gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
(Wikipedia) New Years Day is an American rock band formed in 2005 in Anaheim, California. After building a reputation through promotion on the social networking website MySpace, the band released their debut EP in 2006. Their debut album My Dear followed in 2007. The band's second full length effort, Victim to Villain came out nearly six years after their debut. Their third album, Malevolence was released on October 2, 2015. It peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest charting.

Their music is categorized as self-proclaimed "Hauntedmansioncore", a spin on The Haunted Mansion mixed with rock music. Please, enjoy New Years Day performing Kill or Be Killed.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Yeah, time to scratch the itch again. Anyone having suggestions for bands I should look into drop me a line.

But we start off HMS v2.0 with LostPray, a Ukrainian/Turkish band formed in Odessa in 2013. Really interesting stuff, it reminds me of Load-era Metallica. Which is not a bad thing. From their 2014 debut album That's why, please enjoy Alienation.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Because some traditions just have to be honored. Korpiklaani (Finnish: The Forest Clan) is a folk metal band from Finland who were formerly known as Shaman. Their Wikipedia entry is pretty thin except for the astonishingly long list of former members. I think Korpiklanni is actually Finnish for "More lineup changes than Megadeth."

But enjoy the saddest SCA event ever with Wooden Pints
gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Nine years ago today Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott was murdered on stage by a deranged fan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio.

Never forget.

Here's Pantera doing Revolution is my Name of the band's ninth and final album, Reinventing the Steel

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Glare of Sarcasm)
The Osmonds.. do I really need to say more? Really?

I thought not.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Thought I'd do something different this morning. Along with his direct parodies and great original material, Weird Al Yankovic also does style parodies; he writes an original song using the readily identifiable style of an existing band.

Today we have CNR, a style parody of The White Stripes. Lyrics are about superhuman feats that Charles Nelson Reilly could accomplish, similar to Chuck Norris facts found all over the net. One of my favorite Weird Al songs, especially for the shout out to Jim Croce's You Don't Mess Around with Jim.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Well, I used to do that. But even though I'm now an official Leech on the Taxpayer, here's a salute from HMS World Headquarters to everyone on this Labor Day.

Nothin' But a Good Time is the first single from the glam metal band Poison's second studio album Open Up and Say... Ahh!. The song was released as a single in 1988 on Enigma Records and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on the Mainstream rock charts.

Guitarist C.C. DeVille so annoyed the crew that after filming the bit of him playing in the lighting rig, they broke for lunch. . . leaving C.C. twenty feet above the stage with the blazing hot lights still on. For fun try to count the number of different guitars he plays in the video.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
This is Motörhead. They play Rock and Roll

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Bosch)
[personal profile] kshandra here, coming to you live from Heavy Metal Central. Visiting with [personal profile] gridlore over the weekend, the lyrics to this one came up as a reference to how he's feeling lately. "You want me to post an HMS for you?" I asked. And so, from their 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, here is Pantera with "I'm Broken."



(I know Doug usually tries to post live video rather than studio versions, but I wasn't able to find a good copy between phone calls. :-P )

Continuing with the theme, since we're a week behind, here's a track that featured prominently in one of Doug's dreams this weekend. From Death Magnetic, here's Metallica with "Broken, Beat & Scarred."



(Again, an official video, but it was filmed about a week before we saw them in 2008, so I'll call it good.)
gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
This September, Metallica is releasing a concert film. 3D, Imax, the works. But it's not just a concert film. Woven into the performance is an actually plotted storyline about a young roadie sent out to recover items in a truck that ran out of gas somewhere in the city. What he encounters is a surreal night of violence and revolution. The film is called Through The Never

Here's the trailer:



Since the band, Kirk Hammett in particular, are fans of classic horror and have used images and themes from H.P. Lovecraft in the past, I'm really looking forward to this. Metallica in concert, and a strange night on the town. Who could asked for more?

OK, have more. Off 1996's Load, one of Metallica's more under-rated songs. Enjoy King Nothing!

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (US Flag)
but John Philips Sousa had the best marches of all time!





Happy 4th, y'all! Now please rise for our National Anthem.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
[personal profile] kshandra here, hijacking HMS to wish you all a Happy Pride with the Queen of Metal himself, Rob Halford. From the Seminole Hard Rock Arena in Hollywood, FL, on August 17. 2009, here is Judas Priest with "United."



And, from the 2011 High Voltage Festival, "Turbo Lover."

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
It's still Sunday, sue me.

Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, founded in 1988. The band consists of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables), Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion) and Sergio Vega (bass). The group's original bassist was Chi Cheng, who fell in a coma following a 2008 car accident and died in 2013. Deftones have released seven albums to date, with three Platinum (Adrenaline, Around the Fur, White Pony) and one Gold certification (for Deftones).

From 2000's White Pony, enjoy Change (In The House Of Flies)

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Black Sabbath - God Is Dead? off their new album 13. No Bill Ward, and Ozzy can barely sing at this point, but it is Black Sabbath!

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
This song, this particular version of this song, has been stuck in my head all freaking day. So after playing at home at volumes levels that made Caltrain engineers wonder if their trains had died, I'm sharing it with you.

From the epic 1999 S&M shows, crank up Metallica, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and a theater of metalheads for For Whom The Bell Tolls...



Screw it. Y'all get a bonus track. From the same shows, The Memory Remains

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Where the hell has Alestorm been all my life? A a folk metal band from Perth, Scotland. Their music is characterized by a pirate theme, and as a result they have been dubbed a "pirate metal" band by many critics and their fanbase. They refer to their genre as "Bacon Powered Pirate Core".

Bacon Powered Pirate Core. Just keep saying that.

The band formed under the name Battleheart in 2004. After releasing two demos, they were signed by Napalm Records in 2007 and renamed themselves Alestorm. Their debut album was released on 25 January 2008.[9] The band's third album, Back Through Time, was released in June 2011.

These guys manage to make a keytar cool. Well, almost.

So, enjoy Death Throes of the Terrorsquid. Seriously.



They also do a pretty awesome cover of Barret's Privateers
gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Jason Newsted is best known to metalheads as Metallica's long-time bassist, and probably the only person ever to quit his band while being filmed for a movie. Jason's reasons for leaving were complex, ranging from the band's absolute ban on side projects to his feelings that he was the eternal "new guy" even after 15 years and unprecedented success. After leaving Metallica he continued with his project Echobrain, played with Ozzy Osbourne and joined heavy metal band Voivod. None of these really panned out, and by 2006 Newsted was reduced to appearing in CBS' Rock Star Supernova.

Oh, the humanity.

But he has rebounded, and formed new band, Newsted with drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. and guitarist Jessie Farnsworth, with Staind guitarist Mike Mushok joining later in March 2013. From their debut EP, METAL we present Newsted performing Soldierhead



Still looking for Best Hair Metal songs that aren't power ballads.
gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
[personal profile] kshandra here, stepping up to the plate for an overworked [personal profile] gridlore to celebrate the memory of Jeff Hanneman, founding member of Slayer, who passed away unexpectedly last week of alcohol-related liver failure. He was 49.

Hanneman and fellow guitarist Kerry King founded Slayer in 1981 in Huntington Park, CA. The band would ultimately come to be known as one of the Big Four in thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. In a blog post on the band's website, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya said, "Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy."

From a July 2006 appearance on The Henry Rollins Show, here is Slayer performing "Disciple," from their album God Hates Us All.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
With her favorite Queensrÿche song.



Happy Anniversary!

Now, a question for my three viewers. Name, in your opinion, the best hair metal songs that aren't power ballads.
gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Yeah, missed last week. My bad.

No big write-up, just Thrash masters Slayer doing Cult (off 2006's Christ Illusion) on the Henry Rollins Show

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