This Week In Rock & Metal

‪Apr 27th 1985 #ManillaRoad released the album “Open The Gates.”

Fun Fact:

‪The album was dedicated to Al Arnold.‬

Apr 28th 2015 #Raven released the album “ExtermiNation.”

Fun Fact:

Raven was formed in 1974 in Newcastle, England, by brothers John and Mark Gallagher, and Paul Bowden.

Apr 28th 1997 #Stratovarius released the album “Visions.”

Fun Fact:

The album reached number 4 on the Finnish albums chart and remained on that chart for 23 weeks.

Apr 28th 1998 #Incantation released the album “Diabolical Conquest.”

Fun Fact:

It was their only album to feature Daniel Corchado of The Chasm on vocals.

Apr 28th 1998 #Nile released the album “Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka.”

Fun Fact:

The title of the album is a reference to the H. P. Lovecraft story “The Outsider”.

Apr 28th 2003 #Enslaved released the album “Below the Lights.”

Fun Fact:

This would be the last album Enslaved recorded with Dirge Rep on drums (he also co-wrote two songs).

Apr 28th 2008 #Deicide released the album “Till Death Do Us Part.”

Fun Fact:

Initial copies of the album included a sew-on patch with an image of vocalist Glen Benton and the phrase “Glen Benton for President”.

Apr 28th 2009 #HeavenAndHell released their debut album “The Devil You Know.”

Fun Fact:

The album debuted at number 8 on the #Billboard charts.

Sadly, it was the last album Ronnie James Dio ever did.

Apr 28th 2014 #JudasPriest released the single “Redeemer Of Souls.”

Fun Fact:

It was the band’s first single with new guitarist Richie Faulkner.

Apr 28th 1986 #Metallica opened for #OzzyOsbourne at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Damage, Inc. Tour

Here’s the band playing “Creeping Death” from that night.

Apr 29th 1997 #WASP released the album “Kill.Fuck.Die.”

Fun Fact:

The album featured the return of guitarist Chris Holmes.

Apr 29th 2008 #Testament released album “The Formation Of Damnation.”

Fun Fact:

The album peaked at number 59 on the #Billboard charts.

It was the band’s only studio album recorded with drummer Paul Bostaph.

Apr 29th 1996 #MANOWAR released the album “Louder Than Hell.”

Fun Fact:

It was their first album to feature guitarist Karl Logan, as well as the return of drummer Scott Columbus.

Apr 29th 2002 #PrimalFear released the album “Black Sun.”

Fun Fact:

“Metal” Mike Chlasciak provides additional guitar on “Fear” and “Controlled”.

Apr 29th 1981 #VanHalen released the album “Fair Warning”

Fun Fact:

The album was listed by Esquire as one of the 75 Albums Every Man Should Own.

Apr 30th 1984 #MotleyCrue released the single “Too Young To Fall In Love.”

Fun Fact:

This tune appeared in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice Cityon the fictional in-game radio station “V-Rock”.

Apr 30th 2013 #Amorphis released the album “Circle.”

Fun Fact:

The band chose a “peaceful place” in the countryside to record, which, Koivusaari felt, led to the distinctive atmosphere.

‪May 1st 1976 #IronMaiden played their first gig ever at St. Nicholas Hall in Poplar, London‬.

Fun Fact:

‪At the time the band featured Terry Rance (guitar), Ron Matthews (drums), Paul Day (vocals), Dave Sullivan (guitar) and Steve Harris (guitar)‬

May 1st 1990 #FlotsamAndJetsam released the album “When The Storm Comes Down.”

Fun Fact:

It was their last album with Troy Gregory on bass guitar, as he left in 1991 to join Prong.

May 1st 1985 #Avenger released their debut “Prayers Of Steel.”

Fun Fact:

It was the only album released from the band before they changed their name to Rage.

May 1st 1987 #HEATHEN released their debut album “Breaking The Silence.”

Fun Fact:

The band did a cover of the Sweet song “Set Me Free” for this album.

‪May 1st 1983 #LitaFord released her debut album “Out For Blood.”

Fun Fact:

‪The track “Die for Me Only (Black Widow)” is not to be confused for the track “Black Widow” from her 1991 album Dangerous Curves.‬

‪May 1st 1991 #Meshuggah released their debut album “Contradictions Collapse.”

Fun Fact:

‪The album was originally titled (All This Because of) Greed.‬

May 1st 1989 #Victory released the album “Culture Killed The Native.”

Fun Fact:

The band’s guitarist is Herman Frank, who also plays with Accept.

May 1st 1995 #Suffocation released the album “Pierced from Within.”

Fun Fact:

It was the band’s last album with guitarist Doug Cerrito and bassist Chris Richards, and the only with drummer Doug Bohn.

May 1st 1990 #HolyMoses released the album “World Chaos.”

Fun Fact:

They are well noted for being fronted by Sabina Classen and for being one of the first German thrash metal bands.

May 1st 1992 #Grave released the album “You’ll Never See.”

Fun Fact:

The band formed originally as Rising Power but changed their name to Grave in 1988.

‪May 1st 1991 #Unleashed released their debut album “Where No Life Dwells.”

Fun Fact:

‪Unleashed (along with Dismember, Entombed and Grave) is considered one of the “Big Four” of Swedish death metal.‬

May 2nd 2013 #JeffHanneman legendary guitarist and founding member of #Slayer passed away. #RIP #ThrashMetal

Fun Fact:

He had his own signature guitar, the ESP Jeff Hanneman Signature model.

‪May 3rd 1988 #Queensryche released the album “Operation: Mindcrime.”

Fun Fact:

The song “I Don’t Believe in Love” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 in the category “Best Metal Performance“.

May 3rd 2019 #Ruthless release NEW album “Evil Within”

Fun Fact:

The band was formed in 1982 by vocalist Sammy DeJohn and guitarist Kenny McGee.

May 3rd 1985 #GrimReaper released the album “Fear No Evil”

Fun Fact:

The album peaked at number 111 on the #Billboard chart.

May 3, 1988

Poison released their second studio album, Open Up and Say….Ahh!, 31 years ago today. The album reached #2 on the U.S Billboard 200. It was the band’s most successful release and spawned four hit singles, “Nothin’ but a Good Time”, “Fallen Angel”, “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (a Loggins and Messina cover) and their only #1 single to date, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. The original front cover of the album, which featured model Bambi, dressed as a luminous red demon with a protruding tongue, caused controversy among parental groups. The band apologized and changed the cover so that only the model’s eyes were visible. Open Up And Say Ahh was certified platinum in 1988 and 5x platinum in 1991 by the RIAA. It also has been certified 4x platinum in Canada and gold by the BPI.

May 3rd 2019 #AmonAmarth release NEW album “Berserker”

Fun Fact:

Their sound was described by music critics as emphasizing strong, triumphant riffage and bombastic songwriting” and was stated that the album “features some of their strongest material”

May 3rd 1976 #Aerosmith released the GREAT album “Rocks”

Fun Fact:

Aerosmith began indulging in the rick and roll lifestyle around the time “Rocks” was released but the hedonistic lifestyle proved to not hinder the band creatively.

May 3rd 1993 #Pestilence released the album “Spheres”

Fun Fact:

It was their final album before a 14-year hiatus from 1994 to 2008. On this album, the band experimented with a more progressive sound

May 3rd 1959 Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth singer with #Overkill was born!! #HappyBirthday #HeavyMetal

Fun Fact:

Bobby and bassist D.D. Verni have been the only constant members of Overkill.

‪May 4th 2017 #Prismind released their debut album “Disciples By Design”

Fun Fact:

‪The band is from Hamilton, Ontario and formed in 2013.‬

May 4, 1959 – The first Grammy Awards ceremony is held in Los Angeles with Mort Sahl as host. Domenico Modugno’s “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” wins Record of the Year. The Music from Peter Gunn wins Album of the Year.

May 4, 1951 – Born on this day, Bruce Day, Santana, (1970 US No.4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’), Pablo Cruise

May 4, 1972 Michael Ryan Pritchard, (Mike Durnt)American musician, bassist (Green Day), born in Berkeley, California

May 4, 2012 Adam Yauch, vocalist of The Beastie Boys dies of cancer.

On this day, 4 May 1951, Mick Mars guitarist with Motley Crue was born!!!

According to an interview published in September 2009, Mars’ main stage guitars at that time were Fender Stratocasters with a single-coil pickup between neck and bridge humbucking pickups. He frequently used a Stratocaster pieced together from components of 1963, 1964 and 1965 models with J.M. Rolph pickups and a Floyd Rose vibrato.

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