By John Roisland
As I brought to your attention before, many of you were very stoked, and some even tried to prove me wrong of the rumor of ex-Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies drummer, legendary Dave Lombardo will in fact be joining the legendary horror punk band The Misfits as they reunite and headline this year's Riot Fest set for September 2nd and then again on September 16th in Chicago, Illinois.
The rest of The Misfits lineup will consist of Glenn Danzig (who hasn't played with the band since 83), Jerry Only on bass and Doyle on guitar.
Dave Lomabardo stated to Rolling Stone Magazine:
Danzig and Slayer did a few shows together back in '88 before the first Danzig album had even been released. It was then that Glenn and Dave first met. Glenn has been quoted as saying:
The Misfits, the originators of the horror punk scene, and Slayer (FUCKING SLAYER), the almighty in the heavy metal world, joining members on one stage,...one word. LEGENDARY!
Will this grow into a full blown old is now new again band? Will there be new music and studio time? Well, with retirement not in the too far distant future for any of them, and these seeming to be the days of reunions, it's any mans guess. Would I like to see it happen? Could be interesting, but what I would really like to see is someone who is is going to Riot Fest and SEND ME A DAMN T-SHIRT 'CAUSE I CAN'T FUCKING GO!!!
Keep it Evil.
By John Roisland
When someone asks you, "Who is the best horror band?", who do you automatically think of (or, even better, who SHOULD you always automatically think of)? To me, that's an easy question to answer: hands down it is The Misfits - the original in your face horror punk band that started the wave of horror music as we know it today.
Originally fronted by legendary vocalist Glenn Danzig, who, after leaving The Misfits, went on to form the highly acclaimed Samhain. While lyrically was similar to The Misfits, was a darker and much gloomier sound. He later went solo and started Danzig. While all three acts were very similar, they were all also worlds apart yet all had huge followings and were very influential in the music world. After The Misfits original members split up, there've been a lot of harsh words towards each other and hard feelings over the years amongst the members - including court cases over copyright issues.
The Misfits originally formed in 1977, and 39 years later The Misfits are still kicking ass and it seems like a dream will come true. They said it would never happen but, the almighty The Misfits will be making a return the end of 2016 at Riot Fest headlining the show with all original members - or so it was claimed. The original members have rumored that they will be using renowned drummer and former member of legendary heavy metal thrash gods Slayer the one and only Dave Lombardo. Now Dave has been rumored to be the skin smasher filling in on drums during these live performances that are being held in September.
As of now Dave's name has not officially been announced. As a matter of fact, it's actually just hearsay and speculation because band members of The Misfits have been hinting around that he is who the drummer will be. So by the process of elimination by hints given by Danzig and Jerry Only, Dave's name has surfaced and is now in the limelight.
I have been a fan of both Slayer and The Misfits since I was a young teen and continue to be one to this day. Hell, I even sported the black wrist bands like Glenn for a while. So combining the two bands for me personally would be like a demonic musical orgasm! Although the styles of both bands are very different, putting the two together will be incredible, especially in a live performance.
Could this possibly be the new line up for The Misfits? Could there be a new studio album in the future with the return of the original members plus Lombardo? One can only dream.
It's doubtful that I will be lucky enough to attend Riot Fest and get to witness the reunion of The Misfits , but if any of you readers out there are able to and if you think I'm a halfway decent guy, then help me out and get me a fucking t-shirt!
I don't have a clue on the future of The Misfits or the possibly joining of Dave Lombardo on drums to the band, but I do promise that I will keep you guys updated as the events unfold !
Keep It Evil.
By John Roisland
Back in the mid-nineties I became friends with a guy who you swear could have been the fifth member of Danzig. Sporting long, jet-black hair, black wristbands, and ripped jeans, Bo Hons looked like a rock star, and when I first met Bo, he was, in fact, a drummer in an Annapolis, MD-based heavy metal band called Vox Humana. I was introduced to Bo by other members in the band that I knew. Bo and i quickly became very good friends, and I'm proud to say we still are to this day!
Eventually, Bo left the music industry to pursue his other passions of photography and cooking. A few years later, Bo proudly graduated from the Baltimore Culinary Arts school. During his schooling, he was kind enough to prepare for me a multi-flavored multi-colored checkerboard chocolate mousse cake that was so far beyond mere deliciousness that to this day I still tell people about it!
Through many hard years of different culinary jobs, Bo ran for the northern border and ended up in Canada. Bo created and opened his bakery called Wolfbay Cafe. Bo started off small doing small cakes for friends and families for birthdays and holidays. Through word of mouth, the size of his orders grew and so did his notoriety.
Now it's 20 years later and Bo has long since cut his hair (as matter of fact, he's completely bald), but he somehow still looks like a rock star - in his own way. Through many hard years of different culinary jobs, Bo ran for the northern border and ended up in Canada. Bo created and opened his bakery called Wolfbay Cafe. Bo started off small doing small cakes for friends and families for birthdays and holidays. Through word of mouth, the size of his orders grew and so did his notoriety. Bo is still a proud American but resides in Alberta, Canada, where he is appropriately a huge ice hockey fan as well as a very happy family man.
Don't get the wrong impression from the pictures that I'm sharing; these are his horror creations. In addition to horror-themed confections, Bo turns his vast talents to create custom orders as well as experiments with his own culinary treats, such as special flavor of the month cheesecakes. Aside from the cake he made me while he was still studying, I've not had the pleasure of tasting his creations. I've only seen pictures of Bo's work, but it is amazing! And believe me – if it is half as good as my cake, you will be satisfied.
I don't know how things work as far as being able to do shipping, but if by any means you ever find yourself north of the border, do yourself a favor and look up Wolfbay Cafe. In the mean time, you can email Bo at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out his Facebook page). Tell him that John-Boy is waiting for another chocolate mousse cake, as a matter of fact a nice House of Tortured Souls birthday cake is now in order,...just sayin'! Proud of all you have achieved Bo , you have earned the named CAKE CHEF!
Keep It Evil.
By John Roisland
TYPE O NEGATIVE
In honor of the late Peter Steele celebrating his birthday January 4th, I bring you my personal tribute two Type O Negative.
Formed in 1989, Type O Negative, out of Brooklyn, New York, hit the hard core/heavy metal scene with a sound that was of their own. Heavily influenced by The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and The Doors, the "Drab Four", as they were nicknamed, lyrically gave us songs about romance, depression, death loss, addiction, vampirism, and hate. The lyrics were often with a very dark sense of humor that lady over many of their songs.
When I was first introduced to the band, just after the 1991 release of their first album Slow, Deep and Hard, I thought to myself, "Okay, not bad". But at the time, I was into heavy thrash metal, so these guys weren't fast enough for me. But before I knew it, I was absolutely in love with them. They just made sense to me at that point in my life; the lyrics, spoke to me. I can remember putting their CD on repeat while I would be home and my old roommate getting very pissed after hearing about 4 hours of Christian Woman!
Over the years their creative style and dark imagery was burned into my heart, my mind, and my soul. It inspired me to the point that if I were an artist, Type O Negative would have easily been my muse. And the odd thing is that they have actually inspired me to do artwork every time I've listened to them in recent years. The Brooklyn New York music scene was known for its hardcore bands, Agnostic Front and Sick Of It All for example, and then some long haired guys come on stage with songs about vampires and a following of their own.
With the 1993 release Bloody Kisses, they took the world by storm! Type O Negative were now touring the world over and over again. A follow-up album in 1996, October Rust, earned them critical acclaim. From one album to the next as each followed, their level of maturity grew in their music, as lyrically they became darker, more emotional, and more personal. The last three albums, World Coming Down, Life Is Killing Me, and Dead Again, were both incredible and very sad, because you could hear him singing about his real life monsters: alcoholism and paranoia brought on from newest vice, cocaine.
Lead singer Pete Steele was a monster of a man who stood 6'8 and towered over everybody on stage. Though I am 6' tall, the few times I was fortunate enough to have met Mr. Steele, my neck was sore from looking up at him. He was an incredible person to talk to, and he spoke genuinely and honestly. He didn't hold back, which I appreciated, but he was also a very shy and depressed person. Steele suffered from being both bipolar and clinically depressed, which led him to drink before going on stage to get over his stage fright, and he sometimes consumed an entire bottle or two of red wine while on stage to continue.
Their shows were always phenomenal, no special effects, no fancy light show, just four guys performing great music. I think seeing them in DC on Halloween night was very suiting! Their songs are ones that you could dance to, throw down in a pit, work out, have on in the background while you were doing things around the house, or even have sex to, but their music to me was much more. Their music was never, ever turned off if ever their song was playing. I always allowed it to finish. I'm not trying to say that every song they wrote was masterpiece, but there was never one that I could say I didn't like either.
Listening to Peter Steele's voice always amazed me. This 6'8 mountain of muscle had a voice that could hit some of the lowest sounds I've ever heard. It was as if you were listening to Lurch from The Addams Family singing to you, and on the flip side has voice with so melodic and graceful. If you didn't know who he was, you may have thought to put a battle axe in his hands and throw him into a set of Conan the Barbarian, but you wouldn't think of him as a a singer.
Back in my day, every time Type O Negative came to town I always had my tickets and never missed a show. No matter how big or small it was, it was always a great show. It didn't matter who they were performing with , the likes of Danzig, Pantera. or taking a night off from a major tour and doing a small club show unannounced, they were always awesome!
Peter Steele died April 14th, 2010 from heart failure due to an aortic aneurysm at only 48 years old. I miss Type O Negative a lot, I still listen to it all the time. As a matter of fact, it's the most popular played Pandora station that I have. I listen to it at work, in the car, and any chance I get. The memories that I have of them are very strong though they weren't everybody's cup of tea. The friends that I hung with were all metal heads and hardcore music fans. I was the Type O fan of my group, and they all knew and respected that.
The untimely death of Peter Steele and the end of the band hurt. I was living in Florida at the time and had just got home from work. I turned the computer on and saw the headlines. I was crushed! Memories of their concerts, sounds of the music, and friends I was with as their music played thru out the years came rushing to me like a hail storm of bullets.
To this day , through me, their music lives on and always will. People always ask one another, "What's your favorite...?" Well, I don't know what my favorite food, or actor is. Not sure what my favorite movie is (unless its horror), but I do know what my favorite band is, ..... Type O Negative.
So to Peter Steele, Kenny Hickey, Josh Silver and Johnny Kelly, I thank you for the music and memories that were and will be made through it.
And to Peter, I hope you are no longer fighting with your monsters, and can nest rest easy. We miss you.
Keep It Evil.