Cyclone: Belgian Blurr

What's that thing hanging out in the middle of Cyclone's logo - a bloody disembodied foxtail? As this speed metal thresher worked its way across the fields of Belgium during the mid-1980s, I guess...

Everybody Wants Some

Sheeyit...it's finally happening. My Van Halen history, Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, will be published in hardcover on August 24. That above is the first draft of the dust jacket, click it...

Medieval: Bid Your Balls Farewell!

The fine burgermeister of Good Bad Music has saved me some trouble by uploading "All Knobs to the Right," the legendary second demo by Michigan's finest purveyors of proto-metal garage sludge, Medieval. Belched out...

Quivering Evil Arabic Sideshow Geek

As CREEPY as this caged Middle Eastern crippled shaking ghost snake is, the sudden lurch into an ad for "6b6b.com" might be the worst part! What could that be, some kind of Satanic code?...

BLOODY ROOTS Presents: Demo-lition 3

This week's episode of BLOODY ROOTS, my weekly heavy metal history show on Sirius Hard Attack, is based entirely on demos digitized for this blog. Here's the playlist: AT WAR - "Eat Lead" from EAT...

Accept: Hi-Dee-Demo-Hi-Da…

Just a quick note to point out that crazy Accept archive Schlared.com has posted the German juggernaut's 1982 production demos for Restless & Wild. What a great find! These are high-quality recordings, but even...

Ice Age: Sugar and Spice, and Everything Ice

I'm putting together a Women in Metal episode of my Bloody Roots show for Sirius later this month, listening to lots of Gallhammer, Détente, Girlschool, and 13. So I guess I'm feeling extra-receptive to...

Go Directly to Superjail

Another guy named Christe who lives in my neighborhood is responsible for this unending spree of pain and violence, and it's soon to be offending lots of people on Adult Swim. If you can...

Death Metal Energy Drink?

Luckily I don't speak Spanish very well, so I don't understand the description of what Tormenta is supposed to do. Make the drinker vomit blood and retch profanities like a South American insulter of...

Incubus: Were They Morbid? Yes.

Of course this isn't the boy band Incubus, but it isn't the Louisiana act now known as Opprobrium, either. Briefly the scourge of Tampa, this demo is the product of ex-Morbid Angel members Sterling...

Devastation: A Re-Re-Creation of Ripping Death

Now here's a band whose head is screwed onto their legacy right. Devastation from Chicago didn't make as much headway as the Texas-based Slayer clones by the same name, but their nasty proto-death thrash...

Pimping the Ride of the Valkyries

What the fukkin-fukkity-fukk-fukk? Cheery black metal Swedes get their Audi adjusted by crunk king Lil Jon. LJ: "Where's your antenna?" CBMS: "We went to the forest one time, and then it was totally gone."

At War: (Without Satan)

If you ever wondered what Venom would have sounded like if they were gun-toting hillbilly beach bums from Virginia, then the trio At War are the camo-laden answer to your prayers. Presenting two fine...

Caught Between Heaven and Hell

If I owned a deli or a pizzeria, I would frame this photo and hang it on the wall. And I'd be wearing an apron.

Plotkin Calls His Metal Back

Righteous Pigs, Hellwitch, Excel, Casbah, Sadus, Wehrmacht, Attitude Adjustment...thanks to my friend the always-inspirational James Plotkin (Old Lady Drivers, Scorn, Khanate) for sending over this wishlist. The answer is YES, 90% of these demos...

Early Thrash Pics in GQ Germany

Judging by the the Deutsche edition of GQ, the pinnacle of men's style in Germany seems to be sweaty, sneering thrashers drooling beer from their snarling lips. They've published a handful of early '80s...

28 Blast Beats Later

Hard Attack listener Sage wrote me to request Goatwhore, and passed along a Flickr link to her hell-possessed eyeball. She's obviously infected with the Rage Virus, but some genetic mutation makes her a carrier...

Leviathan: Chris Barnes Before the Cough Drops

Amazing revelation time—I wanted to post this great 1987 deathly thrash demo by Leviathan, but the sparse packaging offered no details about the band. I did a little digging, and it turns out this...

Forced Entry: Seattle’s Best Thrash

The Pacific Northwest isn't known for being peppy, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that Seattle's best-known thrash metal export Forced Entry are the most joyless and workmenlike ragers ever to bark an open E-string....

Gratuitous Lordi Photo-Op

Eurovision winners/future Ozzfest heatstroke victims Lordi signing Pedon Meteli -- the Finnish version of Sound of the Beast -- as a gift for translator Jone Nikula.