years).
According to the band’s official biography, “What emerged would be a band that would go beyond shaking up the house that ‘Mickey’ built and extend to paving the way and breaking ground for performance based music artists thereafter worldwide”. I tend to agree, to some extent.
I know it’s probably been reported to death, but Mr. David Alexander Vincent (aka’ Evil D), who of course is best known as vocalist/bassist for Morbid Angel, is married to GEN and contributes as the bassist for Genitorturers. David also contributed guitar, vocals, keys and programming on the last CD Blackheart Revolution [which is their third full length release]. The new live line up will include new drummer Sean Davidson as well as the addition of guitarist Eric Griffin formerly of Wednesday 13/ Murderdolls & Filip Abbey formerly of Psyclon 9.
“We wanted to make a big rock record …we wanted something that shakes the walls, grabs you by the balls, and scares you a bit in the process!” - GEN
Someone recently told me that Demolish was officially “blacklisted” on their local public library computers and was blocked from unsuspecting kiddos viewing our material! I thought that was quite funny as I think our online magazine is pretty damn tame compared to what is out there these days. I guess the “stigma of Metal” or anything with true shock value still pervades most authorities and some public educational “systems’ mindsets —even in 2011.
Since we are already (un)officially banned in some parts of the world, I suspect creating a post about the Genitorturers is just going to further solidify their anti-Demolish position and the small town U.S.A. peeps who do not own a computer will not get to see these beautiful photos! What a shame.
I’ve been waiting to post my coveted black n’ white glossies that I received for review back in the day. That press kit sure made an impression when originally viewed for the first time. I mean, who would you rather look at, Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Betsy (Bitch) or GEN?! Doro was a looker but everything was pretty much “P.G.” compared to these fine shots [see below].
Fast-forward to 2011 and Gen & Co. appears to still have all their leather and misc. paraphernalia in order as the their latest North American tour dates are confirmed below! Genitorturers have also announced that Hanzel und Gretyl will be the support band.
Sexxy babes, hugs & plenty of schnitzel smackin’ fun are heading your way, so don your big boots and grab your advance tic’s now!
“Sexxx U 2 Death” North American Tour
+ special guests Hanzel und Gretyl
Feb 20 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Feb 21 Dallas, TX @ Trees
Feb 22 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Feb 23 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
Feb 24 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Feb 25 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Feb 26 Hollywood, CA@ Bar Sinister
Feb 27 Oakland, CA@ Oakland Metro Operahouse
March 1 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
March 2 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 3 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
March 4 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
March 5 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
March 6 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
March 9 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
March 10 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
March 11 Toronto, ON @ The Courthouse
March 12 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
March 13 Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
March 14 Brooklyn, NY@ Club Europa
March 15 Allentown,PA@ Crocodile Rock
March 18 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
March 19 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
Gen nineteen years ago!
*This is for all the librarians out there!
February 20, 2011 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: 120 Days of Genitorture (1993), 1990's Florida "hardcore" music scene, 1990's Florida music scene, Blackheart Revolution, Blackheart Revolution album, Blackheart Revolution CD, drummer Sean Davidson, entertainment, Eric Griffin, Eric Griffin formerly of Murderdolls, Eric Griffin formerly of Wednesday 13, Eric Griffin guitar, Filip Abbey, Filip Abbey formerly of Psyclon 9, Flesh is the Law [EP] (2002), GEN, Genitorturers, guitarist Eric Griffin, Machine Love (2000), Morbid Angel, Music, Music News, Rock Tours 2011, Sean Davidson, Sean Davidson drums, Sin City (1998) | Leave A Comment »
Love this commercial video spot for Kroneberg 1664 beer…Enjoy!
*In case your living under a rock, Motörhead has a new album out [The World is Yours] with several live shows planned. See you there!
The Wörld is Yours – 2011
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As we move into 2011 and settle back into our old habits [yes, we know most of your "new years resolutions" have probably failed miserably by now unfortunately] and so we begin our normal routines yet again. However, what we have lined up for you is far from routine. We are still posting mega-rare 80′s Metal articles and interviews from the Demolish vaults, however, after much encouragement + support we have decided to resurrect the ‘zine and cover some current material as well. The latest propaganda will reside in the aptly titled DEMOLISH A.D. section.
To kick off the premiere article for this freshly minted department we are happy to bring you a kick-ass exclusive interview with none other than the ubiquitous music journalist and musician J.Bennett. We had hoped to bust this out last August, but father time pushed the fast-forward button on us and somehow five months have miraculously rolled past! With that being said, here’s to 2011.
Before we get out of the gates with this one, I must admit that I am not an avid reader of DECIBEL Magazine. As a matter of fact, up until a couple of years ago, I had only nonchalantly skimmed through a few issues while visiting a [Metalhead] buddies house around two years ago. After gulping several Guinness [while listening to Artillery's "When Death Comes" for the better part of an hour], I noticed his stack of magazines close by and decided to see what the latest crop of Metal rags were all about.
Upon closer inspection, I realized how much of a short attention span peeps must have these days as the reviews seemed to be very short and contained mini-blasts of info and or just a quickie summary about the band. After reading a few more items, I must admit that I still had no idea what some of the bands actually sounded like! Moving forward, I was steadily bombarded with many descriptive genre tags and even more sub genre labels. For some reason, the voice in my head told me that since Metal’s seemingly great comeback was so strong, I assumed the scene and or “industry” if-you-will must have solidified somehow and or became a cohesive powerhouse. Not so…
What I realized was that contrary to popular belief, “Metal” really never went anywhere, it had simply morphed and splintered off into countless sub genres of what Decibel Mag. was calling “extreme” music -yikes, yet another “genre”? Maybe this was the GRAND “Metal” label of all and every other form of “Metal music” now resides under that expanding umbrella —or at least within the last decade [or to be more precise, it was 7 years ago, when Decibel published their first issue]. In any case, kudos to all @ Decibel for putting out such a quality publication for the Metal fans. It’s about time an American company tries to take on the many European Metal counterparts!
What immediately got my attention was the first-rate print job and excellent illustrations of artist Bruno Guerreiro. This dude’s got skillz! After Bruno’s art caught my eye, I started to hone in on the actual article(s) themselves —it seems like the ones that resonated with me the most were usually written by the one named J. Bennett. BTW if you are wondering —his name isn’t Jay. “J” is actually short for something else. It turns out that “J” is one of their main contributors (certainly among their best writers IMO) and we are always down to support and promote such peeps who are doing something positive in the Metal community.
Mr. Bennett is certainly a busy-beaver as he contributes to Revolver, Alternative Press (mostly movie reviews/stuff there), MySpace.com, Thrasher and most notably Decibel. However J is normally on the other side of the table, meaning, he is usually the one asking the questions, doing band interviews or writing the reviews!
Please join us as we pick his brain about all things Metal, his life and anything else that we can think of that you might not know about him already.
KINGER: How in the world do you find the time to write for Revolver, Decibel, Thrasher and Self-Titled mag.?
J.BENNETT: Excellent question. I usually find it under rocks or buried in haystacks in remote foreign lands, which is a time-consuming process in and of itself. Which then requires me to find even more time. It’s a vicious circle. Seriously, though? Amphetamines.
K: Which of these outlets do you enjoy contributing to the most and what is the common thread among these choices [if any] and how did you narrow your choices to these four publications?
J: I suspect I’ll get fired by at least three or four magazines if I answer the first part of this question honestly, so I’m gonna go with Field & Stream. Mostly because they never hassle me about all the nonexistent deadlines they never give me. The common thread among the others is that they all probably wish they’d hired someone else. For some reason, I didn’t narrow it down to four, though. I also contribute to Alternative Press and Terrorizer. They also probably wish they’d made a better choice!
K: How did you get started writing about Metal?
J: I was young and didn’t know any better. Some teenagers experiment with drugs or alcohol; I experimented with drugs and alcohol and writing about heavy metal. My first assignment – unpaid, of course – was for a local Boston rock rag called The Noise. I think it’s actually still around. I reviewed a live show at the Middle East Club in Cambridge. I think the lineup was Big Wig (a rock band with a rapper), Cast Iron Hike (featuring future members of ISIS and Doomriders) and Orange 9mm. Then again, it could have been something else entirely.
K: I hear that you have some ‘zine publishing experience —back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, tell us about your old ‘zine Hexbender.
J: I published four issues between 1998 and early 1999 – a thousand copies each, I think. My brother from another mother, Keith Bennett, was my right-hand man and the house expert on all things extreme (he currently plays in the totally righteous PanzerBastard). We actually managed to land some respectable interview subjects even though we didn’t really know what we were doing: Queens Of The Stone Age on their first tour, Emperor, Arch Enemy (Johan Liiva era), Clearlight (Jimmy Bower from Eyehategod’s short-lived side project), John Garcia (pre-Unida), In Flames when they were still good, etc.
My friend Ironlung (of Scissorfight fame) wrote a column for every issue entitled “Ironlung’s Wild America.” One was about Bigfoot smoking weed. My favorite line claimed that Sasquatch liked to “get higher than Bill Walton and Robert Parish at Reggae Sunsplash.”
K: I found out about your writing mainly from the excellent Precious Metal book (also via some reg. Decibel issues). It appears that you wrote more than half of the pieces in that book, tell us how that came about and what bands you covered? Have you ever thought of writing your own book?
J: Precious Metal was the brainchild of Decibel editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian. It’s sort of a greatest hits compilation of the “Hall Of Fame” features that run in every issue of the mag. For each “Hall Of Fame” piece, someone at the magazine interviews all the members of a band that recorded an album we consider to be a classic.
The finished book includes 25 “Hall Of Fame” features, 14 of which were written by me – including Slayer’s Reign In Blood, Celtic Frost’s Morbid Tales, Kyuss’ Sky Valley, Sleep’s Jerusalem, Morbid Angel’s Altars Of Madness, Emperor’s In The Nightside Eclipse, At The Gates’ Slaughter Of The Soul and others.
As for the second part of the question, I’ve given a lot of thought to writing a book of my own. But I don’t wanna jinx it by running my mouth too much. I will say this, though: When and if it happens, it will not be music-related in any way.
K: I’ve noticed that your Decibel columns are posted on your Cry Now, Cry Later blog. Please tell us about this blog and what is the target audience?
J: The Cry Now, Cry Later blog is really just an archive for my Decibel columns of the same name. I usually post them after each new issue comes off the stands, but I think I’ve fallen behind by a month or two. The only thing I can really tell you about the target audience is that it’s apparently very, very small. I just checked, and I have a grand total of 15 followers. Obviously, I’ve hit the big time with this thing.
K: You mentioned that you are also working for Alternative Press online doing [primarily] movie reviews —how do you like doing that compared to the Metal material?
J: Writing about movies (after writing about metal most of the week) is like jumping naked into Boston Harbor in January after jogging barefoot across a mile of hot coals. It stings a lot and you’ll probably get an infection from all the sewage, but your pores will be less clogged in the long run.
“My review of Piranha 3D has already been called “the most pretentious movie review I’ve ever read” by some kid from Michigan with a sideways haircut.” – J. Bennett
K: Are you able to make a living from your writing or do you still have a day job perhaps? Walk us through a typical day for you!
J: Writing has paid my bills —barely, for the last 11 years. Mercifully, I’ve been able to avoid the miserable slave pit that passes for our country’s once-thriving service economy for at least that long. We’ll see how much longer it lasts. A typical day usually involves at least one interview, endless hours of soul-murdering transcription, and the occasional stab at stringing together some gibberish for my editors to publish somewhere. Rinse (drown sorrows in alcohol), wash (edit, spell-check), repeat.
K: Tell us the 411 about your music project, IDES OF GEMINI. What is your role in the band and/or what instrument(s) do you play?
J: Ides Of Gemini essentially started in December of 2009, when I pieced together some songs on the guitar in hopes of conning my girlfriend, Sera Timms, into writing some lyrics and singing (she sings and plays bass in a fantastic band called Black Math Horseman). She totally fell for it, so then I suckered her into starting a band with me. Two months ago, we released our debut EP, The Disruption Writ.
K: What genres of Metal and or other musical styles [ in general] do you prefer to listen too?
J: I enjoy most genres of music, with the possible exception of techno, but I tend to gravitate most toward various forms of Metal, rock, pop and soul. I have a huge soft spot for ’70s and ’80s music – everything from early glam like T. Rex, Slade and Bowie to cock rock, pop and new-wave. On the other ends of the spectrum, I love Ravi Shankar, Boards Of Canada, Gladys Knight and Thai pop from the ’60s and ’70s.
K: What’s your Top 5 Metal releases?
J: I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just five, but my top handful would absolutely include:
- Diamond Head’s Lightning To The Nations
- Metallica’s …And Justice For All
- Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
- Judas Priest’s British Steel
- Danzig’s self-titled
- Celtic Frost’s Morbid Tales
- Slayer’s Seasons In The Abyss
- Kyuss’ Sky Valley (if that could be considered Metal)
- Motörhead’s Ace Of Spades
- Burzum’s Filosofem
- Immortal’s At The Heart Of Winter
- Darkthrone’s Transilvanian Hunger
- Life Of Agony’s River Runs Red
- Only Living Witness’ Prone Mortal Form
K: Since you listed METALLICA near the top —Metallica or Megadeth?
J: Metallica. Their first five albums are varying degrees of unstoppable. Much to the chagrin of almost every metal fan I know, my favorite is …And Justice For All… I’m also not one of those people who think the Black Album is crap. But in defense of Dave Mustaine, I will say that Megadeth’s “Holy Wars… Punishment Due,” “Hangar 18,” and “Peace Sells” are three of the greatest metal songs ever written (“Angry Again,” from the Last Action Hero soundtrack, is also a personal favorite.) And I’ve been listening to Countdown To Extinction regularly since the day it came out in ’92.
K: Did “grunge” kill Metal (I love his answer to this one —I totally agree)?
J: That’s just the excuse that the cock rock bands used to explain why no one gave a shit about power ballads anymore. In reality, most of those bands had already started sucking hard before Cobain pulled the rug out from under them.
K: What are some of your favorite Rock/Metal concerts that you’ve attended over the years?
J: Almost every Scissorfight show I’ve seen has been monumental. Very few bands brought it like those cats did. I also had a semi-religious experience at the Only Living Witness reunion show at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA, a couple of years back. And this past summer, I had the privilege of seeing Isis’ final show up in Montreal, which was as triumphant as it was a bummer. Oh, and Queens Of The Stone Age at the Wiltern in L.A. in December of 2005. Amazing show, plus they brought out John Garcia at the end to sing a few Kyuss jams. And I would be amiss if I didn’t mention Oxbow. They’re one of the greatest live bands out there.
As far as bigger shows, seeing Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Faith No More at Sullivan Stadium in 1992 was a definite highlight. Slayer on their Undisputed Attitude Tour was another gem. My attorney and I saw that one at the now-defunct Axis club in Boston in ’96. I’ve never seen so many fights in one place in my life. Unsane opened, and I remember Chris Spencer saying, “I swear we only have one more song before Slayer comes on.” The place went batshit!
K: Do you still buy CD’s and or any vinyl and what is your take on MP3′s and or the availability for online music in general?
J: I’m a shameless vinyl junkie. I buy way too much of it way too often. But records obviously aren’t very portable, so for music on the go I prefer mp3′s to CDs. There’s no question about it—the easy availability and portability of mp3′s killed the compact disc. I’m actually in the process of unloading my CD collection as we *speak*. But I’ll be buying vinyl as long as it’s around.
K: I liken the current explosion of online blogs to the fanzines of the 80′s. What’s your take on this and is this “explosion” responsible for the closing of several print magazines of late? What is the ultimate fate for the remaining [music] print magazines?
J: Clearly, a direct connection could be made between the blog blowout and the decline of print mags. And yeah, most of the music blogs I’ve seen certainly seem to have been created in the same spirit of the fanzines of the ’80s and ’90s. In most cases, the writing seems to be of the same quality as that of the old ’zines—which is to say: occasionally spirited but generally fucking terrible. But there are of course exceptions. As for the fate of the music mags still in print? If I had a crystal ball, I would gaze into it longingly and tell you the answer, my friend. I’ll say one thing, though: For the most part, the steady elimination of print mags has been a truly Darwinian process. The wheat has been separated from the chaff. There are exceptions to this, too, but few that I can think of.
K: There are several different delivery methods and or styles for blogs and or magazines these days. It seems that some places like to make a zillion posts that are super short…almost like “text messages” or short PR blasts and then others like to deliver longer interviews and or reviews. I guess it boils down to the age-old debate = Quality VS Quantity?
J: If you ask me—and I’m pretty sure you just did—quality trumps quantity every time. I’ve read 75-word blurbs that are more compelling than full-length novels. It all depends on who’s doing the writing and how much of a shit they happen to give on that particular day.
K: I am not a video game junkie, but I tend to think with the popularity of Guitar Hero and Rock Band type games, that it helped re-kindle some interest in all things Metal + Hard Rock. Do you think we will be seeing a noticeable “bump” one day [in the future] when all these kids grow up and start forming bands? If so, has this already began?
J: Your scenario certainly does not sound like crazy talk, but I’ve never played any of these games or even seen them being played by anyone else, so I’m in no position to answer this one.
K: To some, Metal has definitely made a “come back” of sorts…would you agree? I mean for the last five years you are definitely seeing more of the classic 80′s bands putting out material —some fans + reviewers say their best material in ages even. For example: Testament, Overkill and Accept have all put out decent product lately.
J: I’m gonna be an asshole here and say that I don’t think any of those bands have put out some of their best material even sort of recently. I will say that the new albums from Burzum (Belus) and Atheist (Jupiter) were about a million times better than I expected them to be. I also thought Obituary’s comeback album, Frozen In Time, was highly satisfying.
K: What was the coolest writing gig you’ve ever had and why?
J: I’m gonna have to plead the Fifth on this one to protect the guilty. But I’ve got the scars and the memories to prove that it happened. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world—not all of it, but a decent chunk—in the name of “journalism,” and I’ve met many a character along the way. But some things are best kept to oneself.
K: What do you think makes a good writer?
J: He or she does not bore you to death. If a writer can make you laugh, cry, or simply turn the page with anticipation, he or she is doing something right.
K: Who are some other writers in the industry that you respect? What are some of the blogs that you follow (other than Demolish of course)?
J: I’m not gonna name any specific writers here because I feel like I’ll forget someone and feel shitty about it later. But blog-wise, I follow:
- The Cosmic Hearse
- Mike Hill’s Everything Went Black blog
- Fenriz’s “Band Of The Week” blog (on the Darkthrone MySpace page)
- Joe Carducci’s The New Vulgate
- Cosmo Lee’s Invisible Oranges
- Aaron Turner’s Feral Pig blog
- R. Loren’s You Texas
- Dark Star blog
- Sera Wolf Blogspot
- On The List
K: Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Is there anything you would like to add?
J: Thank you very much for the interview and support, Curt. I appreciate you taking the time to quiz me.
Decibel is America’s only monthly extreme music magazine.
Revolver is a bi-monthly hard rock and heavy metal magazine.
Cry Now, Cry Later Blog: text: J. Bennett, illustrations: Bruno Guerreiro
Alternative Press Magazine: If you’re a “hip” young adult, this is the magazine for you.
Ides Of Gemini – the disruption writ. The debut EP released 14 November 2010
Self-Titled is your new favorite music magazine.
Terrorizer is an extreme music magazine from the UK.
*Special thanks to Bruno Guerreiro for permission to use his illustrations. Also thanks to Larry [from the Metal Odyssey Blog for sending me several of his older issues of Decibel to soak up).
Metallica or Megadeth?
Metallica. Their first five albums are varying degrees of unstoppable. Much to the chagrin of almost every metal fan I know, my favorite is …And Justice For All… I’m also not one of those people who think the Black Album is crap. But in defense of Dave Mustaine, I will say that Megadeth’s “Holy Wars… Punishment Due,” “Hangar 18,” and “Peace Sells” are three of the greatest metal songs ever written. (“Angry Again,” from the Last Action Hero soundtrack, is also a personal favorite.) And I’ve been listening to Countdown To Extinction regularly since the day it came out in ’92.
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Yes folks the classic Swedish metal band of the 80′s is back with a vengeance! The new OVERDRIVE album is recorded and finished and will be released this month.
After 2008’s self explanatory “Let The Metal Do The Talking”, Swedish [melodic Metal exponents] OVERDRIVE deliver the most pulsating album of their career with the pedal to the metal bombast of “Angelmaker”.
This new album sees the band pummel the listener with their heaviest release yet. All 12 tracks will make any self-respecting Metal fan throw the “horns” in appreciation.
MUSICIANS: Per “PerilOz” Karlsson: Vocals, acoustic guitars Janne Stark: Guitars, bass Kjell Jacobsson: Guitars Kenth Ericsson: Bass Kenta Svensson: Drums
01. Signs All Over
02. In Gut We Trust
04. I Know There’s Something Going On
05. Under The Influence
06. On With The Action
07. See The Light
08. To Grow
09. Mother Earth
10. It’s A Thriller
11. Cold Blood Chaser
12. The Wavebreaker
Given their pedigree and reputation it’s no surprise to hear OVERDRIVE enter the third decade of their career hitting new heights with “Angelmaker” —a slice of traditional Metal as good as you will hear in 2011!
OFFICIAL WEB LINKS www.overdrive.se
January 12, 2011 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: acoustic guitars Janne Stark: Guitars, bass Kjell Jacobsson: Guitars Kenth Ericsson: Bass Kenta Svensson: Drums, Demolish A.D., Demolish Fanzine, Demolish Magazine, Demolish Metal Network, entertainment, Heavy Metal, Lion Records, metal 2011, metal albums 2011, metal music, Music, Music News, New OVERDRIVE album "Angelmaker", OVERDRIVE - Angelmaker, Per “PerilOz” Karlsson: Vocals | 1 Comment »
By Curtis King
How fitting right?
That being that my theme of Demolish Fanzine (being 80′s Retrospect) and for this special post with Sam from Retrospect Records that is, yup —a “Match made in 80′s Heavy Metal Heaven“!
Retrospect Records is an up n’ coming indie record company that advertises themselves as “The Worlds Largest” Hard Rock , Metal and AOR reissue label. I am glad there are companies out there like Retrospect, as there are so many great releases that deserve more attention in modern times —whether they were neglected the first time around in the 80′s (for whatever reason) and or to just get the rockin’ music out to more peeps in our current “digital world”. I see this as a win-win situation as the “old dogs” like myself can score some re-mastered releases and “relive” that era perhaps with the nostalgic re-issued CD’s and the newbies out there can discover some great/rockin’ tunes that might help pollute their “virgin” ears!
After a bit of required research, I compiled some inquisitive questions and swiftly fired them off to this Las Vegas-based label boss/CEO Sam McCaslin. Much to my surprize, I received said interview questions back faster than I could even create this post title! I have nothing but mad respect for that level of dedication and this shows just what type of person this guy is! So what type of person is Mr. McCaslin? Well, plop in your favorite 80′s Metal CD and feast your eyes below for the 411.
According to your website you are: “dedicated to preserving 80′s-style” music, what made you want to do this and or how did this get started?
SAM: I always felt the decade of decadence was an extremely special time for music. It was fun, motivating, inspiring and most of all, entertaining. Everything was over the top but that’s how music should be. It should always make you feel good. When the 90′s came around and into the early 2000′s, I was sickened by the state of the music industry. Angst-ridden or depressing no-talent hacks were ruling the airwaves and the media (i.e. Clear Channel) was doing everything they good to kill off anything 80′s. I wanted to do something to preserve our genre and speak out against the monopoly of B.S. that permeated everything I stood for. I damn sure didn’t spend years learning my instrument for some clueless corporate boneheads to make fun of an entire generation of extraordinary talent.
August 4, 2010 | Categories: Match made in 80's Heavy Metal Heaven | Tags: 80's Rock, 80's rock re-issues, entertainment, M3 Festival, Metal Odyssey Blog, Music News, Retro-Thrash, Retro-Thrash Records, Retrospect, Retrospect Records, Sam McCaslin | 10 Comments »
by Mike Cervantes
1988 is proving to be a year where more emphasis is being placed on high quality Metal. It appears the Metal population are becoming connoisseurs of bands that have honest-to-goodness talent and unrelenting “drive”. Which brings us to the case in point…
Drive originates from Houston, Texas. Fronted by Rick Chavez (guitar/vocals) and (long-time mate + bassist) Michael Anthony Guerrero. They began as a group called Pegasus. Mainly playing classical rock and citing such influences as Clapton, Blackmore and Hendrix, Pegasus toured the small club circuit, gaining a following of loyal fans. Then citing newer influences such as Queensryche, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, the band changed musical directions and adopted the name Drive.
Combining their classical blues rock influences and what they describe as “high tech stuff”, Drive formulates a sound that drives screeching down cranium lane! This finely tuned machine roars with power and precision. Too heavy to be Rock and too refined to be Thrash, Drive offers a lethal dose of melodic yet powerful metal.
Led by the twin axe attack of Rick Chavez and Mercy Valdez, the fantastic vocals of David Taylor (R.I.P), the pounding fury of bassist Michael Guerrero, and the hyperactive drumming of Valentine San Miguel, Drive blazes a path of Metal destruction.
July 20, 2010 | Categories: Vinyl Analysis | Tags: "Best of the West" Compilation, "Metal Mike" Cervantes, 80's metal, 80's Rock, Best of the West (Rampage), Characters of Time, David Taylor, David Taylor (R.I.P.), Drive, entertainment, Mercy Valdez, Michael Guerrero, Mike Cervantes, Monger Dude, Music Industry, Music News, Rampage (Division of Rhino), Rampage Records, Rick Chavez, Valentine San Miguel, Vinyl Reviews | 7 Comments »
“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 »
So who doesn’t enjoy a good “round” of sex?
Well, in my ongoing effort to bring you insightful and unusual items from the Demolish Vaults, I was able to pull this gem out of my bag-o-metal-relics! I found this hilarious backstage pic that I took many moons ago from Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio —which is still @ 2621 Vine Street oddly enough.
*warning: please be advised this post + pic might contain some slightly lewd and or crude language below.
Upon first viewing you might not be that impressed (me either -ed), but upon closer inspection the hushed giggles will probably begin to well up in your belly.
Feast your eyes on this work of art:
Eat yer’ heart out Vanna White!
*In a nut shell, some crafty beaver put together a homemade “Heavy Metal Wheel of Sex” life-size board game. I suppose this person (or persons) were pretty darn creative and or bored out of their skulls while backstage. Personally I thought it was great and when I ran upon it I had to give it a spin or two!
This was in the late 80′s folks and I guess the Wheel of Fortune TV show was going strong and of course in those days Vanna was quite the young hottie.
*It appears someone used an old ass bass drum head from a previous concert, that from the looks of it, took a beating (pun-intended)!
For all the Metal purists/fact-checkers out there (and or real drummer types), this looks to me like an old school 20″ – 22″ Remo Control Sound Series (w/Silver Dot) bass drum head. I could be wrong…
I attended many great shows at Bogart’s throughout the 80′s (since it was just a few hours drive from my Midwestern home base) at the time. If you were into Hardcore, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, regular Heavy Metal, Rock etc. —it didn’t matter, it was all there…seven days a week.
I really miss that place + the “Golden Era of all things Metal“. It’s still there, but I live in Chicago nowadays and that’s just too far to drive and or too expensive to fly. Besides, why would I want to do that when there is a thriving Metal scene practically in my back yard in the great Windy City?
*Original Bogart’s post card flyer
Some local sources say the place has not changed in years (or decades perhaps – ed) and needs some TLC and serious remodeling. I recall someone saying that they were forced to close the upstairs balcony area due to ceiling leakage and water coming down on the main floor; talk about dangerous! Yikes…I remember that (in)famous floor as being the host to some of the largest and most violent pits I ever saw anywhere peeps. When that band started and it was time to mosh, then let me tell you it was ON!
*Check out some of those lineups!
I remember a time when SLAYER played there (keep in mind this is a smaller theater type environment that holds just shy of 1500 ragers) and they had security up the wazoo. They were lined up on each side of the main floor like some sort of military exercise. Come to think of it, I think it might have been real Cinci Police Officers! Even with all that security, I think someone ended up getting stabbed and or hurt real bad in the mosh pit even. Go figure.
I don’t mean to paint a picture of Bogart’s as a bad place, but I think you know how damn crazy and rabid SLAYER fans can be? If not, beware as you will be rudely awakened —and rather quickly I might add, should you ever get “thrown to the wolves” or forced to go to one of their (awesome) live shows against your will!
OK, enough no-nonsense nostalgic ramblings, let’s get back to the program.
Since it was such a smallish backstage area, the bands ended up playing with this thing for hours on end. I saw many uproars and or drunken bellowing coming from “The Wheel” —day time or night. Undoubtedly with plenty-o-booze (usually those nasty 32 oz. Foster’s Lager cans) + whatever “party favors” were around, then I guess pretty much anything can be funny and or positively entertaining!
Random History Note: This was pre-internet and cell phones young lads. This was when you had to use your imagination and or creativity to be entertained. ha ha!
I wish that I had taken more photos of this legendary Metal lore as some of the spots on “The Wheel” are not legible. Looks like I had the flash set to “auto” on my rusty 35MM camera! Oh well, I am just glad that I took this quickie shot, otherwise I would just be talkin’ smack and or reading a page outta’ my “Life With Heavy Metal” story book out loud —which is only published inside my head.
Step on up dude (and dudettes), spin the wheel and see what you land on (or get I should say). “Crabs”, arrrrggggh…spin again.
ACTUAL SCENARIOS ON the WHEEL:
- 38 DD Titty F**k
- Spin Again
- 14 year old (sic)
- She just wants to be friends
- Female impersonator
- Talk to her (for 4 hours) & her BF shows up
- Good Head
- Too drunk to f**k
- She falls in love with you
- Great Sex
- Devil Woman 666
- Snappin’ P*ssy
Couldn’t make out the last 2 -sorry!
I wonder who the creative genius is who actually built this beauty? I am pretty sure I snapped this pic while hangin’ out at the EXODUS + M.O.D. show. This would be the killer “Fabulous Disaster” era and tour fan boys & girlies. Those guys were all crazy, so maybe these Bay Area Thrashers are to blame/thank?
Maybe some old geezer/local Bogart’s regular will read this article one day and be able to correctly identify the master craftsman. If you are said geezer, then please contact us for extra credit “80′s Metal” points.
Here is a short list of other bands I interviewed and was lucky enough to see during that time (so the caper might be hiding among these musicians):
KING DIAMOND, TROUBLE, C.J.S.S, WRETCH, VIO-LENCE, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, TESTAMENT, DAVID T.CHASTAIN, ARCH RIVAL, OVERKILL, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, ZOETROPE, HEATHEN, MEGADETH, WARLOCK, SANCTUARY, VOIVOD, CRUMBSUCKERS, D.R.I., METAL CHURCH, SACRED REICH etc. The list goes on and on…
*Original “Hell on Wheels” stub. Click to enlarge
Take another good look at “the Wheel” pic above and see if you can find where the center of the wheel came from. I just happened to notice this after 20 years. I did not remember it being there at the time. I will give you a hint —it pre-dates the 1987 “Hell on Wheels” Tour (which featured a young HELLOWEEN, GRIM REAPER and ARMORED SAINT).
Quite suggestive I know, but I guess times were much different then and everyone wasn’t so outrageously politically correct. Tipper Gore and her cast of idiots over at the P.M.R.C. were putting up a “stink” about Metal Music in general and the above graphic artwork seemed pretty “playful” back when.
Thank you Bogart’s, staff, bands and Booking Agents for hosting so many great shows! You may not be the spiffiest of venues around to see live entertainment but you sure rocked my 80′s Metal World!
June 26, 2010 | Categories: Heavy Metal Wheel of Sex! | Tags: 2621 Vine Street, 80's metal, 80's nostalgia, backstage concerts, Bogarts, Bogarts Ohio, entertainment, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Wheel of Sex, Music, Music News, Vanna White, Vanna White Bikini, Wheel of Fortune | 4 Comments »
by Curt King
Legendary Bay Area Thrash Manager Dies
Man, I tell ya’ – it’s been a bad year for the Metal community. While I am still not over Ronnie James Dio’s recent passing, I just learned that another legend was taken from us. This time, it was Debbie Abono, who was a very well-respected band manager from California. She passed Sunday, May 16 after a battle with cancer. I want to send out my heartfelt sympathy to all her family, friends (and bands) on the passing of this great person.
Debbie might not be as famous as DIO, but behind the scenes she sure was loved dearly and held-down quite a roster of San Francisco Bay-Area Metal greats, including none other than: POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE and SKINLAB!
Debbie made such an impact on me and taught me how to get things done in this industry. In fact, I still have her business card that I kept for 23 years! I will post it here in memory of her and also her band VIO-LENCE (I will also be digging out that long-lost interview that she arranged) here on the Demolish blog.
Debbie was like a mother to some of the above bands and was their first experience with pro management. I know she put her all into her work. My first involvement with her was with the band VIO-LENCE. I was to interview them for Demolish Mag. and she was extremely accommodating and made sure everything went as planned and was such a pleasure to work with. As a matter-of-fact, I am pretty sure Debbie even traveled across the country with some of those bands in a little rented white van!
Those guys were a fledgling young band and she was there for them every step of the way. She was such a breath of fresh air in the often “snooty” band management industry.
*One of the many bands that she put her stamp of approval on.
According to David Konow, author of the “Bang Your Head: The Rise And Fall Of Heavy Metal”, Debbie Abono was in her mid-fifties when she began to manage a band named POSSESSED. Abono started taking her daughters to MOTÖRHEAD shows, where the members of POSSESSED first asked her to manage the band. “There’s nothing to it,” they told her. “All you gotta do is get us shows.” Abono agreed and even allowed them to practice at her house.
Debbie with Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett from METALLICA
POSSESSED‘s association with Debbie Abono would be a “first” for both sides: Abono would be the band’s first manager, and POSSESSED were Abono‘s first managed band. Abono had no previous connection to heavy metal music other than as a concert designated driver for her daughters, one of whom was a girlfriend of guitarist Larry LaLonde. She agreed to manage and represent POSSESSED as long as bassist/vocalist Jeff Becerra and LaLonde finished high school commitments. Abono would go on to manage the [previously mentioned] bands from the Bay Area, as well as Death Metal bands like Chicago’s BROKEN HOPE and Florida’s CYNIC and OBITUARY.
If anyone needs further proof of her work, then just read the “Thank You” list on almost every band’s albums (that she touched in and around the Bay Area scene) and you will see how many countless times she was name-dropped! She is also featured in the VIO-LENCE documentary on DVD, which clearly demonstrates all that she did for her bands.
“Sunday was a very, very sad day for all of FORBIDDEN past and present. We lost our first manager, mentor and mother to us all in Debbie Abono.” - Craig Locicero (Forbidden Guitarist)
“I have to say what a heartbreaking moment it is for me to have learned that Debbie is no longer with us. She was extremely instrumental to EXODUS. We could not have done a lot of the things we did without her help and generosity. She is, and always will be, a true Bay Area metal legend, and no one has done more for that young upstart thrash scene than she. She will be greatly missed — by EXODUS, as well as so many, many other bands she had worked tirelessly for. Words don’t really do justice to what she has meant to us.” - Gary Holt (EXODUS guitarist)
“Debbie managed VIO-LENCE [Flynn's pre-MACHINE HEAD band], and toured with us in a van as manager, tour manager, mom, friend, and facilitator. Phil Demmel [current MACHINE HEAD and former VIO-LENCE guitarist] and I were her roommates at crummy Motel 6′s across America. Thinking back on it now, touring with a bunch of snot-nosed thrash metal-ers for two months at a time in a van, playing crummy clubs, isn’t the usual course most 55-year-old ladies take in their lives, but she was no ordinary 55-year-old lady. She was one of the biggest forces behind the Thrash and early Death Metal movements than I think most people will ever realize.” – Robb Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) ex-VIO-LENCE member.
“I want to express my gratitude and respect for all she did for our scene, my band and me individually. She was like a mom and mentor. She was there for us in so many ways at almost all the local shows and especially on one of the best tours we ever did (DEATH ANGEL – ‘Act III’ / FORBIDDEN – ‘Twisted Into Form’ in 1990).” – Rob Cavestany (DEATH ANGEL Guitarist)
*all band quotes prev. posted on Blabbermouth.Net
In closing, I just want to say: “hats off” to Debbie; one of the real unsung heroes of the early Thrash scene! We appreciate all the hard work you put into making these bands a household name over the years. You will be missed dear! – CK
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May 28, 2010 | Categories: Remembering: Debbie Abono | Tags: Bay Area Thrash Bands, Debbie Abone will be missed, Debbie Abono, Debbie Abono Dies!, entertainment, Heavy Metal Manager Dead @ 80, Music, Music Industry, Music News, Thrash Band Manager | 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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