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This Just In: Johnny Kelly Joins Kill Devil Hill!!!

It’s a lazy Monday in our March Metal Madness run but clearly the Big Apple never sleeps when it comes to its Heavy Metal Happenings and that being said I am happy to share the recent news that drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void, A Pale Horse Named Death, Danzig) has joined the ranks of Kill Devil Hill……He will be filling the shoes of the great Vinny Appice who was a founding member of this band.

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“I’m really excited about coming on board with Kill Devil Hill,” says Kelly. “I’ve been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long time. It’s also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I’m ready for that challenge as I prepare for KDH’s next chapter — this is gonna be a blast!”

As a longtime fan of the powerful drumming that Kelly brings to the table I think that this is a great fit and I look forward to seeing what he does with the band. The group also features Dewey Bragg, Rex Brown and Mark Zavon & is currently signed to Century Media Records. A link to their most recent album and their debut are presented below for your purchasing indulgence.

A Pale Horse Named Death in Concert (1/16/2014)

Logo - APHND

Artist: A Pale Horse Named Death
Venue: The Studio at Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Opener: Dead Superstar and Borgo Pass
Date: 1/16/2014
Label: SPV Records

I’m going to say that it was a little over two years ago that I first (and last) caught A Pale Horse Named Death in concert and while the band recently had one of the opening slots for the Danzig tour that came through town, I did not manage to attend that particular event. That said I was rather excited to find them returning to a show in The Big Apple and once again delivering their Doom-Laden Stoner Metal to the assembled fans at The Studio at Webster Hall. I really enjoy the intimacy of this particular venue and have seen it packed to capacity on a number of occasions. This evening’s show would be more “comfortable” than those times with what I assumed to be a close throng of about 100 or so of the bands faithful. Opening the show were two bands from Long Island, or “Strong Island” as the lead singer of Dead Superstar proudly proclaimed. They had a solid sound and good support from friends that had travelled in to catch their 8:00pm slot. I would catch them again if I learned they were on a bill and I had the means to do so. The same view could be applied to that of Borgo Pass, a band whose name I had heard kicking around for a few years but was never able to catch until this evening. Their sound had a very Black Sabbath tone to it and to play off that scenario the band even included a rendition of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” in their set.
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New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2014: Chapter 1

Hey there my Metal Legions and let me once again wish you a very “Happy New Year 2014” if you didn’t see my “first day” message a couple of days ago. It’s my pleasure to welcome you all to our third year of our series “New Year’s Music Resolutions”. As the site has picked many new readers in 2013, I’ll let them know that this series asks a number of musicians who were asked to participate what their music resolution would be for the year and its always a lot of fun unveiling their plans to you all. For this years series I waited until we were inside the New Year to begin the narratives as opposed to running just after Christmas. That said here is the first chapter. Enjoy.

1. Acey Slade (Solo/Trashlight Vision/Dark Party/Joan Jett): ‘I have, easily, 2 albums worth of material written and maybe 1 more albums worth of 1/2 finished ideas. One of the reasons I haven’t entered the studio was because I was watching what format music listeners are purchasing music on. Sadly the answer that I have seen over the past year is that most music listeners are just not buying music period. Most. Not all. I have some pretty awesome fans and I think I have formulated a plan that will see me in the studio in 2014 doing an album of my own stuff. That’s the goal. At least one album of new stuff.

2. Joe Kurland (Armory): “My New Year’s Music Resolution is simply to try to enjoy music again, whether listening to it, creating it, and especially playing instruments. Being a perfectionist and ultra analyzing everything often makes the whole process of making an album an overwhelmingly stressful burden. Like the Ring in TLOTR, it gives purpose to your life and drives you to achieve great things yet it slowly rots you from the inside. It would also be nice to play several shows and festivals in 2014 in support of our new album”.
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New Year’s Music Resolutions For 2013: Part 2

Hey there readers and welcome back to the presentation of “New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2013”; I am really glad that you are joining us along for the series because it’s such a blast giving everyone a look inside the thoughts of these musical people. I’ll stop talking now and let you get right into it since there are many more chapters for me to share additional opinions with you. Have at it.

1. Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Rock Of Ages): My 2013 New Year’s Music Resolution is to CONTINUE to work as hard as possible and appreciate every second of the best job on planet Earth!…and meeting Angus Young would be bad ass 🙂

2. Tim Roth (Into Eternity): My New Year’s Metal Resolution for 2013 would be, to continue my daily listening, of the latest Yngwie J. Malmsteen album entitled, “Spellbound”. I think we all could learn a lesson or two about the relentless drive, that Yngwie has towards pushing the envelope of Neo-Classical Metal. I vow also, to continue to teach my 4 year old son, Lucca Jacob Yngwie Roth, the ways of the Jedi Shred Legend that is and only could be, Yngwie J. Malmsteen! In addition, I would like to spend more time on PiercingMetal.com and I’d love to see my musical group, Into Eternity, head back to Europe AND release our long overdue 6th album.

3. Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot): 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of “Metal Health” and I plan to continue to bring the music of QUIET RIOT to the fans and to keep the memory of Kevin DuBrow alive and well through the music that he and I never took for granted and have so much pride in. That is my singular New Year’s Music Resolution for 2013.
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Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 4

So as we hit the three days left in 2011 mark let me ask you something. Did anyone else think that the year flew by us at a record pace? I know it did for me and perhaps this instant society we are living in with the Internet being such a core of our daily happenings and Facebook/Twitter addictions being par for the course are the reasons. Whatever the case may be here we are once more in our presentation of the “New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012” from some of the finest musical people that I have had the opportunity to interact with. Please enjoy our fantastic fourth chapter.

Johnny Kelly (drummer for Type O Negative, Seventh Void, A Pale Horse Named Death): Not sure if I have a resolution or not. My first one isn’t music related and that’s to stop smoking! My musical one though is to keep working hard to be able to do something that I still love doing. I want to see great things happen for APHND and I want the new Seventh Void record to come out in 2012!

Steve Blaze (lead guitarist for Lillian Axe): …to become a better, more patient human being. This will enable me to become more well rounded and pure iin all aspects of what I feel are the important elements of a truly great musician. Talent is one aspect but the soul and spirit are what drive it to its limits.

Margarita Monet (lead vocals for Edge Of Paradise): My New Year’s Metal Resolution is, besides writing the best song ever made, to further solidify and spread the heavy sound of my band. It’s not very common these days that bands have their own sound distinguishing them from thousands of other bands, like Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden have, when you hear their songs, you instantly know that it’s Sabbath! So this is the New Year’s resolution, to strive to create epic music with a sound that’s unique to ourselves and of course to tour the world and make everyone hear it 🙂
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