Metal

Something Else! sneak peek: Black Water Rising, “Show No Mercy” from Pissed and Driven (2013)

Black Water Rising’s self-titled debut album was one of my favorites of 2009, and one of the best pure hard rock records that I’d heard in a long time at that point.

‘This is a democracy’: Michael Wilton sees clear differences in the way Queensryche works now

‘This is a democracy’: Michael Wilton sees clear differences in the way Queensryche works now

Michael Wilton takes the high road when talking about the forthcoming Queensryche album, their first without the departed Geoff Tate. It’s easy to read between the lines, however, as he talks about working with new frontman Todd La Torre.

‘An easy choice; he understands me’: Joe Satriani on his new collaboration with Mike Keneally

‘An easy choice; he understands me’: Joe Satriani on his new collaboration with Mike Keneally

Joe Satriani’s new solo effort has become his highest-debuting album in two decades, thanks in no small way the Chickenfoot guitarist says to the smart contributions of sideman of Mike Keneally.

‘It makes you want to be great’: Brad Wilk enthuses about Black Sabbath’s loose, fun reunion

‘It makes you want to be great’: Brad Wilk enthuses about Black Sabbath’s loose, fun reunion

Brad Wilk, who was plucked out of Rage Against the Machine by producer Rick Rubin, has come to think of his time playing drums on the forthcoming Black Sabbath reunion project in almost mythical terms.

Judas Priest – Epitaph (2013)

Judas Priest – Epitaph (2013)

The final performance of Judas Priest’s “Epitaph World Tour” in May 2012 provided the perfect opportunity to offer a live video celebration of 40 years of metal.

Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues” from Rocks Europe (2013): Exclusive stream

The seasons haven’t officially changed until you’ve cranked up a favorite version of this warm-weather classic. An epic live retelling of “Summertime Blues” by Blue Cheer — available here as an exclusive advance stream — should do the trick.

One Track Mind: Queen, “Sheer Heart Attack” from Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (2013)

One Track Mind: Queen, “Sheer Heart Attack” from Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (2013)

Too often, Queen has become the sum of its over-stated parts — the operatic singer, the layered vocals, the anthematic balladry. What’s lost is the group’s ability to unleash round house after round house of knuckle-sandwich heavy rock.

‘I warned him in the beginning’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons predicted trouble for Van Halen, David Lee Roth

Gene Simmons confirms that Eddie Van Halen, frustrated over his relationship with David Lee Roth, approached him about joining Kiss in the early 1980s. The timing was right, too, as Simmons and Co. were working without a guitarist on Creatures of the Night.

Dio – Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly (2013)

Dio – Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly (2013)

With the sad anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s death some three years ago comes an opportunity to return to a muscular concert offering that finds him near the peak of his solo powers.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Tom Keifer, May 17, 2013

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Tom Keifer, May 17, 2013

At Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom, Monroe, La.: I’ve seen Tom Keifer a few times over the years with Cinderella, mostly in arenas and ampitheaters, and always left happy.

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