This is the band's third studio album, and major label debut. It is considered one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time.
Produced by Rick Rubin and Slayer, the band's first collaboration with Rubin. It was also Rubin's first professional experience with heavy metal. Recorded in Los Angeles, CA and released worldwide via Def Jam Recordings.
The release was delayed due to its graphic artwork and lyrical subject matter. Def Jam's distributor, Columbia Records refused to release the album. It was eventually distributed by Geffen Records. But due to the controversy it did not appear on Geffen's release schedule.
The album produced four singles: "Raining Blood," "Angel Of Death," "Necrophobic" and "Criminally Insane". None of which charted. Despite receiving no radio airplay, it was the band's first release to enter the Billboard 200 at #94. Reign In Blood is Certified Gold.
This is the band's third studio album, and a change from the heavy blues-rock they had become known for. While this album did feature some heavier tracks, it focused on diverse acoustic pieces.
The majority of the material was composed in a secluded Welsh cottage known as Bron-Yr-Aur. Produced by Jimmy Page with Executive-Producer Peter Grant. Released worldwide via Atlantic Records.
The only single released was the ode to the Viking invasions of England, "Immigrant Song," but it failed to chart. Led Zeppelin III was one of the most eagerly awaited albums of 1970. But it met with mixed emotions from both fans and critics alike. While the album hit #1 on the US Billboard 200, it quickly dropped off as sales slacked due to harsh criticism.
Despite it all, the album now stands as a classic and has sold over six million copies in the US alone.
My Viking blood calls lol but what was your fave tune off this album?
This is the band's fourth studio album, and the first on which Udo Dirkschneider sings every track. Bassist Peter Baltes sang lead vocals on several tracks over the course of the first three albums.
Produced by the band and recorded at Dierks Studios in Cologne, Germany. It was the first Accept album not recorded at Delta-Studio in Wilster, Germany. Released via Brain throughout most of Europe, Heavy Metal Worldwide (UK), and Portrait in USA & Canada.
All guitars were recorded by Wolf Hoffman alone. Guitarist Jörg Fischer had left the band before recording and Herman Frank joined after it was completed. Frank is credited on the album.
The original album artwork featured two Flying V guitars in flames. Versions released outside of Germany replaced the burning guitars with a shot of the band live in concert.
The songs "Fast as a Shark" and "Restless and Wild" were released as singles. The album was Accept's first album to chart in the UK, Sweden, and the Netherlands, but failed to chart in the United States.
I've always been kinda partial to the title track. What was your fave?
This is the band's eighth studio album, and marks the first lineup change since 1982. Guitarist Adrian Smith left the band and was replaced by Janick Gers. The band also dropped the synthesized sound of the previous two albums, returning to a stripped down, straight forward style.
Produced by Martin Birch and recorded at Barnyard Studios, Essex, England. Which was a barn on bassist Steve Harris' property, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. The first Iron Maiden album recorded in their home country since 1982's The Number of the Beast. Released via EMI, Capitol, and Epic.
The songs "Holy Smoke" and "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" were released as singles. The latter reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart. Despite poor reception, No Prayer for the Dying charted at #17 on Billboard 200 USA and was certified Gold.
Cheezy good 80s fun. Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) plays herself in her first feature film, which she also helped to write. Her father, Dale Peterson, a real life Allstate Insurance representative, appears uncredited in the film as an Allstate Insurance representative.
Oh yeah, Elvira's aunt's house is also the Munster's house.
Better known to blokes in the USA as 'Hell Bent for Leather' because, well, you know... Americans have this thing for political correctness. Can't have some album title with "murderous implications" floating around in the late 70s. But the American version did contain the song "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)".
This is the band's fifth studio album. Judas Priest began to streamline the sound that would become "true" Heavy Metal. It is also around the time the band adopted the leather & studs look that would become synonymous with the genre. Yep, ask Zep, Purple & Sabbath and they will tell you that the Priest created what we call "Heavy Metal".
Produced by James Guthrie and Judas Priest and Recorded at Utopia and CBS Studios in London, England. Released by Colombia/CBS Records and Epic Records (Japan).
The songs "Take On The World," "Evening Star" and "Rock Forever" were released as singles. While none of them charted, I do remember hearing "Take On The World" on the radio at one point. All three were "performed" by the band on lip-synced pop TV shows in 1979. The album hit #128 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and has been Certified Gold.
Hell Bent for Leather (see what I did there?) is one of my fave albums ever. I sing along with every track on this record, and show me a cover band that didn't have "Green Manalishi" in its set. My fave tune on this album (and one of my all-time Priest faves) is "Delivering the Goods".
"Shake down, rock 'em boys, crack that whip strap mean..." hmmm? Go Rob \m/
This is the band's third recording and second full-length album. It is also the last to feature vocalist David Wayne and guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, until 1998. Vanderhoof remained with the band as a songwriter/arranger.
Produced by Mark Dodson and recorded at Steve Lawson Productions, Inc. in Seattle, WA. Released worldwide via Elektra Records.
The album was dedicated to the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who died nine days before its release. The songs "Start the Fire" and "Watch the Children Pray" were released as singles, but neither charted. "Watch the Children Pray" became the band's first ever music video.
The Dark only reached #92 on the Billboard 200, but is considered by fans and critics alike to contain some of Metal Church's best material.
This is the band's self-released debut album, a true New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) classic. It has inspired many a future band, most notably, Metallica.
Recorded at Old Smithy Recording Studio in Worcester, England. The album was financed, produced and distributed by the band via its own label, Happy Face Records. The original cover was simply a white sleeve. Only 1000 copies were pressed and each cover signed by one of the band members (250 copies for each member). These are now considered priceless collector's items.
The album was often referred to as the "White Album" as there was no title. It eventually became known as Lightning to the Nations, named after the first track. The 2nd release on Happy Face Records was also in a white Sleeve, but without Autographs.
In 1981 Happy Face licensed the recording to Woolfe Records in Hamburg Germany. It was distributed by Sound-Service bellaphone International. The new cover depicted a burning world map, the band's name in cursive, and the title 'Lightning to the Nations' in red font.
This is a damn good album in my opinion, NWOBHM or otherwise. Definitely a must for any serious metal head's collection \m/
I know you know this one...
Written (and edited) by George A. Romero and John A. Russo, the now classic film was criticized at its release for its explicit gore. Five years after the premiere it was called the most profitable film produced outside of Hollywood. In 1999 the Library of Congress added the film to the National Film Registry, deeming it culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.
This was the first feature-length film directed by Romero. He also handled Cinematography duties. Produced by Karl Hardman and Russell Streiner. Distributed theatrically in 1968 by Continental Distributing and Walter Reade Organization.
The working title during filming was 'Night of Anubis'. It was changed to 'Night of the Flesh Eaters', and was intended to be released under that title. The distributors changed it to Night of the Living Dead before release.
I'm not going to go into all the gory details here. In short, the story follows a group of people who are trapped in a rural farmhouse that is surrounded by flesh-eating living dead ghouls. It's a classic, watch it! And it earned George A. Romero the title of 'The Father of the Modern Zombie'.
The film entered the public domain because the theatrical distributor neglected to place a copyright on the prints. In 1968 United States copyright law required a proper notice for a work to maintain a copyright. Because it is in the Public Domain, I've included the entire film here for your viewing pleasure.
Film Note #1: Readers Digest tried to warn people away from watching the film in 1968 by claiming if it's ever watched, it will inspire cannibalism.
Film Note #2: One of the distributors's publicity stunts was a $50,000 insurance policy against anyone dying from a heart attack while watching the film.
This the band's first compilation, and sixth album overall. Unlike a standard 'greatest hits' it contains remixes, newly recorded material and a song from a soundtrack.
The songs "Primal Scream" and "Angela" were recorded for the album, as was a cover of The Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K.". "Rock n' Roll Junkie" had been featured in the Andrew Dice Clay movie, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.
Decade of Decadence 81-91 peaked at #2 on the US Billboard 200 chart and has been certified 2X Platinum.
Because this movie critized the Catholic Church, it was blacklisted and received a limited theatrical run throughout Europe. It was never released in U.S. theaters, but was made available on DVD via Anchor Bay in 2000.
This is considered the film in which Fulci introduced the gory special effects he became known for in future films. Fulci ranked this movie as his personal favorite of all the movies he had directed in his career.
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