Category: BIOGRAPHY

MANILLA ROAD

It was the 1970′s and Epic Metal was not even a genre of music yet. For that matter the term Heavy Metal did not even refer to music but the French based fantasy magazine Métal Hurlant. The phrase Heavy Metal was just barely showing up in the works of a very few bands. Steppenwolf had used the phrase heavy metal thunder in their hit song “Born to Be Wild”. But in this case I believe the reference was to loud motorcycles. But there was always a more multifaceted meaning springing up in my head when I thought of the words. The obvious motorcycle reference was there but the French Read more...

DEEP MACHINE

Deep Machine are a British Heavy Metal band, formed in 1979 by guitarist Bob Hooker. The original line up was a four piece with Bob on Guitar, Kin Lou ( Bass) John Edwards ( Vocals), and Pete Clements ( Drums)….. Kin Lou left the band and was replaced by Kevin Maloney on Bass. Several gigs were played at East London’s Ruskin Arms (London) and also The Bull, Hornchurch Essex. John Edwards left the band, and was replaced by Mick Silver on vocals, and a few more Ruskin Arms gigs followed…… Bob then auditioned for Iron Maiden at Hollywood Studios Clapham Read more...

DECEASED

Trends have come and gone, but DECEASED’s brand of true-to-the-roots heavy metal has done nothing but mature, distancing them from the throng of half-hearted pretenders, bandwagon jumping retro-metallers, and pseudo-metal shams. Having championed the cause of true metal for fifteen (!) years, Arlington, Virginia’s DECEASED are universally recognized as not only pioneers of the true spirit of death metal, but as keepers of the flame of heavy metal’s past, present and future. DECEASED arose in 1985, drawing inspiration from BLACK SABBATH, VENOM, RAVEN, MERCIFUL FATE, Read more...

PERSIAN RISK

A Cardiff, Wales based heavy metal band with a reputation for delivering melodic quality songs, PERSIAN RISK was formed in 1979 by ex-STONED SOUL PARTY and ROCKTOPUS guitarist, Phil Campbell, with co-guitarist Dave Bell, vocalist Jon Deverill, and the rhythm section of bassist Nick Hughes and drummer Russell ‘Razz’ Lemon, both ex-LEADING STAR. Deverill left to join the higher profiled TYGERS OF PAN TANG in late 1980, necessitating the recruitment of former LEADING STAR vocalist Carl Sentance in time for the recording of the ‘Calling For You’ single, which also Read more...

VARDIS

Vardis are an influential three-piece heavy metal band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, who enjoyed hits between 1978 and 1986. They formed a prominent part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene, then prevalent in the United Kingdom. They consisted of frontman Steve Zodiac on guitar and lead vocals, Alan Selway on bass guitar and Gary Pearson on drums. Alan Selway was later replaced by Terry Horbury (previously of Dirty Tricks) on bass guitar. The band were originally formed under the name ‘Quo Vardis’ (Latin for wither goest thou) because they did not know which Read more...

SINNER

Sinner are a German heavy metal band formed by vocalist and bassist Mat Sinner in 1982 (who later joined Primal Fear). They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene. Their latest album, One Bullet Left, was released in 2011. Based in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Sinner released their first album, Wild’n’Evil in 1982. This album, along with the next two (Fast Decision and Danger Zone) were raw affairs, having little in common with the melodic metal they would later become known for. After many personnel changes (including drummer Edgar Patrik leaving to join Read more...

HEXX

After kicking around the Bay Area with little to show for it since 1978, San Francisco’s Paradox changed their name to Hexx shortly before signing with the Shrapnel label and releasing their debut album, No Escape, in 1984. This showed them to be in the traditional metal camp, with a few N.W.O.B.H.M. influences, but by the time of their sophomore effort, Under the Spell, arrived in 1986, Hexx was clearly assimilating elements of the thrash scene raging all around them. Now comprised of vocalist/guitarist Clint Bower, guitarist Dan Watson, bassist Bill Peterson, and drummer John Read more...

LETHAL

Lethal is an American heavy metal band from Erlanger, Kentucky, formed in 1982, by brothers Eric Cook and Glen Cook. The band was formed by brothers Eric and Glen Cook along with Jay Simpson the original drummer and Brian Goins the original singer, Brian came up with the name Lethal. Lethal also added a second guitarist, Chuck Gollar in 1982. Gollar was replaced by Dell Hull in 1983. Lethal decided they wanted a different style of vocals and in 1984, Brian Goins was released and Tom Malicot was asked to come aboard. Lethal made one appearance with the line up consisting of Tom Malicot, Read more...

TOXIK

Toxik was formed in 1985 by Joshua Christian and Lee Erwin under the name “Toyko”. The band was forced to change its name due to the threat of legal action from a band who had already registered the name. The band’s original four-piece lineup which, because it occurred before the name change, was known as the Tokyo line up, consisted of Michael Sanders (vocals), Josh Christian (guitar), Lee Erwin (bass) and Sal Dadabo (drums). However, the line up did not remain stable, plaguing the band with line-up changes into the following year. During the same year, the band’s Read more...

WARRIOR

Warrior is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1982. As was the case with contemporaries Ratt and Rough Cutt, the group’s core – guitarists Joe Floyd and Tommy Asakawa, bassist Rick Bennett and vocalist Parramore McCarty – was made up of San Diego, CA transplants in search of fame and fortune up the coast in L.A. Adding drummer Liam Jason to the band and initially going under the name Fury, the band soon started to make a name for themselves in the local clubs with their futuristic brand of European influenced heavy metal. In 1984, the Read more...