Thrash Metal: The Global Metal Movement! [Book Project]

Dear Metalheads,

I have a new project that I wanted to bring to your attention from Bill Hale.

Help this guy out – he’s got some amazing pics and certainly was on the front lines in the West Coast Metal scene back-in-the-day.

It’s a crowd-funded book project documenting the birth of THRASH in the Bay Area.

Bill Hale… Photographer, Artist, Author and Daddy

Aloha I started photographing rock bands at the age of eighteen. In the 1980s, I was the chief photographer for Metal Rendezvous (International Heavy Rock-Metal) Magazine. While on staff I was able to shoot many of the top bands of the day including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Riot and UFO. Also was fortunate enough to photograph many legends before they ascended to rock and roll heaven; Phil Lynott, Bon Scott, Freddie Mercury and Rory Gallagher are on that list.

Metal Rendezvous gave the first media coverage to some of metals biggest legends, including Anthrax, W.A.S.P, L.A. Guns and Armored Saint and a little band by the name of Metallica!

My work has appeared in such metal magazines as Kerrang!, Enfer and Metal Mania.

I live in Hawaii and still work with rock n’ rollers.

I have two photo books published:

Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984 (ECW Press 2009)

Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place (MTV/VH1 Classic 2012)


Thrash Metal: The Global Metal Movement Fall 2014 (tentatively)

Dukes On Sunday: A month of Sundays – memories for a lifetime Winter 2014 (tentatively)

Just in case you didn’t view the “Bill Hale” video above, here is what I need to complete this my 3rd photo book:

  1. A new Mac book pro – Mine has bitten the dust after so many years of faith service.
  2. A new film scanner – My trusty Nikon scanner has too sadly died so need to acquire a replacement.

*Most of the campaign pledges will go to the printing cost as I am going to self publish the book! NO CORPORATE AMERICA of this one.

And that’s why I feel Indiegogo is a great fit for this project right.


“It’s a Thrash book and needs to stay THRASH! Think Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth; No Compromise just the goods!”


As I have said this is my 3rd photo book and it’s a great look back into the Birth of Thrash in the Bay Area, and if you are already familiar with my work you know that I had total access to all the bands that I worked with! Which means very exclusive shots group shots, candid shots and KILLER live shots!

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I am very excited to get this one out to all you fans. I’m very happy with this volume so far. There’s a ways still to go and the big decision now is what publishing company to use.

*If we can pass the minimum dollar amount I will add more gifts to all who buy the book! And if you just want to help out via spreading the world or sharing this campaign to a music or photography fan, please do.

A BIG Mahalo nui (Hawaiian for Thank you!)

So there it is.

Keep it Heavy ~ Make it METAL


Remember That FIRST Time…?

first time

Ha – that looks like a caricature of me back in the day.

That album was such a ground breaking slab of vinyl; it’s still one of my favorites.

Released 36 years ago!


Useless Fun Facts:


  • The cover photos for Van Halen were taken at the Whisky a Go Go, a Los Angeles club at which Van Halen often performed during the mid-1970s.


  • The guitar pictured on the cover of the album is Eddie Van Halen’s famous Frankenstrat Guitar, a Fender prototype replica of which is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution. Assembled by Eddie in his parents’ garage, the “Frankenstrat” features a neck purchased from Boogie Bodies and a Stratocaster style body custom made by Wayne Charvel in California


  • Soon after its February 1978 release, Van Halen became regarded by fans and critics as one of rock and roll’s greatest debut albums; however, its initial critical reception was mostly negative.


Track listing [vinyl]


Side A

1. “Runnin’ with the Devil” 3:36

2. “Eruption” (instrumental) 1:43

3. “You Really Got Me” (Ray Davies) 2:38

4. “Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love” 3:50

5. “I’m the One” 3:47


Side B

1. “Jamie’s Cryin'” 3:31

2. “Atomic Punk” 3:02

3. “Feel Your Love Tonight” 3:43

4. “Little Dreamer” 3:23

5. “Ice Cream Man” (John Brim) 3:20

6. “On Fire”


*Tell us about your first time listening to Van Halen or any personal experiences…


The Distortion of Sound [VIDEO]

movieposterThe Distortion of Sound is a documentary about the decline of sound quality and how technology has changed the way we listen to music. It will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring musical experiences.

The last two decades have seen a striking decline in the quality of sound and listening experience. Compressed music, MP3s and streaming, have diminished the quality and flattened the emotion. Marketing gimmicks and convenience now take the place of excellence.

The Distortion of Sound is an eye-opening exposé of the current state of sound starring Linkin Park, Slash, Quincy Jones and more. Hopefully, this documentary will serve as a wake up call to consumers, content providers and musicians all over the world.

In a nutshell, this is an excellent short film on how we consume music and how convenience has replaced quality in the last decade.

Please forward or pass this info along to a friend as word-of-mouth is always the best way to spread knowledge. Most people are not even aware that they are listening to such low quality audio and that there is an actual difference!




Slash · Quincy Jones · Mike Shinoda · Snoop Dogg · Hans Zimmer

Metal Moment #8

Another [back stage] blast-from-the-past.

This time we have Twisted Sister and the Queensrÿche boys.

This is interestingly funny…notice the big dudes are on the right and the shorties on the left.

Peep that funky ‘jumpsuit.’

Queensryche and Twisted Sister

“They’re Not Gonna’ Take it…”

CLASS OF 1984 – Classic Metal Albums That Are Turning 30 This Year!


Yikes, now this post definitely makes me feel “old” – whatever that means! 1984 was a great year for hard rock and heavy metal.

*This was re-Blogged from VH1 | Ben Smith


It may seem like a distant memory now, [but at the time] 1984 was a very foreboding year. Whether in the dystopian George Orwell novel of the same name or the punk rock exploitation thriller Class of 1984, it had ominous connotations and the reality of it wasn’t much better. The threat of nuclear war between The United State and The Soviet Union hovered in the air, especially that summer when U.S. President Ronald Reagan glibly joked “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Reagan was the perfect And the soundtrack to such a bleak year, from Zürich, Switzerland to California’s San Fernando Valley, was heavy f**king metal.

1984 was an important year for heavy metal music which had gained commercial ground and going from artistic strength to strength since the late 1970s. Well-established acts like Judas Priest, Dio and Iron Maiden were at peak popularity and releasing the last of their classic albums. Seminal metal bands Motorhead and Deep Purple returned from sojourns, both brief and extended, to remind the faithful of their enduring greatness. The genre made significant inroads in the charts as well as glam-metal bands like Ratt and Twisted Sister released their biggest albums, supported by widely seen music videos on the upstart cable channel MTV.


Judas Priest’s Rob Halford

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford performing live in 1984. [Photo: Getty Images]

The enduring legacy of metal’s Class Of 1984 though is what was happening in the metal underground. As the Hollywood bands partied and put on make-up a new generation of malcontents subsisting on cheap beer, buzzsaw riffing and fifth-generation demo tape dubs lay in wait. 1984 was the year thrash metal sent its first shots across the bow as scene leaders Metallica released their crucial sophomore effort Ride The Lightning and Anthrax issued their searing début album, Fistful of Metal. Deeper into the underground still, Celtic Frost and Bathory issued their first recordings which would help shape the sound and imagery of black metal. Even further afield, Saint Vitus and Cirith Ungol released dark, sludgey doom metal epics whose impact wouldn’t even be felt for another 15 years.


Cliff Burton and James Hetfield

Cliff Burton and James Hetfield of Metallica on stage in 1984. [Photo: Getty Images]

Looking back now 30 years later, there were no less than 30 important heavy metal full-length albums released in 1984 which either sold in the millions or laid the groundwork for the genre’s future evolution. This list doesn’t even take into account important EP’s by the likes of Slayer, Overkill and Hellhammer not-to-mention crucial demos from the tape trading underground. So crack a beer, crank up your favorite metal album from 1984 and check out our gallery of 30 classic heavy metal albums that are celebrating their 30th anniversaries in 2014!

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*How many of these are in your collection?