This traditionalist heavy metal quartet from the USA (whose motto is Death To False Metal) was formed in 1981 by bass player Joey DeMaio (Auburn, New York, USA, a former Black Sabbath roadie) and ex-Shakin Street and Dictators guitarist Ross The Boss Funicello (b. Ross Friedman, New York City, New York, USA). Recruiting vocalist Eric Adams and drummer Donnie Hamzik, they decided on an approach that was to be the total antithesis of melodic AOR. Dressed in animal skins, they delivered a brutal series of riffs that were characterized by Adams barbaric vocals and the dense bass work of Demaio. They debuted on Capitol Records in 1982 with Battle Hymns, a milestone in the metal genre. With subject material firmly centred on fighting, bloodshed, death and carnage, they came across as a turbo-charged hybrid of Ted Nugent and Black Sabbath. The album was notable for an amazing version of the William Tell Overture, played as...
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