“a staccato hit, three more accents, then the infamous descending chromatic riff”

My brother, Dante, runs one of my favorite blogs focusing on Metal, and recently featured an interview he held with former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane singer, Blaze Bayley. It intimate and revealing look into his struggles. Rock Nightmare: “interview with blaze bayley” Another of my favorite Metal blogs has been running a series of ruminations […]

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“Master of Puppets” turns 25

“Master of Puppets” was the among the first three Metallica cassettes I owned. I bought “…And Justice for All” and “Garage Days” at a music shop in Kensington during 1988 and worked my way back through their releases shortly thereafter. My brother and his friends were Metallica fans and “Master of Puppets”, along with “Ride […]

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A metal band that bridges cultures

Al Jazeera: “The Maiden frontier”: As many metal fans from the region have pointed out to me, Maiden’s songs remind them that they should not trust the hype and slogans promising a better tomorrow, that progress demands putting aside easy prejudices in favour of a much harder but more honest discussion about the future and […]

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Ronnie James Dio – Rest In Peace

Ronnie James Dio, one of the greatest songwriters and singers in heavy metal, passed away this weekend. I put together a Ronnie James Dio Playlist on YouTube to try and share some great moments, but no one song, or article, will be able to capture his influence on the genre, and the positive uplift it […]

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Happy 40th Metal

NPR: Lordy, Lordy, Metal Is 40: Happy Birthday, ‘Black Sabbath’ Here is a bonus link, Viktoriya Yermolyeva covering Pantera’s cover of Planet Caravan, on piano: YouTube: Black Sabbath/Pantera – Planet Caravan – piano cover [HD] (vers.2):

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