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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.

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.

A Conspiracy of Stars: Why is UFO classic rock’s best-kept secret?

A Conspiracy of Stars: Why is UFO classic rock’s best-kept secret?

UFO have somehow gone so far under the mainstream radar that you need advanced detection equipment from NASA to find them.

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.

Circle II Circle – Live at Wacken: Official Bootleg (2014)

A new Circle II Circle release whets my appetite for this summer’s Wacken, which will be headlined by the reunited Savatage.

“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, “Whiskey Road” (2014): One Track Mind

“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, “Whiskey Road” (2014): One Track Mind

This previously unheard song from former Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott proves to be a bittersweet listen.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Hard Rock + Metal): Judas Priest, Down, Alestorm, Grand Magus

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Hard Rock + Metal): Judas Priest, Down, Alestorm, Grand Magus

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 list for hard rock and metal albums includes Judas Priest, Down, Alestorm, Grand Magus, Anti-Mortem and others.

David Lee Roth selects his favorite Van Halen album: ‘That’s my ticket; my entry fee’

David Lee Roth selects his favorite Van Halen album: ‘That’s my ticket; my entry fee’

David Lee Roth was reluctant to pick his top Van Halen album — until he came up with a suitably salacious scenario in which he’d have to.