This Week In Metal

Apr 20th 1992 Metallica released the power ballad “Nothing Else Matters.”

Fun Fact: The hit song Nothing Else Matters from rock legends Metallica originated from a phone call lead singer James Hetfield had with his girlfriend in 1990. However, since his love for her proved to be a fleeting occurrence, the band decided to dedicate this classic to their devotees. In other words, in the eyes of the band, nothing else matters to them but their fans. 

Apr 20th 2018 Stripier released the album “God Damn Evil.”

Fun Fact: The first single from God Damn Evil, “Take It To The Cross,” threw fans for a loop at first, as it features extreme “death growl” backing vocals by Matt Bachand of the thrash metal band Shadows Fall.

Apr 20th 1998 UDO released the album “No Limits.”

Fun Fact: “Love Machine” is a cover version of a song by Supermax. “Azrael” was written by the German musician Albert Böhne in connection with a book by the German horror writer Wolfgang Hohlbein.

Apr 20th 1987 PrettyMaids released the album “Future World.”

Fun Fact: It too three years, four recording studios and eight engineers ti make this album.

Apr 20th 1993 Aerosmith released the album “Get A Grip.”

Fun Fact:

Along side Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Get a Grip was again a collaborative effort. Co-writers included Night Ranger‘s Jack Blades and Styx‘s Tommy Shaw (on the leering hard-rock strut “Shut Up and Dance”), Desmond Child (“Flesh” and the harmonica-driven lovelorn ballad “Crazy”) and Jim Vallance (“Eat the Rich” and the title track).

Apr 20th 2010 RATT released the album “Infestation.”

Fun Fact: Almost a decade after it was first released, Ratt’s 2010 album Infestation still ranks as one of the most pleasant surprises in a VERY long time. 

Apr 20th 2012 RunningWild released the album “Shadowmaker.”

Fun Fact:

The bass and drums were recorded by anonymous guests that did not want to be identified.

Apr 20th 2012 CrazyLixx released the album “Riot Avenue.@

Fun Fact: Crazy Lixx went back to their roots and added a second guitarist and some dirt making Riot Avenue their best studio album.

Apr 20th 2004 DrowningPool released the album “Desensitized.”

Fun Fact: Desensitized was Drowning Pools first album since the death of vocalist Dave Williams as well as the only album to feature replacement vocalist Jason Jones. The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album cover features porn star Jesse Jane.

Apr 20th 1981 Girlschool released the album “Hit and Run.”

Fun Fact: Hit and Run is the most successful Girlschool album, having reached No. 5 in the UK albums chart.

Apr 20th 1988 Sabbat released their debut album “History of a Time to come.”

Fun Fact:

The band Sabbat formed in 1985 and was originally called Hydra.

Apr 20th 1999 Kreator released the album Endorama.

Fun Fact:

This was the last Kreator album to feature guitarist Tommy Vetterli.

‪Apr 21st 1987 Testament released their debut album “The Legacy.”

Fun Fact:

Testament are now considered to be part of the “big eight” of thrash metal,

Apr 21st 1992 Obituary released the album “The End Complete.”

Fun Fact:

Obituary is one of the pioneering bands of the death metal genre.

Apr 21st 1986 Accept released the album “Russian Roulette.”

Fun Facts:

In the second season of Justified, the character Coover is frequently seen with an Accept shirt on.

Apr 21st 1998 CannibalCorpse released the album “Gallery Of Suicide.”

Fun Fact:

Current vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, who replaced current Six Feet Under singer Chris Barnes in 1995, has a recurring role on Adult Swin’s Metalocalypse. This proves the band have a sense of humour, rather than a serious case of sociopathy. Or perhaps it just means they’ll laugh harder when the fill your chest cavity with vermin.

Apr 21st 1997 DarkTranquility released the album “The Mind’s I.”

Fun Fact:

Perhaps the biggest moment for Dark Tranquility was being christened “the Gothenburg fathers” by “Out of Nothing: A DT Documentary,” a Century Media released in Sweden back in 2009.

Apr 21st 1998 Soulfly released their self-titled debut album “Soulfly.”

Fun Fact:

The single “Eye for an Eye” featured Fear Factory members Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell.

‪Apr 22nd 2014 SebastianBach released the album “Give ‘Em Hell.

Fun Fact:

Before Fame Sebastian Bach was discovered by Skid Row while singing at a local wedding.

Apr 22nd 2016 DiamondHead released the album “Diamond Head.”

Fun Fact:

Geoff Barton once remarked that “there are more good riffs in your average single Diamond Head song than there are in the first four Black Sabbath albums”; and Iron Maidenleader Steve Harris weighed in that Diamond Head “looked like they were going to be the next Led Zeppelin for a while.

Apr 22nd 1997 FatesWarning released the album “A Pleasant Shade of Gray.”

Fun Fact:

This album contains one song divided into twelve chapters. After the last song, there is 20 seconds of bell ringing.

It was the band’s first album with bassist Joey Vera.

Apr 22nd 2003 BlackLabelSociety released the album “The Blessed Hellride.”

Fun Fact:

Ozzy Osbourne appears on the first single “Stillborn”, though his name was not used to promote the track.

Apr 22nd 1996 Stratovarius released the album “Episode.”

Fun Fact:

It was their first album to feature keyboardist Jens Johansson and drummer Jörg Michael.

Apr 22nd 2003 Opeth released the album “Damnation.”

Fun Fact:

Deliverance and Damnation were both very contrasting albums that were recorded at the same time but released separately, one heavy and one soft…  “Damnation was an experiment that ended up changing the band drastically in every way. 

Apr 22nd 2016 Aborted released the album “Retrogore.”

Fun Fact:

It was their first album with guitarist Ian Jekelis, and the last with bassist JB van der Wal.

Apr 22nd 2003 Aborted released the album “Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage Done.”

Fun Fact:

The title of the album and the title track are references to the title of a song by Neil Young, “The Needle and the Damage Done”.

Apr 22nd 2016 INCITE released the album “Oppression.”

Fun Fact:

The song “I Want It All” featured Jose Mangin.

Apr 22nd 1991 Autopsy released the album “Mental Funeral.”

Fun Fact:

Autopsy was originally formed in 1987 by Chris Reifertand Eric Cutler, shortly after Reifert left the legendary band, Death.

Apr 22nd 1996 Satyricon released the album “Nemesis Divina.”

Fun Fact:

A music video was released for “Mother North”, which was generally uncommon within the black metal scene at the time.

Apr 23rd 1987 DeathAngel released their debut album “The Ultra-Violence.”

Fun Fact:

Drummer Andy Galeon just 14 years old when the album was recorded.

Apr 24th 1989 BlackSabbath released the album “Headless Cross.”

Fun Fact:

Fun fact: A U.S. psychedelic rock band called Coven released a song called “Black Sabbath” in 1969 (prior to Earth’s name change) and their bassist was named Oz Osborne. Coven later went on to record “One Tin Soldier” for the hit movie Billy Jack.

Apr 24th 1991 MalevolentCreation released their debut album “The Ten Commandments.”

Fun Fact:

This album became a big influence in the death metal underground, expanding on the early work of bands such as Slayer and Kreator.

Apr 24th 1989 Autopsy released their debut album “Severed Survival.”

Fun Fact:

One of the pioneering bands in Death Metal, Autopsy was formed by Chris Reifert, the former drummer for Death. 

Apr 24th 1991 Morgoth released the album “Cursed” #SoldBaptism.”

Fun Fact:

The song “Body Count” was used in the shock documentary “Traces of Death” it’s the first song that plays in the movie.

Apr 24th 1994 Ghost released their debut album “The Lost Of Mercy.”

Fun Fact:

The band is from Gdańsk, Poland and formed in 1988.

Apr 24th 1987 Artillery released the album “Terror Squad.”

Fun Fact:

The band got their name Artillery from the track “Heavy Artillery” from Tank’s album “Filth Hounds of Hades”. 

Apr 24th 2015 Nightrage released the album “ The Puritan.”

Fun Fact:

Nightrage was founded by Marios Iliopoulos and his close friend Gus G in June 2000. 

Apr 24th 2001 FearFactory released the album “Digimortal.”

Fun Fact:

Digimortal is a concept album and a sequel to Obsolete, their previous album (which was a continuation to Demanufacture) and the final part of a trilogy. 

Apr 24th 1995 Trouble released the album “Plastic Green Head.”

Fun Fact:

The band is also noted for the spiritual nature of their early lyrics; their first record label, Metal Blade Records, marketed the band as “white metal” (in contrast to the rising black metalmovement) in the 1980s.

Apr 25th 1980 BlackSabbath released the GREAT album “Heaven And Hell.”

Fun Fact:

The initial sessions for what became the Heaven and Hell album actually began with Ozzy Osbourne. Iommi revealed that he still has a tape featuring Osbourne singing an early version of what would become the song “Children of the Sea.”

Apr 25th 1985 Exodus released their GREAT debut album “Bonded By Blood.”

Fun Fact:

Bonded by Blood was originally titled A Lesson in Violence, but had its name changed when a suitable cover idea could not be found. 

Apr 25th 2000 Destruction released the album “All Hell Breaks Loose.”

Fun Fact:

The album includes a cover of the Metallica song “Whiplash”.

Apr 25th 1995 FlotsamAndJetsam released the album “Drift.”

Fun Fact:

The 2008 re-release bonus tracks included a cover of the Black Sabbath song “Fairies wear Boots”

Apr 25th 1983 Krokus released the album “Headhunter.”

Fun Fact:

Headhunter is the only Krokus album to feature Steve Pace on drums, and includes the Bachman–Turner Overdrivecover “Stayed Awake All Night”.

Apr 25th 2014 MeliahRage released the album “Warrior.”

Fun Fact:

They at one time featured Godsmack front man Sully Erna on drums, who appeared on the Unfinished Business LP.

Apr 25th 1989 Leatherwolf released the album “Street Ready.”

Fun Facts:

Leatherwolf is nicknamed the “Triple Axe Attack” for pioneering the use of a 3-guitar line-up in heavy metal.

Apr 25th 2005 Metalium released the album “Demons of Insanity – Chapter Five.”

Fun Fact:

The band at one time featured guitarist Chris Caffery.

Apr 25th 2011 Wolf released the album “Legions Of Bastards”

Fun Fact:

It was the band’s last album featuring guitarist Johannes Axeman Losbäck, who was replaced by Simon Johansson.

Apr 25th 2001 ArchEnemy released the album “Wages Of Sin’l

Fun Fact:

It was the first Arch Enemy album to feature the vocals of Angela Gossow.

Apr 25th 2014 Helstar released the album “This Wicked Nest.”

Fun Fact:

The instrumental song “Isla de las Muñecas” featured Jeff Loomis.

Apr 25th 1989 BlueMurder released their debut album “Blue Murder.”

Fun Fact:

The album is dedicated to Phil Lynott. John Sykes had played with Thin Lizzy in the past, and often credits Lynott with being a huge inspiration.

Apr 26th 1982 IronMaiden released the single “The Number Of The Beast.”

Fun Fact:

The album was strongly opposed by social conservatives, especially in the United States where Iron Maiden were accused of being Satanists. Public burnings of the band’s catalogue were organised, although some religious groups smashed the records with hammers, for fear of inhaling fumes from burning vinyl.

Apr 26th 2013 Sodom released the album “Epitome Of Torture.”

Fun Fact:

The song “Katjuscha” contains melody from song “Katyusha“, a World War II Soviet Russian folk song originally composed by Matvei Blanter in 1938.

Birthday April, 27th 1951 Paul “Ace” Frehley, American heavy metal guitarist (Kiss; Frehley’s Comet), born in The Bronx, New York.

Apr 27th 1993 #Vince Neil Released a solo album, “Exposed.”

Fun Fact:

Vince titled the album, “Exposed” because he thought of the album as his moment in the spotlight no longer being a member of Mötley Crüe.

Apr 27th, 1998 Blind Guardian released “Nightfall In Middle-Earth.”

Fun Fact:

Nightfall In Middle-Earth is a concept album based upon J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Silmarillion, a book of tales from the First Age of Middle-earth.

Apr 27th, 2000 Immortal Released “Damned In Black.”

Fun Fact:

The musical style started to embrace a more blackened thrash metal sound, a style that would be as prevalent on their next album, Sons of Northern Darkness.

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