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Deathwish – Demon Preacher – 1988

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Here’s an old one and a tad bit obscure. I remember first buying this on tape when it came out. I saw an ad in a magazine and thought the cover looked cool. Remember back in the old days when you had a good chance of picking a good band by their album covers? Not so much these days.

Deathwish hailed from England. While this isn’t a great thrash album by any stretch of the imagination, it’s worth giving a listen to once a year or so. I picked it up on CD a few years after its release and got it in a cutout bin for maybe $5. What an investment it was! A few days ago I sold my copy on eBay for $65!

Download it here.

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April 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

Poll: Ride The Lightning vs. Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?

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Feel free to discuss your choice.

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April 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Falling In Love With Music All Over Again

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I go through phases where I just really don’t want to hear music.  Conversely I go through times where I can’t get enough of it.  As some of you faithful readers may know, I have been selling off a large portion of my CD collection.  “Why?” you may ask?  Mainly because most of the stuff was just sitting there taking up space.  I tend to move a lot.  I’ve been here in Austin for 3 years and just moved into my 4th place.  Moving all those boxes gets to be a bit laboring!  haha.

I did a purge around 2000/2001 and got rid of about 200-250.  This time I plan on getting rid of about 1000.  Many I kept simply for nostalgic reasons.  “I loved this album.  I’ve had this CD forever.”  etc etc.  Sure it made for nice conversation when folks would come and peruse the collection, but really, who gives a shit?  I will be keeping some sentimental faves, around 600 of them…Iron Maiden, some Stones, Triumph, Warlord, WASP…the albums that really matter to me.  They’ll also be on the iPod.

As I’ve been going through this selling process, I’ve been converting many of them to MP3 format.  Last week I bought the 160gb iPod.  For years I said I’d never get one.  “Screw those things!  I love my CDs!”  Now, and it hasn’t even been a full week of ownership, I love this thing.  Right now I just have it loaded with the stuff that I have pulled out of the collection and sold, much of which isn’t even my favorite stuff from the collection.

I just put it on shuffle and let it go.  It’s nice.  There are a few times when I have to grab the iPod and look at who’s playing as it’s something that I don’t recognize.  “Wow.  I forgot all about this song!”  It’s been nice revisiting much of the stuff that just collected dust over the years.  Conversely, there are many CDs that I am not bothering to convert.  I mean I really don’t need to hear Defiance’s Void Terra Firma ever again.  I never really liked it but kept it and their others just to be a completest.  Completest no more!

I did add some stuff like Triumph’s Thunder Seven (my least fave of theirs) and heard a few tracks coming and going San Antonio last weekend and thought, “Wow, this was a good album after all!”  This morning on my way to work I heard Toy Matinee’s Ballad of Jenny Ledge and it just gave me that warm comfortable feeling that music can often give me.  It’s just got me back in the music mood again and I love it.

On top of that add in that my main band is playing out again and last week’s show was great and I think we picked up a lot of new fans.  Life is good…and thanks to music it gets better.

For as much smack as I talked about iPods over the years, I now want to thank them for renewing something in me that was always there.

I had a great conversation with a friend about this over a sushi dinner on Sunday and we both came to the same conclusion…Music is life and life is music.  Amen, sister.  Amen.

Music is and always has been my one true love.

Carry on.

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April 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

Lizzy Borden Concert Review – 041710

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As stated before, I am a pretty big fan of Lizzy Borden. so I was pretty excited when I heard that they were coming to

Give 'em the Axe!

San Antonio to do a show…a FREE show!  I saw them in 2001 opening for Malmsteen at the NORVA in Norfolk, VA and they were great even though they didn’t play Give ’em The Axe.  My problem, not theirs, eh?

So McMaster and I head down to San Antonio (75 miles) around 6PM and go to the legendary Hogwild Records before heading to the venue.  I’ve been there one other time and it’s a great store, lots of San Antonio metal history there.  I ended up buying 6 shirts while I was there:  2 S.A. Slayer, Sepultura – Beneath The Remains, 2 Dark Angels designs and Mercyful Fate – Nuns Have No Fun.  They had tons of other great shirts, but sold out on my size (tent-makers must be running behind! haha!)  I really wanted the Sin After Sin shirt. *sigh*

So after doing our damage there, we head to the venue just to see where it is.  It’s an old warehouse, huge place.   After we spotted it we went to Denny’s and grabbed a quick meal.  I hadn’t eaten since that morning so I was feeling pretty weak.

We get to the venue around 9:30PMish and catch up with McMaster’s girlfriend and 2 of her friends who flew in from Oklahoma City…April and Angie.  good looking rock chicks.  Super funny and very cool.  Had a blast with them.

The venue is called Backstage Live and they are bringing in a lot of shows, mostly 80s rock and metal.  The place is friggin’ huge.  I imagine it can hold 1000 comfortably, maybe twice that.  They did a nice job doing the rehab work in there.  It was a very nice place.  Some cool swag on the walls as well like this German KISS poster from the Unmasked Tour with Iron Maiden opening up.  Damn!

It took almost an hour for Lizzy to hit the stage after the opening band, One Of Six.  WTH?  It was ridiculous.  The club owner spoke from the stage saying they were delayed in getting there, but I don’t know.  There was a point where they all walked out from backstage to come on then went back in…seemed like it was another 20 minutes until they finally came on.

Jason and I moved practically 5′ from the stage with ease and room to spare around us.  There may have been 100-120 people there, but the place is so big that the crowd looked tiny.

Lizzy finally hit the stage dressed in a hooded robe and a black screen covering his face.  Honestly, the sound quality

Lizzy Borden, one of many masks

was so bad that I have no idea what song they opened with.  I think it may have been from their last album of which I am totally unfamiliar with.  Give ’em The Axe was next but I had no idea what it was.  Jason elbowed me and said, “They’re playing your song.”  Really?   Couldn’t tell.  I could tell that Lizzy’s voice was good, though.  Really he sounded great.  He has such a unique voice and it can cut through just about anything.  His band was really good too.  Marten Andersson is a fantastic bassplayer.  Lizzy’s brother, Joey Scott Harges is still on drums and he had 2 hot shot guitarists with him.  Both of those dudes could play.

Lizzy changed masks and costumes between just about every song.  I have to say that I think I would have preferred a stripped down Lizzy show without having all of the “show”.  Their music can hold it’s own.  But then I guess it just wouldn’t be a Lizzy show without all the props and such.

nice mullet, hero.

They only did 14 songs and it really seemed like fewer because of the sound there.  I really left the show very disappointed…one, in the sound quality and 2, in the setlist.  I thought it was pretty weak and very short.  This is one of 4 USA shows, play a longer set!

I’m not so sure that I’ll ever go see them again.


? (inaudible)
Give ’em The Axe
? (inaudible)
Tomorrow Never Comes
Under Your Skin
Master of Disguise
There Will Be Blood Tonight
Me Against the World
American Metal
Hollywood? (inaudible)
We’ve Got The Power
Notorious (encore)
Redrum (encore)

If anyone can fill in the blanks on the setlist, it would be greatly appreciated.

I’m really hesitant to see other shows at this venue even though they have a lot of good stuff coming there…Y&T, Dangerous Toys, Pat Travers, etc.

Oh well.  I had fun with Jason, his girl and the OKC girls…and I got to meet the legendary Don Van Stavern Riot, SA Slayer).

We all bleed American metal!


Someone sent me the setlist.  Three songs were not played although they were listed:  Crawlin’, Deal With the Devil and Come Out At Night.


photo courtesy of Rockerazzi Photography

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April 18, 2010 at 9:28 am

Headbangers – The Worldwide MegaBook of Heavy Metal Bands

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Back in 1995/1996 I was still married to my now ex-wife.  She was a voracious reader and during our brief marriage it inspired me to do some reading.  Most of the time it was band/musician biographies.  Sometimes it was just catching up on John Saul books (all of which suck anymore).  One day I went to the library and was just thumbing through the reference books and came across “Headbangers – The Worldwide MegaBook of Heavy Metal Bands” by Mark Hale.  I cracked it open and just started freaking out.  This book had just about everyone in it that was a metal band.  It spans from the late 60s to about 1990 and does a wonderful job of cross-referencing bands, listing albums and catalog numbers.  There’s an index in the back of musicians, band names, countries of origin and record labels with catalog numbers.  It’s a pretty extensive hardcover book.

Hale gives descriptions of the bands and does his best not to inject bias.  It’s 540+ pages of heavy metal goodness.

My ex and I split up in late 1996 and by early 1997 I had started my own CD sales business.  I was mostly doing it by word of mouth between friends, eBay and had started an online music store, Acacia Music (defunct).  I checked the book out from the library several times and finally called the publisher to see if they still had any copies.  Luckily they did.  Having a business license and tax ID number, they sold me the book for $75.  One of the best investments that I have ever made.

The book has 2 editions.  The first edition had a run of 750 copies and the second run of the first edition had 250 copies.  That’s it!

Somewhere along the line I decided to get it signed by bands that were in it.  If I remember correctly the first signatures were by Warrell Dane/Jim Shepherd (Sanctuary) and Jon Schaffer (Purgatory 60 aka Iced Earth) when Nevermore and Iced Earth were touring together in 1999.

Over the years I’ve met a lot of bands who are in it and some of the encounters were pretty random.  I think in the coming months I’ll start writing about the signatures and how I obtained them.  Many of them had some good stories attached to them.  Typically I get the same reaction, “What the hell is this and where the hell did you get it?”

If you’re a fan of metal, especially the pre-1990 stuff, this book is a must have.  They typically don’t come cheaply but you can generally find some on  Most of the copies there are ex-library copies.

Here’s the current list of signatures (updated 3/30/2021):

AC/DC Simon Wright
Accept Udo, Peter Baltes, Wolf Hoffman, Herman Frank
Ace Frehley Anton Fig
Aerosmith Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford
Aftermath  Charlie Tsisolis, Steve Sacco, John Lovette, Ray Schmidt, Eric ? (not in the book)
Agony Column  Stuart Laurence
Alcatrazz Graham Bonnet, Gary Shea, Jimmy Uvena
Alice Cooper Alice Cooper
Amulance  Rick Baez, Bob Luman, Chuck Hamilton (not in the book)
Anthrax Dan Spitz, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello
Armored Saint Joey Vera, John Bush, Phil Sondoval, Gonzo Sandoval
Assalant  Mike Botello
At War  Paul Arnold, Shawn Helsel
Attacker  Mike Sabatini, Pat Marinello
Autograph Steve Lynch, Randy Rand
Banshee Terry Dunn
Baron Steele Joe Szabo, Al Ortiz
Battlezone  Paul Di’Anno
Bitch Betsy 
Black N Blue  Pete Holmes, Jaime St James, Patrick Young
Black Roses Chuck Wright
Black Sabbath Glenn Hughes
Bloodcum John Araya
Bloodlust Sandy K
Britny Fox Johnny Dee
Bullet Fitty
Bullet Boys Marq Torien, Jimmy D’Anda, Mick Sweda
Celtic Frost Tom G Warrior
Chastain Leather Leone, David T. Chastain, Mike Skimmerhorn, Ken Mary, David Harbour
Cheap Trick Tom Petersson, Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen
Cinderella  Tom Keifer
Cirith Ungol Tim Baker, Robert Garven, Mike Flint, Greg Lindstrom, Jim Barraza (not in the book but verified inclusion based on other resources)
CJSS Les Sharpe, Russell Jenkins
Damien Thorne Ken Starr, Rick Browz (not in book but played on original demos)
Dangerous Toys Scott Dalhover, Meark Geary, Mike Watson
Dark Angel  Gene Hoglan
Death Tripper  Jerry Blanco
Deceased  King Fowley
Deliverance  Glenn Rogers
Destruction Schmier, Mike
Détente Steve Hochheiser
Devastation Rodney Dunsmore, Alex Dominguez, Louie Carrisalez
Diamond Rexx S.St. Lust, Andre
The Dictators Handsome Dick Manitoba
DIO  Rowan Robertson, Craig Goldy, Vinny Appice
Dirty Looks Paul Lidel
Dokken Jeff Pilson, George Lynch
DRI Felix Griffin, Josh Pappe (RIP)
English Dogs Graham Butt (one of the funniest inscriptions ever…you had to be there)(signed while playing with Sabbat)
Enuff Z’Nuff Chip Znuff, 3 non-original members; none of them in the book; signed in the back
Exciter Dan Beehler, Allan Johnson
Exodus  Gary Holt, Tom Hunting
Faster Pussycat Taime Down, Brent Muscat, 2 non-original members
Fates Warning Frank Aresti, John Arch, Jim Matheos, Victor Arduini, Steve Zimmerman, Joe DiBiase
Ferrari Oni Logan
Flotsam and Jetsam  Eric AK, Kelly David Smith, Ed Carlson, Michael Gilbert
Forbidden Tim Calvert, Paul Bostaph
Forte’ Rev Jones (band not in the book)
Glacier Mike Podrybau
Great White Jack Russell
Grim Reaper  Steve Grimmett
Joe Hasselvander Joe Hasselvander
Hawkwind  Nik Turner
Hellion Ann Boleyn
Helstar James Rivera, Larry Barragan
Hirax Katon W. DePena
Hurricane Kelley Hansen
Impaler Bill Lindsey, Commander Court
Jag Panzer Chris Cronk (also listed with Fates Warning), Harry Conklin, Joey Tafolla, Rikard Stjernquist, Mark Briody, John Tetley
Jaguar Garry Peppard
Jet Red Brad Rang
Juggernaut Harlan Glenn, Eddie Katilus, Scott Womack
Keel Scott Warren
Killer Dwarfs Russ Dwarf, Bryce Dwarf
King Diamond Mikkey Dee, Pete Blakk
Kingdom Come James Kottak
Kreator Ventor
Krokus Marc Storace, Chris Von Rohr, Mandy Meier
LA Guns Philip Lewis, Tracii Guns, Steve Riley
Lethal Tom Mallicoat, Glen Cook, Dell Hull, Jerry Hartman (not in book but played on Programmed)
Liege Lord  Joe Comeau, Tony Truglio, Matt Vinci
Lion Doug Aldrich
Lizzy Borden Alex Nelson (RIP), Lizzy Borden, Joey Scott Harges
Loudness Minoru Niihara, Akira Takasaki, Masayoshi Yamashita, Masayuki Suzuki (not in the book)
Lydia Von Huston Jennifer Batten
Manowar Ross the Boss
Manilla Road  Mark Shelton
Medieval Steel John Roth, Bobby Franklin, Jeff Boydston
Megadeth Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson
Metal Blade Records Brian Slagel
Metal Church Craig Wels
Mindless Sinner Christer Göransson, Magnus Danneblad, Jerker Edman, Christer Carlson, Tommy Viktorsson (Formerly Johansson)
Militia Mike Soliz, Rob Willingham, Phil Achee, Tony Smith, Jesse Villegas
Vinnie Moore Vinnie Moore
Motorhead Lemmy Kilmister (RIP)
MSG Michael Schenker
Mythra Vince High, John Roach, Alex Perry
Mystic Force Keith Menser
Necrophagia Killjoy (RIP)
Nuclear Assault Dan Lilker, John Connelly, Glenn Evans
Obituary James Murphy
The Obsessed Wino
Odin Shawn, Jeff and Matt Duncan, Randy O., Aaron Samson
Omen Kenny Powell, Steve Wittig
Ostrogoth Mario “Grizzly” Pauvels
Overkill Bobby Ellsworth, D.D. Verni
Ozzy Tommy Aldridge
Pentagram Bobby Liebling, Victor Griffin
Picture Laurens Bakker, Rinus Vreugdenhil 
Plasmatics TC Tolliver
Pretty Boy Floyd Steve Summers, 2 non-original members
Purgatory 60 (Iced Earth) John Schafer
Q5 Evan Sheeley, Rick Pierce, Jonathan Kay
Queensyche Geoff Tate
Quiet Riot Rudy Sarzo, Sean McNabb, Frankie Banali (RIP)
Racer X Juan Alderete (as “Jeff” in the book)
Rage Peavey Wagner, Manni Schmidt, Chris Efthimiadis
Rainbow Joe Lynn Turner
Randy California Mark Andes (while playing with Firefall)
Rapid Tears Brian Frank
Ratt Stephen Pearcy
Raven John Gallagher, Mark Gallagher
Rigor Mortis Bruce Corbtt (RIP), Casey Orr, Harden Harrison
Riot Don Van Stavern, Bobby Jarzombek, Rick Ventura
Rising Force Yngwie Malmsteen, Anders Johansson, Jeff Scott Soto
Rods Carl Canedy, David Feinstein, Gary Bordonaro
Ulrich Roth Uli Jon Roth
Rotting Corpse John Perez, Mando Tovar
Rough Cutt Matt Thorne, Chris Hager
Running Wild Stefan Schwartzmann
Ruthless Sami DeJohn
S.A. Slayer Bob Catlin, Art Villareal
Sabbat Martin Walkyier, Andy Sneap, Simon Negus, Simon Jones
Sacred Rite Peter Crane, Jimmy Caterine, Mark Kaleiwahea
Sadus Steve DiGiorgio
Saint Vitus Mark Adams, David Chandler, Scott Reagers
Salty Dog Michael Hannon
Sanctuary Warrel Dane (RIP), Jim Sheppard
Satan  Brian Ross, Russ Tippins, Graeme English, Steve Ramsey, Sean Taylor
Satan’s Host Patrick Evil (not in book but confirmed original)
Scorpions Francis Buchholz, Herman Rarebell
Screamer Jim Dofka
Sentinel Beast Michael Spencer
Sepultura Paolo, Jr, Andreas Kisser
Skid Row Sebastian Bach
Slauter Xstroyes Paul Krathy
Slayer  Dave Lombardo
SOD  Billy Milano
Steel Prophet Steve Kachinsky
Stryper Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, Oz Fox, Tim Gaines
Syrus Al Berlanga, Michael Vasquez, John Castilleja
Takashi Danny Stanton
Ted Nugent Derek St. Holmes
Tesla Troy Lucketta, Tommy Skeoch, Brian Wheat, Frank Hannon, Jeff Keith
Testament Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian, Eric Peterson
The Rods Carl Canedy, David Feinstein, Garry Bordonaro
Thin Lizzy John Sykes, Scott Gorham
Thrust Ron Cooke
Triumph Rik Emmett
Trouble Ron Holtzman, Eric Wagner, Jeff “Oly” Olson
T.T. Quick Mark Tornillo 
Turbin Doug Morrison, Neil Turbin
Twisted Sister  AJ Pero (RIP)
Tygers of Pan Tang Robb Weir
Tyrant  Greg May
Tyrant’s Reign Phil Fouch, Ken Miller
UFO  Paul Chapman (RIP), Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond (RIP), Andy Parker
Vatican Vince Vatican, Vic Grabouski, Brian McNasty
Venom Mantas, Abaddon, Demolition Man
Vendetta (Chicago) Klyph Black
Vinnie Moore Vinnie Moore
Voi Vod Away, Snake, Blacky
War Cry Rich Rozek, Phil Fouch, Karl Miller (neither in the book)
Warlock  Doro Pesch
Watchtower Jason McMaster, Ron Jarzombek, Billy White, Rick Colaluca
Wendy O. Williams Greg Smith
Whitesnake David Coverdale
White Lion Greg D’Angelo
Wicked Angel Joseph Valdez (book only lists the singer, validated here)
Winger Kip Winger, Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein
Wishbone Ash Andy Powell
Wolfsbane Blaze Bayley
Wyzard John Alvarado, Buster Grant (as Gilbert Grant Guzman in the book)
Y&T Dave Meniketti

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April 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm