Tag Archives: metal

Fight — Into the Pit

Rob Halford has certainly taken a Rolls-Royce approach to reissuing his Fight and Halford material, Metal God Entertainment basically throwing down the gauntlet, ringing the dinner bell and saying, “Come an’ get it!”

Queensrÿche: ‘Keeping hold of the flame’

The music industry is gasping for breath. Metal is still considered outside of the mainstream despite a recent resurgence. And veteran rockers are not exactly hip in America.

But Seattle-based metal legends Queensrÿche — core members vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfield — keep marching to their own beat and are surviving and thriving in a business that is experiencing massive upheaval.

Slayer: World Painted Blood

Of course, World Painted Blood is going to be brutally heavy and full of gore. Of course, it’s going to be impossibly fast, frighteningly aggressive and vicious in its condemnation of governmental and religious institutions.

Backstage Pass: George Lynch — reconvening Lynch Mob

Able to make guitar necks burn with his fast and furious fingers, George Lynch shreds like a demon. And for that he is worshipped as a god. One of the architects of the melodic hard-rock sound that made Dokken a premiere mid-’80s heavy-metal act, Lynch’s searing guitar work often overshadowed the band’s strong hooks and the dramatic vocals of its namesake, Don Dokken.

Backstage Pass: Blue Cheer – The beast is on the loose again

Before the terms heavy metal or stoner metal came into parlance, San Francisco’s Blue Cheer was altering impressionable young minds with its classic debut record, Vincebus Eruptum, a dangerous dose of fuzz-toned, drugged-out psychedelic blues, enormous, sludgy riffs, scary distortion and impenetrable volume that vomited the Top 40 remake of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.”