Quiet Riot’s Road Rage

Quiet Riot has a total of 13 studio albums.  The first being 1977’s “Quiet Riot I”, and the most recent being 2017’s “Road Rage”.  The  majority of that output in that 40 years was with their most well known vocalist, Kevin DuBrow.  But DuBrow died in late 2007, and at the time, was thought to […]

In Memory….. of a 30 year old Star

NOTE: This article was originally published on Jan 28, 2006 and was called “In Memory of a 20 year old Star”.  10 more years have passed, so I’ve brought it back to the top of the pile, and added a couple of small things.  Enjoy. Thunder shattered the dawn Raging with fury, the king has […]

My 1984 Hard Rock / Metal Likes

George Orwell reference aside, there’s something that occurred to me tonight.   1984 was a big year for hard rock/metal.  Earlier in the year, I pointed out that Van Halen’s 1984 album turned 30 (on January 9th).  I also saw that another band I follow online (Quiet Riot) pointed out they have an album that […]

Happy 25th Headless Cross!

I don’t have time to write one of the giant 5,000 word essays at this time, but I didn’t want to let this anniversary pass.  Today is the 25th anniversary of the Headless Cross album, originally released back in 1989.  While technically the second Tony Martin era album, it felt like the “first” to me, […]

Happy 20th, Cross Purposes!

Today is January 31, 2014.  That means that 20 years ago, it was Jan 31, 1994.    And on that date, came the penultimate studio Black Sabbath album in the Tony Martin era of the band, Cross Purposes! I’m not doing a full retrospective, because I’m a bit too busy to write about it on […]

Tony Martin Era Deluxe Editions

Back on June 29, 2009, Universal started releasing Deluxe Editions/remasters of the Black Sabbath catalogue, starting with the original album in 1970.  They worked through the discography, and released all the studio albums up through “The Eternal Idol” (plus Dehumanizer).   The final release in the series was Born Again, which was released on May […]

Happy 30th, Born Again!

Today is August 7, 2013 (Well it was when I started writing this, it got too long, and it came out on August 8th).  Thirty years ago today was the original release of one of the more polarizing albums in the history of Black Sabbath, that being Born Again.   I was a recent Black […]

Austin TX July 27 Concert Review

So Black Sabbath is touring again.  That’s not an entirely unique situation, they’ve been touring on and off since 1997 through 2013, some with Ozzy, some with Dio (yeah yeah, I know about the name thing – shut up).   What is unique is that this tour is to support a new album.  The Devil […]

An Interview with Me

Recently I conducted an interview with Michael Anthony (no, not that one) of the site “Words and Music”, a website that does interviews with people like Michael Schenker, Scott Ian, Berie Torme, etc..  Well, he decided I was a worthy subject, and this morning published an interview with me.   His interview series has some […]

Magica Deluxe Edition Review

Magica is an album I’ve written about on my site many times before.  I’ve always felt it was an under appreciated album.    What’s weird about this, the lone official “concept” album in the Dio catalogue is that it doesn’t work for me as a concept album.  Never has.   To this day, I have […]

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