By: Heather Quinlan
February 8, 2024

MÖSH YOUR ENTHUSIASM is a series of 25 enthusiastic posts, contributed by 25 HILOBROW friends and regulars, on the topic of metal records from the Eighties (1984–1993, in our periodization schema). Series edited by Heather Quinlan. Also check out our MÖSH YOUR ENTHUSIASM playlist at Spotify.

Here’s a special announcement from MÖSH series editor Heather Quinlan…


In January, HILOBROW posted an open call for metalheads to submit short essays about their favorite metal songs from 1984–1993, Honestly, each entry we received was terrific. However, in life there can only be one winner — and in metal that’s usually Metallica. I really wasn’t looking to choose another essay on this band, since we already have two in the series… but I was won over by Tony Pacitti’s story about what Metallica’s 1984 instrumental “Call of Ktulu” once meant to him… and still does.

Congratulations, Tony! Not only do you win the esteem of those of us (like me) who used to spend our Saturday nights watching Headbangers Ball, you also win a copy of Christopher Cannon’s Keeping Records, a beautiful 2023 publication detailing his collection of 1,000 vinyl records.* Welcome to the MÖSH lineup.

We also have a runner-up: I’d like to raise a fist to James Scott Maloy’s essay on Accept’s “Midnight Mover” and Udo Dirkschneider.

A huge thank-you to everyone who submitted an essay to the contest. Some of you will hear from me the next time that I edit a metal-themed series for HILOBROW….

Yours in the mosh pit,


* Christopher also contributed a series installment on Neurosis’s “Lost.”


MÖSH YOUR ENTHUSIASM: INTRODUCTION by Heather Quinlan | Crockett Doob on Metallica’s ENTER SANDMAN | Dean Haspiel on Mötley Crüe’s HOME SWEET HOME | Jack Silbert on Poison’s TALK DIRTY TO ME | Adam McGovern on Dio’s INVISIBLE | Mariane Cara on Faith No More’s EPIC | Heather Quinlan on Blue Öyster Cult’s SHOOTING SHARK | Steve Schneider on UFO’s DIESEL IN THE DUST | Carlo Rotella on Primus’ JERRY WAS A RACE CAR DRIVER | Erik Davis on St. Vitus’ BORN TOO LATE | Greg Rowland on Motörhead’s ACE OF SPADES (remix) | Kathy Biehl on Twisted Sister’s WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT | Nikhil Singh on G.I.S.M.’s GAS BURNER PANIC | Erin M. Routson on Metallica’s ESCAPE | Holly Interlandi on Helmet’s MILQUETOAST | Marc Weidenbaum on Celtic Frost’s I WON’T DANCE (THE ELDERS’ ORIENT) | Amy Keyishian on Living Colour’s CULT OF PERSONALITY | Josh Glenn on Scorpions’ STILL LOVING YOU | Alycia Chillemi on Danzig’s SOUL ON FIRE | James Parker on Godflesh’s CHRISTBAIT RISING | Miranda Mellis on The Afflicted’s HERE COME THE COPS | Rene Rosa on Type O Negative’s BLACK NO. 1 | Tony Leone on Slayer’s SOUTH OF HEAVEN | Christopher Cannon on Neurosis’s LOST | Brian Berger on Black Sabbath’s HEADLESS CROSS | MÖSH CONTEST-WINNING ENTRY: Tony Pacitti on Metallica’s THE CALL OF KTULU. PLUS: CONTEST RUNNER-UP: James Scott Maloy on Accept’s MIDNIGHT MOVER.


Enthusiasms, Music