We Have Arrived has been reissued at least two times. In 1986, it was re-released by the French recording label Axe Killer in a 2,000 number limited edition. It was then re-released once again in 1997 by Axe Killer. The label attached to the plastic wrap says that this is a remastered edition, but there is no indication of it in the booklet We Have Arrived is the only Dark Angel album to feature Jack Schwartz on drums, as Gene Hoglan replaced him as their drummer on subsequent albums.
Prior to the album’s recording in 1986, Testament was known as Legacy. Their lineup consisted of singer Steve “Zetro” Souza, guitarists Alex and Eric Peterson, bassist Greg Christian and drummer Louie Clemente. Singer Chuck Billy was a member of another local band named Guilt. He had performed with Legacy on a few occasions and was asked to become the new singer after Souza left to join Exodus. In 1986, the band changed their name to Testament after finding out that there was a jazz band named Legacy. The Testament name was suggested by Billy Milano (from S.O.D. and M.O.D.), who was a friend of the band in the early days.
This was the only Testament album to feature songwriting contributions from Souza, who was credited as the co-writer of all the songs, except for “C.O.T.L.O.D.” and “Do or Die”, which were co-written by original Legacy singer Derrick Ramirez and Billy respectively. The closing track, “Apocalyptic City”, was written by and Peterson.
Original Album Art
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The album was recorded and mixed at Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, New York, and mastered at Frankford Wayne Mastering Labs in New York City. (Source: Wikipedia)
1.”Over the Wall” 2.”The Haunting”Souza, 3.”Burnt Offerings” 4.”Raging Waters” 5.”C.O.T.L.O.D.” (Curse of the Legions of Death) 6.”First Strike Is Deadly” 7.”Do or Die” 8.”Alone in the Dark” 9.”Apocalyptic City”
Germany’s Deathrow: A Classic Case Of A Metal Band That Should Have Been Bigger
DEATHROW is another German Thrash Metal act from the 80s. They never got very big, but their raging fast tempos and technical riffing made them better than bands that were a lot bigger. If you have never heard them before, think SODOM, KREATOR, or EXUMER.
Agent Steel: If You Can Get Past The High Pitch Vocals – You Have And Awesome Thrash Band
Mad Locust Rising is an EP by American speed metal band Agent Steel, released in January 1986 by Combat Records. It was recorded at Indigo Ranch Studios in October 1985 in Malibu, California. The EP features a cover of the Judas Priest song “The Ripper”. It is also included on the 1999 reissue of the 1987 album Unstoppable Force. Former bassist Mike Zaputil is credited on the album, but the bass tracks were actually recorded by George Robb, who was then fired after the recordings, while Zaputil joined in early 1986 from Letchen Grey. (from Wikipedia)
1. “(The Swarm is Upon Us)” (Instrumental)0:16 2. “Mad Locust Rising”4:15
3. “The Ripper” (Judas Priest cover)2:33 4. “Let It Be Done / The Day at Guyana”4:40
John Cyriis – Vocals
Juan Garcia – Guitar
Bernie Versailles – Guitar
George Robb – Bass (Uncredited)
Mike Zaputil – Bass
Chuck Profus – Drums
Leave Scars By Dark Angel: It Had 246 Riff, but Was It Any Good?
It was 1991 when I bought the Leave Scars LP that came with a sticker, reading “9 songs, 67 minutes, 246 riffs!” I didn’t like it as much as Darkness Descends or because I liked Mike’s style of vocals better.
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Leave Scars is the third studio album released by the American thrash metal band, Dark Angel, released on January 24, 1989.
The 3rd Album By Possessed Produced By Joe Satrirni
POSSESSED THE EYE OF HORROR was released in 1987. It was produced by guitarist Joe Satriani. This was the last album for 30 years. The original line up never reformed. Not long after the release of Eyes Of Horror Jeff Becerra was a shot in a robbery attempt and was left paralyzed from the neck down. Not long after, the original line-up went their own ways.
What Happened Mike Sus, Larry Lalonde and Mike Torrao?
Mike Sus went back to school and obtained a degree in psychology and was never active in music again. Guitarist Mike Torrao joined Infanticide, but they never released any songs publicly and broke up in 1997. He now works as a landscaper and plays music only in his spare time.
Jeff Becerra continues to tour and record under the name Possessed with an entirely new group on musicians. In 2019 the new line-up released the shockingly good “Revelations Of Oblivion” which has become both a critical and commercial success.
Very courageously, Jeff contains to record and front the band from a wheel chair and in my opinion does a fantastic job.
“The Eyes of Horror”
“Swing of the Axe”
“Storm in My Mind”
In 1987 Possessed Was The Following:
Jeff Becerra – Bass & Vocals – Is the only original member from the 1980s line up. He now paralyzed following a street robbery, which some have rumored was a drug deal gone bad. Mike Torrao – Guitar
Larry Lalonde – Guitar – Went on to play in Blind Illusion, where he met Les Claypool and went on to for Primus.
Persecution Mania is the second studio album by German thrash metal band Sodom. Persecution Mania was released 1 December 1987, and it was a first step in saw the movie away in saw them moving away from black metal themes into a more traditional thrash mold.
Tom Angelripper – vocals/bass guitar Frank Blackfire – guitars Chris Witchhunter – drums (RIP)
Editor’s Note: Chris Witchhunter was the original drummer for the band was in at 22 years. He died from liver failure in 2008 at the age of 42. He also was the drummer on Persecution Mania.