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Below is our complete Juggernaut news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
So its Halloween yet again….and for some reason it just doesn’t seem as scary and wonderful as it used to be. Maybe its age….maybe it’s the state of the world….perhaps it’s just desensitization or my state of mind. Though its still my favorite time of year, Halloween used to be "special," mainly due to the fact that I bought into this notion that Halloween is the “world holiday of metal.” Not unlike horror films, metal used to have a creep factor in the 80's that seems all too polished and mechanical in 2014. For me, it's the only time when severely under-produced records can have a massive shock value.
On the topic of special Halloween memories over the years, I distinctly remember 1986 – when Slayer had just released what is arguably the greatest thrash metal album of our time just 24 days prior to Halloween. I begged my parents for money to buy it just around a day or two before Halloween…and it literally scared the crap out of me as a 15 year old kid. Every Halloween in that time, back when more people used to celebrate it with open doors, family, friends and I used to walk 5-7 miles – filling multiple pillow cases with candy…only to return home and dump it on the floor before switching costumes to go out for another 2-3 miles before all the lights went out in the neighborhood precisely at 8:30pm. 1986 was particularly memorable because the topic of discussion was “Reign in Blood.” My friends and I gasped in terror conjured by the album mostly because it was so "rebellious" and clashed directly (and indirectly) with our Roman Catholic upbringing. These were days before we reached the age of reason. More...
Derelict has issued the following announcement about appearing on the free "Sounds To Destroy The Masses" compilation:
"www.thenewreview.net has released it's 1 year anniversary compilation, called Sounds To Destroy The Masses. Derelict, along with label mates Odium and Misguided Aggression, are featured with close to 60 other heavy artists. The comp is completely free, so go to this location to download it. Also of note, Eric and Max both write reviews for The New Review. Find archives of all their posts in the 'staff' section of the website."
Other bands appearing on the compilation include Cephalic Carnage, Rikets, Skinlab, Hell Within, Chelsea Grin, and more.
Rome metal band Juggernaut has posted a new song, "Flamingoes," on their MySpace page. The song comes off of their debut album, "...Where Mountains Walk," which was released on November 20th.
Former S.A. SLAYER and JUGGERNAUT vocalist Steve Cooper (photo) passed away in the early morning hours of May 14 at a San Antonio, Texas hospital from complications due to kidney failure. Cooper, who was diabetic, had been in ill health and on dialysis for several years prior to his untimely death.
"Steve was a gentle soul, a beautiful person, and a great vocalist - his contributions to Texas heavy metal will never be forgotten", said longtime friend Liliana Martinez, who documented much of the vibrant early '80s Southern Texas metal scene, including SLAYER, as a photographer and contributor to Cutthroat, Texas Music News and the Unholy Book fanzine and other outlets. "We had a lot of good times together. Steve was an awesome metal presence, albeit a country boy at heart, and SLAYER were just incredible in their heyday. But find LIQUID SKY's 'Cry For The King' - it is the definitive Steve Cooper! It was the song that when we all first heard of Steve had us knowing he was more than just a metal singer. Steve loved music it ran through his veins. His finest hour came through in his work with S.A. SLAYER. He enjoyed the respect and admiration of all people who came to know him and his music. I will miss him immensely.... my dear friend, affectionately nicknamed Scooper. May you rest in peace... and yes, we know where you are going, hope to see you there someday."
Steven Lane Cooper first came to local prominence as the frontman of San Antonio favorites LIQUID SKY, also featuring guitarist Jonathan Grell (WINTERKAT, RHETT FORRESTER), whose only recorded output came in 1981 with "Cry For The King" on the 99.5 KISS-sponsored "Homegrown Album" compilation LP. Cooper then joined forces with bassist Don Van Stavern (PITBULL DAYCARE, ex-RIOT), drummer Dave McClain (MACHINE HEAD, ex-SACRED REICH), and guitarists Art Villareal and Bob Catlin in legendary Texas metal pioneers SLAYER (not to be confused with the L.A.-based act of the same name) who released their acclaimed debut EP, "Prepare To Die", in 1983 on the Rainforest label.
The band's explosive mix of early IRON MAIDEN, MERCYFUL FATE, and ANGEL WITCH was further documented on their classic "Go For The Throat" LP, recorded with lead guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) and released posthumously under the slightly altered S.A. SLAYER moniker some four years after the group's breakup. Cooper, Van Stavern, and McClain subsequently teamed up with RIOT guitarist Mark Reale in the short-lived NARITA. Cooper would re-surface with fellow Texas metallers JUGGERNAUT and contributed lead vocals on the band's 1987 sophomore album, "Trouble Within", before doing a short stint with East Coast-based Metal Blade labelmates EXXPLORER.
Condolences can be sent via e-mail to email@example.com and will be forwarded to Steve's mother, Faye. A remembrance service will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. at 150 Ridge Dr., San Antonio, TX 78228. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.