This Week in Rock & Metal

May 12th 1988 #Megadeth released the single “Mary Jane” #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

“Mary Jane” tells a story about a young witch buried alive by her father near the Loon Lake cemetery in Minnesota. According to legend, anyone who dared to disturb her grave was doomed to death.

May 12th 1979 #JudasPriest released the single “Evening Star” #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The single reached number 53 on the #OfficialCharts

May 12th 1986 #HolyMoses released their debut album “Queen of Siam” #Necropolis #BurstingRest #Roadcrew #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

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

May 12th 1995 #Meshuggah released the album “Destroy Erase Improve” #Vanished #SufferInTruth #SoulBurn #Beneath #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know…

This was their first studio album to feature rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström and the final to feature bassist Peter Nordin.

May 12th 1994 #MotleyCrue released the power ballad “Misunderstood” #HardRock

Did you know…

The video for the song was banned from #MTV because there was a suicide reference in the lyrics and a man putting a pistol in his mouth in one of the scenes.

May 12th 2017 #KobraAndTheLotus released the album “Prevail I” #HellOnEarth #LightMeUp #Victim #YouDontKnow #TriggerPulse #Gotham #HardRock

Did you know…

The band is from Calgary, Alberta and formed in 2009 by lead vocalist and songwriter Kobra Paige.

May 12th 2017 #Warrant released the album “Louder Harder Faster” #MusicMan #Faded #ChooseYourFate #LetItGo #Perfect #HardRock

Did you know…

This was the second Warrant album to feature Robert Mason on vocals.

May 12th 2008 #IronMaiden released the Greatest Hits album “Somewhere Back In Time – The Best Of: 1980 – 1989” #TheTrooper #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The cover artwork by Derek Riggs features the Pharaoh Eddie monument from Powerslave and Cyborg Eddie from Somewhere in Time.

May 12th 1992 #MercyfulFate released compilation album “Return of the Vampire” #BurningTheCross #DeathKiss #YouAskedForIt #CurseOfThePharaohs #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It contains rare demo tracks by them, recorded before their first official release in 1982.

May 12th 2017 #SacredOath released the album “Twelve Bells” #Bionic #TheLastWord #WellOfSouls #NewReligion #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The band originally formed in 1985 by Rob Thorne and Pete Altieri while the two were classmates at Bethel High School.

May 12th 2007 #Trouble released the album “Simple Mind Condition” #MindBender #Seven #DoomMetal

Did you know…

This was Trouble’s last release with vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff Olson, who both left in 2008.

The album is dedicated to former drummer Barry Stern.

May 12th 2003 #Helloween released the album “Rabbit Don’t Come Easy” #JustALittleSign #Liar #TheTune #DoYouFeelGood #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The Japanese version contains a cover of Accept’s “Fast as a Shark,” with the band’s new drummer, Stefan Schwarzmann.

‪May 12th 1989 #MorbidAngel released their debut album “Altars of Madness” #Suffocation #ImmortalRites #DeathMetal @THE_DVincent‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The overtly Satanic and occult lyrical themes were a significant influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene.‬

May 12th 1958 #EricSinger drummer with #KISS and former with #BlackSabbath and #AliceCooper was born!! #HappyBirthday #HardRock

Did you know….

In his career, Singer has appeared on over 75 albums.

May 13th 1967 #ChuckSchuldiner guitarist and founder with #Death was born!! #RIP #TheFatherOfDeathMetal

Did you know…

He was ranked No. 20 in March 2004 #GuitarWorld’s “The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists”.

May 13th 2016 #Destruction released the album “Under Attack” #ElegantPigs #Dethroned #Pathogenic #GenerationNevermore #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The limited edition bonus track was a cover of Venom’s “Black Metal”.

May 13th 2002 #Rage released the album “Unity” #LivingMyDream #Down #Insanity #SetThisWorldOnFire #PowerMetal

Did you know…

Originally the band’s name was to be Furious Rage, but it was eventually shortened to just Rage.

May 13th 2002 #Sentenced released the album “The Cold White Light” #Neverlasting #NoOneThere #GuiltAndRegret #GothicMetal

Did you know….

Limited copies contain the video for the song “Killing Me Killing You” from the previous album Crimson, plus a free Sentenced sticker.

May 14th 1988 #LedZeppelin reunited for the #AtlanticRecords 40th anniversary party at #TheGarden in #NewYorkCity

At this rate…. could we possibly see another reunion. SAY… 2030?

Don’t let those NEW bands steal your THUNDER!! There’s only one LED ZEPPELIN!!

May 14th 1991 #ArmoredSaint released the album “Symbol Of Salvation” #ReignOfFire #TheTruthAlwaysHurts #TribalDance #AnotherDay #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The songs on this album were written and demoed between 1988 and 1990 with original guitarist Dave Prichard.

May 14th 1996 #Amorphis released the album “Elegy” #BetterUnborn #Cares #TheOrphan #Relief #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s first album with vocalist Pasi Koskinen.

May 15th 1987 #MotleyCrue released the album “Girls, Girls, Girls” #DancingOnGlass #WildSide #BadBoyBoogie #FiveYearsDead #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 2 on the #Billboard chart.

The band did a cover of the Elvis song “Jailhouse Rock” for this album.

May 15th 1990 #SacredReich released the album “The American Way” #TheWayItIs #IDontKnow #WhosToBlame #CrimesAgainstHumanity #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The video for “The American Way” was used in the 1992 film Encino Man.

May 15th 1992 #Testament released the GREAT album “The Ritual” #ReturnToSerenity #ElectricCrown #SoManyLies #TheSermon #Agony #ThrashMetal

Did you know….

The album reached number 55 on the #Billboard 200 chart.

It was their last album to include drummer Louie Clemente.

May 15th 2001 #Megadeth released the album “The World Needs A Hero” #MotoPsycho #DreadAndTheFugitiveMind #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album peaked at number 16 on the #Billboard chart.

It was their last album with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and their only one with Al Pitrelli.

May 15th 1984 #KickAxe released their debut album “Vices” #StayOnTop #Maneater #CauseForAlarm #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album was produced by Spencer Proffer, who was notable for producing Quiet Riot’s multi-million selling 1983 album Metal Health.

May 15th 1990 #Dio released the album “Lock Up The Wolves” #HeyAngel #Twisted #WildOne #EvilOnQueenStreet #NightMusic #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 61 on the #Billboard chart.

May 15th 2009 #Stratovarius released the album “Polaris” #DeepUnknown #KingOfNothing #Blind #HigherWeGo #PowerMetal

Did you know…

It was their first album to feature bassist Lauri Porra and guitarist Matias Kupiainen

May 15th 2001 #SteelProphet released the album “Book Of The Dead” #TragicFlaws #Escaped #ChurchOfMind #Phobia #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The band re-recorded the instrumental song “Ruby Dreams (Fear And Hope)” from their debut album on this album.

May 15th 2012 #ShadowsFall released the album “Fire from the Sky” #TheUnknown #SaveYourSoul #NothingRemains #BlindFaith #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The album debuted at number 38 on the #Billboard 200 chart.

May 15th 1984 #CorrosionOfConformity released their debut album “Eye For An Eye” #RabidDogs #PositiveOutlook #TellMe #Indifferent #HardcorePunk

Did you know…

The band started out as a Hardcore Punk band.

The band did a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song “The Green Manalishi “ on this album.

May 15th 1990 #LitaFord released the album “Stiletto” #Dedication #Hungry #BigGun #BadBoy #Lisa #GlamMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 52 on the #Billboard chart.

She did a cover of the classic #AliceCooper song “Only Women Bleed” on this album.

May 15th 2007 #Megadeth released the album “United Abominations” #Sleepwalker #PlayForBlood #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The song “À Tout le Monde” was re-recorded for this album and featured Cristina Scabbia.

It was well received and debuted at number 8 on the #Billboard chart.

May 15th 1995 #Opeth released the debut album “Orchid” #ForestOfOctober #TheApostleInTriumph #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know..

It was reissued in 2000 with one bonus track called “Into the Frost of Winter”, an early unproduced rehearsal recording by the band.

May 15th 2009 @TimRipperOwens released his debut album “Play My Game” #StartingOver #Believe #TheCoverUp #NoGoodGoodbyes #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album features such guests as Doug Aldrich, Billy Sheehan, Bruce Kulick, Jeff Loomis and Michael Wilton.

May 15th 1898 #Sabbat released the album “Dreamweaver” #TheBestOfEnemies #TheClericalConspiracy #Wildfire #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

It’s a concept album based on the 1983 book by British psychologist Brian Bates – The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer.

May 15th 1990 #Cancer released their debut album “To the Gory End” #WitchHunt #BloodBath #DieDie #BodyCount #DeathMetal

Did you know…

The image is a painting based on a still from the 1978 horror film, Dawn of the Dead.

May 15th 1995 #Immortal released the album “Battles in the North” #ThronedByBlackstorms #MoonriseFieldsOfSorrow #ThroughTheHallsOfEternity #BlackMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s last album to feature Abbath on drums.

May 16th 1983 #IronMaiden released the GREAT album “Piece Of Mind” #TheTrooper #FlightOfIcarus #Revelations #WhereEaglesDare #DieWithYourBootsOn #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

The album reached number 14 on the #Billboard chart.

It was their first album with drummer Nicko McBrain.

May 25th 1983 #Dio released his GREAT debut album “Holy Diver” #RainbowInTheDark #DontTalkToStrangers #StandUpAndShout #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

In 2017, it was ranked 16th on #RollingStone’s list of “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time”.

‪May 16th 2000 #Motorhead released the album “We Are Motörhead” #WakeTheDead #OneMoreFuckingTime #SlowDance #StayOutOfJail #HeavyMetal ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The album contains a cover of the punk band The Sex Pistols’ song “God Save the Queen”.‬

‪Bob Kulick produced the album.‬

May 16th 1989 #Obituary released the album “Slowly We Rot” #GatesToHell #InternalBleeding #Suffocation #Intoxicated #Bloodsoaked #DeathMetal

Did you know….

It was their only album to feature bassist Daniel Tucker.

May 16th 2014 #Sabaton released the album “Heroes” #NightWitches #ToHellAndBack #ResistAndBite #SmokingSnakes #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 99 on the #Billboard chart.

It was their first album to feature Chris Rörland, Thobbe Englund and Hannes van Dahl.

May 16th 2010 #RonnieJamesDio singer with #BlackSabbath and his band #Dio died after a battle with cancer. #RIP #HeavyMetal

Did you know….

He is credited with popularizing the “metal horns” hand gesture in metal culture and was known for his medieval-themed lyrics.

‪May 16th 2005 #Meshuggah released the album “Catch Thirtythree” #Shed #MindsMirrors #TheParadoxicalSpiral #Dehumanization #HeavyMetal ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪ The song “Shed” is featured on the Saw III soundtrack. ‬

May 17th 1976 #Rainbow released the album “Rising” #Stargazer #Starstruck #ALightInTheBlack #TarotWoman #RitchieBlackmore #CozyPowell #HardRock #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

In issue 4 of #KerrangMagazine “Rising” was voted the GREATEST HEAVY METAL album of all time!!!

May 17th 1988 #VinnieVincentInvasion released the album “All Systems Go” #ThatTimeOfYear #Burn #LoveKills #LetFreedomRock #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It featured vocalist Mark Slaughter, who replaced Robert Fleischman.

The album reached number 64 on the #Billboard chart.

May 17th 1988 #JudasPriest released the album “Ram It Down” #MonstersOfRock #ComeAndGetIt #BloodRedSkies #HardAsIron #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 31 on the #Billboard chart.

The band did a cover of the Chuck Berry song “Johnny B. Goode” for this album.

May 17th 2010 #Annihilator released the album “Annihilator” #Coward #NowhereToGo #TheOtherSide #Payback #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Van Halen song “Romeo Delight” on this album.

The band is from Canada 🇨🇦 so they must be good right?

May 17th 2019 #CrazyLixx release NEW album “Forever Wild” #Wicked #Eagle #TerminalVelocity #BreakOut #HardRock

Did you know…

Anybody have some did you know stuff about the band?

May 17th 2019 #SavageMessiah release NEW album “Demons” #DownAndOut #Parachute #TheBitterTruth #VirtueSignal #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The band was formed by vocalist Dave Silver and also consists of guitarist David Hruska, bassist Míra Sláma and drummer Charly Carretón.

May 17th 1958 #PaulDiAnno former singer with #IronMaiden was born!!!#HappyBirthday #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

He was the singer for Maiden from 1977-1981.

He appeared on the albums Iron Maiden and Killers.

‪May 18th 1993 #Suffocation released the album “Breeding the Spawn” #IgnorantDeprivation #MaritalDecimation #TechnicalDeathMetal‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪They formed in 1988 on Long Island, by vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Todd German, bassist Josh Barohn, and an unknown drummer. ‬

May 18th 1992 #Saxon released the album “Forever Free” #HoleInTheSky #GetDownAndDirty #Grind #IronWheels #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Muddy Waters song “Just Wanna Make Love To You” on this album.

May 18th 1999 #WASP released the album “Helldorado” #DirtyBalls #HighOnTheFlames #CantDieTonight #CocaineCowboys #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The limited first edition had a 3D cover.

May 18th 2007 #UDO released the album “Mastercutor” #WalkerOfTheDark #OneLoneVoice #CrashBangCrash #TearsOfAClown #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album title, according to Udo Dirkschneider, is a shortened version of “master executor”.

May 18th 1998 #GraveDigger released the album “Knights of the Cross” #Lionheart #HeroesOfThisTime #OverTheSea #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The bonus track was a cover of the Black Sabbath song “Children of the Grave”.

It was also the second album of the Middle Ages Trilogy.

May 18th 1993 #Winger released the album “Pull” #BlindRevolutionMad #DownIncognito #InForTheKill #WhosTheOne #HardRock

Did you know…

Pull was recorded as a trio, as guitarist/keyboardist Paul Taylor left the band after the In the Heart of the Young tour in 1992.

May 18th 1999 #StormtroopersOfDeath released the album “Bigger Than The Devil” #Shenanigans #MakeRoomMakeRoom #CrossoverThrash

Did you know…

The cover design is based on Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast” album.

Oct 19th 1992 #Metallica released the single “Wherever I May Roam” #HeavyMetal

Did you know….

The single reached number 82 on the #Billboard singles chart.

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