According to antiMUSIC, Ricky Parent was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His spent his childhood in New Jersey and New York before he headed to Los Angeles to follow his rock n’ roll dream. Ricky was just five years old when realized his love for the drums. One day he was in the yard playing football when he heard a marching band playing down the street. Mesmerized by the sound he found himself following it to discover what was creating that beat. Once he found out, he was hooked and like many young aspiring drummers he first turned to the ready made drum set in any household; pots and pans. Seeing the young drummer in the making he was giving his first drum set, a Mickey Mouse toy set which fueled his dream for a short while before he destroyed it. He then graduated to a Del Ray set that was covered in black contact paper but had cymbals and a snare. From there he pursued his passion with a vengeance, learning his craft from a combination of lessons, drum clinics, but primarily learning from records and songs on the radio.
“My main influence is probably John Bonham,” Ricky wrote on his Myspace page. “But I’ve gone through a bunch of phases from jazz Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, etc. progressive rock Terry Bozzio, Simon Phillips to Ringo to Ansley Dunbar, etc pretty much listened with an open mind soaking up what I admired and working it into my own.”
Like many of his generation when the time came to follow his muse in rock n’ roll he headed to Los Angeles. He was quickly established as world-class drummer and got his first high profile gig with WAR & PEACE, a band fronted by Jeff Pilson after he left DOKKEN that also featured Tommy Henricksen (P.O.L.) and Russ Parrish (HALFORD, FIGHT). The band was short-lived and disbanded after grunge revolution made it hard for them to get noticed. When Vince Neil left MÖTLEY CRÜE, Ricky was called on to lay down some drum tracks for Vince’s solo project. Ironically, Neil would soon hire away ENUFF Z’NUFF drummer Vikki Foxx.
At the time Ricky was playing in a jam band with Paul Gilbert and when word went out that ENUFF Z’NUFF were looking for a new drummer, Gilbert and Mike Varney the head of WAR & PEACE’s label Shrapnel Records, recommended Ricky to the band. He soon after relocated to the band’s home base of Chicago becoming an official member in 1992 where he was a mainstay of the group on stage and in the studio until 2004 when he took a leave of absence after being diagnosed with cancer.
Over the years Ricky was involved in other bands and projects including a brief stint with Alice Cooper as well as playing with Sass Jordan and Tod Howarth (FREHLEY’S COMET).
It’s a sad night at the Hard Rock Hideout. My Condolences to the Parent Family.
All That Remains fans have caught the band live on the Ozzfest tour, have seen their videos on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, and now have something to look forward to this Tuesday with the band’s new LIVE DVD.
This DVD should keep the momentum of their debut release, “The Fall of Ideals” going strong.
This DVD captures not one, but two live shows from Philadelphia and Baltimore, during the band’s tour in 2007.
As a bonus, you also get all six of All The Remains music videos.: The Air That I Breathe, Not Alone, This Calling, Tattered On My Sleeve, This Darkened Heart and The Deepest Gray plus photos, interviews and some additional bonus material.
This is a very cool collection for All That Remains fans and should not be missed. This DVD hits the stores on Tuesday, October 30th.
Metal and hardcore fans out to grab these up quick!!
Here is the All That Remains Video, “Not Alone”.
Rating:Out of 10
This movie is based on the Graphic Novel by Steve Niles & Ben Templesmith.
When the tiny town of Barrow, Alaska has their 30 Days of Night, some unwanted visitors come to town, A pack of blood thirsty and ravenous vampires. It is up to Eben (Josh Hartnett) and Stella Olsen (Melissa George) the husband and wife sheriff team to save the town.
I have seen many vampire films in my time, and I didn’t expect to see anything new with 30 Days of Night. Not only did 30 Days of Night show me some new things, it exceeded my expectations .
This movie has plenty for horror fans to love. Some Scenes will make you jump. Some will have you on the edge of your seat. Some scenes are extremely gory. Nonetheless, 30 Days of Night is the best horror film on the market during the Halloween season.
I enjoyed this movie and think it is well worth your time and your money! Go Check it Out!
Rating:Out of 5
30 Days of Night Trailer
It was the idea of CREMATORY drummer Markus Jllich to form a true metal band after he noticed singer Alexx Stahl playing with his band in a small club. He was very impressed by his vocal skills and he was looking for the best musicians in the German Rhein-Main-area to form a band around Alexx that eventually became SEDUCTION. After the big success of bands like HAMMERFALL or SONATA ARCTICA his aim was to create a similar sounding band gaining equal success.
The line-up was Alexx Stahl (Vocals), Thilo Feucht (Guitars), Mad (Keyboards), Ingmar Holzhauer (Bass) and Neudi (Drums). Under the direction of Markus Jllich the first demo-CD was recorded at Kohlekeller Studio. Several companies showed interest in SEDUCTION and they played a lot gigs with bands like TIERRA SANTA, BONFIRE, AGATHODAIMON, EAZY RIDER and SCAPEGOAT. A second CD was recorded and again they got brilliant reviews in the whole metal press (Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Break Out, Heavy Oder Was). They even called SEDUCTION the next big thing! or best unsigned band from Germany!, they split up a few weeks after the release. SEDUCTION was more like a project and parts of the band werent happy with the style and the so called True Metal image.
Singer Alexx and drummer Neudi (who also plays in the CENTURY follow-up KOKOON) joined the DEEP PURPLE Tribute band CHILD IN TIME in late 2003 and so they met each other again. This leads to a meeting where SEDUCTION decided to start again, but this time as a real band, playing their own style of metal. While Alexx is into bands like SAXON and TWISTED SISTER, guitarist Thilo is strongly influenced by early METALLICA and CHILDREN OF BODOM and his ultra-fast guitar solos are his trademark. Bassist Ingmar is a fan of IRON MAIDEN and Steve Harris, drummer Neudi is well-known in the scene as the drummer of cultbands like SUDDEN DARKNESS and ECONOMIST; also he is having his own radioshow and he was the guy with one of the first metal television show in Germany (Heavy Metal Battle, 1985 to 1992). The fourpiece changed name in VIRON and started writing songs.
In November 2004 VIRON entered the Kohlekeller Studio (CREMATORY, KILLER, AGATHODAIMON) to record their demo EP called NWOGHM. Unlike SEDUCTION, they used real drums (no triggers or computer sounds) and no keyboards (except of a piano part). What you hear on the CD is handmade music played by human beings. The CD contains 4 songs written by VIRON and a cover of Run For Tomorrow, originally recorded by US-Metal legends EXXPLORER!
The EP was sent to several metal-related record companies and to some magazines. After just a few weeks VIRON had various offers for a deal and they decided to sign with SONIC AGE (Greece). Currently the band is in the studio to record their full debut CD, the same way they recorded the EP handmade music ONLY! Also the line-up was completed with ex-ECONOMIST, SUDDEN DARKNESS guitar player Roger Dequis. Now VIRON are a classic metal-fivepiece. NWOGHM got tons of great reviews in mags like Rock Hard, Metal Hammer, Break Out, Heavy and Metal Heart, but also in fanzines and webzines. In 2006 VIRON played Swordbrothers Festival and Headbangers Open Air, but also many single shows with bands like Ruffians, Solemnity or Sabaton. In March 2007 they appeared on a Manilla Road tribute CD called “The Riddle Masters” performing “Dreams of Eschaton”. In April 2007 VIRON signed a new deal with the German label METAL HEAVEN (Riot, Ruffians etc.). They will enter the studio by August 07…
Alexx Stahl – Vocals
Thilo Feucht – Guitars
Roger Dequis – Guitars
Ingmar “Inge” Holzhauer – Bass
Neudi – Drums
Here is the video Blow The Fuse from Viron