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Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Concert Ticket

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I was recently asked what my first Iron Maiden show was and it was this one, the Seventh Son tour.  I actually had tickets to see them on the Somewhere in Time Tour and had to give them up because of my grades.  That was a reality in my life growing up.  Looking back, I understand why it happened, but as a kid, I was pretty pissed to miss my favorite band.

Killer Dwarfs opened up this show.  They were terrible.  All I cared about was Maiden and they delivered…they always do.

$14.50 for a ticket?  Back then that seemed like a lot.  For many of the shows I see these days, I’d love to pay that!

Setlist:

  1. Moonchild
  2. The Evil That Men Do
  3. The Prisoner
  4. Infinite Dreams
  5. The Trooper
  6. Can I Play With Madness
  7. Heaven Can Wait
  8. Wasted Years
  9. The Clairvoyant
  10. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  11. The Number of the Beast
  12. Hallowed Be Thy Name
  13. Iron Maiden
  14. Run to the Hills
  15. 22 Acacia Avenue
  16. 2 Minutes to Midnight
  17. Running Free

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May 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

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

Doomsday News I, II and III Compilations (NOISE Records 1988-1990)

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Here are some cool compilations that NOISE Records put out.  Some real stinkers on these but also some real gems.  Especially Watchtower with Mike Soliz (Militia) on vocals!

1. Scanner – Galactos
2. Rage – Before the Storm
3. Deathrow – Scattered by the Wind
4. Coroner – Arrogance in Uniform
5. Tankard – Total Addiction
6. Sabbat – Hosanna in Excelsis
7. Helloween – Starlight
8. Vendetta – And the Brave Man Fails
9. Celtic Frost – Mesmerized
10. Kreator – After the Attack
11. Voivod – Cockroaches

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1. Coroner – Hate, Fire, Blood
2. Watchtower – Dangerous Toy
3. Midas Touch – Aceldama – Terminal Breath
4. Deathrow – Machinery
5. Mordred – The Artist
6. Rage – Mirror
7. Vendetta – War
8. Mania – Break Out

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Kreator
1. Flag of Hate
2. Riot of Violence
Tankard
3. Alien
4. Chemical Invasion
5. Maniac Forces
Sabbat
6. Hosanna in Excelsis
7. I for an Eye
8. For Those Who Died
Coroner
9. D.O.A.
10. Absorbed
11. Read My Scars

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It was a cold night in February 1988…

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…when I met Nicko McBrain. He had come to town to do a drum clinic for Sonor Drums and Paiste Cymbals. As a zit -faced, poofy-haired kid who loved Iron Maiden more than just about anything, this clinic was like a taste of Heaven. There were only about 30 people there as Whitesnake were in town touring for the ’87 LP. I was one of 2 people who actually got to get up on stage and play his drums with him standing right there. It was awesome. During one of his rambles, he mentioned the size of the crowd being small due to Whitesnake being in town. Under my breath from the front row I said “Fuck Tommy Aldridge.” Nicko stopped his speech and said, “Steve, give that man a beer!” So his tech handed me an ice cold Heineken which I had Nicko autograph after the show. I still have that bottle, unopened and it’s all chunky inside. I didn’t drink at the time so there was no reason to open it.

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January 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Lord – Second Coming (1988)

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This is one that I only picked up within the last year or so off of eBay.  When I saw that it had Bloodlust’s singer I had to The Second Coming cover (Click to see larger picture)check it out.  How did I not know about this one before?  WTF?  But here we are…Lord’s Second Coming CD rereleased (aka bootlegged) on HOT METAL RECORDS.  This label put out a bunch of obscure stuff like Hammeron, Satan’s Host, Killen, SA Slayer…but of course all as bootlegs and they sound like they were recorded straight from the vinyl.  But I kind of like that on some things.  Takes me back to the old days of listening to metal in my bedroom on my POS record player.

This is a good metal find though and oddly enough this is the first CD I ever loaded into my iTunes that it didn’t recognize.  I am a bit surprised.

Second Coming starts out a bit odd in that there’s a ballad as the opening track.  You do hear a side of Guy Lord’s voice that you don’t hear so much on Bloodlust’s Guilty As Sin LP.  It picks up from here on the song Burnin’ but in more of a NWOBHM style.  His vocals are clean and the riffs and well crafted IMHO.  I’ve probably spun this 20 times since I picked it up last year.  Some of the stuff has a 70s hard rock feel ala Pentagram’s more upbeat early stuff.  There’s a variation of different hard rock/metal styles on here.  I’m not much of a fan of The Doors but they do a pretty cool cover of The End.

So if you liked the vocals on Bloodlust’s Guilty As Sin, I recommend that you download this.  It’s worth a few spins for some old  metal listening.

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August 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Hittman – S/T (1988)

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Now here’s a closet classic!  I first heard the track Dead On Arrival on The Metal Shop in 1988 and I am pretty sure I hittmantaped the song, if not the whole show (wish I still had those tapes!).  I let Kelz hear it the next day or so and he hated it.  Doofus.  Of course today he’s all about it, or so he says.  He’s such a liar sometimes.  hahaha.  Kidding.  Ok, not so much.

Anyway, I promptly went to the Music Man and picked up the cassette.  I loved it!  Mainly the dude’s vocals.  He had a cool range.  Good riffs on the album and some smooth drumming.  Unfortunately the drums were severely under-produced much like the drums on Megadeth’s Peace Sells or Sanctuary’s Refuge Denied.  Very muddy.  I loved that tape.  This album was just good classy US metal with some Geoff Tate type vocals but music not as progressive at Queensryche.

Lyrically this album could be better but I can overlook it.  The one track I don’t dig is their version of Secret Agent Man (Secret Asian Man!).  I never liked the original so I didn’t want to hear a cover version of it either.  We jammed on this album a lot.  We always cracked jokes about the song “Backstreet Rebels”; usually make jokes about some chick…”Backstreet Nikki” or whoever.  Silly dumbasses we were, but the lyrics needed to be joked on.  All in all this was a fun album to play drums to.  The double bass work was straightforward enough that my feet could keep up with it.

In 1991 or 1992 I went to Cleveland to see my friend Bronwyn and hit a great string of record stores up there.  One of which had this CD import for $3!  This one store had a ton of metal for cheap on vinyl and CD.  The manager said “I don’t like metal and just want to see this stuff out of here.”  I easily dropped $200 in that place on some cheap metal.  Glad to be of service, sir!

So, I highly recommend this to you as some really good 80s US Metal.  Again, very out of print so I don’t mind uploading it.  I do not recommend their followup album, Vivas Machinas.  It was pretty bad.

Download it here.

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July 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Rapeman – Two Nuns and a Pack Mule

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In 1992 I went to visit Kelz at JMU during his junior year there.  I drove my sweet 82 Trans Am up there.  It was a total blast, at least what I remember of it.  266-1Actually, there are only a few memories of that weekend in tact in my brain.  We drank a lot of beer, mostly at some bar called JM’s.  We played the video bowling game there and seemed to get better the more we drank.  We went to some guy’s house and listened to Dwight Yoakam.   I met some girl named Ursula.  I was extremely hungover that Saturday morning.  Somewhere there’s a photo of me dead on his couch in so much pain.  But the main thing I do remember from that weekend was the music I was introduced to…Foetus, Rapeman, Iron Prostate and Motorpsycho (USA band) and even Motorhead to a lesser degree.  I was also introduced to the Spawn comic book that weekend.  That was a great series fro about 50 issues.  But more on the other bands some other time, today is about the Rapeman album.  I liked it the 2-3 times I listened to it while up at JMU that weekend and never bothered much with it again.

Flash forward to July 4, 2009.  Jason McMaster and I rode down to San Antonio to check out a legendary record store called Hog Wild Records.  The place has been there since the 70s and I always like seeing the independent shops that are still around, even if they are making it by the skin of their teeth.  It is a cool shop and I dropped $60 easily in there.  One of the things I picked up was Rapeman’s Two Nuns and a Pack Mule CD used for $5 in mint condition.  I hadn’t thought about that album in years and had to buy it.  I was hoping I’d still like it.  There have been a few purchases of “back in the day” albums that I loved then and don’t care for now.  Fortunately for me, this one still sits well in my listening palette.  I’ve spun it at least 10 times since last weekend and I like it more and more each time I hear it.

I’ve seen it classified as post-hardcore.  To me it sounds like a live Foetus album in some ways.  A little frantic yet controlled…and without the digital samples.  The guy’s voice even resembles Thirwell’s in places.  The version I am posting has the BUDD EP include as well.

Download it here.