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With so many 20th Anniversary Editions of albums that were released in 1991 hitting the marketplace, it's important to remember that there were some great albums released that year that will never be celebrated or get their due. While it was an influential year for music and a monumental year for rock,  it was also a year that brought us...
I'm not sure what they're teaching at colleges these days, but it seems there's a major disconnect happening when it comes to recent graduates from the media programs out there. They're clueless. It's no surprise to this college drop-out that the recent factory models seem to come equipped with less bells and whistles than their street-tested non-college counterparts, or that...
Over the past few years several sites have featured what may have been one of the most successful, yet some would argue 'ethnically insensitive' ad campaigns of the early 1990's - ST. IDES Malt Liquor. Unfortunately, there was always one commercial that no one ever seemed to have, which just so happened to be the commercial that I most...
One of the most daunting tasks for any artist is the inevitable media rounds prior to the release of an album. Pre-release interviews, conversations - whatever you want to call them - tend to be boring for all involved, a necessary evil in order to reach the unfamiliar... the new ears... the uninformed. After all, exposing your album to...
20 Years Ago, PANTERA redefined metal when Atco Records released COWBOYS FROM HELL, the legendary album that opened the "Cemetery Gates" and introduced a legion of metal fans to the true "Art of Shredding." With their unmistakable brand of Texas groove-metal, PANTERA quickly became of the biggest acts in heavy music. With the long-awaited reissue of CFH taking place this...
As they say, "everyone has to start somewhere..." For me it was the summer of 1992. I'd moved to Davenport, Iowa from my longtime home in the South Suburbs of Chicago the prior February, somehow managing to find myself elected Vice-President of my class for my upcoming junior year of high school at Davenport North. I was 15, bored, and...
From the Personal Archives of James Zahn: This interview was originally conducted for and posted on the late FANGORIA Musick section of horror magazine FANGORIA's website on April 4, 2009 When people ask me to ramble off the names of my favorite bands, there’s a few that I always mention. Faith No More. Helmet. Clutch. And PRONG.Prong first hit...