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Dragonforce - Concert Review

As I was approaching the venue, a booming thunderstorm was forming on the horizon, with grand forks of twisted lightning shrieking through the sky. How fitting for Dragonforce.

The Veer Union - "Against the Grain" Review

Hey there ladies and gents. You might remember a couple weeks back, I spoke about a young up and coming back called "The Veer Union," and how their live show was full of energy and potential. Well, their album has been released, and I was curious to see if they could capture that kind of energy in recorded form.

The answer is both yes and no. "Against the Grain" does contain glimmering pieces of the potential that the band showcased during their on-stage performance. The sin here is that the consistency is lacking.

Blackguard - "Profugus Mortis" review

Sometimes it just takes some tenacity and hardwork. Blackguard, a band formed in 2001 under the name Profugus Mortis, finally settles on a lineup and gets their album onto the streets. Profugus Mortis had released a handful of EP's and small collections of music, but never had they come upon one definitive idea. Enter their self-reinvention as Blackguard.

Rob Halford's Metal God Apparel

The website for Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford's new fashion company is up and running. Metal God Apparel is the name of the new collection (for lack of a better term) and is now taking presales to be shipped in June. The "sale" price of $45 seems a touch heavy, even if that is the going rate for designer t-shirts (although "designer t-shirt" is sort of a contradiction in terms, and I'm not sure Halford could yet lay claim to the title of "designer.")

Updates on Old Rumors in the Metal Scene

Okay, so just to follow up, here's an update on some old rumors that I've reported on in the past.

-First, many of us expressed a great interest in the rumored musical collaboration between Max Cavalera and Eugene Hutz. In terribly disappointing fashion, this rumor hasn't budged. Hasn't moved an inch. Worse yet, there's not even a rumor that it's dead. The whole thing seems to have just plain gone dark.

The Veer Union / Black Stone Cherry concert review

In the history of my life, I am often skeptical when someone tells me “You gotta check out this band!” Too often I am sorrowfully disappointed. Some of this is my own doing; I have become very particular about the music that graces my various stereos. Still, in my unyielding desire to procure a collection of the best music ever made, I invariably give whomever the target band is a shot.

Heaven & Hell - "The Devil You Know" Review

Thirty years ago, Ozzy Osbourne unceremoniously left Black Sabbath and was replaced by an upstart named Ronnie James Dio. Less than a year later, in 1980, Sabbath seemingly revived their career with “Heaven & Hell,” an album that promised a similar but different take on what fans had come to think of as Black Sabbath. Armed with Dio’s operatic, powerful voice, Tony Iommi refined his guitar playing, and for a time, Black Sabbath was back.

Duff McKagan's Loaded - "Sick" review

Guns N Roses just seems to be one of those bands that won’t go away. Not counting “Chinese Democracy,” the band hasn’t had any relevance in fifteen years, and yet the name just seems to keep popping up. Lately, the cast of this wayward soap opera has been prominently featured throwing mud to and at each other in an incessant cycle of “he said, he said.”

What's Happening in Metal

Bit of a slowdown for metal in the past couple weeks, as the whole community sort of paused to watch Metallica's Hall of Fame induction. Good on them to have both Newsted and Trujillo playing on stage. In the meantime...

Heavy Metal...Coffee Table Book?

One of the enduring stereotypes of heavy metal that persists into the new millennium is that metal is famous for its over the top cover art.

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