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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

The single reached number 53 on the #OfficialCharts

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

The album is dedicated to former drummer Barry Stern.

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

Did you know…

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

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

‪Did you know…‬

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

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

Did you know….

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know….

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

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

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

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

The album reached number 2 on the #Billboard chart.

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know….

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

It was their last album to include drummer Louie Clemente.

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

Did you know…

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

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

The album reached number 61 on the #Billboard chart.

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

The band started out as a Hardcore Punk band.

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

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

Did you know…

The album reached number 52 on the #Billboard chart.

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

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

Did you know..

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know..

The album reached number 14 on the #Billboard chart.

It was their first album with drummer Nicko McBrain.

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

Did you know…

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

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

‪Did you know…‬

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

‪Bob Kulick produced the album.‬

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

Did you know….

It was their only album to feature bassist Daniel Tucker.

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

Did you know…

The album reached number 99 on the #Billboard chart.

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

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

Did you know….

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

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

‪Did you know…‬

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

It featured vocalist Mark Slaughter, who replaced Robert Fleischman.

The album reached number 64 on the #Billboard chart.

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

Did you know…

The album reached number 31 on the #Billboard chart.

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

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

Did you know…

Anybody have some did you know stuff about the band?

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

He was the singer for Maiden from 1977-1981.

He appeared on the albums Iron Maiden and Killers.

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

‪Did you know…‬

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

The limited first edition had a 3D cover.

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

Did you know….

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

This Week in Rock & Metal

The wait is nearly over: Tool’s long-awaited new album will be released on August 30th, 2019.

The band confirmed the news during their concert in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday night. According to fans on the ground, a video screen flashed the date “August 30th” during the set’s intermission. Frontman Maynard James Keenan then encouraged fans to share the news via social media, saying, “Alright, everyone, take out your phones, security stand down, and let these fuckers do whatever it is with their phones.”

The as-yet-untitled LP marks Tool’s first release since 10,000 Days in 2006. During their tour kick-off at Welcome to Rockville Festival on Sunday night, the band debuted two new songs: “Descending” and “Invincible”.

Tool will remain on the road through mid-May. You can enter to win tickets to the concert of your choice. They’re also available for purchase here.

Tool confirm release date for long-awaited new album

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

Fun Fact:

‪The album was dedicated to Al Arnold.‬

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Damage, Inc. Tour

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

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

Fun Fact:

The album featured the return of guitarist Chris Holmes.

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

May 3, 1988

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

Fun Fact:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week In Rock & Metal

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon

Shortly after I began this marathon project last year it occurred to me that my start date was 4/21, meaning my final review would fall on 4/20. From that point it became clear that there was only one possible outcome for the last album in the series…Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) by Pink Floyd! Everything about this album is classic, iconic, and larger than life.

It spent an unfathomable amount of time in the charts (over 900 to date), sold a staggering 45 million units (and counting!), has one of the most recognizable covers in all of rock music (with no title or band name listed), and continues to be a staple of rock radio all these many years later.

Dark Side Of The Moon explores timeless topics like death, greed, mental illness, and time itself.

The music was impeccably recorded and engineered, appealing to audiophiles and casual listeners alike. Dark Side was also a more collaborative effort from the band, recorded in a time before Roger Waters became the primary songwriter.

Of course, the songs themselves have become beloved to generations of Floyd fans; Money, Us And Them, Brain Damage, Time, Breathe, Eclipse, and The Great Gig In The Sky.

David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason created something epic and cosmic and ultimately relatable to countless people across the globe and across a significant span of time.

Music is indeed the universal language, and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon speaks to the universe.

https://youtu.be/JwYX52BP2Sk

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

The Beatles: Abbey Road

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” – Paul McCartney

As I near the end of this most satisfying journey into my musical inspirations and taste, I think it is appropriate to discuss Abbey Road (1969), the final time The Beatles were all in a recording studio together.

Abbey Road featured all the things that made The Beatles so wonderful: the melodies, the harmonies, the creativity, the usage of the studio as a component of their compositions…and the one-of-a-kind chemistry the Fab Four generated.

Lennon & McCartney were now challenged by George Harrison as a writer equal to their immense talents. Harrison contributed Here Comes The Sun, and the incomparable Something, proving he had established his own voice as a composer.

John and Paul had their own triumphs, adding to their own legacy, with Come Together, Golden Slumbers, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), and Carry That Weight.

Ringo Starr even got a fun entry with the whimsical Octopus’s Garden.

The suite of song fragments on Side Two of the original vinyl release was a brilliant display of The Beatles acting as their own editors; making something timeless and thrilling out of songs that might never have been completed otherwise. On The End, the boys had some fun flexing their musical muscles, with the roundabout of lead guitar trade offs from Paul, George, and John, and even a quick drum solo from Ringo.

The album cover generated a lot of speculation, conspiracy theories, and controversy on its own…and though it didn’t include the name of the record or even the band’s name…it wasn’t necessary, because everyone in the world knew The Beatles. They were a phenomenon, and Abbey Road is a phenomenal album.

https://youtu.be/hL0tnrl2L_U

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland

Jimi Hendrix was so much more than just a gifted guitarist. With his final studio album, 1968’s double disc opus Electric Ladyland, Hendrix exploded the boundaries of what was possible in a recording studio.

Assisted by ace engineer Eddie Kramer, Hendrix was able to utilize every aspect of the limited (though state of the art for the time) amount of tracks available, seemingly inventing sounds out of thin air and panning them left to right and surrounding the listener with a dense array of sonic textures.

Jimi had influences just like any other artist, but what set him apart was the fact that there was really no precedent for much of what he did in his short career. He had such a vivid musical imagination, and he found ways to make his visions come to life. Guitar effects pedals were invented from ideas he had and was able to communicate to the manufacturers.

In addition to all this innovative playing, the Experience also gathered some top notch guest stars, like Steve Winwood, Jack Casady, Chris Wood, Al Kooper, and Buddy Miles.

Jimi’s writing and singing always lived in the shadow of his playing, but he both wrote and sang some great stuff on Electric Ladyland. Voodoo Chile, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Gypsy Eyes, House Burning Down, Crosstown Traffic, 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be), Burning Of The Midnight Lamp, and Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) were all great pieces of work, but of course his iconic cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower was the song that drew the most attention. It was so good that Dylan himself started performing Hendrix’s arrangement of it in his own concerts.

Electric Ladyland stands as a monumental achievement of the psychedelic ’60’s, and a testament to Jimi Hendrix’s lasting status as one of the greatest guitarists (and musicians) in history.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

David Bowie: Hunky Dory

I have come to realize that David Bowie has one of the richest catalogues in all of music. I previously reviewed 3 of my favorites by the legend, and discovered that choosing just one more was not going to be easy, considering just how many monumental disks were remaining that deserve to be on this list. Hunky Dory (1971) made the cut because it contains my all-time favorite Bowie song (Life On Mars?), as well as Changes, Eight Line Poem, Andy Warhol, Quicksand, Song For Bob Dylan, and the utterly amazing Oh! You Pretty Things.

Hunky Dory has been acclaimed as one of David Bowie’s best works, and has made many lists of greatest albums of all time.

I could have just as easily chosen Young Americans, Diamond Dogs, Station To Station, Heroes, Let’s Dance, or even one of the later ones like Heathen or his final album, Blackstar. Honestly, it came down to Life On Mars? That is just such a perfect song.

Rick Wakeman’s piano, coupled with those randomly poetic images that are totally open to interpretation, and that absolutely glorious voice!

David Bowie was eloquent, stylish, fearless, elegant, and an innovator in many styles of music right up until the end. There will never be another like him.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind