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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.

The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (2015): Movies

The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (2015): Movies

Turns out, the third ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ film – the only one I’d never seen before – was the most enlightening of them all.

With the dark, uplifting Holy Diver, Ronnie James Dio made a bold move into the spotlight

With the dark, uplifting Holy Diver, Ronnie James Dio made a bold move into the spotlight

‘Holy Diver, released on May 25, 1983, found Ronnie James Dio setting a new course after work with Rainbow and Black Sabbath.

Kiss’ unmasked, very heavy Revenge was their last gasp of greatness

Kiss’ unmasked, very heavy Revenge was their last gasp of greatness

Released on May 19, 1992, ‘Revenge’ is the one non-makeup record that belongs in the conversation with Kiss’ best work.

Bruce Kulick, Tim Owens + others – Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute (2015)

Bruce Kulick, Tim Owens + others – Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute (2015)

An all-star cast comes together to pay their respects to a legend on ‘Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute.’ Unfortunately, it doesn’t end well.

Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime stands as one of the best concept albums ever

Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime stands as one of the best concept albums ever

Queensryche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime,’ released in May 1988, has the rare ability to tell a story while still providing an outstanding musical experience.