Articles by: Fred Phillips

With the dark, uplifting Holy Diver, Ronnie James Dio made a bold move into the spotlight

With the dark, uplifting Holy Diver, Ronnie James Dio made a bold move into the spotlight

‘Holy Diver, released on May 25, 1983, found Ronnie James Dio setting a new course after work with Rainbow and Black Sabbath.

Kiss’ unmasked, very heavy Revenge was their last gasp of greatness

Kiss’ unmasked, very heavy Revenge was their last gasp of greatness

Released on May 19, 1992, ‘Revenge’ is the one non-makeup record that belongs in the conversation with Kiss’ best work.

Bruce Kulick, Tim Owens + others – Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute (2015)

Bruce Kulick, Tim Owens + others – Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute (2015)

An all-star cast comes together to pay their respects to a legend on ‘Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute.’ Unfortunately, it doesn’t end well.

Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime stands as one of the best concept albums ever

Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime stands as one of the best concept albums ever

Queensryche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime,’ released in May 1988, has the rare ability to tell a story while still providing an outstanding musical experience.

Sweet and Lynch – Only to Rise (2015)

Sweet and Lynch – Only to Rise (2015)

I worried going into Sweet and Lynch’s ‘Only to Rise’ about the way Michael Sweet and George Lynch would mesh. I shouldn’t have.

ARO, “Raining Gold” (2015): One Track Mind

ARO, “Raining Gold” (2015): One Track Mind

ARO is light years away from the squawky, attention-hungry hot messes that Aimee Osbourne’s sister Kelly has unleashed on the music world.

Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith: 30th Anniversary Edition (1984; 2015 reissue)

Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith: 30th Anniversary Edition (1984; 2015 reissue)

Judas Priest’s ‘British Steel’ and ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ get the praise, but a new reissue of ‘Defenders of the Faith’ shows it’s their equal.

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Cantina del Diablo (2015)

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Cantina del Diablo (2015)

Jackson Taylor’s ‘Cantina del Diablo’ reminds us that underneath the fun-loving, boozy persona we often see, there’s a damned good songwriter.

Bob Wayne, “All About that Bass” (2015): One Track Mind

Bob Wayne, “All About that Bass” (2015): One Track Mind

This entirely unexpected Meghan Trainor cover doesn’t display the maturity of Bob Wayne’s last album. But it’s a fun and funny few minutes.

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals (1998): On Second Thought

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals (1998): On Second Thought

Sure, Marilyn Manson has a new record out, and we plan to get to it eventually. But first let’s recognize just how good ‘Mechanical Animals’ was.