1987, a memory of mass "Hysteria"

For anyone out there who might actually be reading the tales of my heavy metal youth, you probably know that I consider Kiss and Motley Crue to be my all time favourite bands. That said, it was another band that takes the main “responsibility” for me becoming the metalhead that I am. Def Leppard and their 1983 album Pyromania introduced me to guitar driven rock and opened the floodgates to my music obsession. I still…

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1987: My Guilty Pleasures and Forgotten Treasures

1987: My Guilty Pleasures and Forgotten Treasures

There are a lot of forgotten and overlooked releases from the 80’s and 1987 is no exception.  While they may not be everyone’s taste or preference, here are a few of my “overlooked” or “secret treasures” from that year. . Hailing from Droitwich, England during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era, Grim Reaper finally let loose their swan song recording.  After almost two years of legal battles with Ebony Records, their third release Rock You…

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1987 In The Great White North (Meister Style)

1987 In The Great White North (Meister Style)

As my friend and esteemed colleague here at Decibel Geek, Wallygator, has featured in his “Hoser Heavy Metal” articles, there are a lot of great musicians, bands, and albums that have been exported from our Canadian homeland, The Great White North. 1987 in Canada saw the introduction of the one dollar coin, commonly referred to as the “loonie”.  The loon, which is a bird common to Canada, is on one side of the gold coloured…

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In the still of the night…

An Englishman, a Cuban American, an Irishman, an American and a Dutchman play in a rock band that made only ONE album together; but took this album and rode it like they wrote and created the whole thing. And they sorta did. Here’s the short version of the story of Whitesnake…. In 1985, Coverdale entered the studio to record  ‘Whitesnake’ with John Sykes, Aynsley Dunbar and Neil Murray. Now, according to who you speak to, read,…

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King Diamond , Abigail 1987

King Diamond Abigail 1987 Bryan Martin      ” Abigail” is one of the musical highlights of King’s career. This haunted metal opus is a classic, from the beginning  strange voices in “Funeral”, to the last metal echoes of “The Possession”.  Diving into this album with some candles lit on a cold New England October Night and you will wake up in a whole new reality. Each song creeps up behind you and scares you into…

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more albums that I discovered via Rolling Stone's The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years issue (1987)

Andrew Jacobs here, Here’s a few more albums that aren’t among my favorite albums of all time but I did discover them via this issue of Rolling Stone and some brief thoughts on each. Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps: This live album turned me on to what I personally consider to be the far superior (not to mention far lengthier) Live Rust double album. Neil Young – After The Gold Rush:…

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The Death of a WARLOCK Brings the Birth of a Metal Goddess

The Death of a WARLOCK Brings the Birth of a Metal Goddess

Way back in 1987 I was a fourteen-year-old kid starting to discover the pleasing sounds of non-radio played rock, usually introduced to us by my friend’s older brother.  We ate it up each time he would give us a new record or cassette to check out, bands that we’d never heard of, records often filled with fear invoking images, we liked the shock factor.  When Warlock’s Triumph & Agony was left in the living room…

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A look back at some Girls, Girls, Girls

     1987. What can you say about that year without bringing up Motley Crue. After the smash ‘THEATRE OF PAIN’, album , tour and Vince Neil’s legal issues, you could say the guys really, REALLY needed to hit one out the park…LITERALLY. Enter songs of sex, strippers, drugs, alcohol , near death and daily decadence and you got the Motley Crue’s greatest album to date. GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS took listeners on a musical Harley Davidson…

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AMERICAN DOG: This Threesome Does It Doggy Style

AMERICAN DOG: This Threesome Does It Doggy Style

I just recently discovered this trio from Columbus, Ohio after reading a review on the internet.  I was searching for new music and decided to give it a shot, purchasing the Scars-n-Bars CD without hearing a track.  I have to say I was instantly hooked from the opening tune as it grabbed me.  The grinding, pumping beat of the first cut, “Working Man”, and lyrics like “when quitting time comes around, an ice cold beer…

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BUDGIE: The Best Band That You’ve Never Listened To!

BUDGIE: The Best Band That You’ve Never Listened To!

The focus this week being on Rock Trio’s on the Decibel Geek Podcast, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to take a moment and introduce some of the folks to a metal pioneer that never hit the big time in North America, one of the most important bands that you’ve probably never heard before. Back in October 2011 I had heard about Saxon’s first concert in Canada in over twenty years. Not being…

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