Category: BIOGRAPHY

HOLOCAUST

Holocaust’s first album was released in 1981 on Phoenix Records, The Nightcomers, To this day the album has remained a favorite of the metal genre. The second album, No Man’s Land came out in 1984 and in total, the band has released nine full albums and several EPs and singles to date. The new Expander EP features 3 brand new songs from the forthcoming Sweet Liberty album, which will be released later in 2013. Holocaust is one of metal’s most influential and pioneering bands. The band’s albums have been proven to be very influential on the metal scene and are one of Read more...

EXXPLORER

Exxplorer was formed during the height of the 80’s metal scene in New Jersey. The band has been regarded as one of the most original heavy metal bands of that era. Their first Album, Symphonies of Steel, has been recognized for well over twenty years as one of the most innovative and influential heavy metal albums of all time. The album topped the charts in several countries for overall import sales and appeared at the top of hundreds of radio play lists throughout Europe, and in many of what were still then considered communist countries. Meanwhile the band continued to create momentum Read more...

OMEN

Omen is best-known for melodic yet aggressive power metal/fantasy metal along the lines of King Diamond, Queensrÿche, Savatage, Manowar, and Helloween; Omen is forceful and hard-driving, but they’re always been musical and melodic. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1983 by lead guitarist Kenny Powell, who had been a member of an L.A.-based band called Savage Grace. Powell’s early influences included Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, UFO, Ronnie James Dio, Black Sabbath, and Rainbow (among others), and Omen’s Metal Blade and Enigma recordings of the ’80s reflected the Read more...

BASTILLE’S VICTORY

This featured line up of Bastille was formed in July of 1987. We played our first club gig at the Spirit Club in San Diego on December 1, 1987. We released a self titled 3-song demo cassette in 1989 and a full length concept album “Electric Animation” in 1991. We played many gigs in the San Diego Club Circuit and also some notable gigs in Hollywood at The Roxy, Gazzari’s and our final show with this lineup at The Troubadour on September 7, 1991. We split over musical differences but have remained friends throughout the years. In 2013, I was approached by a representative Read more...

MEDIEVAL STEEL

Epic Metal warriors Medieval Steel have endured the test of time and the melodic heavy metal sound they created has become legendary all over the globe. The band was formed in Memphis, TN in the early 1980’s with some of the best musicians from across the region. In 1984, the band released a 4-song EP simply titled “Medieval Steel”. This helped propel their music all over the world and introduced them to a loyal fan base that follows them to this very day. After the release of this EP, the band quickly grabbed the attention of record label executives but no agreements could be Read more...

BLITZKRIEG

Blitzkrieg was formed in Leicester in October 1980. Their first demo, made in November that year, secured them their first recording deal with Neat Records resulting in the famous Blitzkrieg/Buried Alive single & a track on the Lead Weight compilation album. The band gigged extensively in England but split in 1981. The members went their own separate ways but Brian Ross & Mick Moore stayed together to form the heart of Avenger. The band released 2 singles on Neat: Ross then left to join Satan with whom he recorded the classic Caught In The Act album which was released by Read more...

ANNIHILATOR

Canadian metal band Annihilator is the lifework of guitarist Jeff Waters. Founded in 1984, the band took the metal scene by storm with their debut 1989 release “Alice In Hell”, upped the ante with 1990’s “Never, Neverland” and finished off their 3-record deal (Roadrunner Records) with “Set The World On Fire”. While most late-80’s era metal bands disappeared, Annihilator went on to forge 9 more studio cds, dvds and live releases, all consistently selling well and remaining true to the heavy metal cause. Tours with everyone from Judas Priest to Pantera to Trivium, plus Read more...

STEEL PROPHET

The highly respected STEEL PROPHET, hailing from Van Nuys in California, deliver technically minded Progressive Heavy Metal. The band was actually assembled in Middletown, Connecticut during 1983, at first involving guitarist Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor, frontman Gary Stocking and drummer Harry Blackwell. A four track demo was recorded working with co-producer Mike Arafeh. A second set of songs, billed ‘Resurrection’ and recorded at The Center for Media Arts in New York, again saw Mike Arafeh behind the desk with a third session, in 1985, tracked at The SynHouse. The band then Read more...

TANKARD

The story of TANKARD is an exceptional one: the Thrash Metal force from Frankfurt, Germany is around since the early 80s already, spearheading a wave of German Thrash bands who became successful worldwide (Kreator, Destruction, Sodom a.o.). And while a lot of other bands struggled, split up or came back with reunions, TANKARD never had these problems. They have always been there. And they kept their worldwide fanbase for all these years, delivering one strong album after another. When you think of beer and Thrash Metal the name TANKARD is the first that will pop up for sure. Founded in Read more...

BLIND GUARDIAN

With a steady evolution from their early days as a speed metal band to their current, renowned musical blend of glory, drama, and grandiosity, Germany’s BLIND GUARDIAN have long since made their mark as the world’s definitive power metal band. For many, they need no introduction, as the band possesses a track record and back catalogue of classic staples that perhaps only Iron Maiden can match. Called everything from heavy metal bards to modern day minstrels, BLIND GUARDIAN possess the ability to transport their legions of fans to another time and place with their majestic songwriting, Read more...