July 1st 1987 #NapalmDeath released the album “Scum” #YouSuffer #Control #Sacrificed #HumanGarbage #Grindcore

Did you know..:

The song “You Suffer” was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s shortest song; the track is precisely 1.316 seconds long.

July 1st 1996 #PsychoticWaltz released their final studio album “Bleeding” #Faded #Locust #MyGrave #Sleep #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know…

In 2004, Metal Blade Records reissued Bleeding in a box set also containing the band’s second album “Into the Everflow” and a bonus CD.

July 1st 1991 #Massacre released their debut album “From Beyond” #Biohazard #ChamberOfAges #Succubus #DeathMetal

Did you know..

The song “Corpsegrinder” was originally recorded by the band, Death, which all members of Massacre have been a part of in the past.

July 1st 1992 #Immortal released their debut album “Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism” #TheCallOfTheWintermoon #BlackerThanDarkness #UnholyForcesOfEvil #BlackMetal

Did you know…

It is the only album to feature Armagedda on drums.

July 1st #Centinex released their debut album “Reborn Through Flames” #TheBeautyOfMalice #Molested #Resurrected #DeathMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Kreator song “Under the Guillotine” on this album.

July 1st 1990 #NapalmDeath released the album “Harmony Corruption” #MaliciousIntent #UnfitEarth #DeathMetal

Did you know…

It is their first album to feature Mark Greenway as the vocalist and Mitch Harris and Jesse Pintado as guitarists, and the last with Mick Harris on drums.

July 1st 1991 #CannibalCorpse released the album “Butchered at Birth” #Gutted #VomitTheSoul #CoveredWithSores #DeathMetal

Did you know….

Even though the album was banned, it was not given a censored re-release or new artwork.

July 2nd 1984 #Dio released the album “The Last In Line” #WeRock #TheLastInLine #Breathless #Mystery #EatYourHeartOut #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 24 on the #Billboard chart.

It was the first Dio album to feature keyboardist Claude Schnell.

July 2nd 1993 #DeepPurple released the album “The Battle Rages On” #TimeToKill #LickItUp #Anya #TalkAboutLove #HardRock #ClassicMetal

Did you know…

It was their last album recorded with the classic Mk II line-up.

The album reached number 192 on the #Billboard chart.

July 2nd 1991 #AliceCooper released the album “Hey Stoopid” #LovesALoadedGun #Snakebite #FeedMyFrankenstein #LittleByLittle #HardRock

Did you know…

The album reached number 47 on the #Billboard chart.

July 2nd 1984 #CirithUngol released the album “King Of The Dead” #MasterOfThePit #BlackMachine #DeathOfTheSun #AtomSmasher #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The Cover of Michael Moorcock’s novel “Bane of the Black Sword” acts as the album’s cover.

July 2nd 1986 #Metallica released the single “Master Of Puppets” #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The single was only released in France.

It was also sent out as a promo single from Elektra to radio stations in the U.S.A.

July 3rd 1990 #SuicidalTendencies released the album “Lights…Camera…Revolution!” #YouCantBringMeDown #Lovely #SendMeYourMoney #Alone #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 101 on the #Billboard chart.

July 3rd 2000 #InFlames released the album “Clayman” #PinballMap #BulletRide #Swim #SquareNothing #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know….

The album’s cover art is based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing.

July 3rd 1996 #Cryptopsy released the album “None So Vile” #DeadAndDripping #CrownOfHorns #GravesOfTheFathers #BenedictineConvulsions #TechnicalDeathMetal

Did you know…

It was their first album to feature bassist Eric Langois.

July 3rd 2012 #IcarusWitch released the album “Rise” #TheEnd #Tragedy #SayWhen #NothingIsForever #InTheDark #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and formed in 2003 by bassist Jason Myers.

July 3rd 2009 #Suffocation released the album “Blood Oath” #DismalDream #ComeHellOrHighPriest #Undeserving #TechnicalDeathMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s last album to feature original drummer Mike Smith in full.

The album debuted at number 135 on the #Billboard chart.

July 4th 1986 #FlotsamAndJetsam released their debut album “Doomsday For The Deceiver” #Metalshock #Hammerhead #IronTears #Desecrator #SheTookAnAxe #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

It was their only album with Jason Newsted before his departure for Metallica.

July 4th 1988 #DefLeppard released the single “Love Bites” #HardRock

Did you know…

It was the band’s only number 1 single on the #Billboard 💯 chart.

It also reached number 11 on the #OfficialCharts

July 5th 1988 #Slayer released the GREAT album “South Of Heaven” #GhostsOfWar #SpillTheBlood #ThrashMetal @TheDaveLombardo

Did you know…

The album reached number 57 on the #Billboard chart.

The band did a cover of the Judas Priest song “Dissident Aggressor” on this album.

July 5th 1984 #MetalChurch released their debut album “Metal Church” #BeyondTheBlack #GodsOfWrath #InTheBlood #Hitman #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Deep Purple song “Highway Star” on this album.

July 5th 1986 #Motorhead released the single “Deaf Forever” #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The song was featured in the soundtrack to the film, Urban Legend.

It reached number 67 on the #OfficialCharts

July 5th 1988 #Overkill released the album “Under The Influence” #HelloFromTheGutter #HeadFirst #NeverSayNever #Brainfade #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

This was Overkill’s first album to feature drummer Sid Falck.

The album reached number 142 on the #Billboard chart.

July 5th 1983 #SuicidalTendencies released their debut album “Suicidal Tendencies” #Institutionalized #Subliminal #Possessed #SuicidalFailure #CrossoverThrash

Did you know…

The re-recorded version of Institutionalized was nominated for the Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1994.

‪July 5th 2019 #Abbath release NEW album “Outstrider” #LandOfKhem #HarvestPyre #TheArtifex #BlackMetal ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The album consists of eight original songs and a cover version of the BATHORY classic “Pace Till Death”.‬

July 6th 1986 #QuietRiot released the album”Quiet Riot III” #DownAndDirty #SlaveToLove #TheWildAndTheYoung #TwilightHotel #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

This was the first Quiet Riot album not to feature any cover songs.

The album reached number 31 on the #Billboard chart.

July 6th 1999 #Ratt released the album “Ratt” #OverTheEdge #Breakout #TugOfWar #AllTheWay #HardRock

Did you know…

This was their first studio album to feature bassist Robbie Crane.

July 7th 1984 #Helix released the GREAT album “Walkin’ The Razor’s Edge” #RockYou #WhenTheHammerFalls #GimmeGimmeGoodLovin #HardRock

Did you know..

The album reached number 69 on the #Billboard chart.

July 7th 1992 #DreamTheater released the album “Images And Words” #PullMeUnder #AnotherDay #TakeTheTime #Surrounded #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know…

It was their first album to feature James LaBrie on vocals.

The album reached number 61 on the #Billboard chart.

July 7th 1987 #FasterPussycat released their debut album “Faster Pussycat” #DontChangeThatSong #BathroomWall #Cathouse #SmashAlley #HardRock

Did you know…

The album reached number 97 on the #Billboard 200 chart.

July 7th 1998 #IcedEarth released the album “Something Wicked This Way Comes” #WatchingOverMe #BurningTimes #Consequences #ReapingStone #PowerMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s first album to feature bassist James MacDonough and guitarist Larry Tarnowski.

July 7th 1986 #DavidLeeRoth released his debut album “Eat ‘Em And Smile” #YankeeRose #ThatsLife #TobaccoRoad #BigTrouble #HardRock

Did you know…

The album reached number 4 on the #Billboard chart.

July 7th 1987 #Toxik released their debut album “World Circus” #SocialOverload #HeartAttack #HauntedEarth #DoorToHell #SpeedMetal

Did you know…

The band was originally called Tokyo.

The re-release included a cover of the KISS song “Parasite”.

July 7th 1984 #Icon released their debut album “Icon” #OnYourFeet #KillerMachine #ItsUpToYou #UnderMyGun #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band is from Phoenix, Arizona and formed in 1979.

July 7th 2008 #BlazeBayley released the album “The Man Who Would Not Die” #SmileBackAtDeath #Blackmailer #AtTheEndOfTheDay #Samurai #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The track “Robot” was released as the band’s first single.

July 7th 1995 #Sinister released the album “Hate” #UnseenDarkness #ArtOfTheDamned #TheBloodfeast #DeathMetal

Did you know…

The band is from Schiedam, the Netherlands, and formed in 1988.

July 7th 1998 #Crowbar released the album “Odd Fellows Rest” #NewManBorn #BehindTheBlackHorizon #PlanetsCollide #SludgeMetal

Did you know…

The re-released version contains a cover of the Iron Maiden song “Remember Tomorrow”.

July 7th 1989 #AliceCooper released the single “Poison” #HardRock

Did you know..

The single went to number 4 on the #Billboard hot 💯 singles chart.

“Poison” is one of Alice Cooper’s best known songs.

July 8th 2014 #JudasPriest released the album “Redeemer Of Souls” #MarchOfTheDamned #Dragonaut #DownInFlames #ColdBlooded #HallsOfValhalla #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 6 on the #Billboard chart.

July 8th 1994 #Helloween released the album “Masters Of The Ring” #WhereTheRainGrows #SoleSurvivor #StillWeGo #TheGameIsOn #PowerMetal

Did you know…

It was their first album to feature Andi Deris and Uli Kusch.

The album reached number 23 on the German chart.

July 8th 1991 #Anthrax released the single “Bring The Noise” #RapMetal

Did you know…

The song was ranked number 12 on #VH1’s 2006 list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs.

It is also featured in the video games Die Hard Trilogy and #WWE Wrestlemania 21.

July 9th 1988 #DeathAngel released the album “Frolic Through The Park” #WhyYouDoThis #RoadMutants #OpenUp #Confused #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The song “Bored” was used in a scene in the 1990 movie Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

July 9th 1946 #BonScott Legendary former singer with #ACDC was born!! #HardRock #ClassicRock

Did you know…

In the July 2004 issue of #ClassicRockMag , Scott was rated as number one in a list of the “100 Greatest Frontmen of All Time”.

July 9th 1965 #FrankBello bassist with #Anthrax was born!!! #HappyBirthday #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

Bello was originally a roadie and guitar technician for Anthrax, but later replaced Dan Lilker soon after the release of the band’s 1984 debut album Fistful of Metal.

July 9th 1991 #KIX released the album “Hot Wire” #GirlMoney #TearDownTheWalls #SameJane #ColdChills #HardRock

Did you know…

The album peaked at number 64 on the #Billboard chart.

July 10th 1942 Legendary singer #RonnieJamesDio was born!!! #RIP #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The main stage of Bloodstock Open Air is named after him in tribute after Heaven & Hell pulled out upon his death.

July 10th 2015 #CradleOfFilth released the album “Hammer Of The Witches” #EnshrinedInCrematoria #TheVampyreAtMySide #ExtremeMetal

Did you know…

The album features new guitarists Marek ‘Ashok’ Šmerda and Richard Shaw and new keyboardist and female vocalist Lindsay Schoolcraft.

July 10th 2001 #Kamelot released the album “Karma” #Forever #TemplesOfGold #TheSpell #WingsOfDespair #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The album peaked at number 85 on the German Albums Chart.

July 10th 2001 #Avantasia released their debut album “The Metal Opera” #TheGloryOfRome #BreakingAway #TheTower #SignOfTheCross #SymphonicPowerMetal

Did you know…

The album is followed by the sequel The Metal Opera Part II.

July 11th 1981 #DefLeppard released the album “High ‘N’ Dry” #BringinOnTheHeartbreak #LetItGo #LadyStrange #OnThroughTheNight #HardRock

Did you know…

High ‘n’ Dry was Pete Willis’ last full-time album with Def Leppard.

The album reached number 38 on the #Billboard chart.

July 11th 1995 #Motorhead released the album “Sacrifice” #WarForWar #AllGoneToHell #OverYourShoulder #InAnotherTime #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The title track was used in the movie Tromeo and Juliet, a film in which Lemmy appears.

July 11th 2000 #MotleyCrue released the album “New Tattoo” #HellOnHighHeels #NewTattoo #Fake #HollywoodEnding #DragstripSuperstar #HardRock

Did you know…

This is the only album by the band not to feature drummer Tommy Lee.

The album peaked at number 41 on the #Billboard chart.

July 11th 2014 #GraveDigger released the album “Return Of The Reaper” #HellFuneral #RoadRageKiller #NothingToBelieve #HeavyMetal @ironfinger

Did you know…

This was their final album to feature H.P. Katzenburg on keyboards.

July 11th 2006 #CattleDecapitation released the album “Karma.Bloody.Karma” #TheCarcassDerrick #Bereavement #AloneAtTheLandfill #Deathgrind

Did you know…

It was their ast album to feature drummer Michael Laughlin.

July 12th 1994 #Amorphis released the album “Tales From The Thousand Lakes” #BlackWinterDay #FirstDoom #MagicAndMayhem #TheCastaway #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know…

The album was an influential release in the development of the melodic death metal and folk metal genres.

July 12th 1996 #Mortician released their debut album “Hacked Up for Barbecue” #FogOfDeath #Annihilation #Cremated #DeathMetal

Did you know…

The album has gone out of print, and has since been reissued as a two-on-one package with the band’s Zombie Apocalypse EP.

July 12th 1996 #DeedsOfFlesh released their debut album “Trading Pieces” #CarnivorousWays #AcidTroops #BrutalDeathMetal

Did you know…

They founded their own label, Unique Leader Records, which has since become home to a number of other death metal bands from around the world.

July 12th 2005 #TheBlackDahliaMurder released the album “Miasma” #AVulgarPicture #StatutoryApe #NoveltyCrosses #SpiteSuicide #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 118 on the #Billboard chart.

It was their last with bassist David Lock.

July 12th 2005 #Obituary released the album “Frozen In Time” #Insane #OnTheFloor #StandAlone #SlowDeath #Blindsided #DeathMetal

Did you know…

It was their last album to feature guitarist Allen West.

July 12th 2011 #Decapitated released the album “Carnival Is Forever” #United #TheKnife #Pest #AViewFromAHole #TechnicalDeathMetal

Did you know…

It’s their first album to feature vocalist Rafał “Rasta” Piotrowski.

July 12th 1994 #AliceCooper released the album “The Last Temptation” #LostInAmerica #BadPlaceAlone #StolenPrayer #ItsMe #HardRock

Did you know…

Chris Cornell wrote the lyrics for “Stolen Prayer” and “Unholy War”.

July 12th 1986 #Destruction released the album “Eternal Devastation” #CurseTheGods #LifeWithoutSense #UnitedByHatred #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The band was known as “Knight of Demon” from 1982 to 1984.

July 12th 1984 1985 #HallowsEve released their debut album “Tales Of Terror” #MetalMerchants #TheMansion #OuterLimits #PlungingToMegadeath #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The band was from Atlanta, GA, and formed in 1983.

July 12th 2006 #Riot released the album “Army Of One” #Blinded #Shine #TheMystic #AliveInTheCity #ItAllFallsDown #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was the last Riot album to feature long time bassist Pete Perez.

July 12th 1989 #PrettyBoyFloyd released their debut album “Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz” #ToastOfTheTown #WildAngels #TheLastKiss #RockAndRollOutlaws #GlamMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 130 on the #Billboard chart.

July 12th 1988 #JetBoy released their debut album “Feel The Shake” #Snakebite #FireInMyHeart #HardClimb #LockedInACage #BadDisease #GlamMetal

Did you know…

The album peaked at 135 on #Billboard 200 chart.

July 12th 1967 #JohnPetrucci guitarist with #DreamTheater was born!! #HappyBirthday #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know…

In 2012, Petrucci was ranked the 17th greatest guitarist of all time by a #GuitarWorld magazine reader’s poll.

July 12th 1950 #EricCarr “The Fox” former drummer with #KISS was born. #RIP #KissArmy

Did you know…

On March 21, 2011, a book that explored Carr’s entire life and musical career was released, titled The Eric Carr Story.

July 13th 1984 #GrimReaper released their debut album “See You In Hell” #RunForYourLife #Liar #TheShowMustGoOn #DeadOnArrival #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 73 on the #Billboard chart.

July 13th 2010 #HELLYEAH released the album “Stampede” #TheDebtThatAllMenPay #BetterMan #HellOfATime #StandOrWalkAway #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album debuted at number 8 on the #Billboard 200 chart.

It was their first album to feature bassist Bob Zilla.

July 13th 2004 #Dokken released the album “Hell To Pay” #Escape #Haunted #TheLastGoodbye #CareForYou #HardRock

Did you know..

It was their first studio album to feature lead guitarist Jon Levin.

July 13th, 2004: #Metallica released the single “Some Kind Of Monster” #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The song won “Best Metal Performance” at the 46th Grammy Awards & was also nominated for “Best Rock Video” at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards!

July 14th 1992 #Megadeth released the GREAT album “Countdown To Extinction” #ForeclosureOfADream #SweatingBullets #SymphonyOfDestruction #CaptiveHonour #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 2 on the #Billboard chart.

July 14th 1992 #ParadiseLost released the album “Shades of God” #DaylightTorn #PityTheSadness #TheWordMadeFlesh #GothicMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Atomic Rooster song “Death Walks Behind You” for the Japanese edition.

July 14th 1998 #Angra released the album “Fireworks” #Paradise #WingsOfReality #MetalIcarus #ExtremeDream #PowerMetal

Did you know…

It was their last album to feature Andre Matos on vocals and Luís Mariutti on bass.

The Week in Rock & Metal

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka “The Concert Critic”

On this date in history, 7/11/2019, I saw Alice Cooper for the 10th time. The show took place at the prestigious Honeywell Center in Wabash, IN.

It is challenging to do these reviews after seeing some of my favorite artists so many times. Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, and Slayer are all similar situations. On the one hand, I keep going back because these artists are ingrained in my musical consciousness and I have absolute passion for everything they do and all they stand for. A simpler reason is that they continue to play incredible shows.

Alice Cooper hit the stage with a brand new set (a haunted castle…quite amazing to behold) and dug deep into his treasure chest of songs and pulled out some gems I had never heard him perform before. The song My Stars from 1972’s School’s Out album was terrific, as was the title track from 1973’s Muscle Of Love. Not only did these songs bring some new energy to the show, they provided some exciting riffs for Alice’s all-star band to add their magical touches to.

Another deep cut that got a particularly hard rocking makeover was Roses On White Lace from 1987’s Raise Your Fist And Yell, providing a fast metallic riff for the shredding of Nita Strauss, one third of Alice’s assassination squad of lead guitar aces. Each of these three got plenty of space to shine, and each have their own distinctive style that suits different facets of Cooper’s career.

During one early song, Cooper displayed some tasty blues harmonica, accompanied by Wabash native Tommy Henriksen, who played some back and forth lead guitar with the bosses harp licks.

Ryan Roxie, the longest tenured of the trio, played lots of melodic and soaring lead lines from some of the most classic songs.

Once again, drummer Glen Sobel delivered an absolutely jaw dropping drum solo on the capacity crowd, accompanied by bass playing muscle man, Chuck Garric (who has been a mainstay since 2002).

As admittedly superb as the musicians are (and they are the top of the line, each and every one), no Cooper show is based solely on music, and this was no exception. The theatrics were all in place, from the giant Frankenstein monster who made a brief appearance during the opening Feed My Frankenstein, and a full rampage later on Teenage Frankenstein, to a truly spectacular larger than life evil baby (looking a bit like the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man with Alice Cooper makeup!). This baby took place in the onstage “execution” of Alice by guillotine. Although the guillotine had a malfunction, the old gag still provides a great bit of suspense and entertainment. Alice did his straitjacket appearance while singing Steven from the magnificent Welcome To My Nightmare album (1975), and segued into Dead Babies from Killer (1971).

Cooper’s wife Sheryl played the part of the evil nurse with sadistic glee. So, this was the 10th time for me, but I’m not done yet! Going back for more in November, when Alice brings the show back to the Murat Theatre at The Old National Centre…to be continued!

On This Date in History

If you’ve been missing the heavier side of Opeth‘s music (sans the growls) from albums like Pale Communion and Heritage, then you’re absolutely going to love the band’s new song “Heart In Hand”. Sure, the song takes tons of progressive cues from the band’s more recent output, but there’s tons of sinister, twisting riffs in there that haven’t shown up in quite some time now. Also, yes – this is the song you heard part of in Opeth’s recent tour trailer.

In Cauda Venenum is out September 27, and will be released in both Swedish and English language versions. Pre-order all of ’em here.

https://open.spotify.com/album/0OdGGpDDKENKEynng3El7R

https://music.apple.com/us/album/in-cauda-venenum/1470602656

Here are the Opeth’s upcoming tour dates.

12.07. PL Warsaw – Prog In Park
06.07. TK Istanbul, Rock Off Fest
27.07. RO Sibiu – ArtMania Festival
02.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
03.08. S Öland – Borgholm Brinner
09.08. B Kortrijk – Alcatraz Metal Festival
11.08. NL Leeuwarden – Into the Grave
18.08. USA Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

02.11. UK Leeds – Damnation Festival

support: THE VINTAGE CARAVAN
27.10. UK Norwich – UEA
29.10. UK London – Palladium
31.10. UK Glasgow – SWG3
01.11. IRL Dublin – Olympia Theatre
02.11. UK Leeds – Damnation Festival
03.11. UK Bristol – O2 Academy
06.11. B Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
08.11. D Munich – Backstage (Werk)
09.11. I Milan – Alcatraz
10.11. CH Zurich – Volkshaus
11.11. F Paris – L‘Olympia
13.11. D Cologne – E-Werk
14.11. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
15.11. D Nuremberg – Meistersingerhalle
16.11. D Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
17.11. DK Copenhagen – Det Kgl. Teater SOLD OUT

10.12. AUS Adelaide – Thebarton Theatre
11.12. AUS Perth – Astor Theatre
13.12. AUS Melbourne – Palais Theatre
14.12. AUS Sydney – State Theatre
15.12. AUS Brisbane – The Tivoli

OPETH’s New Song “Heart In Hand” Brings Out Heavier Sound

8xLP box set gathers highlights from the band’s 1969 residency at the Matrix in San Francisco

The Complete Matrix Tapes—a collection of live recordings by the Velvet Underground, captured at the Matrix in San Francisco in 1969 and properly released for the first time in 2015—is coming to vinyl for the first time. The limited-edition 8xLP box set includes over 40 tracks and arrives July 12 via Polydor/UMe. The Complete Matrix Tapes were recorded November 26-27, 1969, and features the Velvet Underground’s live configuration as they existed after the departure of John Cale: Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule.

The Velvet Underground’s The Complete Matrix Tapes Coming to Vinyl for the First Time

Written By Braddon S. Williams AKA “The Concert Critic”

On this date in history, 6/11/2019, I ended a 40 year ban and saw REO Speedwagon for the first time since 1979! This happened because a wonderful new friend won free tickets and invited me.

The concert took place at The Lawn in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. I had never been to this venue before and I was quite impressed with the sound and visibility of the stage area.

Sister Hazel opened the show, but I must confess that they basically served as background music for a really interesting conversation my friend and I were having. To their credit, Sister Hazel sounded quite good.

When REO hit the stage, we moved up much closer to the stage and I must say the venerable classic rockers played all their biggest hits and managed to breathe some new life into some older deep cuts as well.

Lead singer Kevin Cronin did a lot of talking between songs, but his speeches served a purpose, such as his introduction of the band, particularly describing lead guitar player Dave Amato as the “new guy”, even though he joined the band in 1989. Cronin also talked about the songwriting process before performing Golden Country on solo acoustic guitar. That is one of my favorite REO songs, and the intimacy of just voice and guitar was a nice little change of pace.

Another speech involved the song 157 Riverside Ave., which was featured on their first live album. Cronin reminded us that the live version on that album was recorded in Indianapolis at the Convention Center.

Since REO hails from Illinois, Cronin played up the neighborly aspect of the band’s relationship with Indiana.

All in all there was a good balance between the big power ballads and grittier rockers like Back On The Road Again, Keep Pushin’ and Ridin’ The Storm Out. The crowd was singing along and swaying to the hits for the duration of the show. I’m glad I lifted the ban, because this time around was way more fun than the show I saw 40 years ago!

On This Date in History

June 9th 1992 #Deicide released the album “Legion” #InHellIBurn #HolyDeception #RepentToDie #DeadButDreaming #Trifixion #DeathMetal

Did you know…

The album was produced by legendary death metal producer Scott Burns.

June 9th 2017 #Suffocation released the album “…Of The Dark Light” #YourLastBreaths #ReturnToTheAbyss #TheViolation #TechnicalDeathMetal

Did you know…

It was their last album to feature vocalist Frank Mullen before his retirement in 2018.

June 9th 2008 #Venom released the album “Hell” #HandOfGod #EvilPerfection #KillTheMusic #BloodSky #EvilutionDevilution #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

It was their last album to feature Anthony Lant on drums.

June 9th 1997 #Testament released the album “Demonic” #MurkyWaters #TogetherAsOne #DistortedLives #TenThousandThrones #ThrashMetal

Did you know..

The album cover art for Demonic was done by Dave McKean who also did the cover art for the prior Testament studio album, Low.

June 9th 1992 #Tankard released the album “Stone Cold Sober” #BrokenImage #BehindTheBack #Mindwild #UglyBeauty #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the J. Geils Band song “Centerfold” on this album.

June 9th 1992 #TheGathering released their debut album “Always” #KingForADay #Subzero #Stonegarden #SecondSunrise #GothicMetal

Did you know..

The band was founded in 1989 by brothers Hans and René Rutten and vocalist Bart Smits in Oss, North Brabant.

June 9th 1998 #MercyfulFate released the album “Dead Again” #TheNight #SinceForever #SuckingYourBlood #Banshee #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It marked the first album from Mercyful Fate that Michael Denner is not present on.

June 10th 1983 #Pantera released their debut album “Metal Magic” #RockOut #BiggestPartOfMe #RideMyRocket #TellMeIfYouWantIt #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album was produced by Jerry Abbott.

June 10th 2013 #BlackSabbath released the album “13” #GodIsDead #EndOfTheBeginning #LiveForever #AgeOfReason #DamagedSoul #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

It was the only studio album released by Black Sabbath since Forbidden (1995).

The album reached number 1 on the #Billboard chart.

June 10th 1999 #PrimalFear released the album “Jaws Of Death” #IntoTheFuture #ChurchOfBlood #PlayToKill #UnderYourSpell #PowerMetal

Did you know..

The band did a cover of the Rainbow song “Kill The King” on this album.

June 10th 1996 #Carcass released the album “Swansong” #BlackStar #FirmHand #Polarized #GoToHell #ExtremeMetal

Did you know…

It was their only album to feature guitarist Carlo Regadas.

The album peaked at number 46 on the #Billboard heatseekers chart.

June 10th 1983 #Tank released the album “This Means War” #LaughingInTheFaceOfDeath #EchoesOfADistantBattle #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

On this album, the band expanded to a four-piece, with addition of second guitarist Mick Tucker, former member of the #NWOBHM band White Spirit.

June 10th 1992 #Loudness released the album “Loudness” #PrayForTheDead #BlackWidow #WakingTheDead #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

Original bass player Masayoshi Yamashita was replaced with Taiji Sawada and the American vocalist Mike Vescera with former Ezo singer Masaki Yamada.

June 10th 2016 #Rage released the album “The Devil Strikes Again” #MyWay #TheFinalCurtain #War #SpiritsOfTheNight #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band formed in 1984 by Peter “Peavy” Wagner.

June 10th 2014 #Hellyeah released the album “Blood For Blood” #DemonsInTheDirt #SayWhen #Moth #Hush #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

Producer Kevin Churko handles the bass duties in the studio due to the departure of Bob Zilla.

The album reached number 18 on the @billboard chart.

June 10th 2014 #ArchEnemy released the album “War Eternal” #AsThePagesBurn #OnAndOn #YouWillKnowMyName #Avalanche #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know…

This was their first album with Alissa White-Gluz on vocals.

The album reached number 44 on the #Billboard chart.

June 10th 1986 #Candlemass released debut album “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” #Bewitched #CrystalBall #ASorcerersPledge #DoomMetal

Did you know…

This was the only Candlemass album to feature vocalist Johan Längqvist until he joined the band, officially, in 2018.

June 10th 1982 #Rainbow released the album “Straight Between The Eyes” #StoneCold #DeathAlleyDriver #RockFever #Power #EyesOfFire #HardRock

Did you know..

The album title allegedly came from a phrase from Jeff Beck, describing Jimi Hendrix to Blackmore.

June 11th 1991 #SkidRow released the GREAT album “Slave To The Grind” #WastedTime #RiotAct #MonkeyBusiness #TheThreat #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

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

June 11th 2010 #OzzyOsbourne released the album “Scream” #LetItDie #LifeWontWait #LetMeHearYouScream #Fearless #Crucify #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 4 on the #Billboard chart.

The album is the only one to feature guitarist Gus G.

June 11th 2002 #WASP released the album “Dying For The World” #HallowedGround #MyWickedHeart #TrailOfTears #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album was dedication to all those who perished in the attacks of the 9/11 events, especially heard on the ‘Hallowed Ground’ track.

June 11th 2013 #TheBlackDahliaMurder released the album “Everblack” #GoatOfDeparture #IntoTheEverblack #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know..

It was the first release by the band to feature drummer Alan Cassidy and bassist Max Lavelle.

The album debuted at number 32 on the #Billboard chart.

‪June 12th 1985 #Megadeth released their debut album “Killing Is My Business.. And Business Is Good” #Mechanix #Rattlehead #ChosenOnes #ThrashMetal‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪It has a version of Nancy Sinatra’s classic “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'”, with lyrics altered by Mustaine.‬

June 12th 1995 #ParadiseLost released the album “Draconian Times” #TheLastTime #ForeverFailure #Shadowkings #HallowedLand #GothicMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 16 on the #OfficialCharts

June 12th 1989 #Lion released their last studio album “Trouble In Angel City” #ComeOn #LoveIsALie #StrangerInTheCity #HungryForLove #HardRock #GlamMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Slade song “Lock Up Your Daughters” on this album.

June 12th 2015 #Stormhammer released the album “Echoes of a Lost Paradise” #FastLife #Leaving #HolyWar #TheOcean #PowerMetal

Did you know..

The band was originally called Lizard.

June 12th 1999 #SixFeetUnder released the album “Maximum Violence” #ShortCutToHell #Brainwashed #MassMurderRampage #Bonesaw #DeathMetal

Did you know…

It was the first Six Feet Under album to feature Steve Swanson on guitars.

June 12th 2001 #AsILayDying released their debut album “Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes” #WhenThisWorldFades #ForcedToDie #TheInnocenceSpilled #Metalcore

Did you know..

The band was founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis.

June 12th 1988 #BoltThrower released their debut album “In Battle There Is No Law!” #ForgottenExistence #NuclearAnnihilation #DeathMetal

Did you know…

German melodic death metal act Heaven Shall Burn used the same album title for their debut EP as a homage to Bolt Thrower.

June 12th 2018 #FleshConsumed released the album “Hymn for the Leeches” #BowBeforeMe #SerpentAmongstMice #AlphaOmega #TechnicalBrutalDeathMetal

Did you know..

The band is from Santa Cruz, California and formed in 2003.

June 13th 1985 #Ratt released the GREAT album “Invasion Of Your Privacy” #LayItDown #YoureInLove #GiveItAll #HardRock

Did you know…

The album reached number 7 on the #Billboard chart.

The album was produced by Beau Hill.

June 13th 1988 #NuclearAssault released the album “Survive” #FightToBeFree #RiseFromTheAshes #GreatDepression #ThrashMetal

Did you know..

The band did a cover of the Led Zeppelin song “Good Times Bad Times” on this album.

It peaked at number 145 on the #BillboardCharts

June 13th 1995 #FearFactory released the album “Demanufacture” #ZeroSignal #Replica #BodyHammer #ATherapyForPain #Flashpoint #HeavyMetal

Did you know..:

Many regard it as the band’s best album and a heavy metal classic.

June 14th 2019 #Helix release NEW album “Old School” #Closer #Cheers #SouthernComfort #TieMeDown #HardRock

Did you know…

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

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June 14th 1982 #MetalMassacre album is released from #MetalBlade

Did you know…

The first pressing featured a version with guitar solos by Lloyd Grant and Dave Mustaine.

The second pressing featured Dave Mustaine on lead guitar and Ron McGovney on bass.

June 14th 1956 Legendary #KingdDamond was born!!! #HappyBirthday #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

On stage, King Diamond uses a microphone handle consisting of a femur bone and a tibia bone in the shape of a cross.

June 15th 1981 #IronMaiden released the single “Purgatory” and would be their last with singer Paul Di’Anno. #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The track is a remake of one of the band’s earlier songs, entitled “Floating”, of which “Purgatory” is a faster re-arrangement.

June 15th 1999 #MercyfulFate released their final studio album “9” #BurnInHell #HouseOnTheHill #TheGrave #Insane #KissTheDemon #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.

June 15th 1993 #Sacrifice released the album “Apocalypse Inside” #Flesh #Salvation #TheLost #Incarcerated #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The album was produced by Razor guitarist Dave Carlo.

June 15th 2009 #Artillery released the album “When Death Comes” #RiseAboveItAll #SandboxPhilosophy #TheEnd #DamnedReligion #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

It was their first recording since their second breakup from 2000 to 2007.

June 15th 1996 #GatesOfIshtar released their debut album “A Bloodred Path” #TheSilence #Tears #TheDreamingGlade #IntoSeasonsOfFrost #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know…

The band is from Sweden and formed in 1992.

June 15th 2018 #LizzyBorden released the album “My Midnight Things” #LongMayTheyHauntUs #RunAwayWithMe #ThePerfectPoison #ObsessedWithYou #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was the first album from Lizzy in over 11 years, since “Appointment with Death”.

June 15th 1997 #PaulDiAnno released the album “As Hard As Iron” #RockTheBoat #DangerLines #SearchingForYou #SheGoesDown #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

The album also featured ex Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton.

June 15th 2011 #InFlames released the album “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” #AllForMe #ThePuzzle #DarkerTimes #TheAttic #Liberation #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

This was the first album recorded by In Flames without founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad.

June 15th 2018 #TadMorose released the album “Chapter X” #Nemesis #Liar #LeviathanRise #TurnToDust #Apocalypse #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

Their style has been described as “a power/classic heavy metal hybrid with slight progressive tendencies”.

Nov 15th 2011 #WhiteWizzard released the album “Flying Tigers” #Starchild #FightToTheDeath #FallOfAtlantis #WarOfTheWorlds #HeavyMetal

Did you know….

It is the last album to feature Wyatt Anderson on vocals, released after his departure from the band in June 2011.

June 16th 1991 #TypeONegative released their debut album “Slow, Deep And Hard” #PreludeToAgony #XeroTolerance #GothicMetal

Did you know..

The album was originally titled “None More Negative” and released in 1990 under the group’s former name Repulsion.

This Week in Rock & Metal

THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL – RUNNING OUT OF TIME DOING NOTHING
LABEL: GODREAH RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 21st 2019

Since their inception back in 1998 The Meads Of Asphodel have danced, like a drunken, trickster god, through the fields of human ignorance. With no consideration, no concerns and no fucks given they have prodded and provoked the stupid, with the sharp stick of their independent thinking. They have walked hand in hand with the truth across the broken glass of controversy and stood tall for the right to live free from the dogmas of faith and the oppression of unquestioned authority. Their music has remained as unfettered as their thinking and they now return with another barbed attack upon the idiocy of humanity, another goblet of soul-cheering elixir for those free from chains…

Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing is an album of wild diversity that somehow hangs together in a perfectly seamless whole; an unbroken flow of shining creativity. Opening with the jagged shapes of ‘Bug Splat’ the album whisks us through folk, punk, dance, ambient, metal…so many genres that they all become one; one multifaceted, liberated explosion of music. From the gently swinging piano entwined in menace of ‘Like Blood Shaped Flakes Of Snow’ to the stirring melodies of ‘The Broken Wings Of Hud Hud’ and harsh, encrusted extremity of ‘Souvenir Of Death’, Running Out Of Time… is free above all else. After the painstakingly researched and conceptually focussed previous albums, The Murder Of Jesus The Jew and Sonderkommando, The Meads decided, in their own words, to “unshackle the muse, so to speak, and let what will be…be.”  

With an array of guests, including Alan Davey (Hawkwind, Gunslinger), adding their unique talents to its incomparable blend of magics, Running Out Of Time… is an album of passion, drama, dark humour and uncompromising views. It spits venom at the bloated bodies of religion, conformity and control, revels in teasing and taunting the blinkered and foolish and sings long and loud with the free of spirit. This is The Meads Of Asphodel as they have always been – and yet as they have never been before. 

https://youtu.be/_kHKfhXqBSA

Line-up: 
Metatron – Vocals
J.D Tait – Guitars, Vocals, Keys & Bass
André Kjelbergvik Thung – Drums & Percussion
Guests:
Alan Davey – Bass – Tracks 1, 3, 5 & 9
Iain Smith – Keyboards – Track 1
Christina Padovano – Vocals – Tracks 7 & 11 (Backing on 8)
Will Banyard – Vocals & Violin – Tracks 3 & 8 (Violin on 7)
Christina Poupoutsi – Vocals – Tracks 2 & 4
Charlie Noakes – Bass – Track 4
Malcolm Tait – Saxophone – Track 10
Steve Wallace – Guitar Solo – Track 10

Genre: Experimental Extreme Metal
For fans of: Hawkwind | Arcturus | Skyclad | Robert Calvert
Further Information: http://www.themeadsofasphodel.co.uk

The Meads Of Asphodel have proven themselves to be the future of black metal…” 
– METAL UNDERGROUND

The Meads Of Asphodel – Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing