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A few years back, metal journalists James Sherry (Metal Hammer, Kerrang!) and Neil Aldis (Rock World, Terrorizer) decided to sift through their record collections and put the best of the bunch into coffee-table-book form. That spawned "Heavy Metal Thunder," an extensive archive of the most kick-ass metal-album art of the last four decades, set to land in bookstores June 1.
According to Sherry, the book's intended to guide lifelong metalheads down memory lane — a time when you'd buy an LP based solely on the image that graced the sleeve, a time when ridiculous album covers were a genuine art form.
"We wanted the book to be entertaining for people who aren't necessarily into metal," he said. "I wanted it to appeal to people who are really heavily into the music and can look through the book and go, 'Oh, I remember that record — I had it when I was a kid.' ... But we also wanted it to appeal to people who have no interest in the music and can look through it and go, 'These covers are hilarious.' We're not afraid to poke fun at it."
The book's documents everything from the earliest days of groundbreaking bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest through today's current class of metallers, like Mastodon and High on Fire. The book covers all the bases, with chapters devoted to black metal, death metal, nü metal, thrash, stoner rock and glam rock. There's even a forward penned by Anthrax's Scott Ian and an interview with Derek Riggs, the man who created Iron Maiden's symbolic Eddie icon.
"We were originally going to do each chapter in a different theme," Sherry explained. "We were going to have a chapter of all covers that just featured men with swords, which there are many. It's an ongoing theme in old metal records. We wanted a whole chapter on glam-rock covers, fantasy covers, ridiculous covers — even covers with babes on them. That became way too complicated, so we decided to do it genre by genre."
Several chapters are devoted to specific bands that've become known for their album imagery. "One of the first things we decided was that we had to give Manowar their own chapter," he said. "With this book, you get a taste for the imagery of each genre. I just think that metal, more than any other music, is very visually led. As a child, I would often buy records on the strength of the album cover, on how metal the cover looked. That doesn't happen anymore. Kids can hear stuff before they buy it."
One of the more amusing chapters is the one that examines the punk-inflected thrash era. "I love the thrash covers because it's all pre-computers, and these bands would have a friend who would say, 'Hey, I could draw you a picture for your cover,' " Sherry said. "That's why there was so much drawn artwork on those sleeves, and some of it's just terrible, but brilliantly funny as well."
Several album covers were cut from the book, including Marduk's 1995 masterpiece, F--- Me Jesus, and Autopsy's 2003 album, Sh--fun.
But Sherry's favorite album cover, and one of the first that readers encounter in "Heavy Metal Thunder"? "I love the first Black Sabbath album cover, because I think that one's genuinely creepy. You kind of look at it, and it's genuinely a quite scary album cover," he said. "I like a lot of the black-metal covers, too, because there's just something a bit creepier about them that's genuinely quite scary, whereas it's hard to get too scared by men with swords."
VH1 debuts the first ever show to pay homage to the legends who influenced the sound of hard rock with the first annual "VH1 Rock Honors". This year's celebration will honor the music and influence of KISS, Queen, Def Leppard and Judas Priest. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
Premiering on Wednesday, May 31 at 9PM*, "VH1 Rock Honors", will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 25. The 2 - hour tribute will salute the groundbreaking bands of rock, the once in a lifetime events and the influential people who made a lasting mark on the history of hard rock.
The influence of these honorees will be felt through spoken tributes, filmed packages and performances by some of today's hottest rock acts as well as the legends themselves.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 22nd via www.ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets or in Las Vegas by going directly to the Mandalay Bay Box Office or by calling 877-632-7400 or 702-632-7580. For VIP Tickets Contact VH1 Save The Music at 212-846-7882 or email@example.com.
Judas Priest are creating their first conceptual album based upon the life and predictions of Nostradamus. This album will be theatrically staged and performed in its entirity as an epic musical by Judas Priest.
Judas Priest took the Royal Albert Hall in London by storm on Friday night with the Scorpions, Ian Gillan & Friends and Boned, all in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The show was a tribute to Tommy Vance ("Friday Rock Show"), who passed away last year. Photos from the show have been posted on the official Judas Priest website.
Judas Priest have confirmed that their appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 31 will be their ONLY gig anywhere in the world during 2006. Priest will headline a bill that also features Scorpions, Ian Gillan And Friends and Boned. This is a Tommy Vance Tribute Night, with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
JUDAS PRIEST had steadily been building a worldwide audience for eight long years when the 1982 album 'Screaming For Vengeance' exploded and became a smash commercial and critical hit. The mainstream had finally caught on and realized what die-hard fans had known all along: Nobody rocked harder or better than the British heavy metal quintet. The single ‘You've Got Another Thing Comin' was embraced by radio and the music video earned heavy rotation on MTV.
Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release the DVD 'Live Vengeance '82' on April 4, 2006. It was previously only available on DVD as a limited-edition bonus disc with the first pressings of Judas Priest's career-spanning box set 'Metalogy' in 2004. This performance, filmed during the arena-packing 'Screaming For Vengeance' world tour on December 12, 1982, at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee, was first released on home video in 1983 as 'Judas Priest - Live'. It had been out of print for many years before its brief inclusion as part of 'Metalogy'.
Vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing and bass guitarist Ian Hill lead JUDAS PRIEST through a fiery set comprised of classics from previous albums such as 'Sad Wings Of Destiny', 'Sin After Sin', 'Hell Bent For Leather', 'British Steel' and 'Point Of Entry' as well as the cream of 'Screaming For Vengeance'.
The 17 tracks on 'Live Vengeance '82' include: 'The Hellion/Electric Eye', 'Riding On The Wind', 'Heading Out To The Highway', 'Metal Gods', 'Bloodstone', 'Breaking The Law', 'Sinner', 'Desert Plains', 'The Ripper', 'Diamonds And Rust', 'Devil's Child', 'Screaming For Vengeance', 'You've Got Another Thing Comin',' 'Victim Of Changes', 'Living After Midnight', 'The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)' and 'Hell Bent For Leather'.
The 'Live Vengeance '82' audio is mastered in both stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes.
Judas Priest will be appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England on 31st March 2006 (the only show they will be playing this year). This is a special performance in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust Charity and is a tribute to Tommy Vance (UK's Friday Rock Show). Also appearing will be special guests: The Scorpions and Ian Gillan & Friends. Opening the show will be an unknown band called 'Boned,' who Tommy Vance was a great supporter of. Tickets go on sale on 14th February, 2006 (www.royalalberthall.com).
Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release the two-CD set 'The Essential Judas Priest' on April 4, 2006. Judas Priest rocketed out of the tough steel town of Birmingham, England, more than three decades ago, and the 34 songs collected here form nothing less than the very backbone of heavy metal.
The core of vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing and bass guitarist Ian Hill worked with several drummers in the earlier years, with longtime current member Scott Travis rounding out the definitive lineup due to his incredible power and versatility.
All the songs on 'The Essential Judas Priest' are the complete original studio album versions featuring the Halford/Tipton/Downing/Hill axis -- from the 1976 landmark 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' through the astonishing 2005 reunion platter 'Angel Of Retribution'.
The track listing is as follows: More...
JUDAS PRIEST management co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"All of the band took a well deserved break over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Having been touring for nearly two years, they were badly in need of recharging their batteries! Now they are raring to go and are starting work on their new studio album. For this reason, they have decided not to do any touring this year but to work straight through on the new album! Once we are further down the line with it I'll give you some updates!
"We have just heard from Burrn! magazine in Japan that JUDAS PRIEST have swept the polls!
The Best Group of the year: JUDAS PRIEST
The Best Album of the year: JUDAS PRIEST 'Angel Of Retribution'
The Best Live Performance in Japan: JUDAS PRIEST
The Best Album Cover: JUDAS PRIEST 'Angel Of Retribution'
The Best Vocalist of the year: Rob Halford/JUDAS PRIEST
"Needless to say we are all very happy about these results — they are fantastic! So a big thank you to JUDAS PRIEST's Japanese fans!!"
Glenn Tipton is best known as the co-lead guitarist and one of the main songwriters in the legendary
heavy metal band Judas Priest, but he has also stretched himself creatively as a solo artist. On March 7, 2006, Rhino Records will release a new version of Tipton's 1997 Atlantic Records album BAPTIZM OF FIRE (including two bonus tracks) as well as the Tipton, Enwistle and Powell album EDGE OF THE WORLD, which consists of previously unreleased recordings with the late Cozy Powell and John Entwistle that were laid down at the same time as BAPTIZM OF FIRE.
The songs on BAPTIZM OF FIRE include: "Hard Core," "Paint It Black," "Enter The Storm," "Fuel Me Up," "Extinct," "Baptizm Of Fire," "The Healer," "Cruise Control," "Kill Or Be Killed," "Voodoo Brother," "Left For Dead," and the previously unreleased bonus tracks "Himalaya" and "New Breed."
Featured songs on EDGE OF THE WORLD include: "Unknown Soldier," "Friendly Fire," "The Holy Man," "Never Say Die," "Resolution," "Searching," "Give Blood," "Crime Of Passion," "Walls Cave In," "Edge Of The World," and "Stronger Than The Drug."
Entwistle and Powell form the rhythm section on both BAPTIZM OF FIRE and EDGE OF THE WORLD. Keyboardist Don Airey, a highly respected metal veteran, is featured on both albums. Special guests on BAPTIZM OF FIRE include bass guitarists Billy Sheehan, Robert Trujillo, and C.J. DeVillar, and drummers Brooks Wackerman and Shannon Larkin.
"Heavy: The Story of Metal," premiering Monday - Thursday, May 1-4 at 9PM ET/PT each night traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture, from its dark, grim beginnings in Birmingham, England to the worldwide force that it remains to this day. In a series of four themed hours, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," explores four decades of music, each hour examining this powerful and often misunderstood genre, from metal's pioneers to its love of glam and excess; from the fight for metal's rebellious soul to its storied flirtation with the devil:
Episode One traces metal's roots in the late-60's in the bombed-out industrial town of Birmingham England to the spectacular rise of Kiss and "glam metal" in the early 70's.
Episode Two examines metal's growing pains during the 70's when both high-brow rock critics and punk rock threatened its very existence. By decade's end, bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard gave birth to what became known as "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal." Episode Three sees metal thrive in, of all places, sunny California. Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue -- it's the world of hair metal. And, keeping everyone's Jacuzzi-soaked ego in check, a little film called Spinal Tap emerges.
Episode Four takes a walk on the dark side: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, thrash, grunge, and how the music and images of Marilyn Manson became associated with the Columbine massacre.
Told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," contains revealing, hilarious and sometimes shocking conversations. Interviews include Sebastian Bach, Jerry Cantrell, Phil Collen, Bruce Dickinson, Fred Durst, Ace Frehley, Rob Halford, Scott Ian, Tony Iommi, Chris Jericho, Lemmy Kilmister, Chuck Klosterman, Jani Lane, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Bret Michaels, Dave Mustaine, Vinnie Paul, Mark Putnam, Riki Rachtman, Dave "Snake" Sabo, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Eddie Trunk, Rob Zombie and more.
JUDAS PRIEST have confirmed the international release date for their new DVD, "Rising in the East". The disc will be released on January 16, 2006 except in these territories:
France – December 12, 2005
Japan – December 21, 2005
U.K. – January 30, 2006
"Rising in the East" DVD was released in the USA and Canada on November 15.
A video of BEYOND FEAR, the new band fronted by former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, performing the song "Human Race" live at the Monterrey Metal Fest on May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, has been posted online at IcedEarth.com.br (.MPG, 25 MB).
BEYOND FEAR members Owens and John Comprix (guitar; SPAWN, 13 FACES) recently traveled to Florida to put the finishing touches on the band's debut album, tentatively due in early 2006 via SPV Records. The final recording and mixing sessions are taking place at the legendary Morrisound studios in Tampa under the watchful eye of Jim Morris (ICED EARTH, DEATH, JAG PANZER). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "I Don't Need This", "And You Will Die", "It Is Me", "Telling Lies", "The Faith", "The Human Race", "Your Time Has Come" and "My Last Words". Joining Owens and Comprix in the new group are Dennis Hayes (ex-WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) on bass, Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN) on rhythm guitar, and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR).
Launch Radio Networks reports that JUDAS PRIEST will play its first dates in Russia at the end of November, with shows slated for Kiev, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Guitarist Glenn Tipton told Launch that Russia is one country PRIEST has long wanted to visit. "We know there's a big demand for the band there 'cause a lot of Russian fans come to see us when we're in Germany or places like that," he said. "And for whatever reason, we had it scheduled and then it just hasn't happened, and so Russia's one place we would like to go to and play."
JUDAS PRIEST is touring in support of its reunion album, "Angel of Retribution", which came out earlier this year. PRIEST is currently wrapping up its fall North American tour. The band plays in Kelseyville, California tomorrow (Friday, October 28) and closes out the trek on Sunday (October 30) in Long Beach, California.
The band's upcoming live DVD, "Rising in the East", will be released on November 15. "Rising in the East" was filmed during PRIEST's May 18-19, 2005 shows at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
Heavy metal icons Judas Priest will release the new live DVD 'Rising In the East' on November 15, 2005, via Rhino Home Video.
Vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bass guitarist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis filmed 'Rising In The East' in May 2005 at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. The definitive Judas Priest lineup played two sold-out nights at the venue to promote the early-2005 release of the critically acclaimed studio album 'Angel Of Retribution,' their first new material in 15 years. 'Rising In The East' is Judas Priest's first straight-to-DVD release.
"We talked about doing a DVD on this tour and we decided to do it at the Budokan because it's a special venue. It's world-renowned. We thought it was an ideal choice," says Tipton. "We filmed both nights but we ended up using the second night only for this DVD. We wanted it to be as live and as real as possible, and when you start taking from different shows there isn't continuity. We wanted it to be one show and that's exactly what it is." More...
The band from the second series of the tv show Rock School - who are calling themselves No Comment - have just landed the gig as the opening act for Judas Priest in Long Beach, California as part of the 'Priest Feast' triple bill that also includes Rob Zombie and Anthrax. The band will make their national debut in front of some 8000 people October 30th at the Long Beach Arena.
Rock School, which is one of VH1's most successful shows, has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon as legendary Kiss bassist Gene Simmons shows fledgling musicians how to rock out, heavy-metal style!
In a recent interview with Lynn Saxberg of The Ottawa Citizen, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing revealed that they're considering putting together a multi-act metal package to tour North America next summer, but they also want to make another album.
"It's pretty hectic," Downing said, noting that he'll be celebrating another birthday on stage this month.
"I think things have turned full circle and for bands like ourselves and [BLACK] SABBATH, there's not too many of us standing these days, still intact from the '70s. Bands like that basically got the ball rolling with this heavy metal thing all those years ago and I think it's one reason we're here today."
According to Downing, there is a whole new generation of kids itching to rock out to songs like "You've Got Another Thing Coming" and "Hell Bent for Leather".
"It's still guaranteed that PRIEST has a great following," said Downing. "Time moves on, and obviously people take their music with them. They're not suddenly going to start listening to jazz or classical music just because they're of a certain age.
"There's a perception that you should mellow out and do what your predecessors did, but that's not the case and it never will be. If you were a fan of JIMI HENDRIX or the CREAM or BLACK SABBATH or JUDAS PRIEST or whoever it is, you take your music with you through life, don't you," he said, "even though you might not always admit it to your next-door neighbor.
"But the great thing is now, we've got the best of it all because people are bringing their nieces, nephews, sons, daughters, even grandkids to the show. There's a new interest, probably because of the Ozzfest going on for quite some years. Parents are saying, 'You think that's metal, you want to come and see a good band.'
"Obviously, with Rob [Halford] back in the band, things are much bigger and better and more the way they used to be."
A BLABBERMOUTH.NET reader reported the following:
"I was at the JUDAS PRIEST concert last night [October 9] at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ where JUDAS PRIEST performed (sort of).
"About four songs into their set, Rob Halford [vocals] came on stage with a mug of some liquid. While he was sipping away, he explained to the audience that he was suffering from a case of influenza. By the song 'Breaking the Law', he was looking for some breathing room for his voicebox. By the time he got to 'Screaming for Vengeance' he had pretty much lost his voice and it became an 'audience participation' rendition, waving the crowd on to sing for him. It was very obvious that he was struggling for most of the night to get the lyrics out and couldn't wait for the show to be over."
As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST plan to reconvene after the Christmas holidays to begin writing a new album, the follow-up to this year's comeback CD, "Angel of Retribution". Halford told RecordOnline.com that the group never saw their reunion, in which he sang with them for the first time in 14 years, as a one-shot deal. "We don't want people to get the impression it's a grab-the-money-and-run thing," he said. "We missed making the metal together, and when we got back together, it was never for a quick fix. It was all about doing what was left to be done. There's more metal to make."
PRIEST are currently touring North America and perform tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 11) in Poughkeepsie, New York. After the trek wraps up on October 30 in California, the band will head to Russia and Eastern Europe.
On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.
"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.
"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:
01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman
The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.
"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.
Sepultura are to record covers of Judas Priest's 'Screaming For Vengeance' and 'Scratch The Surface' by Sick Of It All, during the sessions for upcoming albume 'Dante XX1'. The record, a concept based around The Divine Comedy, is due out early next year on SPV.
Fresh off of a successful run on Gigantour, Anthrax continues to blaze a trail on tour with Judas Priest. Anthrax will support Judas Priest on a US/Canadian run this Fall in support their new releases: Anthrology - No Hit Wonders (CD and DVD) and Alive 2 (CD and DVD).
Anthrology - No Hit Wonders is a remastered 2-disc "Best Of" set spanning the band's hits from 1985-1991 with an accompanying DVD collection of the band's Island years videos. Alive 2 (the album) captures the band's explosive June 3rd, 2005 performance at Starland Ballroom while Alive 2 (the DVD) features the Starland Ballroom concert and a documentary chronicling the band's historic reunion.
In addition to the Judas Priest dates, Anthrax will be playing select headline shows across the country. The tour dates are as follows: More...