From this week's Bouncer column:
When it comes to near-death experiences, I'm torn. I'd love to believe that they are windows into an afterlife, where you are bathed in soothing white light and reunited with dead loved ones, and the idea of floating in ethereal peace forever "just feels righ ... More >>
Richard HaickAnthrax at the Warfield on Sunday.
Oct. 23, 2011
Better than: Listening to the new Loutallica album online.
Bay Area thrash-metal fans still waiting for Metallica to bring the Big 4 Tour to their hometown got to enjoy a neck- ... More >>
Anthrax, with Scott Ian at the far right.
California may have been the epicenter of the emerging thrash-metal scene at the dawn of the 1980s, but the NYC headbangers of Anthrax unquestionably earned their place in the genre's history. As an East Coast counterpart and early ally of Metallica, ... More >>
Nothing gets you in the mood to start fresh in a new calendar year like a few last crappy things happening in the last one. Also, bad things come in threes. (Feel free to suggest any relevant truisms I've missed in the comments section.) Anyway, three more musical notables joined the ranks of Guru, ... More >>
I found these T-shirts on sale at a truck stop while driving from L.A. to San Francisco over the weekend. At first I thought they were video game knockoff T-shirts -- then I read the fine print.As you can see, the truck stop had fans of both major video game franchises covered:
Iron MaidenDream Theater@Sleep Train PavilionSunday, June 20, 2010Better than: Any other metal band with 35 years under its belt. Iron Maiden has always fallen into that category of venerable metal or hard-rock outfit that you simply do not miss when they come to town. You don't miss Slaye ... More >>
Tenacious D encapsulated the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio in one perfect quatrain: "Dio has rocked for a long, long time/ Now it's time for him to pass the torch/ He has songs of wildebeests and angels/ He has soared on the wings of a demon."
The heavy metal icon who replaced Ozzy Osbourne ... More >>
This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourteen, so each of my top four slots are ties.
Mastod ... More >>
Devilish: Heaven & HellWith the possible exception of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio is probably the greatest heavy metal singer of all time. Dio's a bit of an anomaly to metal's usual Satanic shtick--he's an Italian-American Roman Catholic--though that hasn't stopped him from r ... More >>