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37 Years Ago: BRATS (pre-MERCYFUL FATE) release 1980

BRATS began as a punk rock band in Copenhagen, 1977. The earliest material is good but not remarkable. Guitarists Hank Shermann and Michael Denner (and briefly Carsten Van der Volsing) soon began incorporating their heavy metal influences - JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS and UFO. BRATS released their only LP - 1980 - on this day in 1980. They were never quite a punk band playing heavy metal but came close on "Tame Me" and "Complex". Good hard rock songs, some great punk songs and a couple of moments directly foreshadowing the oncoming MERCYFUL FATE masterpieces! By late 1980 King Diamond would join, Denner left, and eventually BRATS split. Immediately MERCYFUL FATE formed. And then consider... within a year of this album Shermann...

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27 Years Ago: POISON IDEA live at The Ritz, Indianapolis, IN

POISON IDEA live on this day in 1990. The same year they released the classic Feel the Darkness LP on their own American Leather Records, named after the GERMS song: The Germs - American Leather Lineup: Jerry A. (vocals), Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts (guitar), Charley "Myrtle Tickner" Nims (bass), Steve "Thee Slayer Hippy" Hanford (drums), Aldine Strichnine (guitar). Part of a US tour. The band wrote a tour diary which was included in Suburvan Voice #30. Haven't got the full list of dates, but a few days later - Thurs, May 10 - they played the ABC NoRIO in New York with support from WRECKING CREW (Boston) and NOTHING LEFT.

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30 Years Ago: RIPPING CORPSE record Death Warmed Over demo

I would say we started out as speed metal went through the thrash zone and ended up at death metal with a touch of hardcore. We were with the first ones doing it. We were there from day one really, I remember when there wasn't a death metal, it was just heavy metal then speed and thrash metal growing into the heavier black and death metal. RIPPING CORPSE recorded the Death Warmed Over demo during this month in 1987. ...it wasn't our first, but close to it. That demo was done in a home studio around us by a local couple in NJ Joe and Karla Crowley is about all I can remember there, but it was a decent little...

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30 Years Ago: ARTILLERY release Terror Squad

Terror Squad was in many ways a ground breaking album for us with an amazing support from the media and fans, with my favourite songs like "The Challenge" and the title track.- Michael Stützer / Artillery interview, Power of Metal, 2008 ARTILLERY released their second album on this day in 1987. Artillery on Metalfabrikken, Kanal 25, 1986

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