Monday, December 28, 2009

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

OK, another holiday gift to you all. This one not only featured a logo on it, the dude on the right is wearing his own band's T-shirt. Boooooooooo! However, all that may not matter much, because I think this picture is somewhat common. I think it was even used on one of the band's albums.

I still couldn't resist posting it, just for the expressions on their faces. And for the guitarist's hairy chest. That's well worth showing off. I can see why he decided against wearing a shirt to this photo shoot.

But, man, look at the mugs on these guys. Very serious. Not mean, not evil—just serious. Like Grandpa-just-died-unexpectedly (well, he was pretty old...) serious. I believe the Brits call this "po-faced."

And, yeah, the hair's something else, too. You can see as the posts here on TYM have progressed in time (relatively speaking) the hair just started getting bigger and bigger, even for non glam bands.

Let's hear your guesses.

Update: Curt from Demolish Fanzine correctly ID'd these guys as Masi (featuring the swarthy, shirtless shredder Alex Masi). This photo was from Masi's Metal Blade days, I believe, some time in the late '80s. I have to admit that I am completely unfamiliar with Masi's music. Partly because I was never much into the whole "shred" scene and partly because I was losing interest in most metal at this point. Most, not all.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Still Up For Grabs!

OK, here are links to some old posts where the bands have yet to be identified. See what you can do!

Longhairs With Bangs

Fringe Era

"Make Us Look Cool or We Won't Help You Out of That Deep Hole"

REPOST: Random '80s Band Photo Generator

REPOST UPDATE: This was originally posted in February, but since "Jymbo" just ID'd them, I figured I'd repost it.

Guess I kind of skipped a week there. Gotta be honest and say that the lack of response/interest was probably a contributing factor. Maybe the shine's faded from this particular endeavor. And I don't know if this post is gonna change things.

But, wait, do I see a pair of suspenders? You've got to be kidding me. Actually, make that two pairs of suspenders. And a bolo tie, dude? Isn't the Native American choker-thing enough neck adornment?

Closer examination of this photo leads me to believe that these guys didn't really go into this photo shoot (or perhaps their entire image) with a "plan." They just picked a little bit from here and there—Freddy Krueger shirt, skull shirt, weird dangly lapel pins, snakeskin shirt—and threw it at the wall, so to speak, to see what would stick.

Anyone still paying attention, I welcome your thoughts on this mess.

Update: Finally, "Jymbo" managed to ID these guys as Banshee, from Kansas City. I put this up because several Test Your Metal readers bristled at the fact that I lumped this band in with the other faceless and unremarkable major label signings of the late '80s. The funny thing is, that the people who jumped to Banshee's defense couldn't actually identify a picture of them. Since they were on a major label (and Metal Blade before that), they certainly aren't obscure and I won't bother getting into the details of their career. They have their own website for that.