Metal

Flotsam and Jetsam – Ugly Noise (2013)

After 1995’s Drift, Flotsam and Jetsam seemed to do just that — drift off the musical map — with a series of disappointing records and a couple of long hiatuses between records. Then came 2010’s The Cold.

One Track Mind: Black Sabbath, “The End of the Beginning” from 13 (2013)

A day after fans heard the first single from Black Sabbath’s upcoming 13 project, the band debuted a second song, “The End of the Beginning,” live in New Zealand.

Skid Row – United World Rebellion, Chapter One EP (2013)

Skid Row – United World Rebellion, Chapter One EP (2013)

After a very uneven first album with new singer Johnny Solinger and a second album that was full of jokey novelty tunes, I didn’t hold out much hope for the future of Skid Row. Until now.

Something Else! sneak peek: Black Sabbath, “God is Dead?” from 13 (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Black Sabbath, “God is Dead?” from 13 (2013)

Since Black Sabbath began working on a new album with original singer Ozzy Osbourne and producer Rick Rubin, fans have been waiting for a taste of what was coming.

Deep Purple – Now What?! (2013)

Deep Purple – Now What?! (2013)

With Now What?!, Deep Purple doesn’t simply return, it sets out to remind you of everything that once made this band a contender for Led Zeppelin’s throne in the early 1970s as the biggest heavy-rocking band of them all.

‘You can’t take it from me’: Peter Criss tears into Kiss for allowing new members to wear old makeup

‘You can’t take it from me’: Peter Criss tears into Kiss for allowing new members to wear old makeup

Peter Criss, who helped Kiss to its highest-ever charting single, continues to excoriate his former band for continuing with new members performing in the classic makeup that he and fellow founding member Ace Frehley originally wore.

‘How great is that?’: Brian May thrilled over possible interactive project with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi

‘How great is that?’: Brian May thrilled over possible interactive project with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi

When Queen’s Brian May stopped by to visit the ailing Tony Iommi, not long after Black Sabbath’s guitarist was diagnosed with cancer, he discovered a treasure trove of unused riffs laying around. That started a brainstorming session

The Merciless Book of Metal Lists, by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins (2013): Books

I think there’s something innate in music fans that drives them to want to make lists. And then, of course, to argue about those lists to the death. You don’t have to look any farther than the conversation on some of the Gimme Five entries here

Gimme Five: Replacement metal vocalists who worked, from Ronnie James Dio to Bruce Dickinson

Recent discussions about the current Queensryche debacle have me thinking about what happens when bands implode, tempers flare and members are either fired or take their ball and go home.

‘It’s impossible these days’: Ian Gillan says Deep Purple couldn’t reveal too much about Now What?!

‘It’s impossible these days’: Ian Gillan says Deep Purple couldn’t reveal too much about Now What?!

There’s a reason Deep Purple never previewed any of the new music on What Now?!, despite appearing in such high profile settings as the Dubai Jazz Festival in the run up to their forthcoming LP’s April 30, 2013 release.