June 17th 1997 #Megadeth released album “Cryptic Writings” #Trust #AlmostHonest #UseTheMan #ASecretPlace #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s last studio album to feature drummer Nick Menza.

The album reached number 10 on the @billboard chart.

June 17th 1991 #VanHalen released the GREAT album “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” #RightNow #Poundcake #TopOfTheWorld #Spanked #HardRock

Did you know…

The album debuted at number 1 on the #Billboard chart.

Who wants to see another Van Halen album with Sammy?

June 17th 2016 #Gojira released the album “Magma” #Stranded #Silvera #Pray #TheShootingStar #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know…

The single “Silvera” was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

June 17th 2011 #SymphonyX released the album “Iconoclast” #Dehumanized #WhenAllIsLost #Heretic #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know…

The debuted at number 76 on the #BillboardCharts

The album showcases the highest chart position and the most first-week sales in the band’s history.

June 18th 1972 #AliceCooper released the album “School’s Out” featuring his hit song School’s Out!!#LuneyTune #SchoolsOut #MyStars #BlueTurk #ClassicRock

Did you know…

The album peaked at number 2 on the #Billboard chart.

June 19th 1989 #Kreator released the album “Extreme Aggression” #LoveUsOrHateUs #DontTrust #Betrayer #FatalEnergy #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The album’s original artwork was that of a man standing in front of a bathroom mirror looking at the reflection of his face falling off.

June 19th 1995 #WASP released the album “Still Not Black Enough” #GoodbyeAmerica #ScaredToDeath #Breathe #KeepHoldingOn #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album was originally slated for release as a Blackie Lawless solo album.

June 19th 2006 #Gorgoroth released the album “Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam” #Exit #WhiteSeed #CarvingAGiant #BlackMetal

Did you know…

It is the first Gorgoroth album with no Norwegian lyrics.

June 19th 1963 #SimonWright former drummer with #ACDC and #Dio was born!! #HappyBirthday #HardRock

Did you know…

He was also the drummer for Rhino Bucket and Operation: Mindcrime.

June 19th 2012 #Whitechapel released the album “Whitechapel” #MakeItBleed #DeadSilence #Faces #HateCreation #Deathcore

Did you know…

This is the first album to feature drummer Ben Harclerode. The album cover is an image of the Flag of Tennessee.

June 19th 2015 #Slayer released the single “Repentless” #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

SLAYER IS THE BEST HEAVY METAL BAND EVER!!!

June 19th 2012 #DyingFetus released the album “Reign Supreme” #InvertTheIdols #SecondSkin #InTheTrenches #Dissidence #TechnicalDeathMetal

Did you know…

Deluxe editions feature expanded artwork, a sticker, and the bonus track, “Dead Whores Love to Fuck”.

‪June 20th 1983 #IronMaiden released the GREAT single “The Trooper” #HeavyMetal‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The single’s B-Side was a cover of Jethro Tull’s “Cross-Eyed Mary”.‬

‪The single reached number 12 on the #OfficialCharts‬

June 20th 1983 #Witchfynde released the album “Cloak & Dagger” #CryWolf #StartCounting #RockAndRoll #StayAway #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band was one of the forerunners of the new wave of British heavy metal in the late 1970s.

June 20th 2000 #KingDiamond released the album “House Of God” #UponTheCross #FollowTheWolf #ThePact #BlackDevil #Catacomb #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album’s storyline is loosely based on the legend of Rennes-le-Château.

June 20th 1988 #Saxon released the album “Destiny” #ICantWaitAnymore #RedAlert #WeAreStrong #ForWhomTheBellTolls #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was their only studio album to feature drummer Nigel Durham and bassist Paul Johnson.

June 20th 1995 #BlackSabbath released the album “Forbidden” #GuiltyAsHell #GetAGrip #SickAndTired #TheIllusionOfPower #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

Ice-T did additional vocals on the song “The Illusion of Power”.

It was their last album to feature Tony Martin on vocals.

June 20th 2005 #DewScented released the album “Issue VI”

#BledDry #InDefeat #TurnToAsh #Vortex #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

A special edition, limited to 5000 worldwide, comes with a bonus DVD, with 17 live tracks from various shows between 2002-2005.

June 20th 2014 #Tankard released the album “R.I.B.” #RidersOfTheDoom #WarCry #EnemyOfOrder #HopeCantDie #RestInBeer #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

THE BAND LOVES BEER!!!

June 20th 2008 #ScarSymmetry released the album “Holographic Universe” #Morphogenesis #Trapezoid #FearCatalyst #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know…

It is the last album to feature vocalist Christian Älvestam, who parted ways with the band shortly after the album’s completion.

June 20th 1989 #FaithNoMore released the album “The Real Thing” #Epic #FromOutOfNowhere #EdgeOfTheWorld #FallingToPieces #AlternativeMetal

Did you know..

“Epic” was ranked number 30 on #VH1’s 40 Greatest Metal Songs.

June 20th 1989 #MrBig released their self-titled debut album “Mr. Big” #AddictedToThatRush #BigLove #TakeAWalk #Merciless #HardRock

Did you know…

The song “30 Days in the Hole” was originally recorded by British rock band Humble Pie on the 1972 album Smokin’.

June 20th 1989 #Excel released the album “The Joke’s on You” #Drive #SeeingInsane #MyThoughts #TheStranger #CrossoverThrash

Did you know…

Megadeth frontman #DaveMustaine has said that the intro of “Enter Sandman” recalls the intro of “Tapping Into The Emotional Void”.

‪June 21st 1985 #MotleyCrue released the GREAT album “Theatre Of Pain” #HomeSweetHome #LouderThanHell #SaveOurSouls #UseItOrLoseIt #HardRock‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The album reached number 6 on the #Billboard chart.‬

‪“Save Our Souls” was used in the Italian horror film Dèmoni.‬

June 21st 1987 #Helix released the album “Wild In The Streets” #DreamOn #WildInTheStreets #ShesTooTough #ShotFullOfLove #HardRock

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Nazareth song “Dream On” on this album.

“She’s Too Tough” was written by vocalist Joe Elliott.

June 21st 1990 #Exodus released the album “Impact Is Imminent” #TheLunaticParade #OnlyDeathDecides #ObjectionOverruled #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

It was their first album to feature John Tempesta on drums.

The album reached number 137 on the #Billboard chart.

June 21st 1987 #WhiteLion released the GREAT album “Pride” #WhenTheChildrenCry #AllYouNeedIsRockNRoll #Wait #TellMe #Hungry #HardRock

Did you know…

The album reached number 11 on the #Billboard chart.

June 21st 1990 #Poison released the album “Flesh And Blood” #UnskinnyBop

#SomethingToBelieveIn #LifeGoesOn #RideTheWind #GlamMetal

Did you know…

The album peaked at number 2 on the #Billboard chart.

June 21st 1987 #Keel released the album “Keel” #UnitedNations #CherryLane #CalmBeforeTheStorm #HardRock

Did you know..

This was the band’s first album to be produced by someone other than Gene Simmons. “Calm Before the Storm” was co-written by Jimmy Bain of Dio and Rainbow fame.

June 21st 1969 #DeepPurple released the album “Deep Purple” #April #FaultLine #ChasingShadows #Blind #HardRock

Did you know…

The album peaked at number 162 on the #Billboard chart.

June 21st 2019 #Memoriam release NEW album “Requiem for Mankind” #ShellShock #AusterityKills #Undefeated #TheVeteran #DeathMetal

Did you know…

The band was formed as a tribute to late Bolt Thrower drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns.

June 21st 1985 #ACDC released the single “Danger” #HardRock #ClassicRock

Did you know..

In most territories, the single’s b-side was “Back in Business”, but in Australia and New Zealand, “Hell or High Water” was featured.

June 22nd 1992 #BlackSabbath released the album “Dehumanizer” #TVCrimes #MasterOfInsanity #TimeMachine #BuriedAlive #TooLate #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It peaked at number 44 on the #Billboard chart.

June 22nd 1993 #MercyfulFate released the album “In The Shadows” #AGruesomeTime #TheBellWitch #Egypt #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

Some editions of In the Shadows contain a bonus track, “Return of the Vampire… 1993” that features Lars Ulrich on drums.

June 22nd 1993 #MorbidAngel released the album “Covenant” #BloodOnMyHands #PainDivine #DeathMetal

Did you know..

It was band’s breakthrough album due to its widespread exposure on MTV’s Headbangers Ball.

It’s described as one of the greatest death metal albums of all time.

On this day, On June 22, 2018, Vinnie Paul Abbott, of Pantera, Damageplan and HELLYEAH died at his Las Vegas, Nevada home, at the age of 54. It was later revealed that Abbott had died from a “dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease.”

June 22nd 1993 #Death released the album “Individual Thought Patterns” #ThePhilosopher #MentallyBlind #Jealousy #Destiny #DeathMetal

Did you know…

It was their only album by the band to feature guitarist Andy LaRocque, and their first to feature drummer Gene Hoglan.

June 22nd 2004 #Motorhead released the album “Inferno” #TerminalShow #Killers #InTheNameOfTragedy #LifesABitch #InTheBlack #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

Steve Vai made a guest appearance on this album and played lead guitar on the song “Terminal Show”

June 22nd 2009 #Nightrage released the album “Wearing A Martyr’s Crown” #ShedTheBlood #CollisionOfFate #AmongWolves #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know…

The Japanese version of the album includes a cover of Metallica’s “Holier Than Thou.”

June 22nd 2010 #Danzig released the album “Deth Red Sabaoth” #OnAWickedNight #JuJuBone #HammerOfTheGods #LeftHandRiseAbove #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

The album reached number 35 on the #Billboard chart.

It marked his highest-charting album since the release of Danzig 4 in 1994

June 22nd 1999 #Hypocrisy released the album “Hypocrisy” #ApocalypticHybrid #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know…

The Japanese version includes three bonus tracks: “Self Inflicted Overload”, a demo version of “Elastic Inverted Visions” and “Falling Through the Ground”.

June 22nd 2007 #Candlemass released the album “King of the Grey Islands” #Destroyer #DevilSeed #Clearsight #DoomMetal

Did you know..

Candlemass had begun production on this album with Messiah Marcolin on vocals but canned these sessions’ recordings when he left the band.

June 22nd 1988 #VickyPsarakis vocalist with #TheAgonist was born!! #HappyBirthday #HeavyMetal

Make sure and check out today’s This Day In Metal video if you LOVE the band!!

This Week in Rock & Metal

Today (Saturday, June 22) marks the first anniversary of the passing of PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul, who died at the age of 54 in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. The official cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease.

Vinnie was buried on June 30, 2018, next to his brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He was laid to rest in a custom “Kiss Kasket” provided by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as a gift to Vinnie‘s family. According to The Pulse Of Radio, attendees included original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, DISTURBED‘s David Draiman, NICKELBACK‘s Chad Kroeger, ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante, FOZZY‘s Chris Jerichoand ROUGH CUTT‘s Paul Shortino.

Born on March 11, 1964 in Abilene, Texas to Carolyn and her then-husband, country singer and songwriter Jerry Abbott, Vinnie and his brother, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, founded PANTERA in 1981 along with bassist Rex Brown. After three moderately hard-rocking independent albums, the band recruited singer Philip Anselmo and evolved into a much heavier-sounding act. Their 1990 major label debut, “Cowboys From Hell”, made them pioneers of a new kind of sound that combined thrash metal riffing with grinding groove-laden rhythms and an almost industrial precision.

PANTERA became one of the most influential metal bands of the ’90s, churning out classic albums like “Vulgar Display Of Power” and “Far Beyond Driven”, the latter of which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. When the band broke up in the early 2000s due to tensions between the Abbotts and Anselmo, the brothers started a new band called DAMAGEPLAN.

But that came to an end on December 8, 2004, when Darrell Abbott was shot dead onstage at the age of 38 by a deranged gunman as the band performed at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Vinnie never spoke with Anselmo again after his brother’s death, reportedly feeling that some things Anselmo said about Darrell in the press may have set the killer off.

Two years after his brother’s death, Vinnie returned to music with the group HELLYEAH, which also featured members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. Vinnierecorded a total of six albums with the band over the past decade, including the upcoming “Welcome Home”, for which he laid down his drum tracks before his death.

In the days following Vinnie‘s death, the heavy metal community paid tribute to the PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN co-founder.

“Can’t believe it. R.I.P to our brother Vinnie Paul,” ANTHRAX tweeted, while Paul Stanley of KISS — whose former member Peter Criss was one of Vinnie‘s biggest influences — wrote: “So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when PANTERA did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows. RIP and condolences to his family.”

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler reminisced about his time touring with Abbott, calling him a “true original.” “Shocked and saddened to hear of Vinnie Paul‘s passing,” Butler wrote on Twitter. “Had some good laughs when we toured with PANTERA. Gone too soon.”

“Rest in peace, Vinnie,” KISS bassist Gene Simmonswrote on Twitter. “Our prayers and good wishes go to his family, friends and fans.”

Today Marks First Anniversary Of VINNIE PAUL’s Death

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