Black Sabbath

Neurosis – Given To The Rising

by TW on April 15, 2013

Neurosis – Given To The Rising I’m pretty picky about my metal these days.  Yes, there was a time when I wasn’t quite so discerning in my quest for volume and riffs.  But there’s a lot of stale, repetitious crap out there that doesn’t do a whole lot to establish an identity for the artist.  […]


Black Sabbath – Born Again

by TW on January 15, 2013

Black Sabbath – Born Again Could an album’s artwork alone make you not want to listen to the music inside? Before answering, let me present Born Again, the 1983 release from Black Sabbath. Sporting one of the most garish record covers in rock history—a red, screaming baby with horns, yellow fangs and talon-like fingernails, set […]


Blue Oyster Cult – Cultosaurus Erectus

by TW on November 29, 2011

Blue Oyster Cult was never – and has never been – a heavy metal band. For every torch-lit tune such as “Cities In Flame (With Rock and Roll)” and “Godzilla,” there were equal doses of poppy goodness  (“Debbie Denise”), teen rock (“True Confessions”); and other massive radio hits “Burnin’ For You” and “(Don’t Fear) The […]


Poobah – Let Me In

by TW on November 10, 2011

We record collectors are sometimes guilty of basing the value of a platter solely on its scarcity. Rarities will always have buyers, but just because an LP was pressed in limited quantities or exposed to a regional market only doesn’t make it valuable (at least to me) unless what’s within the grooves has something to […]

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What’s a musician to do when he or she feels artistically tied? Take the often ill-fated solo path or hop out and jam with some friends, and perhaps record a record or two? Sometimes it works, most often it doesn’t, but here are 10 great offshoots and one-off groups that were worth “breaking up” or […]


Pantera – Far Beyond Driven

by TW on October 20, 2010

Pantera – Far Beyond Driven Back in August, I discussed the 20th anniversary release of Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell on 180-gram double vinyl.  Rhino Records is also responsible for re-releasing “slabs” of 1992’s Vulgar Display Of Power and 1994’s Far Beyond Driven.  Instead of taking the straight path of next talking about Vulgar Display, I’d […]


Black Sabbath – Paranoid Classic Albums DVD Is there any band that has influenced heavy metal like Black Sabbath? And is there another album that cemented the genre like Sabbath’s sophomore release, Paranoid? Early Sabbath is what many of the hardcore fans still cling to- those glory years from the debut self-titled Black Sabbath album […]


Somewhere in the distance, an inbred kid is playing a series of beckoning banjo chords… Anyone who knows me well understands that I have had a long-standing love/hate relationship with the band KISS.  After discussing this affliction with publisher, Todd Whitesel, we’ve decided to embark on a journey to define exactly what both of […]


Suck – Time To Suck

by TW on March 31, 2010

In the grand scheme of time, 8 months is not even a blink of the eye. But it was long enough for hard rockers Suck to make their name, maybe not in North America or Europe, but certainly in their native South Africa. Formed in Johannesburg in early 1970, the four members of Suck – […]

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Pearl Jam – Backspacer

by TW on February 26, 2010

Before I begin this review, let us please dispense with the term “grunge” as a way to describe music and stuff it aside as a word for the resinous build-up inside of a weed smoker’s bong.  “Grunge” has always been a media creation for lazy journalists to lump the music of all bands from Seattle […]