Let’s get into the time machine and go back to 1992.
In the magazine, it was announced that Vivian Campbell joined Def Leppard.
White Zombie was in the “Fresh Flesh” section even though the earliest incarnation of the band had been doing the rounds since 1985. It’s a long way to a major label deal and an even longer way to mainstream success.
“Invincible she devils from the fifth dimension, living aliens and warped sexual experiments” was how “La Sexorcisto: Devils Music Vol. 1” was explained/promoted.
The “Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert” got a five skulls out of five skulls review.
Kiss was promoting the “Revenge” album by saying “We’re Kiss and That’s The Revenge” which got a four skull out of five review. So did “The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion” from The Black Crowes who also had a tour on the cards.
Meanwhile Slaughter’s “The Wild Life” and Twisted Sister’s “Big Hits And Nasty Cuts” both got three skulls.
And Body Counts self-titled album and Iron Maiden’s “Fear Of The Dark” both got five skulls.
I guess you know which albums I got during this period. Anything with three skulls and above.
Geffen Records was hedging it’s bets by promoting Guns N Roses, Nirvana, White Zombie and Roxy Blue all on one ad, with the slogan “HIT someone you love with metal”.
And the HM editor spent six days on the road with Metallica and the best quote from the interview came from James on Lars traveling drum kit:
I find it silly. As much as he wants to be in the spotlight, he also gets to move around. He’s basically a front man on drums.
Speaking of drummers, Motörhead sacked Philthy Phil (again) and hired Mikkey Dee from Don Dokken’s solo band. Dee was also helping out World War III because Vinny Appice left to rejoin the revamped Black Sabbath.
Wayne’s World became part of popular culture and L7 was getting heavily promoted in Australia.
Motley Crue still hadn’t announced their vocalist. Maybe because Sebastian Bach was still auditioning. This is what John Corabi’s Scream band mates had to say:
I guess the dedication from Corabi didn’t come through and those cool cats on vocals to replace John Corabi also didn’t come through for The Scream.
And the song “Young And Dumb” from The Scream appeared on the Encino Man soundtrack, but it was Vince Neil who took top billing. How fitting.