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My favorite time of year is here again…..Halloween!

It’s a tradition here at Heavy Metal Addiction to have a Halloween Top 10 and this year is no exception. This all started with the 2007 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10, then I skipped 2008 but the overwhelming emails came to do a new one so last year I did the 2009 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10. I have been through my collection again and I tried not to repeat the same songs again except for a couple that will always be in the Top 10. I always search out a new pumpkin picture to post at the top and, since we lost Ronnie James Dio to stomach cancer earier in the year, I thought this pumpkin I found on Facebook was a fitting tribute.

So here it is, in no particular order (except the #1 spot), the 2010 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10…..

  1. Black Sabbath – ‘Black Sabbath’
  2. Alice Cooper – ‘I Love The Dead’
  3. King Diamond – ‘Trick or Treat’
  4. Type O Negative – ‘Black No. 1′
  5. Iron Maiden – ‘The Number Of The Beast’
  6. Judas Priest – ‘A Touch Of Evil’
  7. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Diary Of A Madman’
  8. Dio – ‘Master Of The Moon’
  9. Alice Cooper – ‘Go To Hell’
  10. Black Sabbath – ‘After All (The Dead)’

Bonus Track: Moonspell – ‘At Tragic Heights’

Went up to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut again last night for another awesome concert, this time it was the Halloween Hootenanny featuring Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper with special guests, Murderdolls. I’m a huge fan of Alice Cooper, I’ve seen him live a bunch of times, so the main reason for my going was the Alice show but I’ve also seen Rob Zombie three times and he always put on a big show. Halloween time + Alice Cooper + Rob Zombie = must attend.

Murderdolls setlist

Chapel Of Blood
Slit My Wrist
Die My Bride
My Dark Place Alone
Drug Me To Hell
Nowhere
Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover)
Motherfucker, I Don’t Care

I have never heard any Murderdolls songs so their being the opening band really made no difference to me, the way I looked at it was I was either going to discover a new band to listen to or be bored out of my mind. The only thing I really new about the Murderdolls was that Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison are in the band and they have a new record that came out a few weeks ago. I almost bought the CD when it came out but I didn’t want to chance it. The band wasn’t that bad, obviously a good fit with their combination of Cooper and Zombie and they appealed to the younger crowd, especially when they swore. I can’t remember but maybe I got just as wild at concerts back in the day when a band member onstage would yell “Fuck!”…..the kiddies ate it up with the Murderdolls. Like I said, decent performance and they made enough of an impression that I will try and check out their two albums soon. As far as the setlist goes, I didn’t know any songs so i had to look it up online.

Alice Cooper setlist

School’s Out (partial)
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Wicked Young Man
Ballad Of Dwight Fry
Go To Hell
Cold Ethyl
Poison
From The Inside
Nurse Rozetta
Be My Lover
Only Women Bleed
I Never Cry
Black Widow Jam
Vengeance Is Mine
Dirty Diamonds
Billion Dollar Babies
Killer
I Love The Dead
Feed My Frankenstein
Under My Wheels

Encore
I’m Eighteen
School’s Out (reprise)

Much to my surprise, Alice Cooper opened for Rob Zombie! I was under the impression that Alice would headline considering the pedigree and bigger setlist compared to Rob Zombie but either they are trading off the headline slot or they are appealling to the younger crowd and having Zombie headline. Didn’t matter because I’ve seen Alice seven other times and even an opening set is just as good as a headline slot. Alice always puts on a solid show, true Shock Rock theater, so his 75-80 mins was jammed with non-stop music and theatrics. Nice to see a lot of my favorite classics like ‘Ballad of Dwight Fry’, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Go To Hell’ with a few newer songs like ‘Vengeance Is Mine’, ‘Dirty Diamonds’ and ‘Wicked Young Man’. Actually, ‘Wicked Young Man is kind of old now since it’s release 10 years ago on BRUTAL PLANET! Alice had the full compliment of props, as well as, getting killed four times by guillotine, hanging, hypodermic needle and being put in a box and having spikes pushed through. The show was really good but my only complaint is that some of the songs were shortened and some of the performance seemed rushed. I have seen Alice put on shows that go from 90 mins to 2 hours and the longer he goes the more elaborate, the more exciting the performance is. The setlist and stage show go hand in hand so great music made up for a shortened set and i always like the way Alice incorporates the new songs to fit the plot. A true legend and a great performer.

Rob Zombie setlist

Sawdust In Blood (intro)
Jesus Frankenstein
Superbeast
Scum of The Earth
Living Dead Girl
More Human Than Human (White Zombie cover)
Sick Bubble Gum
Demon Speeding  
(drum solo)
Mars Needs Woman
Pussy Liquor
Never Gonna Stop
Thunder Kiss ’65 (White Zombie cover)
(guitar solo with Munsters Theme and Star Spangled Banner)

Encore
Werewolf Women Of The SS
Dragula
House of 1000 Corpses

Alice Cooper is a hard man to follow but I expected Rob Zombie to put on a very visual show just like the last three times I’ve seen him live. I will admit that I’m not the biggest Rob Zombie fan in the world…..I like White Zombie and his solo stuff but I never seem to get around to buying them, even the new album, HELLBILLY DELUXE 2, I just bought last week and have given only one spin. I knew I would recognize the White Zombie and HELLBILLY DELUXE (1998) songs but I wasn’t sure about the rest of the set. As expected, very visual show with flamepots going the entire time and plenty of props and dry ice fog but what surprised me was just how good the band sounded, it was almost like hearing it straight off the record. Zombie is popular with the younger crowd and they knew all the words to every song but what surprised me most was that I knew a lot of the songs that were post-1998, especially off the new album. Every song just killed live and the newer songs like ‘Jesus Frankenstein’, ‘Sick Bubble Gum’, ‘Mars Needs Women’ and ‘Werewolf Women Of The SS’ were really great…..so much so in fact that I have been playing HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 all day today! Of course, hearing ‘More Human Than Human’ and ‘Thunder Kiss ’65′ was awesome because White Zombie is one of those bands that we all listened to in the early to mid-90s. Overall, Zombie and his band did a solid job of following the legendary Alice Cooper (I still prefer Alice!) and he made a new believer out of me…..now I am going to go out of my way to pick up some of his previous solo albums and I may catch him live again next time around.

KISS pumpkin

(Read the 2010 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10)

My favorite time of year is here again…..Halloween!

A couple of years ago, I did the 2007 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10. What I was trying to do was pick out some songs that were creepy, spooky and fit into the Halloween mood. Of course I left out a few obvious ones for my own personal picks. Last year I forgot to do one and I got a ton of email to do one for Halloween 2009 so I went through my collection again. I tried not to repeat any songs from the 2007 list, with one obvious exception, so here’s this year’s list (in no particular order except #1)…..

  1. Black Sabbath – ‘Black Sabbath’
  2. Helloween – ‘Halloween’
  3. King Diamond – ‘Halloween’
  4. Alice Cooper – ‘Killer’
  5. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Mr. Crowley’
  6. Fastway – ‘Trick Or Treat’
  7. W.A.S.P. – ‘Scream Until You Like It’
  8. Helloween – ‘Escalation 666′
  9. King Diamond – ‘Voodoo’
  10. Iron Maiden – ’22 Acacia Avenue’

Bonus Track: Alice Cooper – ‘Keepin’ Halloween Alive’ (new song for Halloween 2009)

Here we go again, another update on my neverending CD hunting! As I mentioned in my last safari update, money is tight and the economy is getting worse so my disposable income for music has taken a huge hit. The good news is that I’m so far behind in listening to CDs that I have enough new music to last until 2009! There are a few albums I picked up when they came out that I haven’t updated you on and I went out today and picked up a few discs at the record store today. Here’s what I’ve had for a few weeks…..

Venom – Hell (2008) – $13: This came out back in August but got overshadowed by other new releases. I grabbed this at the sale price when I actually saw this in the record store’s main display! The store got 2 copies: one went to me and the other to the guy who runs the Metal section at the store. I remember him telling me that he figured I’d be in for it.

DragonForce – Ultra Beatdown (2008) – $17: I picked this up the same day as the venom CD and I ended up dropping the extra $4 for the album with the bonus DVD. The deluxe set also had two bonus tracks so I guess I made the extra 4 bucks worth it! I’ll be honest here, I’m not the biggest DragonForce fan in the world, I have VALLEY OF THE DAMNED (2003) but I never bothered to pick up the rest. With all the hype the band has received from their appearance in the video game Guitar Hero III with ‘Through The Fire And Flames’, I figured I’d pick up the new record and listen to the debut. For some reason, DragonForce reminds me of Rhapsody (now called Rhapsody Of Fire) but the music is very different.

Here’s what I picked up today…..

Tesla – Forever More (2008) – $9.99: Can’t pass up that price! FOREVER MORE came out last week and I forgot so when I saw the promo poster on the front door of the record store, I added it to my list. I had a short list anyway so I didn’t mind adding this one in. This album has been streaming online for a couple of months but I haven’t heard any of it, if it’s as good as INTO THE NOW (2004), I’ll be happy. It doesn’t seem like it’s been 4 years since the last Tesla studio album…..

Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force – Perpetual Flame (2008) – $12.88: This was the only album on my list today. I ran right out to pick this one up because I have to hear how Tim Owens does working with Yngwie and if this is going to be a train wreck of an album. I haven’t enjoyed an Yngwie album since 1997′s FACING THE ANIMAL (Mats Leven on vocals) but I seem to keep buying his albums. I checked on this when I got home from the hunt and it seems that I have every Yngwie album except for ATTACK!! (2002). I have that soft spot for Yngwie, he’s made some solid albums but everything after 1997 has bored me. I skipped ATTACK!! because I was unhappy with ALCHEMY (1999) and WAR TO END ALL WARS (2000) but I did pick up UNLEASH THE FURY (2005). The Metal guy at the record shop says it’s a good album, we’ll see…..

We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year (2008) – $9.99: A late addition to today’s buying! I had heard about this project featuring Lemmy, Geoff Tate, Dio, Alice Cooper and a whole bunch more. This is another one of those albums produced by Bob Kulick that features all these Heavy Metal heroes doing covers. Usually it’s for a tribute album but I’m getting sucked in to the Xmas albums. I’ve always been big into Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I changed my tune on the Twisted Sister Xmas album, and Helix has one coming out too! I figured for ten bucks it would be a cool holiday spin.

On to Ebay…..

Gothic Knights – Kingdom Of The Knights (1999) – $6: Finally! After 10 years I finally pick up this album! I have had this album in my favorite searches on Ebay for a long time and it always comes up, I just never pull the trigger. I was watching another album and I went to view the seller’s other items and this showed up at the top of the seller’s list. I ended up being the only bidder. Now I have to update this album’s WANTED.

Halloween – No One Gets Out (1991/2001 reissue) – $13.50: It certainly is the right time of year for buying Halloween albums! I’ve been meaning to pick up all of Halloween’s albums for a couple of years now, especially the band’s own reissues with bonus tracks. Unfortunately, this album is out of print and the band isn’t making anymore for sale at their website so I had to grab it. The price the band was selling it for was $15 so I saved $1.50, the shipping is also discounted because I bought the Gothic Knights CD from this seller too. (Total shipping is $4 for both discs, I didn’t include that in the price.)

Halloween Pumpkin

(Read the 2009 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10 and the 2010 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10)

My favorite time of year is here……HALLOWEEN!

In conjunction with other Hard Rock/Heavy Metal blogs (see links below) I have compiled my personal Top 10 Heavy Metal songs for Halloween 2007. It took me a few days to search through my collection and see which songs fit, I had so many off the top of my head I could have easily done a Top 20.

Here’s the list in no particular order except #1:

  1. Black Sabbath – ‘Black Sabbath’
  2. Alice Cooper – ‘The Ballad Of Dwight Fry’
  3. Alice Cooper – ‘Dead Babies’
  4. Alice Cooper – ‘I Love The Dead’
  5. Halloween – ‘Halloween Night’
  6. Fastway – ‘Trick Or Treat’
  7. Iron Maiden – ‘Fear Of The Dark’
  8. Diamond Head – ‘Am I Evil?’
  9. Helloween – ‘Mr. Torture’
  10. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Bark At The Moon’

Bonus Track: Alice Cooper – ‘He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)’

You can check out some other Halloween Top 10 lists at the following blogs, enter if you dare!

Bring Back Glam

Hard Rock Hideout

Heavy Metal Time Machine

The Metal Minute

Rock Of Ages