Metal

Iced Earth, “Ghost of Freedom” from Horror Show (2001): One Track Mind

Iced Earth, “Ghost of Freedom” from Horror Show (2001): One Track Mind

Metal bands aren’t usually known for patriotic tunes. We’ll explore one of the exceptions on this Memorial Day: Iced Earth.

Rob Zombie – The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (2016)

Rob Zombie – The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (2016)

With just enough strangeness to make it interesting, Rob Zombie’s ‘Electric Warlock’ is a fun, catchy throwback to what I consider his best work.

Megadeth – Risk (1999): Metal Meltdowns

Megadeth – Risk (1999): Metal Meltdowns

I joined many other Megadeth fans in immediately hating 1999’s ‘Risk.’ Returning to it, however, was a bit of a surprise.

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! (2014): Movies

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! (2014): Movies

This film provides an often funny and, at times, downright perplexing glimpse into the making of Twisted Sister, one of the most recognized metal bands.

Metal Church – XI (2016)

Metal Church – XI (2016)

Metal Church’s ‘XI’ marks the return of singer Mike Howe, who first appeared on 1989’s Blessing in Disguise – a personal favorite.

Danzig – blackacidevil (1996): Metal Meltdowns

Danzig – blackacidevil (1996): Metal Meltdowns

Metal Meltdowns will explore those moments when my favorite metal and hard rock bands went off the rails. Let’s start with Danzig’s ‘blackacidevil.’

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (2016)

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (2016)

I’ve always been a fan of Zakk Wylde’s acoustic work, and the guitar parts here – both unplugged and electrified – are as solid as they come.

Flotsam and Jetsam, “Iron Maiden” from Flotsam and Jetsam (2016): One Track Mind

Flotsam and Jetsam, “Iron Maiden” from Flotsam and Jetsam (2016): One Track Mind

As with the last two albums, Flotsam and Jetsam gives us something a little different here – providing a tasty tribute to metal legends Iron Maiden.

Anthrax – For All Kings (2016)

Anthrax – For All Kings (2016)

‘For All Kings’ not only stands with my favorite Anthrax records – it’s easily the best complete metal album I’ve heard in several years.

Zakk Wylde, “Sleeping Dogs” from Book of Shadows II (2016): One Track Mind

Zakk Wylde, “Sleeping Dogs” from Book of Shadows II (2016): One Track Mind

Zakk Wylde’s “Sleeping Dogs” makes a good promise for ‘Book of Shadows II.’ Here’s hoping the rest of the album delivers on it.