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.

May 19th 2009 #Warbringer released the album “Waking Into Nightmares” #SeveredReality #PreyForDeath #AbandonedByTime #Jackal #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The album was produced by Gary Holt, guitarist of thrash metal band Exodus.

May 19th 1988 #Megadeth released the single “Liar” #HeavyMetal

Did you know….

The song was a rant directed at past member Chris Poland.

May 19th 1992 #KISS released the album “Revenge” #Domino #IJustWanna #EverytimeILookAtYou #Unholy #Spit #HardRock #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

The album was dedicated to Eric Carr, and the last track, “Carr Jam 1981,” was a demo he had recorded soon after joining the group.

Mar 19th 2002 #Hypocrisy released the album “Catch 22” #DontJudgeMe #APublicPuppet #TurnThePage #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know..

On May 9, 2008, the album was re-released as Catch 22 V2.0.08.

Peter Tägtgren re-recorded the vocals and guitar parts and remixed the album.

May 19th 2017 #DragonForce released the album “Reaching Into Infinity” #AshesOfTheDawn #MidnightMadness #CurseOfDarkness #PowerMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s first studio album to feature drummer Gee Anzalone.

May 20th 1988 #Pantera released the album “Power Metal” #OverAndOut #HardRide #DeathTrap #RockTheWorld #ProudToBeLoud #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was the first Pantera album to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals.

May 20th 1985 #Savatage released the album “Power Of The Night” #InTheDream #HardForLove #SkullSession #Warriors #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was bassist Keith Collins’s last album with the band.

The album was produced by Max Norman.

May 20th 1988 #FlotsamAndJetsam released the album “No Place For Disgrace” #HardOnYou #DreamsOfDeath #MisguidedFortune #EscapeFromWithin #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

It was their first album with the bass guitarist Troy Gregory, who had replaced Jason Newsted

May 20th 1983 #DefLeppard released the single “Rock Of Ages” #HardRock

Did you know…

The song reached number 16 on the #Billboard Hot 100 chart.

May 20th 1980 #KISS released the album “Unmasked” #Shandi #TalkToMe #Tomorrow #TwoSidesOfTheCoin #EasyAsItSeems #HardRock

Did you know…

Despite being credited, Peter Criss had no involvement with the recording of the album; Anton Fig played all the drums uncredited.

May 20th 2011 #UDO released the album “Rev-Raptor” #Leatherhead #Renegade #Renegade #Terrorvision #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It is the final album to feature Stefan Kaufmann and Igor Gianola.

May 21st 1996 #Metallica released the single “Until It Sleeps” #HardRock #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The single reached number 10 on the #Billboard hot 💯 singles chart.

May 21st 2016 #NickMenza former drummer with #Megadeth passed away. #RIP

Did you know…

He recorded drums on four of Megadeth’s albums: Rust in Peace (1990), Countdown to Extinction (1992), Youthanasia (1994) and Cryptic Writings (1997).

May 21st 1979 #Saxon released their debut album “Saxon” #BacksToTheWall #BigTeaser #JudgementDay #MilitiaGuard #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band was originally named “Son of a Bitch”

May 21st 1973 #DeepPurple released the GREAT single “Smoke On The Water” #ClassicRock

Did you know…

In 2004, the song was ranked number 434 on #RollingStone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

May 21st 2013 #UDO released the album “Steelhammer” #MetalMachine #HeavyRain #DeathRide #Timekeeper #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s first album with guitarist Andrey Smirnov.

May 21st 1996 #Scorpions released the album “Pure Instinct” #WildChild #YouAndI #WhereTheRiverFlows #HardRock

Did you know…

This is the only Scorpions album on which session musician Curt Cress plays drums.

The album reached number 99 on the #Billboard chart.

May 21st 1987 #Anvil released the album “Strength Of Steel” #StraightBetweenTheEyes #KissOfDeath #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album made the #Billboard charts, peaking at number 191.

May 21st 2002 #Dio released the album “Killing The Dragon” #BetterInTheDark #Push #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

It was the only Dio album with guitarist Doug Aldrich.

The album was produced by Ronnie James Dio. ❤️

The album only reached number 199 on the #BillboardCharts

‪May 21st 1988 Cinderella released the album “Long Cold Winter” #GypsyRoad #DontKnowWhatYouGot #ComingHome #TheLastMile #FireAndIce #HardRock‬ ‪

Did you know…‬

‪The album reached number 10 on the #Billboard chart.‬

‪In 2005, the album was ranked number 457 in Rock Hard magazine’s book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.‬

May 21st 1982 #Riot released the album “Restless Breed” #LovedByYou #Loanshark #DreamAway #Showdown #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s first album with vocalist Rhett Forrester.

May 21st 1999 #ArchEnemy released the album “Burning Bridges” #TheImmortal #SeedOfHate #DeadInside #Angelclaw #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know…

This was their first album to feature Sharlee D’Angelo on bass and the last studio recording to feature vocalist Johan Liiva.

May 22nd 2007 #OzzyOsbourne released the album “Black Rain” #IDontWannaStop #NotGoingAway #TheAlmightyDollar #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

Black Rain debuted at number 3 on the #Billboard 200 chart.

It was the first Ozzy album to feature bassist Rob Nicholson.

@ozzyosbourne @zakkwyldebls

May 22nd 2000 #BlazeBayley released his debut album “Silicon Messiah” #TheBrave #Evolution #TheLaunch #Identity #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

A lot of material on this album was being written in mind for next Iron Maiden album (Brave New World) before he was let go.

May 22nd 2001 #FlotsamAndJetsam released the album “My God” #NothingToSay #KeepBreathing #LearnToDance #Trash #GrooveMetal

Did you know…

At the end of the album there’s a hidden acoustic version of the song “Trash”.

Did you hear it?

May 22nd 2005 #Destruction released the album “Inventor of Evil” #SeedsOfHate #UnderSurveillance #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The bonus track was a cover of the Motörhead song “We Are the Road Crew”

Biff Byford did guest vocals on the song “The Alliance of Hellhoundz”

May 22nd 1995 #Rage released the album “Black in Mind” #Forever #TheCrawlingChaos #MyRage #ThePriceOfWar #PowerMetal

Did you know…

Some tracks on the album such as “The Crawling Chaos” are inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

May 22nd 1992 #MyDyingBride released their debut album “As the Flower Withers” #TheForeverPeople #SearMe #SilentDance #DoomMetal

Did you know…

This was their only album on which lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe utilizes his trademark death growl as the sole vocal style.

Coming…..June 16th on Perris Records!!!

#OldSchool from Helix!!!

This album is comprised of songs written from 1981-1989 but NEVER released.

Three of the tracks were recorded for the Back for Another Taste album but never released and have Paul Hackman playing guitar on them.

Order your copy here…

CD Old School (2019) – SIGNED

‪May 23rd 1980 #IronMaiden released the single “Sanctuary”‬

‪#HeavyMetal ‬ ‪

Did you know…‬

‪The cover art caused controversy for the band as it depicted their mascot, Eddie, wielding a knife while crouching over the corpse of then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.‬

May 23rd 1980 #JudasPriest released the single “Breaking The Law” #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

In 2008, Motörhead did a cover of the song for the Judas Priest tribute album “Hell Bent Forever: A Tribute to Judas Priest”

May 23rd 1979 #KISS released the album”Dynasty” #IWasMadeForLovinYou #SureKnowSomething #MagicTouch #Charisma #HardTimes #HardRock

Did you know…

It marked the first time that the original four members of Kiss did not all appear together for the entire album

May 23rd 1995 #Dokken released the album “Dysfunctional” #TooHighToFly #TheMaze #LongWayHome #WhatPrice #HardRock

Did you know…

It was the band’s first release after reuniting in 1993.

The album debuted at number 47 on the #Billboard chart.

May 23rd 1987 #Helloween released the album “Keeper Of The Seven Keys: Part I” #FutureWorld #ImAlive #TwilightOfTheGods #PowerMetal

Did you know…

It marked the first appearance of vocalist Michael Kiske.

The album reached number 104 on the #Billboard chart.

May 23rd 1995 #Crowbar released the album “Time Heals Nothing” #TheOnlyFactor #LackOfTolerance #NumbSensitive #SludgeMetal

May 24th 1993 #WASP released the GREAT album “The Crimson Idol” #IAmOne #TheIdol #HoldOnToMyHeart #ArenaOfPleasure #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It is a concept album, telling the story of the rise and fall of a fictional rock star named Jonathan Steel.

May 24th 1986 #ACDC released the album “Who Made Who” #SinkThePink #RideOn #HellsBells #YouShookMeAllNightLong #ClassicRock #HardRock

Did you know…

It was released as the soundtrack to the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive.

It reached number 33 on the #Billboard chart.

May 24th 1988 #VanHalen released the album “OU812″ #WhenItsLove #FinishWhatYaStarted #FeelsSoGood #CaboWabo #BlackAndBlue #HardRock

Did you know…

The album peaked at number 1 on the #BillboardCharts

It featured one cover song “A Apolitical Blues” by Little Feat.

May 24th 2004 #Helix released the album “Rockin’ In My Outer Space” #KingOfTheHill #SixFeetUnderground #HardRock

Did you know..

The band has a new album called “Old School” coming out June 16th.

It will feature older songs that former guitarist Paul Hackman played on them

May 24th 1985 #Destruction released their debut album “Infernal Overkill” #TheRitual #DeathTrap #Antichrist #ThrashMetal

How did you like this album?

May 24th 2010 #Enforcer released the album “Diamonds” #RollTheDice #MidnightVice #WalkWithMe #Nightmares #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band originally started as a one-man project by Olof Wikstrand.

May 24th 2019 #DiamondHead release NEW album “The Coffin Train” #TheMessenger #TheSleeper #UntilWeBurn #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It’s the band’s second album featuring vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen.

‪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 25th 1987 #Death released their debut album “Scream Bloody Gore” #ZombieRitual #BaptizedInBlood #EvilDead #DeathMetal

Did you know…

Chuck Schuldiner played bass and guitar, wrote all the songs on the album and provided all the vocals.

May 25th 1981 #Anvil released their debut album “Hard’N’Heavy” #Bondage #BedroomGame #SchoolLove #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was originally released independently under the band name “Lips”.

May 25th 1993 #Anthrax released the album “Sound Of White Noise” #Only #RoomForOneMore #BlackLodge #Invisible #PackagedRebellion #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s first album to feature vocalist John Bush.

The album reached number 7 on the #Billboard chart.

‪May 26th 1992 #Monstrosity released their debut album “Imperial Doom” #BurdenOfEvil #DarkestDream #CeremonialVoid #DeathMetal ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪At the time the band feature future Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.‬

May 26th 1978 #ACDC released the single “Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation” #HardRock

Did you know…

It was the band’s first charting single in the UK, peaking at number 24 on the #OfficialCharts

The song was also featured on the soundtrack album for Iron Man 2.

May 26th 1986 #Europe released the album “The Final Countdown” #RockTheNight #TheFinalCountdown #Carrie #GlamMetal

Did you know…

The album was a huge commercial success selling over 15 million copies worldwide, and peaking at number 8 on the #Billboard 200 chart.

May 26th 2006 #Tankard released the album “The Beauty and the Beer” #ForsakenWorld #Metaltometal #ThrashMetal

What can you say, they love their BEER!!

Good catchy German Thrash Metal album. Nothin’ fancy, but done well. Solid production and performances throughout.

May 26th 2014 #Crowbar released the album “Symmetry in Black” #TheTasteOfDying #AgelessDecay #AWealthOfEmpathy #SludgeMetal

Did you know…

This was the only album to feature bassist Jeff Golden, who was fired from the band in 2016.

This Week In Rock & Metal

Friday May 24th, Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s grave marker was officially installed next to that of his brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Two pictures of the gravesite were released via PANTERA‘s social media, along with the message: “We ask that you please be respectful when visiting the brothers’ graves.”

A message engraved on Vinnie Paul‘s grave marker reads: “Don’t ever think it’s not a good time, if you do think it’s not a good time. A good time is a good time, a bad time is a bad time, and a wonderful time is irreplaceable. Hellyeah!”

The PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer was buried on June 30, 2018 next to Dimebag and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He was laid to rest in a custom “Kiss Kasket” provided by KISSmembers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The casket was offered as a gift at Vinnie‘s family’s request. Vinnie was also buried in some of his trademark clothes, including his hat, shoes and flannel.

Speakers at the service included former GRIM REAPERguitarist Nick Bowcott and SiriusXM DJ Jose Mangin. Also appearing at the event were original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, DISTURBED‘s David Draiman, NICKELBACK‘s Chad Kroeger, ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante, FOZZY‘s Chris Jericho and ROUGH CUTT‘s Paul Shortino.

Vinnie‘s brother was buried in the original Kiss Kasket prototype in 2004 after his untimely death. The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of KISS, the KISS logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Both Abbotts were huge fans, especially Darrell, who was shot dead by a gunman in December 2004.

A public memorial for Vinnie Paul was held on July 1, 2018 at Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. 

Vinnie passed away on June 22, 2018 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. He died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn’t pump blood as well as a healthy heart.

Not long before his death, Vinnie laid down the drum tracks for HELLYEAH‘s sixth album, “Welcome Home”, which will be released in September.

VINNIE PAUL’s Grave Marker Next To That Of His Brother, DIMEBAG

Music is apparently a great place to hide secret messages. The Underground Railroad supposedly coded escape plans into slave work songs, and Mozart’s music features more secret Masonic symbolism than the back of a dollar bill. Well, it turns out some of the most popular musicians of the past 50 years have been getting in on the action too, and just not telling anyone. It’s almost like they knew the internet would be invented, and that the music fans who hang out there would have way too much time on our hands. How else can you explain …

10. Jimi Hendrix’s Hidden Alien Message

The song “Third Stone From the Sun” from Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced album is a trippy jazz/rock instrumental with some weird noises in the background. It’s the only instrumental track in the album and also the one most likely to trigger an acid flashback.

But what’s even trippier about it is that if you adjust the speed of your record player to play the song like a 45 rpm vinyl (a format usually reserved for singles), you can suddenly hear two aliens talking by radio as they approach Earth. What’s an alien message doing in an album about simple topics like kidnapping ladies and burning stuff? Nobody knows.

If you want creepy, you can always trust Nine Inch Nails to take things to the next level: The track “Erased, Over, Out” from their remix album Further Down the Spiral is long and repetitious … perhaps intentionally, because if you fast-forward through it on a regular CD player, you can clearly hear the words “ERASE ME” being repeated over and over and over. So if you ever heard that song at regular speed and afterward felt an inexplicable urge to format your hard drive, now you know why.

Purging your data is a perfectly natural response to NIN.

9. Radiohead Hides Entire Booklet (and a Conspiracy)

Radiohead’s 2000 album Kid A, a follow-up to the hugely successful OK Computer, seems to be particularly good at spawning conspiracy theories. In an article in The New Yorker, British novelist Nick Hornby called it “commercial suicide,” speculating that the band may have intentionally made it weird and experimental as way to piss off the label and get out of their record contract (too bad it went on to be a bestseller). And then there’s Spin magazine’s Chuck Klosterman claiming that Kid A unintentionally foreshadowed 9/11 a year before it happened.

Oddly enough, Kid A did include creepy clues to the future, but not on the album itself — they were hidden in the actual packaging. You see, besides the regular cover booklet with the usual stuff like lyrics and credits, there was a second, slightly more disturbing booklet hiding behind the album’s tray. The tray was all black, so the extra booklet wasn’t immediately visible. It featured strange art and snippets of lyrics, as well as some other pieces of text that seemed to be random bits of poetry.

It may have also been Thom Yorke’s rejected children’s book, You Will Never Sleep Again.

But it turns out those pieces of text weren’t just random writings from the band — they were actual lyrics from their next two albums, 2001’s Amnesiac and 2003’s Hail to the Thief. Yep, the satanic-looking secret booklet printed the lyrics for songs that wouldn’t come out for three years. Granted, it’s pretty common for bands to leave songs off of albums and re-use them later, but it’s still very cool that those who found the booklet got a preview of the future.

Thom Yorke’s bed-sheets and walls are covered in “previews” like this.

And what do you know, after Hail to the Thief, Radiohead was finally free of their recording contract and went independent for their next album, 2007’s In Rainbows. And speaking of In Rainbows 

8. Radiohead’s Decade-Spanning Secret Album

Radiohead’s In Rainbows came out on 10/10/2007, 10 years after OK Computer, and there are 10 letters in the names of both albums. Additionally, OK Computer‘s original working title was Zeroes and Ones, or “01,” (the mirror image of “10” … obviously). Even that last part alone is enough to make Radiohead fans start looking for a crazy conspiracy, as you’re probably aware if you’ve ever had to spend a long car ride sitting beside one. The scary part? This time they’d be totally right.

This is what doing a whippet on the highway looks like.

There’s a way to combine the tracks from OK Computer (hereinafter referred to as 01) and In Rainbows (hereinafter referred to as 10), to form one huge mega-album. As Puddlegum explains, “To create the 01 and 10 playlist, begin with OK Computer‘s track one, “Airbag,” and follow this with In Rainbow‘s track one, “15 Step.” Alternate the albums, track by track, until you reach “Karma Police” on OK Computer, making “All I Need” the tenth track on the 01 and 10 playlist.” It’s not that they sound nice together; it’s that these songs were definitely meant to make us s**t our pants when played like this. In the way that “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight” and “The End” all flow into each other on The Beatles’ Abbey Road, these songs all flow into one another as well, as if they were all recorded in one big session.

Just listen to it. To get the full effect, you need to set your player with a 10-second crossfade between tracks (more 10s!), but you can notice most stuff without doing that. Thens**t your pants.

Is Thom York moody, or is he acting like he just crapped his pants
as a really subtle clue?

This blogger points out that the song “Nude” (10 album), starts with the reverb from “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (01 album) still lingering, and the beats at the end of “Airbag” (01) set the tempo for “15 Step” (10). There’s nothing unusual about that … except when you consider that those songs were written and recorded 10 years apart. The pants-shitting synchronicity also applies to the lyrics. Puddlegum gives some examples and says: “There appears to be a concept flowing through the 01 and 10 playlist. Ideas in one song [are] picked up by the next.” In fact, one of the songs from In Rainbows was originally written for OK Computer and not used for 10 years, and the title of another seems to sum up the whole thing: “Jigsaw Falling Into Place.”

Remember all that “10” stuff we mentioned up top, about the date, the time between albums, the number of letters in the titles and whatnot? Want more? Radiohead themselves announced In Rainbows only 10 days before it came out (which is rather unusual), and the announcement was followed by a series of 10 cryptic messagesposted by the band on their website. That’s nothing new: Cryptic messages might be the only way alternative rock musicians know how to communicate. But then Radiohead fans, being Radiohead fans, noticed that the messages emphasized the letter X (one image was titled “Xendless Xurbia”). And, say, isn’t “X” the Roman numeral for 10? Plus, let’s take a look at this cover art real quick.

Oh, look, two 10s. Huh

The band has never officially confirmed any of this, though Puddlegum claims Thom Yorke was annoyed by how long it’s taken people to figure it out. Come on, dude — not all of us are insane alien geniuses.

7. Tool’s Epic Do-It-Yourself Song

Three separate tracks from the latest Tool album can be assembled into a different one — it’s like Voltron, only with progressive metal songs instead of progressive metal robots (seriously, those guys had a woman pilot before most airlines). But plenty of bands do multi-part songs, so there’s nothing special about it, right?

You can’t spell “diVersity” without some of the letters in “Voltron”!

Well, the difference is that, in this case, you don’t get the full song by doing something as mundane as playing one track after the other — you get it by changing the order and playing them at the same time.

By themselves, the songs seem completely different: “10,000 Days” (11:13) is a long prog-rock number, “Wings for Marie” (6:11) is a quiet song that builds up into a crescendo, and “Viginti Tres” (5:02) is just a bunch of weird noises. 6:11 plus 5:02 adds up to 11:13 — that’s because you’re supposed to put “Viginti Tres” and “Wings for Marie” together (in that order) and play them at the same time as “10,000 Days.”

Sobriety is optional, but not recommended.

If that sounds too complicated for you, check out this demonstration at YouTube-Doubler. You’ll notice that the weird sounds from “Viginti Tres” seem to be in sync with the melody of “10,000 Days.” That demonstration doesn’t include “Wings for Marie”, though, which has the most impressive part: Near the end, the vocals from both songs alternate almost perfectly, forming completely different lyrics.

The band has never acknowledged any of this, but if you listen to the full song it’s pretty obvious that they did this intentionally … which is both mind-blowingly awesome and a little bit insane.

Also like Voltron.

6. Aphex Twin Gives You Nightmares

Calling Richard D. James (the founder and sole member of alternative rock band Aphex Twin) an eccentric is hardly a stretch. He lives in a converted bank office owns a tank and submarine, and has a deranged compulsion to plaster his face all over s**t, as seen most prominently in the insanely terrifying music video for “Come to Daddy.”

Things like this should not happen in music videos. Or anywhere.

But, apparently, exposing your eyes to images of abject horror isn’t good enough for Richard D. James. He wants you to hear those images, too. His 1999 single, “Windowlicker,” included a B-side with the catchy name of …

… (fans just call it “[Equation],” unless they’re real douchebags). Five minutes and 30 seconds into the song, a metallic, buzzing noise is heard, which is frankly nothing out of the ordinary for Aphex Twin. What IS fucked up is that when you run that section through a spectrograph (a program that converts sound waves into visible images), this comes out:

You weren’t planning on sleeping tonight, right?

The insane, nightmarish grin of Richard D. James himself is entering your ears in the form of sound waves. You can see the image being formed bit by terrifying bit here, if you must. Encoding photographs into sound is actually pretty simple (you just need to find the right software), but not everyone can get away with taking the resulting mess and slapping it into a song.

Richards isn’t the only one who has done it, though. Nine Inch Nails hid part of their album’s cover art in two songs from the album Year Zero, and lesser-known electronic artist Venetian Snares included spectrographic pictures of his cats … in an album titled Songs About My Cats.

5. Pink Floyd’s Real Backward Message

Putting backward messages into music (also known as “backmasking“) was all the rage back in the 80s — and by “all the rage” we mean “the subject of congressional inquiries.” Bands such as Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin were accused of including subliminal satanic mind-control messages in their songs, in what was undoubtedly one of the stupidest moral panics in American history.

We’re beginning to think these guys may not be the best role models.

The “satanic messages,” of course, were complete horseshit, because it’s practically impossible to purposefully sing or speak something that is intelligible both forward and backward. This is why most of the alleged messages sound like the singer is having a seizure. But backmasking has been used intentionally by bands like The Beatles … mostly because it sounds cool. They never meant to hide anything: it was done for purely aesthetic reasons.

Hundreds of pages of blotter acid counts as an aesthetic reason, right?

In 1979, Pink Floyd became the first popular band to include a reversed message that was actually intended to be hidden. On the first half of their classic album The Wall, the song “Empty Spaces” contains what sounds like mumbling when heard forward, but is actually muffled speech that reveals itself when reversed. Any concerned citizen desperate to find something to be outraged about must have gotten pretty excited when he reached that part … until he heard what it says (turn your speakers way up):

“Hello, hunters. Congratulations. You have just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the Funny Farm, Chalfont–“

… and then the speaker is interrupted by a female voice saying someone is on the phone. Not exactly “DELIVER YOUR ANUS UNTO SATAN.” We’re afraid that’s about as exciting as real instances of backmasking get — unless you count grunge band Ash hiding an entire song on their debut album, Trailer. When reversed, pitch-shifted and sped up, the noise at the end of Track 5 actually turns out to be a demo track of another song on the album. What’s so neat about that? The album was released in 1994, when the cost of the audio equipment and/or software to hear the song would have put it out of the reach of the vast majority of listeners. That’s several layers of hidden. This would all be a whole lot more impressive if anyone actually knew or cared who Ash was.

These guys look more like the roadies than the band.

4. Monty Python Album Makes You Question Your Sanity

Let’s say you’re listening to a record and you hear a track you like. In fact, you like it so much that you call some friends over to show them this amazing song. But then you play the record … and the song isn’t there. In fact, the whole record seems completely different from what you remember. Your friends laugh at you, your girlfriend leaves you, and your parents call you a disgrace. Eventually you’re institutionalized and die from insanity.

That is literally the only way that scenario can play out.

That’s probably (definitely) what happened to anyone who listened to Monty Python’s Matching Tie & Handkerchief album (which, to add to your mental stress, did not always come with a tie or a handkerchief). One side of the album had two completely different sets of tracks, and you never knew which one you’d get until you played it. How was this possible? Well, for starters, you need to have the original vinyl version of the album, which requires being over 40 and/or a weirdo.

Lots of vinyl albums used lock grooves. That’s when the needle reaches the end of the album and instead of, you know, ending, it keeps playing the last part in a loop. The Beatles did it with Sgt. Pepper’s, which ended with a “sound designed to annoy your dog” and an endless loop of laughter and gibberish.

In case you were wondering why they’d do that.

But then there are double grooves, which is when the album’s grooves are pressed in a way that makes it so you get a completely different set of tracks depending on where the needle lands. That’s what Monty Python did, and the best part is that they didn’t bother to tell anyone about it, creating real confusion in the audience. Also, the record sleeve didn’t even list the album’s tracks, presumably so that there was no f*****g way you could prove to your friends that you weren’t lying about what you heard. On top of that, both sides were labeled “Side 2,” making things even more maddening.

We’re fairly certain Graham Chapman was an Elder God.

Mr. Bungle later did something similar in Disco Volante: If you play the record from the beginning, you get the normal tracks, but if you drop the needle at a specific point in the middle, you can hear a secret song (as long as you have the U.S. vinyl version). But then again, chances are anyone listening to Mr. Bungle is already on drugs and won’t think much of that.

3. Led Zeppelin’s Changing Album Art

On first look, the artwork to Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door is the most boring in their whole discography — the front cover is just a photo of some guy sitting in a bar, and the inner sleeve shows crude black and white drawings of the contents of the table. Where are the naked aliens crawling through rocks? Where are the exploding zeppelins, bizarre obelisks and satanic references?

Why have they stopped trying to make us feel uncomfortable?!

But the album art is only boring on the surface … literally. If you wash the inner sleeve with water, those lame black and white drawings become permanently colored. And since no one intentionally gets water on their albums, this means most people probably found out about this when his a*****e roommate spilled bong water on it.

“Hey, what the f**k are you … Whoa.

The artwork uses the same special watercolors employed by some coloring books, but the band never advertised or even mentioned this feature, so you could have owned the album for decades without realizing you could do this (as a simple eBay search reveals). And even then, most painted sleeves we could find are only partially colored, like the one above, probably because so many people had heart attacks shortly after discovering this.

2. Public Enemy Hidden Track Gives Critics the Finger

You probably know about hidden songs at the end of a CD, typically after a long silence or multiple blank tracks. Some, like “Endless, Nameless” from Nirvana’s Nevermind, are famous in their own right. On the final track of One for the Kids, Yellowcard has a hidden song that shows up only after a silence that lasts for exactly 4:20, because they’re very subtle.

It isn’t easy to find photos of Yellowcard concerts that aren’t obscured by billowing clouds of blunt smoke.

Most are just good for scaring the s**t out of you when you forget you left your CD player on and are starting to fall asleep. There are other ways to hide a song, though, like before the CD even starts.

Before the first track on any CD, there’s a section of data called the pregap, which is typically used to store structuring data for the disc itself. But a few enterprising artists found a way to place audio in the pregap, which is like putting the salami on top of the bread. To access the pregap, you must go against your every instinct by pressing and holding the rewind button at the beginning of the first track, until it can’t go back any further. This will often show a “-1” in the display window, with all the creepy associations that brings to Super Mario Bros. players.

Lots of bands have hidden stuff in the pregap, and they’re not always limited to the first track, either. Progressive rock band Dream Theater hid instrumental intros on half the songs on their album Octavarium. Most pregap tracks are stuff like that — short intros or band chatter — but then there are bands who try to get more creative with it, like Public Enemy did in their 1994 album Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age.

Public Enemy is usually associated with old-school hip-hop, but in this album, Chuck D recorded and hid a full freestyle rap titled “Ferocious Soul,” with lyrics mocking the critics who had accused the band of being “anti-black” for saying that gangster rap had negative messages, since it promotes unrealistic things like ridiculous wealth, being constantly surrounded by titties and owning insane amounts of jewelry (shaped like titties). Old-school hip-hop’s lyrics were considered silly in comparison by rap fans.

Pictured: A far less silly representation of life in urban America.

And all you have to do to listen to this rare gem is press rewind. Simple, right? Well, it would be, if it wasn’t for the fact that most pregap songs aren’t accessible anymore. Nowadays, electronics manufacturers have to build their products to a standard known as Red Book audio, and pregap audio goes against those standards. As a result, the majority of stand-alone CD players and computer optical disc drives can’t read pregap audio. ITunes and other media players won’t recognize it and the tracks are typically not available for sale from online music retailers. On the upside, this means those tracks the artists meant to hide are really well-hidden now.

1. Information Society Hides a Text File … on Vinyl

Information Society is pretty much the definition of the one-hit wonder, with 1988’s “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” basically being their only major single. So you probably don’t give a f**k about some New Wave band — we get that. We totally don’t either.

But despite utterly failing in the hair and scarf department, they did do one amazing thing no other band managed to do: hide a text file on a vinyl record. On their 1992 release Peace and Love, Inc., the band included a track titled “300bps N, 8, 1 (Terminal Mode or Ascii Download).” What probably seemed like a load of gibberish to most listeners was actually a set of instructions: If you take a standard modem, configure it with those settings, dial into it with a phone and play the track from the album into the receiver, you’ll end up with a plaintext file detailing an insanely exaggerated story about the band being extorted by the Brazilian government. Here’s a sample:

If this is as urgent as they say, you sort of question the logic of why they’d hide it in such an impossible-to-retrieve format. Most listeners at the time had no idea something like this was possible (s**t, we live in 2010 and we didn’t either), so even if they were computer-savvy enough to understand the title of the song, they probably thought it was an obscure joke.

“How do we make sure that only huge, huge nerds listen to our music?”

Before Information Society, other bands had used a similar method to encode stuff like lyric sheets, promotional information about the band and even a full adventure videogame in all its pixelated glory (you can play in your browser by clicking here). In those cases, you had to record the songs into an ordinary audio tape and then play the tape in a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer to watch the results (provided your mom didn’t yell at you while you were recording the audio, because then you were fucked). None of these were actually hidden, since they were all intentional and advertised features, but they’re still pretty awesome.

Artists from decades ago were so much more productive. All we get out of Kanye are a bunch of retarded tweets.

10 Mind-Blowing Easter Eggs Hidden in Famous Albums

Mother Puncher,” Mastodon from Live at the Aragon

The meaning of this song is in the ear of the beholder, but since everyone knows Mastodon is hiding tons of estrogen under their beards, lets just agree that this could be a love song to the womb, and “a life love unconditional.” Happy hairy mother’s day.

“Mother North,” Satyricon from Nemesis Divina

Though metal love songs about mothers are somewhat rare, Satyricon delivered a great one with this potent hymn to the all-encompassing winter forest goddesses that propelled Norway’s black metal scene in the 1990s. For headbangers too dense to grasp the concept, lovely Monica Bråten appears au naturel as the bewitching spirit of feminine power. Mama mia!

“Mother Night,” Samael from Lux Mundi

Switzerland’s early black metal pioneers Samaelcrossed over into industrial terrain during the 2000s, putting their Swiss precision to work and with this song venturing to dispense some motherly support and advice. Give your mom a five-minute break and listen to Samael’s message.

“Mother War,” Decapitated from Nihility

The harsh reality of so-called civilization is that entire generations are born into strife, conflict, and violence. Fortunately, we have crushing death metal songs like this that sort everything out for us.

“Rebirth of the Nemesis,” Melechesh from Emissaries

Woe to the poor woman who has to give birth to the nemesis not once, but twice.

“Integral Birth,” Cynic from Traced In Air

Listening to Cynic is like participating in a mental yoga wellness program. In this example, a million doves orbit the Earth, and some kind of higher-level understanding is achieved through a birth metaphor. Notably, there is now at least one birthing center and parenting clinic in the U.S. called Integral Birth. Way to go, metal band.

“The Birthing,” Baroness from Red Album

Another group with boatloads of estrogen sacked away behind burly riffs, Baroness has neverending flow and we’re taking comments below from all mothers who listened to The Red Album in the delivery room.

“Earth Mother,” Samson from Shock Tactics

During the early years of heavy metal, most long-haired ruffians were too busy rebelling against their parents to bother making any mention of mothers whatsoever. Enter the relative maturity of Bruce Dickinson, Thunderstick, and company, hurling themselves into this bawdy pit of S&M-tinged love.

“Mother Earth Father Thunder,” Bathory from Nordland I

The late Quorthon and Bathory defined black metal in the early 1980s, then went on to develop the Viking mythos, warrior themes, and Earth worship that remain hallmarks of the genre. A more full-throated and soulful version of the sentiments expressed by Satyricon, “Mother Earth Father Thunder” is a massive Mother’s Day card to the center of all creation, our planet.

“I Saw Your Mommy,” Suicidal Tendencies from Suicidal Tendencies

Championing motherhood is a noble thing, and then there’s mocking the mother of your hated enemies. It’s mean, spiteful, incendiary, and just plain funny.

“Mother 93,” Danzig from Thrall: Demonsweatlive

When underground stalwart Glenn Danzig left behind the subterranean realms he ruled in the Misfits and Samhain, his Rick Rubin-produced band Danzig immediately scored a hit with “Mother.” Reborn as a metal god in the 1990s, Danzig led stadiums of rebellious teenagers in this singalong. Meanwhile, plenty of oblivious moms were waiting outside in the parking lot. Mothers are great.

“Mommy Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?,” Misfits from Die, Die My Darling

In the end, there’s no louder love than what comes from the bond between an aggressive, frenetic child and the loving mother who understands such unusual needs. It’s just a metaphor… right?

Heavy Metal Playlist For Mothers Day

A new documentary on LED ZEPPELIN is currently in post-production. The as-yet-untitled film is being helmed by Bernard MacMahon, the director of the Emmy-nominated music documentary series “American Epic”, and will feature new interviews with guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late drummer John Bonham. It marks the first time members of LED ZEPPELIN have participated in a documentary about the group.

The documentary will launch in Cannes with CAArepresenting the U.S. rights and Altitude handling international sales. It is billed as the “definitive telling of the birth of the world’s biggest-selling rock band” and will be told solely from the band’s perspective, with never-before-seen archive film footage and photographs and state-of-the-art audio transfers of the band’s music.

Speaking of the upcoming release, Page said: “When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is ‘American Epic’, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story.”

Plant added: “Seeing Will Shade, and so many other important early American musicians, brought to life on the big screen in ‘American Epic’ inspired me to contribute to a very interesting and exciting story.”

Jones stated: “The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring this story to life.”

No official release date has been announced for the documentary.

An official LED ZEPPELIN book, “Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin”, came out in October.

LED ZEPPELIN: Official Documentary Announced For 50th Anniversary

Century Media Records has announced the signing of Norwegian black metal forefathers MAYHEM to a worldwide deal. The band’s sixth album will be released on October 25.

Founded in 1984, MAYHEM has released five studio albums as well as a number of demos, EPs and live albums since. Their debut full-length, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” (1994), is considered by many to be the most influential black metal album of all time. Having left behind the controversy surrounding its early years, MAYHEM continued to push boundaries and can nowadays be considered one of the most innovative forces of extreme metal and sinister art, which applies to both their live shows and their recent studio recordings.

The band comments: “Once again, MAYHEM is writing a new chapter in its 35-year history. We are excited to now have joined forces with Century Media and are eager to see what this partnership can do for us both in the future.”

Soon after the release of the new MAYHEM album, the band will embark on a European headline tour with special guests GAAHLS WYRD and GOST.

Tour dates:

Oct. 31 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje 
Nov. 01 – Leiden, Netherlands – Gebr De Nobel 
Nov. 05 – Paris, France – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge 
Nov. 06 – Rennes, France – L’etage 
Nov. 07 – Toulouse, France – Metronum 
Nov. 10 – Lyon, France – CCO 
Nov. 12 – Milano, Italy – Magazzini Generali 
Nov. 14 – Vienna, Austria – Szene 
Nov. 15 – Prague, Czech Republic – Meet Factory 
Nov. 16 – Berlin, Germany – Astra 
Nov. 17 – Lille, France – Tyrant Fest 
Nov. 19 – Kassel, Germany – Musik Theater 130BPM 
Nov. 21 – Mannheim, Germany – MS Connextion Complex 
Nov. 22 – Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob 
Nov. 23 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinehalle 
Nov. 24 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset 
Nov. 26 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone 
Nov. 27 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia 
Nov. 29 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset Klubben 
Nov. 30 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik

MAYHEM‘s fifth full-length album, “Esoteric Warfare”, came out in on May 2014 via Season Of Mist. The follow-up to 2007’s “Ordo Ad Chao” was mixed at Mølla Studio in Gjerstad, Norway.

MAYHEM has gone through many lineup changes due to various circumstances. Therefore, even the loss of guitarist Blasphemer, who decided to focus on his other band AVA INFERI in 2008, did not stop the band. Activities mainly revolved around live shows, until the right balance was found again with the recruitment of Morten “Teloch” Iversen. The guitarist had already made a name for himself with NIDINGR, which is highly regarded among black metal enthusiasts yet remained mostly an underground phenomenon.

MAYHEM is:

Necrobutcher – Bass 
Hellhammer – Drums 
Attila Csihar – Vocals 
Teloch – Guitar 
Ghul – Guitar

MAYHEM To Release New Album In October

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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