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Black Sabbath Tribute, Part 2

There are a small handful of bands and artists that get mentioned as the greatest acts in rock and roll history, a sacred pantheon of untouchable musicians who have earned a reverence unlike any other kind of adulation in popular culture. They are icons, placed on a dais and worshipped with respect and deference that most bands or solo acts can barely feel a whisper of on their best day.

Black Sabbath Tribute, Part 1

It occurred to me just after the new year that 2011 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of the Black Sabbath album “Paranoid” in the United States. Naturally, when Black Sabbath comes to mind, it’s easy to get lost in their immense legacy, especially on the heels on another milestone anniversary. While “Black Sabbath” put Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward on the map, it was “Paranoid” that cemented them as one of the most unique and powerful bands in the world.

Album Review: Lazarus A.D. - "Black Rivers Flow"

"The Onslaught," the debut from Wisconsin thrashers Lazarus A.D. was, to speak plainly, brilliant. So it was with great anticipation that the metal universe greeted the coming of the band's follow up, "Black Rivers Flow." This new effort is similar but ever so different from its predecessor and equally masterful in its own right.

Heavy Metal News Updates!

Hey there, kids! Just a few tidbits that slid across my ethereal desk to pass along:

*First and foremost, Rob Zombie announced to the world that he has been given the honor of inducting father of shock rock Alice Cooper into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Zombie tweeted Tuesday night around 10 PM Eastern:

I am inducting Alice Cooper into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Crazy. Greatest honor of my life. Love The Coop.

Album Review: Motörhead - "The Wörld is Yours"

Among the fan circles of hard rock and heavy metal, only two names imply the kind of ultimate, all encompassing, you-know-what-to-expect legacy that is earned through a career of unflinching consistency. AC/DC, the forever hard-charging and ageless band from Australia is one. Motörhead, the heavy drinking, tough as nails biker-club outfit from England is the other.

The latter’s new release “The Wörld is Yours” is another entry into that legacy, and customary to idiom for Motörhead, is strong on character and low on depth. In this instance, that’s a particularly good thing.

Album Review: Escape the Fate - "Escape the Fate"

For a band so comparatively young, Escape the Fate has been through the wringer, back again, and still find themselves able to conjure up their third, eponymous album.

What’s striking about this new effort is that from a musical standpoint, “Escape the Fate” is the album that Rob Zombie should have released in place of “Educated Horses.” There are enough heavy, chugging, downbeat riffs that could be isolated and restacked into a convincing Zombie simulacrum.

Album Review: The Famine - "The Architects of Guilt"

Wow, what a hot mess this is. The most frustrating is that it didn’t have to be. I salute The Famine for soldiering on after a fire quite literally destroyed their entire studio and all the original tracking for this new release “The Architects of Guilt.” Unfortunately, that’s about as far as that goes.

Big 4 Make Disappointing Tour Statement

So, despite promising an update on tour "dates" (plural) as late as yesterday, the Big 4 of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax have released a statement concerning just a single date.

Just one.

Saturday, April 23rd, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Tickets go on sale this Friday morning at 10, a day earlier if you're a member of the fan club.

Album Review: Stratovarius - "Elysium"

What seems like a lifetime ago, I can remember sitting in my college radio station and giving Stratovarius a shot. I had of course heard and read much from friends and in publications, but as a kid growing up in the whitewashed suburbs of New York State’s capital city during the days before downloadable music, Stratovarius albums eluded me.

Album Review: Rev Theory - "Justice"

Preconception can be a subtle but influential force on the human psyche. Often, knowledge of past or present environments and decisions can color a person's view of any new situation, person or object he or she encounters.

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