Posts Tagged “Metal Classics”

Shadow Kingdom Records, in its penchant for reissuing early rock/metal classics, has re-released the 1971 opus “Mourning” from Bolder Damn. One of the seventies’ heavier acts, the Ft. Lauderdale band’s classic album has been fully remastered and updated with band pictures and information. Over forty years ago upon its issue, “Mourning” was proto-doom with its heavily fuzzed-out and psychedelic sound of that Blue Cheer/Sir Lord Baltimore era. The seven-song release is streaming over on the Shadow Kingdom bandcamp page, or below.

Mourning by BOLDER DAMN

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Due out this Saturday, December 22, the new issue (#82) of Germany’s Legacy magazine will include an exclusive four-track compilation of “The Big Teutonic 4”.

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Houston, Texas doom band Sanctus Bellum, who recently released its album “The Shining Path,” has announced a December 22nd gig it will be playing with members of Helstar and Pentagram. The event, The El Birthday Metal Fest II, will take place at Rudyard’s British Pub in Houston on December 22nd.

The two sets the band will perform will be the Sanctus set with James Rivera performing underground metal classics, and the Sanctuary set with Bobby Liebling, playing 70′s Pentagram songs. Sanctus Bellum will also be performing at Skatestock on October 20th and at Warehouse Live on December 1st opening for Helstar.

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With their fourth release, ‘Hair Metal Goes Lullaby’, Jammy Jams elevates lullaby music to a whole new level of awesomeness.

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Norwegian heavy metal band CRITICAL SOLUTION recently recorded cover versions of two heavy metal classics — “Let It Die” (OZZY OSBOURNE) and “Iron Man” (BLACK SABBATH) — for inclusion on a forthcoming tribute album, tentatively due in May.

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As Judas Priest will be hitting the road this year for their reported final tour, it’s appropriate to wander back to their 1977 masterwork, Sin After Sin.

Sin After Sin was, at one time, an acquired taste in Priest’s catalog. While it remains one of their all-time heaviest and most polished recordings, most fans picked up with the band either via British Steel and Hell Bent For Leather or Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith. Those albums are slicker, louder and filled with iconic heavy metal classics. Sin After Sin is iconic itself, but you really had to dig backwards when learning the history of metal in order to appreciate their grinding “Dissident Aggressor” (made popular by benefit of Slayer’s cover) and the banging “Sinner,” “Race With the Devil” and “Starbreaker.”

A bit more refined than the over-the-top bludgeoning and tunefulness of their later work, Sin After Sin is a portal into a heavy metal wonderland, in sound by “Last Rose of Summer” and visually by the album’s escapist artwork. I have a great fondness for a lot of the older, detailed paintings gracing Judas Priest’s albums, in particular for Sad Wings of Destiny, Rocka Rolla and the Hero Hero compilation. I’m most fond, however, of the minimalist copier paper trail to infinitum found on Point of Entry. As a writer, that triggers my neurons and sends them scampering in search of that elusive vanishing point.

Yet the Sin After Sin album cover may provoke the most imagination of any of Priest’s albums. I think of Heavy Metal the magazine, I think of Arthur’s fadeout in Excalibur and I think of lust and desire, depicted in the abstract forms found at the sepulchure’s portal on this cover. One must deal with temptation from both sides when approaching the tomb, which really strikes my fancy.

Seduction and damnation await all who enter, and yet the Sin After Sin cover makes you want to see more, particularly to see if there’s a payout to the suggested sex by the translucent girl parting her legs to the side. What’s she hiding between her thighs? Kind of reminds you of an installment of Den from the pages of Heavy Metal, yes? With the devil obscura towards panel left, you get the feeling there’s pain coming with the pleasure, woe be to your genitalia…

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Finnish singer Ari Koivunen (AMORAL) and guitarist Gary Keskinen performed an acoustic set of classic heavy metal and hard rock covers last night (Wednesday, October 20) at Club Lady Moon in Helsinki.

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Rockabye Baby! — which transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental lullabies — released “Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Black Sabbath” on July 13.

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Vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER — who recently announced plans to record an album’s worth of covers of heavy metal classics — has issued the following update:

“It seems that our decision to do a cover record has pleased many people, but has upset a small number of people as well.

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