Metal

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.

Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls (2014)

Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls (2014)

Not bad for a bunch of old dogs who aren’t supposed to have any bite left.

‘So laid back, and yet it’s so intense': Deep Purple confirms new album for 2015, talks best ever

‘So laid back, and yet it’s so intense': Deep Purple confirms new album for 2015, talks best ever

After eight years between releases, Roger Glover says “we can’t wait that long.”

Quiet Riot – 10 (2014)

Quiet Riot – 10 (2014)

This is not how I want to remember a band that was so important in my life.

Arch Enemy – War Eternal (2014)

The addition of Alissa White-Gluz leads to one of Arch Enemy’s best overall efforts to date.

‘We were clueless; it had no teeth': Paul Stanley on the Kiss album he still can’t stand

‘We were clueless; it had no teeth': Paul Stanley on the Kiss album he still can’t stand

“We were so full of ourselves,” he says, “that we forgot why we started making music.”