Tag Archives: mid eighties

Steve Stevens

STEVE STEVENS

STEVE STEVENS (1959–PRESENT). While a guitarist of many talents, including progressive rock and flamenco, Steve Stevens is without a doubt best known as Billy Idol’s stage and studio foil, where, armed with a Les Paul and a glam rock image borrowed from equal parts Johnny Thunders and Siouxsie Sioux, he has infused the best of the veteran punk rocker’s material with a hard rock edge that helped the two crossover into mainstream success in the 1980s and has continued to drive their career into Read more [...]
SACRED REICH

SACRED REICH

SACRED REICH (1986–99). Phil Rind (vocals/bass), Wiley Arnett (guitar), Jason Rainey (guitar), Dave McClain (drums, then Greg Hall). Sacred Reich was a thrash metal band with punk leanings that played primarily during the mid-eighties and released the classic Surf Nicaragua record among others, before calling it quits in 1999. Much like the Crumbsuckers, DRI, and Corrosion of Conformity, Sacred Reich helped pioneer the punk/ metal crossover style that helped metal evolve and grow even harder Read more [...]
RAVEN

RAVEN

RAVEN (1975–PRESENT). Mark Gallagher (vocals/guitar), John Gallagher (bass), Rob “Wacko” Hunter (drums, replaced by Joey Hassewander). Raven were one of the more energetic of the thrash metal bands of the eightiesand one of the few to graduate out of the New Wave of British heavy metal. Raven were also immensely popular with fans earlier on for their heavy mixtures of thrash styling with progressive playing. Raven were also best known for the footballhelmet- masked antics of drummer Read more [...]
Deicide

DEICIDE

DEICIDE (1987–PRESENT). Glen Benton (vocals/bass), Brian Hoffman (guitar, replaced by Dave Suzuki), Eric Hoffman (guitar, replaced by Ralph Sanotlla), Steve Ashiem (drums). This death metal band’s hatred of God and Christianity is notably demonstrated by the inverted cross branded into the forehead of lead singer Glen Benton. The band was formed in Florida in the mid-eighties by Benton, the two Hoffman brothers, and drummer Ashiem. They quickly became well-known on the black and death Read more [...]