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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.

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.

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.

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