Black Sabbath – 50 Years Later

A rolling thunderstorm, bells ringing. Then, one of the most recognizable riffs in heavy music slams through the speakers. “What is this that stands before me?” Ozzy Osbourne’s wailing lyrical questioning of what he just saw. The lyrics to the title track reflecting on an experience shared by bassist Terry “Geezer” Butler. Black Sabbath’s first […]

Origins of Heavy Metal – Blue Cheer

An argument that may never cease among fans, historians and journalists alike. What were the true origins of heavy metal music? Few would disagree that Black Sabbath defined heavy metal for everything that would come after it. I firmly believe that the very roots of heavy metal began with Blue Cheer, Sir Lord Baltimore, Vanilla […]

Alice in Chains – Dirt

Much like a few other Seattle “grunge” era bands, Alice in Chains albums could be referred to as metal. (With the exception of the acoustic EP’s Sap, Jar of Flies and the Unplugged album). Dirt represented a rawness of emotion. Themes of anger, depression and addiction run well together. “Them Bones” blasts off the start […]

Hip-Hop Evolution on Netflix

(Image from Netflix) Netflix recently released a new set of episodes of Banger Films¬†informative and entertaining award-winning series Hip-Hop Evolution. The series takes viewers on an educational trip through one of the most important counter-culture movements in history. Hip-Hop’s beginnings, transitions, trials and tribulations are well described and discussed. Over time I have come to […]

Judas Priest. Heavy Metal Firepower.

Vocalist Rob Halford still can soar. It is remarkable that someone with his longevity can still reach a significant top range as a singer. When guitarist K.K. Downing left the band in 2011, I had difficulty with the idea of the group continuing on without him. Given that Glenn Tipton was continuing at the time, […]