Category Archives: Milestones

The category used for anniversaries of band formations, seminal releases, comic book debuts and certain films.

Happy 30th Anniversary To Metal Blade Records (1982-2012)

Wowza, wowza. Talk about a milestone and something that is definitely worthy of some congratulations and a heaping dose of kudos. Metal Blade Records is celebrating their 30th year of operation and one of the coolest aspect of this is more than just the tenure, its the fact that it has been a primarily Metal focused label since its inception way back when record store employee Brian Slagel decided to start up the label to support the local regions Heavy Metal bands. The first ever album that was released under the Metal Blade Records brand was a compilation release entitled “The New Heavy Metal Revue presents Metal Massacre”; this album featured Metallica, Ratt, Black and Blue and many others at a time when all of these groups were relative unknowns. I actually thought I had this on LP somewhere but was wrong. I have a different but still ancient compilation. Oh well. Perhaps they will re-release this on CD to celebrate the iconic 30th year. Historically speaking, I think this original album came out in June of 1982, so we are very likely close to the actual launch date of the record company at this point in time. With that being the case there is no better time to jump into the fray with our congratulatory toast.
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Happy Heavy 25th Anniversary To Earache Records (1987-2012)

This is a great year of anniversaries for some truly awesome Rock and Metal bands as we find the big 25th for artists like Whitesnake, Anthrax, Testament and really far too many others to mention celebrating that milestone on a bit of some seminal recorded work. Stuff like Whitesnake’s self titled, and “Fighting The World” by Manowar and “Among The Living” by Anthrax. You get the point right? Well, in this narrative I wanted to raise a glass and a high pair of horns for the Earache Records label who are also celebrating their own 25th Year in the business.

logo-earache-records

If you love all things Extreme Metal then Earache Records is the place to be for your listening pleasure because they were the label to find bands like Napalm Death, Deicide, Decapitated and the mighty Carcass for many of their releases. Now I should admit that I wasn’t really following any of these bands before I decided to focus my creative time on being a music journalist but once I started I began studying from their books even though I am a huge latecomer to their offerings. I aim at supporting what I can when I can and there are honestly a lot of bands that I like on the label. It’s a true lesson in that which is heavy and not easily handled by those who refuse to step outside of their own Metal box. I know that I still have quite the investigative journey ahead based on their artist roster both past and present. You can learn what that roster is and a whole lot more about the company by clicking the Official Wiki entry below. I tend to just offer up my own thoughts in these Milestones as opposed to reprinting other peoples words. I am looking forward to hearing and witnessing in concert the next groups that the label will be dishing out and you should to. Happy 25th Earache Records, and here is to the next 25 🙂 Fans that enjoy the labels output already are encouraged to leave us some comments in the space below. It will be great to hear what you think about this one. To see our reviews of some releases that came to us under the Earache Records brand click HERE. The screen will showcase the whole batch. See you next time.

Official Wikipedia Entry for Earache Records: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earache_Records

Congrats To Revolver Magazine & Their 100th Issue!

Wow. So apparently Revolver Magazine has just reached their 100th issue and with this being the case and I wanted to take a moment to say kudos on the achievement. I’m a long time fan of the comics medium, which I speak about in my Comic Book Insight section on the site, and when you follow that kind of stuff you tend to realize that reaching 100 issues is not all that easy to do. When it happens in the comics there is often a big hoopla so why not do the same thing when a magazine that supports the same scene that I walk upon in the Metal Republic. Check out the cool cover.

Revolver Magazine Issue #100

The main feature of this particular issue is their picks for the “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the segment runs for twenty nine pages and gives the reader a photo and some quick background on the artist. Some of them get a little more page space than others which I didn’t understand how one ranked against another and there was no numeric order to the listing to speak of. Despite this it was interesting to read.

So who are the “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” according to Revolver Magazine? Well, I decided to take the time to type up the whole run down in their order, are you ready? OK here goes nothing: Axl Rose, Phil Anselmo, Corey Taylor, James Hetfield, Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Vince Neil, Amy Lee, Lemy Kilmister, Billy Corgan, Angus Young, Trent Reznor, Maynard James Keenan, Blackie Lawless, Kid Rock, Sully Erna, Kerry King, Jimmy Page, Ted Nugent, Nergal, Danny Worsnop, Taylor Momsen, Serj Tankian, Steven Tyler, Till Lidemann, Dave Navarro, Henry Rollins, Scott Ian, Chester Bennington, Nikki Sixx, Ivan Moddy, Marilyn Manson, Dave Mustaine, Al Jourgensen, Rob Zombie, Ching Moreno, Rob Halford, M. Shadows, Josh Homme, Scott Weiland, Jonathan Davis, James Durbin, Flea, Ville Valo, Kind Diamond, Sebastian Bach, Sammy Hagar, Chris Cornell, Glenn Danzig, Duff McKagan, David Draiman, David Lee Roth, Iggy Pop, Randy Blythe, David Coverdale, Skrillex, Aaron Lewis, Tommy Lee, Billie Joe Armstrong, Phil Collen, Shaun Morgan, Lars Ulrich, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Roger Waters, Ronnie Radke, Bret Michaels, Dave Grohl, Brian May, Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell, Robert Plant, Billy Idol, Jacoby Shaddix, Dee Snider, Zakk Wylde, Chad Kroeger, Vinnie Paul, Billy Gibbons, Pete Townsend, Kirk Hammett, Alice Cooper, Jeremy McKinnon, Tom Morello, Slash, Mick Mars, johnny Rotten, Brian Johnson, Davey Havok, Bruce Dickinson, Tony Iommi, Nathan Explosion, Alexi Laiho, Gerard May, Joe Perry, Geezer Butler, Eddie Vedder, Joan Jett, Andy Biersack.

After reading this I will say that some of the list surprised me based on a few of the inclusions and some omissions made me scratch my chin but oh well. These lists are always something that sparks debate with the Metal Republic but I don’t have time to get one started right now. I did entertain offering up a quick list of my own “25 Top Metal Providers” but that will have to be a feature I add to the blog in the coming year. Let’s see what happens.

The 100th issue also features a number of other cool articles and their top albums of 2011 which is some solid reading. If you want to know what those are you will have to pick up a copy on the newsstand or order online via their website. Congrats once more on the milestone I raise a glass to you and of course the prerequisite “horns”; Here’s to your next 100 issues.

Official Website: http://www.revolvermag.com

Happy 35th Anniversary To KISS “Destroyer”

Isn’t it amazing? I know that it makes my jaw drop when I realize that KISS’ legendary album “Destroyer” is officially 35 years old today. Released on March 15, 1976, “Destroyer” was the fourth KISS studio album and directly followed their seminal “Alive” double album live presentation. I’ve been a KISS fan for a very, very long time and while “Destroyer” is one of my very favorites of their catalog, it was not the first album that I ever purchased. I think that I bought “Alive II” when it first came out at The Record Factory and then ordered a whole bunch of the older studio albums via one of those music clubs where you bought one album at their club price but got five or six albums for a dollar apiece. I don’t remember exactly but I think it was something like that. I digress.
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Congratulations to The Ramones On Receiving of The Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award

As a Heavy Metal music fan for more years than I care to disclose I can quickly tell you of how unimportant the Grammy Awards have been to me when it comes to my favorite genre.  They are for the most part clueless in terms of what they are voting on and who ends up winning (the historic Metallica loss to Jethro Tull coming to mind) but since that ill-fated event, the category of “Best Heavy Metal Performance” has been given out and usually hits the mark properly.   They also have a Lifetime Achievement award which was this year given to the legendary New York Punkers – The Ramones.  I had to admit that I was surprised about this based on their original misunderstanding about Metal.  I mean, if they didn’t know that stuff how could they ever recognize Punk Rock.  Still, they did recognize it and gave the award to the band so kudos on that honor.  The photos below come from the front window display of the Guitar Center on 14th Street in Manhattan.  I couldn’t resist trying to share them with the worldwide readership as I passed them by.   I admit that I was glad to find the center offering up their own honor by showcasing some of their historic stuff. Continue reading Congratulations to The Ramones On Receiving of The Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award