Marissa Paternoster is the kind of singer and guitarist who makes a writer want to deploy all kinds of ridiculous language: "face-melting," "fire-breathing," "guitar-goddess," "shred-queen," etc. Paternoster, you see, is 5-foot-1, she fronts a fearsome power trio from New Jersey called Screaming Fem ... More >>
Pentagram: the classic lineup.
Inspired by iconic pioneers Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, and the Stooges, as well as unsung hard-rock heroes like Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, and Bang, Virginia-based band Pentagram forged a dark, foreboding sound in the early 1970s that should have made founding le ... More >>
We're not really sure what's going on here, but something stinks.
Former Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly told the British Birmingham Mail that the original Black Sabbath lineup would be back for the first time since 1979 with a new album next year.
''It's all been very hush-hu ... 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 >>
November 23, 2009
Better Than: Anyone had reason to expect, given the band's acrimonious breakup a little more than a year ago.
What a long, strangely self-destructive path Wolfmother has traveled since releasing its eponymous debut album three years ago. Back then, the A ... More >>