Metal

Savatage, “Prelude to Madness / Hall of the Mountain King” (1987): One Track Mind

Savatage, “Prelude to Madness / Hall of the Mountain King” (1987): One Track Mind

Savatage’s classic ‘Hall of the Mountain King,’ released on Sept. 28, 1987, was an eye-opening experience for first-time producer Paul O’Neill.

The Wicked Fools, “Beverly” (2015): One Track Mind

The Wicked Fools, “Beverly” (2015): One Track Mind

Aside from being a great song, the story of how the Wicked Fools’ “Beverly” dropped in my lap is simply unbelievable.

Iron Maiden – Book of Souls (2015)

Iron Maiden – Book of Souls (2015)

‘Book of Souls’ is a good by comparison to recent Iron Maiden efforts, but within the context of their entire catalog, it’s mediocre at best.

Gloryhammer – Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards (2015)

Gloryhammer – Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards (2015)

Much like Christopher Bowes’ other band Alestorm, Gloryhammer doesn’t take its themes too seriously. The music, however, is another matter.

Motley Crue – Theatre of Pain (1985): On Second Thought

Motley Crue – Theatre of Pain (1985): On Second Thought

Motley Crue’s ‘Theatre of Pain’ doesn’t equal the power of ‘Shout at the Devil’ or the sleazy fun of ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ but it’s worth another listen.

Armored Saint – Win Hands Down (2015)

Armored Saint – Win Hands Down (2015)

If there’s one word to ‘Win Hands Down,’ and Armored Saint in general, it’s consistency. You know what you’re going to get, and you get it every time.

Iron Maiden, “Speed of Light” from Book of Souls (2015): One Track Mind

Iron Maiden, “Speed of Light” from Book of Souls (2015): One Track Mind

Unfortunately, I’m not hearing the energy and power of classic Iron Maiden. It can be done, though. Judas Priest proved that last year.

Confessions from someone who used to hate Metallica’s Black Album

Confessions from someone who used to hate Metallica’s Black Album

When Metallica’s ‘Black Album,’ released on Aug. 12, 1991, hurtled them into the mainstream, it felt like something sacred had been taken away.

Moody and mystical, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow debut launched medieval metal

Moody and mystical, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow debut launched medieval metal

Unfairly compared to Deep Purple, ‘Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’ nevertheless arrived in August 1975 with a plethora of cool and interesting moments.

Ian Gillan basically drank his way into Black Sabbath: ‘Did that happen? What happened?’

Ian Gillan basically drank his way into Black Sabbath: ‘Did that happen? What happened?’

A visit to a pub with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi led to Ian Gillan joining Black Sabbath for ‘Born Again,’ released on Aug. 7, 1983.