Friday December 6, 2013
Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems from metal's past. This month, we're turning the clock back to the '70s to spotlight early material from some of hard rock and heavy metal's most iconic bands. Scorpions came to worldwide attention in the '80s with radio and MTV hits like "Rock You Like A Hurricane," "Big City Nights" and "No One Like You." However, some of their best (and most overlooked) albums were released in the '70s. That era of the band is well worth exploring, and Scorpions 1978 effort Taken By Force is in the spotlight this week.
Retro Recommendation: Scorpions - Taken By Force
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Thursday December 5, 2013
Having one top 5 album in a year is quite an accomplishment. Five Finger Death Punch have had two in 2013: The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell volumes 1 and 2. Drummer Jeremy Spencer fills us in on the selection process of the songs for the two albums, his favorite collaboration on Volume 1, their current European tour with Avenged Sevenfold, putting together a setlist, dealing with their increasing popularity and other topics.
Read the complete Five Finger Death Punch Interview
(photo courtesy Prospect Park Records)
Wednesday December 4, 2013
This is the last big week of new album releases for 2013, with the schedule thinning out considerably as Christmas approaches. Our weekly collection of short reviews covers 20 new releases, including albums from Angelica, Beastmilk, Blood Mortized, Cult Of Fire, Eat The Gun, Eye Of Solitude, Human Fortress, I Exist, Immortal Bird, Indoctrine, Iron Dogs, Kuolemanlaakso, Mutoid Man, Persekutor, Rabbits, Ringbearer, Silent Voices, Starsoup, Sun & Sail Club and Truth Corroded.
Latest Heavy Metal Album Reviews: December 4, 2013
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Rhapsody Of Fire - Dark Wings Of Steel
Royal Hunt - A Life To Die For
(CD cover courtesy Kaotoxin Records)
Tuesday December 3, 2013
Monster Magnet tour Europe extensively, but it has been about a decade since they have done a proper U.S. run. On the heels of their album Last Patrol the band finally is doing a bunch of American shows. Our West Coast concert guru Dave Schalek is a longtime Monster Magnet fan and caught their recent show in L.A. Check out his photos and review of the concert.
Monster Magnet Concert Review and Photos
(photo courtesy Dave Schalek/About.com)