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.
Aside from being a great song, the story of how the Wicked Fools’ “Beverly” dropped in my lap is simply unbelievable.
‘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.
Much like Christopher Bowes’ other band Alestorm, Gloryhammer doesn’t take its themes too seriously. The music, however, is another matter.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, I’m not hearing the energy and power of classic Iron Maiden. It can be done, though. Judas Priest proved that last year.
When Metallica’s ‘Black Album,’ released on Aug. 12, 1991, hurtled them into the mainstream, it felt like something sacred had been taken away.
Unfairly compared to Deep Purple, ‘Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’ nevertheless arrived in August 1975 with a plethora of cool and interesting moments.
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.