T.T. QUICK - METAL OF Honor - 12" LP Vinyl Album

"Metal of Honor" is the first official full-length album released by the American Heavy Metal band: "TT Quick". It was produced by John Zazula together Rob "Wacko" Hunter and released in 1986.


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Album Description:

TT Quick's "Metal of Honor" is an iconic 12" LP vinyl album that exemplifies the raw power and energy of American heavy metal in the mid-1980s. Released in 1986, this debut album marked the beginning of a promising career for the New Jersey-based band, led by guitarist David Dipietro and vocalist Mark Tornillo. With its blistering guitar solos, aggressive vocals, and thunderous rhythm section, "Metal of Honor" quickly gained recognition among metalheads and became a classic of the genre.

The album was produced by the legendary Jon Zazula, who had previously worked with Metallica and helped launch the careers of numerous heavy metal bands through his label, Megaforce Records. Zazula's production expertise, combined with the talents of Eddie Kramer and Michael Wagener as co-producers and engineers, resulted in a sonically powerful and dynamic album that captured TT Quick's explosive live sound.

The album opens with the intense track "Child of Sin", setting the tone for what's to come. Dipietro's guitar work is fierce and precise, delivering memorable riffs and scorching solos that showcase his technical prowess. Tornillo's vocals are commanding, conveying a sense of urgency and aggression that perfectly matches the music's intensity.

Songs like "Metal of Honor" and "Front Burner" continue the onslaught, displaying TT Quick's knack for writing catchy, headbanging anthems. The band's rhythm section, consisting of bassist Walt Fortune and drummer Erik Ferro, lays down a solid foundation that drives the songs forward with relentless energy. Together, they create a wall of sound that grabs the listener's attention and refuses to let go.

One standout track on the album is the power ballad "Glad All Over", which showcases TT Quick's ability to balance their heavy metal roots with melodic sensibilities. Tornillo's emotive vocals shine on this track, supported by Dipietro's melodic guitar lines. It's a moment of respite amidst the album's high-octane assault, providing a glimpse of the band's versatility.

The album's artwork, designed by Dan Muro, captures the essence of the band and the music they create. The cover features a striking image of a knight in armor, wielding a sword, symbolizing the band's unwavering commitment to the metal genre. It's a visually captivating representation of the album's title and the music contained within.

Despite receiving critical acclaim and a growing fan base, TT Quick faced various challenges in the years following the release of "Metal of Honor". Lineup changes, label issues, and the changing landscape of the music industry hindered their progress. However, the album remains a testament to the band's talent and the impact they made during their initial run.

"Metal of Honor" serves as a timeless reminder of the vitality and energy of 1980s heavy metal. TT Quick's debut LP solidified their place in the metal scene and established them as a force to be reckoned with. From start to finish, the album is a relentless onslaught of powerful riffs, soaring vocals, and pounding rhythms that resonate with fans of the genre to this day.

Music Genre:

  American Heavy Metal 
Album Production information:

The album: "T.T. QUICK - Metal of Honor" was produced by: Jon Zazula.

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Rob "Wacko" Hunter - Producer

Alex "The Boy Pharoah" Perialas - Sound Engineer, Producer

Alex Perialas is an American Producer and sound engineer, and owner of the "Pyramid Sound Recording Studios" in Ithaca, and has been responsible for the production and engineering of dozens of Heavy Metal albums during the 1980s. Perialas is a well-known music producer and engineer who has been active in the industry for over three decades. He has worked with a wide range of musical artists, including heavy metal bands like Anthrax , Slayer , and Overkill , as well as pop artists like Taylor Dayne and New Kids on the Block. Throughout his career, Perialas has become known for his technical expertise, creative vision, and ability to bring out the best in his artists.


Perialas was born in Greece and grew up surrounded by music. His father was a classical guitarist and his mother was a singer, so it was only natural that he would develop an early love for music. He began playing the guitar at the age of 12 and quickly became interested in recording and producing music. He moved to the United States in the 1970s to study music engineering and quickly began working in the industry, first as an assistant engineer and then as a producer.

One of Perialas' earliest successes came with the release of the album "Among the Living" by Anthrax in 1987. This album marked a departure from the traditional sound of heavy metal and helped to establish Perialas as a major player in the genre. He went on to produce several more albums for the band, including "State of Euphoria" and "Persistence of Time". He also worked with other heavy metal acts like Slayer, Overkill, and Testament, helping to shape the sound of the genre and establish it as one of the dominant forces in popular music.

In addition to his work in heavy metal, Perialas has also produced and engineered albums in a wide range of other genres. He has worked with pop artists like Taylor Dayne and New Kids on the Block, helping to create some of their biggest hits. He has also worked with hip-hop artists like MC Lyte and jazz musicians like Grover Washington Jr. This versatility and ability to work with a wide range of artists is one of the reasons why Perialas has been so successful throughout his career.

Throughout his career, Perialas has been dedicated to the art of music production and engineering. He has a deep understanding of the technical aspects of recording and a keen ear for what makes a song sound great. He is also a creative visionary who is able to bring out the best in his artists, helping them to create music that is both innovative and commercial. His work has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including multiple Grammy nominations and wins.

In conclusion, Alex Perialas is a music producer and engineer who has made a significant impact on the industry. His work has helped to shape the sound of heavy metal and establish it as one of the dominant genres in popular music. He has also worked with a wide range of other artists, bringing out the best in them and helping them to create innovative and commercially successful music

Eddie Kramer - Producer, Sound Engineer

Michael Wagener - Producer, Mix Engineer

Nelson Ayres - Sound Engineer

Paul Higgins - Sound Engineer

Peter Bombar - Sound Engineer

Peter Bombar a sound engineer who has been working together with Alex Perialas, Norman Dunn, Jon Zazula. During the 1980s he has been responsible for the sound recording for albums of the Heavy Metal bands: Attila, Raven, Thrasher, T.T. Quick and others.

Album cover design: Dan Muro, NYC

Album cover photography: Dan Muro

Daniel Muro worked for the producer Todd Gordon on several Heavy Metal bands. Bands he has photographed include Overkill, Hades and many others.

Hair design: Linda Marie

Record Label Information:

  Island Records / Megaforce Worldwide 90521

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

  1986 Made in USA
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: T.T. QUICK - Metal of Honor
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • David Dipietro - Guitar

    David DiPietro is an American guitarist who is best known for his work with the heavy metal band T.T. Quick. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1961, and began playing guitar at the age of 12. He quickly developed a reputation as a talented guitarist, and soon began playing in local bands. In 1983, he formed T.T. Quick with vocalist Mark Tornillo, bassist AJ Pero, and drummer Eric Singer. The band quickly became one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the New York area, and released their debut album, Metal of Honor, in 1985. The album was a critical and commercial success, and helped to establish T.T. Quick as a force on the heavy metal scene.

    DiPietro was known for his fast, technical guitar playing, and his influence can be heard on many of the guitarists who came after him, including Zakk Wylde and Dave Sabo. He was also a skilled songwriter, and co-wrote many of T.T. Quick's best songs. The band released three more albums before disbanding in 1990.

    After T.T. Quick broke up, DiPietro continued to play guitar in various bands, including Prophet and Nuclear Assault. He also worked as a guitar instructor, and taught many of the next generation of heavy metal guitarists. In 2000, T.T. Quick reunited and released a new album, Ink. The band has continued to tour and record sporadically in the years since.

    DiPietro is considered one of the most influential guitarists of the heavy metal genre. His fast, technical playing and his songwriting skills have made him a legend in the metal world. He is still active as a guitarist and instructor, and continues to inspire new generations of guitarists.

  • Mark Tornillo - Vocals
  • Walt Fortune - Bass
  • Erik Ferro - Drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "T.T. QUICK - Metal of Honor"

The detailed tracklist of this record "T.T. QUICK - Metal of Honor" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Metal of Honor
  2. Front Burner
  3. Hard as Rock
  4. Child of Sin
  5. Asleep at the Wheel
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Come beat the Band
  2. Hell to Pay
  3. Queen of the Scene
  4. Glad all Over
  5. Siren Song


Front Cover Photo Of T.T. QUICK - Metal Of Honor 12" LP Vinyl Album


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Photo Of The Back Cover T.T. QUICK - Metal Of Honor 12" LP Vinyl Album

Four individual portrait photos of the T.T. Quick band-members on the album back cover

Four individual portrait photos of the T.T. Quick band-members on the album back cove

Close up of record's label T.T. QUICK - Metal Of Honor 12" LP Vinyl Album Side One

"Metal Of Honor" Record Label Details: Black Colour Label Megaforce Worldwide 90521-1 , ST-IL-866031-SP ℗ 1986 Island Records, Inc Sound Copyright

"Metal Of Honor" Record Label Details: Black Colour Label Megaforce Worldwide 90521-1 , ST-IL-866031-SP ℗ 1986 Island Records, Inc Sound Copyright