Metal

Celtic Frost – Cold Lake (1988): Metal Meltdowns

Celtic Frost – Cold Lake (1988): Metal Meltdowns

Celtic Frost was one of the pioneering bands of what would become death and black metal. Then came 1988’s ‘Cold Lake.’

Alice Cooper, Oct. 28, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Alice Cooper, Oct. 28, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Alice Cooper once said he enjoyed “playing the heavy – a bizarre vaudevillian character.” The same remains true today.

Metallica – St. Anger (2003): Metal Meltdowns

Metallica – St. Anger (2003): Metal Meltdowns

With everything working against it, why do I actually like Metallica’s ‘St. Anger’?

Anthrax, Sept. 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Anthrax, Sept. 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

In recent years, I’ve said some pretty negative things about Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna. I’d like to use this opportunity to take all of those things back.

Living Colour – Mixtape (2016)

Living Colour – Mixtape (2016)

The biggest letdown with ‘Mixtape’ is that it’s an EP, rather than a long-anticipated album. Still, any new music by Living Colour is cause for celebration.

Jackyl – ROWYCO (2016)

Jackyl – ROWYCO (2016)

Arriving at the end of the party-hearty 1980s was a stroke of bad luck for Jackyl. No matter what, though, Jesse James Dupree has stuck to his guns.

The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise (2016)

The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise (2016)

Now featuring one-time Motley Crue frontman John Corabi, the Dead Daisies may have found their best lineup on their third record.

Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm should be proud that they can make these songs come alive. Prouder still should be Milwaukee for being able to call them our own.

Metallica, “Hardwired” from Hardwired … to Self Destruct (2016): One Track Mind

Metallica, “Hardwired” from Hardwired … to Self Destruct (2016): One Track Mind

I didn’t want to go with a knee-jerk reaction to Metallica’s “Hardwired.” I wanted to give it a chance to grow on me. It hasn’t yet.

Quiet Riot – QR III (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Quiet Riot – QR III (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Quiet Riot was probably headed for obscurity before ‘QR III’ was released 30 years ago, but this album certainly drove the nail in the coffin.