Monday, November 14, 2016

Weird Tales of Metal - child geniuses like Rigor Mortis

The Rigor Mortis logo in the intro of Doogie Howser, M.D. is well-documented:

 
 
But do you remember this?
 
 
 


Maybe Capitol was reaching for the oft-forgotten child prodigy demographic, but associating a legitimately good thrash metal band with nerds doesn't strike me as a brilliant marketing decision.

Monday, July 4, 2016

An ABSURD mistake



I just got the Absurd Discography '91 - '92 CD, and when listening to the live '92 tracks, I noticed
that the live versions of "Storm of Malevolence" and "Drained of Body Chemicals" (which are both introduced by name) were swapped compared to the tracklisting on the CD itself and the original EP.

Sure enough, listening to track #1 carefully reveals "drained of body chemicals" is right in the chorus!  So apparently all along the first shorter track has actually been "Drained of Body Chemicals," and "Storm of Malevolence" is the second.  I poked around a bit online but could find nothing at all mentioning an out-of-order tracklisting (which struck me as kind of weird given all the dödsmetall reissue mania and Sunlight guitar tone worship). 

Both versions of the original demo tape also list "Storm of Malevolence" first, so I don't know if this mix-up originated with the original tapes or with Seraphic Decay when the EPs were pressed.  I welcome comments from anyone with further info.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weird Tales of Metal - Hirax cameo on "Mama's Family"

In the 1988 Mama's Family episode "Many Unhappy Returns," Bubba receives a record by "Spilled Brains."  Keen-eyed metal aficianados will recognize the front as being a modified Hirax Raging Violence cover (the back of the prop appears to be the cover to some other record I don't recognize).



Based on the use of the prop LP, it's most likely someone looked through records randomly, trying to find artwork that was both weird yet content-appropriate for a syndicated sitcom.

If you care, the episode can be seen here (prop in question first appears at 11:10).

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Commercial Metal, Vol. 9







Even back in the 70s, female heavy music "fans" came off as airheads.




"Greatest metal band of all time" made me snicker.  Don't worry, the post with ads from the bonafide greatest metal band of all time is coming soon...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

If You Prefer Heavy Metal!

Just a quick note that I have started up a second blog, Heavy Metal Pervert, where I plan to post pictures of metal releases (with a strong emphasis on CD porn) and notes/commentary about them.  I must stress I am not interested in having anything like a full-fledged review blog; the new blog will be a place to put my initial impressions before I (in most cases) forget what something sounds like.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ordered to Kill for Pleasure




I realize replacing Gary is no small feat, but couldn't nowadays Blood Feast exhibit a tiny bit of quality control? If the monotonous shouter they currently have on vocals is any indicator, the upcoming album is destined to be a $3.33 Hell's Headbangers clearance title.