Articles by: Fred Phillips

Machine Head – Catharsis (2018)

Machine Head – Catharsis (2018)

Others may dislike Machine Head’s latest outing, but I think it’s one of the most interesting records they’ve ever done.

Dark Hound – Dawning (2018)

Dark Hound – Dawning (2018)

I walked away wondering how I’d missed Dark Hound’s first two albums. It’s an oversight that I intend to correct immediately.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, “Fire” (1968): One Track Mind

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, “Fire” (1968): One Track Mind

Fifty years ago, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s “Fire” had to be just about the coolest thing you’d ever seen – and for parents, probably one of the scariest.

Alestorm, Bob Wayne, Alice Cooper, Hellbound Glory + Others: Fred Phillips’ Best Metal, Country and Hard Rock of 2017

Alestorm, Bob Wayne, Alice Cooper, Hellbound Glory + Others: Fred Phillips’ Best Metal, Country and Hard Rock of 2017

It was, honestly, a pretty lousy year for music. This list of Best Metal, Country and Hard Rock of 2017 highlights five exceptions, and some key honorable mentions.

Alestorm – No Grave But the Sea (2017)

Alestorm – No Grave But the Sea (2017)

Frankly, not a lot of music has excited me through the first half of this year. That is, until Alestorm’s ‘No Grave But the Sea’ arrived.

Alice Cooper, May 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Alice Cooper, May 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

When rockers begin to get older, you expect to see it in their performance. Not Alice Cooper.

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

‘Fight for the Rock’ almost put Savatage’s career in a coffin before we got their best work.

Paul O’Neill (1956-2017) of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Something Else! Interview

Paul O’Neill (1956-2017) of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Something Else! Interview

It’s not often that the passing of someone famous really affects me. When I hear about it, I may think, “Man, that’s a shame,” but I quickly move on. Every now and then, though, someone makes

Motley Crue – Generation Swine (1997): Metal Meltdowns

Motley Crue – Generation Swine (1997): Metal Meltdowns

A failed attempt to make Motley Crue relevant again, ‘Generation Swine’ is just a bad all-around record.

Fred Phillips’ Best Hard Rock and Metal of 2016: Anthrax, Testament, Rob Zombie, Dead Daisies

Fred Phillips’ Best Hard Rock and Metal of 2016: Anthrax, Testament, Rob Zombie, Dead Daisies

As you go through my Best Hard Rock and Metal of 2016 list, you’ll see why I’m calling it the year of the classic thrash band.

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