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‘If it ever comes down to it, I am Kiss’: Paul Stanley says he would continue by himself

‘If it ever comes down to it, I am Kiss’: Paul Stanley says he would continue by himself

Paul Stanley acknowledges that Kiss’ 1990s reunion with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss helped the band roar into a new century, despite the subsequent rifts. Also, that his issues with Gene Simmons were greater perhaps than anyone knew.

A Budokan bash: Deep Purple filmed its April 12 show in Tokyo for future release

A Budokan bash: Deep Purple filmed its April 12 show in Tokyo for future release

Time for another legendary Budokan show? Following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick and, actually, the Ian Gillan Band, Deep Purple filmed and recorded its April 12, 2014 show in Tokyo for future release.

‘I’m a one-man show’: Kiss’ Ace Frehley previews his new album, Space Invader

‘I’m a one-man show’: Kiss’ Ace Frehley previews his new album, Space Invader

There was the long wait, the belated nomination, the vicious back biting and the surprisingly gracious induction. Now that Kiss is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, however, it’s time for Ace Frehley to get back to work on a solo album.

Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014)

Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014)

After the lackluster Shot to Hell — the band’s weakest album — in 1996, Black Label Society, which had been churning out pretty much an album a year to that point, took an extended break. Zakk Wylde returned with a vengeance on 2010’s Order of the Black, finding the fire again and punishing eardrums across the metal world. The band’sRead More

Rob Halford, Anthrax, Metallica, the Scorpions, Glenn Hughes, Motorhead – Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life (2014)

Rob Halford, Anthrax, Metallica, the Scorpions, Glenn Hughes, Motorhead – Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life (2014)

Any tribute to Ronnie James Dio begins with a conundrum for the artists involved. It’s Ronnie James Dio, one of the greatest singers to ever grace rock music, an iconic voice that can’t be duplicated.

Behemoth – The Satanist (2014)

Behemoth – The Satanist (2014)

The 10th release from Poland’s Behemoth is the first since frontman Nergal’s leukemia diagnosis in August of 2010. The Satanist is also the follow-up to the acclaimed 2009 album Evangelion, but this is no attempt at besting past work.

Gus G. – I Am the Fire (2014)

Gus G. – I Am the Fire (2014)

With Ozzy focusing on Black Sabbath and Firewind on a hiatus, guitarist Gus G. found himself with a little time on his hands, resulting in his first solo album, I Am the Fire.

Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo (2014)

Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo (2014)

After the more commercial hard rock approach on Karmacode in 2006 and the extremely poppy, but surprisingly enjoyable Shallow Life in 2009, Lacuna Coil returned to a bit darker sound for 2012’s Dark Adrenaline. The Italian rockers continue that trend on Broken Crown Halo.

One Track Mind: GWAR, “The Road Behind” from America Must Be Destroyed (1992)

One Track Mind: GWAR, “The Road Behind” from America Must Be Destroyed (1992)

After hearing of the passing of Dave Brockie, known to GWAR fans as alien conqueror Oderus Urungus, I wanted to write something about Scumdogs of the Universe, my personal favorite record by the band. But in the days that followed, I kept coming back to this song. “The Road Behind” seemed somehow fitting, and a perfect representation of what GWARRead More

Deep Purple – Live In California 74 (2014)

Deep Purple – Live In California 74 (2014)

This was the one where Ritchie Blackmore refused to go on stage, because it was not yet sunset — and he felt that would dim the impact of Deep Purple’s lightshow.