Metal

Queen – Live at the Rainbow ’74 (2014)

Queen – Live at the Rainbow ’74 (2014)

Edgy and raw, as bracing as any live Queen performance ever released.

‘Sometimes people get divorced': Eric Singer on wearing the classic Kiss makeup

‘Sometimes people get divorced': Eric Singer on wearing the classic Kiss makeup

Eric Singer also notes that the current lineup has lasted longer than any other.

Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014)

Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014)

A wake-up call to anyone who thought free jazz was a dying art.

Dead Earth Politics – The Queen of Steel EP (2014)

Dead Earth Politics – The Queen of Steel EP (2014)

They had me at “Redneck Dragonslayer.”

Skid Row – Rise of the Damnation Army: United World Rebellion, Chapter 2 (2014)

Skid Row – Rise of the Damnation Army: United World Rebellion, Chapter 2 (2014)

It seems, finally, that Skid Row has found its way again.

Alestorm – Sunset on the Golden Age (2014)

Alestorm – Sunset on the Golden Age (2014)

Alestorm honed their cutlasses to a razor-sharp point on this album.

Odd Couples: Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” vs. AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

Odd Couples: Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” vs. AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

These two songs have you coming, and going. But which one’s better?

Buckcherry – F**k EP (2014)

Buckcherry – F**k EP (2014)

In another time, this “concept” might have been shocking. Not anymore.

WTF Wednesdays: Betraying the Martyrs, “Let It Go” from Phantom (2014)

WTF Wednesdays: Betraying the Martyrs, “Let It Go” from Phantom (2014)

A death-metal version of the signature song from Disney’s ‘Frozen’? Yep.

Forgotten series: Warlock – Triumph and Agony (1987)

Forgotten series: Warlock – Triumph and Agony (1987)

It was fast, heavy — and on occasion, gnarly and ugly, as metal should be.