HANGING WITH
JOE HASSELVANDER

HANGING WITH

IN THE GALLOWS

IN THE GALLOWS

Raven Drummer/Ex Pentagram

Joe Hasselvander could sell  used tour vans to Sunday schools. When one event goes awry, he turns another into a sold-out event. He has a chameleon character that has gained him a lot of ground on the music industry's homeland. He invested several phone calls with me over the coarse of one summer, and these excerpts are pulled from those conversations.

We begin with a brief and current bio about Joe Hasselvander if ever he is in need of one. His current stance was drummer for Raven, as his stance has always been behind the Ludwigs with them and Pentagram and nowadays recording his third solo album with Gibson SG. He's part of a heavy metal circle that you continuously find him revolving in from 1979 til 1987 and even before and after. Record producer and bass player are other entities Joe shifts into when the mood is right. "Godfather Of Doom" was dubbed by unknown sources, but it is exactly Joe that will tell you where the term Doom evolved from and when.

"You would be wise not to deal Pentagram."

These were my precise instructions advised by Joe who I had spent excessive amounts of time and effort scheduling an interview with in my upcoming Doom Metal documentary. Although, Joe can be found in an on-again/off-again love/hate relationship with Pentragram, most of his nasty grams about them can be found online, so its no real surprise that Bobby Liebling and Victor Griffin rub Hasselvander the wrong way. All the while he was pulling me away from them, he was pulling my leg as if I too had to endure the tears and turmoil as he did. Several incidents occurred that left a bad taste n Joes mouth, such as, Bobby not showing up on stage and Bobbys depressing love/hate affair with heroin or crack cocaine. All the while Bobby flaked out on Joe, Joe makes little difference in his latter years and flaked out on me in a big way. So my advise to you, is you would be wise not to read the rest of this.

Joe is an extraordinarily gifted musician with high perception. He has, however allowed bitterness to overtake the reigns, which I can attest to hearing. He did have a story that needs to be told, and I am hesitant because I hold him sacred to not only my heart, but the Doom Metal community. He went on to tell me some of the greatest tour stories that you wont find on any Raven documentary, and there were moments in our conversations that I felt a strong, past life connection with him. How or why he opened up to me, divulges a vulnerability about him that he may in life chose to part with along with the bitterness that oppressed him for so many years.  When contending with a vet like, Joe who has more bands under his belt than rivets

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