Metal

Iron Maiden’s masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

Iron Maiden’s masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,’ released 30 years ago this week, started a journey. Iron Maiden is now a part of me, and I am a part of what’s kept them around.

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968): On Second Thought

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968): On Second Thought

Louder than Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blue Cheer was radical even by the era’s standards of anything goes.

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.

Motorhead, February 16, 2011: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Motorhead, February 16, 2011: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I saw body surfing up close at this Motorhead show, almost became an unwilling member in a mosh pit, and escaped unscathed. Who could ask for more?

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.

Living Colour – Shade (2017)

Living Colour – Shade (2017)

Is ‘Shade’ the best ever Living Colour album? Maybe, but that’s such a tall order.

Living Colour’s Corey Glover: Something Else! Interview

Living Colour’s Corey Glover: Something Else! Interview

Corey Glover discusses how the forthcoming album ‘Shade’ fits into Living Colour’s storied canon – and why he refused to include one song.

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.

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