The younger generation might not remember this but back in the year 1986, the late great Ronnie James Dio assembled some of the most amazing Heavy Metal names for a hunger relief music project called “Hear N Aid”. The bold track was a stark contrast to the previously released UK relief song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and the US Based “We Are The World”. It shocked the entertainment industry like a bolt of lighting and had a pretty cool video of everyone singing and all the incredible guitar solos. This clip was done under the guidance of singer/instructor Mary Zimmer and recorded at this past years NAMM show. Let’s check it out and then you can learn more about it from their exact words.
About The Clip: Back when we filmed this video, we had no idea how bittersweet it would be just a few months later. This was the last time most of the people in this video were together in one place at a large music event before Covid-19. Filmed and Recorded at NAMM 2020! Right there on the show floor! This Hear ‘N Aid/Dio tribute/cover is a metal version of the song featuring clean and harsh vocals by a bunch of guest metal vocalists! Also this is the first time I’ve been able to introduce you all to the Voicehacks Metal Choir! Voicehacks Soloists: Taylor Washington – Paladin Carlos Zema, Immortal Guardian/Heaven’s Guardian Mary Zimmer, Helion Prime/Voicehacks Cammie Gilbert – Oceans of Slumber, VK Lynne – The Spider Accomplice Bill Hudson – NorthTale Trey Xavier – In Virtue/Gear Gods Alex Nasla – Witherfall/In Virtue/Gear Gods Marc Lopes – Ross The Boss/Let Us Prey Ty Christian – Lords of the Trident Bass Guitar Tracks provided by Josh Lopez (Immortal Guardian/Widowmaker studios) Filming, Recording, Video & Audio Editing – Mary Zimmer Audio Mixing and Mastering – Alex Nasla, Gear Gods Studio Additional Footage provided by: Mel Torres, Chad Bill Anderson, Ty Christian, Eric Quiros
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Very simply put “I loved this”. Well done everyone, you are all to be commended for the fine job of this mind-blowing cover. It was great to find this being posted so close to the 10th Anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s passing. Speaking for me, since I didn’t have much background on a number of the included musicians, I found that this made me more curious about them and has me making notes on their respective bands to look into them in the future for that never ending battle of music journalism that one must continually fight to bring the readers the best in entertainment. Sorry, its pretty late and I am spent but once I saw this I wanted to get it online for you right quick. A lot has changed in the world since they recorded this track only a few short months ago but I am rather hopeful that we will come out of this eventually. Please stay smart and healthy my friends. Until next we meet.
Whew. How are you all doing? Are you still with me as we press on towards the final stages of our “New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2013”? Man I sure hope so because this has been a ride like no other and I am loving getting the plans of the Metal and Rock greats out to your computer or mobile device screens. Here we go with Chapter Ten. Enjoy.
1. Jason Lekberg (Ikillya): My resolution for 2013 is to make the best album of my career thus far and hopefully share it with as many people as possible. 🙂
2. Michael Scondotto (The Last Stand/Inhuman): My New Year’s Music Resolution is to play as many shows as possible with The Last Stand, as our debut full length “The Time Is Now” comes out on January 22nd on Eulogy Recordings. Aside from that, look for another Inhuman vinyl edition and maybe my Metal project will surface sometime in 2013???
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 🙂 Continue reading Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 4→
Artist: Cellador Title: “Enter Deception” Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: 6/27/2006 Genre: Power Metal Rating: 4/5
As you listen to the debut by the band Cellador it would seem that the future of Power Metal no longer lies at the hands of our European neighbors and instead has fallen to…Nebraska. Yes, I did say Nebraska and when the album begins you immediately are taken on a Power Metal ride that calls to mind the likes of Dragonforce and old Helloween with a twist of Gamma Ray tossed in for good measure. It’s a strong debut for a band that was still quite new when they opened up for Black Dahlia Murder and were able to hand their demo over to the label President and subsequently find themselves with a record deal. Surely this was not only a case of timing and luck, but also included their measure of skills and overall potential to move forward as a Heavy Metal rising star. Overall potential is definitely the key here as there is a lot of tasty Metal to absorb in both vocal style and musicianship. The band is made up of Michael Gremio (vocals), Chris Petersen (lead guitar), David Dahir (drums), Valentin Rakhmanov (bass) and Bill Hudson (lead and keys); the members of the band range from 17 to 23 years of age. Despite their young ages, you should not be deterred from the band by this as they play with a level of technical expertise that will have fans of this type of Metal influx banging their heads at mind-boggling speeds. Opener “Leaving All Behind” really reminded me of listening to a young Michael Kiske and “A Sign Far Beyond” had some Dragonforce vibe to it and perhaps that is the fault that they must overcome. There is perhaps a little too much familiarity in the songs across the album. There are no cloned songs but they do keep a certain feel rolling on all of the eight songs on the debut. Lyrics are provided in the booklet and as you leaf through them you will see the main difference in this band, for while Power Metalists, they are not singing about far away and fantasy places but instead things that affect our daily lives. I admit that I was blown away by the displays on guitars, vocals and drums myself and when you are a fan of Power Metal in general you tend to approach a new band with a level of caution. I can say to fans like myself that there is no caution necessary when it comes to these guys. Make room for Cellador, because even if you don’t you are not going to stop them from rolling over you. Continue reading “Enter Deception” by Cellador→