Monday, August 18, 2014

New Ace Frehley CD Is Available

Thrash Metal Times readers, did you get your copy of Space Invader yet???????

Yes we know that Ace is not metal. However, Ace has a "cool factor" that trumps everything and I have been a fan since I first heard Shock Me.

Here is a little preview of the liner notes. I got my copy earlier today.

What are you waiting for? Go get your copy and play some air guitar.

A Sound of Thunder: New CD Coming Soon!!!

PRESS RELEASE - A Sound of Thunder "The Lesser Key of Solomon" Album Details Revealed.

A Sound of Thunder will release its fourth full-length album "The Lesser Key of Solomon" on September 9th worldwide on Mad Neptune Records. The heavy riff-laden songs are complex yet instantly catchy, featuring razor-sharp musicianship and the lung-busting performances of powerhouse classically trained vocalist Nina Osegueda.

"If your erection lasts longer than four hours, you probably listened to our new album.  Also, you're welcome" jokes Osegueda. "On a serious note, this album is our best work to date.  The songwriting and performances from the band are on another level.  The album was a joy to make and that comes through in the final recording."

Hot off the 2013 release of "Time's Arrow", their best-selling and best-reviewed release to date, A Sound of Thunder was brimming with confidence and eager to get back into the recording studio.  With too many musical ideas for just one album, the band selected only its darkest and most atmospheric material for "The Lesser Key of Solomon".  The result is an ominous collection of songs united by supernatural themes.  The album represents the fulfillment of a promise to A Sound of Thunder's fans, known as the "Legion of Thunder", who funded the album via the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform in the autumn of 2013, raising over $23,000.

"The Lesser Key of Solomon", running time 61 minutes, features 10 of A Sound of Thunder's most intense yet nuanced songs, exploring territory which is simultaneously heavier and more atmospheric than ever before. The steel-armored wail of prodigal vocalist Nina Osegueda (called by some "the lovechild of Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson") tops off deft performances by a band that knows how to deliver the goods. From the demonic fire of "Udoroth", to the crushing Dio-esque "Master of Pain", to the sweeping scope and dark theatricality of "Elijah", A Sound of Thunder delivers a timeless album full of metal classics.

Nexus Of Realities
Fortune Teller
The Boy Who Could Fly
Master Of Pain
Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb
Black Secrets
One Empty Grave
House Of Bones

Jesse Keen, Chris Haren, Nina Osegueda, Josh Schwartz
A Sound of Thunder

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Metal's Super Group....What If?

For those of you who are old enough, remember in the early 1980’s when Metallica wanted John Bush as their lead singer?

They were not rumors, it was the real deal. I remember hearing about this when I had the cassette copies of No Life Till Leather and Metal Up your Ass.

Of course back then, without internet, all of our metal news came via fanzines and word of mouth.

Back in 2011, we were teased a bit when John came onstage with Metallica and performed The Four Horsemen. Of course right before they started playing, James Hetfield and John Bush both discussed the “what if” John had taken the job a long time ago.

Bush singing with Metallica

This video does prove two things. That John still has a great voice and that there is a definite chemistry between John and James Hetfield.

Obviously, it is too late for him to front Metallica now as they are all but dead. But “what if” John Bush fronted another band that also included James Hetfield? This would be the foundation of a new “super group” for metal.

The online version of the Oxford Dictionary defines super group as: An exceptionally successful rock group, in particular one formed by musicians already famous from playing in other groups.

John Bush
Now imagine the rest of the lineup for this metal super group:
John Bush on vocals; Dave Mustaine on lead guitar; James Hetfield on rhythm guitar; Charlie Benante on drums and Frank Bello on bass.

I think that this thrash metal super group lineup is not out of the question at all. In order for these guys to resurrect their careers, they need to do something like this. They need to leave their old bands and concentrate on making new metal music together.
Hetfield and Mustaine

Look at what we get as fans. Not only do we get the proven guitar duo of Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield but we also get the following:
  • You have metal’s best voice in John Bush.
  • You have two of the best songwriters and musicians in Dave Mustaine and Charlie Benante.
  • Metal’s best rhythm guitarist in James Hetfield.
  • Not only do you get an awesome bass player in Frank Bello, but have you ever seen anybody else have more fun on stage than Frank Bello?
    Frank Bello
I know some of you are already saying that Charlie Benante does not have much left in the tank. He can’t play like he did before and that someone such as Dave Lombardo would be a better choice.
Charlie Benante

Besides being one hell of a songwriter, Charlie can play almost any instrument. We have all seen videos of him playing guitar. Better yet, imagine if he was the bands manager, then they would surely rule the world.

Any thoughts? Please comment and let us know.