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 […]

From Queensryche to Queensryche

UPDATE: If you go to the bottom of the page, you can listen to a FULL ALBUM stream now.  :) In the last site redesign, I said that from time to time, I’d write something about music that isn’t directly related to Black Sabbath, and today is one of those posts.  I’m here to write […]

Happy 30th, Holy Diver!

Today (March 25th) is the 30th anniversary (in the United States anyway) of the original release of the first, and arguably the best Dio album, “Holy Diver”.    Man, thirty years, eh?  I know time is the enemy that marches on, never stopping, never ceasing, but when you reach milestones like that about things from […]

Snakecharmer Review

I live in the United States, and given my age, I was a “musical child of the 80’s”.  I was 15 in 1980, and music of that era is what dominated my rock listening style.   Like a lot of Americans, I was introduced to Whitesnake through the Slide it In album, and that crystallized […]

An Angel is Missing – A Dio Career Retrospective

If you’ve been following me for awhile (and especially on Twitter), you’ll know I like to post playlists.  Given my overall music collection is so gigantic, I generally have a playlist for every band I like.  I’ve posted several of them to twitter.  However, this afternoon when I was thinking about Ronnie James Dio, I […]

Behind the Scenes of “The Shining” Video Shoot

A very interesting piece of video cropped up today in my inbox, I wanted to share it immediately. As you might remember, 1987 was a very turbulent year in the band’s history. The album that came out that year (The Eternal Idol) turned out to be a quite solid release, despite it’s gestational nightmare. In […]

Biohazard’s After Forever

Back in 1971, Black Sabbath released their third album, Master of Reality.  On that album is one of the more unusual songs in the band’s entire recorded catalogue, that being “After Forever”.  After Forever is interesting, because in all the songs that Sabbath has recorded, it’s the only released one that has lyrics that are […]

1986 Metal Mix Tape

When I started this new site format, one of the things I intended on doing was putting a few more personal kinds of posts on here.  Ones that have some sort of relevance to the site.  That’s what this is.   A non Sabbath post that I thought would be of interest. Anyway, tonight I […]