METAL CHURCH – Classic Live (Album Review)

METAL CHURCH – Classic Live (Album Review)

My first introduction into trash metal was hearing Metallica‘s Ride the Lightning, and after hearing that I was hooked.  As I began to seek out more, one of the first bands I came across was Metal Church and the 1984 self-titled debut album. As I listened to the album I immediately connected with the song “Gods of Wrath”. I enjoyed the rest of the album, but I lost interest by the time their second album…

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STRIKER – Striker (Album Review)

STRIKER – Striker (Album Review)

Canadian rockers Striker have killed it on their self-titled fifth full-length album. The four-piece deliver a super tight album of great tracks that have an immediacy to them that drives you to listen. The album is short, 9 tracks, coming in at just over 33 minutes, but it is an intense, streamlined attack. Striker has trimmed any fat, keeping the focus on strong playing and songwriting. The lineup is Dan Cleary on vocals, William Wallace…

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Now Hear This: D.A.D. – Riskin' It All

     Disneyland After Dark formed in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1982. They were originally basically a cowpunk band, a rock band but heavily influenced by American country music, or rather the soundtracks to Hollywood westerns. After a threatened lawsuit from the Disney conglomerate the band decided to switch to an acronym for a name, D-A-D. I might have suggested a name change but I suppose they were being stubborn. I have to think that the…

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Now Hear This: I'm a Turbo lover

     Judas Priest’s tenth album Turbo is one of those albums that metalheads just love to hate. 1986 was definitely a confusing year for heavy metal fans. Looking back it’s ironic that at the same moment thrash metal was peaking with albums like Master of Puppets, Reign In Blood, and Peace Sells many of heavy metal’s earliest purveyors (Ozzy, Sabbath, Nugent, Priest, Quiet Riot) were jumping in the sack with keyboards and MTV. 1986 was…

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Now Hear This: Ratt – Detonator

     When I was a teenager RATT were one of my favorite bands, probably in the top five, and I still hold their music in high regard to this day. It is undeniable that Out of the Cellar is a fantastic album, in my opinion it is one of the best metal albums of the eighties, song for song it really holds up. I suspect many RATT fans will disagree but Invasion of Your Privacy…

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Now Hear This: Bullet Lavolta – Swandive

     Bullet Lavolta formed in 1987 in Boston and consisted of singer Yukkie Gipe, guitarists Clay Tarver and Corey Brennan, bassist Bill Whelan and drummer Chris Guttmacher. The band built a loyal following on the Boston club scene before releasing their debut EP and LP in 1988 and 1989 respectively on local indie label Taang. In 1990 the band signed with RCA and recorded their major label debut with producer Dave Jerden, who was fresh from working…

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Now Hear This: Redd Kross – Third Eye

     Red Cross was formed by teenage brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald in 1980 and they were there for the beginnings of the L.A. hardcore scene and saw former members go on to join groups like Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Bad Religion. The band’s early material, including a six song EP and full length album called Born Innocent, fell in line with the more accessible fringes of hardcore but after a threatened lawsuit…

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Now Hear This: Britny Fox – Boys In Heat

     The first, self-titled Britny Fox album, released in June of 1988, was not a great album. I enjoyed it at the time, especially those first two singles, “Long Way To Love” and “Girlschool,” but in retrospect it’s a bland record filled with simplistic songs that, for the most part, fall flat.       I am sure that I bought Boys In Heat the day it came out, probably already familiar with every song…

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Now Hear This: Heavy Pettin' – Lettin' Loose

     Heavy Pettin’ formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1981 when singer Steve Hayman and guitarist Punky Mendoza teamed up with the disenchanted members of a band called Weeper: guitarist Gordon Bonnar, bassist Brian Waugh and drummer Gary Moat. Things came together quickly for the freshly augmented band and within a year they had released a single on legendary metal label Neat Records.       With a little help from Def Leppard manager Peter Mensch the band…

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Now Hear This: Urge Overkill – Exit The Dragon

     Urge Overkill formed in Chicago in 1986 and released three albums on local indie label Touch & Go before signing with Geffen in 1993. Their major label debut, Saturation, got a big push at the time and it’s a great record, far superior to the band’s previous efforts. The first single from the album “Sister Havana” was a polished gem of a tune and deservedly garnered some major airplay, on both radio and…

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