- Joe Hasselvander
Infobox musical artist
Name = Joe Hasselvander
Img_capt = Joe Hasselvander onstage with Raven, Bang Your Head, Germany 2006
Img_size = 250
Landscape = Yes
Background = musician
Genre = Heavy metal,
Years_active = 1966–present
URL = [http://myspace.com/joehasselvander Joe Hasselvander on Myspace]
Joe Hasselvander (born 1957?) is a
musicianwho has been playing professionally since the age of 9 years old in 1966. He was self-taught, playing the violin and later the drums.
Joe regularly played the military club circuit in and around the
Washington, DCarea until 1973 when he was asked to join The Plattersafter playing a show with them in Waldorf, Maryland.Fact|date=July 2008 Joe declined, saying he had to finish high school. He later joined a jazz fusion ensemble called the Ra Notra Sextet that was writing and performing music similar to Chick Coreaor Mahavishnu Orchestra.
In 1973, Joe returned to the
hard rockgenre playing with D.C. band The Boyzin the Washington/Baltimore area. In 1976, Joe was asked to play in Mountainwith Leslie Westin a small club in Alexandria, Virginia.Fact|date=July 2008 In 1977, Joe joined forces with Bobby Lieblingand started a new and serious working version of heavy metal doom band, Pentagram. Joe's first single, "Living In A “Ram's Head" b/w "When The Screams Come", was recorded with Joe sharing the producing duties with Liebling. In 1979 Pentagram opened for Judas Prieston the “ Hell Bent for Leather” tour and later that year Joe formed Overlordwith members of Pentagram and Link Wray's "The Pack".
In 1981 Joe once again joined forces with The Boyz to release “Bustin’ Out”, followed by a
Falls Church, Virginiashow with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Joe formed Death Rowwith axeman Victor Griffin in 1982 and once again recruited Bobby Liebling and bassist Martin Swaneyto write and record Pentagram's first LP on New York label Dutch East Records.
olo Career and Raven
Joe moved to New York and recorded
Devil Childe, Phantom Lordand the solo album Lady-Killer; Joe performed rhythm guitar, bass, drums and vocals, while former Virgin Steeleguitarist, Jack Starrplayed the guitar solos. 1985 found Joe working with British blues legend, Kim Simmondsperforming 2 years worth of shows throughout the U.S.under the names Savoy Brownor The Kim Simmonds Band. Only one studio demo and one live recording exists of this lineup including players from Blue Cheer, Cactus, The Plasmaticsand the Rods.
In September of ’87 Joe made a cameo appearance on Pentagram’s second album,
Day Of Reckoning, filling in on Burning Saviour. Joe immediately recorded all drum, guitar, bass and vocal tracks for his second solo album, Road Kill, on Bad Posture Recordsand soon after he recorded first demos with N.W.O.B.H.M. legends, Raven at Bearsville studios in Woodstock, N.Y..
1988 Joe officially joined Raven and recorded the album
Nothing Exceeds Like Excessfor Combat Records. He followed up by touring with Raven supporring Testament in the United States and Kreatorin Europe in 1989. Soon after, he recorded with Christian metalband Armageddonfor their first album, The Money Mask. Raven switched labels and management to Drakkar Promotionsand SPV Recordsin Germanyand recorded Architect Of Fear, then supported it by touring with Germany pirate rockers Running Wild. Video from this tour was made in to an on-the-road “rock-umentary” entitled Electro Shock Therapy, which featured very revealing moments with Mr. Hasselvander in his natural habitat and was released in tandem with Heads Upfeaturing outtakes from Architect Of Fearand live songs from the tour. A tour with German band Riskfollowed in 1992.
In 1993 Joe was asked to play on a reunion album for Pentagram called
Be Forewarnedfor London-based Peacevillerecords after rerecording the drums for Day Of Reckoningto be released on CD. Soon after, Joe and Victor Griffin were asked to fill in on guitar and drums for British doom band Cathedral as support on the spring 1994 tour of Europe for Black Sabbathand their Cross Purposesalbum. Joe returned to record Raven's 7th album, Glow, on the Japanese label Zero Corporation; the album was released in 1995. Joe traveled to Los Angelesto take part in the Foundations Forumwith Raven. Raven then went to Tokyo, Japan, to make a live album, Destroy All Monsters(Live In Japan) and to record a Japanese MTV concert video. In 1996 Joe recorded Everything Louderwith Raven at Pete Evick’s studio. The band flew to Europeonce again to headline a tour for this album with support acts, Tank and Hammerfall.
In 1997 Joe and Bobby Liebling were signed to the Italian doom label,
Black Widow, and Review Your Choiceswas recorded with Joe playing the drums, guitar and bass guitar and Bobby doing vocals. In the summer of 1999 Raven traveled to Nashvilleto record One For Allwith the legendary producer Michael Wagner. A tour in January 2000 with U.D.O.followed in Germanyand later that spring in the U.S.. Joe re-signed with Black Widow to record the Pentagram album Sub-Basement, which was released to rave reviews [http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/albumofthemonth/1584 Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage | Unsung | Album of the Month | Pentagram - Sub-Basement ] ] in 2001.
Joe played many one-off shows with
Raven (band)in 2003 with Mark Gallaghersporting a leg cast from an injury sustained in a near death work accident in 2002. In 2003 Joe went to Florida with Jack Starrto record the album “ Under A Savage Sky” under the banner of Jack Starr’s Guardians Of The Flamefeaturing the searing vocals of Schmolik Avigalex-Picture, The Rods. Joe Hasselvander was the produceron this album.
In 2004 Joe was asked to play two concerts in
New Hampshirewith his childhood idols, Blue Cheer. The shows went well and they got along famously. So much so that an album was recorded with Joe on the drums , “What Doesn’t Kill You”. 2005 comes and Joe played the colossal German rock festivals “ Keep It True” and “ Bang Your Head” to an adoring crowd with Raven along side of the likes of Whitesnakeand Foreigner. Bang your headand Keep it truewere filmed and released on DVDin 2006.. Raven (band)played more one off festivals during 2006 and 2007. Joe Hasselvandersoon releases his 3rd solo album “ The Hounds Of Hasselvander” on German heavy metal label Rock Saviour Records, this time performing everything on the album. In November,2007 Joe went to Englandto play in the ‘ Hard Rock Hell” festival at the Butlinsresort in Minehead. The review by Geoff Bartonsimply states that Raven (band)took over the show from the likes of “ Twisted Sister” “ Saxon” and “ UFO”. This was all followed up by a few choice dates in Hollandand Belgiumto very thankful and loyal fans who went wild for the band. Joe Hasselvanderplayed out with a working version of his solo band, the Hounds Of Hasselvanderto very enthusiastic audiences up and down the east coast of the U.S. who greatly approve of the new material featured on The Hounds CD. Joe Hasselvanderis now currently working on a brand new line up for the Hounds Of Hasselvanderto tour Europeand Canadain the early spring of 2009. As of July 2008, Mr. Hasselvander is concentrating on upcoming Raven (band)shows in Californiawith friends Hirax, in New York at the Legendary club L'amour, and again back to Englandin September for a Raven (band)mini-tour.
Lady-Killer" - Full-length, 1985
Roadkill" - Full-length, 2001
The Hounds Of Hasselvander" - Full-length, 2007
Lady-Killer/Roadkill" - Full-length, Double CD Re-Release 2008
Nothing Exceeds Like Excess" - Full-length, 1988
Unreleased Tracks" - Full-length, 1990
Architect of Fear" - Full-length, 1991
*"Glow" - Full-length, 1994
Everything Louder" - Full-length, 1997
Raw Tracks" - Full-length, 1999
*"One For All" - Full-length, 2000
All Systems Go! - The Neat Anthology" - Full-length, 2002
Relentless" - Full-length, 1985
Day Of Reckoning" - Full-length, 1987
Be Forewarned" - Full-length, 1994
Turn To Stone" - Full-length, 1997
Review Your Choices" - Full-length, 1997
Blue Explosion/Tribute To Blue Cheer" - Full-length, 2000
A Tribute To Captain Beyond, Thousand Days Of Yesterdays" - Full-length, 2000
Death Is Alive" - Full-length, 2000
Sub-Basement" - Full-length, 2001
A Keg Full Of Dynamite" - Full-length, 2002
Blue Cheer:*" What Doesn't Kill You" - Full-length, 2007
Jack Starr's Guardians Of The Flame: *" Under A Savage Sky" - Full-length, 2004
Cathedral: *" The Serpent's Gold" - Full-length, 2004
Armageddon: *" The Money Mask" - Full-length, 1989 re-released - 2007
Black Manta: *" Fuck Them All But Six" - Full-length, 2003
Devil Childe: *" Devil Childe" - Full-length, 1985
Phantom Lord: *" Phantom Lord" - Full-length, - 1985
The Boyz: *" Bustin' Out" - EP -1981
Heads Up!" - EP, 1991
Living In A Ram's Head" b/w "When The Screams Come" 7" -1978
Destroy All Monsters/Live in Japan" - Live album, 1995
* [http://www.ravenlunatics.com Official Raven website]
* [http://www.clayford.net/raven.html Raven magazine clippings]
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* Julian Cope
* [ [http://www.metal-archives.com Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives ] ] http://www.metal-archives.com
* [ [http://www.tartareandesire.com/bands/Raven/1329/ Tartarean Desire - Raven - Heavy metal band from United Kingdom ] ] http://www.tartareandesire.com/bands/Raven/1329/
* [ [http://www.bnrmetal.com/v2/bandpage.php?ID=Pent The BNR Metal Pages, Version 2 ] ] http://www.bnrmetal.com/v2/bandpage.php?ID=Pent
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