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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.

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.

Bob Wayne – Hits the Hits (2015)

Bob Wayne – Hits the Hits (2015)

‘Hits the Hits,’ a 13-song collection of covers, allows Bob Wayne to put his unique spin on classic rock – and some much stranger pop choices.

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.

Black Sabbath’s often-dismissed Sabotage is far better than you remembered

Black Sabbath’s often-dismissed Sabotage is far better than you remembered

‘Sabotage,’ released in July 1975, finds Black Sabbath still at the height of its powers, but on the brink of slipping into chaos – and that translates into the music.

Savatage – Return to Wacken (2015)

Savatage – Return to Wacken (2015)

Savatage’s ‘Return to Wacken’ is a bit misleading, since it includes studio versions rather than live songs. But there’s still a reason to celebrate.