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The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (2015): Movies

The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (2015): Movies

Turns out, the third ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ film – the only one I’d never seen before – was the most enlightening of them all.

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.

Living Colour’s Vivid was groundbreaking musically, politically: ‘A magical experience’

Living Colour’s Vivid was groundbreaking musically, politically: ‘A magical experience’

Guitarist Vernon Reid joins Something Else! to discuss Living Colour’s strikingly inventive debut ‘Vivid,’ released this month in 1988.

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.

Cataclysm Children, by Paul Nemeth (2015): Books

Cataclysm Children, by Paul Nemeth (2015): Books

Although Paul Nemeth’s ‘Cataclysm Children’ is fiction, it was inspired by a real life incident involving black-metal musicians from Norway.

Iron Maiden’s 1988 masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

Iron Maiden’s 1988 masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,’ released on April 11, 1988, started a journey. Iron Maiden is now a part of me, and I am a part of what’s kept them around.

Fussy and overwrought, Kiss’ Destroyer tried to out think itself

Fussy and overwrought, Kiss’ Destroyer tried to out think itself

Released on March 15, 1976, Kiss’ ‘Destroyer’ found producer Bob Ezrin at his too-busy worst. Kiss is (or it should be) too visceral for that.

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.