Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute – DVD thoughts and review

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September 27 1980- My friend Brett came over to my apartment to hang out with me on my 16th birthday. He smiled as he handed me a wrapped package. I eagerly tore the wrapping off to discover the Blizzard Of Ozz record. “I knew you loved Sabbath so I saw this and figured you would enjoy it.” We raced to my room and found ourselves entranced by the music. I was most impressed by the guitar playing album on this record. The passion and power of the guitar playing on it was enough to make me weep. Brett and I instantly became Randy Rhoads fanatics. A lot of our friends were Eddie Van Halen nuts through and through, but there was something a bit more magical about Randy Rhoads for me. We read everything we could find and tried our best to wear out my copy of Blizzard Of Ozz.

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When Diary Of A Madman came out in late 1981 I was there at the record store and raced home to hear what Randy had come up with to blow our minds, I was not disappointed in the least. This record too found itself being quickly worn out on my turntable. Again, I read every bit of press, had the posters, t-shirts, and all of the necessary accessories. Brett and I even figured out the secret codes on the album. Then, miracle of miracles, Ozzy was coming to our town!!! I did odd jobs to earn my $8.50 for my ticket. We went and positioned ourselves in front of Randy and witnessed a show that has yet to be repeated. The way Randy commanded the stage was sheer magic, and the way he played the songs live was utter brilliance. We left the show elated and sold that Randy was the greatest guitar player ever. Then, three months later he was gone, and I openly wept.

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         Now in March of 2015 I find myself watching a DVD about people who were influenced by Randy and his music. Kelle Rhoads let us into the world that he and his brother developed their musical skills in by walking us through the legendary Musonia Music School. Kelle told us of  how his mother, Delores, influenced Randy to audition for Ozzy. He also shared some moments of the younger Randy and himself performing is the school. I really felt the emotional bond and the sense of loss Kelle has for Randy when he showed the room where Randy taught guitar. It was stated that the room has been restored to the way it was when Randy packed up and left for his gig with Ozzy. It is truly a room frozen in time.

     The legendary Bob Kulick hosts Bob’s interaction with Kelle was enlightening and I learned new things about Randy. Bob spoke with drummer Frankie Banali and I learned things about the formation of the Ozzy solo band that I never knew. Dana Strum? Frankie’s involvement? You have to watch it and see. Hearing the stage stories from my friend Rudy Sarzo was amazing as well. Bob talks on with George Lynch, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa, Joel Hoekstra, George Lynch. Bruce Kulick, and Jon Donias. They all tell how Randy affected them musically.

     This DVD has led me to appreciate Randy “the person” more than I previously had. It is quite obvious how much his peers loved and respected him.  I am glad that the time was taken to produce this in tribute to the great Randy Rhoads who continues to live on inside me and others who listen and truly appreciate his musical legacy.  Please be sure to pick this up and allocate an hour and a half to learn about and share the life of this great musician and human being, you will NOT be disappointed. Randy truly is immortal.

     it’s loud, it’s beautiful, it’s Randy Rhoads

     -the Hellion

Throw The Temple taking steps to grow their fanbase

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Throw The Temple from Albuquerque, NM is an eclectic band. Not afraid to embrace the world in their own creative way they have managed to continually impress me. Throw The Temple has decided that instead of waiting for the world to discover them, they are gonna head out and start kicking doors in. They are currently in the running to play at the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Floodfest 2015. I am asking you to vote for these hard working rockers who are not afraid of themselves or the Rock N’ Roll world. You can vote right here:

http://austin.battleofthebands.com/u/throwthetemple

      it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s THROW THE TEMPLE!!!!

     -the Hellion

DIMEBAG’s Grave Allegedly Vandalized By Up-And-Coming Metal Band

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According to a post on PANTERA‘s Facebook page, authorities have been notified after members of an up-and-coming metal band allegedly used an Instagram account to boast about defacing late PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott‘s grave. The since-removed Instagram post (the Instagram account has been deleted as well) showed a photo of the grave with the following caption: “i HATE pantera…with a passion. and so does the rest of my band. so on tour going throug texas we paid douchebag darrell a visit, we spit on his grave, stole a pair of cowboy boots, and i wrote ‘FAG’ on his grave… i’m not a homophobe but i hope all panturrrra fans see this and shit themselves with anger….FUCK DIMEBAG, buncha racist hillbillies”

Unsurprisingly, many of the PANTERA fans have since caught wind of the posting and have since used the Internet to voice their displeasure over the grave defacement. The PANTERA camp has also commented the despicable actions of the individuals in question, writing on Facebook: “We are absolutely disgusted by this! We ask that all of you please show Dime and his grave the respect he deserves. This conduct will not be tolerated and the authorities have been notified.”

After it was reported a few years ago that Dimebag‘s grave at the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas was vandalized, Dimebag‘s brother, former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, was asked by Artisan News if the person responsible for causing the damage had ever been apprehended. “Nah, nah” he replied. “But it’s just a real disrespectful thing. I don’t understand why somebody would wanna scratch their name in somebody’s tombstone or anything. But fans are rabid, man; they do unheard-of things. I just wish they would respect him and let him rest in peace and just leave it at that.”

“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.
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courtesy of Blabbermouth .net

complete and total disrespect…smh

-the Hellion

DELLACOMA signs to Shock Records

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We are very pleased to announce that we have signed our very first record contract! Shock Records will be releasing our debut album “South of Everything” in Australia and New Zealand on 10 April. Unfortunately we still do not have a release date for the rest of the world but the good news is that if you pre-ordered we will be shipping out within the next couple of weeks and even if you missed out on the pre-order you will still be able to order either off the Shock Records website or by messaging the band directly.
This is a giant step forward for us as a band and we are so incredibly grateful for all your support and patience, none of this would have been possible without YOU our dedicated fans. We look forward to seeing many of you soon as we hit the road for more epic adventures.

     DELLACOMA is:

Rick Reynolds- bass
Art Struck- guitar
Matt Cook- drums
Dellacoma Rio- vocals

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     Check out DELLACOMA online at:

http://www.dellacoma.com/

https://www.facebook.com/dellacoma

 

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Check out Shock Records online at:

http://www.shockrecords.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/shockrecordsaus

     I also feel mighty proud that one of my photographs was used by DELLACOMA for the rear cover!

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!!!

     – the Hellion

 

 

AGNOSTIC FRONT Release First The American Dream Died Webisode‏

AGNOSTIC FRONT Release First The American Dream Died Webisode

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Available April 7th in North America Via Nuclear Blast 

New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have posted the first video in the webisode series the band filmed documenting the production process and the background for the new album The American Dream Died. Check out the first webisode HERE.

AGNOSTIC FRONT has announced that as a special bonus in each vinyl edition of the album, every copy will also contain a download code for the album Your Time’s Up by THE ALLIGATORS, a rowdy punk project featuring AGNOSTIC FRONT singer Roger Miret and members of legendary Anaheim, CA hardcore band INSTED.

 

The American Dream Died was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2OTERROR) and will be released April 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

 

The record will feature guest appearances by CricienToby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL).  The band also announced the collaboration of legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson on the song “A Wise Man.”

 

Commented Miret: “Matt Henderson tracked all guitars for ‘A Wise Man’ being that song has a total One Voice era feel! Our good friend Ricky Singh (BACKTRACK NYHC) is to credit for the songs existence! The band executed it with such a great feel and bringing in our brother and ex-AF veteran Matt Henderson to solely do the guitar tracks was just magical!”

 

The American Dream Diedwill be available as digital download, on vinyl as well as on CD. A limited bundle with an exclusive T-Shirt will be available, too – surf to http://smarturl.it/AmericanDream-NB  to secure your copy!

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Recently AGNOSTIC FRONT posted a track-by-track commentary for every song on the new album. It was written by the band’s iconic front man, Roger Miretand can be read below.

 

The American Dream Died:  It’s a harsh look at what’s going on today in our society. The intro that precedes this song says it all! It’s a reaction to everything happening around us right now. The higher ups are out of control! 

 

Police Violence: This is our reaction to what’s going on in our country regarding the unprovoked brutality of our citizens by those who we pay to “protect and serve” us.  If they are going to act like criminals, then they should be prosecuted as one! They have some kind of elite fraternity-like understanding that they protect each other with.  Don’t abuse your badge!

 

Only In America: It’s sad to learn that the people who serve in our military and risk their lives fighting in wars come home to the government not giving a shit about them, especially if those veterans were wounded mentally or physically. They gotta go through a lot of bullshit just to try and get a little help and support. You’ve gotta be blind if you don’t see that, only in America. This is why I strongly believe the US Government should stop policing the world, and start caring for the issues right here in the USA!

 

Test Of Time: Learning from the past is important, to help you move forward and not make the mistakes we did in our youth. Longevity is the key to success. We won’t get left behind.

 

We Walk The Line: It’s a statement of who we are and how we live in relation to the hardcore community.

 

Never Walk Alone: We always spoke about unity and how sticking together will help us grow as scene. Hardcore is worldwide now. This is our scene, our passion and it was great to present this song with honorable NYHC veteran’s Freddy Cricien (MADBALL), Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) joining on the anthemy chorus!!! Punk rock/Hardcore is a movement it’s not an image!

 

Enough Is Enough: Protest song! I once read an inspiring quote that went like this “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical” – Thomas Jefferson. 

 

I Can’t Relate: Dealing with different people you don’t like in different situations. Could be applied to a boss, ex girlfriend, someone who lives a completely opposite lifestyle, etc.

 

Old New York: New York City has lost its edge. It’s been stripped of its culture and over run by money. Making it hard for musicians and artist to live there. Now we’re surrounded by transplants and rich hipsters. Let’s face it, it’s not the NYC I once adored. That one is so well documented in one of my favorite movies Taxi Driver! Hence the intro, I Miss The Old New York.

 

Social Justice: Nothing is more disgusting than hearing about a grown man rapping a child. This song talks about a man who got caught in the act and was served street justice stabbed with knives from his head to his toes. Justice served!

 

Reasonable Doubt: Our whole lives we’ve been criminalized for one reason or another. But it’s actually the media, the corporations and the government who are the scumbags. Power to the people standing up against them. Wake the fuck up people!

 

No War Fuck You: Self explanatory, stop creating wars so you can justify your unlimited defense budget and make all your friends rich. Innocent people are dying for your stupid games.

 

Attack!: On some occasions people tend to disrespect and take our kindness for weakness. We have always been known for never taken shit from anyone. Cross the line and we will attack!

 

A Wise Man: Growing up in NYC living in and out of Vinnie’s apartment. Our old friend John always looked out for us like a father figure. He tried to guide us in the right direction and give us good advice. He was a wise man, a friend forever. 

 

Just Like Yesterday: This song takes us on the journey through our history as a band, from touring all over the world and making friends that still remain loyal today. One of my favorite lines is “From NYC to the Berlin beat.” It shows our love for those two great cities and our great world accomplishments as a hardcore community.

 

 

The American Dream Died Track Listing:

01. Intro

02. The American Died

03. Police Violence

04. Only In America

05. Test Of Time

06. We Walk The Line

07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse & Lou Koller

08. Enough Is Enough

09. I Can’t Relate

10. Old New York

11. Social Justice

12. Reasonable Doubt

13. No War Fuck You

14. Attack!

15. A Wise Man feat. Matt Henderson on guitar

16. Just Like Yesterday

 

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Visit AGNOSTIC FRONT online at: http://www.agnosticfront.com

 

Like: https://www.facebook.com/agnosticfront

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     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!!!

     -the Hellion

ENFORCER Release Album Trailer For From Beyond‏

ENFORCER Release Album Trailer For From Beyond

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New Album Out April 7th in North America on Nuclear Blast

Swedish Heavy Metal foursome ENFORCER will release their new album From Beyond April 7th via Nuclear Blast.  The fourth ENFORCER record consists of ten new tracks; all produced, mixed and mastered by the band themselves.

 

A new album trailer, featuring comments from the band and previews of new music is available now.  Check it out HERE.

 

Also do not miss the official lyric video for “Undying Evil”. The clip perfectly underlines the gloomy and blasphemous mood of the song

Check it out at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel HERE

 

From Beyondwill be released as a limited edition digipak, as well different colored vinyl editions.  Pre-order From Beyond HERE.

 

From Beyond Track Listing:

1. Destroyer

2. Undying Evil

3. From Beyond

4. One With Fire

5. Below The Slumber

6. Hungry They Will Come

7. The Banshee

8. Farewell

9. Hell Will Follow

10. Mask Of Red Death

 

Visit ENFORCER online at http://enforcer.se

 

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Like: https://www.facebook.com/enforcerofficial

Follow: https://twitter.com/enforcermetal

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/user/enforcermetal

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!!!

     -the Hellion

MOONSPELL Premiere Lyric Video For “Breathe (Until We Are No More)” on Metal Injection‏

MOONSPELL Premiere Lyric Video For

“Breathe (Until We Are No More)” on Metal Injection

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New Album Extinct Out March 17th in North America on

Napalm Records

Portuguese Gothic Metal pioneers MOONSPELL first brought the dark flames to their native country – and then set the rest of the world aflame with milestone albums including Irreligious and Night Eternal. Now with their eleventh studio album Extinct, the band has erected yet another monument in the realm of gothic music.

 

Today MOONSPELL has teamed up with Metal Injection to premiere the new lyric video for the song “Breathe (Until We Are No More)”.  Check out the exclusive stream HERE.

 

Decibel Magazine’s “Deciblog” is streaming the title track fromMOONSPELL‘s new album Extinct.  Get a first listen to the song and read an exclusive interview with Fernando HERE.

Check out the “Road to Extinction” teaser for the Bonus DVD that comes with the Mediabook and vinyl editions of the new album! Watch the brand new teaser here: http://youtu.be/433FXGsFNh4

 

Extinct will be released March 17th US/CAN! The album is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records Webstore, and Amazon.

 

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     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!!!

     -the Hellion