Archive for the Death Category

Rest in Peace Alec John Such

Posted in 1980s, Death, Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2022 by 80smetalman
Alec John Such

I have just learned of the passing of former Bon Jovi bassist, Alec John Such. He was one of the founding members of the band but left in 1994 siting burn out. The band is said to be heartbroken at the news of his passing. FFI, click the link: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/music/bon-jovi-founding-member-alec-john-such-dies-as-band-left-heartbroken/ar-AAY709Z?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBoPWjQ

I feature my all time favourite Bon Jovi song in dedication to Alec.

Rest in peace Alec John Such.

Sending the Love to Crawling Through Tartarus

Posted in Concerts, Death, Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2022 by 80smetalman

I was very saddened to learn of this:


One Dead, Four Injured In Shooting at Death Metal Show

According to NBC Los Angeles, a shooting at a death metal show in San Bernadino this Saturday left one dead and four injured.

The shooting took place around 9:30pm at the Marquis Lounge at 1036 W. Highland Avenue in San Bernardino. When police arrived at the scene, they found one person already dead, and three other people suffering from gunshot-related injuries. A fourth victim with a gunshot wound drove to the hospital on his own (damn, hardcore), making for a total of five shooting victims overall.

As reported by Blabbermouth, the show at which the senseless act took place was that of Los Angeles death metallers Crawling Through Tartarus, whose vocalist Matt Holzboog was hit by two bullets and eventually had to undergo surgery. Meanwhile, CBS Los Angeles identified the deceased victim as 32-year-old James Vincent Dickson.

It has also been reported that as of Monday, all victims of the shooting are in stable condition.

The investigation of the shooting is underway, with no suspects of possible motives currently available.

Matt Berg, a friend of the band, posted the below images to Facebook, including as picture of Holzboog in the hospital, writing:

“Prayers for my boys in Crawling Through Tartarus after a violent shooting during their set last night in San Bernardino. Zander Dixon was a brother to Jack Berg and me growing up and it’s terrifying to see the video of somebody opening fire. Their vocalist Matt was hit by two rounds and is dealing with surgeries now. Make sure you send lots of love their way. Share their music with your friends, buy some merch, wish them well etc.”

That’s super fucking scary for all involved, and we wish Matt and his bandmates all the best. Check out the band below — while it doesn’t necessarily matter that their shit is cool as hell, it’s certainly nice to find out.

It now seems that you can’t even go to a metal gig in the US without the prospect of being shot. My genuine thoughts go out to the band, their families and those who were at the concert.

Let me add this song by Will Hoge.

Rest in Peace Taylor Hawkins

Posted in Death, Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 26, 2022 by 80smetalman
Taylor Hawkins

I’m sure this sad news is all around the world by now. When I turned on the TV news this morning, I was very saddened to learn of the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. While details surrounding Taylor’s death haven’t been released, his band was on tour of South America at the time. Tributes from all around the rock world and beyond have been pouring in. Therefore, I can only add my condolences to Taylor’s wife and children and to the Foo Fighters as well.

Rest in peace Taylor

Great Metal Albums of 1987: Napalm Death- Scum

Posted in 1980s, Death, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2022 by 80smetalman

When listening to the debut album, “Scum,” from British metal band, Napalm Death, the first question which arises is: Is Napalm Death the British version of the Stormtroopers of Death? Like the S.0.D., whose album “Speak English or Die” had twenty-one tracks in under thirty minutes, “Scum” has twenty-eight tracks in little over thirty-five minutes. Also like their American predecessor, the album is full of ear-bashing short, sharp, in your face tracks. Many of the tracks on “Scum” are under one minute in length but when you listen to them, the interesting thing is that it feels like a full three minute song crammed into that little amount of time.

What is just as interesting is that the band had a complete lineup change while making the album. The first half of the album has a different singer, guitar and bass than the second half with drummer Mick Harris being the only permanent fixture. However, I don’t hear any real change when I listen to the album. It’s still an all speed ahead assault on your eardrums. Some will even raise the criticism that you can’t understand the lyrics being sung but guess what? I don’t really care. This is just a great album to thrash out and create lots of mayhem to. My only regret resulting from listening to the album is that I have never seen them live. I think that would be an experience.

One challenge I had when listening to “Scum” was identifying stand out tracks. It is a challenge when songs are over just as you are getting into them. Although, there are tracks like “Born On Your Knees” which has a cool intro as well an instrumental portion to mosh along to. Another song which I think stands out is “Polluted Minds.” While only a minute long, it packs a very powerful punch. “Prison Without Walls” is another memorable one, not that any of these songs aren’t. However, what you do get here is twenty-eight tracks to have a great mosh to.

Tracks Listing:

  1. Multinational Corporations
  2. Instinct for Survival
  3. The Kill
  4. Scum
  5. Caught…in a Dream
  6. Polluted Minds
  7. Sacrificed
  8. Siege of Power
  9. Control
  10. Born On Your Knees
  11. Human Garbage
  12. You Suffer
  13. Life?
  14. Prison Without Walls
  15. Point of No Return
  16. Negative Approach
  17. Success
  18. Deceiver
  19. C.S.
  20. Parasites
  21. Pseudo Youth
  22. Devine Death
  23. As the Machine Rolls On
  24. Common Enemy
  25. Moral Crusade
  26. Stigmatized
  27. M.A.D.
  28. Dragnet
Napalm Death

Tracks 1-12

Nik Napalm- vocals, bass

Justin Broaderick- guitar, vocals

Mick Harris- drums

Tracks 13-28

Lee Dorrian- vocals

Jim Whitely- bass

Bill Steer- guitar

Mick Harris- drums, vocals

History has determined that “Scum” marked the official initiation of the sub-genre now known as grindcore and Napalm Death have been attributed as its pioneers. I won’t debate that fact but all I know is that I have come to love having my ears cleaned out by the album.

Next post: Testament- Live at Eindhoven

To buy Rock and Roll Children, email me at: tobychainsaw@hotmail.com

To have Bruce Dickinson receive a knighthood, click the link: https://www.change.org/p/special-honours-committees-for-knighthoods-a-knighthood-for-bruce-dickinson

Rest in Peace Ian McDonald

Posted in 1980s, Death, Illness, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2022 by 80smetalman
Ian McDonald

It is my sad duty to report the death of former Foreigner guitarist Ian McDonald who sadly passed away, aged 75, after a long battle with cancer. Ian not only played guitar on Foreigner’s more hard rocking first three albums but also contributed on keyboards, drums and vocals. Unfortunately for him, he left the band after the third album, “Head Games,” and therefore, didn’t enjoy the commercial success of “4” and “Agent Provocateur” albums. Tributes have been pouring in for Ian all day from former band mates and musicians who knew him. This is yet another tragic loss to the music world. The only thing I can do in dedication to Ian is to play their first big single, which was a cruising song for my then 16 year old self and the song I consider the hidden gem of all Foreigner songs.

Rest in peace Ian

Rest in Peace Meatloaf

Posted in 1980s, Death, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2022 by 80smetalman
Meat Loaf

As usual, I’m late to the party. News of rock legend Meatloaf’s passing has been making the rounds on social media all day. My first experience of him was his famous “Bat Out of Hell” album when I was 17. First, I thought Meatloaf was a band and I wasn’t too impressed with the fat slob they had for a lead singer. Don’t worry, I am already warming up the time machine so I can go back and slap my 17 year old self. Long story short, I am very glad that I was wrong on all counts. When I finally did hear his iconic album, I was totally impressed and I have been a Meatloaf fan ever since. Thinking about it, once I’ve slap myself in 1978, I should travel to 2001 where a young rock fan, upon seeing my Meatloaf t-shirt, said I had a sad taste in music. So maybe I should slap him as well.

For those who grew up listening to Meatloaf, you know that listening to his music was not sad in any way. He made a number of great albums and even collaborated with singers such as Cher. I love “Dead Ringer for Love.” While I know that we are all aging and those we held as heroes are succumbing to their mortality, but each loss is the loss of a good friend. This is especially true with Meatloaf.

Meat Loaf and Cher singing “Dead Ringer for Love”

Rest in peace Meatloaf, may you find paradise beyond the dashboard light.

An Early Happy New Year!

Posted in Death, Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2021 by 80smetalman

I’m wishing everyone a happy new year a day early as I will be in work on tomorrow and Saturday, can’t resist the double time. Therefore, I will wish everyone a happy and safe new year now and reflect over 2021 as it comes to an end.

Rest in peace Dusty Hill

Always wanting to get the negative out of the way, like with many of the previous years, we lost more of the rock legends we grew up with decades earlier including three in one day! One of those was the legendary bassist for ZZTop, Dusty Hill. Others include Joey Jordison, Mike Howe and Jeff LaBar and there were more. May they all rest in peace.

Of course, outside of music, we still had the Covid to deal with and while things seemed to be improving throughout the year, it appears it has all gone backwards in the end on account of the Omnicron strain. As usual, it’s been a pain in the rear end and we have to make adjustments but hopefully, things will get better in 2022.

My son Will and me celebrating our 60th and 30th birthdays

One major change for me in 2021 was the fact that I have been alive for six decades. Part of me feels like the old man ready to impart wisdom on the youth. Okay maybe not, but I can educate them on heavy metal history. This has led me to get my will sorted although I am waiting for a response from the people at Bloodstock as to whether they will honour my request to have my ashes poured from the Ronnie James Dio Stage when I do depart this world. While I might be an old man, I did receive the compliment while playing in a softball tournament that I moved around the bases pretty well for someone my age. In addition, I had added joy when both of my daughters in law bore me beautiful granddaughters in 2021.

With my granddaughter Primrose. In the foreground is my three year old grandson Alex.
My granddaughter Juliana

As the pandemic seemed to be easing throughout the year, there was a slow but steady return to live music. I have enjoyed reading some of your accounts of the gigs you went to. I managed to get to one at a club in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, when I saw the bands Logoz and Silverjet. Okay, neither band is well known outside the Northeast of England but they both put on a great show that evening.

Logoz in Newcastle

Like the rest of you, I am also looking towards 2022 with careful optimism. I hope that the pandemic will no longer be a inconvenience to our lives and we can move on. In the meantime, I will look forward to reading your posts and hearing what you all have to say about music new and old. BTW, I did get the new Iron Maiden album for Christmas and because of it’s length, I only have listened to the first CD. So far, I pretty much like what I hear.

Happy New Year to all!

Next post: Reckless- No Frills

To buy Rock and Roll Children, email me at: tobychainsaw@hotmail.com

Merry Christmas to All!

Posted in Death, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2020 by 80smetalman

I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 2020 has been a terrible year in a lot of ways and things aren’t looking to get better anytime soon. We’ve had the pandemic and the passing of many great rock stars. Now, it’s my sad duty to add one more to this sad list. Leslie West, guitarist in the band Mountain passed away yesterday. This means the year is going out in the same sucky way it came in.

Leslie West
Mountain

But enough gloom for now! Reading your posts and having you read and comment on mine has made a big difference this year. I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas. May those who indulge get plenty drunk and eat lots of turkey and sweets. I leave you now with Mountain’s best known song, “Mississippi Queen” and three alternative versions of the carol “Deck the Halls.”

Merry Christmas to all!

Rest in Peace Ken Hensley

Posted in 1980s, Death, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 6, 2020 by 80smetalman
Ken Hensley

Once more, we can boldly declare that 2020 sucks Communist donkey dick! Not only are we losing so many great rockers, we are losing members of the same band. Less than two months ago, Uriah Heep and Ozzy drummer Lee Kerslake left us. Now, I must sadly announce the passing of Uriah Heep keyboardist, Ken Hensley. He was a great but underrated keyboards player for Heep all throughout the 1970s. In 1983, he joined Southern rock greats, Blackfoot and his contributions helped make keyboards in Southern rock acceptable.

Blackfoot

Rest in peace Ken!

Great Metal Albums of 1986: Possessed- Beyond the Gates

Posted in 1980s, Death, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 11, 2020 by 80smetalman

On that evening in November, 1986, in Camden Town, London, after moshing and stage diving to the English Dogs and Voivod, headliners for the evening, Possessed, hit the stage. The band made its appearance with the demand from lead singer and bassist, Jeff Becerra, “Let’s see some blood!” They then went into a mad frenzy of thrash metal which only seemed to increase in speed the longer they were up on stage. And sometime into their set, they got to see some blood when a would be stage diver dove from the stage, only for the crowd to part causing the diver to hit his head on the floor. His head was cut but he seemed otherwise all right.

Listening to the many thrash albums from 1986, I have discovered a recurring theme in most of them. It seems the first track is a mellow, acoustic or classical sounding instrumental, intent to lure you into a false sense of security before blasting your brains with fast powerful chords. It’s the same case with Possessed’s album, “Beyond the Gates.” The opening track is very melodic before “The Heretic” comes in to pulverize your ear drums.

“Beyond the Gates” is somewhere in between the albums by the English Dogs and the Cro-Mags. With this album, you get eleven songs in just over thirty-six minutes although the opener and closer are both instrumentals each lasting exactly one minute and twenty-three seconds. In between that you get nine mad, thrash songs.

Several interesting points come to mind when listening to “Beyond the Gates.” The first is on the track, “Tribulation” where guitarists Mike Torrao and Larry LaLonde trade off guitar solos in a way comparable to King and Hanneman. BTW, if the name Larry LaLonde sounds familiar, yes, he is the guy who would later go onto play in some obscure band called Primus.

Another point is while most songs are pure unadulterated thrash, the track “Phantasm” shows that the band can slow it up when needed without losing any intensity. This bears fruit on my choice for song of the album, “No Will to Live.” It is the longest track on the album at nearly seven minutes long but the way Possessed changes things up throughout the song definitely holds your interest. Even to the point where Jeff Becerra changes his tempo in his vocals. What makes this song unique is that the mosh instrumental part and guitar solo trade offs are saved until the final minute bringing the song to a very cool end.

What I didn’t know at the time was that this was Possessed’s second album. The reason why I hadn’t heard of their debut album, “Seven Churches” at the time was that it had been banned from major record stores on account of the cover showing an upside down cross. If I had known, I would have bought the album just for that.

Track Listing:

  1. Intro
  2. The Heretic
  3. Tribulation
  4. March to Die
  5. Phantasm
  6. No Will to Live
  7. Beyond the Gates
  8. The Beasts of the Apocalypse
  9. Seance
  10. Restless Dead
  11. Dog Fight

Jeff Becerra- bass, vocals

Mike Torrao- guitar

Larry LaLonde- guitar

Mike Sus- drums

Originally, “Beyond the Gates” was heavily criticized for its ‘muddy’ production. I don’t hear it but that’s me. However, these days, it’s being looked upon as a great album that got overlooked and it has even been said that it connects the dots between thrash and death metal. I can agree with that.

Next post: Alice Cooper- Constrictor

To buy Rock and Roll Children, email me at: tobychainsaw@hotmail.com