27 Years Ago: RAZOR live Toronto Metal Massacre 2 (Shotgun Justice)

Live at the second Toronto Metal Massacre on this day in 1989.

The eastern US and Canada had just gone through one of the coldest periods on record but the show went ahead. Organised by Two Rays Promotion. RAZOR organised a multi-cam shoot and you can see some of the footage in the video for Shotgun Justice.

Shotgun Justice is the title track from their sixth album released 2-3 months after this gig.

Avoid undue exposure…

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29 Years Ago: ADX live in Paris (French Speed Metal)

Live on this day in 1987 ADX played at Maison de la Mutualité, Paris. This high quality recording was released the following year as Exécution publique. Sounds like a large crowd; la Mutualité had a 1700+ capacity, similar size to the Astoria.

ADX stands for Acier DouX. It means ‘soft steel’, but soft in this translation refers to the melodic side of their music. It’s hard driving heavy/speed metal!

Any gigs we played, we met fans from unexpected countries… We met Scandinavian, South Americans, Africans, Asians fans… We never played in their coutries so they came… We don’t sold-out stadiums or main-stages it’s true but every gig we play is like a party and an opportunity to meet fans and friends.

32 Years Ago: RUNNING WILD release Gates to Purgatory

This summer should see the release of the band’s debut album. All I can say is once that record is out, by all means pick it up. It will undoubtedly be one of the top metal albums of 1984.

And Bob Muldowney was right on in the July 1984 issue (XXVI) of his Kick Ass zine! RUNNING WILD released Gates to Purgatory on this day in 1984!

They were already making a name in the underground with the Rock from Hell – German Metal Attack split in 1983 featuring an early version of “Adrian S.O.S.” and Death Metal split a couple of months earlier (Oct 1984) with HELLHAMMER, HELLOWEEN and DARK AVENGER.

Paint in subways, paint in buses
With your Edding big black pentagrams
Black metal graffitis are thrown against the wall,
Crucifixes are inversed
Pictures are signed by the Triple Six
Black metal art is shocking law ‘n’ order man!

For me, an all time classic from West Germany, a musical avalanche. Lyrically the Adversary archetype used to fight against religious and state corruption (“Son of Satan’s coming, to free all the slaves”).

More from Kick Ass, describing the RW sound (just before the release of the album):

From commercial metal (Scorpions, Accept, Bullet) to hardcore power metal (Sodom), they’ve got something for everyone, and that includes straight ahead powerful heavy metal, in the form of Running Wild.
Sporting a Satanist image, Running Wild is not a power metal or death metal band. They music is basically up-tempo and fast-paced heavy metal, heavy guitar riffing (sometimes reminiscent of heavier Priest a la “Stained Class” and “Hell Bent For Leather”). The vocals are not gut-level like Sir Cronos, but they are rough, and the lead guitar work is also impressive.

27 Years Ago: PESTILENCE release Consuming Impulse

Released by R/C (Roadrunner) on this day in 1989, the second PESTILENCE LP!

What do you think of hardcore bands?
I love them. They are, and now from the music and show part far more aggressive. I listen alot to hardcore bands like CRUMBSUCKERS, AGNOSTIC FRONT, D.R.I. etc..
What’s your influences?
Well that’s not difficult I think SLAYER, DEATH, POSSESSED & INFERNAL MAJESTY (only a bit the last one).
– Pestilence interview, Decibel of Death zine 1987

21 Years Ago: LIAR OF GOLGOTHA complete Dancing Through the Palace of the Ungodly Beauty

Recording began on the 22nd at Via Ritmo Studios in the band’s hometown of Rotterdam and was complete on this day in 1995. Dancing Through the Palace of the Ungodly Beauty was released by Shivadarshana in 1996.

Jarl Flagg-Nidhoegg (ABSURD) wrote the lyrics for “The Strong Warlord”.

LoG recorded another two albums, in 1998 and 2000, before ceasing in the mid-2000’s.

30 Years Ago: S.O.B. release Leave Me Alone EP (Sabotage Organised Barbarian)

Nine songs, nine minutes. Killer blast of Japanese hardcore!! Or thrashcore, crossover… S.O.B. released Leave Me Alone on this day in 1986.

Early D.R.I. is a fair comparison for the aggression and energy. They had some influence on the death metal scene too and released a split with NAPALM DEATH in 1989. The metal influences were then increasingly incorporated into their own sound, by the early 90’s (like the Gates of Doom LP) their sound was solid death/thrash metal.

30 Years Ago: HOLY TERROR record their debut LP Terror and Submission (faithful souls beware)

During this month in 1986, HOLY TERROR entered Skyline Studios to record their classic debut Terror and Submission. A promo/demo was spread earlier in the year to tape traders and zines. Coupled with members previously being in AGENT STEEL, DARK ANGEL and BLACK WIDOW (from Metal Massacre III), this was a highly anticipated record!

“Terror and Submission” was recorded at this studio located in the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California. The setting was beautiful. I can’t remember the name of the studio. Unfortunately the setting was so relaxed, that I am afraid the record shows the comfort we had there. “Terror and Submission” is too polished. We were much rawer then the album at our shows. Plus the studio engineer did not have any Thrash (or even Heavy Metal) experience. As a result the music sounds slower and more passive than we really wanted. Kurt wrote all of the songs except for one. I wrote the music and lyrics for ‘Tomorrow’s End’. I believe that Kurt had much of the music written even before HOLY TERROR was a band. “Mind Wars” was a completely different story. It was much more of a band collaboration even though Kurt wrote most of the music. Keith wrote lyrics for several of the songs including both songs that I wrote the music for. The music was much faster which mirrors our live shows. We recorded it at Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood. The studio was more state of the art, but the location was more commercial. We were very determined to produce a better record than the first. It’s not that we didn’t like “Terror and Submission”, it’s just we felt it didn’t adequately represent the band. We actually considered ourselves as a more diverse band then your average Thrash band.

– Mike Alvord / HOLY TERROR interview, Voices from the Darkside