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“Bootlegged In Boston 1988” by Hades

Artist: Hades
Title: “Bootlegged In Boston 1988”
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Release Date: 11/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 2.5/5

Capturing New Jersey’s own Metal sons Hades in action way back in time when the group opened a set for Manowar and Nuclear Assault comes “Bootlegged In Boston 1988”. The title makes no bones about this being a bootleg as the film is definitely taken from the audience somewhere and often confuses the viewer with fast pans to the left, right, up, down and well, you get the picture. Of course while this kind of bootleg film does not always appeal to me I was happy to see that these guys dug up some vintage footage for their fans who are probably finding themselves pining for the “could have been” nature of the band. For their time of existence as Hades they were a top notch outfit of traditional sounding Thrash Metal with a nice dose of your Old School vibe tossed in for good measure. Of course in 1988 these aspects of Metal were neither traditional nor old school and very simply were how this stuff was being done by many bands that were performing on the stages of the day. The members of the band were Alan Tecchio (vocals), Dan Lorenzo (guitar), Ed Fuhrman (guitar), Tom Coombs (drums), and Jimmy Schulman (bass) and while they had been building a steady fan base they would disband in 1989. Their brief return years later would find a few albums released and again a parting of the ways. Lorenzo then formed Non-Fiction and most recently The Cursed with Overkill’s Bobby Blitz and this film, while not for everyone based on the overall content and quality, is a nice way to remember the group in their early years. Visually this drove me a little batty at times because of the club spotlights and the all too quick shifts in the camera angle. Of course we are probably dealing with a friend of the band whose task it was to document the gig for them. The audio aspect was surprisingly good and that I did not expect especially after seeing hundreds of bootleg video recordings over the years with absolutely dismal sound. The band pounds through seven tracks which appears to be the full set that they did for the show they were the opener on.
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The Cursed @ Highline Ballroom (5/20/2007)

The Cursed was an interesting side project that featured Bobby Blitz from Overkill and Dan Lorenzo from Hades/Non Fiction. This was announced as their first and last gig but in Rock and Roll things are never quite set in stone. Opening up the night was Joey Belladonna formerly of Anthrax and the Paul Green School Of Rock All-Stars who performed Metal standards. It was a great night and should you want to learn more about it just scroll past the logo. We made sure to document everyone’s performance and take photos of all of them as well.

Logo - The Cursed

Artist: The Cursed
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Joey Belladonna, School Of Rock All Stars
Date: 5/20/2007
Label: Locomotive Music

If you have been going to a lot of concerts in the New York Area lately then you are already aware of some of the mainstays as far as the venues are concerned. One of the biggest providers of events for the Metal Community has been B.B. King Blues Club and over the course of three years I think we have covered about sixty shows from the venue. The performers have been some of the biggest acts across the wide genre scope that Metal has and now the owners have decided to up their game with the grand opening of The Highline Ballroom. The Highline is located Downtown on 16th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues and the venue is something awesome when it comes right down to it. This spacious room has a larger floor area than B. B. King’s and an upstairs seating area as well as a roomy stage for the bands to give you their all upon. The sound and lighting systems is top notch as well so it would be a treat to come here for the first time and review the appearance of Bobby Blitz’s side project The Cursed. For tonight’s show the Overkill singer would bring with him Joey Belladonna formerly of Anthrax and The School Of Rock All-Stars as the guest openers. Here is what you missed out on if you could not attend.
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