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There's a power to RAMMSTEIN that one finds irresistible, yet hard to explain. On the Global stage, they're one of the undisputed leaders of metallic sound delivery, while in the U.S. they rank as one of the few crossover artists to sing predominantly in a foreign tongue, yet maintain the audiences needed to sell-out arenas in a matter of minutes. It's easy for...
Like Santa Claus after a good slide down a chimney on Christmas Eve, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY dropped a surprise last month with the release of GLORIOUS CHRISTMAS SONGS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR BLACK LABEL HEART FEEL GOOD.  Giving Zakk Wylde a chance to show off his melodic and somewhat jazzy chops, both I'll Be Home For Christmas and Oh Little Town of Bethlehem feature impressive...
Released this week as a 7" vinyl single limited to just 500 pieces - a festive pressing of 250 green and 250 red - SEASONS BLEEDINGS finds San Diego's HOLY GRAIL crash-landing their sleigh right here. While they can't top the majesty of the original releases, HOLY GRAIL put their spin on the KING DIAMOND ripper No Presents for Christmas for the A-side, with...
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman SCOTT WEILAND recently released a Christmas album, and there's quite a lot to say about it. Released for the 2011 Holiday season by Softdrive Records via Rhino, THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR is an interesting conversation piece that contains a couple decent renditions of classic tunes alongside some of the most... unique. When I first posted Weiland's video...
Having first experienced KORN in a live setting during the Reckoning Day Tour with MEGADETH, FEAR FACTORY, and FLOTSAM & JETSAM in 1995, it's somewhat hard to believe that the band has been infiltrating my ears and pummeling my speakers for over 16 years. During that time, the band has evolved, devolved, and faced it's own identity crisis on more than one occasion....
Ah the holidays... the perfect time to gather with friends and family to curl up on the couch for a viewing of the perennial Christmas classic, JINGLE ALL THE WAY. As Black Friday proved again this year, few things represent Christmas in America as well as chasing through crowds of shoppers to kick some ass in the name of a...
As I've been saying all year, 2011 really is ''The Year that Pop-Punk Strikes Back.'' Alongside quality releases from genre heavyweights like NEW FOUND GLORY, YELLOWCARD, and UNWRITTEN LAW, comes YOUR NAME ALL OVER IT, the debut-ish release from Chicago outfit KNOCKOUT KID. Not to be confused with their self-released effort of the same title, this new EP hit iTunes this week via THC:Music/Rocket Science...
To approach the release of MICHAEL JACKSON - IMMORTAL as just another ''greatest hits'' or ''best-of'' set would be a mistake that more than a few people are destined to make when they see the disc on shelves this holiday season. Released this week in a 27-track collection or as a 20-track ''highlights'' edition, IMMORTAL re-imagines classic songs from every era of Jackson's storied career by drastically shifting...
VANESSA CARLTON takes a guitar-driven indie-rock approach to a pair of Holiday classics included on the release of her HEAR THE BELLS EP (out now via Razor & Tie). Do You Hear What I Hear? and her rendition of JOHN LENNON's Happy Xmas (War is Over) take their place in-between acoustic re-imaginings of the title track, Hear the Bells (originally from her recent RABBITS ON THE RUN album) and her...
It's no secret that I love MEGADETH, and I'll forever be grateful to Dave Mustaine for giving a 16-year-old kid (me) a chance to interview him for a half-hour back in 1993. TH1RT3EN, however I like, but it's definitely notloved. In a lot of ways it reminds me of the feelings I had about YOUTHANASIA when it came out when...