Germany's Rock It Up Records will release a special limited-edition CD of HADES' 1995 LP, "Exist To Resist", with extensive artwork and bonus tracks.
"Exist To Resist" was HADES' third studio CD and was comprised primarily of songs written before the band's breakup in the summer of 1989. The two new songs at the time were "Doubt" and the title track.
"'Doubt' was actually a song Alan [Tecchio, vocals] and I were trying to finish writing for the third NON-FICTION CD, 'It's A Wonderful Lie'," said HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo. "Then I came up with the opening riffs of the song 'Exist To Resist' and Ed [Fuhrman, guitar] helped me with the chorus. Alan wrote the melody and lyrics and it quickly turned into one of my and Tom [Coombs, drums] favorite HADES songs ever."
Added guitarist Scott LePage: "'Exist To Resist' is probably my favorite HADES album. I was asked to play bass on it and it just seemed to come together almost effortlessly. I think we rehearsed five times before we went to the studio. I loved the more laid back vibe it has, and it was great fun to record."
For the first time since 1986, HADES' classic "Resisting Success" lineup will reunite for two shows in April 2010. These dates will mark drummer Tom Coombs' first appearances with HADES since the "Exist To Resist" CD was released in 1994. Guitarist Scott LePage (who actually played bass on "Saviorself" and "The Downside" in 1999 and 2000) will handle lead guitar duties for HADES for the first time since recording "Resisting Success".
Commented Lorenzo: "The German promoter from Keep It True [festival] kept telling me fans would really like an old school performance of songs from the first two albums. When I relayed our conversations to (HADES bassist) Jimmy Schulman, Jimmy asked me what I thought about doing the show with Tom on drums and maybe having both Scott LePage and Ed Fuhrman perform. Ed passed on it, but Scott was really psyched when we first pitched the idea to him.
"It's a bit difficult with Jimmy living in L.A. and Scott in Dallas, but they'll both fly up for some rehearsals around the holidays then again right before we play at Keep It True. The night before we leave we'll have a show in New Jersey or New York City."
Added Tecchio: "I am so stoked that the legendary T. Coombs is going to be behind the drum kit for these two shows and I am sure the fans will feel the same way. HADES has made some great recordings since his departure but his signature style helped give the first four HADES recordings their unique sound. He and bassist Jimmy Schulman gave the band the progressive tag that got prog fans into what was essentially a thrash band."
Regarding his decision to rejoin HADES for these performances, Coombs said, "I feel now HADES has come full circle. After all these years apart the things that led to the breakup of the band do not matter anymore, and the good memories will inspire us to perform these songs again and enjoy the journey that started so long ago. I am also amazed that our diehard fans have kept the songs alive for almost 25 years. As a founding member of the band, it just feels right."
Video footage of HADES performing the songs "The Leaders" and "Resist Success" in 1987 can be viewed below.