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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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Rex Inferi – Like A Hurricane (1985)

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Here’s another rarity out of the collection.  I picked this up about 2 years ago from Sentinel Steel.  Limited to only 500 copies on CD, I had to pick it up after hearing a few tracks from YouTube.  This is great early Italian power metal and highly recommended if you liked the NWOBHM stuff.  The first 4 tracks feature one singer and the last tracks feature the replacement singer.  I definitely prefer the first guy.  They remind me a bit of Tokyo Blade (Night of the Blade era).  I highly recommend this download.

Tracks:

1. Angel Of Might 03:48
2. Ghost Horse 05:05
3. Flight To The Sky 05:38
4. Like A Hurricane 04:25
5. Welcome To The Slaughter 03:21
6. Back From War 05:46
7. Murder In Time 05:54
Total playing time 37:56

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January 3, 2010 at 1:17 am

Leviathan

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So, it looks as if Leviathan (Colorado progressive metal band) is doing a reunion show in January 2010.  Too bad they couldn’t have waited a few months else I would have made my way up there to see the show.  But Colorado in the middle of the winter?  No thanks.  Hell, I am already too cold here in central Texas!

Back in 1997 I went to LA to visit with Century Media and metal Blade Records as I was buying most of my stock from them when I had Acacia Music online in the late 80s.  It was a blast out there and the folks at both labels were absolutely incredible.  One great experience was going to the “office” of Century Media.  At that time they were still a small label in the USA.  Their office was an old Victorian looking 2-story house with an 8′ privacy fence around it.  Not very office-looking.  But it kept their overhead low and it was perfect for their needs.  My rep with CM, John Schultz (where are you, dude?) took me out to their warehouse in South Central LA (Hawthorne).  I just walked through the rows of CDs and merch drooling.  I brought back 200 CDs.  Many for my personal collection but most of them to sell on the website and on eBay.

One of the bands I got a hold of on the trip was Leviathan.  They had the first EP and their first 2 full-length CDs in stock so I grabbed one of each.  At the time I was a little more into prog metal than I am now and this stuff surely satisfied my tastes in the genre.

My favorite of the 3 is Riddles, Questions, Poetry and Outrage.  Such a fine album.  All 3 of these are way out of print so I’ll post them for your downloading pleasure.  Yes, I know they did a follow-up to the Riddles album, but I didn’t care for it.

Enjoy.

Leviathan (EP)

Deepest Secrets Beneath

Riddles, Questions, Poetry and Outrage

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December 16, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Overlife – Between Passion and Madness – 1998

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1998.  I was really buying a lot of music at the time betweenwhat I was selling through my online music store and what overlifeI was buying for myself.  A lot of the stuff I was buying for myself was from Denis Gulbey at Sentinel Steel Records.  Back in the old days when you could call in and jibber jabber, Denis recommended Overlife to me.  So…thanks Denis!

Overlife hails from Alicante, Spain.   I built their first website (long since gone) and used to correspond with Fabricio quite a bit.  What really drew me to them was Leandro’s voice.  Very unique and a lot of emotion.  The music itself was a little sloppy in places and even the vocals seem a bit out of key sometimes, but this album is really good overall.  It’s sung completely in English but I included 2 bonus tracks in Spanish.  They are good European power/prog metal with a hint of wanting to sound like Dream Theater.  Their later albums sounded more like DT type prog which was a turnoff for me.  So, this album it is.  I still listen to it a few times a year.  It’s a bright memory of a darker time in my life where the death of my father and my divorce seemed to dominate my every day life.

So if you’re into the aforementioned style of power metal, I recommend this highly.

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Concert Review – Hirax – Austin, TX – 08/29/09

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It was 1986 and Metal Blade Records was practically the greatest metal label on the scene.  They consistently released hiraxgreat compilations like the Metal Massacre and Best of Metal Blade series.  Best of Metal Blade Volume 1 (1986) included Call Of The Gods by Hirax.  I always loved that song but for no logical reason whatsoever did I never check them out any further.  I also liked Bombs of Death from Metal Massacre 6.  There’s really no explanation as to why I didn’t follow through on these guys, and after last night I feel like I missed out on some additional great metal in the last 23 years.

So about a month or so ago I read in the local show listings that Hirax was coming to Red 7.  Even though I was not even remotely familiar with any of their material beyond the 2 aforementioned songs, I definitely wanted to see this show.  Through the years I’ve always seen Hirax playing the Euro festivals and have read interviews with Katon W. DePena and have always respected his attitude about music.  The guys has proudly been flying the flag of metal since day 1.

So I get to the club a little early to get MM6 and Best of Metal Blade 1 signed as well as my copy of “Headbangers: Worldwide Megabook of Heavy Metal” (Mark Hale, 1993).  I know the club owner pretty well and he let me go in to the green room to meet Katon and the band.  I was looking forward to this for a few reasons.  One to meet Katon, who really is a true metal legend.  The other reason was to meet Glenn Rogers, former guitar player of Deliverance.  I dug those guys back in the day.  When I went into the room, Katon was in there with his lovely wife, his bassist and guitarist Lance and Steve Harrison and some other guy that I didn’t know.  Glenn was out and about with a friend so I would catch up with him later.

Katon invited me over and we talked for a bit just about music and such and Katon asked about my book.  As he’s flipping through it reading about his band and tons of other obscure bands that are listed in the book.  He signed it and my 2 CD covers and said, “Is DRI in here?  The guy beside me if Felix from DRI.”  Felix thought they wouldn’t be in there but I knew they were.  Much to everyone’s pleasure, there was even a picture of band during the era that Felix was in it (85-90).  I hung out for a bit and asked Katon if he ever had any interactions with Billy Milano, which he had.  So I asked if he wanted to walk over to the club that Billy works in to say hello.  We popped over there for a bit and they shook hands and caught up for a few minutes then I took them over to another club so Katon could catch up with an old friend who unfortunately wasn’t there at the time.  Back to Red 7.  It was great seeing the respect this guy was getting from people in the club, some of who came from Houston and I think a few from Mexico to see this show.

I really expected a much larger crowd, especially with this being on a Saturday.  Typically the San Antonio crew would come up for a show like this but I only saw a few folks from that crowd there.  The Sword was playing up the street for the 2nd night in a row and I can’t imagine they stole much of the crowd from this show.  The club booked 4 grindcore bands to open up which I thought was a bad pairing.  I didn’t go in to check out the other bands as I’m not really a fan of the grind stuff in general.  While the grind bands were playing I got to talk to Glenn Rogers who let me know that Deliverance was going to do one more album with the original lineup sans the drummer.

But then it was time for Hirax.  It was already around 1 or 1:10 AM but the crowd had increased.  I’m guessing there were about 90 people in there.  Cover charge was $15.  Well worth it for me.  Hirax kicked in and just kicked ass.  Katon is a great frontman, reminds me a lot of Jason McMaster.  Knows to to work a crowd and keep them interested during guitar tunings and such.

I have to say that I was truly blown away and really felt a bit guilty about not having checked them out deeper.  But there’s no time like the present, right?  Their set was cut short due to time restraints and I must say I was a little let down that Call of the Gods wasn’t on the set at all.  But it didn’t matter, they were great and I hope they make their way back to Austin again.

Setlist as I remember it:

  1. El Dia De Los Muertos
  2. 100,000 Strong
  3. Blind Faith
  4. New Age of Terror
  5. Chaos and Brutality
  6. Hate, Fear and Power
  7. Broken Neck
  8. Bombs of Death
  9. El Diablo Negro
  10. Walk With Death
  11. Mouth Sewn Shut?

I am not so sure about the ones after El Diablo Negro.

Katon W. De Pena (Hirax), fat dude (me), Felix Griffin (DRI)

Skullview – Legends of Valor (1997)

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A song from this was on one of the many compilation tapes that Kelz sent me over the years.   It was the song Blood on skullview - legends of valor - Frontthe Blade from Skullview‘s debut CD.  I bought this CD and the followup and have enjoyed them both over the years but there was always something missing and I still can’t put my fingers on it.  They vocals were fine, the riffs were fine…these guys were a good traditional American metal band but something always seemed to be lacking.  I always thought the drummer was a bit boring and a tad sloppy.  I don’t know.  But nonetheless, this album is certainly worth putting ears to a few times.

They did play one of the Keep It True fests and I am sure some of the other US metal festivals.  I used to correspond with the guitarist quite a bit in the days of the old usenet metal forums.  Great dude, fine guitarist.  Wonder what he’s up to these days?

I guess I could compare them to Armored Saint and Early Jag Panzer…a little anyway.

You know as I sit here and listen to this album again, I blame it on the drummer.  He definitely had some meter problems which translated to the rest of the band.

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Custard? WTF? There is a band named Custard?

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Yep.  Kelz made for me a compilation tape around 1997 that had some cool stuffs on it like Custard, Tension, custSkullview(!) and some other stuff that escapes me right now.   I listened to that tape all the friggin’ time until I got a car in 2000 that didn’t have a cassette player.  So I saw that Sentinel Steel Records had Kingdoms of Your Life on CD and picked it up promptly.  He always has cool stuff and I recommend you checking it out if you’re even mildly into Power Metal.

Custard hails from Germany and are apparently still together but I am pretty suer that this CD is out of print, that’s why I am posting it here.  Fading Memories is the only song I can’t get into.  This is good straight up power metal.  The singer’s range isn’t that great but it’s very listenable.  Failed Mission is easily my favorite.  They have little bit of Maiden, Helloween, Accept etc in their sound.

I never bothered to check out their other albums, likely out of fear of disappointment.

On a scale of 1-5, this gets an easy 3.75.

Enjoy it!

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