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CLASSIC ALBUM SPOTLIGHT: RIDE THE LIGHTNING

Hammett-guitarworldMetallica’s debut Kill ém All was by all accounts the album that ushered in thrash metal as we know it, but it was their second album Ride The Lightning that put them above everyone else. No offense to any other metal bands from the eighties but this is the album that made it all possible. From the simplicity of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” to the complexity of the Dave Mustaine penned “Call of Ktulu” you knew upon first listen that this album was special. Cliff Burton really had his first hand at truly writing with Hetfield and Ulrich plus Kirk Hammet now had a tour with the band under his bullet belt and could go a little more nuts with the solos. Master of Puppets took every idea from this album and made it timeless, but it was Ride the Lightning that showed the world who Metallica really were. Oh and it was their first album for major label Elektra Records and it’s success allowed a ton of other real metal bands to get signed.

Check out Kirk Hammet in Guitar World celebrating the 30th anniversary of this metal classic:

“I remember “Fight Fire with Fire” and “Fade to Black” were finished in the basement of a friend’s house in Old Bridge, New Jersey. I think it was this guy called Metal Joe [Chimienti]. Before we went to Europe to tour and eventually record in Denmark, we stopped on the East Coast to play some shows. We knew we needed to finish some of these songs.

We had most of “Fade to Black,” except the end part were the solo happens, and I came up with that there. I remember we were writing “Trapped Under Ice” there too. We were using that fast Exodus riff, and James came up with the chorus and I added that whole middle instrumental part.Ride the Lightning was written in a few places: the house in El Cerrito, New Jersey, Copenhagen, and down in L.A. before James and Lars moved up to San Francisco.”

RidethelightningArtist: Metallica

Album: Ride the Lightning

Released: July 27. 1984

Recommended Listening: Fight Fire With Fire, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, Fade to Black

AllMusic.com Says:

Ride the Lightning finds Metallica aggressively expanding their compositional technique and range of expression. Every track tries something new, and every musical experiment succeeds mightily. The lyrics push into new territory as well — more personal, more socially conscious, less metal posturing. But the true heart of Ride the Lightning lies in its rich musical imagination.

 

KROKUS IS IN THE HANGAR

2013_DIRTY_DYNAMITE_-_Band_Photo_BW500x_-_Copy_YELLOWYes the hard rock/heavy metal band from Switzerland Krokus. Krokus formed in 1975 with Marc Storace joining the band as their lead singer in 1980 for the now 4x platinum Metal Rendez-vous album and never really looked back. Other than a period in the mid 80′s where the band attempted (and failed) to go more commercial they have done it their own way. Love them or hate them almost 40 years into their astonishing career they just put out a live album Long Stick Goes Boom: Live at da House of Rust which we will hear a lot of this weekend as Marc joins us in the Hangar.

(Band promo photo from Krokus official website)

Then from the year 1992 we are going In the Vault with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi talking about their short lived reunion with Ronnie James Dio and the Dehumanizer album.

CD08As of late Metallica have covered some let’s say “unexpected” songs. In honor this week’s Power Set will feature four Metallica covers that are at this point classics. We’ll hear them covering Diamond Head, Queen and The Misfits.

(Garage Inc. Artwork from Elektra Records)

prong-ruininglivesThis week’s Then & Now is from Prong. Tommy Victor called us and we played phone tag before he got annoyed so it’s the least we can do to play his latest with Prong. The new album is called Ruining Lives and we’ll check out the tune “Turnover.”

(Ruining Lives artwork from SPV Records)

Plus this week’s Heavy Metal Soundtrack recommendation comes from the Nickelodeon cartoon Spongebob Square Pants. The show has featured metal heavy weights Pantera and Motorhead. Plus it’s Spongebob!

This and another 3 hours of old school metal on this Memorial Day Weekend inside Hangar 19.

METALLICA: RONNIE RISING

In one of the more amazing moments on the new Dio tribute album This is Your Life Metallica pulled off another medley of songs. This following their 1998 tribute to Mercyful Fate found on the Garage Inc. album. As we continue to play songs from this album this weekend in the Hangar we’re posting this song just so you can ingest it as much as possible. First here’s Metallica’s statement about why they chose to do this medley.

Throughout the years we’ve made no secret of our deep love and admiration for Ronnie James Dio. Whether it was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell or Dio, his powerful voice was instantly recognizable and his music inspired and influenced the four of us tremendously. When we were asked to be a part of a tribute album for Ronnie, of course we immediately said “fuck yeah!” Choosing a song to record, however, was a MUCH harder decision . . . so we did four! Our contribution to Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life will include the medley we call “Ronnie Rising, ” comprised of Rainbow’s “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.”

The full album hits the streets and all of your friendly digital outlets on April 1, 2014 and 100% of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org).

CLASSIC ALBUM SPOTLIGHT: MASTER OF PUPPETS

cuttermasterI’m going to get real personal on this one. In 1987 my older brother sat me down and told me I needed to listen to Master of Puppets by Metallica. I was young but I really wanted to start playing guitar and after listening to Master of Puppets just once there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that playing guitar is what I wanted to do. I wasn’t even a teenager yet and I just started digesting everything heavy metal after that. This is the record and Metallica is the band that made me who I am today. As for Metallica, at the start of the touring process they opened for Ozzy, it was the last time Metallica ever went on tour as a support act. Unfortunately it was while on tour in Europe later that year in support of this album that Metallica were involved in a bus accident that killed then bassist Cliff Burton. That makes this record even more important as we hear the peak of one of metal’s greatest players.

masterofpuppetsArtist: Metallica

Album: Master of Puppets

Release Date: February 24, 1986

Recommended Listening: Battery, Master of Puppets, The Thing That Should Not Be, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, Orion, Damage Inc. (Yes we know that’s the entire track listing)

(Album artwork from Elektra Records)

AllMusic.com says:

“Even though Master of Puppets didn’t take as gigantic a leap forward as Ride the Lightning, it was the band’s greatest achievement, hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal’s core audience. It was also a substantial hit, reaching the Top 30 and selling three million copies despite absolutely nonexistent airplay.”

CELEBRATING THE GREATEST YEAR OF METAL 1984

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(This is a screen shot from movie based on the 1949 novel by George Orwell called 1984)

We could make arguments for other years, but it was 30 years ago that saw some of the best and most popular metal albums of all time hit the street. Album titles that are instantly recognizable like Ride the Lighting, Stay Hungry, Powerslave, Out of the Cellar, or Defenders of the Faith. Plus the year some more underground but incredibly influential releases from the likes of Celtic Frost, Venom or Saint Vitus. This week in the Hangar we are hitting them all and relieving one of the greatest years of metal.

First though our heavy metal soundtrack recommendation is in honor of Valentine’s Day. In 2001 a horror movie came out called Valentine and the soundtrack kicked some serious ass. We will hear two songs from the album by Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.

defenders of the faithThen for this week’s Power Set it could have been a coin flip on which one of these amazing albums came out in ’84, but it ended up being Judas Priest. Their 1984 album Defenders of the Faith ended up being the last of the great Priest records during their hay-day. To read more about it check out last week’s classic album spotlight here.

(Judas Priest artwork courtesy of Columbia Records)

NightonbrokenOur Then and Now comes from Fates Warning who put out their first new album in 8 years in 2013, but in 1984 they put out their debut album Night on Brocken. That album helped usher in progressive metal.

(Fates Warning artwork courtesy of Metal Blade Records)

Also we are going In the Vault with a band who had one of the greatest years in 1984 but a year for them that ended in tragedy. The band is Hanoi Rocks and it was their drummer Razzle that was killed in a car accident by Motley Crue singer Vince Neil. This clip had lead singer Michael Monroe talking about the very start of the band.

3 hours of metal all from the year 1984 this weekend inside Hangar 19.