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Meeting Sepultura 1994

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Sepultura was on the Chaos AD tour with Fear Factory, Clutch and Fudge Tunnel in 1993/94.  I get a call on the day of the show from my friend Steve who owns Skinnies Records in Norfolk, VA and he says he’s guestlisted +1 and offers it to me.  Hell yeah!  I didn’t really care for the Chaos AD album that much but not having seen Sepultura before, I was definitely interested.  The other bands on the bill were not even mildly interesting to me.

I pick Steve up and it’s a cold rainy night in early March 1994.  We get to the Boathouse (I miss that place!) and go to the will-call window.  The girl hands Steve and envelope and tells one of the employees to see us inside.  I don’t recall getting a ticket for this one as it’s not in my ticket stub collection anywhere.  Steve put the envelope in his jacket and we go in.

The 3 opening bands were pretty dull.  I think Fear Factory was on right before Sepultura and Steve pulls the envelope out and opens it.  Two Sepultura after show backstage passes!  Score!  We were both excited and I remember Steve saying, “Damn, glad I decided to look in the envelope!”  Me too!

Sepultura comes on and they were great.  They mostly played stuff from Chaos AD and Arise but threw in Mass Hypnosis, Policia, My Inner Self and Beneath The Remains.  Score!  They were tight and entertaining.

After the show, we just hang out as people were leaving.  Several of our friends stopped to say hello and we both kept the passes under wraps until most everyone had left.  We then went to the backstage door with our passes displayed and got ushered in.  Saw some folks we knew back there and talked it up a bit.

My favorite memory was hearing someone in a thick yet higher-pitched Brazilian accent ask, “Does anybody want a beer?”  I turn around and right behind me is Max Cavalera holding 3 or 4 bottles of Beck’s beer.  I jokingly said, “Hey man, you sound like a girl!”  He laughed, handed me a beer and said, “Drink up!”

We chatted with him and the rest of the guys for a few minutes and I got them to sign the envelope that the passes came in.  They were very amiable and joked around with everyone a lot.  Steve and I were pretty worn out and left.

I’ve been pretty lucky meeting bands over the years.  And this was definitely another great experience.  Sepultura was very gracious and seemed to love playing in the States.

So, thanks to Steve and Sepultura for a great night of metal comradeship!

Sepultura backstage pass, Beck's bottle cap and autographs (click to enlarge)

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September 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm

File found: Gene Hoglan

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This is the accompanying photo to this previous blog.

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February 8, 2010 at 7:31 am

Found this today…

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while going through some boxes…

Metal Church!  Craig Wells, me, Mike Howe.  1989, Blessing in Disguise Tour @ The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA.  Fun bunch of dudes.  Man, I was 19.  Simpler times for sure.

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February 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm

My Life With Lizzy Borden

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“Hello suckers!” = Lizzy Borden

The first time I had seen or heard of Lizzy Borden was from a little photo and small article in Circus Magazine.  It was a cool shot of the band in black and white standing on the roof of a building and Lizzy had a big axe proppoed on his toe.  Would love to find that photo somewhere.

I think I first heard them on one of the old Metal Blade Records compilations but it wasn’t really until 1986 that I got into them via a former friend from high school.  I remember going to his house and he had the Give ‘Em The Axe EP on vinyl.  I was hooked.  In subsequent years we all got into Love You To Pieces and the Muderess Metal Roadshow thanks to the VHS they put out,  Good times!  That former friend from high school and I did Give “em The Axe for our junior year air band contest.  I think we won because everyone else was a bit scared.

Sure Lizzy and the band always looked a bit silly and even more so now, but they’ve never really done a bad record.  I finally got to see them play at the NORVA in Norfolk, VA back in 2004 opening for Yngwie, not long before their guitarist, Alex Nelson, was killed in a car wreck.  He was a killer player.  They were all very cool folks.   I couldn’t believe they didn’t play Give ‘Em the Axe though!  I felt cheated!

So, here’s the review that you’ve so anxiously been waiting for.

Give ‘Em The Axe EP – 1984

This was a cool EP.  The title tracks rules.  No Time to Lose and Kiss of Death are cool.  I never liked their cover of Long Live Rock and Roll (Rainbow).  7/10

Love You To Pieces – 1985

Oh man.  This album rules.  There’s not a bad track on it but the highlights ae Warfare, American Metal, Rod of Iron and Red Rum.  I listened to this tape so much.  No telling how many copies I went through over the years.  10/10

Menace To Society – 1986

Another fantastic record by Lizzy Borden but it suffered severely from poor production.  It was very tinny and I don’t really know that a bass was used on it.  I’m one of the few Lizzy fans who actually thinks this one is as good as the previews album.  My faves are Notorious, Ursa Minor and Love Kills.  10/10

Terror Rising EP – 1987

Ugh.  This really was a bit of a waste of petroleum based materials.  Catch Your Death was a cool tune but the cover version of the Tubes’ Don’t Touch Me There with Betsy from Bitch, the title track and the god awful cover of White Rabbit makes me with I could get my $5.98 back from the Music Man.  2/10

Visual Lies – 1987

Another Lizzy album that I love but it’s a lot different than their previous albums.  It’s a little more polished in production terms and a little more palatable for the MTV crowd.  They had a video for Me Against the World and the song was featured in the terrible movie Black Roses.  I dig the album though.  There are some really great tracks like Lord of the Flies, Shock Treatment, the title track and Eyes of a Stranger.  Worthwhile listening for sure.  By the way, this featured Joe Holmes on guitar who was in Ozzy for a brief time.  9/10

Master of Disguise – 1989

This is where started losing me a bit.  While it’s not a bad album, it was missing something.  I could never put my finger on it.  I think that this was supposed a solo album by Lizzy…allegedly.  I haven’t listened to this one in years and years.  I won’t anytime soon!  1/10

Deal With the Devil – 2000

This was a good comeback album for the guys.  I like this one a lot and still spin it a few times a year.  There Will Be Blood Tonight is a good track.  Their cover of Alice Cooper’s Generation Landslide was pretty decent too.  I really dig Zanzibar and The World Is Mine.  7/10

Appointment With Death – 2007

I haven’t listened to this one since it came out but I don’t remember it striking me like the previous album did.  Can’t really even name any songs off of it…so there you go.  0/10

So, as it stands, I always recommend Love You to Pieces, Menace to Society and Visual Lies to everyone.

Buzzard – Exercises & Transmutations of the Applicable Techniques for the Chrome-Plated Mystical Squeegie of Destiny (1998)

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OK, this Buzzard album is even more rare and obscure than Churp!!! I have heard many of these songs live at shows and at their practices and hearing the studio versions for the first time today is absolutely making my brain hurt.  Patrick Walsh & Co. deliver another fine prog-metal-jazz-science fiction teenage crap album that really should get a proper release on CD and not just around the blogosphere.

The songs on here are all very short but transition into each other a lot like they did on Churp!!!  It’s an album that certainly needs to be heard from beginning to end.  I hear some things on hear that I didn’t really hear on the previous album…Goblin!  You know Goblin, right?  Italian prog rock band whose music was used for a ton of classic Italian horror flicks?  Maybe it’s just me, but I can hear some of that in there.

If you’re into odd timed, whacked out, progressive jazz, fusion, metal etc, then this album may even appeal to you more than Churp!!! does.

  1. The return of the Son of the 35-8Solution
  2. Blind daughters of Polyphemus
  3. Harvestors of Cust
  4. Cranial fist stench
  5. The dreaded deep doodoo motif
  6. Pythagoras
  7. The 35-8 solution
  8. Peeyurmp
  9. The coronation of King eggplanthead
  10. Exile for the house of flounderface
  11. The sun of flounderface as the rightful heir
  12. Full brown exile
  13. The Lament of simon Magus
  14. Quantum flux bedris field
  15. Probe M 87
  16. Pungent crust metaphor
  17. Circus Plantia – I. Watched them fall from the sky
  18. Circus Plantia – II. Time is like water to him
  19. Circus Plantia – III. The Corinthian picks his teeth
  20. Circus Plantia – IV. Light still bends to him
  21. Sweet grey Chitterlings
  22. Blind daughter of Polyphemus
  23. Mr.Spocks ancient vulcan secrets
  24. I.  ChicknFingrFuckr
  25. II. ChicknFingrFugato
  26. III. The stuccato Fugato Mulato
  27. The potato wedgie Mulato
  28. Mr Spocks Fragant Vulcan secret

Guitars – Patrick Walsh
Drums – Mark Henry
Bass – Kevin Anderson

Thanks to hofee (Germany) for getting these in my hands.

Download it here.

Paul Dianno is coming back the the USA?!

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According to published reports, Paul got his visa cleared to do a US tour.  I guess I will try to go since he will be playng a few blocks from my apartment.

My history with seeing Paul live is pretty interesting, well to me it is. 

The first time was Battlezone/Obsession in 1987 at the Boathouse in Norfolk, VA.  I loved the Battlezone records and got stoked on seeing 2 bands that I loved.  The whole time Battlezone was on stage, we were hanging out with Obsession and I never really got to check them out.  Pity.

The second time was in 1993.  The bill was Paul Dianno’s Killers and Solitude Aeturnus at the original Peppermint Beach Club in Virginia Beach, VA.  At this point, I was a HUGE Solitude fan and was more stoked on seeing them than seeing Paul.  I thought his Killers stuff was terrible.  I get to the venue early that afternoon as I was always prone to do to get some stuff signed and Solitude was inside hanging out.  I had them sign both of my cassettes(!!!).  Super cool guys.  Shortly thereafter Paul and his band came in and I had him sign my Battlezone LPs, Iron Maiden’s Live +1 (Greek pressing) and a compilation called The Best of British Rock which featured Dianno’s first post-Maiden band “Dianno” doing Antigua which was a great song.  That album also had Persian Risk on it which featured some of the guys that were in Battlezone/Killers.  Paul called his bandmates over and they all signed it and we hung out for a while.  Paul asked me if I played pool and drank beer.  Yes!  We shot pool together and drank a few pitchers of beer and just talked about stuff.  I never talked about Maiden with him other than to say that I was a big fan.  He was pretty cool.  Now, if you’ve read his book “Beast”, you’d see the other side of Paul that it seems most people saw and I got to see later than evening.

After Solitude Aeturnus played to a crowd of a whopping 30 people or so, I helped them get their gear offstage and ended up hanging out backstage with them during Dianno’s set, missing him play one more time.  About ¾ through the set we hear the music stop suddenly and one of the Solitude guys opens the backstage door.  On stage you see Graham Bath holding his jaw and Dianno says, “We’ll start playing again as soon as my guitar player stops playing like a c*nt!”  I remember looking at John Perez of Solitude and thinking WTF?  John said it was a common occurrence.  Paul talks about his habit of fighting people over stupid stuff quite a bit in his book.  I feel lucky to have survived my few hours with him unscathed!

So…2 times I’ve gone to see Paul play and missed him both time.  Hopefully in February I’ll actually get to see him play.

Buzzard – Churp!!! (1993)

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Here’s another rarity for you fine readers out there.  Buzzard’s debut album Churp!!! on Hellhound Records.

I remember back in the early 90s going to see these guys at Kings Head Inn (RIP) on Hampton Blvd in Norfolk, VA.  A buddy of mine said, “Dude you have to see this band.  They are insane.  Their drummer is phenomenal and he’s only got one leg!”  So I went.  I was completely floored by everything that this band was doing.  They were tight.  They were erratic.  They were brilliant.  They were ugly.  Dudes that looked like street urchin gutter punks with beards and dreads.  Never got close enough to see if they smelled badly.  Didn’t matter.  They were a machine.  A force to be reckoned with.  I went to see them whenever I knew that they had a show.  With that original era of the band I think I saw them 4 or 5 times within a year or 2.  Every time I was blown away.  Never really tried to speak to the guys as they all pretty much looked like they didn’t wan to be spoken to.

Buzzard was on Hellhound Records which was primarily a doom metal label…but Buzzard was anything but a doom band.  They mixed metal with jazz, punk, Miles Davis, Zappa, Yes, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever…

Their live show was pretty mind-numbing.  Odd times signatures, stops and starts, no real cues given to each other.  They all knew what they had to do and when.  At that time they consisted of Patrick Walsh (Guitars), AJ Long (Vocals), John Finney (Horns), Andy Brown (Bass) and Joey Rudacil (Drums).  Just insane I tell you.

Several years later I am hanging out with some friends and see Patrick Walsh from Buzzard come in the bar I was in.  I was there with his sister and didn’t realize that they were related.  Buzzard was reformed at this point as a 3-piece with Kevin Anderson on bass and Mark Henry on Drums.  Patrick and I quickly connected and started hanging out a lot.  Ultimately he became one of my best friends.  Brilliant guy.  Phenomenal guitarist.  Helluva a nice guy.  We jammed together briefly with Joey Rudacil and Todd Owens.  It only lasted about 3 or 4 practices but it was fun.  I ended up in another band with Joey a few months later and had a blast but we could never secure a singer.

Anyway, I was working the door at the Taphouse in Norfolk and Buzzard was scheduled to play their first show in 7 years.  I was fortunate enough to get to sit in on several of their practices and was blown away even more by how much their sound had progressed.  It went from the Mahavishnu-esque psychojazz to a math metal thing like Watchtower on meth. people came from up and down the east coast for this show and the place was over capacity with a line of people out the door and wrapped around the building trying to get in.  It was an incredible show.  They have done some subsequent shows but I think the last one may have been in 2007.  It’s time for more!

I keep praying that they put out a new record with the newer songs on it.  They recorded a 2nd album several years ago that never really saw the light of day.  You can listen to some of it on their website.

Churp!!! is one of the toughest releases of Hellhound’s to find nowadays.  I fortunately have 2 copies that I cherish.  The album is an incredible piece of music…of art…an experience.  AJ’s vocals are simply incredible.  If you download this, please listen to the album as a whole.  Don’t skip any of the 16 tracks.  You’d be doing yourself a great disservice.

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Tracks:

1. Cyclops 02:28
2. Shadows Without Substance 03:03
3. The Fellowship (varieties) 04:45
4. The Given/Grinding Wheel (including, but not limited to the following) 08:38
5. Ear To The Ground 03:44
6. His Descent 01:35
7. Carpetbaggers 05:13
8. Fluorescent Orange Bag O’Goodness 02:09
9. Thirteen o’clock (frumpy smokes a fattie) 05:21
10. Escape From The Island Of Misfit Toys 06:01
11. The Secret Doctrine According To Simon 03:36
12. Grand Poo-Bah 00:48
13. The Return Of Frumpy And The Scrubby Jazz Hippies 01:55
14. Musica d’Apocryphonica (no. I adagio) 00:48
15. Savage Paisley Vortex (part I) 00:59
16. Savage Paisley Vortex (pert II) The Ritual Dance And Initiation Of Chicky Boy 07:01

Check out the vids from back in the day…

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December 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm