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John Macey – More Notes For Your Money (1987)

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I uploaded John’s first album a while back and was contacted by a former student of his and also a family member.  One of them shared John’s followup album from 1987.  This is good stuff.  Here are the covers and the link to download.

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October 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Bathory – Under the Sign of the Black Mark turns 25!

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Hard to believe that it’s been 25 years already.  It was through an old friend that I first laid ears on this album.  I remember that he had bought it on vinyl, probably at Tracks at Ward’s Corner in Norfolk, VA, but I don’t quite remember.

What I do remember is initially being terrified by what I heard on this album.  Not necessarily in the overtly satanic lyrics, but in the raw sound of music.  Poorly produced and performed, apparently all by Quorthon himself, this album and the band grew on me.  It was catchy.

I still spin this a few times a year.  It takes me back to the halls of Portsmouth Catholic High School in my junior and senior years (86-88).  Those were great times for music discovery and for the circle of friends I ran with.  There were also some dark times intermingled there and as music often does, it brings out emotions and memories of a lot of things.

Equimanthooooooorn

I love all Bathory up to and including Hammerheart.  I tried everything after and it never did anything for me.

RIP Quorthon

Megadeth/Warlock/Sanctuary April 9, 1988

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I’ve mentioned this show a few times on this site.  It was a pretty important show for me; not just because Megadeth was on the bill but it also included Warlock and Sanctuary.  Both bands were two of my favorites at the time (and now too!).  I was in my senior year of high school and if it wasn’t for playing drums and listening to metal, not sure how things would have turned out.  Both of those things kept me grounded and focused…well, as focused as most 18 year olds I guess.  Megadeth was supporting So Far…So Good, Warlock supporting Triumph and Agony and Sanctuary supporting Refuge Denied.  Oh my!

Check out my 2 previous related posts:

Hey Doro! nice ass!

and Hey Doro! nice ass! pt 2

This show was awesome, too bad the openers didn’t play longer.  See the setlists below.

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April 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Megadeth/Overkill May 23, 1987

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One of the greatest concerts I have ever seen.  Megadeth on the Peace Sells tour and Overkill on the Taking Over tour.  Holy crap.  This actual date was the night of my junior prom.  I had a date set up and was set to take her to the prom…then this show got announced and I had to cancel.  I mean c’mon.  Megadeth & Overkill!  I hope she wasn’t too disappointed. Probably not.

When I met Mustaine in the summer of 2006, I told him that above story.  His reply was classic.  “Don’t use my concert as an excuse for you not being able to get a date, dude!”  haha.  Nice one, Dave.

The concert was incredible.  Period. Awesome setlists!

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April 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Motorhead – Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Admittedly I’m a latecomer fan when it comes to Motorhead.  The first album of theirs I ever owned was 1916 and had really only heard a few songs by them throughout the 80s, Ace of Spades being the main one and a few friends of mine and I used to joke on it pretty hard.  It wasn’t until getting exposed to them in the early 2000s that I really decided to give them a chance, mainly because a band that I was in decided to play Cradle to the Grave.  I had seen them live prior to this, but mainly just to see Mikkey Dee.

In 2004 when I decided to put together a Motorhead tribute band, I was listening to a lot of their 80s material and I think it’s a pretty strong decade for them, much stronger than the 90s and 2000s for sure.  The early version of the tribute band did 2 songs from 1987’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, the title track and Eat The Rich.  We only played them in a few shows and they fell by the wayside.  I’d like to add Rock ‘n’ Roll back to the set.  I really dig the mid-80s era stuff as it seems to be more melodic on a lot of levels than the 70s era.  For me, there’s not really a bad song on here.  Blackheart and Stone Deaf In The USA are 2 big highlights for this album.

I also love the album cover, one of their best for sure.

To the hardcore “Aces of Spades-on-back” crew, I know this is blasphemy.  And I’m ok with that.  In general I prefer that stuff too, but this is a quality album.

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May 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Wild Dogs – Reign of Terror

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I really can’t remember how I happened upon this band.  I do know that I owned their early era vinyl stuff for quite a long time when Matt McCourt was singing for them.  I never really liked that stuff that much except for the song Evil In Me.  Not to mention Deen Castronovo’s drumming on that stuff was pretty good.  But overall those first 2 are a bit average.  Not bad, but not great.

And then came Reign of Terror.  Holy crap!  From beginning to end this album is great.  Sure, some of it gets a little tedious in the lyrics department, but the music overshadows it by a mile.  Deen is all over this on the drums and Jeff Mark’s guitar work is stellar.  Another thing that helped this album a lot was the addition of a new singer, Michael Furlong.  He always reminded me a little bit of J.D. Kimball of Omen.  Sort of raspy, but clear.

My top picks on this album would be Call of the Dar, Siberian Vacation and Streets of Berlin.  As stated earlier, there’s not a bad track on here and I never skip any of it.

A reissued version came out a few years ago with bonus tracks but I have yet to hear them.

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August 11, 2010 at 11:28 am

L’Amour Rocks CD (1987)

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Super rare closet classick!  This was put out by Mercenary/Celluloid Records in 1987 and I’ve probably owned it for lamourabout 15 or so years and until today I don’t think I have listened to this in about 10 years.  Not even sure where I found it.  Doesn’t matter.  It’s got some cool stuff on here like Wrathchild (who changed their name to Wrathchild America), Attacker and Halloween etc.  Those bands ended up being relatively well-known at least in the underground metal scene.  Matriarch is pretty decent.  Jett Blakk is pretty average thrash.  The Lethal Aggression is pretty bad…but then again if you’re into skate core/thrash/NYHC/punk, you may dig this one.  Meanstreak is about as average as hard rock could be.  The final track by The Boys is pretty awful.

1. “Armed To Deliver” –Wrathchild (3:56)
2. “Red Dawn” –Matriarch (3:53)
3. “Battered Child” –Jett Blakk (3:39)
4. “Generic Punk” –Lethal Aggression (2:21)
5. “Emanon” – Attacker (4:04)
6. “Come and Get It” -Halloween (3:18)
7. “Lost Stranger” –Mean Streak (2:38)
8. “The Boys Keep Rollin'” –The Boys (4:14)

I’m posting this since it’s pretty rare and has some decent songs on it.

Enjoy.

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July 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm