Tommy Victor started Prong back in the late 80’s and quickly established themselves among the hardcore/punk ranks with their EP Primitive Origins and quickly followed that up with their first full length, Force Fed. Over the next 2 decades Tommy would steer Prong into various sonic territories, all while solidifying the bands “sound”. Various iterations of bands lineup have come and gone over the years with Tommy being the sole original member, but the band still sounds as good as ever with their most recent release, “Age of Defiance”. Continue reading →
Eerie Von has been in various bands including Rosemary’s Babies, Samhain, and most well known as the original bassist for Danzig. In addition to his history as a musician he is also talented behind the camera as well and was a photographer/archivist for the Misfits. Although mostly known as a bassist during his time in Rosemary’s Babies he played drums. The band was active from 1980–1983. It was soon after Eerie and Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig formed Samhain. Eerie started out on drums in the band but quickly switched to bass. He remained in the band until 1987 the same year that Danzig formed. Eerie was the original bassist in Danzig and remained in the band until 1997. He appeared on ‘Danzig’ (1988), ‘Danzig II: Lucifuge’ (1990), ‘Danzig III: How the Gods Kill’ (1992), ‘Danzig 4’ (1994) and portions of ‘Live on the Black Hand Side’. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician Eerie published his first book Misery Obscura in 2009. The book gives us a view into some never before seen photos of the early punk days. Continue reading →
In the first of a series of Rock N Pod Expo interviews, I speak with the legendary Eerie Von. Eerie was the original bass player of Danzig and Samhain. Eerie and I discuss the backstory to the debut Danzig album. Eerie talks about the formation of the band, the recording of the album and their punk and metal backgrounds. Truly an honor to speak with Eerie.
Last year, Bay Area thrash vetsTRAUMAannounced their long-awaited comeback and new member additions. In advance of finishing their upcoming third album,TRAUMAare set to hit the road on a brief headline tour beginningApril 13in Cool, CA. Additional east coast and mid-western dates have also been added.
TRAUMAwas born in California’s Bay Area in 1980, a crucial year for metal music. It was within that fertile musical climate thatTRAUMAdeveloped a sound evoking the electric energy in the air around them. Donny Hillier consumed a steady diet ofLED ZEPPELINandBLACK SABBATHand shared a love ofJUDAS PRIESTandIRON MAIDENwith original guitarist Mike Overton. And of course there wasTRAUMA’slegendary early bassist, Cliff Burton.
Massive news for TYPE O NEGATIVE fans coming in as members of the former band, members of DANZIG & a single member of American hardcore metal band AGNOSTIC FRONT gear upto form SILVERTOMB, in what seems to be a massive supergroup. The members poised in this epic move are Kenny Hickey (TYPE O NEGATIVE, SEVENTH VOID) Johnny Kelly (TYPE O NEGATIVE, DANZIG, SEVENTH VOID), Hank Hell (SEVENTH VOID), Aaron Joos (AWAKEN THE SHADOW, EMPYREON) and Joseph James (AGNOSTIC FRONT).
What is there to say about Danzig? For most hard rock/heavy metal fans, they have become synonymous with Misfits in a sense, and for obvious reason. Danzig came about after singer Glenn Danzig departed the Misfits to form the band Samhain, which later became known as Danzig. The band was formed in Lodi, New Jersey in 1983 and grew to be known for their unique mixture of bluesy doom metal and hard rock. This eventually led to the band becoming a staple in the heavy metal scene with hits like “Am I Demon”, “She Rides”, and the very well-known “Mother”. Continue reading →
2017 is going to be one hell of a year for punk and metal icon Glenn Danzig. Last year saw something happen that caught longtime fans of the legendary Misfits by surprise when Danzig re-united with Jerry Only and Doyle on stage for the first time since 1983. Just on the heels of the tour announcements for the ‘Blackest of the Black’ festival for which the band that carries his namesake will headline with support from over 20 other artists for two days in May (26th and 27th), DANZIG is announcing the planned release for their latest full length about the middle of the same month. Continue reading →
The release of Danzig’s newest album is upon us. The new album “Skeletons” is a covers album and is being released via Nuclear Blast. It is the long anticipated follow up to 2010’s Deth Red Sabaoth. I personally have always been more of a Danzig fan than the Misfits. While Danzig does have a punk or crossover edge to it overall it is truly a metal band. If you haven’t yet seen the songs being covered on the album it’s a little surprising. Most of the time bands will select very popular songs to put their own spin on them. Not Danzig. The one great thing about Glenn is that he always does things the way he wants to and if you don’t like it tough shit. That’s his attitude and you have to love that about him. This album has been in the works since 2012 and was recorded in Los Angeles. The album will be released on November 27th. Continue reading →